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Opinion

  • The Skin Cancer Foundation

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

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

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     It was the early morning of March 20, around 5:30 a.m. when I was awakened by the strong odor of a skunk.

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

     

    Brighton: Utilities, Show Me the Money 

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    Highland Legends Apartment & Townhomes are excited to be, teaming up with the Suncor Boys and Girls Club this year in a Christmas Teen Gift Drive. Suncor Boys and Girls Club have been and continue to be instrumental in providing opportunities for teens to thrive. Despite lack of resources, their success can be judged from every smile that they are greeted with from these teens each day.

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

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

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

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

    At least for a long time.

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

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

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

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

    At least for a long time.

  •  By Rachel Morici-Leirer, LPC

    Pennock Center for Counseling

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

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

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

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

  •  The South Platte Valley Historical Society would like to publicly thank the River Bottom restaurant for their donations of all of the food, paper products, and drinks for the annual SPVHS Pancake breakfast at Fort Lupton Trapper Days on Sept. 8. 

  •  WHEREAS the midterms are just about finished; and

    WHEREAS all that remains for this election cycle is the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning quarterbacking; and

    WHEREAS there may be a considerable amount of rinse and repeat for the next few months until it’s time to talk about the 2020 election; and 

    WHEREAS some political coverage is indeed necessary if you wish to be an informed citizen; and

  •  Dear editor:

    Weld County is the largest oil and gas production geographical area in the state. The quality of life for thousands of employees would be destroyed. The impact is not just on the drilling rigs that you may see dotting the horizon. There are a myriad support services that are obvious and some that are not.  Truck drivers, oil field support workers after drilling like Haliburton,  pipe line workers, welders, mechanics,  the list is nearly endless, would all feel the impacts of this initiative if it passes.  

  •  Since I have started working in Commerce City, Brighton and Fort Lupton, every day, I experience the small-town charm of the people. I grew up in the small towns of Walsenburg and Pueblo. I lived in Denver for more than 25 years working in the city. You get used to the hustle bustle of everyday life, from extreme traffic jams that are deadlocked for hours and lines everywhere, from grocery stores, banks, car washes and restaurants. 

  •  Welcome to Belen

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

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

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

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

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

  • This is supposed to be an introductory column. But it feels like we’ve known each other for a long time.

    Just in case, I’m the one who’s been roaming the sidelines, standing in dugouts, asking questions of young men and women who sign their letters of intent and sitting on baselines chronicling sports for 14 years. 

    That won’t change. Something else did, though – at least for a few months.

  • Dear editor:

    On Sunday, Aug. 5, car enthusiasts and community supporters flocked to Colorado National Speedway in Dacono for a unique fundraiser that benefited Make-A-Wish Colorado. 

    As they admired the 50-plus exotic, classic, import, vintage and muscle cars displayed at the car show, they deposited drawing tickets that had come with their entry to the event into boxes by each car. Throughout the day, 32 random drawings took place, and the winners were treated to a lap around the track in a dream car. 

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    United Way of Weld County would like to thank the volunteers and companies who helped change lives throughout Weld County during the annual Day of Action on June 15-16. 

    More than 300 people volunteered and worked on 29 projects at 26 different locations in Greeley, Evans, Windsor, Eaton, Frederick, Galeton and Fort Lupton.

  •  Dear editor,

    Tax cuts are helping some businesses expand. They’re helping mine survive. 

    The recently passed federal tax cuts include much for businesses to like. A new 20 percent tax deduction, immediate expensing of capital investment, and lower across-the-board tax rates give some businesses the extra funds they need to expand, hire, and raise wages. 

  • Dear editor,

     

    College is not always the right next step. That’s not something you probably hear often, and when you do, you might think, “it is if I want to make a living and become somebody!”