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Van Maanen snapping for chance to play in NFL

Drew Van Maanen knew he was facing long odds heading into the three-day rookie camp of the National Football League Houston Texans in early May. First of all, the former Chaparral football standout … more

The courage of encouragement helps us brave life’s problems

Building upon last week’s column about yesterday’s achievements becoming our successes of tomorrow, I wanted to share more about the power of encouragement and the courage to become an … more

Life may not be predictable, but graduation speeches are

The invitations have gone out, and once again I didn’t receive one. I wasn’t asked by a single high school, college, or university in the United States to give their commencement speech, even … more

Butterfly Pavilion looks at survival tricks

When most people come across creatures like a spider or a centipede, they probably don’t pause to appreciate the tools that enabled these animals to survive for millions of years. But spend a … more

American Museum of Western Art is one of Colorado’s treasures

A visit to the American Museum of Western Art at 1727 Tremont Place in Denver is a pleasant excursion for area art lovers — as well as a good spot to take visitors to the area. Check the website … more

Denver-area opportunities to remember the fallen this Memorial Day

Memorial Day is just one day a year, and as Louetta Smith, director of the annual Denver Memorial Day Tribute event, sees it, it’s not too much to ask to take a few minutes during the day to … more

A bevy of outdoor ways to start the summer

Memorial Day weekend provides a bounty of options for those looking to spend time outside. There’s something for all ages and interests, but one thing they all have in common is they get … more

State track and field: How they finished

Results for south metro athletes in the finals of the state track meet, which was held May 17-19 at Jeffco Stadium. Girls Class 5A 3200 run: 1. Jenna Fitzsimmons, Mountain Vista, 10:35.09; … more

Video games inspire sculptor with works at Denver Botanic Gardens

Sculptor Mike Whiting brings his memories of vintage 1980s video games (Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, etc.) into another realm as a visitor finds his oversized images amidst the flowers, trees and shrubs … more

Centennial Airport: From open prairie to economic driver

As the story goes, a businessman drove a shiny, black car to his downtown Denver office, and when he walked back to the car that afternoon, he found a large scratch in the door. Around the early … more

J.R. (Jerald) Pinon

About me I am a native of Denver. I have lived in Castle Rock now for 5 1/2 years and absolutely love Douglas County — especially the amazing community of people that I have had the privilege of … more

World-changing treaty document can be viewed in Pueblo

When El Pueblo History Museum in Pueblo planned a new permanent exhibit called “Borderlands,” the staff determined to offer a really special attraction for the opening months. Through July 4, the … more

Valor girls claim track title

Valor Christian coach Brian Kula knew his girls track team had the ability to be a championship contender. He was right: The Eagles captured the Class 4A state title. Valor's team title was the … more

High school drag races keep things moving

High school students are encouraged to “push the pedal to the metal” as they push their vehicles to the limits during the competition at the May 28 All American High School Drag Races at … more

Valor Christian advances to girls soccer title game

Valor Christian advanced to the Class 4A state championship game with a semifinal victory on May 19, but Mountain Vista and Rock Canyon lost 5A semifinal games. Valor, the second seed in the 4A state … more

Castle Rock fire chief retires

Art Morales is looking forward to taking road trips across the country with his wife in the near future to visit his grandchildren — something he finally has time to do. Morales announced his … more

Session delivers bills on transportation, pension reform

In a work season buoyed up by unforeseen revenue, Colorado lawmakers passed a deal to put more money toward the state's deep transportation needs, gave the green light to a last-minute compromise on … more

Castle View seniors 'a class of learners and leaders'

Castle View High School held its 2018 graduation commencement ceremony on May 16 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Family and friends of graduates gathered at the outdoor venue on a warm, sunny afternoon to … more

Castle Rock voters approve charter amendments

Castle Rock voters overwhelmingly approved two ballot measures in a May 15 special election that the town has said will allow it to continue its work implementing an at-large mayor system. Voters … more

Q&A with Grace Osborne, Valor Christian High School graduate

I was part of the arts conservatory, majoring in musical theater and dance. I was in the school dance company, called Veritas. I’ve performed in a lot of shows. What are your plans after … more
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