Keeping the community in Colorado Community Media
Last week in this space you were able to hear from Ann and Jerry Healey, who have entrusted their collection of 24 community newspapers to us at the newly formed Colorado News Conservancy. This week, …
Driver convicted of two traffic offenses in trooper's death
A jury has found a truck driver who faced trial this month for hitting and killing Colorado State Trooper Cody Donahue guilty on two of three counts. Noe Gamez-Ruiz was found guilty of careless …

Home valuations rise slower than before

Douglas County homes saw less of an increase in their values during the most recent reappraisal period than in the recent past, according to the county assessor. Residential reappraisal notices, …

Fire department master plan approved

The Castle Rock Town Council approved the fire department’s master plan for 2021-2025 during the May 4 regular meeting. Fire Chief Norris Croom continues to raise concerns about keeping up with …

Car theft rates climb in Douglas County, region

Law enforcement officials in Douglas County are concerned about the increased rate of auto thefts happening across the region. The trend began in 2020, continuing into early 2021. In Douglas County, …

Tips to prevent vehicle theft

In Castle Rock, the police department regularly reminds residents through Facebook to conduct the #9pmroutine. What does that mean? It means taking the time before you go to sleep to make sure all …

Program aims to help new moms

With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, a local nonprofit is teaming up with a newborn specialty clinic to give 10 expecting moms health and wellness care after the baby is born. YANA M2M (You …

Colorado to host nation’s first ‘drone soccer’ tournaments

The idea of “drone soccer” may be difficult to picture, but the obscure sport appears poised to make an entrance into the public eye. “What we’re doing is highly educational and teaches …

Art dedication focuses on healing, mental health

Sometimes in the darkest of times, it is important to find light, seek out the positive and come together as a community. Two years after the shooting at STEM Schools Highlands Ranch, one student did …

Douglas County leaders push for changes in school COVID protocols

First one secondary school closed its doors. Then four. Within days, six Douglas County middle and high schools had shuttered to in-person learning, sending those students back online for two weeks …

News
Diners sit outside Smokin Fins in downtown Littleton on Nov. 20, hours before new orders took effect ending indoor dining in the face of surging COVID-19 numbers.

As Denver metro counties move to 'level clear,' virus not done taking toll

The era of metro Denver residents talking about “the dial” might be over for good now that several metro counties have lifted local restrictions and moved to what they call “level clear,” …
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis in July 2020 announcing the statewide order requiring those over age 10 to wear masks indoors. An interpreter for the hearing impaired appears at upper right.

Colorado ends mask rule for many indoor spaces

After 10 months of living under a statewide mask order, Coloradans saw a major step toward ending the requirement to wear masks in public spaces announced by Gov. Jared Polis, who made a point of …
Ann Macari Healey

We were blessed with the opportunities to tell your stories

Our journey in journalism started in the early 1980s, as recent college graduates — me, as a reporter at The Miami Herald, then one of the country’s largest papers; Jerry in the newspaper’s …
Jerry and Ann Healey, left, sold Colorado Community Media to a national and local partnership between the National Trust for Local News and the Colorado Sun designed to bolster local journalism. From left: Jerry Healey and Ann Healey, former CCM owners, Fraser Nelson and Marc Hand of the National Trust for Local News, Colorado Sun editors  Dana Coffield and Larry Ryckman, National Trust CEO Elizabeth Hansen Shapiro, and Lillian Ruiz of the National Trust.  Photo by David Gilbert

'Tell stories that matter:' Colorado Community Media sold to journalism partnership

Colorado Community Media, the company that produces two dozen newspapers around the Denver-area suburbs and two shoppers, has been acquired by a local and national …
The Biennial of the Americas is seeking public submissions for the virtual Americas COVID-19 Memorial exhibit.

‘More together than apart’

The Americas make up about 13% of the world’s population. Yet, as of April, nearly 50% of the world’s COVID-19 deaths occurred in the Americas. So the Biennial of the Americas got to thinking: …
Life
Coming Attractions

Small Mouth Sounds, big heart feelings

Back in early March of last year, I had a piece all written about “Small Mouth Sounds,” the final play of the Arvada Center’s 2019/2021 season. I had spoken to director Lynne Collins about the …
Sam Al-Jassim, a Georgetown resident and manager at Clear Creek Cidery & Eatery, pours a selection of cider for a flight of four. This cidery in Idaho Springs hopes to launch its own line of ciders later this year, and currently features nine Colorado ciders on tap and 14 others in cans.

Cideries squeeze into craft beverage scene

Imagine it’s a hot Colorado day and adults are looking for alcoholic beverages to help beat the heat. Many seek out beer, seltzers and cocktails. But, for Sam Al-Jassim and many others, the answer …
Coming Attractions

House concerts provide live music alternative

One of the first responses many people give when they’re asked what they’ve missed most during the COVID-19 pandemic is live music, and while it appears that this summer will feature more …
Coming Attractions

New Thornton Arts exhibit unites range of cultures

Audiences aren’t the only ones missing cultural events like art shows during the pandemic shutdown - the creatives have also been missing the opportunities to have their work seen and connected …
Sports
Colorado Springs Denver & Rio Grande’s Ed “Not so Fast” Evans leans back from a high pitch.

'Take Me Out to the Ballgame' in the 1860s

Vintage baseball from the 1860s came to the South Platte Valley Historic Park in Fort Lupton May 1. There were parts of the game that looked the same; others not so much. The Colorado Vintage Base …

CHSAA moves place, date for state volleyball tournament

AURORA -- The Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs will be the host venue for this year's state volleyball tournament. Brad Cochi, CHSAA's new digital media director, also said the tournament …

Soccer playoff draw due April 20

AURORA -- Spring snowstorms forced a change in the schedule for relreasing this year's state soccer playoff brackets. The Colorado High School Activities Association pushed the end of the boys …

More chances for Season D sports teams?

There could be more, not less games for students participating in the so-called Season D sports …
Voices
Finance

Examining the outlook for economic recovery

The United States economic outlook has “clearly brightened,” according to Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. The Washington Post also states that the U.S. emerges as the main engine for global …
Dr. Kimberly Winter
Guest Column

Gender influences various health issues

Osteoporosis is more common in women. Symptoms of coronary artery disease and heart attack may be different between men and women. Women have a harder time quitting smoking than men. Women are twice …
Michael Norton
Winning Words

It’s time for some Main Street magic

As the weather continues to improve each week and spring is in full bloom, it is the perfect time to visit and support our local Main Street, experiencing the magic that a beautiful walk down the …
Craig Marshall Smith

This knock-knock stuff is no joke

Occasionally, this is an opinion column. Here comes one now. Advertisements taped or left hanging on front doors should be against the law. The mischief-makers of advertisements taped or left hanging …
Michael Norton
Winning Words

Finding consistency in a world of inconsistency

“I pray to be like the ocean, with soft currents, maybe waves at times. More and more, I want the consistency rather than the highs and lows.” — Drew Barrymore There have been some very famous …
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