Republican candidates for Douglas County sheriff answer Q&As

As the primary election for the next sheriff of Douglas County draws near, Colorado Community Media has asked each of the four Republican candidates to answer questions about how, if elected, they …

Poll shows majority of Douglas County voters not in favor of ‘vital’ school funding

A poll of Douglas County voters showed that less than 40% of the community is willing to approve new funding measures for the school district in an election this November. But an ad hoc committee …
Pallet shelters at Aurora Safe Outdoor Space help provide temporary housing and resources to homeless people. Douglas County is considering a similar model and plans to discuss possible locations at the June 9 homelessness initiative meeting.

Douglas County homelessness initiative to discuss temporary housing solution

Douglas County’s Homelessness Initiative will be discussing a potential short-term housing solution in the form of a Pallet center at its June 9 meeting in an effort to provide more local …
Over 30 years, tuition costs have increased 169%

The cost of college is driving students down

For many students attending college or preparing to start that educational journey, the cost weighs heavy. Teenagers and young adults suffer from anxiety and struggle with mental health more than …
Todd McPherson, IFCS’s director of development, prepares food boxes for a morning rush Thursday, June 2.

More money. Less food. Greater demand: Inflation hits metro-area food banks

With inflation at a 40-year-high and a bottle-necked supply chain exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, Integrated Family Community Services, based near Englewood, is finding it harder to procure certain foods as it sees higher demand. 
The Philip S. Miller building, where the Douglas County commissioners meet, is located in Castle Rock at 100 Third Street.

Douglas County government experiencing ‘staffing crisis’ amid low pay

The Douglas County government is struggling to find employees and seeing “historically high” turnover rates as the board of commissioners have delayed providing raises to their …

Keeping Colorado wild for 125 years and counting

While Colorado is iconic now for its natural beauty and wildlife, about 150 years ago, the state’s ecological resources had a rather bleak outlook.

Douglas County deputy accused of bringing contraband into jail

A Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy has been arrested for allegedly bringing contraband into a jail. 

Star Harbor to bring public spaceflight training to Lone Tree

Lone Tree is getting the first public spaceflight training facility for aerospace professionals and enthusiasts alike. Star Harbor Academy, started by a collection of aerospace professionals, …

News

DA won’t file charges in Adams County deputy-involved shooting

   Adams County District Attorney Brian Mason said he won’t file charges in connection with an officer-involved shooting in Adams County last …
The preliminary final site plan of Lone Tree Regional Park.

Lone Tree City Council approves site plan for 80-acre regional park

Lone Tree City Council approved the final site plan of the 80-acre Lone Tree Regional Park, located east of I-25 and south of RidgeGate Parkway, during its general meeting June …
Jim Genasci, on right, celebrates Pride on Thursday at Wind Crest with Ray Vanoski and SJ Light, who wears a sash and cowboy hat featuring buttons collected at various Pride events since 1983 by Genasci's late wife, Jeanne.

Wind Crest Pride honors memories, celebrates love

Highlands Ranch resident Jim Genasci started going to Pride events with his wife Jeanne in 1983, when their son Gary came out to them. For years, the Genascis traveled across all 50 states and …
Demi Christian Maestas

VIDEO: Commerce City police searching for two burglary suspects

COMMERCE CITY -- Police are looking for at least two suspects involved in a series of commercial burglaries and auto thefts over the past several months in the Denver area. Commerce City …
Lifeguard Aubrey Pierce, 18, poses for a portrait while on duty at the top of the slides at H2O'Brien Pool in Parker.

Staffing shortages cause Pirate's Cove water park to close every Monday for remainder of summer

Amid reports of staffing shortages at swimming pools throughout Colorado, Governor Jared Polis announced new efforts to prevent shortages, including a new grant program to help offer higher pay, a …
Life
A shuttle for the Colorado Department of Transportation's new Pegasus program that serves stops in Denver, Lakewood, Idaho Springs, Frisco, Vail and Avon.

Tired of driving? Here’s how to get around Colorado on public transportation

Ever wanted to take a road trip across the state without slogging through an hours-long drive on highways?
The musical trio from “The Wedding Singer” and the rest of the cast are performing at Town Hall Arts Center in Littleton through June 26.

Theater announces upcoming season

Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St. in Littleton, has announced a new season, with tickets on sale for individual shows and the season. “The Wedding Singer,” the finale for the current …
Coming Attractions

Asking the hard questions at the Benchmark Theatre

It is an unfortunate truth that some topics will always be relevant, no matter how many decades (or centuries) pass. Questions of race and identity are near the top of this list, and as we’ve seen …
Alissa Davies posing in front of her series "Firescape."

Wildfire art can create beauty out of tragedy

Robert Nesladek carves wood. He works in a sawdust-filled studio behind his house in Arvada, which he has owned for 47 years.  Two wood lathes spin fast to carve out bowls, vases and other …
Sports
Legacy High School's Kendall Rippley winds up for, what was at the time, the go-ahead goal in the Colorado High School Coaches Association all-state girls soccer game at Colorado Academy June 14.

A natural ending to the soccer season

   DENVER – It wasn’t a surprise to anyone that Legacy’s Kendall Rippley scored a goal in a soccer …
Fort Lupton's Reygan Garcia moves the ball up the field during the Colorado High School Coaches Association all-state girls soccer game at Colorado Academy June 13. She was the first Fort Lupton player to participate in the annual event.

Fort Lupton’s Garcia has her swan song among state’s best soccer players

DENVER – Fort Lupton’s Reygan Garcia finished her high-school soccer career as part of the Colorado High School Coaches Association’s all-state girls soccer game at Colorado Academy …
Mountain Range's Kyle Lewis ties up Arvada West's Austin Eudaly during the 132-pound semifinal match at the regional wrestling tournament Feb. 12 at Prairie View High School. Lewis scored all his points on two moves in the third period and won 6-0 to qualify for the state meet.

Mountain Range’s Lewis gets first sample of college life

  Mountain Range High School wrestler Kyle Lewis had one last chance to compete as a high-school athlete earlier this month.             …
CHSAA assistant commissioner John Sullivan

CHSAA hires new assistant commissioner

AURORA --  The newest assistant commissioner for the Colorado High School Activities Association is John Sullivan, the athletic and activities director at Vista Peak High Preparatory School in …
Voices
Elizabeth Hanson

Guest Column: As property taxes and values rise, school funds don’t

The Douglas County School District covers 850 square miles and is located just south of the Denver area. DCSD is the third-largest school district in Colorado and the largest employer in Douglas …
Michael Norton

Column: Is it better to build bridges, or burn them?

The origin of “burning bridges” has its roots in ancient Rome. And we see where they were not only burning the bridges, but also burning the boats. In some cases, they burned the bridges and the …

From the Editor: Dreading the bubble

It’s that time of year where we start reviewing the ballot and working to decide who might be best to serve us on the local, state and federal levels. For me, it’s become the time where I dread …
Aikta Marcoulier

Guest Column: SBA helps with disaster recovery

Colorado is no stranger to disasters, both natural and man-made. The state has a long history of natural disasters including flooding, wildfires, tornadoes and drought. The recent Marshall Fire in …
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