Castle Rock officer awarded Purple Heart

Officer Thomas O'Donnell woke up early on New Year's Eve in 2017 and got dressed for work. Then, O'Donnell — a member of the Castle Rock Police Department and the Douglas County Regional SWAT Team …
Chatfield litigants scurry to speed appeal as construction advances
The little yellow bird clutched in Meredith McBurney’s hand didn’t seem to mind that it couldn’t fly away. “This isn’t her first rodeo,” McBurney said of the yellow warbler with its tiny …

Castle View seniors 'a class of learners and leaders'

Castle View High School held its 2018 graduation commencement ceremony on May 16 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Family and friends of graduates gathered at the outdoor venue on a warm, sunny afternoon to …

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STEM grads follow own paths

Josh Leckman left STEM School Highlands Ranch graduates with three lessons: find genuine happiness, be yourself and most importantly, go outside. “Spend some time in nature,” the teacher said to …

Douglas County High grads 'take care of each other'

Douglas County High School held its 2018 senior graduation ceremony May 22 at the high school's packed outdoor stadium in Castle Rock. Principal Tony Kappas and several other speakers referred to the …

Centennial Airport: From open prairie to economic driver

As the story goes, a businessman drove a shiny, black car to his downtown Denver office, and when he walked back to the car that afternoon, he found a large scratch in the door. Around the early …

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Castle Rock veteran recognized in D.C.

On May 27, as many as $11 million pairs of eyes could be on Castle Rock resident Joe Annello, 85. He's a Korean War veteran and Italian-American originally from Boston who forged a friendship with a …

Life

Butterfly Pavilion looks at survival tricks

When most people come across creatures like a spider or a centipede, they probably don’t pause to appreciate the tools that enabled these animals to survive for millions of years. But spend a …

Sports

Cherry Creek wins state girls golf title

Coach Randy Smith spent a lot of time for two days watching the persistence of his Cherry Creek girls golf team. The Bruins, three strokes back of Regis Jesuit and two behind Grandview after the …

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Winning Words

The courage of encouragement helps us brave life’s problems

Building upon last week’s column about yesterday’s achievements becoming our successes of tomorrow, I wanted to share more about the power of encouragement and the courage to become an …
Quiet Desperation

Life may not be predictable, but graduation speeches are

The invitations have gone out, and once again I didn’t receive one. I wasn’t asked by a single high school, college, or university in the United States to give their commencement speech, even …
Winning Words

Yesterday’s achievement is tomorrow’s success

One of the greatest pieces of advice that I ever received came from a great friend and mentor earlier in my life. He actually gave me two pieces of advice wrapped up in one life-changing …
Quiet Desperation

The funny thing about humor is how often it isn’t funny

An ice cream truck used to appear every day at the parks where I played when I was a kid. Its infectious little tune made my mouth water. I think now it would drive me to distraction. On each side of …
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