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No rides at Douglas County Fair, but plenty of critters

While there weren’t rides, concessions or crowds at the event, the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo still took place in Castle Rock with a focus on agriculture, livestock and rodeo.
A man excitedly points toward the graduates parading into Jeffco Stadium at Columbine High School's graduation on Aug. 4.

Graduation 2020: Columbine class of 2020's resiliency celebrated at delayed ceremony

On the last day that Columbine High School’s class of 2020 would gather together, Columbine principal Scott Christy harkened back to the students’ first day at the school.
A student walks at Cherry Creek High School’s graduation July 30.

Graduation 2020: After ‘unexpected detour,’ Cherry Creek seniors celebrate together (PHOTOS)

After the unorthodox celebrations where Cherry Creek School District graduates cruised through car parades in their caps and gowns this spring, the students had the chance to experience their proper …
The 1913 Boathouse in Denver’s Washington Park, pictured, dates back to an era when Smith Lake was a popular urban resort, with a swimming beach and winter skating.  Across the lake on the north shore is another vintage building, the 1912 Dos Chappell Bathhouse, which once provided beach-goers with locker rooms and showers. Currently it houses Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, a nonprofit that tends to the state’s natural resources.

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 …
David Schlatter

David Schlatter, driven ‘character’ in south metro business world, dies

A sharp businessman, always looking for a deal. A big heart. A public figure that could tower over a crowd — and, yet, a warm voice that relished getting lost in a good conversation. That’s how …
A rundown abandoned cabin near Evergreen has been transformed into a community library.

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.
Wayne Graham stands outside Mean Street Ministry in Lakewood on April 16. Graham, who said he was homeless at the time, said there was nowhere for him to go on cold days as places like libraries were closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.
Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village.

Cherry Creek switches back to 'blended' plan for in-person, online class

Citing a web of recommendations from Colorado's public health and education officials — and as the rate of COVID-19 cases has ramped up for several weeks in Arapahoe County — the Cherry Creek …
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 …
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.

Fire extinguished atop Coors Brewery in Golden

A portion of the Coors Brewery in Golden Colorado was in flames Thursday.
The Mountain Vista Senior Living Community.

Inside a deadly outbreak: ‘Everyone was scared’

Jane Runge has always dressed up for her job as an administrator at the Mountain Vista Senior Living Community in Wheat Ridge. But when the COVID-19 crisis arrived, she started wearing scrubs …
Don Peitzman, a former editor of the Parker Chronicle and journalist of 30 years, died July 20 at 63.

Don Peitzman, Parker journalist of 30 years, dies at 63

A journalist and photographer who documented life in Parker and Douglas County for three decades died July 20. Don Peitzman, the original editor of the Parker Chronicle and a staple of Douglas County …
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.
COVID-19: What you need to know
What you can do to protect yourself

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued the following recommendations to help the public avoid COVID-19. • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 …

Colorado Gov. Polis issues statewide mask order, hoping for 'wake-up call’

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Pointing to a decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases in Arapahoe County over the past 10 days, the Cherry Creek School District announced in-person classes will begin Aug. 17 as previously …
The Parker Senior Center is hosting weekly drive-in concerts through Sept. 9 The weekly concert series held its first show July 29 with a performance from Terri Garcia and Bert Sims, in a tribute to …
Sheriff Tony Spurlock has moved the county from stage 2 to stage 1 fire restrictions, according to a release from the sheriff’s office. This ruling, under ordinance No. O-012-004, restricts open …
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 …
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A new fitness series is underway in Denver’s Sculpture Park, near the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Diverse lineup of classes. Will run Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning the first week of August. …
First Friday events are among the most popular summer happenings for galleries and arts organizations all over the metro area. Which means that even though they were going to look different, …
Siuzanna Iglidan of Englewood was supposed to perform at the Los Angeles Philharmonic this summer, in her dream role in Bizet’s “Carmen.” But COVID-19 threw a wrench in those plans. With opera …
Last year, John Saunders and Bill Clarke watched 2,400 people pile into the amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park in Castle Rock for the annual concert they cofounded, Castle Rock Summer Jam. After …
Sports
Colorado high school football will be played in the spring because of COVID-19 concerns, the state’s governing body for prep sports announced Aug. 4.   Football practices are now set …
Sports Illustrated has unveiled its watch list for its 2020 high school All-American team and eight players are from Colorado schools. Three of the players were tight ends and two were from Heritage …
There's somebody new at Cherry Creek High School. His name is Steve Huntingdale and he is the new head girls volleyball coach, replacing Sally Moos, who was head coach of the Bruins for 38 years. …
Jake Rubley is a player who doesn't want the Colorado High School Activities Association to move the football season from the fall to next spring. Rubley, the 6-foot-3 Highlands Ranch senior …
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