Today's News

  • Downtown sweet shop closed

    Five months after opening for business, the Sweet Place Bakery has closed its doors.

    The business closed abruptly Tuesday, Sept. 20, at its 361 N. Main St. location. In an interview later that day, owner Heidy Meraz said she would close the business so she could tend to some family matters that recently arose.

    Otherwise, the business generated a “pretty decent” amount of traffic, given the amount of time it was open, she said. Meraz said she is grateful for the support her business received from its patrons and other business owners.

  • Referee gets probation in sexual contact case

    Erie resident Peter Joseph Labella  Jr. was sentenced to three years’ probation on Sept. 20 for unlawful sexual contact.

    The 57-year-old, a long-time sports referee, was originally charged with trying to lure a child over the internet. The charge of internet luring was dismissed when he took a plea deal on July 19 in the 17th Judicial District court in Brighton.

  • Vietnam tribute draws veterans in Dacono

    Flanked by rows of American flags on one side and a long, black wall bearing the names of fallen U.S. soldiers on the other, a crowd gathered to recently to honor Vietnam warriors who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

    Civilians and military personnel attended the opening ceremony of a four-day outdoor exhibition of the American Veterans Traveling Tribute on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 3440 E. Interstate 25 frontage road in Dacono.

  • Prairie View students get pumped at pep rally

    A mid-morning pep rally pumped up Prairie View High School students for their homecoming game against Boulder's Fairview High School.

    The game is planned for 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 in the Prairie View stadium, 12915 E. 120th Ave.

    Freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors crammed into the school stadium to have some fun and to get their ThunderHawk pride soaring. Festivities included a lip-syncing battle, school cheerleaders and the marching band.

  • Man stabs woman at Hudson home


    Sheriff's deputies detained a Hudson man who allegedly stabbed a woman multiple times during an argument at a residence on Sunday, Sept. 25.

    The woman was airlifted to Denver Health Medical Center in critical condition, the Weld County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. Her name was not released.

  • Softball: T-Hawks find hitting shoes

    AURORA – This may not be a good time to face Prairie View’s softball team.

    For one, junior pitcher Brooklyn Trujillo threw a pair of perfect games last week. She struck out 16 of 18 batters she faced.

    For another, the ThunderHawks appear to have found a lot of offense. PVHS smacked 19 hits in a 20-0 win at Rangeview Sept. 14.

  • Mestizo dancers celebrate Mexican heritage

    The Colorado Mestizo Dancers celebrated Mexican Independence Day on Saturday, Sept. 17, with a cultural festival at Barr Lake State Park, including several dance performances.

  • Softball: BHS finds winning ways

    Matters have turned around for the Brighton High School softball team of late.

    Entering play this week, BHS was riding a nine-game winning streak. The last loss was against Columbine Sept. 1.

    “Buying in. And a lot of hard work in practice,” BHS coach Marty Stricklett said. “After the Columbine loss, we had a ‘come to Jesus’ meeting out here. It was tough. After that, they turned the page.”

  • Rural reality: A bittersweet life of vegetable farming

    Joe Petrocco stands at the edge of one of his vegetable fields south of Brighton.

  • Peerless move to make way for hotel/convention center

    Peerless Tires 4 Less plans to move to 1212 E. Bridge St. soon from 811 S. Main St.

    President Sam Forbes is optimistic the final inspection at the new location will be completed within the next week. A soft opening at the new location will follow, although he has not determined a specific date.

    Forbes said that city officials killed traffic to the south end of Main Street when they turned it into a dead end in 2014.  Although Peerless has good visibility on U.S. Highway 85, drivers find it hard to get to, and sales are mediocre, he said.