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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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Statewide grant for restaurant tents, heating still available

Gov. Jared Polis, in partnership with the Colorado Restaurant Association and Xcel Energy, announced that applications are open for the Winter Outdoor Grant Program, an effort to help restaurants …
A volunteer holds a rescue dog at Life is Better Rescue.

Decline in available rescue dogs is sign of the times

If you’ve been thinking of adding a canine friend to your family lately you’ve no doubt noticed the downward trend in available shelter and rescue animals available. If you think COVID-19 and all …
A COVID-19 testing center was set up months ago, in a parking lot, across the street from the School of Mines campus.

School of Mines taking all classes, exams virtual after Thanksgiving break

There will be no need for Colorado School of Mines students who headed home before Thanksgiving to return to campus until after the school’s winter break. In a letter sent to students and staff on …

Colorado Legislature eyes small-business, housing relief amid COVID-19 restrictions

As Gov. Jared Polis announced a new round of coronavirus-related restrictions that harken back to the kinds of orders Coloradans saw near the start of the pandemic, the governor announced he would …

Westminster High School Athletic Trainer Steve Burback gets a COVID-19 test Nov. 12 outside of Westminster High School.

Westminster opts to keep students home

Officials at Westminster Public Schools had hoped a two-week break from in person learning would be enough to tamp down on problems from COVID-19, at least until after Thanksgiving. “We worked so …
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Outgoing Jeffco School Board member Ron Mitchell.
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Decades in the district come to an end - Ron Mitchell steps down from Jeffco board

“I'm not as young as I used to be,” he says. “I'm going to turn 76 on my next birthday. I've battled cancer for 20 years, had a heart attack, a bone marrow transplant. And my energy isn't what …

Jeffco Schools moving most students to remote learning

On Nov. 12, Jeffco Public Schools announced that grades 6-12 will move to all-remote learning beginning Monday, Nov. 16. Elementary schools K-5 will continue with 100% in-person learning through Thursday, Nov. 19 and then transition to full remote learning beginning Nov. 30.
A screenshot of Jeffco Schools new COVID-19 case tracking dashboard, available on the district website..

A tough assignment - Jeffco schools keeping in-person learning going for now

With COVID-19 case counts continuing to spike in Jefferson County, attention is returning to Jefferson County Public Schools, which is continuing in-person learning — for now — as the district …

Westminster returns to remote learning

Westminster Public Schools sent students home for two weeks in an to cut down on spiking COVID-19 cases in the area. In written statement, Westminster Superintendent of Schools Pamela Swanson, she …

A kindergartner reaches for her lunch at Foothills, Elementary in Lakewood, Colorado.

The new normal of the school lunch

Public school lunchrooms can evoke memories of food fights, socializing, trading your PB&J for cheese puffs. But those days, at least for a while, are on hold. A trip through a Jeffco Public …
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A bird’s eye view of the Lariat Lodge dining room in Littleton.

South Jeffco craft brewery gives back despite tough economy

In March, COVID-19 hit the restaurant industry like a Tyson haymaker. Scores of metro-area restaurants including heavyweights like Fresh Fish Company, Vesta, Rialto Cafe and dozens more, some in …
Ramon Robinson shops for records at Black & Read Books, Music & Games on Oct. 28.

Longtime Arvada book and record store owner remembered for thick black glasses, giving spirit

Through all the changes Arvada has experienced over the last 29 years, one of the city's great constants has been the Black & Read Books, Music and Game store tucked into a strip mall on West …
A view of the Pillar of Fire-owned farm southeast of 88th Avenue and Federal Boulevard, with Pillar of Fire Church and its iconic Westminster castle in background Oct. 23. Developer Oread Capital gave residents an update on their plan to develop the area, creating a housing and park development there.

Developers offer update on Uplands plan

Developers of the proposed 235 acre Uplands project in Westminster detailed view corridors, parks and a community garden in an Oct. 21 virtual meeting. Project lead Jeff Handlin of Oread Capital said …
Guitars hang on a wall at Spaceman Guitars.

Spaceman Guitars flying high in Lakewood

On a stretch of West Colfax, nestled between a phone store and a Kava bar, is a little guitar shop that you may have never noticed. But if you love music, play guitar or simply want to while away …

Gaby Berben stands outside her restaurant, Gaby's German Eatery, at 245 South Harlan Street in Lakewood.

Winter is coming for struggling Jeffco restaurants

For nearly 15 years, Virgilio Urbano has served up some of the most acclaimed and popular pizzas in Jefferson County, first from a small storefront in Lakewood and later a much larger restaurant in …
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