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Last ‘ghost gun’ plotter sentenced after conviction in killing of Wikoff brothers

Marqueil Banks, the last of four juveniles to be sentenced for the murders of two brothers in Lakewood in 2020, was sentenced to life in prison. However, Banks could be released on parole in 40 years.

Golden baseball advances to Final Four

It was a must-win situation for Golden’s baseball team Saturday afternoon at UCCS Mountain Lion Park.

Dakota Ridge shuts out Lutheran to win first state title in 20 years

Dakota Ridge senior Bailey Pignatore has been at the right place at the right time all season for the Eagles’ girls soccer team.

Dakota Ridge girls soccer continues historic season

The Class 4A girls soccer state champions were officially dethroned May 18 at a rainy Trailblazer Stadium.

Green Mountain, Evergreen fall short in 4A girls lacrosse semifinals

It was all about late-night dramatic victories May 17 at Englewood High School’s Randy Penn Stadium. No. 1-seeded Castle View and No. 2 Mead both scored 1-goal win over the last two Class 4A girls lacrosse state champions — Evergreen and Green Mountain — to punch their tickets to the title game.

Evergreen and Dakota Ridge fall short in 4A boys lacrosse semis

The two-time defending Class 4A boys lacrosse state champions — Cheyenne Mountain — will have to go through Erie to claim a third straight title.

Visuals from state: Class 4A Track and Field

Photos from last week's Class 4A track and field state competitions.

Stutzman finally wins her state titles in record-setting fashion

Pomona senior Emma Stutzman still had enough energy for a victorious scream after running the Class 5A girls 3,200-meter run in a time of 10 minutes, 12.68 seconds May 19 at Jeffco Stadium.

A 70s love story from Casa Bonita

It was the 1970s: a time when “dinner and a show” could mean just about anything. And Casa Bonita on West Colfax Avenue in Lakewood was one of those just-about-anything places.

No. 2 Dakota Ridge girls soccer gets tough test in playoff opener

Dakota Ridge senior Hannah Arnold scored her most important two goals of the season May 11 at Trailblazer Stadium.

Late penalty-kick goal lifts Golden over No. 3 Green Mountain

No. 14-seeded Golden defeated rival and No. 3 Green Mountain 2-1 on May 13 at Lakewood Memorial Field. The Demons (11-6 record) advanced to the 4A quarterfinals where they travel to Northfield High School for a 6:30 p.m. game Tuesday, May 16, (after press deadline) against the No. 6 Nighthawks.
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Private dog park site gaining pup-ularity

Since Elle Ritt started renting her Wheat Ridge yard to fellow dog owners in November, she’s hosted birthday parties for pups, pooch photoshoots and doggie play groups almost every weekend.

Unique sports abound in the Denver metro area

Spring is in full swing, bringing many folks around Colorado out of the doldrums of winter with the promise of outdoor recreation.

Exploring Colorado's bike paths

On most Tuesdays and Thursdays and some Saturdays, a team of bikers meets to explore Colorado’s network of trails.

Help Wanted: Lifeguards

Pools around the metro area are gearing up to open for the summer. That is, if there are enough lifeguards.
Lifestyle and Entertainment
Red Rocks Community College student art show joins INSPIRE Arts Week
For the first time, the students of Red Rocks Community College are showing their work as a part of the larger Lakewood citywide event.
Campbell Elementary School hosts End of an Era event to commemorate 60 years
The slated-to-closed school had one last hurrah with community members and families.
Q&A with Alameda International High School Graduation's Honored Faculty Speaker Andrew Cogswell
Among the proud educators supporting students at the Alameda International High School Graduation is Andrew Cogswell, the Head of Instrumental Music and Marching Band Director. This year, he is also the honored faculty speaker for the AIHS graduation.
Graduation Day is about more than a diploma at Alameda International High School
High schools all over Jefferson County are holding graduations through the end of May. For most of those graduating seniors, that diploma means a passage to the next stage of life. For Alameda International High School seniors, graduation comes with even higher stakes.
Exploring Historic Preservation in Lakewood
Lakewood has its own Historic Preservation Commission, which is a bit different than the more widely known National Register and Historic Societies. LHPC's Poppie Gullett spoke with the Jeffco Transcript about what the LHPC is and why it's so important to the community. 
Column: Paperboy
Editor’s note: “Paperboy” is a selection from Jerry Fabyanic’s forthcoming memoir, “Uphill into the Wind: Seizing the Day and Finding Meaning in the Ordinary.” The work will be in essay and short story format, the topics of which drawn from Jerry’s life experiences. 
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 …

Pomona’s Emma Stutzman ready to make her final run

LAKEWOOD — Pomona senior Emma Stutzman won her final regular-season race May 6 at Jeffco Stadium.

PHOTOS: Jeffco League championships - Boys' Track & Field

Photos: Jeffco League championships - Boys' Track & Field

PHOTOS: Jeffco League championships - Girls' Track & Field

Photos: Jeffco League championships - Girls' Track & Field

PHOTOS: Girls Lacrosse - Golden vs Evergreen

Photos: Girls Lacrosse - Golden vs Evergreen

PHOTOS: National Letter of Intent signings at Columbine and Arvada West

Photos: National Letter of Intent signings at Columbine and Arvada West

Golden baseball takes driver’s seat in 4A Jeffco

It was a playoff-game atmosphere May 5 on Evergreen High School’s baseball field.

Dakota Ridge rallies from 2-goal deficit to defeat Evergreen

LAKEWOOD — Dakota Ridge faced some adversity before the Class 4A girls soccer state tournament begins this week.

Letter: Clean air

It is no lie that trucks on the road are one of the leading causes of pollution within Colorado.

Letter: Public education

Kudos to the students and adults who strongly advocated for gun safety action recently at the Colorado Capital. This is one major takeaway I have from witnessing their resolve.

Letter: We must rein in our fossil fuel consumption

Larry von Thun is so right, that the world needs to shift to green energy alternatives, and I will add, right now.

Letter: The truth about CO2 and global warming

Our current warm period interglacial warming cycle began circa 1750. CO2 emissions 1850-1945 were small, <5Gt/yr., (1GT = 1 gigaton = 1 million metric tons) accelerating post 1945, they rose to 36.3Gt/yr in 2021.

Letter: Disability awareness awakens opportunity

Struggling to find workers. Fulfilling diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. These are issues for employers and current news.
Column: Will nuclear energy arrive on time and at cost?
Oliver Stone has a new movie, “Nuclear Now,” that made its Colorado debut in Boulder on May 1. In it, Stone argues that the grave risks posed by climate change require we embrace nuclear energy.
Op-ed: Protecting consumers, tackling high utility bills
Early this year, we heard from constituents that their monthly utility bills went up astronomically. 
Column: Mental health is just as important as physical health
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and this annual observance hits close to home for me, as a former single parent resident of Warren Village.
Denver Fashion Week returns to city’s runways
Everybody has an outfit or two they love but don’t have the occasion or courage to pull out of the closest. Celebrating style like that — and providing an opportunity to bust out these gems — …
Column: Spring allergies or chronic dry eyes?
Allergens, or allergic conjunctivitis, affects more than 20% of the American population and can irritate the eyes or their surrounding areas. On the other hand, dry eyes affect tear production and the tear film, which keeps the surface of the eye clean to avoid infection and provide nourishment.
Column: Land exchanges serve the wealthy
In 2017, the public lost 1,470 acres of wilderness-quality land at the base of Mount Sopris near Aspen, Colorado. 
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