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Obama answers a question about if she is going to run for President. "The answer is no," she said. "I have two girls who spent eight years with the spotlight on them. They've had to struggle with living a normal life."

Michelle Obama, Santa Claus share holiday cheer with kids

There was a buzz in the air at the Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora as children began to slowly make their way to the hospital's lobby. The children, ages 3 to 17, were patients of the Center …

Meth playing bigger role in overdose crisis, officials say

A bigger share of U.S. drug overdose deaths are being caused by methamphetamine, government health officials reported. The number of fatal overdoses involving meth more than tripled between 2011 and …
Marissa Settje, a learning technician at Hope House, tries her best to entertain two-year-old Cattleya Garcia, while her mother shops inside Westminster’s Novation Church Dec. 8. The Hope House program rewards young teen mothers with points throughout the year for reaching milestones, such as getting a GED, passing a semester of college or completing a parenting course. They are allowed to cash in those points in December, trading them to purchase toys and household goods for their families.

Trading in for Christmas at the Hope House

Young mothers from around the area came to Westminster’s Novation Church Dec. 8, as a part of the Hope House Christmas Sale. The Hope House program rewards young teen mothers with points …
Chantal Rotondo and her daughter Alaina, 7, of Arvada, make some last minute adjustments to their menorah and candles during Congregation B’Nai Torah’s annual community Hanukkah service in Westminster Dec. 7.

Closing out Festival of Lights

Members of Westminster’s B’Nai Torah celebrated the sixth night of Hanukkah Dec. 7 with food and lights. Members of the congregation are invited to bring their own menorahs to the celebration, …

Shwar Goyal of Thornton fires an armful of fake snowballs over the barrier in the fight Dec. 7 in the gym at the Northglenn Recreation Center for the Noel Northglenn festival.

Noel Northglenn again

The City of Northglenn opened Noel Northglenn, its unique Christmas celebration, Dec. 7 at the Northglenn Recreation Center. In addition to traditional holiday treats, like visits from Santa, cookies …
Education

Jeffco goes to market with bond sale Wednesday

Jefferson County Public Schools is looking to get a good chunk of its voter-approved $567 million bond money as soon as possible, to begin some of the facility work it has promised. The school …

Jeffco Schools prepares to launch online enrollment tool

Starting in December, students and parents will be able to browse schools throughout the districts and compare and contrast their offerings through the school finder tool, which will be launched as …
The Art Academy of Colorado has added more art classes on Mondays in response to the 27J School district going to a four-day school week. The Academy was recently awarded a “Reaching In Award” by the district, along with 10 other businesses, for their efforts to offer Monday programming.

Parents, community key in coping with four-day week

When Adams County’s 27J school district decide to move to a four-day student contact week, officials found that one of parents’ biggest concerns was child care for elementary-aged students. …
Lisa Ragon, counselor at Arvada West High School, was awarded the first ever Hero of the Year award from the Jeffco Schools Foundation.

Jeffco students, staff honored as heroes in overcoming adversity

When Adrena Rocha was a freshman at Arvada High School she was more interested in partying than coming to school. She described herself as a “lost child,” her lowest point being when she ran away …
Faith Bochert, 16, left, and Talia Rotella, 17, are juniors at Mountain Range High School’s High School of Business and represent the school at DECA business competitions.

High school business students get ‘a jumpstart on life’

Westminster’s newest entrepreneurs are self-motivated and tech-savvy — and they’re also students at Mountain Range High School. Juniors in the school’s branch of the National High School of …
Business

10 gifts 'Made in Colorado' for the outdoor adventurer

Colorado is home to a plethora of outdoor activities, with enthusiasts spending their days camping, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, fly fishing or on the slopes. The state is also home to many …

Project aims to mitigate zooming costs of housing

The cost of housing in the Denver metro area has made it impossible for many Coloradans to afford a home. In the once-affordable suburb of Lakewood, for instance, online real estate marketplace …

As shopping season starts, so do new sales tax rules

The Colorado Department of Revenue enacted an emergency rule Sept. 26 that makes it mandatory for retailers in Colorado who ship goods out of their own jurisdiction to collect sales tax on the …
Hidden Doors owner Peggy Reed peeks out from one of her designs room hidden by a normal-looking bookshelf.

Hidden doors firm offers more than meets the eye

There’s nothing wrong with having a little fun with your home furnishings - or your business, according to entrepreneur Peggy Reed. Reed was kindergarten teacher for 14 years and a real estate …
The Silhouettes use their bodies and shadows to create a tree during one of their performances.

Silhouettes find a new home in Westminster

Most Americans are familiar with the iconic images of the White House or Mt. Rushmore but not many have seen these historical images replicated using live performers and shadows. Unless they’ve …
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