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2022 Breaking News Fair and Rodeo

Josh Turner headlines Douglas County Fair and Rodeo on July 29

You can enjoy one of Country music’s most recognizable voices, Josh Turner, right here in Douglas County. The Douglas County Fair and Rodeo is proud to announce the CMA, ACM and GRAMMY-nominated artist will open the 2022 Fair and Rodeo with a concert Friday, July 29, at 7 p.m.

Turner will be singing all of his radio hits including, “Your Man,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” and “Would You Go With Me” from the Outdoor Arena at the Douglas County Fairgrounds located at 500 Fairgrounds Drive in Castle Rock.

Tickets start at just $20 for General Admission. Reserved seats are $30. Ticket sales begin Wednesday, May 18 at noon. You’ll find a link to purchase on the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo website.

The 2022 Douglas County Fair and Rodeo runs from Friday, July 29 to Sunday, Aug. 7 and is packed with two full weekends of carnival rides, entertainment, a BBQ showdown and the first-ever farm to table brunch. You’ll find details for all these events online. The countdown is on!

 

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2022 Breaking News Public Health

Douglas County is once again Colorado’s healthiest

Congratulations, residents of Douglas County! You live in the healthiest County in Colorado according to the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R) analysis created by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The findings specific to Douglas County, are based on data collected between 2014 and 2021 that evaluate counties on health outcomes — length and quality of life. Douglas County residents rank highest in length of life and have the highest quality of life.  The County has been ranked as one of the top two healthiest Colorado Counties since 2011.

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2022 Breaking News Public Safety Transportation

Commissioners honor Public Works professionals protecting our health, safety and quality of life

When you turn on the tap, enter a building, or drive down the road, you probably aren’t thinking about the technical work to improve or maintain that infrastructure. But our public works professionals are.

To recognize the dedication and professionalism of our public works employees, the Board of Douglas County Commissioners passed a resolution May 10 declaring May 15-21, 2022 as Public Works Week in Douglas County.

From designing, building and repairing roads, to snow removal, water quality monitoring, and maintaining public structures and facilities, these dedicated employees are dedicated to protecting our health, safety and quality of life. This year, the national theme is “Ready and Resilient” to recognize all the ways public works professionals perform these regular work duties while being prepared to respond during natural disasters.

This summer, you’ll see many of our public works employees out on the road for annual maintenance and construction, which protects our shared investment in public infrastructure. Watch this video for a safety message from our employees. Drive safe, DC!

For a look at the roadwork that is planned this summer, visit DouglasRoadwork.com.

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2022 Breaking News Public Safety

Colorado’s newest Judicial District now one step closer to formation

Today’s approval by the Board of Douglas County Commissioners of a consulting services contract will assist Douglas, Arapahoe, Lincoln, and Elbert Counties, as well as the 18th Judicial District, with the division of the Eighteenth Judicial District into two separate judicial districts, as provided in Colorado House Bill 20-1026.

Upon full implementation of HB20-1026 on January 1, 2025, the 18th Judicial District will be comprised of Arapahoe County, and the newly formed 23rd Judicial District will be comprised of Douglas, Elbert, and Lincoln Counties.

Douglas and Arapahoe County, along with Lincoln, Elbert, and the 18th Judicial District, will work in partnership to support this process over the next few years. This consulting contract will manage the transition for all parties and will include:

  • Completion of fiscal impact analyses for each jurisdiction;
  • Development of organizational structure recommendations for the future single-county Office of the District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District in Arapahoe County, and the future organizational structure of the District Attorney’s Office for the newly formed 23rd Judicial District within Douglas, Elbert, and Lincoln Counties;
  • Development of transition plans addressing human resources, information technology, facilities, and equipment; and
  • Development of communication and project management plans.

The cost of this contract, $193,600, will be shared equally by Douglas and Arapahoe Counties.

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2022 Breaking News Transportation

Give yourself extra time at Broadway and Plaza Drive in Highlands Ranch

If the intersection of Broadway and Plaza Drive is part of your daily routine, please give yourself extra time to navigate upcoming construction.

On Monday, May 16, Douglas County will begin work to replace the signal and aging concrete at that intersection. Construction is expected to last into early September.

This maintenance project will include the newest traffic signal technology and the replacement of the aging concrete. The lane configurations through the intersection will remain the same.

Construction Details

During construction, two through lanes will be open on northbound and southbound Broadway. Drivers on eastbound and westbound Plaza Drive will experience some detours. Some turn lanes will also be closed at various times, and the intersection will experience intermittent closures up to 15 minutes at times. Please watch for detours and give yourself extra time.

Drivers can also expect shifting traffic lanes, a tighter driving space, noise, and concrete dust. Working hours will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., so please slow down and watch for crews. Lane closures and detours may be in place outside of these working hours as concrete sets.

