Christmas tree recycling offered

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The Highlands Ranch Metro District is offering free Christmas tree recycling once again this holiday season. Residents are encouraged to drop off their ornament and tinsel-free trees at one of four sites between Dec. 26 and Jan. 12.

The site locations include: Redstone Park, 3280 Redstone Park Circle; Toepfer Park, 9480 S. Venneford Ranch Road; Dad Clark Park, 3385 Asterbrook Circle; and Highland Heritage Regional Park, 9651 S. Quebec St.

All trees will be chipped into mulch and made available free to Highlands Ranch residents. The mulch will be available on a self-serve basis at all four locations. Leftover mulch will be used on parkway landscape throughout the community.

Wind Crest shows appreciation

Residents of Wind Crest Retirement Community collectively donated $130,000 to their campus’ staff appreciation fund to show appreciation to the community’s hourly staff for a job well done in 2013. The money benefits 295 hourly staff members from all departments, including dining services, general services and health services. The fundraising drive among residents is done annually during the holidays.

Pay traffic tickets online

Earlier this year, Douglas County Sheriff David Weaver unveiled an online ticket payment service to the public. Undersheriff Tony Spurlock announced the unveiling of additional services Dec. 12 to make it easier and more convenient to obtain accident reports, offense reports and other law enforcement records online.

DocXchange, powered by OpenRecordsPortal.com, not only allows citizens to make payments for citations online, the system now allows interested parties to request, retrieve and pay for accident reports, case reports and other types of documents online, avoiding the need for cash, money orders, cashier’s checks and time-consuming trips or trying to make payments by telephone.  

“DocXchange allows persons to easily and securely request and receive a variety of law enforcement records online,” Weaver said. “The request, payment and fulfillment can be completed online, saving a considerable amount of time and effort. A small convenience fee is added to the online payment to cover the third-party costs of processing the credit card and operating the system.”

DocXchange allows law enforcement agencies to better serve citizens by providing a more efficient and cost-effective way to make payments and fulfill requests for public records. Citizens will continue to have the option to go to the courthouse to take care of their citations and records requests.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is the first agency in the United States to use DocXchange Online Records Request.  For more information, go to www.dcsheriff.net or contact the sheriff’s office at 303-660-7545.

Weight loss challenge awaits

The Highlands Ranch Community Association is hosting its annual 60-day body transformation, weight-loss challenge from Jan. 9 through March 9. Deadline to register is Jan. 5. The challenge is a great way to either get started with a personal trainer or to boost one’s current routine with a trainer.

Participants will compete individually or in teams of two to see who can achieve the highest percentage of body weight loss over the 60-day period. Challenge awards will be given to the top three winners in both categories. To find out more about the challenge, sponsored by Max Muscle of Centennial, please visit www.hrcaonline.org or call 303-471-7048.