Local News

  • Semi in fatal accident belongs to Commerce City firm

    CLEAR CREEK COUNTY -- The Colorado State Patrol said a semi that plunged into Clear Creek west of Golden Thursday morning was owned by a firm in Commerce City.

    Troopers said A.A.O./Arviso Inc. owned the rig. The driver, 44-year-old Octavio Schaffino of Phoenix, died when the rig didn't make the exit from Interstate 70 to U.S. Highway 6. The truck went into the river and spilled part of its load of dry road bed material and 100 gallons of diesel fuel.

  • LEAF money in limbo for state agencies

    BRIGHTON – Gov. Bill Ritter’s on-again, off-again suggestion to pull money from the state’s Law Enforcement Assistance Fund is leaving police and sheriff’s departments in limbo.

        At first, the governor wanted to put $1 million from the fund into drug and alcohol treatment programs. The next day, Ritter said he wouldn’t for the balance of the year.

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  • Collision kills two from Commerce City

    HUDSON -- Two Commerce City residents, including a 15-year-old boy, died Labor Day morning after a one-vehicle rollover collision on Interstate 76 about a mile east of Hudson.

    The victims were 50-year-old Querubin Castaneda-Sanchez, 50 of Commerce City, and 15-year-old Giovanni Castaneda, 15. Castaneda-Sanchez died at the scene, while the teenager died at Denver Health Medical Center.

  • AdCo faces revenue shortfall

    BRIGHTON — Adams County commissioners say a drop in property tax revenue means the county will face a significant revenue shortfall and likely will face budget cutbacks.

        The commissioners begin the budget process this month to adopt a 2010 balanced budget in December as required by Colorado state law. The county assessor recently released preliminary property tax values, which will produce $1.8 million less in property tax revenue next year for the general fund.

  • Broncos to visit Commerce City

    Representatives from the Denver Broncos football organization will visit Commerce City Sept. 9 to thank fans for their support of the team.

        Residents are invited to Pioneer Park, on the southeast corner of 60th Avenue and Holly Street from 3 to 4:30 p.m. to meet Broncos cheerleaders, Miles the Mascot and Broncos alumni, see the team’s Super Bowl trophies and enjoy other activities.

  • Community Health Services to open Adams City High wellness center

    COMMERCE CITY — Community Health Services will host a grand opening celebration Sept. 17 in honor of its new wellness center at the new Adams City High School, 7200 Quebec Parkway.

        The grand opening, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the school, will feature a “Band-Aid Cutting” ceremony at about 3:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served and tours will be offered of the wellness center as well as information on the services available at our new facility. 

  • Adams 14 cancels school board election

    COMMERCE CITY –The Adams 14 board of education chose to cancel the November school board election in a special meeting Sept. 1.

        The deadline for district residents to indicate their interest in candidacy for the board was Aug. 28, and only two residents filed nomination petitions. With two open seats and two candidates, there is no need for a November election. Colorado allows for such a cancellation.

  • BBQ with the Birds

    The Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory held its annual BBQ with the Birds Aug. 24 at the Old Stone House in Brighton, near Barr Lake. The organization, which was founded to help conserve birds and their habitat, has spread its influence around the world. Hundreds showed up to partake in guided bird walks, to watch volunteers band song birds, meet live raptors, and have a picnic.

  • Arrest made in hit-and-run collision


    COMMERCE CITY – Commerce City police arrested a 44-year-old woman in connection with a hit-and-run accident that injured a 17-year-old Commerce City youngster.

    Police took Annette Mascarenas of Adams County into custody around 3:45 p.m. Thursday. Police are holding her on suspicion of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious bodily injury and careless driving resulting in injury. Formal charges have not been filed. Mascarenas' car was impounded.