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This open space is for the dogs — and people, too

Kyle Hawkins goes to the Glendale Farm Open Space dog park every morning with his 10-month old black lab, Trinket. It's near his house, a bonus, but Hawkins said he loves the size of the park and, …
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Three seats to be decided in school board election

Douglas County School Board hopefuls have until Aug. 30 to file to run as a candidate for one of three open seats in the Nov. 5 election. As of July 19, two people had registered with the Colorado …
Thompson

Meet Franceen Thompson, school board candidate

The May 7 shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch led Franceen Thompson to run for a seat as Douglas County School Board director for District C, which comprises eastern and southern Highlands Ranch. …

Car seat safety checks offered at free event

Certified child passenger safety technicians will offer free car seat checks and discuss proper use of a car seat, including installation, daily use, and car seat selections at a free car seat safety …
Bull rider Cyler Doremus, of Fort Collins, gets upended at last year’s Douglas County Fair and Rodeo.

Ready for concerts, cowboys and a carnival?

The quiet Douglas County fairgrounds will soon spring to life, transforming from a place with largely empty parking lots and buildings to one brimming with carnival lights, live music, the sound of …

This year is the 60th anniversary of the Jr. Livestock Sale in Douglas County.

Livestock sale pays off for youths at fair

It's not every day an entrepreneurial teen makes $20,000 from a single business transaction, but at the Douglas County Junior Livestock Show, that's known to happen. The event, which each year …
Education

Committees present ideas to improve safety, mental health in schools

After several meetings, two committees formed to address mental health needs and physical safety in Douglas County schools presented drafts of their recommendations to the Douglas County Board of …

DCSD offers free, full-day kindergarten this fall

Starting this fall, families in the Douglas County School District have the opportunity to send their children to full-day kindergarten for free. On May 21, Gov. Jared Polis signed into law House …

Parents invited to attend academy in August

A program hosted by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office for students and parents in the community unveiled a new logo and updated curriculum for the 2019-20 school year. The sheriff's office created …

Castle Rock to add a school resource officer in 2019

So far in 2019, two school resource officers from the Castle Rock Police Department have helped keep watch over campuses in the town. An officer has covered Castle View High School since an SRO …

Douglas County School District offers free summer lunch program

Six years ago, the Nutrition Services team at the Douglas County School District enacted the Summer Food Service Program and served 10,000 free meals to kids and teens across the county. This …
Business
Dina Almohd talks with customers at the stand she owns with her husband, Ali. The couple serve Middle Eastern food.

Market offers variety of flavors

Local residents enjoyed a warm, sunny morning downtown at the Castle Rock Farmer's Market in Festival Park on July 7. The festival runs every Sunday from June 2 through Sept. 1. Vendors sell …
Todd Muck helps a customer at his business, Cannabis Bioscience Development in Franktown.

CBD unregulated, but vendors undaunted

The sign in front of his business is subtle, yet Todd Muck said it can scare people off who are wary of the three-letter abbreviation and its association to the newest extension of the cannabis …
David Schutte is one of six partners behind Ecclesia, a new food hall in downtown Castle Rock.

Food hall Ecclesia celebrates successful launch

It was a cucumber lime drink and a hefty burrito that brought Douglas County employee Jim Davis to Ecclesia for lunch on June 20. He'd been to the Castle Rock food hall once before and came back for …

In their Business

Mici Handcrafted Italian opens in Parker Mici Handcrafted Italian, a family-owned, fast-casual chain in Denver, has opened its sixth location. The newest location is in Parker at 11290 Twenty Mile …

Co-owner of Jessie’s Smokin’ NOLA food truck said the business model allowed her and her husband, Jessie, to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant.

Food trucks are wheel deal

For Andrea Rayford and her husband, a food truck was the best means to reach their overall goal of opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant. “It was basically a lot cheaper to start a food truck,” …
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