STEM School shooter's sentence was meant to send message
Breathless, Syketha Sprague tried to describe for a Douglas County judge the lifelong impact of a school shooting. Her voice started out as a strained whisper. Sprague uttered her words between gasps …
Wildlife fencing corridor planned along I-25 in Douglas County
In an effort to decrease a growing number of vehicle/animal collisions along the I-25 corridor in Douglas County, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be partnering with other …
It's official: Douglas County appoints members to its new health board 
The Douglas County commissioners during a Sept. 14 meeting formally appointed five board members to their newly-formed health department. Decisions about public health in the county will now be …

Castle Rock teen gets within feet of $1M

In a record-breaking season, Castle Rock teen Kaden Lebsack came up just short of earning the $1 million grand prize as he was the last one standing in the 13th season of “American Ninja …

6-year-old raises $600 for family of slaying victim

When 6-year-old Maria-Esther Chavez heard the news that Dustin Wakefield, a Castle Rock man, was killed while on vacation in Florida, she said she felt sad and wanted to do something to help his …
A combined SWAT team waits outside the middle school entrance at STEM School Highlands Ranch after a shooting that killed one and wounded eight students on  May 7, 2019.

STEM School shooter sentenced to life in prison without parole plus hundreds of extra years

“There is no describing the terror I still experience to this day," a teacher said during the sentencing.
Carol Knight, a clinical nurse coordinator for Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree, receives a shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the hospital on Dec. 16, 2020.

As COVID cases rise, local hospital ICUs fill up

As COVID-19 cases continue to go up across the metro area due to the highly-transmissible delta variant, hospitals are admitting more patients to ICU beds, and UCHealth and Kaiser Permanente are …

Man shares story of fight against atrial fibrillation

For many years, Zach Ward thought his racing heartbeat was because he had too much coffee, exercised too much or got up too fast. In reality, he was suffering from a condition many Americans have …

Flour Power franchise has full plate of classes

Parents struggling to get children to eat a vegetable might want to consider enrolling them in a cooking class with Flour Power Kids Cooking Studio in Highlands Ranch. During a Tuesday night class in …

Fashion rocks in rocky times: Pandemic, concerns about sustainability shape style trends

Momentous events are often a force in shaping fashion trends and industry standards. Locally, Denver metro area fashion gurus say they are seeing new trends amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and as …

Three reasons to adopt a pet right now

(BPT) - If you’ve always wanted an animal companion, or even if you already have a dog or cat but have room for more, now is the perfect time to adopt a pet. While there are plenty of good …

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Rigoberto Valles Dominguez

Suspect arrested in shooting of Littleton police officer after standoff in Brighton

The man suspected of shooting and hospitilizing a Littleton police officer earlier this week has been arrested, police said.  Rigoberto Valles Dominguez, 33, was taken into custody late …

StretchLab moves into Lone Tree

Dave Watson was walking with a friend who works as a personal trainer when they stopped him and asked if he'd ever been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. “They knew just by watching me walk,” …
Gerald Albright, of Castle Pines, is a Grammy-nominated jazz musician.

Local musician receives lifetime award signed by Biden

With an independent career spanning decades and playing with some of music’s top performers such as Anita Baker, Whitney Houston and The Temptations, it is no surprise that Gerald Albright was …
The proposed path of the 5280 Trail around downtown Denver.

Boosters praise promise of 5280 Trail across Denver

The final stretch of the walk from Denver Union Station to the Buell Public Media Center on 21st and Arapahoe has become a lot shadier ... in a good way. More than 30 Shumard oak trees line the …
Rigoberto Valles Dominguez

Police arrest suspect in Littleton police officer shootings

Brighton police are working a barricade situation involving the suspect in the shooting of  two Littleton police officers earlier in the week. It started around 3:45 p.m.  in the area of …
Life
Coming Attractions

Open your door to the built environment

Even a casual drive around the Denver metro area will unveil a bevy of architectural gems, with even more design secrets hiding behind doors you might not expect. But since getting an invite to house …
A rock painted with the logo of the new Centennial Arts and Cultural Foundation.

Centennial leaders form arts and cultural foundation

Centennial sits amid several suburban cities that boast entities to support arts and cultural activities, but it didn't have its own — until the arrival of the newly announced Centennial Arts and …
Broomfield resident Colin Duffy bouldering in Salt Lake City.

Climber reaches for dream: Local teen finished seventh in Tokyo Olympics

When Colin Duffy first laid eyes on an indoor climbing wall, he was only 3 years old.  The colorful holds drew his attention and he begged his parents to let him give the sport a try. By 7, he was …
A pair of young lady buccaneers navigate their homemade boat, "Quack Pearl," across Webster Lake during the regatta portion of this year's Northglenn Pirate Fest at E.B. Rains, Jr. Memorial Park Sept. 18.

SLIDES: Aaaar, matey. It's Pirate Fest circa 2021

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Jack Pucciano of Castle View looks to take a loose ball and make a play during a 1-1 tie against Regis  Jesuit in a Sept. 14 match.

Top-ranked Castle View soccer team can't vanquish rival Regis Jesuit

Castle View, the top-ranked boys soccer team in the CHSAANow.com Class 5A poll, ran into a stubborn opponent on Sept. 14 in its Continental League opener against Regis Jesuit. The Sabercats of Castle …
Frederick's Mackenzie Sais, right, attempts to reach second base as Loveland's Laynee Case fields the throw during the teams' Sept. 18 non-league game in Frederick.

SLIDES: Loveland escapes Frederick with softball win

Loveland outslugged the Warriors 17-14 in Frederick Sept. 18. The two teams combined for 25 runs over the last 2 1/2 innings of the game. Bella Hewitt had two hits and drove in four runs. Ali …

Football: Neighborhood incident halts Adams City's game

AURORA -- The Colorado High School Activities Association is expected to decide today whether to continue a suspended football game between Aurora Central and Adams City high schools. Local media …
Prairie View’s Aiden Madden (9) tackles a Douglas County player during a Sept. 10 football game.

Football: Douglas County gets the better of Henderson's Prairie View

Tim Cardenas knew the early schedule was going to be challenging for the football team at Prairie View High School in Henderson, and he is hoping the challenge will help in the long run.   The …
Voices
Winning Words

Opinion: The 5 C’s for retaining top talent starts with connection

This is the first in a five-part series on best practices for attracting, hiring and keeping top talent.
Cathrine Floyd

Opinion: Colorado needs the right plan to expand early education

This summer, Gov. Jared Polis signed a historic bill to support universal Pre-K education in Colorado. The legislation’s passage represented a major milestone in a decades-long quest.
Winning Words

Opinion: Adding experience to life’s greatest teachers

This column is dedicated to all the wonderful and committed teachers in our communities. Before the pandemic began, they already had my deepest respect. So, a big shout-out to each teacher in my life …
Linda Newell

Opinion: Can we really prevent suicide? Maybe

It’s no secret that Colorado has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation. But what remains elusive is why and what we can do about it to truly make a significant difference. As the former …
Coming Attractions

Vail Film Festival ready for a bigger, bolder 2021

Doing something for the first time is always a fraught process, but you often come away with all kinds of beneficial lessons that can make it smoother next time. Such is the case for the Vail Film …
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