http://www.commercecitysentinel.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Little help for those with mental illness, developmental disabilities http://www.commercecitysentinel.com/content/little-help-those-mental-illness-developmental-disabilities <img src="http://www.commercecitysentinel.com/sites/www.commercecitysentinel.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/all_inews_diagnoses1_041614.jpg" alt="Alex Meredith, 29, left, draws as his mother, Carol, observes at the family home in Littleton, Colo., on Feb. 17, 2014. Meredith was diagnosed with autism when he was very young. He also displayed symptoms of mental illness — obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, psychosis and depression. Seeking treatment for these conditions means navigating a fragmented system with funding quirks and huge gaps in care.(Joe Mahoney/I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS)" title="Alex Meredith, 29, left, draws as his mother, Carol, observes at the family home in Littleton, Colo., on Feb. 17, 2014. Meredith was diagnosed with autism when he was very young. He also displayed symptoms of mental illness — obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, psychosis and depression. Seeking treatment for these conditions means navigating a fragmented system with funding quirks and huge gaps in care.(Joe Mahoney/I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS)" align="left" hspace="6" width="108" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Kristin Jones</strong></p> <p class="p2"> <strong><span class="s1">I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS</span></strong></p> <p class="p3"> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p4"> A raised <span class="s2">red oval, a couple of inches in diameter, sits at the top of Alex Meredith&rsquo;s forehead.</span></p> <p class="p5"> <span class="s2">It is the physical mark of a besieged mind.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p5"> &nbsp;</p> Metro Mortgage Assistance Plus Program available to Commerce City residents http://www.commercecitysentinel.com/content/metro-mortgage-assistance-plus-program-available-commerce-city-residents <img src="http://www.commercecitysentinel.com/sites/www.commercecitysentinel.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cc_homesellsign_041514.jpg" alt="City Council passed a resolution Monday, April 7, to join the Metro Mortgage Assistance Plus Program, which provides down-payment assistance up to 4 percent of the mortgage amount for low- to moderate-income homebuyers. " title="City Council passed a resolution Monday, April 7, to join the Metro Mortgage Assistance Plus Program, which provides down-payment assistance up to 4 percent of the mortgage amount for low- to moderate-income homebuyers. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <b>COMMERCE CITY &mdash; </b>Commerce City residents looking to purchase a home have another resource to make that goal a reality.</p> <p class="p4"> City Council passed a resolution Monday, April 7, to join the Metro Mortgage Assistance Plus Program.</p> <p class="p4"> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p4"> The program, administered by the City and County of Denver, provides a competitive, 30-year fixed-rate mortgage down payment assistance grant equal to 4 percent of the mortgage amount to qualifying low and moderate income homebuyer families.</p> Well-pumping bill from Renfroe, Brophy fails in Senate committee http://www.commercecitysentinel.com/content/well-pumping-bill-renfroe-brophy-fails-senate-committee <p> <b>BRIGHTON &mdash; </b>Senior water rights holders along the South Platte River hailed the failure of Senate Bill 147 in the Senate Agriculture Committee last week.</p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s2">SB 147 &mdash; sponsored by state Sens. Scott Renfroe, Greg Brophy and Kevin Lundberg and state Reps. Lori Saine and Randy Fischer &mdash; would have allowed wells to pump in violation of current state law that protects senior agricultural water rights.</span></p> Anton Valdez gets life sentence in jewelry store owner’s slaying http://www.commercecitysentinel.com/content/anton-valdez-gets-life-sentence-jewelry-store-owner%E2%80%99s-slaying <img src="http://www.commercecitysentinel.com/sites/www.commercecitysentinel.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sbc_antonvaldez_041514.jpg" alt="Anton Valdez" title="Anton Valdez" align="left" hspace="6" width="73" height="85" /><p> <b>BRIGHTON &mdash;</b> The man convicted of killing a Commerce City jewelry store owner in 2012 will serve life in prison plus 32 years without parole, a judge ordered on Friday, April 11.</p> <p class="p4"> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p4"> <span class="s4">Anton Valdez, 23, was sentenced April 11 in Adams County District Court after a jury convicted him Wednesday, April 9, of first-degree murder, aggravated robbery and conspiracy in the death of Bernardo Saenz, who was fatally shot May 17, 2012, during a robbery of La Joyeria jewelry store, 5908 E. 64th Ave. in Commerce City.