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City of Thornton Recreation Newsletter --January 2013

See below for the City of Thornton's January 2013 Recreational Newsletter of events & news.
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(On a morning from a Bogart movie).... Dumb Friends League kicks off 'Year of the Cat' with a $10 adoption special

DENVER (Dec. 28, 2012) 2013 is the Year of the Cat, at least at the Dumb Friends League. To help kick off this yearlong campaign dedicated to our feline friends, the region’s largest community-based animal welfare organization is reducing its adoption fees for all cats 1 year and older to just $10 through Jan. 31. ...
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Danahy Park Playground to Receive Rubberized Surface

Northglenn, CO – Northglenn City Council accepted a grant from Adams County Open Space for $67,608 that will allow for a poured-in-place rubberized surface to be installed at the Danahy Park playground. Renovations to the park, located at Roseanna and Livingston drives, have been ongoing since October. The original renovation plan called for wood fiber mulch. ...
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City of Northglenn Calendar of Events through January 14

Northglenn, CO – Here is a list of city of Northglenn-sponsored events from Dec. 31, 2012, to Jan. 14, 2013: ...
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New Westminster homes require fire sprinklers beginning Jan. 1

— New homes built in Westminster after Jan. 1, will benefit from a new building code requirement - residential fire sprinklers. These new building code requirements apply only to new homes and do not apply to residential additions, alterations or modifications. By requiring new homes to have sprinklers, the city has taken a progressive step to bring this safety feature to citizens. Modern fire sprinklers only engage in the area where heat is detected. This enables residents more time to evacuate the home and minimizes property damage. Visit the city’s website for more information on the code or call 303-658-4500....
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Donate to help build Jessica’s park

— Fundraising has begun to help redesign a Westminster park in honor of Jessica Ridgeway. The Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park will be an enduring tribute to the memory of a girl whose joyful spirit touched so many. In keeping with the family’s wishes, the park will become a place for positive reflection and memories. Plans for the park include some of Jessica's favorite things, like a zip line-like track ride, knock-knock jokes, flowers and her favorite color, purple. Complete details on the fundraising effort, including plans for the park and ways to contribute, are on the Westminster Legacy Foundation website....
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Jefferson County pledges $100,000 to Ridgeway Memorial Park

— Jefferson County Commissioners on Dec. 19 announced a $100,000 contribution to the City of Westminster’s Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park Fund. This is the first major contribution to the park renovation, which will be an enduring tribute to the memory of a girl whose joyful spirit touched so many. More information on the donation is on the city website. Complete details on the fundraising effort, including plans for the park and ways to contribute, are on the Westminster Legacy Foundation website....
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Water, sewer rates to rise 4 percent in 2013-14

— The City of Westminster will increase water and sewer rates by 4 percent in 2013 and 2014, with the average residential customer impact of an additional $2.03 per month in 2013 and $2.13 per month in 2014. This rate adjustment will fund increasing costs for operations and maintenance, and system improvements such as replacing sewer pipe, upgrading components of the water treatment plants and assisting in the protection of the city’s water supply. For more information, visit the city’s website....
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Share your thoughts about Westminster

— Join the conversation on WestyCOnnect, an online conversation sponsored by the City of Westminster, and win rewards for participating. Currents topics on WestyCOnnect that are expiring soon include: ...
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Commerce City 'Missing Person' found Alive

The Commerce City resident who was missing in the last 48 hours has been found alive. The Commerce City Police Department received a report from a citizen of a male in the area of the 10700 block of Chambers Dr. The Denver Police helicopter was in the area assisting with the search, and was able to locate Sanders in a field west of Chambers Dr. Officers and medical personal were able to make contact with the individual who was then transported to a local hospital for treatment related to exposure to the cold. No additional information is available at this time. ...
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Shopology's "Automatic Cash For Charities & Schools" expands in Colorado

