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School District 27J launches bus advertising pilot program

Brighton, August 30, 2012 – School District 27J launched a new era in district transportation when it purchased 16 clean-burning propane buses earlier this year. Those same buses are now touting another new concept for the district.
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City issues drought restrictions through Nov. 1

Based on continued drought conditions, the City of Brighton has declared a phase 3 drought warning. Phase 3 drought restrictions will be in effect until Nov. 1 when winter watering restrictions will begin. ...
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“Family Emergency” Scam

The Brighton Police have recently received reports about the “Family Emergency” scam from Brighton citizens. This scam has been around for awhile, but is still popular because the scam relies on emotion and exploits a grandparent’s willingness to help a grandchild when they are in need. The scam can be over the phone or in the form of an email....
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Brighton Police Seeking Information on Burglary of Convenience Store

The Brighton Police Department is seeking information concerning the burglary of the Sun Mart convenience store, 601 South Main Street in Brighton....
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Adams 14 Names Slavica Park Public Information Officer

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Aug. 29, 2012) – Slavica Park has been named Public Information Officer (PIO) for Adams County School District 14 (Adams 14)....
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Brighton Recreation Center to be closed for annual maintenance

The Brighton Recreation Center will be closed for annual maintenance starting Monday, Sept. 10 through Sunday, Sept.23. The facility will re-open to the public on Monday, Sept. 24 at 5:30 a.m....
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FasTracks West Rail Line Clearance Test - Sept. 14

West Rail crews will be towing a light rail vehicle along the West Rail Line for another clearance test on September 14, 2012 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m....
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Public Assistance Requested: Brighton police investigating possible hit-and-run

Brighton police are investigating the roadside death of a local man as a possible hit-and-run accident....
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Labor Day Holiday closures and delays

THORNTON, CO… City of Thornton offices and the Thornton Senior Center will be closed on Monday, September 3, to observe the Labor Day Holiday. City offices will reopen for normal business hours Tuesday, September 4. ...
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Girl Scouts make difference for fellow students

It turns out helping others can become pretty addictive. Or at least it is for two Brighton Girl Scouts and Overland Trail Middle School eighth-graders....
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Brighton Urban Renewal Authority Update

 The Brighton Housing Authority will begin repainting the exteriors of all 16 of our duplex units, starting with the units on N. 5th Avenue. We are very excited to put a fresh face on our units!...
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Brighton Urban Renewal Authority nominates Mainstreet Creatives for Governor's Award

The Brighton Urban Renewal Authority nominated MainStreet Creatives for a Downtown Colorado Inc. Governor’s Award for Downtown Excellence, Best Public Space....
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City of Brighton Police Blotter: Week ending 08/24/12

On Thursday, August 16 at 5:05 p.m., Sergeant Mark Kohn and Officer Levy Slagle were in the patrol room of the Police Department familiarizing themselves with the newly installed surveillance system and various camera views throughout the city’s facilities....
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Prairie View H.S. embraces one lunch

New Prairie View High School Principal Ana Mendoza admits she lost some sleep this summer as she pondered how the school would successfully consolidate three separate lunch periods into one single hour....
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Adams County Animal Shelter 'Pet of the Week' is "Kenya", beautiful German Wirehair Griffon Mix!

#A085552 / Kenya. German Wirehair Griffon Mix, I am 11 years old, already spay and current on all vaccinations. I am house trained, I mostly stay inside , can make it all day with no issues...
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Weld County Road 2 Closure Sept. 5 - 6

The City of Brighton Streets Department, in cooperation with the Town of Lochbuie, will be closing Weld County Road 2 from 50th Avenue to the service road at I-76 for bridge repair work at the Spear Canal crossing. ...
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Henderson Teacher Honored with Award

Henderson Elementary kindergarten teacher Brittany Mecham isn’t one to seek out the limelight....
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Tri-County Health Department Reports the First Human Cases of West Nile Virus in Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas Counties in 2012

Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) has verified West Nile virus infection in four residents of our jurisdiction of Adams (2 cases), Arapahoe (1 case), and Douglas (1 case) Counties. All four patients were hospitalized; three have been discharged home for recovery and one remains hospitalized. These are the first human West Nile Virus infections reported to TCHD this year. ...
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TIP A COP FUNDRAISER FOR COLORADO SPECIAL OLYMPICS

