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Police scanner access fading as agencies cite safety

Deputy Corie Chance sped in his vehicle to the scene of a shooting that would leave fellow Deputy Zackari Parrish dead and six other people injured. Chance's radio told him a gunman shot multiple …
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Capitol Report: Bill aims to stop most scanner encryption

As more law enforcement and fire agencies across the state encrypt or consider encrypting their dispatch radio traffic, a bill was introduced March 12 that seeks to halt the trend. Blocking the …

Oil-and-gas bill creates conflict at the Capitol

If you can’t beat them, slow them down. That’s the strategy Republicans at the state Capitol turned to recently to hold up a controversial oil and gas bill, requesting that a different, …
An artist's rendering of the Sturm Collaboration Campus, which is slated to begin classes this fall. It is located in The Meadows neighborhood of Castle Rock, bringing higher education to the growing town.

Collaboration Campus in Castle Rock gets new name, hefty donation

Arapahoe Community College's Collaboration Campus project has a new name, and one that came with a hefty and historical donation. ACC has received $10 million from the Sturm Family Foundation, which …
The bomb cyclone swept through Sun Country Meadows in Elizabeth, which received at least 9 inches of snow March 13, according to the National Weather Service.

Blizzard pounds Elbert County

The blizzard that slammed Colorado on March 13 hit Elbert County particularly hard, bringing powerful winds, heavy snow and leaving hundreds of motorists stranded. The morning after the bomb cyclone, …

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office shared this photo of southbound I-25 just north of the Palmer Divide on Twitter about 11 a.m. March 14. "This is why I25 isn’t open yet," the Tweet said.

Road closures, power outages reported as storm wreaks havoc on Denver metro area and beyond

Gov. Jared Polis authorized the activation of the Colorado National Guard and declared an emergency as a blizzard continued to sweep across the Front Range the afternoon of March 13.
Education
Students Gemini Reed and Jacob Clement roll and cut home-made dog cookies, which the ASPIRE program sells. The cookies are gaining popularity and students have had to increase production.

Canine cookies for a cause

Coloradans love their canine companions. Many people spare no expense when it comes to the well-being, and sometimes spoiling, of beloved fur babies. Now, thanks to the students in the ASPIRE program …
Elizabeth High School seniors Ashley Gerczynski, Amy Freisner and Savana Charlton are members of the school’s FBLA LifeSmarts team, which finished in first place through the first round at the spring competition.

Elizabeth FBLA team places first in LifeSmarts contest

Three Elizabeth High School students placed first in the LifeSmarts category of the January FBLA competition. Seniors Ashley Gerczynski, Amy Freisner, and Savana Charlton make up the LifeSmarts team, …
Many protesters believe that the proposed sex education bill is immoral and should not be taught in schools.

Sex education bill spurs concerns

The comprehensive sex education bill making its way through the state Legislature has spurred opposition from many in the religious and conservative communities, drawing concerns that the language of …
Third grader Allysa Bellino takes a break from a virtual field trip in Amber Rusk’s class, where students were taken back to viking days through the use of virtual reality technology.

Students tour different place, time

Third-grade students in Amber Rusk’s class at Singing Hills Elementary took a field trip Feb. 11, to the land of Vikings, where they visited a traditional longhouse, saw fishing ships and learned …

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Grant will help Elizabeth School District boost security

A grant of more than $100,000 will help the Elizabeth School District improve security measures, including the installation of cameras on all school buses. “The grant money allows the district to …
Business

Compassus hospice moves to new office

The Compassus hospice program has moved to a new office space in Colorado Springs. The company will continue to serve patients in Elbert, Douglas, El Paso, Fremont, Pueblo and Teller counties. “We …

Plan to focus oil rules on safety creates divide in Colorado

Supporters of a plan to overhaul Colorado's oil and gas regulations told lawmakers that the measure is a flexible, commonsense approach to dealing with frequent conflicts over health and safety. …

No refund? Some shocked by impact of new tax law

Wait, I owe the IRS? The first tax filing season under the new federal tax law is proving to be surprising, confusing — and occasionally frightening — for some Americans, especially those …
The Salmon Family, from left, Stephen, Alex and Isabel. At Isabel’s they created a gathering place “where everyone knows your name.” The painted ceiling tiles are created and painted by high school art students and local artisans’ works are on display. Community involvement is an integral part of their business philosophy.

Coffee house puts focus on community

Nestled in the corner of an Elizabeth shopping center at 796 Kiowa St. sits Isabel’s Coffee Shop. Isabel, Stephen and Alex Salmon purchased the business — formerly Golden Joe’s and Grumpy’s …

The Town of Castle Rock remains committed to its incentive agreement with Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply after its grand opening was twice pushed back.

Murdoch's pushes back Castle Rock opening date

The Town of Castle Rock has now twice pushed back deadlines outlined in its original deal with Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply, which is slated to partially fill a vacant 70,000-square-foot box …
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