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New COVID-19 restrictions will prohibit indoor dining, personal gatherings

As Denver metro counties continue to inch closer to local stay-at-home orders under Colorado's system of coronavirus-related restrictions, the state announced a new level of rules that prohibits …
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North Metro PDs tackle street racing

Street racing and related issues, such as spontaneous car parties, have become an issue that has intensified throughout the Denver metro area and Brighton, Northglenn, Thornton and Westminster police …
A view of the Cache La Poudre as it flows through Larimer County. A Weld County Commissioners decision is making it more difficult for the City of Thornton to bring water it owns from the river down to Thornton.

Weld County denies Thornton water project application

The Thornton Water Project got dealt another bad hand on May 5, when the Weld County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to deny Thornton’s application to build a water pipeline through 34 …

Thornton Amazon warehouse target of state labor complaint

A complaint filed with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) alleges that Amazon retaliated against a former employee at its Thornton warehouse for raising concerns about workplace …
Lightning is the initial; cause of a May 5 tanker fire near U.S. Highway 85 and Weld County Road 6.

Lightning strike sets tanker on fire

Brighton Fire Rescue officials said lightning appears to be the cause of a May 5 tanker fire near U.S. Highway 85 and Weld County Road 6. As of 2 p.m., the fire was still burning. It started …

Swat teams leaving the Riverwalk Apartments in   Brighton. Police later said there was no potential threat to the community.

Domestic violence Suspect-at-large

Concerns about a reported domestic violence incident early May 4 led Brighton Police to surround an apartment complex in the southwestern part of the city. The Brighton Police Department were called …
Education

Adams 12 to create permanent online school

Adams 12 Five Star Schools is developing a plan for remote learning during the 2021-21 school year and beyond. The learning model that the district boosted during the COVID-19 pandemic will take on a …
Candice Reese

Newest 27J school gets first principal

Brighton School District 27J's newest school, Elementary School 14, won't open until August 2022, and it doesn't have a name yet.  But it does have a principal. She is Candice Reese. The …

Online principal named

Jeremy Voytko is the new principal of 27J Schools' new Online Academy. A press statement said Voytko will begin serving in his role immediately to prepare for the …
Tony Matteroli and Angel Mollel.

Big-time project leads to big-time award for BHS grad

The life of Brighton High School graduate Angel Mollel began to change earlier this year, thanks to her dad and her volunteer work. He nominated Mollel for a Denver television station’s Remarkable …

27J Schools has new special education director

Maria Snitily is the new director of special education in 27J Schools. She replaces Mary Gomez, who is retiring after 14 years on the job. Snitily takes over July 1. Snitily comes to the district …
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Finding Nectar Nursery, a new startup in Westminster, sells plants that are friendly to pollinators, such as bees and butterflies. Brad Kuhn started the nursery not just to sell plants, but educate people on creating a pollinator friendly habitat. “You can change the world by changing your backyard just slightly,” Kuhn said.

Aiming for a big difference out of little change

If enough people put pollinator friendly plants in their yard, the world could change. Or at least the Denver metro region, said Brad Kuhn, owner of Finding Nectar Nursery in Westminster. The new …
Supporters of Save the Farm, a community group that opposes the proposed 233-acre Uplands development in Westminster, came out for a March 25 protest. Among issues that people expressed concern over was how much parks and open space the developer is proposing to include. The Merida family — Karl, Paloma, Rosie and Henrique—were among those at the event.

Save the Farm group prepares for decisive year

It wasn’t long after residents learned about the proposed Uplands development when they gathered at the Irving Street Library in July 2019 to form a local activist group, Save the Farm. Twenty …
A rendering of a paired home that developers are now allowed to build in Eastcreek Farm due to a zoning amendment that Thornton City Council passed at a March 23 meeting. The paired homes are within a category of housing types that the city of Thornton wants more of, according to the city’s call for a diversity of housing in the city in its 2020 comprehensive plan.

Eastcreek Farm zoning amendment tests Thornton’s newer goal to diversify housing

After a three hour long public hearing at a March 23 meeting, Thornton City Council passed a controversial zoning amendment for the Eastcreek Farm subdivision in north Thornton with a 5-3 vote. Mayor …
New houses under construction in the Willow Bend subdivision in Thornton. The Willow Bend Metropolitan District board controls homeowners’ property tax assessments to pay off subdivision debt. Employees of developer, the Lennar Corporation, occupy the majority of the seats on the board. The board composition has made circumstances difficult for the only homeowner on the board, Dwayne Bergeron.

Serving lawfully? Questions about corporate authority in Thornton subdivision

It might not be obvious that the sprawling residential construction site near Holly Street and East 144th Avenue in Thornton is also a local government: the Willow Bend Metropolitan District, …

A pepperoni pizza from the new Vito's Pizza and Pastas inside Tributary Food Hall & Drinkery in Golden.

CCM Pizza Madness Tourney 2021

Aside from perhaps coffee, there isn't another food item on earth so near and dear to a reporter's heart than pizza. It is the traditional newsroom food of Election Night. Picking up a slice is cheap …
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