Local News

  • 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.  

  • Man injured after being hit by train

        COMMERCE CITY – A Lakewood man is recovering from his injuries after he was hit by a train on New Year’s Day.

        Commerce City police officers responded to the 8000 block of Monaco Street at 8:24 p.m., Jan. 1 in reference to a pedestrian struck by a train.

        Officers discovered 20-year-old Randy Mascarenas, of Lakewood, near the railroad tracks. The Union Pacific train was going southbound.

  • Boys and Girls Club celebrates success

    Dan Ruybal knew the Brighton Boys and Girls club had the potential to be a phenomenal success when he took over as director last year.

        Ruybal, a 50-something product of the Boys and Girls Club system, has spent a lifetime developing young people. He spent 20 years leading the Denver metro area’s most successful center before coming to Brighton.

  • Anythink Commerce City closes for renovations

    COMMERCE CITY – Anythink Commerce City Library, 7185 Monaco St., will close temporarily for renovations and new construction at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 16.

  • Anythink Brighton captures first carbon-positive library title

    Anythink Brighton Library, the newest gem in the Rangeview Library District, generates more than flights of imagination from the pages of the latest fiction bestsellers.

        The facility also produces electricity and plans to sell back over $30,000 in excess current annually to United Power, the energy co-op that services the facility. It’s a strategy that proponents say will eventually pay for the building’s $6.5 million price tag, of which $1.25 million is directly attributable to alternate energy sources for lighting, heating and cooling.

  • Boiler break causes evacuation

    COMMERCE CITY – More than 100 residents of an apartment complex found themselves homeless Christmas Day after pipes burst inside the complex.

        The Commerce City Police Department and the South Adams County Fire Department responded to the Highland Legends Apartment Complex, 7200 E. 72nd Ave., about 9:30 a.m. on a report of flooding in one of the apartments.

  • Outlook bleak for South Platte River basin

    LOVELAND — Four and a half years after the Colorado Water for the 21st Century Act set up roundtables of water users and experts to study the state’s water resources and plan for water need through the mid-century, one of the participants issued a terse assessment of the area’s water future.

        “There is virtually no new water left to develop in the South Platte River Basin,” Mike Shimmin, a member of the Interbasin Compact Committee said in a roundtable progress report Thursday at the Larimer County Fairgrounds.

  • Commerce City Rotary Club helps kids love learning

        COMMERCE CITY — Hundreds of Commerce City kids will have an essential learning resource at their fingertips thanks to the Commerce City Rotary Club.

        Commerce City’s Rotary Club purchased and distributed free new dictionaries to 550 third grade students who attend the seven Adams County School District 14 elementary schools. An additional supply of dictionaries was delivered to every school to accommodate student turnover that takes place every year.

  • Court briefs

        DENVER – A Denver man accused of murdering another man and dumping the body in Commerce City entered a not-guilty plea to a first-degree murder charge Dec. 8.

        Jamie Moore is due back in court at 8:30 a.m., March 8, for a disposition hearing. Moore also is to appear for a motions hearing at 1 p.m. the same day in Denver County Court.

        Denver police think Moore murdered 57-year-old Jimmy Harmon in Denver, then left his body near East 52nd Avenue and Forest Street in Commerce City this summer.