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 …

Looking back at history of Elbert County's Independence site

The land and homestead structures where the Independence neighborhood is being built have a lively and rich history and add to our historical understanding of Elizabeth and Elbert County. The …

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. …

Elizabeth High to welcome international students

Elizabeth High School is welcoming new international foreign exchange students for the 2021-2022 school year. The program is called Education First (EF) High School Exchange Year and welcomes …

Elbert County News welcomes new lead writer

I would like to introduce myself as the newest lead writer for the Elbert County News and express my goals for contributions moving forward. I am 33 years old and I live in the Spring Valley Ranch …
Main Street lined with vendors for 2021 ElizaBash.

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 …
Gov. Jared Polis, center, visits a mobile vaccine clinic, an effort supported by state officials to bring vaccinations sites to locations around Colorado. The state has two bus routes and was to announce a third soon.

Colorado vaccine effort hopes to close gap for minority, low-income areas

Even with Colorado’s six mass vaccination sites around the state up and running — and with local health providers also putting shots in arms — state officials knew they needed to go further to …
Students from Simla High stay focused while participating in a Matchwits tournament last month.

Simla Matchwits team competes at state level

Five students from the Simla High School Matchwits put their trivia skills to the test during the Colorado State Knowledge Bowl March 15 and 16. The team competed against 60 teams from across …
After shivering and struggling for more than six hours, the 20-year-old horse survived thanks to the work of the Dads of Castle Rock.

Dads of Castle Rock save horse in snowstorm

As the fourth worst snowstorm in the Denver metro's history made its way into Castle Rock last month, a group of dads were called to help save a 20-year-old horse. A group known as Dads of Castle …
U.S. Sen. John Hickenlooper speaks outside the Malley Senior Recreation Center in Englewood on April 1. Hickenlooper praised the impact federal funds have had on clinics like the one held inside Malley, which is focusing on people who have difficulty accessing larger or more distant vaccination sites.

Hickenlooper touts federal help at vaccine clinic

Sen. John Hickenlooper paid a visit to an Englewood vaccination site on April 1, touting the impact of federal dollars as the race to vaccinate Coloradans against COVID-19 picks up steam. “It’s …
Elizabeth holds line on COVID restrictions

Several jurisdictions throughout Colorado, including Monument and Douglas County, have recently declared they will be lifting all state COVID-19 restrictions on the county level, and are demanding …

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 …

Douglas County commissioners choose new board of health member

Douglas County has a new board of health member after the county commissioners made the appointment final during a March 9 meeting. Dr. Linda Fielding, a radiologist and associate professor at the …

Water lilies at Denver Botanic Gardens, where a Water Blossom Celebration will be held Aug. 7.
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Water blossoms in spotlight at Denver Botanic Gardens

The Colorado Water Garden Society is partnering with Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. in Denver, for a Water Blossom Celebration near Monet Pool, where water lilies thrive, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. …
Simphiwe Ndzube's "The Bloom of the Corpse Flower," acrylic on canvas and mixed media, is part of the collection of the Denver Art Museum, which is showing Ndzube's "Oracles of the Pink Universe" exhibit.

'Oracles of the Pink Universe' is magical exhibit at Denver Art Museum

A delightful small vacation is newly available at the Denver Art Museum through Oct. 10. Simphiewe Ndzube's paintings and sculpture are shown in a colorful exhibit — “Oracles of the Pink …

Western Heritage Welcome kicks off festive weekend

Castle Rock’s Western heritage is alive and well. The town is set to celebrate during a weekend packed with activities, starting with the Friday-evening Western Heritage Welcome. Western Heritage …
Coming Attractions

Lakewood Cultural Center returns with new season

Figuring out what audiences want isn’t an exact science, but when it came time to bring the performing arts back to the Lakewood Cultural Center, Rita Sommers, the center’s administrator, wanted …
Venardos Circus performer Lady Beast stands atop a pair of bottles on a stack of chairs under the big top.

Venardos Circus thrills crowd with dazzling acrobatics

A year and a half since its big top tent was last unfurled, Venardos Circus resumed its breathtaking act before adoring crowds in Littleton. The Florida-based traveling circus, founded in 2014 by …

Celebrate the state’s 145th birthday with History Colorado

History Colorado is inviting the community to celebrate Colorado’s 145th birthday with a carnivalesque event and free entry to the History Colorado Center at 1200 N. Broadway in downtown Denver. …
"Tumult of Yellow" by Nancy Myer is shown in the "Kaleidoscope" virtual exhibit from Arapahoe Community College.

'Kaleidoscope' exhibit online through end of year

The annual "Kaleidoscope" exhibit at Arapahoe Community College is virtual this year
Patricia Kummer
Financial Strategies

It may be time to give money away

A true sign of financial independence is to worry about your estate plan and what to do with your assets after you pass away. Some people, myself included, spend their entire adult life worrying …
Michael Norton
Winning Words

Anyone else but me

You will make a lousy anybody else, but you will be the best ‘you’ in existence.” — Zig Ziglar Many of us daydream or fantasize about being someone else. Did you ever look at someone else’s …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Trapped in the platitude escalation cycle

Some of you might remember radio broadcaster Paul Harvey. He always ended his daily program with two words. “Good day.” Hippies turned that into “Have a nice day.” Then “Have a good day” …

Letter to the editor: The COVID pandemic is not over

We read with great wonderment recent statements by CDPHE and the Colorado State Board of Education related to the state’s lifting of rules for COVID masks, …
Michael Norton
Winning Words

What I wouldn’t give for just 5 more minutes

How many times have we thought, “If I could only do that over again?” Whatever that is, there is always at least one thing, maybe several things we wish we could take another shot at.
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