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Black educators urge culture shift in Douglas County School District

Last year, in the span of three months, the Douglas County School District saw every person of color in its cabinet — the highest level of district administration beneath the board of education — …
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Yvette Gunther, 99, stays active in the community, attending a senior fitness class every weekday.

Countdown to 100: Highlands Ranch exercise class and a special party mark 99th birthday

At 99, Yvette Gunther is not slowing down. Instead, she is driving herself to a daily senior fitness class, enjoying life and planning for a 100th birthday celebration at Highlands Ranch Mansion next …
Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy Brian McKnight hosts an Active Threat Awareness Training class in Highlands Ranch on July 28.

Learning to be a survivor in the face of a threat

Going into survivor mode or slipping into a victim mentality can make a big difference in the face of a threat posed at school, work, a shopping center or elsewhere. Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy …
U.S. 6 over Loveland Pass is expected to be closed for much of today and probably longer due to a mudslide late yesterday near A-Basin.    Alternate route is Interstate 70/Eisenhower Tunnel.  Hazmat vehicles are being escorted through the tunnel at the top of the hour so regular traffic will be stopped to allow for this operation to take place.  Expect to see traffic stops at both portals of the tunnel each hour or as necessary when Hazmat vehicles need to get through.

Breaking news: Loveland Pass closed by mudslide

U.S. 6 over Loveland Pass is expected to be closed for much of today and probably longer due to a mudslide late yesterday near A-Basin.    Alternate route is Interstate 70/Eisenhower …
Elbert County recall petitioners at a booth set up off of Delbert Road on July 28. From left: Kahl Forington, Chuck Boyd and Susan Rudman.

Recall effort targets all 3 Elbert County commissioners

Some residents of western Elbert County have launched a petition effort in support of recalling all three county commissioners — Rick Pettitt, Christopher Richardson and Grant Thayer. In a lengthy …

Head Brewer Danny Wilson labels blank cans with Dirty Hippy stickers at Palisade Brewing Company in Palisade, Colo., on July 28. Because of an international shortage of aluminum containers, Palisade Brewing has been unable to purchase printed cans blank cans individually wrapped with labels.

Shortage of cans hobbles Colorado's craft brewers

Talbott's Cider Company used to package its hard cider mimosas in colorful cans purchased for 12 cents each from a Westminster supplier. But a monthslong supply crunch has forced the Palisade cidery …
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The Cherry Creek School District administration building at 4700 S. Yosemite St. in Greenwood Village. The district covers parts of Centennial, Cherry Hills Village, Englewood, Greenwood Village, Aurora, Foxfield and unincorporated Arapahoe County.

Cherry Creek School District to make mask announcement in early August

As concerns about the Delta coronavirus variant drove new federal guidelines for mask-wearing indoors for all people in certain areas — regardless of vaccination status — the spotlight turned to …
The sign in front of the headquarters of Jeffco Public Schools (Jefferson County Public Schools) in Golden.

Jeffco Public Schools to require in-school masking for ages 3-11

Jeffco Public Schools students will still be seeing their fair share of masks once they return to classrooms this fall. In fact, up through 12 years of age (around sixth grade), student masks will be …
Colorado Vaccination. Hands of doctor holding syringe and coronavirus (COVID-19) vial vaccine on flag Colorado

Unvaccinated Coloradans drive rise in COVID as school looms

With the new school year only weeks away, Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties are seeing the signs of an upswing in rates of new COVID-19 cases, according to a news release from Tri-County Health …

Colorado lifts rules for masks, quarantines, outbreaks in schools

In yet another major lifting of state-imposed coronavirus restrictions, Colorado released an updated public health order that removes mask requirements for schools and repeals the mandate for school …

A bus pulls out of Smoky Hill High School's parking lot on Aug. 18, the first day of school for freshmen in Cherry Creek School District.

Critical race theory debated at Cherry Creek school board meeting

An outcry heard in states around the nation reached the Cherry Creek School District when officials discussed changes to the district's social studies curriculum at a meeting where some community …
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In a 2020 file photo, diners are seen through water falling from The Streets at SouthGlenn’s fountain.

Centennial's Streets at SouthGlenn redevelopment plan submitted

A crowd of more than 100 came to the empty former Sears at Centennial’s flagship shopping center in a March 2019 meeting that placed redevelopment plans in the public eye — and in August 2020, …
The site of a future Shake Shack at the Park Meadows mall food hall is under construction and will feature a patio.

Shake Shack coming to Park Meadows

Shake Shack is joining the list of food joints at Park Meadows mall, bringing not only an outdoor patio dining section but also the only alcoholic beverage options to the shopping center's food hall. …
A rendering of the north side of the proposed development site designed by KTGY from the Lincoln Station Site Improvement Plan Staff Report.

Lincoln Station plan passes review in Lone Tree

The Lone Tree Planning Commission discussed the proposed improvement plan for the development of a site at Lincoln Station during a meeting on July 13. The site spans 5.23 acres and will include 425 …
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Resources for small businesses on the road to recovery

Small business owners in Colorado and across the country are slowly but surely regaining their footing after a uniquely challenging year. In metro Denver, growing consumer confidence has contributed …

John and Maria visit the grave of their son, Kendrick, every single day. Kendrick, 18, died while protecting his classmates from a school shooter.   This photo accompanied one of the Highlands Ranch Herald's award-winning stories for 2020.

Colorado Community Media garners 27 awards in Better Newspaper Contest

The Highlands Ranch Herald took two top honors in its weekly newspaper division with General Excellence in Editorial and Advertising in the 2021 Colorado Press Association’s Better Newspaper …
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