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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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Robert Wareham speaks to the crowd at the Rally for Our Rights pro-gun event.

Citizens rally at Capitol for gun rights

Dennis Gatchalian has lived in the Unites States since 1984, the year he left his home in the Philippines. He’s resided in Denver for 35 years. On May 18, he stood in front of the state Capitol …
A group of friends and classmates gather for a photo outside of Boettcher Concert Hall after Arvada Senior High School’s Class of 2019 graduation ceremony on May 20.

Arvada High School's Class of 2019

Arvada Senior High School’s Class of 2019 celebrated its commencement on May 20 at the Boettcher Concert Hall on May 20. “It is because of the support network here that we are where we are,” …
Arvada West High School’s 21 valedictorians are recognized during the Class of 2019 graduation on May 17.

Wonderful day for Wildcats' Class of 2019

Arvada West High School’s Class of 2019 had its commencement on May 17. The 1st Bank Center in Broomfield filled with friends and family to celebrate the graduates. And each graduate received a …

Summer reading program to hold kickoff events

Douglas County Libraries patrons of all ages are encouraged to read as part of the district's Great Summer Reading Road Trip program. All branches kick off the program June 1 with life-sized games, …

Parents, family and friends stand for the National Anthem.

Standley Lake High School's class of 2019

There were nothing but smiles at the FirstBank Center on May 16 as Standley Lake High School's class of 2019 graduated. Loved ones packed the arena to support and cheer on their graduates. Among …
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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 …
Third-graders Austin Overby, left, and Marcus Chavez design a logo on Pixie, a design software, during a STEM lab visit at Thomson Elementary.

‘Freedom at last’: Students excited about new STEM labs

The first time he visited Swanson Elementary School’s STEM Lab, second-grader Caleb Vo had one thing to say: “I am just blown away by this.” Alongside his classmates, Vo was exploring the new …
Natalie Fish, a kindergarten teacher at Welchester Elementary School, holds up the crystal apple she received as one of this year’s recipients of the Golden Schools Foundation’s Teacher Recognition Award.

Three teachers honored with crystal apples

Birthdays, retirements and crystal apples. The Golden Schools Foundation hosted its annual Teacher Recognition Award ceremonies on May 10 this year. This year’s recipients are Patti Nielson, art …

Changes to proposed budget will promote teacher training, campus safety

On May 2, district leaders presented an overview of the proposed budget to the Board of Education, recommending revisions that prompted a nearly two-hour discussion among board members. The overview …
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Three-year-old Nathanial and his mom Lexus Flanery get familiar with their new car, a 1999 Chevy Lumina that was donated by Westminster’s Lake Arbor Automotive May 2. Flanery, who is working with Hope House to continue her education and become a better parent, was given the car as a reward for hard work.

Trading in her longboard for a Lumina

A young Arvada mom will find caring for her son and getting to school and work easier, thanks to a car donated by Westminster’s Lake Arbor Auto. This is the third year the shop has donated a used …
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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 …

Colorado Community Media wins big at annual press convention

Colorado Community Media received 50 awards in the annual state press competition, including the prestigious public service award for a year-long series on the state of mental health in Douglas …
The G Line will officially open April 26.

Making preparations for the G Line opening

The long-awaited G Line will open to passengers April 26. “We're truly pleased to be at this day — it's been a long road,” said Laurie Huff, spokesperson for the Regional Transportation …

Hanging baskets and containers were used to add color to the landscaping at the Streets at SouthGlenn. Centennial-based Sustainable Landscapes Colorado won an ELITE Award for Use of Color-Judges' Choice for the design.

Awards recognize ELITE work of landscape companies

The landscaping at the Streets at SouthGlenn earned Centennial-based Sustainable Landscapes Colorado an ELITE Award for Use of Color-Judges’ Choice at the Associated Landscape Contractors of …
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