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To make online learning work, Jefferson County teachers get creative

Every year at Arvada's Drake Middle School, students taking family and consumer science look forward to the cooking unit above all. So, when teacher Kristina Herrin learned that the unit would …
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Colorado stay-at-home order likely to extend past April 11

Colorado's steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 appear to be paying off, but the statewide stay-at-home order will likely be extended past its initial expiration date of April 11, Gov. Jared Polis …
In an April 2019 match, Ralston Valley freshman Nick Gates, right, avoids Golden senior Ben Brock as he looks to get off a shot at the North Area Athletic Complex.

Jeffco sports spring trips, games canceled

In the second week of March, the Wheat Ridge High boys’ baseball team learned that the team’s spring break trip, a tournament in Phoenix, had been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A …
Big Ring Cycles owner Seth Wolins and bike service professional Phil Dixon inside the shop on March 26.

”At some point, it is going to hurt a lot”

At most stores, customers are welcome — even encouraged — to touch and pick up merchandise as they browse. But as of March 26, that's no longer the case at Big Ring Cycles in Golden. For now, if …
Bags of vegetables available for pick-up at Tributary Farmer's Market.

Tributary Food Hall is temporarily becoming a gourmet grocery store

Goldenites have come to know Golden's Tributary Food Hall & Drinkery to enjoy a meal and cocktail. But, with on-premises eating and drinking put on hold by COVID-19, Tributary's owners are hoping …

Major disaster declaration approved for Colorado

The federal government approved a major disaster declaration for the effects of COVID-19 in Colorado, the governor's office announced March 28. The declaration allows Colorado to receive assistance …
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Jeffco Schools will notify affected individuals but not communities

Jeffco Public Schools sent a March 23 letters to families saying that, because COVID-19 has become so widespread, when a member of a school community tests positive for the illness, the district will …
Lakewood High sophomore Morgan Fritzler completes classwork from her Arvada home. "It's an adjustment to the way I've been learning for so long," she said.

Here's what remote learning looks like in Jeffco

March 12, Jeffco Public Schools announced it would be closing all school buildings the following week, leaving district and school employees a matter of days to ensure that, by March 17, tens of …
An early exploratory rendering of the Beck Venture Center at the corner of 18th Street and Washington Avenue.

Mines to get new business center following gift

The parents of two recent Colorado School of Mines graduates have made a multimillion-dollar challenge gift to fund a new business venture center on the university's campus. The challenge funds from …
The top 10 designs for this year’s Never Summer snowboard design contest for Warren Tech students. Designs in the top row, from left to right, are by Jake Redfoot, Kyle Schwartz, Gracie Gish, Logan Wicke and Venice Garcia. In the second row, Anna Hayes, Harley Cohen, Spades Williams, Carisa Rosales, Riley Roberts.

Warren Tech student snowboards for sale after contest

For its seventh year, snowboard company Never Summer is selling boards created by Warren Tech students after about 90 teenagers from the school’s graphic design department competed to submit …

Colorado school testing canceled this year amid COVID-19 concern; AP testing moves online

On March 17, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) released a statement saying end-of-the-year assessments including the Colorado Measures of Academic Success, or CMAS, “will be paused for …
Business
Austin Adamson, co-owner and distiller at Lakewood distillery Ballmer Peak, adjusts the equipment that distills ethanol to be made into hand sanitizer. "This is an effort to get more hand sanitizer to the people who want it and calm some of the panic," Adamson said..

Distilleries lend a hand to meet demand

Around the time a national increase in COVID-19 cases began leading to product shortages, Spring44 Distilling in Loveland planned to make one highly demanded product — hand sanitizer — on-site. …

ToGoDenver.com helps restaurants amid pandemic

Statewide mandated dine-in closures, issued to curb the spread of the coronavirus, have left local restaurants scrambling to stay afloat and keep their staff employed. Many now offer curbside …
Priscilla Freed, right, owner of Camp MissFits in Littleton, and Jess Gerard lead a virtual workout class for their clients at home March 19. Freed said before the pandemic broke out she wanted to implement virtual workouts within about two years.

Fitness center keeps its clients moving virtually amid pandemic

The future came fast for Priscilla Freed. The owner of Camp MissFits, a women's fitness center in Littleton, started her first virtual workouts March 17 in a new space large enough to accommodate a …
The emergency entrance to Littleton Adventist Hospital.

Denver metro area hospitals prepare for surge of COVID-19 patients

For the past two weeks, managers and administrators at Littleton Adventist Hospital have been meeting as many as six times a day. Those meetings, which are part of the hospital's emergency …

Dan Wisecup is a regular at Indochine Cuisine in downtown Parker, talks with owner Yume Tran. March 17 marked the first day of a 30-day ban on dine-in service at bars and restaurants, so, mindfully social distancing and wearing rubber gloves, he picks up a take-out dinner at the restaurant instead.

Colorado economists: 'We're in uncharted waters' but no reason to panic

March 17 was the first day of Yume Tran's new normal. The owner of Indochine Cuisine in downtown Parker, a Thai and Vietnamese staple of 17 years, sat at one of the dozens of empty tables in the …
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