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Denver Weekly Gas Price Update and Outlook

Denver, July 30- Average retail gasoline prices in Denver have fallen 3.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.45/g yesterday.
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Construction work closes railroad crossing at 96th Avenue

REPAIR WORK TO CLOSE CROSSING AUGUST 6 – 9 ...
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Free Info Session on How to Help Make a Difference in the Life of an Abused and Neglected Child

Adams & Broomfield Counties, CO – CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Adams and Broomfield Counties invites you to learn how your voice can help make a difference in the life of an abused and neglected child at their ‘CASA 101’ Information Session on Thursday, August 23, 2012 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at Adams County Economic Development Corporation located at 12200 Pecos Street, Suite 100 in Westminster, CO. ‘CASA 101’ will provide attendees with an overview of the program which is currently seeking caring, community volunteers to advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children who have open cases in the judicial system. Pizza will be provided by generous CASA supporter, Marco’s Pizza. ...
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Possession of a Dangerous Weapon Arrest

On 07-29-2012, at approximately 10:15 pm, Thornton Police Officers were dispatched to the Cinebarre Movie Theater, 10001 N. Grant Street, in reference to a patron entering the theater with a handgun strapped to his waist line. The weapon was in an open carry position, visible to others....
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City of Brighton Manager's Update -- July 27, 2012

(CLICK LINK BELOW FOR CITY MANAGER'S UPDATE)...
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27J 'Compass' -- First School District Issue

(CLICK LINK BELOW FOR 'COMPASS ISSUE')...
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27J launches new community outreach effort

BRIGHTON – School District 27J staff, in an effort to connect with its families, give parents necessary resources and help all students start the 2012-13 school year on a positive note, are stepping out into the community to share information. From July 28 through Aug. 5, 27J staff members will set up tents outside a variety of businesses and other locations in Brighton, Thornton and Commerce City to hand out informational flyers (in English and in Spanish), and answer any questions from parents and community members....
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Gateway News Originals -- "Walmart to come?"

At the heart of the request of Commerce City's northern range in the last decade, was "some sort of" development for the 104th corridor. 104th Avenue, seemed, was widened without much hope of accompanying development (until of course, the new "super" King Soopers emerged in 2012). And for years, Walmart's dibs on the land at 104th & Tower Road drew hope, patience, anticipation, anxiety, and ultimately, it seems, politically-attempted anger (in that order) toward Walmart by our then-city Manager.......
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Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge to Temporarily Close for Public Visitation

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and Visitor Center will be closed to all public activities and visitation beginning Monday, August 20 through Friday, September 21, 2012 to support the expansion of a monitoring project on U.S. Army-owned land located in the central portion of the site...
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Chambers Road closed beginning July 23

Beginning July 23, Chambers Road, from E. 144th Avenue to E. Bromley Lane, will be closed for construction of a box culvert across Chambers Road as part of the continuing work on the South Outfall Drainage Channel project. Only local traffic will be allowed. The closure is expected to last two weeks. The extended closure time is due to extra caution required in crossing private and City utilities and in particular the water main supplying the Indigo Trails subdivision. Detours will be marked. Sable Boulevard and S. 27th Avenue are good alternatives to use during this time. For questions concerning the construction, please contact Dennis Crock at 303-655-2035....
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Mark Udall writes about proactive forest-management provisions in the Farm Bill

Mark Udall, a member of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, authored an op-ed that appeared in the Colorado Springs Gazette about provisions in the 2012 Farm Bill he advocated for that would support proactive forest management to prevent and mitigate the spread of future super-fires....
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Denver Pet Expo Offers Tips for Attendees and their Pets

With 150+ local exhibitors, an appearance by Shorty Rossi, star of Pit Boss on Animal Planet, agility demos, all-day entertainment and a mega-adoption event with more than 200 pets available for adoption, this free event attracts so many attendees that we feel compelled to share some tips with you below. ...
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Response to Food Poisoning Incident from our CEO

Denver Rescue Mission responds to the issues behind their food poisoning tragedy...
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Hospitals waive fees, co-pay for Colorado shooting victims -- 9News story

Three of five hospitals where victims were sent said they would limit bills; unclear whether long-term care will be covered (Click Link below for story)...
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Children's Hospital to pick up medical expenses of Aurora tragedy admitted victims

