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A Tyrannosaur named Sue

For many people, the Tyrannosaurus rex is the dinosaur, and it’s easy to understand why. There’s no animal today that comes close to the sheer intimidation and raw power that this Cretaceous-era … more

Reports of aircraft noise rise in Highlands Ranch

Longtime Highlands Ranch resident Jim McCarthy spends as much time as possible outdoors. With a house on the edge of open space, he takes walks, gardens and just hangs out in the backyard. But … more

'We wanted to meet the little guy'

Vanessa and Alex Metskas welcomed their first child and the first baby of the year born at UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital at 4:46 p.m. Jan. 1. Emmitt Metskas, who weighed about 8 pounds and … more

‘A culture of excellence’

Beginning in January, the Highlands Ranch Metro District will have its third-ever general manager starting in the position. But before the new leader, Mike Renshaw, begins the job, the metro district … more

‘It feels like a turning point’

Kiley Markle had just finished a busy, 12-hour shift as a nurse in the intensive care unit at UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital when she arrived at her Dec. 17 appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine. … more

Trial set for mother accused of daughter’s death

An 18th Judicial District judge has set the trial date for the former Highlands Ranch woman who was charged with her daughter’s 2017 death. Kelly Turner, 42, pleaded not guilty to the charges … more

Highlands Ranch metro district approves 2021 budget

The Highlands Ranch Metro District’s board of directors voted to approve next year’s budget in a Dec. 10 meeting, keeping the mill levy the same and planning multiple capital projects. Capital … more

Highlands Ranch Metro District hires new general manager

The Highlands Ranch Metro District has hired a successor to longtime General Manager Terry Nolan, who announced his retirement in the spring. Mike Renshaw, who will begin as the general manager Jan. … more

'A picture you'll never forget'

While the pandemic has made the typical visits with Santa impossible, 200 car-loads of residents still got to see Mr. Claus in a drive-thru event in Highlands Ranch Dec. 4. The annual Hometown … more

Highlands Ranch hospital confronts staff outbreak, rise in area's COVID cases

Throughout November, UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital had to work to overcome a staff outbreak and a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in the community as it prepared to deploy surge plans. The … more

Miles of secrets in the Mile High City

Most people are familiar with Rocky Flats in northwest Jefferson County, and the role it played in creating nuclear weapons parts. But if one lives on the east side of Denver, it’s entirely … more

Pirate ship pops up in front yard

In July, Sean Meighan was working on leveling his yard when a passerby commented that the retaining wall he built looked like the side of a ship.  Meighan was inspired and four months later, he … more

Gelato shop aims for sweet success

The Barsness family has always loved a cup of gelato. From their trips to Italy to vacations in the Cayman Islands, the four-member family frequently finds themselves at the counter of a shop selling … more

Highlands Ranch releases Halloween decoration map

Highlands Ranch residents now have a list of some of the best-decorated Halloween houses in the area after the Highlands Ranch Community Association released its annual map. As of Oct. 21, the list … more

Highlands Ranch Metro District could lose $2.4M if Gallagher Amendment remains

If the Gallagher Amendment is not repealed in the Nov. 3 election, the Highlands Ranch Metro District could lose $2.4 million in revenue and pause all future projects, including the long-awaited … more

Quiet Highlands Ranch neighborhood sees second shooting in two months

Douglas County sheriff’s deputies are investigating the second shooting in a month in an otherwise quiet Highlands Ranch community.  The most recent event, a shooting late Tuesday, Oct. … more

Big trucks and big thanks in Highlands Ranch and Littleton

Older people's faces lit up with childlike glee on Oct. 4 as dozens of fire trucks and hot rods rolled through the Wind Crest senior living community in Highlands Ranch. From there, the vintage … more

Race for 18th Judicial District Attorney hits boiling point

Tensions in the hotly contested race for 18th Judicial District Attorney have hit a boiling point amid allegations of racism, lies and political ambushes. A heated confrontation unfolded Oct. 5 … more

ThunderRidge High School switches to virtual learning amid quarantines

ThunderRidge High School has become the fourth high school in the Douglas County School District to switch to virtual learning amid logistical pressures from COVID-19. A letter sent to the Highlands … more

Highlands Ranch skaters enjoy start of fall

Skaters of all ages gathered at the Redstone Skate Park in Highlands Ranch on Sept. 25 to try out new tricks, polish old ones and meet fellow skaters. It's this time of year, when the temperature … more
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