Local News

  • Nonprofit group to award grants

    MetroWest Report

    A Commerce City foundation is looking to help fund local nonprofit groups once again.

  • East 96th Avenue to close for construction

    MetroWest Report

    A stretch of East 96th Avenue in Commerce City will be closed for three weeks.

    The road will be closed in both directions between Tower Road and E-470 to construct the Tower Road and East 96th Avenue intersection, according to a city news release.

  • Former sugar smokestack is gone

    The smokestack is gone, but the silos remain at the former Great Western Sugar Factory at U.S. Highway 85 and North Main Street.

    About 10 families turned out to watch the demolition happened around 8 a.m., closing North Main Street from Denver Street to 168th Avenue, on Sunday, Feb 12. Much of the old Great Western Sugar factory mill was demolished last year due to environmental and safety concerns.

  • Adams County hires first oil inspector

    Adams County has a new oil and gas inspector with a background in the industry.

    Adam Kraich will make $50,988.84 annually as he inspects oil and gas company field operations in the county and looking for compliance with county regulations.

    The job was created after Adams County commissioners put a six-week moratorium on oil well drilling in March in response to public concern about an increasing amount of oil and gas activity.

  • Inmate charged in detention facility death

    Inmate Che Jason Bachicha was charged with first-degree murder with deliberation on Tuesday, Feb. 14 for the death of an inmate at the Adams County Detention Center facility. 

    Kyle Yomens, 26, was found in bloodied in his cell around 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8. Bachicha, 28, shared the cell with Yomens, who suffered blunt force trauma to his head.  

    Adams County Sheriff Spokesman Jim Morgen said deputies do an inmate check every 30 minutes during the evening lockdown. 

  • New RTD route has detours around civic center, Dick’s

    Commerce City’s newest RTD bus route currently runs a detoured route.

    Route No. 62 began service Jan. 16, but does not connect to the civic center or Dick’s Sporting Goods Park due to road construction on Central Park Boulevard. 

  • I-76 roadwork in store Feb. 8-9

    Count on delays from late Feb. 8 to early Feb. 9 if your travels take you along I-76 through Commerce City.

    The Colorado Department of Transportation said the eastbound side of I-76 at 96th Avenue will be cut back to one lane from 8 p.m., Feb. 8, to 5:30 a.m., Feb. 9, so that crews can shift travel lanes onto new detour pavement.

    Crews will temporarily close the 96th Avenue on-ramp to eastbound I-76 starting at 10 p.m. to move a temporary barrier and restripe the highway. The detour is westbound I-76 to 88th Avenue.

  • Pounds of poop

    Councilman Mark Humbert would like to see dog poop disappear from the city’s parks. 

    Humbert, who goes on daily walks through Benedict Park with his dog, recently counted 88 piles of dog poop that were left behind.

    Brighton city code requires pet owners to pick up dog poop and properly dispose of it or face a fine.

    Picking up after your pet is part of being a responsible dog owner, Humbert says.

  • ‘One Kind Word’ aims to draw community close

    The Japanese proverb “One kind word can warm three winter months” has inspired a new project at Anythink Library to make personalized cards to give to strangers.

    You can make postcards and write letters for the “One Kind Word” project, which is scheduled for Feb. 6 to 11. Stop by any of the library locations during scheduled hours or make special cards during scheduled workshops on calligraphy, embossing and screen printing. 

  • Tower Road widening to wrap up in December

    Tower Road road widening construction is on schedule to finish by December, according to Commerce City staff members who presented an update on the project at the Jan. 23 city council meeting.

    Staffers also presented a series of key dates coming up this year, including road detours on each segment.