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A booming July 4 was a bust for firefighters

The Independence Day fireworks celebrations around metro Denver were loud and boisterous -- and they kept local firefighters busy. more

Fireworks shows in Douglas County canceled due to fire danger

Three Douglas County fireworks shows planned for the Fourth of July were canceled Thursday due to fire danger. Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock, who also serves as the county fire marshal, … more

Lakewood protesters rally for Elijah McClain

For the seventh time since May, there was a protest in Lakewood against systemic racism and police brutality. But instead of George Floyd being the name in use at a June 30 protest, a different name … more

Colorado closes bars, nightclubs after young crowds spread virus

Just 12 days after Colorado allowed bars and nightclubs to open statewide, a concerning uptick in COVID-19 cases fueled by young Coloradans forced state officials to pump the brakes and close … more

Killer gets life sentence in south-metro case from 1980

It has been 40 years since Helene Pruszynski was killed, but for her family and friends, it might as well have been yesterday. more

PRIMARY 2020 | Colorado Community Media coverage

In the primary election that ended June 30, voters across metro Denver weighed in on party races for county commission, the state legislature, district attorney, the University of Colorado Board of … more

PRIMARY 2020 | Turnout highest ever for non-presidential primary election in Colorado

Secretary of State Jena Griswold deemed Tuesday’s election turnout the largest for a non-presidential primary in Colorado’s history, with more than 1.57 million people casting ballots, … more

PRIMARY 2020 | Hickenlooper to take on Republican Cory Gardner for U.S. Senate in Colorado

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner in November, voters decided in the state's Democratic U.S. Senate primary. more

PRIMARY 2020 | Takeaways: A good election for Democratic legislative hopefuls could signal a wave in November

Some takeaways from Primary 2020 for the Colorado General Assembly: Incumbents did very well, assuming the incumbent was running for the same seat they held before. That applies in the state … more

PRIMARY 2020 | King cruises to victory in Democratic 1st Judicial District DA race

Jefferson County's next district attorney will be someone who has already worked inside that office. In the party primary election that ended June 30, Alexis King, who spent 10 years working as a … more

Rally in Castle Rock to support police

Castle Rock residents rallied in support of police on June 27, drawing hundreds who marched downtown and gathered on the steps of the Castle Rock Police Department. more

The Art of the Brick welcomes guests back to DMNS

A space with about 10 million Lego bricks in it probably sounds like a dream come true for many children (and quite a few adults as well), but for artist Nathan Sawaya, that's just his workspace. … more

Residents invited to meeting on racial equality in Arvada

After dozens lined up outside Arvada City Hall every weeknight for weeks, peacefully protesting racial inequality and police brutality, the group’s organizers are planning a series of meetings with … more

Veteran Denver sports exec Jim Saccomano: Why sports matter

Denver is the smallest of the 13 U.S. cities with four professional sports teams in the National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Hockey League and National Basketball Association. … more

Virtual Garth Brooks: Drive-in concert comes to Lone Tree

The southeast parking lot of Park Meadows mall turned into a drive-in for a night. A Garth Brooks live pop-up concert took place June 27 at the Lone Tree shopping complex, attracting dozens of … more

South High one of 25 mini grant recipients

Doing historic preservation work always requires assistance to ensure that buildings, stories and resources remain available and vital. But doing that work in the midst of a global pandemic is a … more

Tri-County ramps up COVID-19 tracing effort

Tri-County Health hopes to expand its paid volunteer staff over the next month, ramping up an effort to track COVID-19’s spread through the area through contact tracing. “Contact tracing is one … more

Golden Farmers Market returns — but things look a little different

The Golden Farmers Market is back in full swing — but with a slightly different look and feel. Booths are spaced farther apart and masks and social distancing are in while free samples are out. But … more

Letters to the editor: Jefferson County

Prioritize kids As an educator, and as a parent, I have witnessed the incredible and far-reaching impact early childhood education has had on my daughter, and on kids in my classroom. Most of a … more

‘In order to find wisdom, we have to be honest with ourselves’

In the 1960s, it was the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Civil Rights Movement, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy, and the Vietnam War. In the 1980s, there was … more
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