Local News

  • Printing problems delay paper

    Due to printing problems, you may receive your copy of the Commerce City Sentinel Express later this week. We apologize for this inconvenience and wish you a happy Thanksgiving.

  • City looks forward with Boys and Girls Club

    COMMERCE CITY – Despite the outcome of Tuesday’s election, city leaders said they will continue planning for a Boys and Girls Club.

    City leaders added building a club is a high priority for Commerce City, and they are committed to continuing its support.

    Voters said no to an 8 percent charge should be added to public ticket sales in the city, with proceeds going toward building the new Boys and Girls Club.

  • Rose not ready to give up in House District 30

        BRIGHTON — Democratic House District 30 candidate Dave Rose isn’t ready to concede defeat to Republican challenger Kevin Priola.


        “I’m not by any means ready to concede,” Rose said.


        Rose said he understands there are as many as 5,000 votes still uncounted and that the final tally may not come until the middle of next week.


  • Police hunting for clues after man’s mysterious death

    COMMERCE CITY – The Commerce City Police Department is asking for the public’s help in a death investigation that began Saturday night.

    Chase Steven Covington, 26, of Denver, was found lying in the roadway in the 5900 block of U.S. Highway 85, at about 11:30 p.m.

    Covington was pronounced dead at the scene after officers from the Commerce City Police Department arrived.

    The Commerce City Police Department is attempting to determine if Covington was a victim of a hit-and-run accident, or maybe a victim of an assault.

  • City leaders christen new learning center

    BRIGHTON — Catalina Fernandez has been a teacher for more than 30 years including the past three with the Adams County Head Start program.

    She takes the challenge of being an educator home with her every night.

    “I love my classroom, I love my kids,” she said. “I take it home every weekend because I’m thinking ‘how am I going to help my kids?’”

    And while those challenges probably won’t change, Fernandez has a new backdrop to try and impact the lives of children as young as 3 years old.

  • RTD approves tentative $185 million deal with Union Pacific

    DENVER — Following several years of negotiations, RTD approved a $185 million land acquisition deal with Union Pacific for the transportation district’s financially beleaguered FasTracks rail system.

  • Commerce City receives healthiest community award

    COMMERCE CITY – Commerce City has been honored with the Healthiest Community Award from the Metro Denver Health and Wellness Corp. Mayor Paul Natale accepted the award during a special ceremony Oct. 27 at the Colorado Culture of Health Conference.

  • Local asphalt supplier alleges he’s victim of high-dollar scam

    Allen Hillje, owner of Allen’s Asphalt in Brighton, knows that identity theft is a big problem for business these days, as more information transits the Internet and unscrupulous characters find new and better means of stealing information. What Hillje didn’t expect was to be ripped off by an employee entrusted with his company’s funds.

    “I am out 100 grand,” Hilllje said. “That’s basically what it comes down to.”

  • Sink hole causes delays

    BRIGHTON – Brighton road crews are doing some emergency repairs on a sink hole at U.S. Highway 85 and 144th Avenue near Elmwood Cemetery.

    It happened about 2 p.m. The line belongs to the city of Aurora, and the contractor is BTC General Contracting of Henderson. It's a 5-foot water line for the Prairie Waters Project, a water-sharing project so the Aurora can take water from the South Platte River to its borders.

    There's no word on what caused the hole to form. City officials said to expect delays throughout the rush hour and to use alternate routes.

  • New-look Waymire Building reopens

    BRIGHTON - Adams County officials reopened the Waymire Building, commonly known as the dome building, at the county fairgrounds Thursday after an 11-month renovation.

    The renovations included improvements to the floor and ceiling as well as lighting and acoustics, new light-bar trusses and ceiling heights to provide for both current and future lighting and sound system technologies. The top of the dome was opened to allow natural light. New light-colored rubber flooring was also installed.