Castle Rock limits turf at new homes
New homes in Castle Rock will no longer be able to sport a turf front yard under a recently approved ordinance aimed at conserving water.
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Castle Rock Town Manager David Corliss presented a proposed $315.3 million budget for 2023 at the Sept. 6 and Sept. 20 town council meeting.

Castle Rock's 2023 budget moves forward

Castle Rock Town Council approved a number of items relating to the 2023 budget, which prioritizes public safety, roads and water, at the Sept. 20 meeting. Following a presentation by Town Manager …
The Castle Rock Police Department and Municipal Court will be getting accessibility upgrades and expanded officer amenities after the town council approved a $2 million construction contract on Sept. 20.

Castle Rock Police to get updated building

Castle Rock approved a construction contract to expand and update the town’s police department to meet the growing use of the building. On Sept. 20, town council passed a contract with MW …
Highlands Ranch Library displays frequently challenged books near the front entrance as a way to participate in Banned Books Week, a national event from Sept. 18-24 that celebrates open access and highlights censorship concerns.

Douglas County Libraries receives few book-ban requests

Amid a sharp nationwide rise in the number of books facing library or school bans, Douglas County Libraries is spotlighting challenged media for National Banned Books Week. 
Thousands of Sandhill Cranes pause in the San Luis Valley near Monte Vista to feed at the Wildlife Refuge and in adjoining fields as they migrate north to their summer breeding grounds.

Douglas County again meets about San Luis Valley water project 

A controversial plan to pipe water from the San Luis Valley to Douglas County may be seeing new life after the county commissioners recently met behind closed doors to discuss it again.  Four …
Homes sit in a neighborhood in Littleton, part of the notably expensive Denver metro area.

Colorado home prices see short-term drop; unclear how long downslide will last

Home prices in the metro area and statewide have shown some early signs that they may be breaking the pandemic-era trend of steep increases.
B’s Craft Deli & Market opened last month at the corner of Wilcox Street and South Street in Castle Rock.

Eateries step up game in Castle Rock

John Johnson believes Castle Rock is becoming the kind of place people travel to for good food, and he’s happy to be a growing part of the phenomenon. The restaurateur has been a Castle Rock …
Mayor Jason Gray

Castle Rock candidates list set for November

Castle Rock town officials announced the finalists for the upcoming town council race. While incumbents Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Bracken and Caryn Johnson are facing challengers, first-term Mayor Jason …
Douglas County School Board President Mike Peterson listens to discussion during a Feb. 8 study session. The board will vote on next steps for the equity policy on Sept. 27.

Douglas County school board talks implementation of equity policy

Douglas County school board members indicated they will direct Superintendent Erin Kane to create an implementation plan and monitoring report for the district’s equity policy this …
Blush Out West, one of over 60 vendors at The Emporium, offers women’s clothing and home goods with a Western vibe.

Emporium marks milestone

Mike Slattery is eager to celebrate a Castle Rock destination that he loves with the community that has supported it for a decade. On Oct. 1, The Emporium will mark its 10th anniversary with free …
On June 20, Castle Pines North Metro District approved an intergovernmental agreement to transfer its stormwater system to the city of Castle Pines.

Castle Pines North Metro District transfers stormwater rights to city

Since the termination of the Parker water inclusion in February, the path towards dissolution of the Castle Pines North Metro District has been unclear. But in a unanimous decision on June 20, the CPNMD approved an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) to transfer its stormwater system and necessary property rights to the city of Castle Pines – handing over one of its main responsibilities and bringing the body a step closer to dissolution.
Castle Rock Pride is a new nonprofit in Castle Rock aiming to increase the visibility of the LGBTQ community in town. It’s a group of community members and allies.

County to work with Castle Rock Pride, some performers not invited back

After multiple executive sessions to receive legal advice on the topic, the Douglas County commissioners have voted to work with Castle Rock Pride to ensure their future events are family-friendly.

“Celebrating Mexico” piñata exhibit opens at Smoky Hill Library

A bright smile spread across Michelle Ollerton’s face as she watched her 2-year-old son, Isaac, point to the colorful piñatas hanging above them in the cafe of Smoky Hill Library, trying …

Therapy dog coming soon to Cherry Creek School District

The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office is adding a third therapy dog to its agency, 9-week-old Riley, who will be serving the Cherry Creek School District alongside School Resource Officer Deputy Adam Nardi.

Upcoming event: Lone Tree’s “Craftoberfest”

Lovers of beer and German cuisine are in luck! The City of Lone Tree will host its annual “Craftoberfest” on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 2–5:30 p.m. at Prairie Sky Park, located at …

Death doulas: Normalizing discussions of death and dying

Although she’s healthy, Vanessa Johnston already has a plan for how she’d like to die. 

