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Today's News

  • A one-trick hybrid pony

    By Tony White

    Special to MetroWest Newspapers

    Eric Sumpter says specialization is the wave of the future for the car service industry.

  • Child abuse video goes viral

    LOCHBUIE – The Weld County District Attorney’s office plans to charge a 27-year-old woman with three counts of child abuse after she allegedly abused her young son in a video that has gone viral on YouTube.

    Judge Dana Nichols advised Katrina Flores Kennedy of her rights and set her bond at $3,000 in the Weld County Courthouse Thursday, May 19. The judge issued a mandatory protection order, stating that Kennedy is not to have contact with the victim or anyone under the age of 18.

  • Go jump in a lake - in about a year

    It could be another year of work getting it ready before Ken Mitchell Park and Open Space opens to the public and a currently empty lake  area is filled, city council members have decided.

    Ken Mitchell Park – a small playground and grassy area nearby - remains open. The 648-acre lake area, a former gravel pit, is east of the South Platte River, south of Colorado 7, north of 114th Avenue and west of Brighton Road.

  • Sweet smell of success

    Maria Zarazua is the “cake lady” of Commerce City.

    Her fancy confections are decorated with flowers and presented on pedestals of lights and frothy fabrics. She’ll decorate your wedding reception or a quincenera for your daughter.

    Since Amazing Cakes by M.Z. opened in 2001, she has outgrown her baking space three times.

    But Zarazua got so focused on growing the business, that she started going off in all directions, not sure how her cash flow was holding up, but always super-busy.

  • Former Commerce City police officer sentenced to probation

    Former Commerce City Police Officer Kevin Lord received three years of probation and 500 hours of community service Friday, May 20, after he shot himself but claimed he had been shot by somebody else.

    Lord pleaded guilty to tampering with physical evidence and misdemeanor false reporting for staging an incident. The terms of the sentencing agreement assure that Lord will never be allowed to be a police officer again, said District Attorney Dave Young.

  • Eagles' Cervantes takes fifth in 100- backstroke at meet

    THORNTON – Adams City's Herman Cervantes was fifth in the 100-yard backstroke at the Eastern Metro Athletic Conference swimming championships over the weekend.

    The meet was at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center. Cervantes posted a time of 1:07.49. Tony Deaguero took sixth in the 100-yard butterfly, where his time was 1:01.78.

  • Commerce City apartments planned for $4.5 million

    A Phoenix developer plans to build a $4.5 million, 21-apartment senior housing complex near East 62nd Avenue and Monaco Street in Commerce City.

    Rose Hill Senior Villas is planned for a little more than an acre of land at 6377 E. 62nd Ave. in a residential neighborhood, said Justin Francis, a representative for G.A. Haan Development in Phoenix.

    “There’s an imminent need for housing in Colorado,” Francis said.

  • $143 million School District 27J budget planned

    School District 27J officials plan to use about $8,000 in additional per-pupil revenue to cover increased operations and personnel costs in its proposed $143 million 2016-2017 budget.

    The money is expected to come from a 1.2 percent inflation rate adjustment for school districts in Colorado under the School Finance Act. It amounts to an additional $84 per pupil for School District 27J this year, according to Lori Schiek, chief financial officer.

  • On the hunt for host families

    The goal for Compass-USA is to have international students see what a typical life in American is like. 

    Students from France, countries in Africa and other parts of the globe will visit the United States as part of programs implemented Compass-USA. It was founded in 2000 to provide educational opportunities for youth and adults in the United States.

  • Stryker gets help from Commerce City ecodevo office

    Owners of sewing company Stryker by Design have been so busy growing the business, that they’ve never had time to ask for outside help, said co-owner Hayley Clark-Johnson.

    After starting in 2000 making backpacks and other outdoor military and tactical gear, the company grew so fast at one point, “it almost killed us,” said Clark-Johnson, who also is the company vice president. When the national economy went in the tank and stayed there over the last several years, Stryker also struggled, she said.