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Snowmelt Season Means Potentially Dangerous Runoff

Warmer than normal temperatures this year have set off Colorado’s annual snowmelt a few weeks early. And, because of that, federal data is forecasting statewide streamflow to be 86 percent of average for the 2022 season. Even so, Colorado’s creeks and rivers will see rising water levels with fast moving, icy currents that could pose

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A Long Way From Poland

It was in the summer of 1974 that Roman Halaba left Poland and moved to Colorado. He already knew Theresa, who had moved with her parents back in 1967. She was a student at North High School. In 1975 they had bought a duplex on 44th and Harlan so they could live on one side

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Russell Baron – Boldt Athletics

The Ridge at 38 has a face that continually changes. Now there is a new face that is sure to be a permanent fixture. At 7172 W. 38th Ave., just east of Audacity and west of Clancy’s, You will find a great new space to start or fine-tune your fitness goals. Russell Baron is the

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Community Policing, Up-Close And Personal

Wheat Ridge Police Chief Chris Murtha followed Officer Alan Hernandez and I to Lutheran Hospital on April 14. As we rounded the corner, we were met with a line of first responder vehicles with lights flashing that easily spanned the half mile to the hospital entrance. I was scheduled to meet with Murtha and interview

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Could This Be…A Wheat Ridge Home Companion?

What if … the Car Talk guys joined up with the Prairie Home Companion team to talk about gardening? Something like that is happening here in Wheat Ridge, by locals, about locals’ gardens.  Listen for yourself: Upside Down Tulips not only sows botanical advice every two weeks, it has its own theme song, corny jokes,

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The Tacos That Got Away

A fun part of being a managing editor or writer with any publication are invitations to catered media events and kitchen interviews. Those pleasures have ranged from a free ice cream cone while reporting the grand opening of a Baskin-Robbins to Jamaican jerked chicken wings with the chef of a new restaurant. (When I sample

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Marshall Fire Shows Importance Of Home Wildfire Mitigation

Driven by hurricane force winds, the Marshall Fire in Boulder County late December was an unstoppable force. What began as a small fire spread through neighborhoods and commercial areas, destroying more than a thousand structures, and damaging more than a hundred. At any one time, dozens of fires were burning, ignited by embers that found

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Maker Takeover!

RidgeFest – A Wheat Ridge Maker Faire is scheduled for June 18 at The Green. What is a Maker Faire? “From tech enthusiasts to crafters, scientists to garage tinkerers, at Maker Faire novices and experts of all ages come together to show what they’ve made and share what they’re learning. It’s a community built on

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Filipino American Community Of Colorado

Hello City of Edgewater! We would like to take the time to introduce ourselves, the Filipino American Community of Colorado (FACC), to the community of Edgewater. The FACC is one of the oldest Asian-American communities in Colorado, established in 1954. Our original mission is to create a community which preserves and shares Filipino heritage and

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Learning And Serving At Everitt

Learning in Jeffco changes more every year and Everitt Middle School is keeping pace. There is a new class offered at Everitt this year. Angela Neve just began an elective course called Service Learning. “This is the second semester at Everitt for the class… I have high hopes for its continued success. This experience is

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Is Wheat Ridge Ready For ADUs?

ADU, Auxiliary Dwelling Unit, granny flat, carriage house, guest house. Many names with many uses. But, of course, many opinions. For years it was a can kicked down the road by previous city councils here in Wheat Ridge. Finally, a new group is focused on addressing and creating a set of rules where citizens can

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Yes Virginia, There Is A Gluten-Free Beer

Driving past Brewery Rickoli on Wadsworth, a sign caught my eye: Gluten-Free Beer. How can that be? Rickoli’s website says they remove the gluten from all of their brews. That, according to my non-scientific research (i.e., Google) is achieved by using an enzyme that breaks down gluten protein. (If you have celiac disease or other

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What Do Farmers Want To Know About Space?

NASA astronaut Raja Chari fielded space exploration questions from Wheat Ridge High School students during a NASA-TV live broadcast from the International Space Station the morning of Feb. 18. During an assembly in the school’s auditorium that morning, students and guests watched the broadcast after a brief FAQ presentation and remarks by Congressman Ed Perlmutter,

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Officer Malloy’s Retirement ‘Like Saying Goodbye To My Own Kids’

After more than four decades of serving the local community as a police officer, Barry Malloy is stepping away from the Wheat Ridge Police Department; and from what was arguably his favorite era of his service: the safety resource officer role (SRO) at Wheat Ridge High School, where he arrived in 2006. He admitted joining

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Art On The Farm, And Now In The Barn

The art community’s footprint in Wheat Ridge continues to grow. Between the Art League, Wheat Ridge Creates and the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission we’ve seen growth with tremendous support from the city in terms of budgets and resources, including sponsorship dollars from local partners. The seasonal, monthly Art on the Farm event is a gathering

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American ‘Mother of Valentines’ Started Mass Distribution Of Cards

As Valentine’s Day approaches and omicron infections continue to wane (we hope!), the Historical Society plans to hold its February Valentine Second Saturday Social on Feb. 12, two days ahead of the actual holiday. That should allow plenty of time to indulge in the tradition of crafting homemade Valentines instead of dashing to Walgreens for

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Possible West 44th Makeover Kicks Off With Feb. 23 Meeting

The City of Wheat Ridge has hired a planning consultant, MIG. Inc, to assist with the West 44th Avenue Subarea Plan, according to a recent press release from the city. The plan will focus on West 44th Avenue from Youngfield Street to Clear Creek near Field Street; it includes the portion of the city between

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Connecting Our Community

Our first Live Local event will be held on Feb. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. We are hosting a Community Build Evening at our makerspace located at the Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church, 7530 W. 38th Ave. At a Community Build Evening, you will have the opportunity to build a quick project, see demonstrations

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Still Living Here, After All These Years

Like most cities, there may seem to be a lot more traffic on the streets in Wheat Ridge, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into a major population increase. And some native residents who were born, raised, and – in some cases – worked their entire lives in the city have noted some changes. Some facts

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Cider – It Isn’t Just For Halloween Anymore

I took a break from beers and visited Clear Fork Cider with my family this month. Clear Fork’s tasting room, tucked inside a small industrial park just north of I-70 near West 50th Avenue and Kipling, provides a chance to sample and enjoy artisan ciders made from heirloom apples from orchards from Oregon to Colorado’s

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Young Bakers Rise To The Challenge Of Starting Local Eatery

There may not be another Wheat Ridge restaurant run like one on 38th Avenue. Mr. Biscuits Bakery, 7176 W. 38th Ave., is youth-owned and family-operated, serving from-scratch biscuits, muffins, cinnamon rolls and a rotating lineup of other baked goods daily from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Joshua, 18, Annika, 23, Elijah, 16, and Marilyn Pearson,

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Happy 2022!

Happy New Year from Localworks! We are excited to ring in the new year with programs that connect and engage our residents and support and promote our local businesses. In 2022, we are ramping up our Live Local program and plan on a monthly series of events. Live Local is a terrific program that connects

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‘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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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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