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Today's News

  • Negotiations between teachers, school district begin

    Fears that the new school board majority will play hardball with the teachers union surfaced on the first day of contract negotiations Monday, as the union called for the district to extend the current agreement.

    “Extending that contract would put some rumors to bed and allow staff to focus on better things, like our students,” said Lisa Elliot, executive director of the Jefferson County Education Association.

    More than 50 people showed up to hear the negotiations, which are being conducted in public for the first in Jefferson County.

  • Sports briefs

    BOYS LACROSSE
    Crews’ last-second goal propels Evergreen in season opener
    WINDSOR
    — Brett Crews scored with 3 seconds remaining as Evergreen avoided a fourth-period collapse and escaped with a 9-8 victory over host Windsor on March 8.
    The Cougars (1-0) led 2-1 after the first period, 5-3 at halftime and 7-4 going into the fourth period before Windsor rallied to tie the game at eight.
    Evergreen is scheduled to play its home opener March 12 against Legend before travling to Cheyenne Mountain for a game on March 14.

  • Lady Cougars upend Air Academy late

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    You might call Evergreen’s season-opening 1-0 girls soccer triumph over Air Academy on March 6 poetic justice. But Kylee Petrik’s game-winning goal with 1 minute, 44 seconds remaining possessed all the artistry of a pulp-fiction writer.

  • PAC, SWARM are polar opposites

    LITTLETON — The similarities are there, especially in the physical nature between the sports, but as Greysen Lincoln points out, there’s one major difference between rugby and football.
    “It’s a lot more of an active sport. You’ve got to be a lot more aware. You have to know where all your guys are unlike in football,” Lincoln said. “It’s a lot more team-oriented. You’ve all got to be a cohesive unit. That’s also the case in football, but it’s a lot more apparent in rugby.”

  • Jeffco school bus driver killed in U.S. 285 accident

    A Jeffco school bus driver was killed Friday afternoon in an accident on U.S. 285 near Windy Point.

    The driver's name is not being released pending notification of family members. There were no students on board at the time of the accident.

    According to Colorado State Patrol spokesman Josh Lewis, the driver was standing outside the bus and was struck by another vehicle. The accident happened about 1 p.m. Inter-Canyon firefighters were on the scene, and as of 4 p.m. both directions of U.S. 285 were still closed.

  • Class sizes, teacher pay top parents’ priorities

    Keeping class sizes low and increasing pay for teachers and staff were the top two priorities of about 100 mountain area parents, teachers, administrators and community members as they considered what should be included in the Jeffco Public Schools 2014-15 budget.

    Also high on the list were early literacy programs, elementary math instruction, infrastructure in schools to operate necessary technology, and elective classes.

  • Celebrating multicultural heritage at Bergen Meadow Elementary

    Dancing the polka and listening to melodic Mexican music, youngsters at Bergen Meadow Elementary School were soaking up international culture while having a lot of fun last Wednesday.

    Parents of students in kindergarten through second grade also took park in the first Heritage Cultural Celebration at the school, with activities provided just for the older set.

    “Parents chose to represent a culture they are knowledgeable about,” said Danielle Askinazy, a Jeffco ESL teacher who planned the event.

  • New ranger seeking solutions to issues in Evergreen parks

    As the newly hired park ranger for the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, Jason Garner says he plans to work with community residents to find solutions to issues that trouble them.

    “My goal is getting out there, making my presence known, so people have somebody to go to,” Garner said.

    By involving the community, problems in the parks can be reduced, he said.

    “Complaining, having issues, will only get you so far,” Garner said.

  • Evergreen champion competing in Paralympic Winter Games

    Evergreen resident Monica Bascio is taking a break from her work as an occupational therapist to compete as a Nordic skier in the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

    “I’m super-focused on my training,” Bascio said last week while preparing for the competition as a TeamUSA member.

  • Body found in Clear Creek in Golden

    A body was found in Clear Creek near the Golden History Museum on Wednesday afternoon.

    The Golden Police Department said the body of a male, believed to be in his 60s, had been discovered about 2 p.m. floating in Clear Creek.  

    No other information about the man’s identity and how he died was available.