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Saying goodbye to a goldfish, python or other special pet?

What started out as a typical funeral home business for Mike Heflebower has expanded into a family operation to provide family pets with an equal amount of love and care.
Fifth grade teacher Megan Morgenthaler explains a calligraphy exercise during colonial day.

State of education report finds teachers in need of more support

Survey results conducted by the largest educator’s union in Colorado paint a bleak picture of how most educators feel in their jobs. The Colorado Education Association recently surveyed around …
Lawmakers are talking about standardized tests and whether or not social studies has a place in them.

Dems aim to ax social studies from standardized tests

Elementary and middle schoolers in Colorado could stop taking state standardized assessments in social studies starting next year under a bill introduced recently by a group of Democrats in the state …
The Independence development in northwest Elbert County will likely see the number of homes increase from 920 to 1,400 after Board of County Commissioner approval on March 8.

How to defer payment on rising property tax bill

Many Coloradans’ property tax bills are spiking because of rising home values across the state, but there is a way to put off a big hit to your wallet happening all at once. The legislature passed …

Students from Thornton's STEM Launch School look out over the Thornton Amazon warehouse April 10 from a fourth floor vantage.

Amazon put workers at risk at Aurora warehouse

Amazon faces new fines for workplace violations at its Aurora facility and several other warehouses nationwide, according to citations issued Wednesday by the Occupational Safety and Health …
Education
Douglas County School Board members David Ray, left, and Mike Peterson paint cars on Sept. 24 to show support for the district's bond and mill levy override. Since the funding questions failed this year, the school board indicated at its winter retreat that they would return to voters in 2023.

Douglas County School District anticipates funding questions on 2023 ballot

Though voters turned down two funding measures for the Douglas County School District in November, it seems likely the district will return to the ballot in 2023 in an effort to increase staff …
Clear Creek's Bode Baker throws a pitch during a June 2021 game at Denver Christian. Baker, who's been playing baseball since he was 3 or 4 years old, is graduating high school this year and hopes to play baseball at the collegiate level.

High school seniors reflect on life lessons from athletic careers

For high school seniors a few months from graduation, athletics have helped them prepare for the ups and downs, and the responsibilities of adult life.
Douglas County School District's Superintendent Erin Kane, left, and Director of Mental Health Stephanie Crawford-Goetz pose will Douglas County Sheriff's Office Lt. Rob Rotherham and sheriff-elect Darren Weekly on Nov. 15 at the district administration building. Crawford-Goetz received the 2022 Ron King Service Award from the sheriff's office for her work to support homeless youth and promote student mental health.

Douglas County School District admin, mental health program honored for service to students

A Douglas County School District program aimed at supporting students experiencing trauma and one of the program's leaders received accolades at the county and national level for their positive …
Teachers and others rally outside Adams City High School Nov. 18 to protest the state board of education's decision to reorganize the district.

Teachers protest order to reorganize Adams 14 district

The next installment of the dispute between the Adams 14 School District and the Colorado board of education was in the form of a Nov. 19 rally outside Adams City High School. About 30 teachers …

Otis' Jack Willeke snares this long pass against the defense of Stratton's Avery Archuleta in the second half of the teams' semifinal game in the six-man playoffs Nov. 19 in Stratton.

Small-town football: A different game, a different level of interest

STRATTON – On the Eastern Plains, football is a special breed of cat. Or eagle, as the case may be. Tucked away north of Interstate 70, an hour or so east of Limon and two or so stops …
Business
A rendering shows the plan for Castle Rock Adventist Hospital's newest medical office building, which will house a surgery center with operating and procedure rooms, an orthopedic center with physical therapy and chemotherapy and radiation services for oncology patients.

Castle Rock Adventist Hospital looks to treat cancer patients

Castle Rock Adventist Hospital could begin offering cancer and other treatment services as early as 2025 as part of a 70,000-square-foot hospital expansion...
A sign marks a home for sale on Dec. 5 in southeast Denver.

Small price drop unlikely to reverse skyrocketing home values in Colorado

Danielle and Stephan Storinsky “saw the writing on the wall.” It foretold how the housing market might change. So, earlier this year, the married couple sold their Arvada townhome.
California-based salad chain sweetgreen opens in Highlands Ranch's Village Center West on Dec. 2.

Sweetgreen opens fourth Colorado location in Highlands Ranch

The popular fast-casual and veggie-focused chain sweetgreen is celebrating the opening of its first Douglas County location in Highlands Ranch on Dec. 2 by partnering with a local nonprofit that …
A campaign flier for Dean Legatski, running in Castle Rock Town Council District 3 against Kevin Bracken, raises concerns about the town's Design Review Board. Legatski would like to reduce the board's authority over downtown development, while Bracken supports the board as is.

Council candidates spar on role of Design Review Board days before election

In the last days before Election Day, campaign material for a Castle Rock town council candidate reignited conflict about the commission that approves downtown development.  During the Nov. 1 …

Members of the Denver South Metro Rotary Club donated over 1,000 pounds of hygiene and health items to Integrated Family Community Services for the group's October project.

Local Rotary donates 1,000 pounds of hygiene products to nonprofit

Just over 1,000 pounds of toothbrushes, toilet paper, diapers, soap and other hygiene products will help local nonprofit Integrated Family Community Services serve its thousands of monthly visitors …
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