DON'T MISS A CHANCE TO GET SERVED SOMETHING REALLY GOOD BY THE MEN IN BLUE! (SEE BANNER DETAILS!), TO BENEFIT THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS OF COLORADO...
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Eastlake 3 Nature Preserve Trail Reopens

Trail closed for nearly a month due to increased coyote activity...
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Mandatory Water Restrictions in Effect September 1

THORNTON, CO…The City of Thornton has declared a Stage 2 Drought Warning. Mandatory water restrictions for all of Thornton’s water customers will be in effect from September 1, 2012, until further notice. The goal of the new restrictions is to reduce water demand by 30 percent to help preserve the community’s water supply. ...
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It’s time to ‘Paws for a Dip’

Thornton’s City pool goes to the dogs on August 25 ...
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Adams County Animal Shelter -- Pet of the Week: Adventurous short-haired brown tabby!

Hi! I’m Marco Polo #85983. I’m a 2-3 year old short-haired brown tabby....
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Imagine Adams County Project to Help Plan Future Development

County Seeks Citizen Input on Comprehensive, Transportation and Hazard Analysis Planning Efforts...
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Tour de FasTracks -West Rail Line - announced for Sept 15, 2012

Join the West Rail Line team for a family-fun outing on the new bike route along the West Rail Line at the Tour de FasTracks -West Rail Ride event to be held on Saturday, September 15, 2012. ...
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Shale Development vs. Drinking Water - an open letter to the BLM ("Bureau of Land Management") for Oversight

Hello: More than 100 individuals, business leaders, outdoor recreation organizations, farmers, ranchers, owners of wineries and breweries and others today released a letter sent to the Bureau of Land Management to ask for a smart approach to oil shale development that protects Western water. Facing a severe drought that has impacted every region of the state, they want to ensure that any water impacts are fully evaluated before commercial development of oil shale rocks....
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"Dear Honorable Commissioners..." -- An Open Letter to Adams County Commissioners

Citizen letter to Adams County Commissioners regarding Aerotropolis development...
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Be a Part in Adams County's Development!

Imagine Adams County is offering an opportunity for resident feedback - be a part!

Missing 47 year-old male found, deceased in Commerce City

COMMERCE CITY ― On August 15, 2012, at about 3:00 a.m. Commerce City Police Department was notified of a missing 47 year old male that may be suicidal. It was believed the male was in the area of north of E. 120th Ave. and Chambers St. Members of Commerce City Police Department, friends and family were looking for the male continuously since the initial report was received. At approximately 5:00 p.m. the male was found deceased in this area. The investigation by Commerce City Police Department is continuing at this time. No additional information is being released. ...
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New hours for Brighton Oasis begin today

The Brighton Oasis Aquatic Park will begin restricted hours of operation beginning today. The Oasis will be open today and tomorrow from 4 to 7 p.m. ...
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Open Letter of Gratitude by Aurora Shooting Victim's Family to the Community

Chief Oates, I wanted to take a moment out of your busy day to send a letter to you, your team, and the citizens of the great City of Aurora, as well as the great State of Colorado. I lost my son in the theatre shootings on July 20th, it was, and continues to be, the most horrific time of my life....
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LOCAL MOMS TRAVEL TO D.C. TO 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 and communities from the impacts of oil and natural gas extraction, including fracking. ...
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President Shaffer Appoints New Members to State Boards and Commissions

DENVER— Today, Senate President Brandon Shaffer (D-Longmont) announced the appointment of three members to important state boards and commissions....
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Superintendent to help kick off new school year

Dr. Fiedler to ride school bus, serve up lunch to students...
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Subject: Double Fatal Traffic Accident – 14300 Block Northbound I-25

On 08-15-2012, at approximately 2:15 pm, Thornton Police Officers were dispatched to a single vehicle injury accident in the 14300 Block of I-25. Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2007 Toyota Prius was traveling northbound in the 14300 block of I-25 when the vehicle ran off the right side of the highway striking a concrete drainage ditch located in the median between the highway and the 144th Avenue off-ramp....
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Over 350 Community Members Gather to Raise Enough Funds to Train 30 More Advocates for Abused & Neglected Children

Metro North Region, CO – More than 350 individuals turned out in support of the 6th Annual ‘Indulge for CASA’ event benefitting CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Adams and Broomfield Counties. The event, held on the evening of July 19, 2012 at Balistreri Vineyards located in Denver, successfully raised over $45,000, which will allow the non-profit program to train and supervise at least 30 more dedicated volunteers who could potentially ensure the safety and best interests of 75 more abused and neglected children than the program is currently serving. ...
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Dog Held for Public Safety

On July 25, 2012 Brighton Animal Control officers investigated calls of two loose dogs chasing, charging, growling and bearing teeth to three citizens. ...
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Brighton Market Day -- This Saturday!

