Commerce City General Issues November 2008

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Anonymous said...

I want to say Congratulations to all of the candidates and committees that won their elections.

Nancy Ryland, Reunion

Anonymous said...

2A Fails!

To my city council member Jim Benson,

I am requesting that you hold community meeting the next time you have a idea that has the potential to have harm on our city.

You complained in the past that the NASCAR people did not have any communication with the city or the citizens. Why did you do the same thing to us? I hope that you have learned something by this.

Tanlyn, Concerned Citizen of the Northern Range

Anonymous said...


Commerce City, Colorado LOVE YOU!

Anonymous said...

I am very disappointed that 2A did not pass. I hope that all of those who voted against this can explain yourself to the children of our community.

Anonymous said...

2A get a beat down by almost 80%, of course this is unofficial.

Looks like the business welcome mat is back down!



Anonymous said...

So it looks like it was a big NO on 2A!

Thank you voters! I think that we actually may have some educated people out there. This was not an easy issue, it really did sound great at the first look, but the devil was in the details.

I think this is a great victory for the City of Commerce City!

Now lets get this behind us and start making some good choices before just throwing something on the Ballot.

Communication is the key and we need to really start using it.

James Dalgon, voted NO on 2A

Anonymous said...

No on 2A?

I guess my idea for this to go on the old high school site, thus getting the D-14 school district out of debt is shot. Damn! and it was such a good idea too.

Anonymous said...

I can understand the 2A issue, what I can not understand is the 3a,3b,5a issue!

Carla, mixed feelings, happy and sad.

Good Job Colorado on electing Obama!

Anonymous said...

Ed Perlmutter still the MAN!!!


Perlmutter Supporter!

Anonymous said...

As fas as 27J 3A and 3B, it is just taking the natural time line historically,

Pass one time, Fail the next time, no fear, we will get it passed next around

Anonymous said...

I too want to thank the voters for not falling for 2A.

And as far as Benson, I think that during the interview with the Gateway News, he was just saying that the Boys and Girls Club would be around the "middle" of Commerce City, his words "96th Avenue" so he could get some of the Norhten vote.

It just goes to show you that you have to have communication before you try to change the community.

I heard on the live council stream on Monday one of the 2A committee members complaining about the city not having enough communication! What about you! Where was all the communiction?! AEG Live, Kronke, the neighborhoods?! Where was your communication?

Another "Concerned Citizen of the Northern Range"
Morgan Jessup

Anonymous said...

Boy what a world we live in.

Can't get Nascar, Can't get city name changed, Can't get business in Prarie gateway, Can't get seat tax passed twice, Can't recall city council five times, Can't Can't Can't.

We are looking like a bunch of losers to all the other cities.

Anyone want to know what the c3gov stands for. I'll tell you, Commerce City Can't

Troy the Transmission Guy, and yes I am really a Transmission guy!

Anonymous said...

by Catherine Witt, Principal

As I woke up on this striking Colorado morning, I was eager to vote for the candidate of my choice (whether he wins or loses, I feel like I was heard). I left the Rec Center, after greeting lots of Landmark parents and felt a jolt of enthusiasm for the job that I am so fortunate to possess. Being the principal of Landmark Academy at Reunion means being able to observe the growth of over 500 students.

I started my rounds in Mrs. Keefe’s kindergarten class where Tyler and Hailey were designated the teachers for this short activity. “Rusty the Robot” was jumping along the number line and the students had to choose whether it was addition or subtraction. Hardly a mistake was made! Next stop was Ms. Canrell’s first grade class who were taking a spelling test. As Ms. Cantrell called out the words: should………every…….going…..mammoth…..nomad……I was amazed at the difficultly of the words. The kids assured me that they were easy and looking at their work, I realized that they could really do it. Ms. Shepherd’s second graders were working on an electrifying prompt: “you woke up and saw a dinosaur in your backyard.” The kids couldn’t wait to get started, but Adam reminded the class that you have to “think, before you write.” Katie thought she might start her story out with the sentence, “Whoa! Look at that dinosaur in my backyard!” Of course, they all agreed that the word “whoa” was an onomatopoeia. And Macy added that the sentence was an exclamatory sentence. I immediately went back to my office and looked up the word onomatopoeia (in case you are wondering: the formation or use of words that imitate the sound associated with something).

I left the primary wing and visited third graders who were reading Shredder Man by Wendelin Van Draanen during snack. Mrs. Gruenberger tells me that it is a series of four books where a little boy is being bullied. The kids love it! In Mrs. Evenson’s fourth grade classroom, the class had already completed a Literary Assessment and the teacher was being asked to repeat certain sentences. Although Isaac had his entire test complete, he still studied each word the teacher repeated to make sure he had all answers correct (and he did!). In Mrs. Baucum’s fifth grade class four students were being celebrated, Bianca, Jared, Payton and Taylor for having perfect homework.

I finalized my journey in middle school where Mrs. Rowe’s class was reading Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. Nathan and Dominique were elaborating on the difference of the economy in comparison to today’s world. They laughed easily while sitting under a huge banner that stated, “You are the future. Do you like what you see?”

All in all, life is good at Landmark as we all “whiz” up and down the hallways each day. That’s onomatopoeia, you know!

Catherine Witt, Principal
Landmark Academy @ Reunion
10566 Memphis Street
Commerce City, CO 80022

phone: 303.287.2901
FAX: 303.287.4196
Mobile: 719-459-6044

Challenging Each Child to Achieve................

Anonymous said...

to Morgan Jessup,

There has been communication sir! For many years the youth task force has been pushing for a Boys and Girls CLub, Commerce City really lost out on a great oppurtunity once again.

Supporter of 2A!

I will be holding the city to their words that they will be working to getting this city a Boys and Girls club, our time is now!

Anonymous said...

Just had a thought.

We had a whole bunch of opinions that the Benson proposed city name change would be the most turned down issue ever.

So lets all look at the facts.

2A (seat tax)
YES 2115, 22.19%
NO 7417, 77.81%

Question #3 (city name change)
YES 896, 31%
NO 2013, 69%

Looks like 2A wins as the bigger flop.

Doug Goodman

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Goodman,

I think I get your point. Are you saying that Mr. Benson should participate in more community input before going idea crazy?

If, so I agree with you.

If they held just one community meeting, maybe they would have taken a different route.

If they would have a real meeting with the 88 Drive in, the Kronke people, the AEG Live people, maybe they would have taken a different route.

I don't fault them for bad ideas, a boys and girls club is a great idea, but just not this way.

Don't twist this, I applaud the group for the idea.

But we need to work smarter, we are coming way too close to burning bridges. Lets all learn from this and work smarter as a city.

Jennifer F.

Anonymous said...



On November 4 Commerce City voters defeated every tax measure on the ballot.

These included measures to

(1) build schools in District 27J (Issues 3A and 3B). These issues would have provided funding in 27J for two new elementary schools in the middle and eastern parts of the district and a new high school in the area of 96th and Tower Road. In addition, further baccalaureate curriculum would have been offered in all schools for advance college credit. 27J is the fastest growing school district in the state and these schools were needed. These things could have been accomplished with NO INCREASE in our current rate of taxes, yet the voters said no.

(2) acquire firefighting equipment and build new fire stations for our South Adams County Volunteer Fire Department (Issue 5A). This would have provided about $2 million a year to keep our excellent all volunteer fire department up to date. An organization called ISO (Insurance Service Office) rates all fire departments and their rating is used to determine how much we all pay for business insurance and homeowners insurance. The lower the number of the rating the better your fire department is deemed to be, with 1 being the highest. In the recent past, the SACVFD had a 4 rating, very good. That rating has now slipped to a 5 and is in danger of going to a 6. The quality and age of the district’s apparatus and fire stations is a major factor in calculating these ratings. Get ready for your insurance premiums to go up.

(3) build a Boys and Girls Club in Commerce City (Issue 2A)

Because 3A and 3B did not pass, District 27J will be without funding for schools necessary to serve their districts over the next several years.

Since 5A did not pass, our excellent Volunteer Fire Department will be without equipment necessary to maintain its rating.

It should be noted that there was little, if any, formal or informal opposition to 3A, 3B and 5A, yet they still failed.

Not so for 2A, the admissions tax to be used to build and operate a Boys and Girls Club. The opposition to this measure, mounted by Kroenke Sports and Anshutz Entertainment, spent at least 5 times the amount that the supporters did (this may increase based on filings due on December 4) and in a successful campaign to defeat 2A they were able to overwhelm the voters with misinformation spread by full page color ads in the two local newspapers, flyers mailed out to all registered voters, a Rocky Mountain News editorial, calling it a “Terrible Tax,” “robo calls” made to all registered voters, yard signs and radio talk shows. It was impossible to overcome this kind of opposition.

What has definitely come out of this 2A campaign, however, is that it spawned efforts to begin a capital campaign by getting our City involved in an effort to raise the money to build a Boys and Girls Club. See the city’s press release in today’s Gateway. This type of effort was non-existent before the 2A campaign and I look forward to working with the city to bring a Boys and Girls Club to Commerce City. I believe it is going to happen.


In my opinion, and this is an issue that I have been asking about and furthering since I was elected, our next step as far as capital expenditures is to concentrate on building a City Recreation Center in the northern area, probably around 112th and Hwy 2. The problem here is that such a facility, if built today, would cost around $30,000,000.00. If built 5 years from now the cost would probably exceed $50,000,000.00.

Question is, are you, the citizens and voters of Commerce City going to support a bond issue and tax increase to build a rec center? Based on our November 2008 results, it is doubtful to me that our voters will support this, but I hope I am wrong.