December 28, 2012. Brighton. Shopology's first-of-its-kind "automatic cash for schools and charities" services continues to expand in Colorado offering a unique way for schools, churches, and charities to fundraise through the everyday purchases of their members, families, and supporters. Partnered with Valley Bank and Trust of Adams County, Shopology includes several school districts and major charities that include the Denver Dumb Friends League, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, and Almost Home. Thousands of online and offline merchant destinations present shopping options including the online stores of Macy's, Target, Apple, as well as Marriott Hotels. If you are a merchant or school/church/charity, please call: (720) 882-3720 or visit www.Shopology.net (OR CLICK THE LINK BELOW)...
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City of Thornton: Parent/Tot Swim LessonsStill Available (6 Months - 3 Years)

There are still several spots left in each of the following Parent/Tot Swim Lessons: Monday/Wednesday 5:30 - 6 p.m. (Sessions A and B) Monday/Wednesday 6:15 - 6:45 p.m. (Sessions A and B) Tuesday/Thursday 10-10:30 a.m. (Sessions C and D) Tuesday/Thursday 10-10:30 a.m. (Sessions C and D) Sunday 5:30-6 p.m. (Session H)...
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Brighton offers Christmas tree recycling Dec. 26 – Jan. 13

The City of Brighton will be offering Christmas tree recycling Dec. 26 – Jan. 13. Residents may drop off Christmas trees at the following locations: Brighton Park south parking lot (9th and Midland) Brighton Sports Complex (1111 Judicial Center Drive) Ken Mitchell Park (889 Kinglet Court) ...
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Candlelight Vigil at the Sikh Temple in Commerce City, CO

On Sunday, December 23rd the Colorado Singh Sabha held a candlelight vigil at the Sikh Temple in Commerce City, CO to express their solidarity with the grief stricken Sandy Hook community. — in Commerce City.

Car stolen at gunpoint spotted in Adams County -- DENVER POST ARTICLE

A car stolen from a couple at gunpoint in Denver Saturday night was spotted in Adams County Sunday morning, but was not apprehended by police. [CLICK BELOW FOR LINK TO COMPLETE ARTICLE]...
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Colorado Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders launch love campaign --DENVER POST PARTICLE

Colorado Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders stood together in Denver's main mosque Monday and launched a "Love Thy Neighbor" campaign — starting with ads on RTD buses. [SEE LINK BELOW FOR FULL STORY] ...
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Man confesses to killing 14-year-old girl, Commerce City police say ---Denver Post Article

A man confessed late Sunday to killing a 14-year-old girl and leaving her body somewhere along a trash-strewn road in Commerce City, police said. [SEE LINK BELOW FOR FULL DENVER POST ARTICLE] ...
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Winter watering recommendations for trees

Residents are urged to regularly water trees until early April to insure the survival of these plants! Wherever the tree is planted, in a lawn area, planter bed or mulched area, apply water at a rate of 8-10 gallons per 1” of trunk diameter, once a month from October through April. ...
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Thornton: First of its kind pedestrian signal now in place on Huron Street

A new pedestrian signal was put into operation on Wednesday, December 19 on Huron Street, just north of West 84th Avenue, to increase safety for those crossing Huron Street. It was installed in partnership with the City of Federal Heights and the Pinnacle School, each providing equal funding. This type of pedestrian signal is the first of its kind in the City of Thornton. It stays "dark" until it's activated by a pedestrian. At that point drivers see a yellow-flashing light, which then turns solid yellow, then solid red, stopping traffic and allowing the pedestrian to cross safely. When the 'Don't Walk' signal activates, motorists will see a flashing red light, and when the crosswalk clears, drivers may proceed. ...
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City of Thornton Christmas Recycling

Christmas wrap collection During the week following Christmas, December 26 through 31, City trash/recycle customers may place their flattened holiday boxes and bagged wrapping paper at the curb for collection on their regular trash collection day. Customers are asked to use their black trash container first or consider placing eligible items with other recyclables in the green recycle container. Boxes and bags filled with trash or debris placed outside the black containers will not be collected....
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City of Thornton Holiday Closure Schedule

