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'I lost all of them'

At times, Ryan Laber feels as if he is drifting in the ocean. Grief washes over him in waves, recedes, then comes in again. Other times, he stands in a valley, staring at sheer cliffs encircling him, wondering how he will ever climb …
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What drives a parent to kill a child?

Every day, Stephanie Schmalz drives by Highlands Ranch on C-470 from her home in Morrison to her job in Lone Tree. So when she learned in November that Jennifer Laber, a Highlands Ranch mother, had killed her two young sons and then herself, the …
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Our thought process behind this week’s special report

On Nov. 30, Jennifer Laber was found dead with her two sons, ages 3 and 5, in the family minivan outside a closed Sports Authority. Just two months later, on Jan. 30, Cristi Benavides and her …
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      Arvada Mayor Marc Williams gave the State of the City address at early morning April 21. Some highlights included 977 building permits issues in 2016; the opening of the new RTD parking hub in Olde Town Arvada; and the Kipling underpass for …

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      On the day after the Jeffco school board decided to close Pleasant View Elementary School in Golden, Shelton Elementary Principal Karen Brown made her way to all the classrooms at her school to talk to her students. First, she asked: Does anybody …

    • City strikes deal with theater

      A resolution between the City of Arvada and Harkins Theatres ensures that the project to renovate the movie theater at 5550 Olde Wadsworth Blvd. in Arvada moves forward. Harkins Theatres announced April 5 the acquisition of Landmark Theater’s …

    • Jeffco BOE prepares to give final budget direction

      A new timeline has been set for the Jefferson County Public Schools 2017-18 budget, with final direction being presented to staff May 4 and budget adoption on June 1. The original timeline, which had budget adoption on May 4, was revised with the …

    • Jeffco narrows superintendent search

      A nationwide search involving hundreds has narrowed to just six contenders to be Jefferson County Schools newest superintendent. At the April 20 study session of the Board of Education, the public was told that out of more than 800 potential …