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Today's News

  • WJMS orchestra instructor awarded Teacher of the Year

    Laura Garrison was conducting her orchestra students Friday morning, as usual, when the classroom door opened and her parents and children walked into the room.

    They were followed by a few of Garrison’s friends, West Jefferson Middle School parents and school staff members — many of whom were carrying flowers or balloons.

    Garrison stopped conducting, befuddled at what was going on. Her 30-plus students were also confused, asking, “What’s happening?” and “Ms. Garrison, what did you do?”

  • Renovating Jeffco schools would cost $647 million

    The Jeffco School Board has discussed using a bond issue on the November ballot to raise $647 million that experts said would be needed to make Jeffco schools more efficient, more equal and safer.

    The board has made no decision on whether to put a bond issue on the ballot, which would need to be done before late August, but board members asked for further information to take to upcoming community meetings.

  • Venue Theatre’s youngest actors look at the animal kingdom, environment

    Young thespians will take to the Venue Theatre stage April 20-22 to show off their acting and singing skills.

    Kindergartners through second-graders will perform a 20-minute show called “Big Beautiful Planet,” a compilation of songs by Raffi that talk about the importance of protecting the planet.

    That will be followed by “Lion King Jr.,” based on the 1994 movie about a lion cub named Simba and his adventures with lioness Nala, meerkat Timon and warthog Pumbaa.

  • BIZBEAT: Page Turner in Aspen Park is an open book(store)

    Conifer’s used bookstore has gotten a makeover.

    Mountain Books in Aspen Park, which for more than 20 years had been known for being stuffed with every book imaginable, is now Page Turner Bookstore.

    Not only does the store have a really cool name — though no one named Page works there — it’s bright and airy, with books lining shelves on one side of the store. On the other side is a coffee bar, which will have its grand opening on April 28. The coffee and tea will come from the Bean and the Leaf, which is above the bookstore.

  • Family, community and pets alike honor longtime Evergreen veterinarian

    More than 150 people and nearly as many dogs turned out Sunday afternoon to honor Terry Stephen, a longtime Evergreen veterinarian who died of cancer on March 27 at the age of 66.

    Before they took to the trail around the Buchanan Ponds, they stopped to share some stories — and some tears — about a man they called compassionate to both animals and humans.

  • Students target gun reform with voter registration push

    Last month, hundreds of Jeffco students walked out of their classrooms in hopes of sending a message to lawmakers about gun violence in schools. Ten days later, they joined millions across the country in “March for Our Lives” demonstrations on March 24 that, again, were aimed at sending a message to politicians. Now the kids are sending another message to legislators: Do something about gun reform or we’ll vote you out of office.

  • Who will lead?

    We continue to argue about how to protect our kids from school shooters. I can’t get the visions of those little Sandy Hook toddlers out of my mind. I live near an elementary school, and as I see the little ones coming and going I think about the horrific shootings we seem to shrug off as “the way things are today.” No, thoughts and prayers are insufficient.
    Consider the following events compiled by Michael Smerconish, CNN and Sirius Radio nonpartisan program host regarding the Parkland school shooting:

  • Saving Parkland—26 times over

    The hypocrisy can sometimes feel overwhelming. The recent anti-gun march in Washington masquerading as an anti-gun violence demonstration focused on protecting our children.
    It was, in fact, a cleverly organized, coordinated demonstration by the anti-gun, anti-NRA, anti-Trump political left. Coordinated by Democrat Party alliances involving George Soros, the Women’s March and others, these folks certainly have the legal right to exercise their First Amendment rights.

  • Evergreen Players honors the community

    Recently, I sat down with three caring and determined ladies responsible for a great deal of Evergreen Players’ continuous success. I have personal history with the Players and remain enlivened by its impeccable standards and the strides it has made over the years.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Graceless embrace