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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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Fossils found in Highlands Ranch are believed to be from a triceratops, a three-horned herbivore that often grew to be 30 feet long and 10 feet tall.

Dinosaur fossils found in Highlands Ranch

A dinosaur that once roamed what is now Highlands Ranch met the open air for the first time in more than 66 million years, after a construction crew discovered its bones at a construction site in …

Used-book sale benefits Jefferson County libraries

Find good books at bargain prices at the Jefferson County Library Foundation’s spring Whale of a Used Book Sale, May 31 to June 2 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. The sale, which has a more …

Jeffco school district and employees need more time to find common ground

At their last scheduled bargaining session on May 15, school district leaders and employees continued to negotiate an agreement for their 2019-2020 contract — and scheduled a new final session for …

Jeffco to make budget cuts in 2020

To keep a healthy balance and appropriate reserve fund, Jefferson County is looking at trimming its budget by about $16.1 million in the upcoming year. This equals roughly a seven percent budget …

Barclay

Polaske, Barclay to have preliminary hearing in June

The two suspects accused of being involved in an April 13 homicide in Golden remain in the Jefferson County jail on a no-bond hold. At about 4:15 p.m. on April 13, Jefferson County Sheriff’s …
Education
Arieana DeLuna holds her celebratory balloons outside of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House after Jefferson Jr./Sr. High School’s Class of 2019 commencement ceremony on May 17.

Class of 2019 for Jefferson Jr./Sr. High

Seventy-one graduates of Jefferson Jr./Sr. High School celebrated their accomplishments during the school’s Class of 2019 commencement ceremony on May 17. Principal Michael James chose a special …

Alameda honors the Class of 2019

Hundreds spent the evening of May 16 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House watching Alameda International's seventy-first commencement ceremony, which included a choir performance, a band performance and …
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 …

Natalie Fish, a kindergarten teacher at Welchester Elementary School, holds up the crystal apple she received as one of this year’s recipients of the Golden Schools Foundation’s Teacher Recognition Award.

Three teachers honored with crystal apples

Birthdays, retirements and crystal apples. The Golden Schools Foundation hosted its annual Teacher Recognition Award ceremonies on May 10 this year. This year’s recipients are Patti Nielson, art …
Business

SeaQuest license suspended after repeated violations

SeaQuest Littleton must remove hundreds of animals after state officials issued a two-year license suspension, according to a ruling from the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife. Inspectors found …
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 …

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 …
The G Line will officially open April 26.

Making preparations for the G Line opening

The long-awaited G Line will open to passengers April 26. “We're truly pleased to be at this day — it's been a long road,” said Laurie Huff, spokesperson for the Regional Transportation …

Hanging baskets and containers were used to add color to the landscaping at the Streets at SouthGlenn. Centennial-based Sustainable Landscapes Colorado won an ELITE Award for Use of Color-Judges' Choice for the design.

Awards recognize ELITE work of landscape companies

The landscaping at the Streets at SouthGlenn earned Centennial-based Sustainable Landscapes Colorado an ELITE Award for Use of Color-Judges’ Choice at the Associated Landscape Contractors of …
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