Stories of the Week
JUNE 17, 2022 - Protesters gather on a corner near the Southridge Recreation Center in Highlands Ranch holding signs in protest of a drag queen show that was held at the rec. center. The show was hosted by Comedians in Drag, Denver’s top drag queens who entertain with their comedy and musical performances. The event was sold out. (Photo by John Leyba/Special to the Colorado Sun)

Highlands Ranch drag show protesters, counterprotesters eye future events

Highlands Ranch’s first-ever drag comedy show carried on despite the roughly 50 protesters who gathered outside the Southridge Rec Center on the evening of June 17 to oppose the event.
Members of the Douglas County School Board discuss trust and air differences in a Feb. 4 meeting. Trust came up again in the June 21 meeting when the board discussed community opposition to a bond and/or mill levy override. Survey results showed a lack of trust in the district and how it spends its money is a main reason voters don't support a new funding initiative.

Douglas County School District intends to put MLO/bond question on November ballot

Douglas County School District’s Board of Education voted 6-0 to notify the Douglas and Elbert county clerks that they plan to put one or two questions on the November ballot regarding school funding.
Douglas County hosted a town hall about homelessness June 22.

Douglas County commissioners pivot on homelessness approach

The Douglas County commissioners indicated a changing approach to homelessness after a Wednesday town hall in which residents expressed frustration with a shelter planned for the …
A boy listens to his headphones as Douglas County Board of Health members debate allowing students and teachers to opt out of masking mandates in schools at an Oct. 8, 2021, meeting.

Douglas County, school district, settle legal fees over mask lawsuit

The Douglas County Board of Health and the Douglas County School District have decided to call it even on a 2021 lawsuit regarding mask rules, with the county promising to pay the district $90,000 for a psychological safety coordinator. 
Members of Indivisible Highlands Ranch counter-protest on May 28 in support of an upcoming drag comedy show hosted by the Highlands Ranch Community Association. Indivisible will also host a counter-protest on June 17 to oppose a planned rally from Freedom Fathers, an anti-LGBTQ group.

Drag show in Highlands Ranch draws protest, counterprotest

Highlands Ranch’s first-ever drag show has become a target of a local anti-LGBTQ group leading to protests and counter-protests from the community.
Amy Lunstra, right, taught students with special needs at ThunderRidge High School before becoming the owner of Festive Cup.

Coffee, gifts and inclusivity

Amy Lunstra, the owner of Festive Cup Coffee and Gift Boutique, has a vision.  “We’re trying to provide opportunities where the adults that we’re supporting find value in their job and …
Suzanne Clausen, stroke coordinator at the Medical Center for Aurora.

Stroke advocate helps family though tough process

When a family member is taken to the hospital for a stroke, the pace of doctors and nurses is both chaotic and fast. Medical professionals know that if a stroke is in progress, the faster the …

Republican candidates for Douglas County sheriff answer Q&As

As the primary election for the next sheriff of Douglas County draws near, Colorado Community Media has asked each of the four Republican candidates to answer questions about how, if elected, they …

Poll shows majority of Douglas County voters not in favor of ‘vital’ school funding

A poll of Douglas County voters showed that less than 40% of the community is willing to approve new funding measures for the school district in an election this November. But an ad hoc committee …
Republican Kurt Huffman was appointed on June 4 to the Colorado House District 43 seat to finish out the term started by Rep. Kevin Van Winkle, who was appointed to a vacated Colorado Senate seat.

Huffman appointed to HD43 state rep. seat

A Highlands Ranch candidate for the Colorado statehouse has been appointed to the seat to finishing serving the term started by Rep. Kevin Van Winkle. On June 4, the Douglas County GOP hosted a …
Highlands Ranch Metro District General Manager Mike Renshaw resigned his position and his last day will be July 8.

Highlands Ranch Metro District to get new general manager

After 18 months, Highlands Ranch Metro District’s general manager is moving on to a new role in Georgia and the district will begin the search to fill the role this June. 

Proud Souls BBQ headed to Frisco festival

With 100 racks of ribs, Proud Souls Barbecue & Provisions is taking up its usual post at the 27th annual Frisco BBQ Challenge, which is back after a two-year hiatus. “It’s just a great …

High Line Canal Conservancy to host 3rd annual canal walk

For the third year, the High Line Canal Conservancy will host days of events to promote conservation and improvement efforts along the 71-mile High Line Canal from June 20 to 26.  Events …

Parker Days comes back this weekend

Carnival Hill will soon have a carnival once again. The rides are going up and the fences are coming out, which can only mean one thing: Parker Days is upon us once again.

Centennial council supports creating a new homelessness coordinator position

Multiple members of Centennial City Council expressed support for developing a new homelessness coordinator position with Arapahoe County during the city council’s regular meeting June 6 at …


VIDEO: Commerce City police searching for two burglary suspects

COMMERCE CITY -- Police are looking for at least two suspects involved in a series of commercial burglaries and auto thefts over the past several months in the Denver area. Commerce City …


Tired of driving? Here’s how to get around Colorado on public transportation

Ever wanted to take a road trip across the state without slogging through an hours-long drive on highways?


A natural ending to the soccer season

   DENVER – It wasn’t a surprise to anyone that Legacy’s Kendall Rippley scored a goal in a soccer …

Elizabeth Hanson

Guest Column: As property taxes and values rise, school funds don’t

The Douglas County School District covers 850 square miles and is located just south of the Denver area. DCSD is the third-largest school district in Colorado and the largest employer in Douglas …
Michael Norton

Column: Is it better to build bridges, or burn them?

The origin of “burning bridges” has its roots in ancient Rome. And we see where they were not only burning the bridges, but also burning the boats. In some cases, they burned the bridges and the …

From the Editor: Dreading the bubble

It’s that time of year where we start reviewing the ballot and working to decide who might be best to serve us on the local, state and federal levels. For me, it’s become the time where I dread …
Aikta Marcoulier

Guest Column: SBA helps with disaster recovery

Colorado is no stranger to disasters, both natural and man-made. The state has a long history of natural disasters including flooding, wildfires, tornadoes and drought. The recent Marshall Fire in …
The Castle Rock Band will perform on Independence Day in the town’s Festival Park.

Sweet sounds on summer nights

Grab a quick picnic and a blanket or folding chairs (perhaps a summer music “kit” will have a place in the car rather than schlepping every time). Summer concerts outside are a special treat on …
Michael Norton

Column: A day to celebrate children

When it comes to celebrating Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, I always get the sense that we have it backwards. Instead of the parents receiving gifts, breakfast in bed, a round of golf, flowers, …

From the Editor: Love for Dad on Father's Day

On Sunday, we will be celebrating Father’s Day. For me, I always honor two important guys in my life. My dad and my husband. In driving my dad to the VA for several appointments over the last year …
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