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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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Littleton Public Schools: What the new grads are saying

Littleton High School Emma Slenkovich What will you always remember about your time in high school? I will always remember how hard I have worked. Although high school was a time full of many changes …
David Funk, one of Options' "outstanding seniors," speaks at graduation, as Options Principal Greg Sumlin and Dean Susan Davis look on.

A world full of options

The options are endless. Options Secondary Program graduated 28 seniors on May 21, and students from Littleton Public Schools' alternative high school program have lots of choices ahead of them. “A …
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Resentencing means man convicted of murder as teen will be eligible for parole

A man who was convicted of helping to kill his friend's mother in Highlands Ranch in 1998 spoke in court after his friends, parents and defense attorneys painted a detailed picture of the strides the …
Friends and family gather at Seven Stones, a cemetery near Chatfield State Park, on May 17 for the burial of Kendrick Castillo.

Messages of faith, hope as Kendrick Castillo laid to rest

More than 80 men, decorated in red, purple and green regalia, gathered in front of St. Mary Catholic Parish in Littleton. The Knights of Columbus traveled from across Colorado to honor Kendrick …

Fighting `zombie cells' may help slow aging

Call them zombie cells — they refuse to die. As they build up in your body, studies suggest, they promote aging and the conditions that come with it like osteoporosis and Alzheimer's disease. …
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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 …

Documents reveal dispute between sheriff's office, STEM over resource officer contract

Documents distributed as part of a news release by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office on May 10 show disagreement, and some underlying tension, led to the discontinuation of a contract that provided …

STEM denies allegations made by anonymous parent

The executive director of STEM School Highlands Ranch adamantly denies allegations made by an anonymous school parent that the school's climate and culture are out of control. "I can't even fathom …

Students, including some from STEM School Highlands Ranch, hold up lit-up phones outside Highlands Ranch High School after walking out of a May 8 vigil amid frustration over STEM students getting speaking time. A shooting May 7 at STEM School wounded eight students and killed one, 18-year-old Kendrick Ray Castillo.

STEM School students walk out of shooting vigil amid frustration

A vigil that brought politicians, activists and several hundred students and parents to Highlands Ranch High School after the nearby STEM School shooting devolved into chaos and chants, with many students expressing frustration with the event’s political overtones on gun policy.
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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 …
A pair of proposed shade structures would replace the red tents the Melting Pot currently uses to host outdoor diners in the winter.

Melting Pot owners withdraw pergola proposal

Facing a bulwark of opposition, the owners of Littleton’s Melting Pot restaurant withdrew their proposal to build a pair of pergolas in front of the historic building on May 7. Amy and Kyle Reed, …

Assessments sent to Arapahoe County property owners

Property values in Arapahoe County have increased 21% since the 2017 assessment period, according to notices of valuation that were sent out May 1 to more than 212,000 property owners in the county, …
Tony Saponaro, left, and Andy Ngovanduc behind the counter at Pizzability.

Denver workers with disabilities show their skills

When Andy Ngovanduc describes his job at Pizzability, he makes his workday sound ideal. “We just chill and hang out, and we eat the whole day long,” he said. “It’s kind of fun.” The …

A cat inside its catio space. The catios connect to the house, usually through a window as shown in this photo. The cats can then go in and out of the enclosure.

Washington Park start up is a purrfect arrangement

Lance Harding is allergic to cats. But that hasn’t stopped the 25-year-old Washington Park entrepreneur from creating an enclosed outdoor cat patio that lets felines safely enjoy fresh air and get …
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