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Lakewood officer, suspect shot after robbery

A teenager who was suspected in a robbery in Lakewood was shot by police and has died. A police officer also was shot in the incident but sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

BizBeat: Golden Liquors reopening as agave spirits hotspot

Golden Liquors is bringing South-of-the-Border flavors to the heart of Golden. On April 1, the liquor store at 601 13th St. will reopen as Destilados de Agave at Golden Liquors.

Conifer robotics team comes to the aid of the Denver East team

Conifer High School's robotics team decided to come to the aid of the Denver East High School team on March 22 in the wake of the two administrators who were shot there and the chaos afterward.

West Jeff fifth grader hits a 1,000-mile goal through school's running club

It feels good to reach a goal. Cole Sargent, a fifth grader at West Jefferson Elementary School, has reached a big goal: going 1,000 miles in six years as part of the school’s 100 Mile Club. He’s the first at the school to reach such a milestone since the club started six years ago.

From the Jefferson County Treasurer

Every tax year I receive a few calls from taxpayers asking the County Treasurer to lower or waive their property taxes for various reasons. The County Treasurer’s Office does not have the legal authority to lower property taxes or waive property taxes per state law.

Arvada Center announces five theater productions for 2023-2024 season

The Arvada Center recently announced its upcoming slate of theater productions, unveiling five shows that will be put on by the theater company during the 2023-2024 season.

Evergreen man performs world record feat

If you’re going to set a Guinness World Record, you might as well accomplish the feat not once, but twice.

Marquez to enter plea March 31 in fatal hit-and-run case

The case against Ruben Marquez, the alleged driver in the fatal hit-and-run outside a Golden bar, is moving forward after a three-day preliminary hearing.

Colfax Avenue safety improvements could wrap by 2024

Since 2015, there have been 729 crashes involving pedestrians or cyclists in Lakewood — 28 resulted in deaths. 

Q&A with Wendi Strom, Lakewood mayoral candidate

Wendi Strom, a member of Lakewood's City Council, is the first to announce a she is running for mayor. Mayor Adam Paul …

Wheat Ridge officials hear about home rule issues, state legislation

Wheat Ridge City Council members met with a representative of the Colorado Municipal League and Sen. Jessie Danielson to discuss several bills under consideration at the Capitol, including some that officials feared might limit the city's self-governance.
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Area massage therapists laud the benefits of the practice on their clients’ ailments, stress

Caring, compassionate hands — and sometimes feet — are used by massage therapists to help improve the lives of their clients. Massage is an ancient practice, and there are more than two dozen types throughout the world, therapists say.

Metro-area arcade bars build local gaming communities

After more than 20 years of collecting pinball machines, Dan Nikolich’s basement had run out of space to store them all. So Nikolich opened the Colorado Pinball Pub in Littleton to share his collection.

Bringing Music to Life returns for 13th year

Anyone who has seen a child fall in love with music knows the lasting impact the art can have on a life. But if children never have access to those instruments, all the love of music in the world …

Make-A-Wish Colorado alumni, volunteers celebrate its 40th anniversary

Make-A-Wish Colorado celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and is hosting an anniversary celebration and fundraiser in April in Denver. Since it started, the organization has granted more than 6,000 wishes for children with critical illnesses as a way of giving them hope and something to look forward to during their treatment.
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Jeffco Open School students selling saplings through Tree-Plenish
Three students at Jefferson County Open School are working to offset their school’s carbon footprint.
A family-owned bar has been in the community for over 30 years
“When we first were thinking of the name, we were sitting around, then someone said, ‘oh fiddlesticks,” said owner Diane Manning. And that’s how Fiddlesticks Bar and Grill in Lakewood got its name. 
West Jeff Elementary's Night of the Arts combines student, professional art
The work of student and professional artists combined on March 10 as West Jefferson Elementary School hosted a Night of the Arts.
In Sierra Leone, local journalism is a lifeboat for women in rural communities
In the rural communities of Sierra Leone, women who are experiencing sexual abuse, gender-based violence and restricted bodily autonomy often have just one hope when seeking justice; the intrepid journalists at Media Matters for Women Sierra Leone.
Column: Nothing compares to Clancy’s when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day
Yes, it’s coming. I can feel it already. The day we commemorate a Saint in Ireland who drove all the snakes off the island and sent them to… I don’t know… India? Australia? Florida? South Table Mountain?
Heist or hijinx? 1800s statue goes missing from Georgetown museum
The tracks along the snow-covered roof told officers the crime couldn’t have happened much more than 48 hours prior to inspection, but who could have carried the 40-pound statue off without being noticed? 
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 …

