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27J Education Foundation announces change

Brighton, Jan 30, 2013 – The School District 27J Education Foundation has announced a significant change to its organizational structure that will allow the non-profit organization to better focus on its mission to preserve and support district educational opportunities.
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Thornton Offers FREE Wellness Seminars in February

All of these workshops are FREE and held at the Thornton Senior Center, 9471 Dorothy Blvd....
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Thornton Community Read 2013 - Asian Dinner with sushi demonstration Jan 30

Join us for the weekly Community Read "My Story" events at the Thornton Arts & Culture Center, 9209 Dorothy Blvd. Most events are FREE. There is a small fee for the food-related presentations (January 30, March 6, April 10). Please register for any of these three presentations by calling 720-977-5885....
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Discover Thornton Community Walk Jan 26

On Saturday, January 26, we will begin the 4th year of this monthly community walk program, as we walk along the Big Dry Creek Trail. We will meet in the parking lot of the Big Dry Creek Park located at 1700 W. 128th Avenue. To get there go west on 128th and go approximately 0.6 miles west of Huron, and the park will be located on your left. (If you get to Zuni street, you have gone about .25 miles too far west.) We will depart promptly at 9 a.m. This walk will be an out and back course that can be 2-6 miles; everyone can walk at his/her own pace and go as far as they feel like on that morning. This trail will include some pavement but mostly granite fines, a softer surface.  Please remember to dress for the weather and wear good walking shoes. If you are interested in participating in the program, but can’t come on January 26, please make sure to send us your email address and we will keep you apprised of the dates, locations and distances for upcoming walks. Please send those inquiries to Discover@cityofthornton.net. The February event will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2013....
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Vote for your favorite Thornton business

Nominate your favorite Thornton business to be recognized at the Thornton Business Expo held in April. The categories are: Best Green Business – This award will recognize a Thornton business that has demonstrated innovation in environmental impact reduction. Best Business Citizen“ This award will recognize a Thornton business that has made significant contributions to the Thornton community through civic engagement, volunteer and charitable efforts. Best Job Creator“ This award will recognize the Thornton business that has exhibited the greatest year over year percentage job creation with the greatest overall economic impact to the City in 2012. Best Small Business“ This award will recognize a Thornton business with 20 or fewer employees that is determined through nominations to have made a significant impact on the community in 2012. Best Large Business - This award will recognize a Thornton business with 21 or more employees that is determined through nominations to have made a significant impact on the community in 2012....
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How well did your business perform in 2012 in Commerce City? Is the City doing enough to help? Sound off Here.

The City of Commerce City is conducting a survey -- and so are we. If your business is located within Commerce City, how do you feel about the City of Commerce City's economic assistance of your business? Please tell us through both a BLOG (link below) and a POLL (link below)....
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Brighton Housing Authority -- Report January 25, 2013

 The Brighton Housing Authority scored a 104% in reporting to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for our Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program for the month of December 2012....
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Brighton Park & Rec Report

Help for Homes for Seniors and Disabled Homeowners  Brothers Redevelopment (BRI) staff and staff from Eagle View Adult Center have set the date for Brighton’s Help for Homes. The event will take place on Saturday, May 4. BRI received $10,000 funding from The Brighton Legacy Foundation for the project. Applications are being developed now and will be available for distribution on February 21. Completed applications will be due by March 27. BRI will then determine which homes meet the qualifications and Eagle View staff will recruit teams. It is our hope that volunteer teams will be able to complete 15-20 homes....
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Brighton Streets Report -- January 25, 2013

S t r ee t s Street Capital Project  New shop floor has been completed by the contractor and the floor will be sealed next week. The fleet shop operation area will be expanded into this area and Street personnel are in the process of refurbishing and relocating operations to the vacated parks shop area....
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Brighton Utilities Report -- January 25, 2013

