Douglas County will not use COVID funds on San Luis Valley water project
The Douglas County commissioners have decided not to use American Rescue Plan Act dollars on a controversial water supply project but may consider it again in the future.
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Confluence Companies, a developer, proposes a mixed-use project with a new Sports Development Center through a partnership with Castle Rock, which is shown in this rendering.

Castle Rock considering partnership for sports center

A Castle Rock proposal would have the town partner with a private developer to build an indoor recreation facility and transform the former Acme Brick facility and surrounding area into a mixed use …
A map shows where the proposed Environmental Education Center would be constructed at the Backcountry Base Camp area. The center would house a nature preschool, classrooms for events and camps, and offices for the backcountry staff.

Backcountry headquarters, preschool project progresses in Highlands Ranch

After six years of growing the Backcountry Wilderness Area Base Camp programs in Highlands Ranch, the community association is moving forward with designing the Backcountry Outdoor Center to …
The Kiowa School District will keep its Indians mascot and imagery after a May 19 vote by the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs board. The district went through several procedures in recent months to get an exemption from a state law that generally bans Native American mascots.

Kiowa Schools will keep Indians mascot

The Kiowa School District won its year-long battle to keep its Indians mascot on May 19, when the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs voted to allow the district to keep the Indians name and imagery.
Dr. Adam Vaudreuil, dermatologist at Vanguard Skin Specialists, and PA Rachel Frederickson provided free skin cancer screenings to anyone who booked an appointment or walked into the Castle Rock office on May 12. Photo by Maddie Browning

Vanguard Skin Specialists hosts skin check clinic in Castle Rock

Stephane Wilson, a mother of two living in Castle Rock, came to Vanguard Skin Specialists last fall to check a rash on her arms. She also experienced irritated moles, so PA Rachel Frederickson …
Proposed regulations for home occupations in unincorporated Douglas County would allow one vehicle per business with a maximum weight of 26,000 pounds. The existing rules have no limitations on the types or amount of vehicles for home occupations.

Potential rules for home businesses meet resistance

Proposed changes for Douglas County home occupation regulations received a lot of pushback from residents concerned about traffic generated by businesses in neighborhoods, despite the changes being …
The Student Advisory Group presented eight proposals on district policies, potential classes and professional development to the Douglas County School Board on May 10.

Student group proposes policies, classes for Douglas County schools

Douglas County students envision a number of new initiatives, policy updates and class offerings throughout the district in the next few years. Student Advisory Group subcommittees presented to …
The members of the Douglas County Board of Health listen to a resident during public comment.

Douglas County Health Department moving forward on facility, services, staff

The Douglas County Health Department is on its way to providing services, having a facility and hiring staff as the agency prepares to fully separate from Tri-County Health Department later this …
Castle Rock approved agreements with Union Pacific Railroad to install new gates at two train crossings downtown in a step to secure a quiet zone, where trains would not be required to honk at each crossing.

Castle Rock moves to mute trains

For over 15 years Castle Rock residents living near the train tracks running through downtown have put up with dozens of trains honking as they pass intersecting roads day and night. A recent Castle …
From left, Commissioners George Teal, Lora Thomas and Abe Laydon.

Commissioners plan to release memo regarding San Luis Valley water project

The Douglas County commissioners plan to release a redacted version of a legal memo prepared for them regarding a hotly debated water proposal later this week. During a Monday work session, the …
Community Response Teams are being utilized by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Castle Rock, Parker and Lone Tree police departments.

Douglas County funds second youth community response team

More students experiencing a mental health crisis in Douglas County schools will soon have access to trained responders after the Douglas County commissioners funded an expansion of the …
The Douglas County School District released a withdrawn records request for a list of teachers absent on the Feb. 3 sick-out.

Douglas County School District turns over withdrawn request for teacher absences

A judge’s order resulted in the Douglas County School District naming a man who in February requested the names of teachers who were absent on the day of a contentious sick-out and then …

Man arrested on murder charges for Castle Rock death

Florida police have arrested a man who is alleged to have killed his mother in Castle Rock.  On May 3, Matthew Buchanan, 32, was arrested in Monroe County, Florida on charges including second …
The outside of a PPRM health center in Colorado.

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains: 'You couldn’t create a more terrifying scenario'

Vicki Cowart saw this coming. The chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains has been working to get her organization ready for what she calls “our terrible forecast” — the leaked Supreme Court decision indicating that Roe v Wade will be overturned.

Paint Box Guild keeps art scene busy

In Littleton, the Bemis Library exhibit juried by Chris Stevens from Curtis Center for the Arts ends April 29, so readers will have to hurry to see it, but next will be a new exhibit by Paint Box …

Tavern owners double down

The original location of Max Taps Co. survived 2020, a feat that shaped founder Dave Gardner’s outlook on opening a second taproom. “If we can make it through that, with nobody allowed in a bar, …

Gardening season grows on you

Many readers have flats of plants started or seeds planted in your yards by now, but others may still be in planning mode. Since I’ve joined the ranks of apartment dwellers, I’m limited to a …

Mother Musings - Rethinking Mother's Day

It’s the time of year where mothers get pampered and praised for the hard, often unseen work that they do. They get breakfast in bed, massages, thank you cards galore and oodles and oodles of …

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Flags fly at the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office in the central Centennial area.

