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New COVID-19 restrictions will prohibit indoor dining, personal gatherings

As Denver metro counties continue to inch closer to local stay-at-home orders under Colorado's system of coronavirus-related restrictions, the state announced a new level of rules that prohibits …
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The Melvin Schoolhouse — built in the early 1900s and later moved to the campus of Smoky Hill High and Laredo Middle schools — sits at that location in August. It’s just south of East Smoky Hill Road near where east Centennial meets Aurora.

Melvin School at Smoky Hill a piece of history

Sitting between Smoky Hill High and Laredo Middle schools is an old, small building that sticks out: the Melvin School, which has also been called the Melvin Schoolhouse Museum-Library, according to …
Students and staff bid farewell toward the end of Littleton Public Schools’ 10th annual Poetry Slam -- the first held virtually.

Broadcasting from homes, young poets bare their souls

There was no auditorium for Littleton Public Schools’ 10th annual Poetry Slam. No crowd. The applause was pre-recorded. But the students, now on their ninth month since COVID-19 upended their young …
Break Bread volunteer Barb Lee hauls a load of dinners to her car before driving them to local senior homes on Nov. 11. Break Bread has evolved in the COVID era to feed many times more people than before.

How Break Bread broke out to send love

Three years ago, Break Bread started bringing together neighbors for weekly meals, with the idea of feeding people hungry not just for a good meal but for companionship. The nonprofit served a …

Colorado Legislature eyes small-business, housing relief

As Gov. Jared Polis announced a new round of coronavirus-related restrictions that harken back to the kinds of orders Coloradans saw near the start of the pandemic, the governor announced he would …

Tri-County Health chief 'cautiously optimistic' about level red COVID-19 restrictions

Last spring as the pandemic emerged, health officials thought “we need to throw the kitchen sink at it” because there was no time to spare and less was known about the virus, said John Douglas, …
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The Littleton Public Schools administration building.

Littleton Public Schools switches to remote learning in face of climbing COVID numbers

Littleton Public Schools will switch to all-remote learning beginning Nov. 17 and running through the rest of the fall semester in the face of climbing COVID-19 numbers, according to an announcement …

As nearby districts go online, Littleton Public Schools hopes to stay in-person

As COVID-19 cases surge and metro area school districts switch back to remote learning, Littleton Public Schools officials say they want to maintain in-person learning as long as possible. As of the …
A bus pulls out of Smoky Hill High School's parking lot on Aug. 18, the first day of school for freshmen in Cherry Creek School District.

Cherry Creek School District moves entirely to online classes as Arapahoe County virus spike continues

As the daily rate of new COVID-19 cases continues on a steep climb in Arapahoe County, Cherry Creek School District announced that all students who attend in-person classes will move to online …

Littleton Public Schools wins tax increase to offset faltering state support

Littleton Public Schools will stave off what district officials called catastrophic cuts after voters solidly approved Ballot Issue 4C, which raises property taxes to make up for eroding state …

Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village.

Cherry Creek School District's 4A, 4B sail through with conclusive early results

A pair of ballot measures aimed at staving off deep cuts and widespread layoffs in Cherry Creek School District appeared on track for an easy win on Election Night. Voters voiced wide support of …
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The Barsness family has lived in unincorporated Douglas County near Roxborough Park for about three years. Pictured from left to right are Sarah, Dean, Susan and Jonathan.

Gelato shop aims for sweet success

The Barsness family has always loved a cup of gelato. From their trips to Italy to vacations in the Cayman Islands, the four-member family frequently finds themselves at the counter of a shop selling …
A real estate availability sign at The Jones District in March 2019, located near East Mineral Avenue along Interstate 25 in Centennial. Brue Baukol, the company that owns the developable land, intends to sell parcels, or pieces of land, to other developers or possibly develop the land itself over time.

Jones District development moves along: 5 things to know

A development that could change the skyline in the south Denver metro area may take as long as 20 more years to reach completion, but the groundwork to move it past its current status as a mostly …
Kiewit's 400,000 square-foot campus is starting to take shape. Facing the front door of the first building, Eric Roumph, project manager, adjusts his face mask--just one of the protocols Kiewit required of employees on its site since the pandemic started.

Collaboration, community are key for Kiewit campus

Lone Tree's newest corporate citizens plan to open the doors to the first of its two buildings next summer, officials say. Kiewit Corp., a multibillion-dollar engineering and construction firm based …
The new location of Slim Chickens, a fast-casual chicken restaurant, takes shape near East Smoky Hill Road in Centennial on Oct. 26. It’s expected to open its doors in early November.

Fast-casual chicken spot Slim Chickens to open on Smoky Hill Road

Byron and Kristen Wheeler have been in the restaurant business for years, amassing a large number of fast-food locations they run in the Denver metro area. “It’s been part of our lives as long as …

The COVID-19 Essentials chain recognizes that mask-wearing is more than a temporary inconvenience — it may become the norm well into 2021, or longer.

Mask store capitalizes on moment in history

Darcy Velasquez, 42, and her mother, Roberta Truax, were walking recently in the Park Meadows mall in Lone Tree, looking for Christmas gifts for Velasquez’s two children, when they spotted a store …
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