http://www.thebrightonblade.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Bromley Park plans amended to bring more new homes on smaller lots http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/bromley-park-plans-amended-bring-more-new-homes-smaller-lots <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_brookfieldtealight_012815.jpg" alt="Conceptual art of one of the four &amp;quot;Tealight&amp;quot; home styles proposed by Brookfield Residential for the Brighton Crossing subdivision. " title="Conceptual art of one of the four &amp;quot;Tealight&amp;quot; home styles proposed by Brookfield Residential for the Brighton Crossing subdivision. " align="left" hspace="6" width="166" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"><strong>BRIGHTON &mdash;</strong> City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance to amend the Bromley Park planned unit of development in an 8-0 vote during their Jan. 20 regular meeting.</span></p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The amendment applies to a portion of the Brighton Crossing subdivision, located south of Bridge Street, and includes changes to the dimensional standards, residential design standards and side yard easements.</span></p> District 27J sees 'modest' uptick in graduation rate for 2014 http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/district-27j-sees-modest-uptick-graduation-rate-2014 <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bhs_diplomas_006a_0.jpg" alt="During the May 24, 2014, commencement for Brighton High School, District 27J Board Director Rick Doucet (center) and Brighton High School Assistant Principal Shelley Genereux were wearing smiles as big as the ones on the faces of the newly graduated students. " title="During the May 24, 2014, commencement for Brighton High School, District 27J Board Director Rick Doucet (center) and Brighton High School Assistant Principal Shelley Genereux were wearing smiles as big as the ones on the faces of the newly graduated students. " align="left" hspace="6" width="106" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BRIGHTON &mdash;</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> The latest data from the Colorado Department of Education shows that graduation rates continue to climb in School District 27J, exceeding the state average and remaining the highest among the metro-area Adams County school districts for a sixth consecutive year.</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&nbsp;</span></p> Baca places at Top of Rockies wrestling tourney http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/baca-places-top-rockies-wrestling-tourney <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_sp_martinez_012815.jpg" alt="Brighton&#039;s Donte Martinez controls Pomona&#039;s Xavier Herrera during a 152-pound match in the opening round of the Top of the Rockies wrestling tournament Jan. 23." title="Brighton&#039;s Donte Martinez controls Pomona&#039;s Xavier Herrera during a 152-pound match in the opening round of the Top of the Rockies wrestling tournament Jan. 23." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> LAFAYETTE -- Brighton&#39;s Ray Baca finished fourth at this year&#39;s Top of the Rockies wrestling tournament at Centaurus High School Jan. 24.</p> <p> Baca, competing at 120 pounds, lost his first match in the third round Jan. 23. He won four straight matches Jan. 24 before losing in the third-place match.</p> <p> Thirty-three teams from six states sent wrestlers to the tournament.</p> <p> BHS finished 11th in the team standings.</p> Record turnout for RMBO Christmas Bird Count in Brighton http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/record-turnout-rmbo-christmas-bird-count-brighton <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/teen_campers_count_group_birding_below_the_dam_by_sharon_tinianow.jpg" alt="Teen campers and adults take part in the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory’s third annual Christmas Bird Count on Jan. 19 at Barr Lake State Park in Brighton." title="Teen campers and adults take part in the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory’s third annual Christmas Bird Count on Jan. 19 at Barr Lake State Park in Brighton." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BRIGHTON &mdash; </b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory&rsquo;s third annual Christmas Bird Count for Kids was a success. A total of 99 people traveled to Barr Lake State Park on Jan. 19 to participate in the event &mdash; 61 children and 38 adults &mdash; a record turnout for the event.</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&nbsp;</span></p> Wild Animal Sanctuary to ease growing pains with more amenities for human visitors http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/wild-animal-sanctuary-ease-growing-pains-more-amenities-human-visitors <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/flm_lcl_sanctuary1_012115.jpg" alt="A pair of tigers catch some rays on an unseasonably warm day at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, which will be undergoing some considerable renovations for the upcoming spring and summer tourist season. Guests will soon enjoy as many comforts as the tigers when the 720-acre sanctuary this spring adds new welcome, events and education centers to go along with a new RV park, bed and breakfast and overnight camping areas." title="A pair of tigers catch some rays on an unseasonably warm day at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, which will be undergoing some considerable renovations for the upcoming spring and summer tourist season. Guests will soon enjoy as many comforts as the tigers when the 720-acre sanctuary this spring adds new welcome, events and education centers to go along with a new RV park, bed and breakfast and overnight camping areas." align="left" hspace="6" width="129" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">KEENESBURG &mdash;&nbsp;</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">From the perspective of more than 350 animal refugees who now call Keenesburg home, the sprawling 720-acre Wild Animal Sanctuary &mdash; situated along rolling hills of expansive Weld County farmland &mdash; must seem like the Ritz-Carlton of the animal kingdom.</span></p> Everyone comes up a winner at district’s adapted basketball tournament http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/everyone-comes-winner-district%E2%80%99s-adapted-basketball-tournament <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sbc_sp_adaptedhoops3_012014.jpg" alt="The celebration is on between Stuart Middle School&#039;s Aidan McNeese and paraprofessional Sasita Calascione during the adapted basketball tournament for School District 27J special-needs students at Prairie View Middle School Jan. 13." title="The celebration is on between Stuart Middle School&#039;s Aidan McNeese and paraprofessional Sasita Calascione during the adapted basketball tournament for School District 27J special-needs students at Prairie View Middle School Jan. 13." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 16pt; line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BRIGHTON &ndash; Five teams of basketball players are on the floor at Prairie View Middle School Jan. 13.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:Tahoma">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; They are prepping for a tournament, the likes of which will make for a special morning of hoops.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Brighton Armory hopes to continue building attendance in 2015 http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/brighton-armory-hopes-continue-building-attendance-2015 <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/brighton_armory.jpg" alt="The Brighton Armory" title="The Brighton Armory" align="left" hspace="6" width="173" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BRIGHTON &mdash;</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> The Armory Performing Arts Center saw a spike in attendance to events in 2014 and hopes to have another strong year of attendance with its slate of 2015 events.</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&nbsp;</span></p> Brighton cemetery proposals aim to reduce general fund reliance, boost affordability http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/brighton-cemetery-proposals-aim-reduce-general-fund-reliance-boost-affordability <p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BRIGHTON</b><span class="s1" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"><b> &mdash;</b> During a special study session Jan. 20, city council reviewed a proposal to construct a spreading garden in Elmwood and Fairview cemeteries.&nbsp;</span></p>