Dr. Adam Vaudreuil, dermatologist at Vanguard Skin Specialists, and PA Rachel Frederickson provided free skin cancer screenings to anyone who booked an appointment or walked into the Castle Rock office on May 12. Photo by Maddie Browning

Vanguard Skin Specialists hosts skin check clinic in Castle Rock

Stephane Wilson, a mother of two living in Castle Rock, came to Vanguard Skin Specialists last fall to check a rash on her arms. She also experienced irritated moles, so PA Rachel Frederickson …
The members of the Douglas County Board of Health listen to a resident during public comment.

Douglas County Health Department moving forward on facility, services, staff

The Douglas County Health Department is on its way to providing services, having a facility and hiring staff as the agency prepares to fully separate from Tri-County Health Department later this …
The Student Advisory Group presented eight proposals on district policies, potential classes and professional development to the Douglas County School Board on May 10.

Student group proposes policies, classes for Douglas County schools

Douglas County students envision a number of new initiatives, policy updates and class offerings throughout the district in the next few years. Student Advisory Group subcommittees presented to …
Shoppers filled the aisles of the frozen section in the new Trader Joe's in Parker May 6.

Parker Trader Joe’s opens its doors

Dozens of customers lined up down the sidewalk of Trader Joe’s May 6 as the store cut its ribbon and allowed hungry Parkerites inside for the very first time. As the lei-wearing customers …
Maryna and Oleksandr Sheveria walk with two of their kids outside of the home they are staying in in Larskpur. From left, the younger Oleksandr, 14, Maryna, Oleksandr and on his shoulders, 4-year-old Taisia.

From Ukraine to Larkspur: A family adjusts to life in Douglas County

Maryna and Oleksandr Sheveria miss Ukrainian bread. They miss the taste and the texture of the freshly baked crust. They miss their home and their dog and their two cats. They miss the mundane …
Community Response Teams are being utilized by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Castle Rock, Parker and Lone Tree police departments.

Douglas County funds second youth community response team

More students experiencing a mental health crisis in Douglas County schools will soon have access to trained responders after the Douglas County commissioners funded an expansion of the …
Douglas County School Board President Mike Peterson listens to discussion during a Feb. 8 study session.

Douglas County School Board directors weigh how to handle tense public comment

As the local teachers union president walked back to his seat after giving public comment at Douglas County School Board, a squabble erupted between him and a group of women. Kevin DiPasquale …
Tera Radloff

Radloff, Blanckaert elected to Castle Pines North Metro District board

Former Castle Pines Mayor Tera Radloff has found a new landing spot for community service, being elected to the Castle Pines North Metro District Board during the May 3 election.
The Board of Douglas County commissioners speak about the State of the County Oct. 27.

Douglas County commissioners again remove Lora Thomas as chair 

Douglas County Commissioner Lora Thomas has been removed from her position as leader of the board for the second time almost exactly one year after it happened initially.

Keeping Colorado wild for 125 years and counting

While Colorado is iconic now for its natural beauty and wildlife, about 150 years ago, the state’s ecological resources had a rather bleak outlook.

STEM's proposed Sterling Ranch school gets pushback at board meeting

STEM School Highlands Ranch’s application to build a new school in Sterling Ranch was met with mixed responses from the public, including allegations from Kendrick Castillo’s father that …

Douglas County car thefts consume law enforcement

Stolen cars have recently become one of Douglas County law enforcement’s top priorities as thefts increase across the entire metro area with the single exception of the town of Castle …

News
Mayor Zo Stieber

Fort Lupton rec center eyes expansion

Fort Lupton City Council approved two parts to a proposal to expand the city's recreation center during a regular meeting May 17. The first was an eight-member, ad hoc committee to design the …

When will COVID vaccines be approved for young kids?

In his practice as a pediatrician, Dr. Sean O’Leary gets a lot of calls from worried parents. And, lately, one kind of call has begun to stand out. “The parents I hear from are the ones who are …
The pride flag flies.

