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Former Ponderosa security guard sentenced 8 years for sexually assaulting student

A former Ponderosa High School security guard was sentenced to eight years in prison Oct. 12 for sexually assaulting a student at the school.

Denver man sentenced to 16 years for injuring Douglas County deputy

A Denver man who injured a Douglas County Sheriff deputy after ramming his car in an attempt to evade arrest was sentenced to 16 years in prison Oct. 12, according to a press release from the 18th Judicial District.

In-person motor vehicle, driver license services close for Election Day

Douglas County motor vehicle and driver license services will not be available on Election Day, as these offices focus their support on general election operations. However, alternatives to in-person …

Douglas County looks to revise resolution on licensing pets

Douglas County is proposing revisions to the resolution for the control and licensing of dogs and household pets, and residents are invited to offer their input. The resolution originally passed in …

Ready to vote? Here's what you need to do in Douglas County

Ballots for the Nov. 6 election will soon be mailed out. Douglas County residents who plan to vote on Election Day need to make sure they're registered and ready. Ballots will be mailed to all …
Education

Mill levy override puts focus on DCSD teachers

Tim Ottmann, principal of Ponderosa High School in Parker, recalls why a volleyball coach of 16 years who led the team to several state championships left the school three years ago for a position in …
Douglas County High School Principal Tony Kappas stands in front of his school in Castle Rock. One of DCSD's oldest, the school has a long list of Tier 1 needs, which are critical building repairs that risk safety.

‘I’m concerned for the safety of our students’

At Castle View High School, teachers don’t have permanent classrooms. Throughout the day, they move their materials to classrooms that are available. When the bell rings for the next class period, …

Gubernatorial candidates talk education

School funding, achievement gaps, tax breaks and educating a diverse group of students were all topics Colorado gubernatorial candidates Jared Polis and Walker Stapleton weighed in on Sept. 24 when …
STEM Highlands Ranch students play in the school's parking lot during lunch on a September day. Previously used for commercial business, the charter school's building sits in an urban area west of Ridgeline Boulevard and east of the Central Park development.

Charter schools have role in DCSD tax conversation

Of the Douglas County School District’s 91 schools, 21 are charter schools. The seven charter schools built before 2007 need about $7.7 million for critical building repairs that risk school …

School crisis expert Dr. Scott Poland talks to residents of the south metro Denver area about teen suicide prevention and parenting in the digital age. Hosted by three Douglas County organizations, the special event took place Sept. 19 at the Family Resource Pavilion in east Centennial.

Nationally recognized expert offers insight on parenting challenges

Following the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Dr. Scott Poland visited the school to console members of the grieving community. He did the same after the Feb. 14 school …
Business
James Goodchild stands at the entrance of Lights Out! Escape Rooms and Social Lounge. Although horror-themed, the venue is not a haunted house and emphasis is put on solving the puzzles, rather than scare factor.

Quirky combinations are unique attractions for area businesses

The Denver metro area has it all — diverse entertainment in spectacular venues; vast shopping options from big box retail to small, family-owned businesses; and a variety of dining establishments. …

Outlets campaign supports those fighting breast cancer

Pink Saves, an awareness, action and fundraising campaign launched by the Outlets at Castle Rock to support the work of Susan G. Komen Colorado, features events and programs designed to raise money …

Grocery tax's fate undecided in Castle Rock

Castle Rock has implemented a grocery tax on certain food items for more than 20 years, but that era could soon end. The town council took up a lengthy discussion in early September to review the 4 …

Neighborhood's new name: Village at Castle Pines

Lilly Harmon moved with her husband, Ross, and their two children from the Cherry Creek area to the gated Castle Pines Village five years ago in search of a private area, close to nature and with …

More affordable housing in the works for Douglas County

More affordable housing is planned for Douglas County in the near future. Plans to construct an affordable housing apartment building near South Jamaica Street and Inverness Parkway continued moving …
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