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Brauchler closes out tenure as DA

His time helming Colorado’s largest judicial district began and ended with shootings that horrified the nation. Cases like those — the 2012 Aurora theater shooting and the STEM School Highlands …
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Dominic Cain, 20, left, and Haley Leigvold, 21, sit at The Streets at SouthGlenn on inauguration day, Jan. 20.

Local residents react to Biden inauguration

In the days before inauguration day, the country saw worries that widespread unrest would mark the day Joe Biden was set to become president. In Centennial, the day appeared to go off without a …
The Melvin-Lewis Cemetery, a former part of a small community called Melvin that once sat near the Cherry Creek waterway, sits in the Pioneer Hills shopping center Jan. 14 just off Parker Road in Aurora, near Centennial.

Cemetery a historic landmark in shopping center

At the Pioneer Hills shopping center just off Parker Road, visitors can find the typical features of a suburban retail destination: a Bed Bath & Beyond, a PetSmart, a handful of chain …

Faith leaders talk of ‘opening people’s eyes’ to racism

Across the country, demonstrations over the past several months buoyed up a conversation about race and unequal treatment that protesters say still runs rampant in the lives of people of color. A …
Diners sit outside Smokin Fins in downtown Littleton on Nov. 20, hours before new orders took effect ending indoor dining in the face of surging COVID-19 numbers.

Level yellow could be weeks away for 5-Star businesses

In mid-December, businesses across Colorado saw state officials throw them what appeared to be an extra lifeline with the arrival of the “5-Star” program to allow them to operate with expanded …

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Cherry Creek superintendent to retire at end of spring semester

The superintendent of one of the largest school districts in the state will retire at the end of this school year, a letter to the community announced on Jan. 22. “It has been an honor to serve the …
Education
Smoky Hill High School Principal Chuck Puga smiled and posed for photos on Jan. 14 during a surprise celebration to commemorate his winning of the 2020 Colorado High School Principal of the Year award. He held up the commemorative clear tablet in front of a small crowd at the high school.

Smoky Hill leader awarded as Colorado High School Principal of the Year

Principal Chuck Puga keeps up a consistent presence in Smoky Hill High School's classrooms and hallways, making sure not to fall out of touch with what everyday life is like for his students. “I'm …
Heritage High School senior Charlotte Coleman disinfects her desk after class last fall.

For LPS, transition presents challenges

Eliot Ewy was getting pretty tired of online school. After Littleton Public Schools returned to all-online instruction in November, the 7-year-old first-grader at Centennial Elementary spent the tail …
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 School District students back for in-person classes

Cherry Creek School District returned to an in-person learning schedule for all grades on Jan. 11, with elementary students attending five days a week while middle and high school students attend on …

Littleton Public Schools launches search for new board member

As Carrie Warren-Gully leaves the Littleton Public Schools Board of Education for her new role as a county commissioner, district officials say her replacement should be someone who is ready to leave …

Teachers must wait for COVID-19 vaccine in Colorado as others given priority

Teachers and other school staff must wait for COVID vaccinations until after first responders and people 70 and older are vaccinated, state officials told local public health agencies Jan. 5. The …
Business
Donna Reed, co-owner of Reeds Tavern, is optimistic about the future of the restaurant through the pandemic based on their experience and the innovations they've made to their business since it started.

Entertaining new ideas

On her commute home Jan. 6, Donna Reed, with her husband Brian and brother-in-law Scott, paused to appreciate a moment she had not felt in almost a year: leaving work before sunset. Throughout the …

Arapahoe County approved for Five-Star program

Arapahoe County received state approval to join the Five-Star Recovery Program on Dec. 30, allowing qualifying restaurants and other businesses to loosen their COVID-19 restrictions, just hours …

Vectra Bank to build combined headquarters in metro area

Vectra Bank is confident in its business plan moving forward despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. To demonstrate that confidence to employees, partners and current customers, the bank celebrated a …
John Busick, 33, checks out an interactive display in the vacant former Petco building in west Centennial. Busick has lived for six years in the area near the University Towne Center shopping development, where the former Albertsons and Petco sit.

‘Sparking’ business and some fun in Centennial

In a vacant storefront at a major intersection in west Centennial, an unusual sight popped up in December. A flashy display with changing lights, artsy trappings and a voice recording of instructions …

Shannon Sullivan, 54, right, talks over a drink at a fire-pit table on Dec. 11 with Julie Wismann, 44, at 2 Penguins Tap and Grill in central Centennial. The two friends from Aurora said they're trying to support local businesses who are struggling under Colorado's public health restrictions aimed at combating the coronavirus.

Diners 'want to support independent businesses,' Centennial restaurant owner sees

Business owners have to try anything in this environment, said Steven Langer, owner of 2 Penguins Tap and Grill in central Centennial. That's why Langer created a drive-thru lane to serve his …
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