From Ukraine to Larkspur: A family adjusts to life in Douglas County
Maryna and Oleksandr Sheveria miss Ukrainian bread. They miss the taste and the texture of the freshly baked crust. They miss their home and their dog and their two cats. They miss the mundane …
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Dr. Adam Vaudreuil, dermatologist at Vanguard Skin Specialists, and PA Rachel Frederickson provided free skin cancer screenings to anyone who booked an appointment or walked into the Castle Rock office on May 12. Photo by Maddie Browning

Vanguard Skin Specialists hosts skin check clinic in Castle Rock

Stephane Wilson, a mother of two living in Castle Rock, came to Vanguard Skin Specialists last fall to check a rash on her arms. She also experienced irritated moles, so PA Rachel Frederickson …
Proposed regulations for home occupations in unincorporated Douglas County would allow one vehicle per business with a maximum weight of 26,000 pounds. The existing rules have no limitations on the types or amount of vehicles for home occupations.

Potential rules for home businesses meet resistance

Proposed changes for Douglas County home occupation regulations received a lot of pushback from residents concerned about traffic generated by businesses in neighborhoods, despite the changes being …
The Student Advisory Group presented eight proposals on district policies, potential classes and professional development to the Douglas County School Board on May 10.

Student group proposes policies, classes for Douglas County schools

Douglas County students envision a number of new initiatives, policy updates and class offerings throughout the district in the next few years. Student Advisory Group subcommittees presented to …
The members of the Douglas County Board of Health listen to a resident during public comment.

Douglas County Health Department moving forward on facility, services, staff

The Douglas County Health Department is on its way to providing services, having a facility and hiring staff as the agency prepares to fully separate from Tri-County Health Department later this …
Castle Rock approved agreements with Union Pacific Railroad to install new gates at two train crossings downtown in a step to secure a quiet zone, where trains would not be required to honk at each crossing.

Castle Rock moves to mute trains

For over 15 years Castle Rock residents living near the train tracks running through downtown have put up with dozens of trains honking as they pass intersecting roads day and night. A recent Castle …
From left, Commissioners George Teal, Lora Thomas and Abe Laydon.

Commissioners plan to release memo regarding San Luis Valley water project

The Douglas County commissioners plan to release a redacted version of a legal memo prepared for them regarding a hotly debated water proposal later this week. During a Monday work session, the …
Community Response Teams are being utilized by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Castle Rock, Parker and Lone Tree police departments.

Douglas County funds second youth community response team

More students experiencing a mental health crisis in Douglas County schools will soon have access to trained responders after the Douglas County commissioners funded an expansion of the …
The Douglas County School District released a withdrawn records request for a list of teachers absent on the Feb. 3 sick-out.

Douglas County School District turns over withdrawn request for teacher absences

A judge’s order resulted in the Douglas County School District naming a man who in February requested the names of teachers who were absent on the day of a contentious sick-out and then …
Shoppers filled the aisles of the frozen section in the new Trader Joe's in Parker May 6.

Parker Trader Joe’s opens its doors

Dozens of customers lined up down the sidewalk of Trader Joe’s May 6 as the store cut its ribbon and allowed hungry Parkerites inside for the very first time. As the lei-wearing customers …

Man arrested on murder charges for Castle Rock death

Florida police have arrested a man who is alleged to have killed his mother in Castle Rock.  On May 3, Matthew Buchanan, 32, was arrested in Monroe County, Florida on charges including second …
The outside of a PPRM health center in Colorado.

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains: 'You couldn’t create a more terrifying scenario'

Vicki Cowart saw this coming. The chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains has been working to get her organization ready for what she calls “our terrible forecast” — the leaked Supreme Court decision indicating that Roe v Wade will be overturned.
Board President Mike Peterson listens to the April 26 school board meeting.

Douglas County Schools plans to stock Narcan in buildings

The Douglas County School District plans to stock Narcan in every school, including charter schools, by next school year in response to the fentanyl-fueled rise of opiate overdoses.   The …

Paint Box Guild keeps art scene busy

In Littleton, the Bemis Library exhibit juried by Chris Stevens from Curtis Center for the Arts ends April 29, so readers will have to hurry to see it, but next will be a new exhibit by Paint Box …

Tavern owners double down

The original location of Max Taps Co. survived 2020, a feat that shaped founder Dave Gardner’s outlook on opening a second taproom. “If we can make it through that, with nobody allowed in a bar, …

Gardening season grows on you

Many readers have flats of plants started or seeds planted in your yards by now, but others may still be in planning mode. Since I’ve joined the ranks of apartment dwellers, I’m limited to a …

Mother Musings - Rethinking Mother's Day

It’s the time of year where mothers get pampered and praised for the hard, often unseen work that they do. They get breakfast in bed, massages, thank you cards galore and oodles and oodles of …

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Mayor Zo Stieber

Fort Lupton rec center eyes expansion

Fort Lupton City Council approved two parts to a proposal to expand the city's recreation center during a regular meeting May 17. The first was an eight-member, ad hoc committee to design the …

When will COVID vaccines be approved for young kids?

