Bond-funded projects underway at area schools

When students return to Ponderosa High School Aug. 7, they will be in for quite a shock, Principal Tim Ottmann said. The 25-year-old carpet in classrooms — once a rusted orange color, stained and …
Slow down, stay alert on ramped-up 'Gap' construction
It's officially one of the busiest travel seasons of the year for the portion of Interstate 25 running between Castle Rock and Monument, and the entire 18-mile stretch is under construction, making …

Highlands Ranch Post Office named after fallen deputy

The post office, where people go to send and receive letters from loved ones overseas and beloved grandparents, is the center of every community, Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said to a small …

Cars 'Cruise In' to Castle Rock

From newer Mustangs to older vintage cars, there was something for everyone at the 11th Annual Classic Rock Cruise In car show on June 15. The event usually takes place the day Saturday before …

Douglas County mental health leaders gather for summit

In a banquet hall filled with mental health professionals, three Douglas County mothers sat in front of microphones and began talking. They shared thoughts about parenting their children with mental …

My name is ... Bruce Trautmann

About me I have been officially retired for approximately 19 years. Subsequent to retirement, I have done disaster relief work on an as-needed basis. Although I am a volunteer I am also a mercenary, …

WATCH: Time to Talk public forum on mental health and families

It's time to talk about mental health. Mothers and mental health advocates talk about how mental illness affects families, and why — and how — we need to talk about it. The free community …


Man sentenced in Castle Rock woman's death

The school bus driver accused of causing an accident that left a 92-year-old woman dead in 2018 has been sentenced after pleading guilty to careless driving resulting in death. Steven Blair, of …


Take a look at how the stars shine for you

There’s a name for the enormous leap in quality that television programs have seen since the turn of the century — Peak TV. Thanks to streaming options like Netflix and Hulu, the emergence of …


‘Opponents fear and respect her’

Arapahoe High School soccer player Audrey Weiss is one of those players who can never move around much without being marked by an opponent or two. She always seemed to make things happen for the …

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Financial Strategies

After the funeral — a look at being ready

The cause of death was influenza. For those of you following the story of my father-in-law, he spent nine weeks in the hospital due to the flu. While it is not unusual for a 90-year old to pass away, …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Hey kids, life is nice without that device

I was standing at the crossroads a few years ago. Along came a fellow with a guitar. Said his name was Robert Johnson and that he had something to sell, but not to me. I told him, “Me too.” He …
Winning Words

Keep yourself humble to avoid a stumble

One of my favorite things to see is a humble winner. Not only a humble winner, but also a humble leader who willingly shares the victory and gives credit to the team around them, their friend, or a …
Winning Words

Keeping commitments we make to ourselves

As any good salesperson or sales manager will tell you, getting a “verbal” commitment or a “verbal” yes from a prospect, without a signed agreement or authorized transaction, just doesn’t …
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