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Protesters march in Parker to decry racial injustice, police brutality

Hundreds marched through downtown Parker the evening of June 4 in solidarity with the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement.
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Colorado state Rep. Leslie Herod, D-Denver, surrounded by family members of men who died at the hands of law enforcement, discusses her proposed bill on police accountability to a crowd assembled at the Capitol to protest the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd.

Law enforcement bristles at Colorado legislature's sweeping police reform bill

“We are disgusted by the behavior of the officers in Minnesota,” Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock told members of the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. “Those were bad cops, and if they work for any sheriff in this room they would have been fired just the same.”

Colorado Democrats unveil plan for $70M in federal coronavirus aid, including small business loans and renter help

Democrats in the Colorado legislature announced a slate of initiatives Thursday to spend $70 million in federal coronavirus aid, including a grant program to help small businesses recover from the …
The Colorado State Capitol in Denver.

Colorado House approves 2020-21 budget, heads to state Senate

The Colorado House, on a 41-23 party-line vote, approved the 2020-21 state budget and sent it on to its next stop, the state Senate. As sent over by the House, the budget is out of balance. But …
Demonstrators gathered the night of Thursday, May 28, at the Colorado state Capitol in Denver to protest the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.

Polis encourages protesters to get COVID-19 test

“What happened to George Floyd was not only wrong; it was brutal, it was inhumane and it was murder,” Polis said at a June 2 news conference.

The Centennial Civic Center, the city hall, at 13133 E. Arapahoe Road.

Centennial allows restaurant seating on streets, sidewalks

As Colorado officials rolled out the rules restaurants must follow to open for dine-in service, the City of Centennial announced it temporarily would allow new outdoor-seating options to help …
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Cherry Creek School District sees ‘multi-year impact’ on budget from COVID-19

For the first time in recent history, Cherry Creek School District officials faced a possible decline in student enrollment, creeping closer and expected soon. Fueling growth in the district’s east …
The Cherry Creek School District administration building at 4700 S. Yosemite St. in Greenwood Village. The district covers parts of Centennial, Cherry Hills Village, Englewood, Greenwood Village, Aurora, Foxfield and unincorporated Arapahoe County.

Cherry Creek plans July graduations, braces for fall changes

Most families across metro Denver won’t be able to cram into arenas to watch their high school students walk across the stage this year, but Cherry Creek School District hopes the rite of passage …
Michael Rinaldo, a senior from Grandview High School, poses May 19 for a photo next to his graduation-themed lawn sign from the school district.

A sign of the times for Cherry Creek Schools seniors

The neighborhood landscape throughout the Centennial area saw a subtle makeover this graduation season as lawn signs popped up at homes of Cherry Creek School District’s graduating seniors. …
Graduates of the Class of 2020 from high schools in Arapahoe County.
In Their Own Words

Class of 2020, Arapahoe County: Together, apart

Part of a series on the graduating class of 2020.

Activity book for students to focus on financial literacy

Economic Literacy Colorado has partnered with Bellco Credit Union to create an activity book for elementary students so they can further the conversation about financial literacy with their parents …
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A sparse scene at Palenque, formerly Adelita’s, on Main Street on May 27.

Some Littleton eateries reopen dining rooms

Your table is ready. More than two months after COVID-19 shutdowns began, state officials allowed restaurants to begin dine-in service again on May 27, and while some Littleton restaurants were ready …
Patrons play guitar at Grande Station on Main Street on May 27. Littleton will soon begin closing Main Street through downtown on weekends to allow restaurants to serve guests at outdoor tables.

Littleton's Weekends on Main: Don’t call it a street festival

Main Street in downtown Littleton will soon play host to outdoor dining on weekends, but don’t think of it as a street festival. City officials announced they received approval from the Tri-County …
Sierra restaurant in Lone Tree has reopened its dining room. It typically employs 100 people but during the pandemic kept 10 to 15 people working in staggered shifts. On May 18, masked workers cooked up takeout and delivery orders.

Colorado may consider small-business relief fund

Eateries across Colorado are now allowed to resume sit-down service, but Gov. Jared Polis acknowledged “the pain our restaurants have been through” during the state's closure of dine-in service. …
A steady stream of people stopped by C&C Coffee and Kitchen on May 12. Some hoped to order food and found the restaurant closed. Others taped cash donations to the storefront. A few came simply to see the spectacle.

Castle Rock coffee shop files lawsuit over shutdown

The Castle Rock restaurant that drew national attention for opening to in-person dining on Mother's Day in defiance of state and public health orders is suing the governor along with state and local …

A rendering of the 67-unit affordable housing complex planned for RidgeGate Station.

Lone Tree's 1st affordable housing planned at RidgeGate East

Two apartment complexes are scheduled to break ground in 2021 near the RidgeGate RTD light rail station, including Lone Tree's first affordable housing development at RidgeGate East. The RidgeGate …
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