State 3A boys basketball: Eagles rule the roost, beat Salida to win championship

DENVER – Faith Christian Academy began the season atop the rankings in class 3A boys basketball. Faith Christian Academy ended the season with a state basketball title, its seventh in school …

Photos: Arvada West opens girls soccer season with shutout win at Brighton

Arvada West and Brighton high schools opened the girls soccer season March 9 in Brighton, and the Wildcats came out on top by a score of 8-0. No stats were available for either team. BHS hosts …

Dakota Ridge falls short in Great 8 at the Denver Coliseum

DENVER — The shots just didn’t fall for Dakota Ridge’s boys basketball team in the Class 5A state quarterfinals March 2 at the Denver Coliseum.

D’Evelyn girls continue marvelous season, advance to Final Four

DENVER — Peyton Marvel was simply the best player on the court in the Class 4A girls basketball Great 8 game March 3 at the Denver Coliseum.

Ralston Valley hockey wins triple-overtime thriller to advance to 5A title game

The usual suspects — Valor Christian, Denver East, Ralston Valley and Regis Jesuit — battled on the ice at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs on March 4 in the Class 5A hockey state semifinals. 

Shongolo, former ACHS athlete, giving back to area

Former Adams City High School athlete Liban Shongolo had a pretty good prep career. In 2017, he played quarterback for the Eagles, threw for more than 1,500 yards and 12 touchdowns. In 2018, Shongolo …

Former CHSAA assistant commissioner Borgmann remembered for Rice Krispy treats, service to others

AURORA -- Callie Kryder said the people who attended a celebration of life service for her late father, former Colorado High School Activities assistant commissioner Bert Borgmann, knew him for …

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.

Letter: Councilman refers to women as ‘girls’ even after we ask him not to do so

As a profession, I study social justice issues. That means I analyze power dynamics – specifically, the way language and images contribute to historical and ongoing inequities in the U.S., including inequities between the sexes.

Letter: Sexism and lack of accountability at Lakewood City Council study session

At the Lakewood City Council study session on Feb. 6, Rich Olver, council member for Ward 4, said “Girls, it’s on you” in reference to his women colleagues.

Letter: “To Kill A Mockingbird” at the DCPA was a troubling experience

The acting was superb. The experience was out of this world. The staff was, as they always are, extra. Trouble No. 1 was the content.
Column: Climate scientists issue their latest, stern warning while farmers in Colorado’s Republican River Basin grapple with how to be sustainable
The International Panel on Climate Change has issued its latest report, warning of a dangerous temperature threshold that we’ll breach during the next decade if we fail to dramatically reduce emissions.
Column: When giants fall, we need to listen
“God has cared for these trees …but he cannot save them from fools.” — John Muir
Column: Skin care for spring and summer
Students and families in the Pikes Peak region are gearing up for spring break later this month. Whether it’s a sandy beach or the snowy slopes, there are several skin care tips to keep in mind. …
Column: Adding value through relatable life experiences
Robin was one of the newest and youngest members of the team attending the training session. As the facilitator shared ideas, strategies and tactics for dealing with the various situations that the …
Column: Let’s tell the truth about those big, bad wolves
The return of wolves to the West has always been contentious, and the deaths last fall of more than 40 cattle really in western Colorado alarmed ranchers. But here’s the true story: Wolves did not kill those cattle found dead near Meeker.
Column: More housing options can help small businesses succeed and Colorado’s economy thrive
As housing prices and cost of rent continues to soar throughout Colorado, so does the strain on our small businesses.
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