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  • June 15, 2019 - Gov. Jared Polis ordered flags be lowered to half-staff statewide on all public buildings immediately, until sunset on the day of the memorial service, to honor Colorado State Trooper William Moden.

    Services for Moden are planned for 11 a.m. Friday, June 21, at Denver First Church at 3800 E. Hampden Ave. in Englewood. It is open to the public.

  • We want to hear from you! The Adams County Facilities & Fleet Management Department is in the process of completing a grant for electronic vehicle charging stations and is required to perform a community survey and provide results. When you have a moment, please consider taking the survey.

  • Kick off your Independence Day celebrations early at the fifth annual Stars & Stripes event on Wednesday, July 3, 4-11 p.m., at Riverdale Regional Park, 9755 Henderson Rd., Brighton.

  • Notice: Suncor ERT will conduct live fire training on Thursday, June 13, 7 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Suncor Fire Training Center. During the training there will likely be flames and smoke produced. In the event of an actual emergency, all ERT training will cease and proper alarms will be sounded. If you have any questions, contact Clint Lawton, 303.227.6195, or Jeff Osetek, 303.286.5758 or 303.656.5883.

  • Adams County Commissioners, staff, and the Colorado Attorney General celebrated the grand opening of Pelican Ponds Open Space on Thursday, June 6. Pelican Ponds Open Space, located at 9200 Riverdale Rd., Thornton, is a restored, 200-acre property located along the west bank of the South Platte River Trail between 88th Avenue and 96th Avenue in Thornton.

  • Have a parent or friend who is a senior citizen (65+ as of January 1) or a disabled veteran? They may be eligible for property tax exemptions through the Assessor’s and Treasurer’s offices. The programs allow 50% of the first $200,000 of actual property value to be exempted for qualifying individuals. The exempted property tax is then paid by the state. The deadlines are fast approaching: July 1 for disabled veterans and July 15 for senior citizens.

  • NOTICE: Suncor will conduct Fire Extinguisher Training on Tuesday, June 4, at the Suncor Fire Training Center from 1 - 3 p.m. The training will be performed at the Plant 1 Fire Training Grounds. During the training sessions there will likely be flames and smoke produced. In the event of an actual emergency, all training will cease and proper alarms will be sounded. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Jeffrey Osetek, Suncor Security and Emergency Response Coordinator, at josetek@suncor.com.

  • The Adams County Recording Department now accepts passport applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of State for any U.S. citizen. Services include processing passport applications and taking passport photos.

    “I’m incredibly proud to be adding to the long list of services my office provides to Adams County residents,” says Adams County Clerk & Recorder Josh Zygielbaum. “The new passport services allow us to continue that tradition and to serve beyond the county.”

  • June 1, 2019 - DENVER — Gov. Jared Polis today ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide immediately, until sunset on June 4, to honor the victims of the tragedy in Virginia Beach, and as proclaimed by President Donald J. Trump.

  • Sixty Adams County high school students were awarded scholarships totaling more than $1 million on Thursday, May 30, through the Adams County Scholarship Fund. Adams County Commissioners introduced the Scholarship Fund in 2016 in partnership with the Colorado Department of Higher Education's Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative.

  • On Monday night and Thursday night, June 3 and June 6, full ramp closures will take place on the northbound and southbound 120th Avenue on-ramps. Closures on the north- and southbound on-ramps will take place both nights from 9:30 p.m.-5:30 a.m.

    Detour Routes:

    Northbound - Detour via Washington Street to 136th Avenue
    Southbound - Detour via Huron Street to 104th Avenue

  • The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and contractor, ABCO Contracting of Denver, began making repairs to 12 bridges at the I-25/I-76 and I-25/I-70 interchanges on April 14. This repair project is designed to improve the structural integrity of the bridges at two of the state’s busiest interstate interchanges, and to support CDOT's Whole System - Whole Safety initiative. Completion is scheduled for October 2019. For futher updates on this project, visit codot.gov.

  • Adams County won the Colorado National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) Commissioners Award for work on Homes for Hope and 7401 Broadway, the former Child and Family Services Center. The Board of Commissioners recognized county staff involved at public hearing earlier today.

  • Adams County Clerk & Recorder Josh Zygielbaum hired a third-party company, Eide Bailly, to perform an independent audit of the misplaced ballots from the 2018 General Election. 

