May 2022

Arts

Mickey La Fave’s Art Is All About Color

“What draws me is super bright colors – what the eye does not actually see,” says artist Mickey La Fave. “Color is my whole thing. I couldn’t use a brown to save my life.”  La Fave’s paintings employ vivid colors to accentuate her subjects. She uses hydrus watercolors that come in a glass bottle because

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Community

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

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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Community

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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Opinion

Not So ‘Great Expectations’

There was one message drilled into every K-12 student’s head: go to college or you’ll never find a job. Nearly a year after receiving my degree, I suspect I was lied to. I don’t want to point fingers. But, when feeling bitter about my minimum wage job, my university seems like a great place to

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Events

RidgeFest Returns to Celebrate Community, Elevate Makers

On June 18, The Green on 38th will once again be filled with families, local businesses, live music and more with the return of RidgeFest, a free event highlighting the unique character and culture of Wheat Ridge. Alongside RidgeFest staples that include music, food, drinks and entertainment, this year’s RidgeFest will feature the inaugural Wheat

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Edgewater

Keep It Local, Have A Pint!

Like the wings of the Phoenix, flapping flames rise from the outdoor pits. New life is returning in the once city-center of Edgewater with the new addition of the Edgewater Beer Garden. This location was once the City Hall, Library and Fire Department of our city. I am a fan of when the community remembers its

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Health

Recognizing Depression In Kids

More children are suffering from depression than ever before. Suicide rates have skyrocketed and suicide is now the second-leading cause of death among children 10 to 18 years old. There are several theories about why depression is on the rise in kids, starting with social media. Kids are constantly connected, especially teens, and they compare

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Opinion

Does Exclusivity Breed Bad Service?

UPS, FedEx, DHL or Amazon. Who will Wheat Ridge choose as their exclusive single-package delivery company? All those trucks throughout the day, every day. Just imagine the damage to our roads and noise pollution. 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week! Some deliver commercially and some drive all the way to my house

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Education

Community Superintendent Retires

My heart is full as I write to you for the final time as your community superintendent. I head into retirement with immense pride. Each year I see the joy of our graduating students and their loved ones at the Wheat Ridge High School graduation. Every student who walks across that stage is a success

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Sports

Local Restaurateur Keeps The UNC-Duke Rivalry Burning Hot Out West

Before Seth Rubin left North Carolina for Denver in 1999, he had zero experience in the food industry. He bounced around a few career paths before finding his calling in 2010, when he opened the popular Rise & Shine Biscuit Kitchen. Now, the company slings North Carolina-themed biscuits by the hundreds in its two locations

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Nicole Beaudin sits with her dog
Health

The Power Of Vision

Today on my run I thought about a lesson my high school cross-country coach taught me. It was on the power of vision. I remember it clearly, it was hot, and I did not want to finish running up the hill that our practice ended on. She sprinted up to me, reminded me I was

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Mountain View

Community Connections

Mountain View residents will notice that this year the town is sponsoring many more community events. The goal is to provide multiple opportunities for neighbors to get to know each other. Additionally, mayor Emilie Mitcham hopes that more events will build deeper relationships between residents and their elected officials and the town’s police department. Successful

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Mountain View

Town Council Will Work To Update Master Plan

Comprehensive planning is a process whereby a municipality works together to imagine an ideal future for the community. It focuses on the overall growth trajectory of the town as well as the vision and values of the people who live there. Mountain View is an oasis in the Denver metro area. And it’s my belief

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Mountain View

Body Cams, E-Bikes & Mental Health Co-Responders To Join Our Team

The Mountain View Police department is pleased to announce some exciting news as we enter into the fall of 2022. As Chief of Police, I have strived to change the face of the police department in the past three years and have worked alongside my officers and staff to make sure our police department and

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Community

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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Wheat Ridge

The Ebb And Flow Of Our Neighborhoods

Being an adult and living in the same home you grew up in is quite surreal. As I recently walked home one evening from a friend’s house that also grew up and stayed in Wheat Ridge, I surveyed my surroundings and noted everything that had changed or remained the same since my childhood. Many homeowners

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Wheat Ridge

A Festival For The History Books

By all accounts, this Second Saturday May Festival at the Wheat Ridge Historical Park (4610 Robb St.), scheduled for May 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be one for the history books. Not only will we welcome well-loved standards like maypole dancing (at 11 a.m. and again at 1 p.m.), games, live music,

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Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker
Wheat Ridge

Sometimes The Best Ideas Come From Our Children

With warmer weather finally seeing some traction against colder temps and snow, many of our youngest residents start looking forward to getting outside to enjoy all our parks, trails, open space and wonderful playgrounds. This year, the City of Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation department has exciting improvement projects planned for Apel-Bacher, Creekside and Panorama

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A calendar with a yellow highlighter
Events

May 2022 Happenings

Lutheran Foundation Announces Committee For The Legacy Continues Campaign The Lutheran Medical Center Foundation has announced members of The Legacy Continues Comprehensive Campaign Committee, according to Sarah Ellis, Lutheran Medical Center’s Manager of Communications. The campaign, approved by the Foundation’s board of directors last July, supports the new, replacement Lutheran Medical Center, now being built.

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