Today's Features

  • The Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield State Park hosted a “100 Years for Birds” event on a recent Sunday in honor of the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

    The event offered information booths and displays on various species of migratory birds; a live raptor presentation by Nature’s Educators; a rubber-duck scavenger hunt for the youngsters; and nature walks led by master birders.

  • When the summer sun is scorching and the pool is open for one more day, everyone and their dog come out for a swim. Literally.

    Deer Creek Pool hosted its annual Doggy Dip on a recent Sunday evening, and more pools in the South Jeffco area were scheduled to host similar events before closing for the season.

    Pet owners of all ages brought canines of varying sizes to enjoy the water, the fun and the community.

  • A South Jeffco golfer was treated last month to an unexpected trip to Baltusrol Golf Club for the PGA Championship.

    But the journey to Springfield, N.J., for the season’s final major didn’t begin on a qualifying course or as an item on a personal bucket list. It started with a news story.

  • Every time Karen Brown watched coverage of the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, she was moved to tears. She saw Julie Moss win the silver medal in February 1982, and dreamed of competing herself.

    “Watching them, I thought, ‘Oh, they’re professional athletes, and I only run for recreation,’ ” Brown said. “I thought I could never do it.”

  • By Ramsey Scott, For the Times

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District hoped that by firing up the grills this past weekend it would be able to muster some new firefighters. 

  • By Ramsey Scott, For the Courier

    Last weekend’s Jeffco Fair and Festival at the fairgrounds in Golden celebrated the county’s agricultural roots, and also offered a generous helping of music, art and entertainment.

    And pie. Lots of pie.

  • Eager kids lined up to have their faces painted at the Ken-Caryl Ranch House on Aug. 3, just one of many activities at the Music a la Mode summer celebration.

    Sitting on a blue chair, 3-year-old Jude Duran squinted as paint met skin. Meanwhile, Adam Duran, Jude’s father, held his son’s head still as a clown painted Jude’s face to look like Spiderman. After the process was finished, Jude looked into a mirror with a smile of satisfaction.

  • English priest Saint Edmund Campion once described the Irish people as “religious, frank, amorous … very glorious … inclined with passing hospitality,” Dennis Gallagher, professor emeritus at Regis University, told attendees at the 22nd annual Colorado Irish Festival.

  • It was 1999 when South Jeffco resident Suzanne Braden first came face to face with a giant panda.

    Braden was in China visiting the Wolong National Nature Reserve, which today encompasses nearly 500,000 acres and is home to about 150 giant pandas. The reserve also consists of four panda bases, including the China Conservation Research Center for the Giant Panda, where veterinarians and conservationists raise pandas and panda cubs in captivity.

  • England was in the throes of World War II when London resident Mary Barry went into labor with her first child.

    She remembers many of the roads were closed because of the bombing. Shells exploded all around the ambulance as it meandered its way to the hospital.

    On an earlier occasion, Barry recalled how she and her husband, Jim, were caught off guard by a sudden barrage that was so intense they were unable to escape to shelter. Hunkered down in the street, Mary asked Jim if he thought they would survive until morning.