Thornton City Hall will be closed on Monday, December 24, and Tuesday, December 25, in observance of the Christmas holiday, and on Tuesday, January 1, for the New Year's holiday. (OTHER CITY CLOSURES BELOW)...
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In Commerce City – Serving, Protecting, AND Helping Santa to Bring Hope

By Editor Kathy McIntyre / Photos by Dustie McIntyre. Commerce City – Forty-nine local children with Christmas wishes for Santa to fulfill. Twenty-nine families whose lives have had challenges too much to overcome this last year. What is one Santa Claus supposed to do? What else could Santa do but reach out to the Commerce City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 19 to assist. Not only do these 94 brave officers serve and protect all year long, 365, 24/7, but on Saturday, December 22, they donated, shopped, volunteered, wrapped, decorated, smiled, laughed, hugged, cooked, and cleaned. The most important activity of the day, the life changing activity, was they made dreams come true and they gave HOPE that life can be better, even if for only a short time. (SEE ARTICLE BELOW AND FULL PHOTO GALLERY)...
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Brighton Police help spread Christmas cheer

As they do every year, officers with the Brighton Police Department have been busy spreading a little holiday cheer to those who might face a dismal Christmas otherwise....
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Northglenn Offering Winter Break Escapes for Youth

Northglenn, CO – Youth in fourth through eighth grades are invited to participate in exciting day trips during the Adams 12 winter break. Supervision, transportation, lunch, a light snack and the admission fee are included in the cost. All trips leave the Northglenn Recreation Center at 9 a.m. and return by 4 p.m. Cost per trip is $30 for residents, $33 for non-residents. Call 303-450-8800 or go to www.northglenn .org/ recxpress to register....
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Locations Available in Northglenn For Christmas Tree Drop-Off

Northglenn, CO – The city of Northglenn has multiple options for residents to discard of their Christmas trees after the holidays....
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City of Northglenn Holiday Calendar of Events

Northglenn, CO – Here is a list of city of Northglenn-sponsored events from Dec. 24, 2012, to Jan. 7, 2013: ...
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Perlmutter Reacts to Republican Failure to Address Fiscal Cliff

Lakewood, CO: Today, Congressman Ed Perlmutter released the following statement following the failure of Tea Party Republicans over the past week to address the Fiscal Cliff, culminating in last night’s failure of the Republicans to pass Speaker John Boehner’s “Plan B”....
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State of Colorado Employment Report --December 2012

(DENVER) -- Nonfarm payroll jobs increased 8,000 from October to November to 2,317,100 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 7,000 and government increased 1,000....
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Westminster PD colleagues honor Spokesman

— The Emergency Services Public Information Officers of Colorado on Dec. 13 named Westminster Police Department’s Trevor Materasso as Public Information Officer of the Year. Materasso was the primary city spokesperson and media liaison during the Jessica Ridgeway case....
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Reduce waste during the holidays

Reduce waste during the holidays — The holiday season is traditionally a time for giving, but along with gifts, comes waste. Christmas trees, wrapping paper and packaging materials overwhelm trash collection services. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Americans throw away 25 percent more trash between Thanksgiving and the New Year than during any other time of the year. This extra waste amounts to 25 million tons of trash, or about 1 million extra tons per week. Here are a few ideas on how to keep the holidays green:...
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City of Westminster Holiday Schedule

City holiday schedule — In observance of Christmas and New Years Eve, the following schedule will be in place for city facilities:...
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Secretary Salazar Announces Milestone on McCoy Solar Energy Project, Caps Strong Year for Renewable Energy Development on Public Lands

750-megawatt solar facility proposed for California desert public lands could power over 200,000 homes...
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City of Commerce City responds to District Attorney’s decision

COMMERCE CITY, COLO. – Commerce City is reviewing the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s statement into the Nov. 24 incident involving the shooting of a dog. The city has authorized an independent administrative review. One of the officers involved in the incident has been placed on administrative leave while the others are not currently on patrol. The city released the following statement in response to the District Attorney’s report:...
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City of Thornton and BTAC announce new shop local campaign and website – Shop Thornton First!

