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It’s about time (on their hands)

Castle Rock resident Jerry Powell says business owners have a greater responsibility for their community than do the residents who live there. He says when you open a business, you’re obviously …
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A team at Smiths Group, a global technology business, carries out final testing on new ventilators being produced for the United Kingdom’s National Health Service. A group of companies supporting the push for ventilators in the U.K. includes Arrow Electronics, headquartered in Centennial. Arrow also is pushing to increase ventilator production and COVID-19 testing capacity in the United States.

Arrow works on ventilators project, looks to boost virus testing

One of Centennial's largest employers is lending its forward-thinking tech expertise to a collaboration of businesses that aims to build thousands of ventilators — machines that help hospital …
Libby Bortz Assisted Living in Littleton.

At least four dead of COVID-19 at Littleton's Libby Bortz Assisted Living

At least four residents have died of COVID-19 at Littleton's Libby Bortz Assisted Living home, according to the Tri-County Health Department. Another resident from the facility died before a test …

‘He was my everything’

Steve Evans thought he was coming down with a common bug. He developed a light, wet cough, and an upset stomach. He felt increasingly tired. After a couple of days, the 51-year-old Castle Rock man …
Wind Crest retirement community in Highlands Ranch

At least five residents of Highlands Ranch retirement community test positive for COVID-19

At least five residents and one employee at Wind Crest retirement community in Highlands Ranch have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement from the community on April 7. “We have …

Gov. Jared Polis speaks to reporters May 7.

Colorado's statewide stay-at-home order extended to April 26

Just as Gov. Jared Polis invoked Americans' sacrifice in World War II when he announced Colorado's stay-at-home order nearly two weeks earlier, he again called up the dire and communal spirit of that …
Education
Arapahoe Community College's main campus in Littleton.

ACC gets creative as diverse courses go online

As Arapahoe Community College works to move diverse course offerings online amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the transition is easier for some than others. The Littleton-based community college, which …
The face shields were donated to Sky Ridge Medical Center and teachers are continuing to make them.

Teachers create face shields on 3D printers

Douglas County teachers are stepping up to help health-care providers facing a shortage of protective gear by using high-tech tools to create needed products. Career and Technical Education …
Douglas County School District IT Technician Lars Stjernquist cleans chromebooks at South Ridge Elementary School in March before students pick them up as the district transitions to remote learning.

Denver metro area school districts close for the school year

As Colorado braces for the COVID-19 peak to hit, 14 Denver metro area school districts jointly announced they will remain closed to in-person learning for the remainder of the school year. …

Douglas County School District closes campuses for remainder of school year

More than a dozen Denver metro area school districts, including the Douglas County School District, jointly announced April 3 they will remain closed to in-person learning for the remainder of the …

In-person learning will not resume this school year in Jeffco

After previously suspending in-person learning through April 30, Jeffco Public Schools sent out an April 3 letter announcing that school buildings will remain closed for the rest of the school year. …
Business

A different kind of daily grind

Some people find that working from home goes just fine for them. But Golden resident Eric Rasch says he isn’t one of them. That’s why, after a year and a half of working from home, Rasch said he …
Passengers board a light rail train bound for downtown Denver from the downtown Littleton station last summer.

RTD slashing service amid COVID-19 outbreak

The Regional Transportation District is cutting service by 40% in response to plummeting demand amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay-at-home orders issued March 26 have forced nonessential businesses to …
Horan & McConaty, which has seven funeral homes in the Denver metro area, is allowing clients who have a private memorial during the COVID-19 crisis to have a free public memorial once the state's prohibition on large gatherings is lifted.
COVID-19

With gatherings prohibited, two options for funeral services: livestream or postpone

While losing a loved one at any time is difficult, planning a funeral has been made even more complicated as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to halt gatherings. With the statewide stay-at-home …
Josh Santistevan, an owner of Burrito Kings, sanitizes his hands. Holly Santistevan, another owner of the restaurant, said she is concerned what kind of impact the stay-at-home order will have on Burrito King.

Lakewood service businesses talk COVID-19

Holly Santistevan opened up the Burrito King restaurant in Lakewood in January of 2019, and before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, life was good. She had loyal, dependable customers coming in daily, and …

Dr. Kimber Bogush, emergency medicine physician, and emergency room nurse Mia Orr are pictured in the trauma bay during their shifts at the UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital Emergency Department on Friday, March 27, 2020.

UCHealth Highlands Ranch at 'base of a wave'

When Dr. Ben Usatch was first offered a job at UCHealth Highlands Ranch while riding a ski lift in Vail, he never imagined where he would be almost two years later: preparing for a pandemic. Usatch, …
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