https://www.thebrightonblade.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Public comments steal the show at council https://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/public-comments-steal-show-council-0 <img src="https://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/_dsc0177.jpg" alt="A goat" title="A goat" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Instead of a fierce debate over rate studies, Brighton&rsquo;s City Council&rsquo;s Sept. 17 meeting featured residents who talked goats and the Bible.</p> <p> Last week, <a href="https://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/council-feuds-over-rate-study">council squabbled</a> over Stantec&rsquo;s recommendation to lower utilities rates. &ldquo;Mr. Mayor, do you think we&rsquo;re all stupid?&rdquo; Council Matt Johnston sarcastically said.</p> <p> &ldquo;You throw mud at the wall and see what sticks,&rdquo; Mayor Pro Tem Edwards said to Johnston.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> PVHS wins its first game of the year https://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/pvhs-wins-its-first-game-year <img src="https://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pv_002.jpg" alt="Prairie View’s Larenz Lovelace looks for running room during Friday’s game against Westminster. " title="Prairie View’s Larenz Lovelace looks for running room during Friday’s game against Westminster. " align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> By Jonathan Maness</p> <p> Sports Correspondent</p> <p> After a couple of tough losses to start the season the Prairie View football team picked up its first win of the season Sept. 13.</p> <p> The ThunderHawks came out quick and scored the first 22 points of the contest to top league rival Westminster 29-10.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s great to get this win,&rdquo; Prairie View coach Ben Startzer said. &ldquo;We got out fast, and the guys were really focused.&rdquo;</p> Council feuds over rate study https://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/council-feuds-over-rate-study <img src="https://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_2443.jpg" alt="Like Kreutzer and Edwards, some Brighton residents are taking a stronger stance against Johnston and Brighton Recall " title="Like Kreutzer and Edwards, some Brighton residents are taking a stronger stance against Johnston and Brighton Recall " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> In a <a href="https://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/election-season-full-swing-0">politically heated</a> time, Brighton City Council members argued at a city council study session on Sept. 10.</p> <p> &ldquo;Mr. Mayor, do you think we&rsquo;re all stupid? Do you think your constituents are stupid? Do you think the residents here in Brighton are stupid?&rdquo; said Councilman Matt Johnston to Mayor Ken Kreutzer.</p> Like the olden days https://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/olden-days <img src="https://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/_dsc0069.jpg" alt="Ginny White and LaVon Watson ringing the school bell for the kids to lineup and come into a mock 1800’s classroom with the South Platte Historical Society." title="Ginny White and LaVon Watson ringing the school bell for the kids to lineup and come into a mock 1800’s classroom with the South Platte Historical Society." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> In 1884, or 135 years ago, 27J Schools was established. To celebrate, South Elementary School invited the South Platte Valley Historical Society to give a history lesson through a reenactment of what school was like in the 1800&rsquo;s.&nbsp;</p> College recruiting involves a lot of upfront legwork https://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/college-recruiting-involves-lot-upfront-legwork <img src="https://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/all_sp_lliteras_091819.jpg" alt="Former Brighton coach Dan Lliteras talks college recruiting at Frederick High School Sept. 10." title="Former Brighton coach Dan Lliteras talks college recruiting at Frederick High School Sept. 10." align="left" hspace="6" width="72" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;<strong>FREDERICK &ndash;</strong>&nbsp;High-school athletes are looking for colleges. Colleges have money to spend on potential recruits, whether it&#39;s an NCAA Division I program or an NAIA school.</p> <p> But, as former Brighton High School boys basketball coach Dan Lliteras explained Sept. 10, there are a lot of steps between interest in playing college sports and signing that letter of intent, and some of those steps can start before high school.</p> Post-summer, what’s up with Brighton Park Pond? https://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/post-summer-what%E2%80%99s-brighton-park-pond <img src="https://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_2330.jpg" alt="Brighton Park Pond, a city heirloom, in desperate need of repair" title="Brighton Park Pond, a city heirloom, in desperate need of repair" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> With a new school year in full-swing, it&rsquo;s harder to take time and fish at local ponds. It&rsquo;s even more difficult, though, when those ponds, like the Brighton Park Pond, and the inhabitants within need some TLC.</p> <p> Bordering the Brighton Recreation Center, the Brighton Park Pond (the northernmost of the two ponds in the vicinity) bears a low water level and a sickly hue. City officials say its unhealthiness is because of financial infeasibility, but there&rsquo;s hope the proposed 2020 budget will supply solution-making.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> A day of numbers, memories at 9/11 program https://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/day-numbers-memories-911-program <img src="https://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_news_mckeough2_091819.jpg" alt="Brighton firefighter/paramedic Owen Mckeough speaks during a 9/11 ceremony at fire station 52." title="Brighton firefighter/paramedic Owen Mckeough speaks during a 9/11 ceremony at fire station 52." align="left" hspace="6" width="112" height="85" /><p> Like a lot of men his age, Brighton firefighter/paramedic Owen Mckeough joined the armed services right after the 9/11 terrorist attack 18 years ago.</p> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ldquo;I was 16 at the time, and I knew it was the best decision to join the Army,&rdquo; he said during a 9/11 program outside Station 52. &ldquo;Everyone supported me. Initially, a lot of people didn&rsquo;t. But after 9/11, everyone pushed me to do it.&rdquo;</p> Cars, farming and Oktoberfest rolled into one day https://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/cars-farming-and-oktoberfest-rolled-one-day <img src="https://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_1093_-_edited.jpg" alt="Cody Van Beek takes a look at a 1938 Chevrolet, part of Cultural Heritage Day at the Adams County Museum Sept. 14. Aside from the car show, there was a discussion on challenges facing area farmers and an Oktoberfest, featuring Wayne Applehans and the Dutch Hops." title="Cody Van Beek takes a look at a 1938 Chevrolet, part of Cultural Heritage Day at the Adams County Museum Sept. 14. Aside from the car show, there was a discussion on challenges facing area farmers and an Oktoberfest, featuring Wayne Applehans and the Dutch Hops." align="left" hspace="6" width="152" height="85" />