This open space is for the dogs — and people, too

Kyle Hawkins goes to the Glendale Farm Open Space dog park every morning with his 10-month old black lab, Trinket. It's near his house, a bonus, but Hawkins said he loves the size of the park and, …
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Greenland interchange work begins July 17

Improvements on the Greenland Road interchange will begin July 17 as part of the I-25 South Gap project. Crews will begin to rebuild the Greenland Road interchange from a single-lane box culvert to a …

DCSD offers free, full-day kindergarten this fall

Starting this fall, families in the Douglas County School District have the opportunity to send their children to full-day kindergarten for free. On May 21, Gov. Jared Polis signed into law House …
A panoramic view from Dawson Butte Open Space Park in Douglas County.

Decoding Douglas County's Parks and Open Space

Douglas County's population may be aging, but it's not slowing down. That's according to Randy Burkhardt, Douglas County's assistant director of parks, trails and building grounds. The county has …
Protesters gather outside the GEO Group immigrant detention facility in Aurora.

Protests converge outside immigrant detention facility

A Mexican flag flew over Aurora's immigrant detention facility the evening of July 12, as two very different protests converged to condemn American immigration policy. Hundreds of protesters, …

Dina Almohd talks with customers at the stand she owns with her husband, Ali. The couple serve Middle Eastern food.

Market offers variety of flavors

Local residents enjoyed a warm, sunny morning downtown at the Castle Rock Farmer's Market in Festival Park on July 7. The festival runs every Sunday from June 2 through Sept. 1. Vendors sell …

Castle Rock to add a school resource officer in 2019

So far in 2019, two school resource officers from the Castle Rock Police Department have helped keep watch over campuses in the town. An officer has covered Castle View High School since an SRO …

Douglas County School District offers free summer lunch program

Six years ago, the Nutrition Services team at the Douglas County School District enacted the Summer Food Service Program and served 10,000 free meals to kids and teens across the county. This …
Clint Dorris, a nonprofit owner and chairman of the Physical School Safety & Protection Funding Committee, leads the conversation at the committee’s second public meeting on June 24 at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Substation in Highlands Ranch. “The goal is to never have the bad guy on campus,” Dorris said.

School safety committees make progress

How the Douglas County Board of Education and the Douglas County Board of Commissioners will work together on school safety initiatives in the coming weeks remains unknown, leaders say. “Until a …
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A debate over public funds for private schools

Greg Vigil, chairman of the board at Arma Dei Academy in Highlands Ranch, is brimming with excitement about the Douglas County commissioners’ plans to spend millions of dollars on security measures …

STEM School's contract renewed for five years

STEM School Highlands Ranch's contract was renewed for five years, contingent upon multiple conditions, at a special Douglas County School District Board of Education meeting June 29, a day before the K-12 charter school's contract was set to expire.
Todd Muck helps a customer at his business, Cannabis Bioscience Development in Franktown.

CBD unregulated, but vendors undaunted

The sign in front of his business is subtle, yet Todd Muck said it can scare people off who are wary of the three-letter abbreviation and its association to the newest extension of the cannabis …
David Schutte is one of six partners behind Ecclesia, a new food hall in downtown Castle Rock.

Food hall Ecclesia celebrates successful launch

It was a cucumber lime drink and a hefty burrito that brought Douglas County employee Jim Davis to Ecclesia for lunch on June 20. He'd been to the Castle Rock food hall once before and came back for …
Co-owner of Jessie’s Smokin’ NOLA food truck said the business model allowed her and her husband, Jessie, to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant.

Food trucks are wheel deal

For Andrea Rayford and her husband, a food truck was the best means to reach their overall goal of opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant. “It was basically a lot cheaper to start a food truck,” …
Former chair of the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce Mark Michael speaks at the chamber's annual banquet May 4. Michael then welcomed the new chairman of the chamber, Mike McNairy.

Banquet recognizes businesses, advocates

The Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet May 4 at the Denver South Marriott in Lone Tree, recognizing some of the most influential business leaders and politicians of the …


Polis to ask voters to pass nicotine tax to combat youth use

Targeting teen nicotine vaping, Gov. Jared Polis recently announced a late-session bill to ask Colorado voters to significantly raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products and impose taxes …
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