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4th night of confrontations in Denver after calm protests during the day

A fourth day of peaceful protests again devolved into confrontations with police after Sunday's 8 p.m. curfew, with tear gas and pepper pellets again filling the air in downtown Denver.
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Water had begun to fill the Cook Creek pool in Lone Tree.

South Suburban prepares pools, despite uncertainty (VIDEO)

South Suburban Parks and Recreation provides indoor and outdoor recreation to communities across the south Denver metro area. Those amenities look a lot different during the COVID-19 pandemic. The …
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 …
Danny Dietz Sr. sits beside his son's grave at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Dietz Jr., a Navy SEAL, was killed in Afghanistan in 2005.

'Every day is Memorial Day for me'

On a mountainside in Afghanistan in 2005, Heritage High School graduate and Navy SEAL Danny Dietz gave his life for his country.Nearly 15 years later, his father, Danny Dietz Sr., spent Memorial Day …

Vote to split United Methodist Church postponed

This May, the United Methodist Church was slated to end 50 years of disagreement over the role of LGBTQ people in the church. But because of the pandemic, which postponed a scheduled vote to …
Education
Graduates of the Class of 2020 from high schools in Arapahoe County.
In Their Own Words

Class of 2020, Arapahoe County: Together, apart

Part of a series on the graduating class of 2020.
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.
Susan Brotherton, left, and Beth Best pass out laptops to parents outside Littleton Public Schools' district headquarters on April 7.

Together in isolation: How Littleton Public Schools is teaching under quarantine

A line of cars stretched around the block, as Littleton Public Schools staff and volunteers distributed laptops to families outside district headquarters near downtown Littleton. At the front of the …

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 …
Business
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.
Curbside pickup has been allowed at Park Meadows as long as retail has been allowed to operate doing so, but officials believe it could be a more permanent offering going forward.

Park Meadows has allies in pitch to reopen

Park Meadows mall could soon reopen its corridors, and some interior stores, if its request to reopen is approved by the state. The request would affect stores with no exterior means of public access …
General Manager Matt Niemann at the Golden Plum Creek Garden Market.

Garden centers open up during this COVID-19 spring

Springtime means it is gardening season, and especially with extra time at home for most folks, it seems an especially good time for it.   Plum Creek Garden Market opened up for limited …
Mark Brinkerhoff is co-founder and owner of Sierra, a restaurant in Lone Tree.

Douglas County pushes to reopen restaurants

Perched on a hilltop at the southern edge of the Denver metro area, Lone Tree restaurant Sierra boasts vistas of the city, swanky dining rooms, large outdoor patios, and enough seating for up to 350 …

House Minority Leader Patrick Neville, a Castle Rock resident, visited C&C Coffee and Kitchen on May 12, taping $20 to the storefront.

Colorado legislative leader Neville defends defiant Castle Rock eatery

A masked Colorado House Minority Leader Patrick Neville walked up to the front of Castle Rock restaurant C&C Coffee and Kitchen on May 12 and taped a $20 bill to the business' window.
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