Just two votes separate mayoral candidates in Castle Rock

In the days after the Nov. 6 election, Castle Rock continued to wait to learn who would be the town's first at-large mayor in roughly 30 years. Three days after the polls closed, Randy Reed led …
Election 2018 Results
Community called key to passing DCSD measures
Maggie and Peter Bierbaum, longtime residents of Larkspur, raised their two children in the Douglas County School District. Larkspur Elementary School in the early 2000s was community-oriented, they …
Bracken, Johnson in the lead for Districts 3 and 5 in Castle Rock
As early election results trickle in, Castle Rock has a clearer image of who will be sitting in the two contested council seats. In District 3, Kevin Bracken was leading his race with nearly 45 …

Republicans retain hold on seats in Douglas County

The following are unofficial, preliminary results from the Nov. 6 election in races for the state Legislature and county offices posted shortly before 1 a.m. Nov. 7:

In the race for the 4th Congressional District seat, incumbent Ken Buck won a third term on Nov. 6. The Republican garnered 62.6 percent of the vote compared to Democrat Karen McCormick's 37.4 …
Voters have said “nay” on many of the state's most contentious ballot issues.

Mental stability can be challenge for aging

Toward the front of a crowded conference room at Legacy Village senior community in Castle Pines, 82-year-old Marilyn McQueary sat quietly through a presentation on finding purpose in life after …

Historic turnout in Douglas County midterms

Douglas County announced a historic midterm election turnout as results came in the evening of Nov. 6. As of 8:20 p.m., the county had received approximately 30,000 ballots on Nov. 6 alone and crews …

Time to Talk: Public forum on mental health and its impact on families

It's time to talk about mental health.

Mothers and mental health advocates talk about how mental illness affects families, and why — and how — we need to talk about it.

The free community forum is presented by Colorado Community Media, in partnership withDouglas County Libraries and the Douglas County Mental Health Initiative.

The forum will be streamed live.

The forum is the latest in a series, and is presented in conjunction with its newspaper story series "Time to Talk."

The forum will be 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the James H LaRue Library in Highlands Ranch (9292 S. Ridgeline Blvd.).

News

Castle Rock teen turns 18 on Election Day, votes for first time

For one Castle Rock teenager, whose birthday happened to fall on the day of midterm elections, celebrating turning 18 years old meant voting for the first time. Westin Pals, a junior at Lutheran High …

Life

Pie bakeoff brings community together in Castle Rock

Heather Rossiter is a special-programs supervisor for the Town of Castle Rock who wanted to create a community event with a hometown feel. She also loves pie. So, the choice was simple. On Nov. 3, …

Sports
The Valor Christian volleyball team ends up on the floor as the players celebrate their first State Championship after defeating Chaparral 3-1 on Nov. 10 at the Denver Coliseum.

Valor takes 5A volleyball title

Senior Courtney Lane summed up the four-year journey of the Valor Christian girls volleyball program after the Eagles wrapped up the state championship with a 3-1 win over top-seeded Chaparral on …
Jim Benton
Overtime

Volleyball tourney: time to seize the day

Colorado Mesa University volleyball standout Kasie Gilfert has a message that sounds simple for players who will be participating in the CHSAA State Volleyball Championships on Nov. 8-10 at the …
Castle View junior running back Jordan Jackson powers into the end zone for his second touchdown of the game as the Sabercats downed Fountain Fort Carson, 35-20, in a Nov. 3 first round Class 5A playoff game at Douglas County Stadium. The Sabercats (8-3) will play at Cherry Creek in the second round.

Sabercats advance to second round

Castle View claimed a 35-20 first-round football playoff victory over Fountain Fort Carson on Nov. 3 at Douglas County Stadium, and the Sabercats are hoping one of their best games is still to come. …
Arapahoe’s Zach Miller, right, takes the incoming ball to keep away from approaching Castle View player Ryan Hannigan on Oct. 25. Arapahoe ended up with a 3-0 win in the first round of the 5A playoffs.

On Campus: Castle Rock

Castle View • The boys soccer team was ousted from the Class 5A state playoffs after a 3-0 loss to Arapahoe on Oct. 25. The Sabercats finished with a 9-6-1 record. • The football team, rebounding …
Jim Benton
Overtime

Sometimes today is better than the old days

I have admitted this before, but often I have a tendency to like the old way that things were done. However, I welcome the change the Colorado High School Activities Association adopted for the state …

State cross country: how they finished

Results of the top 10 teams and individuals in the state high school cross country championships Oct. 27 at the Norris Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. Also listed are runners from south …
Mountain Vista won its second consecutive girls Class 5A CHSAA Cross Country Championship on Oct. 27 at Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. The Golden Eagles, led by individual champion Jenna Fitzsimmons, finished with 44 points while second place Cherry Creek had 88.

Mountain Vista girls repeat as champs in cross country

It can be difficult to defend a championship, but two individual athletes from Douglas County schools and the Mountain Vista girls team repeated during the CHSAA Cross Country Championships, which …

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Voices
Buck

Veterans don’t only give us service, but example

Every year, we set aside Veterans Day for America’s heroes. But is this one day enough? One day per year doesn’t amount to weeks spent in foxholes in the French countryside. One day per year …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Art’s reward is the gift of other people

Matt and I won a prize. You still have a chance to see our prize winner at the Lone Tree Arts Center. We collaborated on an art project for a juried exhibition that will be up until Nov. 26. Because …
Michael Norton
Winning Words

Keeping an eye on trust to make sure it isn’t lost

There is old saying that many storytellers rely on, “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.” Today, many of us struggle with where the truth starts and stops, and what is just a good …
Michael Norton
Winning Words

Lottery win isn’t necessary to be winner in generosity

How about the excitement most of us recently experienced during the lotteries? Mega Millions turned into billions of dollars and Powerball, as of the writing of this column, is creeping up on a …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Shakespeare supposedly wrote a lot of great stuff

I have a dab of Shakespeare (1582-1616) memorized, and that’s about it. I am a failed scholar when it comes to most of it. Romeo and Juliet was set in Minneapolis and St. Paul. I think. I’ve …
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