Today's Features

  • Gerald Folger’s career as “Santa’s helper” has taken him around the world and brought him into contact with thousands of children — but it also spelled trouble for his granddaughter.

  • The future stars of the Foothills Park and Rec ballet programs will have a chance to shine this weekend in performances of “The Nutcracker” at Columbine High School.

    This year will be special for the younger students, who’ve been taking classes at Foothills for several years. With many of the older dancers now graduated from high school, it’s time for the next group to step up.

  • For Cookie, a 2-year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel, the diagnosis was grim. The dog needed expensive surgery, or he was going to die.

    But thanks to the generosity of a local veterinarian, Cookie and his South Jeffco family are looking forward to a sweet and joyful Christmas.

    The feisty and playful pup has been a constant companion to the Sumner family for eight years, since Cookie was 8 weeks old. Yet Melissa Sumner knew on a recent day that something was terribly wrong with her family’s best friend.

  • The lone synagogue in South Jeffco has seen attendance grow in the past year, and many at Congregation B’nai Chaim credit the new cantor and her Southern drawl.

    Cantor Kim Harris was invited to join the synagogue as its spiritual leader in 2014 when the previous rabbi left. Since then, the Reform Judaism congregation at 4716 S. Coors Lane has seen attendance grow by more than 20 percent.

    As cantor, Harris leads the congregation in worship through music and provides insight into the greater message behind the words.

  • Santa stopped in Littleton last week and brought arctic weather with him.

    The holiday season kicked off Friday as St. Nick, along with a collection of singing and dancing elves, made his way down Main Street downtown for the city’s Candlelight Walk.

    Hundreds packed the closed street to welcome Santa and watch as more than a million Christmas lights adorning the trees downtown winked on. It was a picture-perfect winter scene — with the temperature in the teens.

  • Several hundred people packed the public hearing room at the Jeffco government headquarters on Saturday to celebrate the adoption of 26 children by 17 families on National Adoption Day.

    While the day kicked off a new life for the families, it also marked the end of countless hours of work by caseworkers from Jeffco’s Human Services Department and adoption agencies across the metro area.

  • Even with a room full of amateur detectives on the case, the culprit almost got away with murder.

    Littleton’s Bemis Library hosted “Murder in the Stacks” on Friday, an evening of mystery and comedy with the Thornton-based Creative Revolution Theatre Company. The audience of more than 50 analyzed clues, grilled the suspects and worked together to solve a murder mystery.

  • The Colorado Center for the Blind and Arapahoe Community College again partnered to give sight-challenged students from the Front Range a chance to get hands-on science experience — by dissecting sharks.

    The center hosted about 40 students Friday for the class, taught by ACC biology professor Terry Harrison since 2005. Students who are visually impaired or blind participate in a part of science class they’d otherwise miss: dissection.

  • The men gathered around a flatbed truck, handing out seven old but well-maintained M-1 rifles and clips of blank ammunition.

    The 11 men from the Pat Hannon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4666 in Littleton, some in their 80s, then walked to a shelter at Fort Logan National Cemetery on Nov. 6. They positioned themselves as they had a thousand times before and waited for the funeral party to arrive.