# Douglas county
Construction begins near Roxborough State Park and Sterling Ranch
(Highlands Ranch, Colo.) A ramp widening project begins this month at the on-ramp from Titan Parkway to northbound Highway 85. The board of County Commissioners approved a $988,157.50 budget for the widening project at the Jul. 26 meeting, with the hopes to improve safety and traffic operations.
National Farmers' Market Week kicks off across Douglas County
The Parker Farmers Market along Mainstreet in Downtown Parker.Parker Farmers Market. (Douglas County, Colo.) To support local farmers, craftsmen, and artisans, here's where you can consider celebrating National Farmers' Market Week in Douglas County.
New Lone Tree overpass creates safer crossing for pedestrians, cyclists
Construction of the trail project at C-470 and Yosemite.Douglas County Colorado. (Lone Tree, Colo.) A new overpass at Yosemite and C-470 will let cyclists and pedestrians cross more safely.
Wellspring brings intellectual and developmental disability housing to Castle Rock
Wellspring Community members enjoy an outing together.Wellspring Community. (Castle Rock, Colo.) Douglas County and Wellspring Community plan to create more inclusivity by adding housing for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
DougCo targets massage businesses in human trafficking crackdown
[DOUGLAS COUNTY, COLO.] — Douglas County will begin requiring licenses from massage businesses in unincorporated areas of the county to crack down on illegal activities like prostitution and human trafficking.
DougCo needs applicants to fill multiple board seats
(Douglas County, Colo.) Douglas County residents can apply for several boards of trustee or commission openings across the county. Openings include posts on the boards for libraries, culture, historic preservation, parks, human services, and the county fair.
DougCo commissioners order another investigation of Thomas
L-R: Douglas County commissioners Abe Laydon, Lora Thomas and George Teal.Douglas County. [DOUGLAS COUNTY, COLO.] — Fresh on the heels of a $17,000, 12-page investigation report into actions by Douglas County Commissioner Lora Thomas, her two fellow commissioners directed the county attorney to investigate Thomas over her alleged release of at least part of the report to a Denver TV station.
5 things you can do in Douglas County this week
(Douglas County, Colo.) Stay up-to-date with events in Douglas County. This week's events include everything from a jazz concert to a wildlife education night. Here are 5 events happening between Aug.1 and Aug. 7 to consider adding to your calendar:
Park Meadows gets $3.2 million in pandemic relief money
A screenshot shows pandemic-related losses suffered by the Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree. |Douglas County. [DOUGLAS COUNTY, COLO.] — The Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree will receive nearly $3.2 million in federal pass-through money for COVID-19 pandemic-related losses. The money could also help pay for a potential expansion project.
DougCo could use open space tax money to confiscate Denver park
A bison in Denver's Daniels Park. Douglas County Commissioner George Teal said the county's open space tax could help buy the park.| Denver Mountain Parks Foundation. [DOUGLAS COUNTY, COLO.] — The Douglas County open space sales and use tax could pay some of the cost of obtaining Daniels Park through condemnation or eminent domain.
Hungry goats help reduce wildfire risk in Castle Rock
The goats hard at work at the Metzler Family Open Space.The Town of Castle Rock. (Castle Rock, Colo.) A herd of goats is working through Douglas County, snacking on flammable weeds and brush to help mitigate wildfire risk.
Report criticizes DougCo commissioner Thomas for actions as chair
L-R: Douglas County commissioners George Teal, Lora Thomas and Abe Laydon. |Douglas County. The first paragraph of this story was amended to attribute the investigation report findings to Douglas County Commissioner Abe Laydon's comments. A sentence was also added that the county would not release the report to the public.
6 things you can do in Douglas County this week
(Douglas County, Colo.) Stay up-to-date with events in Douglas County. This week's events include everything from a blood drive to jazz in the park. Here are six events happening between July 25 and Aug. 1 to consider adding to your calendar:
Express Check-in problems plague DougCo schools
(Castle Rock, CO) In what could be a sign of how eager parents are for kids to go back to school, the DougCo check-in website crashed shortly after opening on July 21 and remains “frustratingly slow,” according to Mark Blair, DCSD chief technology officer.
DougCo extends contract with health company Colorado fired
A COVID-19 vaccine bottles mockup (does not depict actual vaccine). |Photo by Daniel Schludi on Unsplash. [DOUGLAS COUNTY, COLO.] — Douglas County officials stand behind a $3.5 million contract with a healthcare company that Colorado officials suspended from performing similar COVID-19 pandemic-related work.
Open space tax extension another step closer to DougCo ballot
Dawson Butte open space and trail. |Douglas County. [DOUGLAS COUNTY, COLO.] — A measure to extend the Douglas County open space sales and use tax for 20 years moved closer to the Nov. 8 general election ballot on Monday.
DougCo event offers valuable free resources for the community
(Castle Rock, CO) DougCo’s Community of Care Network will host its bi-annual Strive to Thrive event from 4 to 6 p.m. on July 26 at the Southeast Christian Church in Parker. The event offers games for children and dinner for everyone.
DougCo offers $750K+ property tax rebate for company to relocate
[DOUGLAS COUNTY, COLO.] — Douglas County could provide more than $75,000 in annual property tax rebates to a Centennial-based technology services company considering relocating to the county.
No penalties for DougCo school board members in open meetings law case
[DOUGLAS COUNTY, CO.] Four Douglas County School board members won't be penalized for violating Colorado Open Meetings Law by privately discussing plans to fire former superintendent Corey Wise, wrote the retired attorney who filed a lawsuit over the controversial decision.
Castle Pines to benefit from DougCo open space tax extension
[CASTLE PINES, COLO.] The Castle Pines City Council supports an effort to extend the open space portion of Douglas County's 1% sales tax for another 20 years. The council agreed Tuesday night to support a recently-formed grassroots organization called the Douglas County Open Space Initiative. The group wants to convince the county commissioners to place a measure on the Nov. 8 general election ballot to extend the 0.17% open space portion of the county's sales tax due to end by 2024.