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  • Jefferson County opposes independent library district

    Efforts to create an independent library district in Jefferson County are being fought by the Board of Commissioners, who intend to keep the existing library system’s assets and mill levy, should an independent district emerge.

    The commissioners, who recently received a 1,354-signature petition favoring the new district, on Tuesday rejected the county’s participation in the venture.

  • School board puts off decisions on facilities

    The Jeffco school board opted Jan. 20 to postpone decisions on a series of facilities changes, which include closing a number of the district’s schools and moving many sixth-grade programs to the middle-school level.

    In South Jeffco, Shaffer Elementary School’s challenge program would be relocated to Ute Meadows Elementary School, and a number of preschool programs would be moved from mobile classrooms to the main buildings. Such changes could have occurred as early as the 2011-12 academic year.

  • Foreclosures down 5 percent in Jeffco in 2010

    Foreclosure rates declined by less than 5 percent in Jefferson County last year, though a backlog in the wake of a brief national moratorium may be partially responsible.

    The county recorded 3,849 new foreclosures in 2010, down from 4,027 the year before.

    And while the number of foreclosures has remained relatively steady, the causes are changing, said county public trustee Margaret Chapman, citing a trend away from variable interest-rate loans. Today, more mortgage holders are simply losing their homes as a result of the economy, she said.

  • County’s investments expected to earn less this year

    Jefferson County’s 2011 investment portfolio earnings will be only about half of 2010 levels, officials said Jan. 18, citing drooping interest rates in the bond market.

    Net earnings last year reached more than $5 million for the county, though interest rates on current investments have decreased. Anticipated investment earnings for 2011 total $2.5 million.

  • Engineering interest in science, math

    Using handfuls of clay as a boat-building medium, Ken Caryl Middle School’s female students received a brief tutorial in physics and a larger lesson from a pair of Massachusetts Institute of Technology scholars: Math and science are not exclusively the province of boys.

    The impromptu ship building, a demonstration of Archimedes’ Principle of Buoyancy, was indeed a challenge for a room of about 50 girls, who worked in small groups to build vessels intended to float despite the density of the material.

  • Commissioners delay repayment for loan linked to campaign contributors

    Jefferson County on Tuesday granted a decade-long grace period on a loan of more than $6.4 million to an undeveloped metropolitan district for construction of the C-470 and Alameda interchange.

    Green Tree Metropolitan District, which is governed by at least one developer who has contributed substantially to Jeffco Republican campaigns, borrowed the money in 2007 from the county to help construct the $17 million interchange.

  • McCasky stepping down as county commissioner

    Jefferson County Commissioner Kevin McCasky announced Jan. 19 he will be stepping down from his elected position to accept a job as president and CEO of the Jefferson Economic Council.

    McCasky, 50, a Republican whose term would have run through 2012, had previously sat on the JEC’s board as a representative of the county. His hiring was unanimously approved Jan. 19 at the nonprofit’s board meeting.

  • SHERIFF'S CALLS

    The four-step method — minus one
    SOUTH JEFFCO — Some people are apparently unfamiliar with the premise of retail commerce: 1. Shopper enters store; 2. Shopper sensibly selects merchandise; 3. Shopper pays for said merchandise; 4. Unless filming a remarkably unfunny sequel to “Mallrats,” shopper leaves store.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    The four-step method — minus one

    SOUTH JEFFCO — Some people are apparently unfamiliar with the premise of retail commerce: 1. Shopper enters store; 2. Shopper sensibly selects merchandise; 3. Shopper pays for said merchandise; 4. Unless filming a remarkably unfunny sequel to “Mallrats,” shopper leaves store.

  • 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.