December 2021

Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker
Wheat Ridge

A Season Of Giving And Care For Others

While most of us think of this time of year as a time of giving, this year more than ever we may find our friends, neighbors and even whole communities need a little more care. Many communities are still feeling the effects of the pandemic. All of us were touched in some way by COVID-19,

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Wheat Ridge

Oysters Were No Strangers To The Frontier New Year

One of the most vivid New Year’s memories from my childhood is of my father standing at the kitchen sink, eating leftover raw oysters right out of the container while my mother stirred the rest into the milk-based stew steaming on the stove. We always had oyster stew once a year on New Year’s Day,

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Community

‘Tis The Season For House Fires: How To Stay Safe

It’s the time of year for festive celebrations, filled with family and friends, home-cooked meals and sparkling lights. It’s also the time of year that West Metro Fire Rescue sees an increase in fires ignited by cooking, space heaters and candles.  Even a small fire can cause thousands of dollars of damage, not to mention

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Wheat Ridge

The City Development Process

When a developer wants to develop a piece of property they must first assemble their team of consultants, primarily consisting of an architect, civil engineer and landscape architect. Then a preliminary meeting with the city’s planning staff evaluates if what the developer is proposing is allowed by the current zoning or if the zoning would

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Community

If It’s Edgewater This Must Be Belgian

Barquentine Brewing Co., in the Edgewater Market, bills itself as a family-owned brewery with recipes drawn from tradition and “inspired by the beers of Belgium and the sailing ships, called Barquentines, that brought Old World brewers their provisions.” I’m partial to Belgian ales, and am always on the lookout for anything real and purporting to

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Nicole Beaudin sits with her dog
Health

‘I’d Like To Suggest A New Tradition…’

When I sit down for a quiet moment, I’m overwhelmed that it’s already December. 2022 is weeks away, we’ve lived through another year of a global pandemic, and the movie, “Love Actually,” blessed our movie theaters 18 years ago. Time seems to be flying by at rapid speeds. Regardless of what your individual experience has

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Sustainability

Regenerate Wheat Ridge: Growing Community With An Agricultural Conservation Grant

The City of Wheat Ridge and the Jefferson Conservation District were jointly awarded an urban agriculture conservation grant through a partnership with the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to provide regenerative agricultural educational workshops and support community agricultural partnerships.  Regenerative Agriculture: What

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Education

Tremendous Growth At Sts. Peter And Paul Catholic STEM School

Becoming a Catholic STEM school in 2018, Sts. Peter and Paul is preparing a generation of faith-filled young people who are equipped to shape the future. The benefits of a STEM education – emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math – are well-established. Sts. Peter and Paul faculty have thoughtfully worked to adopt an inspired Catholic

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Sports

Technology Helps WRHS Boys Soccer Team

This year, the Wheat Ridge High School Boys Soccer team adopted the Trace system to help improve their skills. Surrounding the field with live cameras and having each player wear a tracking (GPS) device on their person. Being able to watch on a live screen how each player follows set formations and help individuals record

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Education

Rebuilding Jeffco Public Schools

With declining enrollment and declining academic achievement, both exacerbated by the pandemic, the Jeffco Public School’s Board of Education meeting on Nov. 10 was rough. Superintendent Tracy Dorland had two review items on the agenda: an assessment of academic functions performed by consultant Jaime Aquino, Ph.D., and the 2018 capital improvement mid-program assessment performed by

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