Graduation 2020

Bear Creek High School's class of 2020 celebrated

At the beginning of their senior year, Bear Creek High School's class of 2020 didn't imagine they would have to wear masks at their graduation. They didn't imagine they would have a graduation …

At Avenue's End — Downtown Golden mainstay Avenue Gifts closing

Avenue Gifts owner and lifelong Golden resident Donna Owen wasn't planning to retire anytime soon. The COVID-19 pandemic, however, had other ideas. So after 15 years of business, Owen says Avenue …

From swan dives to figure eights: A look back at a Washington Park gem's past

As summer grips the city and Coloradans bemoan our regrettable lack of ocean, we might do well to remember that Denver’s Washington Park once had its very own beach on a lake that once didn’t …

Help available for food, housing, business, personal needs amid COVID-19

Maybe you’ve lost your family’s child care. Maybe you barely broke even this month. Maybe you’re on the verge of having to fend for yourself on the street.

School news
A resident who declined to give her name for privacy reasons selects a binder. The Action Center hosted its annual school supply distribution event at Stevens Elementary in Wheat Ridge from Aug. 10 to Aug. 15.

Action Center carries on with school supply distribution in Jeffco

At least 4,000 Jefferson County students won't have to worry about how they are getting their school supplies this year, thanks to the Action Center. From Aug. 10 to Aug. 15, the Action Center, a …

Jeffco schoolboard appoints interim superintendent

The Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education has appointed Kristopher Schuh as the district's interim superintendent. Current superintendent, Jason Glass, will leave his position Sept. 13 to take …
Educators and community members came together for an Aug. 4 rally, with a message that educator input should be weighed more heavily in decisions regarding Jeffco Public Schools’ Restart Plan.

Union wants new Jeffco restart plan

Just two weeks before Jeffco’s 2020-2021 school year will begin, Jefferson County Education Association or JCEA, the local teachers union, plans to call on the district to change its process for …
Littleton Public Schools Superintendent Brian Ewert in a May 2019 file photo.

Littleton schools set reopening plan amid doubts, fears

Littleton Public Schools is moving ahead with plans to resume in-person classes at the end of August, though numerous teachers pleaded with the school board to reconsider. While current plans call …

Some Colorado high school sports cleared for fall play

Boys golf, softball and boys tennis have been given approval to begin play this fall, the Colorado High School Activities Association announced July 31. The sports can begin practice, the association …
Local government

Jeffco variance in danger as COVID-19 cases rise, JCPH says

As COVID-19 case counts continue to rise sharply in Jeffco, Jefferson County Public Health's Executive Director is warning the county is in danger of losing a variance that allows larger gatherings …

Judge declines to issue injunction against Bandimere

A judge declined to issue a permanent injunction against the owners of Bandimere Speedway on Tuesday, citing the issuance of a new public health order that would have rendered such an injunction …
Jesse Arellano stands near the front door of his restaurant, C&C Breakfast & Korean Kitchen, in Castle Rock on Monday, May 11, 2020. Arellano and his wife, April Arellano, opened their restaurant for Mother's Day and had a packed restaurant at times. When the scene went viral, the owners, Jesse and his wife, April Arellano, received both backlash and support.

The child and the growling dog: Why Douglas County is breaking up with its health department

The morning of July 8, Lora Thomas cleared her schedule to listen to the virtual meeting of the Tri-County Health Department’s board of health. The topic had become a point of controversy …
Health workers collect patient information from people waiting to be tested for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, outside the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s lab in Denver’s Lowry neighborhood. Photographed on March 11, 2020.
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Threats, vandalism, job loss: Colorado’s public health officials are under attack as they respond to coronavirus

In metro Denver and across the state, public health departments are facing a barrage of vitriol as they respond to the pandemic. Some officials have up and quit under the pressure, while others who stay say they fear for their safety.
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Jefferson County Public Health issues emergency order requiring face masks

After previously encouraging face coverings but stopping short of requiring them, Jefferson County Public Health has issued a public health order requiring people in Jeffco to wear a face mask in public situations where six feet of social distance cannot be maintained.
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