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  • 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.

  • 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.