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Governor presents first budget to lawmakers

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis pitched his plan for state-funded full-day kindergarten to lawmakers, calling it an opportunity to address educational and economic inequities facing young families. Polis … more

How the Tri-County Overdose Prevention Partnership battles opioid misuse

When the Tri-County Overdose Prevention Partnership formed in 2016, the group aimed to battle the opioid epidemic from every angle. Members drafted a plan in which workgroups would focus on six key … more

Battle against opioid crisis: Map is sorrowful guide to lost loved ones

The online map is a living, breathing eulogy of people who have died from opioid use. Matt Lazarus, of Castle Rock, “was known for having a ‘heart of gold’” and “will be missed by many,” … more

Crow eyes ethics reform, campaign finance, guns

After besting five-term Republican Rep. Mike Coffman — who had previously proven to be ironclad in the 6th Congressional District — new Democratic Rep. Jason Crow in January entered Washington … more

Columbine Square could see hundreds of apartments

Columbine Square's owners have offered the first glimpse at their plans for the long-empty parcel in west Littleton, but they're staying mum on the details. The site's owners would like to build more … more

Government shutdown: What Colorado politicians are saying

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Denver (via Twitter) “It’s Day 20. @POTUS & @senatemajldr are blocking our efforts to reopen the government. And they’re getting paid. Meanwhile, federal … more

'There's only so long that I can hold out'

Jake Slyder was planning on taking his wife on a hot springs vacation to celebrate their two-year anniversary — but the U.S. government partial shutdown forced him to cancel those plans. Slyder is … more

Arapahoe County officials take oath of office

There's a new sheriff in town — and a few other new elected officials to boot. Arapahoe County's elected officials took their oaths at the county commissioners' chambers in Littleton on Jan. 8, … more

Polis inauguration highlights theme of 'Colorado for All'

Democrat Jared Polis' inauguration as the first openly gay U.S. governor firmly moved Colorado to a darker shade of blue as he vowed to expand health care, pursue publicly funded preschool and … more

DA to examine claims of innocence for convicted

Taking a proactive approach, the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office has launched a process to investigate “legitimate” claims that convicted individuals may be innocent, the office … more

Arapahoe County budget up thanks to revenue growth

Arapahoe County adopted a $404.3 million budget for 2019 in December, up from $390 million last year and bolstered by increased revenue, according to county documents. “A lot of very hard work went … more

Bridges fills vacancy in south metro state Senate district

A familiar face in the south metro area now moves up a notch on Colorado's political ladder, as Democratic state Rep. Jeff Bridges, of Greenwood Village, takes state Sen. Daniel Kagan's seat after … more

Out of power, GOP aims to be 'conscience' at Capitol

The defiantly conservative voice of state Rep. Patrick Neville hit some resigned notes the day before the state Legislature convened, with the Republican House leader from Castle Rock and a Senate … more

South Metro takes over for Littleton Fire

Littleton Fire Rescue is no more. On the morning of New Year's Day, acting Littleton Fire Rescue Chief Jeff Tasker stood before a small crowd of firefighters and their families in the garage of Fire … more

Rotary's State of the State event brings Molly Bloom, focuses on mental health

Molly Bloom, author of the book-turned-Oscar-nominated film “Molly’s Game” who also struggled with addiction, anxiety and depression, is one of two headliners at the Rotary State of the State … more

Suspect sought after attempted gun store burglary

A male suspect remains at-large after an attempted gun store burglary in the Highlands Ranch area the morning of Jan. 3, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. The attempted burglary led … more

Clydesdales help usher in new beer laws

The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales visited the Colorado Capitol Dec. 31 to celebrate the repeal, effective New Year's Day, of laws that prevented sales of beer greater than 3.2 percent alcohol by … more

Low carb? Low fat? What latest dieting studies tell us

Bacon and black coffee for breakfast, or oatmeal and bananas? If you're planning to try to lose weight in 2019, you're sure to find a fierce debate online and among friends and family about how best … more

'He lived with courage and followed his heart'

Garrett Ray brought the Littleton community together for years as editor and owner of the Littleton Independent. He did so one last time, at his funeral. A standing-room-only crowd packed Columbine … more

DPS students hear Michelle Obama speak

More than 150 DPS students and family members were given the opportunity to hear the former first lady speak during the “Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama” event on Dec. 13. … more
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