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  • 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. 

  • Fire breaks out at Waste Management plant

    At midafternoon July 17, the South Adams County Fire Department was working to control a fire at the Waste Management plant in the 6100 of Brighton Road.

    The lastest update, by way of Facebook, said crews cooled down several piles of trash, which allowed front-end loaders to separate the piles so that crews could extinguish the fire.

    The smoke from the fire caused delays on I-270 earlier in the day. The fire department said delays continue to be possible but that the conditions were improving.

  • Fire breaks out at Commerce City trash business

    Firefighters battled a large trash fire at Denver Disposal and Recycling Transfer Station in the 6000 block of Brighton Boulevard, Thursday, June 15.

    Crews from South Adams County and Adams County fire departments used "monster streams" of water to make progress on the fire just after 5 p.m., according to a tweet from South Adams County fire officials. Crews were on scene for several hours to make sure they put the fire out.

  • Firefighters rescue girl from burning home

    A young girl is in the hospital after firefighters found her in a home where the basement was on fire.

    It happened near East 96th Avenue and Chambers road June 14. The girl's condition is not known. Officials said the youngster was unconscious but breathing when firemen from South Adams and the Brighton fire departments rescued her.

    The cause of the fire is not clear. Firefighters said when they arrived, smoke was coming out the front door of the home.

    We'll update later.

  • Bus service to Commerce City Civic Center back on track

    Commerce City residents now have the ability to take a bus to many city services in the new civic center, not to mention Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

    After a long period of detours around the stops due to construction work on Central Park Boulevard between East 56th Avenue and Prairie Parkway, RTD bus route 62 officially added last month the two stops, according to a city release.

    The route initially opened in January.

  • Ironkids training event gets Boys and Girls club running

    Kids shouted enthusiastically and high-fived each other before jumping, skipping and running to the commands of Ironman triathlon leaders and a professional triathlete at the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver Suncor clubhouse Friday, June 9.

    The IronKids training event helped kids explore different ways to stay active and helped them understand the importance of staying healthy. It preceded an Ironkids Fun Run in Boulder, a one-mile and a half-mile loop on the Ironman course at Boulder High School for kids looking to get a taste of the triathlon experience.

  • Commerce City looking to turn Downtown Derby into destination

    Commerce City is working to turn an area of its old downtown into a destination. 

    The Derby Downtown District, off of 72nd and Highway 2, has a long history within Commerce City, but planners are looking to make its future bright as well. That’s why, as part of the ongoing plan to re-establish the Derby Downtown District as a destination, enhance its visibility and identity and revitalize the district as a whole, the city is creating a plan for lighting and wayfinding signage in Derby. 

  • Not your average cup of joe

    Tal Fishman stands over the espresso machine as he carefully grinds coffee beans and packs the grounds precisely into a portafilter.

    The deep brown liquid fills the cup and the nutty, bitter smell of coffee fills the air in the tasting room.

    Fishman is the owner and operator of Whiskey Barrel Coffee, a small, family-run coffee roaster tucked into an industrial neighborhood in Commerce City, at 4980 Monaco St.