THORNTON, CO… The City of Thornton and the Businesses of Thornton Advisory Commission (BTAC) announce the launch of a new shop local campaign and website, www.shopthorntonfirst.com, targeted to the residents and businesses of the City of Thornton. “The goal of the Shop Thornton First campaign is to motivate residents of Thornton to support Thornton businesses and keep their tax dollars in the City to support City services like police, fire and parks and recreation,” says City of Thornton Manager of Business Retention & Expansion Jessica Erickson....
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City offers residents free Christmas tree recycling through Jan. 7 trees become mulch material for city parks and trails

COMMERCE CITY, COLO. – Wondering what to do with that live Christmas tree after the holiday season? Drop off your tree at one of five locations to be recycled for use as mulch within the city’s parks and trails system....
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SAVE THE ADAMS CITY HIGH SCHOOL EAGLE!

In 2012, Adams City High School is embroiled in a two-year academic turnaround bid with the State of Colorado Department of Education. If Adams County School District 14 doesn't meet the academic standards of the State of Colorado in 2014 the State will assume full control of the district. At issue are the students, whose efforts and personas, independent of academic rigor and staff, stand firm against the challenge. And as of December, 2012, it's also a decision by the community whether or not the district shall stand. And we're hoping we can start here.

JUST IN: COMMERCE CITY POLICE OFFICER CHARGED WITH FELONY ANIMAL CRUELTY

According to the Adams County District Attorney's Office, a Commerce City Police Officer has been charged with a felony count of animal cruelty in the much-publicized shooting of a Commerce City dog in weeks past. Allegedly, and as apparently demonstrated through a home video, the police officer shot a dog while it was in the garage of a homeowner after having tazed the dog. The DA's release is attached.

Brighton holds its 17th Annual Festival of Lights

The City of Brighton’s Special Events division held its 17th Annual Festival of Lights winter festival and parade on Saturday, Dec. 8. With 67 entries in the parade, participants lit up downtown Brighton and brought holiday cheer to the community....
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Denver City Council approves controversial proclamation on oil shale---Denver Post Article

Typically, Denver City Council proclamations are void of controversy, reserved to commending people for service or feel-good statements by the city's lawmakers. But on Monday, the council was divided over a proclamation that supports the "research-first" approach to oil-shale development proposed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management that some in the industry vehemently oppose. (SEE LINK BELOW FOR COMPLETE ARTICLE)...
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Colorado oil and gas industry sues to kill Longmont fracking ban --Denver Post Article

The oil and gas industry on Monday hit Longmont with a lawsuit to kill voters' recent ban on fracking within city limits. The Colorado Oil and Gas Association contends the ban is illegal because it denies mineral owners the right to develop their property and blocks operations that state laws allow. (CLICK LINK BELOW FOR COMPLETE ARTICLE)...
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Almost Home and United Airlines Fly Children to the North Pole

Brighton, CO – For the sixth year in a row, Almost Home participated in United Airlines’ Santa Fantasy Flight. On Saturday, December 8, Almost Home took nine children from Hughes Station and South Elementary to Denver International Airport for a flight to the North Pole. ...
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Cold water rescue training

Beginning at 10 a.m. today, Thornton fire personnel will conduct cold water rescue training at the lake north of City Hall, 9500 Civic Center Drive, on December 17, 19, and 21, with multiple sessions planned each day. The training takes place near the bridge and island portion of the lake. The focus of the training will be rescuing a simulated victim found in the water. Fire personnel will deploy the Fire Department rapid deployment, and personnel will train on managing a patient suffering from severe hypothermia due to extended time exposed to a cold water environment....
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Scott Gessler given 10 more days to respond to ethics complaint - DENVER POST ARTICLE

Attorneys for Secretary of State Scott Gessler are combing through the expense records for Colorado's legislators and other officials as part of their effort to counter a complaint he improperly took money from his office's discretionary account. [SEE LINK BELOW FOR COMPLETE ARTICLE] ...
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Brighton Weekly Utilities Update