Wastewater  Daily average Plant Influent Flow is 1.942 million gallons per day. Watershop  Utility Locating – Responded and marked 58 utility locate requests.  Emergency Call-Outs – Responded to 16 after hour call outs.  Water Main Breaks:  121 S 14th Ave. Dr. – repaired water line break  795 Loma Linda – repaired service line break  347 S. 4th Ave. - repaired service line break  525 S. 4th – repaired service line break & replaced meter pit  N. 15th & Manor Way- fire hydrant failure...
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Brighton seeks volunteer victim advocates

The Brighton Police Department is currently accepting volunteer victim advocates. Volunteer advocates provide on-scene contact with victims and witnesses of violent crime, sudden death, and other emergency situations. They provide immediate crisis intervention, individual and family support, information about the criminal justice system, support agency referral, aide in acquiring emergency shelter and facilitate other immediate needs of victims....
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City of Northglenn Calendar of Events: January 28 - February 11, 2013

Coffee with the Mayor 8:30 a.m. Mon., Jan. 28, Atlanta Bread in the Northglenn Marketplace Coffee with the Mayor is a chance to talk directly with the mayor about issues in the community and to learn about new developments in the city. Northglenn High School Principal Dr. Mary Lindimore will talk about the school’s STEM expansion. Call 303-450-8713 for more information. ...
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MEETING AGENDA: 27J BOARD OF EDUCATION -- January 29, 2013

BOARD OF EDUCATION SCHOOL DISTRICT 27J January 29, 2013 6:00 p.m. Joint Meeting City of Brighton & City of Commerce City Prairie View Middle School Library 12915 E. 120th Avenue Henderson, CO 80640...
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CEA statement on Losing Ground report

DENVER – Colorado Education Association President Kerrie Dallman issues the following statement on Losing Ground, the special report from the I-News Network and Rocky Mountain PBS that examines how black and Latino Colorado residents are falling further behind in many measures of social progress, including education achievement:...
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Judge says wrongful death claims in theater shootings should be tossed -- Denver Post Article

A federal magistrate judge has recommended that the most serious claims alleged in lawsuits against the owner of the Century Aurora 16 movie theater — the site of a July 20 shooting that killed 12 — be thrown out. (FOR COMPLETE ARTICLE CLICK LINK BELOW) ...
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Former Brighton charter school chief charged with theft -- Denver Post Article

Former Eagle Ridge Academy executive director Robert Hughes has been charged with theft and embezzlement, accused of stealing almost $20,000 from a federal grant intended for the Brighton charter school. According to an arrest affidavit, the startup grant was to be used to purchase about 350 Netbook computers for students as well as software and other program materials. (FOR COMPLETE ARTICLE SEE LINK BELOW)...
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Will Meeks Named Assistant Regional Director for Refuges of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Mountain-Prairie Region

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Service) has announced the selection of Will Meeks as the new assistant regional director for Refuges in the Mountain-Prairie Region, headquartered in Denver, Colorado. The Mountain-Prairie Region includes Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas....
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Truancy court as a last resort -- Denver Post Editorial Comment

Commerce City should consider a system of community and school interventions before sending truant children to court. ...
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Commerce City officer who shot Chloe the dog has new arraignment date -- Denver Post Article

BRIGHTON — An Adams County judge rescheduled an arraignment Tuesday for the Commerce City officer facing felony charges for shooting and killing a dog in November. The hearing for Robert Price lasted about 5 minutes. His next court appearance is set for 2 p.m. April 15. (FOR COMPLETE ARTICLE SEE LINK BELOW) ...
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Commerce City police find missing 14-year-old boy --- Denver Post Article

Commerce City Police have found a 14-year-old boy who had been missing since Monday night. Christian Rasmussen, spokesman for Commerce City Police, said the boy was spotted at a gas station near Interstate 76 and 88th Avenue by a driver who called police. The boy was picked up by police and is now safe at home. (FOR COMPLETE STORY CLICK LINK BELOW) ...
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Adams County half of Denver International Airport conflict committee meets -- Denver Post Article

