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It’s about time (on their hands)

Castle Rock resident Jerry Powell says business owners have a greater responsibility for their community than do the residents who live there. He says when you open a business, you’re obviously …
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From left, Alex Rewun, 40; Paul Rodriguez, 26; and Brian Shuey, 37, the three owners and managers of The Bicycle Shack in Arvada, stand April 7 at their shop. Colorado’s stay-at-home order deemed a long list of industries “critical” — meaning employees in those sectors can still come to work — and bicycle repair shops are on that list.

Colorado businesses face warnings, adjustments under stay-at-home order

A local bicycle shop seeing more demand. Record stores leaning on mail service just to survive. A large craft store chain defying the government and staying open amid the pandemic. COVID-19 has drawn …
Emily Costner and her daughter, Adeline

COVID-19’s impact:Voices from our community

“It’s the most impactful not being able to get together with friends for us and for our daughter. Thankfully, there’s technology. We FaceTime and have tea parties over the phone. We don’t …
Gov. Jared Polis speaks to reporters May 7.

Colorado's statewide stay-at-home order extended to April 26

Just as Gov. Jared Polis invoked Americans' sacrifice in World War II when he announced Colorado's stay-at-home order nearly two weeks earlier, he again called up the dire and communal spirit of that …

A different kind of daily grind

Some people find that working from home goes just fine for them. But Golden resident Eric Rasch says he isn’t one of them. That’s why, after a year and a half of working from home, Rasch said he …

The empty space at KidsTown Parker, which has had to temporarily close because of low enrollment caused by the COVID-19 spread and stay-at-home orders.

Child care enrollment takes hard hit

“Sanitizing like crazy” is just a part of life at child care centers, said Pam Kenney, director of Thomas Learning Centers. But in the wake of COVID-19’s arrival, the past weeks have seen …
Education
Douglas County School District IT Technician Lars Stjernquist cleans chromebooks at South Ridge Elementary School in March before students pick them up as the district transitions to remote learning.

Denver metro area school districts close for the school year

As Colorado braces for the COVID-19 peak to hit, 14 Denver metro area school districts jointly announced they will remain closed to in-person learning for the remainder of the school year. …

In-person learning will not resume this school year in Jeffco

After previously suspending in-person learning through April 30, Jeffco Public Schools sent out an April 3 letter announcing that school buildings will remain closed for the rest of the school year. …
Sarah Kinney passes out meals at East Elementary School in Littleton on March 23. With schools closed because of COVID-19, Littleton Public Schools plans to keep distributing free breakfasts and lunches to all kids under 18 for the foreseeable future.

Colorado extends statewide school closure through April 30

Gov. Jared Polis extended Colorado's statewide school closure through April 30, lining up with federal social distancing guidelines that the White House extended to the end of the month. Polis' …
In an April 2019 match, Ralston Valley freshman Nick Gates, right, avoids Golden senior Ben Brock as he looks to get off a shot at the North Area Athletic Complex.

Jeffco sports spring trips, games canceled

In the second week of March, the Wheat Ridge High boys’ baseball team learned that the team’s spring break trip, a tournament in Phoenix, had been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A …

Herrin's daughters Mae, 6, who attends Stober Elementary, and Ellis, 4, who is in preschool at St. Joan of Arc, work from home during the remote learning plan.

To make online learning work, Jefferson County teachers get creative

Every year at Arvada's Drake Middle School, students taking family and consumer science look forward to the cooking unit above all. So, when teacher Kristina Herrin learned that the unit would …
Business
Passengers board a light rail train bound for downtown Denver from the downtown Littleton station last summer.

RTD slashing service amid COVID-19 outbreak

The Regional Transportation District is cutting service by 40% in response to plummeting demand amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay-at-home orders issued March 26 have forced nonessential businesses to …
Horan & McConaty, which has seven funeral homes in the Denver metro area, is allowing clients who have a private memorial during the COVID-19 crisis to have a free public memorial once the state's prohibition on large gatherings is lifted.
COVID-19

With gatherings prohibited, two options for funeral services: livestream or postpone

While losing a loved one at any time is difficult, planning a funeral has been made even more complicated as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to halt gatherings. With the statewide stay-at-home …

ToGoDenver.com helps restaurants amid pandemic

Statewide mandated dine-in closures, issued to curb the spread of the coronavirus, have left local restaurants scrambling to stay afloat and keep their staff employed. Many now offer curbside …
A wing of the Denver Premium Outlets in Thornton is deserted March 16, because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

North metro restaurants worry as sit down business not an option

Peter Richter returned to his Atlanta Bread Company franchise in Northglenn March 17 a little tired and little worried. He closed his restaurant a day earlier to sit down service and that’s was the …

Mark Meek, a King Soopers checker, checks out chocolate milk mix. King Soopers has recently modified its hours to be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. as the COVID-19 pandemic has caused grocery stores to be consistently busy in many parts of the state.

Grocery store employees adjust to a changed reality

Richard Schemmel calmly stocked apples at the King Soopers at 7984 W. Alameda Ave. in Lakewood on March 20. Schemmel, produce manager for the store, smiled — and from the look on his face, you …
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