In recent years, the Douglas County School District has stirred controversy over a perceived rightward shift led by its conservative school board. Now, the American Humanist Association is suing the district, the school board and other individuals for allowing what the AHA characterizes as religious ... More >>
Before you know it, school will be back in session, the air will be cool and summer will be a memory. You can make some of those memories this weekend at a fair, while doing the tango or enjoying some kung fu. No matter what you're into, check out the Westword calendar for a complete line-up of the ... More >>
Colorado documentary-maker Brian Malone has taken on some big topics over the years, including the media in Breaking News and environmental dangers via Intelligent Life -- not to mention the late, great Blinky the Clown. But his latest project -- The Reformers, launching tonight in Parker -- is amon ... More >>
States across the country, including Alaska, are coming up with their own versions of Amendment 64, which allows adults 21 and over in Colorado to use and possess small amounts of cannabis. But if the authors of those measures want to make sure retail marijuana operations are legal in every communit ... More >>
Update: Yesterday, we noted that the Boulder City Attorney's office planned a presentation suggesting that city council approve a moratorium until at least 2014 on new marijuana retail outlets legalized under Amendemnt 64; see previous coverage below. Last night, the council chose not to go forward ... More >>
The powers-that-be in Douglas County really, really oppose Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act. Yesterday, the Dougco commissioners passed a strongly worded resolution against the measure, while Sheriff David Weaver launched a salvo that paints a world in which Amendment 64 is law ... More >>
Frank Gray is president of the Castle Rock Economic Development Council in Douglas County. Yet at a public hearing yesterday on six projects vying for big-bucks state tourism incentives, Gray eschewed his county's own project and, like many of the 23 people who testified, spoke in favor of Gaylord E ... More >>
Supporting the arts is just good business. That's the basic message of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, which was founded in 1985 and has grown to over 130 members, just announced the finalists for the 25th annual CBCA Business for the Arts Awards. And not only does this award come with ... More >>
Update: Arrowwood Elementary parent Rachel Drummond had objections to a play scheduled for her daughter's second-grade class today, due to references to Native Americans as "savages" and a speech that overtly referred to a higher power. However, Douglas County School District public information offi ... More >>
Any way you slice it, the very, very, very strained relationship between Douglas County Coroner Lora Thomas and Sheriff Dave Weaver can't be good for homicide investigations in the county. Both sides have accused the other of interfering with and jeopardizing their work, and now a backer of the sher ... More >>
Roxborough.When child sexual abusers return to their old neighborhood, the families of young victims are supposed to be notified in advance, so they have some time to ready themselves and prepare their kids. But that didn't happen in the case of a twelve-year-old who came home just seven mont ... More >>
Videos below.Update below: A lawsuit filed this morning in Denver District Court challenges the legality of a Douglas County voucher program set to go into effect this fall partly on the grounds that it diverts public money to religious institutions. Yet plaintiffs include the Interfaith Alli ... More >>
Rob CorryIn the ongoing bureaucratic battle over medical marijuana, Castle Rock has already witnessed its fair share of skirmishes. Amber Ostrom, owner of the city's one and only dispensary, Plants 4 Life, had to jump through numerous legal hoops before she was allowed to keep operating. And ... More >>
Update: The Indian Gulch fire near Golden is a top wildfire priority nationally; at this writing, it's in the number one slot on the feds' Inciweb.org website. And while the winds that were helping to fuel the blaze have died down to a significant degree, they did significant damage, increas ... More >>
Fox 31Update: Christopher Wells may have been in custody at the time the bodies of his ex-wife, Amara Wells, and Robert Rafferty were discovered -- but the Douglas County Sheriff's Office still believes he played a key role in their deaths. Along with Josiah Sher, Matthew Plake and Micah Wood ... More >>
Big pic below.The last thing a parent wants to worry about when sending a child to the dentist is that an assistant will do terribly inappropriate things while the young patient is drugged or defenseless. But that's one possible interpretation of info released thus far about Roohallah Mobarez ... More >>
