Local News

  • Truck, train collide

    COMMERCE CITY – Commerce City police said three people sustained minor injuries late Thursday night when a train and a fuel truck collided.

        The incident happened near East 56th Avenue and Vasquez. Police said a southbound, single-engine locomotive belonging to Burlington Northern struck a semi-truck tanker that was crossing the tracks at the same time. The tanker was loaded with fuel. The accident caused an explosion and a fire. South Adams County fire crews contained the blaze, and no other structures were damaged.

  • Updated crime stats

    For the latest in Commerce City crime statistics, click here.



  • Suspect shoots at CSP trooper, escapes manhunt

        COMMERCE CITY – The Colorado State Patrol continues to search for a motorist who fired shots at a trooper early Friday morning.

        The incident started around 12:45 a.m. near U.S. Highway 85 and 74th Avenue. The CSP said one of its troopers was trying to stop a car because of a registration violation. Instead, the car crossed a grass median.

  • Priola to meet with constituents

    Rep. Kevin Priola, R-Henderson, will be available to talk with constituents from 10 a.m. to noon, July 18, at the Brighton King Soopers, South Fourth Avenue and Bromley Lane.

    Call 303-923-5138 or e-mail kpriola@gmail.com.

  • Adams County creates Human Services Department

    The Adams County board of commissioners agreed July 8 to consolidate the social services and community and economic opportunity departments into the Adams County Human Services Department.

        “The services provided by these two departments were very interrelated,” said commissioner chairman Larry W. Pace. “By combining them, we will be able to enhance public understanding of and access to programs and services while coordinating expertise and oversight of contracting and grant processes.” 

  • RTD picks up right of way for Commerce City/Boulder Fastracks leg

    DENVER — RTD announced the completion of a $118 million deal with Union Pacific to purchase the right of way for RTD’s FasTracks rail line running from Commerce City to Boulder.

        RTD officials reported the purchase of Union Pacific’s entire Boulder Industrial Lead, from Brighton Boulevard in Commerce City to Boulder, a distance of roughly 33 miles.

        Officials said the purchase was to build out the first parts of the North Metro commuter rail line to where state Highway 7, Interstate 25 and the Northwest Parkway meet.

  • Hodge keeps budget wish list to herself; Priola outlines his

    DENVER – Rep. Kevin Priola, R-Henderson, may have understated the obvious last week when the subject of the state budget came up in an e-mail exchange.

        “It will certainly be another interesting budget year,” he said.

        The Legislature has to find $384 million in budget cuts. Tax revenues are dropping more than expected.

        For his part, Priola knows what should be done.

  • Rock On, Commerce City

    This weekend, the 18 grass soccer fields that surround the stadium at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park will be home to a temporary city of tens of thousands of music fans.

        Chuck Morris, president of the Rocky Mountain region for AEG Live, the organizer for the Mile High Music Festival, said a number of efforts were made to ensure this year’s festival was even more accessible and eco-friendly than last year.

  • Festival food drive to benefit area communities

    Organizers of the Mile High Music Festival strive to make the event an enjoyable and memorable one for music fans, but want the event to make a difference in lives of those in the community as well.

        The Mile High Music Festival and local non-profit organization Conscious Alliance out of Boulder are sponsoring the 2009 Mile High Food Drive, benefitting the Food Bank of the Rockies.

  • Indomitable snowmen: World War I Battalion gets due in new documentary

    Kevin Denke

    John Henry Toornman Bales always knew his great-grandfather and namesake  

           was a war hero.

        But there always was some inevitable head scratching when Bales tried to explain John Henry Toorman’s rightful place in history.

        “My great-grandpa was in World War I,” Bales would begin.