Highlands Ranch news in a hurry


County named No. 6 to work in

One of two Colorado counties in the top 20, Douglas County was recognized by nerdwallet.com as the No. 6 county to work in in the U.S. The finance website based its study on 2012 numbers focusing on employment, salaries, growth and commute times. The unemployment rate in Douglas County, which has since dropped to 5.6 percent, was 6.4 percent in 2012, while the county boasted a population growth of 3.9 percent, a median income of $66,633 and an average commute time of 27.5 minutes each way.  

“The employed population is divided fairly evenly amongst several industries, including education, health care, science, administrative services, finance, real estate and retail trade,” the site said, adding that Douglas County’s first-quarter economic development report of 2013 noted significant hiring increases at major companies in the area and improvements in the residential and commercial real estate markets. Boulder County was the other Colorado county ranked, coming in at No. 20.

Lucent Station envisioned

The first community meeting for the Lucent Boulevard Station Area Master Plan is scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Highlands Ranch Sheriff Substation, 9250 Zotos Drive.

The meeting is being hosted by Douglas County and will discuss the future RTD station that is planned for the site, including necessary infrastructure improvements for the area.

Topics will include transportation, land use, economic development, pedestrian and bicycle improvements, as well as open space and trails. Light refreshments will be provided. RTD representatives are expected to attend.

Wind Crest residents help others

Residents and staff at Wind Crest Retirement Community raised $12,890 in a one-week fundraising effort to assist Colorado flood victims. The 791-person community donated the money Sept. 29 to The Salvation Army of Colorado.

Keeping with the philanthropic ways of the community, a group of 40 residents, staff and family members also raised $3,603 on Sept. 24 during the Denver Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Denver City Park. The money raised all went toward the Alzheimer’s Association in support of the association’s efforts to prevent, slow the progression of, and cure the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

RSVP for the 2013 Spooktacular

The Highlands Ranch Community Association Therapeutic Recreation Program hosts its annual Spooktacular Halloween Dance from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 25 at Southridge Recreation Center, 4800 McArthur Ranch Road in Highlands Ranch. Ages 16 and up are invited to join in on ghoulish games, fearsome fun, frightening food, and the chance to dance the night away.

Costumes are encouraged and the dance costs $7 for HRCA members and $8 for guests. Those who dare to come are asked to RSVP no later than Oct. 18. For more information or to inquire about volunteering, contact Summer Aden at summer.aden@hrcaonline.org or 303-471-7043.

Things that go bump in the mansion

Those 21 and up that want to get into the Halloween spirit a couple weeks early are invited to join the professionals from Spirit Paranormal Investigations on either Oct. 16 or 17 at the Highlands Ranch Mansion, 9900 Ranch Road.

The event, from 6 to 9 p.m. both nights, will give guests the opportunity to take guided walks through the historic mansion to learn about and listen to the spirits that haunt Highlands Ranch’s oldest building.

The evening will kick off with a cocktail hour and a presentation from the PI team that includes photos and samples of recorded spirit voices. The event costs $30 in advance or $35 day of. To purchase tickets, visit www.hrcaonline.org or stop by any of the HRCA recreation centers. 

Baisley elected to GOP board

Former Douglas County Republican Chairman Mark Baisley was elected vice chairman of the Colorado Republican Party Sept. 21, after prior vice chairman Don Yetterberg resigned to begin his campaign against Democratic U.S. Congressman Ed Perlmutter.

Baisley, a Roxborough resident who chaired the Douglas County Republican party from 2011-2013, unsuccessfully challenged GOP state chairman Ryan Call in March for the party’s top post after receiving numerous calls of support from around the state. During his run for chairman, Baisley promoted the importance of party unity and presented a detailed plan of how to help build the party’s infrastructure.

A day in the life of a deputy

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications through Oct. 15 for its annual one-day Citizen Academy to be held Nov. 6 at the Robert A. Christensen Justice Center, 4000 Justice Way in Castle Rock.

The purpose of the academy is to provide an opportunity for Douglas County citizens to become better informed about the duties, responsibilities and structure of the sheriff’s office. Topics to be presented include administrative operations, patrol functions, detention operations, investigations, professional standards, support services, special teams, and the community safety volunteer and victims’ assistance programs. There will also be a tour of the training facility, shooting range and jail.

Space is limited and a background check will be conducted on all applicants. Applications are available at www.dcsheriff.net. For more information, contact Leeta McClard at lmcclard@dcsheriff.net or 303-660-7511.

Fall craft show next weekend

More than 100 artisans will have their wares on display from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Oct. 12-13 at Eastridge Recreation Center, 9568 University Blvd. in Highlands Ranch. The jury-selected, two-day, free arts and craft show will feature jewelry, bath products, pottery, wooden crafts, floral arrangements, wreaths, children’s items, fused glass vases and bowls, hand-knit scarves, shawls, afghans and more.

Drug take-back event slated

There is a drug take-back event scheduled from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Highlands Ranch Substation, 9250 Zotos Drive. There will be a drive-through station so people can turn in their unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medication for safe disposal.

Items that cannot be accepted include needles and sharps, illicit drugs, mercury thermometers, oxygen containers, pressurized canisters, and chemotherapy and radioactive substances. The event is being sponsored by the DCSO, Highlands Ranch Metro District and Centennial Water and Sanitation District. For more information, please visit www.dcsheriff.net or www.highlandsranch.org


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