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Governor presents first budget to lawmakers

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis pitched his plan for state-funded full-day kindergarten to lawmakers, calling it an opportunity to address educational and economic inequities facing young families. Polis …
Force veteran Andrew Slavonic and his son Bob cheers for their traditional 4 p.m. Coors Light — only this time, it was at the Coors Brewery in Golden. For Andrew Slavonic’s 101st birthday, Coors Light treated the family to a trip and private tour of the brewery. ON THE COVER: Andrew Slavonic shares a toast with Peter Coors.

WWII veteran gets private tour of Coors brewery for 101st birthday

Andrew Slavonic of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a World War II Air Force veteran and longtime Coors Light consumer, got to celebrate his 101st birthday in true Golden style. “We wanted to give him the …

How the Tri-County Overdose Prevention Partnership battles opioid misuse

When the Tri-County Overdose Prevention Partnership formed in 2016, the group aimed to battle the opioid epidemic from every angle. Members drafted a plan in which workgroups would focus on six key …
A woman stands in front of the Prescribed to Death memorial exhibited through the Stop Everyday Killers campaign run by the National Safety Council. The exhibit features 22,000 opioid pills engraved with the faces of people who died from opioids. The campaign also promotes a map, the Celebrating Lost Loved Ones map, first created by Thornton man Jeremiah Lindemann to document the local impact of the opioid crisis.

Battle against opioid crisis: Map is sorrowful guide to lost loved ones

The online map is a living, breathing eulogy of people who have died from opioid use. Matt Lazarus, of Castle Rock, “was known for having a ‘heart of gold’” and “will be missed by many,” …
Ewing

Man connected to 1984 hammer murders may be extradited soon

Alex Christopher Ewing, a 58-year-old inmate in Nevada who is wanted in two deadly hammer attacks that occurred in 1984 in Aurora and Lakewood, lost an appeal of an extradition order. Nevada's …
Education
Faith Christian High student Madison Walker reads to students in the Foster Elementary duel language program.

Foster Elementary expands dual language program

Starting with the 2019-2020 school year, Foster Elementary in Arvada will be expanding its K-6 duel language program to seventh grade. The pilot program hopes to continue to eighth grade the …
Bryan Wickoren was named the Society of Health and Physical Educators 2019 Adapted PR Teacher of the Year.

Q&A with Bryan Wickoren, Adapted PE Teacher of the Year

What do you do in Jeffco Public Schools? I am the district’s adapted physical education coordinator and I also coordinate adapted athletic events. I work with all the Autism Spectrum Disorder, Deaf …
Team Henderson Composting and Mushroom Farm, from left, Nonso Ihebuzor, Chantel Flukinger, Grace Anderson, Lee Zamalloa and Muthu Vinayak Thyagarajan, on Dec. 5 stand with their poster board and diorama that depicts the implementation of their project for the Henderson Sustainable Development and Entrepreneurship Challenge.

Mines students challenged with finding a use for Henderson Mine

Twenty-one college students spent an entire semester pondering what should happen to the Henderson Mine when its mineral resources are depleted. But the students, most of whom attend the Colorado …

School leaders looks at future programming options

Leaders in Jefferson County Public Schools gathered Dec. 19 during study session to discuss future programming options and opportunities through group dialog and brainstorming. Some problems to work …
Emily Straut, 16, and Delaney Peterson, 16, both Dakota Ridge High School students, attended the Vote for Our Lives rally to make a statement. “I think it’s appalling that I have to be here,” Peterson said. “We shouldn’t have to be scared at school or have events like this.”

Students, teachers and voters raise voices for eduction in 2018

The education story of the year in Jefferson county was undeniably the outcome of the November 2018 general election, specifically, the county’s school district getting voter approval for a $567 …
Business

Columbine Courier publishes last edition

When the Columbine Courier newspaper published its last edition just before New Year’s, they found themselves on the wrong side of the old journalism adage: “Report the story, don’t become the …

Minimum wage rises in Colorado, 19 other states

As of Jan. 1, Colorado's minimum wage is $11.10 an hour, a 90-cent hourly increase from 2018. The Centennial State is not alone, as 19 other states also raised the minimum wage with the dawn of 2019. …
Applewood residents Maggie Sanders, 35, left, and Mary Klein, 60, own and operate a small, mother-and-daughter business called Professional Staffing Solutions. The company will celebrate its 20th anniversary this March.

Providing assistance to those seeking a livelihood

Applewood residents Mary Klein and Maggie Sanders note that owning and operating a small business as a mother-and-daughter team has its ups-and-downs. “But it’s beneficial in the long run,” …
Jamie and Andy Gunther stand with their sons Dean and Declan in front of a wood-fire oven at a Smokin’ Oak Wood-Fired Pizza franchise.

Arvada couple plans to open fast-casual pizza in Candelas

Smokin’ Oak Wood-Fired Pizza, a fast-casual pizza franchise based in St. Petersburg, Florida, will be coming to the greater Denver area. Arvada residents Andy and Jamie Gunther are the franchise …
Located near the Denver Federal Center, Saint Anthony Hospital and Jefferson County government offices, Ashford Belmar has an indoor Olympic pool and hot tub, an outdoor pool, a fitness center and more.

Ashford Belmar apartment community sold

As the last days of November winded down, Ashford Belmar, a 512-unit apartment community in Lakewood, was sold for $143.5 million. The apartment community, located at 7301 W. Ohio Ave., was sold to …
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