http://www.thebrightonblade.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Heart of the matter: a new, $4 million lab http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/heart-matter-new-4-million-lab <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bb_heartofmatter_022217.jpg" alt="Platte Valley Medical Center is expanding its cardiac catheterization laboratory with a $4 million surgical suite. " title="Platte Valley Medical Center is expanding its cardiac catheterization laboratory with a $4 million surgical suite. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Platte Valley Medical Center is adding a new, $4 million surgical suite to its cardiac catheterization laboratory</p> <p> Every moment is precious when it comes to heart issues, which is why the hospital is expanding the cardiac lab, officials say. Such labs treat patients with any heart issues, offering services such as angioplasty. Doctors also insert pacemakers and defibrillators as well as doing other inpatient and outpatient diagnostic and interventional radiology procedures.</p> Man charged with contacting child prostitute http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/man-charged-contacting-child-prostitute <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bb_holtry_benjamin_allen022117.jpg" alt="Benjamin Allen Holtry" title="Benjamin Allen Holtry" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Police have charged Benjamin Allen Holtry, 32, of Fort Lupton, with patronizing a child prostitute in Brighton.</span></p> <p> Holtry posted an ad on CraigsList, and a resident mentioned it to Brighton police, according to a police statement on Sunday, Feb. 19. Police detectives posed as the stepfather of a fictitious underage female and conversed with Holtry through emails and text messages for several days.</p> State 5A basketball: Shooting woes doom T-Hawks http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/state-5a-basketball-shooting-woes-doom-t-hawks <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_sp_pvghups1_030117.jpg" alt="Prairie View&#039;s Victoria Cabrera and Poudre&#039;s Delaney Hunt hit the floor for the loose ball during the first round of the state 5A girls basketball tournament Feb. 21 in Fort Collins." title="Prairie View&#039;s Victoria Cabrera and Poudre&#039;s Delaney Hunt hit the floor for the loose ball during the first round of the state 5A girls basketball tournament Feb. 21 in Fort Collins." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <strong>FORT COLLINS &ndash;</strong> It wasn&#39;t a good night of shooting for the Prairie View ThunderHawks Feb. 21.</p> <p> The result was a 35-27 loss to Poudre High School in the opening round of the state 5A girls basketball tournament.</p> <p> The T-Hawks made just three field goals in the fourth quarter. Despite the troubles on offense, PVHS managed to cut a 12-point lead to five &ndash; thanks to a 3-point basket by Ashley Cramer &ndash; with a less than a minute to play.</p> New Brighton chamber leader named http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/new-brighton-chamber-leader-named <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bb_chamberpres_030117.jpg" alt="Naomi Colwell" title="Naomi Colwell" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Naomi Colwell at the Aurora Chamber of Commerce has been named the new president and chief executive officer at the Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce.</span></p> <p> Colwell was named to the leadership job Friday, Feb. 24, after a two-month search. She is currently the marketing director at the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. Former president Holly Hansen resigned Jan. 4 after financial discrepancies were found during an audit. Hansen has not been charged.</p> Fire destroys empty mobile home http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/fire-destroys-empty-mobile-home <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_9630_web.jpg" alt="Brighton fireifghters look for clues into the cause of an early morning house fire at a mobile home park Feb. 22." title="Brighton fireifghters look for clues into the cause of an early morning house fire at a mobile home park Feb. 22." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Brighton Fire Rescue District officials think an early morning fire at the Eastgate Mobile Home Park was an accident.</p> <p> Spokeswoman Natalie Ridderbos said the fire &quot;appears to be electrical in nature.&quot; It started shortly after 2:30 a.m. Feb. 22. No one was home at the time, and there were no injuries. Firefighters needed about 40 minutes to put the fire out.</p> <p> The fire detroyed the home.</p> Check out Eagle View's spaghetti lunch http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/check-out-eagle-views-spaghetti-lunch <p> <strong><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Eagle View hosts 29th&nbsp;</span></strong><strong style="line-height: 20.4px;">annual spaghetti lunch</strong></p> <p> Bring your appetite to the Eagle View Adult Center&rsquo;s spaghetti luncheon 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 4.</p> <p> Everyone is invited to the adult center&rsquo;s 29th year hosting the community event at Eagle View Adult Center, 1150 Prairie Center Parkway. The menu includes spaghetti, salad, bread and dessert. You can eat it there or take it to go.</p> City looking to hire firm for city manager search http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/city-looking-hire-firm-city-manager-search <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Brighton City council members could spend $30,000 to $50,000 to hire an executive search firm to help find a new city manager.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> Council members decided on a firm during an executive session Tuesday, Feb. 21, but they&rsquo;re waiting for a final cost proposal from the firm before announcing who it is, according to Clint Blackhurst, the acting city manager. Human Resource Director Karen Surine suggested the $30,000 to $50,000 figure during the Jan. 14 study session.</p> AdCo officials take a hard look at homelessness http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/adco-officials-take-hard-look-homelessness <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bb_homelessshelter_022217.jpg" alt="Almost Home, a family shelter in Brighton, almost always has a waitlist for beds and services. " title="Almost Home, a family shelter in Brighton, almost always has a waitlist for beds and services. " align="left" hspace="6" width="153" height="85" /><p> The number of homeless folks in Adams County appears to be on the rise.</p> <p> &ldquo;Tony,&rdquo; is one who has been living out of his van for a few months in Brighton, for example. &ldquo;Michael,&rdquo; another homeless man in the area, said he won&rsquo;t sleep at many area shelters where he&rsquo;s not allowed to bring his dog with him.</p>