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'While we may not be invincible ... we are STEM strong'

Standing tall in their royal blue gowns, STEM School Highlands Ranch graduates ignored the dark skies, light rain and dropping temperatures May 20 …
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Robert Wareham speaks to the crowd at the Rally for Our Rights pro-gun event.

Citizens rally at Capitol for gun rights

Dennis Gatchalian has lived in the Unites States since 1984, the year he left his home in the Philippines. He’s resided in Denver for 35 years. On May 18, he stood in front of the state Capitol …

Elizabeth High principal reflects on school year

As 168 seniors prepare for graduation on May 25 and their launch into the world of adulthood, Elizabeth High principal Bret McClendon took some time to reflect on the school year, and shared his …
Friends and family gather at Seven Stones, a cemetery near Chatfield State Park, on May 17 for the burial of Kendrick Castillo.

Messages of faith, hope as Kendrick Castillo laid to rest

More than 80 men, decorated in red, purple and green regalia, gathered in front of St. Mary Catholic Parish in Littleton. The Knights of Columbus traveled from across Colorado to honor Kendrick …

Fighting `zombie cells' may help slow aging

Call them zombie cells — they refuse to die. As they build up in your body, studies suggest, they promote aging and the conditions that come with it like osteoporosis and Alzheimer's disease. …

Robots line the walkway to Cherry Hills Community Church May 15 during a memorial service for Kendrick Castillo. The robots bore signs including Castillo’s name and heart symbols.

Colorado robotics community honors Kendrick Castillo

On the stage at Cherry Hills Community Church, a robot stood in honor of Kendrick Castillo, who was killed in the STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting. That robot was built by STEM Impulse — or …
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Bonnie Alexander, 68, waves a peace sign at drivers in a motorcade of more than 200 Jeeps and some other vehicles toward a May 15 memorial service for Kendrick Castillo. Castillo “was an angel in our midst,” said Alexander, a Highlands Ranch resident.

Procession honors Kendrick Castillo at memorial service in Highlands Ranch

About 250 Jeep enthusiasts gathered in Highlands Ranch on May 15 to ride in a procession ahead of a celebration of life service for Kendrick Castillo. According to license plates, vehicles came from …
Krystal Jensen, left, and her 12-year-old daughter Kierra welcome STEM students back to school on May 15. About a week earlier, the school experienced a shooting that left one student dead and eigth others injured. "They need all the love they can get right now," said Krystal, who homeschools her daughter.

Community members welcome STEM students back with words of love

On a cloudless day, the sun beaming down, a small group of parents and children stood along Barrons Boulevard in Highlands Ranch waving posters with words of encouragement. “You are …
Douglas County School District Superintendent Thomas Tucker, left, and Sheriff Tony Spurlock shake hands at a special work session for the Douglas County Board of Commissioners on May 13.

Douglas County commissioners eye $10 million to enhance school safety

Jennifer Thompson Consolo and her family had no idea her daughter was being bullied and had begun self-harming during her sophomore year at Douglas County High School. They also didn't know she was …

Documents reveal dispute between sheriff's office, STEM over resource officer contract

Documents distributed as part of a news release by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office on May 10 show disagreement, and some underlying tension, led to the discontinuation of a contract that provided …

STEM denies allegations made by anonymous parent

The executive director of STEM School Highlands Ranch adamantly denies allegations made by an anonymous school parent that the school's climate and culture are out of control. "I can't even fathom …
Business
Todd and Annette Burmaster, the owners of Patty Ann’s Café, along with their son, Josh, continue a Kiowa tradition and offer homestyle meals in an environment once compared to stepping back into the 1880s.

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 …
Erica Johnson, executive director of Elbert County Coalition for Outreach, vigorously promotes  empowering individuals through self-sufficiency,  a fundamental component of ECCO’s mission statement.

ECCO is much more than a thrift store

Elbert County Coalition for Outreach (ECCO) in Kiowa is a community thrift shop, but its mission reaches far beyond the confines of the shop. In its thrift-store capacity, ECCO offers reasonably …
Polis

Polis to ask voters to pass nicotine tax to combat youth use

Targeting teen nicotine vaping, Gov. Jared Polis recently announced a late-session bill to ask Colorado voters to significantly raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products and impose taxes …
Customers often call owner Nora Nikkel’s Carriage Shoppes, complete with an antique doctor’s buggy, their mental health place.

Antique shop not same old thing

Nora and Harvey Nikkel, originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, moved to a farm near Lafayette, Colorado, after they were married. Back in Oklahoma, when most 19-year-old girls were collecting beaus, Nora …

Colorado Community Media wins big at annual press convention

Colorado Community Media received 50 awards in the annual state press competition, including the prestigious public service award for a year-long series on the state of mental health in Douglas …
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