Cherry Creek schools will start in-person class Aug. 17
Pointing to a decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases in Arapahoe County over the past 10 days, the Cherry Creek School District announced in-person classes will begin Aug. 17 as previously …
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Graduation 2020: After ‘unexpected detour,’ Cherry Creek seniors celebrate together (PHOTOS)

After the unorthodox celebrations where Cherry Creek School District graduates cruised through car parades in their caps and gowns this spring, the students had the chance to experience their proper …
Littleton Public Schools Superintendent Brian Ewert in a May 2019 file photo.

Littleton schools set reopening plan amid doubts, fears

Littleton Public Schools is moving ahead with plans to resume in-person classes at the end of August, though numerous teachers pleaded with the school board to reconsider. While current plans call …
David Schlatter

David Schlatter, driven ‘character’ in south metro business world, dies

A sharp businessman, always looking for a deal. A big heart. A public figure that could tower over a crowd — and, yet, a warm voice that relished getting lost in a good conversation. That’s how …

Help available for food, housing, business, personal needs amid COVID-19

Maybe you’ve lost your family’s child care. Maybe you barely broke even this month. Maybe you’re on the verge of having to fend for yourself on the street.

After 132 years, the Littleton Independent presses on

This week marks 132 years since the first edition of this newspaper was published, and the Independent would like to take a moment to wish itself a happy birthday. On July 21, 1888, H.V. Bullock …

Opera on the asphalt in Englewood

Siuzanna Iglidan of Englewood was supposed to perform at the Los Angeles Philharmonic this summer, in her dream role in Bizet’s “Carmen.” But COVID-19 threw a wrench in those plans. With opera …

My Name Is... Juliette Hoffman

About me I am a junior Girl Scout from Troop 67749. My family and I worked on the “Diverse, Inclusive, Together” patch. The purpose of the patch is to launch the conversation of race and racism …

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Kaufman’s Tall and Big Shop in Englewood is closing after 62 years.

Kaufman’s Tall and Big Shop in Englewood is closing after 62 years

Local big fellas will have to find a new place to shop. Kaufman’s Tall and Big Shop at 3395 S. Broadway in Englewood is offering 50% off all items in the store throughout August, with plans to …
Terry Nolan poses for a portrait outside of the Highlands Ranch Metro District office July 31. Nolan, who has served as the general manager of the Highlands Ranch Metro District for 24 years, announced his retirement this spring.

Highlands Ranch Metro District begins search for new general manager

The Highlands Ranch Metro District is beginning its search for a new general manager after the current staff leader announced his retirement. General Manager Terry Nolan announced his decision to …
Charli Surry, 9, sits with her pig Jelly Belly Bean at the Friday, July 31 Douglas County livestock sale before the event began. The pig sold for $1,900.

No rides at Douglas County Fair, but plenty of critters

While there weren’t rides, concessions or crowds at the event, the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo still took place in Castle Rock with a focus on agriculture, livestock and rodeo.
A rundown abandoned cabin near Evergreen has been transformed into a community library.

A little library in the forest connects neighbors during COVID-19 (VIDEO)

On a forested mountain outside of Evergreen, at 8,500 feet elevation, Mary O’Rourke was inspired by COVID-19 to create a Little Free Library for her community.
Former Littleton Mayor Phil Cernanec, left, gives Bonnie Douglas a “trishaw” ride through Hudson Gardens on July 28. Cernanec helped found Littleton’s chapter of Cycling Without Age, which takes seniors on rides around town.

On ‘trishaw’ rides in Littleton, seniors find freedom from isolation

Like many senior-community residents in the age of COVID-19, Bonnie Douglas endures a lot of boredom and loneliness. With seniors at heightened risk from the novel coronavirus, senior facilities have …
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Sculpture Park, at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, includes “The Dancers,” two 50-foot-high sculptures located at Speer and Champa.
SONYA'S SAMPLER

Fitness program held in picturesque park

A new fitness series is underway in Denver’s Sculpture Park, near the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Diverse lineup of classes. Will run Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning the first week of August. …
The 1913 Boathouse in Denver’s Washington Park, pictured, dates back to an era when Smith Lake was a popular urban resort, with a swimming beach and winter skating.  Across the lake on the north shore is another vintage building, the 1912 Dos Chappell Bathhouse, which once provided beach-goers with locker rooms and showers. Currently it houses Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, a nonprofit that tends to the state’s natural resources.

From swan dives to figure eights: A look back at a Washington Park gem's past

As summer grips the city and Coloradans bemoan our regrettable lack of ocean, we might do well to remember that Denver’s Washington Park once had its very own beach on a lake that once didn’t …
Coming Attractions

Pandemic Self Portraits at 40 West

First Friday events are among the most popular summer happenings for galleries and arts organizations all over the metro area. Which means that even though they were going to look different, …
The Fray performs at the 2019 Castle Rock Summer Jam.

Residents donate thousands despite canceled Summer Jam fundraiser

Last year, John Saunders and Bill Clarke watched 2,400 people pile into the amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park in Castle Rock for the annual concert they cofounded, Castle Rock Summer Jam. After …
Roxborough Arts Council's gallery, Rox Arts, Is in the Aspen Grove shopping center in Littleton.

Littleton's Rox Arts gains steam as gallery expands hours

Roxborough Arts Council's gallery, Rox Arts — in Unit 330 at Aspen Grove, 7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton — which lately has been open for limited hours, expands those hours and offers a wide …
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Sports

Colorado high school football moves to spring

Colorado high school football will be played in the spring because of COVID-19 concerns, the state’s governing body for prep sports announced Aug. 4.   Football practices are now set …

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Craig Marshall Smith
QUIET DESPERATION

Here’s an opportunity to err dirty laundry

Let’s have some fun. See if you can tell me how many typographical and grammatical errors there are in this column. Hint: there are alot. It’s going to really drive my proofreader crazy because …
Michael Norton
WINNING WORDS

Reimagining and reinventing while staying true to ourselves

As individuals and companies look to the second half of the year, many have already put 2020 behind them and are looking at plans and goals for 2021. The impact has forced us all to learn how to …
Coming Attractions

Chicano Music Hall of Fame announces 2020 class

Like in so many cultures, music plays a vital connective and communicative role in Chicano life. That music has been honored since 2002 at Su Teatro’s Chicano Music Hall of Fame, and now there’s …

What are we afraid of? Sit down and grieve

It's not the pandemic, or viral partisanship, or even revealed racism. Rather, we're in an epidemic of being afraid of loss. What am I going to lose today? My freedom to walk down the street with a …
Craig Marshall Smith

For those in the middle, America is like dodgeball

One of Steve Allen’s regular comedy routines was reading letters to the editor the way he imagined the writers wrote them: angry. He’d sit at his desk wearing an upturned fedora with a press card …
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