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Arapahoe County jail sees high need for mental health care, and it’s taken steps to respond

Roughly three in five inmates at the Arapahoe County Jail have a mental health condition, according to recent data — and that number may be even higher when taking into account substance use problems, according to Arapahoe County Sheriff Tyler Brown.

Pressure to succeed is costing kids their childhoods

As we forge forward through the 2020s, the pressure for youth to succeed is starting to impact kids as early as preschool and could be robbing of them of their childhood as societal demands create …
The clinic is located at the Arapahoe County building at 1690 W. Littleton Boulevard.

Arapahoe County launches eviction clinic to help low-income residents

The program is a partnership with Colorado Legal Services, a state-wide nonprofit providing civil legal services to low-income Coloradans.
A map shows where the proposed Environmental Education Center would be constructed at the Backcountry Base Camp area. The center would house a nature preschool, classrooms for events and camps, and offices for the backcountry staff.

Backcountry headquarters, preschool project progresses in Highlands Ranch

After six years of growing the Backcountry Wilderness Area Base Camp programs in Highlands Ranch, the community association is moving forward with designing the Backcountry Outdoor Center to …
Mayor Stephanie Piko delivered a speech at Centennial’s 16th annual State of Our City luncheon on May 12. The event, which highlighted ongoing initiatives in Centennial, was hosted at the Wings Over the Rockies Exploration of Flight facility at Centennial Airport.

Housing affordability, business viability on Centennial city officials' minds

The cost of housing has become an all-but-unavoidable issue for city officials in much of the Denver metro area, and Centennial is examining how local policy might fit into conversations about affordability.

5 tips for creating a sparkling living space this summer

(BPT) - The warmer months offer a great opportunity to refresh your living space and create a sparkling clean home for months to come.Because of their eco-friendly nature and versatility, steam …

Douglas County will not use COVID funds on San Luis Valley water project

The Douglas County commissioners have decided not to use American Rescue Plan Act dollars on a controversial water supply project but may consider it again in the future.

Lone Tree prepares for development on east side

Growth in Lone Tree is continuing to explode, hardly slowed by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, with major projects slated for the east side of the city. Mayor Jackie Millet gave the annual …

Celebrate 10 Years of California Avocado Month this June

(NewsUSA) - Ten years ago, the California Avocado Commission first observed June officially as California Avocado Month and is excited to continue celebrating this long-standing tradition. As an ode …

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David Anderson, left, is accused of sexually assaulting and murdering then 34-year-old Sylvia Quayle, right, in 1981.

Trial nears for man arrested in decades-old cold case murder of Cherry Hills resident

David Anderson, a 63-year-old Nebraska man arrested in February 2021, will stand trial June 26 in Arapahoe County court after a jury failed to reach a verdict during his first trial in early March.
A plane drops fire retardant on the Chatridge 2 wildfire in Douglas County in 2020.

1 million Colorado buildings are threatened by wildfire

Colorado faces the largest increase in homes and businesses threatened by wildfire of any state in the nation with nearly 1 million properties — two-fifths of all those in the state — already …
Participants conclude the Four Corners Prayer Run on Feb. 27 in Bluff, UT. Runners and walkers, many of Native descent participated in a relay-style run measuring a total of 232 miles through four states. The Prayer Run was organized to spread awareness of Indigenous women, men and elderly who face violence or go missing.

State to have office to investigate cases of murdered, missing Indigenous people

Colorado will form an office to bolster the state’s ability to investigate missing and murdered Indigenous people after an intensely negotiated bill passed in the final days of the state’s 2022 …
Property taxes were kept down in the 2022 legislature.

5 good ways legislature affected your wallet

From reducing Coloradans’ property tax increases to delaying a new gas fee, the Colorado legislature passed several bills this year that will directly affect your wallet. The legislation was aimed …
Bee Humphries is a registered nurse at the Gallus Medical Detox Center in Littleton.

This Littleton detox center feels like a relaxing hotel

Each private room has a queen bed covered in a plush, gray comforter, plus a flat-screen TV and a remote control to browse Netflix and Hulu. For lunch and dinner, restaurant menus circulate and meals …
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Coming Attractions

Get lost in the DMNS’ new experience

Most of what is on display in a museum is an exhibit. The focus with exhibits is to plainly educate and entertain at the same time. And then there are experiences, like the new Mazes & Brain …
Susan Cooper poses with her artwork “Corona Comfort,” created from scraps of brightly colored plexiglass, which is on display at Curtis Center for the Arts in Greenwood Village.

New and mind-bending at Curtis

Susan Cooper is a Denver-based, nationally recognized artist, known for her large works in the realm of public art, created with media including plexiglass, steel and copper, LED lighting, concrete, …
The Tesoro Indian Market and Ceremonial Dance will be held June 4-5 at The Fort Restaurant in Morrison.

Tesoro Indian Market returns

The 21st annual Tesoro Indian Market and Ceremonial Dance returns on June 4-5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of The Fort Restaurant, 19192 Highway 8, Morrison. This is just off of Highway 285. …
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Lynne Collins takes over theater at the Arvada Center

Lynne Collins has been announced as the Arvada Center’s new Artistic Director of Theatre, following the retirement of Rod A. Lansberry. Collins, the current Artistic Director of Plays, first joined …
Colorado offers multiple areas with dark skies for stargazing.

Look — up in the sky!

On a summer night long ago, we happened to be at the top of Independence Pass at midnight, after a gully-washer soaked our tent and sleeping bags at Maroon Bells Campground and it became necessary to …
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PVHS grad returns to college after Army stint

Four years of service in the Army did little to tamp down former Prairie View High School quarterback Ben Meraz’s interest in playing college football. Meraz, who graduated from PVHS in …

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Thelma Grimes

Editor's Note: Graduates’ tough choices

Over the last week, Colorado Community Media’s reporters and staff worked to cover a variety of graduations. We saw graduates talk with pride about their accomplishments and look to the future with …

Column: Find the way out to find the way forward

At some point in our lives we all experience obstacles, challenges or barriers, things that keep us from moving ahead. And sometimes we become so fixated on the problem that we actually feel stuck. …

Mother Musings: A word on kids’ activities

Kids are just so busy these days, don’t you think? They have to have a sport, good grades, speak a second language, play an instrument and still have time to have fun. Personally, I care more about …
Thelma Grimes

Editor's Note: Inflation hits hard

Recently, like many of you, my eyes popped when looking at the grand total after self-scanning a small number of groceries. How in the world I can spend $80 on a group of items that fit into one bag? …

Guest Column: The outer you reflects the inner you

Have you ever been around someone in a group setting and suddenly they say something completely out of character or unexpected? And when they realize it, they say or ask something like, “Did my …
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