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Tri-County Health chief: Douglas County bid to pull out of agency is 'extraordinarily disruptive'

Douglas County's decision to begin the process of withdrawing from the Tri-County Health Department is "extraordinarily disruptive to our staff and planning in the middle of a pandemic,” the agency's top official said.
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Outside Tri-County Health Department’s administrative office at 6162 S. Willow Drive in Greenwood Village. The agency serves more than 1.5 million people in Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties.

Businesses must refuse customers without masks, Tri-County order says

The public health agency for Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties will require masks in public indoor spaces, and outdoors where people can’t remain 6 feet away from others.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis addresses attendees of a bill-signing ceremony in Englewood on July 10.

Polis urges 'summer without parties' as COVID-19 climbs in Colorado

On the heels of more data showing COVID-19 on the rise in his state, Gov. Jared Polis still scraped up a hopeful if worried tone in pushing Coloradans to turn the trajectory around. And he kept up …
Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Jason Glass

Jeffco superintendent named Kentucky education commissioner

After about three years as Jeffco Public Schools' superintendent, Jason Glass has been named the next Commissioner of Education for the state of Kentucky. In a July 10 letter to the community, Glass …
A screenshot from the virtual town hall held by Tri-County Health Department and its counties shows Executive Director John Douglas participating by Skype from his home.

Tri-County Health Department closes offices following threat

“I think it's deeply—and I want to underscore deeply—disappointing, in the time of a pandemic, the divisiveness in this country,” the agency's chief says.

Douglas County plans to withdraw from Tri-County Health Department

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners has announced the county plans to begin the process of withdrawing from the Tri-County Health Department. 
Education

‘I don’t feel safe’: A school’s nightmare

A principal has left the Douglas County School District for another job in education, months after his school became embroiled in a “failure to report” investigation into alleged “sexual contact” by first-grade children at the school.

All Jeffco students can return for in-person schooling this fall

On July 8, Jeffco Public Schools announced that all students will have the option to attend school in-person every day next school year. The district's plan for next year, Restart Jeffco, outlines …
A sign on the doors of every Mines campus building provides a reminder of steps to take to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Mines planning on in-person classes in the fall but campus will be different

Classes will be held at Colorado School of Mines campus in the fall — but life on campus will still look plenty different. In a message sent to students and faculty on June 22, School of Mines …
Vantage Point High School Principal Alan Hollenbeck addresses 2020 graduates via video on the drive-in movie screen at the Denver Merchandise Mart June 23.

Drive-in graduation

While COVID-19’s strictures keeping Vantage Point High School’s class of 2020 from finishing their year with their friends, it could stop them from celebrating. The high school’s 2020 …

A Jeffco Public Schools bus. After a series of plan revisions, it looks like Jefferson County students may be physically heading back to their schools a lot more frequently than initially thought.

Jeffco announces elementary students can return full-time next school year

In a June 18 letter to staff members, Jeffco Public Schools announced that all elementary students will have the option to return for in-person learning five days a week next year. Until the June 18 …
Business
A construction crane towers over Downtown Westminster, part of the 226-unit Aspire Westminster housing development. Work on several projects in the area have continued during the COVID-19 shutdowns, but some projects have been delayed a few weeks.

Downtown Westminster still on pace

While COVID-19 kept most of the businesses in Downtown Westminster closed for several weeks, construction crews managed to keep busy. “What we’ve seen is that because of social distancing …
Caution tape wraps swings at Sterne Park in Littleton.

Colorado relaxes rules for worship houses, gyms, playgrounds, recreation

The state continues to try to strike a balance between public safety and returning to normalcy.
Sierra restaurant in Lone Tree has reopened its dining room. It typically employs 100 people but during the pandemic kept 10 to 15 people working in staggered shifts. On May 18, masked workers cooked up takeout and delivery orders.

Colorado may consider small-business relief fund

Eateries across Colorado are now allowed to resume sit-down service, but Gov. Jared Polis acknowledged “the pain our restaurants have been through” during the state's closure of dine-in service. …
A steady stream of people stopped by C&C Coffee and Kitchen on May 12. Some hoped to order food and found the restaurant closed. Others taped cash donations to the storefront. A few came simply to see the spectacle.

Castle Rock coffee shop files lawsuit over shutdown

The Castle Rock restaurant that drew national attention for opening to in-person dining on Mother's Day in defiance of state and public health orders is suing the governor along with state and local …

An employee at Sierra restaurant in Lone Tree.

Colorado restaurants can open limited dine-in service May 27

A long-awaited step in Colorado's relaxation of social distancing requirements arrived Monday, May 25, when Gov. Jared Polis announced that restaurants will be able to open for limited in-person …
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