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Today's News

  • District says no decisions made on school closures

    Despite rumors to the contrary, Jeffco Public Schools says no final decisions have been made on possible school closures or changes to high school articulation areas.

    The district's Facility Usage Committee — made up of 33 community members, district employees, union representatives and others — has been meeting since March to find ways to save money with more efficient use of district buildings, said district spokeswoman Lynn Setzer.

  • Cougars' bats fall silent

    AURORA — Although the Evergreen Cougars might have exited the Class 4A State Softball Championships in the opening round, coach Scott Haebe wasn’t mad.

    He was sad, however.

    “I really enjoyed coaching this team,” Haebe said following the Cougars’ 1-0 loss to Niwot on Oct. 23 at Aurora Sports Park. “The girls were a lot of fun to coach and I’m just sad it’s over.”

  • Harriers gear up for state with sweep at regionals

    LITTLETON — Making T-shirts with Superheroes and Firebird emblems seemed appropriate after the Evergreen girls and boys cross-country teams both won the Class 4A Jefferson County League championships.

    Now, what will they come up with since both teams won the 4A, Region 1 meet at Clement Park?

    The girls team finished first with a total of 46 points, followed by Mullen (61), Centaurus (86), and D’Evelyn (99). The boys team took first with 52 points followed by D’Evelyn (57), Mullen (91), and Conifer (112).

  • Temporary fence allowed in Paradise Hills

    A compromise has been reached in the legal tussle between the Paradise Hills Homeowners Association and a property owner who wanted to keep a large fence on her property.

    Under terms of the agreement, the homeowner is allowed to keep the fence temporarily, possibly at least until her children grow up or the house is sold. The details were not made public. The case was closed Aug. 5.

  • Hearing canceled in hit-and-run bicycle accident

    Jeffrey Scott Detlefs, 57, was scheduled to appear in court last week for a preliminary hearing. But after the proceeding failed to start 15 minutes after the scheduled time, observers were informed that the hearing was optional in Detlefs’ case and he had chosen to forgo it.

    As of Tuesday, the case was transferred out of county court and goes to Jefferson County District Court for an arraignment at 8 a.m. Dec. 4. The case is assigned to District Judge Jane A. Tidball.

  • Property owner to go to court over grading permit

    Morgan and Xcel Energy or Public Service Co. are being cited concurrently for earth-moving operations they conducted separately on Morgan’s property in 2008 and 2009.

    Morgan says the work he did last spring was to repair a driveway, for which he had obtained a permit in 2005, and that it was restored to its prior satisfactory condition before Public Service Co. began its excavation.

  • Study finds support for modest community/arts center

    Evergreen would be able to support a relatively modest 12,000- to 14,000-square-foot community and arts center — costing between $7 million and $8 million, including bond interest — say consultants hired by the park district and Center for the Arts Evergreen.

    The study was commissioned to examine the market demand and the potential cost of building an arts-related structure as envisioned by the Buchanan Park master plan, which was approved by the Evergreen Park and Recreation District on Jan. 22, 2008.

  • Song of the South plays educational tune

    Donning straw hats and overalls, calico dresses and bonnets, students at Parmalee Elementary School showed off their projects looking at life in the Southern United States during the 1800s.

    The students in Donna Sutherland’s fourth/fifth-grade gifted-and-talented class used everything from Powerpoint presentations to posters on Oct. 19 to explain to their peers about life during that era.

  • Recycling Center celebrating 10 years

    The Bergen Park Recycling Center is celebrating its 10th birthday.

    How did the tiny 83-year-old Martha Mott get the center established when King Soopers stopped recycling in February 1999? Mott was desperate about where to take the 9 tons of newspaper she collected annually from fellow residents at Green Ridge Meadow Apartments. If she didn’t find a solution, she would have to watch newspapers go to the landfill.

  • 5 candidates running for 3 seats on school board

    Five candidates are vying for three seats up for election on the Jefferson County school board in the current election.

    Following are question-and-answer sessions with the candidates.

    Laura Boggs

    District 2

    www.lauraboggs4jeffcoschools.com

    Laura Boggs runs a consulting business that addresses strategy, financial literacy and creating income while people sleep. She has two boys, 11 and 13, at Devinny and Creighton elementary schools and has lived in Green Mountain in Lakewood for 13 years. She is 49.