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'While we may not be invincible ... we are STEM strong'

Standing tall in their royal blue gowns, STEM School Highlands Ranch graduates ignored the dark skies, light rain and dropping temperatures May 20 …
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Resentencing means teen convicted of murder will be eligible for parole

A man who was convicted of helping to kill his friend's mother in Highlands Ranch in 1998 spoke in court after his friends, parents and defense attorneys painted a detailed picture of the strides the …
Fossils found in Highlands Ranch are believed to be from a triceratops, a three-horned herbivore that often grew to be 30 feet long and 10 feet tall.

Dinosaur fossils found in Highlands Ranch

A dinosaur that once roamed what is now Highlands Ranch met the open air for the first time in more than 66 million years, after a construction crew discovered its bones at a construction site in …

SROs and Douglas County schools: What do they cost and how many are there?

Costs to fund a school resource officer are typically split between the law enforcement agencies providing them and the organizations receiving services. The Douglas County School District, the …

Experts weigh benefits of school resource officers

Leaders in school safety and law enforcement agree that school resource officers offer more than security. They provide education about issues like cyberbullying and dating violence and engrain …

Parents, community members seek school security solutions

David Ray, president of the Douglas County Board of Education, opened a May 14 school board meeting with a moment of silence for Kendrick Castillo, who was killed in the May 7 school shooting at STEM …
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Bonnie Alexander, 68, waves a peace sign at drivers in a motorcade of more than 200 Jeeps and some other vehicles toward a May 15 memorial service for Kendrick Castillo. Castillo “was an angel in our midst,” said Alexander, a Highlands Ranch resident.

Procession honors Kendrick Castillo at memorial service in Highlands Ranch

About 250 Jeep enthusiasts gathered in Highlands Ranch on May 15 to ride in a procession ahead of a celebration of life service for Kendrick Castillo. According to license plates, vehicles came from …
Krystal Jensen, left, and her 12-year-old daughter Kierra welcome STEM students back to school on May 15. About a week earlier, the school experienced a shooting that left one student dead and eigth others injured. "They need all the love they can get right now," said Krystal, who homeschools her daughter.

Community members welcome STEM students back with words of love

On a cloudless day, the sun beaming down, a small group of parents and children stood along Barrons Boulevard in Highlands Ranch waving posters with words of encouragement. “You are …
Douglas County School District Superintendent Thomas Tucker, left, and Sheriff Tony Spurlock shake hands at a special work session for the Douglas County Board of Commissioners on May 13.

Douglas County commissioners eye $10 million to enhance school safety

Jennifer Thompson Consolo and her family had no idea her daughter was being bullied and had begun self-harming during her sophomore year at Douglas County High School. They also didn't know she was …

Documents reveal dispute between sheriff's office, STEM over resource officer contract

Documents distributed as part of a news release by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office on May 10 show disagreement, and some underlying tension, led to the discontinuation of a contract that provided …

STEM denies allegations made by anonymous parent

The executive director of STEM School Highlands Ranch adamantly denies allegations made by an anonymous school parent that the school's climate and culture are out of control. "I can't even fathom …
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Mayor Jackie Millet steps off the train at the Sky Ridge Station May during the opening day celebration for the Southeast Rail Extension. The Sky Ridge Station is one of three stations part of the project that extends light rail 2.3 miles south.

'This project is all about vision'

Lone Tree Mayor Jackie Millet got off the light rail train at the new Lone Tree City Center Station and walked across to the other side of the tracks, toward a sea of prairie to the east as far as …

SeaQuest license suspended after repeated violations

SeaQuest Littleton must remove hundreds of animals after state officials issued a two-year license suspension, according to a ruling from the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife. Inspectors found …
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Polis to ask voters to pass nicotine tax to combat youth use

Targeting teen nicotine vaping, Gov. Jared Polis recently announced a late-session bill to ask Colorado voters to significantly raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products and impose taxes …

Colorado Community Media wins big at annual press convention

Colorado Community Media received 50 awards in the annual state press competition, including the prestigious public service award for a year-long series on the state of mental health in Douglas …

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Polis signs state hospital transparency bill into law

Colorado hospitals will have to report annual spending under a transparency law recently signed by Gov. Jared Polis. The bipartisan effort is part of Polis' goal to reduce health care costs and raise …
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