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COVID-19 testing sites can be found throughout Douglas County

People wishing to get tested for COVID-19 visited facilities across Douglas County the day before Thanksgiving, with some locations having long, winding lines and others having no wait at all. The …
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'It was going to happen at some point'

Douglas County School District students are returning from Thanksgiving break to full remote education. Douglas County teachers say they were ready for the district's transition because they began …

Statewide grant for restaurant tents, heating still available

Gov. Jared Polis, in partnership with the Colorado Restaurant Association and Xcel Energy, announced that applications are open for the Winter Outdoor Grant Program, an effort to help restaurants …
The Douglas County Board of County Commissioners, from left, comprises Roger Partridge, Lora Thomas and Abe Laydon.

In letter to Polis, Douglas County commissioners ask to reopen restaurants

In a letter to Gov. Jared Polis sent Nov. 25, Douglas County commissioners requested that the county be allowed to start a variance program that would keep qualifying restaurants open for indoor …
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Elbert County deputies have discretion on wearing masks

Steven Joanis regularly drives from his home in Sedalia to his property in Kansas, passing through Elbert County to do so. Joanis, a retired military veteran and lifelong supporter of law enforcement …

Culture, recreation hit hardest by COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic and unprecedented restrictions on business had a lesser impact on the Town of Parker’s operating budget than expected, according to the most recent projection for the …
Education
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Q&A with Michael Agostinho, Legend High School teacher

Michael Agostinho is a history teacher at Legend High School in Parker and an executive board member of the Douglas County Federation, the local teachers’ union in the Douglas County School …

DCSD moves forward with remote-learning plans, including for elementary students

After Gov. Jared Polis stressed the need for Colorado's youngest learners to return to in-person learning, including those in areas transitioning to new and tighter COVID-19 restrictions, the Douglas …
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Douglas County School District decides to go fully remote after Thanksgiving

With COVID-19 cases mounting, the Douglas County School District has decided to switch entirely to remote learning after Thanksgiving break, according to a letter sent by the district to families and …
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Douglas County School District likely to move to remote-only learning after Thanksgiving

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Douglas County, schools will likely move to remote learning after returning from Thanksgiving break, following an informal decision from the school board Nov. …

Two Douglas County schools switch to remote learning amid COVID-19 surges

Two county high schools will make the switch to remote learning until the end of the month after a surge in COVID-19 cases and quarantines caused staffing shortages, according to letters sent to …
Business
Chris Bogert, general manager at Landsdowne Arms in Highlands Ranch, stands behind the host desk at the restaurant just hours before indoor dining in the county became prohibited.

Douglas County offers funding to help businesses struggling as new COVID-19 restrictions kick in

Douglas County restaurant owners are feeling increasingly anxious about the coming months as new restrictions related to preventing the spread of COVID-19 now prohibit all indoor dining. It's because …
The mall at Park Meadows will look different this Black Friday. Stores are discouraged from one-day-only sales and each store's capacity will be limited to 50%.

Park Meadows poised for a busy season

As the metro area deals with tighter restrictions on businesses, Park Meadows remains bustling with shoppers as the mall’s busiest season begins. Pam Kelly, senior general manager for Park Meadows …
Gus Velez, co-owner of Chicken Shack in Parker and Aurora, is a retired U.S. Marine who served from 1985-89. Velez and his wife, Molly, keep their doors open to new military recruits needing work. Finding work for the few months before shipping out can be difficult for recruits, Velez said. The Velez's have a partnership with the local Marine recruitment office for new recruits who need a job.

'It's helping my brother'

Before young Marine recruits in Parker ship out to bootcamp, a lot of them find jobs at The Chicken Shack. Co-owner Gus Velez has a partnership with the local Marine recruiting center, and any new …
Kiewit's 400,000 square-foot campus is starting to take shape. Facing the front door of the first building, Eric Roumph, project manager, adjusts his face mask--just one of the protocols Kiewit required of employees on its site since the pandemic started.

Collaboration, community are key for Kiewit campus

Lone Tree's newest corporate citizens plan to open the doors to the first of its two buildings next summer, officials say. Kiewit Corp., a multibillion-dollar engineering and construction firm based …

People packed into the Tailgate Tavern Oct. 23 to pack meals for families displaced by local wildfires. Meals included a sandwich, cookie, chips and water — so much water, John Jordan said he may have to take two trips.

Parker pitches in for fire relief

In just two days, about two dozen people packed about 500 meals for displaced families in Colorado wildfires. A dining area of the Tailgate Tavern and Grill in downtown Parker turned into a makeshift …
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