Douglas County School Board approves full, in-person learning for secondary students
A plan to send Douglas County middle and high schools back to in-person learning, five days a week has now received the stamp of approval from board directors, as well as support from principals and …

Recall proponents suspending effort to oust Douglas County School Board directors

The man spearheading a recall of four Douglas County School Board members says he is suspending the effort after directors voted to send middle and high schools back to 100% in-person learning. …

Douglas County prepares for likely tough wildfire, drought season

There may have been snow on the ground just days ago, but Douglas County is gearing up for a difficult wildfire and drought season around the corner. As the county begins its fifth month in some of …

Outlets at Castle Rock to host scavenger hunt

The Outlets at Castle Rock will be hosting a social-distance friendly scavenger hunt leading up to St. Patrick's Day. The hunt begins on March 8 and will end on March 19. Over the span of 12 days and …

Local firefighter brings a piece of ground zero to Castle Rock

After six years of efforts led by Oren Bersagel-Briese, a steel-box column recovered from ground zero is now on display in a special memorial at the Castle Rock Public Safety Training Facility. While …

As Colorado's 'blue' level expands, virus spread is at critical juncture

Even as Colorado's COVID-19 restrictions loosened in the past couple of months, the state continued to enjoy falling rates of new coronavirus cases — but Coloradans risk reversing that trajectory …

Area residents relieved to get COVID vaccine

As the one-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic nears, hospitals, clinics and pharmacies across the Denver metro Area continue to provide vaccines to residents, hoping it will be the beginning of the …

Doctors warn against COVID complacency

UCHealth doctors at the Highlands Ranch Hospital said while there is a light at the end of the tunnel in the COVID-19 pandemic, we are still inside the tunnel. Dr. Ben Usatch, medical director for …

News

Many Denver metro area businesses now in level blue under 5-Star rules

Colorado's arrival at the milestone of getting COVID-19 vaccine shots to 70% of people ages 70 and older opened the door for some businesses in Denver metro counties to open up to larger crowds. …

Douglas County Schools superintendent recommending in-person learning

Douglas County Schools interim Superintendent Corey Wise hopes to see middle and high schools resume in-person learning, five days a week in March. Wise announced in a Feb. 25 letter to the …
Music teacher Aleaha Harkins and art teacher Pam Jackson, who both teach at Denver Green School Southeast Campus in Denver’s Virginia Vale neighborhood, pick up music instruments for student use during the 2020-2021 school year.

Providing the opportunity for every child to play a musical instrument

For years, students in the music program at the Denver Green School Southeast Campus in Denver’s Virginia Vale neighborhood had to share musical instruments because the school simply did not have …
Three-year-old Nevin Schulthess rides in style, enjoying a snow day in Castle Rock.

Heavy snow prompts school closures around Denver metro area

A winter storm that brought heavy snow the night of Feb. 24 made for a treacherous morning commute the next day, prompting school closures throughout the Denver metro area. The Douglas County …

Businesses have new opportunity to seek COVID-19 relief funds

Additional businesses in Douglas County may qualify for COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grants through the county’s allocation of Colorado Senate Bill 20B-001 funding, according to a news release …
Life
Brian Hubbell shows his “Pikes Peak and Devils Head” painting. Hubbell will lead the “Let’s Paint a Wonderful Landscape” workshop for Heritage Fine Arts Guild.
Sonya's Sampler

Landscape painting workshop set for Zoom presentation

“Let’s Paint a Wonderful Landscape” with local painter Brian Hubbell will be offered by Heritage Fine Arts Guild as a Zoom workshop from 9 a.m. to noon on March 13. $25 members; $30 …
McAdam

Shroud of Turin at center of children’s story

Author Claudia Cangilla McAdam of Highlands Ranch is a classic storyteller with a master’s degree in theology — a combination that leads her to writing stories for children that lead them into …
Metro-area cities are planning a wide range of festivals this summer, with an eye on COVID safety.

A fair chance of festivals this summer

For those who didn’t get to watch fireworks or eat funnel cakes in 2020, this spring and summer could bring good news: Festivals and fairs are in the works, though nothing is set in stone. Scores …
The T. rex Experience will be on display at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd. in Denver, through April 25. Along with animations, touchable bronze casts of SUE’s bones and a multimedia light show, the exhibit features an exact cast of SUE’s 40-foot-long skeleton.
Arts & entertainment

SUE stomps back to Denver Museum of Nature & Science

For many people, the Tyrannosaurus rex is the dinosaur, and it’s easy to understand why. There’s no animal today that comes close to the sheer intimidation and raw power that this Cretaceous-era …
Sports

State wrestling tournament beckons area grapplers

AURORA -- Here are the first-round pairings for the state 5A boys wrestling tournament, which begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 13, at the Southwest Motors Events Center in …

State wrestling schedule announced

AURORA -- The Colorado High School Activities Association announced the schedule for next week's state wrestling tournaments. They will be at the Southwest Motor Events Center in Pueblo. The …

For area teams, postseason draws near

This is the final week of the regular season for boys and girls basketball, and 32 teams will advance to the state playoffs, which begin with first-round games on March 9. Wrestling regional …
Douglas County junior point guard Jaeton Hackley.

Douglas County guard says sinking shots is the point

What Jaeton Hackley believes is the best part of basketball is probably the same for most players. “Seeing the ball through the hoop is the best part of basketball in my opinion,” said Hackley, …
Voices
Denise Grills

Starting a business as a second career

Older adult entrepreneurs have many prized advantages. Most importantly — you know stuff. You have experience budgeting both in your career and at home. You have industry knowledge and can identify …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

A lifelong attraction to the hard stuff

A man walks into a bar with a large chunk of concrete and says to the bartender, “Give me a drink. And one for the road.” I like concrete. I’ve always liked concrete. Concrete is everywhere. …
Michael Norton
Winning Words

Here’s to hope, habits and happiness

There is a popular statement among business professionals, owners, and salespeople, and it is based on the book by Rick Page titled “Hope is Not a Strategy.” In this context, hoping to grow our …
Coming Attractions

Dragon Boat Film Festival fosters conversations

Conversation is one of the best ways to build a bond with another person. Not only that, but it provides a wonderful opportunity to enlighten and educate. And conversation doesn’t just have to be …
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