Arapahoe County jail sees high need for mental health care, and it’s taken steps to respond

Roughly 3 in 5 inmates at the Arapahoe County jail have a mental health condition, according to recent data — and that number may be even higher when taking into account substance use problems, according to Arapahoe County Sheriff Tyler Brown.
Arapahoe Community College's Parker campus is located next to Chaparral High School at 15653 Brookstone Drive.

Arapahoe Community College closing in Parker, DCSD taking over

Arapahoe Community College is closing its Parker campus after the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education agreed to sell the building to the Douglas County School District May …

Pressure to succeed is costing kids their childhoods

As we forge forward through the 2020s, the pressure for youth to succeed is starting to impact kids as early as preschool and could be robbing of them of their childhood as societal demands create …
Courtney Tauger is one of nine valedictorians in the Elizabeth High School Class of 2022.

Elizabeth High School graduates group of all-female valedictorians

Elizabeth High School class of 2022 was honored to have nine valedictorians, those who exemplify the pinnacle of academic scholarship. This year, the distinguished group was made up of entirely of women.
Englewood Schools Board of Education President Duane Tucker, right, presents a diploma to an Englewood High School senior.

Englewood High School's Class of 2022 celebrates graduation

Much of the program highlighted the resiliancy of a class of students who weathered more than two years of learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, which began midway through their sophmore year. 
Life
Horizon High School Class of 2022 Salutatorian Jayce Abeyta speaks to a crowd of 430 graduating seniors and their families and friends May 17 in the CU Events Center.

PHOTOS: Returning faces help Horizon seniors graduate

Former Horizon High School Principal Kim Brady was back on stage May 17 at the CU Event Center to help the school's class of 2022 graduate. Brady recounted that she was the principal when the …
Coming Attractions

Lynne Collins takes over theater at the Arvada Center

Lynne Collins has been announced as the Arvada Center’s new Artistic Director of Theatre, following the retirement of Rod A. Lansberry. Collins, the current Artistic Director of Plays, first joined …
Northglenn High School Class of 2022 valedictorian Abhiyan Barailee gives his address May 17 as the class marked its commencement exercises in the CU Coors Events Center.

PHOTOS: Northglenn High School 319 seniors

Northglenn High School graduated the Class of 2022 in a May 17 ceremony at the CU Coors Events Center in Boulder. The 319 seniors were led by escorts …
A lamp constructed from two pieces of Frank Lloyd Wright art glass will be displayed starting June 17 in the Kirkland Museum’s “Frank Lloyd Wright Inside the Walls” exhibit.

Frank Lloyd Wright art glass lamp coming to Kirkland

The Kirkland Museum, 1201 Bannock St., Denver, announces the gift of a lamp, constructed from two pieces of Frank Lloyd Wright art glass (1903-1904), which will be featured in the show, “Frank …
Sports

Regional baseball playoffs: Legacy ends ThunderRidge's season

Legacy's Marcus Romero, left, retreats back to first following a ThunderRidge error by second baseman Tyler Davis, right, during a CHSAA 5A regional playoff game at Legacy High School in Broomfield May 23. The Lightning advanced to the state tournament by beating the Grizzlies 8-0 and shading Grandview 5-4.

Legacy High School earns spot in state 5A baseball tournament

AURORA -- Legacy High School advanced to the state 5A baseball tournament with wins over ThunderRidge and Grandview high schools May 23. LHS faces Cherokee Trail at 9 a.m. Friday, May 27. The …
Riverdale Ridge's Lucas Couron is atop the bar and wound up atop the heap at the state 4A boys pole vault championships May 22 at Jeffco Stadium.

Riverdale Ridge's Couron atop the heap

LAKEWOOD -- An hour or so before Riverdale Ridge's Lucas Couron began his state-championship effort in the boys state 4A pole vault May 22 at a brisk Jeffco Stadium, he left. "A lot  of …
Holy Family's Skylar Hawk, right, wraps up her ninth-place finish in the girls 100-meters at the state 3A track meet in Lakewood on May 22. She also won two state titles.

State 3A track: Holy Family's Robinson lands 2 second-place finishes

LAKEWOOD -- Holy Family's Grayson Arnold wrapped up his prep high-school career in fine fashion. The Baylor University-bound senior took second in both the 200-meter dash and the 100-meter dash …
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Elbert County Commissioner Chris Richardson

Guest column: Urge Polis to veto union bill

Elbert County's elected officials join nearly 200 others from 39 Colorado counties in urging Gov. Jared Polis to veto Senate Bill 22-230, which supports expansion of government unions.
Amy Fiala

Guest column: Saving energy costs in warm weather

We know customer bills and energy usage are topics of conversation in the communities we serve. Here are five jobs to tackle to help reduce your energy usage and make your home — and appliances — more energy efficient.
Coming Attractions

Birds of a feather flock to DMNS

There are plenty of beautiful and important environmental sites that people are aware of - think locations like the Everglades in Florida. But then there are places that might be even more important …
Coming Attractions

See it first at SeriesFest season 8

What can’t television do? The answer to that question used to be obvious. These days? Not so much. Modern shows can have just as high production value as blockbusters, entice the same A-list talent …
Coming Attractions

You will find connection at the Benchmark Theatre

If we’ve learned anything from the last two years, it’s that all of us, at one point or another, will get sick. It’s not an enjoyable truth to ruminate on, but one that was repeatedly proven in …
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