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A plane drops fire retardant on the Chatridge 2 wildfire in Douglas County in 2020.

1 million Colorado buildings are threatened by wildfire

Colorado faces the largest increase in homes and businesses threatened by wildfire of any state in the nation with nearly 1 million properties — two-fifths of all those in the state — already …
Participants conclude the Four Corners Prayer Run on Feb. 27 in Bluff, UT. Runners and walkers, many of Native descent participated in a relay-style run measuring a total of 232 miles through four states. The Prayer Run was organized to spread awareness of Indigenous women, men and elderly who face violence or go missing.

State to have office to investigate cases of murdered, missing Indigenous people

Colorado will form an office to bolster the state’s ability to investigate missing and murdered Indigenous people after an intensely negotiated bill passed in the final days of the state’s 2022 …
Property taxes were kept down in the 2022 legislature.

5 good ways legislature affected your wallet

From reducing Coloradans’ property tax increases to delaying a new gas fee, the Colorado legislature passed several bills this year that will directly affect your wallet. The legislation was aimed …
Bee Humphries is a registered nurse at the Gallus Medical Detox Center in Littleton.

This Littleton detox center feels like a relaxing hotel

Each private room has a queen bed covered in a plush, gray comforter, plus a flat-screen TV and a remote control to browse Netflix and Hulu. For lunch and dinner, restaurant menus circulate and meals …

Colorado identifies 5 cases of a mystery hepatitis in children

Colorado has reported its first cases of severe hepatitis of unknown cause in kids, adding to a growing number of cases nationally being investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and …
Education

Pressure to succeed is costing kids their childhoods

As we forge forward through the 2020s, the pressure for youth to succeed is starting to impact kids as early as preschool and could be robbing of them of their childhood as societal demands create …
Teachers in the Douglas County School District and at local colleges are seeing the pressures being placed on teenagers and young adults.

Educators reflect on expectations and pressures students face

Douglas County School District has an 83% graduation rate across its 16 high schools. Most of those graduates have been told throughout their education that they should attend college after high …
Madeline Robinson

A personal essay: Crying can be helpful

Recently, I found a dark, quiet place in my school and I cried. I mean, I ugly cried -- there was snot and hiccups and a wad of tissues. I cried because I hadn’t been sleeping well. I cried because …
A Littleton High School students receives their diploma.

Littleton High School seniors graduate amid springtime showers

A bitter-cold rain shower was far from enough to keep nearly 300 Littleton High School seniors from accepting their diploma during an outside ceremony on the school's track field May 20. 

The Kiowa School District will keep its Indians mascot and imagery after a May 19 vote by the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs board. The district went through several procedures in recent months to get an exemption from a state law that generally bans Native American mascots.

Kiowa Schools will keep Indians mascot

The Kiowa School District won its year-long battle to keep its Indians mascot on May 19, when the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs voted to allow the district to keep the Indians name and imagery.
Business
Children sell cookies, lemonade and shaved ice as part of a fundraiser outside of Zari’s. The store often holds events for kids in the community on the weekends.

Centennial grocery store fills need for local shoppers

Zia and Shai Warraich want to bring the world to Colorado. In March, the new business owners opened Zari’s Grocery, a store specializing in international food and halal meat. Located two miles east …
Dave and Shelly Gardner, owners of Max Taps Co., opened their Centennial location on Feb. 1.

Tavern owners double down

The original location of Max Taps Co. survived 2020, a feat that shaped founder Dave Gardner’s outlook on opening a second taproom. “If we can make it through that, with nobody allowed in a bar, …
A rendering of the various phases of the possible Mainstreet developments.

Parker hears first look at possible Mainstreet developments

Parker’s Urban Renewal Authority heard proposals for the first time from the company that may develop several plots of land along the town’s Mainstreet, including Pine Curve, during an …
Although the business switched to a natural-colored shell for the majority of its macarons in 2019, colored-coordinated cookies are still available by request from Honey B's Macarons.

Honey B's grows with community

Honey B’s Macarons has evolved in the six years it’s been located in Highlands Ranch. In that time, Michelle Naherny, owner and baker, has seen her customer’s lives unfold and change as well. …

The Mercantile by Farmgirl Foods will close on April 13 and reopen as a market in the Meadows town center area in June.

Mercantile to move to Meadows

After a year and a half of Castle Rock’s Mercantile by Farmgirl Foods offering a whole world of locally produced foods and goods right in the heart of downtown, its doors will close on April …
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