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Colorado, ConocoPhillips agree to settle dispute over leaky tanks -- Denver Post Article

ConocoPhillips and the state of Colorado have agreed to settle a lawsuit alleging that the energy giant illegally pocketed $70.7 million of state money. Terms of the settlement have not been released. (FOR COMPLETE ARTICLE SEE LINK BELOW)
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Parachute Creek spill continues uncontained; cause, source unknown -- Denver Post Article

An underground plume of toxic hydrocarbons from an oil spill north of the Colorado River near Parachute has been spreading for 10 days, threatening to contaminate spring runoff. Vacuum trucks have sucked up more than 60,000 gallons, but an unknown amount remains in the ground by Parachute Creek. (FOR COMPLETE STORY CLICK LINK BELOW)...
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CEA weighs in on school finance bill with Capitol testimony

Executive Director Tony Salazar tells lawmakers the bill invests in critical areas of need, but has to help students in every district ...
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Almost Home's Sprint out of Homelessness Event

Join us for an evening of Dinner, Drinks, Entertainment and a Dutch Auction. Support Almost Home and provide housing assistance for the homeless and those in need. A perfect way to begin Mother’s Day Weekend. Be on the lookout for your formal invitation and begin registering on April 1, 2013....
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Brighton Chamber of Commerce Announces Three Exciting Programs Funded By Lodging Tax Proceeds

March 18, 2013---Brighton, CO--- The Brighton Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the implementation of three exciting projects thanks to City of Brighton Lodging Tax Proceeds. The Brighton Chamber received $31,000 to accomplish three community promotion and education projects to help residents, visitors and people considering relocation better understand all that Brighton has to offer. The three programs included Live Local, Buy Brighton, The Community Resource and Visitors Center and LIVE bRIGHTon Relocation and Welcome program....
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THREE CHARGED IN GRIZZLY ROSE MURDER

17th Judicial District Attorney Dave Young and Adams County Sheriff Doug Darr announced the indictment and arrest of a three people in the 2008 shooting of a security guard at the Grizzly Rose nightclub....
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MORE THAN A MEAL THIS EASTER New Socks and Shoes Given to Homeless and Needy in Celebration

Denver Rescue Mission, Volunteers of America and Runner’s Roost Denver are partnering to feed approximately 600 homeless and low-income men, women and children this Easter. The 20th Annual Easter Celebration at the Lawrence Street Shelter will be held on Friday, March 29. Worship, communion and foot washing are offered out of humility and love. Each guest receives a new pair of shoes and socks, with the option of a foot exam administered by medical professionals. ...
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Increased Drilling Fines Passes House Committee

DENVER – Conservation organizations released the following statements regarding HB 1267, Raising fines for oil and gas drilling violations, sponsored by Rep. Mike Foote (D-Lafayette) and Senator Matt Jones (D-Louisville) which passed out of the House Transportation and Energy Committee today....
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Brighton City Hall to host reception for Eye for Art program artists

The City of Brighton Eye for Art program will host a “meet the artists” reception for the Celebrating Mother eARTh 2013 art show currently on display at Brighton City Hall. The reception will held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 2, 2013 at City Hall, located at 500 S. 4th Ave. ...
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JUSTICE DEPARTMENT REACHES SETTLEMENT WITH TWO COLORADO LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced today that it has reached a cooperative settlement agreement with the Arapahoe, Colo., County Sheriff’s Office under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This agreement is a companion to one reached on March 8, 2013, with the city of Englewood, Colo....
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Day 6: Twenty Arrested for #NoKXL Actions in Washington, DC --TarandSandsBlockade.org Article

The sixth day of the Stop Tar Sands Profiteers Week of Action kicks off with actions in Washington, DC. in which 20 people where arrested. The day began on a more solemn tone when about 15 interfaith leaders led prayers before engaging in civil disobedience at the White House to stop Keystone XL. Nearby a raucous group of protesters took to the streets and protested at the Canadian Embassy, Valero Corp, API, and TD Bank locations. Five were arrested for a sit-in inside the Valero office. (FOR COMPLETE ARTICLE SEE BELOW) ...
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30 Facts About The Coming Water Crisis That Will Change The Lives Of Every Person On The Planet

