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Celebration of Kendrick Castillo's life: 'We need to be more like him'

Live like Kendrick Castillo. Be brave. Be industrious. Have integrity. Show love. That was the overarching message at a May 15 celebration of life service at Cherry Hills Community Church. More …
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Friends and family gather at Seven Stones, a cemetery near Chatfield State Park, on May 17 for the burial of Kendrick Castillo.

Messages of faith, hope as Kendrick Castillo laid to rest

More than 80 men, decorated in red, purple and green regalia, gathered in front of St. Mary Catholic Parish in Littleton. The Knights of Columbus traveled from across Colorado to honor Kendrick …
Robots line the walkway to Cherry Hills Community Church May 15 during a memorial service for Kendrick Castillo. The robots bore signs including Castillo’s name and heart symbols.

Colorado robotics community honors Kendrick Castillo

On the stage at Cherry Hills Community Church, a robot stood in honor of Kendrick Castillo, who was killed in the STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting. That robot was built by STEM Impulse — or …

SeaQuest license suspended after repeated violations

SeaQuest Littleton must remove hundreds of animals after state officials issued a two-year license suspension, according to a ruling from the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife. Inspectors found …
Bonnie Alexander, 68, waves a peace sign at drivers in a motorcade of more than 200 Jeeps and some other vehicles toward a May 15 memorial service for Kendrick Castillo. Castillo “was an angel in our midst,” said Alexander, a Highlands Ranch resident.

Procession honors Kendrick Castillo at memorial service in Highlands Ranch

About 250 Jeep enthusiasts gathered in Highlands Ranch on May 15 to ride in a procession ahead of a celebration of life service for Kendrick Castillo. According to license plates, vehicles came from …

STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting suspect 18 year old Devon Erickson, facing 48 criminal charges makes a court appearance at the Douglas CountyCourthouse May 15, 2019, in Castle Rock, Colorado.

Juvenile STEM shooting suspect charged as adult

Two key revelations emerged May 15 during the second court appearances for suspects in the May 7 shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch that left student Kendrick Castillo dead and eight other …
Education

Students honored for strength, perseverance

The Administrators’ Scholarship Program at Douglas County School District honors students who have overcome personal challenges and excelled in school. Since its inception in 1988, the program has …

Documents reveal dispute between sheriff's office, STEM over resource officer contract

Documents distributed as part of a news release by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office on May 10 show disagreement, and some underlying tension, led to the discontinuation of a contract that provided …

STEM denies allegations made by anonymous parent

The executive director of STEM School Highlands Ranch adamantly denies allegations made by an anonymous school parent that the school's climate and culture are out of control. "I can't even fathom …
Students, including some from STEM School Highlands Ranch, hold up lit-up phones outside Highlands Ranch High School after walking out of a May 8 vigil amid frustration over STEM students getting speaking time. A shooting May 7 at STEM School wounded eight students and killed one, 18-year-old Kendrick Ray Castillo.

STEM School students walk out of shooting vigil amid frustration

A vigil that brought politicians, activists and several hundred students and parents to Highlands Ranch High School after the nearby STEM School shooting devolved into chaos and chants, with many students expressing frustration with the event’s political overtones on gun policy.

Pepsi Lamar hugs her husband Larry Lamar as they await the safe return of their sons Jakob and Corbyn on Tuesday afternoon.

Multiple students injured, one killed in shooting at STEM School in Highlands Ranch

Eight students were wounded and one was killed in a shooting at STEM High School in Highlands Ranch on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. The two suspects were in custody.
Business
Former chair of the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce Mark Michael speaks at the chamber's annual banquet May 4. Michael then welcomed the new chairman of the chamber, Mike McNairy.

Banquet recognizes businesses, advocates

The Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet May 4 at the Denver South Marriott in Lone Tree, recognizing some of the most influential business leaders and politicians of the …

In their Business

Assisted-stretching studio opens A new studio in Parker will introduce people of all ages and fitness levels to deep stretching and its benefits. StretchLab Parker, which opened April 25, is owned …
The owners of the building at center hope to have a historic landmark designation removed so they can redesign the front exterior of the structure. The plan is to open a craft cocktail lounge in the space.

Castle Rock could rescind building's landmark designation

The Castle Rock Historic Preservation Board has recommended the town council approve removing a historic landmark designation from a building in the heart of downtown Castle Rock, which could make …

In Their Business

Walmart plans store improvements Walmart expects to spend $57 million in Colorado this year to remodel 11 stores and expand customer services, according to a news release. In the Colorado Community …

Polis

Polis to ask voters to pass nicotine tax to combat youth use

Targeting teen nicotine vaping, Gov. Jared Polis recently announced a late-session bill to ask Colorado voters to significantly raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products and impose taxes …
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