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‘Wheat-Ridgey’ Lutheran Master Plan Approved 7-1

The “Wheat Ridge-ness” in a 100-page Lutheran Medical Center Legacy Campus master plan was nearly unanimously endorsed at the Monday, Oct. 25, city council meeting. The council approved the plan — a 20-year vision for the site and amendment to the city’s comprehensive plan — by a 7-1 vote. Councilwoman Judy Hutchinson was opposed. It

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Arts

Artist On The Ridge: Francois Vadeboncoeur

Pardon the pun, but when it comes to making guitars and other string instruments, Francois Vadeboncoeur plays it by ear. The Wheat Ridge man is a luthier, the term for someone who builds or repairs string instruments by hand. While some might not have heard the term, Vadeboncoeur said there is “quite a number” of

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Community

Apathy, Fear Or Satisfaction: What’s Up With Uncontested Elections?

For the first time in a decade, Wheat Ridge voters have just one choice on their general election ballots this fall. A dearth of candidates extends to other communities as well. Edgewater has one more candidate than open city council seats. Three incumbent Mountain View council members and a write-in candidate will vie for three

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Arts

Tanner Steed And The Profound Process Of Painting

Don’t ask Tanner Steed if he’s recently — or ever — finished a painting. The Wheat Ridge artist does not consider any of the many oil paintings he’s crafted in his young life as done. Steed, 25 and a native Coloradoan, grew up in Highlands Ranch and graduated from Thunder Ridge High School, where he

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Wheat Ridge Vehicle Thefts On The Wane

Motor vehicle thefts in Wheat Ridge were down markedly through the first half of 2021 compared to the previous year, according to a statewide crime reporting program. Figures from the Colorado Automobile Theft Prevention Authority (CATPA), part of the Colorado Department of Public Safety, show Wheat Ridge reported 119 motor vehicle thefts through the end

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Community

Too Many Civic Groups Spoil The ‘Hood?

Residents, business owners and others with specific interests have a good chance of finding a group of like-minded people in and around Wheat Ridge. However, some wonder if there may be a few too many citizen groups with the same or similar goals, and if they receive tax money to help them operate, is that

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Arts

Behind The Scenes: Melinda Stewart

When it comes to art, Melinda Stewart doesn’t just create. Not only is she an artist herself, Stewart teaches art to children at her studio and in several Wheat Ridge schools. She has also volunteered her time and expertise toward several community art-related projects. Stewart has taught art for more than two decades. She has

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Arts

Robin Cole Found Inspiration In The Time Of Corona

Adversity can often result in something positive, and it can come out of nowhere. That’s what happened to Robin Cole, an Arvada artist. When the coronavirus pandemic happened in 2020, it adversely affected Cole’s work, but maybe not as much as other artists or professions. Cole was inspired to create what turned out to be

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Mark Eskow, Owner of Right Coast Pizza in Wheat Ridge, stands in front of a mural
Community

Behind The Scenes: Mark Eskow

Mark Eskow likes it when people get together and come up with great ideas. That’s why Eskow started opening his business, Right Coast Pizza, early in the mornings years ago, long before Wheat Ridge had any coffee houses. Local clubs and community members gathered to talk issues and ideas and enjoy free coffee. “I just

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