Douglas County School Board approves full, in-person learning for secondary students
A plan to send Douglas County middle and high schools back to in-person learning, five days a week has now received the stamp of approval from board directors, as well as support from principals and …

Recall proponents suspending effort to oust Douglas County School Board directors

The man spearheading a recall of four Douglas County School Board members says he is suspending the effort after directors voted to send middle and high schools back to 100% in-person learning. …

Local firefighter brings a piece of ground zero to Castle Rock

After six years of efforts led by Oren Bersagel-Briese, a steel-box column recovered from ground zero is now on display in a special memorial at the Castle Rock Public Safety Training Facility. While …

Outlets at Castle Rock to host scavenger hunt

The Outlets at Castle Rock will be hosting a social-distance friendly scavenger hunt leading up to St. Patrick's Day. The hunt begins on March 8 and will end on March 19. Over the span of 12 days and …

Help Castle Rock’s bluebird population soar; volunteers are needed for the 2021 season

Bluebirds help brighten up the sky and add music to the day. Help improve the vitality of these songbirds, and find out why they are one of our most fascinating native species. The 2021 season of the …

Douglas County prepares for likely tough wildfire, drought season

There may have been snow on the ground just days ago, but Douglas County is gearing up for a difficult wildfire and drought season around the corner. As the county begins its fifth month in some of …

As Colorado's 'blue' level expands, virus spread is at critical juncture

Even as Colorado's COVID-19 restrictions loosened in the past couple of months, the state continued to enjoy falling rates of new coronavirus cases — but Coloradans risk reversing that trajectory …

Area residents relieved to get COVID vaccine

As the one-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic nears, hospitals, clinics and pharmacies across the Denver metro Area continue to provide vaccines to residents, hoping it will be the beginning of the …

Possible timeline set for new Trader Joe’s grocery store

The Town of Parker is one step closer to getting a Trader Joe’s after the grocery store’s beer license was unanimously approved in a Feb. 18 meeting of Parker’s special licensing authority. …

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Council approves contracts for 2021 pavement maintenance program

Castle Rock Town Council approved several contracts to proceed with the 2021 $11.5 million Pavement Maintenance Program during its March 2 meeting. Public Works Director Dan Sailor said bids for the …
Castle Rock Fire Chief Norris W. Croom III received national recognition as this year’s recipient of the Ronny Jack Coleman Leadership Legacy Award.

Castle Rock fire chief receives national recognition

After 35 years of service to the Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department, Chief Norris Croom III said he was humbled to be selected as the 2021 recipient of the Ronny Jack Coleman Leadership Legacy. …

Many Denver metro area businesses now in level blue under 5-Star rules

Colorado's arrival at the milestone of getting COVID-19 vaccine shots to 70% of people ages 70 and older opened the door for some businesses in Denver metro counties to open up to larger crowds. …

Douglas County Schools superintendent recommending in-person learning

Douglas County Schools interim Superintendent Corey Wise hopes to see middle and high schools resume in-person learning, five days a week in March. Wise announced in a Feb. 25 letter to the …
Music teacher Aleaha Harkins and art teacher Pam Jackson, who both teach at Denver Green School Southeast Campus in Denver’s Virginia Vale neighborhood, pick up music instruments for student use during the 2020-2021 school year.

Providing the opportunity for every child to play a musical instrument

For years, students in the music program at the Denver Green School Southeast Campus in Denver’s Virginia Vale neighborhood had to share musical instruments because the school simply did not have …
Life
Bill Schully checks one of the nesting boxes placed throughout Castle Rock to help improve the bluebird-population.

Castle Rock Bluebird Project continues to grow

Protecting the bluebird population in Castle Rock originally began with a Boy Scout wanting to earn his Eagle merit badge. Now, it is a thriving program that continues to grow in volunteers and baby …
Coming Attractions

A very 2021 spring season at the Arvada Center

As the first-year anniversary of the COVID-19 shutdowns across the metro area nears, theaters continue to lead the way when it comes to connecting and entertaining audiences in innovative new ways. …
Brian Hubbell shows his “Pikes Peak and Devils Head” painting. Hubbell will lead the “Let’s Paint a Wonderful Landscape” workshop for Heritage Fine Arts Guild.
Sonya's Sampler

Landscape painting workshop set for Zoom presentation

“Let’s Paint a Wonderful Landscape” with local painter Brian Hubbell will be offered by Heritage Fine Arts Guild as a Zoom workshop from 9 a.m. to noon on March 13. $25 members; $30 …
McAdam

Shroud of Turin at center of children’s story

Author Claudia Cangilla McAdam of Highlands Ranch is a classic storyteller with a master’s degree in theology — a combination that leads her to writing stories for children that lead them into …
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Sports

State wrestling schedule announced

AURORA -- The Colorado High School Activities Association announced the schedule for next week's state wrestling tournaments. They will be at the Southwest Motor Events Center in Pueblo. The …

For area teams, postseason draws near

This is the final week of the regular season for boys and girls basketball, and 32 teams will advance to the state playoffs, which begin with first-round games on March 9. Wrestling regional …
Douglas County junior point guard Jaeton Hackley.

Douglas County guard says sinking shots is the point

What Jaeton Hackley believes is the best part of basketball is probably the same for most players. “Seeing the ball through the hoop is the best part of basketball in my opinion,” said Hackley, …

High school sports roundup: Valor holds off Chaparral in meeting of top-five hockey teams

Unbeaten Valor Christian, ranked third among 5A hockey teams in the official CHSAA poll, clashed with fifth-ranked Chaparral on Feb.19 in a South Conference showdown Valor jumped ahead 4-1 after …
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Voices
Denise Grills

Starting a business as a second career

Older adult entrepreneurs have many prized advantages. Most importantly — you know stuff. You have experience budgeting both in your career and at home. You have industry knowledge and can identify …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

A lifelong attraction to the hard stuff

A man walks into a bar with a large chunk of concrete and says to the bartender, “Give me a drink. And one for the road.” I like concrete. I’ve always liked concrete. Concrete is everywhere. …
Michael Norton
Winning Words

Here’s to hope, habits and happiness

There is a popular statement among business professionals, owners, and salespeople, and it is based on the book by Rick Page titled “Hope is Not a Strategy.” In this context, hoping to grow our …
Coming Attractions

Dragon Boat Film Festival fosters conversations

Conversation is one of the best ways to build a bond with another person. Not only that, but it provides a wonderful opportunity to enlighten and educate. And conversation doesn’t just have to be …
Michael Norton
Winning Words

The right question requires the right response

A nagging and recurring elbow injury had finally forced my hand to seek medical attention. After meeting with an orthopedic surgeon, the diagnosis was more than tennis elbow or bursitis, it was a …
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