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STEM verdicts spark strong emotions in court

After two years of anger and sorrow, John and Maria Castillo cried tears of joy June 15 as a jury found the person who fatally shot their son guilty of first-degree murder.   Devon … more

STEM shooter found guilty of first-degree murder

After five hours of deliberation, the jury in the trial against Devon Erickson found that he is guilty of first- degree murder for his role in the attack on STEM School Highlands Ranch on May 7, … more

Hospital adds beds, programs

UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital continues to offer more patient beds and medical programs as the population of Douglas County grows. The hospital celebrated the opening of a six-bed medical … more

Jury deliberations begin in STEM trial

Seconds before shots rang out in Room 107 at STEM School Highlands Ranch on May 7, 2019, an armed Devon Erickson sent a message to his friend, who also had guns in his bag.   “Go … more

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 … more

STEM shooter testifies against alleged helper

  In his second day of testimony, an admitted shooter of the STEM School Highlands Ranch reversed the story he told immediately following the May 7, 2019 attack.   Alec McKinney, … more

County to submit offer for Toepfer, Sweetwater parks

With the Douglas County commissioners on board, county staff will extend an official offer to purchase Teopfer and Sweetwater parks early this month. The offer will be extended to the Douglas County … more

Food drive held for Help & Hope program

The Highlands Ranch community answered the call for food donations, giving more than 1,200 pounds at the UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital food drive. The event was part of the annual Denver Day of … more

'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 … more

STEM jury hears from survivors of shooting

Mitchell Kraus didn't know he'd been shot until he'd already run a couple of blocks from STEM School Highlands Ranch on May 7, 2019. When he realized something was wrong, he took stock of his body, … more

Narratives differ as STEM shooting trial opens

The trial of one of two former STEM School Highlands Ranch students accused of attacking the school in 2019, killing one classmate and injuring six others, opened May 27 with the sound of a teacher's … more

Trial for older STEM shooting suspect begins

The trial for the older suspect in the deadly STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting from May 7, 2019 has begun. Devon Erickson, 20, is accused of helping co-defendant Alec McKinney, 18, carry out the … more

Colorado Community Media garners 27 awards in Better Newspaper Contest

The Highlands Ranch Herald took two top honors in its weekly newspaper division with General Excellence in Editorial and Advertising in the 2021 Colorado Press Association’s Better Newspaper … more

Rattlesnakes out and about: how to avoid them

Summer is in full swing, which means most Coloradans are spending more time outdoors. Whether it's a hike through Chatfield State Park, a bike ride along the High Line Canal, or a barbecue out back, wildlife encounters are inevitable. And snakes … more

Girls Basketball: Highlands Ranch stifles Ralston Valley to advance to Final Four

The Highlands Ranch Falcons (14-2, 8-1) are heading to the 2021 CHSAA 5A State Tournament Final Four for the 3rd time in the past five years. The Falcons defeated the Ralston Valley Mustangs (14-3, 7-1) 46-30 in a home game played on March 16. more

A Tyrannosaur named Sue

For many people, the Tyrannosaurus rex is the dinosaur, and it’s easy to understand why. There’s no animal today that comes close to the sheer intimidation and raw power that this Cretaceous-era … more

Reports of aircraft noise rise in Highlands Ranch

Longtime Highlands Ranch resident Jim McCarthy spends as much time as possible outdoors. With a house on the edge of open space, he takes walks, gardens and just hangs out in the backyard. But … more

'We wanted to meet the little guy'

Vanessa and Alex Metskas welcomed their first child and the first baby of the year born at UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital at 4:46 p.m. Jan. 1. Emmitt Metskas, who weighed about 8 pounds and … more

‘A culture of excellence’

Beginning in January, the Highlands Ranch Metro District will have its third-ever general manager starting in the position. But before the new leader, Mike Renshaw, begins the job, the metro district … more

SROs and Douglas County schools: What do they cost and how many are there?

Costs to fund a school resource officer are typically split between the law enforcement agencies providing them and the organizations receiving services. The Douglas County School District, the … more
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