Today's News

  • Schools put property-tax increase on November ballot

    The Jefferson County school board approved the district’s 2012-13 budget on a 4-1 vote June 7, which includes continuing pay cuts and furlough days district-wide. Also, some 31 positions will be cut.

    Some $15 million in cuts are spread through various departments. However, the board continued to provide some funding to the Outdoor Lab Schools.

    The school’s total 2012-13 budget is $931 million, down very slightly from last year’s total budget of $932 million. The budget includes a $605 million general fund.

  • Spring all-conference teams: Boys lacrosse, girls tennis

    The following are all-conference lists for the 2012 spring season:


    ATTACKMEN: Ryan Kelly, Columbine; Dalton Sierra, Columbine; Jake Gonzales, Columbine; Reilly Fletcher, Evergreen; Pete Aplet, Wheat Ridge; John Roach, Wheat Ridge
    MIDFIELDER: Ryan Schneider, Chatfield; Jack Stebbins, Columbine; Brandon Atwood, Columbine; Braden Olson, Evergreen; Scott Crews, Evergreen; Jacob Gladfelter, Wheat Ridge; Josh Kaufling, Wheat Ridge

  • 2011-12 Coach of the Year: Marnie Bello

    Gymnasts are notoriously perfectionist and hardworking. Evergreen head gymnastics coach Marnie Bello is no exception.
    Bello coached her team to the 4A state championship with a school-record 182 points in 2011, knocking off two-time defending champion Elizabeth in the process. The Lady Cougars did so by taking first-place in the vault and uneven bars. It was the school’s second state title since 2008.

  • 2011-12 Athlete of the Year: Lexie Malazdrewicz

    Seventeen-year-old Lexie Malazdrewicz will tell you that she is “just a 17-year-old girl.” One that likes hanging out with her friends and going to the pool during the summer, but tanning is what Malazdrewicz does at the pool when she’s not setting records in the pool.
    For the past eight years, Malazdrewicz has been making waves in the swim world, setting records and capturing titles — both as a club and high school swimmer. But, according to her, she never sets out to shatter records. She just swims hard to beat her own time.

  • Food vendors face new regulations at farmers markets

    The upscale food-court atmosphere that prevails at so many farmers markets has prompted Jeffco health authorities to impose stricter regulations on food vendors selling items typically offered at restaurants.

    Some small-business operators are complaining, and some are choosing to take their offerings elsewhere.

    Vendors selling what are called potentially hazardous food items — such as burritos, tamales, pizza slices, hamburgers and salads — for immediate consumption must submit a plan to health authorities first and obtain a $255 mobile unit license.

  • Echo Mountain Ski Area for sale

    The owner of Echo Mountain Ski Area has announced that the Squaw Pass attraction will be sold through a sealed-bid auction this summer.

    Racebrook, the New York-based private investment firm that owns the ski area, said in a news release Thursday that the bids will be due Aug 2. Echo Mountain, which has one chairlift and about 80 acres of developed terrain, opened in 2006.

  • More than 100 animals seized from Laughing Valley Ranch

    More than 100 animals were seized this week from the Laughing Valley Ranch southwest of Idaho Springs, whose owner, Bill Lee, is beloved locally for his portrayal of Santa Claus.  

    On Wednesday the Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office, along with 13 other agencies, seized geese, dogs, llamas, rabbits, mules, horses, goats, sheep, a pony, alpacas, cats — and reindeer. Officials indicated there were concerns about the animals living in unsanitary conditions.

  • School board votes to put tax increase on ballot

    The Jeffco school board voted 4-1 at its June 7 meeting to put two property-tax increase questions on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. Voter approval of both would mean a net $40 annual increase in taxes on a $250,000 home.

    County residents will vote on a mill-levy increase that would generate $39 million and a bond issue that would allow the district to borrow $99 million.

  • Hard Hats & High Heels event to benefit Habitat project

    Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity’s fifth annual Hard Hats & High Heels fund-raiser takes place at a private home in Evergreen’s Soda Creek neighborhood on Saturday, June 9, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
    The Sprouts of Evergreen Dental Group have offered their home for the event, which will raise funds for two Habitat families selected for a duplex home.

  • Digging through time: RMAE students excavate plots to learn about science, history

    Imagine it’s the year 3212, and you are an archaeologist. Imagine what you might find as you dig in different areas of the world such as North Africa, the Caribbean, Egypt, Oregon, China and Rome.