</span></p> Reelin' em in at the annual fishing derby http://www.commercecitysentinel.com/content/reelin-em-annual-fishing-derby <img src="http://www.commercecitysentinel.com/sites/www.commercecitysentinel.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cc_fishing_derby_005a_edited-1.jpg" alt="Madison Marino, 8, gets some help bating her hook from mom Casey during the Commerce City Fishing Derby on Saturday. The annual event is held at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. Madison, who is disabled, attends the Rocky Mountain Deaf School and was part of a school trip. Prizes, free loaner fishing poles and scores of other activities awaited the many families who showed up to try their hand. " title="Madison Marino, 8, gets some help bating her hook from mom Casey during the Commerce City Fishing Derby on Saturday. The annual event is held at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. Madison, who is disabled, attends the Rocky Mountain Deaf School and was part of a school trip. Prizes, free loaner fishing poles and scores of other activities awaited the many families who showed up to try their hand. " align="left" hspace="6" width="107" height="85" /> Kristin Sullivan tabbed for economic development post http://www.commercecitysentinel.com/content/kristin-sullivan-tabbed-economic-development-post <p> <b>BRIGHTON &mdash; </b>Adams County&rsquo;s planning manager for the past four years will now lead up the county&rsquo;s efforts regarding economic development.</p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Deputy County Manager Ray Gonzales announced Wednesday, April 9, that Kristin Sullivan has been selected to serve as the county&rsquo;s new economic development manager.</span></p> Reunion Girl Scouts help keep nearby state park clean http://www.commercecitysentinel.com/content/reunion-girl-scouts-help-keep-nearby-state-park-clean <img src="http://www.commercecitysentinel.com/sites/www.commercecitysentinel.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sbc_girl_scouts_at_barr_lake_008_040914.jpg" alt="Junior Girl Scouts in Troop 53406 help cement their fishing line recycling bin in place at Barr Lake State Park Saturday. The troop, based out of Turnberry Elementary School, would like to keep the park free of fishing line which wildlife can get tangled, injured or die in. " title="Junior Girl Scouts in Troop 53406 help cement their fishing line recycling bin in place at Barr Lake State Park Saturday. The troop, based out of Turnberry Elementary School, would like to keep the park free of fishing line which wildlife can get tangled, injured or die in. " align="left" hspace="6" width="124" height="85" /><p> <b>BRIGHTON &mdash;</b> Anglers at Barr Lake State Park are now able to recycle fishing line that could have otherwise be discarded on the ground or in the lake.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Junior Girl Scouts in Troop 53406 spent most of Saturday morning installing the recycling bins with Park Manager Michelle Seubert and were able to earn their bronze award, the highest award a junior girl scout is able to achieve.</span></p> Prairie View’s Eddie Leon knows Daniels Scholar honor happened with help from those around him http://www.commercecitysentinel.com/content/prairie-view%E2%80%99s-eddie-leon-knows-daniels-scholar-honor-happened-help-those-around-him <img src="http://www.commercecitysentinel.com/sites/www.commercecitysentinel.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sbc_pvhs_shaving_003a_edited-1.jpg" alt="Prairie View High School students Louis Butler, left, and Jeremy Velasco pose for a &quot;selfie&quot; with Student Council Adviser Kevin Purfurst as he has his head shaved in front of the student body during Friday&#039;s post TCAP assembly. Purfurst lost a bet and agreed to have his head and beard shaved because 98.4% of the students participated in the statewide TCAP testing." title="Prairie View High School students Louis Butler, left, and Jeremy Velasco pose for a &quot;selfie&quot; with Student Council Adviser Kevin Purfurst as he has his head shaved in front of the student body during Friday&#039;s post TCAP assembly. Purfurst lost a bet and agreed to have his head and beard shaved because 98.4% of the students participated in the statewide TCAP testing." align="left" hspace="6" width="107" height="85" /><p> <b>HENDERSON &mdash; </b>Eduardo &ldquo;Eddie&rdquo; Je<span class="s2">sus Leon was hanging out with his friends in the Prairie View High School parking lot when he learned he was selected as a Daniels Scholar. The 18-year-old Reunion resident and PVHS senior was refreshing his email on his phone when &ldquo;Congratulations Daniel Scholar&rdquo; popped into his inbox.</span></p> <p class="p3"> &nbsp;</p>