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  • Former Adams 14 teacher sentenced to 25 years to life for sexual assault

    Former Dupont Elementary School teacher Gilbert Joseph Trujillo, 67, was sentenced to 25 years to life on Wednesday, April 19, for sexual assaulting two girls between 2005 and 2011.

    All together, Trujillo was charged in June 2015 with sexually assaulting six girls between August 2004 and May 2011 when they were students in third, fourth and fifth grades at Dupont Elementary School, 7970 Kimberly St. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office started an investigation in November 2013 and later filed charges.

  • Barr Lake spreads wings with $1.5 million nature center remodel

    A bald eagle spread his wings as Peter Reshetiniak, president of the Raptor Education Foundation, introduced him to a crowd of people gathered at the Barr Lake State Park nature center.

    The 2-year-old eagle has a wing span of seven feet, and, like many in attendance, looked around curiously at his surroundings – the newly remodeled visitors’ center.

  • Tractor-trailer turnover causes traffic delays

    A tractor-trailer rig carrying a dry cement mix turned over at the intersection of U.S. Highway 85 and 120th Avenue, causing traffic delays for almost four hours on Thursday, March 23.

    The trailer was headed southbound on Highway 85 and took the westbound turn onto 120th Avenue too quickly, causing the vehicle to turn over a little before 4 p.m., police said.

  • Did you hear about the wilderness survival classes?

    Five students receive

    Daniels scholarships

    Five students at Adams City High School received Daniels Fund scholarships to pay for their college educations.

    Angel Priscilla Gomez-Trujillo, Andrea Hernandez, Antonio Marquez, Karol Marina Martinez-Loya and Fernanda Villalobos were chosen to receive Daniels Fund scholarships. 

    Daniels Scholars receive funds to attend any accredited nonprofit college or university in the country. 

  • Suncor incident spewed toxic gases

    Suncor Refinery in Commerce City spewed toxic gases into the air on Saturday, March 11, after an Xcel power outage temporarily shut down operations, according to media reports.

    A Suncor spokesman said the gases released did not warrant a big health risk at the refinery at 5801 Brighton Blvd. But more than 100 pounds of hydrogen sulfide and more than 500 pounds of sulfur dioxide gas was released into the air, exceeding state air quality limits, according to the Colorado Department of Health.

  • Power failure shuts down Suncor plant

    As of 2 a.m. March 12, the Suncor plant in Commerce City was without power after a power failure.

  • 96th Avenue closed for construction work

    You can expect more traffic delays if you're trying to get to Denver International Airport.

    East 96th Avenue is closed until at least Friday, March 17, so crews can construct a new interchange at Tower Road.

    Drivers who use 96th Avenue in the area of E-470 should use East 104th Avenue or Pena Boulevard. Drivers who want to head southbound on Tower Road will be able to turn right on 96th Avenue to get to the Buckley Road detour. Tower Road remains closed from 96th to 88th avenues until April because of construction.

  • Crash hurts two

    BRIGHTON – A woman was taken to the hospital by helicopter with unknown injuries after a four-car crash at U.S. Highway 85 and 124th Avenue near the Adams County Fairgrounds around 2 p.m. Thursday, March 2.

    Witnesses said a silver Mustang headed southbound at a high rate of speed collided with an eastbound Subaru that was turning north onto U.S. 85. Angela Andress, who works at the Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce, said the force of the crash pushed the Mustang back into her stopped vehicle plus one other vehicle. 

  • Sculptures by Colorado artists coming to Commerce City parks

    Public art projects will soon decorate Commerce City in 2017, starting with two of its parks. On Feb. 6 city council members approved two public art projects in the form of three large sculptures, two at Turnberry Park and one at Villages East Park. 

    The 2K ballot initiative, passed in 2015, funds public art through a set aside of one percent of the annual construction budget, which will fund seven art projects over the next few years totaling $859,000. 

  • Commerce City residents 'spread the love'

    Commerce City residents “Spread the Love” and crammed a police cruiser with donations of peanut butter and jelly jars on Saturday, Feb. 19, at two King Soopers grocery stores.

    Nearly 1 in 6 Colorado households with children say they're not able to afford adequate food, according to the nonprofit group Hunger Free Colorado.