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Gov. Polis Friday formalized Friday an earlier disaster declaration after the Dec. 24 fire at Suncor's refinery.

Governor issues formal disaster declaration for Suncor

Gov. Jared Polis has formally declared a disaster emergency in the wake of the Christmas Eve fire at Suncor and its subsequent shutdown.
Westminster unanimously voted on Jan. 23 to contribute to the Jefferson Center for Mental Health, a program that provides services for community members experiencing withdrawal and mental health crises. 

Westminster approves funds for mental health, withdrawal services

Westminster unanimously voted on Jan. 23 to contribute to the Jefferson Center for Mental Health, a program that provides services for community members experiencing withdrawal and mental health …
A section of Westminster's Semper Water Treatment Plant

Westminster moving forward with a new water treatment plant plan

After reevaluating an original layout for a new water treatment plant for over a year, Westminster City Council voted 6-1 for a new plant on Jan 23, and it will be over $100 million less than …
27J Schools Superintendent Chris Fiedler says the new BHS STEM/CTE Center is the result of a successful $515 million bond package.

27J board sets timeline for Fiedler’s replacement

The 27J Schools board of education approved a timeline to replace outgoing Superintendent Chris Fiedler during a Jan. 25 meeting. Fiedler announced his plans to retire when his contract with the …

Pam Swanson sports a pink helmet while breaking ground on Ranum Reimagined, a project to transform the middle school into a CTE hub. She’s surrounded by other important members of the project.

Westminster schools break ground for technical education hub

Westminster Public Schools broke ground at Ranum Middle School as part of a vision to transform the campus into a career technical education …
Education
Clear Creek's Bode Baker throws a pitch during a June 2021 game at Denver Christian. Baker, who's been playing baseball since he was 3 or 4 years old, is graduating high school this year and hopes to play baseball at the collegiate level.

High school seniors reflect on life lessons from athletic careers

For high school seniors a few months from graduation, athletics have helped them prepare for the ups and downs, and the responsibilities of adult life.
Teachers and others rally outside Adams City High School Nov. 18 to protest the state board of education's decision to reorganize the district.

Teachers protest order to reorganize Adams 14 district

The next installment of the dispute between the Adams 14 School District and the Colorado board of education was in the form of a Nov. 19 rally outside Adams City High School. About 30 teachers …
Otis' Jack Willeke snares this long pass against the defense of Stratton's Avery Archuleta in the second half of the teams' semifinal game in the six-man playoffs Nov. 19 in Stratton.

Small-town football: A different game, a different level of interest

STRATTON – On the Eastern Plains, football is a special breed of cat. Or eagle, as the case may be. Tucked away north of Interstate 70, an hour or so east of Limon and two or so stops …

RE-8 board to continue school safety discussions

Discussion about school security in the Weld Re-8 School District Nov. 10 ranged from arming teachers to bringing in armed security guards to leaving security in the hands of those with professional …

Top row, left to right: Rebecca McClellan, Lisa Escárcega, Steve Durham, Joyce Rankin  Bottom row: Angelika Schroeder, Karla Esser, Commissioner Katy Anthes, Debora Scheffel

Adams 14 teachers union, Together Colorado to host anti-district reorganization rally

The Adams 14 School District teachers union and Together Colorado started a new community campaign to stop the reorganization of the school district and to shift narratives around the …
Business
Creative welding class to learn metal sculpting.

Aims expands metal art program to Fort Lupton

Officials at Aims Community College are hoping their Fort Lupton campus can become the starting point for a new generation of metal artists. "We want to expand the class to more folk and …
A sign marks a home for sale on Dec. 5 in southeast Denver.

Small price drop unlikely to reverse skyrocketing home values in Colorado

Danielle and Stephan Storinsky “saw the writing on the wall.” It foretold how the housing market might change. So, earlier this year, the married couple sold their Arvada townhome.
Centura St. Anthony North Hospital in Westminster broke ground on a five-story expansion to the hospital on Friday, Dec. 16.  The building will be equipped with a premiere cancer center including radiation oncology, medical oncology, and a state-of-the-art infusion center, a 30-bed medical surgical unit, a future planned 26-bed Intensive Care Unit and space for an additional 60 medical surgical beds. When the tower is completely built out, St. Anthony North Hospital will have an overall capacity of 237 beds to meet the growing needs of the community.

Expansion coming to St. Anthony North

A $115 million expansion will be coming to St. Anthony North Hospital with plans to break ground on Dec. 16. “In the area, it doesn’t matter what direction you look, everybody’s …
Eugene Korotych examining a car to be worked on at Christian Brothers Automotive.

Ukrainian refugee lands a job with Christian Brothers Automotive

When Russia invaded Ukraine for a second time, bombing Yevhen Korotych home and destoryed the whole town, he barely escaped with his two children and his wife to get out and onto the United States. …

Nikki Rolando cuts the ribbon with Mayor Greg Mills, council members, Brighton Chamber of Commerce, and the community celebrating her new store.

Goats milk mean healthy skin at Brighton boutique

What started as a lark at a 2019 meet-up has become a new storefront in Brighton. Goat Bubbles Bath & Body hosted its ribbon-cutting ceremony with the community of Brighton on Sept. 15. "I …
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