The number of LGBTQ foster kids is on the rise

Diamond Kobylinski spent almost his entire childhood in foster homes, from age 2 to 17. The worst, though, was when one set of foster parents changed their mind about adopting him after Kobylinski …
Area emergency personnel who fought the Marshall Fire called the scene apocalyptic with flames 40 feet high and embers flying everywhere in 100 mph winds.

Democrats abandon pursuit of wildfire building code

A contentious effort to set stiffer construction standards for homes built in wildfire-prone parts of Colorado was abandoned as the 2022 lawmaking term came to a close with too many other proposals …

What’s in fentanyl ‘accountability and prevention’ bill?

With just hours to spare in its 2022 lawmaking term, the Colorado legislature on May 11 sent House Bill 1326, the Fentanyl Accountability and Prevention Act, to Gov. Jared Polis to be signed into …
Life
Coming Attractions

Lynne Collins takes over theater at the Arvada Center

Lynne Collins has been announced as the Arvada Center’s new Artistic Director of Theatre, following the retirement of Rod A. Lansberry. Collins, the current Artistic Director of Plays, first joined …
Colorado offers multiple areas with dark skies for stargazing.

Look — up in the sky!

On a summer night long ago, we happened to be at the top of Independence Pass at midnight, after a gully-washer soaked our tent and sleeping bags at Maroon Bells Campground and it became necessary to …
A lamp constructed from two pieces of Frank Lloyd Wright art glass will be displayed starting June 17 in the Kirkland Museum’s “Frank Lloyd Wright Inside the Walls” exhibit.

Frank Lloyd Wright art glass lamp coming to Kirkland

The Kirkland Museum, 1201 Bannock St., Denver, announces the gift of a lamp, constructed from two pieces of Frank Lloyd Wright art glass (1903-1904), which will be featured in the show, “Frank …
Coming Attractions

Birds of a feather flock to DMNS

There are plenty of beautiful and important environmental sites that people are aware of - think locations like the Everglades in Florida. But then there are places that might be even more important …
Sports
Cherry Creek senior Lorena Cedeno won her second straight No. 2 singles title on May 14 at the Gates Tennis Center with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Shelia Laird of Fairview. Creek won its 38th state championship with Fairview coming in second.

Cherry Creek girls win 28th tennis title

It took some work but Cherry Creek captured its 28th girls state tennis championship on May 14 at the Gates Tennis Center in Denver. The Bruins went into the final morning of playback and …
Regis Jesuit swimmers celebrate after winning the Class 5A state boys swimming championships on May 14 at the VMAC in Thornton.

Regis boys win team’s 23rd state title

Cherry Creek got off to a fast start during the finals of the Class 5A boys swimming championships on May 14. The event was hedl at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton. However, the …

State 3A tennis thread

Noon May 14 COLORADO SPRINGS -- Holy Family's No. 1 doubles team advanced to the state 3A tennis finals. Clara Meisner and Sarah Stonehocker face Anna Day and Maria Christoffersen of D'Evelyn …
Fort Lupton quarterback William Alvarado looks for some extra yards during a game last season.

Fort Lupton football program may be on the chopping block

The Weld Re-8 board of education pointed its budget eyes toward the Fort Lupton High School athletic program during a May 12 workshop. The area of specific interest was the Bluedevils' football …
Voices
Thelma Grimes

Editor's Note: Inflation hits hard

Recently, like many of you, my eyes popped when looking at the grand total after self-scanning a small number of groceries. How in the world I can spend $80 on a group of items that fit into one bag? …

Guest Column: The outer you reflects the inner you

Have you ever been around someone in a group setting and suddenly they say something completely out of character or unexpected? And when they realize it, they say or ask something like, “Did my …

Guest Column: Pay attention to tax law changes

Now that tax season is over, it is time to start planning for 2022. I know that everyone is probably tax fatigued by now, but we are already well into the second quarter of the year. Therefore, any …
Amy Fiala

Guest column: Saving energy costs in warm weather

We know customer bills and energy usage are topics of conversation in the communities we serve. Here are five jobs to tackle to help reduce your energy usage and make your home — and appliances — more energy efficient.
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