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  • Indomitable snowmen: World War I Battalion gets due in new documentary

    Kevin Denke

    John Henry Toornman Bales always knew his great-grandfather and namesake  

           was a war hero.

        But there always was some inevitable head scratching when Bales tried to explain John Henry Toorman’s rightful place in history.

        “My great-grandpa was in World War I,” Bales would begin.

  • Documentary shines in front of toughest crowd

    Pamela Peek debuted her documentary “Voices of a Never Ending Dawn” earlier this year for the families of the soldiers of the North Russia expedition in a fitting place – at the Polar Bear monument at White Chapel Memorial Park in Troy, Mich.

        It’s the same spot where the bodies of 86 Polar Bears, rescued by VFW members a decade after the end of the expedition, laid in state until they could be properly buried.

        “That’s where they wanted me to have the premiere of my film,” Peak said.

  • Tornado watch posted

    DENVER – The National Weather Service posted a tornado watch for Adams and Weld counties until 7 Friday night.

  • Dumped on

    Adams County commissioners voted unanimously in favor of a controversial 165-acre landfill east of Denver International Airport last week despite stiff opposition from surrounding homeowners.

        The vote caps a contentious debate going back to May 2007, when the commissioners voted to allow the dump administratively, without public input or approval. That action drew the ire of neighboring residents, many opposed to the noise, traffic and hazards they will come with the landfill.

  • Mile High to bring music variety to Commerce City July 18, 19

    Tickets for Mile High Music Festival are on sale now, including single-day tickets and two-day packages, plus VIP ticket options. Get tickets online at www.tickethorse.com and www.milehighmusicfestival.com, by phone at 866-461-6556 and at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Box Office. They can also be purchased with a credit card at the ticket outlet kiosks in the 12 Colorado Dick’s Sporting Goods stores. Visit www.milehighmusicfestival.com for complete details.

  • Fire district pursues grant for new station

    BRIGHTON — Fire trucks, firefighters, public education materials and even teddy bears to hand out to children.

    The Greater Brighton Fire District has used more than $1 million in federal, state and business grants over the past 18 months to buy a lot of things.

    But next month, district officials will put the finishing touches on their most ambitious grant application to date.

  • City announces opening of open space trail and overlook

        COMMERCE CITY – Mayor Paul Natale and city council members will celebrate the grand opening of the Prairie Gateway Open Space Trail and Overlook at 9 a.m., June 27.

        The Open Space trail is the latest addition to Commerce City’s trail system. It loops around the perimeter of the Prairie Gateway Open Space, a 190-acre parcel that lies between the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and the Civic Center.

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  • FasTracks looks for fast cash

    It all comes down to money, or the lack of it.

    RTD FasTracks public relations personnel are on tour again, seeking to drum up renewed financial support for the beleaguered Fastracks project still on track, yet spiraling in cost.

    While offering Commerce City riders a share of the project, Brighton residents have come to expect little more than promises, despite being the only county seat in the metro area without slated FasTracks service.

  • Celebrate the Fourth of July in Commerce City

    COMMERCE CITY – An estimated 10,000 people participated in Commerce City’s 4th Fest event in 2008.

    This year, organizers are prepared to host another huge July 4 celebration, with a full evening of fun, food, free family activities and one of the biggest fireworks shows in the state.

    The event, sponsored by the city of Commerce City and the Colorado Rapids, is a free outdoor festival that takes place at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on 60th Avenue just east of Quebec Parkway.