Arapahoe County Sheriff Tyler Brown speaking during the Arapahoe County Racial Equity Subcommittee meeting on Sept. 19 at Ready to Work Aurora.

Discussing racial equity in the Arapahoe County justice system

When it comes to racial equity, what are the issues facing the Arapahoe County justice system and how can they be addressed?  It’s a question the Arapahoe County Racial Equity …
Highlands Ranch and Douglas County officials pose for photos before breaking ground on the Highlands Ranch Senior Center on Sept. 19.

Highlands Ranch breaks ground on senior center

Highlands Ranch officials broke ground on the upcoming $16.5 million senior center on Sept. 19 with the goal of opening doors in January 2024.  The 20,000 square-foot community space for …
Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock holds up a photo of Casey Devol at a media briefing. Devol is the suspect in a double homicide.

Douglas County man accused of double-homicide pleads not guilty

The man accused of killing his sister and her boyfriend earlier this year in rural Douglas County pleaded not guilty to the crime this afternoon. Casey Devol, 30, appeared in a packed courtroom to …
Frank Acosta

Acosta, Brighton police commander, dies

Former Brighton Police Department Cmdr. Frank Acosta passed away of natural causes, the city announced Sept. 23. Acosta joined the police department in February 2000. Before that, he was a state …

Classes continue at Fort Lupton HS despite circulated threats

The Weld Re-8 School District became the latest in a series of school districts to face rumored threats to school safety.   In a district website post Sept. 23, Weld Re-8 Superintendent …
Coming Attractions

Open the door to Denver’s spaces

For many of us, we don’t exactly know what makes a piece of architecture or interior design appealing. There’s just something about it we respond to. Fortunately, there are organizations like the …
Emily Brooks in her backyard.

Uprooting the American dream

Perhaps Americans took the title of Walt Whitman’s book of poems to his beloved country, “Leaves of Grass” too literally when they considered the American Dream.  “Whatever …
Coming Attractions

Venture ‘Into the Woods’ at the Arvada Center

There are some names that stand on their own when you’re talking about the theater and Stephen Sondheim is right at the top of that list. So, when the Arvada Center announced it was kicking off its …
Coming Attractions

Archtop guitar fans to gather in Arvada

For me, autumn sounds like acoustic guitars. It’s something about their warmth and crispness, but also their fragility. And if you’re the type of person who spends a lot of time thinking about …
Arapahoe's Alonzo Ramirez breaks free from Rock Canyon's defense, including Nathanial Wilson(11) during the Warriors' homecoming game Sept. 23 in Littleton.

Football photo gallery: Rock Canyon spoils Arapahoe's homecoming

LITTELTON -- Rock Canyon High School's football team stayed unbeaten through five games this season and spoiled Arapahoe High School's homecoming Sept. 23 by beating the Warriors 28-17. Jaguars …
Dignitaries from Eagle Ridge Academy and the city of Brighton combine to officially break ground on the Warriors' new soccer field Sept. 23.

The end of an all road game schedule is in sight for Eagle Ridge soccer

                In the span of a couple of sentences, Eagle Ridge Academy three-sport athlete and student body president …
Heritage's Cooper Littrell spots the ball and makes a move to retrieve it during his team's win against Highlands Ranch Sept. 22.

Soccer photo gallery: Heritage stays undefeated in Continental League play

Heritage High School had to rally in the second half to ward off Highlands Ranch 3-1 in Continental League play Sept. 22 on the Eagles' pitch. HHS scored its goals in the second half and kept the …
Jonathan Gonzalez celebrates a Frontier League win with his teammates and fans against The Pinnacle Sept.21 in Fort Lupton. Gonzalez scored three goals and had an assist against the Timberwolves.

Gonzalez kicking up a ruckus for two Fort Lupton sports

For many high-school athletes, playing a sport at a varsity level is a big task within itself. Jonathan Gonzalez, a senior at Fort Lupton High School, is not only stepping up as one of the captains …

Column: Demographics and stagflation

The world is aging, and our economy is shrinking. This is not a good combination. Let’s start with demographics. The five largest economies, U.S., China, Japan, Germany, and the U.K., have an …

From the Editor: Before you say no

This election year will have a lot of tax questions for voters to consider as they sort through ballots that are expected to hit the mail starting on Oct. 17. As our reporters have worked to break …
Coming Attractions

Thornton aims to become public art hot spot

One of the great things about public art is that it serves so many purposes — just as easily as it adds beauty to a community, it can also become a landmark, a location for people to orient their …
Coming Attractions

Getting in an Allegro mood in Park

There’s no such thing as a typical community hub — each hub is as unique as the community it represents. So, it’s not surprising that one of Parker’s favorite spots is Allegro Music, its only …

From the Editor: The evidence mounts

Last week the Colorado Department of Education released 2022 results for the state’s standardized tests that were administered in the spring. While the state touted increases in both English and …
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