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  • Complaints, city shutter dirty Clear View Motel

    COMMERCE CITY – City officials say the Clear View Motel was closed Nov. 24 after an investigation by a multi-agency task force found multiple law and safety violations.

         The motel, 7750 state Highway 2, was determined “unfit for human habitation” by officials involved in the investigation. The investigation team included officials from Commerce City, the Tri-County Health Department and South Adams County Fire Marshal’s office, among others.

  • City still planning to examine residency occupancy standards

    COMMERCE CITY – The city council will continue its review of the city’s occupancy ordinance, which came under scrutiny recently when a complaint was filed against a family in the River Run neighborhood.        

    Lisa French said she allowed her son and daughter-in-law to move back into their home earlier this year after they lost their apartment. But the addition technically left the family in violation of a residency occupancy standard that doesn’t allow more than five adults to live in a home at any given time.

  • 27J looks at implementing policy governance model

    BRIGHTON — Judging by the positive response thus far, the School District 27J board of education is headed down the road toward a major shift in management style.

        And all indications support an upcoming change to a form of management known as policy governance.

  • Planning commission gets first look at National Guard proposal

    FORT LUPTON — The planning commission got a look at the site plan for the  proposed National Guard readiness center at its meeting last week.

        It’s big—72,000 square feet of meetings rooms and classrooms. It will be ‘built green,” and if need be, it can shelter refugees from a blizzard or other natural disaster.

  • Thanksgiving dinner gobbling up more cash this year

    With Thanksgiving just around the corner and the price of everything seemingly on the rise, many families in the local area are wondering just how far their dollars will go this season. A good indicator of where prices will be may be found in the annual American Farm Bureau Federation’s grocery list, a 12-item compilation of costs for commonly purchased Thanksgiving foodstuffs.

  • Kidz Quiltz local efforts make international difference

    With Thanksgiving just around the corner and the price of everything seemingly on the rise, many families in the local area are wondering just how far their dollars will go this season. A good indicator of where prices will be may be found in the annual American Farm Bureau Federation’s grocery list, a 12-item compilation of costs for commonly purchased Thanksgiving foodstuffs.

  • These kids are dressed for success

    BRIGHTON – Ethan Gilbert, front man for the Brighton band Tshirts 4 Tomorrow, cautions the name is far more interesting than the back story that comes with it.

    “When we first started out playing, I would go over to (band mate Brandon Preece’s) house and we’d start playing, and he’d have clothes stacked up on the amps and stuff like that, that were all folded up,” Gilbert says.

    “My mom brought them down,” a mildly embarrassed Preece interjects.

  • House District 30 race is all over

    BRIGHTON – Kevin Priola survived an election campaign and a post-election count of as many as 5,000 provisional ballots to officially win the race for the seat representing House District 30.

        According to the Adams County Clerk and Recorder’s Web site, Priola picked up 51 percent of the vote. His opponent, Dave Rose, wound up with 49 percent. In terms of numbers, Priola had about 430 more votes than did the longtime Brighton elementary school principal.

        Rose said Monday he would not pursue a recount.

  • Court sides with Commerce City

    An Adams County District Court judge agreed with the city of Commerce City in its annexation of the Northern Enclave almost a year ago.

        Judge C. Scott Crabtree ruled that the city was correct in adding the property. It became subject to city zoning 90 days after the annexation was approved.

        The Commerce City Tea Party took the matter to court. It thought the annexation was unilateral and cited a tax increase of more than $3 million in addition to the new zoning rules.

  • Boyfriend charged in pregnant woman’s death

    Snowden and Susan Matthews moved to a quiet Brighton street to escape the hassles of urban life. They wanted to leave the traffic, noise and crime of Denver behind. It was a plan that worked well for the couple until the brutal killing of a pregnant roommate shattered their suburban peace, pulling the Mathews and their home into the ugliness has of what has now been labeled a homicide.