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Today's News

  • Semple sets sights on the future

    Carol Semple never associated herself with anything other than an athlete.

    Growing up in gymnastics, Semple always had a knack for picking up a sport and excelling at it.

  • Prep briefs

    Girls swimming

    Local swimmers shine at invite

  • Former Courier publisher Brad Bradberry dies

    Ask anyone who had the good fortune to work with former Evergreen Newspapers publisher Brad Bradberry about their old boss, and they’ll tell you about the best boss they ever had.

    “He always had faith in his employees,” says graphic designer Jeanne Ehmsen. “If you had a good idea, he’d let you run with it, and that’s pretty rare in this business. In a lot of ways, he was more like a father figure than a boss.”

  • Special treats for special friends

    The glass case is filled with treats that any furry elf would be happy to see on Christmas morning.

    There are cookies shaped like Santa hats, complete with red-and-white frosting and a paw print on the tassel, or the soft mini-cupcakes that come in red or green with sprinkles on top.

    But, appetizing as they are, the holiday goodies are not for people. They’re for our four-legged friends.

    “And they smell good, too,” said Dawn Olson, owner of Laund-Ur-Mutt. “They’re carob coated.”

  • The gift of giving: Holiday tree helps less fortunate have happy holidays

    Ryan, 15, wants puzzles for Christmas, or a gift card.

    Nichole, 11, wants a Kids Bop CD or Dance Dance Revolution, a video game where people dance their way to victory.

    Chelsea, 17, wants a Target gift card, and Johnny, 18, wants four tall T-shirts.

  • 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.