Jail calls played in STEM shooting trial
  In a jail call recording played for a Douglas County courtroom June 7, the defendant in the STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting trial laughed with his girlfriend, calling himself her …
7 arrested in $5 million shoplifting scam
Douglas County authorities say they have arrested the seven ringleaders involved in a shoplifting and money-laundering scam, capping off a two-year investigation. During a June 1 press conference, …
Numerous precautions are still in place as the Douglas County School District launches full, in-person learning, including masks, quarantines for students when necessary and spacing desks 3 feet apart.

Masks off, restrictions dropped in Douglas County schools

As vaccination rates go up, and COVID cases drop, the Douglas County School District is making plans to a normal return for the 2021-2022 school year. Following a June 1 meeting with the Douglas …

Food drive held for Help & Hope program

The Highlands Ranch community answered the call for food donations, giving more than 1,200 pounds at the UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital food drive. The event was part of the annual Denver Day of …

STEM shooter testifies against alleged helper

  In his second day of testimony, an admitted shooter of the STEM School Highlands Ranch reversed the story he told immediately following the May 7, 2019 attack.   Alec McKinney, …
Run to Change Lives to host July 4 race

Run to Change Lives is expanding in 2021, with plans to host the Free Rock-It Run on July 4 in Castle Rock. The event will inclue live entertainment, a 5K, half marathon and races for kids. Run to …

Teens honored for work with veterans

Three Highlands Ranch teenagers were honored last week with awards from the Highlands Ranch American Legion Post 1260 and the American Legion Auxiliary for their work to bring awareness to the …

County to submit offer for Toepfer, Sweetwater parks

With the Douglas County commissioners on board, county staff will extend an official offer to purchase Teopfer and Sweetwater parks early this month. The offer will be extended to the Douglas County …

Improved water safety could save lives: 5 things to know

Here’s something parents might not know: Drowning is responsible for more deaths among children aged 1-4 than any other cause except congenital anomalies, or birth defects. “Drowning doesn’t …


Educational advancement

Hedrick headed to Oklahoma Ethan Hedrick is a graduate of Highlands Ranch High School. He plans to attend The University of Oklahoma and will pursue a degree in business with a focus on finance or …


‘Capturing the Beauty of Open Land’ exhibit coming

During the week of June 21-25, about two dozen skilled plein air artists will be able to access private properties in Douglas County, capturing images of pristine conserved land in the county which …


Class 5A baseball: Mountain Vista ends BHS' season

HIGHLANDS RANCH -- Brighton High School's baseball team earned a split in the regional playoff round at Mountain Vista High School. But it wasn't enough to keep the Bulldogs' season going. BHS …

Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Failing to be facile was tassel-related hassle

You might think being chosen to speak at a high school graduation ceremony would be a welcome opportunity, especially for someone who is filled with opinions and loves the English language. No, I was …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

A numeral, a letter, and unsure what's better

What's 5G? What happened to 4G? Is 5G better than 4G? Is 6G next? Will the commercials for 6G be better than the commercials for 5G? The commercials for 5G give me a headache. Especially the ones …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Welcome to Denver — weather permitting

Phoenix, 96, and plenty of sun. Miami, 85, and partly cloudy. Denver, 42, with periods of rain mixed with snow and snow mixed with rain. Newcomers to Colorado want to know, “What’s going on?” …

Friendly Colorado? We’ve got to stop harming each other

Not sure if everyone has noticed, but our Colorado community is suffering right now. I don’t mean from the once-again increasing casualties of COVID-19 or the not-quick-enough economic recovery. …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Some words are great, and others just grate

So,” “listen,” “to be honest,” “at the end of the day,” “it is what it is,” “like,” “literally,” “right?” An April column invited readers to nominate words and phrases …
Michael Norton
Winning Words

Bigger, better, faster, higher, smarter

Society thrives on one-upmanship. In everything we do, whether we realize it or not, we set a bar. And as we set the bar, more often than not, we try and improve upon whatever it is we are doing. …
Coming Attractions

Count on CJRO bringing the joy to Lakewood

If you ask most musicians, there's a unique thrill and community that comes with performing live. But it is difficult to imagine how much greater that feeling is when it has been more than a year …
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