Stay updated by signing up for emails at douglas.co.us. Scroll down and click “sign up now.” Choose “Cone Zone/Road Work.” For more information on the project, visit our web page.

Most road infrastructure is expected to last about 40 years. Highlands Ranch was founded in 1981, which means the original infrastructure is nearing the end of its expected life. In fact, this signal is one of the oldest in Douglas County. That’s why Douglas County is being proactive and planning maintenance projects, like this one.

A safe and accessible multimodal transportation network is one of the Board of County Commissioner’s six core priorities. Read more about the County’s transportation initiatives online.

 

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2022 Breaking News Public Safety

Know your risk. New interactive wildfire map gives you the information to prepare

Wildfires are the No. 1 natural hazard for everyone in Douglas County. Now, there’s a tool for you to be aware of the risk at your home or business to make the best choices about mitigation.

Douglas County’s new Wildfire Mitigation map is interactive.  Just enter your address and see the risk of wildfire at and near your property including basic information about your wildfire management district.

Watch the video above to see how it works.

Once you have the information you need, visit our wildfire mitigation web page to learn what actions you can take to improve the safety of your home, property and community.

As an additional level of protection, you can also sign up every member of your family with a phone line for CodeRED emergency notifications.  This is the fastest and easiest way to ensure you receive emergency alerts in the event of a widespread disaster.

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2022 Breaking News

Exploratory Committee formed to memorialize Kendrick Castillo

An exploratory committee, including those directly impacted by the May 7, 2019, STEM School shooting, will soon assemble for the first time to begin the process of evaluating and determining how the Douglas County community may best memorialize Kendrick Castillo who was killed during the incident.

John and Maria Castillo have accepted the invitation to inform the process leading to the most meaningful approach to memorializing their son and his sacrifice.

The Committee is expected to meet up to four times during the next four to six weeks to discuss a range of possible memorialization locations and methods; evaluation of options; followed by selection and implementation.

 

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2022 Breaking News Economic Foundations

Running a business out of your home?

The pandemic changed how we all work. But when does working from home become running a business out of your home?

For residents in unincorporated Douglas County, there are zoning regulations that define what’s allowed and what’s not for home-based businesses. Based on community inquiries, the Board of Douglas County Commissioners is considering changes to these regulations for residents in unincorporated Douglas County, and specifically for those living on 4.5 acres or more that is zoned for agriculture or rural development. The Board wants to hear from you before making decisions.

Join a Live Town Hall at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, to learn about the proposed changes and provide your feedback.

The Live Town Hall will be in-person at the Philip Miller Building, 100 Third St. in Castle Rock. Or join online at douglas.co.us/townhall or via phone by calling 833-380-0668. Or simply answer the phone when we call to invite you to join us. To receive a call just before a Live Town Hall begins, visit douglas.co.us/townhall and register.

The proposed changes would loosen restrictions on the overall amount of space the business occupies on the property, specify the number of business-related vehicle trips, and regulate the size and weight of vehicles used for business. Learn more about the specific proposed amendments to Douglas County Zoning Resolution Section 23, Home Occupation, at the Live Town Hall.

Following the Live Town Hall, an online survey will be available online at douglas.co.us.

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2022 Breaking News Health and Human Services

County Commissioners shine a light on mental health as a vital part of a community’s overall health

Did you know that, on average, a person experiencing a mental health condition waits 10 years to seek care?

Our mental health is a part of our overall health and is a shared priority for our community and the Board of Douglas County Commissioners who, during their regular Business Meeting April 26, passed a resolution recognizing May as Mental Health Awareness Month.

As part of their dedication to this community priority – which was identified in the Douglas County 2021 – 2026 Public Health Improvement Plan – the Board will host a panel of mental health experts who will take your questions during a Live Town Hall at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 5.

The Live Town Hall will be in-person at the Philip Miller Building, 100 Third St. in Castle Rock. Or join online at douglas.co.us/townhall or via phone by calling 833-380-0668. Or simply answer the phone when we call to invite you to join us. To receive a call just before a Town Hall begins, visit douglas.co.us/townhall and register.

The resolution and Live Town Hall also bring attention to the critical work of the Douglas County Mental Health Initiative (DCMHI), a partnership of more than 40 organizations established in 2014 to address mental health system gaps and improve health outcomes for the residents of Douglas County. DCMHI partners will also attend the Live Town Hall to highlight milestones achieved through programs like the Community Response Team, which over the last five years, has served more than 5,000 Douglas County Citizens.

People who need immediate support due to a mental health crisis should contact Colorado Crisis Services – call 1.844.493.TALK(8255) or text TALK to 38255. This agency has trained counselors who are available 24/7/365 to work with persons experiencing a self-defined crisis and the people supporting them. Or, visit the Walk-In Crisis Center at 6509 S Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO 80120.