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A screenshot of one of the two notes released by the Arvada Police Department, which the department says were found at Ronald Troyke's house following his murder of APD officer Gordon Beesley on June 21, 2021, in Olde Town Arvada.

New documents shed light on Olde Town Arvada shooter’s motive

New letters released by the Arvada Police Department on Nov. 23 shed light on Olde Town Arvada shooter Ronald Troyke’s motive in leadup to the June 21, 2021 shooting. The letters, which …
The Colorado Center for the Blind in Littleton.
A COLORADO COMMUNITY MEDIA / COLORADO SUN SPECIAL REPORT

They came to the Colorado Center for the Blind seeking confidence. They left traumatized.

Sexual abuses were kept quiet for decades at the world-renowned Littleton school, former students and employees allege
Noelle Phares, 35, sits in her art studio in Lakewood.

Tapping talent: How local artists help to define metro Denver's beer scene

Sitting in the studio of Noelle Phares, a 35-year-old artist based in Lakewood, a collection of seasonal beers from the Colfax microbrewery West Fax Brewing can be seen adorning her shelves.  …
Crews work to build the new facility at Sky Ridge Medical Center.

Sky's the limit for Sky Ridge robots

Already serving as one of the state's leaders in robot-assisted surgery, Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree is making a major investment in the future by building a special robotics unit. …
A man gives public comment at the Douglas County school board meeting wearing American flag apparel.

Outgoing Douglas County school board directors reflect on tenures

Outgoing Douglas County school board members said their goodbyes at the district’s last regular board meeting before new leadership assumes office, although divides in the community laid bare by …
Professional delouser Linda Holmes combs through the hair of 8-year-old Huntley Marker on a weeknight in late October in the girl’s home in Parker. Business is back up for Holmes and other nitpickers after a lull during the height of the pandemic.

A COVID head-scratcher: Why lice lurk despite distancing

The Marker family of Parker opened their door on a recent evening to a woman dressed in purple, with a military attitude to cleanliness. Linda Holmes, who has worked as a technician with LiceDoctors …
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Jaime and Jared Beard have opened a second business in Highlands Ranch. He Parker couple now owns Christian Brothers Automotive and the recently-opened Capriotti's Sandwich Shop.

From auto repair to sandwiches

After building a successful auto repair business in Highlands Ranch, Parker couple Jaime and Jared Baird are now venturing into the food industry. Over the summer, the Bairds opened Capriotti's …

Morrison to keep police department

Morrison residents want the town to keep a community police force. That was the message about 15 residents shared at a Nov. 16 meeting of the Town Board, which is deciding the police department’s …
Students in the 8 a.m. construction class at FutureForward Washington Square in Thornton make sure windows are installed correctly in a tiny house. It is the first of at least five tiny houses to be built, and one option is to create a community for teenagers aging out of the child welfare system.

Tiny houses, big purpose: Adams 12 program building space for kids who need it

Mix an Adams County high-school vocational program with a philanthropist who has a soft spot for kids and what do you get?  A plan to build tiny houses, five to start with, with the possibility of …
Douglas County School Board President David Ray listens to public comment on Aug. 24.

Douglas County School District to drop lawsuit over mask opt-out order

The Douglas County School District says it has accomplished what it set out to do when it filed a federal lawsuit against the Douglas County Health Department, and is now recommending the case be …
The Rec Center’s new pool.

New Northglenn Recreation Center sounds like community

Walk in to the new Northglenn Recreation Center and you’re met with the sounds of water splashing from swimmers, basketballs swishing, clashing of weights, chatter from community members and heavy …
Antonio Pulido Mendez

Littleton man sentenced to prison for murder of 13-year-old boy in Englewood

A Littleton man who shot and killed a 13-year-old in Englewood in 2019 has been sentenced to 32 years in prison, according to a press release.
Parker Mayor Jeff Toborg addresses the room during a Nov. 12 Chamber of Commerce event at the PACE Center.

