Archive for May, 2017

Tri the Rock results announced; Aspen View Academy wins the school challenge

All you have to do is try! Hundreds of kids put on their swim suits, fastened their helmets and laced up their sneakers to give it their best try in this year’s annual Tri the Rock youth triathlon.

More than 450 young athletes participated in this year’s event! And, over $3500 was donated to area physical education programs – a portion of each entry fee went directly to the participating student’s school physical education program.

Aspen View Academy won the Tri the Rock School Challenge after a close race with Soaring Hawk and Clear Sky elementary schools. Aspen View Academy’s name will be displayed on a traveling trophy, which will be housed at the school until next year.

Congratulations to the top three finishers in each age group:

5-6-year-olds (25-meter swim, 1-kilometer bike ride, 500-meter run)


1. Ethan Gragus, Centennial, 8:12

2. Tareq Frasier, Castle Rock, 8:43

3. Shayan Kian, Denver, 9:12


1. Karolina Trinquesse, Denver, 8:05

2. Anya Fournier, Highlands Ranch, 8:28

3. Greta Curtis, Castle Rock, 9:16

7-8-year-olds (50-meter swim, 4-kilometer bike ride, 1-kilometer run)


1. Ollie Williams, Littleton, 19:28

2. Eli Platz, Lone Tree, 19:55

3. Keegan Merson, Denver, 20:06


1. Kristin Ruppel, Castle Rock, 17:09

2. Vivian Yore, Castle Rock, 20:04

3. Parisa Kian, Denver, 21:22


9-10-year-olds (50-meter swim, 4-kilometer bike ride, 1-kilometer run)


1. Milan Dewitt, Franktown, 15:47

2. Boston Potts, Colorado Springs, 16:33

3. Camille Trinquesse, Denver, 16:41


1. Lucy Voss, Lakewood, 14:29

2. Liesel Grube, Highlands Ranch, 15:53

3. Mia Jeltema, Parker, 16:29

11-12-year-olds (100-meter swim, 8-kilometer bike ride, 2-kilometer run)


1. Andrew Fisher, Broomfield, 29:38

2. Benjamin Farney, Parker, 30:01

3. Brennan Draper, Parker, 29:25


1. Amy Switzer, Monument, 25:32

2. Madison Boyles, Colorado Springs, 31:13

3. Francesca Jordan, Colorado Springs, 31:17

13-14-year-olds (100-meter swim, 8-kilometer bike ride, 2-kilometer run)


1. Trey Grube, Highlands Ranch, 26:56

2. Mason Oliva, Centennial, 29:21

3. Zachary Tomkowicz, Parker, 30:57


1. Josie Williams, Littleton, 29:00

2. Aidyn Woodall, Castle Rock, 33:06

3. Emily Durden, Parker, 33:57

Full results and other race details are at

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See a draft of our plan for the future at open house June 7

Castle Rock is flourishing. As more residents and business owners discover our community as a desirable place to raise a family or grow a business, it’s important to ensure the Town we know today remains the one we love in the future. Your Town has a plan.

The Town’s Comprehensive Master Plan is a guiding document that defines the community’s broad and long-term direction. We’re updating the plan, and you’re invited to view the draft.

Join us for an open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, at the Millhouse at Philip S. Miller Park, 1375 W. Plum Creek Parkway. View the plan and ask questions.

The Comprehensive Master Plan was last updated in 2002, and, of course, a lot has changed. This updated document looks ahead to 2030. It focuses on Four Cornerstones: Town Identity, Responsible Growth, High-quality Community Services, and Thriving Economy.

The community confirmed the importance of these Four Cornerstones during various outreach efforts related to the update. The draft includes information from 2013 and 2015 community surveys, open houses held throughout 2015 for this project, and last year’s open houses related to growth.

For the plan to be finalized, Planning Commission and Town Council will review the draft and determine if it’s adopted. This is expected during summer 2017.

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Castle Rock Water recognized as industry leader for the second year in a row

Whether it’s paving the way with a long-term water plan, rising to the challenge of having the best tasting water in Colorado, or setting an example for conservation – Castle Rock Water is a leader in the water industry. For the second year in a row, the department is being recognized for its efforts.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment awarded Castle Rock Water the Gold Award in the Pursing Excellence Program for the department’s push to go above and beyond regulatory compliance. In 2015, Castle Rock Water was the first water provider in Colorado to receive the Gold Tier.

The award noted the Town’s steps to be a leader in the industry and share best practices with other organizations. The department was also recognized for its operational procedures for source water protection measures, treatment goals and distribution components. 

