Ducky Derby sweeps through Castle Rock

Castle Rock residents swarmed to the downtown area June 8 to participate in the 2019 Rotary Ducky Derby. The event is an annual fundraiser for local rotary clubs and packed with family-friendly …
Douglas County will ask voters to shift tax dollars from justice center to roads
Douglas County will ask voters this November to extend a portion of its sales tax scheduled to sunset in 2020 and reallocate the money from the county justice center to roads — a decision that …

My Name Is: Matt Rinn

About me I have been a resident of Colorado since 1998 and lived in Castle Rock for the past 13 years. I am a recovering corporate technology salesman now focusing full-time as a designing …

One month in, state GOP vice chair pulls Sullivan recall effort

With one month down and one to go, the Colorado Republican Party's vice chair has ended her effort to remove state Rep. Tom Sullivan from office, saying the party will instead focus on other recalls …

Council removes landmark status from downtown building

The Castle Rock Town Council gave final approval June 4 to removing the local landmark status of a building in the heart of downtown, making way for its owners to pursue changes to the building’s …

'We did our part'

There isn’t much time left to get to know someone like Ruth Mullis. Mullis, 96, is one of a dwindling number of “Rosies,” named for Rosie the Riveter — women who stepped into men’s roles in …

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 …

News

County commissioners form school security committee

Though they come from different backgrounds and municipalities, nine members of a committee formed by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners to oversee additional funds for school safety have one …

Life

New museum exhibits are well worth dawdling over

The Denver Art Museum has opened two recent exhibits that offer another way to spend summer hours, when one can enjoy an up-close experience of color and light, in contrast to the truly exceptional …

Sports
Valor Christian’s Anna Hall is the Colorado Community Media South Metro Girls Track Athlete of the year.

Perseverance, love of competition set track athletes apart

Valor Christian’s Anna Hall and Drake Nugent of Highlands Ranch finished their high school track and field careers with rewarding seasons. Cole Sprout of Valor Christian lived up to expectations. …
Cherry Creek senior swimmer Brendan Eckerman

Cherry Creek athlete makes waves

Senior Brendan Eckerman will always remember the fun he had swimming for Cherry Creek this season. He competed in three previous CHSAA Class 5A State Swimming Championships with second place as his …
Smoky Hill’s Valerie Negin is Colorado Community Media South Metro Girls Tennis Player of the Year.

Smoky Hill athlete is a force on the court

It has been said that everyone can have a bad day, and Smoky Hill sophomore Valerie Negin is smart enough to cope with that thought. “I have good days and I have bad days,” she said. “Some days …
Legend’s Caden Meis is the Colorado Community Media Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year.

Two-sport standout bound for Drake

Legend senior Caden Meis is a football player who excels on the lacrosse field. He averaged 5.6 points, 3.6 ground balls and was the leading scorer among Class 5A lacrosse midfielders this season …
Jim Benton
Overtime

Seeing how it all adds up for area schools

Yes, it seems like the fall 2018-19 Colorado High School Sports Association sports season started just a couple weeks ago, but the spring campaign is now over. Some teams and individuals were left …
Cyclists bike uphill on N Ridge Road June 2 during the Elephant Rock Ride, which has a series of routes through and around Douglas, Elbert and El Paso counties.

'It's all about community'

One by one or in groups, cyclists coasted down a hill on Highway 83 and descended into Castle Rock and the finish line June 2 during the annual Elephant Rock Ride. The easy ride into Franktown was a …

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Winning Words

Keeping commitments we make to ourselves

As any good salesperson or sales manager will tell you, getting a “verbal” commitment or a “verbal” yes from a prospect, without a signed agreement or authorized transaction, just doesn’t …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Peak experience is a case of aiming way too high

The greatest risk I am willing to take is grocery shopping in Douglas County on a Saturday afternoon. It is an electrifying episode of “Supermarket Sweep” conjoined with a dress rehearsal for …
Norton
Winning Words

The starts and stops of life deserve attention

Although the summer doesn’t officially begin until June 20, we often talk about Memorial Day weekend as the unofficial start of the summer. Parties, barbeques, picnics, and all sorts of outdoor …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Essentially, some of these claims seem pretty oily

Some jokes about oil are too crude for my taste. But seriously. While I was waiting for my prescription to be filled by the pharmacist, I waited in a small area that was shelf after shelf of …
Sarah Thompson

Music makes for a healthier brain and life

Many of us have spoken about the benefits of music with common sayings such as “Music is the universal language” or “Music soothes the soul.” Anyone who enjoys listening to music can testify …
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