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VIDEO: Commerce City police searching for two burglary suspects

COMMERCE CITY -- Police are looking for at least two suspects involved in a series of commercial burglaries and auto thefts over the past several months in the Denver area. Commerce City …
Lifeguard Aubrey Pierce, 18, poses for a portrait while on duty at the top of the slides at H2O'Brien Pool in Parker.

Staffing shortages causes Pirate's Cove water park to close every Monday for remainder of summer

Amid reports of staffing shortages at swimming pools throughout Colorado, Governor Jared Polis announced new efforts to prevent shortages, including a new grant program to help offer higher pay, a …
An Arapahoe County building at 1690 W. Littleton Boulevard.

Arapahoe County names board members, sole finalist for director of new health department

Following the breakdown of Tri-County, which for more than 50 years had been delivering health services to Adamas, Arapahoe and Douglas counties, Arapahoe has been in a race against time to stand up its own health department by Jan. 1, a day after Tri-County's services are set to end. 
In 2012, Tony Galasso opened GeJo’s Original Italian Restaurant & Lounge. The building once housed GeJo’s IV, a restaurant opened by Galasso’s father in 1979 but sold to a business partner in the mid-1980s.

Restaurateur carries on the family tradition

The Galassos have been serving marinara-topped pasta, Italian-influenced sandwiches and hand-stretched pizza in Centennial for a decade now, but the family’s culinary roots in Colorado actually …

NoCo Ladies for Liberty, which formed this year, brought a group to the state Capitol earlier this year to protest an abortion rights bill.

How the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade will affect abortion-access in Colorado

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday morning overturned Roe v. Wade, ending nearly five decades of federal abortion protections. The vote was 6-3. Justice Samuel Alito authored the majority …
Education
Members of the Douglas County School Board discuss trust and air differences in a Feb. 4 meeting. Trust came up again in the June 21 meeting when the board discussed community opposition to a bond and/or mill levy override. Survey results showed a lack of trust in the district and how it spends its money is a main reason voters don't support a new funding initiative.

Douglas County School District intends to put MLO/bond question on November ballot

Douglas County School District’s Board of Education voted 6-0 to notify the Douglas and Elbert county clerks that they plan to put one or two questions on the November ballot regarding school funding.
The Douglas County School District's records custodian is being sued for refusing to turn over documents that four school board members received before taking office.

Douglas County School District faces new open records lawsuit

The Douglas County School District is being sued again over alleged violations of the Colorado Open Records Act for not releasing copies of documents school board members used in a retreat.
The Douglas County School District is hosting forums with the superintendent to discuss the district's funding.

Douglas County School District hosting online funding forums

Douglas County School District is hosting three virtual forums with Superintendent Erin Kane to discuss the district’s funding situation ahead of potentially asking for a mill levy override or bond.
Over 30 years, tuition costs have increased 169%

The cost of college is driving students down

For many students attending college or preparing to start that educational journey, the cost weighs heavy. Teenagers and young adults suffer from anxiety and struggle with mental health more than …

Members of the Douglas County School Board discuss trust and air differences in a Feb. 4 meeting.

Douglas County School District continues bond, MLO talks

The Douglas County School Board will likely decide next month whether to ask voters for a bond or a mill levy override after hearing polling results and the recommendation of the Mill Bond …
Business
The lot at 221 Wilcox Street will be redeveloped as a five-story, mixed-use project featuring retail, restaurant and office space, as well as 28 apartment units.

Castle Rock downtown redevelopment gets go ahead

Castle Rock’s Downtown Development Authority is moving forward with its latest redevelopment project to bring new housing, office and retail options to Wilcox Street thanks to initial council …
Amy Lunstra, right, taught students with special needs at ThunderRidge High School before becoming the owner of Festive Cup.

Coffee, gifts and inclusivity

Amy Lunstra, the owner of Festive Cup Coffee and Gift Boutique, has a vision.  “We’re trying to provide opportunities where the adults that we’re supporting find value in their job and …
Chirs Webb, managing partner of Proud Souls’ Littleton location, was named Grand Champion at the 2021 Smoke & Soul Fest in Casper, Wyoming.

Proud Souls BBQ headed to Frisco festival

With 100 racks of ribs, Proud Souls Barbecue & Provisions is taking up its usual post at the 27th annual Frisco BBQ Challenge, which is back after a two-year hiatus. “It’s just a great …
Star Harbor Academy, to be built in Lone Tree, is envisioned to be a multi-faceted space business, providing training for spaceflight, supporting research and development efforts in the industry and helping educate people on space discoveries and potentials.

Star Harbor to bring public spaceflight training to Lone Tree

Lone Tree is getting the first public spaceflight training facility for aerospace professionals and enthusiasts alike. Star Harbor Academy, started by a collection of aerospace professionals, …

Stu Robinson has catered parties and events in Colorado since 2013.

Serving up smoked goodness in Lone Tree

Missy and Stu Robinson want to cultivate an appetite for their barbecue and for the homey, intimate place they serve it from.  “Hopefully we are giving you that craveable experience where you want …
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