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It was all about late-night dramatic victories May 17 at Englewood High School’s Randy Penn Stadium. No. 1-seeded Castle View and No. 2 Mead both scored 1-goal win over the last two Class 4A girls lacrosse state champions — Evergreen and Green Mountain — to punch their tickets to the title game.
The two-time defending Class 4A boys lacrosse state champions — Cheyenne Mountain — will have to go through Erie to claim a third straight title.
Photos from last week's Class 4A track and field state competitions.
Pomona senior Emma Stutzman still had enough energy for a victorious scream after running the Class 5A girls 3,200-meter run in a time of 10 minutes, 12.68 seconds May 19 at Jeffco Stadium.
Courts in Adams and Broomfield counties will be offering official forgiveness for some low-level and non-violent crimes May 19. The warrant clearance event is part of a partnership between the …
Pools around the metro area are gearing up to open for the summer. That is, if there are enough lifeguards.
The Denver Regional Council of Governments will receive $1 million from the Inflation Reduction Act to cut pollution and build clean energy economies across the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metropolitan …
Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District voters selected candidates Danielle Grosh and Mike Hald for the Board of Directors in a District-wide election May 2, according to the unofficial results. …
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Campbell Elementary School hosts End of an Era event to commemorate 60 years

The slated-to-closed school had one last hurrah with community members and families.

Bustang running service from Denver to Estes Park, RMNP

The bus service from Denver’s Union Station to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park will be available for their fourth year this summer. Bustang will resume service on May 27 and …

Arvada Chamber of Commerce Awards honor local change makers

The 72nd Arvada Chamber of Commerce Awards Luncheon took place on May 18 at the Arvada Center, and saw the Chamber honor the 2022 Man and Woman of the Year, as well as the recipients of the Rising Star Award, Image Awards, and Young Professional Leadership Award.

Rain abates for Pomona High School graduation

Thunderstorms and heavy rains stayed away long enough to not put a damper on Pomona High School's graduation, which went off without a hitch on May 18 at the North Area Athletic Complex. 

A bittersweet Arbor Day at Peck Elementary

In the last 37 years, over 1,800 Peck Elementary School students have planted nearly 500 trees at parks across the city in recognition of Arbor Day — an annual occasion that celebrates the value of trees within the community, which was first observed in Arvada in 1987 thanks to former Peck teacher Dudley Weiland.

The TRN Grandview brings “the turn” to Olde Town Arvada

Golfers have a term for where the front nine holes transition to the back nine: "the turn."

Arvada Man and Woman of the Year: Randy and Christi Michaelis

When Christi and Randy Michaelis moved to Arvada in 2010, they simply wanted to help people. The at-the-time recently retired couple had just moved from Michigan and stopped by the Apex Center for the volunteer fair.

Arvada Fire Protection District Board Election: Kingham elected, Terranova keeps seat

Ted Terranova was reelected to the Arvada Fire Protection District Board and Joel Kingham was elected to fill the seat vacated by the departure of longtime board member Mark McGoff, who did not seek reelection to pursue a project with the Colorado Historical Society.
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Unique sports abound in the Denver metro area

Spring is in full swing, bringing many folks around Colorado out of the doldrums of winter with the promise of outdoor recreation.

Exploring Colorado's bike paths

On most Tuesdays and Thursdays and some Saturdays, a team of bikers meets to explore Colorado’s network of trails.

Local suburban bars a place for up-and-coming music talent in Denver metro area

At The Alley in downtown Littleton, you might find a musician who’s so into the music, they’ll get up and dance on the bar.

Why eat weeds?

Where some see weeds, Erica Davis sees ingredients for delicious soups and salads.
Second Saturdays kick off in Arvada
Second Saturday's kicked off in Arvada on May 13, with vendors filling the streets and musical performances from Night Routine on the Grandview Stage and Boot Gun in the Square. The first of four …
Column: Paperboy
Editor’s note: “Paperboy” is a selection from Jerry Fabyanic’s forthcoming memoir, “Uphill into the Wind: Seizing the Day and Finding Meaning in the Ordinary.” The work will be in essay and short story format, the topics of which drawn from Jerry’s life experiences. 
Dip your pan into Clear Creek history at Phoenix Gold Mine
If you fancy yourself a modern-day prospector or just want to get in touch with the rich history in Clear Creek County, you could strike gold at the Phoenix Gold Mine in Idaho Springs. 
'Leave the baby animals alone:' A plea from Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Jefferson County Animal Control officers recently rescued a baby fox from a window, an incident that serves as a reminder to residents about coexisting with local wildlife.
SeriesFest returns for a blockbuster Season 9
After a bit of a pandemic slowdown, SeriesFest, which celebrates emerging and underserved voices in episodic storytelling, is back bigger and better than ever, overflowing with top-notch television viewing for all audiences.  
Three Arvada-area middle school students move on to statewide Civics Bee
The Arvada Chamber of Commerce hosted the first Arvada local competition of the National Civics Bee on April 18, where three middle schoolers qualified to move on to the statewide finals in Denver on May 19.
Arts, Culture, Music

