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The Parker Police Department has arrested two suspects in connection with the theft of more than 40 guns from a Parker residence. Casey Allen Riedel, 20, and Jacob Lee Whitlock, 18, both of Elizabeth, are facing charges that include second-degree … more
The Douglas County commissioners renewed contracts with four aerial-based firefighting companies to prepare for the upcoming wildfire season. In a March 29 news release, the board announced new agreements with Heliqwest International Inc. and … more
For Rock Canyon High School art student Ethan Zehender, winning second place in Colorado's 4th Congressional District Art Competition means he's improving at his craft. “Last year, I got a jury award, so this is one up,” he said with a huge … more
Keith Carey is a gunsmith in Montrose, a town with a frontier flavor set amid the rocky mesas of western Colorado. He’s a staunch, though soft-spoken, defender of the right to bear arms. Yet now he’s also a willing recruit in a fledgling … more
When Mountain Vista Principal Mike Weaver took over the leadership of the high school during the 2011-12 school year, he knew what would be expected of him, thanks to help from his predecessor, Steve Johnson. “I had the honor and pleasure of … more
Teacher turnover in the Douglas County School District has risen above the state average, according to new data by the Colorado Department of Education. For the 2015-16 school year, the teacher turnover rate in the school district was 19.7 … more
Bo Sager began teaching fifth grade at Northridge Elementary in Highlands Ranch in 2005. He was a teacher with DCSD for 10 years, was evaluated as a highly effective teacher, he said, and chosen as an Apple Award finalist in 2011. The Apple Awards … more
Bethany Wessel left her position as music teacher at Trailblazer Elementary in Highlands Ranch in early March. “I am not a union member. I have not ever complained about my salary, even when we had a pay freeze for several years. I have always … more
Spanish teacher Cristin Bleess helped open Castle View High School in Castle Rock in 2008-09. She left at the end of the 2013-14 school year. The 2013 school board election resultswhich maintained the district’s direction, sealed her decision to … more
Niki Mitchell has watched a number of fellow teachers leave the Douglas County School District in recent years. Some have gone to other school districts. Others have taken early retirement. A few have left the profession altogether. “It’s … more
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