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Castle Rock couple waited days for answers in Spring Creek fire's wake

The small community of La Veta may sit 150 miles southwest of Castle Rock, but for one local family, it has been top of mind since July 5. That was the day Jim and Kim Liberatore learned the Spring …
Thomas again calls for Holbert to step down as Douglas County commissioner
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners was set to consider appointing Dave Gill to fill a vacancy in the treasurer's office on July 10, which it ultimately did, but not before discussion again …

Healing Garden blossoms as peaceful space

Castle Rock Adventist Hospital in December debuted its new Healing Garden but didn’t celebrate the grand opening until June, when the garden reached full bloom and was breathing new life into a …

Woman wants climb to highlight mental health

A local woman is setting out to summit Mount Kilimanjaro at age 65 in an effort to raise awareness for mental health. Claire Averill, of Highlands Ranch, will begin her eight-day trip up the highest …

Q&A with Michael Penny, Castle Pines city manager

Castle Pines' new city manager, Michael Penny, took over in May after serving in the position on an interim basis for nearly two months. He previously served as the city manager of Littleton from …

Douglas County teacher gets presidential honor

The federal government is recognizing a teacher from Douglas County for her work in the classroom. Stephanie Kawamura, a fifth- and sixth-grade teacher at Pine Lane Elementary School in Parker, is …

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Officers justified in shooting man who killed Douglas County Sheriff's Office deputy, report says

Officers were justified in shooting Matthew Riehl, the gunman killed Dec. 31 in an officer-involved shooting that began after Riehl opened fire on Douglas County Sheriff's Office deputies, according …

Life

My Name Is … Michaela Bacon

About me My family and I have been part of the Castle Rock community for 21 years. When we made the decision to move to Colorado we wanted a community that was family-focused and that we could …

Sports

Mile High Nationals a showcase for speed

Powerful engines will emit deep-throated growls and shake the ground July 20-22 when the Mile High National Drag Races take center stage at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison. Although time trials and …
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Area woman set to play against pros

There will be 120 golfers in the field for the first-ever U.S. Women’s Senior Open that starts July 12 but there is more to this story. Centennial resident Janet Moore is probably tired of hearing …

Game’s reach goes beyond beach

Shelly Leuenberger temporarily left her love of playing beach volleyball behind when she moved with her family from California to Colorado. However, the Parker resident is playing volleyball again in …
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Area punter/kicker ranks nationally in fencing

Matt Waid is a specialist. The senior-to-be will be the punter and place kicker for the Ponderosa football team this season and he is also a highly regarded fencer for the Fencing Academy of Denver. …
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Vista’s Flanigan named AD after years in tennis

Jim Flanigan has a new job at Mountain Vista. He is now a maintenance man. No, not that kind of maintenance man. Flanigan, the tennis coach for the past 13 years at Vista, is the school’s new …

Hali Sibilia named girls lacrosse player of year

Hali Sibilia said that while she also plays field hockey, girls lacrosse is her favorite sport. The senior was one of the top lacrosse players in the state and a team leader for the Cherry Creek …

Mountain Vista athlete is double honoree in baseball

One of the debates in baseball that has been around for a long time questions whether pitching or hitting is more vital for successful baseball teams. Good pitching is important, especially late in …
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Winning Words

Do your part to create the best news of the day

One of my very favorite ways to stay in touch with people during the peak busy season is a quick text. Just a little nudge or reminder that I am thinking of them right at that moment. Depending on …
Quiet Desperation

Human-dog relationship status: ‘It’s uncomplicated’

Why does your dog lick your face? You say, “My dog doesn’t lick my face.” Do me a favor, and just play along. Your dog licks your face because it tastes like a ham on rye. How can your face …
Living and Aging Well

How pets help keep us healthy as we age

Happiness is a warm puppy. Who doesn’t love the feel of fur between your fingers, or the nicker of a horse when they see you come into the barn? The importance of the human-animal bond has been …
Quiet Desperation

Awash in beauty and wonder — that’s just how we roll

Jennifer, Harry, and I went on a road trip. Don’t yawn. Yet. We looped from Littleton to Salida to Monte Vista to Durango to Mesa Verde to Telluride to Gunnison to Littleton, and stopped along the …
Winning Words

Re-energized, recharged, and really ready to renew

It happens to all of us at some point. We could be traveling, commuting to work, at a meeting, or headed out to dinner when we realize that we forgot to charge our phones, our tablets, or our …
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