• Whistles Stopped

    It’s a sign of the economic times.

    There’s no engine hooked up to the chain of empty parked boxcars winding alongside Colorado Boulevard from state Highway 7 north to Weld County Road 6.

    A literal train to nowhere.

    “It’s something that is recession-caused,” Mark Davis, spokesman for Union Pacific Railroad said.

    As of the end of last year, there were 48,000 railcars, or 17 percent of UP’s fleet, along with 14 percent of its locomotives, in storage across 23 states.

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  • Peak Form wants to help employees get in shape

    BRIGHTON — In today’s struggling economy, Jeanette Hrubes doesn’t see many businesses with money to waste when it comes to worker’s compensation claims.

    That’s why Hrubes, director of Peak Form Physical Therapy in Brighton, is excited about the physical therapy center’s new partnership with WorkSTEPS.

    The aim of WorkSTEPS is to limit the worker’s compensation claims of its clients by putting prospective employees through pre-employment physical testing.

  • New J.C. Penney store set to debut in Brighton

    J.C. Penney, once a staple of Brighton’s Main Street, makes its return to the community this week with the grand opening of its new, 104,000-square-foot store at Prairie Center, 1950 Prairie Center Pkwy.

    Local community leaders are set to join J.C. Penney representatives at 8:45 a.m. Friday for the store’s grand opening. Last week, many of the 110 new J.C. Penney employees were busy preparing the final touches for the store’s soft opening Feb. 28, a day earlier than they planned.

  • Bootys Call

    If parents today aren’t thinking green, they’re probably thinking about saving some green.

    Brighton resident and entrepreneur Sarah Munoz hopes her new Main Street boutique, Baby Bootys, which sells cloth diapers, will appeal to both the environmentally conscious and the cost savvy. The store opened Jan. 24.

    Munoz said the store grew out of her own interest in cloth diapers. She is a mother of four (5, 3, 2 and 7 months) and, after the latest birth, she said she wanted to use cloth instead of disposable diapers.

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  • Mover honored for superior customer satisfaction

        GOLDEN — Local mover Two Men and a Truck earned top honors in a recent J.D. Power and Associates study measuring customer satisfaction among full-service moving companies.

  • Colorado Railcar folds

    FORT LUPTON — It was an unceremonious end for Colorado Railcar Manufacturing.

    At 1:50 p.m., Dec. 31, two bankers in long black coats emerged from the main door of the facility, got in their vehicles and drove through half-opened gates leading out of the parking lot. Leaving their vehicles at the side of 14 1/2 Street, the men pulled the gates together, secured them with a padlock and drove away.

  • Job fair Jan. 9-10

    Need a part-time job?  The new J.C. Penney Store in Brighton is opening soon and will be hosting a job fair from 2 to 8 p.m., Jan. 9, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jan. 10, at the Brighton rec center.  For more information, contact the Brighton rec center at 303-655-2200.

  • Brighton Bakery keeps it fresh

    Brighton Bakery keeps it fresh

        Brighton Bakery, 989 Bridge St., specializes in fresh donuts daily, a variety of drinks and sausage rolls. New owner Steven Maestas says they are a family-operated business that loves to serve the people of Brighton. He adds that freshness is their top priority.

        Customers can find a variety of fresh donuts and a drink selection with friendly service. Special requests are welcome. Just call in advance so they can have them fresh and ready. Call 303-659-6212.