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At least 20 cars broken into in Douglas County

At least 20 cars were broken into in Douglas County in late January, and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in gathering information on the case and …

Arapahoe County deputy rescues 93-year-old man from fire

A 93-year-old man was one of two people to go to the hospital with minor injuries caused by a fire at Club Valencia, a condominium building just outside of east Denver.

UPDATED: Englewood Public Library now offering limited services

The City of Englewood announced Wednesday that its public library is now offering limited services, as it remains closed to the public while undergoing methamphetamine contamination remediation.

Minor injuries reported after car, train collide

South Adams County fire officials said injuries from a train-vs.-car collison Jan. 31 were minor. The incident happened shortly before 1 p.m. near Easst 58th Avenue and Brighton Road. Details on …

Health care giants form one insurance company

By some measures, the Denver metro area has one of the most competitive hospital markets in the country. Large health systems duke it out every year for supremacy in the multibillion-dollar …

Colorado may end age-discriminating work question

Asking someone their age is considered impolite. But asking a job candidate? That’s perfectly legal. A bill at the state legislature would change that, at least in Colorado, and prohibit companies …

Weather and gas prices causing higher utility bills

The spiking energy bills affecting many Coloradans are caused by colder weather and higher gas prices — factors over which neither regulators nor utilities have control, the Colorado Public Utility …

Juvenile violent crime is rising

Violent crimes that land kids and teens in Colorado’s youth corrections system are on the rise, accounting for 41% of admissions in 2022. From homicides, to sexual assaults, to robberies at …

Educators urge lawmakers to pay schools what they’re owed

Mary Rose Donahue keeps a box of scissors in her classroom, not for arts and crafts projects with her students but for the same reason she also stores a baseball bat and a first-aid kit complete with …
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Y/OUR Denver Photography highlights city in flux

Even though many of us see the Denver skyline daily, there are all kinds of new perspectives and little touches that we may never notice. But the Y/OUR Denver 2022 photography exhibit, the fifth …

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.
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Stories on Stage features Peter Heller
Stories on Stage will present an afternoon with Denver author Peter Heller at 2 p.m. on Feb. 19 at Su Teatro, 721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver. Allison Watrous and Tim McCracken will read stories from …
Momentous treaty coming to Denver
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo transformed what is now the western United States, and pages of that document will arrive at History Colorado Museum, 1200 N. Broadway, Denver to accompany the exhibit …
Local youth theater nonprofit offers affordable classes
When Aspen Somers and her twin sister, Ashley, were kids, they watched an opera singer on television and fell in love with performance. Now, at 19 years old, the sisters run Stagebugz Theatre, a nonprofit youth theatre organization in Littleton.
‘In the Trenches’ looks at parenting
Kristina and Graham Fuller first presented their new musical, “In the Trenches: A Parenting Musical” as part of the fall JAAMM Festival at the Mizel Arts and Cultural Center in Denver — …
Napoleon with a twist at Buntport
The Death of Napoleon” plays through Feb. 18 at Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver and is the 51st original play written by this clever crew. “Loosely based” on historical facts, they …
Take a visit to ‘The Great American Trailer Park’
Musicals have taken place in all kinds of magical and far-flung locations and still managed to capture elemental human truths. But as “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” Miners Alley Playhouse’s latest production, hilariously demonstrates, you can access those same truths in places a little closer to home.
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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 …

‘Entanglements’ with nature

Metropolitan State University’s Center for Visual Arts starts off a new year with “Entanglements,” a new lens-based exhibit of works by 11 national and international artists, which will run …

Native artist and author shares her work, journey at Koelbel Library

Whether it be painting captivating murals on a high school’s cafeteria wall or decorating the decks of skateboards, the versatile artwork Danielle SeeWalker creates is representative of what …

‘Spamalot’ parodies King Arthur’s realm

King Arthur’s court opens with giggles as Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora, unwraps its gift to holiday audiences with “Spamalot.” Performances run through Dec. 11: Friday/Saturday at …
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SPORTS

High-school officials’ fees to increase

The long, sought-after pay increases for high-school game officials are officially in play. The Colorado High School Activities Association’s legislative council, which makes CHSAA’s …

CHSAA approves slight change to Sunday contact rules

DENVER – The Colorado High School Activities Association changed the rules for Sunday contact between coaches and student-athletes Jan. 24. The association’s legislative council, the …

Creek hockey coach confident in team

Cherry Creek hockey coach Jeff Mielnicki feels he has a team that can compete with other top Colorado Class 5A squads this season. The Bruins, a co-op team with players attending Creek, Cherokee …

Hershberger, Terry dazzle in Rock Canyon victory

Douglas County Huskies, say hello to Mac Terry and Gavin Hershberger. The Rock Canyon junior-senior tandem, respectively, were next to unstoppable in a Jan. 17 boys basketball game on the Huskies’ …

CHSAA signs partnership with Children’s Colorado

AURORA – The Colorado High School Activities Association and Children’s Hospital combined to bring educational services from the hospital to CHSAA member schools. New Commissioner Mike …

Valor girls defeat Grandview

There was nothing at stake except for maybe pride, but the Valor Christian girls basketball team played really well. Valor and Grandview, last season’s two teams in the state championship game, met …

Rock Canyon hangs tough in loss to Highlands Ranch

Two girls basketball programs, separated on the court over the years by a lot more than the two miles that separate them on the map, collided Jan. 13 in the Denver suburbs. One was Highlands Ranch, a …
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Letter - Don’t be misled on 300

Don’t be misled on 300 A Feb. 2 letter urging vote “no” on 300 should be carefully examined. Accompanying rationale appears misleading. People of the USA voice their will in two ways: electing …

From the Editor: Heart of the matter

We are fully emerged into February, the month each year when medical professionals and healthcare organizations try to bring more awareness to heart health. While it should be a year-round priority …

Column: Rising above the noise

Starting in 1996 I began living in Highlands Ranch and in 2001 bought a small a condo in Edwards, Colorado. The elevation in Highlands Ranch is about 5,800 feet, and Edwards is just over 7,500 feet. …

From the Editor: Average is OK

Being average is OK. I will say that again. Being average is OK. I recently started listening to the book “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F#@@.” I have to admit my husband recommended it a couple …

From the Editor: Housing in-depth

In recent weeks, Colorado Community Media unveiled the long-time-coming series — The Long Way Home. Throughout most of 2022, all our reporters from all regions worked on developing an in-depth look …
Columnists
Column: Sell the sizzle and buy the sizzle
Recently I went back and reread the book “Sizzlemanship” by Elmer Wheeler. Elmer Wheeler is credited with being one of the original pioneers of sales skills training and motivation industry. …
From the Editor: Enough already
Earlier this month the news dropped that President Joe Biden was not so perfect in handling classified documents. Same as his predecessor Donald Trump. As the story unfolded throughout the week, it …
Column: A new year, a clean slate
As we usher in 2023, we say “good riddance” to the market mayhem of 2022. “A year to forget” is how one of our research partners dubbed 2022. Despite a modest rebound for many asset classes …
From the Editor: Love, support and sports
About two weeks ago I was thinking about writing a column about organized sports and our youth. Then, I watched the NFL game between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals and decided it was a good …
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 …
From the Editor: The good and bad
This month marks the one-year anniversary of me taking over as the south metro editor for Colorado Community Media. These are 11 newspapers spanning over Arapahoe and Douglas counties and, to some …
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