State to distribute free surgical grade masks

Starting later this week, public libraries, fire stations, recreation centers, VFWs, YMCAs and high-traffic community centers that have agreed to be local redistribution points will have KN95 and surgical-grade masks for those who ask.

Douglas County health board is sued again over mask exemption order

For the second time since its formation in September, the Douglas County board of health is being sued over its mask exemption rule.
As omicron cases of COVID increase in Colorado, infectious disease doctors and the Centers for Disease Control continue to assess the impact it will have on citizens.

Virus surge may be ‘more severe than prior waves’

Local public health officials and analysts implored the public not to let its guard down as the omicron variant drives a dramatic coronavirus surge in Colorado. “We believe it is important for …
Hospitals continue to report an increase in patients as COVID cases increase.

Share of COVID hospitalizations `due to' virus drops

Colorado has seen its number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 continue to spike back up since late December, but the latest surge in hospitalizations stands out from previous upticks. …
Coming Attractions

2021’s best albums use music as bridge, inspiration

Much like the year immediately preceding it, 2021 posed more than its share of challenges. As individuals, community members and global citizens, we all had to be more thoughtful than ever about what …
In December 2021, the Chatridge 3 fire consumed 24 acres along Chatridge Court and Highway 85 in the Highlands Ranch area. Two homes were immediately threatened, including the one pictured. That property is well maintained with mowed grass and defensible space against wildfire.

Wildfires a risk in different types of suburban Colorado areas

As the new year approached, Coloradans watched the unfolding of a type of tragedy they aren't used to seeing: a wildfire tear through miles and miles of suburban homes not far from the middle of the …
Front Range blood supplies running low
The American Red Cross has been sending up the red flag, stressing that there is a nationwide blood shortage and Colorado is no different. In fact, along the Front Range, hospitals are managing but …
Centennial King Soopers workers take part in strike
Thousands of King Soopers workers across metro Denver went on strike starting in mid-January as the local grocery store union pushes for better pay and opposes what it says are unfair labor …

One second can result in irreversible tragedy

Britney Lombard reminds caregivers not to leave little ones in the bathtub — not to grab a towel, not to answer the door, not for a moment.  “That one minute is when those tragedies are …

‘Carry Me Away’ show shares imagination

Local painter and pastel artist Diane Fechenbach was juror for the new exhibit, “Carry Me Away,” at the Littleton Fine Arts Guild’s Depot Art Gallery, which will run through Feb. 27. Members …

Centennial’s ‘intelligent’ stoplight timing system to expand

With so many major streets running through Centennial, traffic has remained a top concern for the city, and a project to better adjust traffic lights will soon come to more of the city’s large …

Getting kids off the ground

If pilots enjoy what they do, it’s a double win when they can share their enthusiasm with young kids. “This is just one way of giving back after spending all the money to learn to fly,” said …

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Sheriff's deputies are looking for this stolen ATV. The theft took place near Hudson Jan. 15.

WeldCo sheriff's deputies looking for stolen ATV

HUDSON -- Weld County sheriff's deputies are looking for an ATV that was stolen from property near Hudson. It happened around 6 a.m. Jan. 15 in the 5500 block of Weld County Road 37. Sheriff's …
Commerce City police would like to find the owner of this urn. It was turned into the police department's property and evidence unit in August 2021.

Commerce City police need help finding urn's owner

Commerce City police would like to reunite a family with its urn. In a series of tweets, police said someone turned in an item containing the small urn to the department's property and evidence …

COVID and Adams 14 schools .. some open, some remote

Adams

Brighton introduces new aquatics hotline

The city of Brighton's aquatics department responded to the increasing number of COVID cases and resulting staffing issues with a new aquatics hotline .. 303-655-2251.   The city said it …

Brighton, Tri County Health offer COVID vaccination clinics

  The city of Brighton teamed up with Tri county Health to offer free vaccination clinics at the Brighton Recreation Center, 555 N. 11th Ave. They are available from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. …
Life
“Dimensional Drawing” by Charles Parson is part of the Denver artist’s one-person exhibit at Curtis Center for the Arts.

A sense of place on the plains

“In this drawing series `Near/Far’ I have gone back to what had become my favorite places and discovered new ones ...” Denver artist Charles Parson writes. “I am excited to put in place the …
Among performers slated for this year’s Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathing is Texas native singer and songwriter Jean Prescott.

Poetry Gathering beckons well-versed cowboys, cowgirls to Golden

If you’re a hankerin’ for a weekend rich in the storied history of the American West, then gather ‘round the campfire for the 2022 Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering, coming up Jan. 15 and 16 at the American Mountaineering Center in downtown Golden.
The view looking east on Dec. 29 from the intersection of Powhaton Road and 26th Avenue, not far from Adams County's highest-elevation point.

Highest-elevation points in metro Denver counties sit at some unexpected places

To outdoor-recreation enthusiasts, Colorado is known for its fourteeners: mountain peaks that exceed 14,000 feet. But take a drive through the Denver area, and you might notice how the elevation …
Town Hall Arts Center in Littleton has resumed offering programs for children along with stage shows.

Arts organizations look to a new year

As a person who learned to love the arts — visual and performing — as a young child, I have been so saddened by the limitations COVID has placed on our world, near and far. And I’m sure my …
Coming Attractions

Benchmark Theatre confronts our American darkness

The Jan. 6 capitol insurrection is one of the darkest days in the history of the country — one that we’re still reeling from and trying to figure out to prevent from happening again.
Sports

Arapahoe girls take easy win over Fossil Ridge

Arapahoe coach Jerry Knafelc had a message for his girls basketball team after an easy win over Fossil Ridge on Jan. 11. The Warriors, fourth in the Jan. 10 CHSAANow.com Class 5A rankings, raced to …

Voices
Michael Norton

We can’t stop until we start

You don’t have to be great to start, but you do have to start to be great.” — Joe Saba. Here we go, the first week of the year begins and we are back at it, whatever “it” may be for each of …
Coming Attractions

Dazzle celebrates 25 years of jazz

Jazz is one of America’s quintessential creations — one that continues to influence and inspire, even for people who may not consider themselves fans of the genre. Dazzle, Denver’s jazz …
Coming Attractions

The Power of Horses lives at History Colorado

One of the first things a visitor to Denver sees as they leave the airport is the infamous Blue Mustang sculpture. Football fans cheer for the Denver Broncos and plenty of students go to schools …
Coming Attractions

Time matters as 2021 ends at Walker Fine Art

Over the centuries many, many artists in all disciplines have tackled the fluidity and unknowability of time. Which means the contributors to Walker Fine Art’s latest exhibit, A Matter of Time, are …
Mark Harden leads a meeting of the Colorado Community Media news staff at CCM's Englewood newsroom.
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