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In the age of social media, a new app aims to help Colorado teens make friends off their phones

Barely out of bed and still waiting for the fog of sleep to lift, Ameera Sierra used to start her mornings staring at an endless stream of selfies, tweets and Snapchat stories. It was almost a ritual for the 17-year-old: Roll over, turn off the alarm, grab the phone and begin scrolling, the glow from […]

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Two hurt after explosion, fire at Westminster apartment complex

WESTMINSTER — Authorities say a fire engulfed an eight-unit residential building after an explosion at a suburban Denver apartment complex on Wednesday, slightly injuring two people. The cause of the fire wasn’t immediately known. Westminster police Investigator Cheri Spottke said authorities believed everyone was accounted for as firefighters continued to extinguish the blaze, which was […]

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Westminster clears controversial Uplands development proposal for “the Farm”

By Luke Zarzecki, The Westminster Window After three long nights of debate and testimony, the Westminster City Council voted 5-2 to approve the controversial plan to convert a large swath of farmland into the 2,350-home Uplands development. Councilors voted at the end of their Monday meeting, which ran until almost 1 a.m. Tuesday and was […]

Posted inBusiness, Climate, Energy, Environment, News, Politics and Government

A new rule to slash oil and gas emissions appeals to the industry, but Colorado activists worry it won’t work

The Polis administration is banking on an untested, first-in-the-nation type of regulation to sharply cut oil and gas sector emissions to meet state greenhouse gas targets — drawing praise from the industry, but roiling environmental groups and some local officials. The draft “greenhouse gas intensity target” rule, to be submitted to the Air Quality Control […]

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Colorado’s urban open space past haunts the future of development and community life

A cemetery for nuns. A city golf course where a generation of Black civic leaders met to network. A century-old farm. An abandoned college football stadium. An unloved wedge of an ancient stockyard.  Developers and neighbors are fighting over some of the most precious unpaved spots left up and down Colorado’s Front Range, all the […]

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Who are parks for? Proposed housing development has Westminster neighbors fighting for space.

​​WESTMINSTER — Eric Wycoff remembers well the struggle to find a suitable park experience when his family was younger. The all-day adventure meant loading everyone into the car to drive clear across town — just so his stepdaughter could enjoy playgrounds and wide-open fields. On the days his wife needed their only car for work, […]

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Westminster city councilman will keep his seat after contentious, expensive recall election

Jon Voelz will keep his seat on Westminster City Council after unofficial results in Tuesday’s contentious, expensive recall election showed him with 62% of total votes. “I’m glad the common sense of our residents prevailed,” Voelz said in a phone call Tuesday night. “This misleading, and wasteful and shameful recall is coming to an end. I look […]

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Westminster’s elections may be nonpartisan, but partisanship is a big theme in recall contest

Though Westminster’s pro- and anti-recall election groups say they are not motivated by partisanship, an analysis of campaign materials and new financial filings show that liberal and conservative ideology are major themes of campaign messaging. The recall election for city Councilor Jon Voelz happening on Tuesday was initiated last year when the Water Warriors group sought to […]

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Big money flows into recall election targeting Westminster city councilman

Big money is flowing to and from political power players outside Westminster’s border ahead of a recall election for city Councilman Jon Voelz. The “to” and “from” are where the two sides differ. The Colorado Democratic Party and Democratic leaders in the region have come to the aid of the anti-recall group, dropping thousands of […]