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Today's News

  • Castles & Kitchens teaches cooking and technique classes

    Whether you’re a cooking novice or pro, Castles & Kitchens provides classes to help you learn new techniques. If you like to travel, Castles & Kitchens can help you add a culinary component to your trips.

    For Fran Arniotes and Tom Becker, it’s all about food — and preparing it to bring enjoyment whether you’re at home making a daily meal or traveling the world.

  • Colo. superintendents endorse new funding formula for schools

    More than 170 superintendents across Colorado, including those at Jeffco Public Schools and Platte Canyon Schools, have backed a legislative proposal that could dramatically alter how the state funds its schools — namely by changing the formula that determines how funding is distributed to school districts.

  • Small Evergreen grass fire caused by blown transformer

    A small grass fire that burned just under a half acre of land and threatened a home on Buffalo Park Road in Evergreen last Tuesday was started by a blown transformer.

    According to Stacee Martin, spokeswoman for Evergreen Fire/Rescue, the department received a report of smoke and fire in the grass at 4:24 p.m. Feb. 13 and found a fire burning within 30 feet of a home. Xcel Energy workers who were already on scene responding to the blown transformer were credited with helping contain the fire after they used fire extinguishers to help put it out.

  • Glass given ‘high’ rating by Jeffco school board

    Jeffco Public Schools Superintendent Jason Glass has received high marks in his first performance evaluation by the Jeffco school board since being hired last July.

  • Climbing the wall: Kids get lateral with a new fun-filled apparatus at DCES

    It’s one of those things you don’t expect to see in an elementary school. In fact, you don’t really expect to see a climbing wall in any mountain area school — and yet, there it is: Eight feet tall, 21 feet long, and covered with painted mountains and lots of children clamoring with amusement and glee.

    Fully installed in mid-January, Deer Creek Elementary’s new traverse climbing wall was four years in the making and the dream of physical education teacher Shawn Flores.

  • Local authors’ book engages Marshdale students about national parks, science

    What happens if — like the characters in “Path to the Thunderbird” — you stumble upon a riddle that includes GPS coordinates? Could you find the location on a map? Could you calculate the distance between two points a degree and a minute apart?

    Marshdale Elementary fourth-graders probably could after talking with authors Sara Miller and Pat Toole about global positioning systems last Tuesday.

  • Evergreen Library’s free program teaches new skills

    Stepping into the Evergreen Library on Sunday afternoon felt a bit like walking onto the set of “Cupcake Wars.”

    The smell of frosting was in the air, as a small group had their piping bags in hand, creating monsters, flowers and multicolored swirls atop their cupcakes.

    By the end of the hour, the participants’ creations looked good enough to eat.

  • Elk Creek Octagon and Barn land on ‘most endangered’ list

    The historic Elk Creek Octagon and Barn at Shaffer’s Crossing have landed on Colorado Preservation Inc.’s 2018 Most Endangered Places list, an annual listing of historic places around the state whose existence is threatened.

    One of more than 100 sites now listed, the two buildings and the 250 acres of land they occupy were part of the original Shaffer family homestead and are believed to have been built around 1903.

  • ‘A plea for equal justice’

    As a conservative columnist, I have always tried to focus on constitutionally based concepts of personal responsibility and accountability supported by the belief that our country is founded on the principle of equality of opportunity.
    My numerous columns always attempt to support these views with appropriate facts and historical connections thereby providing a somewhat logical and rational basis for the opinions. Given the very nature of Op/Ed columns, these positions welcome opposing views.

  • Colorado's Olympic talent reigns supreme

    Growing up in Steamboat Springs in the 1960s and ‘70s, the Winter Olympics were a big deal. We’d earned the name, “Ski Town USA” as more winter Olympians had (and still have) been produced in Steamboat than anywhere else in the United States. We all had everyday interactions with Olympic athletes, and I had friends who would become Olympians.