http://www.thebrightonblade.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Pen pals meet to help bridge generational divide in Brighton http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/pen-pals-meet-help-bridge-generational-divide-brighton <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_evacpenpals16_121714.jpg" alt="Sofia Yarbrough and South Elementary School students Anyssa Rodriguez and Lacey Cowdery work together to solve a crossword puzzle at Eagle View Adult Center on Dec. 9. The three ladies are participating in a pen pal program that pairs students in Kim Corliss’ second grade class with seniors at the adult center. " title="Sofia Yarbrough and South Elementary School students Anyssa Rodriguez and Lacey Cowdery work together to solve a crossword puzzle at Eagle View Adult Center on Dec. 9. The three ladies are participating in a pen pal program that pairs students in Kim Corliss’ second grade class with seniors at the adult center. " align="left" hspace="6" width="122" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BRIGHTON &mdash;</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> Second-graders at South Elementary School were able to meet with their senior pen pals for the first time this year at Eagle View Adult Center on Dec. 9.</span></p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The senior center has been pairing students and seniors up as pen pals for around 20 years, many of those years with teacher Kim Corliss.</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&nbsp;</span></p> Brighton continues homebuilder fee deferral with eye on 2015 growth http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/brighton-continues-homebuilder-fee-deferral-eye-2015-growth <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/teater_construction_036_0.jpg" alt="Teater Construction owner Jeff Teater looks over some building plans at one of his company&#039;s construction sites in this 2013 file photo." title="Teater Construction owner Jeff Teater looks over some building plans at one of his company&#039;s construction sites in this 2013 file photo." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"><strong>BRIGHTON &ndash; </strong>Brighton will continue deferring development impact fees for new residential construction next year.</span></p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">City Council unanimously approved the resolution during its Dec. 16 council meeting. Assistant City Manager for Development Marv Falconburg said 23 percent of builders who pulled a permit this year utilized this program, particularly beneficial for small, local builders or for those building multi-family units.</span></p> Turnberry Elementary hailed by state for academic improvement http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/turnberry-elementary-hailed-state-academic-improvement <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/turnberry_002.jpg" alt="School District 27J’s Turnberry Elementary School was honored by the state as an academically high performing school." title="School District 27J’s Turnberry Elementary School was honored by the state as an academically high performing school." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">COMMERCE CITY &mdash;</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&nbsp;School District 27J&rsquo;s Turnberry Elementary School was honored by the state as an academically high performing school.&nbsp;</span></p> Turnberry Elementary students wax poetic during lyrical 'slam' event http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/turnberry-elementary-students-wax-poetic-during-lyrical-slam-event <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_poetryslam9_121714.jpg" alt="Sidney Price, a fifth grader in Pam Whitlock’s class, performs a line from the poem “Chicken Soup with Rice” while her classmates patiently wait for their turn to participate in the chorus poem. " title="Sidney Price, a fifth grader in Pam Whitlock’s class, performs a line from the poem “Chicken Soup with Rice” while her classmates patiently wait for their turn to participate in the chorus poem. " align="left" hspace="6" width="130" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">HENDERSON &mdash;&nbsp;</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Fifth-graders in Pam Whitlock&rsquo;s Turnberry Elementary School class participated in a poetry slam on Dec. 10. The poetry slam was the (culmination) of the poetry unit the students had been doing in class and students prepared a mix of poems to recite to recite to parents.&nbsp;</span></p> Cheap gas: Great for the pocketbook, harmful to the portfolio http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/cheap-gas-great-pocketbook-harmful-portfolio <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/863438_58005989.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> <u style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"><strong>By&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Dan Boyce,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Inside Energy</span></strong></u></p> <p style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> &nbsp;</p> Residents get first look at proposed Barr Lake nature center renovations http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/residents-get-first-look-proposed-barr-lake-nature-center-renovations <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/blsp_expansion_plans_004.jpg" alt="Jeanie McDonald Carlson, who has been volunteering at Barr Lake State Park since 1999, contributes her ideas on what should be included in the master plan state park officials are working on. On Dec. 4, stakeholders were able to give feedback about what should be incorporated into the master plan park staff are creating as they are plan for a future renovation of the park’s nature center." title="Jeanie McDonald Carlson, who has been volunteering at Barr Lake State Park since 1999, contributes her ideas on what should be included in the master plan state park officials are working on. On Dec. 4, stakeholders were able to give feedback about what should be incorporated into the master plan park staff are creating as they are plan for a future renovation of the park’s nature center." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BRIGHTON &mdash;</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> Work has begun on creating a master plan for renovations to be made to the nature center at Barr Lake State Park. Park Staff and officials from the Colorado Department of Wildlife held two public meetings last week to receive comments from stakeholders such as the volunteers and patrons who frequent the park.</span></p> Draft of Brighton's oil, gas amendments released, hearing pushed to January http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/draft-brightons-oil-gas-amendments-released-hearing-pushed-january <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/oil_rig_at_136th_avenue_016.jpg" alt="An drilling rig that was in operation during the summer of 2014 is seen near 136th Avenue just outside Brighton." title="An drilling rig that was in operation during the summer of 2014 is seen near 136th Avenue just outside Brighton." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"><strong>BRIGHTON &mdash; </strong>The long-awaited draft of the city&#39;s planned changes to municipal codes relating to oil and gas exploration was released Tuesday, Dec. 2, after Brighton City Council continued the hearing on the proposed regulations to next month &mdash; allowing residents time to review the draft ordinance before commenting on it.</span></p> Martinez recalls trip to Nepal, team's success in fending off poachers http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/martinez-recalls-trip-nepal-teams-success-fending-poachers <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_gayletrip2_112614.jpg" alt="“Team Nepalorado 2014,” from left to right, Michelle Szydlowski, Chuck Zabel, Lora Cottrell, Theresa Carlson, Chelsea Emma, Kevin Carlson,  me..Gayle Martinez, Linday Gates and Dave Johnson. " title="“Team Nepalorado 2014,” from left to right, Michelle Szydlowski, Chuck Zabel, Lora Cottrell, Theresa Carlson, Chelsea Emma, Kevin Carlson,  me..Gayle Martinez, Linday Gates and Dave Johnson. " align="left" hspace="6" width="130" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BRIGHTON &mdash;</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> A City of Brighton employee was able to take her passion for conservation all the way to Nepal this year.</span></p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Gayle Martinez, who works at Eagle View Adult Center, spent some time working with Team Nepalorado and their mission to stop the poaching of the greater one-horned rhino in Nepal.</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&nbsp;</span></p>