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STEM School shooter sentenced to life in prison without parole plus hundreds of extra years

“There is no describing the terror I still experience to this day," a teacher said during the sentencing. more

2nd Valor Christian coach says she was forced out for being gay

A second former coach at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch has come forward to say she was forced out after acknowledging she was gay. more

Valor Christian students hold protest in support of gay former coach

A student-organized walkout was held at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch voicing support for former volleyball coach Inoke Tonga, who said he was forced to quit because he is gay. more

Coach claims Valor Christian forced him out for being gay

Inoke Tonga, until recently the volleyball coach at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, claimed through social media that he was forced to leave his job because he is gay. more

Highlands Ranch senior center project moving forward

The process to build a new senior center in Highlands Ranch is taking another step forward with the official site selection expected to be approved by the Metro District Board of Directors this … more

On the upswing: Pickleball popularity grows for all ages

When pickleball started becoming popular, it was a sport that helped aging adults get some exercise by combining aspects of tennis, badminton and table tennis onto one court. Today, the sport remains … more

Douglas County's Backcountry Wilderness Area thrives

In Highlands Ranch, the more than 8,200 acres of open land known as the Backcountry Wilderness Area (BWA) is a special resource that is being preserved as open, natural space. In the 1980s, before … more

Who you calling belligerent and quick to take offense?

My friend, Mark, and his girlfriend, Deborah, have tickets for a vacation in Hawaii. Sounds great. But the timing isn’t. The tickets were a gift, he told me, and arrangements began before all of … more

Boys don’t cry, unless they do

“I’ll do my crying in the rain,” the Everly Brothers said. Not me. I can cry on a cloudless day. How about you? “It must be raindrops,” Dee Clark said, “it can’t be teardrops, for a man … more

Redistricting tour seeks citizen input

Have opinions on what the state’s political maps should look like after they get reconfigured this year? Colorado’s redistricting commissions will be touring the state in July and August, looking … more

STEM school shooting verdicts spark strong emotions in court

After two years of anger and sorrow, John and Maria Castillo cried tears of joy June 15 as a jury found the person who fatally shot their son guilty of first-degree murder.   Devon … more

STEM shooter found guilty of first-degree murder

After five hours of deliberation, the jury in the trial against Devon Erickson found that he is guilty of first- degree murder for his role in the attack on STEM School Highlands Ranch on May 7, … more

Jury deliberations begin in STEM trial

Seconds before shots rang out in Room 107 at STEM School Highlands Ranch on May 7, 2019, an armed Devon Erickson sent a message to his friend, who also had guns in his bag.   “Go … more

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 … more

STEM shooter testifies against alleged helper

  In his second day of testimony, an admitted shooter of the STEM School Highlands Ranch reversed the story he told immediately following the May 7, 2019 attack.   Alec McKinney, … more

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, … more

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 … more

Colorado Community Media garners 27 awards in Better Newspaper Contest

The Highlands Ranch Herald took two top honors in its weekly newspaper division with General Excellence in Editorial and Advertising in the 2021 Colorado Press Association’s Better Newspaper … more

'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 … more

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 … more
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