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Jefferson County’s Action Center reaches $1 million goal

It hasn’t been an easy year for The Action Center, a human-services nonprofit in Lakewood that helps people in poverty: In December of last year its executive director resigned. And in June, … more

Becoming Santa: a special gift

Bryan Austin didn’t have to wait for his beard to turn white to become Santa. The 60-year-old Austin has been performing as Santa for 11 seasons and wore the red suit while his hair was still, … more

Mountain lion trapped in downtown Evergreen scare

On Nov. 12, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers tranquilized and trapped a female mountain lion in downtown Evergreen. The mountain lion attacked and killed a pet dog from the yard of a nearby … more

'A big celebration with a small-town feel'

Be it the lights along Washington Avenue, the decorations that merchants put up or the family and community festivities, Golden is the place to be for the holidays. “What makes it so special is … more

Uber driver arrested on suspicion of kidnapping

Jefferson County sheriff's deputies arrested an Uber driver Nov. 11 for a suspected kidnapping incident involving a teenaged girl in Golden. Ahmed Muse, 30, faces second-degree kidnapping, false … more

Reptiles, rodents and rabbits sometimes need shelter, too

A red-eared slider turtle is not native to Colorado. But sometimes it ends up here through the pet trade. People buy these aquatic turtles at a pet store when they're small and young. But as the … more

Don’t let your sons grow up to be YouTube stars

When I was five, my heroes were my Mom and my Dad and older brother. Just because. When I was eight, my hero was Luke Skywalker, because he had magical powers and he got to swing across the chasm … more

Pomona pieces together playoff win over Arvada West

ARVADA — Pomona was able to fit the puzzle pieces together Saturday afternoon to advance to the quarterfinals of the Class 5A football state tournament. The No. 2-seeded Panthers took a 34-7 … more

RALSTON VALLEY SHUTS OUT CHEROKEE TRAIL TO ADVANCE

ARVADA — Ralston Valley got an early jump on the rest of the Class 5A football playoff field Nov. 8 at the North Area Athletic Complex. The No. 6-seeded Mustangs was the first team to punch its … more

Children can help prepare for winter

There isn’t much time left. Children can help clean up the garden and prepare for winter. Then there is one last thing to teach children about gardening before winter sets in: planting bulbs for … more

And just like that, it’s Christmastime in the city

As I’m sitting here writing this column, the snow has been falling all day and I can hear the snowplows rumbling down the street. That song “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” keeps … more

Film fest an eclectic, inspiring showcase

When most people see red carpets, they’re on television and full of recognizable faces from the worlds of entertainment or sports. Most of us will never get to walk one, have our photos taken and … more

Letter to the editor: Celebrating American Indian heritage

During this month, our nation and the Lakewood Blue Spruce Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of the Native Americans who were the … more

Why we did not vote … and why we did

This column is not about vote shaming – we all have our reasons for what we do. Rather, it’s about what I’ve learned since the midterm elections. Did you know that Colorado’s voter turnout … more

Jeffco goes deep blue

All contested Jefferson County elected positions on the ballot this year have gone the way of the Democrats, as of Nov. 9. While candidates note that getting the job done in many of the county … more

Time to kick soccer shootouts to the curb

Driving to EchoPark Automotive Stadium for the Class 5A soccer semifinals on Nov. 7, I had visions of seeing well-played, competitive matches with no shootouts. But what did I see? A shootout. … more

Getting in the true spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday

With the Thanksgiving holiday only a couple of weeks away, it is probably time to start thinking about all of the people in our lives who we are so grateful for and who we appreciate so very much. … more

Holiday bludgeon can lead to high dudgeon

It is the first of November. I am braced for what is about to happen, against my wishes and against my will. My belief is that it comes earlier every year as an antidote to reality, as a form of … more

Faith Eagles beat defending state champs to move into playoff semis

Faith Christian and Bayfield squared off on a brilliant sunny Saturday afternoon at Faith Christian High School in a 2A State Quarterfinal. Bayfield came in as the number one overall seed and as the … more

Uniting the past, present and future

The event was something like that of time travel — both from the past and into the future. “It's exciting to be a part of my town's history,” said 11-year-old Addison Helms who has lived in … more
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