The City Council will have a study session on December 8, 2008, 6:30 PM, to go over this issue–our City staff will present to the Council data concerning whether we want to build a north rec center, how much it will cost, the various alternatives for financing (that is, will it require a tax increase or not), and whether it should be paid for by the whole City or just the existing Northern Infrastructure General Improvement District (the entity that is building out 104th Ave.) I urge all of you to attend this study session to learn more about the issue. You should understand that there is no citizen input at study sessions as we will be hearing only from the City staff. Citizen input can come in the form of citizen communication at any Council regular meeting, and if a measure is drafted to put on the November 2009 ballot or otherwise, all citizens would have the right to testify for or against the measure before the Council votes on it. I urge you to take these opportunities to help the Council make these decisions. Your input is important.

Please remember that this City does not exist solely for the benefit of the City Council or the City Staff, it exists primarily to benefit our citizens, and we need to hear from you.

Call me with any questions about these issues or any other matters concerning Commerce City. In particular, if you have ideas about how a north rec center could be financed without a tax increase, please let me know.

Jim Benson
City Council – Ward II

Anonymous said...

Our kids can't walk or bike to 112th & Hwy2. He obviously doesn’t have any children and doesn’t care about ours.
Why is Jim Benson pushing agendas to make everything convenient to those living in south Commerce City? They already have a rec center that they DON”T USE and is costing the city money!
We need a facility centrally located (104th and Chambers) where the new middle school is being built. Let’s spend a few extra dollars for a prime location and make the better investment to attract more home buyers and businesses to the area. We need our council person to push projects that will benefit the families that live in North Commerce City. I sure hope everyone agrees with me in NOT supporting any projects not within reasonable distances from our homes. I voted for Jim thinking he would help build our area but starting to rethink the matter.

registered voter & property owner

Anonymous said...

Who Really Elects the President of the United States???

How many of us really understand how the President is elected? We are all told that every vote counts, but does it? The President of the United States is actually elected by the Electoral College and that will happen on December 15, 2008 this time around. The voters in the Electoral College actually can become what are known as a “faithless elector”, which means they don’t actually vote as they have promised along party lines, but this has never happened yet and only rarely has someone refused to vote altogether.
So who are these people that will go to their respective state capitals next month and make this choice for us? They are nominated by their state political parties, at least the Democratic and Republican parties. This happens during primaries or the party convention, depending on the state. The total number of electoral votes for each state is equal to the number of senators and representatives that state has in the US Congress.

When this whole idea was born, there was fear that “citizens could band together with a common impulse of passion and interest and adversely affect the rights of other citizens”. I thought the majority should rule in a democracy and I think members of both major political parties would still agree the above could happen with people they don’t agree with, but really, it is 2008 and in every other election in our country the majority rules. Also the states with the most electoral votes like Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, California, Florida, and Illinois carry a lot more weight than we do here in Colorado with our measly nine votes.

I did some math when I had heard this election was a “landslide” to see how much of a “landslide” it really was. So far the unofficial vote shows Obama with 349 votes or 70.3% and McCain with 147 votes or 29.7%. But the popular votes tell another story. Here Obama has 62,939,797 or 53% and McCain has 55,748,178 or 47%.. A really big difference in the percentages.
In 1980 there was another “landslide” when Reagan had 489 votes or 90.8% of the vote and Carter had 49 votes or 9.2%. But in the popular vote Reagan had only 55.3% of the popular vote and Carter had 44.7%. In 2000 Bush had 50.47% of the electoral votes but only 49.73% of the popular vote. Gore had 49.53% of the electoral vote but actually won the popular vote with 50.27%.

So maybe we all need to write to Washington DC and tell them we might want the popular vote to choose our next President. When we hear for weeks in advance of an election how one candidate has “won” this state or that state, maybe if it is not our candidate, maybe some people actually just don’t vote because they know it does not count anyway really.

Kathy McIntyre, Gateway Editor

Anonymous said...


At Primrose School in Reunion, as adults around the country cast their ballots in hopes of bringing positive change to the nation, students elected Percy the Rooster as the Primrose Friend by a landslide over Billy the Duck, who just did not have enough support. The Presidential snack that was “elected” was Pepperoni, Cheese, and Crackers which once again, won by a landslide over Fruit and Yogurt.

The students all had “official” ID’s, and all received an I VOTED sticker after their ballots were cast. They all had a lot of fun learning about democracy and how elections happen. At Large Commerce City Councilman Jason MacEldowney attended the election and voted with the students. He also read a book to the students about another Duck who had made a bid for President.

For more information on Primrose Schools, visit

Anonymous said...

To the Greatest Fire District Around (SACFD)

Please don't give up hope, I just think it will take one more time around.

YES 49.18%
NO 50.82%

YES 43.71%
NO 56.29%

Thank you to ALL the volunteers for the most excellent job. You are truly heroes of our community.

Cindy and Debbie (best friends and neighbors)

Anonymous said...

Perlmutter Statement Regarding Unemployment Numbers

Congressman Perlmutter issued the following statement today after the Department of Labor released its employment report for October. The report shows a loss of 240,000 American jobs, bringing the total number of jobs lost this year to 1.2 million, and a 14-year high jobless rate of 6.5 percent.

“American families are struggling to put food on the table, pay for healthcare costs and put their kids through school. Rising unemployment is another sign of the economic troubles sweeping the nation.

The House passed a bipartisan economic stimulus bill in September, but today’s unemployment numbers send a clear signal that something must be signed into law. We need to work with Senate Republicans and the current President to devise a plan to invest in the critical infrastructure that will put people to work and get our economy moving again. Economic recovery legislation will happen in stages. President-elect Obama will address solutions to the financial crises early in his first term. That is why I am happy to see he has called a meeting today with his economic advisors including Warren Buffett, former Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Roger Ferguson, former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and former Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman William Donaldson. I encourage all policy makers to come together in a bipartisan way to help our country’s economy get back on track.”

Anonymous said...

Adams County Dome Dedication

The Adams County Board of Commissioners will be dedicating the newly remodeled Waymire Building, known as the Dome, on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008 at 2 p.m. The Dedication Ceremony will take place at the Adams County Regional Park, 9755 Henderson Road in Brighton. The public is invited to attend.

Anonymous said...

Not to keep hammering on 2A, but I have a real concern with the Jom Benson letter, he is not my ward rep, actually the way is acting I don't think he is the ward rep for the ward he is suppose to be representing! Anyway, I do not think that it is fair that the whole city pays for the reecreation center in the south and that even the idea of the recreation center in the north would only be paid for by the GID!

I guess they think that because 30% of people don't even know they are in the GID, they can pull a fast one on them. This makes me really upset that this was even mentioned as an idea of plan of action by Mr. Jim Benson.

I urge all of the City Council to delete this idea and start acting smarter before you open your mouths!

With that being said, thank you to Tracey Snyder and Mayor Paul Natale for being smart enough to come out against 2A.

Joshua McAllen, Reisdent of Potomac Farms, Commerce City

Anonymous said...

Hikue #9

Oh voters, oh sweet voters you have spoken loud and clear...
After all said and done, I think we all need a beers...
It’s Saturday and enough time has passed, those who won stop grinning and those who lost wipe your tears...
We have next time to try again, more time to think of plans to exploit the citizens fears...
After all, it is on video, we failed 2A so now we get business development in Prairie Gateway, let me hear three cheers...

Thank You! Yes you are all so beautiful, I love each and every one of you!

Joe the Hiekue Guy

Anonymous said...

Sen. Salazar’s Statement on Spike in U.S. Unemployment Rate

United States Senator Ken Salazar released the following statement in response to the Labor Department’s report that the economy lost 240,000 jobs in October and that the nation’s unemployment rate has reached a 14-year high of 6.5 percent:

“The spike in the number of unemployed Americans is yet another stark reminder of the significant economic challenges we face as a nation.

“As we continue to confront deep financial and housing crises, and as rising costs of living make it increasingly difficult for American families to make ends meet, we cannot afford to stand idly by as American workers watch their jobs disappear.

“In the coming weeks, I intend to work with my colleagues and the current Administration to pass a bipartisan economic recovery package that puts the needs of middle-class families first, creates new, good-paying American jobs, and helps get our economy back on track.”

Anonymous said...

Sen. Salazar: “With a New Chapter for America , Our Work Begins”

United States Senator Ken Salazar released the following statement regarding the 2008 Election:

“I am proud of our country and of Colorado . This historic, transformational election is a testament to the strength of our democracy and the hopeful spirit of Americans, who want to turn the page and restore the promise of America . By casting their ballots, they made their voices heard: Americans are tired of the ideological, partisan leadership of the past and want problem-solvers who will work together, across the aisle, to put our country back on track.

“I look forward to working with President-elect Obama, his administration, and with my new colleagues in the Colorado congressional delegation, including Senator-elect Mark Udall, to lead our country through these tough times. It will take all of us - Democrats and Republicans - to put our economy back on track, fix our broken health care system, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, defeat those who would do us harm, and restore America’s standing in the world. With leadership, with unity, and with a shared commitment to solving the problems we face, America ’s best days lie ahead.”

Anonymous said...

Sen. Salazar Urges NFL to Make Broncos Broadcasts Available to All Coloradans

United States Senator Ken Salazar and a bipartisan group of 13 senators have sent a letter urging National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell to make NFL games widely available to fans in markets outside cities in which NFL teams are based.

On Nov. 6, the NFL is scheduled to begin restricting games to the NFL Network in areas not considered part of the ‘home market’ of a team. As a result, many viewers in the Colorado Springs and Grand Junction media markets will not be able to watch the November 6 game between the Denver Broncos and the Cleveland Browns. The NFL is not considering Colorado Springs , Pueblo , Grand Junction , Durango , and other communities outside the Denver television market to be part of the Denver Broncos’ home market.