"Children’s Hospital Colorado’s mission has always been to provide the very best care possible to all children who need it regardless of their ability to pay. This mission supports the care we have been providing to both child and adult victims of last week’s shooting incident. Our hospital charity care program along with donations that have been directed to us and our physician partners to support victims of the shooting will be used to cover medical expenses for those who do not have insurance, and for those who do have insurance, we will waive any and all co-pays or deductible related expenses. We are committed to supporting these families as they heal." Kudos to Children's Hospital!...
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Udall Calls for Public Input on Potential Sangre de Cristo National Historic Park Legislation

Mark Udall announced the launch of a public input process to craft potential legislation that would establish the Sangre de Cristo National Historic Park, building on the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area that was established in 2009. Taking steps in this direction would help preserve historically significant cultural resources, and help foster heritage tourism and job creation in the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range-San Luis Valley region of southern Colorado....
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Udall Pushes for Comprehensive, Fiscally Sensible Path to Avert Sequestration

Mark Udall said today that it is critical for Congress to enact a comprehensive, bipartisan deficit-reduction package - in the spirit of the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles plan - in order to head off a series of "painful" cuts to the country's defense budget and other domestic investments that help create American jobs. Udall's comments, from a letter sent today to the Colorado Space Coalition, come as Congress prepares to deal with the upcoming automatic budget cuts, commonly called "sequestration."...
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Udall Welcomes Push to Provide Flexibility in Conservation and Crop Insurance Programs During Ongoing Drought

Mark Udall welcomed news today from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that the federal government will provide additional relief through existing USDA conservation programs for farmers and ranchers facing drought....
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BIDDING OPEN ON AUTOGRAPHED, GAME-WORN RAPIDS JERSEYS TO BENEFIT HELPCOLORADONOW.ORG

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Monday, July 23, 2012) – The Colorado Rapids have opened the bidding on game-worn, autographed jerseys from the team’s July 4 match, when the team wore uniforms featuring the Colorado state flag and the HelpColoradoNow.org logo across the chest. All proceeds from the auction will benefit organizations supporting disaster relief through HelpColoradoNow.org. ...
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Gardner Statement on NISP Rally

FORT LUPTON,C O. - Congressman Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement on the importance of the Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP) in light of today’s rally supporting its construction:...
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Operation Homefront Launches Back-to-School Brigade to Prepare Military Children for School, Seeks Volunteers

Denver, Colo. – Operation Homefront, the national non-profit that provides emergency financial and other assistance to military families and Wounded Warriors, has announced its annual Back-to-School Brigade program to collect school supplies for military kids. Operation Homefront, and its organizations and volunteers, across the nation will begin collecting donated school supplies, along with monetary donations, that they will distribute to the children of service members at the beginning of the school year in the Fall....
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Perlmutter and Colorado Delegation Lead House in Moment of Silence for Aurora Victims

Washington, DC -- Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter and the entire Colorado Congressional Delegation lead the House of Representatives in a moment of silence in remembrance of all those impacted by the tragic shooting in Aurora, CO last week. Perlmutter also made brief remarks on the Floor of the House. Attached is the a clip of the Floor Speech and a transcript of his remarks:...
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Congressional Delegation Introduces Resolution Honoring All Impacted by Tragic Aurora Shooting

Washington, DC -- Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07), U.S. Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet and the entire Colorado Congressional Delegation introduced a resolution honoring and remembering all those impacted by the tragic shootings at an Aurora movie theater last Friday. The resolution highlights the bravery and heroic efforts by individuals inside the theater, law enforcement and first responders in their efforts to save additional lives. The resolution will be voted on by the full House of Representatives and the Senate this week. Below is the full text of the resolution:...
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LOCAL MOMS TO ATTEND FRACKING RALLY IN D.C. AND DELIVER LETTER TO COLORADO SENATORS SIGNED BY CONSTITUENTS STATEWIDE

As the oil and gas industry moves full speed ahead with the fracking boom, residents across the state are organizing to protect their health, environment, property values, way of life, communities, and future generations from the impacts of oil and natural gas extraction, including fracking. Two Colorado mothers, Jodee Brekke and Diana Caile, are traveling to Washington D.C. this week to join a nationwide coalition of citizens, communities and organizations in a mass rally on July 28 and to hand deliver a letter to Senators Udall and Bennet signed by constituents statewide. The name of the rally and the message in the letter are the same: stop the frack attack....
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Adams County To Host Blood Drive

Adams County and Bonfils Blood Center are partnering to host a community blood drive on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Adams County Government Center, 4430 South Adams County Parkway, Platte River Room D, Brighton. This event will be held in honor of the victims of the recent tragedy in Aurora. Blood donation is one of the easiest ways to volunteer, with each blood donation typically taking an hour. If you have not donated before, please consider helping to replenish our community’s blood supply. To schedule an appointment, please call the donor appointment line at 303.363.2300....
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Thornton Police Officer in Critical Condition after head-on automobile accident

