Posted inBusiness, COVID, Growth, News

First the trade war, now the coronavirus. Jefferson County gets new tool to tackle international trade

With the ongoing woes of an international trade war and now a global pandemic brewing, Dino Dardano, president of Hestra Gloves, is ready to try a new tool available to him as a business in Jefferson County: foreign trade zones. The county became the latest Colorado community awarded the special designation, which lets businesses postpone […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, News, Politics and Government

Here’s a roundup of the most important 2019 local election results in Colorado

Coloradans decided on two major statewide ballot measures on Tuesday, but they also made key choices in a number of local races that will shape the state for years to come.  From the Aurora mayoral contest to a big Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights question in Jefferson County and the future of oil and gas drilling […]

Posted inColoradans, Environment, Outdoors

One-way-only mountain bike trail ups the adrenaline on Clear Creek County’s emerging trail network

FLOYD HILL — Mike Orr skids his Yeti mountain bike into the parking lot and pumps his fist.  “It’s a good time to be alive,” Orr says to a group of fellow mountain bikers preparing to ride. “Mountain bike trails keep getting better. Mountain bikes, too. This is why I ride.” Orr had just bombed […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: Colorado reproductive health services are being compromised by federal gag order

In the past 10 years, fewer young women in Jefferson County — and Colorado as a whole — have experienced an unplanned pregnancy than ever before. That’s not a coincidence. It’s not a sign of a generation’s changing attitudes toward sex. It’s not a victory for abstinence. It’s a direct result of the availability, affordability […]

Posted inBusiness, News, Politics and Government

Adjusting to life under tariffs, Jefferson County and Grand Junction are pursuing a solution that’s still proving itself in Colorado

Jefferson County and Grand Junction are seeking to become free-trade zones in an effort to attract more business, add jobs and help local companies offset some of the rising cost of international trade. Their applications would provide the regions with a spot for companies to store imported goods and defer or bypass tariff-duty payments. There’s […]

Posted inEducation, News

A fight on a school bus, a knife in a backpack, suicide tips from Safe2Tell: The post-Columbine world of school safety runs 24/7

“Fight in progress,” the dispatcher’s voice crackled into the patrol car. Officer Clyde Casados slowed to a stop on a quiet neighborhood street in northeast Denver and checked his laptop screen for more detail: students were brawling on a school bus near Xenia Street and East 23rd Avenue. It was 4:33 p.m. on a Thursday, […]