STEM jury hears from survivors of shooting
Mitchell Kraus didn't know he'd been shot until he'd already run a couple of blocks from STEM School Highlands Ranch on May 7, 2019. When he realized something was wrong, he took stock of his body, …
Murder during vape robbery brings long sentence
Kenneth Gallegos, 19, was sentenced June 2 to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 40 years for the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Lloyd Chavez IV during a robbery involving vaping …
Narratives differ as STEM shooting trial opens
The trial of one of two former STEM School Highlands Ranch students accused of attacking the school in 2019, killing one classmate and injuring six others, opened May 27 with the sound of a teacher's …
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Vacant stores' futures in Centennial coming into focus

The sight of bare storefronts where well-known logos once were displayed has persisted as a common sight in the Denver suburbs, including in locations across Centennial — and the path ahead for …
The Cherry Creek School District administration building at 4700 S. Yosemite St. in Greenwood Village. The district covers parts of Centennial, Cherry Hills Village, Englewood, Greenwood Village, Aurora, Foxfield and unincorporated Arapahoe County.

Cherry Creek School District quarantines hit similar mark to previous quarter

As a number of local factors surrounding the coronavirus pandemic changed, Cherry Creek School District's number of individuals who were told to quarantine during the fourth quarter — from March 13 …
Arapahoe graduates on their big day.

‘The best revenge is living well’

As the graduates of the Arapahoe High School class of 2021 prepared to embark on the next chapter of their lives, they looked back at the closing of the last one with grace and humility. “We …
Arapahoe senior Fletcher Hayes, who will be swimming at Auburn University next season.

Student-athlete spotlight: Arapahoe's Fletcher Hayes swims hard after pandemic year

Arapahoe senior swimmer Fletcher Hayes still has a positive attitude about this season despite the differences brought on by COVID concerns. Hayes, who is headed to swim for Auburn University next …
Lights pierce the night sky at Centennial Center Park at the annual Centennial Under the Stars concert.

Centennial events season back after pandemic drought

Last year, coronavirus precautions interrupted the long train of outdoor events that Centennial usually sees in summer and early spring. But this year, a couple familiar gatherings are back, and a …
Former Littleton Mayor Phil Cernanec, now the president of Littleton Village's residential district board, stands beside a growing sinkhole in the middle of the sprawling development. Cernanec and developer Jack Buchanan say the metro district can't afford to fix the sinkhole on its own, and are hoping the city will pitch in.

Littleton Village, mired in problems, comes to city for help

Struggling with acres of vacant land where a walkable commercial development should be — and a growing sinkhole that has left a central road unusable — representatives of the Littleton Village …
Diners sit outside Smokin Fins in downtown Littleton on Nov. 20, hours before new orders took effect ending indoor dining in the face of surging COVID-19 numbers.

As Denver metro counties move to 'level clear,' virus not done taking toll

The era of metro Denver residents talking about “the dial” might be over for good now that several metro counties have lifted local restrictions and moved to what they call “level clear,” …

‘Determination, grace and positivity’

The Heritage High School class of 2021, who spent much of their junior and senior years cloistered at home, came together for a boisterous graduation ceremony at the Littleton Public Schools Stadium …

Male infertility treatment company opens in Douglas County

When a couple looks to get pregnant, the standard recommendation for a woman younger than 35 is to try for a year without getting evaluated for fertility issues, a Douglas County doctor says. But if …

Englewood fireworks show moved to July 3

As the pandemic’s effects in Colorado promise to continue into the summer, the City of Englewood is moving forward with plans to hold a Fourth of July fireworks show where an estimated 20,000-plus …

A look at people in our community

My Name Is ... Karin Schultze

Meeting imaginative 'artists-to-be' I've been a professional artist for over 25 years. I grew up in Upper New Jersey and moved to Centennial after my mother died, to be closer to the rest of my …

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A student poses for a photo with his diploma cover at the June 4 commencement ceremony for Cherry Creek High School. The event took place at the Stutler Bowl stadium at Cherry Creek High in Greenwood Village.

‘We persevered through it all’

After a year marked by turbulent interruptions to normal high school life, Cherry Creek High School’s graduation ceremony saw students sharing poetic notions of what it means to be human. …
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Educational advancement

Hedrick headed to Oklahoma Ethan Hedrick is a graduate of Highlands Ranch High School. He plans to attend The University of Oklahoma and will pursue a degree in business with a focus on finance or …

Garage sale dispute in Westminster results in no charges

 BRIGHTON -- The 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office will not file charges against a man involved in a dispute at a garage sale. The incident happened in Westminster June 5. The DA"s …
George Rodriguez kneels before the grave of his wife Katherine. “I was the one who went away to war, but she was a Navy wife,” George said. “She endured. Now she rests among those who died for this country. It’s a great honor, and one day I’ll join her here.”

‘This is our history’

James Hessel came home from school on Sept. 11, 2001, and told his mom he was joining the Marines. “He felt it was his patriotic duty after that terrible day,” said Hessel’s mom, Kathie Newman. …
“Pick A Number, Start a Story” by Lone Tree author Sue Viders is a guidebook for writers that is subtitled “Your ticket to the wonders of storytelling.”

‘Pick a Number, Start a Story’ is write stuff

Sue Viders of Lone Tree has recently published “Pick A Number, Start a Story,” subtitled: “Your ticket to the wonders of storytelling.” A workbook, with spaces for a prospective author’s …
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Buffalo Kaplinski, who will take part in the “Capturing the Beauty of Open Land” exhibit, holds one of his paintings.

‘Capturing the Beauty of Open Land’ exhibit coming

During the week of June 21-25, about two dozen skilled plein air artists will be able to access private properties in Douglas County, capturing images of pristine conserved land in the county which …
Michael Norton
Winning Words

Truer words may have never been spoken

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.” — Falsely attributed to Abraham Lincoln When I …
Coming Attractions

The Alpine Choral finds a road home

It’s difficult to imagine the challenge that an artist faces when they’re used to rehearsing and performing as part of a group, and suddenly find themselves in a situation where they must work on …

Protecting your skin while not staying in

Coloradans love to tout the state’s sunshine with the warmth and mood boost it provides, but the sun’s rays also are something to be reckoned with, especially as we get into the swing of summer. …
Coming Attractions

A million-dollar night of musical theater

The Arvada Center is celebrating the return of live musical theater with an experience that will be novel for both performers and audiences — musical theater outside. For the first time in 19 …
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Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Failing to be facile was tassel-related hassle

You might think being chosen to speak at a high school graduation ceremony would be a welcome opportunity, especially for someone who is filled with opinions and loves the English language. No, I was …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

A numeral, a letter, and unsure what's better

What's 5G? What happened to 4G? Is 5G better than 4G? Is 6G next? Will the commercials for 6G be better than the commercials for 5G? The commercials for 5G give me a headache. Especially the ones …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Welcome to Denver — weather permitting

Phoenix, 96, and plenty of sun. Miami, 85, and partly cloudy. Denver, 42, with periods of rain mixed with snow and snow mixed with rain. Newcomers to Colorado want to know, “What’s going on?” …

Friendly Colorado? We’ve got to stop harming each other

Not sure if everyone has noticed, but our Colorado community is suffering right now. I don’t mean from the once-again increasing casualties of COVID-19 or the not-quick-enough economic recovery. …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Some words are great, and others just grate

So,” “listen,” “to be honest,” “at the end of the day,” “it is what it is,” “like,” “literally,” “right?” An April column invited readers to nominate words and phrases …
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