Kendrick Castillo: ‘He was the perfect son’

On her first Mother’s Day without her only child, Maria Castillo mustered the strength to get out of bed and into the shower, where she wept.  In the kitchen, eight teenage boys and girls, friends of her son, cooked her breakfast. They added items to a bench, a makeshift shrine, with a few of her son’s favorite things: Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” and Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree.” A pair of lab safety glasses. A pocket-sized, dark-green Jeep — the same color and model as the one parked in the driveway.
Polis urges wildfire vigilance amid milder forecast
After an onslaught of raging wildfires in Colorado in 2018, this year’s fire season looks to be less severe, but state officials are urging the public not to let its guard down. “I don’t want …

Cafe keeps old values under new owners

Annette and Todd Burmaster bought Patty Ann’s Cafe in Kiowa in December 2017. They, like others, were distressed when the former owners retired and Patty Ann’s was in peril. A favorite Kiowa …

Elbert County names photo contest winners

Elbert County residents who visit the county administration building, Elbert County Museum and Kiowa Town Hall will see some new local artwork adorning the walls. Elizabeth residents John Duvall and …

“Freedoms” by Gabriella Gracine, in the new exhibit, “Unorthodox Art” illustrates her interest in colors and shapes, created through digital art.

Two galleries display colorful works of art

“Unorthodox Art” is the title of the exhibit that will run in the Stanton Gallery at Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center while “Sister Act” is filling the stage in the theater from May 17 to …
Column by Clarke Reader

Meet the real furry Avengers at museum

The Avengers are all well and good for an escapist superhero story, but audiences in search of the real thing will instead want to head to the Phipps IMAX Theater at the Denver Museum of Nature & …
Winners in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild’s annual competition for young opera singers: Front-Jovahnna Borboa, Amy Maples, Kira Dills-DeSurra, Kyrie Laybourn. Back-Daisha Togawa, Jeremy Reger, Erin Hodgson, Eric McConnell, Katheryne Baker, Matthew Peterson.
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Opera guild announces winners in competition

Baritone Matthew Peterson won first place in the March 30 Denver Lyric Opera Guild competition for young singers on a professional career track. He was one of 15 chosen from an initial field of …
Kegan Minock, 27, has been climbing for 16 years and started focusing on bouldering about a decade ago. He is the general manager of ROCK’n & JAM’n gym in Centennial.

Enthusiasts say bouldering rocks

Being a climber for more than half his life, Kegan Minock has never heard an excuse that he thinks should deter someone from trying bouldering. It doesn’t matter your age or weight, he said, or …
Artist Patrick Dougherty with the newly finished “One Fell Swoop” at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms.

‘One Fell Swoop’ invites a visit

Curving entries almost suck you in as you stand in front of Patrick Dougherty’s swirling, swooping new Stickwork sculpture, “One Fell Swoop” on the lawn behind the Earl J. Sinnamon Visitor …
“Save the Bees” by pastel painter Jeanette Stutzman is included in the Mile High National Pastel Exhibition at Curtis Arts Center.
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Pastels on parade at art center through June

The Mile High National Pastel Exhibition opens May 11 at the Curtis Center for the Arts, 2349 E. Orchard Road (just west of University Boulevard in Greenwood Village) and runs through June 29 during …
The gardens at Kendrick Lake in Lakewood are a perfect example of a fully-xeriscaped landscape using a variety of native plants and low-water-use plants.

A water-down approach to landscaping

Andie Wommack, a horticulture agent for the Colorado State University Extension office in Douglas County, said the most fundamental misconception people have with water-conserving landscaping is in …
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Editorial Cartoon for May 16

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Editorial: Acts of heroism, kindness supply hope amid grief

For many years, we watched from our office windows as the students at STEM High School Highlands Ranch left school for the day or headed over to the Starbucks across the street. The school is in the …
Norton
Winning Words

Number two opponent of success: Lack of authenticity

Last week we identified the impact of complacency in our pursuit of success. Today we will visit the power of authenticity in our success journey. And next week we will wrap it all up when we jump …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

For a life well done, have friends who are rare

A good friend was once defined as someone you could call at 2 a. m. and tell, “Bring a shovel, and don’t ask questions.” Plutarch said, “I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and …

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