Douglas County teachers urge better pay
Several educators made impassioned pleas asking school board directors to improve teacher pay in the Douglas County School District two weeks after the board held a lengthy discussion about …

Guilty plea brings end to 40-year-old murder case

More than 40 years after 21-year-old Helene Pruszynski was brutally killed and left for dead in an area that is now Highlands Ranch, a man pleaded guilty to the crime. James Clanton, 62, was slated …

Low turnout at law enforcement appreciation event

An event dedicated to honoring law enforcement that often draws dozens and sometimes hundreds to Castle Rock was so sparsely attended this year that organizers began stacking up chairs and tearing …

My Name Is…Connor Szmul

About me I am a 2018 graduate of Castle View High School. I am from Castle Rock but currently live in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, playing junior hockey for the Chippewa Steel in the North American …

Sen. Cory Gardner: 'I know we can do better' on mental health

For those skeptical that the federal government affects their daily lives, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner's conversation with some metro area high school students may offer some hope. In Colorado, “we are …

Bennet: Take politics out of health care

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet isn't running for president, but that doesn't mean he's done taking on President Trump. Bennet, who dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary in early February after …

WATCH: Time to Talk public forum on mental health and families

It's time to talk about mental health.

Mothers and mental health advocates talk about how mental illness affects families, and why — and how — we need to talk about it.

On Nov. 14, 2018, Colorado Community Media, in partnership with Douglas County Libraries and the Douglas County Mental Health Initiative held a second community forum.  Speakers included Jean Ritter and Alissa Miller.

The forum is the latest in a series, and is presented in conjunction with Colorado Community Media's story series "Time to Talk."

The event was hosted at the James H LaRue Library in Highlands Ranch (9292 S. Ridgeline Blvd.).

News

Schools keep fall break schedule despite test dates

The Douglas County School board has decided it will not change the district's fall break for the 2020-21 school year after staff recommended the school board reschedule it to one week later. The …

Life

ShamROCK Stampede benefits those with PTSD

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by helping to raise awareness and money for veterans, first responders and others who experience post-traumatic stress disorder and mental illness. This year's ShamROCK …

Sports

Student-Athlete Spotlight: Hockey player sticks to business

Personality-wise, Mason Hoehn is one of Valor Christian's quietest hockey players. However, on the ice he lets everybody know he means business. All that probably started when he convinced his mom to …

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Competition — earning and learning our way to success

When it comes to competitive events, I don’t know about you, but I really enjoy a close game as opposed to a rout, even when it may mean the team that I am rooting for has a chance of losing. You …
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Bach credited God. Raymond Chandler refused to expedite the screenplay for “The Blue Dahlia” unless he was permitted to drink alcohol and to drink heavily. I depend upon hot, black coffee — …
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What midsummer dreams may come at the Arvada Center

The plays of William Shakespeare have been performed so many times in the more than 400 years since he did his writing that one mustn’t just consider the story, but how to tell that story. Emily …
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Looking on bright side may be tied to longer life

If you need help looking on the bright side, researchers may have found proof behind the power of positive thinking. Decades of research suggest that seeing the glass “half full” or “half …
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