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Proposed regulations for home occupations in unincorporated Douglas County would allow one vehicle per business with a maximum weight of 26,000 pounds. The existing rules have no limitations on the types or amount of vehicles for home occupations.

Potential rules for home businesses meet resistance

Proposed changes for Douglas County home occupation regulations received a lot of pushback from residents concerned about traffic generated by businesses in neighborhoods, despite the changes being …
The members of the Douglas County Board of Health listen to a resident during public comment.

Douglas County Health Department moving forward on facility, services, staff

The Douglas County Health Department is on its way to providing services, having a facility and hiring staff as the agency prepares to fully separate from Tri-County Health Department later this …
The Student Advisory Group presented eight proposals on district policies, potential classes and professional development to the Douglas County School Board on May 10.

Student group proposes policies, classes for Douglas County schools

Douglas County students envision a number of new initiatives, policy updates and class offerings throughout the district in the next few years. Student Advisory Group subcommittees presented to …
Lone Tree Mayor Jackie Millet gives her Mr. Roger's themed State of the City on May 10 at the Lone Tree Arts Center.

Lone Tree prepares for development on east side

Growth in Lone Tree is continuing to explode, hardly slowed by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, with major projects slated for the east side of the city. Mayor Jackie Millet gave the annual …
From left, Commissioners George Teal, Lora Thomas and Abe Laydon.

Commissioners plan to release memo regarding San Luis Valley water project

The Douglas County commissioners plan to release a redacted version of a legal memo prepared for them regarding a hotly debated water proposal later this week. During a Monday work session, the …
Castle Rock approved agreements with Union Pacific Railroad to install new gates at two train crossings downtown in a step to secure a quiet zone, where trains would not be required to honk at each crossing.

Castle Rock moves to mute trains

For over 15 years Castle Rock residents living near the train tracks running through downtown have put up with dozens of trains honking as they pass intersecting roads day and night. A recent Castle …
Shoppers filled the aisles of the frozen section in the new Trader Joe's in Parker May 6.

Parker Trader Joe’s opens its doors

Dozens of customers lined up down the sidewalk of Trader Joe’s May 6 as the store cut its ribbon and allowed hungry Parkerites inside for the very first time. As the lei-wearing customers …
Community Response Teams are being utilized by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Castle Rock, Parker and Lone Tree police departments.

Douglas County funds second youth community response team

More students experiencing a mental health crisis in Douglas County schools will soon have access to trained responders after the Douglas County commissioners funded an expansion of the …
The Douglas County School District released a withdrawn records request for a list of teachers absent on the Feb. 3 sick-out.

Douglas County School District turns over withdrawn request for teacher absences

A judge’s order resulted in the Douglas County School District naming a man who in February requested the names of teachers who were absent on the day of a contentious sick-out and then …
Maryna and Oleksandr Sheveria walk with two of their kids outside of the home they are staying in in Larskpur. From left, the younger Oleksandr, 14, Maryna, Oleksandr and on his shoulders, 4-year-old Taisia.

From Ukraine to Larkspur: A family adjusts to life in Douglas County

Maryna and Oleksandr Sheveria miss Ukrainian bread. They miss the taste and the texture of the freshly baked crust. They miss their home and their dog and their two cats. They miss the mundane …

Douglas County car thefts consume law enforcement

Stolen cars have recently become one of Douglas County law enforcement’s top priorities as thefts increase across the entire metro area with the single exception of the town of Castle …

More words. More letters.

Starting next week, we are changing our letters policy, giving readers more opportunity to express their concerns and viewpoints through more words. Instead of 250 words, which I think is just enough …

Making a difference one person at a time

There are plenty of books, blogs, podcasts and online sites and resources that speak to the power of making a difference, one person at a time. And I must share with you that I am a big believer in …

‘Art of the State’ fills Arvada Center’s galleries

Art lovers will want to plan a trip to the handsome Arvada Center for the Arts at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. — or possibly more than one trip — to visit the really strong “Art of the State” …

Local Parker teen heads to World Competition in skydiving

H: 15-year-old indoor skydiver from Parker heads to World Competition As Sydney Kennett steps into the wind tunnel, she adjusts her helmet, reaches her arms out and begins to tip forward. As the …

Denver transfers 33 bison to tribal nations in an effort to bolster and conserve herds

On a snowy, blustery March morning, Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) donated 17 bison yearlings to the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes in Oklahoma. The bison had been staying at two of the Denver …

Nature as healer

Some mental health workers in the Front Range are using nature as a “co-therapist.”

What's in a sign? Street signs carry little-known history in metro Denver counties

If you’ve ever sat at a red light in rush-hour traffic in the Denver metro area, you may have started wondering what all the different logos and colors on street-name signs mean.

Colorado parks are full and getting fuller

If anybody could work the system and get access to wildly popular open space this summer, you’d think Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commissioner Taishya Adams would have a good shot. But there she …


When will COVID vaccines be approved for young kids?

In his practice as a pediatrician, Dr. Sean O’Leary gets a lot of calls from worried parents. And, lately, one kind of call has begun to stand out. “The parents I hear from are the ones who are …


Lynne Collins takes over theater at the Arvada Center

Lynne Collins has been announced as the Arvada Center’s new Artistic Director of Theatre, following the retirement of Rod A. Lansberry. Collins, the current Artistic Director of Plays, first joined …


Cherry Creek girls win 28th tennis title

It took some work but Cherry Creek captured its 28th girls state tennis championship on May 14 at the Gates Tennis Center in Denver. The Bruins went into the final morning of playback and …

Thelma Grimes

Editor's Note: Inflation hits hard

Recently, like many of you, my eyes popped when looking at the grand total after self-scanning a small number of groceries. How in the world I can spend $80 on a group of items that fit into one bag? …

Guest Column: The outer you reflects the inner you

Have you ever been around someone in a group setting and suddenly they say something completely out of character or unexpected? And when they realize it, they say or ask something like, “Did my …

Guest Column: Pay attention to tax law changes

Now that tax season is over, it is time to start planning for 2022. I know that everyone is probably tax fatigued by now, but we are already well into the second quarter of the year. Therefore, any …
Amy Fiala

Guest column: Saving energy costs in warm weather

We know customer bills and energy usage are topics of conversation in the communities we serve. Here are five jobs to tackle to help reduce your energy usage and make your home — and appliances — more energy efficient.
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