Wastewater:  Daily average Plant Influent Flow is 1.961 million gallons per day. Watershop  Utility Locating- Responded and marked 47 utility locate requests.  Emergency Call-Outs - responded to two after hour call.  Water Main Breaks - N. 18th Ave. & Bridge St. repaired water main break.  Completed 26 service calls Ex: Water pressure checks, possible water leaks....
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Brighton Police Weekly Update

On Saturday, Dec.1 at 3:38 a.m., Brighton officers were dispatched to a stabbing victim who was dropped off at Platte Valley Medical Center. The victim was stabbed once in his left mid flank....
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MISSION GRADUATES FOCUS ON FUTURE

Last Friday at Denver Rescue Mission, we celebrated an important milestone in the lives of men and women who have overcome the odds - The Biannual Graduation recognizes program participants of the Mission’s rehabilitation and transitional living programs at The Crossing and Champa House in Metro Denver and Harvest Farm in Wellington. ...
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Prairie View Middle School students take part in Roller Coaster Expo

Brighton, Dec. 7, 2012 –Prairie View Middle School eighth-grade science students put their knowledge and creativity on display Dec. 7 with the school’s annual Roller Coaster Expo. ...
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There's still time to apply for the Ward 2 Council Vacancy

The City of Thornton is seeking applicants for a Thornton City Council Ward 2 vacancy. The new representative will serve until the November 3, 2015, election. Application deadline is December 14, 2012. To apply or for more information follow the link.

Participate in our season of giving

The holidays are in full swing as you buy gifts for your loved ones, pick up something for a  family in need in our Perfect Holiday Gift Program. Donors are still needed to provide holiday gifts and meals for local families in need for our Perfect Gift Program. Donors can be individuals, co-workers, friends, churches, businesses, etc. Follow the link and pick a family to support this holiday. ...
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BOARD OF EDUCATION SCHOOL DISTRICT 27J December 11, 2012

7:00 p.m. Regular Meeting Otho E. Stuart Middle School 15955 E. 101st Way Commerce City, CO 80022 GLOBAL END STATEMENT. District 27J exists so that students have the knowledge and skills for present and future success with results justifying the expenditure of resources....
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Colorado Receives Race to the Top Funds---Early Learning Challenge Award

Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia announced today the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Colorado $29.9 million grant from the Race to the Top: Early Learning Challenge....
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City of Westminster Economic Development Report

Applications being reviewed for service commitment competition — City staff received one TMUND (Traditional Mixed Use Neighborhood Development), two multi-family, three single family detached and two senior housing applications for the 2013 service commitment competition for new residential projects. This competition was put in place to aid the city in balancing growth with the city’s service capabilities including existing and future water supply. Applications will be reviewed in the coming weeks. The tentative City Council date for the service commitment awards is Jan. 28....
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City of Westminster Programs & Services Report

Westminster’s trail system highlighted in video — “Westminster’s Best” is a new show produced by the City of Westminster highlighting the exceptional services the city offers. Each show features a different council member giving you an up-close look at the city’s parks, open space, recreation activities, public art and much more. The current episode features City Councillor Scott Major as he explores the major trails that run through the city. View the episode on the city’s YouTube channel or on Municipal Channel 8, and look for new episodes airing throughout the year....
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Safety First -- Holiday Tips from the City of Westminster

Sign up for Smart911 — Westminster residents are encouraged to create a safety profile for their household using the Smart911 program. Individuals can provide information about themselves and their families before an emergency occurs – information emergency operators can access if you ever call 911. Smart911 is free, private and secure, and is already protecting millions of lives during emergencies. With Smart911, emergency operators and dispatchers will have additional location information about callers which will help decrease response time. To sign up, go online and create a safety profile for your household. Participation in Smart911 is voluntary; however Westminster police and fire departments encourage all citizens to take advantage of this service. Get more information about Smart911....
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Benefit for Jessica Ridgeway Park Fund —

The Westminster Police and Fire Games are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15 at B Fitness, 120th Avenue and Federal Boulevard....
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Holiday charity drive in full swing