“We in Colorado love to watch our Broncos and we should continue to be able to see the games on television throughout the state,” said Sen. Salazar. “The NFL’s narrow interpretation of a ‘home market’ does a disservice to fans across Colorado and across the country. The NFL needs to change course, and it should start by allowing all Coloradans to watch the Broncos pound the Browns next Thursday.”

In their letter to Commissioner Goodell, the Senators wrote: “That the NFL would choose to have fewer viewers for select games again this year is an indication of its interest in moving toward a pay television model.”

The NFL’s narrow interpretation of the “home cities” of NFL franchises has led viewers and fans in Colorado and across the country to miss broadcasts of team play. Senators from Vermont , Pennsylvania , Connecticut , Rhode Island , Colorado , Illinois , New Mexico , Wyoming and South Dakota signed the letter.

Anonymous said...

Perlmutter Statement Regarding Unemployment Numbers

Lakewood, CO – Congressman Perlmutter issued the following statement today after the Department of Labor released its employment report for October. The report shows a loss of 240,000 American jobs, bringing the total number of jobs lost this year to 1.2 million, and a 14-year high jobless rate of 6.5 percent.

“American families are struggling to put food on the table, pay for healthcare costs and put their kids through school. Rising unemployment is another sign of the economic troubles sweeping the nation.

The House passed a bipartisan economic stimulus bill in September, but today’s unemployment numbers send a clear signal that something must be signed into law. We need to work with Senate Republicans and the current President to devise a plan to invest in the critical infrastructure that will put people to work and get our economy moving again. Economic recovery legislation will happen in stages. President-elect Obama will address solutions to the financial crises early in his first term. That is why I am happy to see he has called a meeting today with his economic advisors including Warren Buffett, former Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Roger Ferguson, former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and former Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman William Donaldson. I encourage all policy makers to come together in a bipartisan way to help our country’s economy get back on track.”

Anonymous said...

First off I LOVE the HIKUE GUY! I do not know why he doesn't apply for a job with the Westward or something like that! I have laughed every time I read him!

Now for the serious part:

A Plea to the People of Commerce City:

I live in the Northern Range, I own my house (first house), I have one child and one on the way, I have a wife and we both work, We are very busy and do not have time to get involved into local politics.

With all that being said, WHERE ARE ALL THE QUALITY CITIZENS that usually float to the top for our elected offices!? I read that we have a drug felon on one of our school boards and this guy actually tried to run for city council too! I am shocked, is this really how Commerce City is? I know that we are a punch line to many jokes in the area but maybe we deserve it. I am also not too impressed with my representative Mr. Jim Benson, apparently he is a Lawyer who like to act without thinking, Great that is all we need is a rogue lawyer representing us.

When do we say enough is enough, is there no incentive to being on our city council? Do we as citizens need to asking more questions and getting more involved? What is the answer? I don't get it but I will be paying more attention now. I ask for you input!

Help me understand! and that is my plea to the people.

J. Owens

Anonymous said...

Commerce City Police Department seeks publics help in death investigation

COMMERCE CITY ― The Commerce City Police Department is asking for the public’s help in a death investigation that began on Saturday night, November 8, 2008.

Chase Steven Covington, a twenty six year old male from Denver, was found lying in the roadway in the 5900 Blk of Colorado Highway 85, at approximately 11:30 p.m.

Chase Steven Covington was pronounced dead at the scene after officers from the Commerce City Police Department arrived.

The Commerce City Police Department is attempting to determine if Chase Steven Covington was a victim of a hit and run accident, or maybe a victim of an assault.

Chase Steven Covington had attended a wedding at the El Jardin restaurant in Commerce City near 72nd Ave and Colorado Highway 2 on Saturday evening. Chase Steven Covington left that wedding between 9:00 and 9:30 p.m. wearing a black suit with a gray shirt and tie. Chase Steven Covington had contact with a friend around 10:30 p.m. via text messaging. This was the last known contact Chase Steven Covington had with family or friends. It is unknown how Chase Steven Covington got from 72nd Ave and Colorado Highway 2 to the 5900 Blk of Colorado Highway 85.

This case is still under investigation.

The Commerce City Police Department is asking for the public’s help with anyone who may have any information or was in the area of Colorado Highway 85 and 60th Ave on Saturday night between the hours of 11:00 to 11:30 p.m. Any tips please call the Commerce City Police Department at (303) 227-8836.

Anonymous said...

Commerce City receives Healthiest Community Award

COMMERCE CITY – Commerce City has been honored with the Healthiest Community Award from the Metro Denver Health and Wellness Corporation (MDHWC). Mayor Paul Natale accepted the award during a special ceremony Oct. 27 at the Colorado Culture of Health Conference.

“This award is a tribute to Commerce City residents, and those who work on their behalf, who are engaging in a more active lifestyle,” Mayor Natale said. “It recognizes the efforts of city staff and officials, business leaders and community organizations who have worked to provide opportunities for everyone to participate in healthy activities.”

The MDHWC is comprised of city leaders from throughout the metro Denver area, health care providers and representatives from the academic and business communities. The commission represents 37 cities and towns in the metro area and is charged with drafting a strategic plan to ensure that the metro area is and remains “America’s healthiest community.”

The MDHWC presented the award to Commerce City based on the numerous health and fitness programs it offers to residents and employees and also for the many community initiatives it supports.

“Commerce City leaders have made community health a priority,” Mayor Natale said, “and we will continue to promote healthy lifestyles through community programs, services and opportunities.”

Mayor Natale said city partnerships with various organizations have helped to build and expand the trail system and bring healthy food and services to families in need. Through participation in programs like Live Well Commerce City and the Healthy Schools Partnership, the city helps provide needed nutrition to those who cannot afford it.

He also cited projects like the 9Health Fair, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Perimeter Trail, Buffalo Run Golf Course, Pioneer Park and fitness and health-related classes at the Recreation Center and other community centers. These projects are all part of Commerce City’s expanding health opportunities, he said.

Residents are taking full advantage of the expanded offerings. City staff members have noted an increase in the number of people using hiking/biking trails, as well as the expanded park amenities, and the city is also seeing an increase in fitness and health class registrations.

Commerce City also offers employee wellness and fitness programming, with strong participation from staff members, and an on-site workout room at the Civic Center.

These city and employee programs are part of a larger picture, which includes planning for the near future and future generations. Commerce City will continue to increase program offerings, facilities and services, including partnering with local businesses like UPS and Suncor Energy to implement worksite wellness programs such as nutrition seminars, lunch-and-learns, and more.

City leaders are also looking at transit-oriented development as a means of promoting health and fitness and increasing opportunities for citizens to become active. Commerce City is updating its comprehensive and transportation plans, which will take concepts such as this into account.

The Healthiest Community Award recognizes Commerce City’s efforts to build a framework for fitness by promoting and participating in a healthier, more active lifestyle.

The MDHWC was created by the Metro Mayors Caucus as a means of promoting health and fitness in the metro Denver area. The caucus represents 37 cities and towns in the metro Denver area, each of them candidates for the Healthiest Community Award.

Anonymous said...

What a terrible tragedy for this family to go through. All of my hearts and prayers go out to you.

Please if anyone has information regarding the Chase Steven Covington Case Please Call as soon as possible.

Jodie Therman

Anonymous said...

As a mother, my heart goes out to the famly who suffered this great loss.

You are in my prayers.

Jolie Anderson, Resident and mother

Anonymous said...

I just read the Rocky Mountain News and saw the Gateway News in the article. What the hell is wrong with our town! School pulls the papers becasue they ask questions?!?

Can you imagine the uproar if Mayor Paul Natale pulled the papers out of city hall and the rec center because of recall coverage?!?

This is ridiculous. Only one question is left, are we in CUBA? Don't we have freedoms anymore!

Steven Braden, Commerce City Colorado, United States of America, HOME OF THE FREE!

Anonymous said...

I am a mother too and I am so sorry to the famliy who lost their loved one in Commerce City.

You are in my prayers, I pray to God that you get closure and soon!

Anyone who knows anything please call the authorities.

The Fredrick Family

Anonymous said...

Gateway News, I just wanted to take some time out day to tell you that I really do love your website and look forward to seeing what new thing you guys come up with next.

You hit the difficult issues and are not afraid of anything or anyone, I APPLAUD you and keep up the good work.

F. Newburg, Commerce City

Anonymous said...

America Recycles Day Event

The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge was the scene of America Recycles Day this year in Commerce City. We have a very active and successful group in Commerce City, called Commerce City Citizens for Recycling. This year the group will honor Tetra Tech, the US Army, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife as the 2008 Business Recyclers of the Year. Tetra Tech is the main contractor in charge of the clean up at the old arsenal site. That clean up is almost completely finished. Robert Romine of Commerce City is the Citizen Recycler of the Year for 2008.

Remember to recycle in Commerce City. With single stream recycling it is very easy. Just put two trash cans in your kitchen, one for trash and one for recycling. Put your trash out on the curb and take a Sunday drive and drop off your recycling. It only takes a minute but you will feel so much better about yourself when you do. Hopefully we will soon get curbside recycling. Tell your council person how you feel about curbside recycling. Go to , click on ask c3gov, click on trash and recycling link.

Anonymous said...

I had the distinct privilege of interviewing two veterans who reside in our community on the morning of Veteran’s Day. If you don’t personally know someone who has fought for our country and for our freedoms, I would recommend that you take the time and make the effort to meet one of these courageous souls. In America we have freedoms that are guaranteed to us by our Constitution of the United States.

