Today's Features

  • By David White

    For the Courier

    One hundred years ago this week, France launched its first major offensive against Germany in World War I. The fight took place in the winegrowing region of Champagne, which the German army had invaded just weeks after hostilities broke out. Nearly 200,000 lives were lost in the three-month battle.

  • Earl Clark, 95, was among the last of a breed.

    The World War II veteran — the first president of the 10th Mountain Division National Association and a member of the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame — died Dec. 28 at his home in Littleton.

  • By Stephanie Alderton, For the Courier

    Once a year, the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield turns into a brightly lit fairyland.

    The annual Trail of Lights, which opened Dec. 5, features long and short trails lined with elaborate light displays on every available tree and historic barn. This year the gardens added a few new features, like a three-sided light tunnel and a special light show on weekends.

  • Employees from Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance came together last week to continue an almost 60-year tradition of giving back to the community with Operation Santa Claus.

    The holiday gift and food drive was started in 1958 when a group of Glenn L. Martin Co. employees pooled funds to buy presents for area kids who might be going without on Christmas. From there, Operation Santa Claus was born.

  • By Stephanie Alderton, For the Courier

    Figure-skating students of all ages brought a cool take on the Christmas spirit to The Edge Ice Arena’s annual holiday show.

    The show is a way for students from the Figure Skating Academy to show off their hard work to family and friends. This year’s “Skates and Snowflakes” event, held Saturday afternoon, had the largest number of participants ever, with 85 performers.

  • By Stephanie Alderton, For the Courier

    Virgil “Bud” Harold became both the newest and oldest member of American Legion Post 103 during an annual banquet recently.

  • The Smithtonians Handbell Choir knows how to ring in the holidays.

    In what has become an annual tradition, the choir performed a collection of yule tunes before a packed Bemis Library in Littleton on Sunday. The choir will bring its show back to town on Sunday, Dec. 14, when it performs during the Littleton Museum’s Holiday’s Evening event.

  • 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.

  • Despite a rapidly approaching Christmas Eve deadline, Santa Claus found a little time for his annual drive down Littleton’s Main Street on Friday.

    Kris Kringle’s appearance was part of Littleton’s Candlelight Walk and Tree Lighting. The holiday celebration, in its 31st year, raised money for Interfaith Community Services and collected toys for the Arapahoe Santa Claus Shop charity.

  • 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.