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  • School board members now can talk to reporters

    Jeffco school board members took a step back from the board’s controversial media policy Jan. 13, with President Dave Thomas announcing he would not attempt to prevent other board members from speaking to the press.

    The policy, which was adopted in 2000, forbids all board members except the president from speaking to the media about virtually any topic.

  • Griffin elected chairwoman of county commissioners

    County Commissioner Faye Griffin was appointed Jan. 11 as the board’s chairwoman, replacing former commissioner Kathy Hartman in the year-long role.

    Commissioner Kevin McCasky, who served as chairman in 2009, nominated Griffin and gave recommendations for the commissioners’ appointments to a long list of other county boards.

  • Foothills board considers gun-safety class

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District may soon be offering a gun-safety course, taking the organization in a direction unseen since it closed a skeet-shooting range decades ago.

    The classes, if approved, likely would not be held in any of the district’s buildings and would be taught by a contracted instructor.

  • Public input sought on possible school closures, changes

    The Jeffco school board is seeking public input on $500 million in facilities proposals that include closing Leawood Elementary School and combining it with Colorow Elementary in a new building.

    In schools across the district, many sixth-grade programs would be moved to the middle-school level, and articulation areas for a number of schools would change.

    Most of the proposals could not be implemented without additional funding from voters.

  • Boggs to stay on school board committees

    Jefferson County school board member Laura Boggs will not be removed from any board committees, but the board’s censure of her conduct will stand.

    During a study session last Thursday, board member Paula Noonan withdrew her proposal to remove Boggs from committees that she serves on.

  • January is National Radon Action Month

    Radon, a carcinogenic radioactive gas, constantly accumulates in basements in South Jeffco and around the state. In January, National Radon Action Month, residents are encouraged to have their homes tested for elevated levels of the naturally occurring gas.

    Though radon, a breakdown product of decaying uranium, is found in soil samples throughout the country, its presence in a given home is unpredictable, the Environmental Protection Agency states. The gas enters through a structure’s foundation and accumulates, especially in homes with inadequate ventilation.

  • Animal dreams

    Dr. Jennifer Tremblay grew up on an Illinois farm, knowing from age 7 that she wanted to become a veterinarian.

    So when she established Littleton Paws, South Jeffco’s newest veterinary clinic and her first private venture, she had a pretty good idea about what she wanted in the building’s design.

  • Coffman bill would spur domestic mining of rare earth metals

    Legislation that would increase domestic mining of rare earth metals will be among U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman first proposed bills in the new congressional session, a reaction to China’s reduction in exports planned for 2011.

    The metals, a group of 17 chemical elements, are used commercially in applications ranging from military weapons to hybrid car batteries.

  • South Jeffco doctor offering controversial diet

    A South Jeffco doctor is among the few physicians to begin offering a controversial diet program in which patients consume only 500 calories a day and give themselves hormone injections in hopes of losing up to a pound a day.

    Dr. Julie Gelman, who recently opened a medical-spa clinic in the Swedish Southwest Healthpark, provides a monitoring service to patients on the hCG diet, a protocol established in the 1950s that has seen a dramatic resurgence over the past few years.

  • District eyes 'controversial' facilities plan

    It would take more than $500 million to upgrade schools, close some schools, build new ones and move students around to get the most effective use out of Jefferson County School District buildings, district staff told the school board last Thursday night.

    The proposed five-year program, called the Preliminary Facilities Master Plan, could not be implemented without additional funding from voters. The district is facing a $26 million budget deficit and has no money to upgrade buildings.