‘We broke a statistic’

Like all high school graduates this year, Renay Padilla found herself faced with unexpected challenges when the pandemic hit in March, including altered study plans and daily uncertainties piled on …

A mother remembers her sons

Damian Wikoff was only 18 and his brother Dillon Wikoff was only 17, but the two brothers still strived to provide for their family. Damian worked at a Qdoba on West Colfax in Lakewood while Dillon …

Construction underway on Clear Creek Crossing

After years of discussion and planning dating as far back as 2013, the Clear Creek Crossing project is starting to rise in Wheat Ridge. Located on vacant land just to the west of the intersection of …

Jeffco schools see handful of COVID-19 cases in first week back

Jeffco Public Schools had a slow, but not unscathed, first week of in-person learning for the 2020-2021 school year, in terms positive COVID-19 cases. For many of the district's 84,500 students Sept. …

Jeffco Public Schools preschool students start in-person learning

For the first time since the pandemic started, Jeffco Public Schools preschools had a familiar site walk through its doors — children. Preschool students throughout the school district started …

Suspected shooter, and victim in Lakewood parking lot homicide now identified
A victim and suspect have both died after a homicide in the area of 4th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard according to the Lakewood Police Department. Lakewood police agents report trading gunfire with the suspect, who was later pronounced dead at the scene.
School news

Military academy and ROTC informational Zoom on Sept. 15

On Sept. 15, between 5-7 p.m. Mountain time, the five Service Academies (U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy) and …
Gavin Sakotas participates in virtual learning at Gold Crown in Lakewood on Sept. 2. Gold Crown recently helped elementary students navigate through the beginning of the school year.

Gold Crown program helps students through remote learning

It has been an unusual start for Jeffco Public Schools and Denver Public Schools students this year. Rather than starting school in-person in August like in any regular year, Jeffco Public Schools …
Thomas Tucker, Douglas County School District's superintendent, addresses the Mountain Vista High School graduating class on June 26.

Douglas County School District superintendent resigns

Douglas County School District Superintendent Thomas Tucker tendered his resignation Tuesday night at an emergency meeting of the school board.
Students at Foster Elementary practice their reading and speaking skills through the Dual Language program last year.

Foster kicks off first year as dual language option school

At Foster Dual Language PK-8 in Arvada, the new school year means more than navigating remote learning and COVID-19 procedures. 2020-2021 is the first academic year that the school will run as a dual …
2020 graduates from the Jefferson County Family Leadership Training Institute pose for a photo at Discovery Park in Wheat Ridge on Aug. 15. The program aims to develop civic leaders.

Jeffco Family Leadership Training Institute graduates 13 in Wheat Ridge

When the pandemic started in March, Wheat Ridge resident Holly Storm was in the middle of participating in the Jefferson County Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI) — a program coordinated …
General news
Members of Arvadans for Social Justice held signs protesting racism and police violence along Ralston Road on Sept. 21.

New community group taking aim at racism in Arvada

“There were problems from the very beginning.” That’s what Arvada resident Daniel Mondragon said in comments he made to the Arvada City Council on Sept. 21 about the role racism had played in …
Gaby Berben stands outside her restaurant, Gaby's German Eatery, at 245 South Harlan Street in Lakewood.

Winter is coming for struggling Jeffco restaurants

For nearly 15 years, Virgilio Urbano has served up some of the most acclaimed and popular pizzas in Jefferson County, first from a small storefront in Lakewood and later a much larger restaurant in …
Herzl

Race for House District 22 seat draws closer

Believe it or not, election day is in less than two months. One of the decisions Jefferson County voters will have to make this upcoming election season is who will hold the House District 22 seat …

Man arrested on suspicion of committing three sex assaults in Jeffco

A man suspected of sexually assaulting at least three women he picked up along Colfax Avenue in Jefferson County has been arrested. On Sept. 18, Joseph Van Eck, 32, was booked into the Jefferson …
Kyle Chaca

Lakewood road rage shooter sentenced to 14 years

Kile Joshua Chaca, 22, appeared in Jefferson County District Court on Sept. 22, where he was sentenced to 14 years in prison for shooting a man in the parking lot of a Walmart in Lakewood. On …
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