Half of the members of a group formed last week to provide a place for Adams and Denver counties to talk about disagreements over development plans for Denver International Airport began meeting Tuesday morning. (FOR COMPLETE ARTICLE SEE BELOW) ...
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Brighton seeks volunteer victim advocates

The Brighton Police Department is currently accepting volunteer victim advocates. Volunteer advocates provide on-scene contact with victims and witnesses of violent crime, sudden death, and other emergency situations. They provide immediate crisis intervention, individual and family support, information about the criminal justice system, support agency referral, aide in acquiring emergency shelter and facilitate other immediate needs of victims....
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RTD Transit Police will help with public transportation security at the 57th Presidential Inauguration

Denver – The Regional Transportation District’s (RTD) Transit Police will be assisting with security in Washington, D.C. when President Barack Obama is sworn into office for his second term on January 21. ...
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School District 27J plans detailed security review, improvements

Brighton, Jan. 16, 2013 –School District 27J will install computerized visitor screening systems at all district schools as part of a district-wide review of safety and security protocols....
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Cramer named Director of Community Development

COMMERCE CITY, COLO. – City Manager Brian McBroom announced the selection of Chris Cramer as the city’s new community development director. Cramer will assume his new duties immediately....
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ADVISORY: Sen. Ulibarri and Sen. Tochtrop will host a town hall called: “Speak Out: Preventing Community Violence”

Sen. Ulibarri and Sen. Tochtrop will welcome speakers from the Adams County District Attorney’s office and the Adams 50 School District...
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"Brighton Council approves increases to utility rates" --- Are they warranted? Weigh in

Brighton City Council's approval of water and sewer services rate increases have met with some stiff residential opposition. What do you think? Are they reasonable? warranted? Read the report below then blog your opinion and Vote in our Poll...
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Teaching grant to give more Colorado students access to STEM instruction

NEA, partner organizations provide $400,000 for teacher training in science, technology, engineering, math ...
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School District 27J Wellness Fair Activities

January 26, 2012 9:00 a.m. to Noon Prairie View Middle School FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC...
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Commerce City's 1st Annual Economic Forecast Breakfast

Tuesday, Feb 15th -- (See Poster for Details). To attend call (303) 289-3620...
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Nominate local youth for Adams County Mayors and Commissioners Youth Award nominations accepted now until March 1, 2013

COMMERCE CITY, COLO. – City staff is seeking nominations for the Adams County Mayors and Commissioners Youth Award (ACMCYA). The ACMCYA is an annual award program that recognizes Adams County teenagers, ages 13 to 19, who have overcome personal adversity and created positive change in their lives. ...
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Rachel’s Challenge comes to Stuart Middle School

BRIGHTON, COLO. – Rachel’s Challenge, an anti-bullying empowerment program, will come to Stuart Middle School Friday, Jan. 18. The program, created by the father and stepmom of Columbine High School shooting victim Rachel Scott, equips students and adults to combat bullying and allay feelings of isolation and despair by creating a culture of kindness and compassion. A series of events is planned including an all-school assembly, a small group student training and an evening community event where students, parents and community members are invited to attend....
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Large Coalition Comes Together to Oppose Fracking in Colorado

Over 25 organizations join forces to create “Protect Our Colorado” and calls on state officials to protect residents from dangerous energy extraction process. WASHINGTON - January 14 - Today, more than 25 business, solar, farming, faith, consumer, environmental, grassroots and social justice organizations around the state came together to announce a new coalition to oppose the controversial oil and gas extraction process of hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking. The coalition, Protect Our Colorado, will call on Governor John Hickenlooper and state legislators to ban fracking in Colorado. (SEE LINK TO COMPLETE ARTICLE BELOW)...
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STEM teacher training initiative announcement

Colorado Education Association President Kerrie Dallman and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia joined today, the Morgridge Family Foundation and Xcel Energy to announce a $400,000 expansion grant award for the Colorado STEM teacher training initiative at Northglenn High School. ...
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Daytime curfew being considered in Commerce City ---Denver Post Article

