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Today's Features

  • Some 29 kids were officially adopted into 22 families on Saturday at the Jeffco courthouse, and every child had a unique and often poignant history that carried him to that eventful day.

    But as the new families left the building, they started a new journey together from a joyful place.

    Hundreds gathered to celebrate those adoptions on National Adoption Day through Jeffco’s Human Services Department.

    Temporary becomes permanent

  • Scores of people participated in a “pinecone ceremony” and farolito lighting to mark the holiday season at The Fort restaurant in Morrison on Sunday under snowy skies.

    Visitors wrote a name or names on a piece of paper of loved ones they want to remember during the holidays and slipped the paper into a pinecone. The pinecones then were tossed into a campfire built in the central courtyard of the restaurant, the messages carried into the sky by the flames.

  • For some, Black Friday is all about finding the best deal on a new flat screen. But for the hundreds who packed Foothills Animal Shelter on Friday, the day was all about finding a new furry friend. And a good deal.

    The shelter featured adoption specials on the days before and after Thanksgiving, hoping to place as many pets as possible. More than 64 animals found forever homes during the two days, said Jennifer Strickland, spokeswoman for the shelter. By Friday afternoon, only two dogs remained available for adoption.

  • “Yucks!” blended with yucks as the students probed the stomach contents of the dogfish sharks they were dissecting.

    “I found a claw,” said one student, as he waved miniature pincers in the air.

    “I found a fish,” another student said as she held high a half-digested fish body.

  • Frigid temperatures didn't deter more than 100 people from celebrating Veterans Day in Littleton on Tuesday. 

    The crowd gathered at the city’s World War II memorial in Ketring Park to honor veterans from Littleton and beyond. And while the temperatures hovered in the teens during the ceremony, it didn’t put a chill on the emotional crowd. 

  • New digs have been found for a colony of prairie dogs whose habitat was lost as a result of a land sale.

    The animals were on parcels owned by the Foothills Park and Recreation District on the northwest and northeast corners of South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Coal Mine Avenue. The northwest parcel was sold to 24 Hour Capital Ventures LLC for $1.165 million and is set to be developed into a medical center. The northeast parcel is currently on the market.

  • Theatergoers have a chance to support a local nonprofit while enjoying some memorable oldies from the ’50s and ’60s.

    Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center again has teamed with TLC Meals on Wheels for a night of fund-raising on April 21. The evening, which raises funds for TLC, features cocktails, a raffle and a special performance of the center’s current production, “The Marvelous Wonderettes.”

  • The Foothills Park and Rec District will host its first-ever job fair on Saturday for potential employees looking for seasonal or part-time work later this year.

    Foothills has openings for seasonal and part-time employees in aquatics, golf course and parks maintenance, children’s programs, and front-desk staffing, said Wenonah Macdonald, the district’s human resources administrator.

  • Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center is set to open “Next to Normal,” a Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical about one family’s struggles with mental illness.

    The rock musical, which opens Friday, takes a frank yet sensitive look at how one mother’s bipolar disorder affects her and her family. The musical’s ability to deal with such a specific topic in a way that anyone can relate to makes it a powerful piece of art, said director Nick Sugar.

  • Firefighters are trained to deal with physical trauma. Ambulances and fire engines are equipped with medical tools that can treat everything from broken bones to heart attacks.

    But when it comes to mental trauma, like suicide attempts, first responders often are without any applicable tools or training. That led Littleton Fire Rescue Division Chief Wayne Zygowicz to develop a set of procedures for first responders to deal with suicidal patients and with family members.