Graduation 2020

Wheat Ridge Farmers find closure with August commencement

Wheat Ridge High School's class of 2020 celebrated its graduation Aug. 6, about two and a half months after the graduates' last day of high school classes. During the ceremony, graduates wore masks …

A little library in the forest connects neighbors during COVID-19 (VIDEO)

On a forested mountain outside of Evergreen, at 8,500 feet elevation, Mary O’Rourke was inspired by COVID-19 to create a Little Free Library for her community.

Sheriff: Jeffco seeing increase in violent crime

As law enforcement nationwide operates in an environment beset by issues ranging from the COVID-19 crisis and continuing unrest about racial justice and policing practices, Jefferson County’s …

Man and woman accused of shooting dog in Lakewood

Lakewood Police are searching for a man and woman who are suspected of shooting and killing a dog. According to a release from the department, police responded to calls of shots fired near the …

In-person school delayed in Jeffco schools

Jeffco Public Schools’ July 23 announcement that in-person learning would be postponed sparked mixed reactions in the community. The reactions didn’t only differ from family to family — many …

School news
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 …
Among concerns expressed by protesters at a rally to reopen Douglas County schools on July 31 was childcare for families with working parents.

Parent protesters urge full reopening of Douglas County schools

Parents rallied in Castle Rock Friday, calling for Douglas County schools to fully reopen this school year.
Two N95-type face masks, or respirators, at left. On right, a third respirator, an N100-type mask.

Teachers across Colorado to get supply of masks

Colorado will provide hundreds of thousands of medical-grade masks to schools in every district across the state, Gov. Jared Polis has announced. “We will be supplying every teacher in the state …

Colorado releases coronavirus reopening guidance for schools

Colorado health and education officials on Monday issued guidance to school districts that allows for in-person learning in the fall with restrictions, especially for older students, aimed at …
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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