Northglenn celebrates Betty grace Gibson

For the late Betty grace Gibson, being a self-taught artist didn’t mean never taking an art class or workshop. As her daughter, Linda Drumm, recalls, being self-taught meant was taking things she …

A musical reflection of 2022

I don’t know about y’all, but I’m extremely glad this year is over. 2022 may well go down as the most challenging of my life, and since we’re still living through the aftershocks of a global …

Denver doughs: 2 young pastry chefs create out-of-this-world culinary experience

Space dinosaurs. Project 626. Murder by the Campfire.   This is not a list of the internet’s latest conspiracy theories, but rather the creations of Black Box Bakery, a space-themed …

Football player from Arvada visits White House, gets invited to NFL minicamp

Brad Roberts had no idea that after he visited the White House, he would be invited to the Washington Commanders minicamp the next day. It all began for the Air Force Academy running back and Ralston Valley High School alum on April 28.

PHOTOS: Ralston Valley vs. Monarch Lacrosse

View photos from the lacrosse battle between Monarch and Ralston Valley high schools.

No. 8 Columbine girls soccer gets back on track

Columbine girls soccer team got back in the win column April 18.

Chatfield vaults atop 5A Jeffco girls soccer standings

A little overtime work April 18 at Lakewood Memorial Field paid off big time for Chatfield’s girls soccer team.

Nothing final in marathon baseball game in 4A Jeffco League play

Maybe fittingly, there was no final score to report from the Class 4A Jeffco League baseball game April 20 at Everitt Middle School.

Valor, Ralston Valley clash in Top-10 5A girls soccer

For the second time last week, Valor Christian and Ralston Valley worked overtime on the girls soccer pitch.

Ralston Valley leads Adapted Athletics Softball Day for Jeffco

Jeffco Public Schools' Adapted Athletics program held its Softball Day for the south-area schools on April 18 at the Gold Crown Field House in Lakewood.

Letter: Prioritize Coloradans impacted by Alzheimer’s and related Dementias

Today, 76,000 Coloradans live with Alzheimer’s disease, a number expected to rise by 21% in the next few years. Congress is considering ways to help and I urge them to take immediate action on some important policies.

Letter: Dismaying behavior by two local candidates

As I begin to look at the election for Arvada City Council this fall, I find that two candidates have chosen not to sign the voluntary code of fair campaign practices.

Letter: It is not the guns that are the problem, it is the criminals

As I drove by the Arvada West students who were protesting, I could not help but think that this is just a small part of what is happening. We had plenty of guns out there before the 1980s, but we didn’t have the type of violence we are seeing now.

Letter: Nuclear energy advances

There are over 50 commercial nuclear reactors being built in other countries around the world right now.

Letter: In response to Fabyanic’s “Phubbing” column

Thanks Arvada Press for Jerry Fabyanic’s recent editorial “Phubbing: A social disease.”
Column: Will nuclear energy arrive on time and at cost?
Oliver Stone has a new movie, “Nuclear Now,” that made its Colorado debut in Boulder on May 1. In it, Stone argues that the grave risks posed by climate change require we embrace nuclear energy.
Op-ed: Protecting consumers, tackling high utility bills
Early this year, we heard from constituents that their monthly utility bills went up astronomically. 
Column: Mental health is just as important as physical health
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and this annual observance hits close to home for me, as a former single parent resident of Warren Village.
Column: Spring allergies or chronic dry eyes?
Allergens, or allergic conjunctivitis, affects more than 20% of the American population and can irritate the eyes or their surrounding areas. On the other hand, dry eyes affect tear production and the tear film, which keeps the surface of the eye clean to avoid infection and provide nourishment.
Column: Land exchanges serve the wealthy
In 2017, the public lost 1,470 acres of wilderness-quality land at the base of Mount Sopris near Aspen, Colorado. 
Column: Some people just like to get things done
Although I’ve lived in a small Western town for 30 years now, I have never known much about one of its fundamental institutions, the service club. Many small-town residents still center their lives on Lions, Elks, Rotary or similar organizations. 
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