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Jason Gray, Randy Reed and Charles Fletcher sat for a forum in Castle Rock on Oct. 18 as the three strive to become the town’s next mayor.

Mayor candidates hold forum in Castle Rock

Castle Rock residents got another chance this month to meet the men vying to become the town's first at-large mayor face-to-face. Candidates Jason Gray, Randy Reed and Charles Fletcher sat for a …

Bus drivers, teachers' aides among those who may get raises

The Douglas County School District has 50 unfilled bus-driver positions. The hourly pay starts at $16.06 per hour. The same position in the Cherry Creek School District starts at $17.58 per hour. The …

Governor candidates keep slugging as election nears

Republican state Treasurer Walker Stapleton and Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis clashed again over health care, guns and Colorado's energy future in the fifth one-on-one debate of their …

Denver man sentenced to 16 years for injuring Douglas County deputy

A Denver man who injured a Douglas County Sheriff deputy after ramming his car in an attempt to evade arrest was sentenced to 16 years in prison Oct. 12, according to a press release from the 18th Judicial District.

Mia Hayden, left, Rohan Nipunge and Melanie Zhou talk about their up-and-coming nonprofit organization, Oasis. The three ThunderRidge High School students want to change how students and staff view mental health.

ThunderRidge students want an ‘oasis’ for mental health

Last year, Mia Hayden lost a close friend to suicide. Melanie Zhou’s mother was battling cancer. Then her school principal died of cancer. These life-changing experiences led the two ThunderRidge …
Education
Tanner Fitch, principal of Ranch View Middle School in Highlands Ranch, stands in front of his building. Some of the school’s sidewalks are cracked and in need of repairs.

‘You want a building to be cared for’

When a prospective parent walks in the front door of Ranch View Middle School in Highlands Ranch, he or she may see the 22-year-old carpet, chipped tile and cracks in the wall. If that parent isn’t …

Why teachers left Douglas County

Lyndsie Riggs Lyndsie Riggs, 34, taught English and advised the broadcast program at Castle View High School in Castle Rock. It was her first job teaching — she was there for four years. She left …

Mill levy override puts focus on DCSD teachers

Tim Ottmann, principal of Ponderosa High School in Parker, recalls why a volleyball coach of 16 years who led the team to several state championships left the school three years ago for a position in …
Douglas County High School Principal Tony Kappas stands in front of his school in Castle Rock. One of DCSD's oldest, the school has a long list of Tier 1 needs, which are critical building repairs that risk safety.

‘I’m concerned for the safety of our students’

At Castle View High School, teachers don’t have permanent classrooms. Throughout the day, they move their materials to classrooms that are available. When the bell rings for the next class period, …

What would DCSD ballot measures cost you?

Voters are being asked to approve two separate measures that would bring additional funding to the Douglas County School District: Ballot Issue 5A, a $40 million mill levy override, and Ballot Issue …
Business
The first models in a fashion show raising breast cancer awareness at Outlets of Castle Rock were Carol and Murphy Huston. Both are breast cancer survivors.

Fashion show spotlights breast cancer survivors

Breast cancer “survivors, previvors and thrivers” turned out at the Outlets at Castle Rock on Oct. 13 for a fashion show walked by models impacted by the illness. The event is part of a …
James Goodchild stands at the entrance of Lights Out! Escape Rooms and Social Lounge. Although horror-themed, the venue is not a haunted house and emphasis is put on solving the puzzles, rather than scare factor.

Quirky combinations are unique attractions for area businesses

The Denver metro area has it all — diverse entertainment in spectacular venues; vast shopping options from big box retail to small, family-owned businesses; and a variety of dining establishments. …

Outlets campaign supports those fighting breast cancer

Pink Saves, an awareness, action and fundraising campaign launched by the Outlets at Castle Rock to support the work of Susan G. Komen Colorado, features events and programs designed to raise money …

Realtor association set to move in fall 2019

The South Metro Denver Realtor Association will move to a new headquarters in fall 2019. The new building at 6436 S. Racine Circle in Centennial will have 29,151 finished square feet with a warehouse …

Grocery tax's fate undecided in Castle Rock

Castle Rock has implemented a grocery tax on certain food items for more than 20 years, but that era could soon end. The town council took up a lengthy discussion in early September to review the 4 …
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