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Students leave Prairie View High School Dec. 1 after an hour-long lockdown. Police arrested three juveniles and recovered a handgun from a student's car.

Three juveniles in custody; police recover one handgun at Prairie View High School

Brighton police and 27J School District officials said a Dec. 1 lockdown at Prairie View High School may have started with an altercation off campus. Police eventually arrested three juveniles and …
California-based salad chain sweetgreen opens in Highlands Ranch's Village Center West on Dec. 2.

Sweetgreen opens fourth Colorado location in Highlands Ranch

The popular fast-casual and veggie-focused chain sweetgreen is celebrating the opening of its first Douglas County location in Highlands Ranch on Dec. 2 by partnering with a local nonprofit that …
The Piano is the 14th in the collectable series of holiday ornaments.

Collectable holiday ornament from 'Colorado's home' now available

The Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund’s 2022 holiday ornament is now available. The 14th in the collectable holiday ornament series, the 2022 ornament is inspired by the 1914 …
Clear Creek's Bode Baker throws a pitch during a June 2021 game at Denver Christian. Baker, who's been playing baseball since he was 3 or 4 years old, is graduating high school this year and hopes to play baseball at the collegiate level.

High school seniors reflect on life lessons from athletic careers

For high school seniors a few months from graduation, athletics have helped them prepare for the ups and downs, and the responsibilities of adult life.

A Castle Rock police vehicle.

1 killed, 1 injured in Castle Rock shooting after fight

An overnight shooting left one person dead and another injured, and police have taken the suspect into custody, the Castle Rock Police Department said.
Education
Douglas County School District's Superintendent Erin Kane, left, and Director of Mental Health Stephanie Crawford-Goetz pose will Douglas County Sheriff's Office Lt. Rob Rotherham and sheriff-elect Darren Weekly on Nov. 15 at the district administration building. Crawford-Goetz received the 2022 Ron King Service Award from the sheriff's office for her work to support homeless youth and promote student mental health.

Douglas County School District admin, mental health program honored for service to students

A Douglas County School District program aimed at supporting students experiencing trauma and one of the program's leaders received accolades at the county and national level for their positive …
Teachers and others rally outside Adams City High School Nov. 18 to protest the state board of education's decision to reorganize the district.

Teachers protest order to reorganize Adams 14 district

The next installment of the dispute between the Adams 14 School District and the Colorado board of education was in the form of a Nov. 19 rally outside Adams City High School. About 30 teachers …
Otis' Jack Willeke snares this long pass against the defense of Stratton's Avery Archuleta in the second half of the teams' semifinal game in the six-man playoffs Nov. 19 in Stratton.

Small-town football: A different game, a different level of interest

STRATTON – On the Eastern Plains, football is a special breed of cat. Or eagle, as the case may be. Tucked away north of Interstate 70, an hour or so east of Limon and two or so stops …
Tim Hernández speaking during the panel at Lone Tree Arts Center on Nov. 9.

Education leaders discuss equity, injustice

Making the education system equitable is no easy feat, but education leaders across Colorado continue to push for positive change and share the lessons they’ve learned in hopes of creating a …

The Douglas County School District is working out its role in the new universal pre-kindergarten program, where the state will pay for 10 hours of preschool for eligible students. 

Douglas County School District plans for universal preschool

Ahead of the launch of state-funded universal pre-kindergarten in 2023-24, the Douglas County School District is working out its role in the new program.  During the Nov. 15 board meeting, …
Business
A campaign flier for Dean Legatski, running in Castle Rock Town Council District 3 against Kevin Bracken, raises concerns about the town's Design Review Board. Legatski would like to reduce the board's authority over downtown development, while Bracken supports the board as is.

Council candidates spar on role of Design Review Board days before election

In the last days before Election Day, campaign material for a Castle Rock town council candidate reignited conflict about the commission that approves downtown development.  During the Nov. 1 …
Members of the Denver South Metro Rotary Club donated over 1,000 pounds of hygiene and health items to Integrated Family Community Services for the group's October project.

Local Rotary donates 1,000 pounds of hygiene products to nonprofit

Just over 1,000 pounds of toothbrushes, toilet paper, diapers, soap and other hygiene products will help local nonprofit Integrated Family Community Services serve its thousands of monthly visitors …
B’s Craft Deli & Market opened last month at the corner of Wilcox Street and South Street in Castle Rock.

Eateries step up game in Castle Rock

John Johnson believes Castle Rock is becoming the kind of place people travel to for good food, and he’s happy to be a growing part of the phenomenon. The restaurateur has been a Castle Rock …
Blush Out West, one of over 60 vendors at The Emporium, offers women’s clothing and home goods with a Western vibe.

Emporium marks milestone

Mike Slattery is eager to celebrate a Castle Rock destination that he loves with the community that has supported it for a decade. On Oct. 1, The Emporium will mark its 10th anniversary with free …

Homes sit in a neighborhood in Littleton, part of the notably expensive Denver metro area.

Colorado home prices see short-term drop; unclear how long downslide will last

Home prices in the metro area and statewide have shown some early signs that they may be breaking the pandemic-era trend of steep increases.
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