Commissioner Lora Thomas speaks during a June 22 Town Hall in Douglas County.

Completed Douglas County commissioner probe not being released publicly

A monthslong investigation into Douglas County commissioner Lora Thomas by her colleagues wrapped up last week but the full results will not be released publicly.

With fentanyl deaths on the rise, south metro police, advocates grapple with solutions

Fentanyl’s presence in Denver’s south metro region, and Colorado, has continued to increase over the past five years — but the numbers have skyrocketed since 2020, when the drug overtook methamphetamine as the leading killer in Colorado, according to data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. 
The goal is for goats to eat invasive plants that are fuel for fires.

Castle Pines deploys goats to tamp down wildfire risks

Don’t be surprised if you see goats in Castle Pines, they’re there to help prevent wildfires.
Members of the Douglas County School Board discuss trust and air differences in a Feb. 4 meeting. Trust is a major barrier the district faces when it comes to the success of the November funding questions the board plans to put on the ballot.

Accountability questions could hinder Douglas County School District bond success

Transparency concerns could decide the success of Douglas County School District’s potential bond and mill levy override questions, yet school board directors have taken limited steps to address the headwinds.
Sterling Ranch is slated to build about 11,000 new homes by 2040.

Sterling Ranch begins state’s first commercial rainwater harvesting pilot program

As Colorado’s drought drags on, one Douglas County community is hoping to pave the way for a new commercial water source: rain. Sterling Ranch, a master-planned community in the northwest …
Erik Chen

Former taekwondo instructor facing child sexual exploitation charges

Castle Rock and Aurora police arrested a taekwando instructor on allegations of sexual exploitation of children and are looking for more potential victims. On July 7, law enforcement arrested Erik …
KOSON Charter Network CEO Penny Eucker presents a proposal for a STEM School campus in Sterling Ranch during the April 26 Douglas County School Board meeting. Eucker retired from the position on June 30.

Eucker unexpectedly resigns as KOSON charter CEO

Dr. Penny Eucker, the head of charter network KOSON, which includes STEM Highlands Ranch, unexpectedly retired in the midst of efforts to open two new schools in Sterling Ranch and Denver.
A municipal well in Highlands Ranch, utilized by Centennial Water and Sanitation District, that pulls water to the surface from the Denver aquifer.

Centennial Water OKs drought restrictions

The Centennial Water & Sanitation District Board of Directors voted to move into Stage 1 drought restrictions during its July 6 meeting.
A graph from an Aecom study compares potential development in downtown Castle Rock to various intersections' threshold capacity. Only two intersections could see capacity concerns with significant increase in downtown construction.

Castle Rock's downtown development not close to straining street capacity

Castle Rock’s downtown intersections won’t face capacity issues for a while, according to a recent study commissioned by the town to assess how development is impacting traffic. At the …

The cold and creamy taste of summer

Summer is here. July is upon us. And perhaps nothing defines the season as well as a cold, creamy scoop or two on a cone — or in a bowl, if you prefer. What else appeals so effortlessly to all …

Douglas County deputy accused of bringing contraband into jail

A Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy has been arrested for allegedly bringing contraband into a jail. 

Star Harbor to bring public spaceflight training to Lone Tree

Lone Tree is getting the first public spaceflight training facility for aerospace professionals and enthusiasts alike. Star Harbor Academy, started by a collection of aerospace professionals, …

News
Soaring home prices in metro Denver are now growing at slower rates.

Colorado supply of homes rises, prices still climb — just more slowly

From June 2021 to June this year, the number of active listings for single-family homes in the Denver metro area jumped up by about 52%. Statewide, the number saw about a 43% uptick. But despite the larger pool of options, home prices continue to climb.
The Dawson Trails development, outlined in blue, proposes more than 5,800 housing units and 3.2 million square feet of commercial space. As part of the proposal, Castle Rock could offer incentives for a Costco and the developer of Dawson Trails would pay for road work and a new fire station.

Dawson Trails proposal in Castle Rock includes 5,800 housing units, 3.2M square feet of commercial, Costco

Castle Rock officials will be considering an amended plan for the 2,000-acre Dawson Trails development this month, to include funding for the Crystal Valley Interchange and a possible Costco.
Vendors lined Mainstreet during the Parker Days festival from June 10 to 12.

