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Report: DougCo commissioner shared anonymous letter but didn’t create hostile environment

Lora Thomas says findings exonerate her, but her fellow board members say results confirm their belief she should not serve as the board’s chair

Politics and Government
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2 DougCo commissioners asked for an investigation of the third. The probe’s done but won’t be released to public.

Commissioners Abe Laydon and George Teal sought the report that cost $17,000 to investigate Lora Thomas over San Luis water proposal

Politics and Government

Douglas County drops San Luis Valley plan for $828M idea to pipe South Platte water from Sterling

Parker Water has proposed to pipe 20,000 acre-feet in excess river water from northeastern Colorado to serve more than 300,000 people in the south metro suburbs


Douglas County will not use federal COVID funds on San Luis Valley water project

Commissioner Abe Laydon, the decisive vote on the issue, announced his position during a work session on Tuesday


From Ukraine to Larkspur: A family adjusts to life in Douglas County after fleeing war

Two months after Russia's invasion, the Sheveria family has traveled thousands of miles, marveled at the generosity of others and found themselves in a 200-person town in southern Douglas County


“Gymnastics in the air”: A Colorado teen heads to indoor skydiving’s world cup

 Sydney Kennett is just 15 years old but already she's appeared at a world competition


Douglas County needs to find new water sources as its population grows by 25 people every day

Thousands of homes rely on a limited supply of underground aquifers. Water providers are working to shift to more sustainable sources before they run dry.


Judge orders Douglas County School Board to not discuss public business, take formal action outside of public meetings

The school board's majority has adamantly maintained that they did not violate any open meeting laws


Douglas County, Lone Tree begin recording more public meetings after being pressed by Colorado Community Media

Douglas County commissioners began recording work sessions, and the City of Lone Tree now records its regular meetings

Politics and Government

Douglas County clerk says no unauthorized copy of his county’s voting server was made

Douglas County Clerk Merlin Klotz said the situation stems from an email he sent to a vote in which he used inaccurate terminology

Politics and Government

Conflict grows between Douglas County’s sheriff and his former second-in-command

Sheriff Tony Spurlock and former Undersheriff Holly Nicholson-Kluth’s feud involves a mishmash of investigations and accusations, including allegations of political scheming, domestic violence and deletion of personnel files. 

Crime and Courts

Arapahoe County — the last holdout — votes to leave Tri-County Health Department

The county may continue to receive services from the agency


“We used to never have anything like this”: In Douglas County, signs of homelessness are on the rise

This is in a county with the highest median household income in metro Denver and the lowest percentage of people in poverty. It's also a county where housing costs are rising sharply.


Douglas County leaders are not considering a mask mandate

Hospital beds in the county are filling up


Tri-County Health halts COVID-19 services to Douglas County

State agency to take over pandemic duties in breakaway county


Federal judge temporarily blocks Douglas County mask-rule exemption

U.S. District Judge John Kane ordered the newly-formed Douglas County Health Department not to enforce the public health order for at least 14 days


Douglas County will continue receiving public health services from Tri-County through at least 2022

The county will still have its own board of health in charge of things like local public health orders, but the residents will receive services “as though the county were still a member of TCHD"


Second STEM School Highlands Ranch gunman sentenced to life in prison without parole

Devon Erickson, 20, was convicted of first-degree murder earlier this summer for his role in the May 7, 2019, shooting

Crime and Courts

Douglas County’s next step for its new health department is to find a qualified director

Colorado statute lays out clear requirements for the role, including past experience in public health


Douglas County commissioners vote to create their own health department, appointing themselves to the board

Tuesday's move is the latest chapter in a rift between the county and the Tri-County Health Department that has grown steadily wider since the pandemic

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