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Pet Therapy Beautifully Brightens Lives Of LMC’s Patients

“Pet therapy is a way for dogs to interact with patients and help them to relieve tensions and forget their pains,” says Roxann Ritchie, a volunteer with Lutheran Medical Center’s pet therapy program.  “There might be a person who’s never smiled and hadn’t been talking, but then the dog comes in, and the patient starts

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Snow Removal – Setting The Story Straight

With two significant snowstorms hitting the metro area since the holidays (and likely more to come), residents may be wondering what the story is on snow and ice on your street and sidewalks. Wheat Ridge property owners are required to shovel snow within 24 hours of snowfall of two inches or more. If they don’t

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What’s Happening – February 2023

More Fire Hazards And Invasives To Be Cleared From The Greenbelt, Thanks To A Grant More mitigation and removal of fire fuels and invasive species from the Wheat Ridge Greenbelt will take place this fall, thanks to a $61,650 grant awarded by Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) to the City of Wheat Ridge in late December.

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Coming Down From A Cannabis Sales High

The marijuana industry in Colorado isn’t what it was a decade ago. The days of soaring sales and dispensaries opening every week after legalization took effect have ended. Instead, fears of business closures, mass layoffs and declining tax revenue are the norm. Various factors have been cited, led by an oversupply of products and a

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Localworks Appreciation To Our Community On Colorado Gives Day

Localworks wants to give a HUGE thank you to everyone who attended and played along at our Bar Stool Bingo event, donated online and anyone who has supported us along the way! This Colorado Gives Day Localworks was able to raise $9,013.38! We are humbled and in awe of your generosity. Our community came together

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Put A Freeze On Winter Fires – Tips To Stay Safe

As bitterly cold weather finds its way into Colorado, you may be lighting the fireplace or plugging in a space heater to stay warm. From late fall to early spring, when the forecast calls for freezing temperatures, West Metro sees an increase in home heating fires.   Even a small fire can cause thousands of dollars

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West Metro Sponsors Wildland Fire Investigations Class

Crawling on their hands and knees inside a blackened perimeter, a class of would-be wildland fire investigators is looking for clues to determine the origin and cause of the fire. It’s painstaking work as several groups of students dig through charred vegetation and ash, searching for the smallest piece of evidence that will help them

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Soup’s On At Salsa’s!

As the winter weather sets in we all start to crave comfort foods that warm us up from the inside out. And there’s nothing quite like a good bowl of soup to do just that. Whether it’s a hearty stew or a light broth, soups are the perfect way to warm up on a cold

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A Holiday Letter From Santa, And More!

Dear children of Wheat Ridge, I am coming to visit your town for a special holiday celebration! I will arrive from the North Pole to Wheat Ridge Cyclery at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. I am a very busy man this time of year, so I will do my best to see as many

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One Year On, Wadsworth Project Is 30% Done

In the year since the Wadsworth Improvement Project began in Wheat Ridge, surrounding neighborhood streets have not been crowded by vehicles avoiding construction delays, and the project is on schedule and budget. In an interview and emails, city spokeswoman Amanda Harrison said the $62 million project between 35th Avenue and Interstate 70 and the Clear

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West Metro Fire Rescue Awarded International Reaccreditation

West Metro Fire Rescue has received Accredited Agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI), an honor held by just 301 fire service agencies around the world. West Metro has held accredited agency status since 2012. This reaccreditation marks the third time that the commission has evaluated West Metro, focusing on the level

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Winter Driving Preparedness For Vehicles & Operators

In Colorado, late summers often abruptly change to winter on a dime. As we’ve seen countless times, the news stations spotlight the first snowstorms, and the toll that it takes on unprepared commuters and their vehicles. We asked Gary Bryan, owner of Wheat Ridge Auto Service since 1980, what critical winter vehicle checkups should be

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Eat Like a Local This Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us, and it’s time to start thinking about what we will serve at our holiday gatherings. For many of us, that means heading to the supermarket and picking up the same old things you get every year. But why not shake things up a bit and buy locally sourced foods?

