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Aaron Carrado

Parker business owner charged with sex assault on child

The owner of a Parker company that offers athletic training for children has been charged with four counts of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust.
Members of the Douglas County School Board discuss trust and air differences in a Feb. 4 meeting. Board directors voted 5-2 on Sept. 27 to waive a previously set deadline for Superintendent Erin Kane to recommend changes to the equity policy, allowing her to create an implementation plan this year.

Douglas County School District to engage community on equity policy

In a split vote, the Douglas County Board of Education directed the superintendent to compile recommendations to change the equity policy and present them in March. During the Sept. 27 meeting, …
The Douglas County School Board chose not to adopt two proposed policy changes that would have required a supermajority vote for policy changes and adoptions, as well as adding language to limit the district's financial support to public schools.

Douglas County School Board shoots down proposed policy changes

A proposal to require a supermajority of Douglas County school board members to approve or amend district policies failed to gain board approval.
Parker Mayor Jeff Toborg

Parker mayor recovering from heart attack

Jeff Toborg, the mayor of Parker, announced Thursday that he’s recovering from a heart attack. 

Joseph Spector

Highlands Ranch man faces child assault allegations

A Highlands Ranch man is under investigation for allegations of child assault in Douglas County, Denver and Aurora. Joseph Spector, 44, is facing multiple charges of child sexual assault for …
Education

Classes continue at Fort Lupton High School despite circulated threats

The Weld Re-8 School District became the latest in a series of school districts to face rumored threats to school safety.   In a district website post Sept. 23, Weld Re-8 Superintendent …
Adams City High School

Adams City HS gets all-clear for regular day Sept. 22

Adams City High School students returned to class Sept. 22 after an unsubstantiated threat closed the building the day before. A combined investigation between Adams  District 14 officials …
Douglas County School Board President Mike Peterson listens to discussion during a Feb. 8 study session. The board will vote on next steps for the equity policy on Sept. 27.

Douglas County school board talks implementation of equity policy

Douglas County school board members indicated they will direct Superintendent Erin Kane to create an implementation plan and monitoring report for the district’s equity policy this …
Adams 14 Superintendent Karla Loria

State board of education restores accreditation to Adams 14 School District

The state board of education had some good news for the Adams 14 School District Sept. 14. It restored the district's accreditation during the board's meeting in Colorado Springs. The vote was …

A letter sent to the Douglas County School Board urges the district to share funds from an upcoming mill levy override with two charter schools in Douglas County authorized by the Charter School Institute.

Conservatives call out DCSD on charter funding

A conservative educational nonprofit and Republican officials are calling on the Douglas County School District to include two non-district charters in funding allocations should the district’s …
Business
B’s Craft Deli & Market opened last month at the corner of Wilcox Street and South Street in Castle Rock.

Eateries step up game in Castle Rock

John Johnson believes Castle Rock is becoming the kind of place people travel to for good food, and he’s happy to be a growing part of the phenomenon. The restaurateur has been a Castle Rock …
Blush Out West, one of over 60 vendors at The Emporium, offers women’s clothing and home goods with a Western vibe.

Emporium marks milestone

Mike Slattery is eager to celebrate a Castle Rock destination that he loves with the community that has supported it for a decade. On Oct. 1, The Emporium will mark its 10th anniversary with free …
Homes sit in a neighborhood in Littleton, part of the notably expensive Denver metro area.

Colorado home prices see short-term drop; unclear how long downslide will last

Home prices in the metro area and statewide have shown some early signs that they may be breaking the pandemic-era trend of steep increases.
The Dawson Trails development, outlined in blue, proposes more than 5,800 housing units and 3.2 million square feet of commercial space. As part of the proposal, Castle Rock would offer a $10 million incentive for a Costco and the developer of Dawson Trails will pay for road work and a new fire station.

Castle Rock partners with Dawson Trails for Costco, Crystal Valley Interchange

Castle Rock finalized the details to allow the construction of the Dawson Ridge development, which includes the Crystal Valley Interchange and a Costco.  Town Council approved a number of …

Fresh ingredients make Zell’s crepes a nutritious lunch option, says owner James Beatty.

Zell’s Mountain opens in time for new school year

High school students are a key part of the business model of a new fast-casual restaurant that opened its doors just in time for the school year.  Zell’s Mountain Creperie, owned by James and …
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