Douglas County School District approves millions in cuts

The Douglas County School District will enter the 2020-21 school year with millions in cuts to its budget amid the on-going pandemic. School board directors approved next year's $670 million budget …
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Douglas County district OKs plan to reopen schools
The Douglas County School Board has approved a framework, or general concepts, for reopening the district in August along with recommended contingency plans if schools cannot return to business as …

Rally in Castle Rock to support police

Castle Rock residents rallied in support of police on June 27, drawing hundreds who marched downtown and gathered on the steps of the Castle Rock Police Department.

PRIMARY 2020 | Teal defeats Dorris in testy GOP race for Douglas County commissioner

Douglas County Republican voters chose George Teal over Clint Dorris as the party's candidate for the District 2 county commission seat in a race that saw accusations hurled back and forth.

Killer gets life sentence in south-metro case from 1980

It has been 40 years since Helene Pruszynski was killed, but for her family and friends, it might as well have been yesterday.

PRIMARY 2020 | Big win for Padden in Democratic race for 18th District DA

Democrat Amy Padden will face off against Republican John Kellner in the November election for 18th Judicial District attorney after Padden glided to a win in the party primary that ended June 30. In …

WATCH: Time to Talk public forum on mental health and families

It's time to talk about mental health. Mothers and mental health advocates talk about how mental illness affects families, and why — and how — we need to talk about it. The free community …

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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis addresses attendees of a bill-signing ceremony in Englewood on July 10.

Polis urges 'summer without parties' as COVID-19 climbs in Colorado

On the heels of more data showing COVID-19 on the rise in his state, Gov. Jared Polis still scraped up a hopeful if worried tone in pushing Coloradans to turn the trajectory around. And he kept up …
Tri-County Health Department's headquarters in Greenwood Village.

Tri-County Health chief: Douglas County bid to pull out of agency is 'extraordinarily disruptive'

Douglas County's decision to begin the process of withdrawing from the Tri-County Health Department is "extraordinarily disruptive to our staff and planning in the middle of a pandemic,” the agency's top official said.
Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Jason Glass

Jeffco superintendent named Kentucky education commissioner

After about three years as Jeffco Public Schools' superintendent, Jason Glass has been named the next Commissioner of Education for the state of Kentucky. In a July 10 letter to the community, Glass …
A screenshot from the virtual town hall held by Tri-County Health Department and its counties shows Executive Director John Douglas participating by Skype from his home.

Tri-County Health Department closes offices following threat

“I think it's deeply—and I want to underscore deeply—disappointing, in the time of a pandemic, the divisiveness in this country,” the agency's chief says.

Douglas County plans to withdraw from Tri-County Health Department

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners has announced the county plans to begin the process of withdrawing from the Tri-County Health Department. 
Life
Travel back in time at the Littleton Museum, featuring two living history farms portraying 19th-century homesteads.

So, what CAN you do this summer?

It’s a summer like no other. With concerts, festivals, sports games and lots more off the table during the COVID-19 pandemic, kids and families might be going a bit stir-crazy. Here’s a look at …
Coming Attractions

A trip to Zapata via Morrison

Morison-based author Harper McDavid’s debut novel “Zapata,” has been announced as the winner of the 2020 Colorado Book Award in the romance category, and received a 2020 Writer’s Award from …
grandparents teach too

Children cook creatively in snug mugs

Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment, about creativity. — Guy Fieri No one is born a great cook, one learns by …
“Freedom of Speech” is part of Norman Rockwell’s “Four Freedoms” series.
SONYA'S SAMPLER

Centennial's Goodson Recreation Center doubles as site for sculptures

South Suburban Parks and Recreation District has a Public Art Committee that has developed an Art-on-Loan Program, which exhibits large outdoor artworks by area sculptors for a year, giving artists …
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Sports
An opponent of recent racing events at Bandimere Speedway protests outside the Jefferson County Building on March 8.

Judge allowing Bandimere to continue operating for now, but COVID-19-related restraining order to remain in place

After a full day of testimony, a Jeffco judge did not rule Wednesday on whether she will grant a preliminary injunction that would limit events at Bandimere Speedway unless the county is provided a …
Arapahoe High School football coach Rod Sherman.

Arapahoe High School football coach likes what he sees

Arapahoe High School football coach Rod Sherman is encouraged by the turnout of players for the early workouts held in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The numbers are really up,” said …
ThunderRidge football coach Doug Nisenson is most proud of the mentality his team has developed over the past three seasons.

ThunderRidge High School football coach looks at past for future

Doug Nisenson is a former football player at ThunderRidge High School and he’s now the head football coach for the Grizzlies. ThunderRidge won two Class 4A state football championships in 2004 and …
Jim Saccomano served as the vice president of public relations for the Denver Broncos for 36 years before retiring in 2013.

Veteran Denver sports exec Jim Saccomano: Why sports matter

Denver is the smallest of the 13 U.S. cities with four professional sports teams in the National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Hockey League and National Basketball Association. …
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Craig Marshall Smith
QUIET DESPERATION

What are you smiling about?

“I saw a picture of you. Those were the happiest days of my life.” Chrissie Hynde, lead singer of the Pretenders, wrote “Back on the Chain Gang” as a memorial to lead guitarist James …
Michael Norton

People love to hear a good, positive story

Some of us like to tell a good story, some enjoy hearing a good story, and some of us appreciate both. And although there are a few people who seem to derive pleasure from a bad or negative story, I …
Craig Marshall Smith

Big-bang bullies take to the air

From 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on July 4, my neighborhood sounded like Hell. I was Clint Eastwood mad and helpless. I expected the worst because for weeks before the Fourth there were nightly fireworks all …
LIVING & AGING WELL

Story sharing brings families together, even if apart

Do your children and grandchildren know the story of how your parents met? How about your grandparents?
Michael Norton
WINNING WORDS

What are we talking about?

There is a quote that some of us may have heard before, and it is a quote that is often attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt. This is another of those timeless quotes that never seems to lose its …
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