    The report is complete and absolves the county and their ballot printing vendor, K&H Integrated Print Solutions, of any misconduct. 

  • At about 1 p.m. today, May 24, the Suncor Commerce City Refinery’s Plant 2 FCC unit experienced an operational upset. The upset resulted in a subsequent abnormal emission out of the top of the FCC unit’s stack. They are also experiencing expected increased flaring as a result of this incident. Feed has been pulled from the unit and the operations team is in the process of bringing the units down. Suncor has made the required regulatory notifications, is investigating the root cause of the incident, and determining a path forward.

  • On Thursday, May 23, Governor Jared Polis signed the following 10 bills into law:

  • NOTICE: Suncor will conduct Fire Extinguisher Training on Monday, May 21, at the Suncor Fire Training Center from 1 - 3 p.m. The training will be performed at the Plant 1 Fire Training Grounds. During the training sessions there will likely be flames and smoke produced. In the event of an actual emergency, all training will cease and proper alarms will be sounded. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Jeffrey Osetek, Suncor Security and Emergency Response Coordinator, at josetek@suncor.com.

     

  • The Adams County Parks, Open Space & Cultural Arts Department is offering free debris drop-off for Adams County residents who have damaged trees or broken branches starting tomorrow, May 22, through Sunday, May 26, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Riverdale Regional Park, 9755 Henderson Rd., Brighton. Signs will direct residents to the drop-off site. This service is available to residents and may not be used by commercial landscapers or businesses.

     

  • The Adams County Foundation Board is holding an Electric Bike Raffle to raise funds for Homes for Hope! A $25 dollar digital ticket enters you to win a GIANT 19 Quick E+ Electric Bike from Boulder Cycle Sports. The bike is capable of speeds up to 30 MPH and comes with battery and charging equipment. This is a $2,500 value. The drawing will take place on June 21, 5:30 p.m., at the Adams County Goverment Center, 4430 S. Adams County Parkway, Brighton CO 80601. The bike will be awarded at public hearing on June 25, just in time for Bike to Work Day on June 26!
  • The Adams County Elections Department received many entries for the “I Voted” sticker design contest. Because of the large number of contenders, the Elections Department decided to award four winners.

    “My office was incredibly impressed with the quality of designs Adams County students sent in for the design contest,” says Adams County Clerk & Recorder Josh Zygielbaum. “We’re excited to recognize four of these amazing and talented students and use their designs in the upcoming elections.”

  • DENVER — Gov. Jared Polis has ordered all flags lowered to half-staff on all public buildings and properties, from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, May 15, to honor Peace Officers Memorial Day, and as proclaimed by President Donald Trump.

  • Today, the Adams County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) awarded $6.6 million in open space grants for 20 projects thanks to the voter-approved Open Space Sales Tax. Funding for this grant cycle came from revenues from the second half of the 2018 Adams County Open Space Sales Tax, which was passed by Adams County voters in 1999.

    The Open Space Advisory Board reviewed 20 grant applications this grant cycle, recommending the BOCC to approve full funding for all applications. Today, 20 project grants totaling $6,642,082 were awarded.

  • NOTICE: Suncor will conduct Fire Extinguisher Training on Monday, May 13, at the Suncor Fire Training Center from 1 - 3 p.m. The training will be performed at the Plant 1 Fire Training Grounds. During the training sessions there will likely be flames and smoke produced. In the event of an actual emergency, all training will cease and proper alarms will be sounded. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jeffrey Osetek, Suncor Security and Emergency Response Coordinator, at josetek@suncor.com.

  • The Adams County Public Works Department will again host a series of neighborhood cleanup events in 2019. Residents are encouraged to bring yard waste and other debris to these locations:

  • Dylan Scott, with Morgan Evans, will be heading to the Adams County Fair, United Power Grandstand, 9755 Henderson Rd., Brighton, on Wednesday, July 31, at 8 p.m. for a free concert. Download your free tickets at adamscountyfair.com – four tickets per individual may be downloaded at one time. 

  • Adams County Manager Raymond Gonzales has named Jill Jennings Golich as director of the Community & Economic Development Department. Jennings Golich brings experience in both the private and public sectors to the position and most recently worked as the Deputy Executive Director and Interim Executive Director of Community Planning and Development for the City and County of Denver. While working with Denver, Jill consulted and worked directly on high-profile projects like the redevelopment of the Gates Rubber Factory as well as Union Station.

