https://www.columbinecourier.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Day of Service for community garden sprouts connection, sustainability and education https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/day-service-community-garden-sprouts-connection-sustainability-and-education <img src="https://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-kendallvuecmntygrdn04-rb-071818.jpg" alt="A volunteer arranges plants for the community garden workday at Kendallvue Elementary on Saturday. " title="A volunteer arranges plants for the community garden workday at Kendallvue Elementary on Saturday. " align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> By Tayler Shaw<br /> For the Courier<br /> <br /> Crouched on the ground with a small rake in hand, Anca Popa raked away weeds surrounding the sprouting fruit tree on Saturday during Kendallvue Elementary&rsquo;s Day of Service at the Feeding Many community garden and orchard adjacent to the school. It was not long before Popa was joined by a woman eager to help, saying the best part is making friends and working together.<br /> <br /> Bicyclist dies after collision with vehicle https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/bicyclist-dies-after-collision-vehicle <p> A 67-year-old Littleton man died Wednesday night after his bicycle was hit by a car in South Jeffco earlier that day.&nbsp;</p> <p> Mark Shafer was crossing West Coal Mine Avenue in an uncontrolled area on Wednesday afternoon when a red Pontiac Trans Am traveling east collided with his bicycle, according to Trooper Gary Cutler with Colorado State Patrol. Shafer was transported to Littleton Adventist Hospital, where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries.&nbsp;</p> Thieves hit local rec centers' locker rooms https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/thieves-hit-local-rec-centers-locker-rooms <img src="https://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/buch3.jpg" alt="The Jeffco Sheriff&#039;s Office is seeking helping in identifying a male suspect involved in the theft of items from Buchanan Rec Center last week." title="The Jeffco Sheriff&#039;s Office is seeking helping in identifying a male suspect involved in the theft of items from Buchanan Rec Center last week." align="left" hspace="6" width="65" height="85" /><p> Authorities are investigating a series of locker thefts at Evergreen&#39;s Buchanan Recreation Center and South Jeffco&#39;s Ridge Rec Center in the past week.</p> <p> Four victims had items stolen from their lockers at Buchanan &mdash; one on July 5 and three on July 7.&nbsp;Two victims&#39; lockers were also raided on July 5 at Ridge.</p> <p> The Jeffco Sheriff&#39;s Office believes the incidents on July 5 are connected because the same male suspect appears to have visited both locations.</p> <p> <strong>July 5 incidents</strong></p> JCSO seeks help with homicide investigation https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/jcso-seeks-help-homicide-investigation <p> The Jefferson County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office is asking for the public&rsquo;s help with a homicide investigation after finding a Lakewood man dead in the trunk of his car on June 28.</p> <p> Dean Clark Wallis, 51, was discovered in the trunk of a white Ford Focus parked at 3505 South Nelson Circle near the intersection of U.S. 285 and Kipling Street in Lakewood. According to Jeffco Sheriff&rsquo;s spokesman Mark Techmeyer, the car was parked across the street from the Whisper Creek Apartments along a road where cars frequently park.</p> Commercial lot near Coal Mine, Kipling to be subdivided https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/commercial-lot-near-coal-mine-kipling-be-subdivided <p> A 3-acre commercial lot on the northeast corner of Coal Mine Avenue and Kipling Parkway has been subdivided into two commercial lots.<br /> The lot is planned to be the Columbine Car Care Center, including a gas station operated by Murphy Oil USA Inc. The applicants are still going through the site development plan process, which has yet to be approved by the county.<br /> Stapleton picks Sias as running mate on GOP ticket https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/stapleton-picks-sias-running-mate-gop-ticket <p> Republican gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton has tapped state Rep. Lang Sias, R-Arvada, as his lieutenant governor running mate.</p> <p> Sias, 59, a former U.S. Navy pilot and TOPGUN instructor, is a moderate Republican who has represented House District 27 in Arvada and Wheat Ridge since 2015 after a vacancy committee appointed him to replace Libby Szabo after she resigned to fill a then-empty seat on the Jeffco board of commissioners.</p> A tradition for many: 24th annual Colorado Irish Festival takes over Clement Park https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/tradition-many-24th-annual-colorado-irish-festival-takes-over-clement-park <img src="https://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-irishfest01-ds-071818.jpg" alt="Each day of last weekend&#039;s Irish Festival at Clement Park included a number of sheep herding demonstrations." title="Each day of last weekend&#039;s Irish Festival at Clement Park included a number of sheep herding demonstrations." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> A chilly air blanketed Clement Park on Sunday morning, offering a welcome relief from the warm, sunny days prior and a cloudy sendoff to the annual Colorado Irish Festival.</p> <p> As the multi-day event neared a close, many agreed the festival &mdash; held July 13-15 &mdash; is an important tradition for the area&rsquo;s Irish community. Indeed, rekindling friendships is the reason many attend the festival, and it&rsquo;s certainly a weekend favorite for Bill Fetherston of Louisville.</p> The land of Legos: Bricks & Minifigs caters to young and old alike https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/land-legos-bricks-minifigs-caters-young-and-old-alike <img src="https://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-bricksandminifigs01-sh-071818.jpg" alt="Lego minifigures line the counter display case at Bricks &amp; Minifigs." title="Lego minifigures line the counter display case at Bricks &amp; Minifigs." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Lego enthusiasts are sure to love a new store in Littleton dedicated solely to the colorful bricks, mini-figurines and themed Lego sets.</p> <p> Bricks &amp; Minifigs, which opened in December in Bowles Marketplace, is the largest toy store of its kind, according to the franchise&rsquo;s website. And it&rsquo;s one that Tom and Lindsey Hayden thought could contribute to the South Jeffco business community. This particular location was the first Bricks &amp; Minifigs in the state. A second shop opened in Loveland in May.</p>