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Today's News

  • Eighth-graders debate Constitution during mock hearings

    Should American voters be required to take literacy and civics tests before being allowed to vote?

    This question was among the topics debated by Clear Creek Middle School eighth-graders at the annual mock congressional hearing on Dec. 19.

    The hearing, now in its 13th year, is a competition that eighth-grade teacher and organizer Kevin James has called the ultimate teaching tool. Students working alone or in small groups research and write speeches on their topics, then present their arguments in front of a panel of judges and their fellow classmates.

  • Jeffco animal control supervisors help with hurricane relief

    Jennifer Dow and Christine Padilla said their three weeks in the U.S. Virgin Islands was an eye-opening and life-changing experience.

    But, unlike most visitors, the two weren’t there for vacation. Instead, they went to help with post-hurricane animal rescue.

    Dow and Padilla of Jeffco Sheriff’s Animal Control along with two other Denver-area animal control officers, were sent to St. Croix last month.

  • Backup plans in place for New Year’s lake events

    While the weather has been colder, organizers for Skate the Lake and the Evergreen Lake Plunge are unsure whether the lake will be frozen enough to host the annual New Year’s events.

    Thus, there are backup plans in place, in case it isn’t.

  • County proclaims day celebrating Mother Cabrini

    Exactly 100 years after she died, Jeffco honored Mother Frances Cabrini’s contributions to Colorado and the county by declaring a day in her honor.

    The Jeffco Board of County Commissioners proclaimed Friday, Dec. 22, as St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Day in recognition of her overall legacy and her shrine in Golden.

  • Take care of the easy stuff

    New Year’s resolutions for 2018 are coming soon. Bah humbug. I’d rather recommend resolutions for other folks to make. Resolutions to change not just big stuff, but everyday annoyances. And this doesn’t even pertain to people in the world’s scariest spots like the Middle East. North Korea. The White House.

  • Traits of political success moving forward

    After voters elected Democrat Doug Jones to the United States Senate in what had been considered to be reliably Republican Alabama last week, several national pundits argued that if a Democrat could win in Alabama, that Democrats will win across the board in 2018 and that Jones’ victory is effectively a death knell for the Republican Party.

  • To tree or not to tree

    While hiking near Edwards last week, my friend and I spotted a curious pattern of a broad object that seemed to have swept down the snowy path not long before we arrived.
    As we reflected on the beauty of our frosty surroundings, the thickets of evergreen trees with diverse shapes and sizes reminded us that ‘tis the season for folks to head for the woods with a saw and, permit in hand, choose the perfect tree to drag along the path (in this case, for a painfully long distance), and tie to the roof of the car for the trip home.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Known where-abouts

  • Schaenzle remembers, honors her daughter with goal to run 5Ks in national parks

    Anna Rose Schaenzle was the whole package — compassionate, friendly, athletic, strong, intelligent and giving.
    “She was the most wonderful child,” her mom Gil Schaenzle said of the 21-year-old who died of a rare form of cancer called neuroendocrine tumors in March 2017. “I always felt blessed that I had gotten to be her mom. … Someone at her funeral said Anna didn’t care if you were black or white, gay or straight. She just loved you.”

  • EDUCATION BRIEFS

    PCSD school board votes to boost two administrative salaries

    The base hiring salaries for two vacant administrative positions in the Platte Canyon School District will increase after school board members approved last week a proposal by Superintendent Brenda Krage to boost salaries in order to attract more qualified candidates.