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DENVER – The Colorado High School Activities Association had to take care of some sad business before its legislative council meeting Jan. 24. It said goodbye to a pair of administrators, …
The long, sought-after pay increases for high-school game officials are officially in play. The Colorado High School Activities Association’s legislative council, which makes CHSAA’s …
DENVER – The Colorado High School Activities Association changed the rules for Sunday contact between coaches and student-athletes Jan. 24. The association’s legislative council, the …
LITTLETON — Valor Christian’s girls basketball team continued its remarkable conference winning streak Jan. 17, but it wasn’t easy.
Arvada turned back Fort Lupton 37-22 in Fort Lupton Jan. 19. Emma Ngewasi led the Biulldogs with 17 points. Kadie Ramos added 11. No stats were available for the Bluedevils.
AURORA – The Colorado High School Activities Association and Children’s Hospital combined to bring educational services from the hospital to CHSAA member schools. New Commissioner Mike …
Senators Bennet and Hickenlooper and Representative Neguse are urging the Federal Aviation Administration to send a representative to Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport’s Community Noise …
A 33-year-old man drew a 10-year sentence in the Department of Corrections after his guilty plea for trafficking a minor for sexual servitude. A statement from the 17th Judicial District …
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Colorado DMV releases list of rejected personalized plates

SHIKAKA, VOTE and BULL are among some of the less “offensive” personalized license plates that were rejected by the Colorado DMV last year.

Health care giants form one insurance company

By some measures, the Denver metro area has one of the most competitive hospital markets in the country. Large health systems duke it out every year for supremacy in the multibillion-dollar …

Colorado may end age-discriminating work question

Asking someone their age is considered impolite. But asking a job candidate? That’s perfectly legal. A bill at the state legislature would change that, at least in Colorado, and prohibit companies …

City of Arvada moving forward with MGT Consulting for diversity, equity, inclusion work

About a year after firing their last diversity, equity and inclusion consultant, the City of Arvada is moving forward with a new one: MGT Consulting, a national firm headquartered in Florida with consultants based in Colorado.

Educators urge lawmakers to pay schools what they’re owed

Mary Rose Donahue keeps a box of scissors in her classroom, not for arts and crafts projects with her students but for the same reason she also stores a baseball bat and a first-aid kit complete with …

Adams County celebrates health department

Adams County officially opened the doors to its five new health department offices Jan. 3 but officials celebrated the new department Jan. 24. “Building a Health Department from the ground …

Lawmakers want to eliminate all carbon emissions by 2050

One of the boldest climate change and air pollution bills set for debate in the legislature this year would attempt to eliminate all of Colorado’s carbon emissions by 2050, set tough interim goals …

Denver bought one-way bus tickets for 1,900 migrants

Denver spent nearly a half-million dollars last month buying one-way Greyhound bus tickets to other cities for 1,900 migrants who arrived here after crossing the U.S. southern border, according to …
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Emotional learning through the fine arts, and how it's helping healthcare workers

For the past 20 years, talk of addressing mental health issues within the healthcare industry circled around without much emphasis. That’s beginning to change, and it’s starting with the fine arts. 

Sock It To 'EM

When two friends joined forces to donate socks to homeless shelters in January 2012, they had no idea it would lead them on a path to creating a nonprofit that has collected nearly one million pairs …

Inner city kids take to the slopes

Coloradans can always look to the West and see the mountains in the distance, but for some who live in the inner cities of Colorado, actually getting to the mountains can be a bigger task.

Taking the climb in Denver

Hundreds of the nation’s most elite athletes in indoor rock climbing just had their version of the Super Bowl in Denver. As the Olympic sport expands across the U.S. and Colorado, USA Climbing’s …
Life
A Chocolate Affair returning for 23rd year
Arvada’s set to get a little bit sweeter in February, as the 23rd Annual Chocolate Affair will take place in Olde Town on Feb. 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Parks crew uncovers 50-year-old tennis practice wall at Alice Sweet Thomas Park
A parks maintenance crew in Arvada stumbled upon a historical artifact recently when they uncovered a 50-year-old tennis practice wall at Alice Sweet Thomas Park while performing regular maintenance.
New members of guild share art
Eighteen artists have joined the longtime Littleton Fine Arts Guild in the past year and the organization features their works in a new exhibit, through March 5. The LFAG operates the historic Depot …
Award-winning author to speak with readers
Arapahoe Libraries announces that award-winning author Kristin Hannah will speak via Zoom with readers at 6 p.m. on Jan 19. Her popular title, “The Nightingale,” is scheduled for early 2023 film …
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 …
Jumping into 2023: Evergreen Lake Plunge was a cool success
New Year’s Day was a great day to go jump in the lake — Evergreen Lake, that is.
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 …

