•     Cecily Espino and Patrick Luevano, of Brighton, announce the birth of their son, Elias Isaiah Leuvano.
        Elias was born Oct. 14, at Platte Valley Medical Center, in Brighton, weighing 7 pounds, 1.3 ounces and measuring 20 inches.
        Grandparents are Mari Amparan, of Brighton, Steve Espino, of Denver, and Polly Luevano, of Brighton.
        Elias joins Patrick Luevano, 7, and Angelo Lopez, 5.

  • Okechi and Chukwuemeka Okpara, of Commerce City, announce the birth of their daughter, Amara Nylan Okpara.

    Amara was born Aug. 28, at Platte Valley Medical Center, in Brighton, weighing 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and measuring 19 inches.

    Grandparents are Elnora Nobles, of Henderson, Tommie Nobles, of Tampa, Fla., and Cornelius (deceased) and Mary Okpara, of Nigeria.

  • Michelle and Tony Pietras, of Thornton, announce the birth of their daughter, Grace Taylor Pietras.

    Grace was born Aug. 28, at Platte Valley Medical Center, in Brighton, weighing 6 pounds, 10 ounces, and measuring 19 inches.

    Grandparents are Frank and Sandy Pietras, of Brighton, and William and Mariane Morris, of Lochbuie.

    Grace joins Payton Rylee Pietras, 1.

  • Danielle Sisneros and David Arellano II, of Commerce City, announced the birth of their son, David Arellano III.

    David was born Aug. 23, at Platte Valley Medical Center, in Brighton, weighing 5 pounds, 10 ounces, and measuring 18¼ inches.

    Grandparents are Pam and Paul Alva, of Commerce City.

    David joins Mariah, 15, Daneyah, 11, and Aliyah, 7.

  • FORT LUPTON — Longtime family dentist John McFarland thinks a pair of recent awards recognizing his more than 40 years of service — 43 years on May 1, to be exact — might be based more on a sense of obligation than anything else.

  • Brad McHargue, Film Critic

    Will Ferrell is arguably one of the most-popular comedic actors working in film today, so teaming him up with Kevin Hart in a racially charged comedy that seeks to satirize racism, ignorance, and the 1-percent seems like a recipe for a win.

  • Brad McHargue, Film Critic

  • By Brad McHargue, Film Critic

    Returning to the hyper-violent and gleefully offensive model first demonstrated in “Kick-Ass,” Matthew Vaughn’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service” is the type of film you relish for its commitment to the act.

  • By Brad McHargue, Film Critic

    With time travel a hot Hollywood commodity, it was only a matter of time before someone obfuscated an intrinsically interesting premise with the found footage conceit — case in point: "Project Almanac," directed by Dean Israelite and written by first-timers Jason Harry Pagan and Andrew Deutschman.

  • By Brad McHargue, Film Critic

    Defying the odds in a month of mostly bad and forgettable films, director Kevin Macdonald’s submarine-set thriller “Black Sea” joins the ranks of Joe Carnahan’s “The Grey” as a January release that subverts expectations by actually being good, nay, great.

  • "A Most Violent Year," J.C. Chandor's final film in his Rich Folks Trilogy, is a markedly enjoyable ride until it starts to beat its message into the viewer like a Brooklyn hoodlum getting pistol-whipped on the cement.

  • KEENESBURG — From the perspective of more than 350 animal refugees who now call Keenesburg home, the sprawling 720-acre Wild Animal Sanctuary — situated along rolling hills of expansive Weld County farmland — must seem like the Ritz-Carlton of the animal kingdom.

  • By Brad McHargue, Film Critic

    Michael Mann’s cyber-thriller "Blackhat" tries desperately to show the otherwise dull activity of hacking into something more than a pale programmer sitting alone in a basement, coffee and Mountain Dew coursing through his veins and typing out endless lines of code.

  • By Brad McHargue, Film Critic

    Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” has been mired in controversy on two different fronts. One involves Eastwood’s use of not one but two obviously fake babies in a handful of scenes, neither of which lend credence to Eastwood’s status as an allegedly good director.

  • Great movies have their eyes on the prize from the start. “Selma” is no exception.

  • DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT — The Denver Fantasy Flight program uses delightful sleight-of-hand tactics and wondrous holiday-themed distractions to convince unsuspecting youngsters they’ve landed at the North Pole for a one-on-one with the Big Man himself.

  • By Brad McHargue, Film Critic

  • COMMERCE CITY — Every year, we at MetroWest Newspapers get a little assistance from the Post Office and the North Pole in getting to share some of the letters local students have been sending off to Santa Claus.

    Here's a sampling of what the kids of Adams County are asking jolly old Saint Nick for this year:

    Henderson Elementary

  • BRIGHTON — Knowing that children in Brighton might not be getting gifts for Christmas is heartbreaking to Julie Gibeau.

    As a mother of three — two in elementary school — the revelation became a call to action for Gibeau. With the support of her family and friends, as well as her employer, Gibeau has embarked on the unique effort of baking her compassion into Loaves of Love.

  • BRIGHTON — The City of Brighton will be holding its 19th annual Festival of Lights on Saturday and is inviting the public to participate in the free, family friendly festivities.