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'While we may not be invincible ... we are STEM strong'

Standing tall in their royal blue gowns, STEM School Highlands Ranch graduates ignored the dark skies, light rain and dropping temperatures May 20 …
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A towering nest built out of Eucalyptus stalks and sticks in the back area of Anythink Library District’s Wrights Farm branch in Thornton. Artist Jayson Fann designed and built the structure and two others at Anythink branch libraries this summer and plans to return to Colorado with two more, and a sixth mobile nest, later this year.

Anythink installations aim to bring nature closer

The new art structures at the back of three of Anythink Library’s branches may be made from vastly different kinds of wood but they share one thing - a sense of wonder with natural patterns. …
A look at the Adams County Fairs 2019 midway. The fair return to Brighton’s Riverdale Regional Park through Aug. 8.

Adams County Fair back, but not as usual

The 116th version of the Adams County Fair is going to be a little different just because it follows 2020. “Yeah, life has changed dramatically,” said Casandra Vossler, Adams County fair and …

CDBG money approved in Westminster and Thornton

This year, the cities of Westminster and Thornton will spend community development block grant funding on home repairs, parks and open space enhancements, and homelessness outreach. Westminster and …
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Judicial performance commission chair for 17th Judicial District resigns

Molly Jansen, the chairperson of the body that evaluates judges’ performance in Adams and Broomfield counties, resigned from her post early this month after learning that her law license would be …

Head Brewer Danny Wilson labels blank cans with Dirty Hippy stickers at Palisade Brewing Company in Palisade, Colo., on July 28. Because of an international shortage of aluminum containers, Palisade Brewing has been unable to purchase printed cans blank cans individually wrapped with labels.

Shortage of cans hobbles Colorado's craft brewers

Talbott's Cider Company used to package its hard cider mimosas in colorful cans purchased for 12 cents each from a Westminster supplier. But a monthslong supply crunch has forced the Palisade cidery …
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Colorado Vaccination. Hands of doctor holding syringe and coronavirus (COVID-19) vial vaccine on flag Colorado

Unvaccinated Coloradans drive rise in COVID as school looms

With the new school year only weeks away, Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties are seeing the signs of an upswing in rates of new COVID-19 cases, according to a news release from Tri-County Health …
Harrison School District in Colorado Springs last summer made videos explaining what to expect when their students returned to in-person learning.

Students share ideas on use of stimulus funds

Rowan Raetz has grand ideas for his high school, an aged building that could use a little sprucing up. He envisions an outdoor classroom or, at the very least, a relaxation space — one filled with …

Adams 12 board approves next year’s budget

The Adams 12 Five Star Schools budget for the 2021-22 school year is not just bigger than last year’s, but prior years as well. Coming out of the pandemic, the district expects to have more revenue …

Collaboration in Jeffco Schools’ summer programs

As the 2020-21 school year drew to a close, a number of community organizations were concerned that summer supports for students would need to be more robust than ever to give students who struggled …

A spool of fiber optic cables that crews are installing for Adams 12 Five Star Schools. The district has nearly completed its 132-mile-long fiber optic network that extends to every district building.

Adams 12 nears 132-mile-long fiber optic network

A new district-wide fiber-optic network will help usher Adams 12 Five Star Schools into a new technological era. The 132-miles of cables reach every district building and will allow Adams 12 to speed …
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The Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, which is owned and operated by Jefferson County, and is directly north of Westminster's border. The airport is developing a new strategic business plan for future development, though not to the satisfaction of all the airport's neighbors.

Rocky Mountain Metro neighbors fear strategic plan

Air traffic to and from the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport already upsets residents in Westminster and other nearby areas. Proposed future development at the site would only make it worse, many …
Co-founder James Powell of Dawn Aerospace in New Zealand with the model spaceplane that will be developed as a reusable horizonal take-off and landing vehicle that will be tested and launched at Colorado Air and Spaceport.

Colorado Spaceport teams up for spaceplane

A New Zealand Aerospace company is joining the race to create a horizontal take-off and landing spaceplane that will fly from Colorado above the earth's atmosphere and fly back down landing on a …

Plan for York & 144th retail space in Thornton approved

Thornton City Council unanimously approved the conceptual site plan for a five-building retail space in north Thornton. The plan is for the seven-acre parcel on the northeast corner of 144th Avenue …
John and Maria visit the grave of their son, Kendrick, every single day. Kendrick, 18, died while protecting his classmates from a school shooter.   This photo accompanied one of the Highlands Ranch Herald's award-winning stories for 2020.

Colorado Community Media garners 27 awards in Better Newspaper Contest

The Highlands Ranch Herald took two top honors in its weekly newspaper division with General Excellence in Editorial and Advertising in the 2021 Colorado Press Association’s Better Newspaper …

Old Dominion is hiring truck drivers

Old Dominion Freight is holding an in-person job fair at 5601 Holly St. in Commerce City Saturday, May 15. Dominion is hiring 10 truck drivers and numerous dock workers. Individuals with Class A CDL …
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