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Meth playing bigger role in overdose crisis, officials say

A bigger share of U.S. drug overdose deaths are being caused by methamphetamine, government health officials reported. The number of fatal overdoses involving meth more than tripled between 2011 and …

Bullying seminar helps teens 'see the upside to the downside'

About 250 parents and students got an unconventional take on bullying as part of an ongoing Healthy Teens Series. Parker Area Counselors for Prevention, a team of counselors from Douglas County …

Amid tearful goodbyes, Castle Rock swears in new mayor

The Castle Rock Town Council addressed a slew of post-election to-do items at its Dec. 4 meeting, including tearful goodbyes from the term-limited mayor and mayor pro tem and the ushering in of …

Awards honor outstanding Douglas County teens

Douglas County teens who have overcome personal adversity and created positive change in their lives are recognized each year by the Douglas County Youth Initiative through its outstanding youth …

$421 million county budget gets commissioners' OK

Much of Douglas County's 2019 budget will help pay for transportation-related projects — including road widening and constructing new connections to U.S. Highway 85 between northern Douglas County …
Education

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 …

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 …
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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 …
Sage Canyon Elementary School students Taden Espinosa, 8, and Celia Palazzolo, 8, make cards for families of College View Elementary, where 98 percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunches. Sage Canyon families collected enough items to provide a full Thanksgiving meal to 35 families at the Denver school.

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 …
Jennifer Alvarado was named director of Kingsway Christian Academy in November.

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 …
Business

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 …

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 …
The Riverwalk in downtown Castle Rock should open its first building in March and the second in May, bringing hundreds of people to live and work in the district.

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 …

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 …

Collaboration Campus named Partnership of Year

A collaborative project that brought together education, business and the community to create a resource for education and workforce training was recently recognized by the Economic Development …
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