Local News

  • Sheely joins race for 7th Congressional

        BRIGHTON – Mike Sheely readily admits he was enjoying life as a retiree.

        But a series of votes by U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D- Golden, caused Sheely to change those thoughts. He’s jumping into the race for Perlmutter’s seat in the 7th Congressional District.

        Sheely, who was an engineer, will run as a Republican. Aurora city councilman Ryan Frazier is also in the Republican race.

  • RTD celebrates transfer of railroad property for North Metro Corridor

        THORNTON — The Regional Transportation District and Union Pacific Railroad  gathered to celebrate the transfer of railroad property that RTD purchased from UP for the north metro FasTracks segment. But not all of the participants were in a partying mood.

        At a ceremony Tuesday morning in Thornton at the site of the proposed Eastlake Station at 124th and Claude Court, RTD and UP were joined by local politicians and stakeholders whose communities could benefit from the project, if and when it comes to fruition.

  • Court briefs

    GREELEY – An arson suspect needs a second competency hearing before his legal proceedings through Weld County Court can continue.

        The new hearing for Jerry Haffner is set for 9 a.m., Jan. 22. Haffner is accused of setting fire to a Keenesburg apartment in July. Because of the extent of the damage, he faces a felony arson count and a charge of criminal mischief.


  • Food box turkeys cost a little more

    BRIGHTON ­ – The more than 300 families who received Thanksgiving food boxes this year had to pay a little more for the turkey.

        For the past seven years, Brighton’s Almost Home and His Hands Food Ministry have sponsored the Thanksgiving food box program for local families in need. In addition to Thanksgiving dinner staples, the boxes include a gift card for the family to receive a turkey for $5.88 from Safeway in Brighton.

  • Court briefs

    GREELEY – Angelica Bujanda, the Fort Lupton woman accused of vehicular homicide in connection with a crash in August, entered a not-guilty plea to that charge Nov. 23 in Weld County District Court.

        She also had a preliminary hearing last week. There was enough evidence to move forward to trial, according to Weld County District Attorney’s Office spokesperson Jennifer Finch.

        Bujanda’s next court appearance is a bond hearing at 2 p.m., Dec. 14.

  • No one hurt after warehouse catches fire

    BRIGHTON – The Greater Brighton Fire Protection District said the Nov. 22 warehouse fire in southern Weld County was an accident.

    The district put the blame on improperly installed heating equipment.

    No one was injured. The two-alarm blaze started shortly before 4 a.m. in the 900 block of U.S. Highway 85.

        Greater Fire Protection District spokeswoman Dawn Blunt said there was no water supply in the area, which forced firefighters to shuttle water.

  • Man dies in U.S. Highway 85 collision

    COMMERCE CITY – Commerce City police continue their investigation into a Nov. 23 accident that killed an unidentified man.

        It happened near 69th Avenue and U.S. Highway 85 about 10:15 p.m. Officers said the man was crossing Highway 85 from east to west when he was hit by a white Chevrolet pick-up truck.

        The driver told police he had the green light and that the pedestrian walked out in front of the truck. The victim’s name wasn’t released pending notification of relatives.

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  • Woman avoids injury after collision with train

    COMMERCE CITY – One woman escaped injury after her vehicle collided with a train early Sunday morning.

        Commerce City police officers responded to the 6800 block of Highway 2 at 3:46 a.m. in reference to a vehicle struck by a train.

        The driver of the vehicle, Haly Mitchell, 32, said she was north on State Highway 2 when another vehicle swerved into her lane.  She then attempted to avoid the vehicle and went off the road, colliding with the southbound train. Mitchell was not injured in the accident.

  • Cracker shells to be used to scare geese away at Buffalo Run Golf Course

    COMMERCE CITY — City staff will periodically use loud cracker shells this winter to scare geese off Buffalo Run Golf Course.

        According to a city press release, large populations of geese tend to seek out open areas to feed during the winter, including a gaggle of geese that has taken residency at Buffalo Run. Geese of this magnitude can easily destroy this championship course.