CCM STORIES YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS
Sociologist and researcher Anna Mueller, who led a study on teen suicide prevention that focused on Littleton schools, speaks during an LPS forum in 2018.

Littleton schools study could help in fight against youth suicide

A two-year study focusing on the relationship between social environments and youth suicide could provide a “partial roadmap” for schools and communities looking to improve the promotion of …
A shift in traffic patterns in Wheat Ridge as improvements to Wadsworth Boulevard continue.

Improve Wadsworth underway in Wheat Ridge

The holidays spelled a few changes for Improve Wadsworth.  Here’s what to know if you’re in the area. 
As the population grows, housing inventory has decreased and home prices are selling well above asking prices.

Momentum grows for more affordable housing in Littleton

The push to build affordable housing in the City of Littleton gained momentum during a Jan. 11 study session between the city council and the Housing Task Force.  Eric Veith, the task force’s …
From 2010 to 2020, Douglas County's population grew by 25% to just over 360,000 people.

Douglas County poised for more growth

After a decade of growth that far outstrips the Denver metro area as a whole, Douglas County shows few signs of slowing down, driven by high levels of demand and new development in expanding towns …
Christine Kleinbeck of Conifer, center, wears her crown and holds the rhubarb scepter during the Pine Grove Rhubarb Festival parade in June. Kleinbeck won first place in the rhubarb bake-off. She is flanked by second-place winner Cindy Busch, left, and third-place winner Sara Narum.

An eventful year for the foothills

Despite a pandemic, residents in the foothills persevered through the good and the bad, the fun and the intense. Here is a look at some of the stories that made the news in the Canyon Courier during 2021.
A team at Cherry Creek Innovation Campus works on building tiny homes.

Cherry Creek students building ‘tiny homes’ for homeless

For the second time, students at Cherry Creek’s career and technical education campus are building what are known as “tiny homes” as part of an effort to help people out of unsheltered …
Castle Rock Adventist Hospital.

Doctors urge: Don’t neglect other issues during pandemic

While COVID-19 continues to sweep Colorado, now with the added threat of the omicron variant, Douglas County doctors urged the importance of balancing COVID prevention and vaccination with overall …
The Colorado Center for the Blind in Littleton.
A COLORADO COMMUNITY MEDIA / COLORADO SUN SPECIAL REPORT

They came to the Colorado Center for the Blind seeking confidence. They left traumatized.

Sexual abuses were kept quiet for decades at the world-renowned Littleton school, former students and employees allege
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After receiving approval from council in November, plans to rezone the Aspen Grove shopping center in south west Littleton could be headed to a city-wide vote.

Petition could lead to referendum on Littleton's Aspen Grove

A decision by Littleton City Council to redevelop the Aspen Grove shopping center for new housing could ultimately fall to the city’s voters after residents successfully petitioned to hold a …
Jon Gray-Ginsberg

GOP contenders defend gas industry

Colorado’s oil and gas industry was well represented Jan. 6 as five Republicans seeking their party’s nomination for Colorado governor met in Fort Lupton. “(Gov. Jared) Polis killed the oil and …

Douglas County warns of fairground event scam

Douglas County is warning citizens not to fall for a scam advertising a New Year’s Eve party at the fairgrounds this year. “There is no such party,” according to a social media …
Legislators listen to Lisa Hough, President of Adams County Regional Economic Partnership, kick off the event.

Too early to talk politics? Legislators outline plans at Adams County breakfast

Legislators talked about economic recovery, health care, child services, education, the environment and more during the annual Adams County Regional Partnership Legislative Preview Breakfast Dec. 10 …
The Hicks Family Athletic and Performing Arts Center is host to many new activities, including volleyball games.

Evergreen Country Day School opens new addition

Students and school staff alike are excited to be using the new gym/performing arts center Evergreen Country Day School opened this year.
Mark Harden leads a meeting of the Colorado Community Media news staff at CCM's Englewood newsroom.
FROM THE EDITOR

It’s goodbye, again, and I have a favor to ask

I’m not exactly sure what you’re supposed to do when you retire. I hear that often it involves hikes and beers with friends and reading the great books and binge-watching Marvel movies. Those all sound rewarding. But I’m not sure that’s going to hold me for long.
COMMUNITY LIFE IN PHOTOS
The Saint Bernard's were all adopted through the rescue.

