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Voters will not be weighing in on hydraulic fracturing this November after all. Gov. John Hickenlooper and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis announced an 11th hour deal on Aug. 4 to create a special task force to address issues surrounding fracking - the very day that signatures to put fracking on the November ballot were due for submission to the Secretary of State's Office. more
Zip lines will soon be swinging into Philip S. Miller Park. The Castle Rock Town Council approved a lease agreement with Royal Gorge Zip Lines out of Canon City that will bring a zip-line course to the new park. Council voted 5-0 on July 22 to … more
Builders and architects from Alberta Development, as well as representatives from the Town of Castle Rock, met with residents July 31 at the Philip S. Miller Library to answer questions about the proposed new commercial and residential development … more
Facing a humanitarian crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border, Congress responded last week with go-nowhere legislation that left the issue unresolved as members headed home for the summer recess. And — proving just how dicey immigration politics … more
Congress last week passed a bill aimed at reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs, an agency that has been the subject of intense scrutiny over a number of departmental failures. The $16 billion legislation would provide money for new VA … more
Colorado congressional Republicans insist that last week's vote to sue President Obama was a necessary response to “overreach” on the part of his administration. But their Democratic counterparts slammed Republicans for taking time just … more
Voters in Castle Rock this month have the chance to weigh in on two ballot questions that will help shape the future of the town's gun laws. The first is a question relating to whether or not the town manager has the authority to ban open carry in town-owned and -run buildings, facilities and parks. Open carry is currently outlawed in those locations, in accordance to the town manager. more
Douglas County School District staff proposed a way to fix the district's aging buildings without raising taxes, but the school board recently decided not to put the question on November's ballot. Board members unanimously adopted the resolution … more
Membership in Douglas County's teachers' union has dropped from about 70 percent of the district's teachers in 2012 to around 50 percent, its president said. The 47-year collective bargaining agreement between the Douglas County School District … more
An Oklahoma City man could face life in prison if convicted on a charge of taking a 13-year-old Douglas County girl to Oklahoma with the intention of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with her. Mark Sumpter, 43, was arrested July 17 in Oklahoma … more
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