Gateway News Overview: "While the prospect of a curfew seems on the surface to be a prudent measure of improving truancy, one has to ask a logical question here: "Is this really an effective measure or a blanket means of infringing on human rights?" What about youth who are being home schooled or have economic reasons for being home from school? Should they be unnecessarily detained? Would we outlaw water if it were being used in conjunction with crack cocaine? What do you think? Please BLOG & VOTE on this issue. ...
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Opera Colorado cancels world premiere, cuts back season -- Denver Post Article

Suffering a disappointing year-end fundraising campaign in 2012, Opera Colorado is reducing its schedule by one-third, cutting back to just two productions for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. (SEE BELOW FOR COMPLETE ARTICLE) ...
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Adams County traffic stop leaves man shot to death by sheriff's deputy ----Denver Post Article

A suspected drunk driver allegedly pulled a gun on an Adams County sheriff's deputy Monday and the deputy shot and killed him. His name has not been released. The deputy was not injured, Terrance O'Neill, a spokesman for the Adams County Sheriff's Department, said. (FOR COMPLETE ARTICLE CLICK LINK BELOW)...
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Free Homebuyer workshop

The next free homebuyer workshop in Thornton will be held January 28 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Thornton City Hall, 9500 Civic Center Dr....
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Christmas Tree drop off

On Saturday, January 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. only. Thornton residents may bring their natural Christmas trees to the Infrastructure Maintenance Center, 12450 Washington St., for recycling. Proof of residency is required....
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Thornton Community Read 2013 starts January 16

TASHCO and the Thornton Arts & Culture Division invite you to participate in the first part of the 2013 Community Read series continues in 2013 with a series of programming based on the "My Story" theme. We will explore the three main cultures found in Adams County (White, Hispanic and Asian) through a series of thoughtful first-person books and activities to help us discover ourselves and learn more about those around us. The kick-off is January 16 at Anythink Wright Farms, 5877 E. 120th Ave., Thornton at 6:30 p.m. The “My Story” series is a three month series—you can choose to read one or two books each month:...
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Support Sought for Locker Room Renovations

Northglenn, CO – The city of Northglenn is seeking letters of support for improving the locker rooms at the Northglenn Recreation Center as part of a grant application to the Adams County Open Space Advisory Board....
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Northglenn Implements Sign Program to Promote Businesses

Northglenn, CO – 104th Avenue is a very important east-west corridor for Northglenn. Nearly 46,000 cars drive along it every day and it includes the vibrant Northglenn Marketplace shopping area. ...
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City of Northglenn Calendar of Events

Northglenn, CO – Here is a list of city of Northglenn-sponsored events from Jan. 14 to 28, 2013: ...
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New requirements for tree care licensing and certification

Tree work can be expensive and potentially dangerous to perform. It is essential that people who work with trees are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. ...
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Mile High Greyhound Park enters next phase of demolition

COMMERCE CITY, COLO. – Demolition of the former Mile High Greyhound Park moves into the final stages as work begins on the grandstands this week. The north east section of the grand stands acts as the starting point for the final tear down of the park, opened in 1949....
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Family Program Focuses on Winter Ecology

BRIGHTON, Colo. – Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory invites families to a program on winter ecology at A Novel’s Story Bookshop and Fine Tea Empourium in downtown Brighton....
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Hyland Village subdivision holds meeting

(Jan 10, 2013) A Hyland Village neighborhood meeting will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, at the College Hill Library, 3705 W. 112th Ave., Room 211. This meeting is being held by Markel Homes as a follow-up to the Nov. 12 public hearing at City Council regarding a request to allow a rental multi-family land use. The request was continued to allow additional time for the applicant (Markel Homes) to negotiate with existing home owners and the Home Owners Association regarding financial impacts. The land use request will be reconsidered at the Feb. 25 City Council meeting. Hyland Village is a 71- acre, partially completed subdivision located on the west side of Sheridan Boulevard, north of Wal-Mart and south of West 98th Avenue. The 5-acre multi-family site within this subdivision is currently restricted to a development marketed to individual buyers. For more information, call 303-658-2096

2013 RV Dump Station access cards available

(Jan 09, 2013) The City of Westminster operates an RV Dump Station, located at the Big Dry Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, 13150 Huron St., that accepts discharge of wastewater from recreational vehicles. To use the station, an access card, available for an annual fee, is required. The cost for the access card is $25 for residents and $50 for non-residents. Access cards are valid Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2013. Visit the city website for details on obtaining an access card and RV Dump Station guidelines.

