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FRONT PAGE NEWS: Wheat Ridge High School Gifted And Talented

Wheat Ridge High School Gifted And Talented program students Isaac Hoskins and Piper Binkley recently qualified for the prestigious Daniels Fund Scholarship. PHOTO: LISA LEE


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FRONT PAGE NEWS: The Jellyfish Are Back by Popular Demand!

Mark your calendars for First Friday Art Walk in the 40 West Arts District, March 2, from 5 to 8 p.m., when the Bad Asstronauts – the Jellyfish – will be shakin’ and movin’ throughout the district, with live music and creative spaces. Bring the family! PHOTO COURTESY 40 WEST ARTS


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NEIGHBORHOOD FEATURE: Dentist Also A Passionate Concert Pianist

Pianist And Dentist Cody Garrison balances a professional dentistry practice with the performance schedule of a busy concert pianist. PHOTO BY LYNN FISCHER.


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FRONT PAGE NEWS: TIF Money Aiding Sloan’s Lake Developments

A mixed-use residential and commercial redevelopment project on the shores of Sloan’s Lake would not have happened without financial help from local government tax increment financing, according to a project official.




The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival – set for July 29 and 30 at Sloans Lake – has been nominated as one of Motel 6’s “Top 6 Quirkiest Summer Festivals,” a distinction shared with the Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw & Festival (Prairie Du Sac, Wisc.) and the Watermelon Thump (Luling, Texas).

How did the nation’s largest dragon boat festival end up sharing the honor with events featuring feces-flinging and watermelon-spitting?

According the hotel chain’s press release, Motel 6 and its spokes-voice Tom Bodett “considered a long list of one-of-a-kind American summer festivals and selected six finalists based on individuality of theme and exemplary attendee offerings.”

It’s the second summer the hotel chain has curated and issued the list, which this year also includes Mule Days (Bishop, Calif.), WestFest (Chicago) and Twin Days (Twinsburg, Ohio).

Perhaps not surprisingly, the press release also directed travelers to the hotel chain’s properties nearest each festival.

In recognition of their achievement, each festival committee will receive an honorary plaque, according to the hotel chain.