http://www.thebrightonblade.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Brighton drunk driver gets 10 years for crash http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/brighton-drunk-driver-gets-10-years-crash <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bb_drunkdriverpatalunacar011817.jpg" alt="Adams County Sheriff&#039;s Department car after February 2016 drunk driver crash." title="Adams County Sheriff&#039;s Department car after February 2016 drunk driver crash." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Metrowest Report</span></p> <p> A 26-year-old Brighton man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for injuring an Adams County sheriff&rsquo;s deputy after crashing into his patrol car.&nbsp;</p> <p> David Daniel Martinez was driving 92 miles per hour when he crashed into Sgt. Aaron Pataluna&rsquo;s patrol car as it was stopped at a red light at U.S. Highway 85 and 120th Avenue.&nbsp; Pataluna suffered two fractured vertebrae in his neck, a concussion and multiple lacerations in the Feb. 13 incident.</p> Brighton Chamber on hunt for new leader http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/brighton-chamber-hunt-new-leader <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_lcl_holly_hansen_1_011117_0.jpg" alt="Holly Hansen, former Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce director." title="Holly Hansen, former Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce director." align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Officials are on the hunt for a new president and chief executive officer for the Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce &ndash; a job that could pay the top candidate $65,000 a year, according to an announcement made Tuesday, Jan. 10.</span></p> <p> Former director Holly Hansen resigned recently after discrepancies were found during a financial audit. Authorities were contacted, and the matter is under investigation, Larry Barnaby, board chairman, said in a letter to chamber members Wednesday, Jan. 4.</p> Arrest made in shooting http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/arrest-made-shooting <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/17-002_morales_rodney.jpg" alt="Rodney Morales" title="Rodney Morales" align="left" hspace="6" width="70" height="85" /><p> Brighton police arrested a Brighton man in connection with a Jan. 10 shooting.</p> <p> Police identified the suspect as 43-year-old Rodney Morales. He could face an attempted second-degree murder charge plus a count of possessing a defaced firearm. It&#39;s up to the Adams County District Attorney&#39;s Office to decide on charges.</p> Into the pool http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/pool <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_sp_bhsswim1_011817_0.jpg" alt="Brighton&#039;s Sam Chacon prepares to hit the water during a dual swim meet against Northglenn/Thornton Jan. 12 in Thornton. BHS won the meet 103-82." title="Brighton&#039;s Sam Chacon prepares to hit the water during a dual swim meet against Northglenn/Thornton Jan. 12 in Thornton. BHS won the meet 103-82." align="left" hspace="6" width="129" height="85" /> Brighton city manager to step down Jan. 31 http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/brighton-city-manager-step-down-jan-31 <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bb_esquibelmug011117.jpg" alt="Manuel Esquibel" title="Manuel Esquibel" align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">City Manager Manuel Esquibel will retire when his contract expires on Jan. 31.</span></p> 27J school district contracts with company to provide special needs transportation http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/27j-school-district-contracts-company-provide-special-needs-transportation <p> Seven special needs students have a new way to get around, now that School District 27J officials have signed a contract with American Logistics Co. based out of San Clemente, California.</p> <p> School district officials decided to outsource the job, after running short of bus drivers and transportation paraprofessionals on four routes, according to Edie Dunbar, the district&rsquo;s transportation director. Staffers in the operations department previously had been driving the students to day treatment facilities outside of the district&rsquo;s boundaries, she said.</p> New Trans-West Inc. manufacturing facility planned http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/new-trans-west-inc-manufacturing-facility-planned <p> As many as 200 new jobs could come to Fort Lupton, officials say, after GEP Investments Inc. recently paid $2.5 million for 39 acres at 13525 County Road 8.</p> <p> Trans-West Inc. head George Eidsness is listed as the registered agent of GEP Investments, which is based in Brighton, according to documents filed with the Colorado Secretary of State&rsquo;s office.</p> <p> Eidsness did not immediately respond to a request for comment.</p> Fair, Brighton High School Grad, dies http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/fair-brighton-high-school-grad-dies <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/all_obit_fair_011117.jpg" alt="Grant Fair" title="Grant Fair" align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;BOULDER &ndash; Brighton High School graduate Grant Fair died Jan. 3. He was 19.</p> <p> Fair, who graduated from BHS in 2015, was a student at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He was studying business economics and accounting. His father, Rod, is an optometrist in Brighton.</p> <p> A memorial was set up in the front lobby of the Armory Performing Arts Center, 300 Strong St., for people to give condolences or leave items to remember Fair. Friends also took to social media to express their condolences.</p>