On Friday, opposition to new Jefferson County School Board proposals regarding teacher pay and history instruction focusing on "patriotism" exploded into action, with instructor sickouts leading to closures at two high schools, Standley Lake and Conifer, where students rallied to offer support. Now, ... More >>
Most of us know by now that hemp and the cannabis we all like to get high and medicated with aren't the same thing and that you can't get hash from hemp (unless, apparently, you're using the Stanley brothers' cannabis hemp oil). But back in 1949, that wasn't common knowledge. In fact, we doubt many ... More >>
The Colorado Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of a lower-court decision okaying Douglas County's controversial school voucher plan, which allows parents to use taxpayer dollars to enroll their kids at religious schools. That's great news for the ACLU of Colorado, which has been battling ... More >>
When we shared our post about the $3.5 million in marijuana tax revenues collected by the State of Colorado in January, we asked if readers think cities and counties that have banned recreational sales will reconsider when they see how much money is coming in. Plenty answered "yes," often passionate ... More >>
In recent weeks, we've posted about several satirical Colorado marijuana sales stories that some are taking seriously, including one that claimed pot overdoses killed 37 people and another about Representative Michele Bachmann supposedly driving stoned that prompted an official denial from Fort Coll ... More >>
In digging up old articles on cannabis in Colorado, we've come across a few stories that didn't warrant entire posts of their own. But they add up to something interesting, so we've compiled them for this week's edition of Colorado Cannabis Time Capsule. The first comes from the Camp Hale Ski-zette ... More >>
As of December 26, "retail marijuana stores" are officially prohibited in Douglas County. That means that six weeks after the legalization of recreational marijuana, any commercial activities involving pot are banned in DougCo. The county is the first in Colorado to enact this kind of ordinance -- a ... More >>
Although voters approved Amendment 64 earlier this month, the retail sales aspect of the measure can't go into effect prior to late 2013 or early 2014 -- and that's only if (and it's a big "if") the federal government doesn't take action to intervene. Yet Douglas County Commissioner Jack Hilbert has ... More >>
Our recent post featuring Douglas County Sheriff David Weaver's dire predictions should Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, become law attracted comments on both sides of the issue. Here's one that's short, sweet and to the point.
The "election from hell." A "COLOSSAL problem." A "stunning level of incompetence." These are all phrases used to describe a primary race in Teller and Douglas counties that was allegedly so disastrous that one of the candidates, in a new lawsuit, is arguing that the election should be voided. F ... More >>
April 20 is simultaneously a day of celebration and a day of mourning -- claimed by both pro-marijuana activists and those impacted by the 1999 Columbine shootings. But this year, the Substance Abuse Coalition of Douglas County is looking to reframe these associations. The coalition is organizing "T ... More >>
otterbox.com The Consumer Electronics Show, that yearly technology bacchanal, kicks off today in Las Vegas. It's an orgy of smartphones, tablets, Justin Bieber and ... gospel singers belting out tweets? You better believe it. A host of Colorado companies are there, showing and telling and (ho ... More >>
Videos below.Update: Wow, that was fast. Almost as quickly as the Burning Tree fire near Franktown flared up, crews supplemented by aircraft borrowed from the Indian Gulch fire in the Golden area have knocked it down. According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, containment currently sta ... More >>
Big pics below.There's something more than a little creepy about suspects barely beyond childhood accused of distributing child pornography. But that's what the Douglas County Sheriff's Office accuses Phillip Abernathy and Connor Greenwall of doing in separate cases. Below, see full size boo ... More >>
Near the scene.Last night, residents living on or near the 9600 block of Maribou Court in Littleton were asked not to leave their houses for several hours -- except for those police escorted out. The reason? A standoff between the Douglas County SWAT team and a suicidal man who barricaded hi ... More >>
Yard Arteology: The study of neighbors through lawn ornaments... Figure 88a. Country Club: Cross-dressing goose behind bars. In Douglas County, the imprisoned pilgrim pictured above might actually have constituted a political statement about our founding fathers and the current state of Ameri ... More >>
FlickrCigarettes are extremely pricey these days -- but has the cost gotten so high that they're worth risking an armed robbery beef? That's one way to interpret the story of a fifteen-year old from Castle Rock, who avoided paying for smokes by pulling a gun.
