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To be in a small club of female athletic directors at Evergreen High School is a significant and historic milestone. But to hear Maddy Hornecker tell the story, it’s really not that big of a …
Applause erupted from the crowd as they listened to a federal board’s decision to rename Mount Evans in Colorado to Mount Blue Sky. Some of those cheering were listening virtually as the U.S. …
The streets of Olde Town Arvada were a little more colorful the weekend of Sept. 9, as 20 muralists from across the state came to compete in the inaugural Olde Town Shindig Mural Contest.
The Coal Creek Canyon Association recently commemorated the 10th anniversary of the 2013 Coal Creek Canyon Flood.
Morning commuters boarding the light rail at Westminster Station got a sweet surprise Sept. 20.  Representatives from the Regional Transportation District and Commuting Solutions handed out …
Colorado’s Xcel Energy will combine efforts with electric cooperative United Power to provide low-carbon, renewable electricity for its members in the North, the two companies announced.  …
An extra week to refocus is just what Ralston Valley’s football team needed.
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A representative from 3 Margaritas Wheat Ridge dances down 58th Avenue during the parade.

Arvada celebrates fall with 98th Harvest Festival

After yet another move, the 98th Arvada Harvest Festival returned from Sept. 8 through 10, bringing food and festivities to celebrate fall. 
Exterior of Mi Tierra Caliente, a new Mexican restaurant in Arvada.

Mi Tierra Caliente brings authentic Michoacán-style cuisine to Arvada

Ayax Silva was just 16 years old when he started working in kitchens in his native Michoacán, Mexico. Silva was inspired by his mother, who taught him to cook from a young age and instilled in him the family traditions and recipes local to the region.
Golden veteran Zachary Bursnall and his service dog Zip are being honored for their dedication to country and community in the VFW #StillServing campaign.

What’s happening around Jeffco: RTD disruptions, LGBTQ estate planning and more

This week Jefferson County prepares for an important RTD closure, a seminar for LGBTQ+ estate planning, a fair full of resources for veterans, grants for Jeffco teachers and more.
Maddy Hornecker (middle, crouched) was the head basketball coach of Evergreen High School before becoming the school's athletic director. Together, Hornecker helped lead  the Cougars to back-to-back state titles in 2017 and 2018.

Meet Evergreen High School’s new athletic director

To be in a small club of female athletic directors at Evergreen High School is a significant and historic milestone. But to hear Maddy Hornecker tell the story, it’s really not that big of a deal.
Vendor booths lined the streets so attendees could shop from a variety of local businesses and artists during the Shindig.

Olde Town Shindig brings art and fun to Arvada

The sun was shining and Olde Town was filled with art for the first Olde Town Shindig: An Arts and Music Festival. 

Jefferson County focuses on emergency preparedness for older adults

Preparing for an emergency is a bit different for independent older adults.
LUKI Brewery was filled with candidates and voters on Sept. 6, as the Arvada Chamber of Commerce’s event created a space for the two groups to connect.

Arvada Chamber of Commerce hosts candidate meet and greet

With the election just a few months away, Arvada Chamber of Commerce hosted an Advocacy After Hours + Candidate Meet & Greet on Sept. 6, creating a space to help voters get to know candidates. 

City Council District 2 election update: Murl Hendrickson withdraws, Bob Loveridge switches races

The race for Arvada’s District 2 City Council seat has thinned after two candidates — Murl Hendrickson and Bob Loveridge — have withdrawn. 
Two volunteer actors pose in costume at the Haunts of Littleton ghost tour.

Touring the haunted histories of Colorado cities

In the 1800s, a maid allegedly ran out of an open door and fell to her death from an upper floor of a building in Golden. Some say they have heard operatic singing in a historic home in …
Javier Cruz, owner of Garibaldi Mexican Bistro, sits at the restaurant on Sept. 6 in Englewood. Cruz emphasized what he says is the unique nature of his menu compared to other Mexican restaurants.

Unique eateries in the Denver suburbs

Colorado Community Media asked former local food writer Mark Antonation what restaurants outside of Denver stand out to him. Here are some of his favorites.

Clairvoyance and compassion

On a quiet street corner, a neon sign promises psychic readings, fortunes told for a small fee. Some signs advertise crystals, tarot, reiki or clairvoyance, a never-ending list of tools to peer into the other side. 