— The Westminster Fire Department is coordinating the annual holiday charity drive through Dec. 14 to support the Have a Heart Project, Jeffco Foster Care, Westminster FISH food bank and Santa Cops. Help by donating toys, clothing or non-perishable food items. Donations of new or gently used items can be dropped off at any city facility (look for the green bins at City Hall, libraries, fire stations and recreation centers). Firefighters will collect the items and distribute them to the local charities. Call 303-658-4500 for more information....
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Holiday Market returns

— The South Westminster Arts Group annual Holiday Market returns to the Historic Westminster Arts District through Sunday, Dec. 23. The market is open from noon to 4 p.m. on Thursdays, 3 - 6 p.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The Rodeo Market Community Arts Center, 3915 W. 73rd Ave., features a diverse collection of fine art, including one-of-a-kind jewelry, pottery and handcrafts. While you’re there, check out other merchants along the avenue offering holiday gift ideas - Aar River Gallery, 3698 Gallery and iddlebits....
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“Lock it or Lose it” and “Puffer” Awareness Initiatives Aim to Ruin the Holidays for Car Thieves Holiday card, signage raises awareness on auto theft

COMMERCE CITY, COLO. – Coloradans Against Auto Theft (CAAT) and the Commerce City Police Department are putting a freeze on auto theft this winter with two campaigns designed to educate the public on the increased risk of car theft during the holidays....
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Organizations in Pueblo, Conejos County and Denver receive $25,000 each to educate communities about indoor air quality, air monitoring and clean water

(Denver, Colo. – December 6, 2012) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a total of $1.2 million in competitive grants awarded to 50 non-profit and tribal organizations working to address environmental justice issues nationwide. The grants enable non-profit organizations to conduct research, provide education, and develop solutions to local health and environmental issues in communities overburdened by harmful pollution. Three of these grants, in the amount of $25,000 each, were awarded to organizations in Colorado....
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South students to visit pen pals at Eagle View Adult Recreation Center Pen pal program allows students, seniors to connect

BRIGHTON, COLO. – Students from Kim Corliss’ second-grade class at South Elementary will visit their senior pen pals Dec. 12 at Brighton’s Eagle View Adult Recreation Center as part of a yearly program that allows the students to connect with Brighton seniors by writing letters back and forth throughout the school year. As part of the program, the students make a special trip each year to meet and visit with their senior pen pals in person. The program not only allows students and seniors to build an important bond but it gives students the ability to practice friendly letter writing, asking and answering questions and conversation skills....
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Are you interested in sitting on the Brighton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors?

The Brighton Chamber of Commerce currently has one available position on the Board of Directors. Qualified candidates must be members in good standing and be willing and able to: Assist in the development of the Chamber's identity and image Determine whether to take a position on local, state and national issues Stay apprised and support Chamber programs and activities Adopt an annual budget Establish Chamber dues Assist with matters related to membership Make amendments to the Bylaws Approve special projects and expenditures Appointment of Chamber committees Promotion of Brighton business ...
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You Can’t Pick Your Relatives…

But You Can Pick Your Pets. Name Your Price for the perfect pet at the Dumb Friends League through December . DENVER (Dec. 5, 2012) With the holidays approaching, wouldn’t it be great to be able to choose who you’re going to spend them with? The Dumb Friends League is giving you that chance: From now through Dec. 31, you can “Name Your Price” for the perfect cat or dog 1 year or older!...
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Prairie Gray Fox, Plains Spotted Skunk May Warrant Protection Under the Endangered Species Act; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Review Species’ Status

The prairie gray fox and plains spotted skunk, two subspecies found in grasslands of some Midwestern and Great Plains states, may warrant federal protection as a threatened or endangered species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today, following an initial review of a petition seeking to protect the two species under the Endangered Species Act....
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Anti-fracking demonstrators disrupt, delay Boulder County oil and gas hearing ---Denver Post Article

