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  • Calculating the casualties of war

    While classrooms across the country honored veterans Nov. 10 with patriotic plays, songs or flag ceremonies, math teacher Jean Coyne’s students celebrated with protractors and calculators.

    “We’re making a pie graph representing the total number of years for each (U.S.) war,” said 13-year-old Ken Caryl Middle School student Mark Sherman.

    The Veterans Day exercises made class interesting, Sherman said, because students used real-life data to create graphs revealing how much war affects soldiers and the country.

  • Jeffco schools win award for tech-savvy approach

     

    The Jefferson County School District is certainly on top of technology, as it was named first in the nation by the Center of Digital Education as part of the Digital School District Survey.

    The award came after an electronic survey was taken in school districts nationwide gauging how they integrate the use of technology in curriculum and district use.

    Jeffco placed first in districts with more than 15,000 students.

  • Bat study sheds light on nocturnal fliers

    Blood-sucking, rabies-carrying, flying-blind mice might seem like suitable subjects for a school research project, especially around Halloween.

  • Students stroll through the solar system

    The immensity of the solar system can be difficult for young students to grasp, but now Jeffco students can take a long and educational walk through the sun’s neighborhood.

    On Oct. 7, Jefferson County Schools unveiled one of two recently completed solar space walk exhibits at the Mount Evans Outdoor Laboratory School.

  • Term-limit extension likely on back burner after defeat by voters

    Jeffco voters soundly rejected the idea of increasing term limits so elected officials could run for three consecutive terms, but the proposal may not be dead.

    "In a couple years I might bring this back in a different form and do a better job of it," said Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey, the originator of the latest term-limit extension effort in Jeffco. "I never close the door on anything I do."

  • Jeffco envisions all-encompassing land-use plan

    After two years in development, planners have largely completed the first draft of the new Jefferson County Comprehensive Land Use Plan. Now they are unveiling it to the public and seeking feedback.

    Public comments are due by Nov. 9. The planning commission is scheduled to take action at a meeting Dec. 9 at 6:15 p.m., during which public testimony will be taken. (The Board of County Commissioners doesn’t hold a hearing or vote on the plan.)

  • $2.2 million grant will make county buildings more efficient

    Jeffco taxpayers could save more than $250,000 a year on utility costs for county facilities in coming years thanks to a $2.2 million grant from the federal government.

    The county will formally accept the money next week and begin working with contractors to develop a plan to upgrade the energy efficiency of some of its buildings. The county has 180 days after accepting the funds to commit 100 percent of the grant money, and three years to spend it.

  • A new approach, on the Rox

    Owning and managing a business is a lot like being the parent of a new baby — it takes time, money and energy to nurture your offspring to maturity. For Rox Bar and Grill owners Chang Lee and Yumi Ogai, there is more than one new baby in their life.

    Lee and Ogai became parents for the first time four months ago to a baby boy named Siwon Ryan; they also took ownership of Rox Bar and Grill on Oct. 16. As if that weren’t enough change in their life, Lee and Ogai also relocated to Littleton from east Aurora three weeks ago so they could be closer to their new business.

  • Jeffco on track for $7 million in investment income in 2009

    Jefferson County is on track to earn about a 2.6 percent return on nearly $270 million in investments in 2009, according to the county's investment manager.

    Mark Hubbard told the county commissioners Oct. 27 that the county had earned $6.13 million on $267.9 million in investments through Sept. 30, and that it would finish "just a smidge" over $7 million by the end of the year.

    The biggest chunk of county investment money is invested in Federal Home Loan Bank funds, to the tune of more than $73 million.

  • Existing law must handle car-bicycle conflicts

    Several weeks after the Jeffco commissioners formally decided they would not seek legislation giving them the power to restrict bicycling on county roads, Commissioner Kathy Hartman says the cycling-versus-motorist issue comes down to one simple thing.

    Both sides need to follow the existing law.

    "We tell everybody to obey the law, and tell everybody that we are going to continue to enforce the law," Hartman said.