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Protesters march in Parker to decry racial injustice, police brutality

Hundreds marched through downtown Parker the evening of June 4 in solidarity with the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement.
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Colorado state Rep. Leslie Herod, D-Denver, surrounded by family members of men who died at the hands of law enforcement, discusses her proposed bill on police accountability to a crowd assembled at the Capitol to protest the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd.

Law enforcement bristles at Colorado legislature's sweeping police reform bill

“We are disgusted by the behavior of the officers in Minnesota,” Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock told members of the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. “Those were bad cops, and if they work for any sheriff in this room they would have been fired just the same.”

Colorado Democrats unveil plan for $70M in federal coronavirus aid, including small business loans and renter help

Democrats in the Colorado legislature announced a slate of initiatives Thursday to spend $70 million in federal coronavirus aid, including a grant program to help small businesses recover from the …
The Colorado State Capitol in Denver.

Colorado House approves 2020-21 budget, heads to state Senate

The Colorado House, on a 41-23 party-line vote, approved the 2020-21 state budget and sent it on to its next stop, the state Senate. As sent over by the House, the budget is out of balance. But …
Demonstrators gathered the night of Thursday, May 28, at the Colorado state Capitol in Denver to protest the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.

Polis encourages protesters to get COVID-19 test

“What happened to George Floyd was not only wrong; it was brutal, it was inhumane and it was murder,” Polis said at a June 2 news conference.

People dine at Vines Wine Bar in Parker May 29. Restaurants are once again allowed to serve customers on-site with social distancing guidelines in place. The Town of Parker passed an emergency ordinance allowing restaurants to expand outdoor seating areas to increase capacity.

Becoming 'a different kind of place' in Parker

Teresa Engel opened her dream business in downtown Parker in 2012. Since then, Engel has turned Vines Wine Bar and Bistro into a staple of Parker's downtown scene. Hundreds visited the restaurant …
Education
David Ray in a file photo.

School district predicts deficit up to $50M

The Douglas County School Board pored over the first draft of a proposed 2020-21 district budget on May 26 during a five-hour special board meeting where budgeting — with a focus on millions in …
Deputy Jose Uribe serves as the STEM School Highlands Ranch school resource officer.

How STEM School tragedy changed Douglas County school policing

Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock was in the area of STEM School Highlands Ranch on May 7, 2019, when a harrowing call rang out from dispatch. A shooting was underway inside the K-12 school, with …

9 Douglas County teachers receive Boettcher recognition

Nine Douglas County School District teachers are recipients of the Boettcher Foundation's Teacher Recognition Award. According to a news release, the annual award honors educators for their exemplary …
Graduation seniors of the Class of 2020 from Douglas County high schools.

Class of 2020, Douglas County: Together, apart

Part of a series on the graduating class of 2020.

Maldonado reflects on graduating during COVID-19 pandemic.

My Name Is: Katie Maldonado

About me I am 17 and I live in Parker. I went to Chaparral High School my freshman and sophomore years and moved to online school at Colorado Connections Academy for the last two years. I will …
Business
Sierra restaurant in Lone Tree has reopened its dining room. It typically employs 100 people but during the pandemic kept 10 to 15 people working in staggered shifts. On May 18, masked workers cooked up takeout and delivery orders.

Colorado may consider small-business relief fund

Eateries across Colorado are now allowed to resume sit-down service, but Gov. Jared Polis acknowledged “the pain our restaurants have been through” during the state's closure of dine-in service. …
A steady stream of people stopped by C&C Coffee and Kitchen on May 12. Some hoped to order food and found the restaurant closed. Others taped cash donations to the storefront. A few came simply to see the spectacle.

Castle Rock coffee shop files lawsuit over shutdown

The Castle Rock restaurant that drew national attention for opening to in-person dining on Mother's Day in defiance of state and public health orders is suing the governor along with state and local …
A rendering of the 67-unit affordable housing complex planned for RidgeGate Station.

Lone Tree's 1st affordable housing planned at RidgeGate East

Two apartment complexes are scheduled to break ground in 2021 near the RidgeGate RTD light rail station, including Lone Tree's first affordable housing development at RidgeGate East. The RidgeGate …
An employee at Sierra restaurant in Lone Tree.

Colorado restaurants can open limited dine-in service May 27

A long-awaited step in Colorado's relaxation of social distancing requirements arrived Monday, May 25, when Gov. Jared Polis announced that restaurants will be able to open for limited in-person …

Shoppers inside the reopened Alter'd State store at Park Meadows mall on May 24, 2020.

Grand reopening: Park Meadows welcomes shoppers back inside (VIDEO)

Metro Denver's largest indoor shopping mall reopened for business under rules designed to protect customers' health, including mandatory mask use.
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