Boil water advisory issued for Castle Pines North Metro District residents
The Water Quality Control Division of the Colorado Public Health & Environment has directed the Castle Pines North Metro District to issue a boil advisory until further notice. According to …

Masks off, restrictions dropped in Douglas County schools

As vaccination rates go up, and COVID cases drop, the Douglas County School District is making plans to a normal return for the 2021-2022 school year. Following a June 1 meeting with the Douglas …

Castle Rock accepts 60-acre land donation

By agreeing to accept one of the largest private-land donations in Castle Rock’s history, the town council committed to meeting the stipulations placed on the gift. During the June 1 council …
Run to Change Lives to host July 4 race

Run to Change Lives is expanding in 2021, with plans to host the Free Rock-It Run on July 4 in Castle Rock. The event will inclue live entertainment, a 5K, half marathon and races for kids. Run to …

Improved water safety could save lives: 5 things to know

Here’s something parents might not know: Drowning is responsible for more deaths among children aged 1-4 than any other cause except congenital anomalies, or birth defects. “Drowning doesn’t …

Colorado lifts COVID capacity restrictions for large indoor crowds

A month and a half after Colorado let its “dial” of coronavirus restrictions expire, the state has also lifted capacity restrictions on large indoor gatherings, a limit that remained after the …

25th Annual Duck Derby set for June 13

The Rotary Club of Castle Rock is preparing for the 25th-annual Duck Derby event on June 13. In recognition of the upcoming celebration, the Castle Rock Town Council declared June 2021 as Duck Derby …

George Rodriguez kneels before the grave of his wife Katherine. “I was the one who went away to war, but she was a Navy wife,” George said. “She endured. Now she rests among those who died for this country. It’s a great honor, and one day I’ll join her here.”

‘This is our history’

James Hessel came home from school on Sept. 11, 2001, and told his mom he was joining the Marines. “He felt it was his patriotic duty after that terrible day,” said Hessel’s mom, Kathie Newman. …
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Crash closes Highway 2 in Commerce City

State Highway 2 remains closed at East 96th Avenue after an early morning four-car crash involving a fuel tanker. It happened around 7:30 a.m. Local media reported the tanker wound up in someone's …
Surveillance footage from inside STEM School Highlands Ranch shows Sgt. Joel White with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office carrying a wounded student out of the school on May 7, 2019. The footage was played during the trial for Devon Erickson, who is facing dozens of charges for his alleged role in the attacks.

'I pleaded twice' - New details emerge in STEM shooting testimonies

Lucas Albertoni was crawling through classroom 107 in STEM School Highlands Ranch when he was confronted by Alec McKinney’s gun. Albertoni looked up as he was attempting to flee and saw the …

Murder during vape robbery brings long sentence

Kenneth Gallegos, 19, was sentenced June 2 to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 40 years for the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Lloyd Chavez IV during a robbery involving vaping …
Kirk Newman, left, and Kathie Newman sit before the grave of their son James Hessel, a veteran of Iraq who died by suicide days before his 28th birthday. The Newmans spend every Memorial Day at Fort Logan National Cemetery in southwest Denver.

'This is our history'

James Hessel came home from school on Sept. 11, 2001, and told his mom he was joining the Marines.   “He felt it was his patriotic duty after that terrible day," said Hessel's mom …
Michael Norton
Winning Words

Truer words may have never been spoken

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.” — Falsely attributed to Abraham Lincoln When I …
Coming Attractions

The Alpine Choral finds a road home

It’s difficult to imagine the challenge that an artist faces when they’re used to rehearsing and performing as part of a group, and suddenly find themselves in a situation where they must work on …

Protecting your skin while not staying in

Coloradans love to tout the state’s sunshine with the warmth and mood boost it provides, but the sun’s rays also are something to be reckoned with, especially as we get into the swing of summer. …
Coming Attractions

A million-dollar night of musical theater

The Arvada Center is celebrating the return of live musical theater with an experience that will be novel for both performers and audiences — musical theater outside. For the first time in 19 …
Skyview's Isaac Gutierrez starts on a small adventure after this pop fly during a June 10 game at Fort Lupton.

Keeping your eye on the ball .. and the mound

CHSAA releases Season D playoff schedule

AURORA -- The Colorado High School Activities Association released thke playoff formats and sites for the so-called Season D lineup of sports -- girls tennis, boys and girls lacrosse, boys swimming …

Jacobs Fore benefit golf tournament coming to Fort Lupton

The city of Fort Lupton, Jacobs and the business community are co-sponsoring the 2021 Jacobs Fore Youth Benefit Golf Tournament Friday, Aug. 20, at Coyote Creek Golf Course. The tourney raises …
Douglas County volleyball player Connor Shumate spikes the ball in a match against Regis Jesuit.

Boys volleyball participation gains traction

After multiple pilot seasons, boys volleyball is finally a sport that is sanctioned by the Colorado High School Activities Association this season. In the May 10 boys volleyball …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Failing to be facile was tassel-related hassle

You might think being chosen to speak at a high school graduation ceremony would be a welcome opportunity, especially for someone who is filled with opinions and loves the English language. No, I was …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

A numeral, a letter, and unsure what's better

What's 5G? What happened to 4G? Is 5G better than 4G? Is 6G next? Will the commercials for 6G be better than the commercials for 5G? The commercials for 5G give me a headache. Especially the ones …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Welcome to Denver — weather permitting

Phoenix, 96, and plenty of sun. Miami, 85, and partly cloudy. Denver, 42, with periods of rain mixed with snow and snow mixed with rain. Newcomers to Colorado want to know, “What’s going on?” …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Some words are great, and others just grate

So,” “listen,” “to be honest,” “at the end of the day,” “it is what it is,” “like,” “literally,” “right?” An April column invited readers to nominate words and phrases …
Michael Norton
Winning Words

Bigger, better, faster, higher, smarter

Society thrives on one-upmanship. In everything we do, whether we realize it or not, we set a bar. And as we set the bar, more often than not, we try and improve upon whatever it is we are doing. …
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