http://www.thebrightonblade.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Missing toddler, mom found safe http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/missing-toddler-mom-found-safe <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/brittany_martinez_042218_0.jpg" alt="Madilynn Ronquillo, left, and her mother, Brittany Claudine Martinez" title="Madilynn Ronquillo, left, and her mother, Brittany Claudine Martinez" align="left" hspace="6" width="48" height="85" /><p> A missing 18-month-old and her mother are OK.</p> <p> Brighton police issued an Amber Alert for the toddler, Madilynn Ronquillo, and her mother, Brittany Claudine Martinez, 28, shortly after 8 a.m. April 22. Brighton Police Department spokesman John Braadley didn&#39;t release the location where the two were found out of concern for Martinez&#39; privacy.</p> <p> The cause for concern was Martinez&#39; welfare. She left messages with relatives indicating she was mentally distraught. Bradley stressed during the morning that Martinez was not guilty of any crime.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Girls soccer: Brighton beats Prairie View http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/girls-soccer-brighton-beats-prairie-view <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_sp_soccer_042518.jpg" alt="Brighton&#039;s girls soccer team crowds around Tori Rydzeski April 18. Her goal in the 66th minute gave BHS a 2-1 win over Prairie View." title="Brighton&#039;s girls soccer team crowds around Tori Rydzeski April 18. Her goal in the 66th minute gave BHS a 2-1 win over Prairie View." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Brighton&#39;s Tori Rydzeski scored with 15 minutes left to give her team a 2-1 win over Prairie View April 18 on the ThunderHawks&#39; field.</p> <p> The win put BHS in the driver&#39;s seat for the Eastern Metro Athletic Conference regular-season title. It also was the first loss for the ThunderHawks in 25 regular-season matches.</p> Proper flag disposal technique http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/proper-flag-disposal-technique <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bb_flagdisposal3_041818.jpg" alt="A young girl disposes of an American flag Saturday, April 14. Daughters of the American Revolution collect about 1,100 flags for disposal each year. The group hosts ceremonies like these a few times a year. Pamela Mathisen, an Adams County retirement executive director, organizes flag retirements such as these so that American flags are disposed of in the proper and sanctified manner. " title="A young girl disposes of an American flag Saturday, April 14. Daughters of the American Revolution collect about 1,100 flags for disposal each year. The group hosts ceremonies like these a few times a year. Pamela Mathisen, an Adams County retirement executive director, organizes flag retirements such as these so that American flags are disposed of in the proper and sanctified manner. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /> ‘Silver tsunami’ seniors to lead AdCo growth patterns http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/%E2%80%98silver-tsunami%E2%80%99-seniors-lead-adco-growth-patterns <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bb_adcogrowth_041817.jpg" alt="A grandparent and her grandchild read at a community outreach event at Bromley East Charter School in 2017. Demographers say that when people the grandchild’s age become seniors, they will represent a much larger part of the population than the current elderly population does." title="A grandparent and her grandchild read at a community outreach event at Bromley East Charter School in 2017. Demographers say that when people the grandchild’s age become seniors, they will represent a much larger part of the population than the current elderly population does." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p class="p1"> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 22.973px;">Adams County may be the second-fastest growing county in Colorado, but what&rsquo;s most intriguing is the way its growing, or to be more specific, aging.</span></p> Winds roar through town http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/winds-roar-through-town <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_news_bigtree_042518_0.jpg" alt="This tree outside Brighton&#039;s Old City Hall couldn&#039;t stand the ferocious winds April 17." title="This tree outside Brighton&#039;s Old City Hall couldn&#039;t stand the ferocious winds April 17." align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> Cleanup began April 18 in and around Brighton, a day after very strong winds raked the area.</p> <p> Winds gusted as high as 67 mph at times, dropping temperatures some 20 degrees in the span of the afternoon and forcing several interscholastic events to be canceled.</p> <p> A gust of wind uprooted a tree near Brighton&#39;s Old City Hall. It fell away from structures amd fell into other trees on the lawn facing Bridge Street. It&#39;s not the same tree that the city decorates for the holidays.</p> Dog show takes over Riverdale Regional Park http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/dog-show-takes-over-riverdale-regional-park <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bb_dogshowmargaux041818.jpg" alt="Margaux, a dog show competitor, took her dog Grace to the Terry-All Kennel Club dog show Satuday, April 14, at Riverdale Regional Park, 9755 Henderson Road, in Brighton. Margaux requested her last name not be used beause she is a minor. " title="Margaux, a dog show competitor, took her dog Grace to the Terry-All Kennel Club dog show Satuday, April 14, at Riverdale Regional Park, 9755 Henderson Road, in Brighton. Margaux requested her last name not be used beause she is a minor. " align="left" hspace="6" width="91" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <b style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 22.973px;">By Sarah Ross&nbsp;</b></p> <p class="p2"> <b><i>Special to MetroWest Newspapers</i></b></p> <p class="p3"> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"> Dogs always seem to bring people together.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"> At the Terry-All Kennel Club Inc. dog show Saturday, April 14, dogs and their owners spread out across Riverdale Regional Park (the new name for the Adams County Fairgrounds, 9755 Henderson Road), with dogs of every shape and size as far as the eye could see.&nbsp;</p> School district cancels classes for April 27 http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/school-district-cancels-classes-april-27 <p> Brighton School District 27J called off classes for Friday, April 27.</p> <p> A tweet from the school district superintendent, Chris Fiedler, doesn&#39;t specifically mention an area teacher walkout for more funding for schools that is taking place the same day. But 27J teachers are planning to join their brethren at the Capitol to present their case for higher pay and more education funding. Several districts in the Denver area will be closed as a result.</p> AdCo Jail gives opioid drug to addicted inmates http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/adco-jail-gives-opioid-drug-addicted-inmates <p> <strong><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">By Sean Kennedy</span></strong></p> <p> <strong>Special to MetroWest Newspapers</strong></p> <p> As the opioid epidemic continues to grow in Colorado, the Adams County Jail is the latest to offer Vivitrol to inmates battling drug addiction and withdrawal.</p> <p> The Adams County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office is partnering with the drug&#39;s manufacturer Alkermes and with the nonprofit Community Reach Center on the project. Alkermes is covering the cost of Vivitrol shots, which can cost $1,000 or more per shot.</p>