The world is rapidly running out of clean water. Some of the largest lakes and rivers on the globe are being depleted at a very frightening pace, and many of the most important underground aquifers that we depend on to irrigate our crops will soon be gone. At this point, approximately 40 percent of the entire population of the planet has little or no access to clean water, and it is being projected that by 2025 two-thirds of humanity will live in “water-stressed” areas. ...
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RTD offering RockiesRide bus service for all weekend 2013 Rockies home games, Opening Day, Yankees series, and annual fireworks games Light Rail services also available for all home games

Denver – The Regional Transportation District (RTD) will offer RockiesRide service to all weekend games and the following weekday games in the 2013 baseball season: April 5, (Opening Day), May 7-9, (Yankees series), and fireworks games on July 3, July 4, and Sept. 20. RockiesRide is RTD’s direct bus service to and from Coors Field from 11 Park-n-Ride locations in the metro area and Boulder High School. RockiesRide buses depart from the designated locations up to two hours prior to the game and drops off passengers right outside of Coors Field at 22nd/Blake 30-60 minutes before the first pitch. Every RockiesRide bus is easily identified with the letter “R” and the route number (e.g. 5R) on the destination sign on the front. ...
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City of Northglenn Calendar of Events from March 25 to April 10, 2013:

Senior Book Club: “Smaldone: The Untold Story of an American Crime Family” 1 p.m. Tues., March 26, Northglenn Senior Center, 11801 Community Center Drive This book by Dick Kreck recounts the lives and exploits of the Smaldone crime family, which operated out of north Denver through much of the 20th century. Call 303-450-8801 to reserve a copy. For people ages 55 and over....
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Larson Drive to Be Temporarily Closed

Northglenn, CO – Larson Drive from East 105th Place to Leroy Drive will be closed starting 8 a.m. on Monday March 25 through 5 p.m. on Friday March 29. This closure is part of the Washington Street/Grange Hall Creek underpass and drainage project. A replacement sanitary sewer line must be relocated and tied-in due to the creek channel improvements between Washington Street and Larson Drive. ...
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Fish and Wildlife Service Announces $882.4 Million in User-Generated Funding to State Wildlife Agencies

More than $882.4 million in excise tax revenues generated in 2012 by sportsmen and sportswomen will be distributed to state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies to fund fish and wildlife conservation and recreation projects across the nation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today....
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Woman assaulted on Brighton walking path ---9News Story

BRIGHTON - Police are looking for the man accused of sexually assaulting a woman on a popular walking path. Brighton police say the woman was attacked on the path along the South Platte River between Bromley Lane and Bridge Street last Tuesday between 1:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. Brighton resident Cristina Glidewell didn't know about the attack when she came to Veteran's Park for her usual walk. (CLICK BELOW FOR LINK TO FULL STORY)...
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CASA 'Pinwheels for Prevention' targets child abuse prevention

March 15, 2013. CASA's "Pinwheels for Prevention" event was held at the Orchard Town Center and helped celebrate answers to child abuse. Pinwheels were "planted" in an effort to highlight a growing need for child advocates to help represent the rights and needs of children who are at risk of child abuse. For additional photos visit the Gallery link below. ...
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State Board denies Mapleton accreditation rating appeal

The state board of education voted to deny Mapleton Public Schools’ appeal of its 2012 district accreditation rating. Mapleton was requesting that the board approve an Accredited with Improvement rating. State board rules allow districts to appeal accreditation ratings to the board for review. Following arguments from the district and CDE staff, the state board of education confirmed the district accreditation rating of Accredited with Priority Improvement, the second lowest rating in Colorado’s five-level accountability system. The district will enter the second year of Priority Improvement/Turnaround status on July 1, 2013...
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JOIN THE FURRY SCURRY -- MAY 4TH!

