Anti-bullying law signed, two years after boy’s suicide
After Jack Padilla, a freshman at Cherry Creek High School, took his own life in February 2019, his father, Rick Padilla, made it his mission to make a difference in the lives of youths who face …
Sheriff’s deputy cleared in shooting
Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Lippolis has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the April 3 shooting that resulted in the death of suspect Samuel Yaeger. Lippolis was cleared by the …

Encore sells out ahead of opening

The "lock-and-leave lifestyle" is emerging in the suburbs as the Encore development sold all 124 condominiums in under a year in downtown Castle Rock. With construction still under way, the …
The new mural is located at 407 Wilcox St.

'Painting Positivity' mural perks up Castle Rock

Downtown Castle Rock recently got a little brighter with the unveiling of a new mural aimed at lightening everyone's day while adding more art to the town. With a goal to bring more positivity into …
Run to Change Lives to host July 4 race

Run to Change Lives is expanding in 2021, with plans to host the Free Rock-It Run on July 4 in Castle Rock. The event will inclue live entertainment, a 5K, half marathon and races for kids. Run to …

Online learning option remains in place

Douglas County parents who are not quite ready to go without any COVID-19 safety protocols will be able to allow their children to still wear masks or enroll in online learning for at least one more …

Parker approves new noise ordinance

In a 4-1 vote June 7, the Parker Town Council approved a new noise ordinance, which includes specific decibel level guidelines for the first time. The ordinance, which staff started working on in May …

7 arrested in $5 million shoplifting scam

Douglas County authorities say they have arrested the seven ringleaders involved in a shoplifting and money-laundering scam, capping off a two-year investigation. During a June 1 press conference, …


Irreza draws 20-year sentence for attempted murder of AdCo deputy

Irreza draws 20-year sentence for attempted murder of AdCo deputy Staff reports Cesar Irreza, who pled guilty in April to attempted first-degree murder with extreme indifference charges in …

Garage sale dispute in Westminster results in no charges

 BRIGHTON -- The 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office will not file charges against a man involved in a dispute at a garage sale. The incident happened in Westminster June 5. The DA"s …
George Rodriguez kneels before the grave of his wife Katherine. “I was the one who went away to war, but she was a Navy wife,” George said. “She endured. Now she rests among those who died for this country. It’s a great honor, and one day I’ll join her here.”

‘This is our history’

James Hessel came home from school on Sept. 11, 2001, and told his mom he was joining the Marines. “He felt it was his patriotic duty after that terrible day,” said Hessel’s mom, Kathie Newman. …
The June 7 Firestone tornado as seen from Colorado Highway 7 just west of Brighton.

Tornado touches down in Firestone; no apparent injuries

FIRESTONE -- A tornado touched down in Firestone late June 7. It caused damage to businesses and property, blew over some power lines and dislodged at least one piece of plywood but didn't cause any …
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Crash closes Highway 2 in Commerce City

State Highway 2 remains closed at East 96th Avenue after an early morning four-car crash involving a fuel tanker. It happened around 7:30 a.m. Local media reported the tanker wound up in someone's …

Equity markets wave yellow flag

Recent stock market headlines seem contrary to the real economy … or maybe they are predictions. Investors can choose opposing rationale and find justification in print virtually anywhere. Are …

Fatherhood outside the box

Long ago I lived out of a suitcase and performed in a soul band for six years. The band was the Satisfactions, a mix of Midwestern and Washington, D.C. musicians that played one-to-four-week bookings …
Michael Norton
Winning Words

Truer words may have never been spoken

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.” — Falsely attributed to Abraham Lincoln When I …
Coming Attractions

The Alpine Choral finds a road home

It’s difficult to imagine the challenge that an artist faces when they’re used to rehearsing and performing as part of a group, and suddenly find themselves in a situation where they must work on …
Skyview's Isaac Gutierrez starts on a small adventure after this pop fly during a June 10 game at Fort Lupton.

Keeping your eye on the ball .. and the mound

CHSAA releases Season D playoff schedule

AURORA -- The Colorado High School Activities Association released thke playoff formats and sites for the so-called Season D lineup of sports -- girls tennis, boys and girls lacrosse, boys swimming …

Jacobs Fore benefit golf tournament coming to Fort Lupton

The city of Fort Lupton, Jacobs and the business community are co-sponsoring the 2021 Jacobs Fore Youth Benefit Golf Tournament Friday, Aug. 20, at Coyote Creek Golf Course. The tourney raises …
Brighton High School's baseball team rallies around a 10U rec league team that lost one of its players due to a car crash Memorial Day weekend..

Crash kills 10-year-old; mom arrested

A 27-year-old woman is under arrest after a May 30 rollover crash in Brighton killed her 10-year-old son. Karena Cecil, of Brighton, could face charges of vehicular homicide, careless driving …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Failing to be facile was tassel-related hassle

You might think being chosen to speak at a high school graduation ceremony would be a welcome opportunity, especially for someone who is filled with opinions and loves the English language. No, I was …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

A numeral, a letter, and unsure what's better

What's 5G? What happened to 4G? Is 5G better than 4G? Is 6G next? Will the commercials for 6G be better than the commercials for 5G? The commercials for 5G give me a headache. Especially the ones …
Coming Attractions

A million-dollar night of musical theater

The Arvada Center is celebrating the return of live musical theater with an experience that will be novel for both performers and audiences — musical theater outside. For the first time in 19 …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Welcome to Denver — weather permitting

Phoenix, 96, and plenty of sun. Miami, 85, and partly cloudy. Denver, 42, with periods of rain mixed with snow and snow mixed with rain. Newcomers to Colorado want to know, “What’s going on?” …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Some words are great, and others just grate

So,” “listen,” “to be honest,” “at the end of the day,” “it is what it is,” “like,” “literally,” “right?” An April column invited readers to nominate words and phrases …
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