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Elephant Butte Fire a year later

It took 130 firefighters, numerous apparatus, 56,000 gallons of water from Evergreen Lake and a drenching downpour to put out last year’s Elephant Butte Fire. The fire just west of downtown …
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Traffic on Interstate 25 in Denver on May 19.

Colorado violates EPA ozone standards again

On the same day environmental groups called out Colorado officials for missing a key EPA deadline to clean up ozone pollution violations widely attributed to driving, business groups declared victory …
A researcher releases a bald eagle with GPS tracking as part of Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s new study on eagle populations in Colorado’s Front Range.

Study focuses on bald eagle boom along the Front Range

It’s no secret that the human population on Colorado’s Front Range is expanding. State officials predict that in the 10-year range from 2019 to 2029, Colorado will grow by more than 800,000 …
People line up for food and refreshments at the Johnny Hurley celebration of life event at Robby Ferrufino Park.

Arvada Center hosts memorial for Johnny Hurley

Friends, family and members of the community came in droves to remember Johnny Hurley, killed in the June 21 Olde Town shooting, as a principled, selfless person who wouldn't think twice about …

Jeffco, Clear Creek and Gilpin to receive millions in opioid settlement

When it comes to the current state of the opioid crisis in Jefferson County, there is both good news and bad, state and county leaders say. First, the bad. Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader said the county …

Full STEM Ahead camp participant Eliot McSkimin gathers hot metal to pour into a mold during camp.

Finding the F-U-N in STEM

At most summer camps, there is no need for attendees to put on safety googles and a protective jacket for any of the activities. But the Full STEM Ahead camp held at Colorado School of Mines earlier …
Education

Another avenue for RRCC students to further higher education

Graphic Design and Print Production students at Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) now have another way to apply their Associates Degree credits toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree. RRCC and …
New asphalt being installed at Jefferson Jr. Sr. High.

Jeffco Schools’ bond construction continues

Summer break rules for students. But for construction crews working on projects for the District’s Capital Improvement Program, the work goes on despite current triple-digit temperatures. Jefferson …
Harrison School District in Colorado Springs last summer made videos explaining what to expect when their students returned to in-person learning.

Students share ideas on use of stimulus funds

Rowan Raetz has grand ideas for his high school, an aged building that could use a little sprucing up. He envisions an outdoor classroom or, at the very least, a relaxation space — one filled with …

Colorado lifts rules for masks, quarantines, outbreaks in schools

In yet another major lifting of state-imposed coronavirus restrictions, Colorado released an updated public health order that removes mask requirements for schools and repeals the mandate for school …

Workers pitch in to load food for distribution to Jeffco Schools’ summer programs

Pitching in to keep Jeffco’s summer learners fed

The countywide effort to feed hungry children and families across Jefferson County is a collaborative effort. That’s the message from Carolyn Alexander, the senior director of operations for The …
Business
Exterior of Lot Que.

Lot Que brings barbecue to northwest Arvada

Residents of Candelas and northwest Arvada hankering for ribs, brisket or pulled pork are in luck this summer, as a new barbeque restaurant has opened up in Five Parks. Lot Que — adjacent to and …
Belmar shopping area in Lakewood has been sold to Bridge33 Capital, a Seattle-based real estate firm.

New owners for Belmar: Real estate firm buys embattled mall

Lakewood’s premier mixed-use shopping and dining area has been purchased by Bridge33 Capital, a Seattle-based real estate firm, in partnership with Waterfall Asset Management, for $113 million. The …
Reed Becerra inside Abner’s Garden Center on June 24.

After 64 years, Abner’s Garden Center says goodbye

According to a 2018 Forbes Magazine article, around half of all businesses fail in the first five years. So although the article did not say how many businesses make it over 60 years, it seems safe …
The Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, which is owned and operated by Jefferson County, and is directly north of Westminster's border. The airport is developing a new strategic business plan for future development, though not to the satisfaction of all the airport's neighbors.

Rocky Mountain Metro neighbors fear strategic plan

Air traffic to and from the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport already upsets residents in Westminster and other nearby areas. Proposed future development at the site would only make it worse, many …

Colorado Tap House from 69th Avenue.

Colorado Tap House breaks ground

On June 11, crews broke ground on construction of the Colorado Tap House, a facility located at 14982 W. 69th Ave that will feature family-friendly amenities and an expansive list of beers on tap. …
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