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Q&A: Can drugmakers be held accountable for opioid crisis?

Hundreds of communities in the U.S. are suing the makers and distributors of opioid painkillers, arguing that the companies should help pay the enormous costs of the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. … more

End of an era: Toys R Us is going the way of stickball

For decades, children ran down the sprawling aisles of Toys R Us in awe of the Barbies, the bikes and other toys laid out in front of them. Parents lined up for the latest Christmas fad, even if it … more

Amazon Books coming to Park Meadows

Park Meadows mall will be home to Amazon Books sometime in the future, according to a statement issued by Amazon Books public relations manager Alexandra Woodworth. “We are excited to be bringing … more

Elizabeth Brewing Co. plans move forward

Developers have cleared the first hurdle with approval of a zoning change needed in order to build the Elizabeth Brewing Co. in the historic Carson Building at 239 S. Main St. “The town … more

Castle Rock business brings back ‘sounds of life’

Until recently, John Laitinen didn’t like Christmas. The Castle Rock man suffers from hearing loss, possibly because of his six years as a U.S. Army engineer or his later career working on race … more

Economic forecast: Fair to partly cloudy

Colorado's roaring economy, though still a national leader, may be beginning to calm somewhat, while pressures in the state — such as stagnant wages and skyrocketing housing prices — as well as … more

Colorado aerospace companies flying high

Colorado’s economy may be more associated with beer and marijuana than space, but the state’s robust aerospace industry is flying high. Leaps in technology and beefed-up defense spending have … more

Before careers can soar, pilots must pay their dues

When Matt Stege was 6 years old, three T6 World War II trainer planes flew over his house en route to an air show. There was just something about it, he said, recalling that day when he stood on the … more

Bernie's Kitchen a vision for years

Bernie's Kitchen in Elizabeth is family owned and operated. B.J. Hutchinson, co-owner of Bernie's Kitchen, usually greets all the customers, seats them, chats with them and often takes their orders … more

Opinions divided on 'scraping' in older neighborhoods

Scrape-offs — homes demolished and replaced with larger, newer ones by developers — have remade vast swaths of Denver in recent years, with hundreds popping up in trendy neighborhoods like … more

As many large retailers struggle, cities seek solutions

As old-guard retailers shutter stores and lay off workers in the face of shifting consumer habits, Colorado municipalities are in a precarious position due to an unusual tax structure that depends … more

Consumer safety group unveils its ‘worst toys’ list

Fidget spinners, a plastic Wonder Woman battle sword and a remote-controlled Spider-Man drone are among the toys topping a consumer safety group’s annual list of worst toys for the holidays. World … more

An array of classic merchandise

Shawn Strain admits being bitten by the collecting bug at an early age, and about two years ago decided to open Barnwood Vintage at 166 Main St. in Elizabeth to offer items from his collection to new owners. “I grew up with my grandparents and … more

Outlets at Castle Rock celebrates Santa's Big Day

Find all of Santa’s reindeer and celebrate the arrival of Jolly Old St. Nick at a family-friendly celebration Nov. 18 at the Outlets at Castle Rock. The morning begins at 8:30 with a pancake breakfast with Santa in the food court. Cost is $5 … more

Not just a man’s job

When Danell Kalcevic was in kindergarten, an assignment asked her to describe what she wanted to be when she grows up. “It sounds silly,” Kalcevic, 48, said, but what she put on the assignment was a farmer’s wife. Fast forward and … more

Center offers fleece of mind

After raising and loving alpacas for almost 10 years and learning all about the warmth and beauty of items made from alpaca fleece, Kate Blackburn said it seemed natural to bring the Antelope Alpacas Fiber Arts Center to Main Street in … more

Times are tough, but options exist for first-time homebuyers

Lacy Franks makes being a first-time homebuyer sound easy. Franks, who grew up in Black Hawk, bought her first home last September, a two-bedroom townhome just off I-225 in Aurora, for $220,000 after three months of searching throughout the metro … more

A real gem for area equestrians

The smells of coffee and leather fill the air when visitors stop by the Wildflower Saddles and Tack shop at 122 Main St. in Elizabeth, where they are greeted by owner Tom Knowles plus a possible purr from General Sterling Price the cat. “I come … more

University of Phoenix to close campuses

The University of Phoenix is stopping on-campus enrollment and will close approximately 20 campuses across the country as part of a “teach-out” program. The university has three Colorado locations: one in Lone Tree, one in Westminster and one … more

Family business forged by fire

In 2008, when Chris Franklin told his wife, Vivian, he wanted to buy a plasma steel cutter and go into business making custom metal artwork, she didn't approve. He bought the enormous, costly device anyway, and showed her his work. “He had … more
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