Tri-County Health won’t require masks for unvaccinated in schools
With weeks until the upcoming school year, Tri-County Health Department — the local public health agency for Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties — says it plans not to require masks for …
Unvaccinated Coloradans drive rise in COVID as school looms
With the new school year only weeks away, Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties are seeing the signs of an upswing in rates of new COVID-19 cases, according to a news release from Tri-County Health …
Dr. Lawrence Jacobs, of Highlands Ranch HD Eye Care, explains how using advanced technology helps children with myopia.

Increased screen time during pandemic leads to increase in vision problems for youth

As the pandemic pushed students to online learning, screen time on computers, phones and video games increased dramatically. And a Highlands Ranch eye-care provider says eye doctors are seeing the …
Sydney Marchando was named the 2020-2021 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Woman of the Year. Marchando attended high school in Highlands Ranch.

Mines grad named RMAC Woman of Year

Sydney Marchando, a graduate of Colorado School of Mines in Golden, was named the 2020-21 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Woman of the Year. Marchando, who attended Rock Canyon High School …

Highlands Ranch senior center project moving forward

The process to build a new senior center in Highlands Ranch is taking another step forward with the official site selection expected to be approved by the Metro District Board of Directors this …
A photo taken by firefighters on the scene of the Cameron Peak Fire near Fort Collins in 2020.

Colorado wildfires are year-round danger

State climate experts and local fire officials along the Front Range say wildfire season no longer has an end as heat, low moisture and other factors have created a year-round problem. Russ …
Jessica Thoennes, of Highlands Ranch, will be representing the U.S. as the second seat on the Women’s Rowing Team in the 2021 Olympics.

Mountain Vista grad to compete in Olympics

After graduating from Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch, Jessica Thoennes started her rowing career as a walk-on for the University of Washington. After more than six years of hard work, …
Lindsey McKissick, outreach coordinator for the Backcountry Wilderness Area, points to the more than 8,000 acres between Highlands Ranch and Castle Pines that is protected from development.

Douglas County's Backcountry Wilderness Area thrives

In Highlands Ranch, the more than 8,200 acres of open land known as the Backcountry Wilderness Area (BWA) is a special resource that is being preserved as open, natural space. In the 1980s, before …

Drought watch for Highlands Ranch continues despite greenery

As afternoon rainstorms have continued through spring and early summer, officials of the Centennial Water and Sanitation District, the water provider in Highlands Ranch, warn residents that the …

Denver metro area Olympic athletes

The Summer Olympic Games taking place now in Tokyo features quite a few familiar faces for friends and family across the Denver metro area. Here are a few of the skilled and dedicated athletes that …

On the upswing: Pickleball popularity grows for all ages

When pickleball started becoming popular, it was a sport that helped aging adults get some exercise by combining aspects of tennis, badminton and table tennis onto one court. Today, the sport remains …

Seems like old times at Renaissance Festival

After a year off due to the pandemic, King Henry and the Colorado Renaissance Festival have returned to Douglas County for the 2021 season. Opening in early July, the festival, in its 44th year, …

‘Way Out West’ art exhibition celebrates the region

More than 50 artworks with a Western theme, created in a variety of styles and techniques by Littleton Fine Arts Guild members, fill the Stanton Gallery at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main Street …

Colorado's COVID powers remain despite 'health emergency' announcement

In early July, Gov. Jared Polis' office issued a news release that said: “Governor Polis Ends COVID-19 Health Emergency Order.” Following that statement, Colorado state Senate Republicans …

News

Pandemic risk not over, Tri-County Health Department chief says

Several Denver metro counties are now operating in what they call “level clear” in local dial policies, generally with no local coronavirus restrictions — and that’s likely to continue unless …

Life

Meet the new State Historian

For a lot of children, books about magical worlds and bigger than life adventures are the best way to spend their time. But when she was young, Dr. Nicki Gonzales immersed herself in the chronicles …

Sports

Young Douglas County golfers play in Miami invitational

Dylan Everett and Colin Young have been working on fine-tuning their golf games this summer. Everett and Young are among the 10 boys from Colorado in the 16-18 division and six Colorado girls who …

Voices
Patricia Kummer
Financial Strategies

It may be time to give money away

A true sign of financial independence is to worry about your estate plan and what to do with your assets after you pass away. Some people, myself included, spend their entire adult life worrying …
Michael Norton
Winning Words

Anyone else but me

You will make a lousy anybody else, but you will be the best ‘you’ in existence.” — Zig Ziglar Many of us daydream or fantasize about being someone else. Did you ever look at someone else’s …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Trapped in the platitude escalation cycle

Some of you might remember radio broadcaster Paul Harvey. He always ended his daily program with two words. “Good day.” Hippies turned that into “Have a nice day.” Then “Have a good day” …
Michael Norton
Winning Words

What I wouldn’t give for just 5 more minutes

How many times have we thought, “If I could only do that over again?” Whatever that is, there is always at least one thing, maybe several things we wish we could take another shot at.
Linda Newell

Anyone else slow about moving on to freedom?

Have you been feeling a bit anxious lately? You'd think as the pandemic starts to wane (in our area) and restrictions begin to be lifted, that I'd be feeling great about the potential of reentering …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

When life gives you clichés, make clichéade

It’s eleven o’clock. Do you know where your cliché is? For Pete’s sake, clichés drive me up the wall. They rattle my cage. At the end of the day, clichés push my buttons. Lately I have been …
Coming Attractions

McNichols Civic Center reopens with MLB-themed exhibits

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the curators behind galleries all over town found the loss of their spaces just as devastating as the artists. Shanna Shelby, curator of exhibitions with the City and …
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