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New COVID-19 restrictions will prohibit indoor dining, personal gatherings

As Denver metro counties continue to inch closer to local stay-at-home orders under Colorado's system of coronavirus-related restrictions, the state announced a new level of rules that prohibits …
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Arvada Police officer Alex DiDomenico confers with a patient as they drive up to the check-in for the COVID-19 vaccine shots at the Arvada Fire Protection District training center off Indiana Street on Jan. 21.

Drive-thru vaccination center set up for first responders, health care workers

COVID-19 vaccinations were available for first responders and health care workers - Coloradans in Phase 1A and 1B — who pre-registered in advance to receive the dose at a drive-thru distribution …
The U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Colorado leaders react to Biden inauguration

Colorado officials on Wednesday marked the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, with Democrats offering messages of congratulations and conveying determination to …

Local aw enforcement agencies say they are prepared to meet safety demands if unrest accompanies inauguration

Law enforcement agencies throughout the Denver metro area are making preparations to respond should any civil unrest accompany Jan. 20's presidential inauguration. In a statement posted last week on …
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is shown addressing a chamber of commerce luncheon in January in Adams County. File photo

Polis blasts lack of vaccine influx

Top federal officials, including Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump, “spoke out of turn” and lied to Colorado and other states about an incoming influx of vaccines that didn't …

A new auxiliary gym taking shape at Jeffco’s Green Mountain High School.

Jeffco Schools bond projects progressing

On Jan. 7, 2021, the Jeffco Board of Education held their first meeting of the new year. Up first on the agenda was a fourth quarter 2020 update on the 2018 Bond and Capital Improvement Projects …
Education

Teachers must wait for COVID-19 vaccine in Colorado as others given priority

Teachers and other school staff must wait for COVID vaccinations until after first responders and people 70 and older are vaccinated, state officials told local public health agencies Jan. 5. The …
Jeffco Public Schools food service employees Brittany Knight, Ronda Swenson and Asta Lock staff the Wilmot Elementary holiday food pick-up station in Evergreen. On Dec. 21 stations like this one provided multiple meals for Jeffco Public Schools students across the district.

Jeffco Schools pivot — expand Grab and Go food program

Amid criticism of its Grab and Go meals program, and in a move to be more nimble in providing food aid to students during the return to at-home learning, Jeffco schools rolled out a bus delivery …

Jeffco school board special session includes January restart plan

A plan to get some kids back in the classroom by late January was unveiled in a special session of the Jeffco School Board, Wednesday, Dec 16, 2020.  Interim Superintendent Kristopher Schuh started …

With expanded testing, Denver metro school districts hope for January return

Testing for quarantined students, some preemptive testing in schools and modified quarantine requirements are expected to be the ticket to more consistent in-person classes for several school …

Luke Martin was one of nearly a dozen Fitzmorris Elementary School students who are in the school's Autism Spectrum Disorder program to show off the school's Pumper Car.

Pumper Car provides an outlet and an incentive for ASD students at Arvada elementary school

Dalton Minor enjoys riding the Pumper Car, and “fast,” as he will tell you. The Fitzmorris Elementary School student is quite adept at showing how it works, pushing his hands out as if he is …
Business

Jeffco workforce center unveils new website as part of larger push to adapt to pandemic demands

As 2020 came to an end, Colorado unemployment claims began rising once again after months of steady declines following unprecedented increases in the spring and summer. In Jefferson County, that …
Tracy’s store manager Karen Kucera helps a customer shortly before Christmas.

Art studio turned coffee shop

The sign sitting out front in a planter said it all. Simply put, it read the word “coffee.” More than that, however, it was an invitation to come visit. “That little sign in the planter is our …

Help for Jeffco small businesses on the way

State Senate Bill 20B-001, passed in December’s extraordinary three-day legislative session, should soon yield a bit of financial relief for some Jeffco small businesses hurt by Covid restrictions. …

County accepting applications for small business grants

Jefferson County has opened up applications for a COVID-19 grant program that could provide small businesses with up to $7,000 in relief payments. On Dec. 7, Gov. Jared Polis signed Senate Bill …

In the Jack’s Bar & Grill and Steamers Coffeehouse prep kitchen about half of the workers have intellectual and developmental disabilities, including Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and seizure disorders.

Arvada eatery with a mission keeps jamming along

During the pandemic, while Jack’s/Steamers is closed for indoor dining, it relies on selling handcrafted jams and jellies -- labeled “A Different Kind of Jam” — to help generate revenue. And …
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