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District’s direction at stake in school board election

They come from different backgrounds and neighborhoods — and hold different educational philosophies — but parents from across Douglas County agree the upcoming schoolboard election could change the course of the school district “The … more

5 things to know about I-25 and Arapahoe Road

Why is it being done at all? The project will improve East Arapahoe Road's through traffic by adding a lane in each direction and removing the Interstate 25 bridge supports that used to separate the lanes, officials from the Colorado Department … more

Douglas County women earn AAUW scholarships

Three Douglas County women were awarded $1,500 scholarships from the Douglas County affiliate of American Association of University Women. Leah Porter, Gretchen Stulock and Lauren Hallstrom are studying at Colorado universities. Porter is … more

‘This is the most impactful intervention . . . I’ve been part of’

She was in her 50s, well-known to police — and diagnosed as psychotic. For one Castle Rock woman, life was a frightful blur of delusions that left her convinced each of her neighbors was a dangerous criminal. For years, she called … more

Local responders tasked with national relief

First responders see a lot of tragedy in their line of work, but Eric Hurst, who recently returned from assisting local emergency services in Orlando, Florida, after Hurricane Irma, described the experience as “especially eye-opening.” “As … more

Sky-high rents squeeze long-time residents

Mary Ann Parker can’t talk about her apartment search without crying. The 58-year-old on disability rents a room in a house in Commerce City for $750 a month, which eats up most of her $840 a month disability check. She longs to live closer to … 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

$241 million budget for 2018 gets council's OK

Town council didn't have much discussion before approving the 2018 budget on Sept. 19, which might seem odd, Councilmember Jason Bower acknowledged before assuring residents that the council had pored over the 346-page document ahead of the … more

School district's pay-for-performance suspended for one year

The seven members of the Douglas County School Board approved suspending the differentiated pay structure for licensed teachers and administrators for one year at the Sept. 19 board meeting. Suspending the pay-for-performance structure for the … more

Fair provides resources on substance use

A teenage bedroom staged in the lunchroom of Douglas County High School revealed everyday items that young people may be using to conceal drug or alcohol use. Inside a hairbrush was a compartment for marijuana. A pill bottle was in a pillowcase. … more

Junk removal company a treasure for veterans

On a late summer morning in a gated, golf-course community, a man with brown boots and a trailer is getting his hands dirty. He loads a garage-full of trash, old furniture and electronics into a hulking green trailer — leaving space for his next … more

Shopping for a cause

The Outlets at Castle Rock held its biggest event of the year on Sept. 16: the 12 Annual Shopping Extravaganza. The annual charity fundraiser was expected to raise approximately $35,000 and gather more than 2,500 attendees throughout the day. For … more

Lincoln lives on in Littleton man

John Voehl lives something of a double life. A retired Lockheed aerospace engineer from Littleton, he’s a devoted husband and grandfather. But to thousands of people across the country, he’s Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president. Voehl is … more

Study identifies fastest-growing trees in area

Cottonwood, catalpa, silver maple, blue spruce and white oak are the fastest-growing tree varietals for Colorado’s Front Range communities, while hawthorn, piñon pine and hackberry are some of the slowest growers, according to a report by the … more

Young Marines honor Navajo code talkers

Eight members of the Mountain View Young Marines in Franktown joined other Young Marines in Window Rock, Arizona, to honor Navajo code talkers from World War II. “Navajo Code Talkers Day is an event that the Young Marines and the Navajo code … more

Charter school location still under review by school board

An undeveloped field with rolling views of the Front Range could be the site of a bustling Castle Rock charter school come 2018.But some neighbors and officials are saying the proposed location could create traffic complications for … more

Pooch Plunge makes a splash

Butterfield Crossing Pool was overrun with dogs this weekend as Castle Rock’s Parks and Recreation Department hosted its annual Pooch Plunge event, which opens the pool’s doors for residents to bring in their dogs for a day of swimming. Pups … more

Thousands climb Red Rocks in remembrance of 9/11

The registration table was scattered with badges, each one with the face of someone who lost their life on Sept. 11, 2001. As the American flag flapped in the wind, attached to two fire truck … more

Man works toward better communication through devices

In July 2016, Richard Braden woke up and couldn’t hear his grandfather clock. The 80-year-old Lone Tree resident knew that years of working with “big guns” in the U.S. Army had caught up with him, but it gave him the idea for his first … more

Couple working to build community for disabled

Susan and Pat Mooney face the same dilemma as many parents of developmentally disabled children: What will become of their son when they're gone? The Centennial couple, whose 23-year-old son Ross suffered brain damage as a result of a genetic … more
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