You and a pal can join the nation’s single largest walk for pooches – without paying a penny! Just "like" our Facebook page and then enter our Scurry Up Sweepstakes, and you could win 2 FREE Furry Scurry registrations – a $100 value! Included in your free registrations are two commemorative 20th annual Furry Scurry T-shirts and race bibs to wear on race day, Saturday, May 4, at Washington Park. It’s the most fun you can have with your dog, and all proceeds benefit the homeless animals at the Dumb Friends League. ...
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Attic Fire in Brighton

BRIGHTON-- At approximately 1:40 pm on Sunday, March 10 crews responded to the report of a home on fire. Upon arrival, crews found a home with visible smoke and flames on the outside of the home. Crews were able to control the fire within 45 minutes of their initial arrival. Brighton Fire Rescue Engine 55, Tower 51, Engine 52 and Battalion 51 responded to this incident. Brighton crews were assisted during this fire by Thornton Fire Engine 75 and Battalion 71. Attic Fire in Brighton The majority of the fire damage is to the roof and attic of the home. There were no smoke detectors in the home, but all occupants and pets were accounted for and uninjured. Luckily a passerby saw the fire on the home, and notified the occupants who were able to get out before the fire got too big. The cause of the fire was determined to have started outside the home and was due to overloaded electrical wiring. The roof was damaged in the fire, and the family was not able to stay in the home. The family was taken care of by the Red Cross. No firefighters or civilians were injured in this fire. Reminder that Brighton Fire has a free smoke detector program for residents of our fire district and all smoke detectors older than 10 years need to be replaced. ...
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Volunteers needed to help maintain Westminster open spaces

Westminster is fortunate to have almost 3,000 acres of open space. These natural areas provide wildlife habitat, beautiful views, miles of trails and recreational opportunities. These areas look like they take care of themselves, but actually need helping hands to keep them vital and healthy. If you enjoy the outdoors and would like a flexible volunteer opportunity, join the open space and forestry volunteers. Projects vary and are held on selected Saturday mornings. No experience is necessary - just an appreciation of nature. Contact Patti Wright at 303-658-2201 or pwright@cityofwestminster.us to find out how you can make a difference preserving our natural resources for today and the future.

Hours Expanding at Green Waste Recycling Center

Northglenn, CO – Starting in April and through November, the Green Waste Recycling Center will be open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The center is already open every Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. From December through March, the center is only open on the first Saturday of the month along with every Friday. The center is located in the Maintenance & Operations Facility, 12301 Claude Court. ...
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City of Northglenn Calendar of Events: 03/18/13 -- 04/03/13

Coffee with the Mayor 8:30 a.m. Mon., March 18, 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. Stacey Mulligan of the North Metro Fire Rescue District will be the guest speaker. Call 303-450-8713 for more information....
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Westminster Business retention program going strong

The city’s Economic Development Office hosted two events recently to address the needs of existing business. A focus group with representatives from McKesson Pharmaceuticals, General Dynamics and Ball Corporation met with city staff to describe their needs and requirements of small business who strive to win contracts with larger local firms. The focus group was the first of two planned for this year and was centered on software firms; a second focus on this topic will occur with the manufacturing sector later this year. The city’s intent is to compile a guide to procurement for small business of all kinds who seek contracts with larger employers....
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Add your voice to build a better city

As part of its strategic planning process, Westminster City Council is inviting community members to visit WestyCOnnect, the city’s social website, to share thoughts on what we do well and how we can build on that to make things better for everyone. Comments will be taken from March 20 to April 3 online, so be sure to sign up on WestyCOnnect to join a productive discussion about our city and its future. The process kicks off with the annual Community Summit at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, in the Community Room at City Park Recreation Center, 10455 Sheridan Blvd. Because space is limited, the topics and questions introduced at the summit will also be added to WestyCOnnect so more people can participate.

