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Castle Rock officer awarded Purple Heart

Officer Thomas O'Donnell woke up early on New Year's Eve in 2017 and got dressed for work. Then, O'Donnell — a member of the Castle Rock Police Department and the Douglas County Regional SWAT Team …
Chatfield litigants scurry to speed appeal as construction advances
The little yellow bird clutched in Meredith McBurney’s hand didn’t seem to mind that it couldn’t fly away. “This isn’t her first rodeo,” McBurney said of the yellow warbler with its tiny …

Douglas County High grads 'take care of each other'

Douglas County High School held its 2018 senior graduation ceremony May 22 at the high school's packed outdoor stadium in Castle Rock. Principal Tony Kappas and several other speakers referred to the …

Castle View seniors 'a class of learners and leaders'

Castle View High School held its 2018 graduation commencement ceremony on May 16 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Family and friends of graduates gathered at the outdoor venue on a warm, sunny afternoon to …

Castle Rock fire chief retires

Art Morales is looking forward to taking road trips across the country with his wife in the near future to visit his grandchildren — something he finally has time to do. Morales announced his …

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Castle Rock veteran recognized in D.C.

On May 27, as many as $11 million pairs of eyes could be on Castle Rock resident Joe Annello, 85. He's a Korean War veteran and Italian-American originally from Boston who forged a friendship with a …

Life

American Museum of Western Art is one of Colorado’s treasures

A visit to the American Museum of Western Art at 1727 Tremont Place in Denver is a pleasant excursion for area art lovers — as well as a good spot to take visitors to the area. Check the website …

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Van Maanen snapping for chance to play in NFL

Drew Van Maanen knew he was facing long odds heading into the three-day rookie camp of the National Football League Houston Texans in early May. First of all, the former Chaparral football standout …

State track and field: How they finished

Results for south metro athletes in the finals of the state track meet, which was held May 17-19 at Jeffco Stadium. Girls Class 5A 3200 run: 1. Jenna Fitzsimmons, Mountain Vista, 10:35.09; …

South metro area swimmers post strong showings at state

Cherry Creek was third at the Class 5A state swimming championship to lead all teams from the south metro area. The Bruins finished with 208.50 points, which was 82 points shy of state champion Regis …

Valor girls claim track title

Valor Christian coach Brian Kula knew his girls track team had the ability to be a championship contender. He was right: The Eagles captured the Class 4A state title. Valor's team title was the …

High school drag races keep things moving

High school students are encouraged to “push the pedal to the metal” as they push their vehicles to the limits during the competition at the May 28 All American High School Drag Races at …

Valor Christian advances to girls soccer title game

Valor Christian advanced to the Class 4A state championship game with a semifinal victory on May 19, but Mountain Vista and Rock Canyon lost 5A semifinal games. Valor, the second seed in the 4A state …
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Golfer demonstrates unpredictability of game

It’s been said many times that golf is an unpredictable sport that requires plenty of mental grit. For myself, golf has always been pretty predictably bad, with a few good shots and holes but very …
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Quiet Desperation

Life may not be predictable, but graduation speeches are

The invitations have gone out, and once again I didn’t receive one. I wasn’t asked by a single high school, college, or university in the United States to give their commencement speech, even …
Winning Words

The courage of encouragement helps us brave life’s problems

Building upon last week’s column about yesterday’s achievements becoming our successes of tomorrow, I wanted to share more about the power of encouragement and the courage to become an …
Quiet Desperation

The funny thing about humor is how often it isn’t funny

An ice cream truck used to appear every day at the parks where I played when I was a kid. Its infectious little tune made my mouth water. I think now it would drive me to distraction. On each side of …
Winning Words

Yesterday’s achievement is tomorrow’s success

One of the greatest pieces of advice that I ever received came from a great friend and mentor earlier in my life. He actually gave me two pieces of advice wrapped up in one life-changing …
Financial Strategies

Aging of American populace will have impact on economy

We are getting older. This is a fact of life and a world phenomenon. The question for the economy is whether this is a curse or an opportunity. Investors, homeowners and consumers will all be …
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