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Nicole, Rian, Eric and Mason Woodard attended the Santa Cares event in Castle Rock on Dec. 9.

Event helps children with special needs

Mason Woodard hugged his father, Eric, on the porch of Santa's house in Castle Rock, nervously explaining he didn't want to go inside. The 4-year-old from Parker has autism, and the experience can be …

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

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 …
Douglas County Board of Education Vice President Wendy Vogel, left, president David Ray and member Krista Holtzmann talk compensation at a Nov. 13 school board meeting in Castle Rock. “Is there an employee that is going to look at this and say this is unfair?” Ray asked.

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 …
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 …

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 …
The Amazon 4-Star store is made up of products with at least four-star ratings. Some products are curated specifically to products that trend well online in the area.

Amazon 4-star store opens at Park Meadows

Shoppers can go from browsing the latest technology to cookware to the hottest books in one brief stroll around the Amazon 4-Star outlet store, the newest attraction at Park Meadows mall in Lone …
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