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Today's News

  • West Jeff teacher fired in wake of sex assault charges

    Michael Bueno, a physical education teacher at West Jefferson Middle School and an assistant football coach at Conifer High, was fired by Jeffco Public Schools last week in connection with his November 2016 arrest on suspicion of sexual assault on a child.

  • Conifer schools to get new roofs

    Conifer High School and West Jefferson Middle School are set to be re-roofed over the summer after a construction contract for both projects was awarded to Flynn Southwest, a roofing company based in Phoenix, Ariz.

    Construction is expected to begin May 30 and conclude on or before Aug. 4 and will cost Jeffco Public Schools $1.3 million, which was included in the 2017 budget for capital improvements.

    Contact reporter Sal Christ at sal@evergreenco.com or at 303-350-1035.

  • Jefferson County clarifies rules for shooting on private property

    Mountain area residents can discharge firearms on their own private property so long as they take reasonable precautions, Jeffco officials have clarified.

    Last month, an Evergreen man was issued a summons for prohibited use of a firearm after he and another man were shooting guns after dark — and while one of them reportedly was intoxicated.

    Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said questions about the legality of discharging firearms on private property have been raised frequently in the mountain area, including after the most recent incident.

  • Young spellers are more than c-o-m-p-e-t-i-t-i-v-e

    Patagonia.

    Not only is it a region in Argentina, it’s also the word that put fifth-grader Paige Gilloth, 11, over the top in the Conifer area elementary schools’ spelling bee at West Jefferson Elementary recently.

    Paige and 14 other fourth- and fifth-graders competed to see who would advance to the state spelling bee on March 11. Elk Creek, Marshdale and West Jeff each sent five students to compete.

  • Students escape comfort zones at Lab School

    Members of the Raccoon Group carefully made their way onto the rustic teeter-totter, sidestepping across and providing more room for the next person. Some of the kids quoted the “Cha Cha Slide” song: “Slide to the left. Slide to the right.”

  • State wrestling qualifiers

    The following is a list of area grapplers from Conifer, Evergreen and Platte Canyon high schools who’ve qualified for the 2017 state wrestling championships. Conifer and Platte Canyon will compete in the 3A competition, which begins Thursday at 3 p.m. with the preliminary rounds at the Pepsi Center. Evergreen will wrestle in the 4A meet, which starts Thursday at 7:15 p.m.

  • Lobos run circles around Arvada

    ARVADA — History repeated itself on Monday night when the Conifer Lobos captured a blowout win over the Arvada Bulldogs  57-27, but this time it was on Arvada’s home court.

    This certainly was a painful loss for the Bulldogs, especially since it was senior night. But it wasn’t nearly as painful as their last match-up against the Lobos where they were defeated 82-27.

  • Wilkins, Lady Lobos lay building blocks

    THORNTON — Megan Wilkins sees the 100-yard backstroke as both an enemy and a friend.

    “I have to work 10 times harder in that. It doesn’t come easy at all,” the Conifer High freshman said. “Sometimes it happens, and sometimes it doesn’t.”

    It’s also her biggest challenge, and she likes a good challenge. She got that at the 3A state swimming championships at Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center.

  • McCaffrey’s late 3 holds off Evergreen

    By Dennis Pleuss
    Jeffco Public Schools

    Dylan McCaffrey is recognized for his pinpoint passing with a football, but he proved on Friday night that he can also shoot the 3-ball.

    McCaffrey, one of the best prep quarterbacks ever to come out Colorado, buried a last-minute and eventual game-winning 3-pointer in the corner for Valor Christian’s boys basketball team at Evergreen.

  • EHS senior swimmers cap an amazing run

    FORT COLLINS— One last time Kara Coughlin, Kate McDonald and Katelyn Kenchel swam together. 

    It was the final race of the 4A state championship meet — the 400-yard freestyle relay — at the Edora Pool Ice Center. The emotions were high and the finish was somewhat ironic.