On 07-22-2012, at approximately 10:42 am, Thornton Police Officers and Thornton Paramedics were dispatched to the 5000 block of Highway 7 (160TH Avenue) in reference to a traffic accident regarding a head on collision involving a Thornton Police Officer....
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Senator Udall Makes 10th Congressional Speech to remind U.S. Senate of Importance of Colorado Wind Energy

Dear Supporter -- It's pretty inspiring the way Senator Udall has been standing up for something he believes in. Yesterday he made his 10th major speech reminding legislators about the importance of wind energy to Colorado's economy, and the critical role the Production Tax Credit (PTC) plays in keeping the U.S. wind energy sector alive. Nearly every day that Congress has been in session for the past three weeks, Senator Udall has made a similar appeal. ...
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Perlmutter Statement Concerning Shootings in Aurora Movie Theature

Washington, DC -- Below is a statement issued earlier this morning from Congressman Ed Perlmutter (CO 07) regarding the shootings at the Aurora movie theatre:...
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Phillipp Noble Named Administrator of Adams County Workforce & Business Center

Chris Kline, director of Adams County Human Services Department, is pleased to announce the promotion of Phillipp Noble to administrator of the Adams County Workforce & Business Center. Noble will assume his new role on July 16, 2012....
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Statements from Colorado State Leaders on this Morning's Tragedy

DENVER— Members of the Colorado State Senate expressed the shock and horror felt by all Coloradans as they awoke to news reports of the 12 Coloradans killed and 38 injured in the theatre shooting early this morning in Aurora....
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Support Line & Services Made Available to Victims & Familes without Fees

Dignity Memorial, Advantage and Olinger Funeral Providers Offer 24-Hour Counseling and Grief Resources to Denver Area Community and Families (Free grief management resources available to the community)...
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State of Colorado Jobs Report through June, 2012

(DENVER) -- Nonfarm payroll jobs decreased 6,900 from May to June for a total of 2,284,400 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs declined 5,200 and government decreased 1,700....
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Deepest Sympathies to all victims, families, and the Colorado Community

The Gateway News and GatewayNews.org extend our deepest sympathy and our heartfelt prayers to all the victims and their families and friends. As President Obama has asked, take today to pray and reflect. Reach out to those you care about. Colorado is once again very deeply hurt and in the process of healing.

EPA provides $50K to help Urban Land Conservancy improve water quality at Denver redevelopment

Denver, Colo. (July 19, 2012) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing $50,000 in technical assistance to develop innovative green infrastructure options for a new transit-oriented development project to include workforce housing – across from the Blake/38th commuter-rail station in downtown Denver. The Urban Land Conservancy will use the EPA resources to assess and integrate innovative design features that will reduce polluted runoff and protect water quality. Today’s announcement is part of $950,000 EPA is providing for projects across the country to improve water quality through green infrastructure....
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Reunion Crime Alert -- 18 Vehicle 'Trespasses' within the last 30 Days

Since June 2012, eighteen (18) vehicles in the Reunion and Reunion Southlawn neighborhoods have been trespassed and had items stolen from inside. The vehicles involved were left unlocked and parked on the street or in a driveway. Items stolen included electronics, CD’s, cash, and other items of value....
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OIL AND GAS PROMOTERS REACH SETTLEMENT WITH SECURITIES COMMISSIONER

Denver, Colorado – Colorado Securities Commissioner Fred Joseph announced today that he has settled his enforcement action against Brian T. Sullivan and Daniel F. Sheriff, and their firm, Fairfield Energy, Inc., all of Colorado Springs, Colorado....
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Coors's Statement on Today's Health Care Ruling (In Politik)

GOLDEN, Colo. -- Joe Coors, Republican nominee for Congress, issued the following statement with regards to the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act. "While I respect the authority of the Supreme Court, its decision does not change the fact that the Obama health care plan has the potential to be the largest tax increase on the middle class in history. Coloradans continue to struggle to make ends meet, yet Congressman Ed Perlmutter not only voted for the government takeover of health care, he fought to keep it. (See attached link below in POLITIK for complete statement)...
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"It's time to Celebrate" - the parting words of Adams County Human Services Director, Dr. Donald Cassata

