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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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Robert Wareham speaks to the crowd at the Rally for Our Rights pro-gun event.

Citizens rally at Capitol for gun rights

Dennis Gatchalian has lived in the United States since 1984, the year he left his home in the Philippines. He’s resided in Denver for 35 years. On May 18, he stood in front of the state Capitol …
Englewood Mayor Linda Olson and Bill Clayton pose during a celebration that honored him as Citizen of the Year.

Bill Clayton honored as Citizen of the Year

Two people had a profound impact on Englewood citizen Bill Clayton in his life. The first was his father, who moved to Denver in 1946 once he left the Air Force. He didn't have any money, or a place …
Graduating seniors toss their caps in the air May 18 at Englewood High School’s graduation in the school’s gym.

Englewood High graduates a proud class

With a graduating class of a little more than 70 students, Englewood High is a small school, especially in the middle of the Denver metro area — but its pride showed at its 2019 graduation …
Planes stand at Centennial Airport on May 7. That airport is among those that may have flight paths re-routed by the Denver Metroplex plan by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Noise impact of altered flight paths to be mostly small, FAA says

Despite concerns raised by local officials, a federal plan to reroute airplane traffic is expected to only cause small changes in south metro-area noise — much of which will be small decreases, …

Legislators forming committee to focus on school safety

Legislators are prioritizing school safety following the May 7 shootings at STEM School Highlands Ranch. On May 17, members of the state House and Senate announced the pending formation of an interim …
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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.
Business

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 …
Residents inside Englewood’s Samadhi Center practice yoga nidra.

Samadhi Center in Englewood teaches meditation technique

Richard Burnett had owned a catering company and had worked as a chef for more than 45 years. He says he worked too many hours, and when he finally decided to sell his company, he lost inspiration …

In their Business

Assisted-stretching studio opens A new studio in Parker will introduce people of all ages and fitness levels to deep stretching and its benefits. StretchLab Parker, which opened April 25, is owned …
Simple Simon's Pizza is slated to open in Woodlawn Shopping Center on May 8, and general manager Dylan Ramos said he hopes people see the pizza joint as a slice above the rest.

New pizza place in Littleton sports big-time pies

More than 2 feet across and weighing as much as a bowling ball, the Beast is a formidable pizza. Any pair of gastronauts who can tackle the monstrous mega-pie in 45 minutes or less gets their $45 …

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Penn closes the door as Englewood Chamber of Commerce director

The Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce grew more involved as the city’s economy began to march back from the recession, said Randy Penn, the chamber’s former executive director who stepped …
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