Weekly declares victory in sheriff Republican primary
Darren Weekly has declared victory as the Republican candidate for sheriff of Douglas County after a few days of vote counting and a thin margin with the next leading candidate.  Weekly, the …
Frizell continues to lead in HD45 race
Douglas County’s assessor Lisa Frizell has been named the Republican candidate for Colorado’s House District 45 per voters in Tuesday’s primary election.
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Andrew Rosa

Man sought in connection to child sex assault

Douglas County law enforcement are looking for a Boulder man in relation to alleged sexual assault of a child.  On June 30, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office released information that …

Douglas County approves staff raises and 'inflation stipend'

Douglas County staff members will soon receive a bump in their paychecks after the county commissioners approved a 4% raise for employees. Employees who make less than $80,000 per year will also …
Douglas County School Board President Mike Peterson listens to discussion during a Feb. 8 study session. Peterson has been accused of committing perjury and 18th Judicial District Attorney John Kellner confirmed an investigation is ongoing.

Law enforcement investigating DCSD board members over allegations of perjury

Allegations that two Douglas County School Board directors committed perjury have been referred for investigation to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.
Davis

Davis wins Republican primary for Douglas County clerk

Sheri Davis, a longtime employee of the Douglas County clerk and recorder’s office, won the Republican primary in the election to run the office Tuesday.
Members of the Douglas County School Board discuss trust and air differences in a Feb. 4 meeting. Trust came up again in the June 21 meeting when the board discussed community opposition to a bond and/or mill levy override. Survey results showed a lack of trust in the district and how it spends its money is a main reason voters don't support a new funding initiative.

Douglas County School District intends to put MLO/bond question on November ballot

Douglas County School District’s Board of Education voted 6-0 to notify the Douglas and Elbert county clerks that they plan to put one or two questions on the November ballot regarding school funding.
Douglas County hosted a town hall about homelessness June 22.

Douglas County commissioners pivot on homelessness approach

The Douglas County commissioners indicated a changing approach to homelessness after a Wednesday town hall in which residents expressed frustration with a shelter planned for the …
The lot at 221 Wilcox Street will be redeveloped as a five-story, mixed-use project featuring retail, restaurant and office space, as well as 28 apartment units.

Castle Rock downtown redevelopment gets go ahead

Castle Rock’s Downtown Development Authority is moving forward with its latest redevelopment project to bring new housing, office and retail options to Wilcox Street thanks to initial council …
A boy listens to his headphones as Douglas County Board of Health members debate allowing students and teachers to opt out of masking mandates in schools at an Oct. 8, 2021, meeting.

Douglas County, school district, settle legal fees over mask lawsuit

The Douglas County Board of Health and the Douglas County School District have decided to call it even on a 2021 lawsuit regarding mask rules, with the county promising to pay the district $90,000 for a psychological safety coordinator. 
JUNE 17, 2022 - Protesters gather on a corner near the Southridge Recreation Center in Highlands Ranch holding signs in protest of a drag queen show that was held at the rec. center. The show was hosted by Comedians in Drag, Denver’s top drag queens who entertain with their comedy and musical performances. The event was sold out. (Photo by John Leyba/Special to the Colorado Sun)

Highlands Ranch drag show protesters, counterprotesters eye future events

Highlands Ranch’s first-ever drag comedy show carried on despite the roughly 50 protesters who gathered outside the Southridge Rec Center on the evening of June 17 to oppose the event.

Restaurateur carries on the family tradition

The Galassos have been serving marinara-topped pasta, Italian-influenced sandwiches and hand-stretched pizza in Centennial for a decade now, but the family’s culinary roots in Colorado actually …

Staffing shortages cause Pirate's Cove water park to close every Monday for remainder of summer

Amid reports of staffing shortages at swimming pools throughout Colorado, Governor Jared Polis announced new efforts to prevent shortages, including a new grant program to help offer higher pay, a …

Music therapist visits Koelbel Library to raise awareness

When Brittany Costa began playing the clarinet about 20 years ago, she had no idea it would lead her on a path to becoming a music therapist for people who are struggling.

Ciara and Russell Wilson to open retail shop in Park Meadows

The House of LR&C, a retail company owned by Grammy Award-winning singer Ciara and Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson, will be opening its first Colorado store location in Lone Tree this summer.

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Denver Public Schools has one electric bus, to be used starting in fall of 2022 for elementary grade students and shuttle purposes. A new electric bus can cost about $400,000 — at least three times the price of a diesel school bus. DPS projects it will pay about $0.35 per mile with an electric bus, compared to about $0.69 per mile with a brand new diesel-powered bus. Electric buses are said to be quieter than conventional buses and can run about 50-70 miles on a charge.

Electric school buses are in Colorado’s future

One by one, the big yellow diesel-powered school buses shuttling kids back and forth in Colorado districts are rumbling along on their final routes and, after many thousands of miles, belching their …
A hike in mortgage interest rates has not brought down prices of existing homes yet.

