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Elizabeth woman named Mrs. Eastern Colorado

Katrina Watson, of Elizabeth, was named Mrs. Eastern Colorado and will compete in March at the Mrs. Colorado pageant. Watson is a Colorado native. She has been married for 23 years and has five … more

Q&A with Susan Murphy, incoming county assessor

Tell us about yourself. My name is Susan Murphy and I have resided in rural Elbert County with my family for 21 years. I have been serving the county as deputy assessor for the last six years and … more

Q&A with Sherry Hewlett, incoming county treasurer

Tell us about yourself. I currently live in Simla. I have two daughters who graduated from Elbert School District and a stepdaughter and stepson who both graduated from Elizabeth High School. I have … more

Young Cardinals ready for first test

The Elizabeth girls basketball coach said recently that she would have to wait until practices started Nov. 11 to determine how the team was shaping up. “We will be basically a young team this … more

Trial date set for suspect in Elbert County teacher's death

Dan Pesch, the man facing first-degree murder charges in the 2010 death of Kiowa High School teacher Randy Wilson, is scheduled to go on trial on March 25, 2019. The trial is scheduled to last … more

Time to kick soccer shootouts to the curb

Driving to EchoPark Automotive Stadium for the Class 5A soccer semifinals on Nov. 7, I had visions of seeing well-played, competitive matches with no shootouts. But what did I see? A shootout. … more

‘The Humans’ mines rich ore of family life

“This is the second holiday show in 21 years,” said Chip Walton, Curious Theatre’s artistic director, as he welcomed the Nov. 3 opening-night audience to a performance of “The Humans” by … more

Art show isn’t just meant to be seen

Look left as you enter the “Shared Visions” exhibit at Colorado Gallery of the Arts, in the Annex at the east end of Arapahoe Community College in Littleton — and you’ll see a sign inviting … more

Outdoor lights, music bring cheer to chill

The holiday calendar will probably include more than one sparkly encounter — especially if we luck out with some less frigid evenings … The elves have been at work! “A Hudson Christmas” at … more

Getting in the true spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday

With the Thanksgiving holiday only a couple of weeks away, it is probably time to start thinking about all of the people in our lives who we are so grateful for and who we appreciate so very much. … more

Holiday bludgeon can lead to high dudgeon

It is the first of November. I am braced for what is about to happen, against my wishes and against my will. My belief is that it comes earlier every year as an antidote to reality, as a form of … more

Thanksgiving is good time to share crucial information

Thanksgiving is a special time to gather around family and friends and count your blessings. Enjoy the crisp air and delicious food, and make new (and remember old) memories. Just being grateful puts … more

Voters reject statewide education funding measure

Many educators across Colorado believe voters missed an opportunity to support students when they voted down Amendment 73, a constitutional amendment that would have instituted a graduated income tax … more

Turkey ROCK Trot sets big fundraising goal

For nearly 15 years, Marty Bussie and her family have made the Castle Rock Turkey ROCK Trot their Thanksgiving Day tradition. It began when she heard about the first race, Bussie said. As an avid … more

Veterans don’t only give us service, but example

Every year, we set aside Veterans Day for America’s heroes. But is this one day enough? One day per year doesn’t amount to weeks spent in foxholes in the French countryside. One day per year … more

Coffman's reign ends amid Trump backlash

In a swath of suburban Denver, Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman survived a redrawing of his district's map seven years ago that brought more ethnic diversity into electoral play. A few years later, … more

Norton takes sheriff's race

Republican Tim Norton will be Elbert County's next top law enforcement official. Norton garnered about 74 percent of the vote in his race against Democrat Don Charobee in the Nov. 6 election. Norton … more

Democrats take state Senate, grow House lead

The much-mentioned “blue wave” broke on the state Capitol on Nov. 6, sending the Democrats a three-seat advantage in the 35-member state Senate and more power in the state House. Nineteen … more

Ballot issue passes for Elizabeth schools

Voters in the Elizabeth School District approved a mill levy override through Issue 4A in the November election, allowing Elizabeth schools to continue receiving $1.59 million each year, which the … more

Scheffel wins race for state board of education

Democrat Tim Krug, of Franktown, and Republican Debora Scheffel, of Parker, were each vying for the state board of education seat for the 4th Congressional District in the Nov. 6 election. Scheffel … more
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