Arrest made in 36-year-old Douglas County cold case
It’s been nearly 36 years since the grisly homicide that left Roger Dean dead took place in present-day Lone Tree. The case — once referred to by the Douglas County Sheriff as “one of the …
Castle Rock officers cleared in December shooting
Two Castle Rock police officers have been deemed justified in a Dec. 8 shooting incident, following an investigation by the district attorney’s office. According to the decision letter, it was …

Snakes in the grass on the move

Even with some scattered rain and snowstorms, the hint of warmer weather leads to more sightings of snakes and other small animals as they prepare for the hot summer months. Isaac Mertens, owner of …

Jail depopulation bill draws criticism

A bill aimed at depopulating local jails and making bail limits fair for lower-income citizens is drawing backlash from local law enforcement as it moves through the state Legislature. Senate Bill …

Olympic wrestler Bracken pays it forward

Taking his experiences as an Olympic wrestler and paying it forward, Kevin Bracken is serving as a mentor to the young wrestlers who have recently qualified to represent the U.S. in the summer …

County opts out of Tri-County dial extension

Douglas County commissioners voted to opt out of a one-month extension of the COVID-19 dial during an April 13 meeting. The three-page resolution, which outlined the commissioners’ stance on the …

Local financial adviser wins community-support grant

Nate Fikse, a financial adviser at Northwestern Mutual in Castle Rock, continues to do his part and his efforts have not gone unnoticed. For the fourth consecutive year, Fikse won a company contest …

STEM suspect faces new charges following jail fight

The older STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting suspect is facing new charges in a separate case after he allegedly initiated a fight with another inmate at the Douglas County Jail. Devon Erickson, …

News

5 things to know: 2020 saw spike in deaths from Alzheimer’s, dementia

The broad disruption to Americans’ lifestyles that the coronavirus caused likely led to an increase in deaths among people with Alzheimer’s disease — and that loss of life was not directly due …

Colorado issues order limiting indoor crowds as COVID dial expires

Colorado allowed its “dial” of coronavirus restrictions to expire as expected in mid-April, clearing the path for local public health agencies to decide what limits to enforce on businesses and …
Tegan Stiegelmar, 6, center, stares down a young boy in front of her as Zoey Stiegelmar, 4, center right, sits behind her on a merry-go-round type of ride at the July 2019 Arapahoe County Fair.

Tri-County Health talks how summer events will look amid virus

As the whirlwind of changes to public health restrictions in the Denver metro area continues, residents may be wondering what it all means for summer events and gatherings as public health officials …

'In-person learning is here to stay'

After a flurry of schools closed amid COVID-19 outbreaks, Douglas County Schools interim Superintendent Corey Wise had a message for the community last week. “In-person learning is here to …
Tri-County Health Department is partnering with Douglas County as the county searches for a new way to deliver public health services.

Tri-County board approves one-month extension to COVID dial

The Tri-County Health Department's board of health voted to extend a modified version of the state's dial framework for one month during an April 8 meeting, impacting Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas …
Life
Coming Attractions

Miners Alley returns with a little zen

It may be more than a year later than hoped for, but Golden’s Miners Alley Playhouse is finally getting a new season off the ground - and it’s doing so with the world premiere of a show written …
Coming Attractions

Biennial of Americas encourages artistic grieving process

The immensity of loss as a result of COVID-19 is something that the state, country and world are going to be grappling with for a long time to come, and as is so often the case, the arts will play a …
Arts & entertainment

Women+Film Festival celebrates talents

One of the few good news stories to come out of Hollywood in 2020 is the continuing recognition of the contributions women make to the film industry. There’s still a lot of work to do to achieve …
Lys (Lilium musicum) from FlorDali, 1968, photolithograph with original engraved remarque and color.

A playful exhibit of surrealism and botanical illustrations

Oftentimes, art can be a connector between science and nature. “Art can talk to people in a lot of ways that data cannot,” said Lisa Eldred, director of exhibitions and head curator of art at the …
Sports

CHSAA moves place, date for state volleyball tournament

AURORA -- The Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs will be the host venue for this year's state volleyball tournament. Brad Cochi, CHSAA's new digital media director, also said the tournament …

More chances for Season D sports teams?

There could be more, not less games for students participating in the so-called Season D sports …

State wants soccer players to become officials

To paraphrase a line from the Marine Corps, the Colorado High School Activities Association and the state’s high school soccer officials organization are looking for a few good soccer referees who happen …

Stats for South Metro wrestlers

The following are the South Metro wrestlers who placed in the Class 5A state wrestling meet held in Pueblo. 106 — Otto Black, Ponderosa, second. 113 — Derek Glenn, Cherokee Trail, second; Noah …
Voices
Michael Norton
Winning Words

Listening to the whispers of success

This past week I was reminded of something as I once again experienced the intimacy, joy and power found in a whisper. Although it is just my wife and I who live in our home now, for some reason I …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

A century ago wasn’t just any old time

Things were different one hundred years ago. For example, no one wore flip-flops to the airport. However, there were no flip-flops and few airports. That makes a difference. They had a presidential …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

The sun comes up, and here we go again

The sun comes up right behind Sue and Andy’s house. At least that’s what it looks like from where I am. They live directly across the street and have an even better view than I do because …
Michael Norton
Winning Words

‘The 60 to 60 Success Plan for Life’

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to be a passenger in my friend’s Porsche 911 as he demonstrated how fast going from zero to 60 MPH in less than 3 seconds feels. And I will share with you …
Michael Norton
Winning Words

Famous last words are not only for the famous

If someone were asked to recall the last thing that you had ever said to them, what would you hope those words would be? Famous last words are not just for the famous, and they are also not only …
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