Stories of the Week

Highlands Ranch Community Association discusses transition to in-person only meetings

After almost three years of the COVID-19 pandemic, many organizations are adopting hybrid options as a new permanent way of conducting business. The Highlands Ranch Community Association, on the other hand, is considering a return to pre-pandemic modes of gathering.
Highlands Ranch General Manager Mike Bailey cuts the ribbon on Sept. 14 at the reopening for Eastridge Recreation Center, which underwent renovations to the entrance rotunda and administrative offices this summer.

Eastridge renovations enhance efficiency, safety

The Highlands Ranch Community Association celebrated the remodeling of Eastridge Recreation Center, which finished on time and below budget, with a ribbon cutting Sept. 14. At the ribbon cutting, …
Homes sit in a neighborhood in Littleton, part of the notably expensive Denver metro area.

Colorado home prices see short-term drop; unclear how long downslide will last

Home prices in the metro area and statewide have shown some early signs that they may be breaking the pandemic-era trend of steep increases.
Highlands Ranch Library displays frequently challenged books near the front entrance as a way to participate in Banned Books Week, a national event from Sept. 18-24 that celebrates open access and highlights censorship concerns.

Douglas County Libraries receives few book-ban requests

Amid a sharp nationwide rise in the number of books facing library or school bans, Douglas County Libraries is spotlighting challenged media for National Banned Books Week. 
Thousands of Sandhill Cranes pause in the San Luis Valley near Monte Vista to feed at the Wildlife Refuge and in adjoining fields as they migrate north to their summer breeding grounds.

Douglas County again meets about San Luis Valley water project 

A controversial plan to pipe water from the San Luis Valley to Douglas County may be seeing new life after the county commissioners recently met behind closed doors to discuss it again.  Four …
Douglas County School Board President Mike Peterson listens to discussion during a Feb. 8 study session. The board will vote on next steps for the equity policy on Sept. 27.

Douglas County school board talks implementation of equity policy

Douglas County school board members indicated they will direct Superintendent Erin Kane to create an implementation plan and monitoring report for the district’s equity policy this …
Players compete in a friendly pickleball game on Aug. 24 at the newly-opened outdoor courts in Highlands Ranch at the Westridge Recreation Center.

Highlands Ranch opens outdoor pickleball courts

Highlands Ranch pickleball players now have six new outdoor courts to enjoy at Westridge Recreation Center.   The Highlands Ranch Community Association celebrated the opening of the new …
Douglas County Public Health Director Michael Hill talks with the Board of Health during a recent meeting.

Douglas County Health Department starts environmental health services

The Douglas County Health Department is nearing completion after setting up its environmental health services at the start of the month.
From left is Ellis Arnold, Olivia Love, Andrew Fraieli, Linda Shapley, Nina Joss and Thelma Grimes

Colorado Community Media writers and staff win 19 awards in annual Colorado Press Association awards

Colorado Community Media reporters and staff received several awards during the annual Colorado Press Association banquet on Sept. 17.

Heralding national climate bill, younger Littleton leaders push for local action

The same day President Joe Biden signed into law the largest climate change bill in United States history, a committee of young Littleton residents stood before their elected officials and urged swift environmental action.

Lone Tree proceeds with adding November ballot question

Lone Tree residents can expect to see two similar questions on their November ballot that inquire about opting out of Senate Bill 152 — one for Douglas County and one specifically for Lone …

What to do with the ‘oldest working thing’ in Denver?

The City Ditch, widely credited with Denver's early success as a Western American city, could soon be enclosed as the City of Englewood plans for a new piping project intended to modernize its drinking water infrastructure. 

Timeline unclear for release of body camera footage from Englewood police shooting

More than a month has passed since Colorado Community Media requested release of body camera footage from Englewood police officers involved in a July 24 shooting that left one unarmed man dead. 


Highlands Ranch breaks ground on senior center

Highlands Ranch officials broke ground on the upcoming $16.5 million senior center on Sept. 19 with the goal of opening doors in January 2024.  The 20,000 square-foot community space for …


Open the door to Denver’s spaces

For many of us, we don’t exactly know what makes a piece of architecture or interior design appealing. There’s just something about it we respond to. Fortunately, there are organizations like the …


Football photo gallery: Rock Canyon spoils Arapahoe's homecoming

LITTELTON -- Rock Canyon High School's football team stayed unbeaten through five games this season and spoiled Arapahoe High School's homecoming Sept. 23 by beating the Warriors 28-17. Jaguars …


Column: Demographics and stagflation

The world is aging, and our economy is shrinking. This is not a good combination. Let’s start with demographics. The five largest economies, U.S., China, Japan, Germany, and the U.K., have an …

From the Editor: Before you say no

This election year will have a lot of tax questions for voters to consider as they sort through ballots that are expected to hit the mail starting on Oct. 17. As our reporters have worked to break …
Michael Norton

Less is more is the way to go

As the presenter gave his opening remarks and welcomed the audience, he shared with everyone the agenda for his talk, the most important elements where he hoped they would focus, the amount of time …
Michael Norton

Column: Making the most of the upcoming season

The summer season is coming to an end, with many of us looking forward to fall. It’s been a hot summer and it will be nice to get some cool air, turning of leaves, and just a change of pace. For …

From the Editor: I have been there - Unmasking mental health can lead to help

I recently went to a benefit in Castle Pines hosted by the city and Mental Health Colorado. The event had a special theme/title – “Unmasked.” Throughout the night, people stood up and talked …
Coming Attractions

Archtop guitar fans to gather in Arvada

For me, autumn sounds like acoustic guitars. It’s something about their warmth and crispness, but also their fragility. And if you’re the type of person who spends a lot of time thinking about …
Michael Norton

Column: You are that person

One of my closest friends is Brian, and he stands out to me for many reasons. He is a strong man of faith, a true prayer warrior, a loving and devoted father and husband, a gift to the community we …
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