Clear your calendars! Brighton's Market Day is this Saturday, August 18th.

Brighton celebrates its agricultural heritage

The City of Brighton will celebrate its agricultural heritage Saturday, Aug, 18 at Brighton Market Day. The annual event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Brighton Cultural Center and will include produce from local growers, an education symposium, interactive activities, live entertainment, great food, and local artists, as well as free kids activities and interactive activities which will be provided by the Anythink Library of Brighton....
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Brighton Fire awarded grant to hire firefighters

BRIGHTON--Brighton Fire was recently awarded a Federal SAFER Grant (Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. ...
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Receive 10 Free Colorado Blue Spruce Trees By Joining the Arbor Day Foundation in August

Nebraska City, Neb. — Spruce up your landscape by joining the Arbor Day Foundation in August. Everyone who joins the nonprofi t Arbor Day Foundation with a $10 donation will receive 10 free Colorado blue spruce trees through the Foundation’s Trees for America campaign....
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Healthcare for All Colorado Event

Break out your walking or running shoes and join us on September 9 at Denver's beautiful Washington Park. This event will raise funds and awareness to benefit the projects and operations of HCACF....
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Colorado Fire Relief Fund 2012: Deadline for applications approaches

(Denver, Colorado) The Governor's Office of the State of Colorado partnered with The Denver Foundation and community foundations across Colorado this summer to develop the Colorado Fire Relief Fund 2012. ...
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Brighton City Manager's Update - August 10, 2012

(CLICK LINK BELOW FOR CITY MANAGERS UPDATE)...
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Fourteener Fest. Celebrating the beginning of a school district's turnaround

Adams-14's new Principal, Bryan Wright, ushers in a new era of respect, culture, and accomplishment at Adams City High School....
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Boulder County reconsiders Farm Dinner Permits -- Denver Post Article

BOULDER, Colo.—Boulder County is considering rules that would allow providers of farm dinners and other rural gatherings to avoid permits if they meet certain conditions. ...
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Next Step for Colorado Health Exchange

Legislators Approve Grant Proposal to Establish State Health Exchange...
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27J School District Board of Directors Meeting Agenda Announced

BOARD OF EDUCATION SCHOOL DISTRICT 27J --AGENDA---...
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RTD to implement regular August 2012 Service Changes on Sunday, August 19

Denver – The Regional Transportation District (RTD) will implement its August Service Changes on Sunday, August 19, 2012. RTD Service Changes are implemented several times per year to improve the overall quality and efficiency of the RTD system. Public meetings were held in June to solicit public comment regarding the service changes. The service changes may be accessed online at rtd-denver.com....
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Brighton accepting donations for Memorial Tree Program

Do you want to acknowledge the loss of a loved one, birth of a child, or celebrate a personal achievement or milestone by having your very own tree planted in Brighton? Brighton’s Memorial Tree Program enables Brighton citizens to donate a tree to the City to be planted in any park or trail that the Brighton Parks Department maintains....
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Get rid of paper and electronics Aug. 18; help Crime Stoppers

The Brighton Police Department will be hosting a Shred-a-thon from 8 a.m. to noon on Aug. 18 at the Brighton Police Department, 3401 E. Bromley Lane. Residents may drop off up to three boxes or grocery bags full of paper. ...
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Turning around performance –the new Adams County School District 14

You might say Adams County School District 14 is in the turnaround of its life. The ‘forced mandate’ by the State of Colorado is all about performance standards and the district’s need to measure up – within just two years. And if it doesn’t? The State of Colorado isn’t pulling any punches. It would then assume management control over the district. (CLICK LINK BELOW FOR FULL STORY) ...
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Adams County Commissioners Announce RDT Board Vacancy Appointment

The Adams County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce the appointment of Barry Gore of Thornton to serve the remaining five-month term as District K director on the Regional Transportation District (RTD) Board. ...
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Gunnison teacher drives up summer enjoyment of reading

