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Column: We need every tool to fight today’s wildfires

We know now that the largest recorded fire in New Mexico history was started by an escaped “prescribed burn,” or rather by two. more

Community Voices: The potential threat to the wildlife environment

My name is Sharon McCarthy. I am a resident of Forest Springs in West Arvada as well as one founding organizer of the nonprofit Friends of Ralston Creek Neighborhoods ( more

Column: Reminding people of the dangers of swimming pools for toddlers

My grandtwins, Rose and Lars, are now 27 months old. They are about the same age that my nephew Christopher was when he was found in my sister and brother-in-law’s swimming pool. more

Column: Greatness isn’t a matter of the stars

If you are at all like me, you’ve been at least tangentially interested in the Stanley Cup playoff run of our Colorado Avalanche. If you’re a little bit like me, you’ve been riveted by the run. more

Guest Column: SBA helps with disaster recovery

Colorado is no stranger to disasters, both natural and man-made. The state has a long history of natural disasters including flooding, wildfires, tornadoes and drought. The recent Marshall Fire in … more

Asking the hard questions at the Benchmark Theatre

It is an unfortunate truth that some topics will always be relevant, no matter how many decades (or centuries) pass. Questions of race and identity are near the top of this list, and as we’ve seen … more

The primary ballots have arrived

A few weeks ago, I made the radical suggestion that it would be wise to, maybe, select as our representatives people who were not insane. more

Strong summer starts for Denver

The Denver metro area really shines during the summer months. There are all kinds of outdoor options for dining, live music and activities, while classic concert spots and cultural hubs are still … more

Childhood escapades of summers past

Rambling along behind the dog through the neighborhood early on a school day I note something about the faces of parents as we exchange greetings. more

An LGBTQ+ history lesson

There’s no way for a single exhibit to fully detail the history of LGBTQ+ Coloradoans, but it’s still important to take steps to share the stories of people whose experiences have largely been … more

Address to City Council: May 16, 2022

Let me begin with a poem I wrote in response to the May 10 Study Session with the City Manager and Arvada City Councill on the DEI initiative. The words that follow are an abridged version of what was given as public comment during the May 16 City Council meeting. more

In honor of graduation season: A fable (with apologies to C.S.Lewis)

This text has been smuggled, at great cost (many Bothams died…) from a graduation ceremony in Hell. It is the Valedictory Address to a recent class of new demons. more

Ultimately, I’m Team America

Ordinarily in this space I would be making the case for various GOP candidates in Jefferson County and Colorado. While I will do that later on, I think a more important task needs to be accomplished. more

Get lost in the DMNS’ new experience

Most of what is on display in a museum is an exhibit. The focus with exhibits is to plainly educate and entertain at the same time. And then there are experiences, like the new Mazes & Brain … more

Infinite diversity in infinite combinations is a strength

I just started reading a book called “The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers.” Uh…no. Don’t be impressed. It’s going to take me about seven weeks to slog through it. It’s a curiosity study for me, but it by no means indicates anything other than curiosity and stubbornness. more

Something you can stick on the fridge

Funny that the end of the scholastic road for so many students is called commencement, which denotes a beginning. more

Less overthinking, more instinctive reasoning

Do you ever think about your decision-making process? I do. I mean, what else have I got to do, now that I’m retired? more

The burning question

In the Introduction to “The Republic of Imagination,” Professor Azar Nafisi relates an anecdote about a young Iranian ex-pat she calls “Ramin” who, at a book promotion event, basically told her she was wasting her time. Americans, he said, are very different than Iranians. more

Lynne Collins takes over theater at the Arvada Center

Lynne Collins has been announced as the Arvada Center’s new Artistic Director of Theatre, following the retirement of Rod A. Lansberry. Collins, the current Artistic Director of Plays, first joined … more

Birds of a feather flock to DMNS

There are plenty of beautiful and important environmental sites that people are aware of - think locations like the Everglades in Florida. But then there are places that might be even more important … more
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