New COVID-19 restrictions will prohibit indoor dining, personal gatherings

As Denver metro counties continue to inch closer to local stay-at-home orders under Colorado's system of coronavirus-related restrictions, the state announced a new level of rules that prohibits …
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COVID-19 contact tracing apps not gaining much traction

The app builders had planned for pranksters, ensuring that only people with verified COVID-19 cases could trigger an alert. They’d planned for heavy criticism about privacy, in many cases making …

Statewide grant for restaurant tents, heating still available

Gov. Jared Polis, in partnership with the Colorado Restaurant Association and Xcel Energy, announced that applications are open for the Winter Outdoor Grant Program, an effort to help restaurants …
From left to right, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, Sandi Turecek, Keven Turecek, a representative from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and Dale Purdy.

U.S. senator’s visit focuses on agriculture conservation efforts

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, recently met with the Colorado Cattleman’s Agricultural Land Trust to visit the group’s Agate Prairie Conservation Legacy project. The project is a …

County to weigh road plans tied to Spring Valley Ranch

Jim Marshall, developer of the Spring Valley Ranch community north of Elizabeth, is set to appear before the Elbert County Planning Commission at 7 p.m. on Dec.1 to present proposed changes to the …


Elbert County officials give thanks

The Elbert County News asked local officials what they are thankful for as the Thanksgiving holiday approached. Here are their answers: Tim Norton Elbert County sheriff As this Thanksgiving season …

Elizabeth Education Foundation announces grant recipients

The Elizabeth Education Foundation awarded a total of $5,666 to teachers within the Elizabeth School District, as part of the foundation’s annual grand program. Fifteen teachers received various …

Elizabeth School District receives grant for partnership

The Elizabeth School District has been named a recipient of money through the Response, Innovation and Student Equity (RISE) Fund program. The awarding of the first round of funds was announced Nov. …

Cherry Valley Elementary School switches to virtual learning

Cherry Valley Elementary School in Franktown has temporarily switched to virtual learning amid substitute teacher shortages and COVID-19 quarantines. Principal Nancy Wortmann said in an Oct. 25 …
A Douglas County School District school bus.

Snow day for much of the Denver metro area

Denver metro area schools will largely be closed on Monday, Oct. 26, due to the low temperatures and snow accumulation caused by the recent storm. Read on for details to individual districts.

Mike Shallenberger reacts to learning he won a $100,000 prize, most of which will go to STEM School Highlands Ranch but $30,000 is for his personal use.

STEM School Highlands Ranch teacher wins $100,000 award

A teacher at STEM School Highlands Ranch is one of three grand prize winners from a pool of 600 applicants to win a $100,000 award from the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools prize program. Engineering …
The mall at Park Meadows will look different this Black Friday. Stores are discouraged from one-day-only sales and each store's capacity will be limited to 50%.

Park Meadows poised for a busy season

As the metro area deals with tighter restrictions on businesses, Park Meadows remains bustling with shoppers as the mall’s busiest season begins. Pam Kelly, senior general manager for Park Meadows …
Gus Velez, co-owner of Chicken Shack in Parker and Aurora, is a retired U.S. Marine who served from 1985-89. Velez and his wife, Molly, keep their doors open to new military recruits needing work. Finding work for the few months before shipping out can be difficult for recruits, Velez said. The Velez's have a partnership with the local Marine recruitment office for new recruits who need a job.

'It's helping my brother'

Before young Marine recruits in Parker ship out to bootcamp, a lot of them find jobs at The Chicken Shack. Co-owner Gus Velez has a partnership with the local Marine recruiting center, and any new …
The COVID-19 Essentials chain recognizes that mask-wearing is more than a temporary inconvenience — it may become the norm well into 2021, or longer.

Mask store capitalizes on moment in history

Darcy Velasquez, 42, and her mother, Roberta Truax, were walking recently in the Park Meadows mall in Lone Tree, looking for Christmas gifts for Velasquez’s two children, when they spotted a store …
Jayne Tien co-owns Mod Mountain Boutique.

Castle Rock businesses impressed with community support

Business owners who opened new shops and eateries in Castle Rock during the COVID-19 pandemic say they've been impressed with community support during the economic crisis and hope it keeps up. Jayne …

Elbert County Sheriff Tim Norton addressed a crowd of concerned citizens about the potential dangers of allowing marijuana-related businesses in town.

Pot proposals get poor reviews in Kiowa

Approximately 50 community members gathered at Majestic View Church on Oct. 1 to discuss the possible pitfalls of allowing marijuana businesses in the town of Kiowa. The meeting was sponsored by a …
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