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Ceremony a ‘beautiful moment’ for new citizens

A group of 51 youths from around the Denver area became United States citizens Nov. 30 at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Centennial. The naturalization ceremony, which took …
Election 2018
Nik Slater and Kay Slater, supporters of the Jefferson County Public Schools' 5A and 5B watch nervously at 240 Union as the results come in Nov. 6.

Results leave funding for Jeffco schools uncertain

Early results released by the Colorado Secretary of State at 10:10 p.m. show support for the Jefferson County Public Schools bond and mill levy override is split: 51.67 percent are saying yes to …

Lakewood voters say yes to ballot issue 2D

Lakewood voters have said yes to a special ballot question in which $12.5 million will go toward projects that the city has identified as community needs...
Lesley Dahlkemper smiles and greets people on Nov. 6 at the 2018 Jeffco Dems Election Night Celebration at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel in Lakewood.

Dahlkemper wins race for Jefferson County commissioner

Although close, the first results of the polls at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6, show that Democrat candidate Lesley Dahlkemper is leading with 54.74 percent of the vote for Jefferson County commissioner. Tina …

Localhost esports arena opens in Lakewood

Charlie Boyd has religiously watched competitive esports, or competitive video game industry for nearly seven years. He spends a lot of his time playing the Rainbow Six Siege video game, as well as …

Rose Stein children building gingerbread, and connections

Fifth grade students from Rose Stein International Elementary School visited seniors at the Village at Belmar, a senior living community, on Dec. 7. Together, the students and seniors enjoyed a lunch …

My Name Is... Josiah Medina

I graduated from Bear Creek High School in Lakewood in 2012. I tried college, but it just didn’t work out for me as much as I wanted it to. Now, I currently work at Faith Mountain Church in …

Former Lakewood Police officer arrested on sex assault allegation

Former Lakewood Police officer Randall Shaun Butler has been arrested on sexual assault allegations. Butler, who has been a member of the Lakewood Police Department since 2013, was arrested in the …

News

Meth playing bigger role in overdose crisis, officials say

A bigger share of U.S. drug overdose deaths are being caused by methamphetamine, government health officials reported. The number of fatal overdoses involving meth more than tripled between 2011 and …

Life

Intriguing new play goes in uncharted directions

One walks through the edge of Adam and Greg’s simple living room on the way to a seat for Benchmark Theatre’s world premiere production of “What You Will” by local playwright Jeffrey Neuman. …

Sports

Looking back at strong showings in fall season

Snow and cold weather was around for the kickoffs during the last few games of the football season, but the winter sports season has started and all games/matches are inside. So let it snow, let it …

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Editorial cartoon for December 13

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Winning Words

Earning loyalty and trust, building commitment and love

Loyalty is earned when trust is present. Zig Ziglar always said, “Trust is a transference of feeling.” He also would focus on the two letters in the middle of the word trust, “U and S, or …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Rolling Stones 2019 — old boys’ club is nothing like old times

Gimme shelter and gimme money. Tickets to see the Rolling Stones next year at whatever the stadium here is called go for (went for) $49 to $850 (without fees), and some special seats go for (went …

Letter to the editor: Big announcement’s hard costs

How is it that nowhere in the “Xcel Energy’s 100 percent carbon free’ 2050 pipe dream” is the cost of reinventing the power grid mentioned? Shouldn’t every household in Xcel’s iron …

Letter to the editor: Enough with the new system

Wow, seeing all my fellow Citizens frustrations, ideas and issues in this past two year late opening of passenger rail to Wheat Ridge and Arvada, the “G Line” is strange?This line gives our area …
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Eleven families now have a place to call home

The apartment was sparsely furnished, the walls bare. Light from the windows illuminated the living room, showing a couch, chair, side table and table with a computer, which acted as the TV. But the …
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Off the streets with a grandson to raise

“What’s not to love about raising a 6-year-old boy?” Melissa Winters asked. Winters, 54, who is about nine months away from earning her massage therapy licensure, is raising her grandson Jaiden …

Homelessness Q and A: Dave Runyon

Tell me about your experience working with homelessness and the factors that cause it? The root causes of homelessness are mental health issues, long term addictions and a lack of affordable housing. …
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Homelessness Q and A: Pam Brier

What’s your experience working with homelessness and the factors that cause it? In my current role with the Women’s Bean Project in Denver I have worked closely with many women experiencing …
Challenges remain
A homeless man and woman sit on a bench along Colfax during a January evening earlier this year. There is no permanent shelter for the homeless in Jefferson County anymore, following the closure of a shelter last month run by the Action Center.
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Action Center shelter closes

There are 22 less beds available for the homeless in Jefferson County now, after The Action Center announced the closure of its shelter program. In what the organization describes as a financially …
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A timeline of the Federal Center land sale

The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless thought it had an answer to helping get homeless people off the street when it proposed building temporary and permanent housing that would ultimately house …
Enduring struggles to secure permanent employment and a place to live, Darin Barton, 44, has been homeless in Golden since about 2014.

Escaping the streets can be a struggle

Darin Barton likes Golden so that is where he chooses to live — even though he’s homeless. Single men “literally have nowhere to go, except to Denver,” Barton said. “And I don’t want to …
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