Additionally, the department was recognized for four other actions:

  •  Large meter audit – this audit examined the 5 percent of customers that make up 30 percent of consumption 
  • Lateral arm well placement – this plan involves the innovative use of horizontal arms for vertical well production; horizontal arms doubles the production of vertical wells
  • Valve and hydrant maintenance program – with this program in place, repair and emergency budgets are easier to estimate; additionally, customers are better informed of outages
  • Chemical optimization – continually analyzing the chemical solutions used for water treatment to ensure the highest quality water and lowest treatment costs

“Castle Rock Water’s faithful commitment to the environment extends to our staff, our customers and to the community in which we operate,” said Castle Rock Water Director Mark Marlowe. “We take our motto, be water wise, to heart, and are committed to being a leader among the water industry.”

To find out more about everything happening with Castle Rock Water, head to, or check out the new conservation website

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Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags lowered Monday to observe Memorial Day

DENVER — Thursday, May 25, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide on Monday, May 29, in recognition of Memorial Day, and as proclaimed by President Donald J. Trump. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to noon.

The full text of the president’s proclamation:


For Immediate Release May 24, 2017






 Memorial Day is our Nation’s solemn reminder that freedom is never free. It is a moment of collective reflection on the noble sacrifices of those who gave the last measure of devotion in service of our ideals and in the defense of our Nation. On this ceremonious day, we remember the fallen, we pray for a lasting peace among nations, and we honor these guardians of our inalienable rights.

This year, we commemorate the centennial anniversary of America’s entry into World War I. More than 4.7 million Americans served during The Great War, representing more than 25 percent of the American male population between the ages of 18 and 31 at the time. We remember the more than 100,000 Americans who sacrificed their lives during “The War to End All Wars,” and who left behind countless family members and loved ones. We pause again to pray for the souls of those heroes who, one century ago, never returned home after helping to restore peace in Europe.

On Memorial Day we honor the final resting places of the more than one million men and women who sacrificed their lives for our Nation, by decorating their graves with the stars and stripes, as generations have done since 1868. We also proudly fly America’s beautiful flag at our homes, businesses, and in our community parades to honor their memory. In doing so, we pledge our Nation’s allegiance to the great cause of freedom for which they fought and ultimately died.

In honor and recognition of all of our fallen service members, the Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 11, 1950, as amended (36 U.S.C. 116), has requested the President issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer. The Congress, by Public Law 106-579, has also designated 3:00 p.m. local time on that day as a time for all Americans to observe, in their own way, the National Moment of Remembrance.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Memorial Day, May 29, 2017, as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate the hour beginning in each locality at 11:00 a.m. of that day as a time when people might unite in prayer. I urge the press, radio, television, and all other information media to cooperate in this observance.

I further ask all Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day.

I also request the Governors of the United States and its Territories, and the appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff until noon on this Memorial Day on all buildings, grounds, and naval vessels throughout the United States and in all areas under its jurisdiction and control. I also request the people of the United States to display the flag at half-staff from their homes for the customary forenoon period.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fourth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.


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Soft Surface Trails at Philip S. Miller Park and Ridgeline

The Rock Hawk Trail races will be held this Saturday from 7-11 am and therefore these two trails will be closed to ALL BIKE RIDERS during that time.

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Know a teen interested in a criminal justice career? Tell them about Teen Court. Training starts Jun

We’re always asking our teenagers what they want to be when they grow up. But what if they could experience these potential careers as they build their future plans? For those who are interested in becoming a lawyer, judge, court clerk, or law enforcement official, Castle Rock has an opportunity to explore.

Teen Court is a community-based intervention/prevention program that provides an alternative to the justice system for some juvenile offenders. Teen volunteers serve as jury members, attorneys and bailiffs during these real trials for youth offenders. The program is looking for new volunteers and will host a training next month.

To apply, visit, or contact Program Coordinator Deborah Fritzler, 303-663-6136 or Also, mark your calendar for the program’s General Legal Training June 6-27.  

“Teen Court is great place for teens to make a meaningful impact on their peers and community,” said Teen Court volunteer, Kourtni Wilmes. “We volunteers get to experience so many wonderful things and learn various skills to help us in life. Without Teen Court, I am not sure where I would be today. I absolutely love the program and would not want to be anywhere else!”

Volunteers must be between the ages 12 to 18. They receive community service credit, experience leadership opportunities and learn about the criminal justice and courts systems.  Parents and practicing attorneys are also invited to volunteer.  

The general legal training is fun, interactive and will include a variety of guest speakers including detectives, court clerks, victim advocates, police corporals and more.

