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Haze obscures the Denver skyline as seen in an aerial view.

Ozone worsens along Front Range; answers elusive

The worst ozone year in recent history on the northern Front Range boosted pollutant violations in a rolling three-year average closely watched by the EPA, state officials said Oct. 21, though they …
An emergency-department patient at Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree in 2020.

Colo. hospital ICUs fill up amid COVID surge

Gov. Jared Polis issued his most urgent plea in months Oct. 21, asking Coloradans to get vaccinated against coronavirus in order to break a continued surge in hospitalizations that left the state …
Colorado state Rep. Kevin Van Winkle, R-Highlands Ranch, attends the unveiling of a portrait of then-President Donald Trump at the Colorado Capitol in 2019.

Maps mean tough choices for some lawmakers

One Democratic state senator was drawn into a district that now leans heavily in Republicans’ favor. A GOP House member, meanwhile, will run in a district that’s now solidly Democratic. And a …

Election 2021: How to vote at a glance

Here are some fast facts about this year’s election.

Douglas County School District sues county health department over masks

The Douglas County School District and families of students at high risk of COVID-19 are suing the local health department over a public health order allowing people to opt out of masking.
Education
A boy listens to his headphones as Douglas County Health Board members debate allowing students and teachers to opt out of masking mandates in schools at an Oct. 8 special meeting.

Douglas County Health Board approves opting out of school mask mandates

The Douglas County Health Department will allow people to opt out of any local masking requirements under a new health order aimed at curbing masking mandates in schools.

Unspecified threat postpones BHS homecoming dance

Brighton High School postponed its homecoming dance Oct. 2 because of what an Instagram post termed "an unspecified threat." The post said the threat came to light at midafternoon.  The …
Students listen in during an English class at Arapahoe Community College Monday, Sept. 27.

Free community college proposal excites Colorado students, educators

After graduating from high school, Jake Smith didn't think he'd make it in college. He struggled academically and he didn't have the money to afford more education until he joined the Army.  For …

27J district in need of staff

The nationwide hiring shortage hit 27J Schools. "We are in a terrible staff shortage situation all over the district," said district spokewoman Janelle Asmius. "Our regular operations have already …

Students stand in line at Rolling Hills Elementary School in unincorporated Arapahoe County on Aug. 18, the first day of the academic year with all grade levels in school in the Cherry Creek School District.

Colo. schools that require masks have lower COVID rates

Colorado’s school-aged children are experiencing the highest rates of coronavirus infection among any age group in the state right now. But state health officials on Sept. 23 presented new data …
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An oil well pumpjack at sunrise in eastern Colorado.

Oil & gas firm slapped with Colo.’s 2nd-largest state fine ever

After concluding that oil and gas operator KP Kauffman Co. had engaged in “a pattern of violations,” fines for the company were boosted to $2 million, the second-largest penalty ever issued by …
An Adams County employee makes her selection at the newly opened Mountain View Cafe in the Human Services Building in Westminster. County officials were on hand to open the cafeteria Sept. 15 that will provide jobs services and experience for food service workers.

Job training on the menu at Westminster's Mountain View Cafe

There are two benefits to the Sept. 15 grand opening of the Work Options Mountain View Cafe in Westminster, according to Adams County officials. First, it will provide job training for Adams County …
Lydia Jumonville, SCL chief executive officer

SCL, Intermountain Health announce merger

SCL Health, which runs Platte Valley and Lutheran medical centers, and Utah-based Intermountain Health announced their intent to merge Sept. 16. When complete -- perhaps early next year -- the …
Blair Hamill reaches for a coaster in the Travel Posters warehouse in Englewood Sept. 8.

Love for public lands is at heart of Englewood business

Blair Hamill was looking for a way to make a living as an artist — for something that would unite his love of this country’s public lands with his talent as a landscape painter and his experience …

Lone Tree Brewing Co. took bronze in the American Fruit Beer category for its Lone Tree Peach Pale Ale at the 2021 Great American Beer Festival awards.

Local breweries honored in 2021 Great American Beer Festival awards

Local breweries are among the winners of 2021 Great American Beer Festival awards. The Boulder-based Brewers Association presented gold, silver and bronze medals in 97 categories Sept. 10 as part of …
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