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Crews process ballots in Douglas County

In the days leading up to the Nov. 3 election, Douglas County election judges worked to prepare ballots for counting. Inside the Douglas County elections building in Castle Rock, the judges worked in …
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South Metro fire crews pose next to a Type 3 brush engine, which is designed to fight urban wildland fires.

Snow pauses wildfire growth, officials cautious

Parts of northern Colorado around the Cameron Peak and East Troublesome fires received up to a foot of snow between Oct. 25 and 26, pausing the growth of the two largest wildfires in state history. …
The new location of Slim Chickens, a fast-casual chicken restaurant, takes shape near East Smoky Hill Road in Centennial on Oct. 26. It’s expected to open its doors in early November.

Fast-casual chicken spot Slim Chickens to open on Smoky Hill Road

Byron and Kristen Wheeler have been in the restaurant business for years, amassing a large number of fast-food locations they run in the Denver metro area. “It’s been part of our lives as long as …
Jessica Moore of Castle Rock drops off her ballot at a walk-up location on the Douglas County Fairgrounds in town.

Voter turnout rises in Douglas County

Douglas County is seeing a higher volume of ballots cast compared to the same period in 2016, according to county officials. As of Oct. 23, about 58,500 more ballots had been returned in Douglas …
The boys of Boy Scout Troop 36 prepare to embark on the CROP Hunger Walk at Waterton Canyon on Oct. 24. From left: William Thompson, Gary Doliber, Matthew Dietz, Ben Ryan, Baddy Ntege, Alex Moore and Josiah Myers.

Boy Scouts take strides for those less fortunate

For most Americans, food is often no farther away than the refrigerator. But for people in the developing world, getting something to eat or drink can require walking miles a day. Those are the …

The first-place winner in the division four competition was “Boosted to the Ballot Box” by Erika Olson, a senior at Douglas County High School.

Future voters participate in art contest focused on democracy

More than 100 students from across Douglas County participated in a local art contest this year focused on depicting democracy. The participants, from kindergarten through high school students, used …
Education
A Douglas County School District school bus.

Snow day for much of the Denver metro area

Denver metro area schools will largely be closed on Monday, Oct. 26, due to the low temperatures and snow accumulation caused by the recent storm. Read on for details to individual districts.

Douglas County School District changes quarantine protocols

The Douglas County School District is changing its approach to COVID-19 quarantines — under the blessing of new state guidelines — in hopes the new protocols will lessen the scope of quarantines …
Mike Shallenberger reacts to learning he won a $100,000 prize, most of which will go to STEM School Highlands Ranch but $30,000 is for his personal use.

STEM School Highlands Ranch teacher wins $100,000 award

A teacher at STEM School Highlands Ranch is one of three grand prize winners from a pool of 600 applicants to win a $100,000 award from the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools prize program. Engineering …

Douglas County votes to continue SRO contract

Douglas County commissioners have voted to continue their cost-sharing contract that provides school resource officers to the county’s public schools. The 2020-21 contract will allow for one …

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Investigation finds former Douglas County School District superintendent did not violate policy

An independent investigation into former Douglas County School District Superintendent Thomas Tucker has concluded and found Tucker did not violate any district policies, according to a statement …
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The COVID-19 Essentials chain recognizes that mask-wearing is more than a temporary inconvenience — it may become the norm well into 2021, or longer.

Mask store capitalizes on moment in history

Darcy Velasquez, 42, and her mother, Roberta Truax, were walking recently in the Park Meadows mall in Lone Tree, looking for Christmas gifts for Velasquez’s two children, when they spotted a store …
Greg Reinke, owner of the Reinke Bros. costume and magic emporium, hangs out with a couple of undead horses pulling a spooky carriage in the Haunted Mansion, one of just a few haunted houses operating in the Denver area this year.

Frightful nights still on at Haunted Mansion

Sure, a lot of traditions are on hold this year, but fortunately the Reinke Bros. Haunted Mansion isn’t one of them. The epic haunted house is one of just a handful operating in the Denver metro …
George Kavorkian, owner of Arts on Fire, poses for a portrait in his store.

Small businesses in Town Center continue to ask for support

While parts of the community have begun to look like they did before COVID-19, small business owners in the Highlands Ranch Town Center are still feeling the burden of the pandemic. “This is …
Nathan and Louise Elinoff, owners of amusement park and children's entertainment establishments for more than 38 years, stand by the ferris wheel Oct. 1 at Lollipop Park, an indoor amusement park in the central Centennial area that announced its permanent closure in late September.

Indoor amusement park in Centennial area closes doors amid pandemic restrictions

Louise Elinoff had to make calls and cancel more than 200 birthday parties. As the state rolled out restrictions in response to the pandemic in March, Louise and Nathan Elinoff — owners of a …

Littleton to vote on retail marijuana

Littleton's three medical marijuana dispensaries could begin selling their products to recreational users, if voters approve a citizen-initiated ballot measure this fall. Listed as Ballot Question …
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