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VA Town Hall panel (L to R): Terri Clinton, Michael Kilmer, Michael Rohrbach, Roderick Thomas and Hugo Gutierrez-Castenada

New VA Clinic to be built in Castle Rock

VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS) hosted a town hall at the Castle Pines Library Jan. 30 to discuss plans for the new Castle Rock VA Clinic and the expansions of the PACT Act and COMPACT Act.
Douglas County Commissioner Lora Thomas filed a complaint with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office over political mailers attacking her on a number of topics and promoting a replacement. The complaint was dismissed on Jan. 31.

Complaint against postcards targeting Lora Thomas dismissed

An alleged campaign finance complaint filed by Douglas County Commissioner Lora Thomas for political postcards claiming she was wasting taxpayer time and money has been dismissed by the Colorado …
Highlands Ranch Metro District facilities employees and award recipients Tim Doan and Steve Albert pose with Construction & Facilities Maintenance Manager Ken Standen after being honored on Jan. 31 for rescuing a woman who fell into a frozen pond.

Highlands Ranch staff rescue woman from frozen pond

When a woman chasing her dog out onto a frozen pond in Redstone Park fell through the ice into the frigid water on Jan. 10, two Highlands Ranch Metro District park staff leapt into action to rescue …
Books and socks at the Strive to Thrive event

First Strive to Thrive event of the year

With more than 20 agencies and organizations coming together to offer a resource fair to county residents, the Douglas County Community of Care Network held the first Strive to Thrive event of the year.

Commissioner Abe Laydon helps deliver the State of the County address in Lone Tree Oct. 27.

Laydon again accuses Thomas of leaking classified materials

Douglas County Commissioner Abe Laydon accused fellow Commissioner Lora Thomas of leaking classified materials regarding the board’s 2-1 decision to spend nearly $1 million on metal detector technology at STEM School Highlands Ranch.
Education
Douglas County School Board members David Ray, left, and Mike Peterson paint cars on Sept. 24 to show support for the district's bond and mill levy override. Since the funding questions failed this year, the school board indicated at its winter retreat that they would return to voters in 2023.

Douglas County School District anticipates funding questions on 2023 ballot

Though voters turned down two funding measures for the Douglas County School District in November, it seems likely the district will return to the ballot in 2023 in an effort to increase staff …
Clear Creek's Bode Baker throws a pitch during a June 2021 game at Denver Christian. Baker, who's been playing baseball since he was 3 or 4 years old, is graduating high school this year and hopes to play baseball at the collegiate level.

High school seniors reflect on life lessons from athletic careers

For high school seniors a few months from graduation, athletics have helped them prepare for the ups and downs, and the responsibilities of adult life.
Douglas County School District's Superintendent Erin Kane, left, and Director of Mental Health Stephanie Crawford-Goetz pose will Douglas County Sheriff's Office Lt. Rob Rotherham and sheriff-elect Darren Weekly on Nov. 15 at the district administration building. Crawford-Goetz received the 2022 Ron King Service Award from the sheriff's office for her work to support homeless youth and promote student mental health.

Douglas County School District admin, mental health program honored for service to students

A Douglas County School District program aimed at supporting students experiencing trauma and one of the program's leaders received accolades at the county and national level for their positive …
Teachers and others rally outside Adams City High School Nov. 18 to protest the state board of education's decision to reorganize the district.

Teachers protest order to reorganize Adams 14 district

The next installment of the dispute between the Adams 14 School District and the Colorado board of education was in the form of a Nov. 19 rally outside Adams City High School. About 30 teachers …

Otis' Jack Willeke snares this long pass against the defense of Stratton's Avery Archuleta in the second half of the teams' semifinal game in the six-man playoffs Nov. 19 in Stratton.

Small-town football: A different game, a different level of interest

STRATTON – On the Eastern Plains, football is a special breed of cat. Or eagle, as the case may be. Tucked away north of Interstate 70, an hour or so east of Limon and two or so stops …
Business
A rendering shows the plan for Castle Rock Adventist Hospital's newest medical office building, which will house a surgery center with operating and procedure rooms, an orthopedic center with physical therapy and chemotherapy and radiation services for oncology patients.

Castle Rock Adventist Hospital looks to treat cancer patients

Castle Rock Adventist Hospital could begin offering cancer and other treatment services as early as 2025 as part of a 70,000-square-foot hospital expansion...
A sign marks a home for sale on Dec. 5 in southeast Denver.

Small price drop unlikely to reverse skyrocketing home values in Colorado

Danielle and Stephan Storinsky “saw the writing on the wall.” It foretold how the housing market might change. So, earlier this year, the married couple sold their Arvada townhome.
California-based salad chain sweetgreen opens in Highlands Ranch's Village Center West on Dec. 2.

Sweetgreen opens fourth Colorado location in Highlands Ranch

The popular fast-casual and veggie-focused chain sweetgreen is celebrating the opening of its first Douglas County location in Highlands Ranch on Dec. 2 by partnering with a local nonprofit that …
A campaign flier for Dean Legatski, running in Castle Rock Town Council District 3 against Kevin Bracken, raises concerns about the town's Design Review Board. Legatski would like to reduce the board's authority over downtown development, while Bracken supports the board as is.

Council candidates spar on role of Design Review Board days before election

In the last days before Election Day, campaign material for a Castle Rock town council candidate reignited conflict about the commission that approves downtown development.  During the Nov. 1 …

Members of the Denver South Metro Rotary Club donated over 1,000 pounds of hygiene and health items to Integrated Family Community Services for the group's October project.

Local Rotary donates 1,000 pounds of hygiene products to nonprofit

Just over 1,000 pounds of toothbrushes, toilet paper, diapers, soap and other hygiene products will help local nonprofit Integrated Family Community Services serve its thousands of monthly visitors …
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