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Election 2021: Colorado school board election spending skyrockets

More cash is flowing into Colorado school board contests this year than in previous election cycles as teacher unions, charter school advocates and wealthy individual donors open their purse strings to influence closely contested races across the state.
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Two die after chase in Brighton, police say

 

Michael Martinez appointed as Brighton city manager

Brighton's new city manager was the acting city manager for the past week/ City council made the promotion official during an Oct. 26 special meeting. He succeeds Jane Bais DiSessa, who …

Judge temporarily blocks Douglas County mask-rule exemption

A federal judge temporarily halted Douglas County’s public health order, which allowed people to opt out of mask mandates and restricted quarantines, during an Oct. 26 ruling. U.S. District …
Emily Nelson is CEO of Be a Tree Cremation in Denver, which offers an alternative to traditional end-of-life services.

Denver business offers ‘water cremation’ as end-of-life alternative

Let’s talk about death. “It’s really a Western culture thing, this death denial,” says Emily Nelson. “Where we just don’t really think about it or talk about it and it’s just become …

Brighton police investigating attempted armed robbery/car theft

Brighton police are looking for clues into an attempted car theft that ended with a pursuit and a crash. Two people are in area hospitals, and a third is in custody. It began around 1 p.m. Oct. 25 …
Education

Douglas County School District sues county health department over masks

The Douglas County School District and families of students at high risk of COVID-19 are suing the local health department over a public health order allowing people to opt out of masking.
A boy listens to his headphones as Douglas County Health Board members debate allowing students and teachers to opt out of masking mandates in schools at an Oct. 8 special meeting.

Douglas County Health Board approves opting out of school mask mandates

The Douglas County Health Department will allow people to opt out of any local masking requirements under a new health order aimed at curbing masking mandates in schools.
Students listen in during an English class at Arapahoe Community College Monday, Sept. 27.

Free community college proposal excites Colorado students, educators

After graduating from high school, Jake Smith didn't think he'd make it in college. He struggled academically and he didn't have the money to afford more education until he joined the Army.  For …
A group of East High School students who are part of the school’s robotics team stand with a basketball-playing robot that’s in its early stage of construction. This robot is expected to be able to play basketball against a human by December.

Robots meet the mainstream

The Angelbotics — Denver East High School’s robotics club — hosted about 40 middle-and-high school robotics teams for Colorado’s Energy Day Festival on Sept. 25. The robotics teams came from …

27J district in need of staff

The nationwide hiring shortage hit 27J Schools. "We are in a terrible staff shortage situation all over the district," said district spokewoman Janelle Asmius. "Our regular operations have already …
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RPO Framing and Gallery, 1588 S. Pearl St., celebrated its one-year anniversary on Sept. 1. Pictured is the shop participating in the First Fridays Art and Shop Walk along South Pearl Street earlier this year.

October Business Matters

Business Matters is a monthly column featuring business news in the Life on Capitol Hill and Washington Park Profile coverage areas, which is roughly central and central-south Denver. If you are a …
An oil well pumpjack at sunrise in eastern Colorado.

Oil & gas firm slapped with Colo.’s 2nd-largest state fine ever

After concluding that oil and gas operator KP Kauffman Co. had engaged in “a pattern of violations,” fines for the company were boosted to $2 million, the second-largest penalty ever issued by …
Lydia Jumonville, SCL chief executive officer

SCL, Intermountain Health announce merger

SCL Health, which runs Platte Valley and Lutheran medical centers, and Utah-based Intermountain Health announced their intent to merge Sept. 16. When complete -- perhaps early next year -- the …
Blair Hamill reaches for a coaster in the Travel Posters warehouse in Englewood Sept. 8.

Love for public lands is at heart of Englewood business

Blair Hamill was looking for a way to make a living as an artist — for something that would unite his love of this country’s public lands with his talent as a landscape painter and his experience …

Lone Tree Brewing Co. took bronze in the American Fruit Beer category for its Lone Tree Peach Pale Ale at the 2021 Great American Beer Festival awards.

Local breweries honored in 2021 Great American Beer Festival awards

Local breweries are among the winners of 2021 Great American Beer Festival awards. The Boulder-based Brewers Association presented gold, silver and bronze medals in 97 categories Sept. 10 as part of …
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