Motorcycle rider killed in Brighton when SUV turns into his path -- Denver Post Article

A 54-year-old motorcycle rider was killed Wednesday afternoon when a 21-year-old driver pulled into his path, Brighton police said. The man's name was not released, pending notification of his family. Police said Zebulon Graeb caused the collision at East Bridge Street and South 22nd Avenue when he turned the Ford Explorer he was driving in front of the motorcycle. [CLICK LINK BELOW FOR COMPLETE STORY] ...
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Oil and gas drilling fuels debate over self-government, state interest -- Denver Post Article

Colorado residents chafing at the rapidly expanding oil and gas operations along the Front Range are pressuring their local governments for protection from industrial light, noise, vibration and pollution within city limits. But state officials insist they alone have the right to regulate how and where the industry does its drilling. State attorneys are fighting local governments that try to impose their own rules. (FOR COMPLETE ARTICLE SEE LINK BELOW: ...
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Trees for Tomorrow Registration Begins March 23

Registration for this program will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013, from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Margaret W. Carpenter Recreation Center, 11151 Colorado Blvd. Trees are available for purchase at a discounted rate to single family residences only, within the corporate boundaries of the City of Thornton. Tree pricing is not available at this time but generally the tree costs range from $150-$200 each, depending on species. This year the available trees are Washington Hawthorn, Greenspire Linden, Chanticleer Pear and Swamp White Oak....
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North Metro Area Water Suppliers Request Resident Reduction in Water Usage ... But here's the hypocracy

The North Metro Area Water Suppliers have requested that you, the consumer-resident, reduce your water consumption. But consider that this request comes at the heels of organizations such as South Adams County Water & Sanitation District having sold water to oil and gas interests for the purpose of 'fracking'. While the City of Denver has prohibited such wasteful use of water, SACWSD has sold YOUR water for a procedure that's extremely controversial and potentially dangerous. WHAT DO YOU THINK? CLICK THE LINKS BELOW TO BLOG AND POLL ON THIS ISSUE...
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Brighton Utilities Report -- March 7, 2013

Wastewater  Daily average Plant Influent Flow is 1.944 million gallons per day. Watershop  Collections Back-up – 205 S. 8th Ave – sewer back up jetted, roots and grease in line.  Ongoing projects – Assisted with Libretto Project- 24” raw water line.  Special Projects – 25th & Egbert – Storm water overflow, system inundated with snow melt.  Utility Locating – Responded and marked 76 utility locate requests....
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RTD’s West Rail Line Named One of 2012’s Best Construction Projects by Associated General Contractors of America

DENVER, March 8, 2013 – The Regional Transportation District (RTD)’s West Rail Line project has been named one of the most significant construction projects of 2012 by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). The AGC presented its Alliant Build America Merit Awards last night, March 7, during the association’s annual convention in Palm Springs. The awards are considered by many to be the most prestigious recognition of construction accomplishments in the U.S....
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Northglenn officers cleared in use of force during October shooting -- Denver Post Article

The district attorney's office for Adams County has cleared two Northglenn officers in the shooting of a retired Denver officer who threatened suicide during an incident in October. The letter clearing the officer was dated March 6, and released Friday afternoon. The chain of events that led to the non-fatal shooting began at about 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 when Northglenn officers were dispatched to a home on 945 E. 108th Ave. after Allen McEwen called to say he was going to kill himself. (FOR COMPLETE ARTICLE SEE LINK BELOW) ...
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Adams County mom pleads guilty to killing baby, tossing him into trash -- Denver Post Article

BRIGHTON — It took 53 days to find the remains of 7-month-old Torrey Brown Jr. after his mother suffocated him and tossed him in the garbage. Sharrieckia Page, 23, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Friday, almost 10 months after Torrey's body was found under several feet of trash at an Arapahoe County landfill. But almost a year after his death, the state has still not released a report reviewing how child- protection workers handled Torrey's case before he was killed. (FOR COMPLETE ARTICLE SEE LINK BELOW)...
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City of Northglenn Calendar of Events -- March 2013

Sales and Use Tax Class 11 a.m.-Noon, Tues., March 12, City Hall, 11701 Community Center Drive What does your business need to know about sales and use taxes in Northglenn? Find out as the city’s Sales Tax Division hosts this free sales and use tax class. For more information, contact Sales Tax Auditor Sarah Charlton at 303-450-8773 or e-mail scharlton@northglenn.org....
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Westminster Dance Company earns high marks at competition

