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How do Jeffco high schoolers compare to the world?

Last year, I had the same conversation with friends who are parents in Australia, Canada, Sweden and the UK. Probably just like you, we are all very worried about how well our children’s schools … more

No option off the table at Jeffco Safety Forum

With the recent attack at a Parkland, Florida, high schools — and with the massacre at Columbine High School nearing its 19th anniversary — parents, students and Jefferson County Public Schools … more

Marijuana tax money helps in fight against youth substance abuse

Jefferson County is joining 49 other communities across Colorado to use marijuana tax dollars to prevent substance abuse among its youth, while reducing violence and improving mental health. “Each … more

‘Chasing Coral’ star visits Golden High School

Zack Rago loves coral. “I could sit here and talk to you about them forever,” he said to about 300 Golden High School students on March 21. “But they’re in trouble.” Rago, 25, of Arvada … more

Good News Breakfast celebration scheduled

The 28th Annual Good News Breakfast will be held at 6:59 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. 6th Ave., in Golden. The keynote speaker is former 9News anchor Mark … more

Coalition's plans for Fed Center denied

The federal government’s denial March 23 of a plan to develop 59 acres near the Federal Center in Lakewood into a housing and resource center for the homeless dismayed its proponents … more

Road worker falls to death in Clear Creek Canyon

A man died in a work-related accident on March 20 in Clear Creek Canyon. Jaime Sarinana-Herrera, 40, fell about 50 to 70 feet while doing rock mitigation work just before 1 p.m. at mile marker 268 on … more

‘This movement will make a difference’ — let’s hope so

Listen to Ali Shultz. The cardboard sign that hangs around her neck reads “Thoughts and prayers will never be enough.” She stands in the cooling shade of towering pine trees, with her mother and … more

Colorado company partners with gas stations to provide ‘grabbies’ gloves

Five gas stations in the Denver and Colorado Springs areas now carry “grabbies,” gloves that drivers can wear while pumping gas to protect them from germs, bacteria, oil and carcinogens. Grabbies … more

Thousands turn out to March for our Lives

Stacie Lenar, 37, of Highlands Ranch, said she has never taken an interest in politics, but rather “left that up to other people.” In the wake of recent school shootings, Lenar, the mother of two … more

Homeless in Jeffco: One day on the streets

Every year in January, a small army of volunteers from churches, human services departments, nonprofits and law enforcement fan out into communities across the nation and conduct a point-in-time … more

Time to Talk: Introduction

One in five adults nationally and in Colorado lives with a mental illness. The number is the same for young people 13 to 18 years old. Mental health experts have found no one is immune from society’s fast-paced, competitive, technology-driven environment. Stressors of work, pressure of academics, the emotional unrest caused by social media — combined with the stigma associated with mental illness and high costs of insurance and treatment — make it difficult to achieve a positive state of mental health, they say. more

Despite obstacles, ‘I have a lot of reasons to be happy'

Every day, Daliliah Wilson spends four hours simply getting to and from school. Without a car or driver’s license, Wilson, 18, must take two buses and the light rail from her Wheat Ridge home to … more

Shelter network moves forward in Arvada

Brenda Shepard stood in the gymnasium at The Rising Church in Olde Town Arvada. She was freshly showered, had a warm cup of coffee and folded clothes she recently picked out of the church’s racks, available to area homeless people and those living … more

Annual homeless count tallies an elusive population

On a balmy January night this year, 5,116 people were counted as being homeless in the Denver metro area. In Jefferson County, 394 homeless individuals were counted. The annual Point in Time (PIT) survey is conducted on a January night across … more

Many faces, many facets to homelessness

In speaking with church groups, social workers and homelessness experts, a common refrain is that no one solution exists to homelessness, because there is no one cause. Each person facing homelessness often deals with multiple … more

‘The homeless person ... on the street is a person just like you’

The hotels and motels along West Colfax Avenue have never been just a place to stop during the night for travelers. They also — for years — have served as temporary roofs for homeless people who can afford staying a night or two. Wheat Ridge … more

Homelessness in Jeffco steps out of hiding

Small encampments along a nearby jogging path. A sleeping bag tucked under a bridge. The car parked in the far corner of the grocery store parking lot. There, often just out of the public’s sight, are the homeless of Jefferson … more

Keeping eyes, and minds, on the road

Nicolle Dowling of Centennial knows her distracted driving is a problem. “I’m aware of it, but I need to do a better job of not doing it,” Dowling said. “Having the phone in my hand, whether it be for texting, talking, using navigation … more
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