http://www.commercecitysentinel.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Drive-in owners, officials at odds on traffic problems http://www.commercecitysentinel.com/content/drive-owners-officials-odds-traffic-problems <img src="http://www.commercecitysentinel.com/sites/www.commercecitysentinel.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cc_88th_avenue_drive-in_001a_072914_crop.jpg" alt="While city officials have been concerned about traffic issues near the 88 Drive-In Theatre in Commerce City, most customers were just hoping to avoid a summer storm this past weekend; instead, they were treated to a rainbow in the distance and the usual lineup of films. " title="While city officials have been concerned about traffic issues near the 88 Drive-In Theatre in Commerce City, most customers were just hoping to avoid a summer storm this past weekend; instead, they were treated to a rainbow in the distance and the usual lineup of films. " align="left" hspace="6" width="115" height="85" /><p> <b>COMMERCE CITY &mdash;</b> The struggle for the owners of the 88 Drive-in to keep bringing their outdoor entertainment was already a Hollywood-style underdog story &mdash; and the city has just added a new plot twist to the story.</p> <p class="p3"> &nbsp;</p> Prairie View HOSA group returns from national leadership conference http://www.commercecitysentinel.com/content/prairie-view-hosa-group-returns-national-leadership-conference <img src="http://www.commercecitysentinel.com/sites/www.commercecitysentinel.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sbc_pvhshosa_073014.jpg" alt="From left: Richard Perez, Juan Guevara, Yoslin Pasillas, Caleb Baumgartner and Morgan Thoutt poses for a photo while attending the 2014 HOSA National Leadership Conference." title="From left: Richard Perez, Juan Guevara, Yoslin Pasillas, Caleb Baumgartner and Morgan Thoutt poses for a photo while attending the 2014 HOSA National Leadership Conference." align="left" hspace="6" width="122" height="85" /><p> <b>HENDERSON &mdash;</b> Members of the Prairie View High School HOSA group recently took part in the National HOSA Conference June 25 to 28 in Orlando, Fla.</p> <p class="p3"> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Five students represented PVHS in three different categories:</span></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s1">&bull; Caleb Baumgartner competed in Epidemiology;</span></p> Fate of proposed mill levy, bond measures may lead to athletic issues at BHS and Prairie View http://www.commercecitysentinel.com/content/fate-proposed-mill-levy-bond-measures-may-lead-athletic-issues-bhs-and-prairie-view <img src="http://www.commercecitysentinel.com/sites/www.commercecitysentinel.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/todd_potestio_-_bhs_athletic_director.jpg" alt="Todd Potestio" title="Todd Potestio" align="left" hspace="6" width="71" height="85" /><p> <b>BRIGHTON &mdash;</b> There won&rsquo;t be a decision on a potential $150-million bond measure and a $7.5-million levy override in School District 27J for another month or so.</p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s2">But the athletic directors at Prairie View and Brighton high schools are thinking ahead just in case the measures fail in the November election.</span></p> Study shows lower auto insurance rates for Weld County http://www.commercecitysentinel.com/content/study-shows-lower-auto-insurance-rates-weld-county <img src="http://www.commercecitysentinel.com/sites/www.commercecitysentinel.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/all_autoinsurance_073014.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="140" height="85" /><p> <b>WELD COUNTY &mdash;</b> Car owners and drivers in Weld County pay some of the lowest annual auto insurance premiums in the state, according to a recent study by a national consumer finance website.</p> <p class="p4"> &nbsp;</p> No early damage from July 28 tornado http://www.commercecitysentinel.com/content/no-early-damage-july-28-tornado <img src="http://www.commercecitysentinel.com/sites/www.commercecitysentinel.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_0116.jpg" alt="This driver tries to work his way around flooded streets in downtown Brighton after heavy rain and hail fell July 28." title="This driver tries to work his way around flooded streets in downtown Brighton after heavy rain and hail fell July 28." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <strong>COMMERCE CITY --&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;The National Weather Service said two tornadoes touched down near Commerce City July 28. Social media pictures showed some overturned soccer goals at Dick&#39;s Sporting Goods Park.</p> <p> The weather service posted a tornado warning for southern sections of Commerce City July 28. The warning also applied to Denver International Airport, where authorities whisked passengers to safety for almost a half-hour.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Connecting classrooms to career prospects a boon for Aims Community College Ft. Lupton http://www.commercecitysentinel.com/content/connecting-classrooms-career-prospects-boon-aims-community-college-ft-lupton <img src="http://www.commercecitysentinel.com/sites/www.commercecitysentinel.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/flm_edu_aims1.0.7_072314.jpg" alt="Bruce Beardsley, director of the oil and gas career and technology education program at the Fort Lupton Campus of Aims Community College, assists a pair of fifth-graders with hydraulics training equipment July 14 in the Platte Building training lab. Beardsley said both secondary and higher education learners love the hands-on aspect of training available through the Platte labs, and said it has produced results. &amp;quot;Students like the classes,&amp;quot; he said. &amp;quot;They&amp;#039;re coming, they&amp;#039;re finishing and they&amp;#039;re being hired.&amp;quot;" title="Bruce Beardsley, director of the oil and gas career and technology education program at the Fort Lupton Campus of Aims Community College, assists a pair of fifth-graders with hydraulics training equipment July 14 in the Platte Building training lab. Beardsley said both secondary and higher education learners love the hands-on aspect of training available through the Platte labs, and said it has produced results. &amp;quot;Students like the classes,&amp;quot; he said. &amp;quot;They&amp;#039;re coming, they&amp;#039;re finishing and they&amp;#039;re being hired.&amp;quot;" align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> <b>FORT LUPTON &mdash;</b> Brenda Rask, dean of the Aims Community College Fort Lupton campus, knows firsthand the value of career and technical education, commonly known as CTE.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s2">After all, the dean&rsquo;s daughter, Sydnie Rask, a 2008 graduate of Fort Lupton High School, was a product of a CTE welding program at the Aims main campus in Greeley. Now she&rsquo;s the owner of her own welding company, LLR, or Little Lady Rask Welding.</span></p> Tamara Player named new chief operating officer of Community Reach Center http://www.commercecitysentinel.com/content/tamara-player-named-new-chief-operating-officer-community-reach-center <p> <b>THORNTON &mdash;</b> Tamara Player joined the Community Reach Center as its new chief operating officer.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Player is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 20 years of experience working in the community mental-health field as a direct care provider and in a leadership role, according to a Community Reach news release. She recently worked as COO for a mental health center with a similar staff size and mission in northern Maine.&nbsp;</span></p> District 27J reaches new agreements with certified and classified staff http://www.commercecitysentinel.com/content/district-27j-reaches-new-agreements-certified-and-classified-staff <p> <b>BRIGHTON &mdash;</b> New three-year agreements have been reached by School District 27J with the district&rsquo;s certified and classified employees, respectively, the district announced July 16.</p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s2">The contracts, which span July 1 through June 30, 2017, have been ratified by the respective memberships of the Brighton Education Association and Colorado Classified School Employees Association.</span></p>