Gunnison, Colo. – A picture-perfect day at the park had all of the symbols of summer: food on the picnic tables, children on the swings, and lots of books on the bus. Not sure about the books? Then you haven't spent this summer in Gunnison, where "Senorita Rita's Rockin' Reading Route" has kids running out for a school bus with enthusiasm usually reserved for an ice cream truck....
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Colorado Sikh community shaken by Wisconsin shootings -- Denver Post Article

Shaken by news of a massacre at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, members of the religion in Colorado are taking steps to prevent a similar incident at their temple in Commerce City. (SEE ATTACHED LINK BELOW FOR FULL ARTICLE)...
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School District 27J staff to discuss TCAP results

TCAP results to be released publicly Wednesday, Aug. 8...
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Gardner introduces bipartisan bill to help families save for college

WASHINGTON D.C. – As students and families struggle with the rising costs of higher education, Congressman Cory Gardner (R-CO) has a plan to help them pay for college....
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Perlmutter Urges House to Remain In Session to Extend Wind Energy Tax Credit

Washington, DC -- Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) urged the House of Representatives to remain in session in order to pass important tax credit legislation including the Wind Energy Production Tax Credit (PTC). The U.S. Senate Finance Committee is considering a package of tax extenders today including a one-year extension of the PTC through December 31, 2013. An extension of the Production Tax Credit is has bipartisan support from nearly all Republicans and Democrats in the Colorado Congressional Delegation....
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Colorado Congressional Delegation Urges FEMA to Expand Wildfire Disaster Declaration

Declaration Would Make Communities affected by High Park, Waldo Canyon, Woodland Heights, Last Chance Fires Eligible for Federal Assistance...
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Adams County to Host Stormwater Utility Implementation Project Open House Meeting Series

The Adams County Board of Commissioners will host public open house meetings to discuss updated policies and solicit additional feedback regarding the Stormwater Utility Implementation Project....
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Final Neighborhood Outreach marks close of the summer

ANNUAL EVENT OFFERS FREE FOOD, ENTERTAINMENT and INFORMATION. COMMERCE CITY, COLO. – Commerce City’s final neighborhood outreach is scheduled for August 9, 2012 at Pioneer Park. ...
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School District 27J opens newest elementary school

Thornton, Aug. 2, 2012 - With a warm embrace of the future and a distinct nod to the past, School District 27J ceremonially opened its newest school, Brantner Elementary, Aug. 1....
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$10.15 Million Approved for Conservation Projects in Rocky Mountain Arsenal Region First of Two Settlement Funds will Help Build Regional Open Space Network

DENVER—The Colorado Natural Resource Damages Trustees have awarded $10,150,000 in funding for 11 conservation projects in the vicinity of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. The projects encompass more than 800 acres and are expected to leverage another $31 million in additional funding to build a regional, integrated greenway and open space network....
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Dumb Friends League extends $10 adoption special for cats through August

DENVER (August 1, 2012) Looking for an Olympic-caliber companion? Want a gold-medal champion in cuddling, napping and chasing toys? The Dumb Friends League has a winner for you—and at a very competitive price! From now through Aug. 31, the Dumb Friends League is continuing its $10 adoption special for cats 1 year and older. The special is taking place at both shelter locations, including the Pet Care-avan mobile adoption unit and the adoption center at Northfield-Stapleton....
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Forest Service Extends Closure of Abandoned Mines and Caves as New Studies Indicate 5.5 Million Bats Have Died Closure seeks to protect bat species from White-Nose Syndrome

DENVER, August 1, 2012—Regional Forester Daniel Jirón signed an extension to an emergency order today to restrict access to all caves and abandoned mines on National Forests and Grasslands in the Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service (Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas). The intent of the closure is to minimize the risk of the human spread of the fungus (Geomyces destructans) that causes White-nose Syndrome. ...
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Tri-County Health Department is warning residents to take precautions against hantavirus when cleaning up rodent droppings

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome is a very rare condition, caused by a virus that is carried by rodents, especially deer mice. It is fatal to humans in almost half the cases. There have been three hantavirus deaths in Colorado so far this year, none in the Tri-County region. ...
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RTD Honored with “Transportation Innovator Champion of Change” White House Award

Recognized for the Regional Workforce Initiative Now (WIN) Program ...
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