Douglas County health board, faced with lawsuit, excludes schools from COVID mask opt-out option
The new Douglas County Board of Health on Friday amended its first public health order, which had allowed parents to opt their children out of COVID masking mandates, so that the order no longer applies to the Douglas County School District, which had sued over the order.
Election Results 2021: Engerman elected mayor in Castle Pines
After the final votes were tallied, Tracy Engerman emerged as the new mayor of Castle Pines, beating out incumbent Mayor Tera Radloff and challenger David McEntire. Residents were notified of the …
Parents grapple with vaccination question
While some parents have moved forward with getting their children ages 5 to 11 vaccinated against COVID-19, others are still hesitant. Dr. Brandi Freeman, a pediatrician for Children’s Hospital …
Outgoing Douglas County school board directors reflect on tenures
Outgoing Douglas County school board members said their goodbyes at the district’s last regular board meeting before new leadership assumes office, although divides in the community laid bare by …

Panel pushes solutions to Colorado's youth mental health crisis

Not letting up on federal and state lawmakers, Children's Hospital Colorado held another roundtable discussion to push the message that action needs to be taken immediately to address growing mental …

School district, Douglas County get closer to park deal

The county’s efforts to buy Toepfer and Sweetwater parks from the Douglas County School District took a step forward Nov. 9 when the school board officially approved a resolution to continue …

Support program for moms looks to expand

A local program aimed at helping moms who are struggling with mental health is raising funds to expand services through partnerships with local hospitals. In 2016, Nikki Brooker was working as a …

Former Castle Pines mayor pivots to fight pacreatic cancer

Of all cancers, pancreatic cancer is one of the hardest to suspect, screen for or treat. For Castle Pines resident Maureen Shul, the disease took away two family members and changed her outlook on …

News

Highlands Ranch Mansion to host holiday celebrations

Ring in the holiday season at the Highlands Ranch Mansion on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Santa will arrive at the mansion at 10:15 a.m., with plans to stay through the end of the event at …
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, at the podium, announces the opening of all lanes of the I-25 South Gap project by mid-December at a news conference on Nov. 22, 2021, in Larkspur. Seated next to him are U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper, both D-Colorado; and Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers.

I-25 South Gap project to wrap up early

All lanes of the Interstate 25 South Gap project will open nearly a year ahead of schedule, Gov. Jared Polis and Colorado transportation officials announced Nov. 22. Construction on the 18-mile …
Case Manager Steve Kalisch reviews files as he prepares for the next at-home call with Douglas County residents.

Mental Health Initiative a step ahead in Douglas County

Many states, cities and counties find themselves ill prepared to deal with the growing mental health crisis in America, but a proactive move by Douglas County in 2014 is helping the county meet needs …
More than 40 head of cattle are now residing on Sterling Ranch after they were moved to the area for winter grazing by a group of cowboys and cowgirls Nov. 21.

Sterling Ranch in Douglas County is backdrop for old-school cattle drive

Residents of Sterling Ranch had the chance to see cowboys and cowgirls at work during a cattle drive in the community Nov. 21. This was the first time that Sterling Ranch — a 3,400-acre development …

Brighton councilor faces DUI charge

Brighton Councilman Kris Jordinelli faces a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence after an incident with Brighton police before Thanksgiving.   His first court appearance -- a …
Life
Tabatha Deans Stewart, author of The Enchanted Scribe series, sitting atop Mount Evans.

From newswriter to novelist: Littleton journalist publishes first book

Tabatha Deans Stewart is the former community editor for the Elbert County News, a sister publication of this newspaper. And now, the Littleton resident is a published novelist. Stewart’s first …
Beth York of Aurora and Brenda Luksch of Boulder, who are independent consultants with Usborne Books & More, which is an independent book publisher, stand with a display of books at the Cherry Creek Holiday Market on Nov. 18. The two carry about 2,000 titles for newborns to young adults.

