Castle Rock responds to teen victims of car wreck
Castle Rock community members are coming together to support the families of four teens involved in a head-on car wreck around midnight Aug. 5.
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The Douglas County School District will likely ask voters for a $60 million mill levy override and a $450 million bond this November.

Douglas County School Board considers $60M mill levy override, $450M bond proposal

It seems likely that the Douglas County School District will ask voters this November for a $60 million mill levy override and a $450 million bond for staff compensation, building three new schools and capital maintenance.
The Dawson Trails development, outlined in blue, proposes more than 5,800 housing units and 3.2 million square feet of commercial space. As part of the proposal, Castle Rock could offer incentives for a Costco and the developer of Dawson Trails would pay for road work and a new fire station.

Dawson Trails proposal in Castle Rock includes 5,800 housing units, 3.2M square feet of commercial, Costco

Castle Rock officials will be considering an amended plan for the 2,000-acre Dawson Trails development this month, to include funding for the Crystal Valley Interchange and a possible Costco.
Soaring home prices in metro Denver are now growing at slower rates.

Colorado supply of homes rises, prices still climb — just more slowly

From June 2021 to June this year, the number of active listings for single-family homes in the Denver metro area jumped up by about 52%. Statewide, the number saw about a 43% uptick. But despite the larger pool of options, home prices continue to climb.
Image of location of Aug. 9, 2022, plane crash that South Metro Fire Rescue shared via Twitter.

Updated: One dead after plane crashes near Centennial Airport

One fatality occurred Aug. 9 after a small, single-engine plane crashed near the FedEx building located at 14250 Grasslands Drive in unincorporated Douglas County, South Metro Fire Rescue said via …
Douglas County School Board President Mike Peterson speaks at the retreat on Aug. 6 at the Legacy Campus in Parker. Board members met in the first of a two-part retreat to discuss trust and norms.

Douglas County School Board tries to rebuild trust at retreat

At the first of two retreat sessions, Douglas County School Board directors aired concerns and discussed proposed norms in an effort to address rifts among the board and with the community.

Man arrested in Castle Rock stabbing charged with murder, attempted robbery

Formal charges for a man arrested in connection with a fatal stabbing in Castle Rock  included multiple counts of attempted aggravated robbery. 
Jogan Health, a contractor with the Douglas County Health Department, has an office near Centennial.

State halts work with Douglas County health contractor after complaints were 'piling up'

A Douglas County health contractor is under scrutiny from the community after its services were discontinued by the state following complaints, a lawsuit with a former business partner was settled, and the state labor department investigates.
About $405,000 was awarded to local organizations supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in 2021 from the Douglas County Developmental Disabilities Mill Levy.

Douglas County funds housing for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

A portion of the county’s federal COVID dollars will go toward housing residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities after commissioners announced a partnership with Wellspring …

Parker continues focus on economic future

The Town of Parker is continuing to invest in its financial growth as the town council approved a $138,000 contract to develop a comprehensive economic development strategic plan Aug. 1.

Recent shootings in Littleton, Englewood come amid backdrop of increased gun crime

A string of shootings in Littleton and Englewood this summer comes after a major surge in violent crimes involving guns last year, data shows.

Latin American roots on display at DAM

Raphael Fonseca, associate curator at the Denver Art Museum in a new position underwritten by John and Sandy Fox, opened a new exhibit: “Who Tells a Tale Adds A Tail,” a collection of modern and …

Man convicted of decades-old Cherry Hills murder sentenced to life in prison

David Anderson, the 63-year-old man convicted of killing then 34-year-old Sylvia Quayle in 1981, was sentenced to life in prison by an Arapahoe County judge Aug. 4.

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Megan O'Byrne, supervising attorney at Colorado Legal Services, sits in an office in Arapahoe County's recently-launched eviction clinic.

Arapahoe County's eviction clinic sees high demand: 'We often have to turn people away'

A recently launched Arapahoe County program aimed at keeping people housed is operating in the county that had Colorado's highest eviction rate last year, according to state court data.
Members of the Douglas County School Board discuss trust and air differences in a Feb. 4 meeting. Board directors will discuss how to engage teachers, parents and students on the equity policy on Aug. 23.

