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Today's News

  • Plan to move prairie dogs falls through

    A plan to move prairie dogs from two pieces of Foothills Park and Recreation District land to another Foothills property has been formally rejected, angering animal activists. 

    Foothills’ Board of Directors voted May 27 against a plan by local activists to move 120 prairie dogs from two properties on the northeast and northwest corners of South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Coal Mine Avenue to another open-space parcel managed by Foothills. 

  • 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.

  • BY THE NUMBERS: A look at the prep season

    Sports are all about numbers — how many points were scored, the digits on a jersey, how much time is left in the game, how many yards to the hole, and so forth. The 2013-14 high school season had its fair share of numbers. The Columbine Courier takes a look back at the recently concluded campaign and the numbers that stood out during the season.

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  • 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. 

  • Selecting a single finalist rates an F

    Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s right. Or, perhaps more importantly, smart.

    When the Jefferson County Board of Education designated Daniel McMinimee as the sole finalist to serve as the new superintendent of schools, it met the requirements of Colorado law. What the board — or, more specifically, the board’s majority of Ken Witt, John Newkirk and Julie Williams — didn’t do was to learn from earlier miscues that how you do things is just as important as what you do.

  • School board hires McMinimee as superintendent

    The Jeffco school board on May 27 hired Daniel McMinimee to be the district’s new superintendent, despite doubts voiced by community members who packed the meeting room.

    McMinimee’s hiring came on a 3-2 vote, with board members Ken Witt, John Newkirk and Julie Williams voting yes, while Jill Fellman and Lesley Dahlkemper voted no.

    Before being hired, McMinimee was the assistant superintendent of secondary education for Douglas County Schools. His Jeffco contract will be finalized at the June 5 Board of Education meeting.

  • Sports briefs

    ATHLETICS
    Speed and agility camp at Dakota Ridge from June 2-July 2
    Dakota Ridge High School is hosting a speed and agility camp June 2-July 2.
    The camp will run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9-10 a.m. and is open to incoming 2nd-8th graders. Cost is $85, which includes camp T-shirt.
    For more information and to print out a registration form, go to https://sites.google.com/a/jeffcoschools.us/dakota-hs/. If you have any questions, contact head football coach Ron Woitalewicz at rwoitale@jeffco.k12.co.us.

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