It seems due to recent events in our community, that maybe some do not take this as serious as they should. On Tuesday I felt that my civil rights had been stepped on a bit and on Tuesday I was sitting across the table from two men who had fought to protect my rights. It made me think for just a minute that anyone who disrespects the rights of others, maybe actually is disrespecting our veterans and that is very sad to me on Veteran’s Day especially.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” First Amendment to the United States Constitution

The First Amendment establishes federal protection from government censorship. No government official - federal, state or local - may ever act in a way nor may lawmakers ever pass a law or policy that provides individuals with less free speech protection than that required by the First Amendment. That's why a public high school principal can't institute a policy, for example, that allows her to halt publication of any material she simply disagrees with.

The First Amendment was written because at America's inception, citizens demanded a guarantee of their basic freedoms. Our blueprint for personal freedom and the hallmark of an open society, the First Amendment protects freedom of speech, press, religion, assembly and petition. Without the First Amendment, religious minorities could be persecuted, the government might well establish a national religion, protesters could be silenced, the press could not criticize government, and citizens could not mobilize for social change.

The First Amendment ensures that "if there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein," as Justice Robert Jackson wrote in the 1943 case West Virginia v. Barnette.
And as Justice William Brennan wrote in New York Times v. Sullivan in 1964, the First Amendment provides that "debate on public issues ... [should be] ... uninhibited, robust, and wide-open."

The penalty for violations of another person’s rights is as follows:

Federal Civil Rights Statutes, Title 18, U.S.C., Section 241, Conspiracy against Rights
This statute makes it unlawful for two or more persons to conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person of any state, territory or district in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him/her by the Constitution or the laws of the United States, (or because of his/her having exercised the same).

It further makes it unlawful for two or more persons to go in disguise on the highway or on the premises of another with the intent to prevent or hinder his/her free exercise or enjoyment of any rights so secured.

Punishment varies from a fine or imprisonment of up to ten years, or both; and if death results, or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years, or for life, or may be sentenced to death.
Please also see the article in the November 12, 2008 Rocky Mountain News by Berny Morson entitled, “Commerce City school district yanks local newspaper”. You can view this at

Kathy McIntyre, Gateway News

Anonymous said...

I have an opinion that may not be that popular to say, but may just very well be the popular opinion. I will explain.

According to the corona research (which I for one did not receive the opportunity to participate in) there is a very small percent that actually want a curb side recycling program in our city.

According to a Commerce City press release I read here online, I do believe that the city council is going to go ahead and approve the budget with a curb side recycling program.

After careful consideration I have come to the conclusion that this is just NOT the right time to have this city wide and I am sure costly program put into place. I am not against a recycling program and yes I think it would be a good idea at some point in the future but at this time with the extreme national economic down turn, it is just not a smart thing to start spending numerous tax dollar monies.

We should have everything on a bare bones status and wait for the market to recover. I would go as far as to say that I would even like to see the money for the curb side recycling program be re-allocated to marketing the city, and not marketing the city to itself but to the world.

We should have had the mayor and the city council and the city manger go to China and promote us as far as getting some business here. Especially with our great location to highways and the Denver International Airport.

I think it is sad that this council basically caved into a small group of citizens, (I mean really small, see corona research data) who actually want this type of a forced program.

I have no problem collecting my recycling and taking it to the recycling center on Highway 2 once a month, it is not a big deal. Curb side is only going to be costly expense that this city does not need to bear at this time.

Thank you for this blog to leave my opinion, I think we should all support all of our local papers, but to be honest I prefer to get my local news on-line, talk about the ultimate recycling program!

Ryan Hutton, written with input from neighbors also.

Anonymous said...

To Mr. Ryan Hutton,

I strongly disagree with you, this city has a chance of being a pioneer in a much needed recycling program that other cities will admire and not to say all the publicity we will get from this!

You say that you want to market the city to the world, well my friend, this is the way to do it.

Lets show the world that we have the sense enough to take our environment as a top priority. I do not know if you know the history of this area, but, taking care of the environment should be our TOP PRIORTY. I am talking about what happened at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, if you are unfamiliar with this, there is a book called 27 miles and is an excellent history lesson for anyone who lives in this area.

I can respect your opinion but, I strongly, STRONGLY disagree with you.

Anonymous said...

I agree with both of you. Mr Hutton and the responder to his letter.
We should have sent the Mayor and others to China. We have an in, we should have used it. Those on the council who were short sited waste money in other areas, personal to them, but not necessarily beneficial to the city.
I still feel that the recycle is a good thing for the citizens and for the city image. From what I heard the added cost was unexpectably reasonable. It puts us ahead of the curve in this area!

Anonymous said...

Commerce City Police Department investigates shooting at El Viva Villa Bar and Grill

COMMERCE CITY ― The Commerce City Police Department is currently investigating a disturbance which resulted in shot’s being fired inside the bar at El Viva Villa Bar and Grill which is located at 5411 Quebec Street.

On November 15, 2008, just before 7:00 p.m. officers from the Commerce City Police Department responded to a report of a fight involving several males inside and outside of the said location.

While the fight was taking place, shots were fired. One male was transported to an area hospital with an injury to his head. The Commerce City Police Department was first informed by medical staff the male may have received a single gunshot wound to the head; however, medical staff is also stated the male may have been hit in the head with an unknown object. More time is needed to determine how the male received his injuries. The male, whose name is not being released at this time, is expected to survive his injuries.

This investigation is on going with the Commerce City Police Department detectives attempting to interview witnesses and victims.

The only information the Commerce City Police Department has about a possible suspect is a Hispanic male, late twenties to early thirties, last seen fleeing the scene in a red Dodge Durango or Ford SUV.

Anonymous said...

City Council agenda

COMMERCE CITY – The following is a tentative agenda for the upcoming City Council regular meeting. This agenda is subject to change. For more information about posting locations, please contact the city clerk at (303) 289-3611, or visit and click on “Government” and then “Agendas and Minutes.”

6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17
Regular meeting
• Energy Awareness Month
• America Recycles Day
Council business
• Resolution 2008-60—Amend resolution 2005-05 RE: Use of Public Property
Ordinance of first reading
• Ordinance 1749—Consolidating Capital Improvements and Preservation plan funds
• Ordinance 1750—Consolidating funds
• Ordinance 1751—Consolidating grant funds
• Ordinance 1752—Consolidating Special Improvement District funds

Anonymous said...

Come on Commerce City let's get our act together!

Can't citizen go to a Mexican restaurant without getting shot or ending up dead!

Anonymous said...

Wow, you must not listen to the news. Sadly this goes on in many cities. Aurora, Denver, Lakewood....the list goes on.
The first gentleman (my condolences to both of their families) was not shot at a restaurant.
That would be like saying you went to McDonalds left and was shot 2miles away, therefore you can't eat at a fast food restaurant!!
Don't simplify these tragedies or exaggerate these situations.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry, I did not mean to offend you or anyone else. I was just shocked to here about two stories and they simialarites.

Ronnie Fredrick

Anonymous said...

My name is Keith and this is my first time to comment.

I live in the Northern Part of Commerce City and yes I am one of those who did not know that I lived in a GID.

I just have 2 quick comments.

1. I am impressed with the cities efforts to get create a comp plan. The consultants that are working with the city are superb! Very professional, knowledgeable and experienced.

2. I was never really into the local politics of any city that I use to live in until now. I was able to get a crash course by watching the videos that are all archived on the website.

Last week was the first time I hear city council over the live stream and my son is always listening to the live stream of the Commerce City Police Radios. He wants to be a police officer after he gets out of high school, which will be in 2 years.

What I am basically saying is I never seen a local news website be so creatively informative. I wish I would have found this website before I moved here, not that it would have changed my mind moving here, it would have just given me a sense of history of the area as far as politically.

I will support this Local Newspaper, I want to give back to all that they have given me.

Thank you for reading my comments and as far as the city and the, Keep up the Good Work!

Keith O., 80022

Anonymous said...

I stopped coming here because all of the negativity, BUT I have to say it really has become a place for some really good opinions.

I know that the staff now have all the comments going to a filter and are asking people to either rephrase or explain their position.

I was not able to attend the Turnberry meeting regarding the new Commerce City Comp plan, but I do have 2 neighbors who did attend and was very impressed with the comments that both the individuals that went had.

The consultants are using the latest technology to hold anonymous survey electronically and are asking the right questions, no big surprise that people want to see more business development.

I know that we all have been very patient, and it will come people, IT WILL COME! We are all just have to hang on a little bit longer, 104th is well on its way and that was the key component.

Lets all stay respectful and the more opinions the better we will all be.


Anonymous said...

Commerce City wins over tea party group in annexation case.

Still waiting for tea party to appeal, but this is the first step is over.

Anonymous said...

Indain TACOS at Rigi Oil Tuesday November 18th starting at noon!

Anonymous said...

for more information about the tea party visit

Anonymous said...

Dec 8th meeting at Turnberry for Commerce City Council, study session.

Anonymous said...

Commerce City gets about 20 grand as part of a settlement for noise in the City limits of noise from DIA.

20 grand is just the interested part of the actual monies from penalties.

Anonymous said...

Dec. 4th, city turns on lights for the holidays. Starting at 6:30 this is a Thursday.

Anonymous said...

I don't want to stir the pot here, but this is news that I just heard about, it is relevant because Commerce City has the same kind of a law.

A dog owner is challenging rules in the Denver suburb of Aurora that force her to lock her pet in a crate during car rides and muzzle it during walks.

The rules ban pit bulls and several breeds with the same physical traits as pit bulls.

