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My Name Is: Alaina Beth Reel

About me I’m originally from Iowa — that’s where I grew up and went to college. I’ve moved to many places since then. I lived in California, taught abroad in Thailand and lived in New Zealand … more

Judge rules juvenile charged as adult to remain in district court

A Jefferson County District Court judge has ruled that the case of a juvenile, who was charged as an adult for his alleged role in a violent crime spree, will remain in the First Judicial District … more

Committee organizes Arvada Volunteer Challenge

A group of nonprofit and business professionals interested in increasing awareness of the local nonprofit community has organized the fourth annual Arvada Volunteer Challenge. Organizations Serving … more

‘He just does it out of joy’

John Beattie is referred to as a “staple” of the Arvada community. Three days a week, Beattie, 72, can be found picking up and dropping off food from all around the metro area to be used at … more

Amping up the arts in Olde Town Arvada

The Arvada Visitors Center and the Olde Town Business Improvement District are hoping to add more public art elements to the area to help make it a destination for visitors. “I think this goes … more

It’s time to rock your soft skills

Want to be known as an influential person who gets stuff done? Who does it all with a smile and goes through life easily and effortlessly accomplishing your goals? Read on — it’s a lot easier … more

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

Game-winning shot highlights hoops all-star game

Baylee Galan-Browne won back-to-back Class 4A girls basketball state titles, so celebrating on the court is old hat to the Evergreen senior guard. Nine days after celebrating on the court at the … more

Letters to the editor

Time to end PERA’s plight Regarding  Public Employee’s Retirement Association plight, how often have we heard its beneficiaries, legislators, and state office seekers aver that ‘the taxpayer … more

Empathy: For the greater good

In the 1990s, while I was still reeling from a divorce of (previously unimaginable) pain, I was introduced to a friend of a friend to play tennis. We met at some courts near my office after work one … 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

Jeffco teams hit the track for state qualifying meet

Jeffco Stadium, site of the Colorado High School State Track and Field Meet on May 15-17, was a busy place late afternoon March 22. Arvada, Bear Creek, D’Evelyn, Dakota Ridge, Green Mountain, … more

Taking the high road is an idea that looks better all the time

We are such a funny society. I mean, where else can you go to be as entertained by the things that are funny, weird, and even sad all at the same time? This past week someone shared with me some … 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

Decades in classrooms taught a lesson about weak parenting

The illusion of a schoolteacher, like the ones I knew, is long gone. Modern teachers are still expected to be capable of teaching all of the subjects I was taught. On top of that, they are required … 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

Shot clock debate picks up tempo in Colorado

Does high school basketball need a shot clock? Would it help or hinder prep games? Let the longstanding debate resume. It’s been a hot topic for years. USA Basketball and the NBA on March 20 … more

Sharing the stories of women

The State of Colorado was the first state in the union to enfranchise women by popular vote, and in 1894, Colorado became the first state to elect women to the state Legislature. In other words, … 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
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