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  • Ken Caryl Middle School teacher profile: Joni Mattox

      Joni Mattox has something in common with the seventh- and eighth-graders in her classes. Like her young charges who are fond of navigating the vast social networks on Facebook, she embraces the information technology age.

    “Kids live in a technological world, and this is technology-based, which makes it fun for the teacher and the student,” said the Ken Caryl Middle School teacher, whose classes include computer science, computer applications and broadcasting. “I just love teaching.”

  • Lesson Plans

    The sixth-graders in Amy Thomas’ class at Normandy Elementary got a sort of dress rehearsal before their long-awaited graduation to middle school.

    Donned in crisp collared shirts and dresses, students sat anxiously Dec. 16 in groups of three to five at a table draped with red, white and blue paper. They faced a panel of judges, which included their principal, Liz Costello.

    One at a time they explained and defended the U.S. Constitution.

  • Ken Caryl Middle School teacher profile: Rachel Barbe

      Editor’s note: The Jeffco Schools Facilities Usage Committee has recommended closing Ken Caryl Middle School to close a budget gap. The Courier will be profiling faculty members in the next several editions.  

    Language arts teacher Rachel Barbe wears many hats.

    A wall in Barbe’s classroom at Ken Caryl Middle School is filled with an array of unique head coverings, including a purple cowgirl hat and hippo ears, an artifact from her stint as a theater teacher.

  • Motorists can make I-70 safer with wildlife website

    A new website, www.I-70WildlifeWatch.org, has been launched by Colorado Wildlife on the Move, a coalition of businesses, state agencies, and nonprofit organizations working to decrease the incidence of wildlife-vehicle collisions on Colorado’s roads. The lets motorists report wildlife they see along Interstate 70 between Golden and Glenwood Springs.

  • Schell named permanent county administrator

    Former Jeffco Open Space director Ralph Schell was appointed Tuesday as the new county administrator in a permanent, full-time capacity.

    Schell was earlier appointed acting county administrator Dec. 10, the day after Commissioners Kevin McCasky, Faye Griffin and Kathy Hartman unanimously voted to terminate former administrator Jim Moore’s contract.

  • Foothills switches to district representation on board

      The Foothills Park & Recreation District board has divided the district into separate “director districts” or wards, a move designed to ensure equal representation for all areas.

    Five wards have been created, and one board members will be elected from each. The district hopes establishing wards will give residents more opportunity to provide input and prevent special interests from any one geographic area from holding a majority of representation.

  • Jeffco Action Center receives bogus $40,000 donation

      The Jeffco Action Center received a cruel holiday gift Dec. 16 when a bogus $40,000 check was delivered via a UPS overnight letter.

    When the check arrived, Mag Strittmatter, the center’s executive director, looked at the check and immediately realized something was amiss. Several things appeared fake, including the wording for $40,000 was misspelled, it was a larger-than-normal check, and a signature was Xeroxed.

  • Moore fired as county administrator


    County Administrator Jim Moore was fired last week on a unanimous vote by the county commissioners.

    Commissioners Kathy Hartman, Kevin McCasky and Faye Griffin voted to terminate Moore's employment with the county effective immediately. It was not revealed what, if any, severance package he would receive.

    Neither the board nor County Attorney Ellen Wakeman answered questions about the terms of Moore’s firing.

  • Jeffco stands to receive $300,000 to combat meth

    Jefferson County is likely to see $300,000 in new funding to combat methamphetamine abuse and trafficking.

    An omnibus appropriations bill sponsored by U.S. Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet directs the money to law enforcement agencies and the Colorado Department of Human Services. The bill was approved last week by the Senate, where the funding provision was added, and is now awaiting President Obama’s signature.

  • Jeffco’s 2010 budget approved

    The final version of Jefferson County’s $506 million budget for 2010 was approved on Tuesday by the county commissioners.

    The budget will reduce library funding by 0.2 mills and increase social services funding by the corresponding amount — essentially shifting $1.4 million from the libraries to social services.