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‘Everyone can make a difference in our community’

Douglas County residents have given millions in donations on Colorado Gives Day over recent years. Some of that money has gone to locally based nonprofits. Most hasn’t. Since 2010, according to the …
A rendering of the new Foothills Park playground shows unique features, such as a mini climbing wall. The park is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Foothills Park closed for demolition and replacement

A community park will be closed for the remainder of the year while the Highlands Ranch Metro District replaces its aged wooden structure with a more modern facility. On Nov. 5, the playground at …

HRCA committee denies cell sites that would increase mobile network speeds

The HRCA's Development Review Committee has denied an application to install 30 cell sites across Highlands Ranch for a 5G network, which Sprint says will offer internet speeds at 100 times faster …
Douglas County Board of Education Vice President Wendy Vogel, left, president David Ray and member Krista Holtzmann talk compensation at a Nov. 13 school board meeting in Castle Rock. “Is there an employee that is going to look at this and say this is unfair?” Ray asked.

Teachers, classified employees will receive raises in January

After years of budget cuts and pay freezes, all Douglas County School District employees — excluding cabinet members and the superintendent — will receive highly anticipated salary raises on …

Catholic Charities’ help ‘changed absolutely everything’

Catholic Charities of Central Colorado — which works with people experiencing poverty, homelessness and crisis — moved to Douglas County in 2013, only to relocate three times in the next five …
Education

Voters reject statewide education funding measure

Many educators across Colorado believe voters missed an opportunity to support students when they voted down Amendment 73, a constitutional amendment that would have instituted a graduated income tax …
Maggie Bierbaum holds up a token of appreciation for the hundreds of volunteers who helped campaign for ballot measures 5A and 5B. Bierbaum and her husband, Peter, served on the steering committee for Bright Futures for Douglas County Kids, a state-registered issue committee that worked for additional funds for Douglas County School District.

Community called key to passing DCSD measures

Maggie and Peter Bierbaum, longtime residents of Larkspur, raised their two children in the Douglas County School District. Larkspur Elementary School in the early 2000s was community-oriented, they …

Bus drivers, teachers' aides among those who may get raises

The Douglas County School District has 50 unfilled bus-driver positions. The hourly pay starts at $16.06 per hour. The same position in the Cherry Creek School District starts at $17.58 per hour. The …
Mia Hayden, left, Rohan Nipunge and Melanie Zhou talk about their up-and-coming nonprofit organization, Oasis. The three ThunderRidge High School students want to change how students and staff view mental health.

ThunderRidge students want an ‘oasis’ for mental health

Last year, Mia Hayden lost a close friend to suicide. Melanie Zhou’s mother was battling cancer. Then her school principal died of cancer. These life-changing experiences led the two ThunderRidge …

Tanner Fitch, principal of Ranch View Middle School in Highlands Ranch, stands in front of his building. Some of the school’s sidewalks are cracked and in need of repairs.

‘You want a building to be cared for’

When a prospective parent walks in the front door of Ranch View Middle School in Highlands Ranch, he or she may see the 22-year-old carpet, chipped tile and cracks in the wall. If that parent isn’t …
Business
Park Meadows mall has been gearing up for the holiday shopping season. Its elaborate decorations and displays will be topped off with a 3-D light display on the outside of the mall and an interactive Santa display.

'It's our Super Bowl': Park Meadows gears up for holidays

The holiday shopping season is the busiest time of year for the Park Meadows mall. In November and December, 2.5 million people will visit the mall district. The mall reported about $196 million in …
The outside of Localhost Arena. While still under construction, the arena is set to open toward the end of the month, or the beginning of December.

New esports arena set to open up in Lakewood

The esports, or competitive video gaming industry is starting to blow up all across the world. Celebrities like Drake and Michael Jordan have invested in the industry, and even owners of professional …

Holiday shopping traffic nightmares in rearview mirror, officials hope

On County Line Road during the holidays, traffic more than doubles. More than 100,000 cars frequent the road to access the state's largest indoor mall, Park Meadows, according to Lone Tree officials. …
Park Meadows mall is a major draw for Lone Tree.

Get to know the new shops at Park Meadows

The Park Meadows shopping center has cemented itself as not only a major attraction for Lone Tree residents, but also for people around the state and even in surrounding states. The mall regularly …

Shoppers at the entrance to the Sears at 7001 S. University Blvd. on Oct. 22 in The Streets at SouthGlenn shopping center. The store has run for decades in the location in Centennial, first as part of the former Southglenn Mall. It’s set to close along with 76 other Sears locations nationwide near the end of the year, bringing the total of full Sears stores in Colorado to just seven, according to the company’s website.

Centennial Sears to close after decades

About six decades ago, a young Sue Rosser and her sisters would eagerly await the arrival of the Sears catalog. The Christmas toy catalog was the most anticipated, a dog-eared window into the …
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