Health department rescinds closure orders for five Douglas County restaurants
The Tri-County Health Department has rescinded orders to close sent to five Douglas County restaurants, each located in Parker and Castle Rock, after coming to an agreement with the owners.

As Douglas County restaurants cease indoor dining, some consider defying new COVID-19 orders

As the deadline to cease indoor dining loomed, several Douglas County restaurants were debating how — and if — to comply with the new public health orders while local leaders urged caution. Gov. …
The Douglas County Board of County Commissioners, from left, comprises Roger Partridge, Lora Thomas and Abe Laydon.

In letter to Polis, Douglas County commissioners ask to reopen restaurants

In a letter to Gov. Jared Polis sent Nov. 25, Douglas County commissioners requested that the county be allowed to start a variance program that would keep qualifying restaurants open for indoor …

Castle Pines offers financial help for small businesses

The City of Castle Pines is offering financial assistance to some businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 restrictions recently put in place. Up to $5,000 will be awarded to …
Chris Bogert, general manager at Landsdowne Arms in Highlands Ranch, stands behind the host desk at the restaurant just hours before indoor dining in the county became prohibited.

Douglas County offers funding to help businesses struggling as new COVID-19 restrictions kick in

Douglas County restaurant owners are feeling increasingly anxious about the coming months as new restrictions related to preventing the spread of COVID-19 now prohibit all indoor dining. It's because …

Help & Hope Center organizes community food drive

After a major food drive in Colorado was canceled due to COVID-19, the Help & Hope Center is looking for donations in the beginning of November to help their clients make it through winter. The …

Republicans Thomas, Teal win races for Douglas County commissioner seats

In an election in which Democrats raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and were financially competitive with Republicans for the first time in at least 20 years, Republicans still soundly defeated their opponents in the Nov. 3 race for two county commissioner seats.

Churches differ on pandemic response

As Colorado’s third wave of COVID-19 grips the state, churches in the Denver metro area are preparing to take additional precautions, although they differ in their plans to do business in the weeks …

Kellner leads, but race for DA remains too close to call

The margin was 1,551 votes in a race that had nearly 570,000 votes counted as of Nov. 6.

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Diners sit outside Smokin Fins in downtown Littleton on Nov. 20, hours before new orders took effect ending indoor dining in the face of surging COVID-19 numbers.

State to consider giving businesses more capacity under `best practice' program

The state public-health department is considering new rules that would allow businesses to operate at higher capacity than current coronavirus-related restrictions normally permit — as long as the …

COVID-19 contact tracing apps not gaining much traction

The app builders had planned for pranksters, ensuring that only people with verified COVID-19 cases could trigger an alert. They’d planned for heavy criticism about privacy, in many cases making …

Statewide grant for restaurant tents, heating still available

Gov. Jared Polis, in partnership with the Colorado Restaurant Association and Xcel Energy, announced that applications are open for the Winter Outdoor Grant Program, an effort to help restaurants …
Agostinho

Q&A with Michael Agostinho, Legend High School teacher

Michael Agostinho is a history teacher at Legend High School in Parker and an executive board member of the Douglas County Federation, the local teachers’ union in the Douglas County School …

New Douglas County program assists with housing resources

The Douglas County Housing Partnership is participating in a new program helping Coloradans gain access to local housing resources, including financial assistance and legal services. The Housing …
Life
“On the Rise” by Wendy Khawaja is new at the Denver Zoo. Amur tigers Yuri and Nikta will enjoy it.
Sonya's Sampler

Zoo tigers get paws-on amenity in new public art

Amur tigers Yuri and Nikita will probably be found perching on and lounging under a new piece of public art called “On the Rise” by Wendy Khawaja in a new form of collaboration between Denver’s …
Trees illuminated with vibrant holiday lights at Denver Botanic Gardens.

Denver area holiday celebrations amid the pandemic

As it has with nearly everything in 2020, the novel coronavirus intends to have its say in how you spend your holidays. But for those willing to brave the elements, to dial back expectations or …
“Pulling Harvey Out of Her Hat” by Mimi Pockross tells the story of Mary Coyle Chase, the Denverite who wrote the beloved drama “Harvey.”

‘Harvey’ playwright led rich life in Denver

“I’m an old stage and drama teacher,” said Colorado author Mimi Pockross, who has recently published a charming book about a theater legend, Denver’s Mary Coyle Chase, whose Pulitzer …
A popular attraction during the town’s Starlighting, the Rink at the Rock was sparsely attended for the 2020 event.

'We love what it represents'

The Town of Castle Rock and the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce held a distinctly different Starlighting celebration amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual event, which typically draws crowds of …
Sports
Valor Christian's Gavin Sawchuk (27) gets some air as Legend's Blake Dowd (8) flies in on the tackle. Sawchuk totaled 93 yards in 15 carries, earning a rest for most of the second half.

Valor rolls past Legend and into title game contest with Cherry Creek

First-year Valor Christian coach Donnie Yantis knew all about the expecations when he took over the Eagles’ football program. Yantis’ team now has a chance to meet those expectations after the …
Jim Benton
Overtime

Looking hard for good things as a hard year ends

As people like to say, time flies — especially for some of us. The past eight months have obviously dragged along with the COVID-19 pandemic, but Thanksgiving is here and it’s time for all of us …

Creek, Valor, Legend advance to football semifinals

Cherry Creek will renew its rivalry with Pomona in one of the Class 5A semifinal football games, while Legend hopes to be ready for the challenge against Valor Christian in a series that has been …
A skier rides Chet's Dream during Loveland Ski Area's Opening Day on Nov. 11.

Loveland Ski Area’s Opening Day generates joy among visitors, staff

After a Stay-at-Home order, wildfires and public land closures, skiers and snowboarders could hardly contain their excitement to return to the slopes when Loveland Ski Area opened for the 2020-21 …

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Coming Attractions

Arvada Center brings nostalgia, humor to holiday offerings

There’s no doubt the holidays this year are going to be both familiar and totally different as the country struggles with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Arvada Center is embracing that dichotomy with …
Michael Norton
Winning Words

Behavior clears path and motivation follows

One question that I seem to be getting more of these days is around motivation. Not only are people asking how to get motivated, but they are also asking how they can stay motivated. “People often …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Going forward and looking back

It won’t be long before we’ll start to see trees strapped to cars and colored lights outlining houses; maybe a few front lawn inflatables; countless advertisements; and familiar holiday songs. …
Coming Attractions

Sharing ‘Daddy Bruce’s’ story this holiday season

If you’ve been in the Denver metro area for a while, there’s a good chance you’ve come across the name Bruce Randolph at least one or twice. You might recognize it as a street name, the name of …
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