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Chambers of commerce cater to young professionals

At a young professionals happy hour hosted by the Highlands Ranch Chamber of Commerce, 24-year-old Erika Oakvik mingled with a small group of people — some dressed in suits and skirts, others sporting T-shirts and jeans — over personal and … more

Lockheed Martin begins construction on 'factory of the future'

Construction of a $350 million satellite production facility described as "a factory of the future" is underway at Lockheed Martin's Waterton Canyon campus in south Jefferson County. Named Gateway … more

Not just a man’s job

When Danell Kalcevic was in kindergarten, an assignment asked her to describe what she wanted to be when she grows up. “It sounds silly,” Kalcevic, 48, said, but what she put on the assignment was a farmer’s wife. Fast forward and … more

Times are tough, but options exist for first-time homebuyers

Lacy Franks makes being a first-time homebuyer sound easy. Franks, who grew up in Black Hawk, bought her first home last September, a two-bedroom townhome just off I-225 in Aurora, for $220,000 after three months of searching throughout the metro … more

Colorado Mills reopening gets closer

Five months after a major hail storm shattered skylights and triggered severe flooding of its interior, Colorado Mills is now approaching a reopen date. Simon Property Group, the owner of Colorado Mills, released a statement on Oct. 9 saying the … more

South Lakewood site of new business, residential renaissance

There was a long stretch of years there where the shopping centers around Wadsworth Boulevard and West Jewell Avenue were looking “tired,” as Sue King, president of the South Lakewood Business Association remembers. “We’re basically all … more

University of Phoenix to close campuses

The University of Phoenix is stopping on-campus enrollment and will close approximately 20 campuses across the country as part of a “teach-out” program. The university has three Colorado locations: one in Lone Tree, one in Westminster and one … more

First area Smoothie King franchise opens in Highlands Ranch

The first Smoothie King franchise in the Denver area opened in early November in Highlands Ranch. The nation's originator in offering “Smoothies with a Purpose” will open a second location in December in Castle Rock, and plans to add four … more

Sky-high rents squeeze long-time residents

Mary Ann Parker can’t talk about her apartment search without crying. The 58-year-old on disability rents a room in a house in Commerce City for $750 a month, which eats up most of her $840 a month disability check. She longs to live closer to … more

Homeless group aims to stop 59-acre Fed. Center land sale

The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless filed an injunction to the U.S. District Court of Colorado on July 25 to temporarily blocks the sale of 59 acres of federally owned land at the Denver Federal … more

Long road to recovery, but Colorado Mills reopens after six months

Six months after a devastating hailstorm closed its doors, Colorado Mills Mall is reopening — at least partially — just in time for the holiday season. The mall, 14500 W. Colfax Ave, opens to … more

Consumer safety group unveils its ‘worst toys’ list

Fidget spinners, a plastic Wonder Woman battle sword and a remote-controlled Spider-Man drone are among the toys topping a consumer safety group’s annual list of worst toys for the holidays. World … more

Ophelia’s to close after 40 years in Olde Town

Ken Schneider has a reserved table at Ophelia’s Restaurant in Olde Town Arvada at 8:30 Monday through Friday. He and a group of friends meet daily for breakfast, read the paper and talk about life. “I love the Mexican food, the breakfast, the … more

Seniors’ Resource Center leader retires from post

A couple of morning hours spent watching birds in a nearby city park. Gardening in the afternoon. A brief conversation in the evening to hear about one’s day. “The small things in life can provide much enjoyment,” said John Zabawa. “As … more

As unemployment drops, businesses labor to find workers

Husband and wife Jim and Kate Curtis opened Village Roaster, a coffee store in Lakewood, 23 years ago. Some employees have been with them for five to 10 years, others are seasonal high school and college students. But although they describe their … more

West Chamber inducts five leaders to hall of fame

Leaders from all over Jefferson County gathered to honor five of their peers who have spent a lifetime giving back to the county and its residents at the West Chamber’s fourth annual Jefferson County Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The Chamber … more

Study shows Red Rocks positive economic impact

Red Rocks Community College creates a positive net impact on the regional economy, according to a recent study of Red Rocks and others in the Colorado Community College System. Results of the study by Economic Modeling Specialists, a leading … more

Applejacks seeks injunction in freedom of information case

Editor's note: This story initially appeared on the CFOIC blog, here. Can documents provided in response to a public records request be clawed back and their use restricted if they may have been disclosed by mistake? That question is central … more

Chanda Plan opens Center for Health

When Brent Combs first started visiting the Chanda Plan Foundation in 2013, it was to receive massage and acupuncture to help him with his pain. But it wasn’t long before he found a new community to grow with there. “At the Chanda Plan, … more

Mothers’ Milk Bank celebrates its 12,000th human milk donor

As a neonatal nurse practitioner, Kathryn Brecht, of Denver, spends her days caring for fragile newborns, many of whom rely on donor human milk. “I see the benefits of donor human milk on a daily … more
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