en ‘Lively energy’ - Yoga and goats create a therapeutic workout <img src="" alt="Sara Kielar, center, participates during goat yoga. " title="Sara Kielar, center, participates during goat yoga. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Helen Neal leaned into a twist on her yoga mat when she noticed a nibble on her curly hair.</p> <p> &ldquo;I feel something,&rdquo; the Evergreen resident said knowingly, as she turned out of the pose to find herself face to face with a goat.</p> <p> In a traditional yoga studio, this would&rsquo;ve been cause for surprise. But for Neal and all those participating in goat yoga last Saturday morning, it was expected.</p> Kids at Jeffco schools begin the 2017-18 year <p> Students in Jeffco Public Schools will hit the books today as the 2017-18 year begins. In the Southwest Jeffco area, high school students will have access to electronic tablets, and all schools are planning back-to-school nights to acquaint families with their schools and curriculum.</p> <p> Here is a listing of events and new programs planned at some area schools.</p> <p> <strong>Dakota Ridge High School</strong></p> Probable cause found in Joiner case <p> A district judge last Thursday found probable cause in the case of a former Morrison police officer arrested in connection with theft, attempt to influence a public servant, embezzlement and forgery.</p> <p> Anthony Joiner, 38, is accused of stealing more than $132,000 from the Town of Morrison between December 2010 and February 2016.</p> Hearing continued in Brooks’ chase case <p> The preliminary hearing has been continued for the woman accused of driving erratically and starting a police chase that shut down southbound U.S. 285 in mid-July.</p> <p> The preliminary hearing for 46-year-old Jennifer Brooks of Bailey has been continued until 9 a.m. Sept. 14.</p> <p> Alison Foley, a Jeffco deputy district attorney, didn&rsquo;t object to the continuation, noting that the DA&rsquo;s office is requesting a test for communicable diseases since Brooks is accused of biting and spitting on Jeffco deputies. Brooks and her defender consented to the test.</p> Satellite facility planned for Lockheed Martin’s Waterton Canyon campus <img src="" alt="The new Gateway Center is scheduled to be completed in 2020 and will employ an estimated 1,500 contractors over the next three years, according to Lockheed Martin." title="The new Gateway Center is scheduled to be completed in 2020 and will employ an estimated 1,500 contractors over the next three years, according to Lockheed Martin." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Construction has begun on a 266,000-square-foot satellite manufacturing facility at Lockheed Martin&rsquo;s Waterton Canyon campus in South Jeffco.<br /> <br /> Announced Aug. 2, the $350 million building &mdash; called the Gateway Center &mdash; will allow for the simultaneous manufacture of a wide range of satellites, and will include a variety of testing chambers that simulate space conditions, test sensors and communications systems, and allow for advanced test operations and analysis.<br /> <br /> Sheriff’s Office to provide security at Lockheed facility <p> The Jeffco Sheriff&rsquo;s Office has agreed to place a deputy on Lockheed Martin&rsquo;s Waterton Canyon campus in South Jeffco after the company&rsquo;s request for county security was approved by the Jeffco Board of County Commissioners earlier this month.<br /> CU professor calls total solar eclipse an experience like no other <img src="" alt="Doug Duncan" title="Doug Duncan" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Doug Duncan has seen his fair share of total solar eclipses during his career as an astronomer, but for the University of Colorado professor and director of Boulder&rsquo;s Fiske Planetarium, the eclipse next week will be the closest one to hit near home.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is total eclipse No. 10 for me,&rdquo; Duncan said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve seen them in China, South Africa, Bolivia, (the) Galapagos (Islands) and Mexico. Those are ones that come to mind.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Along for the ride: Cyclists, RTD employees test light rail’s accommodations, especially at peak times <img src="" alt="Michael Raber loads his bike onto the RTD light rail." title="Michael Raber loads his bike onto the RTD light rail." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Several area cyclists and RTD employees hit the light rail last week to test its efficiency and usability for bicycles.</p> <p> The light rail runs throughout the Denver-metro area and has stops in Littleton. On Aug. 9, the group rode from the Jefferson County Courthouse in Golden to Denver International Airport, making stops along the way to change trains and eat lunch. They planned to test the light rail&rsquo;s accommodations and gauge the number of bicyclists who use it.</p>