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Denver-area law enforcement reports 'largest fentanyl seizure' on any U.S. highway

It marks one of the largest fentanyl busts in Colorado, which has seen a spike in deaths from fentanyl overdoses in recent years. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, more than 900 people in Colorado died of fentanyl overdoses last year.
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Colorado Community Media Publisher Linda Shapley asks questions to Littleton Independent readers during a June 30 town hall.

Littleton residents worry about housing affordability, availability

The lack of housing availability and affordability was discussed at length during a special town hall meeting hosted by the Littleton Independent on June 30.
The Englewood Police Department headquarters at 3615 S. Elati St.

Englewood police arrest man accused of shooting, killing 21-year-old

Englewood police arrested a 37-year-old man July 4 for allegedly shooting and killing a 21-year-old, the department said. 
Rep. Jason Crow speaks about a tumultuous two terms in Congress, and on the work ahead, during a June 30 town hall in Littleton.

Rep. Jason Crow talks Supreme Court rulings, filibuster, Ukraine during town hall

U.S. Rep. Jason Crow's first two terms in Congress were unlike anything he expected. As he reflected on a "tumultuous four years" during a June 30 town hall in Littleton, he also fielded questions from constituents about the challenges ahead. 
David Anderson, left, was found guilty June 30 of murdering then 34-year-old Sylvia Quayle, right, in 1981.

Suspect in decades-old cold case murder found guilty by Arapahoe County jury

An Arapahoe County jury found David Anderson, 62, guilty of murdering Sylvia Quayle in her Cherry Hills Village home in 1981. The June 30 verdict brings to a close a  cold case that spanned more than four decades. 
Englewood fire at a Waste Management facility at 2400 W. Union Ave. on June 28, 2022.

Englewood fire burned an estimated 1,000 tons of trash and 100 tons of recycling

An estimated 1,000 tons of trash and roughly 100 tons of recycling burned during an overnight fire in Englewood that began June 27 at a WM, formerly known as Waste Management, site at 2400 W. Union Ave.
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In Englewood, one of several municipalities in the Denver metro area that canceled early-July fireworks shows this year amid concerns about dry conditions and risk of fires, the city council made its decision after a planning process where city officials may have been operating on conflicting concepts of what a local fire ban meant.
Darren Weekly has declared victory as the Republican candidate for sheriff of Douglas County after a few days of vote counting and a thin margin with the next leading candidate.  Weekly, the …
Englewood is among 71 recipients of a new grant, Pools Special Initiative 2022, that aims to help address staffing shortages at swimming pools across Colorado, but Brad Anderson, Englewood aquatics …
More money is coming to Colorado residents. Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced June 21 from the Governor’s Office that in late August, individual tax filers will receive refund checks of $750; …
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Denver Public Schools has one electric bus, to be used starting in fall of 2022 for elementary grade students and shuttle purposes. A new electric bus can cost about $400,000 — at least three times the price of a diesel school bus. DPS projects it will pay about $0.35 per mile with an electric bus, compared to about $0.69 per mile with a brand new diesel-powered bus. Electric buses are said to be quieter than conventional buses and can run about 50-70 miles on a charge.

Electric school buses are in Colorado’s future

One by one, the big yellow diesel-powered school buses shuttling kids back and forth in Colorado districts are rumbling along on their final routes and, after many thousands of miles, belching their …
A hike in mortgage interest rates has not brought down prices of existing homes yet.

Median home values haven’t fallen in Colorado

As average 30-year fixed mortgage rates continue to hover around 6%, there’s an expectation that prices of homes for sale will fall. It’s only been a few weeks since the Fed increased interest …
Left to right, the three Republicans running to be Colorado’s next secretary of state: Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, former Jefferson County Clerk Pam Anderson, and Mike O’Donnell, a nonprofit leader. Pam Anderson ended up winning the contest.

Primary voters reject slate of candidates who embraced election conspiracies

Republican primary voters in Colorado had a choice on June 28: Elevate a slate of candidates who believe the unfounded claim that President Donald Trump was the true winner of the 2020 election or …
Author Eleanor Brown of Highlands Ranch will appear July 15 at the Highlands Ranch Library.