BOULDER -- Anti-fracking activists delayed the start of the Boulder County commissioners' Tuesday afternoon meeting on oil and gas regulations for nearly half an hour, chanting their opposition to that drilling technique and demanding the commissioners resign if they won't ban hydraulic fracturing in unincorporated Boulder County. [SEE BELOW FOR LINK TO COMPLETE ARTICLE]....
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Colorado officials question link of fracking-waste disposal to quakes --Denver Post Article

The increasingly common practice of disposing of oil and gas drilling wastewater by injecting it underground can trigger earthquakes, according to federal scientists who studied quakes since 1970 in Colorado and neighboring states. [SEE BELOW FOR LINK TO COMPLETE ARTICLE] ...
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27J to celebrate completion of pedestrian walkway. District, city leaders to join in ribbon cutting

BRIGHTON, COLO. – School District 27J staff and leaders from the cities of Brighton and Commerce City will gather Wednesday, Dec. 5 to celebrate the completion of a new pedestrian walkway for Prairie View high school and middle school students. The walkway was a collaborative effort between the three entities. The city of Brighton constructed the asphalt path and the city of Commerce City handled the cost of construction. The completion of the walkway, located on a vacant piece of land at the northwest corner of 120th Avenue and Peoria Street, provides a long-needed safe route for students walking to and from school along 120th Avenue....
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ALMOST HOME HONORED AS 2012 TOP-RATED NONPROFIT New GreatNonprofits.org Award is Based on Positive Online Reviews

Brighton, CO 12/4/12 – Almost Home, Inc. announced today that it has been honored with a prestigious 2012 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations. ...
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FREE MEDICARE CLASSES

Free Medicare Counseling and Information Presentation in December...
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Park renamed Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park

— On Nov. 26, Westminster City Council voted to rename Chelsea Park, 10765 Moore St., to Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park. Local citizens and the Ridgeway family expressed a desire to have Chelsea Park renamed in Jessica’s honor. The Parks, Recreation and Libraries Advisory Board and staff supported the request. The park sign has been removed and will be replaced in approximately two weeks. Majestic Metals is replacing the sign at no cost to the city. The park is in the process of being redesigned and will be rededicated in 2013. Parks, Recreation and Libraries design staff is working with the Ridgeway family who requested that the theme be joyous, in celebration of Jessica’s life and the fun she and her friends had in the park. For more information on the Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park, call 303-658-2192....
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Westminster Fire team wins “Olympics” of firefighting

— A relay team from Westminster Fire Department took first place in the Firefighter Combat Challenge World Championships in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Nov. 17. Firefighters from the U.S. and other countries competed in the event, considered the Olympics of firefighting. ESPN billed it “the toughest two minutes in sports....
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Why Are Cows Tails Dropping Off? --article by Truth-out.org

This article was produced in collaboration with the Food & Environment Reporting Network, an investigative reporting nonprofit focusing on food, agriculture and environmental health....
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100 Campuses Join Divestment from Fossil Fuel Fight by Bill McKibben Nov 30, 2012 7:54am PST

Greetings from Minneapolis It's a gray morning here, and our big bus just rolled in from Madison. We've been on tour across America every night since the election (with a couple off for Thanksgiving), playing big sold-out shows at concert halls and theaters across the country. It's been incredibly exciting--huge crowds everywhere eager to help in the fight against climate change....
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Residents encouraged to get a free inspection of water softeners. None of the AQUAKLEEN SYSTEMS inspected to date have been installed correctly

COMMERCE CITY, COLO. – City officials are again encouraging residents to obtain a free inspection of their Aquakleen water softening systems to ensure safety. To date, none of the 20+ systems inspected by city building officials have been properly installed....
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Majority Leader Carroll names Senate committee chairs, vice chairs, and Democratic members

DENVER -- Today, Senate Majority Leader Morgan Carroll (D-Aurora) named the chairs, vice chairs, and Democratic members of the Senate committees of reference for the 69th General Assembly. ...
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Initiates Process to Consider Lesser Prairie-Chicken As "Threatened" Species Under the Endangered Species Act

Agency seeks information from public, scientific community to inform final decision; continues work with states on voluntary conservation agreements...
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