• A crew of millennials take care of Lochbuie’s infrastructure. These young men said they chose a rewarding career in the public works department. It’s a job with a lot of responsibility.

    Operator Matt Mandel, 22, said, it was a great opportunity to work in government coming out of high school. He started as a seasonal employee for a summer, then joined full time.

  • The city of Brighton is taking proposals for workshop presenters at the annual Image Summit March 7 and 8 at the Armory Performing Arts Center, 300 Strong St. 

    The mission of the youth conference for 10- to 19-year-olds is empowering young people in the state to impact government and become active community members. 

    Featured speakers are Jessie Funk and Shane Feldman. There will be breakout sessions, chances to talk with elected officials from across the state.

    The cost is $20. Call 303-655-2119 or visit www.brightonimagesummit.org.

  • This year’s Evolution Women’s Conference is from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 1, at the Bella Sera Events Center, 45 Strong St.

    The keynote speaker is Denise Burgess, president and CEO of Burgess Services, a construction management firm in Denver. She’s been on the board of directors of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce since 2010.

    Other guest speakers are Susan Frew of Sunshine Plumbing, Heating and Air, wellness coach Melissa Healy and Ramina Wilkerson, motivational speaker and life coach.

  • Every project begins with a ringneck pheasant. Before she can even start on her artwork, Sandie Mackenzie has to taxidermy and meticulously clean the pelt of the bird. 

    Mackenzie was at a craft show when she first came across the multicolored, iridescent patterns of the pheasant’s feathers. She knew immediately what she wanted to do with them. After working up the nerve, she finally went over to this hunter and asked for the pelt he had thrown away. 

  •  By Andrea Tritschler 

    Special to Metrowest Newspapers

    At some point in our lives, many of us have wanted to be ninjas, to be strong and stealthy, to be warriors. Colorado natives and American Ninja Warriors Brian Arnold, Noah Kaufman and Ian Dory want to make that a reality. 

  • BRIGHTON — Local artist Conn Ryder elicits new perspectives through her exquisite abstracts now on display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, at Brighton City Hall. Ryder’s paintings are part of the Eye for Art program’s “Holiday Sensations” exhibit, slated through Jan. 22.

  • Mireya Melendez and Michael Apodaca, of Lochbuie, announced the birth of their son, Mike Antonio Apodaca.

    Mike was born Sept. 17, at Platte Valley Medical Center, in Brighton, weighing 5 pounds, 9.5 ounces, and measuring 19 inches.

    Grandparents are Estela Cruz and Norberto Melendez, of Lochbuie, and April and Dave Apodaca, of Brighton.

  • Ikisha Hugee-Darden, of Commerce City, and Newton Darden, of Denver, announced the birth of their daughter, Heaven Davionna Darden.

    Heaven was born Sept. 15, at Platte Valley Medical Center, in Brighton, weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and measuring 19 inches.

    Grandparents are Lucy Sampson, of Denver, and Unette and Gregory Richard, of Alexandria, Va.

  • Rebecca and Daniel Parker, of Bennett, announced the birth of their son, Pike Lanoy Parker.

    Pike was born Aug. 14, at Platte Valley Medical Center, in Brighton, weighing 6 pounds, 12½ ounces and measuring 19 inches.

    Grandparents are DeVon Lanoy and Beth Elaine Unruh, of Fort Lupton, and Michael Warren and Deborah Ann Parker, of Northglenn.

  • Heather Lee and Eric Mathisen, of Fort Lupton, announced the birth of their daughter, Alexandra Jean Mathisen.

    Alexandra was born Aug. 19, at Platte Valley Medical Center, in Brighton, weighing 7 pounds, 6 ounces and measuring 20¾ inches.

    Grandparents are Donald and Sandra Lee, and David Mathisen, all of Fort Lupton.  

    Great-grandparents are Bonnie and Rae Lee, of Max, N.D., and Rose Westra, of Sioux Falls, S.D.

  • Brenda Aguallo and Jose Gomez, of Brighton, announce the birth of their son, Axel Giovanni Gomez. He was born June 10, at Platte Valley Medical Center, in Brighton, weighing 5 pounds, 15.5 ounces, and measuring 19 ¾ inches.

    Grandparents are Alfonso Aguallo, Alejandrina Rodriguez and Roberto Gomez, all of Brighton. 


  • BRIGHTON — Commerce City resident Sherry Nickolaus has been awarded a Community Engagement Badge for coursework pertaining to Barr Lake.

    As part of her master’s program at the University of Miami, Nickolaus has worked in conjunction with the Denver Zoo to explore whether residents thought Barr Lake State Park was a good value for the $7 entrance fee they’re charged to gain access to the park.

  • The right tools for the job can be the difference between an interminable landscaping project and one that goes smoothly and efficiently.

  • BRIGHTON — A recent update of Brighton city code is allowing residents to get into the growing trend of owning backyard chickens.

    An ordinance approved by City Council earlier this year allows residents to keep up to six hens outside single-family homes without the need for permits or their neighbor’s permission.

  • Brad McHargue, Film Critic

    Will Ferrell is arguably one of the most-popular comedic actors working in film today, so teaming him up with Kevin Hart in a racially charged comedy that seeks to satirize racism, ignorance, and the 1-percent seems like a recipe for a win.

  • BRIGHTON — Local artist Kay Curtis is spotlighted in the Eye for Art “Spring into Color” art exhibit, which opened last month at Brighton City Hall 500 South 4th Avenue.  

    A Colorado resident for more than 40 years, Curtis recently moved to the Brighton area and has become active in the art community and her church.

  • Brad McHargue, Film Critic

  •  By Brad McHargue, Film Critic

  • By Brad McHargue, Film Critic

    With time travel a hot Hollywood commodity, it was only a matter of time before someone obfuscated an intrinsically interesting premise with the found footage conceit — case in point: "Project Almanac," directed by Dean Israelite and written by first-timers Jason Harry Pagan and Andrew Deutschman.