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A free, two-day music festival aimed at raising money to support veterans will be held from 12:30-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Modern Brew in Centennial.
While the exact date for Casa Bonita’s much-anticipated grand re-opening is still under wraps, a sneak peek of the facility in Lakewood reveals that, much like its high divers, you’re in for a deep plunge into nostalgia.
Families may still be reeling from the new property values they received weeks ago from their county assessor’s offices, but what they pay in property taxes may end up looking different in the end, depending on a number of moving puzzle pieces that include actions at the local and state levels.
With more than 600 bills introduced in the Colorado statehouse this year, Douglas County’s representatives stayed busy throughout the legislative session.  All four of the …
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis apologized to the parents of Christian Glass, the 22-year-old having a mental health crisis who was killed by a deputy in Silver Plume, and then declared May 24 Christian …
The Lakewood restaurant and landmark Casa Bonita appears to be very close to reopening. It has passed plumbing, HVAC and electrical inspections. Fire and health officials say Casa Bonita has its …
Pools around the metro area are gearing up to open for the summer. That is, if there are enough lifeguards.
The Denver Regional Council of Governments will receive $1 million from the Inflation Reduction Act to cut pollution and build clean energy economies across the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metropolitan …
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Douglas County state senators reflect on 2023 legislative season

Under the gold dome at the state Capitol, your Colorado lawmakers take on issues ranging from health care to the safety of children to families’ ability to recover after wildfires.

Aurora Denver Cardiology Associates celebrate 50th anniversary

Founder of Aurora Denver Cardiology Associates, Dr. Dennis Battock is celebrating 50 years by looking back at how the practice came to be and the impact the group has had on the Denver-metro community.

Douglas County schools raise $650,000 for wishes

Three-year-old Titus, who has lymphoma, has a wish. He wants to meet Lightning McQueen, the smiling red stock car from the animated film, “Cars.” So, students and staff at Ponderosa …

South Suburban to hold application process for vacancy

The South Suburban Parks and Recreation board of directors voted unanimously to hold an application process to fill the vacant seat of former board member David Lawful, who passed away suddenly in May.

Douglas County school board approves equity policy changes

Douglas County school board members approved changes to the district’s equity policy in a marathon nine-hour long meeting on May 23 that started with a protest and board member Elizabeth Hanson …

Douglas County joins suit to oppose Democrats' property tax plan

On the same day Gov. Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 303 , Douglas County Commissioners announced they will be joining a lawsuit to challenge the measure that looks to put Proposition HH on the November ballot.

County Line Road widening project stays on track

In a regional effort to widen a high-traffic, high-volume roadway near Highlands Ranch, the Douglas County commissioners approved a $226,418 amended contract to complete the final designs.

Centennial mom joins wrongful death lawsuit against Snapchat

When Patti Lujan sees butterflies, she thinks of her daughter, Lauren, who died from fentanyl poisoning in 2020 at the age of 18. 
Culture Stories

Many multitudes of dance

Bella Diva World Dance Studio is an all-inclusive space for people young and old to feel the music and express themselves.  For dancers who want to break out of the traditional dance studio format, the international company based in Denver could be a dream come true.

Private dog park site gaining pup-ularity

Since Elle Ritt started renting her Wheat Ridge yard to fellow dog owners in November, she’s hosted birthday parties for pups, pooch photoshoots and doggie play groups almost every weekend.

Unique sports abound in the Denver metro area

Spring is in full swing, bringing many folks around Colorado out of the doldrums of winter with the promise of outdoor recreation.

Exploring Colorado's bike paths

On most Tuesdays and Thursdays and some Saturdays, a team of bikers meets to explore Colorado’s network of trails.

Column: Life/Art Ensemble takes dance into the world

When many people think of starting a dance organization, they probably conjure up images of children or teenagers awkwardly figuring out how to get their feet to do what their minds want them to.

Water Garden Society holds its annual sale

Siam purple and more — The Colorado Water Garden Society’s annual sale will be held at Hudson Gardens, 6115 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, on June 4. Opens at 9 a.m. and members will have hardy …

Croatian-born guitarist performs in Englewood

Hampden Hall, on the second floor of the Englewood Civic Center, was filled on May 20 with fans of classical guitar who came to hear internationally recognized artist Ana Vidović perform works by …

Arts group show marks anniversary

The Depot Art Gallery, operated by the Littleton Fine Art Guild, celebrates its 61st Anniversary with an exhibit that will run until July 3 at 2069 West Powers Ave. in downtown Littleton. Juror for …

Book shares insights from wild Colorado

Colorado naturalist/zoologist Mary Taylor Young has just published her latest book, “Bluebird Seasons: Witnessing Climate Change in My Piece of the Wild,” which is a beautifully written call to …

