http://www.thebrightonblade.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en UPDATE: Greenhouse fire was 'intentional' act, says fire department http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/update-greenhouse-fire-was-intentional-act-says-fire-department <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/greenhouses_002a.jpg" alt="Brighton firefighter Steve Choe pours water on the smoldering remains of a greenhouse at the former Horiuchi Brothers Greenhouses in the 16000 block of Tuscon Street July 28." title="Brighton firefighter Steve Choe pours water on the smoldering remains of a greenhouse at the former Horiuchi Brothers Greenhouses in the 16000 block of Tuscon Street July 28." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <strong>BRIGHTON --</strong> Brighton Fire Rescue District investigators think the July 28 greenhouse fire was the result of an intentional act.</p> <p> The Adams County Sheriff&#39;s Office began an investigation, according to a tweet from the fire department. Detectives are not releasing the fire&#39;s point of origin because of an ongoing investigation, according to ACSO Cmdr. Susan Nielsen. There is no suspect description.</p> The price of progress http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/price-progress <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_lcl_developmentissues3_072915.jpg" alt="As Adams County experiences a housing boom related to business and commerce growth, crowded classrooms are a major concern. The city of Brighton supports school districts, but can’t build schools on their own — voters will ultimately have to pass a bond measure in order to fill current needs. " title="As Adams County experiences a housing boom related to business and commerce growth, crowded classrooms are a major concern. The city of Brighton supports school districts, but can’t build schools on their own — voters will ultimately have to pass a bond measure in order to fill current needs. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> <i style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Editor&rsquo;s note: This is the third part of a three-part series looking at growth and development in Adams County and how the county is coping with infrastructure and education needs.&nbsp;</i></p> <p class="p3"> &nbsp;</p> Brighton recognized as ‘solar-friendly’ http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/brighton-recognized-%E2%80%98solar-friendly%E2%80%99 <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_news_brightonsolar_072915.jpg" alt="City Council poses with executive director of Colorado Solar Energy Industries, Rebecca Cantwell, at council’s July 21 regular meeting. Cantwell presented Mayor Dick McLean with a plaque, and council with a road sign, as recognition of the city earning designation as a solar-friendly community. Cantwell said the road signs will be installed in prominent places throughout the city. " title="City Council poses with executive director of Colorado Solar Energy Industries, Rebecca Cantwell, at council’s July 21 regular meeting. Cantwell presented Mayor Dick McLean with a plaque, and council with a road sign, as recognition of the city earning designation as a solar-friendly community. Cantwell said the road signs will be installed in prominent places throughout the city. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BRIGHTON &mdash;</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> The city of Brighton was recognized as a Solar Friendly Community at council&rsquo;s regular July 21 meeting.</span></p> Council moves forward with agriculture plan amid protests from farmers http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/council-moves-forward-agriculture-plan-amid-protests-farmers <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_ag_localproductiondistrict_072715.jpg" alt="Area farmers say there’s no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow regarding the county’s local district plan, which aims to optimize the county’s ag holdings. " title="Area farmers say there’s no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow regarding the county’s local district plan, which aims to optimize the county’s ag holdings. " align="left" hspace="6" width="85" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BRIGHTON &ndash;</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> Despite protests from area farmers, council moved forward with an intergovernmental agreement with Adams County to hire a consultant to execute a &ldquo;local district plan.&rdquo;</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&nbsp;</span></p> Brighton declares a local disaster over infrastructure damage to Ken Mitchell Lakes Cell 1 http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/brighton-declares-local-disaster-over-infrastructure-damage-ken-mitchell-lakes-cell-1 <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_front_mclean_042209_cmyk_8.jpg" alt="Mayor Dick McLean" title="Mayor Dick McLean" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> <strong>BRIGHTON &ndash;</strong> Mayor Dick McLean declared a local disaster on behalf of the City of Brighton, informing city council during its July 28 study session at City Hall.</p> <p> The emergency pertains to an initial estimate of $1 million of damage to city infrastructure in Ken Mitchell Lakes Cell 1 caused by the flooding and additional volume within the South Platte River.</p> Prairie View takes championship in Connie Mack state tournament http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/prairie-view-takes-championship-connie-mack-state-tournament <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sbc_sp_pvbaseball2_072815.jpg" alt="Zach Massey of Prairie View fouls one off during the first round of the Colorado Legion B state baseball tournament July 22 at PVHS." title="Zach Massey of Prairie View fouls one off during the first round of the Colorado Legion B state baseball tournament July 22 at PVHS." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <b>BRIGHTON -- </b>Prairie View completed a five-game sweep in the Connie Mack state tournament and claimed the championship as well July 25.</p> <p> Prairie View knocked off Pueblo West 6-2 in the title game. The two teams played in the semifinals, and PV won that game in eight innings.</p> <p> Prairie View had its easiest game of the tournament in the semifinals, and it send the squad into the title game as a result.&nbsp;<span>PV stopped Columbine Elite 9-1.</span></p> Council approves $2.3 million sewer line rehab project http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/council-approves-23-million-sewer-line-rehab-project <p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BRIGHTON &mdash; </b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">A $2.3 million project to extend the life of the city&rsquo;s sewer pipeline is ready to get underway.</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s1">In a unanimous vote, council at its July 21 meeting awarded a $2,321,250 bid to Layne Inliner, Inc., for the sewer line rehabilitation.</span></p> Northeast Elementary earns IB World School status http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/northeast-elementary-earns-ib-world-school-status <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_edu_northeast_ib_gray.jpg" alt="Marcus Robinson, Denver International Airport’s customer service program coordinator, speaks to students at Northeast Elementary in 2013 about prospective careers at the airport. The presentation tied in to the school’s then-new International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. Northeast Elementary last week received authorization from the global organization as an IB World School." title="Marcus Robinson, Denver International Airport’s customer service program coordinator, speaks to students at Northeast Elementary in 2013 about prospective careers at the airport. The presentation tied in to the school’s then-new International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. Northeast Elementary last week received authorization from the global organization as an IB World School." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BRIGHTON &mdash; </b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">School District 27J&rsquo;s Northeast Elementary received authorization from the International Baccalaureate organization as an IB World School.</span></p> <p class="p4"> The authorization comes after three years as an IB candidate school and following a rigorous, detailed authorization process that included a site visit to Northeast this past spring.&nbsp;</p>