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

Douglas County still wants to use some of its COVID relief funds to secure future water, but may spend it to store unused South Platte River flow after dropping a controversial proposal to buy water from the San Luis Valley. The Douglas County Commissioners indicated they may help fund the major water proposal from Parker […]

Posted inClimate, Environment, Growth, Housing, News, Water

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

On an average day, 25 people move to Douglas County. Each one needs to drink, shower, water their lawn and wash their dishes. The full impact of that growth is difficult to see, but it’s easy to understand: More people need more water. And in a county where thousands of homes rely on a limited […]

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21-year-old Castle Rock man fatally shot while protecting his baby at Miami Beach restaurant

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — A gunman fatally shot a tourist eating dinner with his family at a Miami Beach restaurant as the man protected his 1-year-old son, police and a family member said. Tamarius Blair Davis Jr., 22, of Norcross, Georgia, told investigators he shot Dustin Wakefield, 21, on Tuesday night because he “was high […]

Posted inClimate, Environment, Growth, News, Water

Watering restrictions work. But only 53% of Colorado cities have them.

By Sarah Kuta, Fresh Water News Despite a stubborn, 20-year drought and reservoirs whose supplies are below normal, Colorado communities remain split on whether to impose permanent outdoor watering restrictions, according to a Fresh Water News analysis of local watering rules. According to the analysis, which examined rules in 15 cities representing the state’s different […]

Posted inBusiness, COVID, News

Coronavirus crushed Colorado’s economy. But working women paid the highest price.

Louise Carr, 50 and divorced, lost her job as a baker and waitress early on in the pandemic when the Castle Rock cafe where she worked closed its doors. Now she’s vying with 20-somethings for work in a juice bar, and she’s losing.  Laura Charlton, 51, watched her self-made massage therapy business in Elizabeth dwindle […]

Posted inColoradans, Education, News

Schools teach and feed students. As hunger rises, Colorado is racing to ensure kids eat this summer.

Many Colorado students are hungry to return to their classrooms and resume some sense of normalcy after almost a year of coping with the pandemic. And many of those students are just plain hungry. It’s a reality that Erin Ulric struggles to put into words, and she knows that, come summer, the number of children […]

Posted inColoradans, COVID, Education, News

Colorado’s substitute teacher shortage, worsened by coronavirus, could force some schools to close. Again.

Alamosa School District is so short on educators that all it might take is the quarantine of a single class to leave many kids without a teacher. That’s largely because the southern Colorado district of 2,178 students is battling a significant K-12 substitute teacher shortage. Coronavirus fears have chased a large percentage of the sub […]

Posted inColoradans, COVID, Education, News, Politics and Government

“At a breaking point”: Colorado schools plead for help as stress of pandemic teaching piles up

Barely a month into the school year, many Colorado teachers are at a breaking point as they try to balance new responsibilities like temperature checks, juggle classes of students both in person and online and manage dozens of kids over a screen.  The stress levels have gotten so high for some teachers that they’ve called […]

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Castle Rock man charged alongside ex-Trump adviser Steve Bannon in border wall fundraising scheme

By Larry Neumeister, Colleen Long and Jill Colvin, The Associated Press NEW YORK — Former White House adviser Steve Bannon was arrested Thursday on charges that he and three others — including a Colorado man — ripped off donors to an online fundraising scheme called “We Build The Wall.” The charges were contained in an […]