Douglas County awards school district $6.8 million for security
More than $6.8 million is on its way to the Douglas County School District to bolster student safety, while STEM School Highlands Ranch — the site of a fatal shooting last year — is set to …

Lawmakers aim to divide 18th Judicial District

The start to a new legislative session has reignited plans to split up the state's fastest-growing and most populous judicial district — the 18th Judicial District. Or, what one lawmaker called a …

Students graduate from Eagle Academy with high hopes

As Collin Rogers-Peckham moved from one school to the next in the Douglas County School District, he continually fell behind in his education. Several bouts of strep throat, he thinks spurred on by …

My Name Is ... Jim Benton

Backyard dreams I worked at Rocky Mountain News 41 years. I always say, “If you've got to go to work, you might as well go to a game.” I got into writing in the Lincoln Log — the (Denver) …

Crisis Center to run seminar for teens on healthy relationships

The Crisis Center in Douglas County will be running a five-week course for teens about building self-worth, establishing healthy relationships and domestic violence prevention. The Crisis Center's …

Nonprofit aims to feed hungry kids on weekends

While many may not think of Douglas County as a community where students struggle with hunger, a new nonprofit has been formed to address just that situation. Highlands Ranch resident June Everett …

WATCH: Time to Talk public forum on mental health and families

It's time to talk about mental health. Mothers and mental health advocates talk about how mental illness affects families, and why — and how — we need to talk about it. The free community …

News

No charges for STEM security guard who injured students

The privately hired security guard on duty during the STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting injured two students and was illegally carrying a weapon on school grounds, 4th Judicial District Attorney …

Life

Fairy tale characters take stage in show not for kids

Fairy tale princesses have long been part and parcel of our literary and social fabric, as they were created from ancient folk tales — and have more recently evolved through Disney films and now, …

Sports
Castle View senior basketball player Davis McKean.

Student-Athlete Spotlight: Top shooter aims high

David McKean has been forced to realize there are other ways help a basketball team other than making a shot, grabbing a rebound or making a steal. McKean, a 6-foot-2 senior, is the top scorer on the …
Jim Benton
Overtime

Unified programs help make world a kinder place

There seems to be a culture that has developed around unified sports programs in the state. Unified sports programs join youngsters with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. …
Jim Benton
Overtime

Soccer player, coach and teacher has much to juggle

Nicole Rodriguez has acquired the ability to balance all the activities going on in her life. Rodriguez is a 27-year-old World Language teacher at Castle View High School who will be starting her …
SkyView Academy senior Hannah Banko.

Student-Athlete Spotlight: Her hard work pays off

Hannah Banko has worked hard to polish her basketball skills, and the labor has offered dividends. Banko, a 5-foot-11 senior at SkyView Academy in Highlands Ranch, has committed to play basketball at …
6-foot-11 Lutheran freshman Baye Fall.

Student-athlete spotlight: Making an immediate impact

Who is your favorite athlete and why? LeBron James. He can do it all. It’s fun to watch him. What would be a perfect performance in basketball? It would be a game where I could have a triple …

Elway names Lock starting quarterback as 2020 begins

For the first time since Super Bowl 50, John Elway heads into an offseason not looking to change his head coach, starting quarterback or locker room chemistry. Elway said recently that rookie Drew …

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Winning Words

Domination through disruption opens huge opportunities

When we look at some of the most recent and incredible success stories in business, sports, and artistic performance we are seeing a bit of a trend, aren’t we? What we are seeing are companies, …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Count carefully to 17, and it’s fine to be sylly

English jurist John Selden (1584-1654) said, “Syllables govern the world.” Maybe syllables governed the world in the 17th century, but lately they have been treated with impudence and disrespect …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

First is probably special, but the heck with that

I will never be recognized as the first to do anything. I wasn’t the first in my family to graduate from high school or college, or become a schoolteacher, or nothing. Unless you stretch it. I was …
Norton
Winning Words

The speed of the game is in our hands

A few years ago, we all talked about the easy button. It was a meme before there was anything even known as a meme. There was an icon with a big red button that we all recognized without hesitation, …
Patricia Kummer
Financial Strategies

How will the new SECURE Act affect you?

As you start the new year, you may have an opportunity to boost your retirement savings thanks to sweeping changes in the SECURE Act bill that was passed and signed into law in December 2019. This …
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