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Today's Features

  • While we’re making plans for the holidays, there are several steps pet owners can take to help ensure that the celebrations are pleasant and safe for furry friends.

    Beginning with Thanksgiving and continuing with Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas and New Year celebrations, the holidays are a time for giving and sharing. From holiday decorations to seasonal plants and the stress of guests in your home, your plans for the season should include some thoughtful preparation and sharing with your pets.

  • LOL. OMG! BRB. TTYL.

    That means: “Laugh out loud. Oh my gosh! Be right back. Talk to you later.”

    The above translation can offer help for parents trying to fathom their teens’ obsession with cell phones and texting. And when those same teens are baffled by their elders’ objections to between-course correspondence at the dinner table, they too can benefit from a little cross-generational translation.

    Enter South Jeffco resident Michelle Cimino, author of “Cell Phone Etiquette: Observations from a Mom.”

  •   Columbine High School teacher Paula Reed had some issues with Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic novel “The Scarlet Letter.” A 10-year chronological gap in the story prompted a horde of student questions in the two decades Reed has taught the material.

  •   Black-belt taekwondo instructor Ken Parks is looking for a few good castaways. They’re the folks he had in mind when he opened Red Rocks Alternative Martial Arts, South Jeffco’s newest dojo that’s a little less Stephen Oliver and a bit more Napoleon Dynamite.

    “The ‘alternative’ person gets lost. I kind of sit around the herd and just look for the ones who fall off,” Parks said of the traditional martial arts experience.

  • Major activities, accomplishments

  • Inside a tiny flower shop opening Monday in Morrison, happiness and hope have found a place on the shelves alongside plump roses and ruby-red glass vases.

    Christine Knowles plans to open Red Rocks Floral & Gifts on Feb. 1. For her, it’s more than a dream — it’s the best therapy money can buy.

  •   Air Force pilot Jim Walters was flying from Montgomery, Ala., to Panama City, Fla., when all four radios on his plane short-circuited. The rain was pouring, and a dense fog obscured the land below.

    “There we were with 40 minutes of fuel left about 20 miles from an airport that’s fogged in,” he said. “That was probably as close as I ever came to jumping out of (an airplane) and having to explain to the colonel why I just crashed a multimillion-dollar jet for being an idiot and flying in the rain.”

  •   Ten-year-old Jett Moore was just a bit nervous.

    He stood near the entrance to the imposing Denver City and County Building, about to be given a tour of its historic bell system. And the South Jeffco resident seemed far younger than anyone else scheduled to play the bells.

    “He walked up to the building, and all these people are going through security, and he said, ‘I can’t do this,’ ” said his mom, Sandy Moore. “ ‘Just look how old everyone is.’ ”

  • While we’re making plans for the holidays, there are several steps pet owners can take to help ensure that the celebrations are pleasant and safe for furry friends.

  • Over the past 40 years, thousands of kids have enjoyed the baseball fields near West Elmhurst Avenue and South Kendall Boulevard in Columbine Hills. But few of today’s young players realize they are treading some of the oldest ball fields in South Jeffco, or that Columbine Hills is one of South Jeffco’s original neighborhoods.

    Jim Kennedy, 85, looks back over those four decades and is thrilled that so many children have been able to enjoy the fields that he helped to create in the neighborhood that he helped to build.