•  By Alicia Mueller

    CASA staff

    Court Appointed Special Advocates of Adams and Broomfield counties hosted its annual Light of Hope event Oct. 18 at Stonebrook Manor in Thornton and raised nearly $100,000. These funds will aid CASA’s mission of providing specially selected and trained community volunteers, to advocate for abused and neglected children in the pursuit of safe and permanent homes. 

  •   WHEREAS the midterms are just about finished; and

    WHEREAS all that remains for this election cycle is the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning quarterbacking; and

    WHEREAS there may be a considerable amount of rinse and repeat for the next few months until it’s time to talk about the 2020 election; and 

    WHEREAS some political coverage is indeed necessary if you wish to be an informed citizen; and

  •  By the Energy Proud Board

    Weld County is home to the vast majority of oil and gas production in the state. We’re also the leading agricultural producer. In a very real way, we are the engine that provides Colorado with its fuel and its food. Because of the prominence of these two industries in our communities, we also understand their interplay with one another better than anyone.

  •  I drive daily to work from Aurora to Brighton by way of Barr Lake and head straight through side streets into Brighton.  The speed limit is 55 mph, a two-lane road. The traffic is not too excessive with no traffic jams, and it is a beautiful peaceful drive of green farm pastures, cattle, oil wells and homes. 

  •  By Brigette Stoddard

    Brighton High School

     The halls were quiet today, an unsettling quiet that you could feel in pit of your stomach. The library was worse, a sharp silence, not the usual warm bustle of shuffling papers and typing on keyboards. The entire building of Brighton High School on Oct. 4, 2018, had an entirely different chill to it, one that no number of jackets could shelter from.

  •  Since I have started working in Commerce City, Brighton and Fort Lupton, every day, I experience the small-town charm of the people. I grew up in the small towns of Walsenburg and Pueblo. I lived in Denver for more than 25 years working in the city. You get used to the hustle bustle of everyday life, from extreme traffic jams that are deadlocked for hours and lines everywhere, from grocery stores, banks, car washes and restaurants. 

  •  How well do you think you know yourself and the place in which you live? Like many 20-somethings, I was confident that my clearly advanced age had prepared me with everything I could have possibly known about myself and about Colorado. 

    But then I started this job at MetroWest. 

    Just five months into covering Brighton, Fort Lupton and Commerce City, I’ve learned more about Colorado than I did in my state history classes during middle and high school growing up in Fort Collins. 


    Dear editor:

    As the director of a small, local nonprofit, Brighton Shares The Harvest, and on behalf of our board of directors, donors, and sponsors, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Home Depot at Prairie Center. For the third year in a row, they have made an extremely generous donation of their leftover fruit, vegetable, herb, and flower seeds to us. We use these seeds in many ways to support our mission of putting more fresh produce on more tables in Brighton.

  • Dear editor:

    I’m writing to urge my fellow Coloradans to vote “no” on Proposition 112. By increasing oil and gas drilling setbacks to a half-mile, you make virtually all drilling off-limits in the state. Do you know what this would do to the economy? 

    I read one study that said we’d lose 147,000 jobs by 2030, 43,000 

  •  Dear self:

    You just turned 60, and you supervise some and are around a lot of people who are much younger than you. Some were born the same year you started at MetroWest Newspapers and are now playing varsity level sports in high school.

    So, it might be a good idea to present a primer of what to expect as the snow gets a little thicker on top of the scalp. The volume of hair isn’t “the problem.”

    Not yet.

  • Ask A Therapist

    Tiffany Erspamer


    Dear Ask A Therapist,


    We have a family member who ended her life by suicide. My children are old enough to be curious about this. How should I answer questions about why this happens and whether anyone is to blame?

    Dear Concerned Parent, 

  •  A Commerce City resident wrote the newspaper that she was concerned about the habitats of burrowing owls and the destruction of prairie dogs because of development in the area.

    As I was driving home from work, I travelled by the undeveloped property where these two species live. To my surprise, there was village of at least 20 dirt mounds protruding upward from the ground – the amazing architectural engineering of prairie dogs.

  • Ronald Earle Schmidt was born July 21, 1943, to AnnaBelle Jorgensen Schuldt and Robert Schuldt in Mitchell/Chamberlin, South Dakota. Ron attended the Mitchell schools and graduated from high school in 1961.

  •  The Commonwealth Fund’s just-released 2018 Scorecard on State Health System Performanceconfirmed what other recent studies have shown: Life expectancy in the United States is going down while it continues to go up in other developed countries. And rural areas seem to be disproportionately affected. 

  • Dear editor,

    Emergency sirens are considered an outside warning device and will warn citizens who are outside and away from notification devices, such as a TV or radio, of impending severe weather. 

    The sirens will not penetrate most homes or businesses built today, especially the basements. 

    Therefore, many citizens never hear the emergency notification sirens during severe weather. 

  • Dear Ask A Therapist,

    It’s a whole different ball game when my children get out of school for summer. We have lots of fun, but stress seems to bubble up. Please give me some parenting tips.


    Dear parent,


    Yes, school’s out for the summer! Mostly stress-free weeks, right? 

  • dear editor, 

    You look around the country these days and it’s easy to wonder how we got here - to a place where we stand toe to toe instead of shoulder to shoulder. I think the most important question Coloradans should be asking themselves is how we get out of here. How do we get back to a place where people are willing to work together to get big things done? I believe we can get there. We just have to have the courage to see common ground where others see conflict.

  •  Gov. John Hickenlooper veted HB 1258 earlier this week.

    Dear editor

    Allowing marijuana smoking or vaping any public place or workplace is the wrong direction for Colorado. No one should be forced to breathe smoke, whether it is from tobacco, marijuana, or vaping in public places or workplaces.

  • Editor’s note: State legislators passed Senate Bill 223 recently, which reduces access to autopsy reports for juveniles. Newspaper personnel and other media organizations opposed the bill, which was requested by county coroners around the state.

    The Colorado Press Association – a lobbying group for newspapers across the state, including MetroWest Newspapers – asked the governor to veto the bill in this letter (edited for space):


    Dear Gov. Hickenlooper: 

  • Dear Ask A Therapist,

    How can I tell when anxiety and panic attacks are at concerning levels?


    Dear reader, 

    I can give you a quick view of what is good to know about anxiety and panic. Anxiety and panic attacks are disorders that can be treated effectively using psychotherapy or medications, or both, depending on the severity of the symptoms. Hallmarks of anxiety include excessive worry, feelings of dread and insomnia, to name a few.