RidgeGate Parkway: the road to the future

The frequent traffic backups along RidgeGate Parkway are something to be expected these days. With just two lanes — one in each direction — for through traffic, backups can reach half a mile from …
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Pending Kaiser Permanente strike: 5 things to know

A few thousand Kaiser Permanente workers in Colorado may join tens of thousands nationwide in an October strike that a union says is a push for fair negotiation and wage increases that keep up with …
Temple Grandin spoke at a Developmental Pathways roundtable on Sept. 9.

Temple Grandin urges workforce inclusion, trade skills

Local community leaders recently heard from renowned autism advocate Temple Grandin on employing people with disabilities and workplace inclusion. Developmental Pathways serves individuals with …
Matt Hanagan, left, an investigator with the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office, received the 2019 Mike Bell Award as Investigator of the Year by the Colorado District Attorneys Council. DA George Brauchler, right, nominated Hanagan for the honor.

18th Judicial District investigator honored

An investigator from the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office has been honored by the Colorado District Attorneys Council, according to a news release. Matt Hanagan received the 2019 Mike Bell …
Radar, a proven bloodhound with the nonprofit Bloodhound Man-Trackers Inc. located in Kiowa, is trained to find missing persons, decomposed bodies, homicide victims and suspected killers.

Bloodhound, handler pitch in to help

Elbert County resident Frank Hurst got his first bloodhound, Red, 19 years ago. Red was a gift from his wife Lisa, and the adorable pup was the beginning of Hurst’s career as a K-9 handler, during …

Some Democrats on shaky political ground with proposed fracking bans

Several Democratic presidential candidates are running on a promise to ban fracking — and stepping on unstable political ground as they do so. An all-out prohibition on the controversial natural …

Family medicine residency earns top scores

A residency program offered at Sky Ridge Medical Center has received top scores on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s annual survey. The family medicine residency program is …
Colorado Skies Academy, an aerospace-focused middle school, is open for classes. The location shown is a temporary grounds for the school while its building continues to be finished at the same address, 13015 Wings Way, Englewood, CO 80112. Despite its location far from Englewood, it carries an Englewood mailing address because the area is unincorporated Arapahoe County, meaning it's not within a city or town. The large gray building is the Boeing Blue Sky Aviation Gallery, which opened in July 2018.

Aerospace middle school Colorado Skies Academy opens at Centennial Airport

The awkward middle school years got an exciting boost for many students last week when Colorado Skies Academy opened at Centennial Airport. “It was very exciting the see students actively engaged …
CCM Reporter Stories

Reporter Stories: First Day of School at STEM, last day for our reporter

We talk with our Douglas County School District reporter Alex DeWind on her last day about covering the first day of school at Highlands Ranch's STEM School.
Technicians from Convergint spent a recent morning installing security enhancements at Singing Hills and Running Creek elementary schools in the Elizabeth School District. Equipment and installation were donated to the schools through the company’s Step Up program.

Two Elizabeth schools get security upgrades

Singing Hills and Running Creek elementary schools recently received security enhancements, free of charge, thanks to Convergint, an Illinois-based security firm with an office in Centennial. The …

Scholarship winners were recognized during the Elizabeth High commencement ceremony. Students received a combined total of $1.6 million dollars.

Graduates are urged to vote, be compassionate

The stands of Elizabeth High's football stadium were filled to capacity with relatives and friends of approximately 168 seniors during the May 25 commencement exercises. Attendees braved a chilly …
Jennifer Tenney, owner of Wicked Rooster Farm, poses with one of her personal favorites, a golden cuckoo Marans by the name of George. Wicked Rooster Farm is a breeding farm that specializes in rare breed chickens, colored egg layers and autosexing breeds.

Wicked Rooster Farm breeds unusual hens

When a farm is named Wicked Rooster Farm, there is the natural assumption that roosters are the main attraction and all else is secondary. Granted, roosters can be mean, domineering, …

Oil and gas defenders, critics test Colorado's new law

Colorado has just begun rewriting its oil and gas rules under a new law that flips the state's priorities from producing energy to protecting the public, but industry defenders and critics are …

Cars still more efficient than newer SUVs

Yes, your sport utility vehicle has gotten smaller and more fuel efficient over the years. But even with those gains, SUVs still are behind cars when it comes to gas mileage. The reason: SUVs are …
Gail Lacinski, the owner of Prickly Pear Antiques in Elizabeth, poses with the Kraft Promotional Cow from a cheese shop in Minnesota, the shop’s mascot. Gail’s vision for Prickly Pear Antiques was to blend the old rustic with the new rustic and create a store where she would want to shop.

Antique shop owner doesn’t let past get old

She approached the crowded barn beside the old farmhouse where clusters of hunters surrounded many of the items like predators surround their prey. Working her way through the crowds to the coveted …

Shari Norton poses in front of her shop, the Clever Cow, in Elizabeth where she relies primarily on local talent to supply her with rustic creations, local honey, original gifts, towels, mugs and many other unique items. She found that talent abounds in Elbert County and she is happy to showcase items that are a fit for the Clever Cow.

Rustic decor shop finds happy home in Elizabeth

A sign on the white, thatched chair directs visitors to walk through a gate, beyond which a stone path winds under the shade of a stately tree to a birch framed welcome sign on a door. Within is a …
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