http://www.thebrightonblade.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Boys basketball: Prairie View holds off Arrupe Jesuit for first-round win http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/boys-basketball-prairie-view-holds-arrupe-jesuit-first-round-win <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/knecht.jpg" alt="PVHS junior Dalton Knecht poured in 12 points in the third, 19 in the game, to lift PVHS over Arrupe Jesuit 70-62." title="PVHS junior Dalton Knecht poured in 12 points in the third, 19 in the game, to lift PVHS over Arrupe Jesuit 70-62." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <em>Notes: Prairie View advanced to the championship of the Alameda Invitational with a 68-28 win over league rival Adams City in the tournament semifinals Dec. 8.&nbsp;</em></p> <p> <em>PVHS captured the championship with an 81-66 win over Alameda Dec. 9. No stats were available.</em></p> Residents worried about future Riverdale Ridge travel http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/residents-worried-about-future-riverdale-ridge-travel <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bb_riverdale1_120617.jpg" alt="The $89.5 million Riverdale Ridge High School will bring an uptick in vehicle traffic to the Riverdale Road corridor" title="The $89.5 million Riverdale Ridge High School will bring an uptick in vehicle traffic to the Riverdale Road corridor" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Jayne Schindler remembers a time when she considered her home quiet and removed from the outside world.</p> <p> &ldquo;At one time, we had like three or four deer herd here, now we&rsquo;re down to one maybe,&rdquo; said Jayne Schindler.</p> Johnston wins Ward 1, Mills wins Ward 2 http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/johnston-wins-ward-1-mills-wins-ward-2 <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/gregorymills.ward2__1.jpg" alt="Greg Mills, Ward 2" title="Greg Mills, Ward 2" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span>Newcomer Matt Johnston beat out incumbent Joan Kniss for a city council seat in Brighton&#39;s Ward 1, according to unofficial results. </span></p> <p> &quot;I&#39;m so thankful to all of the people that supported me I was told by political insiders there was no way we could win and there was no way to do anything,&quot; Johnston said. &quot;Its good to see that the neighbors coalesed around these issues. It&#39;s astounding.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p> <span>It was a close race - Johnston won with 661 votes, while Kniss had 587 votes, a difference of 74 votes. </span></p> Kreutzer named new Brighton mayor http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/kreutzer-named-new-brighton-mayor <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/kreutzer_1.jpg" alt="Ken Kreutzer will be Brighton&#039;s new mayor." title="Ken Kreutzer will be Brighton&#039;s new mayor." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Ken Kreutzer will be Brighton&rsquo;s new mayor in January.</p> <p> Kreutzer received 2,580 votes in a run-off election Tuesday, Dec. 5, while competitor Wayne Scott received 1,962 votes. Kreutzer currently is mayor pro-tem, the No. 2 spot under Mayor Dick McLean, as well as a city council member.</p> Former BHS student charged with manslaughter, assault http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/former-bhs-student-charged-manslaughter-assault-0 <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bb_rodriguez_oscar111517_0.jpeg" alt="Oscar Aaron Rodriguez" title="Oscar Aaron Rodriguez" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> Authorities charged former Brighton High School student Oscar Rodriguez, 24, with reckless manslaughter and felony second-degree assault Tuesday, Dec. 5, in connection with his girlfriend&rsquo;s death.</p> <p> Rodriguez, appeared in Mesa County District Court in Grand Junction to hear the charges related to the Friday, Nov. 10, death of Morgan Lee Dumas, who also was a Brighton High School graduate. Family and friends of Dumas traveled from Brighton to attend the hearing.</p> Stroll with sculptures in Carmichael Park http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/stroll-sculptures-carmichael-park <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/farmer.jpg" alt="The Farmer Bronze by Lawrence Starck, Loveland" title="The Farmer Bronze by Lawrence Starck, Loveland" align="left" hspace="6" width="39" height="85" /><p class="MsoNormal"> <span>Five sculptures on loan &ldquo;accompany&rdquo; community members strolling through Carmichael Park at 650 E. Southern St. behind Brighton city hall.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <span>The &ldquo;walking gallery&rdquo; of art features pieces for sale that each represent the community in some way, said Laurie Lozano-Maier, the city&rsquo;s Eye for Art coordinator. The sculptures are part of the city&rsquo;s Eye for Art program in which volunteers choose and hang artwork at city hall.</span></p> ReinBeer Crawl coming Dec. 15 to 17 http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/reinbeer-crawl-coming-dec-15-17 <p> <strong style="line-height: 20.4px;">Grab your antlers, ugly sweater for</strong></p> <p> <strong>first-ever ReinBeer Crawl Dec. 15-17 </strong></p> <p> You can get discounts on food, drink and hotels at participating businesses for the first-ever Brighton ReinBeer Crawl Friday, Dec. 15, through Sunday, Dec. 17.</p> <p> Local venues will have lots of holiday cheer from 5 to 9 p.m. each night in an event put on by the Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce.</p> <p> Feast on appetizers and holiday treats, while enjoying a pint of local craft beer.</p> Glass half full: City addresses water worries http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/glass-half-full-city-addresses-water-worries <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bb_watertower_2.jpg" alt="Brighton residents won&#039;t see a water rate incaee for 2018 after outcries from residents. Utilities Director Curt Bauers and his team wer able to lower rates while still funding necessary projects" title="Brighton residents won&#039;t see a water rate incaee for 2018 after outcries from residents. Utilities Director Curt Bauers and his team wer able to lower rates while still funding necessary projects" align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> Brighton residents won&rsquo;t see a water rate increase for 2018 after all, after numerous complaints about the planned change, officials said. Council still has to approve the proposal.</p> <p> City officials caused controversy earlier this year when they decided to eliminate door hangers for residents who didn&#39;t pay their bills right away and an immediate $25 late fee. Community members said they thought the new rule was punitive and didn&rsquo;t accommodate residents enough.</p>