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'While we may not be invincible ... we are STEM strong'

Standing tall in their royal blue gowns, STEM School Highlands Ranch graduates ignored the dark skies, light rain and dropping temperatures May 20 …
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Littleton Public Schools: What the new grads are saying

Littleton High School Emma Slenkovich What will you always remember about your time in high school? I will always remember how hard I have worked. Although high school was a time full of many changes …
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Cherry Creek School District and Regis Jesuit: What the new grads are saying

Colorado Community Media asked the following three questions of graduating seniors in the Cherry Creek School District, as well as Regis Jesuit High School. The following are their answers: 1.) What …
Lloyd Chavez IV, third from left, laughs with teammates and coaches.

Coach calls for following example set by slain Centennial teen

Kind. Humble. Hard-working. A fierce competitor. Someone who always worked to make sure others felt good. That's how a rugby coach and teammate of Lloyd Chavez remember the 18-year-old Cherokee Trail …
David Funk, one of Options' "outstanding seniors," speaks at graduation, as Options Principal Greg Sumlin and Dean Susan Davis look on.

A world full of options

The options are endless. Options Secondary Program graduated 28 seniors on May 21, and students from Littleton Public Schools' alternative high school program have lots of choices ahead of them. “A …

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Resentencing means man convicted of murder as teen will be eligible for parole

A man who was convicted of helping to kill his friend's mother in Highlands Ranch in 1998 spoke in court after his friends, parents and defense attorneys painted a detailed picture of the strides the …
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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 …
Krystal Jensen, left, and her 12-year-old daughter Kierra welcome STEM students back to school on May 15. About a week earlier, the school experienced a shooting that left one student dead and eigth others injured. "They need all the love they can get right now," said Krystal, who homeschools her daughter.

Community members welcome STEM students back with words of love

On a cloudless day, the sun beaming down, a small group of parents and children stood along Barrons Boulevard in Highlands Ranch waving posters with words of encouragement. “You are …
Douglas County School District Superintendent Thomas Tucker, left, and Sheriff Tony Spurlock shake hands at a special work session for the Douglas County Board of Commissioners on May 13.

Douglas County commissioners eye $10 million to enhance school safety

Jennifer Thompson Consolo and her family had no idea her daughter was being bullied and had begun self-harming during her sophomore year at Douglas County High School. They also didn't know she was …

Cherry Creek expands summer meal program

Cherry Creek Schools is expanding its summer meal program to give more students the opportunity to enjoy a healthy, hot lunch this summer, according to a news release. Summer meals are available for …

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 …
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Mayor Jackie Millet steps off the train at the Sky Ridge Station May during the opening day celebration for the Southeast Rail Extension. The Sky Ridge Station is one of three stations part of the project that extends light rail 2.3 miles south.

'This project is all about vision'

Lone Tree Mayor Jackie Millet got off the light rail train at the new Lone Tree City Center Station and walked across to the other side of the tracks, toward a sea of prairie to the east as far as …

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 …
A pair of proposed shade structures would replace the red tents the Melting Pot currently uses to host outdoor diners in the winter.

Melting Pot owners withdraw pergola proposal

Facing a bulwark of opposition, the owners of Littleton’s Melting Pot restaurant withdrew their proposal to build a pair of pergolas in front of the historic building on May 7. Amy and Kyle Reed, …

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 …

Assessments sent to Arapahoe County property owners

Property values in Arapahoe County have increased 21% since the 2017 assessment period, according to notices of valuation that were sent out May 1 to more than 212,000 property owners in the county, …
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