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Today's Features

  • By Alison Mahnken

    For the Courier

    Dachshunds and dunkel and dancing, oh my! These and more were on tap at the Oktoberfest at the Highlands Ranch Town Center on Saturday.

    The celebration, presented annually by the Highlands Ranch Cultural Affairs Association, debuted with the tapping of the keg at 2 p.m. and concluded with fireworks in the evening (rescheduled after the July 4 cancellation).

  • The new playground in Columbine Hills Park is more than a neighborhood amenity — it is truly a community project and a source of pride and accomplishment.

    About 150 residents of all ages turned out at West Elmhurst Avenue and South Kendall Boulevard on July 14 for the community playground-raising, which lasted from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. A resident DJ provided the motivational sounds, and a local deli provided the lunch for free.

  • Thirteen years after the tragedy, a father whose son was killed in the Columbine High School shootings on April 20, 1999, has written a book about his struggle to come to terms with grief and rise above the horrible events that shattered his family's life.

    "Walking in Daniel's Shoes," by Tom Mauser, is a factual and sometimes emotional account by a parent of what happens to a family when a child is murdered.

  • By Laura Bernero

    For the Courier

    A two-year study in Jeffco has identified 35 rare plants and 11 rare animal species that the county will try to protect in its future conservation efforts and open space plans.

    The biodiversity survey, which also identified one rare fungus, was conducted by scientists from the Colorado Natural Heritage Program over the past two growing seasons. County Open Space planners will use the data to help make environmentally conscious choices when planning open space areas, parks and trails.

  • A dizzying array of dogs leapt and splashed about Sunday during Foothills Park and Recreation’s annual Doggy Dip at Deer Creek and Weaver Hollow pools.

    At Deer Creek Pool, more than 100 area pooches eagerly pulled their masters through the gates to get their chance to jump into the drink. Some pooches played under water buckets that intermittently doused them, while others did Phelpsian laps to retrieve floating toys from the end of the lap pool.

    Children giggled as dogs of all sizes and shapes leapt into the water and shook off on the pool deck.

  • The Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center could be moving to a larger, modern facility on 19 acres that were purchased by Jeffco Open Space in 2009. 

    Under a tentative agreement between the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge and the county, by 2018 the center would move to a new building higher on the Hogback and closer to the famous dinosaur tracks.

  • Get ready, music fans, because country music legend Charlie Daniels is going to show you how it’s done.

  • Clement Park has gone to the dogs. For one day, anyway.

    Foothills Park and Recreation hosted the Total Performance Disc Dogs club during the district’s Summer Concert Series on Friday.

    Over a chorus of barking dogs and raucous music, Matt DiAno, a member of Total Performance Disc Dogs, shared what goes into the sport. Total Performance Disc Dogs is a group of dog-loving friends who perform all over Colorado. They specialize in Frisbee performances, but also present agility and herding performances as well.

  • Donald Rosier, chairman of the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners was one of 23 leaders in county government from across the United States who participated in a national leadership institute developed by the National Association of Counties and the Cambridge Leadership Associates.
    The four-day institute, held June 3-7 in Washington, D.C., challenged participants to consider innovative approaches to address key issues facing their home county and residents.

  • Hansen – Schrepel
    Rachel Hansen and Tucker Schrepel announce their engagement.
    The bride-to-be is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Hansen and Mr. and Mrs. Rick Hardesty. She graduated magna cum laude from Metropolitan State College of Denver with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism with an emphasis in photojournalism in 2010. She is self-employed with her own business, Rachel H Photography.