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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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Wendy Colon, the director of the Emergency Department and also the emergency manager for Platte Valley Medical Center, played a big role in processes to keep the staff and patients safe from COVID-19, and opened an Incident Command Center.

‘Each phase of the disease was different’

Jonathan Seib is a Charge Nurse and Clinical Coordinator for the Intermediate Care and Medical Surgery unit at Platte Valley Medical Center for about three years. Seib was a news reporter before but …

Westminster HS grad goes in-person

Perhaps it's a sign of changing times. New guidelines surrounding coronavirus mean Westminster High School's class of 2021 will be able to graduate in person. The ceremony is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, …
Ann Macari Healey

We were blessed with the opportunities to tell your stories

Our journey in journalism started in the early 1980s, as recent college graduates — me, as a reporter at The Miami Herald, then one of the country’s largest papers; Jerry in the newspaper’s …
Jerry and Ann Healey, left, sold Colorado Community Media to a national and local partnership between the National Trust for Local News and the Colorado Sun designed to bolster local journalism. From left: Jerry Healey and Ann Healey, former CCM owners, Fraser Nelson and Marc Hand of the National Trust for Local News, Colorado Sun editors  Dana Coffield and Larry Ryckman, National Trust CEO Elizabeth Hansen Shapiro, and Lillian Ruiz of the National Trust.  Photo by David Gilbert

'Tell stories that matter:' Colorado Community Media sold to journalism partnership

Colorado Community Media, the company that produces two dozen newspapers around the Denver-area suburbs and two shoppers, has been acquired by a local and national …

John Hicks

Hicks to step down from Platte Valley Medical Center

Platte Valley Medical Center President John Hicks will retire Jan. 7. The hospital made the statement in a press release . Hicks has been with the hospital for 26 years. He helped oversee the move …
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Meet the new Jeffco Public Schools superintendent

The position of superintendent for the Jeffco Public Schools district can be harrowing. It is a that invite public scrutiny of your every action. It is a position that is often a lightning rod for …

Plans for Adams 12 proms and graduation solidified

Adams 12 Five Star Schools is having prom and graduation, Superintendent Chris Gdowski updated the board at an April 7 meeting. The district’s five high schools are all having proms. The first one …
Journey Mueller, a former Colorado Christian University (CCU) student, who is suing the U.S. Department of Education for better protections for LGBTQ students at religiously affiliated colleges and universities. In the suit, filed by 33 plaintiffs altogether, Mueller talks about her experiences at CCU in Lakewood that caused her emotional distress, the suit says. The intent of the suit is to ensure the DOE enforces certain anti-discrimination laws for faith-based schools with sexual conduct policies.

Former Colorado Christian University student joins lawsuit against DOE

A former Colorado Christian University student is one of 33 plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education on Monday in an attempt to protect LGBTQ+ students at religiously …

Jeffco Schools names superintendent finalist

Jefferson County Board of Education announced the selection of Tracy Dorland as its final candidate for superintendent of Jeffco Public Schools on March 25. Dorland has served as Deputy …

Adams 12 board has preliminary discussion on 2021-22 budget

The Adams 12 Five Star Schools Board of Education began a likely lengthy and complicated budget approval process for the 2021-22 school year at its March 17 meeting. Technically, the board will be …
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Alto Apartments, an affordable housing complex near the proposed Westminster Station development. Westminster Station is among the major developments that the city’s new comprehensive plan has specific guidance for and is among the projects staff will be watching closely in the coming years.

Westminster comprehensive plan moves away from ‘next urban center’

The city of Westminster is giving the public time to offer input on the draft of its comprehensive plan, though it says the document already reflects the public sentiment in major ways. The new …
Developer Jeff Handlin addresses the Westminster Planning Commission at a hearing in January 2020.

Uplands developers says project ‘a catalyst’

Jeff Handlin thinks Uplands Colorado will yield a net benefit, not detriment, for its neighbors. Some critics of the proposed 233-acre development in south Westminster say it will drastically change, …
Supporters of Save the Farm, a community group that opposes the proposed 233-acre Uplands development in Westminster, came out for a March 25 protest. Among issues that people expressed concern over was how much parks and open space the developer is proposing to include. The Merida family — Karl, Paloma, Rosie and Henrique—were among those at the event.

Save the Farm group prepares for decisive year

It wasn’t long after residents learned about the proposed Uplands development when they gathered at the Irving Street Library in July 2019 to form a local activist group, Save the Farm. Twenty …
A rendering of a paired home that developers are now allowed to build in Eastcreek Farm due to a zoning amendment that Thornton City Council passed at a March 23 meeting. The paired homes are within a category of housing types that the city of Thornton wants more of, according to the city’s call for a diversity of housing in the city in its 2020 comprehensive plan.

Eastcreek Farm zoning amendment tests Thornton’s newer goal to diversify housing

After a three hour long public hearing at a March 23 meeting, Thornton City Council passed a controversial zoning amendment for the Eastcreek Farm subdivision in north Thornton with a 5-3 vote. Mayor …

New houses under construction in the Willow Bend subdivision in Thornton. The Willow Bend Metropolitan District board controls homeowners’ property tax assessments to pay off subdivision debt. Employees of developer, the Lennar Corporation, occupy the majority of the seats on the board. The board composition has made circumstances difficult for the only homeowner on the board, Dwayne Bergeron.

Serving lawfully? Questions about corporate authority in Thornton subdivision

It might not be obvious that the sprawling residential construction site near Holly Street and East 144th Avenue in Thornton is also a local government: the Willow Bend Metropolitan District, …
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