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Arapahoe Libraries group for Black employees advocates for change

Although her job as a library specialist is great, working at Arapahoe Library District’s Koelbel Library, located in Centennial and near Greenwood Village, is “a bit of a doozy as a …
The Opioid Memorial Wall seen in the lobby of the Jefferson County Courthouse in 2018.

Arapahoe County discusses opioid settlement spending

The Arapahoe County Regional Opioid Council — comprised of 12 members including elected officials, law enforcement and social service workers — will help guide about $25 million in new spending over the next 18 years. 
An Arapahoe County building at 1690 W. Littleton Boulevard.

With eye on housing, Arapahoe County seeks changes to land code for unincorporated areas

Arapahoe County leaders said they will seek public input in the coming weeks on changes to the county’s Land Development Code for unincorporated areas in a bid to shore up its housing supply.

Multiple shots fired at Centennial homes

Investigators with Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office are asking for help finding the person, or people, who fired gunshots into multiple homes in Centennial, the agency announced in a news …
An Arapahoe County building at 1690 W. Littleton Boulevard.

Arapahoe County to form redistricting committee

Arapahoe County is seeking nine county residents to serve on a Citizen Redistricting Advisory Committee that will help shape new district boundaries for commissioners ahead of the 2024 election. 
One of the piñatas on display in Smoky Hill Library, as of Sept. 14, is of a sugar skull.

“Celebrating Mexico” piñata exhibit opens at Smoky Hill Library

A bright smile spread across Michelle Ollerton’s face as she watched her 2-year-old son, Isaac, point to the colorful piñatas hanging above them in the cafe of Smoky Hill Library, trying …
Riley is Cherry Creek School District’s first therapy dog.

Arapahoe County Sheriff swears in Riley, Cherry Creek schools’ first therapy dog

Laughter and applause erupted from the crowd as Riley, a black Labrador puppy, was sworn into office by Arapahoe County Sheriff Tyler Brown on Sept. 12 at the agency’s outdoor K-9 training …
Homes sit in a neighborhood in Littleton, part of the notably expensive Denver metro area.

Colorado home prices see short-term drop; unclear how long downslide will last

Home prices in the metro area and statewide have shown some early signs that they may be breaking the pandemic-era trend of steep increases.
Centennial City Council approved the lodging tax ballot question in a 6-3 vote during its Sept. 6 meeting.

Centennial council approves 3.5% lodging tax ballot question

Centennial residents will see a question on the November ballot to add a 3.5% city lodging tax, following Centennial City Council’s approval of the question during its Sept. 6 …
Jamaican beef patties are similar to empanadas but have a Jamaican flavor profile.

A taste of Jamaica in Centennial

Tamara Nisbeth has seen the power of recommendations, referrals and reviews firsthand.  Folks come in from the airport, luggage still in the car, and stop at her restaurant on their way to their …
Field Elementary Assistant Principal Amber Struthers, left, and Parent Teacher Organization President Amy McCandless help kindergarten students cut the ribbon on the school's new turf field.

Littleton Public Schools unveils new turf field at Eugene Field Elementary

District leaders and community members of Littleton Public Schools gathered Sept. 14 to cut the ribbon on a new turf field at Eugene Field Elementary. 

Death doulas: Normalizing discussions of death and dying

Although she’s healthy, Vanessa Johnston already has a plan for how she’d like to die. 

Emporium marks milestone

Mike Slattery is eager to celebrate a Castle Rock destination that he loves with the community that has supported it for a decade. On Oct. 1, The Emporium will mark its 10th anniversary with free …

The many metro manifestations of mango

From a refugee resources center offering an array of dine-in cuisines to a dessert bar fusing traditional Hong Kong sweets with western styles, the mango serves as a token of the wider world for a land-locked metropolitan area. 

`Recombobulation’ show runs through Oct. 29

“Combobulate” means to put something together. So, while one does not find a dictionary definition of “Recombobulation,” one can assume that it speaks of putting even more things together ... …

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Arapahoe County Sheriff Tyler Brown speaking during the Arapahoe County Racial Equity Subcommittee meeting on Sept. 19 at Ready to Work Aurora.