Powerboat applications being accepted

(Jan 09, 2013) Applications for a powerboat permit for Standley Lake are available online, at the Standley Lake Regional Park Nature Center, 100th Avenue and Simms Street, or at the Parks, Recreation and Libraries Department Administration Office at Westminster City Hall, 4800 W. 92nd Ave. For online registration, obtain a username and password by calling the nature center at 303-425-1097. Standley Lake will enforce aquatic and nuisance species regulations to protect this drinking and recreational water supply. This includes the inspection and hot water spraying of boats and equipment, boat quarantine times of 11-15 days and enforcement of restricted aquatic bait use such as minnows, crawfish, etc.

Volunteers needed for bicycle trail host program

(Jan 09, 2013) Westminster is seeking volunteers for its new Bicycle Trail Host program. Volunteers will ride the trails, provide information, assistance, directions and a friendly presence for our many trail users. This program is an extension of Westminster’s commitment to customer service and safety. Volunteers attend a training session and commit for one year to ride at least two trail segments for a total of three rides per month. A monthly report will provide staff with valuable information about trail users and trail conditions. For information, contact Patti Wright at 303-658-2201 or pwright@cityofwestminster.us...
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Input sought on South Westminster capital projects

The city is soliciting comments on the 2013 Action Plan for CDBG funds, as well as how HOME Investment Partnership Act (HOME) funding should be allocated in 2013. The city is also soliciting comments on the proposed Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy (NRS) Area Plan to reinvest in the South Westminster area....
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Coloradans living near drilling operations recount health issues -- Denver Post Article

Colorado regulators edged toward setting a rule requiring slightly bigger buffers between homes and oil and gas drilling operations — with provisions for companies to seek exceptions. But conflict over expanding oil and gas operations intensified. Community groups staged a street protest outside the state capitol, where activists called for a ban on drilling, and environment groups met with lawmakers. (FOR COMPLETE ARTICLE SEE LINK BELOW)...
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Advanced Circuits Announces Expansion, Additional Jobs to its Aurora Corporate Headquarters

AURORA, Colo. – Advanced Circuits, Inc., the third largest circuit board fabricator in North America, announced at a ribbon-cutting ceremony today that it has selected Aurora for expansion of its manufacturing and administrative operations. The 52,000 sf expansion grows the Aurora corporate headquarters facility to 113,000 sf with 274 employees and the potential to now add 50 new jobs. ...
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Brighton offers low-cost trees to residents

The City of Brighton is pleased to partner with the Colorado Tree Coalition once again to offer low cost trees to Brighton residents. ...
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Adams County Inaugurates District Attorney, Commissioners, Judges

January 08, 2013. Adams County. The county yesterday inaugurated its new district attorney, commissioners, and judges including: Eva J. Henry, Commissioner, District 1, Charles “Chaz” Tedesco, Commissioner, District 2, Dave Young, District Attorney, 17th Judicial District, Judge Leroy D. Kirby, 17th Judicial District, Judge Chris Melonakis, 17th Judicial District, Judge Edward Moss, 17th Judicial District, and Judge Jeffrey L. Romeo, 17th Judicial District. The Honorable C. Vincent Phelps, Chief Judge of the 17th Judicial District administered the oaths of office. SEE ATTACHED PHOTO LINK BELOW...
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Drilling Rules Huge Disappointment and Missed Opportunity

