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Time to Talk: Sharing concerns about social media

Whenever she has free time, Jayden Parks pulls out her phone and checks Instagram or Snapchat. She scrolls through photos, comparing herself to other teens portraying what seem to be perfect lives. … more

Cyberbullying can take lasting toll on teens

Camryn Cowdin was checking her Facebook page when she saw hateful posts from a person she considered a friend. Her name was never used, but she knew the words were about her. “He would directly … more

The positives: keeping in touch, finding support

With an enrollment that surpasses 2,000 kids, it’s unlikely Brett Siebert will run into friends between classes as he rushes through the busy hallways at Castle View High School in Castle Rock. To … more

Former Douglas County teacher/softball coach sentenced to jail, probation

A former Douglas County High School English teacher and softball coach accepted a plea deal in a Douglas County courtroom on April 24 after being charged in June with two felonies, including sexual … more

Sexting poses legal, psychological risks for teens

When Douglas County Deputy Jay Martin first started teaching about relationships, digital safety and substance abuse prevention, maybe one high school student in each of his classes would raise his … more

Schools test out cellphone, technology bans

Last year, after seeing students exchanging hurtful messages online, Kendra Hossfeld, principal of North Star Academy in Parker, challenged her eighth-graders to a “detox week” free of device … more

‘Survive today and have an amazing future’

As students trickle into Bas Wolf’s classroom at Highlands Ranch High School, he greets each one by name, asks how they are. Sometimes, a hug accompanies the greeting. “Star Wars” posters, … more

Mammogram follow-ups can be fraught with fear

It could have been a luxury spa day. Five women sat gathered in a small waiting room, clad in purple smocks with pink trim, listening to soft music and indulging in individual-sized snacks of cookies … more

Fundraiser aims to help rid world of final pockets of polio

Students in the Cimarron Middle School Interact Club have never been to Afghanistan, Nigeria or Pakistan. Nor have they had to worry about contracting polio, a contagious, crippling and often deadly … more

How to help kids manage the digital world

The answer isn’t simple, but educators and mental health professionals agree that steps can be taken to combat the adverse affects of social media use. Setting screen time limits, along with … more

Douglas County School District will be closed on April 26 as teachers rally at Capitol

Neighborhood, magnet and alternative schools in the Douglas County School District will be closed April 26, as teachers participate in a rally at the state Capitol in Denver, interim Superintendent … more

Chief deputy to continue serving as treasurer

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners on April 16 approved a resolution allowing Chief Deputy Treasurer Peter Boyd to continue serving as county treasurer, a role he assumed when Diane Holbert … more

Heroin Impact Project to target drug dealers

James “Sandy” Winnefeld, a retired Navy admiral, lost his son, a University of Denver student, to an overdose of fentanyl-laced heroin last September. His story gained widespread attention … more

Colorado could be in for worst fire season in years

Forecasts indicate Colorado could be in for its worst wildfire year since the historic fire seasons of 2012 and 2013, leading Gov. John Hickenlooper and fire officials to warn residents to do their … more

E-470 board votes to eliminate vehicle registration fee

Colorado motorists who live in counties in which E-470 vehicle registration fees have been imposed no longer will be assessed those fees. The E-470 Board of Directors unanimously voted April 12 to … more

Douglas County School Board approves contract for new superintendent

The school board's choice to become the new superintendent of the Douglas County School District is being offered an annual salary of $258,420, according to a contract unanimously approved by the … more

Parker Med Spa providing scholarships

Shelby Johnson, 17, a senior at Chaparral High School, has always dreamed of becoming an elementary school teacher. Inspired by her own first-grade teacher, Michelle Weinberg of Cherokee Trail … more

Rotary awards ceremony draws hundreds to PACE Center

Brayden Jacob, 13, a student at Cimarron Middle School, along with seven of his classmates, joined more than 200 people at Parker's PACE Center April 11 for the Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club of … more

Parker woman's legacy lives on

What started as a fundraising account to help the family of Lori Urban cover her medical and death expenses has turned into a nonprofit organization to help others who suffer from gynecologic cancer. … more

Parker OKs annexation to block trash-transfer facility

Parker Town Council members heard nearly three hours of testimony from landowners, community members and attorneys at the April 16 council meeting regarding the annexation application of four parcels … more
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