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  • ACC display celebrates immigrants who call Littleton area home

    The subject of immigration often sparks debate — so much so that people often forget the value a naturalized citizen brings to the country.

    But a new display in Arapahoe Community College’s atrium has been installed to remind the community of the people who have chosen to call the Littleton area home. Part of the Milestones Project, ACC’s exhibit, “Littleton: My International Home Sweet Home,” highlights some of the immigrants who add culture and value through their community contributions.

  • A new spin on lunch: Ken Caryl principal starts a karaoke revolution

    The lunchroom erupted in cheers as seventh-grader Grant Stavrakas finished belting out “Proud Mary.”

    And the cheers didn’t come simply because someone of Grant’s age could hit every note just like John Fogerty did in Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1969 recording. It was also because Grant presided over the room with the flair of a rock ’n’ roll front man. He even brought a quartet of backup dancers.

    “It’s like he is a completely different person when he steps up there,” said Patrick Santos, his principal.

  • Virtual field trips: Ute Meadows students among first in district to participate in interactive series

    Ute Meadows Elementary is about 2,300 miles away from Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. But that doesn’t prevent fifth-graders from taking field trips to the historic city.

    All it requires is a good Internet connection and a willingness to learn.

    The Ute Meadows students are among the first in Jeffco Public Schools to experience the Electronic Field Trip Series, a subscription-based interactive educational program available to educators through the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and broadcast through PBS.

  • New 'VIP' state parks pass will raise funds for maintenance

    State Sen. Mike Kopp, R-Littleton, has teamed with Rep. Spencer Swalm, R-Centennial, to sponsor a bill to create additional money to support state parks.

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  • Deputies to forgo raises in 2008, cost-of-living increases fall victim to county budget crunch

    The budget crunch facing Jefferson County is filtering down to individual departments, and sheriff’s deputies will carry their share of the burden by forgoing cost-of-living raises in 2008.

  • SWAT officers face probe for consulting, no approval was given for workshops drawing on Columbine experiences

    A training sergeant with the Port Huron, Mich., Police Department says he sees nothing wrong with paying for a few Jeffco SWAT members’ insights and training based on their experiences at Columbine and Platte Canyon high schools.

    “This is a needed service,” Sgt. Scott Pike said last week after learning that several Jeffco SWAT team members were under internal affairs investigation for forming a consulting and training company without approval through their chain of command.

  • LIght show snowballs: Grant Ranch resident illuminates the neighborhood

    Santa Claus will never miss Vern Lowerys house, even on the foggiest of Christmas Eves.

    Its not so much that Lowery is particularly naughty or nice. Rather, Lowerys annual lighting display is enough to give even the most red-nosed reindeer a slight case of glow envy.

    Yeah, Xcel Energy loves me this time of year, Vern Lowery said.

    The reason why is the estimated 25,000 to 30,000 Christmas lights that adorn Lowerys property each holiday season.

  • Brrrrringing the music: Columbine High band a colorful addition to frosty Parade of Lights

    Santa Claus, like the post office, doesnt let rain nor sleet nor dark of night keep him from his appointed holiday rounds. And a little cold weather didnt stop the Columbine High School marching band from escorting the ecstatic elf during Denvers Parade of Lights.

    The Rebels band performed admirably in Rudolphs absence Friday and Saturday, guiding St. Nick through the downtown parade to the tune of Here Comes Santa Claus.

    We feel very honored, said Christina Simpson, one of the bands drum majors.

  • Ken-Caryl Metro District to close pool, adjust facility hours

    The fallout from a failed mill levy increase on the November ballot could mean a change in lifestyle for some residents in the Ken-Caryl Metropolitan District.

    Among the most significant changes discussed during the districts Nov. 27 budget public hearing were the advent of user fees for swimmers, adjusted operating hours and the closure of the Bradford Pool.

    Bottom line, most of the changes here that are being proposed are user fees, said Darrell Windes, district manager. Throughout the election, one of the things the vote-no campaign proposed was turning to user fees.