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Woman found dead in Englewood alleyway with gunshot wound

Suany Melgar Almendarez, 41, was found dead in an alleyway in Englewood Sept. 11.

Arrest made in arson spree involving 10-12 dumpster fires

Arvada Police arrested a 28-year-old man they suspected of starting between 10 and 12 dumpster fires beginning on July 23. The dumpster fires have all occurred in geographic cluster around 57th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard.

Douglas County Commissioner Abe Laydon decides not to repay $17,400 for Harvard training, offers nickels to residents

A statement from the county in May said Laydon would reimburse the county government for the cost of attending the program.

Inaugural Heroes Gala to honor Douglas County first responders

In an effort to celebrate Douglas County’s first responders and launch a new community emergency relief fund, the Douglas County Community Foundation is hosting the inaugural Heroes Gala on …
Participants in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Sept. 11 head to the amphitheater to begin nine laps that signify the 101 flights of stairs firefighters took in the Twin Towers in New York City on Sept. 9, 2001, to save people after terrorists flew planes into both towers.

Remembering 9/11: First responders, public take part in 15th annual Red Rocks Stair Climb to honor fallen firefighters

Duty. Dedication. Sacrifice. Those words describe the firefighters who worked to save Americans after the terrorist attacks on New York City, at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001. 

Jeffco Sheriff's Office plans no further contact with Able Shepherd

As law enforcement agencies evaluate their relationships with tactical training organization Able Shepherd, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has stated it plans no further contact with the group. Able Shepherd, which is based in Centennial, protested at Castle Rock's PrideFest last month.
Erin McNair is fired up for her freshman season at Princeton University. Here, McNair prepares a serve in the preseason.

Valor Christian alum visits Kenya ahead of Princeton volleyball debut

Locals may know Erin McNair from her recent volleyball days at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch. As a four-year varsity starter for the Eagles, McNair was the captain of the 29-0, 5A state champion team in 2022. 
Nick Isaacson, the head football coach at Clear Creek High School, was an all-state running back for Milton High School in Wisconsin in 1989. Here he is seen running over the pile. Isaacson would play four years at Harvard after his high school career.

Q&A with Clear Creek football coach Nicholas Isaacson

No cursing is allowed on the field. Positive reinforcement is taught almost exclusively. Prioritizing effort, attitude and toughness is the main focus. These are a few of the mantras of second year coach Nicholas Isaacson at Clear Creek High School.
The 2022-23 state assessment results for the Cherry Creek School District mostly showed no substantial changes from the previous school year, according to a presentation given to the board of …
After years of uncertainty about the future of their apartment complex, the 12 female residents of Geneva Village will now be required to find new homes. In what some Littleton city …
RJ Ramirez is comfortable on a football sideline.  After all, he lettered in football at both Prairie View High School in Henderson and at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Ramirez …
For the second time, the Englewood City Council approved the first reading of CodeNext in a 4-3 vote on Sept. 18.   The agenda item, which was originally approved on Sept. 11, was …
The momentum swung back-and-forth Monday on the softball diamond at Dave Sanders Memorial Field. A pitchers’ duel between seniors — Karlie Cooledge (Chatfield) and Liz Phillips …
On Sept. 15th, two undefeated teams, the Arapahoe Warriors and the Columbine Rebels, clashed on the field at LPS Stadium, ending in a victory for the Rebels, scoring 31 points to the Warriors 29.
Although revenge is a dish best served cold, rain probably wasn’t in the original recipe. On Sept. 14, the Colorado School of Mines women’s soccer team avenged last year’s NCAA …
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 …
Fort Lupton celebrated its annual Tomato Festival and Trappers Day parade Sept. 8 with pancakes, a golf tournament and plenty of music an activities. Fort Lupton’s annual celebration has …
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?
Avast, me hearties! The 8th annual Pirate Festival — one of Northglenn’s most beloved events — returns Sept. 15 and 16 to the Northglenn Recreation Center and EB Rains Jr. Memorial Park. …
Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St. in Denver, will do a repeat of its “Naughty Bits” featuring a Greek statue of Hercules, which is missing its “naughty bit.” Oct. 6 to 22. Friday, Saturday: …
Culture Stories
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. 

Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office cuts ties with Able Shepherd

In an interview with Colorado Community Media, Arapahoe County Sheriff Tyler Brown said his office has cut ties with Able Shepherd and does not think future partnerships or collaborations will happen between his department and the group, “unless there are some drastic changes in their philosophy.”
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