State tightens Douglas County's COVID-19 restrictions
After several weeks of increasing COVID-19 cases in Douglas County, the state has decided to move the county to a more restrictive level on its dial framework beginning Nov. 4. Douglas County, until …

Castle Rock approves road map for transit options

Castle Rock now has a road map for bringing transit options to town in future years, although none of the plans are funded and it will be up to the town council to prioritize if, how and when the …

Castle Rock businesses impressed with community support

Business owners who opened new shops and eateries in Castle Rock during the COVID-19 pandemic say they've been impressed with community support during the economic crisis and hope it keeps up. Jayne …

Voter turnout rises in Douglas County

Douglas County is seeing a higher volume of ballots cast compared to the same period in 2016, according to county officials. As of Oct. 23, about 58,500 more ballots had been returned in Douglas …

Douglas County asked to submit another mitigation plan

As the state continues to be concerned about surging cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County, officials have asked the county for the second time this month to provide an update to the plan on decreasing …

STEM School Highlands Ranch teacher wins $100,000 award

A teacher at STEM School Highlands Ranch is one of three grand prize winners from a pool of 600 applicants to win a $100,000 award from the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools prize program. Engineering …

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Ex-Broncos player pleads not guilty to assault in Douglas County

A former Denver Broncos player who was arrested in May in Douglas County has pleaded not guilty to four felonies and four misdemeanors related to the incident. Cody Latimer, 28, who was on the …

Cherry Valley Elementary School switches to virtual learning

Cherry Valley Elementary School in Franktown has temporarily switched to virtual learning amid substitute teacher shortages and COVID-19 quarantines. Principal Nancy Wortmann said in an Oct. 25 …
South Metro fire crews pose next to a Type 3 brush engine, which is designed to fight urban wildland fires.

Snow pauses wildfire growth, officials cautious

Parts of northern Colorado around the Cameron Peak and East Troublesome fires received up to a foot of snow between Oct. 25 and 26, pausing the growth of the two largest wildfires in state history. …

How fundraising and spending are shaping up in the Castle Rock council races

With four Castle Rock Town Council seats to be decided Nov. 3, candidates are raising and spending funds to secure the seats. Candidate filings show candidates are tapping resources from local …
The first-place winner in the division four competition was “Boosted to the Ballot Box” by Erika Olson, a senior at Douglas County High School.

Future voters participate in art contest focused on democracy

More than 100 students from across Douglas County participated in a local art contest this year focused on depicting democracy. The participants, from kindergarten through high school students, used …
Life
Coming Attractions

Thornton celebrates cultural art of Dia De Los Muertos

No matter what the holiday is, a common way for cultures and families to mark the occasion is through the arts — music, film and interactive options like pumpkin carving, tree decorating and even …
Sonya Ellingboe
Sonya's Sampler

Exhibit aims to express experiences of women

Curtis Center for the Arts, 2349 E. Orchard Road, in a historic schoolhouse in Greenwood Village, will present an exhibit by the Colorado Women’s Caucus for the Arts called “Old Myths, New …
Lucky Bikes Re-Cyclery is one of numerous nonprofit community bike shops in the Denver area that provide low- or no-cost bikes to underprivileged youths.

Making wheel change: Underprivileged youths earn bikes, skills, hope

Fernando Ibarra couldn’t figure out how to fix his bike. So he took it to Lucky Bikes Re-Cyclery, a nonprofit community bike shop a block from his house in west Denver. He couldn’t afford the …
Coming Attractions

Molly Brown museum brings gothic horror to life

For my money, gothic horror — which blends elements of romance, emotion and terror together — is the most subtle and rewarding kind of scary story. Over the years, authors like Edgar Allen Poe, …
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Castle View senior Zane Wiodark (22) ran for two touchdowns in the Sabertcats' 48-14 football victory over Rock Canyon on Oct. 23.

Balanced approach leads Castle View past Rock Canyon

Castle View scored early and often as the Sabercats rolled to a 48-14 Douglas County League football victory over the Rock Canyon Jaguars on Oct. 23 at Douglas County Stadium. The Sabercats, 2-0, …
Cherry Creek's Parker Wolfe, center, was the winner of the Class 5A state title on Oct. 17 at the state cross country championships with a course-record time of 15:10.4.

Cherry Creek, Mountain Vista set pace at state cross country

It was a banner day for Cherry Creek on Oct. 17 at the state cross country championships but Mountain Vista also proved it is still a team to be watched. Bruins senior Parker Wolfe won the Class 5A …

1-0 softball game score eliminates Rock Canyon

Top-seeded Rock Canyon was eliminated from the 5A state quarterfinal softball playoffs with a 1-0 loss to Grand Junction Central on Oct. 8 at Rock Canyon. One might call the loss bad, baffling, …
State champion Lucas Schultze of Valor Christian, holding the trophy, eagled the 18th hole which clinched the state title for the Eagles and gave Schultze the individual title.

Valor wins boys state golf championship

Valor Christian boys golf coach Justen Byler wasn't surprised that his team won the Class 5A state championship on Oct. 6 at the Club at Rolling Hills. However, Valor senior Lucas Schulte didn't know …
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Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Safeguarding others is the leashed you can do

Large dark dog, running unleashed through front yards, zoomed to the greenbelt trail and out of sight. Way behind, dog’s owner lopes along. Small child on her first bicycle encounters the dog, is …
Norton
Winning Words

Oriented toward action and focused on results

Proactive or reactive. I did or did not. I can or cannot. I will or will not. When we look at those statements quickly, which words resonate with us personally? What I typically see is that people …
Michael Norton
Winning Words

Why these times are the times to remember

There are certainly plenty of reasons for us to want 2020 to be a distant memory. The pandemic, the heartache of lives lost, the impact it had on our family and friends who suffered and recovered, …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

For curly bulbs, there’s no light at the end of the tunnel

One of our curly light bulbs burned out. Realizing I didn’t have a replacement, I went to a hardware store. They were out of curly light bulbs too. “Yes, we’re out.” “For how long?” …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Do-it-yourself plumbing is a pipe dream

Indoor plumbing. The world’s population was able to do without indoor plumbing for centuries and still evolve. There are those around the world who do not have indoor plumbing to this day. Others, …
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