Homes sit in a neighborhood in Littleton, part of the notably expensive Denver metro area.

Colorado home prices see short-term drop; unclear how long downslide will last

Home prices in the metro area and statewide have shown some early signs that they may be breaking the pandemic-era trend of steep increases.
On June 20, Castle Pines North Metro District approved an intergovernmental agreement to transfer its stormwater system to the city of Castle Pines.

Castle Pines North Metro District transfers stormwater rights to city

Since the termination of the Parker water inclusion in February, the path towards dissolution of the Castle Pines North Metro District has been unclear. But in a unanimous decision on June 20, the CPNMD approved an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) to transfer its stormwater system and necessary property rights to the city of Castle Pines – handing over one of its main responsibilities and bringing the body a step closer to dissolution.
Douglas County School Board President Mike Peterson listens to discussion during a Feb. 8 study session. The board will vote on next steps for the equity policy on Sept. 27.

Douglas County school board talks implementation of equity policy

Douglas County school board members indicated they will direct Superintendent Erin Kane to create an implementation plan and monitoring report for the district’s equity policy this …
Thousands of Sandhill Cranes pause in the San Luis Valley near Monte Vista to feed at the Wildlife Refuge and in adjoining fields as they migrate north to their summer breeding grounds.

Douglas County again meets about San Luis Valley water project 

A controversial plan to pipe water from the San Luis Valley to Douglas County may be seeing new life after the county commissioners recently met behind closed doors to discuss it again.  Four …
Luke King, a Franktown resident, urges the Douglas County commissioners to opt out of Tri-County Health Department's public health order during an Aug. 19, 2021, meeting.

Douglas County Health Department considers ending pandemic health order

The Douglas County Health Department will soon weigh whether it’s time to end a pandemic-related local public health order that restricted county entities from requiring masks. “I …

Castle Pines fights for its own ZIP code, USPS disagrees

In many communities across the U.S., ZIP codes are a mark of identity. But in others, they are a source of confusion and consternation.
A letter sent to the Douglas County School Board urges the district to share funds from an upcoming mill levy override with two charter schools in Douglas County authorized by the Charter School Institute.

Conservatives call out DCSD on charter funding

A conservative educational nonprofit and Republican officials are calling on the Douglas County School District to include two non-district charters in funding allocations should the district’s …

Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas counties may avoid $50 million cost in Tri-County breakup

A court has dismissed Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties from a lawsuit that arose out of the impending breakup of Tri-County Health Department — a ruling that signals that the health agency, not the counties, may end up on the hook for an alleged $50 million penalty.

“Celebrating Mexico” piñata exhibit opens at Smoky Hill Library

A bright smile spread across Michelle Ollerton’s face as she watched her 2-year-old son, Isaac, point to the colorful piñatas hanging above them in the cafe of Smoky Hill Library, trying …

Arapahoe County to form redistricting committee

Arapahoe County is seeking nine county residents to serve on a Citizen Redistricting Advisory Committee that will help shape new district boundaries for commissioners ahead of the 2024 election. 

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Aaron Carrado

Parker business owner charged with sex assault on child

The owner of a Parker company that offers athletic training for children has been charged with four counts of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust.
Members of the Douglas County School Board discuss trust and air differences in a Feb. 4 meeting. Board directors voted 5-2 on Sept. 27 to waive a previously set deadline for Superintendent Erin Kane to recommend changes to the equity policy, allowing her to create an implementation plan this year.

Douglas County School District to engage community on equity policy

In a split vote, the Douglas County Board of Education directed the superintendent to compile recommendations to change the equity policy and present them in March. During the Sept. 27 meeting, …
The Douglas County School Board chose not to adopt two proposed policy changes that would have required a supermajority vote for policy changes and adoptions, as well as adding language to limit the district's financial support to public schools.

Douglas County School Board shoots down proposed policy changes

A proposal to require a supermajority of Douglas County school board members to approve or amend district policies failed to gain board approval.
Parker Mayor Jeff Toborg

Parker mayor recovering from heart attack

Jeff Toborg, the mayor of Parker, announced Thursday that he’s recovering from a heart attack. 
Joseph Spector

Highlands Ranch man faces child assault allegations

A Highlands Ranch man is under investigation for allegations of child assault in Douglas County, Denver and Aurora. Joseph Spector, 44, is facing multiple charges of child sexual assault for …
Life
Coming Attractions

‘Dry Land’ dives into the deep end

One of the great things about theater is its ability to reflect the challenges and convulsions of society with a speed and alacrity that most other performing arts mediums just aren’t capable of …
People take a ride in a photo from The Patch, a farm in Elbert County that puts on fall festivities. The farm sits near the Town of Elizabeth.

Fall festivals abound in metro Denver counties for 2022

Dustin Smith and his wife grew up spending time at their grandparents’ farms, but many years later, Smith’s kids weren’t getting that same experience. So the Smiths opened The Patch, a farm in Elbert County that puts on fall festivities.
Highlands Ranch Library displays frequently challenged books near the front entrance as a way to participate in Banned Books Week, a national event from Sept. 18-24 that celebrates open access and highlights censorship concerns.

Douglas County Libraries receives few book-ban requests

Amid a sharp nationwide rise in the number of books facing library or school bans, Douglas County Libraries is spotlighting challenged media for National Banned Books Week. 
Coming Attractions

Open the door to Denver’s spaces

For many of us, we don’t exactly know what makes a piece of architecture or interior design appealing. There’s just something about it we respond to. Fortunately, there are organizations like the …
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CHSAA releases schedule for regional tennis tournaments

AURORA --Here are the class 4A and 5A regional tennis schedules and locations. Play can begin as soon as Wednesday, Oct. 5. Locations for Ponderosa and Legacy high schools were unknown late …

CHSAA releases state golf pairings

The Colorado High School Activities Association released the pairings for this year's state golf tournaments. Each is a two-day tourney, and they begin Monday, Oct. 3. The class 3A tournament is …
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CHSAA releases state team tennis tournament brackets

The Colorado High School Activities Association released the brackets for its first state team tennis tournament. The state team tennis tournament finals are Tuesday, Oct. 18, at City Park in …
The Cherry Creek football team raises the championship trophy and banner in December 2021 at Empower Field at Mile High.

Creek whallops Regis Jesuit 42-14

Cherry Creek wrapped up its non-conference schedule on Sept. 22 and now faces another challenge against Centennial League teams. The three-time defending state champion Bruins, the top-ranked team in …
Voices

Mother Musings: A balanced approach to screen time

I was determined to raise my kids with no screens. They were going to be the kids who were creative and could entertain themselves with their imaginations, not mind-numbing TV shows. And I succeeded, …

From the Editor: NyQuil chicken — no thanks

I am often fascinated at things people worldwide will do based on something they saw online. The latest attention to the problem was an FDA warning that NyQuil chicken is not something people should …
Michael Norton

Column: Pride without the arrogance

Whenever he finished an amazing run, resulting in a touchdown, and having weaved his way through the defense and even running over a defender or slipping past another with some lightning-quick …

Column: Demographics and stagflation

The world is aging, and our economy is shrinking. This is not a good combination. Let’s start with demographics. The five largest economies, U.S., China, Japan, Germany, and the U.K., have an …
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