Local News

  • Update: Rescue efforts continue at accident

    BRIGHTON – Authorities continue their rescue efforts for a person who is trapped under the dashboard of his vehicle at 124th and U.S. Highway 85.

    Emergency crews asked for a medical helicopter. Police closed Highway 85 at 120th Avenue so that rescue operations could continue. The accident happened shortly after 1:30 Friday afternoon. The details are sketchy.

    The best alternate is 120th Avenue west to Brighton Road and then north into town.

    More details as they become available.

  • Beyond the lights and sirens

    The bedroom is pitch dark. It is sometime in the early morning hours. How long have you been sleeping? As your eyes try to focus, you wonder why you are suddenly awake. Your heart is racing. Your bed sheets are soaked with sweat. Was it a bad dream? All at once, panic takes hold of you. You’re gulping for precious air. You realize that you are having trouble breathing! You reach for your spouse. The horrified look in her eyes confirms that your situation can’t be good. Seconds seems like hours…

    Help is on the way. But what does that mean?

  • Sheriff’s investigators hunt clues in Bennett slayings

    FORT LUPTON – Aqua Hot employees could count on many things from Harold “Hap” Enander, and one of those was a Norwegian joke at their weekly Monday meetings.

    Blue eyes sparkling, he would relate his latest tale of “Ole and Lena” the main characters in most Norwegian jokes, then enjoy it right along with the employees. They were staples for the man who was proud of his heritage and enjoyed the jokes that poked fun at it.

    Friends and co-workers remember those fond memories now.

  • Emergency preparedness class offered

    The city of Brighton Office of Emergency Management provides planning, training, exercises and educational outreach programs related to natural and man-made disasters to assist and prepare citizens, government agencies, and private/non-profit organizations prior to, during, and after a local emergency or disaster.

    Be Ready Class

    This is the eight-hour basic awareness class that briefly discusses the

    importance of emergency preparedness for individuals and families. Topics include

  • Tragedy strikes local family twice


  • City adopts Derby urban renewal plan

    COMMERCE CITY – In continuing plans to improve the Derby area, the City Council adopted the first reading of a Derby urban renewal plan Jan. 5 that will aid property owners and the city in redevelopment efforts.

        Following state law, a study of Derby determined that areas of the neighborhood meet several factors of blight, including deteriorated structures and sites; unsanitary or unsafe conditions, inadequate public improvements or utilities; and unsafe or unhealthy buildings.

  • One dead, one hurt after collision

    ADAMS COUNTY -- The Colorado State Patrol continued its investigation into a collision early Sunday morning that killed one person and injured another.

    The individual who died was 20-year-old Samantha Harvel from Northglenn. The young man, who sustained moderate injuries according to troopers, is 22-year-old Craig Stickels from Thornton.

    The incident happened near Interstate 76 and Interstate 270 about 2:30 a.m. The state patrol said a Mitsubishi Lancer was trying to make the turn from westbound I-76 and westbound I-270 when it left the road and hit a guard rail.

  • Facing a New Year
  • Veteran Hodge, newcomer Priola settle into new roles

    DENVER – She’s very familiar with the grounds of the state Capitol. After all, Mary Hodge was a representative for four years.

    But this month, Hodge moves across the hall and becomes a state senator. She replaces former state Sen. Stephanie Takis, who was term-limited.

    Kevin Priola isn’t quite as familiar. He was elected to his first term as a state representative in November. But he may get his share of experience between now and May when the Legislature adjourns after its mandatory 120-day session.

  • Jim Nelms, former city councilman, dies at 85

    BRIGHTON — Former mayor and Adams County Commissioner Jim Nelms lost his battle with cancer last week. He was 85.

    His death came exactly two weeks after Brighton city councilors agreed to place a plaque in his honor on Brighton Memorial Parkway. Nelms was too frail to attend the meeting. But several spoke on his behalf, including farmer Bob Sakata and former mayoral opponent Ken Mitchell. All hailed Nelms for his work to make Brighton a better place.

    Sakata personally delivered the news to Nelms of his honor after the meeting.