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Bar Stool Bingo: Give Where You Live

Join us at Clancy’s Irish Pub, located at 7000 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge, on Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., for a special Colorado Gives Day event. Localworks will be hosting Bar Stool Bingo! Come down to Clancy’s to join in on the fun and give where you live. Your first drink

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The Best Slopper’s Here, Not In Pueblo

The best Slopper in Colorado can be found in Wheat Ridge, not Pueblo. I may have just started a feud with the people of Pueblo with the title of this article, but I can say with certainty that the best Slopper in Colorado can be found at El Aguascalientes Mexican Restaurant in Wheat Ridge. First,

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Gardeners Share Their Backyard Bounty

Did you know that there’s a national Sneak Some Zucchini Into Your Neighbor’s Porch Day? It’s the ultimate dump and run. Many gardeners are trying to get rid of the massive number of zucchinis growing in their garden this time of year, and every neighbor has had enough. And even though the national holiday was

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Wheat Ridge Restoring Its Systems, Says No To Ransom Demand

The City of Wheat Ridge provided the Neighborhood Gazette the following statement on the recent “ransomware” incident. The City of Wheat Ridge is still in the process of restoring its systems after IT Professionals proactively took down aspects of the network in response to a cyber security incident in late August.  Immediately following the incident,

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Localworks’ Trunk-Or-Treat Is More Than Trick-Or-Treating

On Oct. 22, Localworks will be hosting this year’s Trunk-or-Treat. The event will last from 4 to 6 p.m. at The Green (7101 W. 38th Ave.). At this event you can expect children trick-or-treating, a photobooth activity and vouchers for a variety of free items from participating businesses.   Registration is still open, but spots are

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E-Bike Batteries Pose Fire & Safety Hazards

E-bikes and scooters are widely seen as a mode of personal transportation with many benefits, a way to reduce urban traffic that is more affordable and “greener” for the environment. But with the growing popularity, we’re seeing an increase in the number of accidental fires across the country.  Under certain conditions, the rechargeable and lithium-ion

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Localworks Participates In The 53rd Annual Carnation Festival

On the Weekend of Aug. 12, Localworks participated in Wheat Ridge’s own Carnation Festival, one of the longest running festivals in Colorado. To celebrate the festival’s namesake, Localworks hosted a paper flower crafting activity at their booth.  Festival attendees of all ages worked together to roll paper blanks to create over 100 flowers to adorn

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Petition Drive Aims To Overturn Council’s ADU Decision

An effort to overturn Wheat Ridge City Council’s recent approval of accessory dwelling units was said to be on schedule, according to a resident leading a petition drive. The city defines an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) as a smaller, independent residential building on the same property as a detached single-unit home. ADUs are converted portions

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Protecting Your Pets: Have A Plan

An estimated 360,000 residential house fires occur in the U.S. every year, claiming the lives of nearly 40,000 beloved pets. And 1,000 of those fires are unintentionally started by the pets themselves. Prevention is an important part of fire safety, and so is having an escape plan to keep your family and your pet(s) safe

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Wheat Ridge Acts To Restrict Race-Based Covenants

Wheat Ridge City Council wants to see race-based covenants on private and public property – already illegal and unenforceable – restricted even further. Former council member Zachary Urban initially raised the question of these covenants and how the city council could address their removal. Incorporated in 1969, Wheat Ridge included subdivisions platted in Jefferson County

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Regulating Short Term Rentals, One Year Later

Remember back in February of ‘21, when Wheat Ridge City Council adopted an ordinance allowing and but regulating short-term rentals, aka STRs? That went into effect the following May with licensing, and enforcement and lodging tax collection began that August. One year later, it’s time to ask what worked, what didn’t, and what’s next.  In

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