Douglas County School Board pushes equity discussions to future meeting

A planned discussion on the Douglas County School District’s equity policy was delayed after the school board had a lengthy conversation about the proposed bond and mill levy override questions.
Howard "Bud" Harper, 63, was taken into custody and booked into the Arapahoe County Detention Center on Aug. 10, 2022.

Former “Real Soccer Club” coach arrested on suspicion of sexual exploitation of children

Howard “Bud” Harper, 63, was taken into custody and booked into the Arapahoe County Detention Center on 17 counts of sexual exploitation of children, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s …

Highlands Ranch schools put on secure perimeter for police activity

Three Douglas County schools in the Highlands Ranch area were put on lockdown briefly and then under a secure perimeter for police response unrelated to the schools.

Boerner sentenced for sex assault in Thornton

A 37-year-old man drew a lengthy term in the Department of Corrections after his conviction on two counts of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust. An Adams County District Court …
Life
Coming Attractions

CinemaQ aims to unite, enlighten

There’s never been an entirely safe time to live life as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, but some historical moments are more difficult than others. But no matter what the national mood is, its …
Actor Collin Quinn Rice in Denver-based OddKnock productions' "From on High."

Far from the darkened theater

Any great work of art is immersive — what differentiates these classics to what immersive art is seen as today is a matter of purpose and choice.
Papier-mache bowls by Brigitte Runnalls are set for display at Littleton’s Bega Park.

Big doings as Littleton festival returns

A concert and a fireworks show on Aug. 12 at Littleton’s Sterne Park will mark the start of the 2022 Western Welcome Week, the signature Littleton event that occurs each summer. Bring a blanket or …
Coming Attractions

Let your ‘Hair’ down at Miners Alley

As Mark Twain once (supposedly) wrote, “history doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” Miners Alley Playhouse is proving that’s true with its summer production of the rock and roll …
Sports
Jaslynn Gallegos oversees a girls wrestling camp at Brighton High School, her alma mater. She also wrestled on the boys team at Skyview High School.

Gallegos, Brighton HS grad, Skyview wrestler, puts goals in place

Former Skyview High School wrestler and Brighton High School student Jaslynn Gallegos has plans – big plans – for her future. One of them is a national title in women’s wrestling …
Emmet Stephenson, 13, of Fort Collins, scores a touchdown during Horizon High School's sixth annual All Heroes Football Game Aug. 5 at Horizon High School in Thornton. Area special needs children and young adults participated in the event, along with Horizon football players, cheerleaders and band members.

SLIDES: Horizon's all-heroes football game returns for sixth season

Peyton Torres

Eagle Ridge Academy’s Torres readies for potential college basketball shot

                It’s a hot summer day, almost too hot to even think of playing basketball at Colorado Park in …
Damien Halverson

Eagle Ridge Academy debuts new sport

The latest interscholastic team to join the Eagle Ridge Academy Warriors program is cross country. Damien Halverson, a native of Hesperia, Michigan, has been selected as the inaugural coach for …
Voices

From the Editor: Cost of learning goes up

It’s back to school season and districts across the metro region are returning to class. However, before students are seated at their desk for the new school year, parents are feeling the pain of …
Michael Norton

Column: Finding smoother air through the turbulence

All of us who have flown have experienced turbulence. Some of us experience anxiety and fear as we drive our fingernails into the armrest or the arms of the person sitting next to us. Many regular …

From the Editor: Happy for kindness

In a recent cross-county trip to see my brother, I saw and experienced several acts of kindness that I am hoping are signs of good things changing in the country. Over the last few years, I feel like …
The new superintendent of Douglas County Schools, Erin Kane, officially started the job on March 31.

Guest Column: Older adults to talk with superintendent

Ahhh, summer. Soon thoughts of swimming pools, part-time jobs and relaxing time with family and friends will be replaced with class schedules, homework and locker combinations as our Douglas County …

Column: The tidal wave of complacency

There is plenty of discussion happening around what is being called “The Great Resignation.” The impact of people not willing to work has a vast-reaching impact and implications on every aspect …
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