At a time when Adams County seems to be enduring heightened scrutiny for allegations of misconduct, it's even more imperative to be circumspect regarding what has worked and what is working. At the retirement farewell of Dr. Cassata, here are his closing words regarding the 'state of Human Services' in Adams County. Dr. Cassata is currently an Administrative and Behavioral Consultant in Brighton: (Donald M. Cassata, Ph.D., Administrative & Behavioral Consultant, 14700 Akron Street, Brighton, Colorado 80602, dncass41@gmail.com, 303-906-9117) ...
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Automobile Break-ins on the rise in Reunion, northern Commerce City

According to a source, at least three vehicles were broken into in Reunion on the night of July 17th. It is believed that all three break-ins were reported to the Commerce City Police Department. Recently, a spokesperson for the Commerce City PD suggested that "the majority of automobile break-ins are prompted by unlocked vehicles or vehicles with conspicuously placed belongings within public view." Again, a plea is made to residents to lock your vehicles at all times.

Brighton City Council hosts citywide barbecue

The Brighton City Council will host a citywide barbecue from 5 to 7 p.m. next Thursday, July 26 at the brand new Carmichael Park. Residents are encouraged to attend the barbecue to meet City Council members, share any questions or concerns, and receive information on projects taking place in their neighborhood and throughout the city. In addition, city department and community groups will be present to provide information on local projects. ...
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Julie Dirrim Celebrates 20 Years at Valley Bank & Trust

Valley Bank & Trust is proud to recognize Julie Dirrim for her 20 years of loyalty and commitment to excellence. ...
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Adams County Animal Shelter 'Pet of the Week': Brown & White Papillion mix, 5 years old!

# A085563. Brown and white Papillion mix, male, 5 years old. PLEASE CONTACT ADAMS COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER: Yvonne Garcia Adams County Animal Shelter/Adoptions 10705 Fulton Street Brighton, CO 80601-7129 303-288-3135

Colorado Rapids, Community mourn the passing of Marisa Colaiano

Commerce City, Colo. – The Colorado Rapids will wear black armbands during their matches on Wednesday, July 18 at Toronto FC and Saturday, July 21 at Real Salt Lake in honor of Marisa Colaiano, the club’s Senior Manager of Community Relations, who passed away on Tuesday as a result of complications from Multiple Sclerosis....
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Adams County Investigates Drug Allegations

In March 2012, Adams County began an internal investigation in response to information that controlled substances were being distributed among several county employees in the Human Services Department. County officials promptly informed law enforcement and a criminal investigation began....
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Thornton Bridge at I-25 & 88th damaged in accident with two semi trucks

I-25 South at 88th Avenue will be fully back open by your morning commute Wednesday, according to CDOT. Earlier in the afternoon two semis carrying silos slammed in to the bridge (because they couldn't fit underneath it). The bridge looks pretty nasty from down below, but CDOT says it's still safe (per 9News)....
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CASA hosts annual 'Indulge for CASA' July 19th

(See attached event announcement)

Longmont City Council Poised to Short Circuit Ballot Drive to Ban Fracking;

Proposed oil and gas agreement an attempt to sneak fracking into Longmont before citizens have a right to vote on issue...
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Dumb Friends League CatFest results in nearly 100 cat adoptions

DENVER (July 16, 2012) We may be in the dog days of summer, but cats ruled this past Saturday, July 14, at the fourth annual CatFest....
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Brighton City Manager's Update -- July 13, 2012

What's happening in Brighton? Get the details each week with the City Manager's Update -- (CLICK LINK BELOW)...
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Saving Adams County Open Spaces

Adams County's threat to its open spaces has never been higher. From development to oil and gas exploration, the bid for water resources and land threatens farmland and our collective ability to enjoy the beauty of our county. Fortunately, the Adams County Commission, along with the assistance of the Adams County Open Space Program (Adams County Parks & Community Resources) is working hard to change all that....
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Adams County Animal Shelter "Pet of the Week": Domestic medium hair, neutered male, 13 years old

Domestic medium hair, neutered male, 13 years old Thank you, Yvonne Garcia Adams County Animal Shelter/Adoptions 10705 Fulton Street Brighton, CO 80601-7129 303-288-3135 as of 1/1/2011 my new e-mail address will be ygarcia@adcogov.org

Devry University Career Fair Announced

For more information contact Tanya Terrell at: (303) 280-7652

Commerce City "Coffee with a Cop" this Thursday, Commerce City Rec Center, 8-10am.

