Some needed re-leaf for Arvada

In an effort to keep leaves out of the landfill and off of City streets where they can block storm drains, free residential leaf recycling was made available the first three Saturdays in November. …
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 …

News
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 …
A COVID-19 testing center was set up months ago, in a parking lot, across the street from the School of Mines campus.

School of Mines taking all classes, exams virtual after Thanksgiving break

There will be no need for Colorado School of Mines students who headed home before Thanksgiving to return to campus until after the school’s winter break. In a letter sent to students and staff on …
Arvada's old Kmart store currently stands at the site of a proposed development that would contain 300 residential units.

Developer wants to bring 300 apartments and 10,000 feet of commercial space to Arvada Kmart site

The closure of Arvada's longstanding Kmart store left a big “hole” in a busy part of town. Now, two years later, a Texas-based developer wants to fill that hole with a mixed-use development that …

No decision on Spero rezoning after seven-hour hearing

Jefferson County commissioners heard emotional testimony — but came to no decision — during a seven-hour hearing over whether Spero Recovery Center should be allowed to rezone two properties on …

Call for applicants to Jeffco school board

Jeffco School Board members will soon be given the task of appointing a replacement to fill the seat of former member Ron Mitchell. Mitchell stepped down from his elected position, effective Nov. 12. …
Life
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 …
Arapahoe Libraries creative specialist Sivan Johnson works in the Southglenn Library recording studio before the pandemic. The library district offers three studios: one each in west and east Centennial at Southglenn and Smoky Hill libraries, respectively, and one at Sheridan Library in the city of Sheridan.

Denver metro area recording studios offer sound options

Music of various genres. Podcasts. Work presentations on a green screen. Slam poetry. Music videos. Making movies for film school. These are the types of works patrons have produced at free recording …

Walk-in Jeffco Library service returns

The Jefferson County Public Library system has announced the restart to wali-in libsarary service. The county public health department has given guidance to the libraries, leading the system to once …
Frida Kahlo’s 1943 painting “Self-Portrait with Monkeys” is on display at the Denver Art Museum through Jan. 24.

Kahlo, Rivera, Mexican Modernists at DAM

Now open at the Denver Art Museum: “Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection.” It runs through Jan. 24 and is sure to be a draw for area art …
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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

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 …

Welcoming new members to our media family

In February 2012, my wife Ann and I acquired nine community newspapers from a Texas-based company, all in South Metro Denver and in two communities near Colorado Springs. At that time, I had been …
Michael Norton
Winning Words

Behavior clears path and motivation follows

One question that I seem to be getting more of these days is around motivation. Not only are people asking how to get motivated, but they are also asking how they can stay motivated. “People often …
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