Jefferson County Public School teachers, staff face uncertainty as consolidation decision looms

As the Jefferson County Public School Board mulls Superintendent Tracy Dorland’s recommendation to close 16 elementary schools in the district, 422 full-time staff members — including 188 classroom teachers — face uncertainty about their job prospects within the district after the 2022-2023 school year.

16 Jefferson County elementary schools slated for closure

The Jefferson County Board of Education received a recommendation from district staff on Aug. 25 to close 16 elementary schools — including K-2, K-5 and K-6 schools. 

Arvada Chamber of Commerce unveils B.O.L.D. campaign

As birthrates slow and the population ages, forecasts from Colorado State Demographer Elizabeth Garner spell trouble down the line for the Jefferson County business community.

Abortion providers make legislative recommendations to Rep. Crow at listening session

Amid attacks on abortion access nationwide, abortion providers and advocates met with Rep. Jason Crow (CO-06) on Aug. 24 at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus to make legislative recommendations.  

Arvada Harvest Festival set to return from two-year layoff

After a year of uncertainty, the Arvada Harvest Festival is back. The 97th edition of the event — which dates back to 1925 — will take place from Sept. 9 to 11 at the Harold Lutz Sports Complex at 58th Avenue and Kipling Street.

STiX Crafthouse brings Ball Arena atmosphere to Olde Town Arvada

“Shot, goal!” The foghorn blares, the siren sounds, and 20,000 raucous fans rise to their feet in celebration. A scene familiar to hockey fans who’ve cheered an Avalanche goal at Ball Arena will be coming to Olde Town Arvada on Sept. 9 when STiX Crafthouse opens its doors for the first time.

Arvada Historical Society celebrates 50th anniversary at McIlvoy House

The Arvada Historical Society celebrated its Golden Anniversary on Aug. 24 with a celebration at the McIlvoy House featuring trivia, speeches, live music and cake. Earlier this month, August 2022 was …

City council approves Howard Ranch rezone, 54-unit housing development in West Arvada

The seventh time’s the charm for Denver-based developer redT Homes’ Howard Ranch proposal. Arvada’s City Council unanimously passed a rezone proposal needed for Howard Ranch to move forward at its Aug. 15 meeting.

Arvada Days brings family fun to Clear Creek Valley Park

Clear Creek Valley Park was filled with families enjoying live music, inflatable obstacle courses and balloon magic on Aug. 20 for the fifth-ever Arvada Days festival. The festivities lasted from 11 …

The scene at Arvada City Council's Sept. 19 meeting.

Arvada City Council approves Land Development Code amendments

With a 6-1 vote, Arvada’s City Council approved seven amendments to the City of Arvada’s Land Development Code at its Sept. 19 meeting. The amendments pertain to short term rentals, fleet …
Colorado Community Media has selected Michael de Yoanna as its new editor-in-chief.

Colorado Community Media taps de Yoanna as new editor-in-chief

Colorado Community Media announced today that it has named Michael de Yoanna as its new editor-in-chief.  
Arvada City Councilmember Lisa Smith (left) with Xcel's Daniel Trujillo.

Xcel Energy, Arvada City Councilmember Smith hold backpack drive for The Action Center

Throughout the month of September, Xcel Energy staffers partnered with Arvada City Councilmember Lisa Smith to collect backpacks and school supplies for the Action Center, a nonprofit based in …
The Baroque Chamber Orchestra will be performing Vivaldi's Four Seasons at the Lakewood Cultural Center on Oct. 7.

All four seasons come to Lakewood this autumn

This fall season will see more than just Autumn, but Winter, Summer and Spring too with Colorado’s Baroque Chamber Orchestra performing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons on Oct. 7 at the Lakewood …
An overview of Olde Town from the city's survey.

City team gauging feedback on proposals for 20-year future of Olde Town Arvada

Members of the Arvada city team and contracted landscape architects Dig Studio held a public hopen house at Denver Beer Co. on Sept. 21 to gauge feedback for a number of proposals and ideas …
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Open the door to Denver’s spaces

For many of us, we don’t exactly know what makes a piece of architecture or interior design appealing. There’s just something about it we respond to. Fortunately, there are organizations like the …
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Venture ‘Into the Woods’ at the Arvada Center

There are some names that stand on their own when you’re talking about the theater and Stephen Sondheim is right at the top of that list. So, when the Arvada Center announced it was kicking off its …
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Archtop guitar fans to gather in Arvada

For me, autumn sounds like acoustic guitars. It’s something about their warmth and crispness, but also their fragility. And if you’re the type of person who spends a lot of time thinking about …
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Thornton aims to become public art hot spot

One of the great things about public art is that it serves so many purposes — just as easily as it adds beauty to a community, it can also become a landmark, a location for people to orient their …
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Getting in an Allegro mood in Park

There’s no such thing as a typical community hub — each hub is as unique as the community it represents. So, it’s not surprising that one of Parker’s favorite spots is Allegro Music, its only …

Gonzalez kicking up a ruckus for two Fort Lupton sports

For many high-school athletes, playing a sport at a varsity level is a big task within itself. Jonathan Gonzalez, a senior at Fort Lupton High School, is not only stepping up as one of the captains …


Letter: In response to Joe Webb’s “Solutions for Jeffco public schools”

Joe Webb writes that we need solutions to the declining enrollment within the Jeffco schools and predicts an additional reduction over the next few years that will reach 50% of the current student population.

Letter: Why Lesley Dahlkemper has my support

As JeffCo prepares to welcome the new renewable energy industrial park, it’s important to recognize that this was made possible by a public-private partnership.

A normal back-to-school season ... almost

Ahhhhh…. As I’m sitting down to write this, the rain is falling on the end of the first day in months that the temperature didn’t (or barely) climbed out of the 50s, the sky was a haze shade of grey the whole day (and not from the fires in Oregon and California), and I was able to walk from the car to the grocery store without slathering sunscreen on my pasty Irish forehead.

Introducing a new health and wellness column: UNLEARN IT! Connect With Christine

Hi! I’m Christine Kahane, a Nationally Board Certified Health & Wellness Life Coach, with a private practice in the Evergreen area. Welcome to my new monthly column.

Column: Reading “To Kill a Mockingbird” in America

In her memoir “Reading Lolita in Tehran,” Professor Azar Nafisi described clandestine sessions she held in her apartment with young women to openly discuss and debate the merits of works the Islamic Republic’s morality squad repressed. Nafisi had been raised during the reign of the ousted Shah who, despite his autocratic rule, allowed the liberal air of the West to permeate Iranian society.
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