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Police scanner access fading as agencies cite safety

Deputy Corie Chance sped in his vehicle to the scene of a shooting that would leave fellow Deputy Zackari Parrish dead and six other people injured. Chance's radio told him a gunman shot multiple …
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Capitol Report: Bill aims to stop most scanner encryption

As more law enforcement and fire agencies across the state encrypt or consider encrypting their dispatch radio traffic, a bill was introduced March 12 that seeks to halt the trend. Blocking the …
Neville

Q&A with state Rep. Patrick Neville

State Rep. Patrick Neville, R-Castle Rock, serves House District 45. The district includes Castle Rock, Castle Pines and portions of unincorporated Douglas County. Neville was first elected in 2014 …
Lucy Kannenberg, of Castle Rock, screams as she sleds down a hill near Meadow View Elementary. Douglas County Schools closed for two days, March 13 and 14, giving kids plenty of time to play.

Enjoying a snow day after the storm

A bomb cyclone ripped through the Denver metro area March 13, causing havoc on roadways and residential neighborhoods. The Douglas County School District announced closures for March 13 and 14, …
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office shared this photo of southbound I-25 just north of the Palmer Divide on Twitter about 11 a.m. March 14. "This is why I25 isn’t open yet," the Tweet said.

Road closures, power outages reported as storm wreaks havoc on Denver metro area and beyond

Gov. Jared Polis authorized the activation of the Colorado National Guard and declared an emergency as a blizzard continued to sweep across the Front Range the afternoon of March 13.

The Parker restaurant and bar Takoda Tavern held a fundraiser March 9 to help pay travel and medical expenses for Christian Redman, the Army veteran who is dying of cancer and wanted to make a last trip to see his daughter and visit Key West. Parker resident Ron Meier, left, and Takoda owner Bob Nobles helped organize the event. Stopping by were Army veteran Derrick Riley, center, who is commander of the Elbert County VFW; Army veteran John Grose, who drove in from Bennett to support the cause; and WWII veteran Jack Plylar, 97, also an Elbert County resident.

‘I’ll be there for my little girl’

Maverick’s Last Ride didn’t start exactly as Christian Redman — called Maverick in his Army days — had hoped. He was scheduled to leave March 4 from his Parker home with fellow veteran Ray …
Education

Douglas County School Board approves oversight committee

Douglas County School District's newest committee is a melting pot of backgrounds. One person comes from local government, another from the business community. Some are teachers. Others are parents. …
Students at Lakewood High School walk past vaping education posters in the hallway. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says Colorado is first in the nation for the number of teenagers who use vaporizers or e-cigarettes, calling the trend a public health crisis.

Vaping’s growing popularity spurs action

Depression, anxiety and wanting to fit in are what Olivia Ridl, 17, says drew her to begin vaping when she was a freshman at Chatfield High School. “I wasn’t a popular kid,” she said. “I was …

Help Douglas County School District plan for its future

Douglas County School District is asking community members for input on a roadmap for the district's future. The goal is to promote what board of education members and district leaders call a …
Many protesters believe that the proposed sex education bill is immoral and should not be taught in schools.

Sex education bill spurs concerns

The comprehensive sex education bill making its way through the state Legislature has spurred opposition from many in the religious and conservative communities, drawing concerns that the language of …

Parker site approved for alternative ed, career/tech campus

Parker will likely be home to the Douglas County School District's fourth alternative education facility, and first career and technical education facility — together on one campus. At the Feb. 19 …
Business

Town council approves 1,200-home development plan

A massive swath of land in Castle Rock is poised to become the town's newest neighborhood. The Lanterns, also called Montaine, is a housing development that's been years in the planning but is now …

Plan to focus oil rules on safety creates divide in Colorado

Supporters of a plan to overhaul Colorado's oil and gas regulations told lawmakers that the measure is a flexible, commonsense approach to dealing with frequent conflicts over health and safety. …

No refund? Some shocked by impact of new tax law

Wait, I owe the IRS? The first tax filing season under the new federal tax law is proving to be surprising, confusing — and occasionally frightening — for some Americans, especially those …

IN THEIR BUSINESS: News and notes from the business community

Hotels change hands Stonebridge Companies, a privately owned hotel owner, operator and developer headquartered in Denver, has assumed management of three metro Denver Hyatt properties, according to a …

The Town of Castle Rock remains committed to its incentive agreement with Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply after its grand opening was twice pushed back.

Murdoch's pushes back Castle Rock opening date

The Town of Castle Rock has now twice pushed back deadlines outlined in its original deal with Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply, which is slated to partially fill a vacant 70,000-square-foot box …
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