http://www.thebrightonblade.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Reward offered to help find suspects in rash of Brighton vehicle vandalism http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/reward-offered-help-find-suspects-rash-brighton-vehicle-vandalism <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/photo_2.jpg" alt="A window is seen shot out of a vehicle at Brighton Ford in late October. Authorities say the incident is similar to the rash of vehicle vandalism that occurred overnight Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Brighton." title="A window is seen shot out of a vehicle at Brighton Ford in late October. Authorities say the incident is similar to the rash of vehicle vandalism that occurred overnight Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Brighton." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"><strong>BRIGHTON &mdash;</strong> After almost 80 cases of vehicle vandalism this week, a reward is being offered as police are asking for the public&#39;s help in finding the suspects.</span></p> Heinz won't let health problems slow him down just yet http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/heinz-wont-let-health-problems-slow-him-down-just-yet <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sbc_sp_heinz1_111814.jpg" alt="Eric Heinz, left, chats with Brighton High School wrestling coach Tom Wagner about the course of action for Brighton&#039;s youth program drills Nov. 11." title="Eric Heinz, left, chats with Brighton High School wrestling coach Tom Wagner about the course of action for Brighton&#039;s youth program drills Nov. 11." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span>T</span><span>here&rsquo;s that ever-present smile on Eric Heinz&rsquo;s face as he saunters into the cafeteria at Bromley East Charter School.</span></p> <p> <span>It&rsquo;s the smile that comes from self-knowledge that he&rsquo;s &ldquo;in his element&rdquo; as a physical education teacher and youth wrestling coach, the sorts of jobs where he can make an impact on students at the school.</span></p> <p> <span>But if you look carefully, you&rsquo;ll see there&rsquo;s something wrong.</span></p> Swackenberg joins Fort Lewis for collegiate volleyball http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/swackenberg-joins-fort-lewis-collegiate-volleyball <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_sp_bhslettersigning_111914.jpg" alt="Brighton&#039;s Kendra Swackenberg, left, signs her college volleyball letter of intent to attend Fort Lewis College. At right, Kayla Michel puts her signature on a letter of intent to play college softball at Chadron (Neb.) State. Both athletes want to major in elementary education." title="Brighton&#039;s Kendra Swackenberg, left, signs her college volleyball letter of intent to attend Fort Lewis College. At right, Kayla Michel puts her signature on a letter of intent to play college softball at Chadron (Neb.) State. Both athletes want to major in elementary education." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BRIGHTON &mdash;</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> For Kendra Swackenberg, it was a case of putting some icing on the cake.</span></p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">She verbally committed to Fort Lewis College in Durango seven months ago. She made it official Nov. 17 when she signed her volleyball letter of intent in the BHS library.</span></p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Aside from more volleyball in her future, Swackenberg wants to be a teacher.</span></p> Brighton High School cheerleaders capture league title http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/brighton-high-school-cheerleaders-capture-league-title <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_news_cheers1_111914.jpg" alt="The Brighton High School cheerleading squad competes in the Eastern Metro Athletic Conference championships. They move on to the state competition Dec. 5. " title="The Brighton High School cheerleading squad competes in the Eastern Metro Athletic Conference championships. They move on to the state competition Dec. 5. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BRIGHTON &mdash; </b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Brighton High School won the Eastern Metro Athletic Conference cheerleading title this year.</span></p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The Bulldogs move on to the state spirit competition Dec. 5, where they will face all 5A schools in the cheer division.</span></p> District 27J moves ahead with contingency plans after 3B narrowly rejected http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/district-27j-moves-ahead-contingency-plans-after-3b-narrowly-rejected <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/27j_stock_photos_086.jpg" alt="Students at Prairie View High School will soon be dealing with extended-day schedules following the failure of ballot measure 3B. " title="Students at Prairie View High School will soon be dealing with extended-day schedules following the failure of ballot measure 3B. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p class="p1"> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BRIGHTON &mdash;</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> School District 27J&rsquo;s $148-million bond measure for construction of new schools and facility upgrades appeared to lose by the narrowest of margins in the Nov. 4 election.&nbsp;</span></p> Brighton police help Walmart bring school supply bounty to 27J schools http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/brighton-police-help-walmart-bring-school-supply-bounty-27j-schools <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_lcl_bpd_and_walmart_donate_supplies_111214.jpg" alt="Employees from the Brighton Police Department helped the local Walmart to get extra school supplies out to District 27J schools who needed them on Friday. Pictured from left to right are Deputy Chief Paul Southard, Detective Justin Moore, Store Manager Oscar Navarrette, Chief Clint Blackhurst, Officer Gail Ashley and Brenda Ocanas." title="Employees from the Brighton Police Department helped the local Walmart to get extra school supplies out to District 27J schools who needed them on Friday. Pictured from left to right are Deputy Chief Paul Southard, Detective Justin Moore, Store Manager Oscar Navarrette, Chief Clint Blackhurst, Officer Gail Ashley and Brenda Ocanas." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BRIGHTON &mdash; </b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Employees from the Brighton Police Department helped the local Walmart sort out what to do with school supplies left over from the store&rsquo;s back-to-school season.</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&nbsp;</span></p> Major school, short drive help point Reynolds to UNC baseball http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/major-school-short-drive-help-point-reynolds-unc-baseball <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_sp_reynolds_111914.jpg" alt="Brighton&#039;s Conner Reynolds finishes his letter-signing effort Nov. 17 in the school library. He signed with the University of Northern Colorado to play baseball." title="Brighton&#039;s Conner Reynolds finishes his letter-signing effort Nov. 17 in the school library. He signed with the University of Northern Colorado to play baseball." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BRIGHTON &ndash;</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> The chance to play for an NCAA Division I school has a certain pull to it.</span></p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">So does playing for that school if it&rsquo;s 40 minutes from home.</span></p> Victim advocates, often unheralded in law enforcement infrastructure, work to grow influence http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/victim-advocates-often-unheralded-law-enforcement-infrastructure-work-grow-influence <p> &nbsp;<b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">COMMERCE CITY &mdash;&nbsp;</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">One of the television programs Jaylynn Wayman enjoys watching is &ldquo;Law And Order: Special Victims Unit.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">But she has a problem with it. No one portrays a victim advocate, which is something near and dear to her heart.</span></p>