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  • Nicastle wants Darr's job, switches political parties

    Mark Nicastle, who has been with the Adams County Sheriff's Office for 30 years, wants Sheriff Doug Darr's job.  Nicastle, 51, also switched political parties. He's now a Republican.

    Nicastle ran for state representative as a Democrat in 2008 but lost the primary to former Brighton educator Dave Rose. Even though he switched political parties, Nicastle expects to get an endorsement from the Fraternal Order of Police, according to Greg Burt, spokesman for the Adams County Republican Party. The FOP vote is set for Feb. 8.



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  • FasTracks program could be delayed sans more money

    DENVER — As part of its annual evaluation of the FasTracks program, the Regional Transportation District released revised numbers for the rail project and cited a reduction in the planned final cost to finish the system.

        It could pave the way for RTD to ask voters to approve an additional tax increase for the project this year.

  • Christmas tree recycling at Adams County Regional Park

    BRIGHTON — Adams County will accept Christmas trees for recycling from Adams County residents through Jan. 17.

        Trees can be dropped off from sunrise through sunset at the Adams County Regional Park, 9755 Henderson Road in Brighton (one mile west of U.S. Highway 85 on 124th Avenue). Follow signs at the park to the self drop-off site. 

  • City needs members for boards, commissions

    COMMERCE CITY – Residents have the opportunity to help build a sustainable future for their city by applying for a position on one of the city’s boards or commissions.

        The deadline to apply for various positions on city boards, commissions and committees is Jan. 15.  People interested in applying must be a Commerce City resident. Qualified candidates will be interviewed by City Council in late January.

  • Priola and Sonnenberg: Governor was 'vulnerable'

    DENVER – Gov. Bill Ritter doesn't want a second term in office. He made the announcement Wednesday morning at the state Capitol.

    Rep. Kevin Priola, R-Henderson, said while the announcement caught people by surprise, it wasn't that big a shock.

    "The governor's decision is an historical one," Priola said. "However, it was clear he was vulnerable, particularly because of his weak record on the economy."

  • No rate hike for United Power customers

    BRIGHTON – United Power customers will not see a hike in their electricity bills in 2010 for the first time in six years.

        Rate increases for customers of the consumer-owned energy cooperative are usually pass-through costs due to increases in wholesale power costs from United Power electricity provider, Tri State Generation and Transmission. Westminster-based Tri State announced in September that its 2010 rate schedule would remain unchanged. The average wholesale rate to its member co-ops is about 6.5 cents per kilowatt-hour for 2010.

  • Future of TABOR may be up in the air

    BRIGHTON – State Sen. Mary Hodge, D-Brighton, and state Rep. Judy Solano, D-Brighton, support efforts for a ballot proposal (for no sooner than 2011) that could gut part of the Taxpayers Bill of Rights.

        The section that puts questions about tax increases to the voters would remain.

  • Budget problems hound state of Colorado

       BRIGHTON – While there is some increased optimism concerning the state of the state’s economy, there is still the matter of budget cuts to address in the state Legislature.

        Two of Brighton’s three legislators think the problem is conflicting amendments in the state Constitution. Rep. Judy Solano, D-Brighton, and state Sen. Mary Hodge, D-Brighton, would like their fellow lawmakers to do something about that.

        And if not, Solano said there is the possibility of asking for a tax increase.

  • Adams County Emergency Management on Facebook

        BRIGHTON — The Adams County Office of Emergency Management has joined Facebook.

        Emergency Management’s Facebook page will allow residents to learn how the county is aaying proactive in the areas of emergency preparedness along with current hot topics related to emergency management.