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  • Jeffco Public Schools approves agreements with employee unions

    Jeffco Public Schools has reached and approved a contract with its teachers union after a contentious negotiations period that saw teachers stage walkouts in April to protest teacher pay levels and school funding in Colorado, as well as proposed changes to the Public Employees Retirement Association — the state’s public employee pension fund.

  • Platte Canyon school board approves retroactive pay

    New teachers hired by Platte Canyon Schools, as well as those hired within the past four years, will be credited for up to 10 years of previous teaching experience when it comes to compensation after the Platte Canyon school board formally approved changing the limit June 11 from six years to 10.

  • Platte Canyon school board approves amended budget

    Students and staff in the Platte Canyon School District will benefit next year from the addition of two full-time equivalent staff positions after school board members last week formally approved a revised budget for 2018-19 that includes an allocation of more than $140,000 for the two positions.

  • Schmidt chosen as interim superintendent for Platte Canyon Schools

    Platte Canyon High School principal Mike Schmidt has been named interim superintendent of Platte Canyon Schools.

    Announced Monday night at a special meeting of the Platte Canyon school board, Schmidt was one of 24 candidates who applied for the job and one of three finalists presented to the public earlier this month — including Hotchkiss K-8 principal John Marchino and Jeffco Public Schools executive Karen Quanbeck.

  • Eagle Rock Fire near Buffalo Creek 100 percent contained

     A wildfire that ignited Friday afternoon four miles east of Buffalo Creek is 100 percent contained after burning a half acre.

    According to the U.S. Forest Service, the Eagle Rock Fire was first reported at 1:55 p.m. Friday and required the support of the Forest Service and other agencies to extinguish. Two helicopters, additional air support and one fire truck were used to tame the blaze, which was declared contained at 7 p.m.

  • Wamblee Trail wildfire 100 percent contained

    The Wamblee Trail wildfire in Conifer is 100 percent contained after firefighters from four different departments spent nearly 24 hours working to extinguish it on Friday and Saturday.

    The fire, which ignited near 13800 Wamblee Trail after a lightning strike late Friday afternoon, burned between 2.5 and 3 acres and initially led the Jeffco Sheriff's Office to issue evacuation notices for 20 homes in area around 5 p.m. The evacuation notices led to an emergency shelter being opened at Conifer High School before residents were allowed to return home just after 7 p.m.

  • Evergreen Parkway in El Rancho reopened after motorcycle accident

    One motorcyclist was transported with serious injuries but non-life threatening injuries after a motorcycle accident in El Rancho Thursday morning.

    Brian Lynch, 65, of Denver and another cyclist — Byron Dormire, 65, of Windsor — were traveling northbound on Evergreen Parkway around 10:50 a.m. and approaching the intersection with Swede Gulch Road, Trooper Gary Cutler of Colorado State Patrol said.

    At the intersection, Lynch stopped and Dormire's Harley Davidson slammed into the back of Lynch's Yamaha.

  • Wildland fire in Genesee fully contained

    Firefighters have completely contained the small wildland fire that was burning Thursday morning in Genesee Park, which is north of Interstate 70 at the Chief Hosa exit.

    Pre-evacuation orders were sent to 104 homes along Lower Moss Rock Road, Upper Moss Rock Road and Stapleton Drive around 9:45 a.m. Thursday.

    At 10:15 a.m., the fire was approximately 30 square yards in size, the Jeffco Sheriff's Office said via Twitter.

  • Inter-Canyon considering property tax increase

    Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District is inching closer to asking its residents for a property tax increase or to de-Gallagher-ize the district in the November election.

    The first option would increase property taxes for Inter-Canyon’s 6,000 residents. The latter would lock the district in at its current residential assessment rate of 7.2 percent and help it avoid the impact of the Gallagher Amendment.

  • Morrison repeals more stringent noise ordinance

    For several months, the Morrison Police Department has actively enforced the town’s noise ordinance. So far, it’s working.

    So much so that Chief George Mumma on June 5 asked the board to repeal a more stringent noise ordinance that was enacted in March and set to go into effect last Sunday if enforcement of its current ordinance proved unsuccessful.

    The board listened and unanimously repealed the ordinance with the understanding that noise enforcement will continue.