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‘I don’t have the answers,' father says 20 years after daughter's death at Columbine

Rick Townsend’s daughter Lauren has been gone for 20 years, and the thoughts still cross his mind. “I wonder what she’d be like today,” Townsend said. “We lost graduation. A wedding. …
Frank DeAngelis, former Columbine High School principal Tammy Schiff, Jeffco Public Schools chief communications officer, John McDonald, director of safety and security for Jeffco Public Schools, Jason Glass, Jeffco Public Schools superintendent and Jeff Shrader, a Jeffco sheriff, field questions from the media about Sol Pais.
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Jeffco officials, former Columbine High School principal reflect on threat

After two days of disrupted schools, and a statewide hunt by law enforcement, Jefferson County Public Schools will be heading back to something closer to normal Thursday. Multiple Jeffco schools — …
FBI Special Agent Dean Phillips addresses reporters during a news conference at the agency's Denver headquarters on April 17. A Florida woman whose behavior spurred a massive shutdown of Denver-area schools appears to have died by suicide, Phillips said.

Woman who spurred metro Denver school shutdowns found dead

A Florida woman whose behavior spurred a massive shutdown of Denver-area schools died by suicide near Mount Evans in Clear Creek County, officials said on April 17. Sol Pais, 18, traveled from …
The Jefferson County Administrative Building, seen here during the 2013 Courage Walk, houses both county offices and boardrooms on the right side, and the First Judicial Courthouse on the left side, with a glass-enclosed central atrium. The expense and appearance of the structure earned it the nickname of being the “Jeffco Taj Mahal.”

Denver metro area holds architectural gems

As the tide of bland, boxy apartment complexes rolls through metro Denver amid its housing boom, sightseers looking for a respite need not roam far. Historic buildings offer a change of pace from …
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Polis signs overhaul of oil and gas rules

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on April 16 signed into law a major overhaul of state oil and gas rules, turning the focus away from encouraging production and directing regulators to make public safety …
News
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 …
After a threat caused schools around the Front Range to close for a day, Denver Public Schools and mental health providers turned their focus to the needs of students. DPS joined other districts …
With the day off from school, 16-year-old Arapahoe High School students Ava Jones and Samantha Knox spent time at the coffee shop across the street. “Every year, something bad has happened,” Knox …
Their Amazon tour guides told the kids from Thornton’s STEM Launch School they could ask anything they wanted — and so, they did. Who built the robots that populate the 800,000 square foot …
Tragedy has changed the way area school districts assess and approach threats. As the home district of Columbine High, the site of what was once the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, …
Life
More than a century ago, in 1866, pioneer Frank Hildebrand purchased 160 acres of farmland along Deer Creek for $500 — in what is now south Jefferson County. The property included a log house, …
The Museum of Outdoor Arts’ “Sculpture on the Green II,” consisting of works by Colorado sculptor Robert Mangold, are placed around Fiddler’s Green Circle (in Greenwood Village east of …
Harlem in the 1930s was one of those cultural flashpoints that happen throughout history. Artists in all kinds of mediums found themselves in the same place, sharing inspiration and ideas and working …
Two weathered facades with shutters are set side by side at the back of a busy New Orleans square — one is the (Ba)sin Street Social Club and the other, we soon learn, houses the notorious Angie B. …
Sports
Springtime in the Rockies usually means unpredictable weather and rescheduled games, matches and meets for high school teams. And rescheduling postponed events isn’t as easy as it might seem. …
Local products Mallory Pugh and Lindsey Horan, members of the U.S. women’s soccer team, joined an impressive assembly of people on April 3 when they each accepted Denver Challenge Coins and …
Kobe Sanders, Chaparral Class: Junior Height: 6-0 Did you know? He stepped up to take over the team's leadership role and was the leading scorer with a 16.3 average for the state runner-up. Julian …
Jana Van Gytenbeek, Cherry Creek Class: Junior Height: 5-7 Did you know? The clutch player for the state champion Bruins led the Centennial League with an 18.0 scoring and 5.1 assist average. Kasey …
Mental health

WATCH: Time to Talk public forum on mental health and families

It's time to talk about mental health. Mothers and mental health advocates talk about how mental illness affects families, and why — and how — we need to talk about it. The free community …

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