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 …
SPORTS

Borgmann, former CHSAA assistant commissioner, dies

When former Colorado High School Activities Association assistant Commissioner Bert Borgmann died Jan. 9, Skyview girls basketball coach Chris Kemm summed up the feelings of many who are involved in …

Lakewood outlasts Wheat Ridge on the hardwood

WHEAT RIDGE — The old Jeffco rivalry between Lakewood and Wheat Ridge is alive and well.

Arvada West captures title at Charger Challenge

LITTLETON — Arvada West junior Kaden Kline accomplished a rare feat Dec. 15  during the opening round of the Charger Challenge boys basketball tournament at Chatfield High School.

Stuck With Silver: Mines football falls to Ferris State in title game

The Mines football team is taking home the NCAA Division II Runner-Up trophy after losing 41-14 to Ferris State in the Dec. 17 title game.

Mines football fans prepare for national championship

The Oredigger nation is swelling with pride.

Referee protection, pay scale on CHSAA’s legislative council agenda

The decision-making arm of the Colorado High School Activities Association will take up protection of and payment for game officials next month. The legislative council meeting is set for Tuesday, …

Ralston Valley boys hoops rounds up tournament title

ARVADA — Ralston Valley’s boys basketball team dominated the annual tournament — Ralston Roundup Classic — it has hosted for years.
VOICES

Letter: Thank you, Link Strate

Thanks to the Chief, Link Strate, for a job well done. I appreciate his candor about our city and the issues regarding Arvada and its past, present and future. It has been a rough two years on our police department. 

Letter: Let’s do some critical thinking about the air quality guest column

By EPA’s own data, since 1980, carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen dioxide, and sulphur dioxide levels have dropped an average of 84 percent. Even the EPA’s new villain, ozone, has dropped 29% in the same time period.

Letter: Apply to be on a board or commission

When I read my city council emails, people are usually expressing concerns about their city and don’t know where to start. There is a desire to get involved and see real change. Well neighbors, I am excited to share with you, there is a way to get involved, and the time is NOW! 

Letter: Lost trust in Jeffco Public Schools

Thank you, Colorado Community Media and Andrew Fraieli, for your story “Jeffco Board of Education Votes to Close 16 Elementary Schools” on Nov. 17.

Letter: Is it really all plain and simple?

In the Oct. 27 Op-Ed, “When Roe v. Wade Was Overturned, Colorado Democrats Fought Back,” authors Sen. Jessie Danielson, D-Wheat Ridge, Rep. Lisa Cutter, D-Littleton, and Sen. Tammy Story, D-Conifer stated, “access to reproductive health care, including abortion care, should be the fundamental right of all Americans, plain and simple.”
Columnists
Column: Dismantling the walls to wildlife in Colorado
Although never a big-game hunter, I have killed three deer in Colorado and likely gave a bull elk a terrific headache. That’s not to mention my carnage among rabbits and other smaller critters.
Column: Banning books is for bullies
Some people have become so alarmed by what children might read in school or in libraries that they want books they don’t like removed — immediately. The targeted books include scenes of sexual awakening, gender identity, racism or violence.
Column: For this year, a resolution for our kids’ future
As we all are taking down the tree, putting away the menorah and otherwise wrapping up from the holidays, we turn our attention to the new year.
Column: Friends and family
A close friend once quipped that family is the reason we have friends. On the surface, the line comes across as a dig at family with its sometimes fractious relationships and challenging dynamics.
Column: Saying it and praying it
By now most of us have heard what happened to the Buffalo Bills safety, Damar Hamlin, during a Monday Night Football game on Jan. 2. Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest after making a tackle against a …
Column: Colorado GOP failed to close ranks, and lost
I am reluctant to add to the many opinions regarding the current state of the Colorado Republican Party. My status as a former chair in a major county compels me to speak about the ongoing drama because of my vantage point regarding how the party should function. 
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