DENVER - Conservation Colorado Executive Director Pete Maysmith released the following statement on Governor Hickenlooper Administration’s failure to support protective rules for buffer zones between Coloradans’ homes, schools and businesses and heavy industrial fracking and drilling:...
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Tomorrow’s State of the State Address Top three concerns of Colorado small-business owners

DENVER, Colo., Jan. 9, 2013—On the eve of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s State-of-the-State Address, the representative group for Colorado’s biggest employer – small-business owners – released the top three concerns it would like to hear addressed in the governor’s speech....
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Man who suffered amnesia in Aurora is from N.M., reunited with family -- Denver Post Article

A man suffering from amnesia, who sought help in an Aurora McDonald's, has been identified. The victim walked into the fast-food restaurant, 14251 E. Colfax Ave., at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday and told people there that he had no memory of his past, including his identity, according to an Aurora Police Department media release. (SEE BELOW FOR LINK TO COMPLETE ARTICLE)...
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Colorado oil and gas regulators gird for more drilling near homes ---Denver Post Article

Colorado's evolving rule for how close to homes companies can drill for oil and gas would let "surface use agreements" between landowners and companies trump any state buffer rule. (SEE LINK BELOW FOR COMPLETE ARTICLE) ...
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Weak Groundwater Drilling and Fracking Testing Failure of Leadership and Disappointing to Coloradans

DENVER - Conservation Colorado Executive Director Pete Maysmith released the following statement on Governor Hickenlooper’s Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission passing weak groundwater testing standards around drilling and fracking operations in Colorado today: ...
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Applications being accepted for Ward I vacancy COUNCILMAN RENE BULLOCK SELECTED AS MAYOR PRO TEM

COMMERCE CITY, COLO. – Applications are currently being accepted at the city clerk’s office for the Ward I City Council vacancy, following Mayor Pro Tem Dominick’s Moreno’s resignation tonight. Mayor Sean Ford appointed Councilman Rene Bullock as the city’s new Mayor Pro Tem....
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Open Enrollment applications accepted through Feb. 15

Brighton, Jan. 8, 2012 – School District 27J is accepting Open Enrollment applications for families who wish to enroll their student in a school outside of their designated attendance area. ...
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Joint statement from School District 27J and Eagle Ridge Academy regarding police investigation

BRIGHTON, Jan 8, 2013 – In June 2012, irregularities were discovered in the documentation of expenditures from the first two years of the three-year federal start-up grant awarded to Eagle Ridge Academy, a School District 27J charter school. Upon further review, findings from a joint internal investigation of these irregularities were turned over to the Colorado Department of Education and the Brighton Police Department in July 2012 for further investigation....
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104X Express Bus Route Begins in Commerce City

GRANT-FUNDED ROUTE SERVES NORTHERN RANGE COMMUTERS...
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Industry Denied Motion to Exclude Citizen Testimony

DENVER - Conservation Colorado Executive Director Pete Maysmith released the following statement on the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission's (COGCC) denial of attempts by the oil and gas industry, homebuilders, and Farm Bureau to stifle citizen testimony at this week’s groundwater and set back hearings:...
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Free Homebuyer workshop

The next free homebuyer workshop in Thornton will be held January 28 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Thornton City Hall, 9500 Civic Center Dr. These workshops provide a convenient place for Thornton residents to learn about the ins-and-outs of buying a home, and are conducted in conjunction with HUD certified housing counseling agencies. Those who attend may be eligible for down payment or closing cost assistance from the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, Colorado Housing Assistance Corporation, Adams County Housing Authority or the Colorado Resources and Housing Development Corporation. To RSVP contact Charlotte O'Donnell with CHAC at 303-572-9445, ext. 23....
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City of Northglenn Special Events Calendar -- Starting January 7, 2012

Elvis Birthday Party 1 p.m. Tues., Jan. 8, Northglenn Senior Center, 11801 Community Center Drive Come celebrate Elvis Presley’s birthday. The cost is $3 and includes entertainment and some of the king’s favorite refreshments. For people ages 55 and over. Please RSVP at 303-450-8801 by Jan. 4....
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Victims' famlies of Aurora theater shooting protest remembrance event --- Denver Post Article

