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In midst of coronavirus, firefighters adjust

All was quiet at West Metro Fire Rescue’s Station 1 on July 23. That is, until a recording of a woman’s voice rang through the bay, announcing an emergent medical alert. Within seconds, the …
Fire extinguished atop Coors Brewery in Golden
A portion of the Coors Brewery in Golden Colorado was in flames Thursday.

New trails coming to South Table Mountain

A Jeffco landmark is getting a makeover — and its one that officials say should be a win/win for the space and those who love to play there. Since the first portion of the South Table Mountain mesa …

Bandimere reaches agreement with JCPH to resume races without crowds

A Jefferson County Public Health official said the agency has reached an agreement with the Bandimere family to allow races to be held at the speedway this week, albeit in a limited capacity without …

In-person school delayed in Jeffco schools

Jeffco Public Schools’ July 23 announcement that in-person learning would be postponed sparked mixed reactions in the community. The reactions didn’t only differ from family to family — many …

Changes to Action Center's annual school supplies event

Starting school off with the right supplies is important for students every year, said said Pam Brier, the center's executive director. And that's especially true as students are preparing to return …

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Littleton Public Schools Superintendent Brian Ewert in a May 2019 file photo.

Littleton schools set reopening plan amid doubts, fears

Littleton Public Schools is moving ahead with plans to resume in-person classes at the end of August, though numerous teachers pleaded with the school board to reconsider. While current plans call …

Some Colorado high school sports cleared for fall play

Boys golf, softball and boys tennis have been given approval to begin play this fall, the Colorado High School Activities Association announced July 31. The sports can begin practice, the association …
Among concerns expressed by protesters at a rally to reopen Douglas County schools on July 31 was childcare for families with working parents.

Parent protesters urge full reopening of Douglas County schools

Parents rallied in Castle Rock Friday, calling for Douglas County schools to fully reopen this school year.
Two N95-type face masks, or respirators, at left. On right, a third respirator, an N100-type mask.

Teachers across Colorado to get supply of masks

Colorado will provide hundreds of thousands of medical-grade masks to schools in every district across the state, Gov. Jared Polis has announced. “We will be supplying every teacher in the state …

Colorado releases coronavirus reopening guidance for schools

Colorado health and education officials on Monday issued guidance to school districts that allows for in-person learning in the fall with restrictions, especially for older students, aimed at …
Local government

Jeffco variance in danger as COVID-19 cases rise, JCPH says

As COVID-19 case counts continue to rise sharply in Jeffco, Jefferson County Public Health's Executive Director is warning the county is in danger of losing a variance that allows larger gatherings …

Judge declines to issue injunction against Bandimere

A judge declined to issue a permanent injunction against the owners of Bandimere Speedway on Tuesday, citing the issuance of a new public health order that would have rendered such an injunction …
Jesse Arellano stands near the front door of his restaurant, C&C Breakfast & Korean Kitchen, in Castle Rock on Monday, May 11, 2020. Arellano and his wife, April Arellano, opened their restaurant for Mother's Day and had a packed restaurant at times. When the scene went viral, the owners, Jesse and his wife, April Arellano, received both backlash and support.

The child and the growling dog: Why Douglas County is breaking up with its health department

The morning of July 8, Lora Thomas cleared her schedule to listen to the virtual meeting of the Tri-County Health Department’s board of health. The topic had become a point of controversy …
Health workers collect patient information from people waiting to be tested for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, outside the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s lab in Denver’s Lowry neighborhood. Photographed on March 11, 2020.
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Threats, vandalism, job loss: Colorado’s public health officials are under attack as they respond to coronavirus

In metro Denver and across the state, public health departments are facing a barrage of vitriol as they respond to the pandemic. Some officials have up and quit under the pressure, while others who stay say they fear for their safety.
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Jefferson County Public Health issues emergency order requiring face masks

After previously encouraging face coverings but stopping short of requiring them, Jefferson County Public Health has issued a public health order requiring people in Jeffco to wear a face mask in public situations where six feet of social distance cannot be maintained.
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