• The Skin Cancer Foundation

    As we inch closer to September, many families may want to take advantage of the last full summer month by spending a lot of time outdoors. But whether you’re barbecuing in the backyard or taking a vacation at the beach, it’s important to remember sun protection for any little ones enjoying the summer sun with you.

    Babies are especially vulnerable to sun damage due to their relative lack of melanin, the skin pigment that provides some sun protection, so protecting them from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation is imperative.

  • Robert L. Jackson, 77, of Brighton, passed away April 11 at the Medical Center of Aurora.  

    He was born March 29, 1942, in Fort Lupton, to Delmar R. and NaDeane D. (Bowles) Jackson.  Bob was a 1960 high-school graduate in Hudson. He married Charla A. Balczyk Dec. 6, 1963, in Fort Collins.  

    A Colorado native and lifelong resident of Brighton, Bob worked for Local 669, doing sprinkler fitting for 48 years. He enjoyed the outdoors, camping, fishing, boating and road trips with his grandkids.  

  •  It’s amazing what kids are capable of when they’re firing on all cylinders. Have you ever considered that? 

    I know that when it comes to the conversation of what kids are capable of, two prevailing ideas tend to shape the discourse: a) I know MY child is amazing, I don’t know about those other kids, though, and b) grades seven through 11 are the wildest mix in terms of kids’ maturity levels and development. 

  •  We all love selfies. But sometimes, they can go terribly wrong when you take it to the extreme resulting in injury or death. 

    For example, one of the latest near-death experiences involved a woman, 30,who  jumped into the home of a jaguar at an Arizona zoo to take a selfie with the large cat.  She suffered non-threatening injuries, and I am glad the jaguar was not put down.  She also thought the zoo should put better warning signs in front of the animal pens.

  • 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.

  •        I want to share some hilarious stories from 2018 of human interaction with animals.  

    At the Los Angeles Zoo, a man jumped into the hippo enclosure and slapped a hippo on the butt.  After the assault, the intruder escaped unharmed out of the enclosure.  The idiot was lucky that he was not killed by the 3,000-pound hippo, who is the world’s deadliest land mammal.  The man is still on the loose.

  •  In the movie and play “The Music Man,” one of the lines in the song, “Trouble,” says, “The idle brain is the devil’s playground.”

    A week away for the holidays certainly made the brain idle...


    • Do you realize how many people have no idea about the reference in the opening paragraph?

  •  Hey y’all, I’ve been reporting here at MetroWest for just over eight months now, and over the course of 2018 I’ve had the pleasure of covering a lot of great happenings – now mainly in Brighton these days, but also in Fort Lupton and Commerce City. So, in keeping with the end-of-year theme, here are some of my favorite stories that I’ve covered in 2018. 


    Brighton: Utilities, Show Me the Money 

  •   By Rachel Morici-Leirer, LPC

    Pennock Center for Counseling

    It is no mystery that the holidays can bring up depression, loss and overwhelm. The effects are understandable. Holidays bring about increased demands, pressure, financial stress and, perhaps grief and longing, especially when we have lost a loved one. 

    Let’s focus on what you can do to minimize the holiday blues while, at the same time, allowing space for all of your emotions to breathe and simply “be.” 

  •  The feeling is pretty certain that you’ve seen enough Christmas wish lists to last until next Christmas, if not for the rest of one’s natural-born days.

    But it wouldn’t be right to exclude a slightly quirky, slightly truthful group of wishes and hopes, now would it?

    Some are quite likely to be approved, while others are downright impossible. It should be easy to tell which is which.

    So with your indulgence, here is what we hope will be the last list.

    At least for a long time.

  •  As I drive to work daily, I see a spectacular sight of Canada geese taking off in skeins from farms into the sky.   It is beautiful to watch them take flight and gather into a formation traveling to the next migration site.   Did you know that geese mate for life?

    Once they find a partner, geese are devoted to each other and protect one another throughout their lives.  If one is injured or dies, the other will stay by its partner side even if the flock has left for migration.

  •  Dear editor:

    In this time of gratitude, we would like to give thanks to you.

    We appreciate your patronage and the support you have given us throughout 2018. You are truly valued in our organization and have been a huge contributing factor to our ability to serve the abused the neglected children in our communities.

    We wish you and your family nothing but the best this Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season.


    Warm wishes

    Lindsay Lierman

    Executive director

  •  If you judge the arrival of the holidays by retail, the holidays started several months ago.


    If you believe area radio stations, the holidays started the week before Thanksgiving.


    An apology to those folks is in order.

  • Dear editor:

    Colorado Democrats just took a huge step backwards by electing the first openly homosexual governor. Thinking people have known for centuries that homosexual activity is clearly immoral (Plato, for example, perceptively taught that over 2,000 years ago) and a bad legal precedent. Many other intellectuals over the years have also deprecated homosexual activity.  

  •  Election season is over. We did it everyone. Thanks to our efforts, America as a whole saw its highest turnout for a midterm election in more than a century, and Colorado was among the leaders in that trend (as it usually is, thanks to our highly-accessible voting system and low rates of voter suppression) with nearly 80 percent of voters participating. 

    Now comes the hard part. 

  • Welcome to Belen

    We’re happy to welcome a new member to the MetroWest reporting team this week.

    She is Belen Ward. Though her main assignment is Fort Lupton, don’t be surprised to see her up and down the U.S. Highway 85 corridor.

  • In our recent travels, we got to see a few examples of what makes the area so special.

    They were for vastly different reasons, but each struck us in a positive way.

    The second annual Touch a Truck event at Brighton City Hall Aug. 25 was terrific. Lots of people milling around the yards and at Carmichael Park, all of whom had a chance to climb inside more trucks than you could imagine. Big trucks, little trucks, medium-sized trucks. Big helmets and small ones fit heads of all sizes.

  • We’re joining the Boston Globe and more than 100 other newspapers in Colorado and around the country today to protest President Donald Trump’s frequent attacks on the news media.

    Journalists here in Brighton and across the country are your neighbors, your friends, maybe even your relatives. We work hard to bring you unbiased news about what’s going on and how it affects you.

  •  The Commonwealth Fund’s just-released 2018 Scorecard on State Health System Performanceconfirmed what other recent studies have shown: Life expectancy in the United States is going down while it continues to go up in other developed countries. And rural areas seem to be disproportionately affected.