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Today's News

  • A pre- and post-Thanksgiving Day pet parade at animal shelter

    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.

  • Writing the book on fund-raising

    The Jefferson County Library Foundation has a simple goal with its Books for Kids Campaign: Get a book in the hands of as many Jeffco kids as possible.

    The foundation kicked off its annual fund-raising campaign Nov. 14; it has already given away more than 15,000 books this year, either through visits to classrooms or at events.

  • Change to development waivers undergoing some adjustments

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have asked for some fine-tuning of a proposal to change the way developers seek waivers on certain requirements.

    The changes presented to the commissioners Nov. 25 were designed to encourage more input in the waiver process from outside groups, which currently have no say in the process. Yet the commissioner said too many questions remained about whether the changes would improve a system that currently generates few complaints.

    The board is scheduled to hear the modified proposal on Dec. 9.

  • Small businesses have a big day

    Sometimes you have to think small to have a big impact.

    Small Business Saturday was a busy day in downtown Littleton. The shopping holiday was created in 2010 by American Express to bring Black Friday’s big-chain focus back to local stores on the following day.

    “It was so crazy in here yesterday. It was a beautiful thing,” Julie Pech, owner the Chocolate Therapist on Main Street in Littleton, said Sunday. “Yesterday was the busiest day the shop has had in any November.”

  • 2014-15 girls basketball capsule previews

    CHATFIELD LADY CHARGERS
    Head coach: Mike Deutsch
    Assistant coaches: Terry Nickels, Liz Baker
    2013-14 record: 7-17 overall, 5-11 5A Jeffco
    Players to watch: Gabby Miller, Jr., 5-7, G; Peyton Gibler, Jr., 5-4, PG; Jessica Jarecki, Jr., 5-7, SF
    Key losses: Emily Lachenmeyer, Kate Gelston, Katie Glander, Shelby Piper

  • Girls basketball: Lady Eagles hope to replicate last year’s success

    Dakota Ridge head coach Rich Gavelda is back, as is junior point guard Caitlin Navratil. But the Lady Eagles must replace its top two scorers — Jae Ferrin and Lauren Wood — after a 19-win season, which included a trip to the 5A Great Eight.

  • 2014-15 boys basketball capsule previews

    CHATFIELD CHARGERS
    Head coach: Steve Schimpeler
    Assistant coaches: Gary Anderson, Todd Glasser, Craig Aukland
    2013-14 record: 20-5 overall, 14-2 5A Jeffco League
    Players to watch: Joe Miks, Soph., 6-1, Wing; Cameron Pearson, Jr., 5-11, PG
    Key losses: Alec Wray, Andrew St. Germain, Riley Welch, Austin Rice

  • Boys basketball: Turnover aplenty for Chatfield

    Part of wearing a Chatfield boys basketball jersey is the expectation that comes with it. However, for the 2014-15 season, those expectations might have to be altered a bit considering the turnover the Chargers underwent this year.

    Chatfield graduated 10 seniors from last year’s 20-5 squad, which won its second straight 5A Jeffco League championship, and lost another key player, sophomore Riley Welch, who transferred out of state.

  • Possibly suicidal woman found safe

    A woman with a knife who was said to be possibly suicidal was found Tuesday afternoon and taken to a local hospital.

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office had been searching the area around Southwest Plaza mall for the woman, 24. She was believed to be somewhere near West Bowles Avenue and South Wadsworth Boulevard.

  • ‘In this new life, anything is possible’

    Some 29 kids were officially adopted into 22 families on Saturday at the Jeffco courthouse, and every child had a unique and often poignant history that carried him to that eventful day.

    But as the new families left the building, they started a new journey together from a joyful place.

    Hundreds gathered to celebrate those adoptions on National Adoption Day through Jeffco’s Human Services Department.

    Temporary becomes permanent