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New COVID-19 restrictions will prohibit indoor dining, personal gatherings

As Denver metro counties continue to inch closer to local stay-at-home orders under Colorado's system of coronavirus-related restrictions, the state announced a new level of rules that prohibits …
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An old school building in Adams County, just south of Federal Heights, that neighbors call the “Spaceship House” and have recently pushed to preserve. However, a PUD amendment the Adams County Board of Commissioners approved March 2 will allow a developer to demolish the building and erect new homes.

'Spaceship House' to be demolished, despite push to save it

The Adams County Board of Commissioners sealed the fate of a building that many neighbors consider iconic when the board approved a PUD amendment at a March 2 public hearing. Commissioners voted 4-1 …

Many Denver metro area businesses now in level blue under 5-Star rules

Colorado's arrival at the milestone of getting COVID-19 vaccine shots to 70% of people ages 70 and older opened the door for some businesses in Denver metro counties to open up to larger crowds. …
Superintendent Chris Gdowski, shown here speaking at a 2019 groundbreaking for a new career and technical school campus, is calling for a shorter quarantine period for high school athletes that have been exposed to COVID-19.

Adams 12: COVID restrictions on student-athletes are unfair

Adams 12 School District Superintendent Chris Gdowski thinks a mandatory 14-day quarantine period for student-athletes who either test positive or are potentially exposed to coronavirus isn't fair. …

Marijuana draft ordinance comes before council

Fort Lupton City Council began the process of setting out parameters for voter-approved medical and retail marijuana businesses during a study session Feb. 23.  Council was working from a draft …

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As Colorado's 'blue' level expands, virus spread is at critical juncture

Even as Colorado's COVID-19 restrictions loosened in the past couple of months, the state continued to enjoy falling rates of new coronavirus cases — but Coloradans risk reversing that trajectory …
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Jeffco Schools declares a remote-only day for Thursday, Feb. 25

Jeffco Public Schools will conduct an all-remote learning day on Thursday, February 25 due to weather and road conditions. School buildings and other district buildings are closed. For students in …

Adams 12 to do full-time, in-person learning for secondary level

Adams 12 Five Star Schools will decide by the end of the week if it will bring middle and high school students back for full-time, in-person learning. The district sent out a survey for families to …
Gov. Jared Polis delivers a BinaxNow testing kit to Dawn Kazeck, a teacher at Westlake Middle School. BinaxNow is state-run program that ships self-administered COVID-19 tests to the homes of teachers. It’s one of several testing strategies Adams 12 Five Star Schools is partnering on to help contain the spread of the virus, said Superintendent Chris Gdowski.

Adams 12 tries to tackle students’ health, academic needs

A couple weeks into the second semester, Adams 12 Five Star Schools is testing more students, vaccinating more staff and seeking new ways to support students academically in a difficult moment. At a …
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For principal, move to Eagle Ridge was the right choice

The new principal/head of school at Eagle Ridge Academy in Brighton — and former administrator at Stargate School in Thornton — wasn’t looking to make a job change.  Scott Richardson and his …

Hopes high for second semester amid north metro schools

School districts in Adams County are returning for their second semester with new optimism and plans. Westminster Public Schools and Brighton’s 27J Schools returned to hybrid learning Jan. 11 and …
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Ascent Westminster, a 255-unit apartment complex in downtown Westminster that opened in 2019. Its next door to the 226-unit Aspire Westminster that is set to open in the middle of 2021. The apartments have been part of rapid multi-family housing development in Westminster in recent years. City staff anticipates a slower pace of apartment development in future years.

Study rates Westminster near top in apartment growth

A recent RENTCafé study said Westminster is #3 in Colorado and #20 in the country for the number of new apartments built in a city in the last five years. Though some might celebrate it, many in the …
Kwame Spearman, the new CEO of Tattered Cover. Spearman saw the prospective opening of a store in downtown Westminster as a major asset when he was thinking about buying Tattered Cover with David Back. “We are super excited to get in and do this,” Spearman said.

New Tattered Cover ownership helps save Westminster store

Tattered Cover Bookstore is starting off 2021 with a renewed energy about its project in Westminster. The company expects to open its fifth location in Downtown Westminster by late spring, early …
The Origin Hotel in downtown Westminster, which is set to open in the first half of 2021. Inside it, the Tattered Cover Bookstore will open.

Despite COVID-19 toll, city optimistic about Downtown Westminster in 2021

The city of Westminster hopes to make up for its 2020 losses in Downtown Westminster. City officials expect a new hotel, and new apartments and retailers to go online this year. The businesses will …

Jefferson County has applied to implement a 5 Star variance program for restaurants

Jefferson County is awaiting word from the state about whether it will allow the county to offer a program that would pave the way for restaurants to reopen their dining rooms even as the county …

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Brainstormers create ‘Road to Recovery’

Some of the state’s best business minds collaborated on a way to get Colorado out of the economic mess it’s in and presented in a report that came out Dec. 10. You can read the “Road to …
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