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Lifelong horse owner Karen Richard with her horse, Summer.

Horse culture still kicking in modern West

In 1950, metro Denver’s population hovered right around 500,000. Farms and horse properties could still be found throughout the close-in suburbs. By the mid-1970s, the population had more than …
Joe Hix, left, his brother Dean Lockhead, and Lockhead's dog Fenriz on a hiking trip a few years before Hix was killed.

'People see it as a homeless junkie getting killed'

On a lonely spot in the industrial district where the Little Dry Creek bike path crosses Platte River Drive in northwest Englewood, a hand-engraved metal plate is screwed into a wooden post. It …
An 8-year-old student does an online math lesson at her home in Timnath, Larimer County, on March 25, 2020.

Colo. kids fell behind on math during pandemic

Colorado students tumbled further behind in math as the pandemic closed schools and learning went largely virtual, according to a new analysis of this year’s state assessments results. The report …
Last year, Suzi McCumber was prepped for radiation treatment by Vicki Slat-Vasquez, clinical nurse at the Infusion Center at UCHealth Cancer Center-Highlands Ranch. McCumber went through treatment for more than a year. Now, she has successfully moved on to taking a pill to keep breast cancer at bay.

Women still behind in breast cancer screenings

Just over two years after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer, Suzi McCumber continues to stress the importance of regular screenings. If McCumber had not gotten the recommended …
Warren Stokes of Denver’s Washington Park neighborhood stands with one of his maze art pieces called "Ivory vs Enamel." Stokes uses his art as a healing mechanism, in his profession as a teacher and for activism.

Breaking the ice with art: Washington Park resident shares his maze pieces to combat racial division

Warren Stokes loves his neighborhood. He enjoys his daily six-block walk from his home to Washington Park, where he goes to create his art. But he has noticed that other pedestrians will often cross …
Marcus Turner, the director of communications and audience services at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, left, and Emily Grace King, exhibition manager for the Arvada Center, stand Sept. 16 near a sculpture at the center’s “sculpture field.” The piece by Scottie Burgess, made with railroad ties and wood paint, is titled “Ties Forward.”

Denver-area arts programs offer path to 'shared experience'

Seemingly ever-rising levels of political polarization — particularly amid issues of the coronavirus pandemic — may be wearing on Coloradans, but one place where all of that can melt away is at …
A mural of Denver Health nurse Trina Fernandes painted by Thomas "Detour" Evans.

Denver Health nurse featured in artist's new mural on Colfax

Few artists are able to capture a moment like Thomas Evans. The artist, who paints under the name Detour, specializes in large-scale public art. His murals of people like George Floyd, Breonna …

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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Colorado becomes first state to include gender affirming health care

Starting in 2023, transgender and nonbinary Coloradans will have broader access to gender affirming care. Governor Jared Polis announced that GAC will be included as an essential health benefit on …
Alternate angle of the scene at the ribbon cutting.

Ribbon cutting celebrates completion of Olde Town projects

To commemorate the competition of the Olde Town Arvada semi-permanent pedestrian area and the completion of Phase One of the Ralston Road Improvement Project, the City of Arvada held the largest …
A 2015 aerial view of Mainstreet in downtown Parker.

Parker survey shows residents worry about growth

While most Parker residents’ favorite thing about living in the town is still the sense of community, the “hometown feel” in the area has been steadily decreasing for years, according to a …
Rogel Aguilera-Maderos

Update: Trucker in deadly I-70 trucker trial found guilty on 27 counts

Update: The jury rendered its verdict in the case late on Friday, Oct. 15, finding Rogel Aguilera-Mederos gulty on 27 counts including four counts of vehicular homicide. Aguilera-Mederos Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, the truck driver accused of causing the fiery crash on I-70 in April 2019, took the stand to testify in his own defense as the trial drew to a close. Closing statements in the …
Pilots transporting patients to area hospitals have seen an increase in laser strikes in 2020 and 2021.

Flight for Life crew impacted by laser strike

A Flight for Life pilot said he has fully recovered after falling victim to a laser incident in Castle Rock. Eric Billings, a 20-year commercial pilot, said he was leading a crew to drop off a …
Douglas County Coroner’s Office staff: (from left) Jessica Carlos, Senior Forensic medicolegal death investigator; Jill Romann, coroner; Nick Lobello, chief deputy coroner; Taylor Lowry, MDI; Lauren Stockton, manager of coroner administration.

Behind the curtain at the county coroner's office

Inside the Douglas County Coroner's Office in Castle Rock, there's an autopsy suite equipped with modern equipment to carry out medical examinations. There is a refrigerated room holding cadavers, …

Developers' plans for Littleton's Aspen Grove collide with community concern

Littleton residents packed the city council chamber for a marathon night of public comment during an Oct. 5 council meeting. The topic at hand: contention over the proposed redevelopment of Aspen Grove, a shopping center in south Littleton that has for years seen declining revenue. 
Piles of lost luggage sit waiting, stored on a shelf at Denver International Airport. Now, the airport plans to begin donating that luggage to the Denver Rescue Mission.

A second life for lost luggage at DIA

Denver International Airport handles a massive amount of luggage every year. In 2019, the last full year before the COVID-19 pandemic, 69 million passengers traveled through the airport with bags in …

Grieving support in Evergreen

Grief shared is grief divided, according to those who have lost loved ones and those who provide support. That is why Mt. Evans Home Health Care and Hospice offers bereavement support groups for …

Leaders want more wildfire mitigation

A group of Evergreen Fire/Rescue community leaders told the fire board that they were frustrated by what they called a lack of progress on wildfire mitigation in the district. In addition, they asked …

Sunset for notorious Blue Sky Motel

A history of sordid behavior, code violations and unending calls for police response has finally caught up to the Blue Sky Motel located at 6205 West Colfax Avenue. Lakewood’s Lodging Facility …
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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
The worst ozone year in recent history on the northern Front Range boosted pollutant violations in a rolling three-year average closely watched by the EPA, state officials said Oct. 21, though they …
Gov. Jared Polis issued his most urgent plea in months Oct. 21, asking Coloradans to get vaccinated against coronavirus in order to break a continued surge in hospitalizations that left the state …
One Democratic state senator was drawn into a district that now leans heavily in Republicans’ favor. A GOP House member, meanwhile, will run in a district that’s now solidly Democratic. And a …
A front entryway might not seem like a typical place for an ofrenda -- an altar to honor the deceased -- but Denver local Christopher Jorgenson wanted his community to have the opportunity and space …
Life
When it was announced back in December that Pop Culture Classroom was cancelling the 2021 Denver Pop Culture Con, it appeared that it was going to be two full years before fans of all things comics, …
Purnell Steen and the Five Points Ambassadors will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. on Oct. 22 at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. 303-794-6379. The well-known jazz …
Most of us had more than a little help getting through the bleakest parts of the COVID-19 pandemic and for many that help came in the form of our canine friends. They’re not called man’s best …
The Parker Arts, Culture & Events Center, also known as PACE, is celebrating a decade in the community this month with a series of free and reduced-cost events. The PACE Center opened its doors …
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 …
AURORA -- Adams City's soccer team was hanging onto a state tournament slot as of Oct. 21. The Eagles, who lost to Hinkley 2-1 in Aurora in the regular-season finale, were in 31st place in the …
AURORA -- It seems likely that Fort Lupton's soccer team will advance to postseason for a second straight time starting Wednesday, Oct. 27. FLHS was in 20th place in the state's Ratings Performance …
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