Local News

  • Ferrets thrive at Rocky Mountain Arsenal

    At least 25 rare, black-footed ferrets have been born in the last two years at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.

    Now, wildlife staffers are trying to find out why the endangered animals are not only surviving, but thriving, on the 25-square-mile wildlife refuge in Commerce City.

  • Officials consider allowing pot sales in Brighton

    City council members could decide to allow marijuana sales in Brighton in the future as a way to generate additional tax revenue.

    Current Brighton tax revenues don’t generate enough money to keep up with the estimated annual $36 million it takes to keep the city running, according to Clint Blackhurst, acting city manager.

    City council members banned retail marijuana shops in June 2013.

  • Mom, child missing after kidnapping

    The search continued late Aug. 31 for a 1-year-old child and his mother who were taken from their Commerce City home at gunpoint.

    Officials issued an Amber Alert for the toddler, Zahid Adams. He and his mother, Samantha Adams, have not been seen since the incident began. The getaway car turned up in Pueblo around 4 p.m. But the Adamses and the suspect, 22-year-old Mauricio Venzor-Gonzalez, were not with the car. Authorities said the child is the son of Venzor-Gonzales and Ms. Adams.

  • New headquarters open for business

    The South Adams County Fire Department has a new place to call home.

    It dedicated its new headquarters at 6050 Syracuse St. during an Aug. 16 ceremony.

    "With all of our growth, the old location was no longer practical," said Lt. Michael Gawal, the department's spokesman. "This building is a great tribute to our past as well."

  • $27.5 million animal shelter is a ‘done deal’

    A planned $27.5 million Adams County animal shelter at the Adams County Fairgrounds will move forward, despite continued complaints from residents. During a public meeting at the Waymire Dome recently, several residents expressed discontent with Adams County officials after hearing that the animal shelter was a ‘done deal.’

    “What are we even doing here?” at least one person in the crowd of more than 50 shouted out during the meeting.

  • Officials pay $3.5 million for farmland for agritourism

    Elected city officials recently decided to buy Sable Farm for $3.5 million to preserve it as agricultural land and open space.

    The Sable/Anderson/Hattendorf farmland is about 64 acres of land west of Sable Road between East 144th and East 148th avenues. The sale also included 70.8 shares of Fulton Ditch water, which must be used on the land or on other nearby farmland.

  • A ticket to ride

    A new bus route from the city’s civic center to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park and other stops along 60th Avenue got the star treatment recently.

    Bus Route 62 opened in January with federal grant money aimed at reducing vehicle emissions. Commerce City’s elected officials celebrated the new route on Tuesday, July 18.

  • Best in show:

    Katie Hix brushed the soft, white fur of her dog, Misty, as the two of them prepared for the Adams County Fair Dog Show on Saturday, July 22.  

    The dog show kicked off the county fair activities with dogs and their owners showing off their skills in obedience, showmanship and handling obstacles.  

    Katie, 16, has competed in dog shows for the last six years, four of which she did so well that she proceeded to the state fair.

  • Commerce Heart Gallery fair, other briefs

    Colorado Heart Gallery fair

    was held in Commerce City

    Close to 300 children in Colorado are waiting to be adopted, many of whom are featured in the Colorado Heart Gallery, according to Colorado human services statistics.

    The gallery was displayed recently at a fundraiser and foster care fair hosted by Foster Source in the 99000 block of Richfield Street in Commerce City. The traveling exhibit features pictures of Colorado children who are waiting to be adopted.

  • Ken Mitchell Lakes reservoir full, trail construction planned

    One reservoir at Ken Mitchell Lakes is full of water again, thanks to higher-than-normal water flows on the neighboring South Platte River.

    Workers have done several improvements and repairs to the reservoir, known as Cell 1, leaving it mostly empty for more than a year. But Brighton officials capitalized on the recent “free river” snowmelt period from the South Platte River and filled the reservoir completely within two weeks.