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Metro District Board recognizes 26 agencies for their work battling local fire
In appreciation for the excellent work of numerous agencies, the Highlands Ranch Metro District Board of Directors passed resolution 20-132, Highlands Ranch Metro District Appreciation of Exceptional Response to Backcountry Wilderness Area Fire, at its June 30 board meeting. The resolution recognizes the work of the following agencies:
South Metro Fire Rescue
Douglas County Emergency Response Team
Centennial Water & Sanitation District
Douglas County Sheriff's Office
Douglas County School District
Backcountry HOA
Castle Rock Fire Rescue

West Douglas County Fire Protection District
Jackson 105 Fire District
Sable Altura Fire Rescue
Franktown Fire District
Bennett-Watkins Fire Rescue
Denver Fire Department
West Metro Fire Rescue
Kiowa Fire District
Golden Fire Department
Golden Gate Fire Protection District

Fairmount Fire Protection District
Thornton Fire Department
North Metro Fire Rescue
Brighton Fire Rescue
Adams County Fire Department
Westminster Fire Department
Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control
US Forest Service Roosevelt Hot Shots
E-recycling event July 15
Do you have old electronics taking up space in your basement or garage? Recycle them for free at Douglas County's second E-recycling event of the summer on July 15 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock.

Stay in your car and staff will unload your items. Sites will be minimally staffed due to COVID-19 and workers will adhere to social distancing requirements. Please be patient. There is no limit on the number of household electronics accepted, including computers and all types of televisions.

Click here to learn more about acceptable items and additional dates.
Summer energy saving tips from Xcel Energy
When hot summer weather moves in, Coloradans turn on their air conditioning to keep cool and stay comfortable. So, with high temperatures again expected, Xcel Energy is offering some tips to help customers find relief from the heat and their bills this summer.

Home cooling can account for about half of a summertime electric bill. The best way customers can keep that bill from climbing too high is to practice basic conservation and efficiency habits that can keep you cool without stressing your family’s budget.

Small changes customers can make in their day and evening routines include setting thermostats to 78 degrees or higher if your health allows, turning off unnecessary lights and postponing the use of major appliances until after 8 p.m.

Additional summertime energy-saving tips include:
  • Use electric fans instead of air conditioning when practical.
  • Close drapes and blinds to keep out direct sunlight during hot periods.
  • Avoid use of evaporative coolers or humidifiers at the same time an air conditioner is running.
  • Operate energy-intensive appliances, such as dishwashers, washing machines and dryers, during early morning and late evening hours.
  • Limit the opening and reopening of refrigerators, which are major users of electricity in most homes.

For more energy saving tips and resources visit xcelenergy.com.
Walk for the canal
Join the High Line Canal Conservancy’s outdoor challenge to raise funds for tree planting and other improvements for the treasured High Line Canal. For 71 days starting August 1, we’re coming together as one Canal community - at your own pace, on your own time, in your own way - in support of the Canal.

Challenge: Set a distance-based goal and walk, run, ride, roll, skip or scoot (or however you choose) over 71 days. Get pledges for your miles and get moving outdoors!

Dates: August 1 – October 10

Location: Recreate on the Canal, in your neighborhood or anywhere you choose to reach your goal.

Visit highlinecanal.org/walk for more details and to register (registration opens July 15).
Metro District and Centennial Water building open to the public
The Metro District and Centennial Water office building at 62 Plaza Drive reopened to the public Monday, July 6 and returned to normal office hours of 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

If you opt visit the office, we ask that all visitors wear masks and practice social distancing. Thank you for adhering to the new guidelines.