School leaders want quarantine guidelines lifted

Superintendents from 12 Colorado school districts penned a letter to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment April 26, urging the department to rescind current school quarantine …

Planning volunteer quits over light issue

Edwin Wiley, former Town of Elizabeth planning committee member, presented his Dark Skies Initiative to the Elizabeth Board of Trustees April 13, but was ultimately met with disinterest. Wiley has …

Elbert County COVID cases on the rise

Although most statewide COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, with the exception of a mask mandate in public areas, Elbert County Public Health Director Dwayne Smith urges residents to continue …

Court to weigh objection to PAUSE initiative

The Colorado Supreme Court has accepted a motion put forth by several objectors from agricultural groups across the state to review the legality of Initiative 16, originally known as Protect Animals …

Elizabeth Stampede struggles to keep rodeo going

Volunteers with the Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo are “cautiously optimistic” that the rodeo, which dates back to as early as 1937, will be operating at full capacity for the June event, which will be …
Gov. Jared Polis, center, visits a mobile vaccine clinic, an effort supported by state officials to bring vaccinations sites to locations around Colorado. The state has two bus routes and was to announce a third soon.

Colorado vaccine effort hopes to close gap for minority, low-income areas

Even with Colorado’s six mass vaccination sites around the state up and running — and with local health providers also putting shots in arms — state officials knew they needed to go further to …
Students from Simla High stay focused while participating in a Matchwits tournament last month.

Simla Matchwits team competes at state level

Five students from the Simla High School Matchwits put their trivia skills to the test during the Colorado State Knowledge Bowl March 15 and 16. The team competed against 60 teams from across …
After shivering and struggling for more than six hours, the 20-year-old horse survived thanks to the work of the Dads of Castle Rock.

Dads of Castle Rock save horse in snowstorm

As the fourth worst snowstorm in the Denver metro's history made its way into Castle Rock last month, a group of dads were called to help save a 20-year-old horse. A group known as Dads of Castle …
U.S. Sen. John Hickenlooper speaks outside the Malley Senior Recreation Center in Englewood on April 1. Hickenlooper praised the impact federal funds have had on clinics like the one held inside Malley, which is focusing on people who have difficulty accessing larger or more distant vaccination sites.

Hickenlooper touts federal help at vaccine clinic

Sen. John Hickenlooper paid a visit to an Englewood vaccination site on April 1, touting the impact of federal dollars as the race to vaccinate Coloradans against COVID-19 picks up steam. “It’s …
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Kiowa Schools eyeing two for superintendent

Kiowa Schools Superintendent Scott Mader has given his resignation and will be leaving the district at the end of the school year. Mader joined the district in July of 2018, and is leaving with one …
Elizabeth holds line on COVID restrictions

Several jurisdictions throughout Colorado, including Monument and Douglas County, have recently declared they will be lifting all state COVID-19 restrictions on the county level, and are demanding …

Elizabeth students get taste of life in trades

Students from Elizabeth High School left the classroom behind March 10 and traveled to the Independence community, where they learned about the many career opportunities in trade industries such as …

Douglas County commissioners choose new board of health member

Douglas County has a new board of health member after the county commissioners made the appointment final during a March 9 meeting. Dr. Linda Fielding, a radiologist and associate professor at the …

Coming Attractions

Small Mouth Sounds, big heart feelings

Back in early March of last year, I had a piece all written about “Small Mouth Sounds,” the final play of the Arvada Center’s 2019/2021 season. I had spoken to director Lynne Collins about the …
The ceremony dedicating the Southdowns land to Roxborough State Park concluded with a Native American Friendship Dance on May 31, 1996.

Roxborough park reaches 25-year anniversary of land acquisition

On May 31, Roxborough State Park staff and volunteers will celebrate the acquisition of the area called Southdowns near the park entrance. The acquisition was a process that developed numbers of …
Sam Al-Jassim, a Georgetown resident and manager at Clear Creek Cidery & Eatery, pours a selection of cider for a flight of four. This cidery in Idaho Springs hopes to launch its own line of ciders later this year, and currently features nine Colorado ciders on tap and 14 others in cans.

Cideries squeeze into craft beverage scene

Imagine it’s a hot Colorado day and adults are looking for alcoholic beverages to help beat the heat. Many seek out beer, seltzers and cocktails. But, for Sam Al-Jassim and many others, the answer …
Ann Macari Healey

We were blessed with the opportunities to tell your stories

Our journey in journalism started in the early 1980s, as recent college graduates — me, as a reporter at The Miami Herald, then one of the country’s largest papers; Jerry in the newspaper’s …
Coming Attractions

House concerts provide live music alternative

One of the first responses many people give when they’re asked what they’ve missed most during the COVID-19 pandemic is live music, and while it appears that this summer will feature more …
Jessie Rayford of Jessie’s Smokin Nola, in Centennial, talks about details in making good Cajun food.

Successful Cajun is all about the love

The secret to making truly good Cajun food boils down to one word — love. Restaurants and food trucks serving Cajun across the Denver metro area may give a quick, one-word answer when asked about …
Stacy Roberts’ soft pastel painting, “The Whole of the Moon,” won Best of Show in the “Flights of Fantasy” exhibit at Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center.

Imagination soars at ‘Flights of Fantasy’

Brilliant colors, paintings in motion, it seems ... welcome us to the new exhibit, “Flights of Fantasy,” at Town Hall Arts Center’s Stanton Gallery in Littleton, open during box office hours. …
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Craig Marshall Smith

This knock-knock stuff is no joke

Occasionally, this is an opinion column. Here comes one now. Advertisements taped or left hanging on front doors should be against the law. The mischief-makers of advertisements taped or left hanging …
Michael Norton
Winning Words

Finding consistency in a world of inconsistency

“I pray to be like the ocean, with soft currents, maybe waves at times. More and more, I want the consistency rather than the highs and lows.” — Drew Barrymore There have been some very famous …
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Don't allow concealment of records, oppose House Bill 1214

We understand the intent behind House Bill 1214 to provide a fresh start to those with lower-level criminal records — such as arrest records in which no criminal charges have been filed. Further, …
Michael Norton
Winning Ways

Celebrating the construction zones of life

We all know that feeling of entering a construction zone while we are driving, don’t we? Whether it is a major highway or just a single-lane road that gets shut down, we are either forced to find a …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Let’s all join together to beat the banned

Once a year, I invite readers to nominate words or expressions they wish were banned, an idea appropriated from Lake Superior State University’s “Annual List of Words and Phrases Banished from …
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