Discussing racial equity in the Arapahoe County justice system

When it comes to racial equity, what are the issues facing the Arapahoe County justice system and how can they be addressed?  It’s a question the Arapahoe County Racial Equity …
Frank Acosta

Acosta, Brighton police commander, dies

Former Brighton Police Department Cmdr. Frank Acosta passed away of natural causes, the city announced Sept. 23. Acosta joined the police department in February 2000. Before that, he was a state …

Classes continue at Fort Lupton HS despite circulated threats

The Weld Re-8 School District became the latest in a series of school districts to face rumored threats to school safety.   In a district website post Sept. 23, Weld Re-8 Superintendent …
Tourist ride readily available scooters around the city of Denver.

Shared electric scooters continue spread in Denver suburbs, but safety a concern

In the beginning, the scooters arrived without permission. Now, the electric devices are continuing to spread to more metro-area cities, touted as a way to reduce traffic but also feared by some …
The Colorado Department of Human Services is changing its name to reflect its renewed focus on evidence-based and trauma-informed person-first care.  

State introduces the new Office of Civil and Forensic Mental Health

The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) announced that the Office of Civil and Forensic Mental Health (OCFMH) is the new name for the former Office of Behavioral Health (OBH).
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Coming Attractions

Open the door to Denver’s spaces

For many of us, we don’t exactly know what makes a piece of architecture or interior design appealing. There’s just something about it we respond to. Fortunately, there are organizations like the …
Emily Brooks in her backyard.

Uprooting the American dream

Perhaps Americans took the title of Walt Whitman’s book of poems to his beloved country, “Leaves of Grass” too literally when they considered the American Dream.  “Whatever …
The Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra will play at Littleton United Methodist Church on Sept. 30.

Jazz orchestra to perform in church

The Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra will open the Littleton United Methodist Church Community Concert season at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 30. The church is at 5894 S Datura St., Littleton. Admission is …
Coming Attractions

Venture ‘Into the Woods’ at the Arvada Center

There are some names that stand on their own when you’re talking about the theater and Stephen Sondheim is right at the top of that list. So, when the Arvada Center announced it was kicking off its …
“Turquoise Shutters at Giverny Gardens,” an oil painting by Ivy Delon, is part of the “Far Away Places” exhibit at Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center.

Gallery hosts ‘Far Away Places’ exhibit

Stanton Gallery at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St. in downtown Littleton, hosts the latest Littleton Fine Arts Guild exhibit, “Faraway Places” through Nov. 13. The gallery is open during …
Sports

Gonzalez kicking up a ruckus for two Fort Lupton sports

For many high-school athletes, playing a sport at a varsity level is a big task within itself. Jonathan Gonzalez, a senior at Fort Lupton High School, is not only stepping up as one of the captains …

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Column: Demographics and stagflation

The world is aging, and our economy is shrinking. This is not a good combination. Let’s start with demographics. The five largest economies, U.S., China, Japan, Germany, and the U.K., have an …

From the Editor: Before you say no

This election year will have a lot of tax questions for voters to consider as they sort through ballots that are expected to hit the mail starting on Oct. 17. As our reporters have worked to break …
Michael Norton

Less is more is the way to go

As the presenter gave his opening remarks and welcomed the audience, he shared with everyone the agenda for his talk, the most important elements where he hoped they would focus, the amount of time …
Michael Norton

Column: Making the most of the upcoming season

The summer season is coming to an end, with many of us looking forward to fall. It’s been a hot summer and it will be nice to get some cool air, turning of leaves, and just a change of pace. For …

From the Editor: I have been there - Unmasking mental health can lead to help

I recently went to a benefit in Castle Pines hosted by the city and Mental Health Colorado. The event had a special theme/title – “Unmasked.” Throughout the night, people stood up and talked …
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