The City of Westminster recreation department competitive dance program participated in the “Star Quest Dance Competition” at Hinckley High School on Sunday, March 3. They received the following awards during the competition: six high gold, three gold and two platinum awards, as well as judges choice awards in dramatic, creative movement, costume and continuity. Congratulations to dance director Carissa Smutz and all the ladies on a job well done....
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Kevin Priola Monthly Update (March 2013) - in Politik

Dear Friends, With the legislative session at the half-way point, many significant issues have been discussed. Some top issues include, gun-control, licensing for medical practitioners, and continuing the mission to increase access in educational opportunities for the students of Colorado. The Colorado House has received a number of emails relating to gun-control. The debate on these bills was extensive and I gave my best arguments on why there should not be any laws relating to gun-regulation. The final votes of the bills were very close, with some Democrats even voting against some of the bills. I promise that I have listened to the constituency's concerns and voted according to principle. When I took my Oath of Office, I swore to uphold the Constitution and Bill of Rights. (CLICK BELOW FOR COMPLETE NEWSLETTER) ...
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The American Academy of Pediatrics Weighs in on the Evils of Fracking

The potential risks and benefits of high volume hydraulic fracturing, also called “hydrofracking” or “fracking,” have been a source of ongoing debate among physicians, politicians, the oil and gas industry and the general public. The debate is about American self-sufficiency in energy supply, and issues surrounding the American economy, ecology and public health....
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Hickenlooper to head delegation to Canada; energy a focus ---Denver Business Journal Article

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will lead a delegation to Canada later this month on a trip designed to bolster Colorado-Canadian business ties, particularly in the energy industry. “It’s an energy-focused mission to strengthen the ties between Canada and Colorado,” said Kathy Green, spokeswoman for the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. The delegation on the March 26-29 trip is likely to number more than 20 people, including representatives from the governor’s office, the trade office, the Governor’s Energy Office and the Canadian Consulate in Denver, Green said. Stops are planned in Edmonton and Calgary, both in the province of Alberta, and while the agenda isn’t final, the trip may also include a stop at the province’s oil sands operations, Green said. (CLICK BELOW FOR COMPLETE ARTICLE)...
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An Inside Look at Democracy in Action to Ban Fracking in Fort Collins -- An EcoWatch Article by Philip Doe

I drove to Fort Collins, Colorado last night to testify in favor of a proposed ban on fracking within that city’s boundaries. When I got there I discovered the Colorado Petroleum Association, the political arm of the industry, had already issued a press release stating the council had passed the ban....
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Lobato plaintiffs to hold press conference after oral arguments at Colorado Supreme Court

DENVER – Taylor Lobato, the Center High School graduate who is a named plaintiff in the lawsuit challenging the adequacy of public education funding in Colorado, will speak to the media Thursday, March 7, at 11:00 a.m., at the Colorado Supreme Court following the presentation of oral arguments by the parties in Lobato v. State of Colorado. Ms. Lobato will be joined by Kathy Gebhardt and Terry Miller, two of the lead attorneys for the plaintiffs....
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Commerce City Girl Scout, firefighters to deliver cookies to veterans

COMMERCE CITY, COLO. – A local girl scout and firefighters from the South Adams County volunteer fire department will deliver more than 100 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to the Colorado State Veterans Home in Aurora on Saturday as part of a challenge to see how many cookies could be donated to veterans. The contest started when Isabella Heinmiller, a member of Girl Scout 3406 and a fourth-grade student at Turnberry Elementary in Commerce City, went to her local South Adams County fire station to sell Girl Scout cookies. There, one firefighter offered to buy six cases of cookies (72 boxes of cookies) and have them donated back to the veterans home. The donation spurred a challenge to see how many boxes of cookies could be purchased and donated for veterans. Working together, Isabella and SACFD firefighters now have 111 boxes of cookies for delivery....
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RTD Board approves five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement

