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  • That's a wrap: Shakespeare in the Park series has final curtain call for the summer

    In the hours before the final performance of this season’s Shakespeare in the Park series, actors run in and out of the backstage dressing room at Clement Park’s Grant Amphitheater. The cast perfected their makeup, put on their costumes, ran lines and prepared for the evening’s show before gathering for a pre-show pep talk.

    Behind the scenes, there’s a lot that goes into a play, and Foothills Theatre Company’s production of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” was no different.

  • Climbers rescued off rocks in Ken-Caryl Valley

    A group of teenagers got into a sticky situation Wednesday evening after climbing on rock formations in the Ken-Caryl Valley.
    West Metro Fire Rescue was called to North Ranch Road and Killdeer Lane in South Jeffco just before 7 p.m. Two climbers were stuck 60 feet up and another was stranded at around 40 feet. A fourth teen was able to get down on their own.
    “There’s algae on the sandstone formations,” said Ronda Scholting, spokeswoman with West Metro Fire Rescue. “When it gets even a little bit wet, it gets way slick.”

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  • For NHRA star, racing at Bandimere is a unique experience

    MORRISON — Even though the Mopar Mile-High Nationals NHRA race is the most difficult on the 24-race tour every year, national Pro Stock star Jeg Coughlin Jr. always looks forward to racing and reuniting with old friends at Bandimere Speedway.
    “This is probably one of my favorite races on the tour,” Coughlin said. “I get guilty of saying that, though, from race to race, but this is a great event.”

  • Seniors’ Resource Center hires new director, looks to future

    The Seniors’ Resource Center has a new leader, and she and longtime SRC head John Zabawa are working together to ensure a smooth transition.

    Monica Roers, originally from Minnesota, was hired as executive director at the end of June, and she is replacing Zabawa, who had that position for 35 years.

    “Monica has vision and has passion,” said SRC board chair Deborah Brackney in a press release. “She has a clear view of how to lead our organization forward.”

  • Community comes to aid of Ken-Caryl man whose flag was stolen

    On a June morning, Jim Ruscetta walked outside to grab the newspaper when he nonchalantly glanced up at the spot where his American flag has hung for more than 30 years.

    But on this particular morning, something caught his eye — the flag was gone.

    Ruscetta searched his home and garage to no avail. Ultimately, he concluded the flag had been stolen. The Ken-Caryl resident and Army veteran was bothered by the realization and worried that the flag had been stolen and disrespected.

  • Biz briefs

    New retirement community to open in Littleton

    Sky Pointe Retirement Resort hosted a groundbreaking Monday for the new Littleton retirement community.

    The latest Resort Lifestyle Communities facility, which is set to officially open in about a year, will offer studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. The $30 million project is on a 10-acre site in South Jeffco on South Taft Street.

  • Just hangin’ around: Tree Climbing Colorado hopes to shape perspective through recreational tree climbing

    Way up in a tree, among the leaves, branches and bark, many find a changed perspective.

    That’s part of the reason why Harv Teitelbaum of Tree Climbing Colorado climbs, and it’s that very sense of connectivity and perspective that he hopes to convey to those who climb with his company.

    “It’s the perspective,” he said. “We know a tree from a couple feet up usually. You get up there, and it opens up this whole other country in the canopy.”

  • Teen rescued after fall into Roxborough-area clay mineshaft

    A teenager was rescued last Saturday after falling 115 feet into a clay mineshaft in the Roxborough area.

    West Metro Fire Rescue’s technical rescue team worked alongside Douglas County Search and Rescue and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office to pull the 13-year-old boy from the mine.

    Shortly before 8 p.m., the hiker, who lives in the Roxborough area but hasn’t been identified, fell into a diagonal mine shaft at the park. He was with a friend, who called 911.

  • Fitness on the Rocks draws a crowd

    Up and down. Up and down. Up and down.

    Seven up-and-downs made 1 mile for those participating in the mile run up the stairs of Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre during Saturday’s annual Fitness on the Rocks event.

    Along the way, there was blood, sweat and maybe even some tears. Many called it quits before completing the trek. But not Nikita Cordier. The 18-year-old runner from Denver came in first in the male division with a time of 5 minutes, 40 seconds.