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Today's News

  • Five seek appointment to vacant seat on school board

    Five residents have submitted applications to fill the Jeffco school board’s vacant District 1 seat, said Helen Neal, chief of staff for the school board.

    The five applicants are Dan Green, Samantha Hockenbery, John M. Horan, Beverly McAdam and Michele Patterson.

    Neal said the board will discuss interview questions for the applicants and set a decision date at the board’s next meeting Sept. 19. The board has until Oct. 10 to fill the vacant seat.

  • ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ musical looks at good versus evil

    As the late-summer days grow shorter, and the shadows begin to lengthen, children start planning for Halloween. The costume catalogs are filled with ghosts and mad scientists, and point to our human obsession with the underbelly of life.

  • King-Murphy principal vows to continue pursuit of excellence

    King-Murphy Elementary School’s principal has what she calls the “what’s around the bend” philosophy.

    When Heidi Lupinacci, her husband, Joe, and two children go camping, they push each other to go a little farther — to find out what’s around the next curve in the road or over the next hill.

    That personal philosophy can be applied to her approach to the principal position at King-Murphy. She’s excited about the challenges that await her.

  • New Marshdale principal ‘all about transparency’

    A trip to the principal’s office might seem daunting, but Marshdale Elementary’s new principal, Christian Kingsbury, wants to change that.

     

    “My door is always open, and I’m willing to talk about anything,” Kingsbury said. “What are we doing? What’s best for the kids? I’m all about complete transparency.”

  • Sports briefs

    BOYS GOLF
    D’Evelyn edges Evergreen for 4A Jeffco League title
    LITTLETON
    — D’Evelyn High edged defending conference champion Evergreen 304-311 to capture the 4A Jeffco League boys golf championship Sept. 9 at Raccoon Creek Golf Course. D’Evelyn ended up beating the Cougars by 12 strokes during the regular season.
    EHS senior Kyle Peterson, however, repeated as the league’s Most Valuable Player. He carded a 74 at Raccoon Creek. Fellow senior Kyle Malazdrewicz shot a 77 and freshman Liam Short scored a 78.

  • Arvada West runs away with tri-meet

    ARVADA — Juggling academics and athletics is a challenge for any high school athlete, especially early in the school year. The Chatfield Chargers’ gymnastics team knows that.
    Their tri-meet Sept. 5 at Arvada West High School, which included 4A Evergreen, was pretty much a one-sided affair, as the host Lady Wildcats were dominant in all four events. Arvada West had the top two scorers in every event, including the top five in the balance beam, to score 178.55 points. Chatfield was second with 162.025, and Evergreen was third at 148.575.

  • Cougars’ youth, speed pays off

    LAKEWOOD — The first half was classic Evergreen boys soccer. Peter Jeans’ squad lulled Green Mountain with its brand of ball-control offense, though the scoring opportunities were few and far between.
    The second half, especially midway through the game’s final 40 minutes, was more like a fast break in basketball. The Cougars offensively played at a breakneck speed that Green Mountain struggled to keep up with.

  • On Syria, I’ll trust the experts

    When Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons on his country’s citizens, killing more than 1,400 people, including defenseless children, he crossed a line for most Americans. While there is still much consternation over whether a military response is appropriate and, if so, how we limit our exposure and don’t get sucked into another seemingly endless intervention, there seems to be some consensus that the act of gassing innocents in Syria deserves a response.

  • Several wildflowers continue to bloom this month

    Most of our late summer flowers are yellow, and many of them belong to the composite family. In the common vernacular of many botanists, the flowers are referred to as DYCs. DYC stands for damn yellow composites, which refers to the fact that they are a big family; most of them are yellow and difficult to identify.

  • Stevenson fields questions from parents

    The “Leading Innovation” meeting at Evergreen High School on Monday was a whirlwind glimpse at some of the changes planned for Jeffco schools in the next several years, most of them state-mandated and others proposed by the district.