Why we need friends

At the Littleton branch of Meals on Wheels, delivering food is only one part of the mission. 
Column: Pirates make annual landing at Northglenn
When you live in a landlocked state like Colorado, it’s probably a safe bet that you don’t really think of pirates all that often. I mean, why would you?
Proceeds from each Ultimate Comedy Fighters performance benefits a different organization. For their show on Sept. 15, the group will partner with Robbie's Hope.
Arvada Improv group performing to benefit Robbie’s Hope
During National Suicide Prevention Month, Ultimate Comedy Fighters is offering a fun way to contribute to the cause — an improv show. 
Poet Kerrie Joy
Adams County, Anythink libraries name Poet Laureate
Anything Libraries, Adams County Parks, Open Space & Cultural Arts bring poetry to the communities. Kerrie Joy was chosen as the inaugural Adams County Poet Laureate "Sincerely," according to a …
Column: A Seussical musical at Lakewood Culture Center
It may not be a “proper” word, but when someone describes something as Seussian, you basically know what it means. Dr. Seuss is famous the world over for the fantastical and surreal worlds he created and populated with characters like The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant and The Lorax. 
Column: Making ’Beautiful’ music at the Arvada Center
For those who are unfamiliar, a jukebox musical is a show that features tunes most audiences are familiar with. And that kind of show is practically made for “Beautiful,” the story of singer, songwriter and all-around legend Carole King. 
A new Noodles & Co opened in Arvada Marketplace in August.
Noodles & Co celebrates opening with Community Table 
This month, Arvada Marketplace welcomed a new location of Noodles & Company, and to celebrate its opening, the business hosted a trade up. 
Arts, Culture, Music

Coming Attractions: Autumn ushers in the cool and creepy

Your favorite equinox guy is back, checking in right before we officially begin the best season of year — autumn. Now that we’re about to jump into the time of chilly evenings, falling …
Bear Creek seniors DaMarri Russell (54) and Vincent Jung (76) combine on sacking Lakewood senior quarterback Samuel Silburn (1) in the first half Thursday, Aug. 24, at Jeffco Stadium. Bear Creek won 46-13 in the cross-town rivalry game.

Bear Creek receiver Ryan Bobick has 5 first-half TD catches in win over Lakewood

The Rico to Bobick connection couldn’t be stopped Thursday night at Jeffco Stadium.
Ralston Valley QB Logan Madden (5) turns from the fake handoff to look for an open receiver as Mountain Vista defenders close in.

Defense overshadows electric local quarterbacks in Week 0

Sure, it’s still 90+ degrees out and it’s the middle of August but it’s officially Week Zero and time to kick off the high school football season.
Arvada West junior Jailynn Ausman celebrates after the Wildcats turned a 6-4-5 double-play in the second inning against Douglas County on Aug. 22. The Wildcats won 4-0 to improve their record to 5-0 on the season.

Arvada West softball’s hot start continues

Arvada West became the first Class 5A softball team in Colorado to reach five victories Tuesday.

CHSAA tweaks playoff seeding index

The state’s high-school playoff pairing system is going to look a little different going forward.
Ralston Valley junior Liam Beattie, left, makes a catch for a long gain with Mountain Vista sophomore Ja'pree Jennings on his back during the first quarter Friday, Aug. 18, at Halftime Help Stadium in Highlands Ranch. Ralston Valley pulled out a 13-7 road victory to start the Fall 2023 football season.

Ralston Valley’s defense turns away Mountain Vista in Zero Week

Ralston Valley’s defense made an early-season statement Friday night at Halftime Help Stadium.
Testers play Pepper Pong on a table at an event. The game is said to be playable on any flat surface, from the hood of a car to a dinning room table.

Meet the Colorado man behind Pepper Pong

“What really my vision for this game was, going back 20 to 25 years, was something that you could play on any surface, and that anybody, regardless of age or ability could jump in and compete and have fun."

D’Angelo, former Golden wrestling coach, dies at 89

“Coach Joe was a role model to many kids in a few sports that had good homes and families. Parents were thankful that this coach was in their child's corner or sidelines. Then there were the kids where he was the father a few of us were missing. He guided all of us with his positive views and determination by example and the Lord's word.”

Letter: In response to article on One Small Step

I read with interest the Aug.10 story about the Arvada Municipal Court’s establishment of the One Small Step Program.

Letter: It’s time to move forward by looking for what unites us

Let’s all be thankful for Colorado’s system of allowing independents to vote in the party primary of their choosing.

Community Voices: Our air, water and food

As much as many of us worry about the possibility of future extreme global warming, we are currently permitting our food, water and air to be damaged without consequence.

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Column: Tips to protect child’s mental health from social media use
Social media can be a great tool to help build connections, stay informed and engage with others. However, it can become all-consuming and potentially damaging to adolescent brain development, which …
Inside the Outdoors: What is the business of ferrets?
Exactly who decided that a group of ferrets is a business ? Indeed, how did the weasel become a verb? Can a ferret business also ferret prairie dogs from burrows? That self-important group of …
Column: People deserve an explanation as to how their tax dollars are being spent
The premier ballot initiative on this fall’s ballot is Proposition HH, which deals with residential property taxes. The proposition begins with the phrase, “Shall property taxes be …
Avenue Flashes: Oktoberfest season with a Golden twist
Once September rolls around, it’s time to start thinking about a little Gemütlichkeit. That’s a German word that means a state or feeling of warmth, friendliness, and good cheer. …
Column: How supreme should the court be?
In our country, there are three branches of government. We pretend they’re coequal, but in recent years we have relied on the judicial branch to decide most everything.
Column: There’s such a thing as trail etiquette
The uppermost switchback on the Bright Angel Trail in Grand Canyon National Park is eight feet wide. Yet the last time I hiked out, I was stymied by a group of young hikers walking down shoulder to shoulder, tapping on their phones.
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