Zikr Dance Ensemble to perform at park

The Museum of Outdoor Arts will present an evening of dance with David Taylor’s Zikr Dance Ensemble on June 8 at 8 p.m. at Marjorie Park, 6331 Fiddler’s Green Circle, Greenwood Village. The …
Arts, Culture, Music

‘In the Trenches’ looks at parenting

Kristina and Graham Fuller first presented their new musical, “In the Trenches: A Parenting Musical” as part of the fall JAAMM Festival at the Mizel Arts and Cultural Center in Denver — …

Northglenn celebrates Betty grace Gibson

For the late Betty grace Gibson, being a self-taught artist didn’t mean never taking an art class or workshop. As her daughter, Linda Drumm, recalls, being self-taught meant was taking things she …

A musical reflection of 2022

I don’t know about y’all, but I’m extremely glad this year is over. 2022 may well go down as the most challenging of my life, and since we’re still living through the aftershocks of a global …

‘Entanglements’ with nature

Metropolitan State University’s Center for Visual Arts starts off a new year with “Entanglements,” a new lens-based exhibit of works by 11 national and international artists, which will run …

‘Spamalot’ parodies King Arthur’s realm

King Arthur’s court opens with giggles as Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora, unwraps its gift to holiday audiences with “Spamalot.” Performances run through Dec. 11: Friday/Saturday at …

Huskies boys stepped up lacrosse game

This year’s Douglas County High School boys lacrosse team recorded the program’s best season in 14 years.

Creek brings home 4 state tennis titles

Despite a one-day postponement and a revamped schedule of matches, the Class 5A individual state championship girls tennis tournament was completed on May 12 at the City Park tennis courts. Players …

Castle View girls run away with win

It was senior night at Douglas County Stadium on May 2 and the seniors on the Denver South and Castle View girls lacrosse teams were honored at halftime. The game was intense for many of the players …

Grandview capitalizes on Creek errors

It was unusual to watch the Cherry Creek baseball team make mistakes. On May 1 in a game that decided the Centennial League championship, Grandview capitalized on Creek mistakes and pulled out a 4-2 …

Pondo scores twice in final minutes to edge Huskies

In their first meeting since 2012, and in what was the Colorado High School Activities Association’s game of the week, the Douglas County and Ponderosa boys lacrosse teams went at it for 48 minutes May 1 at Douglas County School District Stadium.

Valor steamrolls Regis in top 15 national matchup

The pregame stat sheet said the Valor Christian-Regis Jesuit boys lacrosse game should've been close — really close. Regis entered the game ranked No. 2 in Colorado and 13th in the nation. Valor: …

Huskies’ baseball season hits headwinds

It has been a stressful season for the Douglas County High School baseball team. Armed with eight players who have committed to play college baseball, the Huskies were predicted to be one of …

Letter - Time for mutual respect

Time for mutual respect For over two years, the Douglas County School Board has struggled with their equity policy. As a retired teacher, I've followed the debate with keen interest, and I'm glad to …

From the Editor: A taste of reality

During a recent trip to Chicago, I got a heavy dose of reality vs. perception. Part of that is due to media coverage which, in my opinion, is part of why trust in the industry I love and value is at …

Column: A return to grace

Listening to the conversation around a business dinner table, I found myself trying to stay away from the conversation as it began to center around what was wrong with society and basically the world …

Letter - Question about cost

Question about cost It has come to my attention that Abe Laydon, Douglas County commissioner, has registered for a seminar entitled “Senior Executives in State and Local Government” at the …

From the Editor: No real control

This week, our newspaper featured a story reporter Tayler Shaw worked on over several months. This story tells the heartbreaking story of a teenager who died after allegedly buying drugs laced with …
Column: Love, recognition and appreciation
Many years ago, I remember hearing this question posed to a group of people going through some training, “How often should you tell your spouse that you love them?” Take a moment to consider what …
From the Editor: Our border crisis
As Title 42 expired this month, news outlets had images of people waiting to cross the Mexico border into the U.S. Some estimated tens of thousands are now coming across the border in what our …
Aging column: More than books at Douglas County Libraries
You may be surprised at the variety of services offered by the Douglas County Libraries. Learn what's available at the Seniors' Council of Douglas County meeting on Thursday, July 6 from 10 to 11:30 …
Special Column: Highlands Ranch Metro District talks property valuations
What is the price of government? A well-run local government focuses on spending its resources on results for citizens rather than cutting or adding to last year's budget. It advocates partnership, …
From the Editor: Celebrating, reflecting on graduation moments
The season is here for high school and college students to walk across the stage to get that document saying they are officially ready for the next level. What the next level will be largely depends …
Finance Column: The U.S. dollar as world currency
There is a lot of news about the U.S. dollar (USD) and how sustainable it is as the world currency in the future. While I don’t expect a major shift away from the dollar during my lifetime, we do …
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