Roughly 4,000 Castle Rock students learning virtually amid quarantines, sub shortage
Two high schools in Castle Rock will switch to virtual learning for two weeks as COVID-19 quarantines keep teachers out of the classroom and the school district struggles to maneuver a substitute …

Police determine bomb threat at Castle View High School was not credible

Students at Castle View High School in Castle Rock were evacuated from the building this morning following a "possible bomb threat," according to school district and police officials.

Douglas County School Board names new interim superintendent finalist

The Douglas County School Board has now selected Executive Director of Schools Corey Wise as the sole finalist for interim superintendent. Wise will undergo 14 days of vetting as the district draws …

Republican sheriff in Douglas County endorses Democratic commissioner candidate

Republican Sheriff Tony Spurlock has endorsed Democrat Lisa Neal-Graves in the race for Douglas County District 2 commissioner. In a Sept. 21 interview with Colorado Community Media, Spurlock …

'This is the gem of the county'

A more than 2,000-acre property in southern Douglas County that was once destined for residential development is now open to the public with 12 miles of trails for hiking, bicycling and horseback …

Castle Rock approves $229.8 million 2021 budget

Castle Rock has approved a $229.8 million 2021 budget, with plans to pick up projects that were deferred in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, while staff say they are taking a cautious approach …

Some Denver metro counties qualify for Colorado's new, eased COVID rules

Colorado released another round of new social-distancing rules, updating the state’s current “safer-at-home” policy to raise the cap on personal gatherings and event crowds for counties that …

Douglas County School District plans to return elementary students to in-person learning

Amid pressure from district families but fearful pushback from some educators, the Douglas County School District has announced plans to get its youngest learners back to full in-person learning, …

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Ditmars Ranch, a 1,500 acre property, is now preserved open space in Douglas County.

Douglas County adds new open space

A 1,500-acre ranch in Douglas County is now protected open space after the purchase of a conservation easement on the property was completed at a recent business meeting. The purchase of Ditmars …
A military member kneels to give an American flag to Tom Munds' daughter, Gayle Munds, at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Her brother, Thomas E. Munds, sits next to her.

Tom Munds 'served our community and country'

Family, coworkers, and current and former Englewood city officials came together in memoriam of a well-known figure in the Englewood community who loved that city as much as it loved him back. …

Douglas County school board's pick for interim superintendent withdraws from consideration

An Air Force officer with experience in IT, communications, human resources and education was selected to be the interim leader of the Douglas County School District. The Douglas County School …

For the second time this week, Legend High School asks dozens to quarantine

The Douglas County School District has asked 88 more people to quarantine at Legend High School after learning of another positive COVID-19 case at the school. A letter dated Sept. 14 said students …
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Case against Palmer Lake detective moves forward

The charges against a Palmer Lake police officer will move forward after a Douglas County judge agreed there was enough evidence in the case in a Sept. 10 preliminary hearing. Brian Saltzman, 38, was …
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Coming Attractions

Opening Denver’s virtual doors

Many of us have spent the majority of the last six months or so in our homes, which means at some point we’ve had to reckon with the design choices we’ve made. There’s a reason so many people …
A crowd of kids and adults stands near the barn at 17 Mile House Farm Park, an Arapahoe County park that sits at 8181 S. Parker Road.

Curious sights around Denver metro area tell historic tales

With many Coloradans still avoiding large crowds with the continued risk of COVID-19, some may be taking a better look at what’s in their neighborhood — or even driving around with no particular …
Cast performs “Almost Heaven” near Hudson Gardens’ Rose Garden.

Arts center adjusts to world of restrictions

When the world closed down last spring, Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center closed a production of “Barefoot in the Park” a week early and started on a different kind of journey. The board of …
The new Freyer-Newman Center at Denver Botanic Gardens opens Sept. 26 with an exhibit called “Garden and Haven: Botanical Art and Illustration.”
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Exhibits coming at new facility in Denver Botanic Gardens

The new Freyer-Newman Center at the Denver Botanic Gardens, York Street, has several exhibits starting Sept. 26. Timed tickets must be reserved online. Masks will be required. “From the Vault: …
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Sports
Heritage senior Jackson Scott returns a volley during the Region 5 boys tennis finals which were held Sept. 17 at Heritage High School. Scott defeated Boulder's Nathaniel Spillmann, 6-2, 6-4, to win the regional championship.

Tennis tourney sets seedings for state

Jackson Scott played his type of tennis on Sept. 17 in the finals of the Region 5 boys tennis tournament at the Heritage High School tennis courts. Scott, Heritage's No. 3 singles player, recorded a …
Legend's Spencer Schlagel watches his drive during the final Continental League boys golf tournament which was held Sept. 15 at Spring Valley Golf Club. Schlagel finished with a 78.

Gifted golfers rise to top of tourneys

Rock Canyon senior Nick Fallin examined his round and figured he could have played better. Fallin, however, took medalist honors with an even-par 72 on Sept. 15 at the Spring Valley Golf Club in the …

Hopes for fall Colorado high school football season thwarted

Amid pressure to allow more fall sports, the Colorado High School Activities Association board of directors met Sept. 8 to discuss an adjustment of the previously approved 2020-21 sports calendar, …
Rock Canyon’s Sydney Boulaphinh (14) watches as second baseman Annika Sprague (12) throws to first base in the third inning of the Sept. 2 softball game between the top-ranked Jaguars and Highlands Ranch. Rock Canyon won the game, 12-0.

Lopsided game against Highlands Ranch gives top team Rock Canyon a break

Rock Canyon’s softball team is no stranger to being the No. 1 team in the state. The Jaguars were top-ranked last season and went into the state tournament as the top-seeded team but lost 6-3 to …
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Quiet Desperation

Instagram and indiscretion are on the shame page

Instagram, Instagram, wherefore art thou, Instagram — and why? I guess it must be good for something. But not a day goes by that someone isn’t apologizing or being shamed, slammed or threatened …
Norton
Winning Words

Hope, encouragement open endless possibilities

Hope may not be a strategy, but then again it just might be, especially when we tie it to encouragement. Although I have personally limited the amount of time I spend reading or watching the news, …
Coming Attractions

Stories on Stage on screen

Never underestimate the power of a good story. They can provide comfort, particularly during challenging times like the one the world is currently living through. So, it’s with a sigh of relief …
Kummer
Financial Strategies

Change is the only constant

Ancient Greek philosophers taught valuable lessons that are still relevant today. “Change is the only constant in life” from Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher from 500 BCE¹ is one of my …
Norton
Winning Words

The path to success is open to everyone

“You were designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seeds of greatness.” - Zig Ziglar Imagine waking up every day, reminding ourselves of Zig’s quote above. How …
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