Douglas County holds community health assessments

About 150 people attended online and in-person meetings from Oct. 4-6 to contribute to a community health assessment (CHA) currently being administered by Douglas County. The meetings took place in …
Flight for Life crew impacted by laser strike
A Flight for Life pilot said he has fully recovered after falling victim to a laser incident in Castle Rock. Eric Billings, a 20-year commercial pilot, said he was leading a crew to drop off a …
New Castle Rock business balances therapy options
A new clinic in Castle Rock is working to fill gaps in care for both adults and children in need of physical, speech and occupational therapy. The FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Center opened earlier …

Behind the curtain at the county coroner's office

Inside the Douglas County Coroner's Office in Castle Rock, there's an autopsy suite equipped with modern equipment to carry out medical examinations. There is a refrigerated room holding cadavers, …

Douglas County Health Board approves opting out of school mask mandates

The Douglas County Health Department will allow people to opt out of any local masking requirements under a new health order aimed at curbing masking mandates in schools.

Q&A with Douglas County Community Foundation’s new leader

A local foundation that provides tens of thousands of dollars per year to Douglas County nonprofits has a new leader after its 27-person board selected Mike Waid as its executive director in July. …

Doctors address myths about breast cancer

Dr. Lisa Wynn said every year as she treats women, she always hears the list of misconceptions and myths that are not only tied to breast cancer, but also the screenings to detect the disease. No …

Virtual racing series runs a thin line between heaven and hell

Hell is a relative term. Removing it entirely from any theological context, it generally indicates pain, misery, even anguish. But on the other hand, it’s sort of a fun word too — mischievous and …

Castle Rock’s State of Town highlights landmark year

In a different format this year, the Castle Rock 2021 State of the Town event featured some of Mayor Jason Gray speaking about the town’s accomplishments and a lot of videos promoting what has …

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A mural of Denver Health nurse Trina Fernandes painted by Thomas "Detour" Evans.

Denver Health nurse featured in artist's new mural on Colfax

Few artists are able to capture a moment like Thomas Evans. The artist, who paints under the name Detour, specializes in large-scale public art. His murals of people like George Floyd, Breonna …

Election 2021: How to vote at a glance

Here are some fast facts about this year’s election.

Douglas County School District sues county health department over masks

The Douglas County School District and families of students at high risk of COVID-19 are suing the local health department over a public health order allowing people to opt out of masking.
Just in time for Halloween, a display of gnomes and other spooky figures lures shoppers to the booth operated by Just Friends of Highlands Ranch at A Paris Street Market on Oct. 16 outside Park Meadows mall in Lone Tree. A Christmas edition of the market, a production of Vandel Antiques of Littleton, comes to the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock on Nov. 12-13; details at aparisstreetmarket.com.

Gnome doubt about it - it's spooky season

Just in time for Halloween, a display of gnomes and other spooky figures lures shoppers to the booth operated by Just Friends of Highlands Ranch at A Paris Street Market on Oct. 16 outside Park …
There are roughly 400 birds within the grounds of the Gabriel Foundation. When walking through the halls and throughout the enclosures, they can be found everywhere, including above your head!

A parrot paradise in the country

Near the corner of County Roads 13 and 158 in exurban Elbert County, about 12 miles southeast of downtown Parker, you'll see large, vibrantly colored parrots, living joyful lives within the grounds …
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Coming Attractions

Fan Expo Denver reunites fandoms for fun

When it was announced back in December that Pop Culture Classroom was cancelling the 2021 Denver Pop Culture Con, it appeared that it was going to be two full years before fans of all things comics, …
Lifelong horse owner Karen Richard with her horse, Summer.

Horse culture still kicking in modern West

In 1950, metro Denver’s population hovered right around 500,000. Farms and horse properties could still be found throughout the close-in suburbs. By the mid-1970s, the population had more than …
Purnell Steen and the Five Points Ambassadors will perform in a free show at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at Littleton United Methodist Church.
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Jazz group to play in free concert

Purnell Steen and the Five Points Ambassadors will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. on Oct. 22 at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. 303-794-6379. The well-known jazz …
A sign outside the Denver Art Museum's Martin Building bears the names of the donors whose $25 million contribution initiated the building's renovation.

VIDEO, PHOTOS: Denver Art Museum opens reimagined Martin Building

The Denver Art Museum has reopened the Martin Building, formerly called the Ponti or North Building, after renovation initiated by a $25 million lead gift by Lanny and Sharon Martin. A celebration on …
Sports

5A softball brackets released

AURORA -- The Colorado High School Activities Association released the pairings for this year's class 5A state softball tournament ... First-round games are at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. …
Arapahoe’s Will Kates won the state Class 5A individual golf title with a putt  on the second playoff hole and led the Warriors to their first team championship in 33 years. Here he reacts after sinking the birdie putt to win the playoff.

Centennial's Arapahoe take state golf title

Arapahoe High School in Centennial has come close many times to winning a state golf championship. The Warriors were second the past two seasons and third in the previous two campaigns. Arapahoe’s …
Legend’s Kaylynn English sparked the Titans to a 3-0 victory over Chaparral on Oct. 4 in a game to decide the outright Continental League softball title. English had three hits and stole three bases, including home, to set the tone for the victory.

Legend girls win league softball championship in Parker-area matchup

Junior shortstop Kaylynn English is a leader on the girls softball team from Parker’s Legend High School. English was the spark plug for the Titans with three hits, two runs scored and three stolen …

PVHS football game ends early

DENVER -- A report of shots fired near Evie Dennis Stadium in northeast Denver forced a suspension of the football game between Prairie View and Far Northeast high schools. The two teams were …
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Winning Words

Opinion: Improve retention with persistent consistency

As we continue to talk about hiring and keeping a productive and performance-driven team, we must include “Consistency” in our “5 C’s for Retaining Top Talent.” This is the fourth column in …
Coming Attractions

The Arvada Center goes to the dogs

Most of us had more than a little help getting through the bleakest parts of the COVID-19 pandemic and for many that help came in the form of our canine friends. They’re not called man’s best …
Dr. Rebecca Kornas, Dr. Jasmeet Dhaliwal, Dr. Kristen Nordenholz, Dr. Kevin Merrell, Dr. Comilla Sasson

Opinion: We’re local ER docs. Help us end the pandemic

You trust us 24/7/365 to take care of you in emergency departments throughout Colorado. We have been treating COVID-19 for more than 20 months, never missing a day of work, except for illness. We …
Winning Words

Opinion: How we manage change impacts retention of the best

Welcome back to part three of this five-part series on “The 5 C’s of Retaining Top Talent.” In week one we discussed the importance of connecting with our team members, and last week we added a …
Winning Words

Opinion: Collaboration is key to your most valuable players

As part two of the series on “Retaining Top Talent,” and following up on last week’s column on connection, today we will visit the role that collaboration plays in keeping top talent.
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