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The Jefferson County Board of Education voted in November to close 16 elementary schools based generally on enrollment data and proximity to other schools — data that could be found on the FCB Dashboard.
LITTLETON — Columbine assistant girls basketball coach Kylie Bolding picked up her first win as the Rebels’ acting varsity coach Jan. 25.
I love February, primarily because it is my birthday month, though I chafe about how it got short-changed in days. But given that it is often the coldest, most bone-chilling stretch of the year in the northern hemisphere, I do not mind cutting it short and rolling into March. 
Former Clear Creek County Sheriff’s deputies Kyle Gould and Andrew Buen appeared in court for the second time on Jan. 30, with Gould’s defense looking to dismiss his charges and the people’s representation looking for a joinder of the defendants. 
Fort Lupton City Council approved a special-use permit for 10 horizontally drilled oil wells and one production facility during its meeting Feb. 7. The proposal is to use 14 acres of land near …
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office announced on Twitter that deputies were assisting the Lakeside Police Department with an officer-involved shooting at 44th Avenue and Depew Street around 5 p.m. Feb. 7.
Governor Jared Polis' push to get legislators to approve $500 rebates for electric bikes is pushing bicyclists and transportation advocates to wonder if the infrastructure exists in the northern …
Paying attention to the progress people of color have made in the country at large and Adams County specifically, staff and officials kicked of the county's Black History Month celebration Feb. …
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Lawmakers attempt to tackle auto theft

Colorado lawmakers introduced a bipartisan bill aimed at cracking down on the scourge of vehicle theft in the state by decoupling the cost of a stolen car from the criminal penalty a thief faces and …

A Chocolate Affair brings thousands to Olde Town

Thousands of people converged in Olde Town on Feb. 4 to celebrate A Chocolate Affair, an annual fundraiser that benefits the Ralston House. Over 3,000 tickets were sold during this year’s event, marking a return to the event’s pre-pandemic norm.

Nominations open for Badass Women of Arvada

Nominations for the Arvada Chamber of Commerce’s 3rd Annual Badass Women of Arvada celebration have opened, with the chamber calling for people to nominate local women in business, nonprofits and community work for recognition until March 17. Nominations can be made on the Chamber’s website.

Minor injuries reported after car, train collide

South Adams County fire officials said injuries from a train-vs.-car collison Jan. 31 were minor. The incident happened shortly before 1 p.m. near Easst 58th Avenue and Brighton Road. Details on …

Free legal clinic served almost 200 Jefferson County residents last year

Ten years ago, a Colorado attorney realized that if medical advice could be given virtually, there’s no reason legal advice couldn't either. 

Colorado DMV releases list of rejected personalized plates

SHIKAKA, VOTE and BULL are among some of the less “offensive” personalized license plates that were rejected by the Colorado DMV last year.

Health care giants form one insurance company

By some measures, the Denver metro area has one of the most competitive hospital markets in the country. Large health systems duke it out every year for supremacy in the multibillion-dollar …

Colorado may end age-discriminating work question

Asking someone their age is considered impolite. But asking a job candidate? That’s perfectly legal. A bill at the state legislature would change that, at least in Colorado, and prohibit companies …
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Y/OUR Denver Photography highlights city in flux

Even though many of us see the Denver skyline daily, there are all kinds of new perspectives and little touches that we may never notice. But the Y/OUR Denver 2022 photography exhibit, the fifth …

Emotional learning through the fine arts, and how it's helping healthcare workers

For the past 20 years, talk of addressing mental health issues within the healthcare industry circled around without much emphasis. That’s beginning to change, and it’s starting with the fine arts. 

Sock It To 'EM

When two friends joined forces to donate socks to homeless shelters in January 2012, they had no idea it would lead them on a path to creating a nonprofit that has collected nearly one million pairs …

Inner city kids take to the slopes

Coloradans can always look to the West and see the mountains in the distance, but for some who live in the inner cities of Colorado, actually getting to the mountains can be a bigger task.
Life
Photo gallery: Golden's UllrGrass festival delivers on wintry namesake
Over the Jan. 27-29 weekend, hundreds braved the windy and snowy conditions to savor the beer and music at Golden's UllrGrass festival.
A Chocolate Affair returning for 23rd year
Arvada’s set to get a little bit sweeter in February, as the 23rd Annual Chocolate Affair will take place in Olde Town on Feb. 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Parks crew uncovers 50-year-old tennis practice wall at Alice Sweet Thomas Park
A parks maintenance crew in Arvada stumbled upon a historical artifact recently when they uncovered a 50-year-old tennis practice wall at Alice Sweet Thomas Park while performing regular maintenance.
Take a visit to ‘The Great American Trailer Park’
Musicals have taken place in all kinds of magical and far-flung locations and still managed to capture elemental human truths. But as “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” Miners Alley Playhouse’s latest production, hilariously demonstrates, you can access those same truths in places a little closer to home.
New members of guild share art
Eighteen artists have joined the longtime Littleton Fine Arts Guild in the past year and the organization features their works in a new exhibit, through March 5. The LFAG operates the historic Depot …
Award-winning author to speak with readers
Arapahoe Libraries announces that award-winning author Kristin Hannah will speak via Zoom with readers at 6 p.m. on Jan 19. Her popular title, “The Nightingale,” is scheduled for early 2023 film …
Arts, Culture, Music

