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Today's Features

  • Blitz is back home.

    Denverite Kate Townsend was reunited with her small black Lab on April 1 after a family in the neighborhood south of Mount Falcon took Blitz in. The dog had been lost lost for 44 days, since she chased a deer Feb. 16 while Townsend was hiking with friends at Mount Falcon Open Space.

  • Shelby Foley and Brandon Bianco have learned many life lessons in the five weeks since their 10-month-old son, Kai, was bitten by the family dog.

    They learned firsthand that life can change in an instant.

    They witnessed the kindness of paramedics, sheriff’s deputies and medical professionals, plus the outpouring of support that is typical for Evergreen.

    And, above all, they learned to trust that their son will recover, and they will weather the medical bills and the uncertainty of Kai’s future.

  • The sounds of groans and bodies hitting the floor emanated from Colorado Children’s Theatre on Sunday — along with a lot of laughter — as 20 young actors learned the art of stage combat.

    They learned how to fall – theatrically, of course – and how to throw a punch that looks realistic but doesn’t hurt the recipient. They also used swimming “noodles” as mock swords to learn how to perform a choreographed sword fight.

  • Saturday was all about the rites of spring at the Humphrey History Park and Museum.

    Visitors learned the basics of raising goats and composting, participated in a seed and chicken swap, and learned about raising herbs, making cheese and spinning thread during the Great Humphrey Animal and Seed Swap.

  • Highway 73 just north of Marshdale has its gnome back, though this time it’s a ladies-only situation.

    Maminka the female gnome now sits proudly outside the house that has been famous over the years for its iconic gnomes. The male gnome, Gnomie, was stolen more than a year ago, much to the dismay of owner Andre Yerkes, neighbors and motorists who drive up and down the highway.

  • After learning of mountain area residents  who couldn't fill out job applications because they lacked English language skills, a group of volunteers formed the Mountain Reads program.

    Since the program started last year, the tutors have worked with several individuals, helping them improve their ability to speak, read and write. Now the group is seeking more participants for Mountain Reads, which area Rotary clubs sponsor.

  • Marshdale Elementary fourth-graders were rocket scientists for a day on Monday when they used their scientific-inquiry skills to make and launch rockets from soda bottles.

    They had help from real rocket scientists from Centennial-based United Launch Alliance, who told them about rockets and satellites, then helped them with their rockets.

    ULA, a joint subsidiary of Lockheed Martin and Boeing Co., launches a variety of government and commercial payloads using Atlas and Delta rockets.

  • The authors who attended the inaugural Authors Fair at Bergen Valley Elementary School on Friday didn’t simply read their books to the students; they inspired the children to write about their passions and to dream.

    “It was 10 years before I showed (my book) to anyone,” children’s author Suzanne Brown, a Bergens parent, told a class of third-graders, “and they asked when was I going to get it published. And if you don’t try, you don’t succeed, right?” she asked the students.

  • This year’s musical at Evergreen Middle School combines the new with the familiar.

    New this year for the production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” is Tom Biaso, an eighth-grader who accompanies the singers on piano. In past years, the music has been provided via recordings or a professional accompanist.

  • Olympic cross-country skier Noah Hoffman has fond memories of playing behind the Hiwan Homestead Museum and at Bergen Meadow Elementary School as a youngster.

    Hoffman, 24, who lived in Indian Hills and then in Evergreen until he was 7, is a member of the U.S. Nordic ski team and is competing in three events in Sochi, Russia. So far, he has placed 35th in the cross-country men’s skiathlon and 31st in the cross-country men’s classic.