In his practice as a pediatrician, Dr. Sean O’Leary gets a lot of calls from worried parents. And, lately, one kind of call has begun to stand out. “The parents I hear from are the ones who are …
The pride flag flies.

The number of LGBTQ foster kids is on the rise

Diamond Kobylinski spent almost his entire childhood in foster homes, from age 2 to 17. The worst, though, was when one set of foster parents changed their mind about adopting him after Kobylinski …
Area emergency personnel who fought the Marshall Fire called the scene apocalyptic with flames 40 feet high and embers flying everywhere in 100 mph winds.

Democrats abandon pursuit of wildfire building code

A contentious effort to set stiffer construction standards for homes built in wildfire-prone parts of Colorado was abandoned as the 2022 lawmaking term came to a close with too many other proposals …

What’s in fentanyl ‘accountability and prevention’ bill?

With just hours to spare in its 2022 lawmaking term, the Colorado legislature on May 11 sent House Bill 1326, the Fentanyl Accountability and Prevention Act, to Gov. Jared Polis to be signed into …
Life
Coming Attractions

Lynne Collins takes over theater at the Arvada Center

Lynne Collins has been announced as the Arvada Center’s new Artistic Director of Theatre, following the retirement of Rod A. Lansberry. Collins, the current Artistic Director of Plays, first joined …
Colorado offers multiple areas with dark skies for stargazing.

Look — up in the sky!

On a summer night long ago, we happened to be at the top of Independence Pass at midnight, after a gully-washer soaked our tent and sleeping bags at Maroon Bells Campground and it became necessary to …
A lamp constructed from two pieces of Frank Lloyd Wright art glass will be displayed starting June 17 in the Kirkland Museum’s “Frank Lloyd Wright Inside the Walls” exhibit.

Frank Lloyd Wright art glass lamp coming to Kirkland

The Kirkland Museum, 1201 Bannock St., Denver, announces the gift of a lamp, constructed from two pieces of Frank Lloyd Wright art glass (1903-1904), which will be featured in the show, “Frank …
Coming Attractions

Birds of a feather flock to DMNS

There are plenty of beautiful and important environmental sites that people are aware of - think locations like the Everglades in Florida. But then there are places that might be even more important …
Sports
Luke Vargas of Frederick High School has big goals in mind for his senior basketball season.

Basketball: Frederick's Justice getting his work in .. and loving it

FREDERICK -- It's been just about two months since Frederick High School's boys basketball team finished its first appearance in the Final Four since 1956. But Luke Justice isn't wasting time. The …
Cherry Creek senior Lorena Cedeno won her second straight No. 2 singles title on May 14 at the Gates Tennis Center with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Shelia Laird of Fairview. Creek won its 38th state championship with Fairview coming in second.

Cherry Creek girls win 28th tennis title

It took some work but Cherry Creek captured its 28th girls state tennis championship on May 14 at the Gates Tennis Center in Denver. The Bruins went into the final morning of playback and …
Regis Jesuit swimmers celebrate after winning the Class 5A state boys swimming championships on May 14 at the VMAC in Thornton.

Regis boys win team’s 23rd state title

Cherry Creek got off to a fast start during the finals of the Class 5A boys swimming championships on May 14. The event was hedl at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton. However, the …

State 3A tennis thread

Noon May 14 COLORADO SPRINGS -- Holy Family's No. 1 doubles team advanced to the state 3A tennis finals. Clara Meisner and Sarah Stonehocker face Anna Day and Maria Christoffersen of D'Evelyn …
Voices
Thelma Grimes

Editor's Note: Inflation hits hard

Recently, like many of you, my eyes popped when looking at the grand total after self-scanning a small number of groceries. How in the world I can spend $80 on a group of items that fit into one bag? …

Guest Column: The outer you reflects the inner you

Have you ever been around someone in a group setting and suddenly they say something completely out of character or unexpected? And when they realize it, they say or ask something like, “Did my …

Guest Column: Pay attention to tax law changes

Now that tax season is over, it is time to start planning for 2022. I know that everyone is probably tax fatigued by now, but we are already well into the second quarter of the year. Therefore, any …
Amy Fiala

Guest column: Saving energy costs in warm weather

We know customer bills and energy usage are topics of conversation in the communities we serve. Here are five jobs to tackle to help reduce your energy usage and make your home — and appliances — more energy efficient.
Michael Norton

Column: Listening for the voice of grace

So many of you enjoyed the quote I used last week, I thought I would begin this one with another of his quotes, “Graciousness is more than good manners. It is more than courtesy. It is the …
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