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STEM School shooter sentenced to life in prison without parole plus hundreds of extra years

“There is no describing the terror I still experience to this day," a teacher said during the sentencing. more

2nd Valor Christian coach says she was forced out for being gay

A second former coach at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch has come forward to say she was forced out after acknowledging she was gay. more

Valor Christian students hold protest in support of gay former coach

A student-organized walkout was held at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch voicing support for former volleyball coach Inoke Tonga, who said he was forced to quit because he is gay. more

1st, 6th-grade classes switch to remote at STEM School Highlands Ranch amid COVID outbreak

First and sixth grades at STEM School Highlands Ranch have been moved to remote learning after a confirmed COVID outbreak. Nicole Bostel, the charter school’s director of communications, … more

Coach claims Valor Christian forced him out for being gay

Inoke Tonga, until recently the volleyball coach at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, claimed through social media that he was forced to leave his job because he is gay. more

On-demand lawn care service expanding in Douglas County

A Nashville-based tech company connecting homeowners with lawn care services is expanding into the Denver area including in Highlands Ranch and Parker, with the goal of mirroring companies like Uber … more

On the upswing: Pickleball popularity grows for all ages

When pickleball started becoming popular, it was a sport that helped aging adults get some exercise by combining aspects of tennis, badminton and table tennis onto one court. Today, the sport remains … more

Douglas County's Backcountry Wilderness Area thrives

In Highlands Ranch, the more than 8,200 acres of open land known as the Backcountry Wilderness Area (BWA) is a special resource that is being preserved as open, natural space. In the 1980s, before … more

Castle Rock man sentenced to 36 years for 2020 murder

Dominique Wogan, 35, of Castle Rock was sentenced to 36 years in prison after being convicted for the murder of Fletcher Bodnar, a Highlands Ranch resident. Bodnar and Wogan were said to be … more

Who you calling belligerent and quick to take offense?

My friend, Mark, and his girlfriend, Deborah, have tickets for a vacation in Hawaii. Sounds great. But the timing isn’t. The tickets were a gift, he told me, and arrangements began before all of … more

Boys don’t cry, unless they do

“I’ll do my crying in the rain,” the Everly Brothers said. Not me. I can cry on a cloudless day. How about you? “It must be raindrops,” Dee Clark said, “it can’t be teardrops, for a man … more

STEM school shooting verdicts spark strong emotions in court

After two years of anger and sorrow, John and Maria Castillo cried tears of joy June 15 as a jury found the person who fatally shot their son guilty of first-degree murder.   Devon … more

STEM shooter found guilty of first-degree murder

After five hours of deliberation, the jury in the trial against Devon Erickson found that he is guilty of first- degree murder for his role in the attack on STEM School Highlands Ranch on May 7, … more

Jury deliberations begin in STEM trial

Seconds before shots rang out in Room 107 at STEM School Highlands Ranch on May 7, 2019, an armed Devon Erickson sent a message to his friend, who also had guns in his bag.   “Go … more

Failing to be facile was tassel-related hassle

You might think being chosen to speak at a high school graduation ceremony would be a welcome opportunity, especially for someone who is filled with opinions and loves the English language. No, I was … more

STEM shooter testifies against alleged helper

  In his second day of testimony, an admitted shooter of the STEM School Highlands Ranch reversed the story he told immediately following the May 7, 2019 attack.   Alec McKinney, … more

'I pleaded twice' - New details emerge in STEM shooting testimonies

Lucas Albertoni was crawling through classroom 107 in STEM School Highlands Ranch when he was confronted by Alec McKinney’s gun. Albertoni looked up as he was attempting to flee and saw the … more

Narratives differ as STEM shooting trial opens

The trial of one of two former STEM School Highlands Ranch students accused of attacking the school in 2019, killing one classmate and injuring six others, opened May 27 with the sound of a teacher's … more

Trial for older STEM shooting suspect begins

The trial for the older suspect in the deadly STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting from May 7, 2019 has begun. Devon Erickson, 20, is accused of helping co-defendant Alec McKinney, 18, carry out the … more

Colorado Community Media garners 27 awards in Better Newspaper Contest

The Highlands Ranch Herald took two top honors in its weekly newspaper division with General Excellence in Editorial and Advertising in the 2021 Colorado Press Association’s Better Newspaper … more
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