‘The glow of the holidays’: Denver’s Cherry Creek North features lights, local shopping

Vendors at this year’s Cherry Creek North Holiday Market are excited to have conversations with people and help shoppers find the perfect gift. “People like to support local businesses,” said …
A family selects an item to purchase from the Light the World Giving Machine when it was in Denver in 2019. The Giving Machine is back in Denver this year, located in Writer Square on the 16th Street Mall between Lawrence and Larimer streets downtown.

Providing everyone with an opportunity to give

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wanted a way to help people perform an instant act of service. The legend is that during discussions on how to accomplish that, someone brought in a …
Tabatha Deans Stewart, author of The Enchanted Scribe series, sitting atop Mount Evans.

From news writer to novelist: Former Elbert County News writer publishes first book

Tabatha Deans Stewart, former lead writer for the Elbert County News, published her first book on Nov 5. “The Enchanted Scribe: Book One — The Gate and the Girl” was published with …
Sports
Legend's Zach Runyon (21) grabs the jersey of Cherry Creek quarterback Christian Hammond (1) during the Nov. 27 semifinal playoff. The Bruins won, 48-14, to advance to the state finals on Dec 4 against top-seeded Valor Christian.

Football: Creek, Valor to meet for Colorado 5A title

It’s just what was expected four months ago when the Colorado high school football season started. Cherry Creek and Valor Christian will play for the Class 5A state championship at 2:30 p.m. on …
Chaundra Bell, left, supports her stepson, Bryce Andrews, during his letter-of-intent ceremony Nov. 19 at Fort Lupton High School. Andrews, who transferred to the Bluedevils from Weld Central High School, signed with the Kangaroos of Austin College in Sherman, Texas.

Emotional day for Andrews’ letter-signing ceremony 

                  There was a little more to Bryce Andrews’ letter-of-intent signing party at Fort Lupton High …
Andrew Beauvois takes his prerace routine to a tire swing ahead of Brighton's Turkey Trot Nov. 20. He finished 57th overall with a time of 23:04.

Brighton's Turkey Trot 2021 draws more than 900 participants

The walkers and runners came by the hundreds ,, more than 500 in all .. to the 37th version of Brighton's Turkey Trot Nov. 21 at the Brighton Recreation Center. It was a mix of trained runners, …
Mountain Vista linebacker Carter Daniels (49) leaps over a block from Legacy's Luke Biller, left, to close in on Lightning ball carrier Braelon Tate during a CHSAA 5A playoff game at Five Star North Stadium in Westminster Nov. 6. The Golden Eagles scored early, then took over defensively to win easily 42-17.

Football: Highlands Ranch's Mountain Vista scores upset in 5A playoffs

Eighteenth-seeded Mountain Vista High School of Highlands Ranch pulled out all the stops to upset No. 15 Legacy High of Broomfield in the opening round of the CHSAA Class 5A state football …
Voices
Coming Attractions

Return of the ‘Elf’ on the Arvada Center’s shelf

So much of the holidays are about comfort and familiarity, which is one of the many reasons why people love hearing the same stories every year. But just because you might know the story doesn’t …
Winning Words

Opinion: It all starts with the attitude of gratitude

Each day brings us an opportunity to look upon the world in awe and wonder. Depending on where we live, travel to, or vacation, we have opportunities to see and experience some amazing sights. …

Opinion: Finding gratitude, even in these times

Not sure about you, but it doesn’t really feel like Thanksgiving time to me right now. It’s usually my favorite holiday — full of gratitude, lots of comfort food, and beloved family rituals. …
Actor Jamie Dornan speaks with Denver Film Festival sponsor Sheila K. O'Brien at the Denver Botanic Gardens on Nov. 10 as part of the 44th Denver Film Festival. Dornan is one of the stars of "Belfast," and received the festival's excellence in acting award.
Coming Attractions

Denver Film Festival tells the story of a world in flux

There’s nothing like sitting in a movie theater. Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic shut everything down, the future of in-person viewing has suddenly became a more pressing concern. There’s no …
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