Don’t forget, this Thursday is “Coffee with a Cop”. We will be at the Commerce City Recreation Center, 6060 E Parkway Drive (in the craft room due to construction) 8-10am. Please join Commerce City’s Finest for a cup of coffee. Learn about upcoming programs, give your suggestions, bring your questions and/or concerns. We hope to see you tomorrow! -Ofc. Kayla Fender

Colorado public trustee spending raises red flags -- Denver Post Article

• "Adams County Public Trustee Carol Snyder drives a car that her office purchased new for her use — the only trustee to do that. The fuel is paid, the exterior is washed regularly, and the vehicle is equipped with a subscription satellite-radio system. She says she's entitled to the perks..." -- Denver Post (Click Link Below for Full Story)...
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REMINDER: The RTD Board of Directors will hear public input on the staff recommendation for I-225

On July 3, the Regional Transportation District (RTD) staff recommended to the RTD Board of Directors to move forward with a proposal from Kiewit Infrastructure Co., to complete the I-225 Light Rail Line all the way to Peoria. The proposal also commits to completing construction of the line by November 2015, around the same general timeframe as completion of the East Rail Line. ...
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Former DARE Officer sentenced to three years for sexual exploitation of an adolescent girl

The 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and the Aurora Police Department announce that former Aurora DARE Officer, Michael Mangino (DOB: 03/28/1961) was sentenced for sexually exploiting an adolescent girl in March 2011....
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Commerce City amends oil and gas land development code.

COMMERCE CITY, COLO. – Starting August 1, new oil and gas rules in Commerce City will provide residents with additional protections, while oil and gas operators will have a specific permit process for future development. City Council members unanimously amended the city’s land use development code to clarify rules first adopted in 2009 for oil and gas development....
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Adams 14 Announces New Superintendent

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (July 2, 2012) – Adams County School District 14 (Adams 14) is pleased to announce that Pat Sánchez will serve as the new Superintendent of Schools. ...
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New elementary school wants to connect with history

THORNTON, July 2, 2012 – Brantner Elementary, School District 27J’s newest elementary school in Thornton, is named for its rich historical connection to the area where it is built. School Principal Michele Saller wants it to be more than just a name for the school’s students....
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Perlmutter Congratulates Colorado Selection for New US Patent Office

Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter released the following statement congratulating the State of Colorado on being selected as the new site of the regional U.S. Patent office....
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Gateway Gold Classifieds

Gateway Gold Classifieds are a new way to sell your products and services online. With over 240,000 hits/month (June, 2012), Gateway Gold gives you the exposure you need! Gateway Gold is a self-use application that is FREE for your first use and then starts at just $5 for 30 days. Credit cards are not required (you may simply send a check to the Gateway News). "Gateway Gold" is listed under "Classifieds" on the main heading of the Gateway News site (SEE ALSO LINK BELOW)...
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Brighton 125th Slide Show

Take a look at the photos that served as an inspiration for the "Quasquicentennial Book", Brighton's 125th Celebratory Issue -- the people, the historic places, the leaders, the celebration (CLICK LINK BELOW)...
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Keeping the Door Open -- Prosecutions, Education, and Prevention

Adams County's prosecutions are up-- but what's love to to do with it? Today, words like 'empathy' and 'partnership' have more to do with Adams County's crime analysis than you might think. Here's a District Attorney's feature that might surprise you (See Link Below)...
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On the History of the American Pride Co-op in Adams County

As of July 1st, 2012, it's not called, "Agfinity". But for more than 36 years, Adams County's foremost farmer's co-op represented more than agriculture. As explained in the words of 36-year President and CEO, Al Shivley, the Co-op embodied a passion, love, and commitment that brought it from being broke in 1967 to over 160 employees and a $60million / year revenue stream. Here is the story of the Co-op (Click Link Below for Story)...
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Brighton Bombshell -- An interview with Brighton Economic Development Director Extraordinaire, Robert Smith

Brighton's 125th heralds yet a new era in economic development for the City of Brighton. With 5 epicenters of growth, the sky certainly seems to be the limit for Colorado's "Boom Town". See what's in store for Brighton in the words of its new Economic Development Director, Robert Smith (see link below)...
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Farming vs. Water Poltics -- The Challenge to the Future of our Farms

The future of our local farms is in jeopardy. In 2002 the water court prohibited our farms from tapping water well resources. Today, Governor Hickenlooper refuses to issue a government directive to allow farmers to tap the wells that they already 'own'. Find out the status of our farms in the words of 4th generational Brighton farm owner, Deb Palizzi in this no holes barred interview (See link below)...
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Brighton 125th 'Quasquicentennial Book' Released

Brighton is celebrating its 125th Birthday. In celebration, the Gateway News has published an exclusive memoir of photos, stories, features, and interviews. Enjoy the events of Brighton's 125th including fireworks, music, and celebration -- all featured in the "Quasquicentennial Book"! (Click below for link)...
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