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  • Jeffco CSAP scores put spotlight on writing

      Jeffco students generally are exceeding state averages on standardized tests, but last year’s results indicate a need to improve writing instruction.

    The 2009-10 results from Colorado Student Assessment Program testing show steady or slightly declining performance in many academic categories, prompting the Jeffco school board to consider ways to nourish student growth.

  • Summers evasive about group's attempts to 'convert' gay men

    A Christianity-based addiction program headed by state Rep. Ken Summers also attempts to “convert” gay men to heterosexual lifestyles, a controversial practice that Summers failed to reveal in an initial conversation with a reporter.

    Teen Challenge of the Rocky Mountains, a local chapter of a national organization, claims it “provides hope for life transformation to those with life-controlling problems,” though its website does not mention “treatment” for homosexuality.

  • Lockheed Martin will assemble new GPS satellites

     

    Lockheed Martin is building a new assembly facility at its Waterton Canyon campus where up to 12 of the next generation of GPS satellites will be put together.

    Completion of the building is expected by the fourth quarter of 2011, at which point components manufactured at the company’s locations around the country will begin being put together. The first satellite, a GPS IIIA unit, is scheduled to be finished in 2014.

  • Patrol-car cameras track passing vehicles

      Three sheriff’s patrol cars in Jeffco’s fleet are now equipped with cameras that track and record every passing car.

    The Sheriff’s Office is among the latest organizations to employ license plate scanners, a technology that reads license plates through the use of cameras mounted atop the vehicles.

  • Planning commission OKs development west of Hogback

    The contentious Lyons Ridge housing development took a step forward Aug. 11, as the Jeffco planning commission unanimously approved a final plat for 230 homes directly west of the Hogback.

    The land, former home to Colorado Christian University’s campus, would be sold to Shea Homes, which developed most of Highlands Ranch along with its parent company, Shea Properties.

  • Lightning strike injures South Jeffco girl

    A South Jeffco teen was indirectly struck by lightning Monday afternoon near Summit Ridge Middle School.

    The 14-year-old girl was washing a car outside her family’s home in the 12000 block of West Cooper Drive. A family member called 911 about 12:20 p.m., and West Metro Fire responded, transporting the girl to Swedish Hospital.

  • Jeffco’s Maes wins GOP gubernatorial nomination

    After jumping into the governor’s race with no political experience and no establishment credentials or support, Evergreen businessman Dan Maes defeated Scott McInnis on Tuesday in the Republican primary.

    Maes won by 50.6 percent to 49.3 percent, with a record number of Coloradans casting primary votes.

    After peaking in the final weeks, the Maes campaign was tantalizingly close to victory, but the race was still too close to call. Maes now faces Democrat John Hickenlooper and Constitution Party latecomer Tom Tancredo in November.

  • Jeffco sees record turnout in all-mail primary

    Jefferson County voters responded in record numbers to the first all-mail-in primary election, with the 2010 voter turnout vastly surpassing that of previous years.

    An all-time high of 97,447 ballots — 47.41 percent of the 205,539 eligible voters — had been counted by early Wednesday morning, when all precincts had finished tallying votes.

    By contrast, the closely watched primary elections of 2004 and 2008 turned out only 32.14 percent and 36.74 percent of qualified voters, respectively.

  • Operator error cited in Tiny Town derailment

     

    The Tiny Town train is expected to be running again this week after a derailment Aug. 11 left 20 adults and children injured. Operator error is being blamed for the accident.

    Before the ride is reopened, all of the park’s trains will be checked for mechanical defects, even though mechanical issues are not suspected.

  • Tiny Town fined $30,500 in train derailment: Fine must be paid before train can run again

    Tiny Town has been fined $30,500 for issues surrounding the Aug. 11 train derailment that injured 20 people.

    The fine was assessed to the park Aug. 20 because the person operating the train when it derailed had not been adequately trained, according to Susan DeMeules, program manager for the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s Division of Oil and Public Safety.