Colorado legislative leader Neville defends defiant Castle Rock eatery

A masked Colorado House Minority Leader Patrick Neville walked up to the front of Castle Rock restaurant C&C Coffee and Kitchen on May 12 and taped a $20 bill to the business' window.
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Health department orders Castle Rock restaurant to close

The Tri-County Health Department has ordered a Castle Rock restaurant to close after it reopened its doors to full dine-in service May 10, allowing dozens of customers inside despite public health …

South Metro Fire now overseen by elected board

For the first time in several years, South Metro Fire Rescue will be overseen by a board of directors directly elected by citizens. The sprawling fire protection district stretches from south …

Some laid-off Colorado workers refusing employers' back-to-work calls

As limits on business operations triggered by the coronavirus pandemic are slowly being relaxed across Colorado, some employers are asking their laid-off workers to come back to work — but not all …

COVID-19 testing expands across Colorado

Nearly two months after COVID-19 testing got off to a rocky start in Colorado, the state announced expanded locations that appear to approach its goal of mass testing for Coloradans. And at some of …

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An aerial view of the farmers market on Mainstreet in Parker, June 28, 2015.

Parker council leaning toward opting opt of mandate

Parker Town Council has signaled it is leaning toward voting to opt out of the mask order issued recently by the Tri-County Health Department.
This cartoon was posted on Facebook by the Douglas County Republican Party, then later removed. The county party has since apologized.

Douglas County GOP chair apologizes for mask cartoon (9News video)

The chairman of the Douglas County Republican Party has apologized to anyone who was offended by a Facebook post depicting a cartoon police officer labeled "Polis,” who is shown stepping on the neck of a man wearing a mask.
The Colorado Department of Transportation is widening what’s called the Gap, a stretch of Interstate 25 between Castle Rock and Monument, after a study found the area in urgent need of improvements.

Pace of construction on I-25 Gap between Castle Rock and Monument increases

The longest work zone in the state is preparing residents for a surge in construction as the Colorado Department of Transportation increases its weather-dependent tasks on the I-25 Gap — the …
The scar from the June 29 Chatridge 2 fire is show in a photo taken from the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control’s Multi-Mission Aircraft.

Chatride 2 fire near Highlands Ranch is seen as a close call

Douglas County's Emergency Management Center is reviewing the recent Chatridge 2 blaze near Highlands Ranch after the quick-spreading flames caused one of the biggest local wildfires in recent …
Lisa Hammond began a tradition in 2019 of doing a lap on Castle Rock’s incline for each year she’s been alive. In 2020, she completed 48 laps to celebrate her 48th birthday.

Castle Rock woman marks 48th birthday with 48 laps up incline

Lisa Hammond climbed her first '14er at age 46 and knew from there she wanted to do something physically challenging every year. So she started a new tradition. The Castle Rock resident now …
Life
The Ducky Derby is an annual fundraiser for local rotary clubs and popular family event in Castle Rock.

Ducky Derby rescheduled for August in Castle Rock

The biggest annual fundraiser for Castle Rock area Rotary clubs has been rescheduled for August after organizers called off the event — first scheduled for June — amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The …
Travel back in time at the Littleton Museum, featuring two living history farms portraying 19th-century homesteads.

So, what CAN you do this summer?

It’s a summer like no other. With concerts, festivals, sports games and lots more off the table during the COVID-19 pandemic, kids and families might be going a bit stir-crazy. Here’s a look at …
Coming Attractions

A trip to Zapata via Morrison

Morison-based author Harper McDavid’s debut novel “Zapata,” has been announced as the winner of the 2020 Colorado Book Award in the romance category, and received a 2020 Writer’s Award from …
grandparents teach too

Children cook creatively in snug mugs

Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment, about creativity. — Guy Fieri No one is born a great cook, one learns by …
Sports
An opponent of recent racing events at Bandimere Speedway protests outside the Jefferson County Building on March 8.

Judge allowing Bandimere to continue operating for now, but COVID-19-related restraining order to remain in place

After a full day of testimony, a Jeffco judge did not rule Wednesday on whether she will grant a preliminary injunction that would limit events at Bandimere Speedway unless the county is provided a …
Arapahoe High School football coach Rod Sherman.

Arapahoe High School football coach likes what he sees

Arapahoe High School football coach Rod Sherman is encouraged by the turnout of players for the early workouts held in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The numbers are really up,” said …
ThunderRidge football coach Doug Nisenson is most proud of the mentality his team has developed over the past three seasons.

ThunderRidge High School football coach looks at past for future

Doug Nisenson is a former football player at ThunderRidge High School and he’s now the head football coach for the Grizzlies. ThunderRidge won two Class 4A state football championships in 2004 and …
Jim Saccomano served as the vice president of public relations for the Denver Broncos for 36 years before retiring in 2013.

Veteran Denver sports exec Jim Saccomano: Why sports matter

Denver is the smallest of the 13 U.S. cities with four professional sports teams in the National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Hockey League and National Basketball Association. …

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QUIET DESPERATION

What are you smiling about?

“I saw a picture of you. Those were the happiest days of my life.” Chrissie Hynde, lead singer of the Pretenders, wrote “Back on the Chain Gang” as a memorial to lead guitarist James …
Michael Norton

People love to hear a good, positive story

Some of us like to tell a good story, some enjoy hearing a good story, and some of us appreciate both. And although there are a few people who seem to derive pleasure from a bad or negative story, I …
Craig Marshall Smith

Big-bang bullies take to the air

From 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on July 4, my neighborhood sounded like Hell. I was Clint Eastwood mad and helpless. I expected the worst because for weeks before the Fourth there were nightly fireworks all …
LIVING & AGING WELL

Story sharing brings families together, even if apart

Do your children and grandchildren know the story of how your parents met? How about your grandparents?
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