Barrel-bearing Bernards deliver Christmas cheer

Christmas came early for certain Littleton-area residents who were greeted Thursday morning by a procession of Saint Bernards with barrels of beer around their collar.  Two Littleton-area households …
A band plays at the Tailgate Tavern during Parker Days in June 2018.

Parker Days will be smaller, with local focus in 2022

After taking two years off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Parker Days festival will return to the town in 2022 with a smaller, more local focus. The event will have one fewer stage than previous …
Corinne Howe and Jennifer Snyder work on making cookie dough.

Bailey resident teaches class on baking at high altitudes

If your cakes fall and your cookies are hard when you bake at high altitude, you're not alone. In Bailey, Kathy Mastroianni has been teaching people how to adjust recipes for successful baking in the mountains for about eight years.
Murdoch, a 5-year-old basset hound, won the election to be Littleton's first-ever honorary dog mayor.

Meet Littleton’s new dog mayor (and mayor pro tem)

Littleton has a new leader. He likes belly rubs and smelling the flowers when he walks.  Murdoch, a 5-year-old basset hound, will be the city’s first honorary dog mayor after winning the recent …
Ryan Anderson of The House of Stewart stands with the small business’ display of candies and confections at its booth at this year’s Cherry Creek Holiday Market. Anderson’s favorite is the Baileys Irish Cream because it is the company’s seasonal product — it’s only made in the fall.

‘The glow of the holidays’: Denver’s Cherry Creek North features lights, local shopping

Vendors at this year’s Cherry Creek North Holiday Market are excited to have conversations with people and help shoppers find the perfect gift. “People like to support local businesses,” said …
Allen Richardson loads wood into a truck bed to move near the splitter.

Evergreen Christian Outreach's lumberjacks are fired up for firewood

Evergreen Christian Outreach's lumberjacks and lumber-jill are giants among volunteers. While not physically as large as the fabled Paul Bunyon, they provide a huge service by splitting innumerable cords of firewood for families in need.
Even dogs got in on the holiday spirit at the annual Christmas in Conifer parade.

A festival for all ages in Conifer

Despite Saturday's warm weather, Christmas in Conifer was no less festive. The 38th annual Conifer Christmas parade down Sutton Road in Aspen Park featured everything a small-town parade should, plus the day was filled with musical entertainment, bounce houses for the kids, beverage tents and a horse-drawn trolley to get everyone from one end of the festival to the other.

VIDEO: Collecting African art is a passion for retired teacher in Denver

One of the country’s most extraordinary private art collections is hidden in plain sight. Nearly every square inch of Paul Hamilton’s home in Denver’s Whittier neighborhood is occupied by a …

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MEET CCM's NEW EDITOR
Veteran news leader named Colorado Community Media editor

The next editor-in-chief of Colorado Community Media is Lisa Schlichtman, an experienced, award-winning news executive and an industry leader.

News
HUDSON -- Weld County sheriff's deputies are looking for an ATV that was stolen from property near Hudson. It happened around 6 a.m. Jan. 15 in the 5500 block of Weld County Road 37. Sheriff's …
Commerce City police would like to reunite a family with its urn. In a series of tweets, police said someone turned in an item containing the small urn to the department's property and evidence …
Local public health officials and analysts implored the public not to let its guard down as the omicron variant drives a dramatic coronavirus surge in Colorado. “We believe it is important for …
Life
After more than three decades on the road and behind the camera, noted landscape photographer Todd Caudle said he never tires of Colorado’s majestic mountains.
Much like the year immediately preceding it, 2021 posed more than its share of challenges. As individuals, community members and global citizens, we all had to be more thoughtful than ever about what …
If you’re a hankerin’ for a weekend rich in the storied history of the American West, then gather ‘round the campfire for the 2022 Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering, coming up Jan. 15 and 16 at the American Mountaineering Center in downtown Golden.
Josie and Hannah Thomas are excited as they begin their year-long reign as 2022 Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo queen and attendant.
Sports
Skyview High School got a 50-50 split of appeals to its classifications for boys and girls basketball for the two-year cycle that begins in 2022. The Colorado High School Activities …
Prairie View High School’s boys and girls basketball teams are going to play in the state’s newest classification starting in 2022. The Colorado High School Activities …
As far as Jon Flenniken knows, no one in Clear Creek County has ever hosted an official hockey event until Jan. 10.
Eleven wrestlers from Adams City High School earned spots in the most recent On the Mat Magazine rankings. They are Nicholas Vasquez (No. 6 at 106 pounds), Jaxon Lopez (No. 12 at 126 pounds), Jace …
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