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Indictment paints picture of large pot-trafficking ring in south metro area

An enterprise based in the south metro Denver area sent marijuana through the mail, sold it to out-of-state buyers and cultivated pot in upscale neighborhoods, according to a 98-page indictment. Two … more

Sheriff's office: Post about sex trafficking threat not based on facts

A metro-area woman's Facebook post accusing three Egyptian men of engaging in "sex trafficking behavior" at a Highlands Ranch store garnered more than 50,000 shares and hundreds of comments within … more

CCM joins effort to document hate and bias incidents

A woman and her 5-year-old daughter walking on a sidewalk in a Highlands Ranch park recently came across a chalk-scrawled image of a swastika and words spelling “Kill the Jews.” In Lakewood, following the recent terrorist attacks in … more

Senator responds to ‘Cardboard Cory’ tour

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner made an appearance during the recent Douglas County Fair and Rodeo — sort of. On the fair’s closing day on Aug. 6, Castle Rock became the latest of many pit stops made by a cardboard cutout version of the … more

Chambers of commerce cater to young professionals

At a young professionals happy hour hosted by the Highlands Ranch Chamber of Commerce, 24-year-old Erika Oakvik mingled with a small group of people — some dressed in suits and skirts, others sporting T-shirts and jeans — over personal and … more

Teaching students how to cope socially, emotionally

Eighth-grader Morgan Fritzler is working to improve her self-awareness. “Sometimes, I have anxiety and perfectionist issues and I expect myself to get everything on the first try,” Fritzler, 12, said. “It makes me feel frustrated.” But … more

DACA students rally to renew eligibility, ‘mourn loss of dream’

When she was 2 years old, Claudia Hurtado and her sister were taken across the border with people she didn’t know. Separately, her parents crossed from Mexico to Texas, and there, met the people with their children, before coming to Denver to … more

Homeless veterans' numbers may be down, but problem persists

An estimated 569 homeless veterans live in the Denver metro area, and Freddie Sprankel used to be one of them. After more than three years in the U.S. Army — including an almost year-long duty tour in Iraq — Sprankel got an honorable … more

Lockheed Martin begins construction on 'factory of the future'

Construction of a $350 million satellite production facility described as "a factory of the future" is underway at Lockheed Martin's Waterton Canyon campus in south Jefferson County. Named Gateway … more

Air quality improving, but still not ideal

There are some days, primarily in the summer months between May and September, when Coloradans should re-think partaking in vigorous exercise outside. But that doesn’t mean the air quality here is so concerning that everybody should feel they … more

Nobody’s laughing off head injuries these days

Piper Reasoner smiles as she asks a series of questions to a student in the training room at Legend High School. “What is your name?” “Are you nauseous?” “Am I in focus right now?” Minutes earlier the boy, 17, was elbowed in … more

Baby box program gives women ‘breath of fresh air’

New and expecting moms throughout the Colorado now have access to free, safe place for babies to sleep with the Colorado launch of the baby box. The Baby Box Co., the company behind the global initiative to equip expecting families with vital … more

Times are tough, but options exist for first-time homebuyers

Lacy Franks makes being a first-time homebuyer sound easy. Franks, who grew up in Black Hawk, bought her first home last September, a two-bedroom townhome just off I-225 in Aurora, for $220,000 after three months of searching throughout the metro … more

Anti-reform candidates sweep the slate in the Douglas County School Board election

The anti-reform candidates known as "commUNITY" were leading in the races for four seats on the Douglas County School District Board of Education. Krista Holtzmann, Anthony Graziano, Kevin Leung and … more

Locally built Mars probe almost ready for launch

A locally built robotic lander destined for Mars is almost ready to take off, and engineers at Lockheed Martin Space Systems are excited to watch it leave. The InSight Mars lander was largely built … more

Leaders in Colorado decry Virginia violence

The following are Twitter posts by some elected officials in Colorado in the wake of the Aug. 12 violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one person dead and 19 injured: more

In health, and in sickness: ‘We have to be close’

Chris Cummins sits on the floor, cross-legged, facing his wife Cindy in the recliner where she spends most of her day. With her right hand, she strokes her Chihuahua, Porscha, snuggled in her lap. Lining the wall near the chair is a pile of … more

Former Lone Tree mayor seeks place in Congress

Former Lone Tree Mayor Jim Gunning announced he is seeking the Republican nomination for Colorado's 4th Congressional District seat, in a gathering of more than 50 people in front of the Freedom … more

A clear path: Communities adding bike lanes

Daniel Hyde use to be an avid mountain biker, but he now prefers road biking. He logs between 1,500 and 2,000 miles a year and hits the pavement throughout the Denver metro, he said. His biggest annual venture is a 250-mile, three-day ride that he … more

Restaurant leaves legacy amid brewing changes

It’s 10:50 a.m. on a Wednesday, and five women are huddled on the Augustine Grill’s porch ahead of its 11 a.m. opening. At five ’til, a waitress unlocks the door. The restaurant is still … more
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