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Today's Features

  • Newly elected District Attorney Pete Weir is close to his new job. So close, in fact, that when he and his wife, Susan, moved into their Golden home, they had to rearrange their bedroom because they could see Jefferson County’s administrative building reflected in the mirror.

  • A special bond exists between a horse and its rider.

    Unlike the relationship between a dog and his master, one built on obedience, the relationship between a horse and rider is one built on trust and cooperation.

     

    “It's a partnership. You understand each other,” said Heidi Henderson. “You have to work together.”

  • Everyone loves an underdog.

    Nemo, a dachshund-beagle mix, was found abandoned in a box-store parking lot in Joplin, Mo. But even though a good Samaritan rescued the 3-month-old pup, his future didn't look bright. Nemo was born with a deformed right front leg. Instead of a normal leg, he had two small legs attached to each other, a useless appendage.

    Abandoned dogs with severe deformities usually don't get adopted, and in many cases they are euthanized.

  • When people think of Kuwait, the tiny Arab state on the Persian Gulf, they frequently picture oil derricks, the Iraqi invasion that sparked the first Persian Gulf War, and an arid desert landscape.

     

    Line dancing probably doesn’t cross their minds. 

    Yet Littleton resident Cady Kennedy can’t separate her memories of Kuwait from dance steps and country-western tunes. 

  •  By Alison Mahnken

    For the Courier

    Hope for animals and for the community was the inspiration for a center housed at Foothills Animal Shelter in Golden.

     

    The Hope Center for Humane Education consists of a large room available for public events and private functions, and the space serves many of the shelter’s goals, from educating the public about homeless pets to fund-raising to animal training.    

  • Some music fans might think that voices singing alone on stage amount to nothing more than a choir.

     

    But when Mix, an award-winning a capella group at the University of Colorado Denver, performs an Adele cover song, all preconceptions about vocal music go out the window.

    Choir music this ain’t. 

    In the middle of it all is singer-songwriter Vanessa Spear, a 2008 graduate of Chatfield High School.

  • Joshua Arne, a member of Boy Scout Troop 640 in Littleton, earned his Eagle Scout rank on Oct. 24.

    To attain the rank of Eagle Scout, Joshua earned 22 merit badges and served his troop in a variety of leadership roles. He completed a community service project, building two raised flower beds at Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow in Scouts and the Denver Zoo Boy Scouts Explorer program. 

  • By Alison Mahnken

    For the Courier

    The year was 1943, when a gallon of gas cost 15 cents, “Casablanca” won the Oscar for best picture, the Marine Corps opened its ranks to women — and Irene Downey of Littleton was among the first to enlist.

    Downey was 22 years old that year and living in Illinois.

     

  • Foothills Park and Recreation golf director Tom Woodard started playing in a junior program at Denver’s City Park at 9 years of age, when instructors correctly recognized a budding golf prodigy.

    The family had moved from Midland, Texas, to Denver into a house just two blocks away from the course, where some of the neighborhood kids worked as caddies.

    “I just followed them down there,” said Tom Woodard, 56, Foothills’ golf director for the last six years. “It just took off from there.”

  • By Alison Mahnken

    For the Courier

    Hang gliders and paragliders catching the currents at Lookout Mountain are enjoying the fruits of their joint labors with Jefferson County Open Space: an upgraded trail to the popular launch site on Windy Saddle.

     

    The airborne adventurers earn their rides by hauling gear weighing up to 80 pounds to the launch area — and a deteriorating foot trail was making that undertaking both unsafe and unpleasant.