Shop, Share and Donate Locally This Season

Morning light splayed across the hardwood floor, the gentle hum of conversation, the fresh smell of vegetables pulled out of the dirt that morning and a banjo softly playing could be the best way to kick off Wheat Ridge’s local farmers market.
Every second and fourth weekend of the month the Grange will host a farmers market from 9 a.m. to noon where local farmers can bring their goods to sell, as well as inform members of the community on their efforts. The first one took place last Saturday, Nov. 8, and the vendors came with a range of items from vegetables, granola products, dairy and honey, to information on organic gardening and homemade goods.

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tips for wheat ridge drivers in this winter freeze

Consider winter tires – So-called “all-season” tires have been on the market for decades. Coupled with front-wheel-drive and anti-skid systems, they have allowed many folks to avoid mounting a true snow tires for the winter months. But there are two trends in tires you should be aware of: 1) Styling priorities have led to manufacturers fitting wider, low-profile tires on a variety of cars. Wide and low profile, on balance, makes a tire worse in the snow. Pressures to improve tire fuel economy have also worked against the snow utility of all-seasons. 2) Winter tires have improved their behavior from the era of knobby, loud “snows” that looked like they belonged on an army truck. New tread patterns and rubber compounds make them quieter on dry roads, yet even more effective on frozen stuff. Whatever you choose for tires, make sure there’s enough tread on them as you head into winter. Getting through snow requires the deepest grooves possible, and worn tires on which you might have skated by in summer will put you into the ditch in the white stuff.

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Being Thankful for the Holidays

It is true: the older you get, the faster time flies. I can hardly believe it’s holiday time again. Recently while out doing some errands I saw that some stores were already decked out in their holiday best, and I’m not talking about Thanksgiving.It seems paradoxical that Thanksgiving (a time for being grateful for all you have) should come just before we head into the gift-giving season in December. We all sit around the table at Thanksgiving and talk about how thankful we are to have this or that and then as soon as dinner is complete we draw names for the gift exchange or hand over our wish list for the coming month.

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SLEIGH RIDES, HOT DRINKS, AND CAROLERS will bolster the season’s feelings in front of Wheat Ridge 5-8 Middle School, 7101 W. 38th Ave during the Holiday Celebraiton, Dec. 6, starting at 3 p.m., leading up to the tree lighting around 6:45-7 p.m. Event organizers promise less lines, with two Santas working double time to keep up with the demand. Photo by BLU HARTKOPP

 

Election 2014: What & Who We Voted For

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By Matthew Lilley

Colorado’s first mail-in election is over, and the results are in – mostly.

        Ballot initiatives 2A and 2B in Wheat Ridge, asking voters for a tax increase to support critical infrastructure improvements and approval for changing the width of a section of the 38th Ave corridor, both failed to find voter support.

        At press time Democrat Cheri Jahn holds a small lead over challenger Larry Queen in Colorado Senate District 20, which includes Wheat Ridge, Edgewater and other parts of Jefferson County. Results of that race – and all races – will become official Nov. 21.

        Colorado House District 24, which includes Wheat Ridge and Edgewater, saw Jessie Danielson edge out former Wheat Ridge council member Joe DeMott.

        In Edgewater, voters approved a plan to clean up the city’s charter and eliminate a commission.

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Wheat Ridge Rings in the Holidays Dec. 6

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By Laura Poole

Even though we’ve barely seen winter weather the holidays are approaching quickly, and that means the annual tree lighting, as well as some other fun holiday events, will be bringing cheer to Wheat Ridge once again.

        Dec. 6 will mark this year’s celebrations, and like last year have many fun activities for everyone in town. Starting at 3 p.m., sleigh rides, hot drinks, a bonfire, pictures with Santa, a trackless train ride for the kiddos, hot beverages and snacks, crafts and activities in local businesses, and live performances and carolers will bolster the season’s feelings in front of Wheat Ridge 5-8 Middle School (7101 West 38th Ave.), leading up to the tree lighting around 6:45-7, which will conclude the festivities.

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Marijuana Can Wait: Wheat Ridge Passes Another Moratorium

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By J. Patrick O’Leary

Want to start a marijuana business in Wheat Ridge? Come back in the spring, says the city. Maybe.

        Wheat Ridge City Council unanimously passed a 120-day moratorium on applications for new medical or recreational marijuana establishments at its Oct. 27 regular meeting, following a packed public meeting the previous week at which residents voiced concerns about commercial cannabis in general and one potential pot shop in particular.

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