Littleton's Western Welcome Week parade canceled
For the first time in its 92-year history, Littleton's Western Welcome Week Grand Parade has been canceled. The Western Welcome Week board of directors on June 11 announced the painful decision to …
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Hitting the waves

What does 150 cubic feet of water per second look like? Not much from above — enough to channel the South Platte River about eight feet wide at River Run Park beside Oxford Avenue.

Littleton finances better than expected, but still troubled

Littleton’s city finances are looking better than expected earlier in the coronavirus pandemic, but the city isn’t out of the woods yet. Littleton weathered April -- the most severe month for …

PRIMARY 2020 | Decisive victory for Ortiz in Democratic race for House District 38

By a nearly 2-1 margin, Democrat David Ortiz defeated fellow Democrat Candice Ferguson in the party primary election that ended June 30, so he'll represent his party against incumbent Republican …

'Numerous' rifles, handguns stolen from south Littleton gun store

Littleton Police and federal agents are investigating after thieves made off with an unspecified number of guns from Triple J Armory in south Littleton in the early morning hours of June …

My Name Is ... Jane Burkhardt

‘We did amazing things’ My faith is important to me and everything stems from that. I see God in the eyes of children. I started my nursing career in medical surgery, then I went to intensive …

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Lone Tree City Council has approved a site improvement plan for a living and care facility for those with special needs. Tall Tales Ranch received approval from council for its site improvement plan …
The Lone Tree Boulter’s 5280 Urban Market pops up in the city’s Entertainment District for a few hours every Saturday. The farmers market is small — on July 11, only one booth sold produce and …
‘Let’s go for it’ I was born in San Diego, then we moved to Greeley, but I made it out — now I live in Littleton. I own a lifestyle brand called Liv’n. Whatever you want to do that’s …
Littleton City Council has not yet decided how to handle the Tri-County Health Department’s mandatory face mask order, but Mayor Jerry Valdes said he would like to see the city opt out. “This is …
While the issue somewhat died down during the height of the COVID-19-prompted restrictions, car break-ins are again on the rise in Highlands Ranch, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. …
Life
Just because large venues like Red Rocks aren’t hosting performances any time soon doesn’t mean that live music is out for the summer. It just means the shows will have to get more intimate. This …
In July 1928, Littleton Independent editor Houstoun Waring wanted to celebrate two events: the centennial of the birth of town namesake Richard Little and the 40th anniversary of the Littleton …
It’s a summer like no other. With concerts, festivals, sports games and lots more off the table during the COVID-19 pandemic, kids and families might be going a bit stir-crazy. Here’s a look at …
Morison-based author Harper McDavid’s debut novel “Zapata,” has been announced as the winner of the 2020 Colorado Book Award in the romance category, and received a 2020 Writer’s Award from …
Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment, about creativity. — Guy Fieri No one is born a great cook, one learns by …
Sports
Mark Goldsberry has been trying to prepare his Cherry Creek High School golf team for a possible upcoming season while waiting for answers. Golf courses have been open most of the summer, so Creek …
After a full day of testimony, a Jeffco judge did not rule Wednesday on whether she will grant a preliminary injunction that would limit events at Bandimere Speedway unless the county is provided a …
Arapahoe High School football coach Rod Sherman is encouraged by the turnout of players for the early workouts held in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The numbers are really up,” said …
Doug Nisenson is a former football player at ThunderRidge High School and he’s now the head football coach for the Grizzlies. ThunderRidge won two Class 4A state football championships in 2004 and …
Denver is the smallest of the 13 U.S. cities with four professional sports teams in the National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Hockey League and National Basketball Association. …

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Comedy reached heights when ‘Airplane!’ took off

Surely, you have seen “Airplane!” (Exclamation mark theirs.) If not, it’s a 1980 film filled with visual and verbal gags that features Leslie Nielsen, Peter Graves, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges …
Michael Norton
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Who are we talking to?

Have you found yourself talking more to your pets these days than ever before? And if you don’t have pets, have you found that you are talking to other things around the house more? Maybe the …
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Economic impact on retirement

There has been a lot of press around the economic shutdown due to COVID-19 and the related stock market volatility. However, the S&P 500 just finished one of the best quarters in over a decade¹ …

Not sure about Polis' claim of outrage

When the monument honoring Colorado Civil War Union soldiers was recently torn down at the State Capitol, Governor Polis issued the following statement: “I am outraged at the damage to a statue …
Craig Marshall Smith
QUIET DESPERATION

What are you smiling about?

“I saw a picture of you. Those were the happiest days of my life.” Chrissie Hynde, lead singer of the Pretenders, wrote “Back on the Chain Gang” as a memorial to lead guitarist James …
Michael Norton

People love to hear a good, positive story

Some of us like to tell a good story, some enjoy hearing a good story, and some of us appreciate both. And although there are a few people who seem to derive pleasure from a bad or negative story, I …
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