Denver – The Regional Transportation District (RTD) Board of Directors approved a five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement between Regional Transportation District and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1001 at a Special Board Meeting on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. This agreement represents an unprecedented 5-year agreement and is the first time that the District and ATU Local 1001 have reached an agreement, which was ratified by Union membership, prior to expiration of a union contract. ...
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Threat of Colorado lawsuit looms as fracking ban OK'd in Fort Collins -- A Denver Post Article

The Fort Collins City Council on Tuesday night banned fracking within city limits, defying the governor and other state authorities who say local governments have no right to regulate the oil and gas industry. The ban was expected to bring lawsuits from the state and from the Colorado Oil and Gas Association. (FOR COMPLETE ARTICLE CLICK LINK BELOW) ...
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3 people indicted in an alleged scheme to launder drug money through a Commerce City car dealership 20 vehicles seized at Chopeque Auto Sales -- A Denver Channel Story

DENVER - A federal grand jury has indicted three people accused of helping launder drug money through a Commerce City auto dealership. Raul Mendoza, 48, and Julia Castillo-Caraveo, 28, both of Denver, and Isidro Noe Mendoza-Ortiz, 25, of Thornton, were arrested by federal agents Tuesday on charges of money laundering and "structuring" currency -- depositing just under $10,000 during transactions to evade reporting laws, said Jeff Dorschner, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office for Colorado. (FOR THE COMPLETE STORY CLICK THE LINK BELOW)...
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City’s business services program revised

(Feb 28, 2013) The city’s Economic Development Office has revised its business services program for 2013. A new quarterly event, Westminster Tech Connect, provides a forum for Westminster technology companies to meet and exchange information. Westminster technology businesses are invited to join us on Wednesday, March 13, at 7:30 a.m. at the Hyland Hills clubhouse, 9650 Sheridan Blvd....
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Westminster hiring for seasonal positions

(Feb 28, 2013) The City of Westminster has a number of job openings for seasonal workers in the areas of parks, golf and recreation. For a complete listing of jobs, deadlines and information on how to apply, visit the city website. Some positions close as early as February....
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Brighton parent questions school practice of calling police on kids -- 9News Story

BRIGHTON - Two eighth graders are facing criminal charges for a relatively minor scuffle at school. Nobody was hurt in what appears to be a shouting match but school administrators called police anyway. Parents sent a newstip to 9Wants to Know, and we found this incident brings to light the growing practice of educators calling the cops on kids. Most 8th graders never set foot in a courtroom, never face a judge or prosecutor. (FOR COMPLETE STORY SEE LINK BELOW)...
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National Passport Day

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., March 9, City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 11701 Community Center Drive The Northglenn City Clerk’s Office will be joining the US Department of State and other passport acceptance facilities across the country to participate in "Passport Day in the USA 2013.” The office will accept applications and take passport photos on site. No appointments are necessary. ...
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Adams 14 School District settled repeated discrimination suits during the past 3 years Adams 14 spends nearly $1.5 million on settlements - A 7NEWS STORY

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - The Adams 14 School District has paid out nearly $1.5 million in settlements and other payments for issues like discrimination in the past two and a half years, and the CALL7 Investigators found a school board member openly talking about hiring only minority candidates. "You can't bring in somebody from Cherry Creek to try to tell these kids how life is because, No. 1, they don’t know how life is," said school board member David Rolla, during a meeting last year. "I think we need to open up our eyes and see what our population is and what our culture is and not try to mold them into something we really can't. I think we really need to start looking at people of color." (FOR COMPLETE ARTICLE SEE LINK BELOW) ...
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As energy boom nears Colorado cities, a backlash grows -- Article by The Denver Post

Colorado regulators grappling with a historic energy boom that's pushing oil rigs to the very doorsteps of suburban schools and homes were among the first in the nation to require companies to disclose the chemicals they use in their new drilling techniques. Now, the regulators have issued what they tout as the country's toughest energy drilling regulations, requiring rigs to be at least 500 feet away from occupied buildings and take other steps to limit pollution. (FOR COMPLETE ARTICLE SEE LINK BELOW)...
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