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Jeffco Athlete Standout Performers: Week of Dec. 14

Manuel Perez, Bear CreekThe senior swished six-of-six 3-point attempts and scored 20 points in a 74-48 boys basketball win over Arapahoe on Dec. 8. Justus Aragon, Standley LakeThe junior figured … more

Valor Point provides a temporary home for the brave

To be successful at something, it usually takes more than one go. And that includes getting off the streets and finding stable living and employment. Mike, 54, and Eddie, 55, neither of who wanted … more

Leadership stays the same for Jeffco Public Schools

Brad Rupert, Susan Harmon and Ron Mitchell keep their seats on the Jefferson County Board of Education, having won re-election Nov. 7. The three incumbents were elected following the recall of the board majority in 2015. Two challengers, … more

Jeffco Board of Education incumbents prove victorious

Incumbents Brad Rupert and Susan Harmon won the two contested races on the Jefferson County Board of Education. Incumbent Ron Mitchell is running unopposed for … more

Homeless veterans' numbers may be down, but problem persists

An estimated 569 homeless veterans live in the Denver metro area, and Freddie Sprankel used to be one of them. After more than three years in the U.S. Army — including an almost year-long duty tour in Iraq — Sprankel got an honorable … more

Accused Walmart killer faces charges

Scott Ostrem, the man Thornton Police say shot up Thornton’s Town Center Walmart Nov. 1, faces two counts of murder each for the three people killed as well as 30 counts of attempted murder for people in the store at the time of the … more

Valor aims for new role as member of league

Valor Christian has been a success athletically since the school opened in 2007. On the state championship level alone, the Eagles have won 23 championships with 14 runner-up finishes. “At Valor we’re always looking at ways that we can do … more

Teacher unions support incumbents for Jeffco school board

Incumbents in the Jefferson County Board of Education race have garnered significantly more financial support than their challengers, as reported by the Oct. 17 contributions and expenditures report filed with the Colorado Secretary of … more

Athletes strive to get up to speed

Speed never takes a day off, goes the adage. “Speed is any sport is very, very important because it's hard to teach speed,” Cherry Creek soccer coach Chelo Curi said. The ability to move fast is important in almost all athletic endeavors … more

Matt Van Gieson — Jeffco Board of Education, District 1

Matt Van Gieson was born and raised in Arvada. An A-West High School graduate, he is a father of four, including a newborn. He works as a systems analyst and project manager. Van Gieson holds a bachelor’s degree in business … more

Bank robber convicted

A 50-year-old man has pleaded guilty to 12 felony charges, stemming from the robbery of five banks across the metro Denver area. Gary Crider appeared in Jefferson County Court on Oct. 2 and pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated robbery, nine … more

Jeffco school board candidates talk issues

Schools choice, transparency and opportunities for all students were hot topics at the first Jefferson County Board of Education candidate forum held Sept. 13 at Wheat Ridge High School. The forum, presented by Support Jeffco Kids and Arvadans for … more

Shields and Van Gieson challenge incumbents for school board

Both challengers in the Jefferson County Board of Education race oppose the shift of sixth-graders to middle school and are concerned about the stress school closures brings to a community. “I know the devastation closing Pleasant View caused … more

Two last minute challengers emerge in Jeffco school board race

Two last minute challengers filed to run for Jefferson County Board of Education. Three incumbents, board president Ron Mitchell, Susan Harmon and Brad Rupert will seek reelection for their seats, which they acquired in 2015 after the recall of … more

What a difference a rivalry makes

Rivalry football games are contests that get circled on the calendar, get players and students pumped up and get coaches to put a little extra into game planning. Pueblo Central versus Pueblo Centennial is the oldest rivalry football game in … more

How to plan a last-minute family vacation

For families who hope to take a family vacation this summer but have put off the planning and the budgeting, there are still plenty of options. Organizing a last-minute family trip can be fun without breaking the bank, if you know what steps to … more
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