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Search and Rescue seeks members

The Douglas County Search and Rescue team is hosting an informational meeting for prospective new members at 7 p.m. July 18 at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Substation, 9250 Zotos Drive in Highlands Ranch. Well-suited for those who enjoy helping others in need, have a love for the outdoors and time to volunteer, the rewards of volunteering for the team are enormous.

The Douglas County team, consisting of 54 professionals, responds to an average of more than 100 calls for help each year. The meeting will cover the history of the team, physical requirements to participate, professional gear needed, necessary training and an overview of previous missions. For more information, please contact DCSAR president Bruce Fosdick at 303-688-2751 or visit www.dcsarco.org.

Park foundation seeks trustees          

The Highlands Ranch Park and Recreation Foundation is recruiting new board members to fill immediate vacancies on its board of trustees. The nonprofit foundation works hand in hand with the Highlands Ranch Metro District to preserve, enhance and advocate for Highlands Ranch parks, recreation, open space and urban forest projects. The foundation accomplishes this mission by creating a community of donors and raising private funds for various projects.

Interested individuals should have a diverse and broad range of strengths, experience and backgrounds including: nonprofit experience, a willingness to support the foundation’s mission both financially and with their time, a willingness to actively help raise money, an ability to help recruit new board members and a commitment to improving the quality of life for Highlands Ranch residents.

“We are hoping to find candidates willing to roll up their sleeves, dive right in and get to work,” said Carrie Ward, director of parks, recreation and open space. Interested individuals should contact Ward at cward@highlandsranch.org or 720-240-5950. Applicants should be willing to give between eight and 10 hours per month.

Ranch named ‘booming suburb’

In a Coldwell Banker Real Estate study that surveyed 1,500 American communities, Highlands Ranch was recently named as Colorado’s “Top Booming Suburb.”

The “Booming Suburbs” rankings were based on increased year-over-year levels in employment and unemployment percentages below the national norm, along with a range of attributes that include access to suburban staples such as grocery stores and banks, proximity to good schools, commute criteria and community safety.

“As America continues to bounce back from the recession, this ranking identifies suburbs that have shown strong economic growth since the recovery,” said Budge Huskey, president and chief executive officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.

“These communities have the American ideals we love, the suburban dream intact and a population that is finding jobs at a better rate than the national average. That is the definition of a thriving community.”

Highlands Ranch was ranked No. 25 out of the 50 state leaders.


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