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My Name Is: Stephen Martin

About me I grew up on a farm about 60 miles north of Manhattan, Kansas. My family moved to Colorado when I was 12, and I have lived here ever since. For 20 years, my wonderful wife and I raised our family in Broomfield, and currently we live in … more

Lakewood moves two master plans closer to completion

One of the biggest questions for any city government is: What do the members of the community want for their city and its future? There are many ways to gather this information — everything from surveys and open houses to knocking on doors and … more

Creating a movement of ‘good neighbors’

People love to help out their community. And the closer to home that help is, “the more of an impact it seems to have,” Arvada resident Todd Gurney said. That’s where Be a Tool comes into the picture. The annual Day of Service run by … more

Service could have less food to go around

Denver resident Lometa Gaskin, 99, stands behind her screen door, waiting for Meals on Wheels volunteer Wayne Chitwood. He asks how she’s doing as he comes up the sidewalk. “If I was doing any better you’d think it was a frame-up,” Gaskin … more

Learning about the Broncos and the bees

There’s been a lot of talk about the upcoming Denver Broncos season, and the names Paxton Lynch, Trevor Siemian and John Elway have all been in the news. But the real buzz at the Broncos’ Dove Valley training facility in unincorporated … more

The state of the Bible in 2017

Jill Herr starts each day by reading the Bible. It’s a habit she’s kept for several years with her husband before they go to work, and one she says keeps her grounded. “Just to read about God’s love for people and the direction for … more

'Chorus Line' opens Arvada Center's new season

Through the plays and musicals they do, actors get the opportunity to go to places as people they wouldn’t otherwise. But for the first show of the 2017-2018 season, the Arvada Center is bringing to life a world all too familiar to its cast — … more

Rest and renewal on Labor Day

President Grover Cleveland signed a bill in l894 making Labor Day, the first Monday in September, a national holiday. This Labor Day, I plan to slow down, relax and enjoy life with my husband. Even older people past the age of retirement have the … more

A whale of a climate change tale

I am extremely concerned that the earth’s climate is changing fast. I can’t forget the melting ice caps, even as I sit on the balcony of my cabin on the Carnival Glory Cruise ship at 6 a.m. My cabin is starboard side, as we head north from … more

Alpine Chorale shows singers’ ‘best selves’

The last time I was part of a choir was when I was a sophomore in high school, and I performed with St. Joan of Arc’s youth choir. I sang for three or four months, and it was fine. But when I quit to work a summer job, it didn’t exactly break … more

Farewell toast to Buffalo Bill historian

Tamales and tortillas were interesting food items to New Yorkers when first introduced to them during a Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show in 1886 at Madison Square Gardens. But along with the food, William F. Cody, aka Buffalo Bill, also introduced … more

Showering Severe Weather Shelters with volunteers, donations

There are many things the average person can do to help the homeless in the community, from volunteering to donating needed items, but perhaps one of the most important things they need is empathy. “Some people just need to walk a day in the … more

Good times at Green Gables

The music, loud and happy, could be heard at least a block or two away from Green Gables Elementary on the evening of Aug. 25. If that wasn't enough to let the casual passer-by know something was going on, the parked cars spilling from the school … more

Edge Theater to set new ‘Benchmark’

In the seven years since The Edge Theater was founded, it’s put on 56 productions, including multiple regional premieres, a few world premieres, and even a musical. But the next challenge for artistic directors Rick and Patty Yaconis is a … more

Traditional photography comes back into focus

For Samantha Koch, film photography is a portal to the past. “You blur time with photography and film photography, especially,” said Koch, 23, who prefers to shoot with her 35 mm Minolta X-700 over her Nikon digital SLR camera. “It makes … more

Following rules is the route to keeping a hunting license

Every hunting season, officers for Colorado Parks and Wildlife hand out hundreds of tickets for violations that cost hunters hundreds of thousands of dollars. While some of those tickets are for flagrant violations of wildlife regulations and … more

Rare raptor track unveiled at Dinosaur Ridge

Every year, thousands of people walk up and down Dinosaur Ridge to get a glimpse into a world millions of years in the past. But little did anyone know, until last year, that all the people walking on the southeast side of West Alameda Parkway … more

‘A lifelong training’

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, judo, karate, taekwondo, muay thai, kickboxing — the list of martial arts forms goes on. Though the names are distinctive, the sport's styles share a commonality: self-defense. more

A safety and wellness extravaganza

There’s always something new for the community to learn about public safety. And even if you’ve attended every Safety Fair for the past nine years, you will leave this year’s event having learned something new, said Jefferson and Gilpin … more

Building leaders for a torn country

Students at the Arvada Covenant Vacation Bible School are learning to think about others. This year, during the week-long program, they raised enough money for a South Sudan refugee to go to seminary school. But raising money to help send other to … more
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