Reopening the Century Aurora 16 theater, where 12 people were slain and at least 58 others were injured, is a part of the community's healing process, Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan says. But some families of victims of the July 20 massacre disagree. (SEE BELOW FOR FULL ARTICLE) ...
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South Westminster capital projects approved; input still needed

— The City of Westminster receives an annual appropriation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The city anticipates about $500,000 in funding in 2013, which were proposed to be invested in projects in the South Westminster area. City Council recently approved the following projects for 2013 CDBG funding:...
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Oil and gas lawyers want residents banned from talking at rule hearing --- Denver Post Article

Oil and gas industry lobbyists are maneuvering to block Coloradans who live near drill sites from talking about their experiences during a rule-making hearing next week....
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Fire Department Citizen Academy now accepting applications —

The Westminster Fire Department is offering a free, 13-week course for citizens to learn about the fire service. Vehicle extrication, emergency medical response, water rescue and fire operations are just a few of the topics included in the course. The format includes classroom lecture and hands-on experiences....
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Oil and Gas Lobby Attempting to Block Impacted Landowners’ Testimony

WHAT: On the cusp of important State hearings on creating buffer zones between homes, schools, and drilling and fracking, the State’s leading oil and gas lobby - Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) is attempting to suppress important citizen testimony from being heard at Monday’s Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) hearing. The Western Colorado citizens have important personal stories to tell how drilling and fracking has impacted their homes, health, quality of life, and communities. COGA has filed official motions with COGCC to deny these citizens’ right to testify in front of the public commission....
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Hickenlooper Drilling Rules – Stacked with Exemptions/Loopholes for Industry Will Leave Coloradans and Communities Less Safe

Conservation Colorado Executive Director Pete Maysmith released the following additional comments today on Governor Hickenlooper’s proposed rules creating buffer zones between oil and gas drilling and our homes and communities...
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Conservationists Blast Weak Drilling Rules

DENVER - Conservation Colorado released the following statement on Governor Hickenlooper Administration’s release of proposed regulations to create buffers between homes and schools and test groundwater near oil and gas drilling and fracking in Colorado....
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AMERICA’s GREAT OUTDOORS: Secretary Salazar, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Announce Expanded Conservation at Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge

GOLDEN, Colo. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the State of Colorado and local municipalities today closed on a land exchange that will allow approximately 1,200 acres of important wildlife habitat to be added to the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, increasing the refuge’s size by nearly one-third and connecting it with the region’s open space and trail system. Rocky Flats is one of three National Wildlife Refuges in the Denver metropolitan area that provide open space, wildlife habitat, and outdoor recreation opportunities. ...
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Start the new year off by doing something new! Try one of the classes.

All of these classes are at the Thornton Senior Center, 9471 Dorothy Blvd....
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Season to Share 2011-2012 beneficiaries --- Denver Post Article

Last year a record $2.820 million was distributed to 65 Denver-area nonprofit agencies through Season To Share, a campaign of Denver Post Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund. The organizations supported help move people out of poverty by providing meals for those who are hungry; shelter for those who are homeless; health care for uninsured and underinsured patients; education programs for disadvantaged children; and literacy services for low-income adults. (FOR COMPLETE ARTICLE -- SEE LINK BELOW)...
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Colorado gun-control advocates and foes mobilize for new legislation -- Denver Post Article

A battle over Colorado gun laws is shaping up to be as expensive and contentious as the one after the Columbine shootings, as gun groups vow to hold state lawmakers responsible for their votes this legislative session. (CLICK BELOW FOR FULL ARTICLE0...
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IFixit sells homemade kits to fix those broken gadgets ---Denver Post Article

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Jake Devincenzi was thrilled to get his hands on Google's new Nexus 4 smartphone. He admired its sleek black case and large touch screen — and he couldn't wait to tear it apart. (CLICK LINK BELOW FOR COMPLETE ARTICLE)...
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