Singing Hills speller on her way to state

Students from Elizabeth Middle School, Running Creek Elementary and Singing Hills Elementary faced off in the district spelling bee Jan. 14 at Elizabeth High School. The top four spellers from each …

Two county resolutions reach end of the line

The Dec. 13 Elbert County Board of County Commissioners meeting got off to a contentious start when a citizen stood to protest rules of order during the consent agenda portion of the meeting, which …

Kiowa Fire to expand training facility

The volunteers of the Kiowa Fire Protection District lost one of their own a year ago when firefighter Colton Mason died at age 34 after a car accident. Despite Mason’s tragic death, his …

Sudden rule change upends Five Star work in Elbert County

On Dec. 17, nearly two dozen Elbert County business owners attended a Zoom meeting to discuss how local restaurants might be able to open their doors again for in-person dining. The county had been …

Brauchler closes out tenure as DA

His time helming Colorado’s largest judicial district began and ended with shootings that horrified the nation. Cases like those — the 2012 Aurora theater shooting and the STEM School Highlands …

‘Helping others makes you feel good’

Before moving to Elbert County several years ago, Willie Colby belonged to a service group called Dads of Castle Rock. The group consisted of men who helped people in the community by offering …

Ada Florence Ashford, 95, is shown in her kitchen wearing the apron she put on first thing each morning in this 2004 photo by Kristina Loggia, part of the “Apron Chronicles” exhibit opening Jan. 23 at History Colorado.
Sonya's Sampler

‘Apron Chronicles’ exhibit coming to end of journey

History Colorado at 1200 Broadway in Denver is a wonderful spot for family (or individual) visits on a winter — or actually, any — day. Exhibits take you back to the state’s years-ago history …
Coming Attractions

In a challenging 2020, music kept us going

It’s safe to say 2020 is a year that we’re unlikely to forget any time soon. We all had to get through it in our own way, and music played a big role in my survival. I picked five of my favorite …
This ceramic artwork by Arapahoe High School senior Ona Melvin will be displayed in the Littleton Public Schools 2021 Virtual District Art Show.
Sonya's Sampler

K-12 student art exhibit will go online this year

Littleton Public Schools 2021 Virtual District Art Show will be shown virtually Jan. 19 to May 31. Students continue to create both inside and outside the classroom, according to teacher Anna …
Some people like to use trekking poles when they go snowshoeing.

Snowshoeing: ‘Viewing the world in a different lens’

With health officials continuing to encourage outdoor activities amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there’s one affordable winter activity that’s getting folks outside, active and socially …
Coming Attractions

Colorado Office of Film recognized for highlighting native voices

Never underestimate the power of storytelling. Not only can the art entertain and enlighten, but it helps keep histories alive — both personal and those of a group of people. That’s why the …
The Daniels and Fisher clock tower, near Arapahoe Street on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver, lit up the night of Dec. 30 for the holidays.

New year's resolutions: Experts say to 'set small goals' and 'find the joy'

After the most disruptive year in generations upended the social, financial and mental well-being of billions across the world, the question many face with the arrival of the new year is: What’s …
“Ocean Wave” is an oil painting by Castle Rock artist Brigitte Runnalls, who has been creating art since childhood.

Artist makes exhibition plans in uncertain time

Last October, the most recent time the Littleton Fine Arts Guild was able to highlight an exhibiting artist at the Depot Art Gallery, Brigitte Runnalls of Castle Rock was named “Artist of the …
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Winning Words

The grand illusion in the land of confusion

Music just seems to have a way of connecting us with feelings of inspiration, motivation, adventure, romance, sorrow, and love. We can remember where we were the first time we heard those songs, the …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Animal adoption agencies seeing a doggone frenzy

Because of the pandemic, which of the following is way up nationwide? Average per-person daily intake of calories from sugar? Trips to the liquor store? Pet adoption? I don’t have the facts in …
Patricia Kummer
Financial Strategies

New year, new possibilities

A new year is upon us and 2020 is but a bad memory. It is important though, to learn what we can from the events of last year, to better prepare for any opportunities in 2021 and beyond. It is hard …
Michael Norton
Winning Words

Let the story, our story, unfold

Do you remember that old saying, “Never judge a book by its cover?” Well, if you are like me, and if you don’t mind admitting just how many times that you made the big mistake of rushing to …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Apparently this road was paved with good intentions

Harry and I went for a Sunday drive. Only I made a big mistake. I forgot to put the “Sunday Drive” sign in the window that lets everyone know we’re on the road for leisure, not for the rat …
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