Update on Parker economy at chamber breakfast

Several leaders and economic analysts from the Parker area gave updates on the state of the local economy during a breakfast event hosted by the Parker Chamber of Commerce Nov. 12. The event, held at …
COMMUNITY LIFE IN PHOTOS
A turkey sits on top of a house to sleep for the night.

Roaming gobblers find a home in Eastlake

At Lisa Anne’s Bakery in Thornton, John Walter regularly spies wild turkeys roaming around the area near the Eastlake and 124th Avenue transit station.  “They just roam around here,” said John …
Jodi Durham and Jordan Graninger of Country Crafts by Jodi, a Rush-based vendor at the Elbert Christmas Bazaar.

Elbert bazaar is holiday hit

The 55th annual Christmas Bazaar was held on Nov. 13 in the town of Elbert, spanning two bustling locations — the Russell Gates Mercantile Co. building and two floors of the Elbert School. As is a …
A volunteer packs bags of food into a car before it sets off to deliver it to families on Nov. 13.

Thanksgiving meals offered to families in need at Arapahoe County church

Cars full of volunteers turned out on a brisk Saturday morning outside a Cherry Hills Village church near Englewood to deliver bags of food to hundreds of families ahead of Thanksgiving. A …
The horns of a bighorn sheep wrap around Ryan Blanchard, 9, reaching to his back, as he holds the weight of them in his arms during Georgetown’s Bighorn Sheep Festival Nov. 13.

Wooly wonder - 2021 Bighorn Sheep Festival full of fun

The second Saturday in November each year, Georgetown, Colorado celebrates one of the biggest and oldest bighorn sheep herds in the state of Colorado. Partly for the education, partly to facilitate …
Preschooler Joey Vickers smacks his pumpkin with a baseball bat during Carlson Elementary’s Pumpkin Smash on Nov. 3.

Taking the squash to school: Pumpkin Smash returns to Carlson Elementary

The annual Pumpkin Smash returned to its roots at Carlson Elementary — and other local schools — last week. Scraps-to-Soil, a local composting nonprofit, started held the first Pumpkin Smash at …

VIDEO, PHOTOS: Denver Art Museum opens reimagined Martin Building

The Denver Art Museum has reopened the Martin Building, formerly called the Ponti or North Building, after renovation initiated by a $25 million lead gift by Lanny and Sharon Martin. A celebration on …

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Veteran Colorado journalist Linda Shapley named Colorado Community Media publisher

The new owners of Colorado Community Media have named Linda Shapley the news company's publisher.

News
Election season isn't over yet for voters in Littleton, who have an important decision to make within the coming days: Which canine friend will lead the city as its honorary dog mayor? Hosted by the …
              Frederick football player River Lakey just finished his junior football season for the …
I have been living in Parker since 1972. I was a mere seven years old when we arrived. My parents bought the seventh house in the Pinery, which at the time was one of the few subdivisions in Parker. …
William "Mike" Graeff, who had worked for the citizens of Elbert County since 1983, died in his sleep early on the morning of Nov. 24, the day before Thanksgiving, the county announced.
Life
Tabatha Deans Stewart, former lead writer for the Elbert County News, published her first book on Nov 5. “The Enchanted Scribe: Book One — The Gate and the Girl” was published with …
So much of the holidays are about comfort and familiarity, which is one of the many reasons why people love hearing the same stories every year. But just because you might know the story doesn’t …
There’s nothing like sitting in a movie theater. Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic shut everything down, the future of in-person viewing has suddenly became a more pressing concern. There’s no …
Sports
Skyview High School got a 50-50 split of appeals to its classifications for boys and girls basketball for the two-year cycle that begins in 2022. The Colorado High School Activities …
Prairie View High School’s boys and girls basketball teams are going to play in the state’s newest classification starting in 2022. The Colorado High School Activities …
                  There was a little more to Bryce Andrews’ letter-of-intent signing party at Fort Lupton High …
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