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Denver bought one-way bus tickets for 1,900 migrants
Denver spent nearly a half-million dollars last month buying one-way Greyhound bus tickets to other cities for 1,900 migrants who arrived here after crossing the U.S. southern border, according to …
School closures coming as enrollment dips again
Enrollment in Colorado public schools took another dip this school year, setting up reduced funding for districts across the state and raising the threat of further school closures. The problems — …
Expanded preschool program received 12,000 applications
Close to 12,000 applicants signed up for the state’s expanded preschool program Tuesday, the first day parents could enroll their child ahead of the program’s start this fall. The number of …
Jeffco Board of Education to decide on use of shuttered school buildings
Sixteen elementary schools will be closing after this school year due to a vote by the Jefferson County Board of Education in November. With their closing, the future use of the school buildings is called into question.
EPRD wish list: District officials ask community what the district needs — and the answers were wide-ranging
The ideas on Evergreen Park & Recreation District programs and facilities in the next five years are as diverse as the community members who propose them.
Carlson Elementary School welcomes new therapy dog
Carlson Elementary School gained a new member of the staff for the spring semester, one with fur and four legs.
Foothills schools take part in a competition to reduce energy consumption
Several foothills schools are using less energy thanks to each school’s environmental-awareness clubs.
Morrison officials to tackle pedestrian safety, noise
Pedestrian safety and curbing excessive noise are two areas the Morrison trustees want to focus on, especially since those issues were brought up numerous times in a survey of town residents and businesses.
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Column: Banning books is for bullies

Some people have become so alarmed by what children might read in school or in libraries that they want books they don’t like removed — immediately. The targeted books include scenes of sexual awakening, gender identity, racism or violence.

Colorado's first case of rabies this year found in Jefferson County

This year’s first rabid animal for the entire state was found in Jefferson County, in Morrison near West Belleview and Quincy Avenues

Chifu's Cantina opens in Georgetown

A new Mexican restaurant opened in Georgetown, and the chefs are sure the authentic menu will blow you away. 

Jeffco Board of Education discusses draft legislative priorities

The Jefferson County Board of Education routinely communicates with state and district legislators on their priorities about education in Jeffco.

Honoring a veteran: Conifer residents unite to replace flag along U.S. 285

Never underestimate the resolve of area residents wanting to honor a veteran.

Dry January: giving up drinks for a month

Chances are if you’re on social media, you’ve heard of “Dry January,” the trend of giving up alcohol for the first month of the year. According to some Colorado residents, the challenge isn’t new, but it is worth a try. 

Jefferson County officials sworn in for new terms

Sheriff Regina “Reggie” Marinelli has no time to rest on her laurels, saying, “There’s work to be done.” After winning the November election, Marinelli kicked off her first term as sheriff during the Jan. 10 Jefferson County Swearing-In Ceremony.

El Rancho reopens after getting liquor license

El Rancho restaurant has reopened.

Emotional learning through the fine arts, and how it's helping healthcare workers

For the past 20 years, talk of addressing mental health issues within the healthcare industry circled around without much emphasis. That’s beginning to change, and it’s starting with the fine arts. 

Sock It To 'EM

When two friends joined forces to donate socks to homeless shelters in January 2012, they had no idea it would lead them on a path to creating a nonprofit that has collected nearly one million pairs …

Inner city kids take to the slopes

Coloradans can always look to the West and see the mountains in the distance, but for some who live in the inner cities of Colorado, actually getting to the mountains can be a bigger task.

Taking the climb in Denver

Hundreds of the nation’s most elite athletes in indoor rock climbing just had their version of the Super Bowl in Denver. As the Olympic sport expands across the U.S. and Colorado, USA Climbing’s …
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Sheriff's calls
Sheriff’s Calls is intended as a humorous take on some of the incident call records of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for the mountain communities. Names and identifying details have been changed. All individuals are innocent until proven guilty. 
Sheriff's calls
Sheriff’s Calls is intended as a humorous take on some of the incident call records of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for the mountain communities. Names and identifying details have been changed. All individuals are innocent until proven guilty. 
Seeking guesses for the Ice Melt Barrel on Evergreen Lake
The Ice Melt Barrel is now positioned on the ice at Evergreen Lake, so it’s time to guess when the barrel will touch the water.
New members of guild share art
Eighteen artists have joined the longtime Littleton Fine Arts Guild in the past year and the organization features their works in a new exhibit, through March 5. The LFAG operates the historic Depot …
Award-winning author to speak with readers
Arapahoe Libraries announces that award-winning author Kristin Hannah will speak via Zoom with readers at 6 p.m. on Jan 19. Her popular title, “The Nightingale,” is scheduled for early 2023 film …
Thrifting into the new year: Local stores can help you declutter or revamp your home
The new year is a great time to clear clutter from your home or change up decor, and local thrift stores offer ways to do it on a budget.
Arts, Culture, Music

