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Dan Pesch is shown during a court appearance in September.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …
Education
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 …
Rock Canyon High School students Aidan Buie, left, Kellan Munholland, Charlie Littleton, Kira Hartz, Connor Treaduell and Max Buhler take first place at the Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge, presented by Bank of America on Nov. 9 at the Cable Center on the University of Denver’s campus.

Rock Canyon students soar at Stock Market Challenge

Rock Canyon High School teams won first and second place at the Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge presented by Bank of America on Nov. 9 at the Cable Center on the University of Denver’s …
Maggie Bierbaum holds up a token of appreciation for the hundreds of volunteers who helped campaign for ballot measures 5A and 5B. Bierbaum and her husband, Peter, served on the steering committee for Bright Futures for Douglas County Kids, a state-registered issue committee that worked for additional funds for Douglas County School District.

Community called key to passing DCSD measures

Maggie and Peter Bierbaum, longtime residents of Larkspur, raised their two children in the Douglas County School District. Larkspur Elementary School in the early 2000s was community-oriented, they …
Business

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 …

Sierra Trading Post to open in Castle Rock

Sierra Trading Post, an off-price retailer of outdoor and active brands, will open its new store at Promenade Parkway in Castle Rock. During the Oct. 27 grand opening, shoppers can experience …
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. …
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