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Douglas County School District dives into remote education

On March 24, Ava Bray was excited to work on school assignments after the Douglas County School District's spring break ended — and even more excited to be doing so from Florida. The 7-year-old was …
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Bob and Linda Karcz took a stroll through downtown Castle Rock on March 25 as news broke that the Tri-County Health Department would issue a stay-at-home order effective 8 a.m. on March 26.

Douglas County residents taking life ‘a week at at a time’

Douglas County residents Bob and Linda Karcz strolled through a quiet downtown Castle Rock the morning of March 25 as news broke that the local health department was issuing a stay-at-home order for …
Casa Bonita first opened its doors in 1974. The Mexican restaurant features a waterfall, live entertainment and more. In 2015, the Lakewood Historical Society named Casa Bonita an official landmark.

Casa Bonita employees say their paychecks bounced

COVID-19 has silenced the mariachis at Lakewood's Casa Bonita, ended the chase for Chiquita the gorilla and stopped the performances from cliff divers. And according to some of its employees, the …

Colorado stay-at-home order likely to extend past April 11

Colorado's steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 appear to be paying off, but the statewide stay-at-home order will likely be extended past its initial expiration date of April 11, Gov. Jared Polis …
Brandy Sims beside the car she and her husband live in beside the South Platte River. Like many people without homes, Sims has seen her meager amenities dry up as widespread closures shut off access to everything from showers to power outlets.

Stay-at-home orders create crisis for those without home

Brandy Sims just wants to take a shower. “A woman wants to keep clean,” said Sims, 41. “I'd go without food if I could just wash my hair.” She and her husband have been sleeping in their car …

Arapahoe County sheriff's deputy tests positive for COVID-19

An Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office deputy has tested positive for COVID-19, the office announced in a March 27 news release. “The deputy is being supported and resources are available to the …
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A man sprays a seat for young children during cleaning procedures in Cherry Creek School District as a precaution against COVID-19.

Online classes begin at Cherry Creek School District amid COVID-19 school closure

The head of Cherry Creek School District didn't mince words when he outlined the district's transition to online class, as schools across the Denver metro area remained closed due to concerns about …
Herrin's daughters Mae, 6, who attends Stober Elementary, and Ellis, 4, who is in preschool at St. Joan of Arc, work from home during the remote learning plan.

To make online learning work, Jefferson County teachers get creative

Every year at Arvada's Drake Middle School, students taking family and consumer science look forward to the cooking unit above all. So, when teacher Kristina Herrin learned that the unit would …
Kristen Sortman prepares a bagel for 3-year-old Flynn from the sack lunch they picked up a South Ridge Elementary School on March 23.

Douglas County schools begin offering free lunch, breakfast

On the first day the Douglas County School District offered free meals to children during coronavirus-spurred school closures, Jen Peifer, manager of operations for the district's Nutrition Services …
Sarah Kinney passes out meals at East Elementary on March 23. Littleton Public Schools plans to keep distributing free breakfasts and lunches to all kids 18 and under for the foreseeable future.
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Littleton Public Schools to expand free meals for kids program

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, Littleton Public Schools will keep feeding hungry kids. The district will keep providing grab-and-go breakfasts for anyone under 18 at no charge for the foreseeable …

Kahlesi Johnson, left, and Rose Johnson receive food at Cherrelyn Elementary from Kendra Schappaugh, kitchen manager at Colorado's Finest High School of Choice. Englewood Schools has been providing free food to students at sites at Cherrelyn Elementary and Bishop Elementary.

Englewood schools adapt to life in limbo

Englewood Schools Director of Nutrition Services Katie Cossette called school cafeteria workers unsung heroes, whether they get recognized or not. Those heroes in Englewood Schools are the ones who …
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Brian Meadows, co-owner of Gallo Italian Supper Club and Bake, bags up a to go order. Meadows said the restaurant is bringing in a quarter of its average sales.

Englewood launches grant program for small businesses

Grants of up to $2,000 are available to qualifying small businesses in Englewood that have been hurt by the COVID-19 shutdowns. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the City of Englewood has developed …

Castle Rock hospital prepares for escalation of COVID-19

Jon Massey, the director of acute care services at Castle Rock Adventist Hospital, has worked within the Centura Health network for 22 years. Watching the COVID-19 pandemic unfold is unlike anything …
Dr. Mark Elliott.

Littleton Adventist doctor:'This is far beyond the flu'

As the number of COVID-19 infections ramps up, Littleton Adventist Hospital is bracing for the impact. “This isn't a sprint, it's a marathon,” said Dr. Mark Elliott, the president of medical …
Swedish Medical Center has installed a trailer outside its emergency room in case the emergency room gets too packed. The hospital is also dedicating units for COVID-19 patients.

Swedish Medical Center gears up for surge in COVID-19

Swedish Medical Center Emergency Medical Director Dylan Luyten wears multiple hats for the Englewood hospital. Luyten, who has been with Swedish since 2003, works both clinically and administratively …

Austin Adamson, co-owner and distiller at Lakewood distillery Ballmer Peak, adjusts the equipment that distills ethanol to be made into hand sanitizer. "This is an effort to get more hand sanitizer to the people who want it and calm some of the panic," Adamson said..

Distilleries lend a hand to meet demand

Around the time a national increase in COVID-19 cases began leading to product shortages, Spring44 Distilling in Loveland planned to make one highly demanded product — hand sanitizer — on-site. …
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