Stories of the Week

Weekly declares victory in sheriff Republican primary

Darren Weekly has declared victory as the Republican candidate for sheriff of Douglas County after a few days of vote counting and a thin margin with the next leading candidate.  Weekly, the …
Douglas County Commissioners, members of the Highlands Ranch Metro District, South Suburban Parks and Recreation and Douglas County School District come together to celebration the official agreement to sell Toepfer and Sweetwater parks.

School district agrees to sale of Toepfer, Sweetwater parks to county

After more than a year of negotiations, the Douglas County commissioners and school district came to an official agreement on June 28 to sale two parks to the county.
Douglas County School Board President Mike Peterson listens to discussion during a Feb. 8 study session. Peterson has been accused of committing perjury and 18th Judicial District Attorney John Kellner confirmed an investigation is ongoing.

Law enforcement investigating DCSD board members over allegations of perjury

Allegations that two Douglas County School Board directors committed perjury have been referred for investigation to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Douglas County approves staff raises and 'inflation stipend'

Douglas County staff members will soon receive a bump in their paychecks after the county commissioners approved a 4% raise for employees. Employees who make less than $80,000 per year will also …
A municipal well in Highlands Ranch, utilized by Centennial Water and Sanitation District, pulls water to the surface from the Denver Aquifer.

Dry conditions impact water supplies in Highlands Ranch

Centennial Water is warning Highlands Ranch residents to cut down on water use as dry conditions continue and storage levels dip nearly 30% below the June average. In a recent press release, …
JUNE 17, 2022 - Protesters gather on a corner near the Southridge Recreation Center in Highlands Ranch holding signs in protest of a drag queen show that was held at the rec. center. The show was hosted by Comedians in Drag, Denver’s top drag queens who entertain with their comedy and musical performances. The event was sold out. (Photo by John Leyba/Special to the Colorado Sun)

Highlands Ranch drag show protesters, counterprotesters eye future events

Highlands Ranch’s first-ever drag comedy show carried on despite the roughly 50 protesters who gathered outside the Southridge Rec Center on the evening of June 17 to oppose the event.

Huffman has commanding lead in Highlands Ranch District 43 primary

Highlands Ranch voters chose conservative candidate Kurt Huffman in Tuesday’s Republican primary race for Colorado House District 43.  Huffman, who was recently appointed to the seat …

Davis wins Republican primary for Douglas County clerk

Sheri Davis, a longtime employee of the Douglas County clerk and recorder’s office, won the Republican primary in the election to run the office Tuesday.
Jim Genasci, on right, celebrates Pride on Thursday at Wind Crest with Ray Vanoski and SJ Light, who wears a sash and cowboy hat featuring buttons collected at various Pride events since 1983 by Genasci's late wife, Jeanne.

Wind Crest Pride honors memories, celebrates love

Highlands Ranch resident Jim Genasci started going to Pride events with his wife Jeanne in 1983, when their son Gary came out to them. For years, the Genascis traveled across all 50 states and …
KOSON Charter Network CEO Penny Eucker presents a proposal for a STEM School campus in Sterling Ranch during the April 26 Douglas County School Board meeting. On June 21, the board denied STEM's application to open a new school in Sterling Ranch.

DCSD approves new Lehman charter location

Douglas County School District’s charter school options will grow slightly after the Board of Education conditionally approved an application from Lehman Academy to open a second …
Douglas County hosted a town hall about homelessness June 22.

Douglas County commissioners pivot on homelessness approach

The Douglas County commissioners indicated a changing approach to homelessness after a Wednesday town hall in which residents expressed frustration with a shelter planned for the …
Members of the Douglas County School Board discuss trust and air differences in a Feb. 4 meeting. Trust came up again in the June 21 meeting when the board discussed community opposition to a bond and/or mill levy override. Survey results showed a lack of trust in the district and how it spends its money is a main reason voters don't support a new funding initiative.

Douglas County School District intends to put MLO/bond question on November ballot

Douglas County School District’s Board of Education voted 6-0 to notify the Douglas and Elbert county clerks that they plan to put one or two questions on the November ballot regarding school funding.

Arapahoe County names board members, sole finalist for director of new health department

Following the breakdown of Tri-County, which for more than 50 years had been delivering health services to Adamas, Arapahoe and Douglas counties, Arapahoe has been in a race against time to stand up its own health department by Jan. 1, a day after Tri-County's services are set to end. 

Castle Rock ups presence on county homelessness initiative

Following contentious conversations about a proposal to locate temporary housing near the Douglas County Justice Center, Castle Rock Mayor Jason Gray has been added as a town representative to the Douglas County Homelessness Initiative.

Englewood fire continues to burn at Waste Management facility

Trails of smoke spread throughout parts of the metro Denver area the morning of June 28 due to a fire in Englewood that began June 27 at a Waste Management facility at 2400 W. Union Ave. that is …

Sky Ridge expands robotics surgery options

The Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree has hosted a couple of sneak peeks of the recently completed Center for Robotic Surgery. The recently completed wing of Sky Ridge is slated to open on July …


Englewood receives $12,500 to address lifeguard shortages

Englewood is among 71 recipients of a new grant, Pools Special Initiative 2022, that aims to help address staffing shortages at swimming pools across Colorado, but Brad Anderson, Englewood aquatics …


Tired of driving? Here’s how to get around Colorado on public transportation

Ever wanted to take a road trip across the state without slogging through an hours-long drive on highways?


Brookens tabbed as CHSAA associate commissioner

The Colorado High School Activities Association named Bethany Brookens as its next associate commissioner. Incoming Commissioner Mike Krueger made the appointment, which is effective immediately. …


From the Editor: Times that matter

As a child, I grew to hate road trips. My parents did not like flying anywhere, which meant any family trip was by car. I hated it. I’m talking about trips that would make the original “National …
Michael Norton

Column: We are not finished yet

The five most sought-after words in amateur golf are, “That’s good, pick it up.” We say that to our playing partner when the putt that is left is considered short enough to call it “good.” …
Elizabeth Hanson

Guest Column: As property taxes and values rise, school funds don’t

The Douglas County School District covers 850 square miles and is located just south of the Denver area. DCSD is the third-largest school district in Colorado and the largest employer in Douglas …
Michael Norton

Column: Is it better to build bridges, or burn them?

The origin of “burning bridges” has its roots in ancient Rome. And we see where they were not only burning the bridges, but also burning the boats. In some cases, they burned the bridges and the …

From the Editor: Dreading the bubble

It’s that time of year where we start reviewing the ballot and working to decide who might be best to serve us on the local, state and federal levels. For me, it’s become the time where I dread …
Aikta Marcoulier

Guest Column: SBA helps with disaster recovery

Colorado is no stranger to disasters, both natural and man-made. The state has a long history of natural disasters including flooding, wildfires, tornadoes and drought. The recent Marshall Fire in …
The Castle Rock Band will perform on Independence Day in the town’s Festival Park.

Sweet sounds on summer nights

Grab a quick picnic and a blanket or folding chairs (perhaps a summer music “kit” will have a place in the car rather than schlepping every time). Summer concerts outside are a special treat on …
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