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License renewal kiosk opens at supermarket

What do grocery shopping and renewing a license plate have in common? They are now simultaneously available at King Soopers in Highlands Ranch, thanks to Douglas County's new kiosk feature. The …
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Second mistrial declared for suspect in trooper's death

For the second time, a mistrial has been declared in the case of a man accused of crashing into and killing Colorado State Trooper Cody Donahue more than two years ago. Noe Gamez-Ruiz faces charges of …

Colorado Democrats push changes to presidential electors

Following Donald Trump's 2016 presidential victory over an opponent who won 3 million more votes, Colorado's Democrat-controlled Legislature is fast-tracking a bill to join other states in casting …

'Shark Tank' event coming to Lone Tree

The South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Shark Tank event April 30 at the Lone Tree Arts Center. The event goes from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. and will feature six nonprofit …
A hiker makes his way through a trail in the Arapahoe National Forest. According to the 2019 Conservation in the West Poll, 73 percent of Coloradans say the ability to live near, recreate on and enjoy public lands like national forests, parks or trails was a significant reason they live in the West.

Poll finds support for public lands protections in the west

Colorado residents continue to support efforts to keep public lands protected and accessible, according to the ninth annual Colorado College State of the Rockies Project Conservation in the West …

Legislature advances bill to import cheaper drugs in Colorado

Colorado has joined a growing number of states that want to cut certain prescription drug prices by importing licensed drugs from Canada. The idea is central to Democratic Gov. Jared Polis' campaign …
Education
About two dozen protestors stand outside of Douglas County School District's administrative building in Castle Rock prior to a Feb. 5 school board meeting. The group voiced concerns over the school board's handling of a teacher at the center of controversy and district policy on public comment.

Douglas County superintendent recommends board fire teacher at center of controversy

Following weeks of skepticism from many parents and taxpayers, Douglas County Superintendent Thomas Tucker recommended the school board fire a middle school teacher whose controversial Twitter …
Teah Selkin and Zoe Siegel acted as conference co-chairs for the student-run diversity conference.

Colorado teens celebrate diversity

When Teah Selkin, 18, started at Cherry Creek High as a freshman, she only knew one thing about the school — the common stereotype that Cherry Creek High School is a school for rich, white kids. As …
Polis

Polis details proposal for full-day kindergarten

Gov. Jared Polis urged lawmakers to act quickly on his plan to offer state-funded full-day kindergarten. Polis told the Joint Education Committee his $227 million plan is a foundation of his new …
A group of third graders at Fairmount Elementary School in Golden work together on an activity called Coding Dash in the school’s STEM teacher Angie Blomquist’s classroom on Jan. 15.

Computer science training offered for all elementary teachers

A current job search on employment site Indeed.com shows that currently in Colorado there are nearly 1,000 available jobs in the computer science field. Of those jobs, 205 of them offer an estimated …

From left, Ethan Friend, Taekyung Kim, Kayley Kingman and Jatin Potnuri, all middle schoolers at the STEM School Highlands Ranch hold up their award noting a fourth-place win at the regional finals of DiscoverE’s Future City Competition on Jan. 19 at the Colorado School of Mines campus in Golden. Their coach for the competition, Simi Basu, a computer science teacher and cyber security coach at STEM School Highlands Ranch, is pictured on the far right.

Middle schoolers learn about engineering in the real world

The middle schoolers that competed in the Future City Competition can tell you exactly how their city functions — how people travel or how the city is powered, for example. “They really get into …
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Kelly Pointer, a certified classical Pilates instructor, teaches a private class at her in-home studio in Highlands Ranch. On Feb. 13, Pointer and a local physical therapist will host a free workshop.

Resident to host free Pilates workshop

Trying Pilates for the first time can be just about as confusing as its name. That's why instructor Kelly Pointer, in partnership with local physical therapist Dr. Christopher Robl, are hosting a …

Businesses wax and wane in Highlands Ranch

In recent months, a handful of businesses in the Highlands Ranch community have indefinitely closed their doors and others have moved in. Some business owners say high rent prices and little foot …
Doug Tisdale, RTD board chair, speaks at the announcement of the grand opening of the Southeast Rail Extension Project. The three new stations in South Lone Tree will open for service May 19.

Light rail extension project to open May 19

Officials from the Regional Transportation District announced Jan. 25 that the Southeast Rail Extension Project for the E, R and F lines to three locations in Lone Tree will officially open for service May 19.
Nick Andurlakis poses behind the counter of Nick’s Cafe. The restaurant is known for its Fool’s Gold sandwich.

As shutdown continues, businesses feel the consequences

Editor’s Note: This story was filed for print on Jan. 21 as the federal shutdown continued. Nick’s Cafe has built a loyal following in Golden that included Elvis Presley who once flew his private …

Ben Theune, spokesman for Wings Over the Rockies, talks about the plane behind him Jan. 17 at the Boeing Blue Sky Aviation Gallery, the first facility at the Exploration of Flight site at Centennial Airport. The site is the second location for Wings Over the Rockies, a nonprofit focused on education about aviation and space.

Aerospace school possible at Wings Over the Rockies site

Eventually, the new campus at Centennial Airport will be a sprawling, multi-facility effort to solve an ongoing problem in the aerospace industry: It needs more qualified hands. “We just want to be …
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