Kudos! – January 10, 2014

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Insurance anniversary

California Casualty celebrated 100 years in business this month. The firm opened a service center in Colorado Springs in 1996, and now employs more than 250 in the region. It has its headquarters in San Mateo, Calif.

Josh & John’s expands

Some 27 years after opening Josh & John’s Ice Cream at 111 E. Pikes Peak Ave., the business will open a second location in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood at 6896 Centennial Blvd. Owner John Krakauer said the plan is to open doors in February. The space had been occupied by Starbucks.

Vets save mountain lion

A group of veterinary professionals donated their time and expertise to perform a five-hour surgery on Tocho, an 8-year-old mountain lion at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. He is recovering following the complex procedure done by medical professionals from Colorado State University’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital and the Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology. Both sets of medical professionals volunteered.

Students win MIT grant

The 25-student InvenTeam at Sand Creek High School was one of 15 teams nationwide that won the Lemelson-Massachusetts Institute of Technology InvenTeam award. The group of students, teachers and mentors won a $10,000 grant to invent a technological solution to a real world problem. The students will use the money to create and develop a bio-sand mechanical water filtration system and will showcase a prototype in June during the EurekaFest at MIT in Cambridge, Mass.