Colorado Community Media 2022 Local Election Results
Election 2022 results: All three Jefferson County ballot measures fail
Marijuana growth and sale in unincorporated Jeffco, along with a possible sales tax on it, have failed
Election 2022 results: Kersgaard leads Szabo in Jefferson County assessor race
With 99% of Jefferson County ballots tabulated, it appears Scot Kersgaard will retain his position as Jefferson County assessor, beating challenger Libby Szabo in the Nov. 8 election.
Election 2022 results: Marinelli elected Jefferson County Sheriff
As of Nov. 10 with 99% of ballots counted,  unoffical results points to Democrat Regina Marinelli, current lieutenant of the support services division at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office, being elected Jeffco Sheriff over  Republican Ed Brady, current Arvada Police Department deputy chief.
Election 2022 results: Gonzalez defeats Pyne in Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder race
Democrat Amanda Gonzalez has defeated Republican Vicki Pyne in the Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder race.
Election 2022 results: Dahlkemper reelected Jefferson County commissioner
Democrat Lesley Dahlkemper has been reelected in the District 3 Jefferson County commissioner race. She received 58% of the votes over Republican challenger Donald Rosier.

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 …

News

Work underway on new post office mural

A concrete retaining wall adjacent to the post office on Allison Street in Arvada is becoming a work of art.

Respiratory viruses raise concern for children across Denver metro area

Mom Brianne Price knew respiratory illnesses could be a concern because her baby was born prematurely. Then her other child, her 4-year-old boy, came home with a cough. Soon after, Price was calling a nurse help line.

Chow for Champions deliver Thanksgiving meals to 90 Arvada first responders

Arvada first responders working on Thanksgiving were treated to free meals during their shifts, thanks to Chow for Champions, an annual effort to provide meals to Arvada police officers, firefighters and emergency medical service providers on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Civitas gets thumbs up for 10 fracking wells in Thornton

Thornton city council approved a proposed 10-well fracking site at the southeast corner of the E-470 and I-25 intersection on Nov. 29 on a 6-2 vote.  “You’ve done everything that …

Westminster council discusses Standley Lake boating

Westminster city council discussed bringing back boating to Standley Lake at the Nov. 21 study session.  Trailered boats and powered watercraft have not been allowed on Standley Lake since …
Life

Let the Arvada Center light the way to holiday cheer

Finding the right way to spend a night out during the holiday season is a tale as old as time. While there is no shortage of overtly holiday-themed activities to select from, maybe you’re in the …

Merry and Bright at the Arvada Center

No one wants to spend their holiday season arguing over entertainment. So, if you’re looking for a classic musical that’s sure to please the whole family this holiday season, check out the Arvada Center’s newly imagined production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast!”

MCA Denver shares artists’ creative process

There’s a podcast now for almost everything — listeners can get guidance on tackling mental health challenges, learn about practically any period of history and develop strategies for a fantasy …

Welcome the holiday season to the Denver area

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all! At this time of year, people are constantly searching for fun ways to explore the metro area and all it has to offer — maybe you have family in from out of town …

Take a hop, skip and a jump into the city for Lindy Hop

In 1928, two Black dancers in a dance marathon in Harlem — George Snowden and Mattie Purnell — broke away from each other to throw in some solo freestyling. With that, they started the process of creating one of the most popular swing dances ever: Lindy Hop.
Sports

Empty seat reminds Fort Lupton coach of more than basketball

Someone is missing from the Fort Lupton High School boys basketball team bench this season. Coach Jim Roedel knows exactly whose clipboard occupies an empty seat and who his team salutes after every …

Voices

‘A Christmas Story’ for everyone at Miners Alley

There are some stories that you can’t even remember when you first encountered them — they just seem to have always been around. For countless families, the immortal film “A Christmas Story” …

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.

Column: New Jeffco air quality monitors a vital step for our health

It’s another day with poor air quality, and my heart sinks as I see an influx of children having asthma attacks enter my clinic. I am completing my clinical rotation in pediatrics, a part of my Nurse Practitioner program, in an underserved community in Jefferson County. As a nurse, I worry for my patients’ health, and as an asthmatic, I know all too well how terrifying it is to struggle to breathe. 

Column: How we are impacted by our beliefs about time

The cultural biases we place on time increase our anxiety for perfection during The Holidays. However, greater awareness of how your beliefs cause stress and anxiety can help alleviate mounting pressures.

Column: Questions about Colorado’s second-largest utility

Grocery stores have been consolidating. With utilities, the opposite is occurring. We’re seeing some of them start to come apart. Specifically in question is whether Colorado’s second-largest electrical provider, Tri-State Generation and Transmission, will survive this great pivot in how we produce and consume electricity.
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