Local News

  • 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.

  • Police investigate possible shooting

    COMMERCE CITY – Police are investigating a possible shooting that followed a report of a disturbance at an area bar. Commerce City police responded to a report of a fight involving several men inside and outside of the El Viva Villa Bar and Grill, 5411 Quebec St., about 7 p.m., Nov. 15.

  • Man in trouble after cutting golf course trees

    White plastic rail fence separates Coyote Creek Golf Course from surrounding homes on the east side of Fort Lupton. The fence that physically separates the properties also is the dividing line of a controversy that started 3 1/2 months ago when a homeowner was arrested for cutting down trees on the course that were blocking his view.

  • Breaking News It’s all but over ee including the counting

    BRIGHTON – Kevin Priola may have 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 460 more votes than did the longtime Brighton elementary school principal.

  • Commerce City ordinance leaves family on wrong side of law

    HENDERSON — Lisa French could hardly say no when her son and daughter-in-law lost their apartment earlier this year and needed a place to stay with their two young children.

    But French’s generosity has now put her on the wrong side of the law.

    By letting the two temporarily move in, it made five adults living in the Newark Street home. French and her husband, as well as her disabled mother-in-law, live in the home.