Today's News

  • Hobbs making a splash

    Chances are, if you know Averly Hobbs, that you’ll find the Chatfield Senior High junior somewhere near a pool. She’ll either be life guarding or, more likely, working on new dives.
    The repetitive work on those dives, along with her working out in the gym, is why she has become one of Colorado’s better divers.
    This past February, as a sophomore, Hobbs placed second in the 5A state high school diving championships with a 454.65 point total. Only Loveland senior Michal Bower scored higher with a 486.15 total.

  • Cencich leaves mark with bench press

    Thomas Cencich said he backed off a little bit. After all, the 52-year-old Littleton resident only had a deadlift of 429 pounds. He also took it easy with his squat of 446 pounds. Normally that’s where he would start, but he wanted to make the judges happy.
    “I’m going really easy, really light to get something on the board,” the 1978 Evergreen High School graduate said.
    Well, he was at Disney World after all. There were other things to do.

  • Staunton State Park packing them in

    Since its May 18 opening, Colorado’s newest state park has been packing in the crowds. 

    “The number of visitors was much higher than we expected,” said Jennifer Anderson, manager at Staunton State Park.

    From May 18-31, approximately 25,000 visitors experienced the 3,828-acre park southwest of Conifer. Anderson said more than 46,000 people entered the park in June.

  • Proposed land swap for Community Corrections move abandoned

    A proposed land swap that would have moved Jeffco’s Community Corrections services from the current location in Lakewood to a new home in unincorporated Jeffco has been abandoned.

    The deal would have involved swapping the Community Corrections headquarters at Kendall Street between 16th and 17th avenues, commonly referred to as the New York Building, and 4 acres at West Colfax Avenue and Wild Acres Road in unincorporated Jeffco next to Lakewood.

  • Instrument donations add upbeat note to young lives

    It’s not often that the blues are associated with a reason to smile.

    But for Blue Star Connection, a nonprofit started by blues guitarist John Catt, putting a smile on kids’ faces has been the overriding mission since he gave the first guitar away in 2005. 

    The group works to put instruments in the hands of children fighting cancer or dealing with some other obstacle in their lives. Catt said the idea was born nine years ago when he met a boy with cancer after playing a show.

  • Buyer for land at Wadsworth and Coal Mine plans medical complex

    The potential buyer for a parcel of land at South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Coal Mine Avenue currently owned by the Foothills Parks & Rec District hopes to build a two-story hospital and medical complex on the site. 

    The Foothills board of directors had previously approved the sale of the 5.6-acre lot on northwest corner of Wadsworth and Coal Mine to 24 Hour Capital Ventures LLC for $1.165 million. At the time of the sale, the developer hadn’t released plans for the site. 

  • Guiding angels help women get back into working world

    Women who have been unemployed for a long period of time frequently have trouble re-entering the workforce, because employers are looking for job candidates with recent experience on their resumes. 

    It’s a problem that the Littleton store Angel Concept hopes to solve for a few women at a time. 

    Angel Concept, at 2510 W. Main St. downtown, is a boutique clothing and home-furnishings store with an unusual mission: to provide women who’ve been out of the workforce a chance to get back in it, said founder Sue Hosier. 

  • Strike a pose

    Nikki Quinn leads a free yoga class offered through Aspen Grove on Saturday at the green space at the shopping center on South Santa Fe Drive. The 9 a.m. class will be held every Saturday morning through October, or as long as weather permits.

  • Wider sidewalks, more trash cans suggested for Clement Park

    More trash cans and wider sidewalks were just two of the upgrades suggested for Clement Park at the first public meeting on a master plan for the park’s future.

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District has hired Stanley Consultants to help formulate the master plan, which will act as a road map for repairs and upgrades at the 25-year-old park.   

  • CDOT launches Share the Road, Friend campaign

    In an effort to reduce injuries and fatalities on Colorado roads, the Colorado Department of Transportation has launched a statewide public awareness campaign that encourages everyone to uphold their mutual responsibility to share the road.
    Since 2002, Colorado has seen pedestrian fatalities increase by 9.8 percent and bicyclist deaths grow by 44 percent. More recently, Colorado experienced a 66 percent increase in pedestrian fatalities and a 63 percent increase in bicyclist fatalities from 2011 to 2012.