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Today's News

  • Coach of the year: Brian Todd, Columbine, girls soccer

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    Peter Horvath lives in Norway. But that didn’t keep the legendary retired Columbine soccer coach from being one of the first to congratulate — via texts and emails — Brian Todd after the Lady Rebels beat Ralston Valley 3-1 to capture the school’s first girls sports state championship.

  • Female athlete of the year: Kendra Lanuza, Chatfield, lacrosse

    Midfielders aren’t supposed to have seasons such as the one Kendra Lanuza had in 2014. The Chatfield Senior High junior girls lacrosse player scored a state-high 101 goals.

  • Male athlete of the year: John Koza, Chatfield, tennis

    John Koza didn’t even know such an award existed until Chatfield Senior High athletic director Chad Broer told him that he had been named that 5A Jeffco League boys tennis MVP. That was in 2010 after Koza won as a No. 2 singles player.
    “I was shocked at it, honestly,” Koza said.
    Three seasons later, and Koza, who recently graduated from Chatfield, has won the honor three more times, making him a four-time league MVP. It’s a feat that is rather unheard of, to say the least.

  • Opening of Foothills pools makes a splash

    The rain left South Jeffco just in time for residents to go out and get wet.

    A handful of people were out enjoying the sun and water at the Columbine West Pool this weekend. The pool, operated by the Foothill Parks and Rec District, opened for the summer on Saturday.

    “This is our first time coming to this pool,” said Carrie Mulholland. “It’s hot, and we don’t have a pool in our neighborhood, so this is perfect.”

    Mo Korbel, Mulholland’s friend, said she takes her kids to the pool frequently during the summer.

  • Board set to vote on contract with teachers

    At the June 5 Jeffco school board meeting, the board will discuss and vote on the contract agreement reached by bargaining teams for the teachers union and the district.

    The agreement, reached last month, includes an average 2.5 percent increase in salary for teachers rated “effective” or “highly effective,” an increase in pay for new teachers, and class sizes remaining the same. 

  • 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.

  • Games, awards abound during summer reading kickoff

    Reading can be its own reward. But it doesn’t hurt to win a prize for reading a book.

    The Jeffco Public Library kicked off its Summer Reading Club on Sunday with celebrations across the county. The club gives readers from preschool age through adults a chance to win prizes for finishing books and other activities, said Bethany Candelaria, the library’s marketing manager. 

  • 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.