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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 …
Lauren Coleman is converting the White Swan Motel on West Colfax Avenue in Lakewood to house homeless families as they transition to more long-term homes.

White Swan Motel embarks on new path

Lauren Coleman is on a mission.  For years, that mission was to build a high-end, luxury boutique motel catering to young-ish, cool travelers who value unique, authentic experiences over …
West Jeff art teacher Kelly Munro works with third grader Ryder Stewart on a portrait of the professional Ryder interviewed for the pandemic perseverance project. Ryder’s subject was Linda Lopo, manager of Cost Cutters Hair Salon.

West Jefferson Elementary School students persevere during the pandemic

We are all in this together. That’s the takeaway for third graders at West Jefferson Elementary School who have weathered the COVID-19 pandemic and who have learned that others weathered it, too. The Pandemic Perseverance Project has taught them that everyone pivoted as they needed to, so they could survive and thrive.
DCSD Superintendent Corey Wise listens to public comment at a Douglas County school board meeting.

Douglas County school chief forges ahead amid whirlwind

Roughly seven years ago, Corey Wise was making the leap from high school principal in the Douglas County School District to working in central administration, but he hoped the new role wasn't his …
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.  …
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Dr. John Trefny chats with RRCC student, Ben McDill, who plans to transfer to Colorado School of Mines to study mechanical engineering.

Mines Academy signing event fuels excitement in STEM students

Qualified Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) students who want to transfer to the Colorado School of Mines in pursuit of a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) bachelor’s degree, will …

Brighton councilman Kris Jordinelli resigns, faces DUI charge

Brighton Councilman Kris Jordinelli faces a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence after an incident with Brighton police before Thanksgiving.   His first court appearance -- a …
Voters have until Dec. 7 to vote for one of 10 candidates to serve as the city's honorary dog mayor.

Canine candidates compete to be Littleton's next dog mayor

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 …

Saving young lives in Jeffco and beyond

During the 2001-02 school year, four students at Green Mountain High School took their own lives within a nine-month timespan.  A sense of loss reverberated through the community, leaving an indelible mark and inspiring three members of a nearby church to find a way to help.
Hanning

Former Idaho Springs PD officer expected to plead guilty Dec. 9

Nicholas Hanning, the former Idaho Springs police officer charged with assault, is expected to enter a guilty plea on Dec. 9.
COMMUNITY LIFE IN PHOTOS
Allen Richardson loads wood into a truck bed to move near the splitter.

Evergreen Christian Outreach's lumberjacks are fired up for firewood

Evergreen Christian Outreach's lumberjacks and lumber-jill are giants among volunteers. While not physically as large as the fabled Paul Bunyon, they provide a huge service by splitting innumerable cords of firewood for families in need.
Elaine Gosnell from Pine uses a straw to manipulate paint on her canvas.

Pine resident enjoys an unexpected entrance into abstract art

As a child, Elaine Gosnell’s desire to explore the unknown was only further fueled when a teacher told her she was too young to pursue abstract art. Now Gosnell’s abstract art is featured in multiple galleries in Colorado.
More than 40 head of cattle are now residing on Sterling Ranch after they were moved to the area for winter grazing by a group of cowboys and cowgirls Nov. 21.

Sterling Ranch in Douglas County is backdrop for old-school cattle drive

Residents of Sterling Ranch had the chance to see cowboys and cowgirls at work during a cattle drive in the community Nov. 21. This was the first time that Sterling Ranch — a 3,400-acre development …
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 …
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 …

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 news leader named Colorado Community Media editor

The next editor-in-chief of Colorado Community Media is Lisa Schlichtman, an experienced, award-winning news executive and an industry leader.

News
The Town of Elizabeth has hired Patrick Davidson as its new town administrator, with a start date of Dec. 13. The hire fills a post that was left vacant in January.
Elizabeth High School hosted a regional qualifier for FIRST Lego League on Nov. 20, drawing teams from as far as Salida to the robotics contest.
Northglenn City Council will consider a resolution to use the old recreation center as winter housing on Dec. 6.  If approved, the program would run through March 2022 and house 25 people who are …
For more than 22 years, Parmalee Elementary School students have stood before the entire school to recite poetry and prose.
Life
As the Evergreen Players get back to live theater productions, the organization has found community interest in more adult acting classes. “Now we have even more emphasis on adult education,” …
Every holiday season there are productions you’re guaranteed to see popping at theaters all over — classics like “A Christmas Carol” and “The Nutcracker.” And there’s absolutely nothing …
The field at Stagecoach Park is open for business — or more accurately, open for play. In less than three months, the field got a makeover, going from hard dirt to beautiful artificial turf thanks to the efforts of many, including the Evergreen Park & Recreation District and the nonprofit Teddy Wetzel Memorial Field Project.
There’s nothing quite like Christmas lights set to music to start the holiday season. The lights premiere at Conifer Community Church on Nov. 27 did not disappoint. Those in cars and those outside watching the 35-minute light shows were mesmerized by the 146,000 blinking red, blue, green and white lights — a fun time for the entire family.
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 …
Golden High School built too big a lead for Prairie View in the opening round of the first Nate Howard Memorial Basketball tournament at PVHS Dec. 2. The Demons shaded the ThunderHawks 41-33. GHS …
                BRIGHTON -- Northglenn High School’s girls basketball coach, Gabriela Jimenez, knew that her opening …
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