‘He was my everything’

Steve Evans thought he was coming down with a common bug. He developed a light, wet cough, and an upset stomach. He felt increasingly tired. After a couple of days, the 51-year-old Castle Rock man …
Douglas County School District closes campuses for remainder of school year
More than a dozen Denver metro area school districts, including the Douglas County School District, jointly announced April 3 they will remain closed to in-person learning for the remainder of the …

Douglas County residents taking life ‘a week at at a time’

Douglas County residents Bob and Linda Karcz strolled through a quiet downtown Castle Rock the morning of March 25 as news broke that the local health department was issuing a stay-at-home order for …

Douglas County libraries provide digital resources for cooped-up residents

Douglas County residents may be barred from visiting their local libraries during the pandemic-prompted shutdown, but that doesn't mean they can't still use the myriad online resources provided by …

Douglas County School District dives into remote education

On March 24, Ava Bray was excited to work on school assignments after the Douglas County School District's spring break ended — and even more excited to be doing so from Florida. The 7-year-old was …

Legislators urge Douglas County commissioners to cancel Tri-County Health contract

In a letter addressed to the Douglas County commissioners, state legislators representing the community have urged the board to end its contract with the Tri-County Health Department after the agency …

WATCH: Time to Talk public forum on mental health and families

It's time to talk about mental health. Mothers and mental health advocates talk about how mental illness affects families, and why — and how — we need to talk about it. The free community …

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A volunteer sorts food wearing gloves and a bandana mask after Gov. Jared Polis urged Coloradans to wear masks when leaving the home.

The Rock church opens food bank in Castle Rock

People drove up to The Rock church, one after another, each with a unique story. Some had a quarantined loved one going through tough financial times, and they came to get that person food for the …

At least 12 Douglas County residents have died from COVID-19

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 12 people in Douglas County as of April 9, according to data from the Tri-County Health Department and the county coroner. Those who have died have ranged in …
From left, Alex Rewun, 40; Paul Rodriguez, 26; and Brian Shuey, 37, the three owners and managers of The Bicycle Shack in Arvada, stand April 7 at their shop. Colorado’s stay-at-home order deemed a long list of industries “critical” — meaning employees in those sectors can still come to work — and bicycle repair shops are on that list.

Colorado businesses face warnings, adjustments under stay-at-home order

A local bicycle shop seeing more demand. Record stores leaning on mail service just to survive. A large craft store chain defying the government and staying open amid the pandemic. COVID-19 has drawn …
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Douglas County

COVID-19's impact: Voices from the community

“I have been practicing law for over 27 years and now practice part-time and take care of our sons. My husband, Mark, is working from home. We have been walking in Salisbury Equestrian Park, …
Castle Rock Woodworks has been creating different projects each week that are free to the community, like birdhouse kits that can be built. The kits can be picked up outside Jerry Powell’s house. Powell is the owner of Castle Rock Woodworks.

It’s about time (on their hands)

Castle Rock resident Jerry Powell says business owners have a greater responsibility for their community than do the residents who live there. He says when you open a business, you’re obviously …
Life
Sonya Ellingboe
Sonya's Sampler

Museum exhibit awaits end of shutdown order

Works by two famous American artists, Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington, are presently exhibited at the Denver Art Museum through June 7. The two were contemporaries and famous in their day, but …
Coming Attractions

Arvada Center invites artists to share quarantine creations

As a working artist, Collin Parson — the Arvada Center’s exhibition manager and curator — understands the need to create during such a tumultuous time. But with exhibitions canceled all over …

Wedding bells falling silent as COVID-19 disrupts plans, industry

Bobbie Jo Dodson waited to reschedule her wedding, clinging to hope she and her fiancé could enjoy some semblance of the event they spent a year planning, until the choice to reschedule was no …
Coming Attractions

Watch movies and support Denver Film simultaneously

While we’re all stuck indoors protecting ourselves and others from COVID-19, many will be streaming some of the movies we might’ve missed recently. But if you’re itching to see something new …
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Sports
Smoky Hill senior goalkeeper Mackenna Heiden is hoping CHSAA will find a way to recognize seniors who were supposed to play spring sports before the suspension of play.

For teams' seniors, it's a spring of frustration

High school spring sports athletes and coaches spent weeks in limbo, waiting to see if they would be able to play. The Colorado High School Activities Association first suspended all spring …
Jim Benton
Overtime

Spring activities on hold in bid to keep kids safe

Nobody should blame Rhonda Blanford-Green if she feels overwhelmed, stressed, anxious or pressured these days. These are common thoughts for people who have to make tough decisions. Blanford-Green is …
Valor Christian goaltender Trey Hirschfield is the Colorado Community Media South Metro Hockey Player of the Year.

Valor goalie shows real grit

Trey Hirschfield is like most good goaltenders and knows a lot of his success depends on the defense in front of him. Hirschfield, a senior at Valor Christian, has been named the 2020 Colorado …
Anna Shaw of Heritage High School is the Colorado Community Media South Metro girls Swimmer of the Year.

Life in the fast lane

The adjustment made by Anna Shaw is complete. Shaw, a junior swimmer at Heritage, won the 50-yard freestyle in Class 4A as a freshman. Heritage moved up to 5A last season and Shaw was third in the 50 …
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Norton
Winning Words

Avoid the impossible and seek the possible

Wishing you and your family safety, good health, patience, and happiness as we all go through this time together. And if your family or friends have experienced illness or loss, I will keep you in my …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Let’s all not get together and think about this time

Stay at home, isolate, avoid crowds such as parties, concerts, athletic events, parades, weddings, funerals, and limit physical contact with non-household members. Snap. I have been doing just that …
Itin

Strategic planners make recommendations for state

In 2015, the Colorado General Assembly created the Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging (SAPGA) to develop recommendations to ensure that Colorado is ready for the dramatic demographic shifts …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Songs keep coming one day after another

Is your perception of time any different than it was a few months ago? For a while it seemed like I was having at least two birthdays every year. Now? Time has slowed down. Days are different. Weeks …
Tucker

Together we will help our children endure

As we embark upon online learning with our students and families, I want to thank the Douglas County community. These are uncharted waters for everyone. Like a ship captain without the traditional …
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