https://www.commercecitysentinel.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en The ugly .. and the beauty -- of a late winter blizzard https://www.commercecitysentinel.com/content/ugly-and-beauty-late-winter-blizzard <img src="https://www.commercecitysentinel.com/sites/www.commercecitysentinel.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_5967.jpg" alt="There were some things that weren’t typical about the March 13 blizzard. The winds were ferocious. They gusted to 80 mph at Denver International Airport at times. The combination of wind and snow caused several multi-car pileups and the closure of I-76 between Brighton and the Nebraska line for almost a day. Adams 14 schools were closed for three days. They reopened March 18. The owner left his car on the side of Tower Road near the airport because the conditions were not safe to travel." title="There were some things that weren’t typical about the March 13 blizzard. The winds were ferocious. They gusted to 80 mph at Denver International Airport at times. The combination of wind and snow caused several multi-car pileups and the closure of I-76 between Brighton and the Nebraska line for almost a day. Adams 14 schools were closed for three days. They reopened March 18. The owner left his car on the side of Tower Road near the airport because the conditions were not safe to travel." align="left" hspace="6" width="130" height="85" /><p> The &ldquo;bomb cyclone&rdquo; snowstorm that hit Colorado last week certainly made an impact, causing massive accidents on major highways and shutting down most schools and government buildings in Northern Colorado. With local governments forced to take the bulk of responsibility for preparing for and responding to major weather events like this, it had some of our readers wondering: how does the city prepare for snowstorms?&nbsp;</p> 27J Schools teacher pay below average, district report finds https://www.commercecitysentinel.com/content/27j-schools-teacher-pay-below-average-district-report-finds <img src="https://www.commercecitysentinel.com/sites/www.commercecitysentinel.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/will_pierce.jpg" alt="Will Pierce" title="Will Pierce" align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> What&rsquo;s new with local schools? The 27J Schools board of education met most recently March 12, and here&rsquo;s the latest on what&rsquo;s going on in local education.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>27J teacher pay found to be below average</strong></p> <p> In a review of district policy, board official voted to accept a report that found that 27J teacher pay is somewhat below that offered by other districts in the area.&nbsp;</p> PVHS grad lands her first head volleyball coaching gig https://www.commercecitysentinel.com/content/pvhs-grad-lands-her-first-head-volleyball-coaching-gig <img src="https://www.commercecitysentinel.com/sites/www.commercecitysentinel.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sbc_sp_garcia_031919.jpg" alt="Jocelyn Garcia" title="Jocelyn Garcia" align="left" hspace="6" width="63" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;Prairie View grad Jocelyn Garcia is moving up the bench at the&nbsp;University of Arkansas-Monticello.</p> <p> She&rsquo;s the NCAA Division II squad&rsquo;s new head women&rsquo;s volleyball coach.</p> <p> &ldquo;This opportunity is far more exciting than scary,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;It is my&nbsp;first head coaching job, so naturally there are some nerves that comes&nbsp;with. But I am ready to go.&rdquo;</p> Popular hot dog truck takes spot in area restaurant space https://www.commercecitysentinel.com/content/popular-hot-dog-truck-takes-spot-area-restaurant-space <img src="https://www.commercecitysentinel.com/sites/www.commercecitysentinel.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_7347_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;A popular hot dog vendor is an inside dog now.&nbsp;</p> <p> In The Doghouse celebrated the grand opening of its restaurant at 617 E. Bridge Street Feb. 16. The hot dog restaurant, started by Brighton locals Kim and Mark Lucas, has operated as a food truck throughout Brighton and the greater Metro Denver area for the past two years. Per the Lucases, the restaurant move has been a long time in the works.&nbsp;</p> Lockout for schools in Adams 14 https://www.commercecitysentinel.com/content/lockout-schools-adams-14 <p> Two schools in the Adams 14 School District were on lockout March 21 after an incident on an elementary school playground.&nbsp;</p> <p> According to Martin Pearson, the principal at Adams City Middle School, two males tried to speak with children on the playground at Alsup Elementary School. The two are in custody. School officials escorted the youngsters inside. Alsup and ACMS remain on lockout, meaning people cannot leave or enter the school buildings without police approval.</p> Threat to Adams City Middle School 'not credible,' says school https://www.commercecitysentinel.com/content/threat-adams-city-middle-school-not-credible-says-school <p> <span style="font-size: 9pt;">A reported threat on students and others at Adams City Middle School is not credible, according to school officials.</span></p> COLUMN: Dispelling common reporting myths https://www.commercecitysentinel.com/content/column-dispelling-common-reporting-myths <img src="https://www.commercecitysentinel.com/sites/www.commercecitysentinel.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_1002_6.jpg" alt="Sean Kennedy" title="Sean Kennedy" align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;Do you believe everything you read in the Commerce City Sentinel-Express? I only ask because it seems like the general public has less familiarity with the journalism profession now than at any other time in recent memory. A recent poll conducted by the Columbia Journalism Review found that Americans&nbsp; have less confidence in journalists than they do in any single branch of the government.&nbsp;</p> 'I know hard work pays off' https://www.commercecitysentinel.com/content/i-know-hard-work-pays <p> &nbsp;<strong>PUEBLO &ndash;</strong>This story starts at the end.</p> <p> Former Prairie View multisport athlete RJ Ramirez won the 60-meter dash in 6.87 seconds at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference indoor track-and-field meet late last month. He also earned first-team, all-RMAC honors.</p> <p> Ramirez, who is a sophomore at Colorado State Pueblo, almost didn&rsquo;t make it to the track team, much less the podium. He&rsquo;s had some stomach issues in 2017 that are under control. He also tore an ACL in 2016.</p>