Northglenn celebrates Betty grace Gibson

For the late Betty grace Gibson, being a self-taught artist didn’t mean never taking an art class or workshop. As her daughter, Linda Drumm, recalls, being self-taught meant was taking things she …

A musical reflection of 2022

I don’t know about y’all, but I’m extremely glad this year is over. 2022 may well go down as the most challenging of my life, and since we’re still living through the aftershocks of a global …

Denver doughs: 2 young pastry chefs create out-of-this-world culinary experience

Space dinosaurs. Project 626. Murder by the Campfire.   This is not a list of the internet’s latest conspiracy theories, but rather the creations of Black Box Bakery, a space-themed …

Conifer boys wrestling grapples with a loss but hopes to qualify for state

The Conifer boys wrestling team lost its dual meet against Rampart High School Jan. 10 thanks to multiple wins by forfeit and match losses.

Borgmann, former CHSAA assistant commissioner, dies

When former Colorado High School Activities Association assistant Commissioner Bert Borgmann died Jan. 9, Skyview girls basketball coach Chris Kemm summed up the feelings of many who are involved in …

Wrestling to the top: Evergreen's Zimmerer, Luna call their beloved sport grueling but fun

Evergreen wrestling coach Luke Burrier believes three words sum up the program: effort, attitude and aggression.

Stuck With Silver: Mines football falls to Ferris State in title game

The Mines football team is taking home the NCAA Division II Runner-Up trophy after losing 41-14 to Ferris State in the Dec. 17 title game.

Mines football fans prepare for national championship

The Oredigger nation is swelling with pride.

Referee protection, pay scale on CHSAA’s legislative council agenda

The decision-making arm of the Colorado High School Activities Association will take up protection of and payment for game officials next month. The legislative council meeting is set for Tuesday, …

PHOTOS: Frank Palmeri Invitational


Letter: What to wear?

On Jan. 7, a man entered the Mall of America wearing a t-shirt that many found offensive. The shirt was neon yellow and stated, “Jesus is the Only Way.” The COEXIST motto which represents peace among different religions was crossed out.

Letter: Smoke, mirrors

Smoke, mirrors Jack is back. Two years ago, developer Jack Buchanan came in like a wrecking ball with a proposal to raze the El Rancho park-n-ride, the Alpine Rescue Team building and the Rainbow …

Letter: Thank you for reaching out

Many thanks to the good folks of our community for reaching out to our residents at the Life Care Center of Evergreen during the holiday season.

Letter: Democratic endorsements

I just finished voting and that was one of the longer ballots in recent memory. This year, the ballot measures deserve as much attention as the races at the top of the ballot, and I encourage every voter to take the time to understand them.

Letter: Vote YES on FF so children don’t go hungry

Voters around the state received their ballots for November’s election this week. I want to urge all Coloradans to vote YES on Prop FF, Healthy School Meals for All.
Column: Dismantling the walls to wildlife in Colorado
Although never a big-game hunter, I have killed three deer in Colorado and likely gave a bull elk a terrific headache. That’s not to mention my carnage among rabbits and other smaller critters.
Column: For this year, a resolution for our kids’ future
As we all are taking down the tree, putting away the menorah and otherwise wrapping up from the holidays, we turn our attention to the new year.
Column: Friends and family
A close friend once quipped that family is the reason we have friends. On the surface, the line comes across as a dig at family with its sometimes fractious relationships and challenging dynamics.
Column: Saying it and praying it
By now most of us have heard what happened to the Buffalo Bills safety, Damar Hamlin, during a Monday Night Football game on Jan. 2. Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest after making a tackle against a …
Column: Colorado GOP failed to close ranks, and lost
I am reluctant to add to the many opinions regarding the current state of the Colorado Republican Party. My status as a former chair in a major county compels me to speak about the ongoing drama because of my vantage point regarding how the party should function. 
Sheriff's calls
Sheriff’s Calls is intended as a humorous take on some of the incident call records of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for the mountain communities. Names and identifying details have been changed. All individuals are innocent until proven guilty. 
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