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Today's Features

  • As the post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy takes hold, dog owners want to be sure they aren’t barking up the wrong tree when it comes to picking a present for their pets.

    Meanwhile, finding the right gift for a persnickety feline can be equally challenging.

    But pet owners and animal experts alike say safety and practicality should be at the top of the list when it comes to shopping for four-legged friends.

    Diana McQuarrie decided to treat Rigo, her 6-year-old black Lab, to a shampoo at Laund-Ur-Mutt Ken Caryl.

  • Two brothers who grew up in Jefferson County and a former resident of Brooklyn, N.Y., have opened an auto-repair shop and car wash that is striving to be friendly — to customers, employees and the environment.

    Chris and Mark Shamis and Mike Torres are the owners of Dakota Ridge Complete Automotive. The auto-repair business, at West Bowles Avenue and C-470, opened Oct. 27, and the car wash opened Nov. 23.

    Torres, an animated man who moved to Colorado when he was 18, is co-owner and operations manager. He described the shop as “high end.”

  • A whistle sounds, and Anne Shank, the chosen jammer, breaks away from the pack. The Slaughterhouse Derby Girls from Greeley take off after Anne at a frenetic pace. But not before Pinky 500, who towers at 6 feet tall on her skates, throws a hip and pushes the SDG jammer off the track. Shank continues her run, and the Rocky Mountain Roller Girls take home a stunning 142-38 victory.

  • Ten-year-old Dylan Finnegan is a big Broncos fan. Really big.

    So big, in fact, that his parents, Crystal and Kevin Finnegan, recently let him paint his bedroom with a Broncos theme: one wall blue, one wall orange, and orange and blue stripes running across the middle of the ceiling.

  • Hattie O’Brien and her husband, Brendan, wanted their kids' birthday parties to be a bit different.

    "We wanted our kids to learn to serve others," Hattie said at her home Nov. 6. So for the last few birthdays, the couple have asked their children to pick a theme, and then the parents found a way to make giving a central part of the theme.

    Last year, when Hattie's twin daughters, Evie and Lena, turned 11, they baked muffins and cookies and made cards to take to a local nursing home.

    Now it’s their son James’ turn.

  • Ames Rau called us last Sunday to say that he had been down at Bear Creek Lake Park, where he had witnessed a red-tailed hawk refurbishing its nest. It may seem odd that any birds are preparing to nest when we are experiencing well below freezing temperatures and several inches of snow cover the ground, but it is a common practice for the large resident hawks and owls to do so.

  • January arrived like a lion, with cold, blustery weather. The TV weathermen are promising five days of

    warmer weather, which will be most welcome. I am ready for some warmer weather, and I presume the wild creatures are, too.

  • Winter seems to have settled in with a fairly stable blanket of white. However, it is not too deep for walking in most of our area, and all but the back roads are fairly passable. This makes it possible for most anyone to get out to see what winter has in store.

  • Once more the holiday season is upon us, and with it comes the 108th Christmas Bird Count. As usual, the Evergreen Audubon Society will participate, covering the Evergreen-Idaho Springs area. This year’s count will be held on Sunday, Dec. 16. All Audubon members, guests, friends and the public are invited to participate.

  • The mule deer that wander through our yard are exceedingly handsome right now. They are sporting their new winter coats and are sleek and fat. It has been a good year for them, with plenty of browse — to which my lilac bushes bear mute testimony. They also had a prolific crop of young, with many of the does bearing twins — and one beautiful large doe crossed our driveway one evening with triplets frolicking around her in the dusk.