Tony Ortega paints the Chicano experience in Denver

HIGHLAND — “My purpose is to preserve Mexican-Americans’ cultural identity, while walking alongside the dominant culture,” says Tony Ortega, a Northwest Denver artist and associate professor at Regis University. Ortega’s art juxtaposes the two cultures in sometimes humorous ways. “I mix American pop culture with Mexican pop culture, like putting Chicano leaders on Mt. Rushmore […]

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Denver 911/911NOW

Daelene Mix DENVER — Nearly one million calls a year. Eighty-three thousand calls a month. Twenty-seven hundred calls a day. Regardless of how you measure it, Denver 911’s 2016 call volume was significant. And given Denver’s increasing popularity, public safety officials anticipate call volume will increase in the years to come. “Denver is the fastest […]

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Winning the nutrition game in Northwest Denver

DENVER — Since my last article, readers have asked how can a person transition from a traditional western diet to eating only plants? Where did you get your information? Where do you eat out in North Denver? Let’s start with the fun thing first. Eating Out In North Denver Here are a few shout outs […]

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GO Bonds and Northwest Denver

NORTH DENVER — This November we will have an important matter on the ballot that will have a profound impact on Northwest Denver, and indeed Denver as a whole, for at least the next 10 years. One of the matters we will be voting on is called a General Obligation Bond, or a GO Bond, […]

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Leadership Academy at Regis Graduates 16 Denver Youths

By Luke Graham REGIS — A couple of years ago, Sergio Delgado sat in the Aurora Police Department. He wasn’t in trouble, but he was more than nervous. Did he belong? Could he successfully interview and get a position with the Aurora Police Explorers? As each applicant went in and came out, Delgado could feel […]

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Tim Sandos to lead North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative

DENVER — Mayor Michael B. Hancock today named Timothy Sandos as the new Executive Director of the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC). Sandos will provide general oversight, planning, strategic coordination, financing and implementation of six primary projects under the umbrella of the NDCC, including management of city staff assigned to the collaborative. A former at-large Denver […]

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Denver Animal Shelter Offers Additional Vaccination Clinics Throughout June

Denver, CO – Pet Vaccinations are an essential part of ensuring the health and safety or your pet. As the number of rabid skunk cases found in Denver and across the metro area continues to increase, Denver Animal Shelter (DAS) is offering additional clinics throughout June to help ensure pets are protected. Rabies is a viral […]
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Denver Mandolin Orchestra concert May 21

WEST HIGHLAND / LODO — The humming, flowing quality of a mandolin orchestra is a sound most people have never experienced. “A mandolin orchestra sounds different than anything you’ve ever heard,” says Mike Billings, a second mandolinist with the Denver Mandolin Orchestra (DMO). “The sweet sound of many mandolin instruments together is much different than […]

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North Denver Students Win with DPS 1 to 1 Technology

NORTH DENVER — Thanks to Denver voters the digital divide is closing for 14 lucky Denver Public Schools. As a result of the approval of the 2016 DPS Bond and Mill Levy, DPS is embarking on an initiative to shift schools in grades 6-12 to a one-to-one computer device that students will be able to […]

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Annual Northwest Denver Diaper Drive

NORTH DENVER — The annual NW Denver Diaper Drive is running from May 1st through May 31st.  Run by the NW branch of the Rocky Mountain Diaper Depot (RMDD), this drive is in its third year of collecting donated diapers, pull-ups and wipes, which will be donated to non-profit organizations in the North Denver-metro area such as Bienvenidos Food Bank.

Having a sufficient supply of diapers is essential for the health and well-being of babies and young toddlers, but one out of three families face diaper need at some point.  “When you think about it, it is easy to see how affording diapers can be difficult for someone trying to keep their head above water financially,” said says Lindsey Zaback, one of the organizers of the diaper drive. “Diapers cost approximately $ 80 a month per baby.  Buying cheaper diapers online requires a credit card.  Buying in bulk at a warehouse store such as Costco requires a membership, transportation and a stable housing situation with storage space.  Low-income families end up paying more for their child’s diapers than upper and middle-class families do.”

Since government safety net programs such as SNAP (food stamps), WIC program and Medicaid cannot be used to purchase diapers, non-profit organizations that work with low-income families are often the only resources parents have to obtain diapers if they otherwise can’t afford them.  The goal of the NW Denver diaper drive is to provide these organizations with the diapers their clients need so they, in turn, can focus on their own missions.

Greg Pratt, director of Bienvenidos Food Bank noted, “Recently a young mom with twins came to our food bank.  She works but still struggles to make ends meet and needed help with groceries.  She was thrilled to learn that she could also receive diapers for both her twins every week while here shopping for food.  The diapers we receive all year long from the NW Denver Diaper Drive have been a huge help for the young moms and dads we serve!”

Many local businesses and organizations in NW Denver (and one in Stapleton!) are eagerly participating in the drive as donation drop-off sites.  Donations can be dropped off at the RMDD’s donation boxes located at Bookbar, Children’s Corner Learning Center, Second Star to the Right, Music Together, Highlands Lutheran Church, Brown Elementary, Edison Valdez Elementary, Smiley Library, Rodolfo Corky Gonzales Library, Wheat Ridge Library, Woodbury Library, Wheat Ridge Learning Academy, Wheat Ridge Recreation Center and Stapleton Children’s Dentistry.  All sizes are welcome, but the highest demand is for diapers sizes 4, 5 and 6.  Diapers may also be donated through RMDD’s baby registry on Amazon (search Northwest Denver Diaper under baby registry).  Special thanks to the drive’s sponsors, Sam Barnes Realty, Berkeley Untapped, Soma Rhythm Therapeutic Massage and Colorado Allergy and Asthma Centers.

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