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Chamber appoints board member

The Highlands Ranch Chamber of Commerce has announced the appointment of Justin Vaughn of The Vaughn Law Offices to its board of directors. Vaughn graduated from law school in 1994 and has worked as a transaction and litigation attorney ever since, with a focus on corporate and insurance matters. He replaces Dean Murphy from Terracare, who stepped down due to increased travel obligations.

“The chamber has some solid new programs and resources that it’s building for members,” Vaughn said. “I want to help reinforce the foundation while the chamber explores new technological resources, community collaboration and the opportunity to connect businesses across this thriving region.”

HRCA eyes more hunting, trails

The Highlands Ranch Community Association Backcountry Wilderness Area is exploring the possibility of expanding its hunts as well as its trail system.

According to backcountry supervisor Mark Giebel, the HRCA is hoping to add an archery season to its existing elk hunts, to include four new cow tags as well as additional youth hunts and an additional Wounded Warrior hunt. The organization is also considering adding two turkey tags that would be auctioned off and four to six coyote tags.

Giebel said Colorado Parks and Wildlife has already written a letter of support, backing the HRCA’s desire to expand hunting, and he anticipates that the new hunts could bring in an additional $1,000-$3,000 in revenue.

Regarding trail expansion, the organization is looking at adding a 1.5- to 2-mile loop at the southwest end of the Highlands Point Trail System in 2014 as well as new mountain biking trails off the Griggs Road Trailhead, where Giebel said they are in talks with a local bike shop that is interested in funding some more advanced riding trails with features such as log bridges and jumps.

Drug take-back event planned

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Highlands Ranch Metro District and Centennial Water and Sanitation District are teaming up to host a prescription drug take-back event between from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 27 at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Highlands Ranch Substation, 9250 Zotos Drive.

Items that cannot be accepted include needles, mercury thermometers, oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters and illicit drugs. For more information, visit www.dcsheriff.net or www.highlandsranch.org.

WINapalooza Business Expo set

The Third Annual WINapalooza Business Expo, a showcase of innovative women business owners and women-led businesses throughout the Highlands Ranch community, is slated for 4:30-7:30 p.m. May 2 at Southridge Recreation Center, 4800 McArthur Ranch Road. Food and beverages will be provided by restaurant members of the Highlands Ranch Chamber of Commerce, and VIP swag bags will be given to the first 50 attendees.

Admission is $5, and $1 of the entrance fee will be donated to The James Resource Network, which creates awareness and support for the needs of single-parent families in Douglas and Arapahoe counties. There will also be an opportunity to enter to win the ultimate Napa Experience, a package that includes roundtrip airfare for two, three nights’ lodging, breakfast, wine tastings, spa credit and lunch on board California’s Napa Valley wine train. For more information, visit www.highlandsranchchamber.org.

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