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Murals with a mission: bringing culture to community

When a mural went up on the side of Castle Rock Bike and Ski, located in the community’s historic downtown area, owners K.C. and Mark Neel hoped the public would appreciate it. Soon they noticed …
County board speaks on ballot issues
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners has taken positions on five ballot issues up for election this November — opposing three issues and supporting two. The board supported the passage of …

Nationally recognized Muslim, Christian leaders come to Castle Rock

At the back of a banquet hall in New Hope Presbyterian Church beneath an illuminated stained-glass window, Dr. Bashar A. Shala brought his hands together in prayer, looked to the ceiling, spoke …

Fashion show spotlights breast cancer survivors

Breast cancer “survivors, previvors and thrivers” turned out at the Outlets at Castle Rock on Oct. 13 for a fashion show walked by models impacted by the illness. The event is part of a …

Douglas County School District bond measure tackles ‘huge needs’

Inside a classroom at Douglas County High School in Castle Rock, the threadbare carpet is 25 years old — stained, worn and uneven in places. The handles of outdated wooden cabinets are broken or …

Student athlete spotlight: Dylan Smithwick is giving it all for those he loves

Dylan Smithwick is always thankful for the opportunity to play football — and whenever his number is called he usually takes advantage. That number, 30, is the same one of his football idol, Los …

Q&As with mayor, council candidates
Profession: IT consultant, semi-professional volunteer Resident of Castle Rock for 20 years Campaign website: charlesformayor.com Why are you seeking this office? I want my kids to love this town as …
Profession: Owner-operator of Crowfoot Valley Coffee Resident of Castle Rock for 20 years Campaign website: grayformayor.org Why are you seeking this office? As a longtime resident and someone who is …
Profession:  Business owner Resident of Castle Rock for 31 years Campaign website:  randyreed4mayor.com    Why are you seeking this office? This is the first time in 30 years that the citizens …
Profession: Health care cost-savings expert Resident of Castle Rock for 10 years Campaign website: Facebook: Vote for Kevin Bracken Castle Rock, Town Council - District 3 Why are you seeking this …
Profession: Public affairs Resident of Castle Rock for 10 Years Campaign website: Facebook, LinkedIn and NextDoor Why are you seeking this office? Because I am invested in the Town of Castle Rock and …
Profession: Business owner, financial analyst Seven-year resident of Castle Rock Campaign website: www.facebook.com/Relyea.District3/ Why are you seeking this office? I've always been an advocate for …
Profession: Media Marketing Resident of Castle Rock for 12 years. Campaign website: Facebook.com: Max Brooks for Town Council Why are you seeking this office? I've volunteered my time and service to …
Profession: Owner of Metro Brokers Douglas/Elbert; real estate broker. "On-and-off" resident of Castle Rock for 25 years. Campaign website: waynefortowncouncil.com Why are you seeking this office? …
Profession: Volunteer Resident of Castle Rock for 13 years Campaign website: www.facebook.com/Caryn.JohnsonDistrict5/ Why are you seeking this office? I'm seeking this office because I am concerned …
News

A harvesting good time

Pumpkins, apples and fall fun abounded in the south metro area this month with nearby communities hosting festivals to celebrate the season. Ali Loomis, of Centennial, brought her two sons to pick …

Life

Sanctuary housing exotic animals is something wild

It was a sunny, pleasant fall day for a drive through the plains in southern Weld County and many of the inhabitants of the Wild Animal Sanctuary were basking — on the grass, on platforms, in the …

Sports

Nothing simple about football playoff format

There are still two weeks remaining in the regular season, but it’s never too early to review the format for the state football playoffs. The Colorado High School Activities Association revealed …
Rock Canyon’s Caleb Hefner tries to get a hand on Valor Christian’s Joshia Davis. Valor defeated the Jaguars 42-0 on Oct. 6 at Shea Stadium.

On Campus: Castle Rock

Castle View • The volleyball team downed rival Douglas County 3-1 on Oct. 4 as sophomore Marissa Coney led the team with 17 kills. Junior Leanna Lowry had 29 digs and sophomore Shea Mullens was …
Jordan Jackson was born without a left hand, but he hasn't let that stop him from being one of the most dominant fullbacks in the Continental League.
Student-athlete spotlight

Stopping for nothing

Jordan Jackson is like most kids his age. He watches Rick and Morty in his downtime and listens to Kendrick Lamar. He's the starting fullback on Castle View's football team, a natural outlet for the …

State golf: How they scored

Team and South Metro individual scores from the State High School Golf Tournament held Oct. 1-2. Class 5A Team scores: Fossil Ridge 450, Lakewood 455, Arapahoe 456, Regis Jesuit 458, Valor Christian …
Arapahoe's Caleb Busta hits an approach shot over a pond on the 18th hole on Oct. 2 in the final round of the Class 5A State High School golf tournament held at the Colorado Springs County Club. Busta tied for 10th place with teammate Riley Rottschaefer and Arapahoe finished third in the team standings.

Arapahoe takes third in 5A state golf tourney

Arapahoe finished third on the team leaderboard at Class 5A State Golf Tournament held Oct. 1-2 at the Colorado Springs Country Club. Senior Riley Rottschaefer was happy yet truthful when asked to …
Jim Benton
Overtime

For Arapahoe, not playing was right move

Arapahoe High School officials made a tough decision last week. But it was the right call to forfeit the school's football game against rival Cherry Creek after the deaths of two students within …

On Campus: Castle Rock

Castle View • Junior Jared Wright was second in the Sept. 29 Polson Ranch Invitational cross country meet and led the boys team to the title. Wright was timed in 16:19.00. Aiden Scott was ninth and …

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Voices

Unwelcome words aren’t getting the hint to leave

I am feeling empowered today to feel empowered today. My transparency is transparent, and I might even off-board my carbon footprint. Let me ask you this. Am I being too impactful? This column …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

As Bruegel would say, DIA is boorish and depressing

This lively essay needs an image to go along with it. Please look up Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s painting “The Fall of the Rebel Angels,” and have it handy when you read the following paragraph …
Michael Norton
Winning Words

Be extraordinary today — in an extra ordinary way

Looking at the title of today’s column may have some of you a little overwhelmed. I mean some of you may be saying to yourselves, “Extraordinary? I am happy to just get through the day.” Wow, …
Hinson

New Medicare cards mailed to enrollees

In September, the Center for Medicare Services started mailing new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare in Colorado, to help protect you from identity fraud. The new Medicare cards no longer …
Michael Norton
Winning Words

`I Can Only Imagine’ what happens when we tell our own story

One of my very favorite songs is by MercyMe, and the name of the song is, “I Can Only Imagine.” You may have heard it before. You may have seen the movie that was made about the song and its …
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