https://www.commercecitysentinel.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Weather turns wild https://www.commercecitysentinel.com/content/weather-turns-wild <img src="https://www.commercecitysentinel.com/sites/www.commercecitysentinel.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/35649118_10156477104116252_170173673783689216_n.jpg" alt="Hail stones like these pummeled parts of Brighton and Henderson June 18." title="Hail stones like these pummeled parts of Brighton and Henderson June 18." align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;Late-night thunderstorms left a lot of water and a lot of large hailstones in their wake June 18.</p> <p> The National Weather Service reported 2,75-inch hail a mile west of Brighton and 2.5-inch hail near Henderson. In Weld County, the reports included 1.5- to 1.75-inch hail in and around Lochbuie, Frederick and Dacono.</p> <p> Golf-ball sized hail pummeled parts of Fort Lupton. Twitter followers told of hail that was bigger than golf balls and of &quot;a lot of shredded trees, broken windsheilds, sunroofs, etc. Hate to see what this looks like in the morning.&quot;</p> Arsenal refuge to get $4.3 million spruce-up https://www.commercecitysentinel.com/content/arsenal-refuge-get-43-million-spruce <img src="https://www.commercecitysentinel.com/sites/www.commercecitysentinel.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cc_black_foot_ferret_0.jpg" alt="A black-footed ferret pokes around at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, 6550 Gateway Road in Commerce City. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will pay $3.6 million for a national ferret center there. " title="A black-footed ferret pokes around at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, 6550 Gateway Road in Commerce City. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will pay $3.6 million for a national ferret center there. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p class="p1"> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 22.973px;">The black-footed ferrets are expected to get a new $3.6 million home this year at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, 6550 Gateway Road.</span></p> School-based health center to open at Brighton High School https://www.commercecitysentinel.com/content/school-based-health-center-open-brighton-high-school <img src="https://www.commercecitysentinel.com/sites/www.commercecitysentinel.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bb_062018studenthealthcenter.jpg" alt="School District 27J officials broke ground at the new healthcare center at Brighton High School, 270 S. Eighth Ave. The district has partnered with the nonprofit group Kids First Health Care, which will operate the center and will handle future funding. " title="School District 27J officials broke ground at the new healthcare center at Brighton High School, 270 S. Eighth Ave. The district has partnered with the nonprofit group Kids First Health Care, which will operate the center and will handle future funding. " align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p class="p1"> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 22.973px;">Students can get free physicals and mental health screenings among other services planned at a new health center slated to open this fall at Brighton High School, officials say.</span></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s1">School district officials are working with the Kids First Health Care nonprofit group to open the center to help cut down on absenteeism (11 percent last year at the high school) and to better address students&rsquo; physical and psychological health needs, according to a press release.&nbsp;</span></p> An evening under the stars and to raise money https://www.commercecitysentinel.com/content/evening-under-stars-and-raise-money <img src="https://www.commercecitysentinel.com/sites/www.commercecitysentinel.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/barr_lake.jpg" alt="Barr Lake State Park held a fundraiser Saturday, June 16, with activities and a performance by the local band Colorado Southern. " title="Barr Lake State Park held a fundraiser Saturday, June 16, with activities and a performance by the local band Colorado Southern. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /> City wraps up Highway 2 road project https://www.commercecitysentinel.com/content/city-wraps-highway-2-road-project <p> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 22.973px;">Commerce City workers recently wrapped up a $27 million Colorado Highway 2 improvement project near East 88th Avenue.</span><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 22.973px;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p2"> Drivers now can travel on the four-lane road between East 72nd Avenue and Interstate 76, a highly-trafficked commuter and economic corridor for the region. Crews are in the process of finalizing the landscaping.&nbsp;</p> Council OKs urban renewal plan for former greyhound park https://www.commercecitysentinel.com/content/council-oks-urban-renewal-plan-former-greyhound-park <p> Commerce City City Council approved an urban renewal plan for the site of the former Mile High Greyhound Park.</p> <p> It means the developer, REGen, can finalize agreements with individual developers, secure financing and continue with development plans.</p> Ride on the wild side with carnival in Fort Lupton https://www.commercecitysentinel.com/content/ride-wild-side-carnival-fort-lupton <img src="https://www.commercecitysentinel.com/sites/www.commercecitysentinel.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_dragongirlboy062018.jpg" alt="Olivah Gutierrez, 8, and Francisco Gutierrez, 6, rides a dragon roller coaster at the carnival at the Patricia’s Sport Bar parking lot on June 16. " title="Olivah Gutierrez, 8, and Francisco Gutierrez, 6, rides a dragon roller coaster at the carnival at the Patricia’s Sport Bar parking lot on June 16. " align="left" hspace="6" width="98" height="85" /><p class="p1"> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> <span class="s1"><b>By Seth Bodine</b></span></p> <p class="p2"> <span class="s1"><b><i>Special to MetroWest Newspapers</i></b></span></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s1">A Tilt-a-Whirl, a Ferris wheel and a mini dragon roller coaster at 217 First St. in the parking lot of Patricia&rsquo;s Sports Bar and Grill are bringing smiles to Fort Lupton this week.</span></p> Flower power https://www.commercecitysentinel.com/content/flower-power <img src="https://www.commercecitysentinel.com/sites/www.commercecitysentinel.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bb_pollinators.jpg" alt="Left to right: Kim Mudd, Steve Chady, Amy Yarger, Bob Woods and Zach Alexis plant native flowers in a garden at Bromley Hishainuma Farm, 1594 E. Bromley Lane, in Brighton. The garden is expected to attract bees and other pollinators to help the ecosystem. City officials could soon discuss ways to attract more pollinators to parks, too. " title="Left to right: Kim Mudd, Steve Chady, Amy Yarger, Bob Woods and Zach Alexis plant native flowers in a garden at Bromley Hishainuma Farm, 1594 E. Bromley Lane, in Brighton. The garden is expected to attract bees and other pollinators to help the ecosystem. City officials could soon discuss ways to attract more pollinators to parks, too. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" />