Douglas County seeks 'a different solution to public health services'
Douglas County is moving forward on finding a new way to deliver public health services to its residents by 2023 but has not determined a specific path forward or how much it will cost. In a Jan. 25 …

Brauchler closes out tenure as DA

His time helming Colorado’s largest judicial district began and ended with shootings that horrified the nation. Cases like those — the 2012 Aurora theater shooting and the STEM School Highlands …
Wise

Douglas County School District superintendent urges speedier vaccine timeline

Douglas County School District interim Superintendent Corey Wise is urging a speedier timeline for vaccinating workers in education, but stopped short of saying whether the state's recent pause on …

Quarantine protocols change in Douglas County School District

Quarantine protocols for the Douglas County School District have changed again during the COVID-19 pandemic under new state guidance. The district will now ask people exposed to the virus to …

Partridge plans to keep on working

Roger Partridge is not retiring. While his eight years as a Douglas County commissioner may be ending, the 63-year-old is anything but finished working. Soon, he will begin his new position with a …

Some Douglas County School District staff receive COVID vaccines

Douglas County School District staff began receiving COVID-19 vaccines the week of Jan. 4, according to a news release from the district. Approximately 45 school nurse consultants received …

Douglas County commissioners sworn in

Commissioners George Teal and Lora Thomas were sworn in during an in-person and virtual event hosted by Douglas County Jan. 12. Teal, who was elected in November, represents District 2, which …

Doxxing by Parker man caused fear for woman, family

All it took was the ring of a doorbell for Sarah Tuneberg’s 10-year-old son to burst into tears. The tension in the Denver home had already felt palpable as Tuneberg was grappling with how to keep …

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DCSD semester plans generate mixed reactions

How to school children during the COVID-19 pandemic has sparked fierce debate among local community members in the Douglas County School District. At recent school board meetings, public comment …

Douglas County School Board votes to continue remote education

After an hours-long debate, the Douglas County School Board broke with a recommendation from its superintendent to launch hybrid learning the week of Jan. 25 and instead voted to keep middle and high …
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State legislator ‘surprised’ to find Trump supporters behind Capitol violence

A state legislator who publicly called into question whether it was truly supporters of the president who stormed the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6 now acknowledges that most of the people who have been …

Open house to focus on Crowfoot Valley Road improvements

The Town of Castle Rock will hold a virtual open house later this month to discuss Crowfoot Valley Road traffic-control options. Improvements to the road have been planned to address increasing …

Centennial man found dead after search

The body of a man identified as Brian Patterson of Centennial, whose vehicle was found in a recreational area of Douglas County, was located during a search by multiple agencies, the Douglas County …
Life
Coming Attractions

The power of Wood.Works at the Arvada Center

Wood has proven to be one of the most reliable and dynamic materials humanity has made use of over the centuries. It has been employed to make everything from weapons and transportation to shelter …
Ada Florence Ashford, 95, is shown in her kitchen wearing the apron she put on first thing each morning in this 2004 photo by Kristina Loggia, part of the “Apron Chronicles” exhibit opening Jan. 23 at History Colorado.
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‘Apron Chronicles’ exhibit coming to end of journey

History Colorado at 1200 Broadway in Denver is a wonderful spot for family (or individual) visits on a winter — or actually, any — day. Exhibits take you back to the state’s years-ago history …
An employee working the Santiago’s take-out window smiles for the camera in Brighton.

Word on the heat: Forget the controversy, enjoy your chiles

Hatch, Pueblo, Anaheim or an upstart from Greeley — Coloradans have differences of opinion on who grows green chiles best. But when it comes to the state’s love for the spicy fruit (yes, fruit), …

Entries sought for Douglas County Art Encounters program

Area artists are invited to submit work to the Douglas County Art Encounters program. Art Encounters, which was founded in 2007, is a year-long, outdoor sculpture exhibit showcasing sculptures in …
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Sports
Douglas County guard Jaeton Hackley, who averaged about 14 points per game last year, should be a player to watch this season.

Basketball season will look different

There is to be a 2021 Colorado high school basketball season — although nothing is certain during the COVID-19 pandemic. Basketball practices for boys and girls were to begin on Jan. 18 and …

Ponderosa seen as dominant as wrestling season nears

Ponderosa has been a dominant wrestling team in the south metro area and it seems like nothing will change this season. The Mustangs have won 24 of the past 26 Continental League dual meet titles and …
Jim Benton
Overtime

Tough year had some bright moments

Being asked to write a column for the new year usually means wrapping up the highlights from the previous year. But 2020 was a frustrating, discouraging, disappointing, terrible year and there are …
Connor Mantelli is a senior at Douglas County High School and the kicker on the football team.

Kicker hopes Texas event will help draw colleges

Connor Mantelli was nervous on the first day of the Kicking World National Showcase, but he was one of the outstanding kickers during the two-day camp held Dec. 5-6 in Austin, Texas. Now he’s a …
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Winning Words

The grand illusion in the land of confusion

Music just seems to have a way of connecting us with feelings of inspiration, motivation, adventure, romance, sorrow, and love. We can remember where we were the first time we heard those songs, the …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Animal adoption agencies seeing a doggone frenzy

Because of the pandemic, which of the following is way up nationwide? Average per-person daily intake of calories from sugar? Trips to the liquor store? Pet adoption? I don’t have the facts in …
Patricia Kummer
Financial Strategies

New year, new possibilities

A new year is upon us and 2020 is but a bad memory. It is important though, to learn what we can from the events of last year, to better prepare for any opportunities in 2021 and beyond. It is hard …
Coming Attractions

In a challenging 2020, music kept us going

It’s safe to say 2020 is a year that we’re unlikely to forget any time soon. We all had to get through it in our own way, and music played a big role in my survival. I picked five of my favorite …
Michael Norton
Winning Words

Let the story, our story, unfold

Do you remember that old saying, “Never judge a book by its cover?” Well, if you are like me, and if you don’t mind admitting just how many times that you made the big mistake of rushing to …
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