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Castle Rock woman is world champ in Western dressage

For the fifth consecutive year, Frances Carbonnel of Castle Rock reigns as champion in the Western dressage world. During the last week of September, Carbonnel participated in a musical freestyle competition, where she bade her horse to passage, … more

Douglas County students spend fall break in the kitchen

Aromas of sharp onion and chives, sweet sesame and tangy ginger pervade a medium-sized cafeteria at Stone Canyon Outdoor EdVentures, an outdoor education center in Larkspur. About 30 students from middle and elementary schools from across Douglas … more

A real gem for area equestrians

The smells of coffee and leather fill the air when visitors stop by the Wildflower Saddles and Tack shop at 122 Main St. in Elizabeth, where they are greeted by owner Tom Knowles plus a possible purr from General Sterling Price the cat. “I come … more

Technology gives residents a new voice

Douglas County just came up with a way to connect the community in a 21st century way, allowing locals to ask Alexa about what's going on around town. John Thompson, the county’s data services manager, combined two technologies to better serve … more

Cancer fund lets patients get away

Nora Earnest couldn't look at her bedsheets without her stomach turning. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2008 at age 32, the beginning of a three-year back-and-forth between treatment and relapse. After about nine months of her first round of … more

School board campaigns take different approaches

Brad Wann, a supporter of Elevate Douglas County and the former vice chairman of the Douglas County Republicans, plans on canvassing with his alpacas, reindeer and burros before the Douglas County School Board Election on Nov. 7. People, he said, like … more

Nonprofit wants to take vision nationwide

Hide in Plain Sight provides more than just a handout, founder Joe Roos says. “We’re providing a solution so at-risk students can be competitive in the job market, earn a substantial … 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

The role of money in the Douglas County School Board election

At an Oct. 3 forum held by the League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties, the eight candidates assured the audience that they were receiving donations from friends, families, teachers, volunteers and colleagues. Several referred to … more

Gala shines light on sheriff’s office’s work with homeless youths

Kyle Gallup, 20, played football, worked part-time and made lasting friends when he attended Chaparral High School. But he also paid for gas, rent, groceries, electrical bills, and anything needed to help support himself, his mother and his … more

'We all have to be partners'

A local nonprofit seeks to cut through the political noise surrounding climate change by using their ears, rather than their voices. “It's about listening first,” said Parker resident Jamie VanDegrift. “We have to be respectful, we all have … more

Candidates touch on trust in latest Douglas County School Board forum

One word used often by Douglas County School Board candidates at the second community forum was “trust.” “Before we would consider any kind of tax increase, the first goal is to restore trust with the community,” Elevate Douglas County … more

Grief support offers comfort for children

When Vikki Skulborstad and her husband became caretakers for a 5-year-old boy after his mother died of cancer, they could relate to his pain firsthand. In 2013, the Skulborstads lost their daughter, Carli, who spent her 2 1/2 years of life … more

University of Phoenix to close campuses

The University of Phoenix is stopping on-campus enrollment and will close approximately 20 campuses across the country as part of a “teach-out” program. The university has three Colorado locations: one in Lone Tree, one in Westminster and one … 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

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

Daniels Park Road to close for work in late October

Improvements to Daniels Park Road are scheduled to begin the week of Oct. 23. A portion of the existing stretch of gravel, east of Daniels Park, between Griggs Road and Castle Pines Parkway, will be closed for the remainder of the year. Motorists … more

Here's how to cast your ballot in Douglas County

With about a month until the Nov. 7 election, Douglas County voters might have questions about the voting process — how to vote, whether they are registered, where to vote and more. Colorado Elections are administered via mail only. Instead of … more

In schools, it's cafeteria food, remixed

The bass line of “Another One Bites the Dust” pumped through Castle View High School as about 450 area students and their families came together for A Taste of DCSD. Everyone knows what an apple a day can do, but Douglas County School … more

School board candidates tackle issues at forum

Dozens of community members gathered in the Highlands Ranch High School auditorium on Sept. 26 to listen to seven of the eight Douglas County School Board candidates talk about their stances on issues guiding this year's election. Students from … more
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