Northglenn celebrates Betty grace Gibson

For the late Betty grace Gibson, being a self-taught artist didn’t mean never taking an art class or workshop. As her daughter, Linda Drumm, recalls, being self-taught meant was taking things she …

A musical reflection of 2022

I don’t know about y’all, but I’m extremely glad this year is over. 2022 may well go down as the most challenging of my life, and since we’re still living through the aftershocks of a global …

Denver doughs: 2 young pastry chefs create out-of-this-world culinary experience

Space dinosaurs. Project 626. Murder by the Campfire.   This is not a list of the internet’s latest conspiracy theories, but rather the creations of Black Box Bakery, a space-themed …
SPORTS

Alameda wrestling program gaining positive momentum

GOLDEN — Alameda’s boys wrestling team picked up its sixth dual victory in the Class 4A Jeffco League on Jan. 19.

Column: Help wanted — referees to get back in the game

Visiting any business involves walking by a "Help Wanted" sign. Sports officiating is facing the same human capital shortage across the United States.

Photo gallery: Arvada trims Fort Lupton in Frontier League play

Arvada turned back Fort Lupton 37-22 in Fort Lupton Jan. 19. Emma Ngewasi led the Biulldogs with 17 points. Kadie Ramos added 11. No stats were available for the Bluedevils.

CHSAA signs partnership with Children’s Colorado

AURORA – The Colorado High School Activities Association and Children’s Hospital combined to bring educational services from the hospital to CHSAA member schools. New Commissioner Mike …

Late 3-pointer lifts Ralston Valley girls over rival A-West

ARVADA — Ralston Valley senior Finley Timon delivered in the clutch on rivalry night at the Mustang Range.

Pomona wins 2023 Arvada West wrestling invite

ARVADA — Pomona’s domination on the wrestling mats doesn’t seem to have an end in sight.

Arvada West girls hoops start 2023 with 42-point win

ARVADA — A new year, but the same winning result for Arvada West’s girls basketball team on Jan. 4.
VOICES

Letter: The Rocky Mountains need wolves

Wolves need Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, and the Rockies need wolves. That’s the essential premise and promise of Proposition 114 – restoring a natural balance that has been lost since the 75 years of their extirpation from Colorado. 

Letter: Third-party vendor fees for property taxes

Happy New Year! As you know, property taxes fund critical services from Special Districts such as our Jefferson County school district, fire departments, public works, water, sewer, city services, public safety, etc.

Letter: Thank you, Link Strate

Thanks to the Chief, Link Strate, for a job well done. I appreciate his candor about our city and the issues regarding Arvada and its past, present and future. It has been a rough two years on our police department. 

Letter: Let’s do some critical thinking about the air quality guest column

By EPA’s own data, since 1980, carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen dioxide, and sulphur dioxide levels have dropped an average of 84 percent. Even the EPA’s new villain, ozone, has dropped 29% in the same time period.

Letter: Apply to be on a board or commission

When I read my city council emails, people are usually expressing concerns about their city and don’t know where to start. There is a desire to get involved and see real change. Well neighbors, I am excited to share with you, there is a way to get involved, and the time is NOW! 
Columnists
Column: Defending TABOR on its 30th anniversary
The Colorado Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR) recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of its enactment. Over the past 30 years, TABOR has saved Colorado taxpayers approximately 8.15 billion dollars. There was a party held on Jan. 14 in Lakewood to commemorate this occasion.
Column: Dismantling the walls to wildlife in Colorado
Although never a big-game hunter, I have killed three deer in Colorado and likely gave a bull elk a terrific headache. That’s not to mention my carnage among rabbits and other smaller critters.
Column: Banning books is for bullies
Some people have become so alarmed by what children might read in school or in libraries that they want books they don’t like removed — immediately. The targeted books include scenes of sexual awakening, gender identity, racism or violence.
Column: For this year, a resolution for our kids’ future
As we all are taking down the tree, putting away the menorah and otherwise wrapping up from the holidays, we turn our attention to the new year.
Column: Friends and family
A close friend once quipped that family is the reason we have friends. On the surface, the line comes across as a dig at family with its sometimes fractious relationships and challenging dynamics.
Column: Saying it and praying it
By now most of us have heard what happened to the Buffalo Bills safety, Damar Hamlin, during a Monday Night Football game on Jan. 2. Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest after making a tackle against a …
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