A lawsuit filed in federal district court contends the ban is unconstitutional, vague, and unnecessary. It was filed by the American Canine Foundation on behalf of Florence Vianzon Sasek.

Tim Dalton, Commerce City CO.

Anonymous said...

My opinion is that this pit bull ban was too harsh and should be taken a second look at.

We as a city should have a harsh vicious dog law and not a complete ban on just one breed.

Just my opinion, I know I am in the minority on this one.

Hillary Bentheny C.

Anonymous said...

At a BOY council member Orval Lewis, I think this taking on the rental slum lords is also something that should have been addressed a long, long, loooong time ago.

I think council has always been afraid of the landlords, but I guess the times have changed!

We all support you Orval.

L. Drapper

Anonymous said...

taking on the unfit property owners should be priority one.

I come from a much bigger city then Commerce City and I am having a hard time understanding why this is even an issue in this day in age, but it seems to be so lets take care of it, now, ASAP!

Dan Little, Reunion Colorado

Anonymous said...

For those newer to the city. Mr Orval Lewis was against any ordinances on landlords the last go around.
He said "he slept on a dirt floor as a kid" these renters have it better than he did. (and) We have no constitutional right to enter the renters property to check out the living conditions."
There was a committee to try and get this to the council. They did end up limiting the numbers of people allowed to reside in a home (depending on zoning)but unable to get any rental regulations!
Orval is flipping and flopping.
Hopefully he will stick to his new direction, he was one that prevented it from going forward last time.

Anonymous said...

Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan.

Norman Vincent Peale

Anonymous said...

Commerce City Police Department
Weekly Police Blotter
October 26 - November 8, 2008

10/26/08 8:41pm 13CN08008859 - Defacing Property, 1st Degree Arson: Commerce City Police Officers responded to a structure fire at Stampede Park 11755 Fairplay (park restroom). Two juvenile suspects were seen running from the scene. The fire was started on the cement floor with toilet paper and extinguished when the suspects ran away. Officers also found fresh graffiti on the sidewalk and on the restroom facility. The suspects were described as middle school age males, white or Hispanic.

10-27-08 6:54am 13CN08008864 - Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft: – A report was made by a coring and sawing company that a 1987 Ford dump truck and a Superior trailer with a Caterpillar skid loader had been stolen from their property at 9630 Dallas Street. The truck and skid loader were equipped with GPS tracking. When the report was being made, the GPS had been activated and the truck and trailer were located by Denver Police at 51st and Clarkson Street. The skid loader was missing, but also had GPS, which showed a current location in Lakewood. Lakewood Police responded to 900 Block of Benton St and located the skid loader, there was a second stolen trailer on the property also (which was not from Commerce City).

10/28/08 11:34pm 13CN08008912 - Injury Accident: Officers responded to an injury accident in the 3900 block of I-270. A semitrailer jackknifed and had rear-ended a small compact car. The driver of the car sustained minor injuries and was transported to the hospital for observations. A westbound lane was blocked by the accident and about 150 gallons of diesel fuel spilled onto the entire roadway. CDOT responded and shut down the westbound lanes of the Interstate until the roadway was cleaned. Westbound I-270 traffic was diverted onto Highway 85 during the closure

11/07/08 1:31am 13CN08009210 Resisting / Interference: An officer was dispatched to Deno’s Truck Stop reference an unwanted party who was attempting to get into other vehicles in the parking lot. The officer contacted the man who was severely intoxicated. After the man was taken into custody it was determined that he had been going from vehicle to vehicle trying to find his wife who had left with another trucker to get alcohol. The man was transported by paramedics to the hospital due to his alcohol consumption.

Anonymous said...

Commerce City Comp Plan Meeting

Input needed from all citizens

Nov 20, 2008 6:30pm - Nov 20, 2008 8:30pm

Location: Hanson PreK-8, 7133 East 73rd Place, Commerce City, CO 80022

Anonymous said...

Dear Hikue Guy,
Could you please contact Kathy at I would like to get your permission to print your work in the Gateway News. We all love you Hikue Guy.

Anonymous said...

I see the northern range plan on the c3vision comp plan consultant’s webpage.

I see a lot of "mixed use" on 104th, my question is what does "mixed use" really mean?

Patricia Grenn, Resident on Potomac Farms

Anonymous said...

Orval, drop the Hammer on those Slum Lords.

The time has come. Enough is Enough.

Anonymous said...

It was good enough for me so it's good for you. That's the thinking of the Orval's of Commerce City. Him, the recall comittee. They want things to to remain like they were "in the old days". People can live anyway they want regardless of any laws. We have been progressing very well since Paul Natale was elected into office but some are so out of touch with the current demographic of the city they will try to hold us back.

Anonymous said...

I repeat. Orval Lewis was NOT in favor of rental regulations a very few years ago.
He may be singing a different tune now, because it is much more receptive to the new northern voters.
Hopefully he will stick with this tune and not go back.
He is one of the reasons we do not have rental regulations.

Anonymous said...

Just so everyone is real clear on this and yes it is pretty important.

The City of Commerce City will be getting a new Economic Director in the very near future. But, do not expect things to up and change right away.

The poor guy has to get know the situation that he is getting himself or herself into, further, the person only can work with what he or she has and that is Commerce City (love it or hate it, it is what it is).

I can just hear it now, 2 weeks after this poor soul is hired people are going to be complaining because they don't have a Kings or Safeway on 104th.

We need to let this person work, get the development team involved and bring in business in the smart way. They have a huge challenge in front of them and yes I know all about the city's front door has Stapleton and the city's back door has Prairie Center.

So I don't want to read a bunch of bashing on the New Director 2 weeks after they arrive here.

Zoe1992, River Run

Anonymous said...

Love your point Zoe,

I also think people need to remember that they have to consider the national and international economies.

We are in some really tough times. Consumers confidence is very low and banks are tired of getting burned.

We also have everyone asking for huge bailouts.

We need to let the market recover, we all need to be patient.

Cindy Tyron, Reunion

Anonymous said...


104th is open both ways, BUT the speed limit is still 30mph, it is still a "work zone" so watch your speed.

Was just on 104th this afternoon and some of you are going 45-50mph, just watch it you are going to get a ticket.

Plus, if we are not careful they will put on of those stupid traffic calming devices in!

Ryland and Elaine P., also puppy (Coffee)

Anonymous said...

Zoe and Cindy you are both right.
Business is very cautious right now.
Our city is still having to prove it's interest and ability to support business.
Try your best to support the new businesses in the city to help them stay, as well as the ones who have been here a while.

Anonymous said...

Aurora Pit Bull Ban is upheld in Court, I am sure that we will see an Appeal, but as Commerce City Attorney Bob Gehler stated just Monday noght, 75% of cases usually have the same outcome during the appeals process.

ICU: Irene1979

Anonymous said...

Still does not make it RIGHT!


Another reason why BSL is ineffective - it ignores bites from non-targeted animals. Bites have not gone down in Aurora, despite banning "fighting breeds". Pit bull related attacks went from 27 in 2005, 8 in 2006 to 15 in 2007.

Contact the city council and encourage them to reconsider the pit bull ban.

Anonymous said...

District court rules in favor of city on Northern Enclave annexation

COMMERCE CITY – The legality of the city’s annexation of the Northern Enclave was confirmed in a ruling entered on Nov. 11 by Adams County District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree.

In his decision, Crabtree ruled that the city was legally correct in annexing the Northern Enclave in December 2007. After several public hearings the property became subject to city zoning 90-days following the annexation.

The annexed area, generally located west of Highway 2 between 112th and 88th avenues and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) and Union Pacific (UP) railroad lines, officially became part of the city in January 2008. The Northern Enclave area is zoned for mixed use containing industrial, commercial and residential property.

Anonymous said...

Commerce City Police Department
Weekly Police Blotter
October 26 - November 8, 2008

10/26/08 8:41pm 13CN08008859 - Defacing Property, 1st Degree Arson: Commerce City Police Officers responded to a structure fire at Stampede Park 11755 Fairplay (park restroom). Two juvenile suspects were seen running from the scene. The fire was started on the cement floor with toilet paper and extinguished when the suspects ran away. Officers also found fresh graffiti on the sidewalk and on the restroom facility. The suspects were described as middle school age males, white or Hispanic.

10-27-08 6:54am 13CN08008864 - Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft: – A report was made by a coring and sawing company that a 1987 Ford dump truck and a Superior trailer with a Caterpillar skid loader had been stolen from their property at 9630 Dallas Street. The truck and skid loader were equipped with GPS tracking. When the report was being made, the GPS had been activated and the truck and trailer were located by Denver Police at 51st and Clarkson Street. The skid loader was missing, but also had GPS, which showed a current location in Lakewood. Lakewood Police responded to 900 Block of Benton St and located the skid loader, there was a second stolen trailer on the property also (which was not from Commerce City).

10/28/08 11:34pm 13CN08008912 - Injury Accident: Officers responded to an injury accident in the 3900 block of I-270. A semitrailer jackknifed and had rear-ended a small compact car. The driver of the car sustained minor injuries and was transported to the hospital for observations. A westbound lane was blocked by the accident and about 150 gallons of diesel fuel spilled onto the entire roadway. CDOT responded and shut down the westbound lanes of the Interstate until the roadway was cleaned. Westbound I-270 traffic was diverted onto Highway 85 during the closure

11/07/08 1:31am 13CN08009210 Resisting / Interference: An officer was dispatched to Deno’s Truck Stop reference an unwanted party who was attempting to get into other vehicles in the parking lot. The officer contacted the man who was severely intoxicated. After the man was taken into custody it was determined that he had been going from vehicle to vehicle trying to find his wife who had left with another trucker to get alcohol. The man was transported by paramedics to the hospital due to his alcohol consumption.

