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Lawmakers aim to divide 18th Judicial District

The start to a new legislative session has reignited plans to split up the state's fastest-growing and most populous judicial district — the 18th Judicial District. Or, what one lawmaker called a … more

Douglas County High School had brief lockout

Douglas County High School was placed on lockout as Castle Rock police searched a vehicle in the student parking lot on Jan. 14. The lockout lasted approximately 10 minutes, according to a letter to … more

Two teens found dead in suspected murder-suicide

A suspected mental health-related incident has left two teenagers dead in Douglas County, Sheriff Tony Spurlock said during a Jan. 15 news conference. The incident, which is being investigated as a murder-suicide, began at Mile High Academy in Highlands Ranch on Jan. 14. The victim, a 17-year-old girl, got in a car with Samuel Hoffman, 18, after school. more

‘You Lost Me’ finds audience in Denver

Examining historical documents is like reading a ghost story. When playwright and director Bonnie Metzgar came across a list of about 166 Irish people saved by 17-year-old Ann Harvey from a wreck off … more

Letter to the editor: Up to interpretation?

Up to interpretation? Regardless of whether you support gun control or not, it appears that the Douglas County policy is the most unclear and potentially overreaching when comparing views between … more

Letter to the editor: Senator effective, bipartisan

Senator effective, bipartisan Sen. Gardner has been characterized as “not doing anything” for Colorado.  Actually, he has done a lot for us.  I was most impressed with Ambassador Nikki Haley … more

Soccer player, coach and teacher has much to juggle

Nicole Rodriguez has acquired the ability to balance all the activities going on in her life. Rodriguez is a 27-year-old World Language teacher at Castle View High School who will be starting her … more

Abstract artist to share techniques, approaches

Denver-based abstract artist Homare Ikeda will teach “A New Look at Tools and Skills” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 7 for guild members and guests of the Heritage Fine Arts Guild of Arapahoe … more

First is probably special, but the heck with that

I will never be recognized as the first to do anything. I wasn’t the first in my family to graduate from high school or college, or become a schoolteacher, or nothing. Unless you stretch it. I was … more

The speed of the game is in our hands

A few years ago, we all talked about the easy button. It was a meme before there was anything even known as a meme. There was an icon with a big red button that we all recognized without hesitation, … more

How will the new SECURE Act affect you?

As you start the new year, you may have an opportunity to boost your retirement savings thanks to sweeping changes in the SECURE Act bill that was passed and signed into law in December 2019. This … more

Trees leave mulch to be desired

Scott Lamb and his son Patrick pulled into a Highlands Ranch lot and parked next to a pile of discarded Christmas trees. The mound spanned several parking spaces and filled the surrounding park with … more

Student-Athlete Spotlight: Her hard work pays off

Hannah Banko has worked hard to polish her basketball skills, and the labor has offered dividends. Banko, a 5-foot-11 senior at SkyView Academy in Highlands Ranch, has committed to play basketball at … more

Q&A with state Sen. Jim Smallwood

Colorado Community Media asked the following questions of state Sen. Jim Smallwood, R-Parker, ahead of the 2020 legislative session, which began Jan. 8. Smallwood represents Senate District 4, which … more

Reporter Stories: Lakewood's watching The Watchdog

Lakewood Community Editor Joseph Rios and West Metro Editor Glenn Wallace discuss Lakewood's efforts to quiet community newsletter The Watchdog. Is this an electioneering issue or a question about … more

Castle Rock rolls up sleeves for coming year

It's a new year, and that means a new list of priorities the Town of Castle Rock hopes to tackle in 2020. Town Manager David Corliss on Jan. 7 highlighted a list of projects that the town staff … more

Sheriff's podcast discusses enforcement of red flag law

Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock explained how the county will enforce the state's new red flag law in a 45-minute podcast interview released Jan. 6. First, Spurlock explained why he decided to … more

STEM victims cite ongoing trauma in legal filing

Theater students at STEM School Highlands Ranch sat in their classroom on May 7 listening in terror as gunfire erupted in a nearby classroom. Shouting followed the gunshots, and then they heard … more

Charlie Daniels Band to headline Douglas County Fair

An iconic member of the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame will return to the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo this summer. Charlie Daniels is known for using his music to support the U.S. … more
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