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Economists discuss ways to 'keep Colorado competitive'

The economy of Denver's south metro area will look a lot like last year's, experts say, and the speed bumps to the region's growth remain present as ever. Colorado continues to be a national model of …
Kewhan Dickerson, left, with his sister Keleshia Nash shortly before she was killed in September 2018. Dickerson said his sister had a powerful but troubled spirit, and was working to lift herself out of the difficulties of her life.

'We meant everything to each other'

Kewhan Dickerson winces when kids ask about his family. Dickerson, a kids' counselor at YMCA Denver, said the youngsters he works with like to ask about his life. When they ask if he has siblings, he …
Paleontologist Joe Sertich, curator of dinosaurs for the Denver Museum of  Nature and Science, holds a fossilized jawbone dug from the ground in Thornton two years ago. The bones belong to a Torosaurus -- a close cousin to a Triceratops -- that lived in Colorado during the late Cretaceous period 66 million years ago.

Thornton bones have a lot to teach

The dinosaur bones dug up by a bulldozer in Thornton in August 2017 could change how science views late Cretaceous dinosaurs. Paleontologist Joe Sertich, curator of dinosaurs for the Denver Museum of …
Tate

Bill aims to repeal Colorado death penalty

After years of coming up short, advocates of repealing the death penalty may finally cross the finish line this year with newfound support from two Republican senators. “From a philosophical …
Sundara

No charges for STEM security guard who injured students

The privately hired security guard on duty during the STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting injured two students and was illegally carrying a weapon on school grounds, 4th Judicial District Attorney …
News
More than $6.8 million is on its way to the Douglas County School District to bolster student safety, while STEM School Highlands Ranch — the site of a fatal shooting last year — is set to …
Sportsman's Warehouse will open in February in Parker in the building that previously housed Gander Mountain. The Alaska-based sports and outdoors retailer will be located at 18420 Cottonwood Drive, …
A former Highlands Ranch resident who was charged with the murder of her daughter has been granted bond. A grand jury charged Kelly Turner, 41, with 13 counts, including murder, child abuse, theft …
The Colorado Horse Park recently issued a news release in an effort to dispel rumors that it is shutting down for the 2020 season, but the park has yet to find a replacement for its show director and …
Life
Fairy tale princesses have long been part and parcel of our literary and social fabric, as they were created from ancient folk tales — and have more recently evolved through Disney films and now, …
t all started with a state parks pass. Areli Alcazar, a teacher at Kenton Elementary School in Aurora, stopped by the Schlessman branch of Denver Public Library a couple years ago, where a librarian …
Longtime Littleton painter rita derjue has an exhibit of colorful recent works at Bemis Library through Jan. 30 in the gallery. Some are familiar mountain landscapes, while others may be scenes from …
Backyard dreams I worked at Rocky Mountain News 41 years. I always say, “If you've got to go to work, you might as well go to a game.” I got into writing in the Lincoln Log — the (Denver) …
Sports
Tayvis Sagrillo-Smiley refused to stop taking practice shots at the basket, and he is one of the 4A Jeffco League's best shooters this season. Littleton High School's Sagrillo-Smiley was the leading …
David McKean has been forced to realize there are other ways help a basketball team other than making a shot, grabbing a rebound or making a steal. McKean, a 6-foot-2 senior, is the top scorer on the …
There seems to be a culture that has developed around unified sports programs in the state. Unified sports programs join youngsters with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. …
Nicole Rodriguez has acquired the ability to balance all the activities going on in her life. Rodriguez is a 27-year-old World Language teacher at Castle View High School who will be starting her …
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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