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Tri-County Health chief: Douglas County bid to pull out of agency is 'extraordinarily disruptive'

Douglas County's decision to begin the process of withdrawing from the Tri-County Health Department is "extraordinarily disruptive to our staff and planning in the middle of a pandemic,” the agency's top official said.
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The Colorado Department of Transportation is widening what’s called the Gap, a stretch of Interstate 25 between Castle Rock and Monument, after a study found the area in urgent need of improvements.

Pace of construction on I-25 Gap between Castle Rock and Monument increases

The longest work zone in the state is preparing residents for a surge in construction as the Colorado Department of Transportation increases its weather-dependent tasks on the I-25 Gap — the …
The scar from the June 29 Chatridge 2 fire is show in a photo taken from the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control’s Multi-Mission Aircraft.

Chatride 2 fire near Highlands Ranch is seen as a close call

Douglas County's Emergency Management Center is reviewing the recent Chatridge 2 blaze near Highlands Ranch after the quick-spreading flames caused one of the biggest local wildfires in recent …
Lisa Hammond began a tradition in 2019 of doing a lap on Castle Rock’s incline for each year she’s been alive. In 2020, she completed 48 laps to celebrate her 48th birthday.

Castle Rock woman marks 48th birthday with 48 laps up incline

Lisa Hammond climbed her first '14er at age 46 and knew from there she wanted to do something physically challenging every year. So she started a new tradition. The Castle Rock resident now …
The Ducky Derby is an annual fundraiser for local rotary clubs and popular family event in Castle Rock.

Ducky Derby rescheduled for August in Castle Rock

The biggest annual fundraiser for Castle Rock area Rotary clubs has been rescheduled for August after organizers called off the event — first scheduled for June — amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The …

What some call the "Million Dollar View" from Greenland Ranch. A portion of the background of the photo shows Greenland Open Space.

Greenland Ranch easement transferred to local group

A preserved section of souther Douglas County covering more than 17,000 acres will now be managed by a local conservation group after the property's easement was transferred on June 23. Drivers who …
Education
A sign on the doors of every Mines campus building provides a reminder of steps to take to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Mines planning on in-person classes in the fall but campus will be different

Classes will be held at Colorado School of Mines campus in the fall — but life on campus will still look plenty different. In a message sent to students and faculty on June 22, School of Mines …
Thomas Tucker, Douglas County School District's superintendent, addresses the Mountain Vista High School graduating class on June 26 against the backdrop of a stormy sky. The ceremony was delayed one time for lightning.

Douglas County School District approves millions in cuts

The Douglas County School District will enter the 2020-21 school year with millions in cuts to its budget amid the on-going pandemic. School board directors approved next year's $670 million budget …
Murray

PRIMARY 2020 | Decisive win for Murray in Republican race for CU regent, District 6

Richard Murray bested fellow Highlands Ranch Republican Priscilla Rahn by nearly a 2-1 margin in the party primary race to decide who will face the Democratic opponent for the University of Colorado …
Castle View High School students stand for the national anthem during their graduation ceremony June 26. Students and their guests were all spaced 6 feet apart during the event.

Graduation 2020: Castle View High School celebrates commencement

Despite originally being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Castle View High School class of 2020 held their graduation ceremony June 26. CVHS, like 13 other Douglas County high schools, was …

Kate Sherman, student body vice president for Mountain Vista High School, speaks to her fellow graduates during a June 26 commencement ceremony at EchoPark Stadium in Parker.

Graduation 2020: Stormy skies don’t dampen spirits at Mountain Vista event

After being postponed by both COVID-19 and lightning, the Mountain Vista High School class of 2020 finally graduated the evening of June 26.  Only 10 minutes into the ceremony, an announcement came …
Business
Details Boutique owner Peggy Cooper packs up a box of clothing hangars in her shop on June 19. Cooper, who has multiple sclerosis, is closing the shop August 31.

Littleton's Details Boutique bids farewell

COVID-19 isn’t the reason Details Boutique in downtown Littleton is closing, but it certainly sped things up.
Peggy Kuegemann and Zach Olson share a drink together in downtown Englewood. Englewood City Manager Shawn Lewis eased the city’s open-container rule to help restaurants and bars that have suffered financial burdens because of COVID-19.

Englewood toasts relaxed rules: Public alcohol consumption now allowed downtown

Thirsty residents who visit downtown Englewood can now enjoy their alcoholic beverages outside of bars and restaurants around parts of South Broadway.
Colorado Pinball Pub is at 6209 South Santa Fe Drive, just south of the entrance to The Hudson Gardens.

Pinball wizardry abounds at new Littleton pub

Attention pinball wizards: Littleton has a new place to rack up high scores. The Colorado Pinball Pub, a family-friendly bar featuring 13 pinball machines and classic pub grub, opened its doors at …
The narrow walkway down Mainstreet during the farmer’s market makes it difficult for shoppers to social distance, but for the most part people have learned to stay in small groups and distance from others as much as possible. Most have gotten into the habit of wearing masks in public or large gatherings.

Parker Farmers Market returns with changes

People crowded Parker’s Mainstreet June 14 much like any other Sunday in any previous year — except most wore masks and kept their distance from each other in small groups.

The Farmers’ Market at Festival Park is up and running in Castle Rock with social distancing measures in place.

Farmers’ Market kicks off at Castle Rock's Festival Park

The Farmers’ Market at Festival Park in Castle Rock is up and running this season with a number of precautions in place amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The festival kicked off June 14 with …
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