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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

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

Celebrating Arbor Day

What does it mean to be a Tree City USA? The Arbor Day Foundation's Tree City USA program began in 1976. Since then, more than 3,400 communities across the U.S. have become a Tree City. In Colorado, … 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

Marijuana extract being eyed for U.S. medical market

A closely watched medicine made from the marijuana plant reduces seizures in children with severe forms of epilepsy and warrants approval in the United States, health officials said April 17. British … 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

Western Douglas County fire sparked by power line, tree collision

State Highway 67 reopened for all traffic April 18 following a fire the day before that forced pre-evacuations zones and closed portions of the roadway. At approximately 10:23 a.m. April 17, West … 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

Castle Rock takes step toward lifting pit bull ban

The Town of Castle Rock on April 17 gave initial approval to an ordinance that would repeal the town's decades-old pit bull ban. The ordinance approved in a 5-2 vote on first reading is a sweeping … more

Sedalia man headed to trial in murder case

A Douglas County judge has determined there is sufficient probable cause to send a Sedalia man's murder case to trial. A trial date has not been set. Frank Leo Huner Jr., now 59, was charged with … 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

Families assess next steps in wake of devastating Castle Rock fire

The morning after a Castle Rock blaze destroyed two homes and damaged five more, Sierra-Kay Okimoto, 12, clung to her mother, Lisa Bunch, staring at their home, one of the five damaged in the … 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

Fire destroys two homes in Castle Rock, other blazes burn in Douglas County

Castle Rock Fire and Rescue responded to a housefire in The Meadows on April 17 that quickly spread to four other homes as the area experiences high winds on top of stage 1 fire restrictions. The … more

‘She gave me something to live for’

Rebekah Barstnar, 23, a heroin addict, lay on a cot in a Douglas County jail cell, vomiting repeatedly, too weak to walk to the nearby bathroom. Pain in her back deepened, her bones ached, her skin … more

Teachers protest funding gap, some PERA changes at Capitol

Performances of teachers singing a 1980s rock hit in protest have swept the nation — from Oklahoma to West Virginia to Kentucky — and now, the show came to Colorado. “We're not gonna take it … more

Forums offer chance for discussion on mental health

Colorado Community Media, in partnership with Douglas County Libraries and the Douglas County Mental Health Initiative, will present a series of public forums, “Time to Talk,” on mental health in … more

Food banks see donations drop as need stays steady

Despite a strong economy and low unemployment, need is staying steady at Denver-area food banks. At the same time, some food banks are seeing donations beginning to slip, and looming government … more
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