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'While we may not be invincible ... we are STEM strong'

Standing tall in their royal blue gowns, STEM School Highlands Ranch graduates ignored the dark skies, light rain and dropping temperatures May 20 …
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Three of the seven graduating seniors from Jefferson Academy who are recipients of 2019 Rotary Club of Westminster Scholarships, from left: Eleanor Wall (Flachman Communication/Media Studies); Brynn Wooten (Challenge Scholarship); and Krysta Couzi (Karsten Deuschle Pay-it-Forward Scholarship).

Class of 2019 scholarships boost Rotary past $1 million mark

A record 21 recipients propelled the Rotary Club of Westminster’s scholarship program to more than $1 million awarded since it began in the 1990s. This year’s grantees were presented scholarships …
Robert Wareham speaks to the crowd at the Rally for Our Rights pro-gun event.

Citizens rally at Capitol for gun rights

Dennis Gatchalian has lived in the United States since 1984, the year he left his home in the Philippines. He’s resided in Denver for 35 years. On May 18, he stood in front of the state Capitol …
A group of Westminster High School honors grads compare footwear, ahead of formal graduation ceremonies, held Saturday, May 18, at the First Bank Center in Broomfield.

Westminster High School's Graduation 2019

Seniors, teachers and family members gathered at the Coors Event Center on the University of Colorado Campus May 15 for graduation and commencment ceremonies for the Class of 2019. In all, 413 …
Mountain Range graduate Michael Quinealty plays the tuba in his school's concert band, during formal graduation ceremonies, held Wednesday, May 15, at the CU Events Center in Boulder. Quinealty was among 413 Mountain Range graduates.

Mountain Range High School's Graduation 2019

Seniors, teachers and family members gathered at the Coors Event Center on the University of Colorado Campus May 15 for graduation and commencment ceremonies for the Class of 2019. In all, 413 …

Northglenn High School class of 2019 Salutatorian Sunderland Baker, on the left in a white robe, and Valedictorian Sydnei Lewis share the stage with their address May 13 at the school's graduation at the CU Events Center in Boulder.

Northglenn High School Class of 2019

Seniors, teachers and family members gathered at the Coors Event Center on the University of Colorado Campus May 13 for graduation and commencment ceremonies for the Class of 2019. In all, 387 …
Education
Bonnie Alexander, 68, waves a peace sign at drivers in a motorcade of more than 200 Jeeps and some other vehicles toward a May 15 memorial service for Kendrick Castillo. Castillo “was an angel in our midst,” said Alexander, a Highlands Ranch resident.

Procession honors Kendrick Castillo at memorial service in Highlands Ranch

About 250 Jeep enthusiasts gathered in Highlands Ranch on May 15 to ride in a procession ahead of a celebration of life service for Kendrick Castillo. According to license plates, vehicles came from …
Westminster High School Senior Carter Schweitzer asks Colorado Supreme Court Justices a question May 7. The court came to Westminster High School’s auditorium for the morning, hearing arguments on two pending cases and then sticking around to answer students’ questions. It’s part of the state’s Courts in the Community program.

Supreme learning opportunity

While many of the Westminster High School students had practical questions for Colorado’s Supreme Court Justices and attorneys — questions like what makes a person a legal expert on a given topic …
Krystal Jensen, left, and her 12-year-old daughter Kierra welcome STEM students back to school on May 15. About a week earlier, the school experienced a shooting that left one student dead and eigth others injured. "They need all the love they can get right now," said Krystal, who homeschools her daughter.

Community members welcome STEM students back with words of love

On a cloudless day, the sun beaming down, a small group of parents and children stood along Barrons Boulevard in Highlands Ranch waving posters with words of encouragement. “You are …

Documents reveal dispute between sheriff's office, STEM over resource officer contract

Documents distributed as part of a news release by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office on May 10 show disagreement, and some underlying tension, led to the discontinuation of a contract that provided …

STEM denies allegations made by anonymous parent

The executive director of STEM School Highlands Ranch adamantly denies allegations made by an anonymous school parent that the school's climate and culture are out of control. "I can't even fathom …
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Three-year-old Nathanial and his mom Lexus Flanery get familiar with their new car, a 1999 Chevy Lumina that was donated by Westminster’s Lake Arbor Automotive May 2. Flanery, who is working with Hope House to continue her education and become a better parent, was given the car as a reward for hard work.

Trading in her longboard for a Lumina

A young Arvada mom will find caring for her son and getting to school and work easier, thanks to a car donated by Westminster’s Lake Arbor Auto. This is the third year the shop has donated a used …
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Polis to ask voters to pass nicotine tax to combat youth use

Targeting teen nicotine vaping, Gov. Jared Polis recently announced a late-session bill to ask Colorado voters to significantly raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products and impose taxes …

Colorado Community Media wins big at annual press convention

Colorado Community Media received 50 awards in the annual state press competition, including the prestigious public service award for a year-long series on the state of mental health in Douglas …
Hanging baskets and containers were used to add color to the landscaping at the Streets at SouthGlenn. Centennial-based Sustainable Landscapes Colorado won an ELITE Award for Use of Color-Judges' Choice for the design.

Awards recognize ELITE work of landscape companies

The landscaping at the Streets at SouthGlenn earned Centennial-based Sustainable Landscapes Colorado an ELITE Award for Use of Color-Judges’ Choice at the Associated Landscape Contractors of …

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Polis signs state hospital transparency bill into law

Colorado hospitals will have to report annual spending under a transparency law recently signed by Gov. Jared Polis. The bipartisan effort is part of Polis' goal to reduce health care costs and raise …
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