Natalie Kerr

Community

106-Year-Old Wheat Ridge Resident Shares Story, Reflections

When Frances Vendena graduated from high school in 1935, her classmates declared her “happy-go-lucky”, and the phrase even appeared below her smiling yearbook photo.  Born on January 1, 1918, she was the first baby of the year welcomed into Alma, Nebraska. Now, at 106-years-old, Frances still smiles and laughs her way through conversations, recounting fond

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Community

Green at 38th Prepares to Break Ground in June

The Green at 38th, the proposal for an outdoor gathering space outside Stevens Elementary School on 38th Avenue near Upham Street, will carry on a centuries-long tradition of community togetherness in Wheat Ridge.  Stevens Elementary is on the oldest continuous education site in Colorado, and since the 1800s, the land just outside the school has

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Community

Paige Piper Leads Localworks to Renewed Success

Paige Piper stood on the Applewood Golf Course on Sept. 21, watching the sun rise behind dozens of players gathered for Localworks’ first-ever golf tournament, and knew she had succeeded.  A year and a half since Piper had taken over as Localworks executive director, it was a huge victory to see so many people come

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Arts

Exploring The World Of Tattoo Artist Erik V

Gleaming plaques frame Erik V’s head as he leans over his client, eyes sharply focused on the needle.  Best Tattoo of Show, 2005. Best Back Tattoo, 2016. Best Overall Male, 2022.   But these accolades are not on Erik’s mind when he’s at work. For Erik, the art of tattooing lies not just in creating a

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Community

Carnation Festival Still Excites In Its 54th Year

The carnations may be gone, but the festival is as lively as ever.  Wheat Ridge residents and visitors gathered at Anderson Park from Aug. 11 through 13 to celebrate the City of Wheat Ridge in the annual Carnation Festival. The crowd enjoyed a parade on 38th Avenue, carnival rides, live music and a fireworks show. 

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Arts

Wheat Ridge Native Welds Emotion Into Robots

Methodical. Intentional. Thoughtful.  It’s both how Chris Mora speaks and how he welds. He’d much sooner lapse into minutes-long silence than say something he doesn’t mean. And he’ll sure as hell never commit a weld that is messy, rushed or anything short of beautiful.  Mora is a metalworker and artist. He makes robots, primarily, along

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Events

Blues And BBQ Festival Rocks Citizen’s Park

I’ll have a barbecue sandwich with a side of lively music and proceeds to a good cause, please.  The Blues and BBQ Festival drew a crowd of approximately 1,500 to Citizen’s Park in Edgewater for its 26th year of music on Saturday, July 15. The nonprofit event raised $30,000 for affordable housing initiatives in Denver,

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Community

Neighbors Confused, Frustrated Over Unrepaired Sinkhole

A sinkhole at 37th and Independence streets that formed on April 28 is likely caused by the storm system beneath the street and the higher-than-average rainfall in Denver this spring, said Maria D’Andrea, Director of Public Works for The City of Wheat Ridge. The city assessed the sinkhole with an underground camera and found debris built

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