There is also a benefit for the offenders who participate in the program. While holding them accountable, Teen Court also provides education to promote long-term behavioral change that leads to enhanced public safety.    

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Blaze the trails at Rueter-Hess; join National Trails Day Saturday, June 3

In Colorado, recreational opportunities are a top priority. Whether it’s making sure the kids learn to swim, finding the perfect fitness class, or exploring a new trail, the Town has something for everyone. Soon, these recreational programs could extend beyond Castle Rock borders. Be among the first to see the future possibilities and blaze the trails at Rueter-Hess Reservoir to celebrate National Trails Day.

While the primary propose of the reservoir is to store water, the site could be even more when recreational opportunities are introduced. Get a sneak peek at the new amenities at National Trails Day Saturday, June 3.

Guided hikes will be taking place every 30 minutes from 9 to 11 a.m. The hikes will be between 2 and 3 miles round trip. However, there will be one family-friendly shorter hike available at 10 a.m. Please keep in mind these are not delineated trails, so bikes and strollers will not be allowed. Also, dogs will not be allowed at the reservoir for this event.

Register for a preferred hike time at, and get an access pass to drive right into the reservoir the day of the event. There is a fee of $5 per vehicle. Day-of registrants will need to wait in a separate line for entry and parking at the reservoir is limited. Preregistration is recommended.

The American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day is a nationally recognized trail awareness program that takes place annually on the first Saturday in June. The program is intended to inspire the public to discover, learn about and celebrate trails.

Rueter-Hess Reservoir is located on Hess Road about 1 mile east of Interstate-25 and the Castle Pines Parkway exit. The Town is teaming up with the Rueter-Hess Recreation Authority – which includes the City of Lone Tree, City of Castle Pines, Town of Castle Rock, Town of Parker, Parker Water and Sanitation District and Douglas County – to determine potential outdoor activities for the reservoir.

To start, the reservoir will only be opened for limited recreational programming and special events. Further improvements could open the opportunity for residents to participate in activities like, hiking, biking and non-motorized boating. However, the entire plan will take up to six years to complete. For now, registering for events like National Trails Day will be the only way to enjoy the reservoir recreationally.

More information about the recreational master plan developed for the reservoir is available at

Questions about National Trails Day? Contact Natural Resource Specialist Barbara Spagnuolo at Or, preregister for the event at

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Media Update – suspect held on charges in Monday night shooting

As the investigation continues into the Ash Avenue shooting, earlier this morning Castle Rock Police arrested, and are holding, a male juvenile suspect. This afternoon the suspect, who remains in custody, is being held on the following charges:

· First degree assault

· Robbery

Police received a call around 9 p.m. Monday regarding neighbor reports of gunshots. Two male victims were located near Rio Grande and Wilcox and were transported to a local hospital. Police believe the victim’s injuries were not life-threatening.

Further information on the investigation is not available at this time.


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Ridgeline Open Space

Dreamy dirt right now! 99.97% tacky/grippy/perfect, a few slimy puddles. Late this afternoon/evening will be fantastic/as good as it gets! Tomorrow morning should be good, too. Hot and sunny tomorrow, so these conditions won’t last long. Get it while it’s #HERODIRT! Between M and L is torn up, as usual. Still some standing water, along with traffic damage/widening. May 23, 2017, 2:30PM -per Ridgeline Wrangler, Mitch Kline

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Councilman Bower invites residents to two open houses in June

Getting your thoughts and answering your questions are top priorities for the Town of Castle Rock.

District 4 Councilmember Jason Bower will host two open houses for residents in his district:

  • 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, at Fire Station 151, 300 Perry St.
  • 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 15, Millhouse at Philip S. Miller Park, 1375 Plum Creek Parkway

During the open house, residents can ask questions and learn about various Town services and projects from Town staff. Many departments will be represented including Police, Fire, Roads, Water, Building and more.

“As Larry King once said, ‘I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening,’” Bower said. “I’m hoping you’ll join me at these open houses. I’ll be there to listen.”

District 4 includes the Downtown core area, Craig and Gould, Castle North and Red Hawk.

About Councilman Bower

Originally from Newport News, Virginia, Councilman Bower moved to Colorado with his wife, Katie, in 2005. He owns and operates Castle Rock Music and performs with various groups throughout the United States as a jazz trumpeter. He has a degree in music and jazz studies with a concentration in education from Christopher Newport University. Before being elected to Council, he served on the Downtown Development Authority and the Downtown Design Review Board.

Bower and his wife, a teacher at Douglas County High School, have two young sons who attend Castle Rock schools. They enjoy paddle boarding, camping, snowboarding and gardening, as well as supporting local businesses and events.

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