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Today's News

  • Peiffer Elementary students rev up their reading skills

    Students at Peiffer Elementary School have logged thousands of hours in reading time while participating in Race to Read, a program sponsored by Bandimere Speedway in Morrison.

    “The kids are so excited about it,” said Peiffer first-grade teacher Tanya Rodgers. “They can read anything they want.”

    The six-week program that Tami Bandimere-Shrader, granddaughter of the speedway founder, began 20 years ago has been around the track many times while expanding among area schools.

  • Animals are people too

    StageDoor Theatre is bringing the search for the Great Pink Sea Snail to the stage with a production of “Dr. Dolittle, Jr.,” which will be performed by the middle school company May 6, 7, 13 and 14.

    Director Mike Kinnie has been a fan of the original movie and its soundtrack since childhood.

    “The story has a nice message: take care of the animals, don’t forget about the animals, animals are people too. So it’s a great story; it’s a great message.”

  • Foothills will acquire roller hockey facility

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District is moving forward with plans to acquire the Rocky Mountain Roller Hockey League building at its Schaefer Athletic Complex on South Kipling Parkway.

    The pending $1.4 million purchase is expected to have a 10-year payback and net approximately $200,000 annually in revenues, said Ron Hopp, Foothills executive director.
    “This would provide a lot of unique opportunities we don’t have,” Hopp said at the district board’s April 25 meeting.

  • A lively festival for a chilly spring day

    “Hop, cross, turn,” dance teacher Joan Saliman said to a group learning an Israeli dance at Congregation B’nai Chaim in Morrison on Sunday morning.

    With music supplying a steady beat, the dancers moved across the room with fast-paced steps and turns.

    Israeli dance was just one of many activities that people enjoyed at the congregation’s first Israeli cultural festival.

  • Quick Hits

    Key regular season finale

  • Cougars thwarted by Valor’s young arms

    LAKEWOOD — The opening pitch proved to be a bad omen for Evergreen with the driver’s seat on the line in the Class 4A Jeffco League baseball race for the conference title.

    Cougars’ ace Dane Kapande plunked Valor Christian leadoff batter Joel Pierce to begin the showdown April 27 at All Star Park in Lakewood. The first four Eagles reached base in the top of the first inning on the way to a two-run first inning and eventual 3-1 victory over Evergreen (9-5 record, 4-1 in league).

  • Judge validates petitions of Keyser as GOP candidate in Senate primary

    After days of uncertainty about the validity of a petition that Morrison Republican Jon Keyser submitted as a U.S. Senate candidate, a Denver district judge ordered the secretary of state to place his name on the primary election ballot Friday.

    Secretary of State Wayne Williams had declared Keyser’s petition insufficient because he was 86 signatures short in Congressional District 3. Keyser was required to gather 1,500 valid signatures from GOP voters in each of the state’s seven congressional districts to qualify for the June GOP primary.

  • Board mulls grade shuffling, elementary school mergers

    A facilities master plan unveiled at last Thursday’s meeting of the Jeffco school board would require a bond issue to address capital needs among the district’s aging schools.

    In a presentation of the plan, Superintendent Dan McMinimee and facilities staff recommended reconfiguring grades at a number of elementary and middle schools, adjusting matriculation boundaries, and making significant renovations at schools across the district — all in a bid to address aging facilities within current budget limitations.

  • Park district candidates field questions at forum

    Three candidates for two seats on the five-member board of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District fielded questions Saturday morning at a meeting of the Mountain Area Democrats.

    Monty Estis, Doug Lempke and Bill May are on the ballot in the May 3 election.

    The three are vying for seats that were vacated by Janet Doyle and Andrew Adamowski. Doyle is stepping down after serving two consecutive terms, and Adamowski is not running again at the conclusion of his four-year term.

  • HITTING THE HIGH NOTES: Jimy Murphy

    Jimy Murphy — artist, cancer survivor, father of three and force of nature — offers one piece of advice: Do what you love.

    The ebullient Murphy has followed his own passions on a whirlwind music and film career that took him around the country before dropping him back in his hometown.