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Three years after a fire tore through a Colorado apartment building for seniors, survivors are still struggling

“I remember the railing was hot.” On a calm June afternoon, Anne Heathman ran her fingers along the steel railing of the balcony of her old apartment — the first time she had visited since the morning she narrowly escaped with her life. Heathman, 76, was one of 163 seniors who fled an early-morning fire that […]

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He survived the Columbine massacre. Now Frank DeAngelis is applying the coping lessons he learned to coronavirus.

Two days after two students killed 12 classmates and one teacher inside Columbine High School, Frank DeAngelis was on the verge of empty. He hadn’t eaten in two days. He hadn’t slept. He didn’t think he had anything left to offer his students. But a counselor prodded the then-principal to follow him to an auditorium […]

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Colorado restaurants worry the governor’s latest coronavirus restrictions are the final blow

Palenque Cocina y Agaveria has tried its best to withstand the coronavirus, serving margaritas in a garden patio and carrying smoky bowls of molcajete to its breezy rooftop overlooking downtown Littleton.  Owner Brian Rossi shut down for one week as the first wave of illness hit Colorado, then reopened during the long spring quarantine for […]

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As coronavirus drives more Colorado school districts to stop in-person learning, some neighboring charter schools buck that trend

Schools across Jefferson County are trading in-person learning for remote instruction as the Thanksgiving break approaches and coronavirus cases surge, but not all students in Jeffco Public Schools will turn to their screens to finish out the first semester. Two Roads Charter School, which has campuses in Arvada and Littleton, has committed to in-person instruction […]

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The first images of OSIRIS-REx touching an asteroid have made it back to Earth

NASA’s first mission to touch an asteroid and collect a sample of pristine space dirt is now viewable in high-resolution images sent overnight Tuesday from 200 million miles away. The OSIRIS-REx mission completed its first and possibly only touchdown on the asteroid Bennu at approximately 4:12 p.m. on Tuesday, as operators and engineers monitored the […]

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Colorado sewage treatment plants are examining your poop for coronavirus clues. Seriously.

For 24 hours starting early every Sunday morning, small pipes suck samples from the river of sewage flowing into the South Platte Water Renewal Partners wastewater treatment plant in Englewood for 24 hours. The tubes deposit the raw sewage into containers inside a box that resembles a mini fridge. Goggled, masked and gloved workers then […]

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Deaths of at least 32 Colorado nursing home, senior living center residents linked to coronavirus

The deaths of at least 32 residents of nursing homes and senior living centers in Colorado have been linked to the new coronavirus, including six fatalities at one Greeley facility and four at one in Littleton, The Colorado Sun has learned.  That is nearly one-third of all coronavirus-related deaths in Colorado, where at least 112 […]

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Coronavirus stole their last months of high school in Colorado, and a long list of traditions

On the last day of school at Littleton High, teachers form a walkway in the gym as graduating seniors pass through, stopping to hug and say goodbye and sometimes cry.  Bella Hathorne had been looking forward to this tradition since she entered Littleton High four years ago as an anxious freshman, greeted by the same […]