STEM School shooter's sentence was meant to send message
Breathless, Syketha Sprague tried to describe for a Douglas County judge the lifelong impact of a school shooting. Her voice started out as a strained whisper. Sprague uttered her words between gasps …
Arapahoe County leaders raise concerns about possible Tri-County exit
Some local leaders in Arapahoe County worry that a decision of whether to break away from Tri-County Health Department on the heels of neighboring Douglas County's moves to exit the agency would be …

Election 2021: Castle Pines candidates say road maintenance is a top election priority

While opinions may differ on how to get the work done, the mayoral and council candidates running in the Castle Pines City Council election agree roads are a major priority. Incumbent Mayor Tera …

As COVID cases rise, local hospital ICUs fill up

As COVID-19 cases continue to go up across the metro area due to the highly-transmissible delta variant, hospitals are admitting more patients to ICU beds, and UCHealth and Kaiser Permanente are …

STEM School shooter sentenced to life in prison without parole plus hundreds of extra years

“There is no describing the terror I still experience to this day," a teacher said during the sentencing.

Man shares story of fight against atrial fibrillation

For many years, Zach Ward thought his racing heartbeat was because he had too much coffee, exercised too much or got up too fast. In reality, he was suffering from a condition many Americans have …

Castle Rock teen wins $100,000 on 'American Ninja Warrior'

Castle Rock teen Kaden Lebsack’s first year competing on "American Ninja Warrior" ended with an impressive performance and a $100,000 prize for strength and agility.

News

Littleton police officer hospitalized after being shot multiple times

A Littleton police officer has been hospitalized after he was shot multiple times shortly before midnight on Monday. 
Centennial Center Park.

Money ranks Centennial as 8th best place to place to live in U.S.

Money, the news and personal-finance site, is out with its 35th annual list of the "Best Places to Live in the U.S.," and Centennial and Castle Rock both landed in the top 50. Centennial comes in at …
First-graders are seen on their second day of school on Aug. 12 at Second Creek Elementary School in Commerce City.

Mask rules drive parents’ demand for doctor notes

Colorado parents are seeking an end-run around mask requirements at their children’s schools: Doctor’s notes exempting them for dubious medical reasons. And in mask-averse Douglas County, where …

TikTok challenge damages Prairie View High School

The latest TikTok challenge that involves theft and property destruction made its way to Prairie View High School.             In a two-week …

One dead after Mount Vernon housefire

GOLDEN -- One person died and another is in the hospital after a reported disturbance on Mount Vernon Road. It happened shortly before midnight Sept. 17. A tweet from the Jefferson County …
Life
Cherry Creek Theatre Company will present “Steel Magnolias” Oct. 1-24 at the Elaine Wolf Theatre in Denver. From top left, Shannon Altner, Devon James, Erika Mori, Suzanne Nepi, Martha Harmon Pardee, and Tracy Shaffer.
Sonya's Sampler

'Steel Magnolias’ coming to Elaine Wolf Theatre

“Steel Magnolias” will be presented Oct. 1 to 24 by Cherry Creek Theatre Company at the Elaine Wolf Theatre, Jewish Community Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver, 303-800-6578. (Suzanne Nepi of …
Coming Attractions

Vail Film Festival ready for a bigger, bolder 2021

Doing something for the first time is always a fraught process, but you often come away with all kinds of beneficial lessons that can make it smoother next time. Such is the case for the Vail Film …
Claudia Quintero and Raul Alvarez, of Timberline Fire, have done the stair climb at Red Rocks for six years.

Red Rocks 9/11 stair climb in photos

After a virtual event last year, the Colorado Stair Climb to honor the 343 New York City firefighters who were killed in the line of duty at the World Trade Center. on Sept. 11, 2001, was held in …
The history of the Highlands Ranch Mansion from 1981 to the present will be the subject of a history presentation on Sept. 20.
Sonya's Sampler

Historical program looks at mansion

A 40th anniversary celebration of the latest segment of history for the historic Highlands Ranch Mansion will take place on Sept. 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the upstairs auditorium at the Southridge …
Sports
Frederick's Mackenzie Sais, right, attempts to reach second base as Loveland's Laynee Case fields the throw during the teams' Sept. 18 non-league game in Frederick.

SLIDES: Loveland escapes Frederick with softball win

Loveland outslugged the Warriors 17-14 in Frederick Sept. 18. The two teams combined for 25 runs over the last 2 1/2 innings of the game. Bella Hewitt had two hits and drove in four runs. Ali …
Prairie View’s Aiden Madden (9) tackles a Douglas County player during a Sept. 10 football game.

Football: Douglas County gets the better of Henderson's Prairie View

Tim Cardenas knew the early schedule was going to be challenging for the football team at Prairie View High School in Henderson, and he is hoping the challenge will help in the long run.   The …
Littleton’s Brycen Mhlanga (33), gains significant yardage against Thornton at Adams 12 Five Star Stadium Sept. 10. The Trojans celebrated homecoming with a 40-18 win over the Lions. THS quarterback Isaiah Reece threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns.

Football: Thornton toasts homecoming with win over Littleton

Thornton’s Miles Poole ran for 137 yards and a touchdown as Thornton High School celebrated homecoming with a 40-18 over Littleton Sept. 10 at Adams 12 Stadium in Westminster.   Thornton Trojans …
Legend shortstop Kaylynn English fields a high bouncing grounder during the game against Rock Canyon on Sept. 8. English had two hits in the game, which the Titans won 8-0.

Softball: Shutout is stuff of Legend

Cameron Ponich, softball pitcher for Legend High School in Parker, has a habit of picking up a little dirt before delivering a pitch. Ponich was not only picking up dirt and wiping it off before each …
Voices
Winning Words

Opinion: Adding experience to life’s greatest teachers

This column is dedicated to all the wonderful and committed teachers in our communities. Before the pandemic began, they already had my deepest respect. So, a big shout-out to each teacher in my life …
A crowd gathers at the twin memorial fountains at the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan, New York, as twin blue beacons pierce the night sky on Sept. 11, 2017.

Something to remember on 9/11 anniversary

One beautiful fall morning, we all realized how trivial all of our high dudgeon really was.
Financial Strategies

Opinion: Rounding third base as fourth quarter nears

The fourth quarter of the year begins soon. Investors are still on the edge of their seats concerned about potential tax law changes and any Federal Reserve policy that might spook the financial …
Michael Norton
Winning Words

Opinion: Decaffeinate and de-escalate

On any given day I will usually have one or two cups of coffee in the morning. On those days where I have three or four, I feel a very palpable difference … I am wired.
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