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New funding needed to maintain excellence in Douglas County School District

I am incredibly honored and privileged to serve as the new superintendent of Douglas County School District, the third largest school district in the state of Colorado. As we begin the 2018-19 school … more

Special-education survey going to parents, school employees

Douglas County School District will soon launch an electronic survey for parents and district staff to provide feedback on the district's special education services. The survey is not in response to … more

County commissioner honored with Code of the West award

For his longtime commitment to the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo and to the business community at large, Douglas County Commissioner Roger Partridge was honored with the Northwest Douglas County … more

Metro district plans for prairie dog removal

Part of the allure of Highlands Ranch is the wildlife, including deer and elk. While most animals freely roam open spaces throughout the community, some, like prairie dogs, need to be monitored for … more

South metro boys soccer preview

Overview New this season is that the Rating Percentage Index (RPI) will be utilized to determine that state tournament brackets. Also new is the home team will wear dark jerseys and socks, which … more

Helicopter that battles wildfires must find new home

Jeff Armstrong knows he has less than 90 days to pick up his firefighting-helicopter business, Rampart Helicopter Services, and move it from its location near Castle Rock. Armstrong's dilemma, he … more

More and larger homes present 'bigger target for hailstorms to hit'

Hailstorms inflict billions of dollars in damage yearly in North America alone, and the cost will rise as the growing population builds more homes, offices and factories, climate and weather experts … more

HRCA Board of Directors approves universal fence color

In what Highlands Ranch Community Association employees describe as a gradual process, all Highlands Ranch homeowners are required to stain their fences a universal color. At a June 19 board meeting, … more

South metro high school softball preview

Overview There are some new things this season, including: • The coach, pitcher or catcher of the defensive team may request an intentional walk either before or during the pitch count. • … more

South metro high school football preview

Overview There will be a lot new this season, starting with league alignments. The season will start a week earlier, on Aug. 24 . The 5A playoffs have been expanded to 24 teams with the top eight … more

Editorial: We’re committed to community, real news

Volunteers retrofit a Castle Rock family’s home to help the 10-year-old son, paralyzed in an auto crash, maneuver more easily. A flash flood in Englewood kills one woman and devastates the lives of … more

Owner of Lakewood bakery sues state

Jack Phillips, the baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple because of his religious beliefs, is back in the news again.  Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in … more

Secretary Perry tours the innovative technology of NREL

Remarkable work on renewable energy and energy efficiency is being done at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). “The innovation that's within these walls is just stunning,” said U.S. … more

About letters to the editor (updated)

Colorado Community Media welcomes letters to the editor. Please keep in mind the following rules: • Submit your letter in a Word document or in the body of an email. No PDFs, please. • Letters … more

Having no plan means having a plan to fail

The recent Washington Post article, “Dying at your desk is not a retirement plan” caught my attention. I recall when I first began creating financial plans in 1986, we had a motto, “When you … more

Musician aims to inspire connection

People did not have to be present at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas last October — when 58 attendees were murdered while enjoying a concert — to be affected by the … more

Letter to the editor: Say no to tax hike to fund schools

Say no to tax hike Views expressed at the Aug. 7 Douglas County School Board meeting were one-sided perspectives by tax-increase advocates. But we must ask, where’s the doom and gloom catastrophic … more

New Douglas County superintendent 'inspires people to have commitment’

Thomas Tucker’s grandparents, both sharecroppers in rural Arkansas, taught themselves how to read. Then they taught their children to read the Bible. They learned math so they could negotiate the … more

We are rooted in memory, until it leaves us rootless

One of my readers — “Gary” — thanked me for a column I had written about barking dogs that he mailed to a neighbor, after his own words didn’t make a dent. My column made a dent, and I said … more
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