Douglas County Dems, GOP trust voting process

While opposite ends of the political spectrum in Douglas County may not agree on much, they do seem to agree on one thing: Residents can trust the voting system here. In a series of interviews with …

DCSD continues plans to return elementary schools to in-person learning

The Douglas County School District is continuing preparations to send elementary school students back to full in-person learning this month after the school board received an update from district …
Campaign contributions in races for the state Legislature
The following is a comparison of campaign contributions made to Democratic and Republican candidates for south metro-area seats in the state Legislature through the Oct. 19 reporting period. (Source: …

Douglas County Commissioners choose not to approve Tri-County proposal 

Douglas County commissioners voiced dissatisfaction with a proposal made by Tri-County Health Department on a way to stay together during a Monday, Oct. 12 meeting, meaning that negotiations between …

Race for 18th Judicial District Attorney hits boiling point

Tensions in the hotly contested race for 18th Judicial District Attorney have hit a boiling point amid allegations of racism, lies and political ambushes. A heated confrontation unfolded Oct. 5 …

News

COVID-19 outbreaks reported at 10 schools in Douglas County this fall

Since the start to the school year, several outbreaks have unfolded within Douglas County schools — public, private and charter. According to the district's outbreak protocols posted on its …
An election judge helps organize ballots before they are processed in the Douglas County elections office.

Crews process ballots in Douglas County

In the days leading up to the Nov. 3 election, Douglas County election judges worked to prepare ballots for counting. Inside the Douglas County elections building in Castle Rock, the judges worked in …
South Metro fire crews pose next to a Type 3 brush engine, which is designed to fight urban wildland fires.

Snow pauses wildfire growth, officials cautious

Parts of northern Colorado around the Cameron Peak and East Troublesome fires received up to a foot of snow between Oct. 25 and 26, pausing the growth of the two largest wildfires in state history. …
The first-place winner in the division four competition was “Boosted to the Ballot Box” by Erika Olson, a senior at Douglas County High School.

Future voters participate in art contest focused on democracy

More than 100 students from across Douglas County participated in a local art contest this year focused on depicting democracy. The participants, from kindergarten through high school students, used …
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Executive Director Jill Hunsaker Ryan speaks at a news conference on COVID-19 on March 3.

Colorado lowers limit on gatherings to 10 people, down from 25 in many counties

Roughly a month after raising the limit for personal gatherings in some metro Denver counties to 25 people, Colorado has cut that number back down to 10 for the vast majority of counties in the …
Life
Coming Attractions

Thornton celebrates cultural art of Dia De Los Muertos

No matter what the holiday is, a common way for cultures and families to mark the occasion is through the arts — music, film and interactive options like pumpkin carving, tree decorating and even …
Sonya Ellingboe
Sonya's Sampler

Exhibit aims to express experiences of women

Curtis Center for the Arts, 2349 E. Orchard Road, in a historic schoolhouse in Greenwood Village, will present an exhibit by the Colorado Women’s Caucus for the Arts called “Old Myths, New …
Lucky Bikes Re-Cyclery is one of numerous nonprofit community bike shops in the Denver area that provide low- or no-cost bikes to underprivileged youths.

Making wheel change: Underprivileged youths earn bikes, skills, hope

Fernando Ibarra couldn’t figure out how to fix his bike. So he took it to Lucky Bikes Re-Cyclery, a nonprofit community bike shop a block from his house in west Denver. He couldn’t afford the …
Coming Attractions

Molly Brown museum brings gothic horror to life

For my money, gothic horror — which blends elements of romance, emotion and terror together — is the most subtle and rewarding kind of scary story. Over the years, authors like Edgar Allen Poe, …
Sports
Castle View senior Zane Wiodark (22) ran for two touchdowns in the Sabertcats' 48-14 football victory over Rock Canyon on Oct. 23.

Balanced approach leads Castle View past Rock Canyon

Castle View scored early and often as the Sabercats rolled to a 48-14 Douglas County League football victory over the Rock Canyon Jaguars on Oct. 23 at Douglas County Stadium. The Sabercats, 2-0, …
Cherry Creek's Parker Wolfe, center, was the winner of the Class 5A state title on Oct. 17 at the state cross country championships with a course-record time of 15:10.4.

Cherry Creek, Mountain Vista set pace at state cross country

It was a banner day for Cherry Creek on Oct. 17 at the state cross country championships but Mountain Vista also proved it is still a team to be watched. Bruins senior Parker Wolfe won the Class 5A …

1-0 softball game score eliminates Rock Canyon

Top-seeded Rock Canyon was eliminated from the 5A state quarterfinal softball playoffs with a 1-0 loss to Grand Junction Central on Oct. 8 at Rock Canyon. One might call the loss bad, baffling, …
State champion Lucas Schultze of Valor Christian, holding the trophy, eagled the 18th hole which clinched the state title for the Eagles and gave Schultze the individual title.

Valor wins boys state golf championship

Valor Christian boys golf coach Justen Byler wasn't surprised that his team won the Class 5A state championship on Oct. 6 at the Club at Rolling Hills. However, Valor senior Lucas Schulte didn't know …

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Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Safeguarding others is the leashed you can do

Large dark dog, running unleashed through front yards, zoomed to the greenbelt trail and out of sight. Way behind, dog’s owner lopes along. Small child on her first bicycle encounters the dog, is …
Norton
Winning Words

Oriented toward action and focused on results

Proactive or reactive. I did or did not. I can or cannot. I will or will not. When we look at those statements quickly, which words resonate with us personally? What I typically see is that people …
Michael Norton
Winning Words

Why these times are the times to remember

There are certainly plenty of reasons for us to want 2020 to be a distant memory. The pandemic, the heartache of lives lost, the impact it had on our family and friends who suffered and recovered, …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

For curly bulbs, there’s no light at the end of the tunnel

One of our curly light bulbs burned out. Realizing I didn’t have a replacement, I went to a hardware store. They were out of curly light bulbs too. “Yes, we’re out.” “For how long?” …
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