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Meth playing bigger role in overdose crisis, officials say

A bigger share of U.S. drug overdose deaths are being caused by methamphetamine, government health officials reported. The number of fatal overdoses involving meth more than tripled between 2011 and …

Denver aims to vacate pot convictions from years past

Denver officials are planning to vacate thousands of marijuana convictions prosecuted before its use became legal in the state. Colorado was among the first states to broadly allow the use and sale …
Tracey Hart holds up her “I voted” sticker in front of the City and County Building in Denver. Hart rode her bike to the drop-off station there on Election Day, which was Nov. 6.

Denver voters approve city tax measures

Denver saw high voter turnout this year as all local ballot measures were approved. On Election Day, a record 112,900 people turned in ballots, according to data from the Denver Elections Division. …

10 gifts 'Made in Colorado' for the outdoor adventurer

Colorado is home to a plethora of outdoor activities, with enthusiasts spending their days camping, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, fly fishing or on the slopes. The state is also home to many …

Denver council approves supervised injection site

Despite federal opposition, Denver is trying again to become what could be the first U.S. city to open a supervised drug injection site, a strategy that some liberal cities have tried repeatedly to …
Education
Colorado gubernatorial candidates Jared Polis, left, and Walker Stapleton both spoke a tthe Sept. 24 event.

Gubernatorial candidates talk education

School funding, achievement gaps, tax breaks and educating a diverse group of students were all topics Colorado gubernatorial candidates Jared Polis and Walker Stapleton weighed in on Sept. 24 when …
Volunteer Renee Howell paints a car that would later transport boxes of Initiative 93 signatures June 11 to the Secretary of State's office.

Signatures being checked for statewide school funding measure

Coloradans looking to bolster education funding throughout the state may be one step closer to their goal, as the Great Schools, Thriving Communities campaign turned in more than 170,000 signatures …
Police come into the building for the active shooter drill with Denver Public Schools.

Denver Public Schools preparing for the worst

A radio crackled with chatter as first responders talked through an active shooter drill at the Evie Dennis Campus in Green Valley Ranch. Michael Eaton, chief of the department of safety with Denver …
Leslie Belmontes playes with her son, Aaron, at the Bear Valley Branch Library in Denver.

Preventing dropouts among pregnant, parenting students

During her sophomore year of high school, Leslie Belmontes found out she was pregnant. Not feeling like she could continue at her traditional high school, Northglenn High, Belmontes transferred to …

Pension crisis fueling unrest among teachers in Colorado

The loudest rallying cries from Colorado teachers protesting for more education dollars were about dwindling paychecks that are steadily losing ground to the state's rising cost of living. Teachers …
Business

As shopping season starts, so do new sales tax rules

The Colorado Department of Revenue enacted an emergency rule Sept. 26 that makes it mandatory for retailers in Colorado who ship goods out of their own jurisdiction to collect sales tax on the …
The Amazon 4-Star store is made up of products with at least four-star ratings. Some products are curated specifically to products that trend well online in the area.

Amazon 4-star store opens at Park Meadows

Shoppers can go from browsing the latest technology to cookware to the hottest books in one brief stroll around the Amazon 4-Star outlet store, the newest attraction at Park Meadows mall in Lone …
James Goodchild stands at the entrance of Lights Out! Escape Rooms and Social Lounge. Although horror-themed, the venue is not a haunted house and emphasis is put on solving the puzzles, rather than scare factor.

Quirky combinations are unique attractions for area businesses

The Denver metro area has it all — diverse entertainment in spectacular venues; vast shopping options from big box retail to small, family-owned businesses; and a variety of dining establishments. …
Sebastian Lang looks down as he completes his ascent on one of the climbing routes on the walls of Earth Treks. The 7-year-old said the hardest part of his effort was when he looked down and realized how high he had climbed. But he was wearing a harness and had a person on the floor to keep him safe and allow him to belay his way down.

Earth Treks gym is open for those ready to climb walls

Emily Camp smiled as she emerged from Earth Treks facility at 1050 W. Hampden Ave. in Englewood after spending a couple hours on the facility's indoor climbing walls. “I am an avid climber and I …
The sun rises over at the tower at the Watkins-based Colorado Air and Spaceport. An FAA license approval has cleared the way for the port to begin hosting takeoffs and landings for spacecraft.

Colorado Air and Spaceport begins launch countdown

Adams County is a go for launch to hold a site operator license for a spaceport. That means the Front Range Airport, located in Watkins in Adams County, will be able to host horizontal takeoffs …
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