Large photo below.The phrase "getting caught red-handed" wasn't invented specifically for David M. Flores, 48, but it certainly seems appropriate to his situation. Following a Highlands Ranch bank robbery, Flores was busted on an aggravated robbery charge after handing a Walmart clerk red-sta ... More >>
A Flickr photoIt's not yet ski season, but you can get a taste of Beaver Creek at the annual Beaver Creek Wine & Spirits Festival. Closer to home, you can get a Taste of Douglas County. Keep reading for details:
Everyone knows that Colorado peaches are among the best in the world -- and it's harvest season! Celebrate at the Lafayette Peach Festival on Saturday. And if peaches aren't your thing, there are dozens of other options on the culinary menu this week. Here's a taste:
The Stagecoach.Thus far, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office is sharing only the barest details about a Saturday afternoon shooting outside the Stagecoach, a Franktown watering hole -- other than the fact that both a deputy and the suspect were shot in an exchange of gunfire, with the former ... More >>
Michael Tesman.The arrest of Michael Tesman on charges of second-degree kidnapping came together like the law-enforcement equivalent of aligning planets. Credit goes to the reported victim, Tesman's ex-wife, who was able to text message her son about the situation, plus a helpful bartender a ... More >>
William "Bill" McLaughlin is accused of ministering in an especially sick way.Volunteer youth minister William "Bill" McLaughlin has been in Douglas County jail since mid-December on a $500,000 bail thanks to multiple charges of sexual assault on a child. But the Douglas County Sheriff's Offi ... More >>
Is this the next Broncos jersey to be obsolete?It's Denver Blogs, our daily roundup of locally oriented bloggery. Over at Bronco Talk, Mr. East offers a hilarious diatribe about all the Broncos jerseys he's purchased shortly before the players in question have been sent packing. His latest b ... More >>
A happy (not surly) John Ransom.Update.: Several hours after this blog was published, Douglas County Republican Party chairman John Ransom gave me a shout after all. Look below to read about the events that preceded his call as well as his subsequent comments... Original post: Some guys are ... More >>
View Larger Map The crash that took place during the wee hours of August 15 on Titan Road near Rampart Range Road, an area captured in the graphic above (if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map"), certainly qualifies as a tragic accident. But according to the Douglas County She ... More >>
Brandon Gaitan. According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Brandon Gaitan and Keith Paris II, both 19, had what must have seemed like a good idea at the time: break into the apartment of someone on vacation and do whatever for as long as they wanted. Problem is, said vacationer returned home ... More >>
According to the official 2009 City of Lone Tree calendar, February 19 is the official Park Meadows Mall Appreciation Day. Since December of last year, when the owners started threatening to declare bankruptcy if they could not renegotiate some $27 billion worth of loans with Goldman Sachs, the mall ... More >>
Squeeze off a few rounds. It'll make you feel better. On October 23, the Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network is hosting a wine tasting and auction, with proceeds earmarked to provide mental-health services to insurance-challenged folks in the area. And what's being auctioned off? Among other th ... More >>
The Preble's meadow jumping mouse weighs less than an ounce and hibernates for almost seven months of the year. But it's a regular Godzilla in environmental circles, smashing developers' plans up and down the Front Range and generating no end of controversy. Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Servic ... More >>
Littleton brings out its skaters, singers and the Fray.
Yesterday's election debacle in the Denver metro area was a story custom-made for television -- yet somehow, at least a couple of local stations failed to adequately report it. Based on what I was able to catch between watching national matters on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, TV types in these parts stu ... More >>
Sheriff's departments across Colorado choose not to remain silent about raves.
A Denver Bronco's domestic-violence case gets complicated.
From the week of May 11.
Colorado Highways are safer now than they've been in decades. So what are drivers so mad about?
How Washington lobbyists--and some politicians--cash in on Colorado's local governments.
Public Service's juiced-up power lines to Park Meadows spark a lawsuit.
As they battle for bigger budgets, Colorado educators get a crash course in fundraising.
The politicians aren't the only ones packing heat in fast-growing Elbert County.
A grave situation in Douglas County: Who gets to bury the bodies?
The streets aren't paved with gold down in the brand-new city of Lone Tree --yet.
THINGS YOU DID IN DENVER WHILE YOU WERE STOPPED DEAD IN TRAFFIC ON THE WAY TO DIA.