• What I've learned reporting your news

     At this time of year, school-aged kids are often encouraged to reflect on the experiences they’ve had over the past year and what they’ve learned from them. What is mentioned less often is that if one remains present in their work, anyone in any profession can and will continue to learn new things – about themselves, their chosen area of work and the world around them.

  • A dose of a reporter's own medicine

     It’s been a while since anyone thought of turning the professional tables on reporters.

    We are the ones trained to ask the questions, get the answers, disseminate the information and do so accurately and fairly.

  • Caregivers need care, too
  • COLUMN: Another lesson in looking beyond headlines

     It can be hard to maintain a sense of togetherness with all the personalized entertainment and echo-chamber “news” outlets these days, even for those in the profession. 

  • COLUMN: Unified in sportsmanship

     Pop quiz.

    When was the last time you saw a rival school cheering for its cross-town team?

    When was the last time you saw a basketball player grab a rebound, give it to the other team with instructions to shoot the ball toward the basket? (Second grade)

    When was the last time you saw a game official congratulate a player for a basket, much less a 3-point basket?

    These are the sorts of things that happened during the recent unified basketball game between Brighton and Windsor high schools. 

  • Image Summit March 7-8

    The city of Brighton is taking proposals for workshop presenters at the annual Image Summit March 7 and 8 at the Armory Performing Arts Center, 300 Strong St. 

    The mission of the youth conference for 10- to 19-year-olds is empowering young people in the state to impact government and become active community members. 

    Featured speakers are Jessie Funk and Shane Feldman. There will be breakout sessions, chances to talk with elected officials from across the state.

    The cost is $20. Call 303-655-2119 or visit www.brightonimagesummit.org.

  • Evolution Women’s Conference March 1

    This year’s Evolution Women’s Conference is from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 1, at the Bella Sera Events Center, 45 Strong St.

    The keynote speaker is Denise Burgess, president and CEO of Burgess Services, a construction management firm in Denver. She’s been on the board of directors of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce since 2010.

    Other guest speakers are Susan Frew of Sunshine Plumbing, Heating and Air, wellness coach Melissa Healy and Ramina Wilkerson, motivational speaker and life coach.

  • Speaking of good athletes, good TV

     Before we get too far along here, we need to take a minute and salute the four area softball teams – Brighton, Prairie View, Riverdale Ridge and Fort Lupton – that advanced to the regional round of the state playoffs over the weekend. The amount of time required by players, the coaches and parents is astounding. The way those young women represent themselves and their schools is astounding too.

  • Generation gap quite present in new role

     Dear self:

    You just turned 60, and you supervise some and are around a lot of people who are much younger than you. Some were born the same year you started at MetroWest Newspapers and are now playing varsity level sports in high school.

  • COLUMN: Constraining consumer access doesn’t solve payday debt trap

    Sasha Orloff