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Woman dies after Castle Rock crash

Hours after an early-morning crash involving a sports utility vehicle and a bus carrying teenagers occurred in downtown Castle Rock, a woman involved has died, according to an announcement from the … more

Murder charge dropped in Elbert County teacher death case

Nearly a year after he was booked into the Elbert County Jail, a judge on Dec. 3 dismissed the murder charge against the suspect in the death of Kiowa teacher Randy Wilson. The dismissal came at the … more

10 gifts 'Made in Colorado' for the outdoor adventurer

Colorado is home to a plethora of outdoor activities, with enthusiasts spending their days camping, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, fly fishing or on the slopes. The state is also home to many … more

Local officials: Incidents do not indicate larger racial issue in Douglas County schools

Authorities from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Douglas County School District say two incidents — one involving a student fight and the other derogatory graffiti — at a Highlands … more

Clubhouse for recovery programs to open next year

After months of fundraising, a new nonprofit in Castle Rock that aims to provide space for groups like Alcoholics Anonymous says it is nearly ready to open a clubhouse for all kinds of 12-step … more

Project aims to mitigate zooming costs of housing

The cost of housing in the Denver metro area has made it impossible for many Coloradans to afford a home. In the once-affordable suburb of Lakewood, for instance, online real estate marketplace … more

Ceremony a ‘beautiful moment’ for new citizens

A group of 51 youths from around the Denver area became United States citizens Nov. 30 at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Centennial. The naturalization ceremony, which took … more

Riverwalk approaches partial opening in Castle Rock

The development project that aims to redefine downtown Castle Rock by bringing hundreds more people to live, work and shop in the district is just months from opening. The Riverwalk, positioned … more

School board OKs concurrent enrollment at future facility

Plans are moving forward for a concurrent enrollment program that would allow Douglas County high school students to expedite a college degree or receive workforce training without leaving Castle … more

Half of Coloradans live in areas of wildfire risk

The number of Coloradans whose homes are at risk from wildfires soared 45 percent in five years, reflecting the state's booming population and changing uses of agricultural land, state officials said … more

Q&A with schools' new chief academic officer

Douglas County School District Superintendent Thomas Tucker has hired a chief academic officer to oversee curriculum across the school district. Autonomy in the classroom will continue, Tucker said … more

As shopping season starts, so do new sales tax rules

The Colorado Department of Revenue enacted an emergency rule Sept. 26 that makes it mandatory for retailers in Colorado who ship goods out of their own jurisdiction to collect sales tax on the … more

Castle Rock residents restore mural after graffiti

When a threat to the president, anti-military messages, anarchy symbols and a reference to George Orwell's dystopian novel "1984" appeared scrawled over an American flag mural in Castle Rock, police … more

Sage Canyon students help feed families in need

The week before Thanksgiving, Paula Bishop's third-grade classroom at Sage Canyon Elementary School in Castle Rock resembled a mini grocery store. Items for the perfect Thanksgiving meal — canned … more

Colorado finalizes tougher emission standards

Colorado is joining 13 other states and the District of Columbia in adopting Low Emission Vehicle Standards, requiring new vehicles starting with the 2022 model year to meet strict standards for fuel … more

Gray declared winner in Castle Rock mayor race

The mayoral candidate in Castle Rock who had trailed one of his opponents by less than a percentage point since Nov. 6 has now edged to a lead in the race and has been declared the victor by the Town … more

‘Everyone can make a difference in our community’

Douglas County residents have given millions in donations on Colorado Gives Day over recent years. Some of that money has gone to locally based nonprofits. Most hasn’t. Since 2010, according to the … more

Q&A: Jennifer Alvarado, Kingsway Christian Academy

Kingsway Christian Academy in Castle Rock named Jennifer Alvarado as its new director on Nov. 6. Kingsway is a private, nondenominational Christian school formed in 2017 by parents from more than 20 … more

Defense seeks dismissal of case against trucker in trooper’s death

A series of documents filed in Douglas County court last month give insight into the fallout after a mistrial was declared in the case of a man suspected of hitting and killing a state trooper with … more

Teachers, classified employees will receive raises in January

After years of budget cuts and pay freezes, all Douglas County School District employees — excluding cabinet members and the superintendent — will receive highly anticipated salary raises on … more
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