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A harvesting good time

Pumpkins, apples and fall fun abounded in the south metro area this month with nearby communities hosting festivals to celebrate the season. Ali Loomis, of Centennial, brought her two sons to pick … more

‘Everyone’s a kid on Halloween’

Few holidays afford the creativity of Halloween — Christmas has its trees and presents, Independence Day has its explosives, but Halloween is celebrated many ways. Far transmuted from its murky … more

Hedges swinging for the trees

Amanda Hedges came into this softball season desiring to improve her batting skills. She had a .508 batting average as a freshman, .388 as a sophomore and .421 last season as a junior. Those are … more

Arapahoe High School community grieves after students die by suicide

Arapahoe High School staff, parents and students grieved together after two students died by suicide three days apart, Littleton Public Schools officials said. Classes were canceled Oct. 3 and … more

Going hunting for haunting in the Denver area

On a late September day, Andrew Smith walked through a downtown Littleton shop unlike most on the block. Inside the Reinke Brothers costume, prop and Halloween store on Prince Street, bundles of … more

Sustainability Club 'gives life to school'

Xeriscaping doesn't have the best reputation. The landscape design uses tough, drought-tolerant plants that require little water. For some, that equates to boring or unattractive. “They … more

ThunderRidge thumps rival Mountain Vista

Nothing changed when the ThunderRidge and Mountain Vista football teams renewed their rivalry on Sept. 28 at Shea Stadium. Students and fans arrived early to secure places in the parking lots and … more

Regional crime lab opens in south metro Denver area

About three years ago, Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock and Arapahoe County Sheriff Dave Walcher met for coffee and discussed their line of work. Throughout the conversation, they talked over … more

Finding fellowship in cosplay

It took Chris Clarke about five minutes to completely transform from plainclothes civilian to cosplay hero. First, he pulled his armor, made of ethylene-vinyl acetate foam, over his legs. Then came … more

Charter schools have role in DCSD tax conversation

Of the Douglas County School District’s 91 schools, 21 are charter schools. The seven charter schools built before 2007 need about $7.7 million for critical building repairs that risk school … more

Event raises money for animal shelter

People from near and far traveled to the Glendale Farm Open Space in Douglas County on Sept. 22 to hike with their dogs, enjoy rolling views of the Front Range and raise money for the Dumb Friends … more

Setting and scoring goals

Mountain Vista senior Taylor Donaldson feels overlooked and somewhat unrecognized. She is a field hockey player and many people don't know anything about the sport or if it is even recognized as a … more

Fall is here and getting festive

The only obvious indication that fall is around the corner is Starbucks bringing back its popular pumpkin latte. The heat has still been scorching throughout much of the state, and the cool, crisp … more

Native American event aims to bridge gaps

Elizabeth Osterhoudt, a Native American teenager from Castle Rock, said aside from her brother, she knows one other youth with Native American heritage. That's her friend Delia Abila, also a Castle … more

Bat or racket, swing’s the thing

Rock Canyon centerfielder/pitcher Anna Reimers missed the Erie Tournament of Champions the first weekend of September because she was playing tennis in an Intermountain Sectional tournament in Salt … more

On Campus: Highlands Ranch/Lone Tree

Mountain Vista • The boys and girls teams each won the sweepstakes division at the Sept. 8 Liberty Bell Cross Country Invitational. Senior Brody Dempsey led the Golden Eagles boys with a … more

Students honor 9/11 victims

A group of Highlands Ranch High School students placed thousands of small American flags in a grassy field near University Boulevard and Cresthill Lane. The 2,977 flags represent each victim of the … more

Day for dogs goes swimmingly in Parker

The first impression of Parker's annual “Barker Days” event is pandemonium. Dogs of every size and shape, hundreds of them, indulged in a sensory overload of things to fetch and chase in the … more

Great American Beer Festival is set to brew up good times

In 1993, after geologists Charlie and Janine Sturdavant lost their jobs, they purchased a Victorian-style home in Golden’s historic district. They filled a machine shop behind the house with old … more

Jazz classics get workout at Mansion

Wearing all black and a multi-colored sequined vest, Lannie Garrett strutted into the ballroom of the Highlands Ranch Mansion. There she took 225 adults seated before her to a different era. With the … more
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