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Boy's family gets help with home makeover

Josh Beller, like many 13-year-olds, loves to go on bicycle rides and spend time with his family. He goes to Sierra Middle School with his brother, Will, but faces greater challenges than the average …
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Gamez-Ruiz

New trial date set for suspect in trooper's death

A district court judge on Feb. 20 set new trial dates in the case of Noe Gamez-Ruiz, the man who has now twice gone to trial after pleading not guilty to charges in the 2016 death of Colorado State …

Suburbanites show political divide based on background

America's suburbs are today's great political battleground, long seen as an independent pivot between the country's liberal cities and conservative small towns and rural expanse. But it's not that …

Who is getting what from the mill levy override?

Kathy Dorman has taught science at Ponderosa High School in Parker for 35 years. Last year, she campaigned for a $40 million mill levy override that the Douglas County Board of Education said would …

DA’s office outlines proper debt-collection practices

Scare-tactic scams are widespread, specifically callers purporting to be debt collectors and threatening arrest if the party refuses to immediately pay According to a news release from the 18th …

IN THEIR BUSINESS: News and notes from the business community

Hotels change hands Stonebridge Companies, a privately owned hotel owner, operator and developer headquartered in Denver, has assumed management of three metro Denver Hyatt properties, according to a …
Education
Amelia Shah, 17, makes a latte at the Stable, a new coffee shop recently opened in January at Ponderosa High School. The Stable is run by special education students to prepare them for work after high school.

Special-needs students learn in coffee-shop setting

Trinity Stultz has the recipe down pat: Mix the milk and cream, pour coffee in a cup and pour the froth on top. To the 14-year-old Ponderosa High School student, making the coffee is the easy part. …

DCSD sells bonds; funds to go toward capital needs

The Douglas County School District has announced the sale of $249.975 million in general-obligation bonds, approved by voters in last November's election. The Jan. 29 sale provides one-time funds for …
About two dozen protestors stand outside of Douglas County School District's administrative building in Castle Rock prior to a Feb. 5 school board meeting. The group voiced concerns over the school board's handling of a teacher at the center of controversy and district policy on public comment.

Douglas County superintendent recommends board fire teacher at center of controversy

Following weeks of skepticism from many parents and taxpayers, Douglas County Superintendent Thomas Tucker recommended the school board fire a middle school teacher whose controversial Twitter …
Teah Selkin and Zoe Siegel acted as conference co-chairs for the student-run diversity conference.

Colorado teens celebrate diversity

When Teah Selkin, 18, started at Cherry Creek High as a freshman, she only knew one thing about the school — the common stereotype that Cherry Creek High School is a school for rich, white kids. As …

Polis

Polis details proposal for full-day kindergarten

Gov. Jared Polis urged lawmakers to act quickly on his plan to offer state-funded full-day kindergarten. Polis told the Joint Education Committee his $227 million plan is a foundation of his new …
Business
Parker Adventist Hospital CEO Michael Goebel presents donations to three area schools on the hospital's 15-year anniversary. From left, Chris Stairs, principal of Pine Lane Elementary School, Jarod Nicholson, assistant principal of Ponderosa High School, Darrell Meredith, principal of Sierra Middle School, and Goebel.

Parker Adventist marks 15 years with donation to schools

Parker Adventist Hospital celebrated its 15-year anniversary Jan. 31 by donating money to three area schools. At a special events room at the hospital, three checks worth $1,500 were handed out to …
Doug Tisdale, RTD board chair, speaks at the announcement of the grand opening of the Southeast Rail Extension Project. The three new stations in South Lone Tree will open for service May 19.

Light rail extension project to open May 19

Officials from the Regional Transportation District announced Jan. 25 that the Southeast Rail Extension Project for the E, R and F lines to three locations in Lone Tree will officially open for service May 19.
Nick Andurlakis poses behind the counter of Nick’s Cafe. The restaurant is known for its Fool’s Gold sandwich.

As shutdown continues, businesses feel the consequences

Editor’s Note: This story was filed for print on Jan. 21 as the federal shutdown continued. Nick’s Cafe has built a loyal following in Golden that included Elvis Presley who once flew his private …
Ben Theune, spokesman for Wings Over the Rockies, talks about the plane behind him Jan. 17 at the Boeing Blue Sky Aviation Gallery, the first facility at the Exploration of Flight site at Centennial Airport. The site is the second location for Wings Over the Rockies, a nonprofit focused on education about aviation and space.

Aerospace school possible at Wings Over the Rockies site

Eventually, the new campus at Centennial Airport will be a sprawling, multi-facility effort to solve an ongoing problem in the aerospace industry: It needs more qualified hands. “We just want to be …

In Their Business

Chocolate Factory returns After a major facelift and under new ownership, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Cafe has opened at the Outlets at Castle Rock. The cafe, which had been closed since April …
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