If you go to D’evelyn Junior/Senior High School, the Colorado Court of Appeals will come to you

The Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center, home of the Colorado Supreme Court. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) colorado supreme court; justice; law; civic center; denver; kevinjbeaty;
The Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center, home of the Colorado Supreme Court and the Colorado Court of Appeals. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

For about 32 years, the Colorado Court of Appeals has been bringing real court cases to high schools across the state. Thursday, they’ll be at D’evelyn Junior/Senior High School in Jefferson County.

It’s part of the Courts in the Community program to help students gain knowledge of the Colorado Judicial System and how disputes are resolved.


The Santa Fe Cookie Co. has returned to the 16th Street Mall

Santa Fe Cookie Co. owner and operator Alexis MLean works her magic in her 16th Street Mall storefront, Oct. 16, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) 16th street mall; denver; colorado; central business district; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado; santa fe cookie company; food; bakery;
Santa Fe Cookie Co. owner and operator Alexis McLean works her magic in her 16th Street Mall storefront, Oct. 16, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

After Denver’s beloved ‘Cookie Lady’ Debbie Kuehn died this summer, the Santa Fe Cookie Co. seemed to be closed for good. But three months later, her niece Alexis McLean has reopened the bakery.

“We were really close,” McLean said of her aunt. “I felt like the time was right. I didn’t want to see it go,” McLean said.

It also helps that there was a freezer full of cookie dough that McLean didn’t want to waste.


OPINION: As a teenager, I lived on the 15, Colfax’s famous bus line, riding from Aurora to Civic Center

I often began my bus ride at I-225 where the Waffle House used to be because I could lock myself in the bathroom and sit under the hand dryer.

Capitol Hill seen from a number 15 RTD bus on Colfax, Aug. 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) rtd; bus; colfax; denver; colorado; transportation; kevinjbeaty; denverite; capitol hill; capitol building; gold dome;
Capitol Hill seen from a number 15 RTD bus on Colfax, Aug. 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

By Tiffany Christian, Special to Denverite

Colfax has a bad reputation, likely spread by people who drive up and down the long street, or spend an hour here and there at a restaurant or in a shop. At a glance, you might see folks who don’t look like you, and think they are less than you. But for those of us who have spent much of our lives living or working on the avenue, we see a much richer experience and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

My education from the streets began on Colfax Avenue in 1995 at age 15 when I ran away from a difficult home life. The 15 bus, which ran 24/7, was where my seat in the classroom began. It ran from Chambers Road, at the far eastern edge of Aurora, all the way to Civic Center Station in downtown Denver.

In the winter, I often began my bus ride at I-225 where the Waffle House used to be because I could lock myself in the bathroom and sit under the hand dryer turning it back on every few minutes to stay warm. Once someone knocked on the bathroom door I would leave, get back on the bus and ride it for about an hour and a half to its last stop, using the ride as a way to get some rest. It seemed to me no one noticed, because people were on the bus, on the street and in and out of restaurants and hotels all times of the day and night. Colfax never sleeps.



Affordable apartments that support single women, homeless expected to open early 2019

West Colfax will be getting 130 new affordable apartments in early 2019 as part of a development partnership between The Delores Project and Rocky Mountain Communities.

(Courtesy of the Delores Project)
(Courtesy of the Delores Project)

By Shemar Magee

West Colfax will be getting 130 new affordable apartments in early 2019 as part of a development partnership between The Delores Project and Rocky Mountain Communities.

This project on 12th Ave. and Knox Court will go beyond supporting those who are rent-burdened. These apartments also include programs to support single women, transgender individuals and people facing homelessness.