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Mural of Kendrick Castillo unveiled in downtown Denver

A mural of Kendrick Castillo, the 18-year-old student killed in the STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting, has been unveiled in downtown Denver. The mural, showing Kendrick in a suit and tie, is …
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Englewood wine-tasting will aid ACC students

The Arapahoe Community College Foundation will host a “Grapes to Grads” wine-tasting fundraiser, an opportunity for local residents to support Arapahoe Community College students, according to a …
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Executive Director Jill Hunsaker Ryan speaks at a news conference on COVID-19 on March 3.

Colorado lowers limit on gatherings to 10 people, down from 25 in many counties

Roughly a month after raising the limit for personal gatherings in some metro Denver counties to 25 people, Colorado has cut that number back down to 10 for the vast majority of counties in the …
The COVID-19 Essentials chain recognizes that mask-wearing is more than a temporary inconvenience — it may become the norm well into 2021, or longer.

Mask store capitalizes on moment in history

Darcy Velasquez, 42, and her mother, Roberta Truax, were walking recently in the Park Meadows mall in Lone Tree, looking for Christmas gifts for Velasquez’s two children, when they spotted a store …
Masks created by a Parker-based Facebook group to donate to local hospitals.

Tri-County Health Department extends mask order 'for duration of the pandemic'

Tri-County Health Department will extend its public health order requiring mask-wearing in public spaces "for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic," the agency announced in an Oct. 20 news …

Yosemite 'smart' traffic signal project finally here

South metro residents may start to find their commutes home are quicker these days. The cities of Lone Tree, Centennial and Greenwood Village finished the installation of new “smart” traffic …
Education
Dismissals of students in response to COVID-19 cases kept Cherry Creek High senior Nicole Hill in online classes for weeks this school year.

Cherry Creek High student on quarantine: 'You realize how important those days in school are'

Like more than 1,000 of her fellow students did in the first two months of school in Cherry Creek School District, Nicole Hill landed in quarantine. But even when she reached the end of her two …
A bus pulls out of Smoky Hill High School's parking lot on Aug. 18, the first day of school for freshmen.

Cherry Creek 4A, 4B ask voters to save jobs, support mental health in school district

Cutting hundreds of teachers, nurses, mental health staff, administrators and other support employees. Continued overcrowding of elementary students on the east side of the school district. The loss …
Mike Shallenberger reacts to learning he won a $100,000 prize, most of which will go to STEM School Highlands Ranch but $30,000 is for his personal use.

STEM School Highlands Ranch teacher wins $100,000 award

A teacher at STEM School Highlands Ranch is one of three grand prize winners from a pool of 600 applicants to win a $100,000 award from the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools prize program. Engineering …
Littleton Public Schools' administration building

Littleton Public Schools mental health study complicated by pandemic

Last year, sociology professor Dr. Anna Mueller and her colleagues embarked on a study of how young people's social connections relate to suicide prevention, planning to focus on a couple normal …

Much hinges on LPS tax vote

With ballots out and Election Day looming, volunteers are going all-out for Ballot Issue 4C, which would raise property taxes in a bid to stave off major cuts to Littleton Public Schools. “We need …
Business
Patrons eating outdoors are seen through water falling from The Streets at SouthGlenn’s fountain, where small numbers of people also gathered.

Streets at SouthGlenn to bet on more housing amid retail headwinds

Centennial’s flagship shopping development, one that faces big potential changes in coming years, already has a storied past. The land where The Streets at SouthGlenn outdoor mall sits was …
Greg Reinke, owner of the Reinke Bros. costume and magic emporium, hangs out with a couple of undead horses pulling a spooky carriage in the Haunted Mansion, one of just a few haunted houses operating in the Denver area this year.

Frightful nights still on at Haunted Mansion

Sure, a lot of traditions are on hold this year, but fortunately the Reinke Bros. Haunted Mansion isn’t one of them. The epic haunted house is one of just a handful operating in the Denver metro …

First RidgeGate East housing units may break ground this year

The first housing development in RidgeGate East reached a new milestone Sept. 15, passing the Lone Tree Planning Commission. The plan could receive approval and break ground by the end of this year. …
Nathan and Louise Elinoff, owners of amusement park and children's entertainment establishments for more than 38 years, stand by the ferris wheel Oct. 1 at Lollipop Park, an indoor amusement park in the central Centennial area that announced its permanent closure in late September.

Indoor amusement park in Centennial area closes doors amid pandemic restrictions

Louise Elinoff had to make calls and cancel more than 200 birthday parties. As the state rolled out restrictions in response to the pandemic in March, Louise and Nathan Elinoff — owners of a …

Littleton to vote on retail marijuana

Littleton's three medical marijuana dispensaries could begin selling their products to recreational users, if voters approve a citizen-initiated ballot measure this fall. Listed as Ballot Question …
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