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  • Redevelopment moves forward despite challenge

    As Littleton is poised to study four areas of the city for possible redevelopment, a former Littleton mayor has issues with the city continuing to use what he calls a failed model of redevelopment that previously cost the city millions of dollars. 

    At the beginning of the year, the council directed its urban renewal authority, Littleton Investing in Tomorrow or LIFT, to identify areas in the city for potential redevelopment. Since then, LIFT has focused on four areas of the city: Broadway Boulevard, Columbine Square, Littleton Boulevard and Santa Fe Drive. 

  • Chatfield swimming beach reopened after E. coli levels drop

    Chatfield State Park’s swimming beach has reopened after being closed for two days last week when high levels of the E. coli bacteria were discovered in the water. 

    On the morning of June 3, Colorado Parks and Wildlife closed thebeach after a water test showed E. coli levels just above the allowed limit of 235 organisms per 100 milliliters of water. The swimming beach was closed as soon as the testes were completed. 

    By late afternoon June 4, bacteria levels had decreased well below the allowed limit and the beach reopened.

  • Jeffco commissioners urged to take over for Maximus

    There’s a strong push for counties across Colorado to take back processing some Medicaid applications from a private company that’s had a difficult time meeting time and quality guarantees.

    More than 40 heads of county human services departments indicated they’d like their county commissioners to approve taking over processing Medicaid medical claims from Maximus, a private company contracted by the state, said Gini Pingenot, policy and research supervisor at Colorado Counties Inc. The group met during the Colorado Counties Inc. conference last week.

  • Interview with David MacBean: ‘I’m going to live with this the rest of my life’

    Former Inter-Canyon fire chief David MacBean blames a lack of oversight and his own personal problems for stealing $647,000 from the district.

    In an exclusive interview with the Courier, MacBean, who pleaded guilty in April to two counts of theft and one of embezzlement, also said the nominal stipend he received as chief led him to resent the job, and to use the district credit card “to surround myself with stuff.”

    He faces up to 27 years in prison at sentencing on June 24.

  • Counties could take back administration of Medicaid

    The company hired in 2010 to process Medicaid applications for Colorado counties is underperforming, and county governments, including Jeffco, could be taking over those duties.

    Maximus, a private company that provides processing services to governments, had guaranteed it would process 95 percent of the applications correctly and in a timely manner. Yet it has fallen short of that mark, reporting in March a backlog of 53 percent of all Medicaid cases. 

    A request for an interview with Maximus did not bring a response by press time. 

  • Shopping center property rezoned to reflect actual uses

    Part of the Westridge Square Shopping Center has been rezoned to conform with Jeffco’s zoning in the area after more than 20 years of noncompliance. 

    The entire shopping center, at West Bowles Avenue and South Kipling Parkway, had been zoned for multi-family residential by Jeffco. Yet it’s home to several commercial properties, including the Jumpstreet Indoor Trampoline Park and several smaller stores and restaurants. 

  • Foothills finds buyer for land at Wadsworth, Coal Mine

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District has found a buyer for a piece of its open-space property on the northeast corner of South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Coal Mine Avenue. 

    The district’s Board of Directors agreed May 27 to an $815,000 bid from developer Cornerstone Capital Investment Inc. for the 4.65 acres. The property had originally been listed for about $809,000, said Foothills Executive Director Ron Hopp.

  • Boy injured when wind gust sends bouncy slide rolling

    A 10-year-old boy was injured Saturday afternoon when a gust of wind sent an inflatable bouncy slide careening down a slope at Easton Park.

    The slide rolled about 200 yards with the boy still in it, said Jeffco sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer. The boy’s injuries were described as minor, and he was transported to a nearby clinic.

    A girl about the same age also was in the slide when it started to roll but got out quickly. She suffered minor injuries as well, Techmeyer said. 

  • GOP candidate Keyser seeking political balance in legislature

    Colorado native Jon Keyser says he's running for the House District 25 seat to help restore political balance to the state legislature. 

    “We’re coming off of a couple of years of control by the same party,” he said. “There are no checks and balances.”

    Keyser, a Morrison resident, said he would like to serve the state as a “citizen legislator” representing the interests and concerns of those in his district. 

  • City will haul away wretched refuse from teeming garages

    Littleton wants to help residents rid their garages of rampant clutter.

    The city’s Summer Cleanup and Recycle program offers residents free removal of large items that can’t be reused but possibly can be recycled, said senior code specialist Rebecca Thompson. 

    “What we’re trying to do is help residents clean up their property,” Thompson said. “In code enforcement, we get complaints, and we inspect and have to leave notices for people to clean up their property. This is a way for the city to assist and help with that.