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A rundown abandoned cabin near Evergreen has been transformed into a community library.

A little library in the forest connects neighbors during COVID-19 (VIDEO)

On a forested mountain outside of Evergreen, at 8,500 feet elevation, Mary O’Rourke was inspired by COVID-19 to create a Little Free Library for her community.
Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader addresses the Jeffco commissioners during a virtual commissioners meeting on July 28.

Sheriff: Jeffco seeing increase in violent crime

As law enforcement nationwide operates in an environment beset by issues ranging from the COVID-19 crisis and continuing unrest about racial justice and policing practices, Jefferson County’s …
Former Littleton Mayor Phil Cernanec, left, gives Bonnie Douglas a “trishaw” ride through Hudson Gardens on July 28. Cernanec helped found Littleton’s chapter of Cycling Without Age, which takes seniors on rides around town.

On ‘trishaw’ rides in Littleton, seniors find freedom from isolation

Like many senior-community residents in the age of COVID-19, Bonnie Douglas endures a lot of boredom and loneliness. With seniors at heightened risk from the novel coronavirus, senior facilities have …

Lower positive case rate in Jeffco even as total cases rise

While case and hospitalization numbers continue to rise, Jefferson County's top public health official says there is some good news when it comes to the county's recent efforts to manage its recent …

Beverly Grant teaches a yoga class at the Dahlia Campus of the Mental Health Center of Denver in February. In dealing with her son’s violent murder, the fear over the coronavirus pandemic and the stress of coping with systemic racism, Grant has found strength and peace through yoga.

Co-op seeks to heal racial trauma with yoga

Beverly Grant spent years juggling many roles before yoga helped her restore her balance. When not doting over her three children, she hosted her public affairs talk radio show, attended community …
Education
Among concerns expressed by protesters at a rally to reopen Douglas County schools on July 31 was childcare for families with working parents.

Parent protesters urge full reopening of Douglas County schools

Parents rallied in Castle Rock Friday, calling for Douglas County schools to fully reopen this school year.
Two N95-type face masks, or respirators, at left. On right, a third respirator, an N100-type mask.

Teachers across Colorado to get supply of masks

Colorado will provide hundreds of thousands of medical-grade masks to schools in every district across the state, Gov. Jared Polis has announced. “We will be supplying every teacher in the state …
Then-fifth-grader Ryland Aden and pre-schooler Gwen Basinger chose backpacks and binders for the 2019-2020 school year at last year's school supply event.

Changes to Action Center's annual school supplies event

Starting school off with the right supplies is important for students every year, said said Pam Brier, the center's executive director. And that's especially true as students are preparing to return …
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Four questions with Dr. Jason Glass

On July 10, the Board of Education in Kentucky named Jason Glass as its next Commissioner of Education. Glass has been superintendent of Jeffco Public Schools since 2017 and will continue to serve in …

Colorado releases coronavirus reopening guidance for schools

Colorado health and education officials on Monday issued guidance to school districts that allows for in-person learning in the fall with restrictions, especially for older students, aimed at …
Business
Serasana Littleton has been offering free yoga classes to the community at Shaffer Elementary School. Molly Thorne, owner of Serasana Littleton, said 50 to 70 residents have been attending each class.

Surviving a pandemic as a new business

After working in marketing and sales for nearly 20 years, Molly Thorne grew restless and knew she wanted to do something that made people feel good. She always had a dream in the back of her mind to …

Restaurant, bar owners sue to overturn Colorado's COVID-19 capacity limits

The Tavern League of Colorado, which represents 200 alcohol-serving establishments, has filed a lawsuit against the state public-health department for imposing numerical caps on their capacity in an …

Jeffco variance in danger as COVID-19 cases rise, JCPH says

As COVID-19 case counts continue to rise sharply in Jeffco, Jefferson County Public Health's Executive Director is warning the county is in danger of losing a variance that allows larger gatherings …
Face masks on sale at Golden Goods in downtown Golden.

Golden City Council mandate masks be worn in public

The Golden City Council has unanimously voted to pass an emergency ordinance requiring face coverings to be worn inside businesses and in public situations where social distancing cannot be …

Eddie Renshaw stands outside the King of Wings restaurant. Renshaw owns the new restaurant with his partner, Evan Pierce.

A palace for King of Wings in Wheat Ridge

Four months into a pandemic might not seem like a great time to open up a new restaurant and bar. But it’s been working out pretty well so far for Eddie Renshaw and Evan Pierce. After five years of …
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