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Area gun store burglaries 'not impulse crimes'

Thieves recently made off with 20 semiautomatic rifles from Warhorse Firearms of the Rockies in Littleton, the latest in a series of “smash-and-grab” burglaries at area gun stores in recent months. Three or four suspects broke a large window … more

Indictment paints picture of large pot-trafficking ring in south metro area

An enterprise based in the south metro Denver area sent marijuana through the mail, sold it to out-of-state buyers and cultivated pot in upscale neighborhoods, according to a 98-page indictment. Two … more

Sheriff's office: Post about sex trafficking threat not based on facts

A metro-area woman's Facebook post accusing three Egyptian men of engaging in "sex trafficking behavior" at a Highlands Ranch store garnered more than 50,000 shares and hundreds of comments within … more

CCM joins effort to document hate and bias incidents

A woman and her 5-year-old daughter walking on a sidewalk in a Highlands Ranch park recently came across a chalk-scrawled image of a swastika and words spelling “Kill the Jews.” In Lakewood, following the recent terrorist attacks in … more

Senator responds to ‘Cardboard Cory’ tour

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner made an appearance during the recent Douglas County Fair and Rodeo — sort of. On the fair’s closing day on Aug. 6, Castle Rock became the latest of many pit stops made by a cardboard cutout version of the … more

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

Teaching students how to cope socially, emotionally

Eighth-grader Morgan Fritzler is working to improve her self-awareness. “Sometimes, I have anxiety and perfectionist issues and I expect myself to get everything on the first try,” Fritzler, 12, said. “It makes me feel frustrated.” But … more

Littleton Fire Protection District to sever ties with city, merge with South Metro

Littleton Fire Protection District, one of the city's fire partners, has announced it will be severing ties with the City of Littleton and merging operations with South Metro Fire Rescue effective … more

DACA students rally to renew eligibility, ‘mourn loss of dream’

When she was 2 years old, Claudia Hurtado and her sister were taken across the border with people she didn’t know. Separately, her parents crossed from Mexico to Texas, and there, met the people with their children, before coming to Denver to … more

Homeless veterans' numbers may be down, but problem persists

An estimated 569 homeless veterans live in the Denver metro area, and Freddie Sprankel used to be one of them. After more than three years in the U.S. Army — including an almost year-long duty tour in Iraq — Sprankel got an honorable … 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

Air quality improving, but still not ideal

There are some days, primarily in the summer months between May and September, when Coloradans should re-think partaking in vigorous exercise outside. But that doesn’t mean the air quality here is so concerning that everybody should feel they … more

Nobody’s laughing off head injuries these days

Piper Reasoner smiles as she asks a series of questions to a student in the training room at Legend High School. “What is your name?” “Are you nauseous?” “Am I in focus right now?” Minutes earlier the boy, 17, was elbowed in … more

Budget shortfall shutters Arapahoe House

A growing substance abuse problem but a lack of money to combat it has caught up with Denver-area treatment program Arapahoe House, forcing it close effective Jan. 2. “It's less about Arapahoe … more

Baby box program gives women ‘breath of fresh air’

New and expecting moms throughout the Colorado now have access to free, safe place for babies to sleep with the Colorado launch of the baby box. The Baby Box Co., the company behind the global initiative to equip expecting families with vital … 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

Highlands Ranch Metro District to cut ties with Littleton Fire Rescue

And then there was one. The Highlands Ranch Metro District informed the City of Littleton on Nov. 29 that it would be joining Littleton Fire Protection District in severing ties with the city's fire … more

Locally built Mars probe almost ready for launch

A locally built robotic lander destined for Mars is almost ready to take off, and engineers at Lockheed Martin Space Systems are excited to watch it leave. The InSight Mars lander was largely built … more

Leaders in Colorado decry Virginia violence

The following are Twitter posts by some elected officials in Colorado in the wake of the Aug. 12 violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one person dead and 19 injured: more
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