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Celebration of Kendrick Castillo's life: 'We need to be more like him'

Live like Kendrick Castillo. Be brave. Be industrious. Have integrity. Show love. That was the overarching message at a May 15 celebration of life service at Cherry Hills Community Church. More …
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Legislators forming committee to focus on school safety

Legislators are prioritizing school safety following the May 7 shootings at STEM School Highlands Ranch. On May 17, members of the state House and Senate announced the pending formation of an interim …
Friends and family gather at Seven Stones, a cemetery near Chatfield State Park, on May 17 for the burial of Kendrick Castillo.

Messages of faith, hope as Kendrick Castillo laid to rest

More than 80 men, decorated in red, purple and green regalia, gathered in front of St. Mary Catholic Parish in Littleton. The Knights of Columbus traveled from across Colorado to honor Kendrick …
STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting suspect 18 year old Devon Erickson, facing 48 criminal charges makes a court appearance at the Douglas CountyCourthouse May 15, 2019, in Castle Rock, Colorado.

Juvenile STEM shooting suspect charged as adult

Two key revelations emerged May 15 during the second court appearances for suspects in the May 7 shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch that left student Kendrick Castillo dead and eight other …
Krystal Jensen, left, and her 12-year-old daughter Kierra welcome STEM students back to school on May 15. About a week earlier, the school experienced a shooting that left one student dead and eigth others injured. "They need all the love they can get right now," said Krystal, who homeschools her daughter.

Community members welcome STEM students back with words of love

On a cloudless day, the sun beaming down, a small group of parents and children stood along Barrons Boulevard in Highlands Ranch waving posters with words of encouragement. “You are …

Celebration of life for Kendrick Castillo scheduled for May 15

A celebration of life service for Kendrick Castillo will start at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15 at Cherry Hills Community Church, 3900 Grace Boulevard. The service is open to the public. Castillo was …
Education
Douglas County School District Superintendent Thomas Tucker, left, and Sheriff Tony Spurlock shake hands at a special work session for the Douglas County Board of Commissioners on May 13.

Douglas County commissioners eye $10 million to enhance school safety

Jennifer Thompson Consolo and her family had no idea her daughter was being bullied and had begun self-harming during her sophomore year at Douglas County High School. They also didn't know she was …

Documents reveal dispute between sheriff's office, STEM over resource officer contract

Documents distributed as part of a news release by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office on May 10 show disagreement, and some underlying tension, led to the discontinuation of a contract that provided …

STEM denies allegations made by anonymous parent

The executive director of STEM School Highlands Ranch adamantly denies allegations made by an anonymous school parent that the school's climate and culture are out of control. "I can't even fathom …
Students, including some from STEM School Highlands Ranch, hold up lit-up phones outside Highlands Ranch High School after walking out of a May 8 vigil amid frustration over STEM students getting speaking time. A shooting May 7 at STEM School wounded eight students and killed one, 18-year-old Kendrick Ray Castillo.

STEM School students walk out of shooting vigil amid frustration

A vigil that brought politicians, activists and several hundred students and parents to Highlands Ranch High School after the nearby STEM School shooting devolved into chaos and chants, with many students expressing frustration with the event’s political overtones on gun policy.

Pepsi Lamar hugs her husband Larry Lamar as they await the safe return of their sons Jakob and Corbyn on Tuesday afternoon.

Multiple students injured, one killed in shooting at STEM School in Highlands Ranch

Eight students were wounded and one was killed in a shooting at STEM High School in Highlands Ranch on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. The two suspects were in custody.
Business
Former chair of the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce Mark Michael speaks at the chamber's annual banquet May 4. Michael then welcomed the new chairman of the chamber, Mike McNairy.

Banquet recognizes businesses, advocates

The Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet May 4 at the Denver South Marriott in Lone Tree, recognizing some of the most influential business leaders and politicians of the …
The owners of the building at center hope to have a historic landmark designation removed so they can redesign the front exterior of the structure. The plan is to open a craft cocktail lounge in the space.

Castle Rock could rescind building's landmark designation

The Castle Rock Historic Preservation Board has recommended the town council approve removing a historic landmark designation from a building in the heart of downtown Castle Rock, which could make …
Polis

Polis to ask voters to pass nicotine tax to combat youth use

Targeting teen nicotine vaping, Gov. Jared Polis recently announced a late-session bill to ask Colorado voters to significantly raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products and impose taxes …

Kratom discussion picks up in Castle Rock

The Town of Castle Rock is poised to consider an ordinance next month that would further regulate kratom at the local level by barring its sale to minors. Following some debate on age limits, council …

Residents urge Castle Rock to purchase portion of Plum Creek Golf Club

Some people in Castle Rock have a new vision for part of the Plum Creek Golf Course. Numerous Plum Creek area residents have attended council meetings in recent weeks urging the town to purchase a …
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