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The state of Colorado issued orders to close down operations at pet stores in Thornton and Lakewood after owners and one employee pleaded guilty over the past weeks to charges of animal cruelty. Cease and desist orders were issued to Jurassic Pets in Thornton and Lakewood, and the stores’ license applications have been denied, according to a July 11 news release from the Colorado Department of Agriculture. more
The design phase process has begun for the new Northglenn Justice Center, and city officials say it’s looking good. Since Hoefer Wysocki Architecture LLC was contracted to create the design this February, it has been working at designing a building to meet the needs the police department, municipal court and Northglenn residents. The old City Hall building is overcrowded and no longer functional. more
In the wake of the tragic mass shooting that killed five officers and injured another seven at a Black Lives Matter protest earlier this month in Dallas, both Thornton and Westminster police departments sent officers to Texas to attend the funerals of their fallen friends in blue. more
School District 27J Superintendent Chris Fiedler said all along the bond measure first put forward in 2014 — but not approved until 2015 — was about building more classrooms. Shovels in hand, Fiedler was joined by construction crews, Thornton officials including Mayor Heidi Williams and a group of future high-schoolers at a groundbreaking ceremony July 21 for what is being called, for now, High School #3. more
As the B Line commuter rail train pulled back up to the new Westminster Station for the return leg of its inaugural manned voyage from Union Station, Larry Hoyt stated the obvious. “It is a BIG deal,” said Hoyt, first vice chair of the Regional Transportation District’s board of directors, as he stood on the station platform and the return train pulled up. After years of waiting — the official “green light” came with the voter-approved FasTracks program in 2004 — media, RTD and city officials got the first gander of the new connecting line from downtown Denver to south Westminster, catching the 5:30 a.m. run July 25 from about Wewatta Street and 17th Avenue to the area Hooker Street, between 69th and 71st avenues. more
Construction is underway at the City of Westminster’s first mixed-use, transit-oriented community at the new Westminster Station. Alto, a 70-unit affordable apartment development, is the first of several buildings planned by Adams County Housing Authority on a 6.5-acre parcel at the northwest corner of 71 Avenue and Federal Boulevard. more
It was the next-to-last day for Camp Kind, and the kids were unwinding at Boondocks Food and Fun in Northglenn after spending a bit of the morning spreading mulch at a Hebrew school in Westminster. A few kids had stopped at the cafeteria to power up, and some were huddled in the air-conditioned indoors, around video games and skill challenges. But most were posted where the action was, outside at the bumper tubes and near the dual go-kart tracks. It was a moment or relaxation for campers, the first to attend Rabbi Benjy Brackman’s inaugural program, which focuses on courtesy and kindness. more
A woman who allegedly damaged several vehicles in Thornton and Northglenn during a string of hit-and-run accidents in May has been formally charged and arrested on charges of motor vehicle theft and other counts. Dave Young, district attorney of … more
A Westminster man who police said shot another man in the parking lot of a Federal Boulevard fast food restaurant has been charged with attempted murder, according to a news release from 17th Judicial District Attorney Dave Young. Young announced … more
Registration is now open for the 17th Judicial District’s fourth annual Citizens Academy. The Citizens Academy, which starts in September, gives area residents the chance to see what it’s like working in law enforcement and within the justice … more
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