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Celebration of Kendrick Castillo's life: 'We need to be more like him'

Live like Kendrick Castillo. Be brave. Be industrious. Have integrity. Show love. That was the overarching message at a May 15 celebration of life service at Cherry Hills Community Church. More …
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Summer reading program to hold kickoff events

Douglas County Libraries patrons of all ages are encouraged to read as part of the district's Great Summer Reading Road Trip program. All branches kick off the program June 1 with life-sized games, …
Planes stand at Centennial Airport on May 7. That airport is among those that may have flight paths re-routed by the Denver Metroplex plan by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Noise impact of altered flight paths to be mostly small, FAA says

Despite concerns raised by local officials, a federal plan to reroute airplane traffic is expected to only cause small changes in south metro-area noise — much of which will be small decreases, …
Friends and family gather at Seven Stones, a cemetery near Chatfield State Park, on May 17 for the burial of Kendrick Castillo.

Messages of faith, hope as Kendrick Castillo laid to rest

More than 80 men, decorated in red, purple and green regalia, gathered in front of St. Mary Catholic Parish in Littleton. The Knights of Columbus traveled from across Colorado to honor Kendrick …
Robots line the walkway to Cherry Hills Community Church May 15 during a memorial service for Kendrick Castillo. The robots bore signs including Castillo’s name and heart symbols.

Colorado robotics community honors Kendrick Castillo

On the stage at Cherry Hills Community Church, a robot stood in honor of Kendrick Castillo, who was killed in the STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting. That robot was built by STEM Impulse — or …

Bonnie Alexander, 68, waves a peace sign at drivers in a motorcade of more than 200 Jeeps and some other vehicles toward a May 15 memorial service for Kendrick Castillo. Castillo “was an angel in our midst,” said Alexander, a Highlands Ranch resident.

Procession honors Kendrick Castillo at memorial service in Highlands Ranch

About 250 Jeep enthusiasts gathered in Highlands Ranch on May 15 to ride in a procession ahead of a celebration of life service for Kendrick Castillo. According to license plates, vehicles came from …
Education
Krystal Jensen, left, and her 12-year-old daughter Kierra welcome STEM students back to school on May 15. About a week earlier, the school experienced a shooting that left one student dead and eigth others injured. "They need all the love they can get right now," said Krystal, who homeschools her daughter.

Community members welcome STEM students back with words of love

On a cloudless day, the sun beaming down, a small group of parents and children stood along Barrons Boulevard in Highlands Ranch waving posters with words of encouragement. “You are …

Students honored for strength, perseverance

The Administrators’ Scholarship Program at Douglas County School District honors students who have overcome personal challenges and excelled in school. Since its inception in 1988, the program has …

Documents reveal dispute between sheriff's office, STEM over resource officer contract

Documents distributed as part of a news release by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office on May 10 show disagreement, and some underlying tension, led to the discontinuation of a contract that provided …

STEM denies allegations made by anonymous parent

The executive director of STEM School Highlands Ranch adamantly denies allegations made by an anonymous school parent that the school's climate and culture are out of control. "I can't even fathom …

Students, including some from STEM School Highlands Ranch, hold up lit-up phones outside Highlands Ranch High School after walking out of a May 8 vigil amid frustration over STEM students getting speaking time. A shooting May 7 at STEM School wounded eight students and killed one, 18-year-old Kendrick Ray Castillo.

STEM School students walk out of shooting vigil amid frustration

A vigil that brought politicians, activists and several hundred students and parents to Highlands Ranch High School after the nearby STEM School shooting devolved into chaos and chants, with many students expressing frustration with the event’s political overtones on gun policy.
Business
Coffee Cabin owner Wes Crespi makes coffee with a smile April 30. Crespi started the shop to get away from the corporate world and strives to make an impact in his customers' lives, even if only for a minute or two.

Owner of Coffee Cabin lives for his 'favorite customers'

The first thing someone might see driving past the intersection of Ponderosa Drive and Parker Road is the word “PRAY” in all capital letters, on the side of a repurposed shipping container. The …

In their Business

Assisted-stretching studio opens A new studio in Parker will introduce people of all ages and fitness levels to deep stretching and its benefits. StretchLab Parker, which opened April 25, is owned …

In Their Business

Walmart plans store improvements Walmart expects to spend $57 million in Colorado this year to remodel 11 stores and expand customer services, according to a news release. In the Colorado Community …
Polis

Polis to ask voters to pass nicotine tax to combat youth use

Targeting teen nicotine vaping, Gov. Jared Polis recently announced a late-session bill to ask Colorado voters to significantly raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products and impose taxes …

Colorado Community Media wins big at annual press convention

Colorado Community Media received 50 awards in the annual state press competition, including the prestigious public service award for a year-long series on the state of mental health in Douglas …
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