Plus-size hikers take on Mt. Kilimanjaro at 7,755 feet.

Plus-size woman documents Kilimanjaro climb

The body positive movement — which promotes acceptance of all bodies of any size, weight or appearance — is gaining momentum in Colorado as plus-size women and men build confidence and take on …
Elizabeth High School, one of many schools throughout the county that will have to adapt to the spreading COVID-19 delta variant.

Elbert County COVID cases rise

With the rise of the COVID-19 delta variant, Elbert County is seeing an increase in cases among residents. A “Public Health COVID-19 Situation Update” was released on Aug. 9 by Elbert County …
Scottish Highland cattle lined up and ready to be shown.

Dogs, Highland cattle star in Elbert County fair opener

The Elbert County Fair officially kicked off early July 31 with the 4-H Dog Show and the Mountain States Highland Cattle Show. The 4-H Dog Show began bright and early at 8 a.m. at the Elbert County …
Conservative candidates for Elizabeth School Board. From left, Heather Booth, Cary Karcher, and Craig Blackham.

Election 2021: Conservative slate seeks Elizabeth school posts

Three candidates running as a slate in the officially nonpartisan Elizabeth school board race were recently announced by Thomas Peterson, chairman of the Elbert County Republican Party. The three — …
Kiowa Schools sign depicting Native American imagery and “Home of the Indians” slogan.

Kiowa superintendent gives update on mascot change

On June 28, Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill into law banning Native American mascots in public schools throughout the state. The law prohibits any “name, symbol, or image that depicts or refers to …
Elbert County recall petitioners at a booth set up off of Delbert Road on July 28. From left: Kahl Forington, Chuck Boyd and Susan Rudman.

Recall effort targets all 3 Elbert County commissioners

Some residents of western Elbert County have launched a petition effort in support of recalling all three county commissioners — Rick Pettitt, Christopher Richardson and Grant Thayer. In a lengthy …

Cowboy Up in Kiowa rodeo celebrates 25 years

For many attendees, it was standing room only at the 25th annual Cowboy Up in Kiowa rodeo on June 26. The threat of rain didn’t stop the thousands of people who crammed into the Elbert County …

Elizabeth students get taste of life in trades

Students from Elizabeth High School left the classroom behind March 10 and traveled to the Independence community, where they learned about the many career opportunities in trade industries such as …

Local artisans are highlights of ElizaBash

Vendors lined Main Street in Downtown Elizabeth on June 5 for the annual ElizaBash street fair. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 85 local artisans, businesses, political organizations and candidates stood …

Xtreme Bulls event is crowd-pleaser

The stands were packed at Casey Jones Park in Elizabeth on the night of June 4 as 43 bull riders competed for the title of top cowboy at the Xtreme Bulls Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association event. …

Coming Attractions

Vail Film Festival ready for a bigger, bolder 2021

Doing something for the first time is always a fraught process, but you often come away with all kinds of beneficial lessons that can make it smoother next time. Such is the case for the Vail Film …
Julia Williams paints scales onto a stegosaurus as she continues work on her mural at the Dinosaur Ridge ticket booth on Sept. 8. The stegosaurus is the Colorado state dinosaur.

New mural brings dose of color to Dinosaur Ridge

Morrison’s Dinosaur Ridge has long provided a unique chance to see the footprints left by dinosaurs. But starting now, visitors will also get a fresh perspective of what it might have been like to …
Claudia Quintero and Raul Alvarez, of Timberline Fire, have done the stair climb at Red Rocks for six years.

Red Rocks 9/11 stair climb in photos

After a virtual event last year, the Colorado Stair Climb to honor the 343 New York City firefighters who were killed in the line of duty at the World Trade Center. on Sept. 11, 2001, was held in …
Tanis Bula's "Mixed Flower Surprise" won Best of Show in the "Explorations in Watermedia" exhibit, running at Curtis Center for the Arts through Oct. 30.

Colorful artworks enliven Greenwood Village gallery

More than 40 assorted watermedia paintings are exhibited at the Curtis Center for the Arts, 2349 E. Orchard Road, Greenwood Village, through Oct. 30. What a pleasant way to spend an hour or so ... …
The history of the Highlands Ranch Mansion from 1981 to the present will be the subject of a history presentation on Sept. 20.
Sonya's Sampler

Historical program looks at mansion

A 40th anniversary celebration of the latest segment of history for the historic Highlands Ranch Mansion will take place on Sept. 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the upstairs auditorium at the Southridge …
Coming Attractions

Say ‘I Do’ to the return of musical theater

Throughout the bulk of the pandemic, many of us have really buried ourselves in nostalgia to find some escape. And for a lot of us, there are few things more comforting than a good love story. Add in …

Castle Rock closing out summer concert season

People around Castle Rock can celebrate the end of the summer season at the final 2021 Summer Concert Series event. Super Diamond with The Denver Pops will take the stage at The Amphitheater at …
A crowd gathers at the twin memorial fountains at the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan, New York, as twin blue beacons pierce the night sky on Sept. 11, 2017.

Something to remember on 9/11 anniversary

One beautiful fall morning, we all realized how trivial all of our high dudgeon really was.
Financial Strategies

Opinion: Rounding third base as fourth quarter nears

The fourth quarter of the year begins soon. Investors are still on the edge of their seats concerned about potential tax law changes and any Federal Reserve policy that might spook the financial …
Michael Norton
Winning Words

Opinion: Decaffeinate and de-escalate

On any given day I will usually have one or two cups of coffee in the morning. On those days where I have three or four, I feel a very palpable difference … I am wired.
Michael Norton
Winning Words

Opinion: The elegant solution is thinking before speaking

There is a time and place for pithy remarks, sarcasm, and even bad jokes. OK, well maybe there is never a good time for bad jokes, but pithy remarks and sarcasm, absolutely.
Alexa Metrick

Opinion: A Colorado mom-and-pop business inches closer to red ink

The new priorities of the United States Postal Service will be the end of our mom-and-pop business.
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