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Inmate's death in Douglas County jail a suspected suicide

Officials are investigating the death of Daniel Bellinger, an inmate at the Douglas County jail who was found unresponsive and hanging from his bed with a sheet around his neck, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office reported in a news release. At … more

School board to consider suspending pay-for-performance for a year

The Douglas County School District may suspend the differentiated pay structure for licensed teachers and administrators, replacing it for one year with uniform pay raises while it reassesses the evaluation and salary systems that many community … more

In case of emergency, break glass

A new law granting immunity to citizens who break a vehicle’s window to rescue at-risk animals and humans went into effect on Aug. 9. “It’s already exceeded my expectations,” said state Rep. Lori Saine, R-Firestone, who introduced House … more

No charges for ex-coach after drug-search incident

An investigation into Highlands Ranch High School's head football coach - who resigned abruptly a day after the Douglas County Sheriff's Office reported suspicious activity during a drug search at … more

Self-service DMV kiosks arrive in Douglas County

The notorious wait times at Division of Motor Vehicles offices could be shortening up for some area residents. Last month, Douglas County announced it was becoming the next among several Colorado counties — including Arapahoe, Adams and … more

2018 budget includes money for more police and fire employees

Castle Rock has begun 2018 budget discussions and among its top priorities for the coming year are public safety and infrastructure. The proposed 2018 budget of $241.21 million, of which $102.2 million is for capital improvements, does not … more

Service could have less food to go around

Denver resident Lometa Gaskin, 99, stands behind her screen door, waiting for Meals on Wheels volunteer Wayne Chitwood. He asks how she’s doing as he comes up the sidewalk. “If I was doing any better you’d think it was a frame-up,” Gaskin … 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

Boettcher Foundation honors five DCSD teachers

For more than 60 years, Denver-based Boettcher Foundation has awarded exceptional high school students with full-ride scholarships to any four-year school in Colorado. This year, 42 of 1,600 applicants were selected. Five were from Douglas County … 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

My Name Is…Wesley Ferguson

About me I'm a junior at Castle View High School. I lived in Denver before moving to Castle Rock in 2012. I'm very involved in theater but I am also member of German Honor Society, GSA (Gender Sexuality Alliance), Thespian Honor Society and Link … more

Test scores show growth, room for improvement

Standardized test-score results released in August show that the Douglas County School District outperformed the state in all but one test category, but the district saw drops in several categories since last year. Under the Colorado Measures of … more

Under the hot summer sun, snowplow drivers prep for winter

By 2 p.m. on a recent Thursday in rural Douglas County, the sun was shining bright, the air was still and sweat was beading on the brows of county employees busy driving snowplows at a new county vehicle training track. When winter gets here, the … more

Larkspur travel center up for council review

Tim Dumler, a Larkspur-based developer, is going back to his childhood to help him with his next big venture. At 9 years old, Dumler began working in his father's Skelly gas station — which the family operated in Silverthorne — and held the … more

Following rules is the route to keeping a hunting license

Every hunting season, officers for Colorado Parks and Wildlife hand out hundreds of tickets for violations that cost hunters hundreds of thousands of dollars. While some of those tickets are for flagrant violations of wildlife regulations and … more

Southeast Rail Extension at halfway point

The Southeast Light Rail extension in Lone Tree is progressing more quickly than anticipated. Construction of the new 2.3-mile line, which began in May 2016, is now 50 percent complete, according to the Regional Transportation District. The line … more

‘A lifelong training’

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, judo, karate, taekwondo, muay thai, kickboxing — the list of martial arts forms goes on. Though the names are distinctive, the sport's styles share a commonality: self-defense. more

Beer and books: Library brew tour around the corner

Douglas County Libraries will host its fourth annual Great Douglas County Brew Tour during September, inviting Douglas County residents to experience their library in a new way. This year's tour includes nine craft breweries and a coffee … more

Q&A with Redbarre executives

An Aug. 11 news conference at the state capitol in Denver to announce the 68-acre Redbarre Digital Media & Technology Campus in Parker made headlines around the state, with the promise of … more

Castle Rock woman wins 7-Eleven store

There’s winning a run-of-the-mill giveaway competition, and then there’s winning a free convenience store. For Castle Rock resident Avalon Young, entering a 7-Eleven franchise giveaway resulted in just that — scoring one of the company’s … more
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