Parker continues focus on economic future

The Town of Parker is continuing to invest in its financial growth as the town council approved a $138,000 contract to develop a comprehensive economic development strategic plan Aug. 1.

Pinuelas draws 40-year sentence for second-degree murder conviction

A 23-year-old man drew a 40-year sentence in the state department of corrections after he pleaded guilty to a second-degree murder charge. Guillermo Pinuelas entered his plea in early June.

Life sentence in Westminster shooting death

BRIGHTON – A 37-year-old man drew a life sentence for his part in a 2018 shooting death at a Westminster apartment complex. An Adams County District Court jury convicted Juan Castorena in …
Life
Coming Attractions

Let your ‘Hair’ down at Miners Alley

As Mark Twain once (supposedly) wrote, “history doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” Miners Alley Playhouse is proving that’s true with its summer production of the rock and roll …
In Greenwood Village, Harry Marinsky’s “The Mad Tea Party” from the “Alice in Wonderland” series is displayed by the Museum of Outdoor Arts in Marjorie Park.

Molding art for the masses

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then taking a walk through most metro area communities can be a delightful treat for the eyes.
“Wheel of Thrills” is among the works that Castle Rock artist Cindy Welch will display in the Marketplace at the Douglas County Fair on Aug. 5, 6 and 7.

Art set for three-day display at county fair

Castle Rock painter and teacher Cindy Welch will exhibit her works, original watercolors and prints, in the Marketplace at the Douglas County Fair on Aug. 5, 6 and 7. At 500 Fairgrounds Road in …
“Volcanic Sunrise,” a metal print by photographer Jason Weiss, was chosen as Best of Show in the All Colorado Art Show at Littleton’s Depot Art Gallery, where the exhibit runs through Aug. 27.

Traditional exhibit opens at gallery

Wild West — the 38th All Colorado Art Show at Littleton’s Depot Art Gallery — opened with a reception where juror Doug Dawson awarded the Best of Show to photographer Jason Weiss for his …
Sports
Peyton Torres

Eagle Ridge Academy’s Torres readies for potential college basketball shot

                It’s a hot summer day, almost too hot to even think of playing basketball at Colorado Park in …
Damien Halverson

Eagle Ridge Academy debuts new sport

The latest interscholastic team to join the Eagle Ridge Academy Warriors program is cross country. Damien Halverson, a native of Hesperia, Michigan, has been selected as the inaugural coach for …
Scenes like this are going to be commonplace at the Rocky Mountain Regional Airport later this month and at the World War II Aviation Museum in Colorado Springs next month.

Plane pull to benefit state’s Special Olympics athletes

There’s a certain amount of effort involved in pulling an airplane and in helping your community. Tim Miner, the Special Olympics Colorado Male Athlete of the Year, likes to do both.
Hannah Reese of Littleton knows a lot about endurance and won the women’s Silver Rush 50-mile mountain bike race on July10 in Leadville.

Newcomers make tracks in mountain bike racing

Hannah Reese and Paola Larson are both considered newcomers to mountain bike racing and both are doing well. Reese, a 31-year-old from the Littleton area who is a former triathlete and cross country …
Voices

From the Editor: Happy for kindness

In a recent cross-county trip to see my brother, I saw and experienced several acts of kindness that I am hoping are signs of good things changing in the country. Over the last few years, I feel like …
The new superintendent of Douglas County Schools, Erin Kane, officially started the job on March 31.

Guest Column: Older adults to talk with superintendent

Ahhh, summer. Soon thoughts of swimming pools, part-time jobs and relaxing time with family and friends will be replaced with class schedules, homework and locker combinations as our Douglas County …

Column: The tidal wave of complacency

There is plenty of discussion happening around what is being called “The Great Resignation.” The impact of people not willing to work has a vast-reaching impact and implications on every aspect …

Mother Musings: Finding grit and spirit through summer swim

Swim Team season is officially over. I struggle to understand this thing called “Swim Team.” I used to do swim team when I was a kid. It was kind of fun for the two summers I did it. I mostly …
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