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Today's Features

  • It’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.

    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.

  • A divorced mother of two.

    A veteran and member of the first class of women to graduate from West Point.

    A breast cancer survivor.

    A Jewish native of Florida.

    An LGBT woman.

    Some are passionate about the environment; others feel strongly about human rights or health care or education.

  • Editor’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’s seniors.

  • 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?

    For the dive team at West Metro Fire Rescue, the answer is simple: The members would gear up and jump in.

    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.

    In some ways, the cold weather is helpful.

  • Molly, a black Labrador, lets go with a prodigious yawn as she relaxes on the floor of a Columbine Library study room.

    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’s Paws for Reading program, in which readers of all levels can sign up for a 15-minute reading session with a pup.

  • Smiles lit up Willowbrook Place last week when Josh Brookstein played classic tunes by John Denver, Elvis Presley, Simon and Garfunkel, and more.

    The joy in the room was palpable as Willowbrook residents, all of whom have Alzheimer’s disease or some form of dementia, sat enthralled, tapping their toes, bobbing their heads and singing along.

    “… The power of music is amazing,” said Brookstein, a Broomfield resident who performs at the South Jeffco memory care facility twice a month.

  • 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.

    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.

    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.

  • Curtis Fulster is on a mission to write a book suitable for children in military families.

    The South Jeffco author, who writes under the name “C. Fulsty,” 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.

    But before he begins the writing process, Fulster is seeking feedback from local veterans and nonprofit organizations that work with them.

  • When you think of Santa Claus, you might think of the color red. It is one of the traditional colors of Christmas, and it’s the color of his cozy suit.

    And last Thursday, Santa gave away his first gift of Christmas. It, too, was red.

    The jolly elf, best known for delivering presents and eating cookies, donated blood at Bonfils Blood Center Southwest.

  • Last Thursday was a happy day for Aron and Bret, a South Jeffco couple.

    As the first snow of the season fell outside the Jeffco courthouse, the pair finalized the adoption of their 5-month-old daughter, Kalyn.

    They were among 16 families who participated in Adoption Options’ celebration of Adoption Day. The Denver-based adoption agency has placed more than 1,800 children in permanent homes since its inception in 1981.