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In an attempt to stay competitive with other school districts for new hires, the Douglas County Board of Education voted to raise the starting pay for teachers. more
Douglas County commissioners appointed themselves as the three-member county board of adjustment Feb. 14. No one from the public commented on the agenda item, nor did commissioners offer statements before the vote. “Our board is ultimately … more
Amid dry conditions this winter, Sheriff Tony Spurlock has declared a Stage 1 fire ban for the unincorporated areas of Douglas County — including Highlands Ranch — prohibiting open burning of any kind and the use of fireworks. A violation of … more
Construction has begun on the $6.9 million improvement project at Festival Park in downtown Castle Rock. The park is south of Second Street, between Perry and Wilcox streets. Sellars Gulch borders the two-acre park to the south. Although it is … more
Dennis Reijnders' American-born wife Anna was about six months away from gaining Dutch citizenship when his job with a cell phone company was transferred to a different city in the Netherlands. But the couple, who met when Anna was going to … more
Maritza Carrera, a longtime Democrat from Highlands Ranch, was elected chair of the Douglas County Democrats at a reorganization meeting on Feb. 4 at ThunderRidge High School. Carrera and her husband Christian founded HR Dems, a grassroots … more
In 2003, George Teal was a somewhat new Castle Rock resident. It was as a constituent that Teal, now a councilmember, said he was concerned upon hearing a ban had been implemented that year on open carry of firearms. Teal’s first thought was … more
Kari Crist recently had her basement checked for radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas. Crist, of Highlands Ranch, was spending more than 15 hours, seven days a week in an art studio in her basement. Her husband’s office is also located in … more
It’s all about alpacas at 350 Third Street in Castle Rock. There, thrives a small shop appropriately named Everything Alpaca. It’s filled to the brim with what owner Deb Powers calls “luxury” alpaca products. Prime examples are the … more
Facing rising costs and stagnant funding, the Douglas County School District community is searching for solutions. To some, this means a mill levy or bond measure will need to be placed on the ballot — something that has not been popular in the … more
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