Ice, ice baby in Olde Town Arvada

Stephanie Goins had never ice skated before. Neither had her children — Jadyn, 13, and Jordyn, 9. And her husband, Dustin, had done it just once — 20 years ago. So, as one might imagine, there …
Free COVID-19 testing site opens at Jeffco Fairgrounds
Golden now has its own free COVID-19 testing site. On Nov. 20, Jefferson County Public Health announced it was partnering with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to open a …

The new normal of the school lunch

Public school lunchrooms can evoke memories of food fights, socializing, trading your PB&J for cheese puffs. But those days, at least for a while, are on hold. A trip through a Jeffco Public …

County election results certified despite GOP canvassers declining to sign off

Jefferson County's 2020 election results were certified on Monday, Nov. 23, despite two Republican members of the county board of canvassers declining to sign in favor of certifying the election. …

Construction continues on Peaks to Plains trail

Anyone who lives near Golden has probably a spent a little time admiring the steep walls and fast — or sometimes not so fast — flowing waters of Clear Creek Canyon. But come next spring residents …

Lakewood lore inspires author with Arvada roots

If you grew up in Lakewood in the late 1960s you might remember the tale of the Garage Gorilla. Legend has it, he prowled around neighborhoods in the fledgeling city, breaking into garages and lying …

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Diners sit outside Smokin Fins in downtown Littleton on Nov. 20, hours before new orders took effect ending indoor dining in the face of surging COVID-19 numbers.

State to consider giving businesses more capacity under `best practice' program

The state public-health department is considering new rules that would allow businesses to operate at higher capacity than current coronavirus-related restrictions normally permit — as long as the …

COVID-19 contact tracing apps not gaining much traction

The app builders had planned for pranksters, ensuring that only people with verified COVID-19 cases could trigger an alert. They’d planned for heavy criticism about privacy, in many cases making …

Statewide grant for restaurant tents, heating still available

Gov. Jared Polis, in partnership with the Colorado Restaurant Association and Xcel Energy, announced that applications are open for the Winter Outdoor Grant Program, an effort to help restaurants …
A volunteer holds a rescue dog at Life is Better Rescue.

Decline in available rescue dogs is sign of the times

If you’ve been thinking of adding a canine friend to your family lately you’ve no doubt noticed the downward trend in available shelter and rescue animals available. If you think COVID-19 and all …
The Jefferson County Correctional Facility.

New outbreak in Jeffco jail as 57 inmates, 13 staff positive

On Nov. 19, the Jefferson County jail announced that 57 inmates and 13 staff members had recently tested positive for COVID-19. A press release from the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office states that a few …
Life

Olde Town Arvada Kicks off Chanukah with back to back Menorah Lightings

Olde Town Arvada — On the 1st night of Chanukah – Thursday December 10, Chabad of NW Metro Denver will lead two back to back public Hanukkah menorah lightings at Olde Town Arvada at 6 …
“Pulling Harvey Out of Her Hat” by Mimi Pockross tells the story of Mary Coyle Chase, the Denverite who wrote the beloved drama “Harvey.”

‘Harvey’ playwright led rich life in Denver

“I’m an old stage and drama teacher,” said Colorado author Mimi Pockross, who has recently published a charming book about a theater legend, Denver’s Mary Coyle Chase, whose Pulitzer …
Astrid Hausdoerfer organizes ornaments at the Old German Christmas booth at the Denver Christkindl Market at Civic Cent Park in Denver on Nov. 24. The annual authentic German and European holiday traditional market is hosted by the German American Chamber of Commerce and features local and international vendors.

Denver Christkindl Market is rare holiday holdout

As one of the city's last remaining holiday celebrations, the Denver Christkindl Market is trying to keep the magic alive for the community while supporting small businesses. The annual event has …
The book cover for “Secret Denver” by Eric Peterson and David Lewis.
Arts & entertainment

Miles of secrets in the Mile High City

Most people are familiar with Rocky Flats in northwest Jefferson County, and the role it played in creating nuclear weapons parts. But if one lives on the east side of Denver, it’s entirely …
Coming Attractions

Sharing ‘Daddy Bruce’s’ story this holiday season

If you’ve been in the Denver metro area for a while, there’s a good chance you’ve come across the name Bruce Randolph at least one or twice. You might recognize it as a street name, the name of …
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Sports

Signing day for Jeffco student athletes

Wednesday, Nov. 11 was an official signing day for high school athletes to formalize their letters of intent to play sports at the college level. The following is a district-provided list of the …

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Voices
Michael Norton
Winning Words

Showing gratitude for life’s unlikely game-changers

Before we completely turn the page and allow last week’s Thanksgiving holiday to pass us by, I wanted to take a moment to thank every one of you who have done your very best to truly focus on what …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

A good memory is a visitor that’s welcome anytime

For at least a month, I’d end the day in my no great shakes West Los Angeles apartment listening to “Desolation Row” on a cheap turntable. It’s an 11:23 song on Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61 …

Letter to the Editor: Oh, yay for Bernie

Thank God you are here now to guide my grandchildren to an era where they don’t have to work like I did!! Where were you when I worked my ass off to pay for my own college and feed and educate …

Letter to the editor: This development is a type of cancer

  Last week, the Denver Post reported: “Thornton warns of looming water shortages that could hamper long-term growth in the northern suburb” by John Aguilar.  I responded …

Letter to the Editor: Trump as Nero

  We have our own Nero, the Roman emperor who infamously played the fiddle as his city burned. Trump plays golf and whines about the election results as the coronavirus rages through his …
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