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Fire engulfs homes under construction in Highlands Ranch

South Metro Fire Rescue personnel sprang into action in Highlands Ranch Monday after a cluster of homes under construction was engulfed in flames.
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A sign on the doors of every Mines campus building provides a reminder of steps to take to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Mines planning on in-person classes in the fall but campus will be different

Classes will be held at Colorado School of Mines campus in the fall — but life on campus will still look plenty different. In a message sent to students and faculty on June 22, School of Mines …
People sit on the lawn in front of Parker Town Hall July 3 for a protest in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Sit-in at Parker Town Hall supports Black Lives Matter

Dozens gathered at Parker Town Hall July 3 for a protest in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. The demonstration, a sit-in and discussion about race, was at least the fourth organized …
South Metro and Aurora fire crews extinguished a July 4 fire in thick vegetation behind 7171 Cherokee Trail in Arapahoe County. No structures were damaged and no injuries occurred. Neighbors reported seeing an adult playing with fireworks in the area before the fire started.

A booming July 4 was a bust for firefighters

The Independence Day fireworks celebrations around metro Denver were loud and boisterous -- and they kept local firefighters busy.
Big Mama, Felicia P. Fields, with Shake Anderson and Chick Street Man will perform with a band to deliver favorite blues songs at Lone Tree Arts Center.

Lone Tree Arts Center to reopen soon

With the start of the Lone Tree Arts Center's fall programming on the horizon, Director Lisa Rigsby Peterson is no longer wondering what is to become of the 2020-2021 season.

In a file photo, fireworks light up the sky above Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood.

Fireworks shows in Douglas County canceled due to fire danger

Three Douglas County fireworks shows planned for the Fourth of July were canceled Thursday due to fire danger. Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock, who also serves as the county fire marshal, …
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Community colleges launch improved admission system

A new, guaranteed admission program will provide Colorado Community College System students pursuing an associate degree a more solid path to admission to a partner four-year university. Arapahoe …
A Denver Public Schools bus parks outside of an apartment complex in Denver’s Hilltop neighborhood.

Denver schools hit by steep COVID-19 costs

With Colorado school buildings closed, and students learning remotely from home, it might seem that districts are saving money. But that’s not necessarily the case. Denver Public Schools officials …
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis discusses COVID-19 at his news conference Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

Polis 'optimistic' but not certain about schools re-opening in August

Gov. Jared Polis said he expects in-person classes to resume at the state's schools in the fall, but acknowledged that it isn't certain.
Three volunteers from McMeen Elementary School, 1000 S. Holly St., packed about 200 meals for Denver Public Schools’ breakfast and lunch delivery service on April 14. That day, the school bus made three stops to deliver the meals to students and their families.

Denver Public Schools keeps students fed during remote learning

Though students aren't physically going to school right now, Denver Public Schools' yellow buses can still be seen serving young people around town. But the buses aren't filled with kids — they're …

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. …
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Caution tape wraps swings at Sterne Park in Littleton.

Colorado relaxes rules for worship houses, gyms, playgrounds, recreation

The state continues to try to strike a balance between public safety and returning to normalcy.
Sierra restaurant in Lone Tree has reopened its dining room. It typically employs 100 people but during the pandemic kept 10 to 15 people working in staggered shifts. On May 18, masked workers cooked up takeout and delivery orders.

Colorado may consider small-business relief fund

Eateries across Colorado are now allowed to resume sit-down service, but Gov. Jared Polis acknowledged “the pain our restaurants have been through” during the state's closure of dine-in service. …
A steady stream of people stopped by C&C Coffee and Kitchen on May 12. Some hoped to order food and found the restaurant closed. Others taped cash donations to the storefront. A few came simply to see the spectacle.

Castle Rock coffee shop files lawsuit over shutdown

The Castle Rock restaurant that drew national attention for opening to in-person dining on Mother's Day in defiance of state and public health orders is suing the governor along with state and local …
An employee at Sierra restaurant in Lone Tree.

Colorado restaurants can open limited dine-in service May 27

A long-awaited step in Colorado's relaxation of social distancing requirements arrived Monday, May 25, when Gov. Jared Polis announced that restaurants will be able to open for limited in-person …

Shoppers inside the reopened Alter'd State store at Park Meadows mall on May 24, 2020.

Grand reopening: Park Meadows welcomes shoppers back inside (VIDEO)

Metro Denver's largest indoor shopping mall reopened for business under rules designed to protect customers' health, including mandatory mask use.
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