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Local hospitals strive for changes in approach to opioid use

In June 2017 the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) quietly launched the Colorado Opioid Safety Pilot, a six-month program aimed at reducing the amount of opioids hospitals prescribe to patients. …
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Bill would address youth mental health needs

Kari Eckert lost her 15-year-old son, Robbie, to suicide five months ago. The Lakewood High School student was an athlete, a leader, everyone's friend, Eckert said. She saw no signs of struggle. …

Call not to name mass killers gaining traction

A few months after teen shooters killed 12 classmates and her father at Columbine High School, Coni Sanders was standing in line at a grocery store with her young daughter when they came face to face …
Steve Beck, the store owner of the Teriyaki Madness that opened on March 20, 2019.
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Hoping to bowl over the neighborhood - Teriyaki Madness opens in Applewood

A new fast-casual eating establishment, focused on Asian fusion bowls, is opening today in Wheat Ridge.Teriyaki Madness, the second in the state, opens today, March 20, at 11 a.m., at 3500 Youngfield …
Eric Gupta, Karla Zahtre, Jason Bailey and Brett Zahtre pose inside Old 121 Brewhouse in Lakewood.

Here’s what’s new at Old 121

What was once home to Caution Brewing for seven years before it closed last June will soon be home to another new brewery. Jason Bailey, Brett and Karla Zahtre and Eric Gupta will open the Old 121 …

Kristi Pollard, president and CEO of the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation (Jeffco EDC), smiles during the inaugural State of the County address on March 13. The Jeffco EDC put on the event so community members could learn about the work being done in the elected offices, as well as highlight some of 2018’s accomplishments.

State of the County highlights successes and community challenges

Jefferson County is an engaged community. About 330 attendees braved blizzard conditions to attend the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation’s (Jeffco EDC) inaugural State of the County …
Education
First-grade students at Fremont Elementary in Arvada use touch-screen Chromebooks. The devices were bought with a 2019 innovation grant with a goal to bridge the technology gap between kindergarten and second grade.

Jeffco schools funds second round of innovations

First grade students at Fremont Elementary in Arvada are now incorporating learning on touch-screen Chromebooks into their daily routine. The initiative bridges the gap of technology between the …

Jeffco schools tests 2-hour snow delay

Following a particularly snowy and cold winter, Jeffco Public Schools Superintendent Jason Glass is moving forward with implementing a two-hour delay schedule for inclement weather days. Up until …
Sandy Austin, of B.I.O.N.I.C., presents at the Innovators Society 2.0 Pitch Showdown in June.

B.I.O.N.I.C. Team wins Innovators Society grand prize

After four student suicides in the 2001-02 school year at Green Mountain High School, GHS counselor Sandy Austin created the B.I.O.N.I.C. Team so caring students could connect with people who might …
Many protesters believe that the proposed sex education bill is immoral and should not be taught in schools.

Sex education bill spurs concerns

The comprehensive sex education bill making its way through the state Legislature has spurred opposition from many in the religious and conservative communities, drawing concerns that the language of …

Andrew Stodghill, an electronic engineer with Lockheed Martin, sits next to a 3D printout of Orion on Feb. 19. He was one of about 20 Lockheed Martin engineers — all Colorado School of Mines alumni — who participated in an event meant to introduce high schoolers who have been accepted Mines to the college and a career in aerospace.

Forming a pipeline for future talent

Aerospace is a worldwide endeavor. “It is one thing that unites the nation, and it unites the world,” said Paul Anderson, the Orion program director with Lockheed Martin. “And it even goes …
Business

Plan to focus oil rules on safety creates divide in Colorado

Supporters of a plan to overhaul Colorado's oil and gas regulations told lawmakers that the measure is a flexible, commonsense approach to dealing with frequent conflicts over health and safety. …
Foothills Animal Shelter’s veterinarians prepare for a surgery on Feb. 28 in the shelter’s surgical suite. Foothills Animal Shelter in Golden is one of eight Denver-area animal shelters participating in the Connect for Care program facilitated by the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association.

Getting the lifelong health care pets deserve

There's one common goal shared among veterinarians, animal shelters and pet adopters. It is to “see the pets healthy and thriving,” said Katherine Kethcart, the communications and content manager …

No refund? Some shocked by impact of new tax law

Wait, I owe the IRS? The first tax filing season under the new federal tax law is proving to be surprising, confusing — and occasionally frightening — for some Americans, especially those …
Idaly, 15, left, and Hilary Wilcher, a mother-and-daughter team, are passionate about helping adults, and especially youth, with mental health issues. Hilary Wilcher’s Loco Caballo offers horse experience programs that focus on energy work with horses to help push out a person’s self-doubt.

Removing self-doubt through horses

Horses can help us as humans be balanced. “Horses provide confidence within,” said Hilary Wilcher, founder of Loco Caballo, “and it filters out from there.” Loco Caballo offers horse …

Nick Andurlakis poses behind the counter of Nick’s Cafe. The restaurant is known for its Fool’s Gold sandwich.

As shutdown continues, businesses feel the consequences

Editor’s Note: This story was filed for print on Jan. 21 as the federal shutdown continued. Nick’s Cafe has built a loyal following in Golden that included Elvis Presley who once flew his private …
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