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Today's News

  • Clean paws and helpful dogs: Laund-Ur-Mutt's holiday tree supports service dog training

    Each ornament adorning the tall Christmas tree at Laund-Ur-Mutt serves as a reminder that, for some, dogs are more than man’s best friend.

    The centerpiece of the Ken-Caryl business’ retail floor contains a couple dozen ornaments, each bearing the picture of a recently adopted dog. But these pups aren’t destined for life as ordinary pets. Rather, they are training for a life of service to the disabled.

    “What I like about it is, it helps pets, but it also helps people,” said Dawn Olson, owner of Laund-Ur-Mutt.

  • Yearbook class collects $1,000 for diapers to moms in need

    Sometimes it’s the simplest — or most basic — needs that go overlooked.

    A group of eighth-grade yearbook students at Falcon Bluffs Middle School sought to help others during the holidays. While they could have done a canned food or clothing drive, the students settled on something often overlooked in the spirit of giving: diapers.

    The end result was about $1,000 in diapers donated to mothers through Catholic Charities.

    “We got the idea on a Friday, and we had all the posters and everything up on Tuesday,” said Samantha Tilson.

  • Variety of candidates join race to replace Tancredo

    Littleton Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo has made a name for himself on the national stage with his relentless pursuit of immigration reform, controversial statements and a presidential bid.

    And while Tancredo’s name has practically become a household word, the names of those vying to replace him are not. Several area Republicans have tossed their hats in the ring to replace Tancredo — state Sen. Ted Harvey, Secretary of State Mike Coffman, Wil Armstrong and state Sen. Steve Ward — and all could face off in next fall’s primary.

  • Bradberry collected friends on the river of life

    “When I find a well-drawn character in fiction or biography, I generally take a warm personal interest in him, for the reason that I have known him before — met him on the river.”

    — Mark Twain, in “Life on the Mississippi”

    Brad Bradberry never met a person he didn’t know, or with whom he couldn’t navigate a long, meandering conversation. While some people collect objects, Brad collected people: childhood friends, rivals, Rotarians, fellow publishers, bosses, employees, customers.

  • The spirit of Santa: Canterbury neighborhood recalls man who donned a red suit

    This time of year, Conrad Paquette’s neighbors remember him as Santa Claus.

    But the Canterbury residents also recall the time 15 years ago when “Conny” came to their aid, raising money to provide new playground equipment in Chaucer Park.

    Conrad Paquette died in 2001, but his spirit lives on in the Canterbury neighborhood, particular during the holidays.

    “It’s amazing how one life can affect an entire community,” said Barb Little, a former member of the Canterbury homeowners association.

  • Doves are popular in Christmas Bird Count

    Once more the holiday season is upon us, and with it comes the 108th Christmas Bird Count. As usual, the Evergreen Audubon Society will participate, covering the Evergreen-Idaho Springs area. This year’s count will be held on Sunday, Dec. 16. All Audubon members, guests, friends and the public are invited to participate.

  • 'I'll catch you all around the bend'

    From the time I was diagnosed with cancer about 14 months ago, I wondered what the subject of my final column would be and when I would write it. Well, I’m no closer to a subject and have been wondering how much longer I could hold out, but now the time has come.

    Like everything else during my life, I have put it off until the last minute.

  • ACC display celebrates immigrants who call Littleton area home

    The subject of immigration often sparks debate — so much so that people often forget the value a naturalized citizen brings to the country.

    But a new display in Arapahoe Community College’s atrium has been installed to remind the community of the people who have chosen to call the Littleton area home. Part of the Milestones Project, ACC’s exhibit, “Littleton: My International Home Sweet Home,” highlights some of the immigrants who add culture and value through their community contributions.

  • A new spin on lunch: Ken Caryl principal starts a karaoke revolution

    The lunchroom erupted in cheers as seventh-grader Grant Stavrakas finished belting out “Proud Mary.”

    And the cheers didn’t come simply because someone of Grant’s age could hit every note just like John Fogerty did in Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1969 recording. It was also because Grant presided over the room with the flair of a rock ’n’ roll front man. He even brought a quartet of backup dancers.

    “It’s like he is a completely different person when he steps up there,” said Patrick Santos, his principal.

  • Virtual field trips: Ute Meadows students among first in district to participate in interactive series

    Ute Meadows Elementary is about 2,300 miles away from Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. But that doesn’t prevent fifth-graders from taking field trips to the historic city.

    All it requires is a good Internet connection and a willingness to learn.

    The Ute Meadows students are among the first in Jeffco Public Schools to experience the Electronic Field Trip Series, a subscription-based interactive educational program available to educators through the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and broadcast through PBS.