Richard Anderson.Yesterday, we told you about an officer-involved shooting on Bayou Gulch Road in Douglas County that left a deputy slightly wounded and a suspect in critical condition. The latter has now been identified as Richard Anderson, 51. He's likely to face charges of attempted first ... More >>
DougCo commissioner Jack Hilbert.HB 1284, the measure designed to regulate the medical marijuana industry, contains a provision allowing municipalities to ban medical marijuana dispensaries either by a vote of city councils and the like or via ballot initiatives. Aurora has already taking th ... More >>
A 9News image of CSP's David Dolan getting busted.Usually, Colorado State Patrol officers respond to reports of erratic driving. But this morning, things worked the other way around. Motorists complained about problems relating to a CSP vehicle, leading to a stop by Douglas County Sheriff's O ... More >>
John Ransom.School board races are typically nonpartisan, but not this year in Douglas County. The Republican party there has endorsed a slate of four candidates -- an unusual move the Denver Post took note of in an October 20 article that focused more on conflicts and complaints from the lik ... More >>
I am back from the front lines of the kiddie porn wars with some shocking news: The prosperous, sprawling suburbs of Douglas County conceal a steamy underbelly of underage sexual exhibitionism. Youth are being exploited right and left. Usually by each other. Sexting -- the insidious, techno ... More >>
Assorted agencies took down a marijuana-grow operation on Sugarloaf Mountain in July.As smoke continues to gather over medical-marijuana operations in Colorado, local law-enforcement agencies continue to find weed-growing operations in remote locations -- and Pike National Forest appears to b ... More >>
Busdriver deals with negativity.Better late than never. Today in Backbeat Online: • Q&A with Regan "Busdriver" Farquhar. • Flier of the Week: Dressy Bessy at the Gothic, September 5. • Win stuff in our random midweek contest! • Dulcinea's to re-open as Pete's Monkey Bar. • Single F ... More >>
The conversation took place at Parker's Warhorse Inn. Covering the troubles in the newspaper industry can be mighty dispiriting: I sometimes feel like I spend my days writing the obituary for my own career. No wonder I felt such trepidation when accepting an invitation from the folks at the Douglas ... More >>
We started off the day talking about the Fray's new album, which hit stores today, and posted a link to its performance on Good Morning America. So it seems fitting to end the day with another clip that Ron Patrick from Douglas County Television brought to our attention of Isaac Slade giving more in ... More >>
Six years ago, developer Paul Lambert put together the biggest, gaudiest monstrosity in the 2002 Parade of Homes. With its three kitchens, eleven bathrooms, Roman spa and casino, swimming pool and waterfall, the $4.1-million Villa Bellagio was the buzz of Douglas County. But its over-the-top luxury ... More >>
There are gypsies on our streets, prowling the avenues in their ghetto-fabulous low riders, blasting "LA Woman" from the stereo and telling passersby that although they may not have a taxi license, they'll still take them to their hotel or convention or flight out of DIA in a ride that trades certif ... More >>
Are political ties getting one Douglas County property owner a tax break?
Bras for the Cause raises money for breast cancer
'Burbs bust out Battle of the Bands
Creeping traffic. Strained schools. Dwindling water. Commuters are flocking to Elbert County for a little bit of country, but there isn't much country left.
Douglas County Open Space
Swallow Hill makes it easy for kids to jump into dreamland
Justice will be served in the 18th Judicial District -- eventually.
Douglas County's very own gopher is the latest endangered-species hopeful.
Don't bury your head in the sand for the Rocky Mountain Ostrich Festival.
A bold plan to bring downtown to the suburbs takes root in Lone Tree. Just add water.
Even if one community turns them down, developers always know they can get what they want from another.
Two new county justice centers are high-tech, high-security--and designed to keep prisoners and the public in their place.
Douglas County's lawmakers jump to the defense of home builders, kill water-use warning measure.
ON THE FAR SIDE OF COUNTY LINE ROAD, DEVELOPMENT IS BOOMING--AND THE WATER LEVEL IS SINKING.WELL WISHERS DOUGLAS COUNTY IS RUNNING OUT OF GROUNDWATER--BUT ITS RIVER OF DEVELOPMENT SCHEMES IS FLOWING STRONG.
NEED A TAX BREAK FOR THE NEW YEAR? CONSIDER RAISING BEES, DONKEYS, HAY OR, AS A LAST RESORT, A STINK WITH THE COUNTY ASSESSOR.TO BEE OR NOT TO BEE? FOR A SUCCESSFUL DEVELOPER SEEKING A TAX BREAK, THAT'S NO QUESTION. BUT TAXPAYERS GET STUNG.