Younger teen charged in STEM shooting to be tried as adult
The 16-year-old charged with carrying out a school shooting that left one dead and eight injured will be tried as an adult, according to a Dec. 4 judgment. Judge Jeffrey Holmes ruled that in …

Lights twinkle at Cherry Hills

The line to see Cherry Hills Community Church's new holiday light show was backed up all the way down Grace Boulevard on Nov. 22 for the unofficial first night of the event. The free show, which was …

New primary care office opens in Highlands Ranch

Highlands Ranch residents now have another option for their primary and urgent health care after UCHealth opened a clinic on South University Boulevard in November. The office currently has two …

Sibling stars of holiday movie came from Ranch

Three siblings originally from Highlands Ranch are featured in a new Christmas movie from Universal Studios that is now available for purchase online and in stores. “My Adventures with Santa,” …

Victim's mother gives emotional testimony in STEM suspect's hearing

Sobs filled a Douglas County courtroom the day before Thanksgiving as the mother of a teen killed in the STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting spoke about her son. Throughout Maria Castillo's …

How to help Douglas County winter shelters

Now that Douglas County is experiencing more frequent freezing temperatures, it's likely that those who are struggling in the area are leaning on the county's winter shelter network. The network, …

News

E-cigarette effect on teen smoking is far from settled

In almost any other year it would be hailed as a public health victory: The smoking rate among U.S. high schoolers took its biggest hit ever this year, federal figures show, falling to a new low. …

Life

‘Destination’ is theme for Own an Original show

Littleton’s Fine Arts Board has decided to add a theme to its open entry exhibits and for the 50-plus-year-old Own an Original. It is “Destination,” which opened on Nov. 22 and runs through …

Sports

Prowess as hitter among athlete’s standout qualities

Katie Dack-Howell, a junior catcher for the Rock Canyon softball team, said blocking low pitches that were in the dirt was one of her strengths this season, but that was overlooked because of her …

WATCH: Time to Talk public forum on mental health and families

It's time to talk about mental health. Mothers and mental health advocates talk about how mental illness affects families, and why — and how — we need to talk about it. The free community …

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Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Problem with heights is just medium high

Don’t look down. I would rather not look down from high places. How about you? I don’t have it bad, and it’s not vertigo. The misconception about Alfred Hitchcock’s film “Vertigo” is that …
Norton
Winning Words

One thing tops gratitude — the gratitude leftovers

Who in your circle of family and friends really prefers the Thanksgiving leftovers over the actual Thanksgiving Day dinner or meal? Well you can count me as one of those who loves leftovers in that …

2020 Census is easy, important and safe

Our nation’s founding fathers determined that every ten years, we will count every person living in the United States. Since 1790, the U.S. government has conducted a census to do just that and in …
Norton
Winning Words

Murmurs of disappointment, shouts of gratitude

Many times, it seems like just the opposite of this headline, doesn’t it? How often do we find ourselves shouting out about our disappointment and then only quietly murmuring about our gratitude? …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Tale of innovative artwork follows fascinating thread

When someone mentions “quilt,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Your aunt? Your grandmother? Your grandmother’s aunt? Me? I think of the young woman who cleans my teeth. Lindsay …
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