• Mireya Melendez and Michael Apodaca, of Lochbuie, announced the birth of their son, Mike Antonio Apodaca.

    Mike was born Sept. 17, at Platte Valley Medical Center, in Brighton, weighing 5 pounds, 9.5 ounces, and measuring 19 inches.

    Grandparents are Estela Cruz and Norberto Melendez, of Lochbuie, and April and Dave Apodaca, of Brighton.

  • Ikisha Hugee-Darden, of Commerce City, and Newton Darden, of Denver, announced the birth of their daughter, Heaven Davionna Darden.

    Heaven was born Sept. 15, at Platte Valley Medical Center, in Brighton, weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and measuring 19 inches.

    Grandparents are Lucy Sampson, of Denver, and Unette and Gregory Richard, of Alexandria, Va.

  • Rebecca and Daniel Parker, of Bennett, announced the birth of their son, Pike Lanoy Parker.

    Pike was born Aug. 14, at Platte Valley Medical Center, in Brighton, weighing 6 pounds, 12½ ounces and measuring 19 inches.

    Grandparents are DeVon Lanoy and Beth Elaine Unruh, of Fort Lupton, and Michael Warren and Deborah Ann Parker, of Northglenn.

  • Heather Lee and Eric Mathisen, of Fort Lupton, announced the birth of their daughter, Alexandra Jean Mathisen.

    Alexandra was born Aug. 19, at Platte Valley Medical Center, in Brighton, weighing 7 pounds, 6 ounces and measuring 20¾ inches.

    Grandparents are Donald and Sandra Lee, and David Mathisen, all of Fort Lupton.  

    Great-grandparents are Bonnie and Rae Lee, of Max, N.D., and Rose Westra, of Sioux Falls, S.D.

  • Brenda Aguallo and Jose Gomez, of Brighton, announce the birth of their son, Axel Giovanni Gomez. He was born June 10, at Platte Valley Medical Center, in Brighton, weighing 5 pounds, 15.5 ounces, and measuring 19 ¾ inches.

    Grandparents are Alfonso Aguallo, Alejandrina Rodriguez and Roberto Gomez, all of Brighton. 


  • BRIGHTON — Commerce City resident Sherry Nickolaus has been awarded a Community Engagement Badge for coursework pertaining to Barr Lake.

    As part of her master’s program at the University of Miami, Nickolaus has worked in conjunction with the Denver Zoo to explore whether residents thought Barr Lake State Park was a good value for the $7 entrance fee they’re charged to gain access to the park.

  • The right tools for the job can be the difference between an interminable landscaping project and one that goes smoothly and efficiently.

  • BRIGHTON — A recent update of Brighton city code is allowing residents to get into the growing trend of owning backyard chickens.

    An ordinance approved by City Council earlier this year allows residents to keep up to six hens outside single-family homes without the need for permits or their neighbor’s permission.

  • Brad McHargue, Film Critic

    Will Ferrell is arguably one of the most-popular comedic actors working in film today, so teaming him up with Kevin Hart in a racially charged comedy that seeks to satirize racism, ignorance, and the 1-percent seems like a recipe for a win.

  • BRIGHTON — Local artist Kay Curtis is spotlighted in the Eye for Art “Spring into Color” art exhibit, which opened last month at Brighton City Hall 500 South 4th Avenue.  

    A Colorado resident for more than 40 years, Curtis recently moved to the Brighton area and has become active in the art community and her church.

  • Brad McHargue, Film Critic

  •  By Brad McHargue, Film Critic

  • By Brad McHargue, Film Critic

    With time travel a hot Hollywood commodity, it was only a matter of time before someone obfuscated an intrinsically interesting premise with the found footage conceit — case in point: "Project Almanac," directed by Dean Israelite and written by first-timers Jason Harry Pagan and Andrew Deutschman.

  • By Brad McHargue, Film Critic


  • "A Most Violent Year," J.C. Chandor's final film in his Rich Folks Trilogy, is a markedly enjoyable ride until it starts to beat its message into the viewer like a Brooklyn hoodlum getting pistol-whipped on the cement.

  • By Brad McHargue, Film Critic

    Michael Mann’s cyber-thriller "Blackhat" tries desperately to show the otherwise dull activity of hacking into something more than a pale programmer sitting alone in a basement, coffee and Mountain Dew coursing through his veins and typing out endless lines of code.

  • By Brad McHargue, Film Critic

  • Great movies have their eyes on the prize from the start. “Selma” is no exception.

  • The awards season thrives on the promise of tidy yet dramatic works such as “The Imitation Game.”

  • DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT — The Denver Fantasy Flight program uses delightful sleight-of-hand tactics and wondrous holiday-themed distractions to convince unsuspecting youngsters they’ve landed at the North Pole for a one-on-one with the Big Man himself.