Highlands Ranch Library to host local author

Highlands Ranch author Eleanor Brown will talk about her new book, “Any Other Family” and sign books at 6:30 p.m. on July 15 at the Highlands Ranch Library. Register at DCL.org/authors-events. …
In the next fiscal year, Jeffco will face significant cuts to its General Fund. These cuts could affect anything from Public Health funding to the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriffs who denounced Colorado’s red flag law now use it

Dolores County Sheriff Don Wilson never expected to use Colorado’s red flag law when it was passed in 2019. He thought the law made it too easy to take a person’s guns away. The statute allows …
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A brewery party under the big top

Starting a new business is never an easy prospect and that’s never been truer than in recent years. So, it’s no wonder that Arvada’s LUKI Brewery is making its birthday party one of the biggest …
A strawberry and banana soft serve swirl rolled in Fruit Loops is one of many fancy ice cream creations at DANG Soft Serve.

The cold and creamy taste of summer

Summer is here. July is upon us. And perhaps nothing defines the season as well as a cold, creamy scoop or two on a cone — or in a bowl, if you prefer.
Jim Genasci, on right, celebrates Pride on Thursday at Wind Crest with Ray Vanoski and SJ Light, who wears a sash and cowboy hat featuring buttons collected at various Pride events since 1983 by Genasci's late wife, Jeanne.

Wind Crest Pride honors memories, celebrates love

Highlands Ranch resident Jim Genasci started going to Pride events with his wife Jeanne in 1983, when their son Gary came out to them. For years, the Genascis traveled across all 50 states and …
A shuttle for the Colorado Department of Transportation's new Pegasus program that serves stops in Denver, Lakewood, Idaho Springs, Frisco, Vail and Avon.

Tired of driving? Here’s how to get around Colorado on public transportation

Ever wanted to take a road trip across the state without slogging through an hours-long drive on highways?

First of 4 free summer concerts at Sterne Park happening this Saturday

The event, known as Little Jam, will feature 1970s tribute band Mr. Majestyk's 8-Track Revival. Attendees are welcome to bring a blanket or lawn chair. 
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Brookens tabbed as CHSAA associate commissioner

The Colorado High School Activities Association named Bethany Brookens as its next associate commissioner. Incoming Commissioner Mike Krueger made the appointment, which is effective immediately. …
Slammers pitcher Ethan Adams (22) in action on June 21 in an U17 game against Cherry Creek. Adams is a sophomore at Chaparral.

Summer baseball gets clubby

Summer baseball in Colorado for players of high school age is still the same but in some ways very different. That might sound contradictory, but it is not. Development is still the main reason why …
Legacy High School's Kendall Rippley winds up for, what was at the time, the go-ahead goal in the Colorado High School Coaches Association all-state girls soccer game at Colorado Academy June 14.

A natural ending to the soccer season

   DENVER – It wasn’t a surprise to anyone that Legacy’s Kendall Rippley scored a goal in a soccer …
Fort Lupton's Reygan Garcia moves the ball up the field during the Colorado High School Coaches Association all-state girls soccer game at Colorado Academy June 13. She was the first Fort Lupton player to participate in the annual event.

Fort Lupton’s Garcia has her swan song among state’s best soccer players

DENVER – Fort Lupton’s Reygan Garcia finished her high-school soccer career as part of the Colorado High School Coaches Association’s all-state girls soccer game at Colorado Academy …
Mountain Range's Kyle Lewis ties up Arvada West's Austin Eudaly during the 132-pound semifinal match at the regional wrestling tournament Feb. 12 at Prairie View High School. Lewis scored all his points on two moves in the third period and won 6-0 to qualify for the state meet.

Mountain Range’s Lewis gets first sample of college life

  Mountain Range High School wrestler Kyle Lewis had one last chance to compete as a high-school athlete earlier this month.             …
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Column: True or false: What to know when it comes to sun protection

With summer officially here, you may be rushing outside to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather. You may also be thinking about how to best protect your skin.

From the Editor: Heroes we honor

This is the month each year where we celebrate our freedom. The month where we should be giving thanks to the heroes in our community. Early in my career, many years ago, our newspaper did a special …
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Friends who are like family, and family who become friends

Each morning I participate in a daily devotional with a friend of mine who has become more like family as he and I have been friends for the past 27 years. He is very much my brother. And I have been …

Fewer freedoms, more politics

For many, this particular Fourth of July was a hard one to celebrate. The recent revocation of our rights to make decisions about our own bodies was shocking. Not me. Yes, I wept for my mother and …

From the Editor: Times that matter

As a child, I grew to hate road trips. My parents did not like flying anywhere, which meant any family trip was by car. I hated it. I’m talking about trips that would make the original “National …
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