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Shelter network moves forward in Arvada

Brenda Shepard stood in the gymnasium at The Rising Church in Olde Town Arvada. She was freshly showered, had a warm cup of coffee and folded clothes she recently picked out of the church’s racks, available to area homeless people and those living … more

Annual homeless count tallies an elusive population

On a balmy January night this year, 5,116 people were counted as being homeless in the Denver metro area. In Jefferson County, 394 homeless individuals were counted. The annual Point in Time (PIT) survey is conducted on a January night across … more

Many faces, many facets to homelessness

In speaking with church groups, social workers and homelessness experts, a common refrain is that no one solution exists to homelessness, because there is no one cause. Each person facing homelessness often deals with multiple … more

‘The homeless person ... on the street is a person just like you’

The hotels and motels along West Colfax Avenue have never been just a place to stop during the night for travelers. They also — for years — have served as temporary roofs for homeless people who can afford staying a night or two. Wheat Ridge … more

Homelessness in Jeffco steps out of hiding

Small encampments along a nearby jogging path. A sleeping bag tucked under a bridge. The car parked in the far corner of the grocery store parking lot. There, often just out of the public’s sight, are the homeless of Jefferson … more

Keeping eyes, and minds, on the road

Nicolle Dowling of Centennial knows her distracted driving is a problem. “I’m aware of it, but I need to do a better job of not doing it,” Dowling said. “Having the phone in my hand, whether it be for texting, talking, using navigation … more

'Sick-out' closes two high schools

An empty parking lot symbolizes more than a school closure. Late Thursday evening, Standley Lake and Conifer high schools canceled classes for Friday, Sept. 19, following a … more

Liquor compliance hits new lows

Golden City Police Department handed out 14 liquor violations to employees at local establishments throughout the city during the department’s annual liquor compliance checks in Dec. 2013. The … more

Jeffco school board legal costs may rise

Jeffco Schools Board of Education's recent hiring of a Colorado Springs attorney Brad A. Miller, could cost the district an additional $90,000 this year. Hired by a 3-2 vote (Ken Witt, Julie … more

Holiday recycle services abound in Golden

With the holidays over, it is time to pack up the decorations and maybe make room for some larger Christmas gifts received last year. There are dozens of recycling facilities located throughout Golden and nearby Wheat Ridge that can help with the … more

Jeffco’s 4-H seeks help for dog project

Jefferson County’s 4-H program isn’t just for youth who are enveloped by foothills or surrounded by an agrarian lifestyle. The youth development program also offers a dog training program which may peak the interest of some of Colorado’s more … more

Golden Chamber selects new leader

Golden Chamber of Commerce announced its new CEO and president on Thursday, Jan. 2. Dawn Smith will fill the vacancy position left by Gary Wink, who retires on Jan. 15. “I am thrilled to be … more

Top stories of the year

It has been a year of change for Golden with well-respected community leaders stepping down to new faces on city council next year. There was a lot to report on this year but here is a list of some of the top 10 stories listed in no particular … more

Tides turning in Jefferson County

Elections, budget constraints and developments pretty much sums up the year for Jefferson County. Here is a list of the Top 5 stories of the year that made a huge impact on the county: School board tide turns The Jefferson County school board … more

Bonus Incentive Plans For Employees: What's The Point?

When I ask business owners about the possibility of installing an employee incentive plan, I often hear one of two responses: • “I would like to do something to reward my key employees for … more

What you need to know about flu prevention

Colder weather brings people together, and if not careful, can cause you to walk away with a cold or the flu. “We see more cases in the winter months because in winter we’re indoors more and in closer contact,” NextCare national director … more

A local place to meet and eat

Every Thursday, a group of volunteers at the First United Methodist Church wake up early to prepare a hot lunch for the city’s residents who are in need of a meal and some good company. The program called “Hunger Watch” serves about 32 … more

Waving goodbye to Gary Wink

It is no secret that one of Golden’s most influential community leaders has decided to retire. Gary Wink surprised the city of Golden with his announcement that he will retire January 15 from his position after 19 years as the president and CEO … more

Jeffco board raises eyebrows

It only took until the first full meeting of the new Jefferson County School Board for fears to be renewed about changes the new board will make. New board president Ken Witt, John Newkirk and Julie Williams outvoted Lesley Dahlkemper and Jill … more

NREL leads with sustainable landscapes

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has received certification from a pilot program called SITES, an initiative to create more sustainable landscapes. Sustainable Sites Initiative or SITES spawned in June 2010, … more
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