Median home values haven’t fallen in Colorado

As average 30-year fixed mortgage rates continue to hover around 6%, there’s an expectation that prices of homes for sale will fall. It’s only been a few weeks since the Fed increased interest …
Left to right, the three Republicans running to be Colorado’s next secretary of state: Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, former Jefferson County Clerk Pam Anderson, and Mike O’Donnell, a nonprofit leader. Pam Anderson ended up winning the contest.

Primary voters reject slate of candidates who embraced election conspiracies

Republican primary voters in Colorado had a choice on June 28: Elevate a slate of candidates who believe the unfounded claim that President Donald Trump was the true winner of the 2020 election or …
Author Eleanor Brown of Highlands Ranch will appear July 15 at the Highlands Ranch Library.

Library to host local author

Highlands Ranch author Eleanor Brown will talk about her new book, “Any Other Family” and sign books at 6:30 p.m. on July 15 at the Highlands Ranch Library. Register at DCL.org/authors-events. …
In the next fiscal year, Jeffco will face significant cuts to its General Fund. These cuts could affect anything from Public Health funding to the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriffs who denounced Colorado’s red flag law now use it

Dolores County Sheriff Don Wilson never expected to use Colorado’s red flag law when it was passed in 2019. He thought the law made it too easy to take a person’s guns away. The statute allows …
Life
A strawberry and banana soft serve swirl rolled in Fruit Loops is one of many fancy ice cream creations at DANG Soft Serve.

The cold and creamy taste of summer

Summer is here. July is upon us. And perhaps nothing defines the season as well as a cold, creamy scoop or two on a cone — or in a bowl, if you prefer.
Jim Genasci, on right, celebrates Pride on Thursday at Wind Crest with Ray Vanoski and SJ Light, who wears a sash and cowboy hat featuring buttons collected at various Pride events since 1983 by Genasci's late wife, Jeanne.

Wind Crest Pride honors memories, celebrates love

Highlands Ranch resident Jim Genasci started going to Pride events with his wife Jeanne in 1983, when their son Gary came out to them. For years, the Genascis traveled across all 50 states and …
A shuttle for the Colorado Department of Transportation's new Pegasus program that serves stops in Denver, Lakewood, Idaho Springs, Frisco, Vail and Avon.

Tired of driving? Here’s how to get around Colorado on public transportation

Ever wanted to take a road trip across the state without slogging through an hours-long drive on highways?
The musical trio from “The Wedding Singer” and the rest of the cast are performing at Town Hall Arts Center in Littleton through June 26.

Theater announces upcoming season

Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St. in Littleton, has announced a new season, with tickets on sale for individual shows and the season. “The Wedding Singer,” the finale for the current …
Sports
Bethany Brookens

Brookens tabbed as CHSAA associate commissioner

The Colorado High School Activities Association named Bethany Brookens as its next associate commissioner. Incoming Commissioner Mike Krueger made the appointment, which is effective immediately. …
Legacy High School's Kendall Rippley winds up for, what was at the time, the go-ahead goal in the Colorado High School Coaches Association all-state girls soccer game at Colorado Academy June 14.

A natural ending to the soccer season

   DENVER – It wasn’t a surprise to anyone that Legacy’s Kendall Rippley scored a goal in a soccer …
Fort Lupton's Reygan Garcia moves the ball up the field during the Colorado High School Coaches Association all-state girls soccer game at Colorado Academy June 13. She was the first Fort Lupton player to participate in the annual event.

Fort Lupton’s Garcia has her swan song among state’s best soccer players

DENVER – Fort Lupton’s Reygan Garcia finished her high-school soccer career as part of the Colorado High School Coaches Association’s all-state girls soccer game at Colorado Academy …
Mountain Range's Kyle Lewis ties up Arvada West's Austin Eudaly during the 132-pound semifinal match at the regional wrestling tournament Feb. 12 at Prairie View High School. Lewis scored all his points on two moves in the third period and won 6-0 to qualify for the state meet.

Mountain Range’s Lewis gets first sample of college life

  Mountain Range High School wrestler Kyle Lewis had one last chance to compete as a high-school athlete earlier this month.             …
Voices

Column: True or false: What to know when it comes to sun protection

With summer officially here, you may be rushing outside to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather. You may also be thinking about how to best protect your skin.

From the Editor: Heroes we honor

This is the month each year where we celebrate our freedom. The month where we should be giving thanks to the heroes in our community. Early in my career, many years ago, our newspaper did a special …

Fewer freedoms, more politics

For many, this particular Fourth of July was a hard one to celebrate. The recent revocation of our rights to make decisions about our own bodies was shocking. Not me. Yes, I wept for my mother and …

From the Editor: Times that matter

As a child, I grew to hate road trips. My parents did not like flying anywhere, which meant any family trip was by car. I hated it. I’m talking about trips that would make the original “National …
Michael Norton

Column: We are not finished yet

The five most sought-after words in amateur golf are, “That’s good, pick it up.” We say that to our playing partner when the putt that is left is considered short enough to call it “good.” …
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