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Conservation groups aim to preserve ranch

More than 800 acres of Douglas County ranch land could soon be shielded from becoming future Front Range development. The Welborn Ranch, southeast of Franktown near Castlewood Canyon State Park, … more

Orphaned ornaments await owners

At the Douglas County Parks and Trails Division office in Highlands Ranch, a 3-foot-tall Christmas tree holds a bevy of family treasures: custom ornaments, about 30 of them, forgotten on trees after … more

Castle Rock expanding popular town trail

Castle Rock's most widely used trail will soon be better available to approximately 15,000 more town residents and is projected to double in use within a couple years. The East Plum Creek Trail … more

Businesses get reprieve from new sales tax rules

The Colorado Department of Revenue has extended the deadline for Colorado businesses to comply with new sales tax rules to May 31, 2019. The emergency rules, which were enacted Sept. 26, originally … more

Castle Rock police charge bus driver involved in fatal crash

One week following a Castle Rock crash that left a woman dead, police have charged the second driver involved. Steven Blair, 70, is charged with careless driving causing death and failing to yield … more

Michelle Obama, Santa Claus share holiday cheer with kids

There was a buzz in the air at the Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora as children began to slowly make their way to the hospital's lobby. The children, ages 3 to 17, were patients of the Center … more

County planning commission has openings

Residents interested in helping to plan the future of Douglas County are invited to apply for open positions on the Douglas County Planning Commission. Each commissioner district has an opening, and … more

Little Letters Post Office delivers big fun at library

The newest Douglas County Libraries playscape features playful facets of a real-life post office, delivering a fun surprise for young library patrons in Castle Pines. The Little Letters Post Office … more

Meth playing bigger role in overdose crisis, officials say

A bigger share of U.S. drug overdose deaths are being caused by methamphetamine, government health officials reported. The number of fatal overdoses involving meth more than tripled between 2011 and … more

DEA, state bust suspected pot-growing, luxury-car-stealing crime organization

A state investigation into a large auto-theft scheme ultimately led investigators to discover a criminal organization that not only stole and resold luxury vehicles but operated illegal marijuana … more

Event helps children with special needs

Mason Woodard hugged his father, Eric, on the porch of Santa's house in Castle Rock, nervously explaining he didn't want to go inside. The 4-year-old from Parker has autism, and the experience can be … more

Bullying seminar helps teens 'see the upside to the downside'

About 250 parents and students got an unconventional take on bullying as part of an ongoing Healthy Teens Series. Parker Area Counselors for Prevention, a team of counselors from Douglas County … more

Awards honor outstanding Douglas County teens

Douglas County teens who have overcome personal adversity and created positive change in their lives are recognized each year by the Douglas County Youth Initiative through its outstanding youth … more

$421 million county budget gets commissioners' OK

Much of Douglas County's 2019 budget will help pay for transportation-related projects — including road widening and constructing new connections to U.S. Highway 85 between northern Douglas County … more

C-470 expansion project expected to wrap up by summer 2019

Motorists should be able to travel along C-470 from Wadsworth Boulevard to Interstate 25 without the disruption of construction by summer 2019. The Colorado Department of Transportation held its … more

Woman dies after Castle Rock crash

Hours after an early-morning crash involving a sports utility vehicle and a bus carrying teenagers occurred in downtown Castle Rock, a woman involved has died, according to an announcement from the … more

Murder charge dropped in Elbert County teacher death case

Nearly a year after he was booked into the Elbert County Jail, a judge on Dec. 3 dismissed the murder charge against the suspect in the death of Kiowa teacher Randy Wilson. The dismissal came at the … more

10 gifts 'Made in Colorado' for the outdoor adventurer

Colorado is home to a plethora of outdoor activities, with enthusiasts spending their days camping, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, fly fishing or on the slopes. The state is also home to many … more

Local officials: Incidents do not indicate larger racial issue in Douglas County schools

Authorities from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Douglas County School District say two incidents — one involving a student fight and the other derogatory graffiti — at a Highlands … more

Clubhouse for recovery programs to open next year

After months of fundraising, a new nonprofit in Castle Rock that aims to provide space for groups like Alcoholics Anonymous says it is nearly ready to open a clubhouse for all kinds of 12-step … more
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