http://www.thebrightonblade.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Keeping tabs on the bad guys http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/keeping-tabs-bad-guys <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_news_crimeinbrighton_082615_1.jpg" alt="Police Chief Clint Blackhurst greets members of the community during the “Coffee with a Cop” initiative, the police department’s new outreach program to interact with members of the community. Blackhurst said he and his department are proud of their relationship with the public." title="Police Chief Clint Blackhurst greets members of the community during the “Coffee with a Cop” initiative, the police department’s new outreach program to interact with members of the community. Blackhurst said he and his department are proud of their relationship with the public." align="left" hspace="6" width="115" height="85" /><p> <b>BRIGHTON</b><span> &mdash; The city of Brighton has seen an influx of crime since 2013, something local police officials are saying is on track with the city&rsquo;s rate of growth.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p3"> Numbers from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation show that major crime increased 10.4 percent from 2014 to 2015, and statistics from the police department show that crime is up an additional 13 percent since January of this year.&nbsp;</p> Police cleared of lethal force in June’s high-speed chase incident http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/police-cleared-lethal-force-june%E2%80%99s-high-speed-chase-incident <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/all_news_pursuitfindings_082515_cmyk_0.jpg" alt="Weld County sheriff’s deputies and other municipal officers draw their weapons on the vehicle of a murder suspect following a high-speed chase June 3 along Highway 85 that ended in Brighton south of the Weld County line. " title="Weld County sheriff’s deputies and other municipal officers draw their weapons on the vehicle of a murder suspect following a high-speed chase June 3 along Highway 85 that ended in Brighton south of the Weld County line. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <strong style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BRIGHTON </strong><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&mdash; A Grand Junction woman who in early June led Greeley police on a high-speed chase south on Highway 85 to Brighton died by suicide, according to a report from the Adams County Critical Incident Team.</span></p> Finding balance http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/finding-balance <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/vaulting_0.jpg" alt="Hannah Beehler, one of Mile High Vaulter’s rising stars, practices atop Xena inside the Peaches Arena, in Fort Lupton. Vaulting incoporates many traditional gymastic exercises and moves, with the added challenge of performing them atop a moving horse. Mile High Vaulters has been training 4- to 18-year-olds and others since it opened in 2002." title="Hannah Beehler, one of Mile High Vaulter’s rising stars, practices atop Xena inside the Peaches Arena, in Fort Lupton. Vaulting incoporates many traditional gymastic exercises and moves, with the added challenge of performing them atop a moving horse. Mile High Vaulters has been training 4- to 18-year-olds and others since it opened in 2002." align="left" hspace="6" width="66" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p2"> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"> <b>FORT LUPTON </b>&mdash; As a college student, Jodi Rinard brought her love of gymnastics and horseback riding along with her to the campus of Mount Holyoke College, in Massachusetts, where she learned of a club that combined gymnastics and horseback riding.&nbsp;</p> Rahrich goes top-level for college softball http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/rahrich-goes-top-level-college-softball <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_sp_rahrich_082615.jpg" alt="Brighton’s pitcher Melissa Rahrich, left explains how she hit her solo home run to Kayla Michel during a game against Wheat Ridge last season.  " title="Brighton’s pitcher Melissa Rahrich, left explains how she hit her solo home run to Kayla Michel during a game against Wheat Ridge last season.  " align="left" hspace="6" width="126" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BRIGHTON &ndash;</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> To paraphrase a well-known line from &ldquo;The Godfather,&rdquo; Brighton&rsquo;s Melissa Rahrich latched onto an offer for college she couldn&rsquo;t refuse.</span></p> <p class="p3"> The offer came from Stony Brook University, an NCAA Division I program in New York. She verbally committed and hasn&rsquo;t signed her letter of intent.</p> 27j board approves bond question http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/27j-board-approves-bond-question <p> <strong>BRIGHTON --</strong> After an hour&#39;s testimony Aug. 25, the Brighton School District 27J Board of Education approved a $248 million bond question for the ballot in November.</p> Council approves additional funds to street and road projects http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/council-approves-additional-funds-street-and-road-projects <p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BRIGHTON</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> &mdash; Some unanticipated problems with the city&rsquo;s Tower Road and Southern Street project raised the overall cost of the project.</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p3"> During their Aug. 18 regular meeting, Brighton City Council allocated an additional $650,000 in funds for the project, and subsequently approved three change orders so it can again move forward.</p> Buddhist temple in Brighton receives historic label http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/buddhist-temple-brighton-receives-historic-label <p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BRIGHTON</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> &mdash; The Brighton Buddhist Temple has been designated as a local historic landmark after city council approved the final reading of the ordinance at an Aug. 18 regular meeting at city hall.</span></p> Bridge to span region’s transportation gap http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/bridge-span-region%E2%80%99s-transportation-gap <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cc_news_skywaybridge1_082515.jpg" alt="An artist’s rendering of the completed Skyway Bridge at Interstate 270. Once completed, the bridge will be the longest in RTD’s FastTracks program, the longest in Colorado and one of the longest in the nation. At just over 9,500 feet, the Skyway Bridge will be longer than the famous Golden Gate or Brooklyn bridges. The Skyway Bridge is part of the 18.5-mile long North Metro Rail Line project that will run from Denver Union Station through Commerce City, Northglenn and Thornton. It’s scheduled to open in 2018.." title="An artist’s rendering of the completed Skyway Bridge at Interstate 270. Once completed, the bridge will be the longest in RTD’s FastTracks program, the longest in Colorado and one of the longest in the nation. At just over 9,500 feet, the Skyway Bridge will be longer than the famous Golden Gate or Brooklyn bridges. The Skyway Bridge is part of the 18.5-mile long North Metro Rail Line project that will run from Denver Union Station through Commerce City, Northglenn and Thornton. It’s scheduled to open in 2018.." align="left" hspace="6" width="219" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">MetroWest report</span></p> <p class="p2"> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"> <b>COMMERCE CITY </b>&mdash;&nbsp;One of the bridges along the North Metro Rail Line will be the longest in RTD&rsquo;s FasTracks program, and also the longest in Colorado, according to a recent RTD newsletter.</p>