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Fireworks light up the sky over Belleview and Cornerstone parks as part of the annual July 4 celebration.

Englewood Fourth of July fireworks cancellation a contentious decision

In Englewood, one of several municipalities in the Denver metro area that canceled early-July fireworks shows this year amid concerns about dry conditions and risk of fires, the city council made its decision after a planning process where city officials may have been operating on conflicting concepts of what a local fire ban meant.
Protesters stand outside the Littleton court house June 24.

Littleton residents protest end of Roe v. Wade at city's courthouse

About 20 Littleton community members protested outside the city's courthouse June 24 following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that has protected the right to abortion nationwide for nearly 50 years. 
Demi Christian Maestas

VIDEO: Commerce City police searching for two burglary suspects

COMMERCE CITY -- Police are looking for at least two suspects involved in a series of commercial burglaries and auto thefts over the past several months in the Denver area. Commerce City …
Lifeguard Aubrey Pierce, 18, poses for a portrait while on duty at the top of the slides at H2O'Brien Pool in Parker.

Staffing shortages causes Pirate's Cove water park to close every Monday for remainder of summer

Amid reports of staffing shortages at swimming pools throughout Colorado, Governor Jared Polis announced new efforts to prevent shortages, including a new grant program to help offer higher pay, a …

Re-8 adopts budget for next school year

The Weld Re-8 School District took two votes to adopt its 2022-2023 budget during a regular meeting June …
Education
Members of the Douglas County School Board discuss trust and air differences in a Feb. 4 meeting. Trust came up again in the June 21 meeting when the board discussed community opposition to a bond and/or mill levy override. Survey results showed a lack of trust in the district and how it spends its money is a main reason voters don't support a new funding initiative.

Douglas County School District intends to put MLO/bond question on November ballot

Douglas County School District’s Board of Education voted 6-0 to notify the Douglas and Elbert county clerks that they plan to put one or two questions on the November ballot regarding school funding.
Littleton Public Schools Director of Nutrition Services Jessica Gould, left, and nutrition supervisor Sarah Kinney hold bags of food at a distribution site on Feb. 12. Food distribution during the pandemic could serve as a model for greater equity afterward, Gould said.

What the end of universal free meals means for Englewood and Littleton schools

For Englewood and Littleton schools, universal free meals ended after Congress failed to include billions in funding for the program in its $1.5 trillion 2022 budget. It means districts will have to contend with feeding less as the rules around who can receive free and reduced meals tightens. 

Prairie View MS has new principal

Grace Bird is the new principal at Prairie View Middle School. It won't be a lot of extra miles for her to get to her new job. She's been the assistant principal at the middle dchool since 2019. A …
The Douglas County School District's records custodian is being sued for refusing to turn over documents that four school board members received before taking office.

Douglas County School District faces new open records lawsuit

The Douglas County School District is being sued again over alleged violations of the Colorado Open Records Act for not releasing copies of documents school board members used in a retreat.

Elizabeth High School.

Elizabeth Schools employees to get pay boost

The Elizabeth School Board last month boosted pay for all district employees based on a confluence of factors, an announcement from the Elizabeth School District states.
Business
Former Fort Lupton High School student Jesus Manriquez talks IT work to a group of FLHS students at the school's career fair April 21. Manriquez works in the IT department for 27J Schools. Representatives from colleges, universities, the armed services, local fire departments and hair salons talked with FLHS students about possible career ventures.

Talking shop at Fort Lupton HS career day

Dave and Shelly Gardner, owners of Max Taps Co., opened their Centennial location on Feb. 1.

Tavern owners double down

The original location of Max Taps Co. survived 2020, a feat that shaped founder Dave Gardner’s outlook on opening a second taproom. “If we can make it through that, with nobody allowed in a bar, …
A rendering of the various phases of the possible Mainstreet developments.

Parker hears first look at possible Mainstreet developments

Parker’s Urban Renewal Authority heard proposals for the first time from the company that may develop several plots of land along the town’s Mainstreet, including Pine Curve, during an …
Although the business switched to a natural-colored shell for the majority of its macarons in 2019, colored-coordinated cookies are still available by request from Honey B's Macarons.

Honey B's grows with community

Honey B’s Macarons has evolved in the six years it’s been located in Highlands Ranch. In that time, Michelle Naherny, owner and baker, has seen her customer’s lives unfold and change as well. …

Executive chef Jose Espinoza oversees the kitchen at Trestles Coastal Cuisine in Castle Pines.

Trestles Coastal Cuisine stays flexible

Lobster rolls are once again available at a locally-owned Castle Pines eatery — and the menu change is emblematic of how the establishment survived its first five years in business.  Owned by …
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