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Today's News

  • In the driver’s seat: Foster youth get car-buying tips

    About 15 foster teens visiting Adams County Fleet Services were impressed by the roar of a Mustang engine – part of a car-buying program put on to help them.

    The teens got a chance to learn about how to buy a car in the program put on by Adams County workers.

    The first lesson?

    “Your first car is never your dream car,” said Jeffrey Bowman, director of fleet services.

    The teens got a chance to inspect hot rods owned by fleet services technicians as well as Adams County sheriff vehicles.

  • Brighton names new city manager

    Brighton has a new city manager.

    City council members voted unanimously to hire Philip Rodriguez into the position during a special meeting Thursday night.
    “This is a great day for Brighton. It’s been a long time coming,” said Ken Kreutzer, mayor pro-tem.

    Rodriguez is scheduled to start on Sept. 11. He's expected to make $185,000 per year with a $550 monthly car allowance as well as a benefits package, according to city information. He also is expected to receive $7,000 to relocate to Brighton by the end of the year.

  • City buys 63 acres of farmland for agritourism

    Elected city officials recently decided to buy Sable Farm for $3.5 million to preserve it as agricultural land and open space.

    The Sable/Anderson/Hattendorf farmland is about 64 acres of land west of Sable Road between East 144th and East 148th avenues. The sale also included 70.8 shares of Fulton Ditch water, which must be used on the land or on other nearby farmland.

  • Pipeline planned near Willow Bay open space area

    City council members recently approved underground oil and gas pipelines to run near the $10 million Willow Bay property, which Adams County officials plan to buy for open space.

    A 10-inch gas pipeline and an 8-inch oil pipeline are planned to run 150 to 200 feet away from a 100-acre reservoir at Willow Bay, which is generally west of 136th Avenue near Highway E-470. The pipelines are planned to run from Ward Petroleum’s well pad facility on Riverdale Road one mile north of E-470 to a well pad near U.S. Highway 85 and 136th Avenue.

  • Oil wells planned near downtown Brighton

    Great Western Oil and Gas Co. wants to construct a new well site south of Colorado Highway 7 and East 160th Avenue, just west of Riverdale Road.

    Horizontal drilling would stretch three miles east from the wellhead to South 27th Avenue and would go stretch a mile south to Bromley Lane, according to a letter sent to property owners in the area. About 1,923 acres would be affected by the plan.

    A Great Western Oil and Gas Co. representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A Brighton spokesperson did not immediately respond to an email.

  • Brighton police report - July 9 to 16

    Police report July 9 to July 16

    Reports reflect calls to the Brighton police department. The reports do not indicate whether or not arrests were made. Not every call made to the police is listed in this report.

    July 16

    Second-degree assault – 15100 block of Brighton Road

    July 15

  • Brighton boards debate issue of how best to keep downtown colorful

     The Brighton Downtown Partnership Committee and the Urban Renewal Authority have a colorful issue to solve – whether to hire someone to water existing flower planters or to create a volunteer “adopt-a-planter” program.

    City government staff currently water all of the planters downtown. But officials have said they won’t be able to water the planters in the future – it ties up employees too much, according to Gary Montoya, city events coordinator. 

  • City manager finalists interview with residents, staff

    City manager finalists in Brighton have some things in common – three of the four currently hold city manager jobs, two have faced scrutiny in their current or former jobs, and none of them previously have worked in Colorado.
    Residents and Brighton city staffers questioned four city manager candidates about growth and development issues during an open house to meet them Thursday, July 6.  

  • Police search for robbery suspect

    Brighton police would like to find a man who reportedly robbed an employee at knifepoint at the Brighton Sonic Drive-In around 11 p.m. Monday, July 10.

    The suspect shoved the 15-year-old victim into the bathroom at the Sonic at 15120 Brighton Road and held a knife to her throat, demanding she give him whatever she had, the victim's mom told the Brighton Standard Blade.

  • Planning board’s Maslanik faces bench warrant

    Police put out a bench warrant for Brighton planning commissioner Chris Maslanik, after he failed to show up for a scheduled court date Thursday, July 6.