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Rosemary DeHoyos, a volunteer from Ramos Law, helps organize supplies during the Nov. 22 Dignity Tuesday event at Golden's New Hope Community Church. About 25 local organizations and businesses partnered to give away 100 Thanksgiving meals and Christmas trees outside the BGoldN food pantry.

Dignity Tuesday returns, donates 100 Thanksgiving meals to Golden residents

On Nov. 22, the second annual Dignity Tuesday provided 100 Thanksgiving meals and Christmas trees to Golden-area households experiencing need during the holiday season.
Clear Creek County 911 dispatchers are getting increased calls from people's smartwatches in the ski slopes.

Smartwatches are calling 911 from the slopes

Clear Creek County 911 dispatchers are getting increased calls from the ski slopes, but not from people in distress — rather, their watches are calling for help when the owner takes a tumble. 
The view from the top of Mt. Evans (pictured here) is one people from all over come to see.

Mount Evans name change to Mount Blue Sky moves to governor's office for final approval

The Colorado Geographic Naming Advisory Board moved to make an official recommendation to Colorado Gov. Jared Polis to change the name of Mount Evans to Mount Blue Sky. 
Houses sit in an upscale neighborhood Nov. 21 in the east Centennial area.

Colorado’s Prop 123 affordable housing initiative could face rocky future

Voters in November also sought to reduce their taxes and, taken together, the changes could lead to difficult decisions down the road.

While retailers know online shopping provides convenience, local chambers encourage residents to spend some of their holiday budgets locally.

Consumers encouraged to keep some holiday spending local

Reality is simple: Local businesses are at a disadvantage when competing with the price and convenience of Amazon and online shopping offered through the big-box stores such as Walmart and …
Education
Teachers and others rally outside Adams City High School Nov. 18 to protest the state board of education's decision to reorganize the district.

Teachers protest order to reorganize Adams 14 district

The next installment of the dispute between the Adams 14 School District and the Colorado board of education was in the form of a Nov. 19 rally outside Adams City High School. About 30 teachers …
Otis' Jack Willeke snares this long pass against the defense of Stratton's Avery Archuleta in the second half of the teams' semifinal game in the six-man playoffs Nov. 19 in Stratton.

Small-town football: A different game, a different level of interest

STRATTON – On the Eastern Plains, football is a special breed of cat. Or eagle, as the case may be. Tucked away north of Interstate 70, an hour or so east of Limon and two or so stops …
Welchester Elementary School hosts its 20th annual chili cookoff Nov. 10, complete with a traveling trophy that the staff members compete for each year. Preschool teacher Karen Kitchner, a first-time competitor, won it Nov. 10 for her white chili.

Welchester Elementary School hosts 20th annual chili cookoff fundraiser

It may not be the Stanley Cup, but the traveling Chili Master of the Year trophy is a sought-after prize among the Welchester Elementary School staff members.
Principal Sally Mills shows the U.S. Department of Education's Blue Ribbon award, held by kindergartner Maggie Shelton, to Fairmount Elementary School students during a Nov. 9 celebration with students, staff and community members.

Fairmount Elementary School receives prestigious Blue Ribbon award

The Firebirds of Fairmount Elementary School have transformed from red to blue — burning hotter and brighter than before — as the school recently received the prestigious Blue Ribbon award.

Melissa Jacobson (left), a parent from Kullerstrand Elementary, waits for the Jeffco Board of Education’s vote on whether to close 16 elementary schools. The Board voted unanimously in favor.

Jeffco Board of Education votes to close 16 elementary schools

The Jefferson County Board of Education unanimously voted to close 16 elementary schools on Nov. 10, approving a consolidation plan initially presented to the Board by the District on Aug. 25.
Business
Luke Furey, operations manager at Golden's Colorado + 49 Cidery & Pub, assembles a flight of ciders in summer 2021. The cidery's last day will be Oct. 29, as the Wheat Ridge-based restaurant King of Wings will take over the space in November.

BizBeat: Golden's cidery says goodbye Oct. 29

It’s a sad month for Golden cider fans, as the Colorado + 49 Cidery & Pub is closing. Its final day will be Oct. 29.
Golden Moon Speakeasy and Miners Saloon host outdoor seating Aug. 27 in the 1100 block of Miners Alley. Golden City Council discontinued the Miners Alley outdoor seating program. which was been in place for about two years, after Labor Day. Plans to activate the space next summer are in the works.

Golden stakeholders will design Miners Alley activation plan by spring

While Miners Saloon and Golden Moon Speakeasy won’t have outdoor seating this fall, city officials and business owners are hoping to figure out a summertime space activation plan by April.
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.
Patrons use Miners Saloon's outdoor seating area Aug. 27. Golden City Council has opted to discontinue the outdoor seating program in Miners Alley after Labor Day.

Golden businesses fight to keep outdoor seating along Miners Alley

Miners Saloon and the Golden Moon Speakeasy are hoping to change city officials’ minds about ending their outdoor seating program after Labor Day.

Soaring home prices in metro Denver are now growing at slower rates.

Colorado supply of homes rises, prices still climb — just more slowly

From June 2021 to June this year, the number of active listings for single-family homes in the Denver metro area jumped up by about 52%. Statewide, the number saw about a 43% uptick. But despite the larger pool of options, home prices continue to climb.
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