Anonymous said...

Judge Throws Out Adams County "Intent" to Block Radioactive Waste atDeer Trail

Landfill Bennett Property Owners: Adams Commissioners Should "Wake Up" Stop Fighting Suit to Block Garbage Dump in Their Neighborhood Attorney General Charges Adams County Misspent $750,000 (Bennett, CO. November 20, 2008) Homeowners hope a court ruling against Adams County over the Clean Harbors radioactive waste dump near Deer Trail will "wake up" county officials to drop a court fight over a proposed garbage dump in their rural neighborhood about 5 miles east of DIA. A Brighton District Judge ruled Adams County could not block low-level radioactive waste at the Clean Harbors landfill. The judge threw out county claims that commissioners intended to prohibit radioactive waste even though their permit did not forbid radioactive materials.

Dozens of property owners near Bennett say the Clean Harbors ruling should "wake up" Adams County to stop fighting their grass-roots lawsuit opposing a 165-acre garbage dump in their neighborhood. Homeowners are suing Adams County because the original permit for the dump only allowed small amounts of fly ash, not thousands of truckloads of residential, commercial, and industrial trash. Adams County approved the huge garbage dump behind closed doors "administratively," saying the change was "minor" and did not need a public hearing. "The Deer Trail court ruling is a clear message to Adams County it can't make up the rules as it goes along," said Leslie Gerbracht of "Dump the Dump," the citizens group asking a judge to block the new garbage dump.

The citizens' lawsuit charges Adams County bureaucrats broke Colorado Department of Health and Environment regulations and the county's own rules, which order public hearings when there is a major change in landfills. "Adams County Commissioners need to wake up and stop fighting their own citizens," Gerbracht added. "Why should we have to spend lots of our own money to sue Adams County to have our voices heard," said Mike Phillips, one of the homeowners trying to block a decision by to allow the dump in their neighborhood, about five miles east of DIA. "Adams County Commissioners should drop the suit and follow the law." "How can Adams County say there is only a minor difference between small amounts of fly ash and thousands of loads garbage every year?" asked Chuck Saxton, one of about 80 people who own a 35 acre plots in the rural residential and agricultural neighborhood about 5 miles east or DIA. "It's a major difference to the people in out neighborhood," he added. The permit for the fly ash at the Bennett site was issued in 1993, but recycled fly ash soon became valuable in cement production, so the dump never opened. Owners asked to change to a general waste stream in 2005. The Bennett site belongs to politically-connected Adams county developer Phil Spano.

About ten years ago, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment charged Spano with illegal dumping and environmental violations at three landfills he owned in Adams County. If Adams County does not drop the court fight with the Bennett homeowners, a judge will rule in the case early next year. In a related lawsuit, the Colorado Attorney General's office last month charged Adams County misspent $750,000 in state money to fight the state health department over the Clear Harbors dump in court. The money was supposed to go for roads, fire protection and other public costs associated with the dump.

A news release concerning the AG's lawsuit is at:

Anonymous said...

I can at least understand why citizens with Pit Bulls get so upset when they write about the Current Pit Bull Ban in Commerce City, and I heard that the district court upheld the Aurora Pit Bull ban, lets all remember that this whole mess started with the city of Denver.

I personally think that it should not be a breed specific legislation but rather a much harsher mean dog law in general.

Other states, including New Mexico, Utah, Washington, Arkansas and Ohio, have upheld challenges to their pit-bull ordinances.

Zack and my Pit Bull "Minnie"

Anonymous said...

I find it prejudice towards animals, and unjust to innocent pit bulls that have done nothing wrong, that act no different than any other dog. I find this law disgusting, the microchip especially. What benefit does that do? So that they know where they are at all times?? What is the point? And the requirement of them needing to be neutered and spayed, that is appalling as well, it's like they want to kill them off, as if they're attempting to make them become extinct. This is something I feel very strongly about, and I will do all that is in my power to do, to overturn this law. If you ask me, it's the people that raise these innocent dogs to be vicious that should be banned, not the breed itself, I think it is an issue of animal cruelty, not whether or not pit bulls should be banned. Yes, I realize that it is an awful thing for a child to be attacked by a dog, but this can occur with any dog, not just pit bulls and the other few breeds that were banned. I was bit by a dog once, it was NOT a pit bull, it was some little furry thing that everyone stereotypes to be the sweet, non-vicious type of dog. Every pit bull I have ever encountered was so sweet to me, kisses and laying their heads on my lap, just like any other dog, these dogs just want to live their lives and be loved. These animals do not deserve this, I find it cruel. I am severely sickened and enraged that this law has passed.

Anonymous said...

I found this on the internet and thought it was intersting...

PETA’s Position on Pit Bull Bans

Legislatures across the country are increasingly seeking to ban pit bulls in an effort to crack down on dogfighting and prevent attacks by pit bulls. PETA supports legislation that bans the breeding of pit bulls, just as we support any spay/neuter legislation as the most effective way to combat the tragic companion animal overpopulation problem. We also support pit bull bans, as long as they include a grandfather clause allowing all living dogs who are already in good homes and well cared for to live the remainder of their lives safely and peacefully.

PETA supports such laws because they have the potential to prevent an enormous amount of suffering. In the United States, pit bulls stand out as the most abused of all dog breeds. Pit bull rescue groups are bursting at the seams with victims of dogfighting, abuse, and neglect. Shelter workers across the nation see firsthand on a regular basis the extreme cruelty that countless pit bulls are subjected to. Infected wounds left untreated, eyes swollen shut with blood and pus, broken or torn off limbs left to “heal” with no veterinary care, and ears cropped at home and then allowed to rot are only a few of the unforgettable atrocities.

PETA staffers have personally witnessed thousands of pit bulls who have been subjected to horrendous neglect and abuse, including Rikus, who was found cowering in his doghouse with a wound on one of his legs that exposed muscle and bone and whose face was swollen to the size of a melon because of an infected dog bite; Asia, who was reduced to a fraction of her healthy weight and who was so weak and in so much pain that she could barely move; and Bear, who was permanently chained outside and suffering from several painful conditions, including flystrike and a skin condition that his owners tried to “cure” by pouring motor oil all over him.

Over and over again, PETA rescues pit bulls like these from people who beat, starve, and neglect them; chain them to metal drums as “guard” dogs; or train them to attack people and fight other animals. We remove them from abusive homes and contact cruelty case prosecutors in their behalf. We also speak out against dogfighting, and we subsidize spay and neuter surgeries for pit bulls in the area surrounding PETA’s headquarters in southeastern Virginia. Our doghouse program provides free houses for pit bulls and other dogs who languish outside without any protection from the elements.

Are some pit bulls loving companions? Absolutely. But it is important to bear in mind that nice families rarely come to a shelter seeking pit bulls. The vast majority of people who want pit bulls are attracted to the “macho” image of the breed as a living weapon and seek to play up this image by putting the animals in heavy chains; kicking, beating, and otherwise abusing them into aggression; and leaving them outside in all weather extremes in order to “toughen” them up. When shelters are destroying dogs by the millions, why breed pit bulls―or any dogs, for that matter? There are many, many wonderful dogs in shelters who desperately need homes. PETA urges everyone who can provide a permanent, loving home to adopt one of these animals—and to spay and neuter them, of course.

Anonymous said...

Legislation is due, laws are in order, and the situation is out of hand. Let's be sure of our focus. Laws are for humans, not for animals who have no say about the captive environment they must endure.

Rod Jones

Anonymous said...

I can not find anywhere the ruling of the judge of the Aurora does anyone tell me any news website that has it on there.

Or can anyone verify that a district judge made some kind of a ruling?

Red Barn Rebel

Anonymous said...

As far as I know, district court ruled in favor of Aurora, but should go to appeals court.

Anonymous said...

City Council agenda

COMMERCE CITY – The following is a tentative agenda for the upcoming City Council regular meeting. This agenda is subject to change. For more information about posting locations, please contact the city clerk at (303) 289-3611, or visit and click on “Government” and then “Agendas and Minutes.”

6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24
Study session / council chambers
Special meeting
Executive session
• A conference with the city attorney for the purpose of receiving legal advice on specific legal questions under C.R.S. 24-6-402(4) (b)
Council business
• Planned Unit Development schematic discussion on Settlers Crossing
• 2008 third-quarter financial update
• Derby update
• Update existing occupancy ordinance
o Resolution 2003-59
o Ordinance 1538

Anonymous said...

I am new to Commerce City, just moved here from Utah. Back in Utah we had a chamber of commerce that brought economic development to the area. If I am not mistaken, I believe this is how Denver accomplishes this task also.

My question is why doesn’t Commerce City have some kind of a same setup? Is there no Chamber of Commerce in Commerce City?

Does the task of getting business to the area fall solely on the staff of the city?

Joseph, Reunion

Anonymous said...

To Joseph,

There is no "Commerce City Chamber of Commerce". There are two groups that have something to do with business in the area, they are the following:

The Metro North Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic Colorado organization that can help your company capitalize on the unprecedented economic boom in the Metro North region.

2. Commerce City Business & Professional Association, Inc.
A diverse group of area businessmen and women devoted to promoting the economic stability of our community.

Hope this helps your understanding.

Anonymous said...

WOW thank you, I have lived in the area for 5 years and I didn't know these organizations even existed!


Local Business Owner in the Northern Commerce City/Brighton area

Anonymous said...

Possible Boys and Girls Club to be located at the new Ortho Stewart middle school. This would be in 27J school district and right by the middle of the city.

