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Ring up the old — Environmental benefit, vintage popularity boost interest in thrift stores

Arvada resident Eddie Marin has a passion for finding vintage items, and he shops at thrift stores at least twice a week. He looks for vintage sports T-shirts, old VHS tapes, hats, sweaters and more. …
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A procession of first responders travels up Ward Road, toward Red Rocks Church Arvada on Wadsworth, to remember the life of firefighter Dan Moran, who died from a job-related illness. “Dan fought a courageous two and a half year battle with leukemia; his 18 year career as a firefighter/paramedic with West Metro Fire was unfortunately cut short by this line of duty illness,” Moran’s obituary reads. “As a husband, father, son, uncle and firefighter, Dan will be missed greatly by all whose lives he impacted.”

Firefighter remembered as a fighter

Throughout a battle with leukemia that lasted more than two years, Dan Moran was always optimistic about the future, his colleagues from West Metro Fire Rescue recall. The 50-year-old West Metro …

Jeffco schools to close March 19 for labor shortage

With a number of Jefferson County School Distirct teaching staff taking Thursday, March 19 off for the CEA Educator Day of Action, the school district has announced all schools will close that day, …
From left, former Denver City Council President Elbra Wedgeworth, FirstBank Lakewood Market President Amber Hills, FirstBank CEO Jim Reuter, FirstBank Senior Vice President of Multicultural Banking Tony Oum, FirstBank COO Emily Robinson and Lakewood Mayor Adam Paul at FirstBank’s Multicultural Banking Center’s grand opening on Feb. 13. FirstBank estimates that almost 40% of its employees represent different races, ethnicities, military statuses and abilities.

FirstBank opens Multicultural Banking Center

Catering to different cultures is nothing new for FirstBank, according to Tony Oum, senior vice president of multicultural banking for the company. It started over 30 years ago when former FirstBank …
Senator Michael Bennet called defeating President Trump in the fall election a vital task.

Bennet: Take politics out of health care

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet isn't running for president, but that doesn't mean he's done taking on President Trump. Bennet, who dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary in early February after …

Cherry Creek High School senior Harper Hanson, left, listens as U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner speaks during a Feb. 19 roundtable on mental health at Cherry Creek School District’s career-technical education facility.

Sen. Cory Gardner: 'I know we can do better' on mental health

For those skeptical that the federal government affects their daily lives, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner's conversation with some metro area high school students may offer some hope. In Colorado, “we are …
Education
On behalf of nonprofit Catch It In Time, executive director Keith Singer, third from left, presented Pomona High School with audio equipment as a part of the nonprofit’s contest. “It’s a good chance for them to see that just because you’re trying to do something for the community, you get rewarded,” said teacher Olivia Newman, fourth from left.

Pomona student projects combine film with cancer awareness

Many of the students in Pomona High School’s video production elective grew up sharing their ideas with the world. Juniors Isaac Rosasco and Gage Fish posted videos on YouTube when they were …
Student interns from Jefferson County Public Health’s Communities that Care program met with Rep. Ed Perlmutter in February to discuss some of the major issues teenagers face, and how grant funding has helped the interns combat this. “The best way to encourage young people to make social changes is by giving them a voice to express wants and concerns,” said Lola Peregoy, an intern and Lakewood High School senior.

Jeffco students tackling youth issues at national conference

A group of 14 Jefferson County high school students — all interns with the county’s public health department — got to meet with the nation’s leaders, and conduct research on youth drug use as …

Changing Jeffco school start times would cost millions

Following years of work to establish later start times across the district, the Reimagining Time Task Force, made up of Jeffco parents and district employees, presented to the school board Feb. 5 …
Arvada K-8 students work on school-issued laptops, known as 1:1 devices. The district will distribute 1:1 devices to all students grades five through 12 by 2023. From left to right: Amanda Donald, Bailey Bleskin, Jalissa Gamboa, Carleigh Bentley, Nicolas Sanchez.

In Jeffco, a Chromebook for every kid

In a single day, Arvada K-8 student Nicolas Sanchez logs onto his Chromebook in almost every class. The eighth grader accesses online resources during his reading and history classes. He uses his …

Arvada K-8 students work on school-issued laptops, known as 1:1 devices. The district will distribute 1:1 devices to all students grades five through 12 by 2023. From left to right: Amanda Donald, Bailey Bleskin, Jalissa Gamboa, Carleigh Bentley, Nicolas Sanchez.

In Jeffco, a Chromebook for every kid

In a single day, Arvada K-8 student Nicolas Sanchez logs onto his Chromebook in almost every class. The eighth grader accesses online resources during his reading and history classes. He uses his …
Business
Steve Farland, owner of the Chairman, stands beside "The Guardian," one of seven towering statues made of chairs.

Wanted: home for towering wooden soldiers

Steve Farland's colossal wooden soldiers need a new home. Farland is better known as the Chairman. From a cavernous warehouse on Navajo Street, in Englewood's old industrial district, he sells chairs …
The team from Jack's Bar and Grill & Steamers Coffeehouse accepts the Business of the Year award, which the food and coffee establishment received for its commitment to hiring individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Two honored by Arvada chamber

The Arvada Chamber of Commerce recognized its 2019 Business of the Year and Nonprofit of the Year this January, highlighting two organizations with missions to reach underserved populations in the …

Veteran transit leader named RTD's interim CEO

The former head of a Texas transit agency will serve as the new interim general manager and CEO of the Regional Transportation District, RTD's board of directors announced Jan. 28. Paul Ballard will …

Delta Restoration Services raises nearly $3,000

Arvada-based Delta Restoration Services, a nationally recognized and award-winning franchise that provides restoration services to commercial and residential properties, raised nearly $3,000 for All …

Core Progression founder Jon Cerf at the gym’s Olde Town Arvada location. Cerf opened his first location in 2010 and has since expanded to almost 20 locations across the country, with a goal of opening 500 one day. “I’ve always figured if you’re going to do something, go big,” he said.

Fitness company taking off for Arvada native

When Jon Cerf talks about his company Core Progression, he emphasizes one takeaway: his personal training business is more than a personal training business. The gym offers a wide variety of fitness …
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