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Board of education approves 2018-19 budget at final meeting

The Jefferson County Public Schools Board of Education approved the 2018-19 budget June 7 at its final regular meeting of the school year. The new fiscal year begins July 1. The budget process began … more

Man sentenced to life in horrific murder of Arvada mother

A man with a history of domestic violence, found guilty of killing his girlfriend by setting her on fire while camping near Idaho Springs, will spend the rest of his life behind bars. John Vasquez, … more

Preventing dropouts among pregnant, parenting students

During her sophomore year of high school, Leslie Belmontes found out she was pregnant. Not feeling like she could continue at her traditional high school, Northglenn High, Belmontes transferred to … more

Fitzmorris Recreation Center splashes into summer

A ceremonial group cannonball dive marked the opening of the pool at the new Fitzmorris Recreation Center. The 8,500 square-foot recreation center and pool, located at 6340 Independence St. adjacent … more

An incredible sequel and hidden artistry

As a Dad, most of the movies I have gone to see for, oh, the last 20 years or so, have been at the request of someone else. Sometimes, this is a bad thing (see: “Twilight,” and its three … more

Arvada SilverSneakers instructor earns national honor

Margaret Agnew has been a fitness instructor for 34 years — the last 14 teaching SilverSneakers classes in Arvada for Apex Parks and Recreation District. He students describe her as flexible, … more

Arvada announces two finalists for police chief

After a nationwide search, the city of Arvada has named two finalists for the city's next police chief. Both candidates already work for the Arvada Police Department. The two officers vying for the … more

Library board selects four finalists vying for executive director position

About 100 people attended a community forum on June 18 to meet the four finalists hoping to become the next executive director of the Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL). The new executive … more

Bandimere hosts junior dragsters

The normal roar of powerful drag racer’s engines that gave Bandimere Speedway its nickname of Thunder Mountain was replaced by the pop-pop-pop of one cylinder motors junior dragster engines during … more

Renaissance Festival comes to life

The Colorado Renaissance Festival in Larkspur opened its doors for the second weekend this summer last weekend. The festival, inspired by the 16th Century, boasts a village of permanent structures … more

Beach party in Arvada attempts to break world record

Thousands of Arvadans flocked to the parking lot of Arvada West High School for a weekend of food, fun and sand castles this weekend at the annual Sand in the City event. With more than 100 vendors … more

Jeffco Conservation Summit Series debutes June 30

A new series of talks with a focus on outdoor conservation is coming to Jefferson County. Called the Jeffco Conservation Summit Series, the talks will focus on two main topics: addressing … more

Lakewood Cultural Center announces new season

Variety is the name of the game in the Lakewood Cultural Center’s newly announced LCC Presents 2018-2019 season. “We’re just a 320-seat theater, so every performance here is very intimate,” … more

Colorado to adopt California’s stricter car pollution rules

Colorado’s governor has ordered his state to adopt vehicle pollution rules enforced in California, joining other states in resisting the Trump administration’s plans to ease emission standards. … more

In-depth profiles: Learn more about the candidates for Colorado governor

Click on the links below for in-depth profiles of the candidates for governor published by The Colorado Independent. Mike … more

Colorado politicians react to family separations at border

Images of children in large cages created by chain-link metal fencing and a former Walmart-turned-migrant shelter near the U.S. border with Mexico have turned attention to the Trump administration's … more

Guessing games are great way to help young kids learn

Children love guessing games. A favorite activity to do with young children is called “What’s in the Box?” It’s something that parents and grandparents can do anytime, anywhere to get young … more

Cultural emptiness feeds into recent tragedies

Third week of June: Four shot in the parking lot of a dentist office in Westminster following a traffic altercation. Second week of June: two celebrity suicides. Third week of May: mass shooting at … more

Murals take daily life from dull to delightful

Local artist Chuck Parsons knows well how the metro area’s street art scene has grown and changed over the last more than 30 years, and well he should. He has been a part of it many times. … more
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