Anonymous said...

Should City Council have any say on the Art that is placed in the City Hall?

What do you think?

Anonymous said...

NEW ED DIRECTOR IS HERE, well Dec 15th, Brittney Morris, very impressive individual, working with WM, Denver, AEG, Restaurants, etc...

"Man you got a good one there", comments about Brittney!

Looks like we should be on good hands!

Old Gates Rubber plant project was one of the highlights of career.

Anonymous said...

City is to go forward with the issue of getting a boys and girls club. City has put together a group that will include, D14, city staff, Suncor, and city council.

This is more of a steering committee, this is a grass roots type deal. This is not really a capital campaign, but more of a steering committee.

Anonymous said...

OK everyone settle down, this does not mean that we are getting a kings soopers next week.

We all need to hang on, and let Ms. Morris do her job.

We should all be happy that we are at least now up and running!

Tim Dalton

Anonymous said...

I do not see why City Council needs to have any comments about the art work in city hall, this should be a cultural council issue.

It should then go to the citizens and then the council.

Just my opinion

Lover of all Art,
Bethany and Giles

Anonymous said...

I am asking that the Derby Group PLEASE abandon all idea of the Round Abouts and the back in parking!


Long time resident in the Core City!

Anonymous said...

I have not seen the "big block" art piece in city hall yet, I am listening to council on line. I will go on tuesday and then come back and descibe it to you all.

Red Barn Rebel

Anonymous said...

I wish I could see the 96th and tower presentation, for all of you who don't know, this was the proposed NASCAR site, looks like it might get mixed use, residential and big box opportunities.

Tea Time. , Reunion Resident for 4 yrs.

Anonymous said...

THANK GOD, looks like we have a good plan and people in place for the Tower Road area!

Also a Reunion Resident

Anonymous said...

I really don't think NASCAR was ever interested in the area in Reunion.

They are not building in Colorado at all.

Still think it was just a ploy to get other parts of the country to bite. We were just victims of a big business chess game.

Just my thoughts

Red Barn Rebel, Reunion Resident

Anonymous said...

City on Budget crunch, one main reason is New Residential Units are EXTREMELY DOWN!

Looks like only around 200 new builds!

All in all, city looks in good shape, may not be perfect, but pretty good, just keep on hanging on!

Plus we HAVE BRITNNNNEEYYYY now!!! (kidding)

Anonymous said...

I think someone needs to have some input on the art work.
I saw the slab and figure and found them detracting from a beautiful lobby.
Since we can't have "citizen input" on every piece and obviously from comment, the cultural council had no votes.....I think council must get involved.
Right now it seems what ever goes. Art should be an asset, this piece isn't, at least not in the lobby.
P.S. I love art too!

Anonymous said...

I hope that you do find closure in your son's death. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers. Just know he will never be forgotten and he will always be loved.Hopefully by the grace of GOD someone will come forth with helpful information to bring to justice the person involved in his death.I and my family are praying for you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Slow speed pursuit

COMMERCE CITY ―In the early morning hours of November 24, 2008 an officer from Commerce City observed a stolen Toyota truck driving in the area of E 66th and Monaco Street. The officer coordinated with other officers to try and stop the truck safely. Officers waited until the truck stopped for a red light at the intersection of E. 64th Ave and Holly Street. When the light turned green officers attempted a traffic stop, the truck failed to stop accelerating running over stop sticks causing both right tires to flatten. The truck continued driving on flat tires going south on Colorado Blvd at 20 MPH. The truck lost the entire right front wheel in the 5200 block of Colorado Blvd and then lost the rear wheel around I-25 and Brighton Road. The truck continued heading west into the downtown area with speeds still under 20 MPH. Officers started seeing an increase in morning traffic so they discontinued pursuing the truck at E.13th and Speer Blvd.

The truck was found thirty minutes later abandoned in the 900 block of Ogden Street by the Denver Police Department.

Anonymous said...

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You’ll have to click on the photo captioned “In Pictures: Affordable places to weather the downturn” to find the actual rankings of the top 10 counties.

1. Madison County, Alabama
2. Pulaski County, Arkansas
3. Adams County, Colorado
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6. Jefferson Parish, Louisiana
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9. Montgomery County, Texas
10. Johnson County, Kansas

Anonymous said...

City task force takes action to protect motel residents

COMMERCE CITY – The Clear View Motel was closed Monday afternoon after an investigation by a multi-agency task force found multiple law and safety violations.

The motel, 7750 Highway 2, was determined “unfit for human habitation” by officials involved in the investigation. The investigation team included officials from Commerce City , the Tri-County Health Department and South Adams County Fire Marshal’s office, among others.

According to Brian McBroom, the city’s director of community development, the task force investigated the hotel following complaints about the safety of the hotel and health concerns for tenants.

“There was a lot of work and effort put into our investigation,” McBroom said. “Our goal from the start was ensure the health, safety and well being of the tenants. I believe we accomplished that goal.”

Investigators found that many of the rooms had no heat or running water, and were infested by bedbugs and cockroaches. Gas and carbon monoxide leaks were detected by building inspectors in several rooms and Xcel Energy ordered all gas appliances turned off and all lines and appliances inspected.

The task force executed the search warrant Monday morning. The city made arrangements in advance with support agencies to help motel residents with alternative housing and support services. All residents were directed to the on-site support center for assistance and everyone who sought help received it.

Several residents were initially shocked with the announcement of the motel closure, but many residents thanked social works and task force personnel after realizing the severity of their living conditions, McBroom said.

Social workers from Adams County Social Services, along with representatives from Access Housing, Family Tree and Adams County Food Bank helped nearly 20 people, offering support that ranged from bus passes and grocery store gift cards, to housing assistance and counseling. Resource information was also left on the doors of residents who were not currently home.

“I want to thank our city staff and all the supporting agencies that were involved in the investigation,” City Manager Jerry Flannery said. “It is clear that the success of the operation hinged on the effective execution of all agencies involved.”

During the inspection, one person was arrested on an outstanding warrant. The person’s dog – a pit bull – was impounded.

The investigation into the Clear View Motel began Nov. 15 when police contacted the city’s Building Safety Division about possible violations. On Nov. 18, Tri-County Health inspected two rooms and found them infested with bed bugs, cockroaches and flies. Tri-County officials thought it was likely that the remaining units were infested as well.

Preliminary findings of conditions at the Clear View Motel led the city to assemble a task force to further investigate living conditions.

Reports also showed one room has been without heat since the tenant moved in 15 months ago and the tenant had been using a gas stove to heat the room, a violation of the city’s property maintenance code. Using a stove for heat is a fire hazard and is dangerous due to carbon monoxide exposure.

Anonymous said...

I am So Happy that the City has finally stepped up! GOOD JOB, wait, GREAT JOB!

The time has come to bring this slum lords down!

Very Proud of all who was involved!

Ryland of Commerce City

Anonymous said...

The fish thing on the website is too addicting for people who also like to break bubble wrap, who I happen to be! I put the food in the corners and make them swim all the across to get it.

Tim Dalton

Anonymous said...

Brittany Morris named as new economic development director

COMMERCE CITY – With input from local business and citizens, the city has named Brittany Morris as the new director of economic development. Morris will join the city on Dec. 15 as a member of the city’s executive staff, according to City Manager Jerry Flannery.

“I was extremely pleased with the pool of applicants, and that we found the right person for this position,” Flannery said. “I believe Brittany has the credentials to help the city establish a vision for economic development that will guide the city toward what we want to accomplish. My expectations, as well as those of the community and the City Council, are high and I am very confident that Brittany will exceed them.”

“There were a number of qualified candidates, but it was a unanimous decision of the interviewing panels to choose Morris,” Flannery said.

City planners are updating the comprehensive plan and Morris will play a key strategic role in this process. She will also be evaluating city assets such as the E-470/DIA corridor, Prairie Gateway area and the Mile High Racing Park. Other development projects include Derby revitalization, Ivy-K Shopping Center and the I-270 and Highway 85 redevelopment.

“I’m very excited to be a part of a city that is growing and becoming a major player in the Denver metropolitan area,” Morris said. “Commerce City has come very far in just the past few years, I’m looking forward to the challenge in helping take the city to the next level.”

Morris joins the city from CRL Associates, Inc., in Denver, where she was the senior vice president. CRL Associates is a political consulting and public affairs firm that represents major businesses and organizations including Cherokee Denver, Colorado Restaurant Association and Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association, Waste Management, Xcel Energy and Kroenke Sports Enterprises, to name a few.

“Brittany certainly will be missed here at CRL Associates,” Maria Garcia Berry, CEO of CRL Associates, Inc., said. “All of us are so proud knowing that her strong skill set has launched her on an exciting new career path. We congratulate Commerce City for selecting her.”

Morris is currently enrolled in the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce’s flagship Leadership Denver program for 2009. She also is the vice-chairperson for the Denver Women’s Commission, which advocates for equal opportunity for women and children at the state and local government level. Morris has a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado-Denver and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Anonymous said...

City Council reviews structure of occupancy ordinance

COMMERCE CITY – The City Council will continue its review of the city’s occupancy ordinance, which came under scrutiny recently when a complaint was filed against a family in the River Run neighborhood. The family had one more adult living in the home than what the ordinance allows, but the situation was resolved when the family voluntary complied with the law.

In September, the city received a complaint about the number of adults living at the River Run residence. The occupancy ordinance states that no more than four adults may reside within a single household.

The city has worked with the family to find options for complying with the ordinance, including obtaining a variance, which may have allowed the five adults to remain in the home. The case was concluded last week when it was confirmed that one of the adults obtained a new job that would require alternative housing.

