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Julia Marvin is committed to making her city a better place

Julia Marvin is Thornton’s youngest city councilor. She has fought to bring more transparency to council and city processes, advocated for using CARES Act funding to help the most vulnerable residents, and fought for policies to support working families. Last summer, she helped launch a city council committee focused on equity in police oversight, transportation, communications and amenities.

CCCS announces next president for Community College of Denver

Following a nationwide search, Colorado Community College System selected Dr. Marielena DeSanctis as the next president of Community College of Denver, succeeding Dr. Everette Freeman, who is retiring December 31 after seven years of service. Dr. DeSanctis, a distinguished scholar who has led academic, equity, and innovation programs in various roles, brings demonstrated leadership and commitment to advancing access to higher education, increasing student success, and closing equity gaps.

Wanda James and the political voice of the cannabis industry

James worked on Gov. Jared Polis' Congressional campaign and President Barack Obama's finance committee in 2008. But it was her brother's 10-year prison sentence that led her to align her entrepreneurial and political inclinations. James morphed her political consulting career into another venture, the Cannabis Global Initiative, then moved into cannabis edibles and opened her second dispensary, Simply Pure, in 2015.

Denver’s soul food scholar cranks up the heat with ‘Black Smoke’

James Beard Award-winning food historian Adrian E. Miller built a career by breaking from convention … three careers, actually. Now he’s into his third career as an author and the nation’s premier soul food scholar. He’s also a certified barbecue judge who has lectured across the country on such topics as Black chefs, chicken and waffles, kosher soul food and soda pop. Adrian’s latest book covers the culinary contributions Black people have made to American barbecue.