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Arapahoe County discusses opioid settlement spending

The Arapahoe County Regional Opioid Council — comprised of 12 members including elected officials, law enforcement and social service workers — will help guide about $25 million in new spending over the next 18 years. 
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The Arapahoe County Administration Building on South Prince Street in Littleton.

With eye on housing, Arapahoe County seeks changes to land code for unincorporated areas

Arapahoe County leaders said they will seek public input in the coming weeks on changes to the county’s Land Development Code for unincorporated areas in a bid to shore up its housing supply.
Koelbel Library, located in Centennial, is part of Arapahoe Libraries.

Arapahoe Libraries group for Black employees advocates for change

Although her job as a library specialist is great, working at Arapahoe Library District’s Koelbel Library, located in Centennial and near Greenwood Village, is “a bit of a doozy as a …
Tourist ride readily available scooters around the city of Denver.

Shared electric scooters continue spread in Denver suburbs, but safety a concern

In the beginning, the scooters arrived without permission. Now, the electric devices are continuing to spread to more metro-area cities, touted as a way to reduce traffic but also feared by some …
The South Broadway bridge seen over traffic on U.S. Highway 285 — known as Hampden Avenue in Englewood.

Future of Englewood bridge, road projects uncertain as city seeks more funding

The city had aimed to replace the aging South Broadway bridge over U.S. Highway 285, add a new lane for traffic both ways and create a new pedestrian bridge at the crossing of Oxford Avenue between Santa Fe Drive and Navajo Street/Windermere Street, a notoriously busy intersection. 
Vanessa Johnston, a death doula of five years, with her dog at her home in Highlands Ranch on Aug. 25, 2022.

Death doulas: Normalizing discussions of death and dying

Although she’s healthy, Vanessa Johnston already has a plan for how she’d like to die. 
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Investigators with Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office are asking for help finding the person, or people, who fired gunshots into multiple homes in Centennial, the agency announced in a news …
Littleton City Council, during a public meeting Sept. 20, unanimously approved a new historic designation for a more than 100-year-old home near the city's downtown. 
A real estate investment company aims to build a 396-unit townhome and apartment complex in Englewood on a lot at West Oxford Avenue and South Navajo Street that currently houses Sam's Automotive.
Adams City High School is in lockdown. A spokesman for the Adams 14 School District said there is no immediate threat and that students and staff are safe.
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Acosta, Brighton police commander, dies

Former Brighton Police Department Cmdr. Frank Acosta passed away of natural causes, the city announced Sept. 23. Acosta joined the police department in February 2000. Before that, he was a state …

Classes continue at Fort Lupton HS despite circulated threats

The Weld Re-8 School District became the latest in a series of school districts to face rumored threats to school safety.   In a district website post Sept. 23, Weld Re-8 Superintendent …
The Colorado Department of Human Services is changing its name to reflect its renewed focus on evidence-based and trauma-informed person-first care.  

State introduces the new Office of Civil and Forensic Mental Health

The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) announced that the Office of Civil and Forensic Mental Health (OCFMH) is the new name for the former Office of Behavioral Health (OBH).

Suspect injured in train crash with squad car

It started as a reported menacing with a gun  all in Fort Lupton Sept. 16. The initial incident ended with a collision between a train and a squad car in Platteville, and it continued Sept. …
Brian Mason, 17th Judicial District attorney.

Fentanyl death: Grand jury indicts parents of Brighton toddler

A grand jury returned first-degree murder and Colorado Organized Crime Control Act chages against the parents of a toddler who died from fentanyl poisonining earlier this year. Adams County District …
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Open the door to Denver’s spaces

For many of us, we don’t exactly know what makes a piece of architecture or interior design appealing. There’s just something about it we respond to. Fortunately, there are organizations like the …
Emily Brooks in her backyard.

Uprooting the American dream

Perhaps Americans took the title of Walt Whitman’s book of poems to his beloved country, “Leaves of Grass” too literally when they considered the American Dream.  “Whatever …
The Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra will play at Littleton United Methodist Church on Sept. 30.

Jazz orchestra to perform in church

The Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra will open the Littleton United Methodist Church Community Concert season at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 30. The church is at 5894 S Datura St., Littleton. Admission is …
Coming Attractions

Venture ‘Into the Woods’ at the Arvada Center

There are some names that stand on their own when you’re talking about the theater and Stephen Sondheim is right at the top of that list. So, when the Arvada Center announced it was kicking off its …
“Turquoise Shutters at Giverny Gardens,” an oil painting by Ivy Delon, is part of the “Far Away Places” exhibit at Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center.

Gallery hosts ‘Far Away Places’ exhibit

Stanton Gallery at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St. in downtown Littleton, hosts the latest Littleton Fine Arts Guild exhibit, “Faraway Places” through Nov. 13. The gallery is open during …
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Jonathan Gonzalez celebrates a Frontier League win with his teammates and fans against The Pinnacle Sept.21 in Fort Lupton. Gonzalez scored three goals and had an assist against the Timberwolves.

Gonzalez kicking up a ruckus for two Fort Lupton sports

For many high-school athletes, playing a sport at a varsity level is a big task within itself. Jonathan Gonzalez, a senior at Fort Lupton High School, is not only stepping up as one of the captains …
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CHSAA unveils new tennis playoff format

The boys tennis postseason will have an historic new look starting this fall. The change involves the state team championship, a dual-style tournament in mid-October, according to CHSAANow.com. …
Heritage’s Garrett Belcher makes a sliding tackle to knock the ball away from Rock Canyon’s Aiden Bowman during the Sept. 6 match. The Eagles rallied to post a 2-1 victory.

Heritage comes back in soccer win

Heritage’s boys soccer team rallied to earn a 2-1 Continental League victory over Rock Canyon in a Sept. 13 match played at Halftime Help Stadium. Eagles coach Adam Buseck made some personnel …
Blake Purchase of Cherry Creek is held as he goes after Arvada West quarterback Ethan Cook.

Creek takes down A-West 62-21

Cherry Creek football coach Dave Logan cautioned fans not to get wrapped up in the final score. The top-ranked and three-time defending Class 5A champion Bruins whipped Arvada West, 62-21, in a Sept. …
Hanah Lechleitner gives her Fort Lupton teammates a thumbs-up and a wide smile late in the team's 12-1 win over Arvada Sept. 15.

Leichleitner, Bluedevils celebrate softball win

It was an ordinary catch of an ordinary fly ball late in Fort Lupton’s 12-1, 4 ½-inning softball win over Arvada Sept. 15. But it was enough to make Fort Lupton right fielder Hanah …
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Column: Demographics and stagflation

The world is aging, and our economy is shrinking. This is not a good combination. Let’s start with demographics. The five largest economies, U.S., China, Japan, Germany, and the U.K., have an …

From the Editor: Before you say no

This election year will have a lot of tax questions for voters to consider as they sort through ballots that are expected to hit the mail starting on Oct. 17. As our reporters have worked to break …
Michael Norton

Less is more is the way to go

As the presenter gave his opening remarks and welcomed the audience, he shared with everyone the agenda for his talk, the most important elements where he hoped they would focus, the amount of time …
Michael Norton

Column: Making the most of the upcoming season

The summer season is coming to an end, with many of us looking forward to fall. It’s been a hot summer and it will be nice to get some cool air, turning of leaves, and just a change of pace. For …

From the Editor: I have been there - Unmasking mental health can lead to help

I recently went to a benefit in Castle Pines hosted by the city and Mental Health Colorado. The event had a special theme/title – “Unmasked.” Throughout the night, people stood up and talked …
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