The occupancy ordinance, established in May, 2004, was drafted to address issues associated with overcrowding, specifically relating to parking and noise complaints in the core city. The ordinance was developed from recommendations provided by a special Residential Occupancy Standards Commission, which held several public hearings and meetings to study the issues.

At a study session on Monday night, the City Council directed staff to research the effectiveness of the ordinance and how it compares to other communities’ occupancy standards. Based on direction from the City Council, staff will bring a recommendation for potential ordinance changes to a future City Council meeting.

Anonymous said...

“Observant Community Member Helps Thwart Late Night Prank”

For over three decades, one of the cornerstones of Neighborhood Watch or Neighbors to Neighbors programs has been the reporting of suspicious activities and individuals to the police. Over the years, citizens have stopped countless crimes and saved lives by becoming actively involved in protecting their communities through Neighborhood Watch. Such was the case late on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 in the Buffalo Run Subdivision. An attentive citizen, Lori Housel was on her way home when she saw two suspicious juveniles in her neighborhood. Instead of ignoring it as most do Mrs. Housel got involved and contacted the police.

As a prank these juveniles had gone to over twenty homes taking items and then displacing the items throughout the neighborhood. While not the crime of the century this prank could have created hardship for officers and citizens alike. If it was not for Mrs. Housel the day shift officers would have had a very busy shift taking several theft reports and trying to return stolen property to victims of this prank. The Commerce City Police would like to thank Mrs. Housel and citizens like her who are observant and willing to stand up for good of the community and the safety of their neighborhoods.

The two juveniles (14 YOA Commerce City residents) were cited for Trespassing and Theft and released to their parents.

Remember community members have stopped countless crimes over the years and saved lives by becoming actively involved in their community. As the additional “eyes and ears “of law enforcement, citizens can help to reduce crime, improve safety and increase the quality of neighborhood life by reporting suspicious activity.

Anonymous said...

Christmas Donations Needed

Commerce City Citizens for Recycling is requesting donations of new or gently used Christmas tree ornaments and lights. At this time we need enough ornaments to help another 30 families, please help! These decorations will be divided, boxed and given to families in need of decorations for their holiday tree. Please drop your boxed items off at Community Enterprise, 7290 Magnolia Street, in the front lobby anytime. Donations will be accepted until December 10th. If you are in need of further information, please call Beverly Benzel @ 303.287.2266.

Anonymous said... CHECK OUT THIS WEBSITE. Very interesting how some Obama voters did not even know who controlled congress, they didn't know who Nancy Pelosi or Barney Frank were. Very scary that these are people who put our next President in office and they will be the first ones complaining as things go rapidly down hill after he takes office. Everyone should be required to be able to read, like a new law or something.

Anonymous said...

The family in River Run that didn't meet occupancy standards was not a "poor" family.
They just got caught and didn't like it.
There may have been some family members out of work, but they had within the five of them 4 new vehicles (within 2yrs old) and a new '09 Harley bike.
They could have asked the city for an exception to the number allowed for a temporary time period, but tried to stay under the radar.
I feel for those really in bad situations, but am truely tired of those using self created debts to pull on the sympathy of others.

Anonymous said...

First I think the Gateway News should put the video of what the mayor said about the art. I am hearing too many rumors and none of them are good!

Second, the Art in the lobby is a little shocking at first, but then it starts to grow on you a bit. I do miss the seating area, but there really should be some input by city council at least. The cultural council does need to be involved too and apparently they were not.

Third, I love the new reporters Mick and Amy, very smart!

Nancy Ryland, Reunion

Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

The Gateway News and

Anonymous said...

I love Mick and Amy too!!!

Anonymous said...

I talked to the mayor about the art work.

He said he enters the council chambers through the back and hadn't seen the addition of the figure.

He had seen the block before and was concerned by the amount of space it takes up, but more concerned about the safety issue.

Security said the children climb on the block and it could seriously injure a child who falls or hits the hard corners.

Related is that it appears no group is approving the art prior to it being added to the city hall.

Anonymous said...

I wonder why Commerce City govt is interested in making sure that the new Commerce City abides by the rules yet, in the Older Commerce City they have numerous families living in one house. If you identify yourself they might do something but then if you are a woman who is home by herself they try to intimidate you and when you call the police they say they have not really done anything.

Anonymous said...

Comment one: It is sad that the council felt the need to make pit bulls illegal. I know many citizens that would have take in the pit bull from the clear view motel and would have given it a good home. BAN the bad owners NOT the breed!

Comment two: I do not know how the website comes up with the things they do for their website, but it is the most creative I have ever seen. I disagree with a lot of the editorials and opinions, but I have to admit that I do utilize the website a lot and it is fast becoming my preferred way to get my local news.

Berry89, a lawful pit bull owner in Commerce City, CO

Anonymous said...


I had to walk away from a conversation that I was in with a citizen, who I use to have respect for.

The conversation was about the comments about Mayor Paul Natale! The citizen was trying to tell me what Paul said and it was ENTIRELY NOT TRUE! I know this because I was actually at City Council that night.

I am begging the Gateway News to PLEASE put the video of what the Mayor actually said about the artwork in the city hall.

Red Barn Rebel

Anonymous said...

To the "Red Barn Rebel",

First I love your name. Second I will have to look at all the video from that night. It might take me a little time, so please be patient.

Just a side note: This is why I love the videos, no more third party partial stories, just the truth told. I personally have been reported by a local reporter at being at a meeting and making comments when I was not even in the same city as the meeting taking place. Very frustrating.

Dustie McIntyre, Gateway News

Anonymous said...

To the person who is afraid to turn in those who break city code enforcement rules.
There is a place on the city website (askC3) where you can place a concern or complaint anomymously. It works I've done it.
If you want a follow up answer you will have to leave information.
They are very responsive.
Best of luck
p.s. I believe the city wants all to abide by the rules, but it is impossible for them to know who all is breaking them.

Anonymous said...

Warming your vehicle up in the winter can be a sure way of getting your vehicle stolen and is also against the law in Commerce City

Did you know that every 24 seconds, a motor vehicle is stolen in the United States? If you think that most of the motor vehicle thefts are occurring in big cities like New York and Los Angeles, think again.

The FBI’s uniform crime report statistics revealed that suburban areas had the highest increase in motor vehicle thefts as opposed to most major cities.

What kinds of vehicles are stolen?
The make and model you drive makes a difference. Statistics have shown some vehicles, such as Hondas, Toyotas and Saturn’s, are more prone to theft. Sport Utility Vehicles are also among the most popular vehicles on the stolen list. If it’s easily attainable, thieves will take it.

How are these cars being stolen?
A lot of times vehicles are stolen due to the operator’s negligence. People have a tendency to leave their vehicles unlocked, unattended and running with the keys in the ignition. These vehicles are often referred to as “puffers”. You start your car to warm it up for a few minutes while you finish getting ready for work and the next thing you know, it’s gone. It’s not only a big mistake to do this but it’s also a crime in the State of Colorado. You’re not only going to have some explaining to do to your insurance company, but you may also be charged with a crime.

Under Colorado State law 42-4-1206 Unattended Motor Vehicle:
No person driving or in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit it to stand unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition, removing the key from the ignition and effectively setting the parking brake.

What can you do to protect yourself?
• Never leave your car running unless you’re in the driver’s seat.
• Keep your keys with you and lock your vehicles at all times.
One out of every five stolen cars is taken with the keys in it.
• Keep your vehicles windows and sunroof completely closed. A miniscule opening can provide enough room for a thief to work.
• Park in well lit attended areas.
Thieves will think twice about approaching your car if there are a lot of people around or they can easily be seen.
• Avoid leaving valuables in your car, especially in visible areas.
Items such as stereos and department store bags are an invitation for a thief to get in your car.
• Use a car alarm. If your vehicle is marked indicating it has an alarm, it usually helps to deter theft. Loud alarms that attract attention are a plus.

These are some easy, simple steps you can do on a daily basis to help prevent your car from being stolen. In the event your vehicle does get stolen, make sure you have your vehicle’s make, model, license plate number and vehicle identification number (VIN) readily handy. This information along with any significant markings on your vehicle will speed up the process in filing a police report and help police find your car faster.

Anonymous said...

RE: Under Colorado State law 42-4-1206 Unattended Motor Vehicle:
No person driving or in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit it to stand unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition, removing the key from the ignition and effectively setting the parking brake.

Is it Illegal For the City of Commerce City to breake this LAW?
Police cars at 7-11 getting coffee?
Code Enforcement out walking around the neighborhood?
I just want them to set the example for the rest of the City.

Anonymous said...

Budget is passed for next year. Looks like we will be getting curb side recycling!!! Oh Boy!!!

Anonymous said...

Good News out of Forbes Magazine, Adams County is the 3rd best county in US to struggle thru these tough times.

Red Barn Rebel

Anonymous said...

I am listening to council and I personally do not like the idea that curb side recycling is being forced on us. How much is this going to cost us compared to just regular trash pickup?

Don't get all mad, it is just my persoanl opinion!

I also agree with Orval, City Hall is where city does its business!

Core Comments

Anonymous said...

Dear Core Comments,
If this was a "town meeting" being held in another section of the city would that bother you?
Also, no one will be forcing you to recycle. From my understanding it is part of the contract and available to you, but not a "have to" use. No one will ticket or force you to recycle,although it is a good thing to do.
Now don't get mad....just my personal opinion!

Anonymous said...

City council will have their next study session at Turnberry Elem.

Monday Dec 8th @ 6:30pm.

Here is a chance to meet your city council, mayor and city staff.

This is a great opportunity to become involved!!

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