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New COVID-19 restrictions will prohibit indoor dining, personal gatherings

As Denver metro counties continue to inch closer to local stay-at-home orders under Colorado's system of coronavirus-related restrictions, the state announced a new level of rules that prohibits …
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Colorado issues order limiting indoor crowds as COVID dial expires

Colorado allowed its “dial” of coronavirus restrictions to expire as expected in mid-April, clearing the path for local public health agencies to decide what limits to enforce on businesses and …
Tegan Stiegelmar, 6, center, stares down a young boy in front of her as Zoey Stiegelmar, 4, center right, sits behind her on a merry-go-round type of ride at the July 2019 Arapahoe County Fair.

Tri-County Health talks how summer events will look amid virus

As the whirlwind of changes to public health restrictions in the Denver metro area continues, residents may be wondering what it all means for summer events and gatherings as public health officials …
Masjid Ikhlas in Northglenn, CO. The mosque, seen by many as a community hub, has been the focus of protests in recent years. In response, various community partners have rallied around the mosque to denounce the protesting.

Unity outlasts division at Masjid Ikhlas amidst years of protests

Masjid Ikhlas opened the doors of its two-story building in 1999. Through the mosque doors and up a short flight of stairs is a lobby with a rack to place shoes on. Turn left and through the hallway …
Tony Matteroli and Angel Mollel.

Big-time project leads to big-time award for BHS grad

The life of Brighton High School graduate Angel Mollel began to change earlier this year, thanks to her dad and her volunteer work. He nominated Mollel for a Denver television station’s Remarkable …

Brighton council pleased with city fraud response

City Councilors had praise for Brighton City staff and their bankers for sniffing out a fraudulent payment that could have cost the city $348,000. “The transfer went out and within 24 hours we were …
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27J Schools has new special education director

Maria Snitily is the new director of special education in 27J Schools. She replaces Mary Gomez, who is retiring after 14 years on the job. Snitily takes over July 1. Snitily comes to the district …

Grad rates improve, but officials unsure of future

Administrators and school board directors in Adams County’s largest school districts are celebrating graduation rates for the 2019-20 school years. Westminster Public Schools’ four-year …

Tri-County on board with Adams 12 in-person learning plan

Dr. John Douglas, executive director of Tri-County Health Department, gave a measured stamp of approval to Adams 12 Five Star Schools’ plan to bring secondary level students back for full-time, …
Superintendent Chris Gdowski, shown here speaking at a 2019 groundbreaking for a new career and technical school campus, is calling for a shorter quarantine period for high school athletes that have been exposed to COVID-19.

Adams 12: COVID restrictions on student-athletes are unfair

Adams 12 School District Superintendent Chris Gdowski thinks a mandatory 14-day quarantine period for student-athletes who either test positive or are potentially exposed to coronavirus isn't fair. …

Eagle Ridge Academy's Macey Lauridson signs her NLI in the school's gymnasium

Girls basketball: Eagle Ridge’s Lauridson commits to McPherson

Eagle Ridge Academy star point guard Macey Lauridson signed her National Letter of Intent to play for McPherson College in Kansas on Feb. 18. 
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Supporters of Save the Farm, a community group that opposes the proposed 233-acre Uplands development in Westminster, came out for a March 25 protest. Among issues that people expressed concern over was how much parks and open space the developer is proposing to include. The Merida family — Karl, Paloma, Rosie and Henrique—were among those at the event.

Save the Farm group prepares for decisive year

It wasn’t long after residents learned about the proposed Uplands development when they gathered at the Irving Street Library in July 2019 to form a local activist group, Save the Farm. Twenty …
A rendering of a paired home that developers are now allowed to build in Eastcreek Farm due to a zoning amendment that Thornton City Council passed at a March 23 meeting. The paired homes are within a category of housing types that the city of Thornton wants more of, according to the city’s call for a diversity of housing in the city in its 2020 comprehensive plan.

Eastcreek Farm zoning amendment tests Thornton’s newer goal to diversify housing

After a three hour long public hearing at a March 23 meeting, Thornton City Council passed a controversial zoning amendment for the Eastcreek Farm subdivision in north Thornton with a 5-3 vote. Mayor …
New houses under construction in the Willow Bend subdivision in Thornton. The Willow Bend Metropolitan District board controls homeowners’ property tax assessments to pay off subdivision debt. Employees of developer, the Lennar Corporation, occupy the majority of the seats on the board. The board composition has made circumstances difficult for the only homeowner on the board, Dwayne Bergeron.

Serving lawfully? Questions about corporate authority in Thornton subdivision

It might not be obvious that the sprawling residential construction site near Holly Street and East 144th Avenue in Thornton is also a local government: the Willow Bend Metropolitan District, …
A pepperoni pizza from the new Vito's Pizza and Pastas inside Tributary Food Hall & Drinkery in Golden.

CCM Pizza Madness Tourney 2021

Aside from perhaps coffee, there isn't another food item on earth so near and dear to a reporter's heart than pizza. It is the traditional newsroom food of Election Night. Picking up a slice is cheap …

Construction at Lennar at Buffalo Highlands, a new subdivision in eastern Commerce City. New housing development will be a key economic driver to help Adams County recover from the current recession, said economist Patty Silverstein at an Adams County Regional Economic Partnership event on March 4.

Adams Co. economic summit tries to keep spirits high

The pandemic might have done damage, but the future looks bright, was the message the Adams County Regional Economic Partnership (AC-REP) sought to send at the State of the Region event on March 4. …
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