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Today's News

  • Pint-size people populate parade

    A motley crew mingled in Bega Park on Saturday as they waited for a firetruck to lead them down Littleton Boulevard. Several fairies took laps on their bicycles, while a couple of cowboys mounted stick horses and moseyed along.

    The Littleton Firefighters Children’s Parade drew a large crowd of pint-size participants Saturday morning. The event, part of Western Welcome Week, was the warm-up act for the Grande Parade later in the day.

    Yet for participants in the kids’ parade, it was the highlight of the day.

  • Sibling rivalry, timely shots help Tait

    BROOMFIELD — Columbine golfers Marcus and Michael Tait have a friendly sibling rivalry on the links.

    And while Michael may be a couple of years older, there’s no doubt that Marcus, a sophomore, takes pride in beating his older brother, like he did Aug. 14 at the Broadlands Golf Course.

    “Yeah, there is. We don’t like to talk about it,” Tait joked about the sibling rivalry.

  • Ken-Caryl Ranch celebrates 100th birthday

    Ken-Caryl Ranch celebrated its 100th birthday with a little old-time flair.

    The Ken-Caryl Ranch Historical Society hosted a birthday party Aug. 9 to celebrate the community’s founding, when John Charles Shaffer bought the original 2,660 acres of land on Oct. 17, 1914. Shaffer named the ranch after his two sons, Kent and Carroll.

    The event was a throwback to the community’s founding, with a barbershop quartet, banjos and a vintage fashion show featuring clothes from the turn of the 20th century.

  • Littleton woman goes missing on trail near Crested Butte

    A 54-year-old Littleton woman has been missing since Aug. 13 in the Oh Be Joyful Recreation Area near Crested Butte.

    The woman, Sherri Ahlbrandt, was hiking with two friends when she decided to continue alone up to Daisy Pass. After sending a text message saying she was near the top of the pass, Ahlbrandt has not been seen or heard from.

  • Stables closed at Chatfield State Park

    The stables at Chatfield State Park are temporarily closed due to a possible outbreak of vesicular stomatitis in the horses. Colorado Parks and Wildlife closed the stables while it waits for test results from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

    During the closure, horses can’t be taken out of the stables, but owners can enter the stables to care for their animals, said Matt Robbins, a Parks and Wildlife spokesman. Owners who wish to bring their horses to Chatfield to ride may still do so, but Robbins said they will be cautioned about the possible outbreak.

  • SHERIFF'S CALLS

    When you can’t get magic beans …

  • Plan to annex mall facing ballot deadline

    Bow Mar has less than a week to decide if it will place a sales-tax question on November’s ballot as part of a proposed annexation of Southwest Plaza mall by the town.

    Mall owner General Growth Properties approached the town earlier this year about annexing the mall, which is in unincorporated Jefferson County. The annexation would let the town levy a sales tax on businesses in the mall, with the revenue split between the town and General Growth Properties. The company could spend the money only on improvements and upkeep to public areas of the mall.

  • Sports briefs

    FOOTBALL
    Winkler, Chargers come out firing in season opener
    ORLANDO, Fla. — Kyle Winkler completed 11 of 12 passes for 72 yards, including a TD pass to Taylor Lammers, as the Chatfield Chargers opened the 2014 season with a weather-shortened 24-14 victory over Everglades (Fla.) on Aug. 21.
    Sean O’Dell and Jake Carstensen combined to rush for 75 yards with Carstensen adding a TD run. Dalton Keene had 12 tackles, including 10 assists.

  • 2014 cross country capsule previews

    BOYS
    COLUMBINE REBELS
    Head coach: Dirk Visser
    Classification: 5A Jeffco League
    Runners to watch: David Blair, Soph.; Jerod Kuhn, Soph.; Daniel Lupo, Sr.; Bryce Rombach, Soph.; Max Sagrillo, Jr.; Justin Hinckley, Sr.
    Season opener: Aug. 29, Arapahoe Warrior Invite, DeKoevend Park, 4 p.m.

  • 2014 volleyball capsule previews

    COLUMBINE LADY REBELS
    Head coach: Melanie Watkins
    Assistant coaches: Aimee Thomas, Marni Bilbrey, Nicole Lopez, Katrina Peterson, Paige Lopez
    Conference: 5A Jeffco League
    2013 record: 6-17 overall, 3-5 league
    Players to watch: Erin Singer, Jr., right-side hitter; Piper Wehrli, Jr., outside/right-side hitter
    Season opener: Aug. 26, vs. Smokey Hill. Results from the match weren’t available at press time.