•  The thought of losing a child is every parent’s worst nightmare. Unfortunately for Vikki Grady, that nightmare is a reality.

    The death of a child is the most devastating feeling that a parent can have. Plenty of mourning takes place and life is forever changed.

    Most importantly, how do you move on?

    Vikki found peace by establishing a foundation in her son’s behalf. With great support from family and friends, especially from her other son Lane, the Lance A. Grady Foundation was born.

  • I normally don't get caught up by judging anything by it's cover, but I sincerely believe I could have found much more to like about writer-director Jill Soloway's feature film debut “Afternoon Delight” if not for the fact the title is such a mocking misnomer.

  • It’s next to impossible to talk about the guns-ablazin’, explosives-heavy “White House Down” without talking about “Die Hard,” the seminal action film it so lovingly rips off at every possible turn.

  • The thrilling “A Hijacking” from Danish writer-director Tobias Lindholm navigates the uneasy waters of taking the emotion and humanity out of life for the sake of business by way of the story of a cargo ship seized by pirates in the Indian Ocean.

  • For many people, Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. But for others, it’s whenever the backyard barbecue reemerges.

  • Many homeowners aim for a picture perfect lawn complete with rolling acres of soft, green grass. But Mother Nature may have other things in mind, providing homeowners with less-than-stellar growing conditions for their lawns, plants and other foliage. Frustration can mount when a yard is muddy, is especially shady or has soil that doesn’t seem to grow a thing. In such instances, homeowners may have to go the extra mile to get the yard they desire.

  • Lyrical yet frustrating, Terrence Malick’s “To The Wonder” doesn’t try to say quite as much as his truly universal “The Tree of Life” but uses the same sparsity of on-screen dialogue to masterfully tell a story of longing and loss.

  • If you’re going to make a blatantly political film to advance your point of view, you should make sure it’s good.

    But sometimes the passion in a passion project is so strong, you lose sight of things.

    That’s the case in “Promised Land,” an anti-fracking polemic disguised as a morality tale pitting a salesman for a natural gas company (Matt Damon) and an environmental activist (John Krasinski, “The Office”) against one another for the soul and shale of small-town America.

  • Colorado’s outdoors makes a great holiday gift for family, friends, teacher and everyone on your shopping list. Avoid the mall madness and shop online for gifts starting at $5.

  • If you find yourself shopping in Brighton for the holidays, here are some local businesses that offer something for just about everyone when it comes to stocking stuffers:
        — Ribbon candy, hard candies, toffee, peanut brittle, chocolate covered bacon and fudge can all be found at The Candy Bouquet, which shares a space with A Touch of Class at 20 N. Main St., Brighton. Pricing for candy starts at $1.25.

  • The Colorado Department of Agriculture has online resources to help you find holiday gifts, meal ingredients and the perfect tree this holiday season. The Colorado Food and Agriculture Gift Guide and the Christmas Tree List help shoppers connect with local producers.
        “Buying locally for the holidays is a great way to support Colorado producers as well as the state’s economy,” said Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar. “I encourage you to look for the Colorado Proud logo and buy local wherever you shop or dine.”

  •     Under the pen name Lukas Holmes, a local writer has penned and published his first book. A book that takes readers from late Victorian London to the vast firmament of space.

  •     COMMERCE CITY – It’s common to ask a person about their memories of where they were when historic moments happened, such as the first moon landing, and the assassination of President Kennedy.

  •     A Commerce City writer just released his first published book, “Sweet Little Sixteen,” and is already working on a sequel to the crime-detective novel.

  •     FORT LUPTON — Forks flying off of customer’s tables. Pictures coming off walls. Ghostly touches. Disembodied voices in the night.

  •     BRIGHTON -  It wasn’t a normal birthday request.
        Even if Tracie Morris was pondering a way to commemorate the big 5-0, her birthday wish still wasn’t one that would be expected.
        But friends Ann Taddeo and Scarlett Morris (no relation) knew Tracie well enough to know that she wasn’t kidding.
        “My first thought was, ‘Absolutely. If that’s what Tracie wants, that’s what we’ll do,’” Taddeo said.

  •     Sebastion Madinger, Earl of Wriothsely, is waiting for you.
        He’s the unfortunate victim of a love affair and the hero of Brighton resident Ashley March’s second novel “Romancing the Countess,” which will hit shelves and online stores on Sept. 6 for the price of $7.99.

  •     Tucked away in a quiet corner of Brighton is a living chapter of rock’n’roll history, off the charts for now but still playing some pretty fine tunes.

  •     No longer novices to the world of pageantry, a pair of teen girls now know what it feels like to carry home some very nice trophies following the 2011 Colorado Junior Miss competition.

  •     “Hold on tight!” Angelina Alarcon remembers telling her 5-year-old son, Dimitri, before he entered the ring for the mutton bustin’ competition at this year’s Greeley Stampede.
        “Don’t worry mom, I’m going to win,” Dimitri had confidently replied.
        And he was right.