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Celebration of Kendrick Castillo's life: 'We need to be more like him'

Live like Kendrick Castillo. Be brave. Be industrious. Have integrity. Show love. That was the overarching message at a May 15 celebration of life service at Cherry Hills Community Church. More …
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Weld sheriff's deputies recover stolen cars, tools

GREELEY -- A Weld County Sheriff's Office strike team investigation recovered eight stolen vehicles and some $140,000 worth of stolen tools from areas throughout Denver, according to a press …
Pilots transporting patients to area hospitals have seen an increase in laser strikes in 2020 and 2021.

Flight for Life crew impacted by laser strike

A Flight for Life pilot said he has fully recovered after falling victim to a laser incident in Castle Rock. Eric Billings, a 20-year commercial pilot, said he was leading a crew to drop off a …

Littleton police arrest 2nd suspect in connection with officer shooting

Littleton police have arrested the second person they believe to have been involved with the man who shot and injured Littleton officer David Snook according to a City of Littleton press release Wednesday. 
Katherine Bemis as a co-publisher of the Littleton Independent, was one of the first charter members of the Colorado Press Women in the 1940s.

Colorado Community Media honored for women of past women of excellence

With a long history of producing community journalism, several newspapers that are now part of Colorado Community Media have been led by strong women since they started being published. As part of …

Nearly 30 butchers from Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico competed for the $20,000 prize on Oct. 4.

A cut above the rest: Highlands Ranch host butchers' competition

Nearly 30 butchers from Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico gathered in Highlands Ranch for a chance to win $20,000 in the annual Slice on Ice Qualifier Competition, hosted by the Texas Roadhouse …
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.
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 …
A group of East High School students who are part of the school’s robotics team stand with a basketball-playing robot that’s in its early stage of construction. This robot is expected to be able to play basketball against a human by December.

Robots meet the mainstream

The Angelbotics — Denver East High School’s robotics club — hosted about 40 middle-and-high school robotics teams for Colorado’s Energy Day Festival on Sept. 25. The robotics teams came from …

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 …

First-graders are seen on their second day of school on Aug. 12 at Second Creek Elementary School in Commerce City.

Mask rules drive parents’ demand for doctor notes

Colorado parents are seeking an end-run around mask requirements at their children’s schools: Doctor’s notes exempting them for dubious medical reasons. And in mask-averse Douglas County, where …
Business
RPO Framing and Gallery, 1588 S. Pearl St., celebrated its one-year anniversary on Sept. 1. Pictured is the shop participating in the First Fridays Art and Shop Walk along South Pearl Street earlier this year.

October Business Matters

Business Matters is a monthly column featuring business news in the Life on Capitol Hill and Washington Park Profile coverage areas, which is roughly central and central-south Denver. If you are a …
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 …
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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