Features http://www.columbinecourier.com/features/todaysfeatures en Youthful entrepreneur marketing the write stuff http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/youthful-entrepreneur-marketing-write-stuff <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-vyjayharris01-cb-021617.jpg" alt="Vyjay Harris, a fourth-grader at Belmar Elementary School, sells his newest book, &quot;A 6th Grade Life,&quot; to neighbor Héléne Dallaire in Littleton." title="Vyjay Harris, a fourth-grader at Belmar Elementary School, sells his newest book, &quot;A 6th Grade Life,&quot; to neighbor Héléne Dallaire in Littleton." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> It&rsquo;s a warm Saturday afternoon in early February, and Vyjay Harris walks door to door in his South Jeffco neighborhood with a pile of papers in his hand.</p> <p> At 9 years old, Vyjay already has an eye for business. An avid writer and reader, the Belmar Elementary fourth-grader recently began writing and selling his books to neighbors.</p> South Jeffco residents join Women’s March in Denver http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/south-jeffco-residents-join-women%E2%80%99s-march-denver <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-womensmarchsonya01-cb-012617.jpg" alt="Military veteran Sonya Carter of Ken Caryl is seen at the Women&#039;s March in downtown Denver on Saturday." title="Military veteran Sonya Carter of Ken Caryl is seen at the Women&#039;s March in downtown Denver on Saturday." align="left" hspace="6" width="122" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">A divorced mother of two.</span></p> <p> A veteran and member of the first class of women to graduate from West Point.</p> <p> A breast cancer survivor.</p> <p> A Jewish native of Florida.</p> <p> An LGBT woman.</p> <p> Some are passionate about the environment; others feel strongly about human rights or health care or education.</p> Rapidly aging population in Jefferson County poses challenges http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/rapidly-aging-population-jefferson-county-poses-challenges <p> <em>Editor&rsquo;s note: The growing number of people age 65 and over in Jefferson County ultimately will require more services from government, nonprofit agencies and the individuals who serve as caretakers for our senior citizens. This story looks at the demographic shift in Jeffco and Colorado; stories in a future special section will examine the challenges ahead and profile some of the county&rsquo;s seniors. </em></p> Dive team trains for cold-water rescues http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/dive-team-trains-cold-water-rescues <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-diveteamtraining05-cb-012617.jpg" alt="Lt. Ben Tennessen talks with West Metro Fire&#039;s dive team during cold-water rescue drills at Bear Creek Lake Park on Jan. 23." title="Lt. Ben Tennessen talks with West Metro Fire&#039;s dive team during cold-water rescue drills at Bear Creek Lake Park on Jan. 23." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Picture this: You drive by a frozen lake during the winter and notice tracks in the snow and a hole in the ice. What would you do?</p> <p> For the dive team at West Metro Fire Rescue, the answer is simple: The members would gear up and jump in.</p> <p> And to prepare for just such an emergency, firefighters recently practiced cold-water diving techniques at Bear Creek Lake Park just east of Morrison. Wet snow pelted their protective suits as the team made practice dives to review rescue procedures.</p> <p> In some ways, the cold weather is helpful.</p> Wagging tail helps kids read tales http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/wagging-tail-helps-kids-read-tales <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-paws03-cb-011217.jpg" alt="Vyjay Harris, 9, reads a book to Molly, a certified therapy dog, in the Paws for Reading program at the Columbine Library." title="Vyjay Harris, 9, reads a book to Molly, a certified therapy dog, in the Paws for Reading program at the Columbine Library." align="left" hspace="6" width="139" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Molly, a black Labrador, lets go with a prodigious yawn as she relaxes on the floor of a Columbine Library study room.</span></p> <p> Though it might not be apparent at first glance, the 3-year-old therapy dog is on the clock; she is the canine component in the library&rsquo;s Paws for Reading program, in which readers of all levels can sign up for a 15-minute reading session with a pup.</p> Nostalgic songs bring smiles to Willowbrook Place residents http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/nostalgic-songs-bring-smiles-willowbrook-place-residents <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-willowbrook01-ds-011917.jpg" alt="Josh Brookstein performs to the delight of Walter and Ardith, two residents of Willowbrook Place." title="Josh Brookstein performs to the delight of Walter and Ardith, two residents of Willowbrook Place." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span>Smiles lit up Willowbrook Place last week when Josh Brookstein played classic tunes by John Denver, Elvis Presley, Simon and Garfunkel, and more.</span></p> <p> The joy in the room was palpable as Willowbrook residents, all of whom have Alzheimer&rsquo;s disease or some form of dementia, sat enthralled, tapping their toes, bobbing their heads and singing along.</p> <p> &ldquo;&hellip; The power of music is amazing,&rdquo; said Brookstein, a Broomfield resident who performs at the South Jeffco memory care facility twice a month.</p> Students gather to honor shooting victim http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/students-gather-honor-shooting-victim <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-candlelightvigil03-cb-010517.jpg" alt="Students comfort each other during a candlelight vigil at Clement Park for Dakota Ridge freshman Nathaniel Griego, who died Monday at Swedish Medical Center after being shot by a 15-year-old friend on Friday at his home. " title="Students comfort each other during a candlelight vigil at Clement Park for Dakota Ridge freshman Nathaniel Griego, who died Monday at Swedish Medical Center after being shot by a 15-year-old friend on Friday at his home. " align="left" hspace="6" width="117" height="85" /><p> With illumination from the evening stars and the flicker of candles, dozens gathered Dec. 28 at Clement Park to mourn the death of Nathaniel Griego.</p> <p> The 14-year-old Dakota Ridge High School freshman died several days after being shot on Dec. 23 by a 15-year-old friend at his South Jeffco home, according to authorities.</p> <p> Friends, acquaintances and peers from Dakota Ridge, Columbine and Chatfield high schools gathered to share a prayer, a hug or a kind memory of Griego.</p> South Jeffco author seeks help with his latest children’s book http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/south-jeffco-author-seeks-help-his-latest-children%E2%80%99s-book <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-authorcurtisfulster01-cb-122216.jpg" alt="Curtis Fulster, author and illustrator, holds his children&#039;s books at Clement Park." title="Curtis Fulster, author and illustrator, holds his children&#039;s books at Clement Park." align="left" hspace="6" width="67" height="85" /><p> Curtis Fulster is on a mission to write a book suitable for children in military families.</p> <p> The South Jeffco author, who writes under the name &ldquo;C. Fulsty,&rdquo; had a father, uncle and grandfather who served in the military, and he hopes to gear his latest book toward children with parents who served.</p> <p> But before he begins the writing process, Fulster is seeking feedback from local veterans and nonprofit organizations that work with them.</p>