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'While we may not be invincible ... we are STEM strong'

Standing tall in their royal blue gowns, STEM School Highlands Ranch graduates ignored the dark skies, light rain and dropping temperatures May 20 …
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School district boasts Boettcher, National Merit winners

Five students from Douglas County schools were named National Merit Scholars, and two more received Boettcher Scholarships. The five Douglas County recipients of National Merit scholarship were …

DCSD, county officials work on plans for school safety

Elected officials from Douglas County and the Douglas County School District met to discuss specifics surrounding school safety following the May 7 shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch that left …
Students got a handshake and big hug from Principal Christopher Page during the 2019 graduation ceremony for Highlands Ranch High School on May 22.

Highlands Ranch High School graduation: Ready to follow their hearts

Don't be afraid of failure. Understand life will give you trials. Seize opportunities when they come to you. Stay humble. Those were some of the messages seniors at Highlands Ranch High School heard …
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Resentencing means man convicted of murder as teen will be eligible for parole

A man who was convicted of helping to kill his friend's mother in Highlands Ranch in 1998 spoke in court after his friends, parents and defense attorneys painted a detailed picture of the strides the …

Fallen officers golf tourney set for Aug. 12

The Meridian Golf Club is holding a golf tournament in support of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Fallen Officers Fund Aug. 12. Tee-off time is 8:30 a.m. and all proceeds go toward the fallen officers …
Education

Experts weigh benefits of school resource officers

Leaders in school safety and law enforcement agree that school resource officers offer more than security. They provide education about issues like cyberbullying and dating violence and engrain …

Parents, community members seek school security solutions

David Ray, president of the Douglas County Board of Education, opened a May 14 school board meeting with a moment of silence for Kendrick Castillo, who was killed in the May 7 school shooting at STEM …
SkyView Academy graduates toss their caps into the air at a May 18 commencement ceremony at the school in Highlands Ranch. Roughly 60 students made up the class of 2019.

SkyView Academy encouraged to challenge limits

Just shy of 60 SkyView Academy graduates tossed their caps into the air, signaling the end of one chapter and the beginning of the next. The May 18 commencement ceremony took place at the Highlands …
Bonnie Alexander, 68, waves a peace sign at drivers in a motorcade of more than 200 Jeeps and some other vehicles toward a May 15 memorial service for Kendrick Castillo. Castillo “was an angel in our midst,” said Alexander, a Highlands Ranch resident.

Procession honors Kendrick Castillo at memorial service in Highlands Ranch

About 250 Jeep enthusiasts gathered in Highlands Ranch on May 15 to ride in a procession ahead of a celebration of life service for Kendrick Castillo. According to license plates, vehicles came from …

Krystal Jensen, left, and her 12-year-old daughter Kierra welcome STEM students back to school on May 15. About a week earlier, the school experienced a shooting that left one student dead and eigth others injured. "They need all the love they can get right now," said Krystal, who homeschools her daughter.

Community members welcome STEM students back with words of love

On a cloudless day, the sun beaming down, a small group of parents and children stood along Barrons Boulevard in Highlands Ranch waving posters with words of encouragement. “You are …
Business
Mayor Jackie Millet steps off the train at the Sky Ridge Station May during the opening day celebration for the Southeast Rail Extension. The Sky Ridge Station is one of three stations part of the project that extends light rail 2.3 miles south.

'This project is all about vision'

Lone Tree Mayor Jackie Millet got off the light rail train at the new Lone Tree City Center Station and walked across to the other side of the tracks, toward a sea of prairie to the east as far as …
Mayor Jackie Millet delivers the 2019 State of the City address at the Lone Tree Arts Center May 9.

Mayor: Light rail to 'anchor' Lone Tree's future

Mayor Jackie Millet delivered the 2019 State of the City address May 9 at the Lone Tree Arts Center, highlighting the city's achievements and growth over the past 20 years. To a crowd of about 200, …
The Sky Ridge Station is at the doorstep of Sky Ridge Medical Center, a tenant of the RidgeGate community since 2003, when the area was not much more than open prairie.

Southeast Extension of light rail becomes reality

When Lone Tree City Manager Seth Hoffman first interviewed for a job in the city manager's office 14 years ago, then-city manager Jack Hidahl pointed at a map of the city where the County Line and …

In their Business

Assisted-stretching studio opens A new studio in Parker will introduce people of all ages and fitness levels to deep stretching and its benefits. StretchLab Parker, which opened April 25, is owned …

In Their Business

Walmart plans store improvements Walmart expects to spend $57 million in Colorado this year to remodel 11 stores and expand customer services, according to a news release. In the Colorado Community …
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