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Today's Features

  • Pueblo-based artist Philip J. Spanier knows no bounds. As a Picasso-esque painter, surrealist, relief artist, sculptor and published author, Spanier’s work is now at Epic Estate Treasures in downtown Evergreen.

    Among this self-taught artist’s creations is his second sculpture of Liberace. The first was presented and sold to Liberace when Spanier met him in person. He also met Paul McCartney and “wowed” him with his sculpture of the Beatles.

  • The Hiwan Homestead Museum in Evergreen is observing the 100th anniversary of Buffalo Bill Cody’s death with a rousing display of facts largely unexplored.
    The exhibit, for which two rooms have been set aside, will be open through June. It features personal effects and information about the legendary figure — including facts about his role as a conservationist.

  • 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.

  • Sierra “Corky” Jon loves art. And, as an artist, she can do it all.

    Jon sculpts, paints, welds, sketches. Her South Jeffco home is filled with her creations and with works by other artists she admires.

    In fact, Jon can recall many times when she was picking up a check after selling a piece in a gallery, only to find a new piece of art she had to have. One such piece, a large sun, now hangs over her fireplace.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • As it enters its 76th year, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre prepares for a 2017 lineup filled with concerts, exercise programs, movies and more.

    The venue does not promote its shows and has yet to release a full lineup for the upcoming season, but Jordan Bishop, spokesman for Denver Arts and Venues, said Red Rocks is excited about what has been announced thus far.

    “We are really proud of the work that was done last year, (and we are) proud of the way things are shaping up for 2017,” Bishop said.

  • 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.

  • 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.