  • Adams County Commissioners and staff completed a successful trip to Japan with the April 22, 2019 announcement of a letter of intent with PD AeroSpace Ltd. to operate at Colorado Air and Space Port.

    During their time in Japan (April 13-20), the group from Colorado had formal meetings with two aerospace companies, Spaceport Japan, and the Japanese space agency JAXA, and engaged the City of Machida in a governmental exchange.

  • DENVER — Wednesday, May 8, 2019 — Gov. Jared Polis today ordered all flags lowered to half-staff on all state buildings and properties to honor victims of the shooting at the STEM School in Highlands Ranch. Flags should be lowered immediately until sunset on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

  • Adams County has purchased a 38-acre agricultural property in the area recently named “Historic Splendid Valley.” The acquisition also includes 30 shares of Fulton Ditch water.

  • La Original Banda El Limón will headline Dia de La Familia at the Adams County Fair, United Power Grandstand. The concert will follow the Charreada at 3 p.m. and is presented by La Tricolor 96.5 FM and Univision Colorado.

     

  • Adams County and the City of Brighton have finalized a name and logo for the agricultural area that is the focus of the District Plan; a joint city and county plan to preserve prime agricultural land, encourage local food production, and promote agritourism in the south Brighton area. A map of the area can be found here.

  • Aaron Watson with special guest Ned LeDoux will perform hits from their most recent albums at the Adams County Fair, United Power Grandstand, on Thursday, Aug. 1, 8 p.m., following Professional Bull Riding (PBR). This event is presented by the Colorado Lottery.

  • The Adams County Public Works Department will host its annual series of neighborhood cleanup events in the coming weeks. Residents are encouraged to bring yard waste and other debris to the locations below.
     
    Restricted items include: chemicals of any kind (paint, auto, cleaning, etc.), appliances, electronics, and batteries.

  • Adams County Manager Raymond Gonzales has named Matt Rivera as the county’s first director of the Community Safety & Well-Being Department. The new department will consolidate existing service areas including Community Corrections and Community Justice while introducing a new Parking Enforcement Division and Park Ranger program. This new department was created within the parameters of the 2019 budget and does not include any additional full-time employees.

  • The Regional Transportation District (RTD) and its many partners celebrated the grand opening of the G Line today, marking the occasion with comments and a ribbon-cutting before opening the new commuter rail line to the public with free rides through May 11. 

    Read more about the ceremony and celebration here.

     

     

  • Notice:  On Thursday, April 25, Suncor began the start-up of one of the units that has been undergoing maintenance. As a result of this start-up activity, they are experiencing increased flaring. For questions or more information email info@suncor.com.

  • By signing a letter of intent, Adams County’s Colorado Air and Space Port and Japanese-based PD AeroSpace, LTD., have established a formal relationship. In this arrangement, the two will work together to explore the possibilities of the development and expansion of PD AeroSpace, LTD.’s commercial activities at the Colorado Air and Space Port. 

  • DENVER — Tuesday, April 16, 2019 — Gov. Jared Polis today ordered the United States and Colorado flags be lowered to half-staff statewide on all public buildings from sunrise to sunset tomorrow, Wednesday, April 17, 2019, to honor former Colorado State Senator Don Sandoval.

    Sandoval passed on April 7, 2019 in his Denver home. Services will be held on Wednesday, April 17 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Denver at 10:00 a.m.

  • Are you looking at your lawn and wondering how it can look better? Wondering how you can have a showstopper ornamental bed or get started with a water-wise garden? If you have questions on these or any other gardening topics, please give your local Adams County Colorado Master Gardeners a call at 303.637.8100 or send them an email.

     

  • Help the Human Services Department celebrate Foster Care Month by bringing your friends and family to the annual Kites for Kids event on Saturday, May 4, 12–3 p.m., at Rotella Park, Denver. Enjoy free popcorn, fly a kite, listen to music, participate in family-friendly activities, and more! The first 500 kids will receive a FREE kite! 

  • NOTICE: Suncor will conduct Fire Extinguisher Training on Friday, April 12, 1-4 p.m, at the Suncor Fire Training Center. The training will be performed at the Plant 1 Fire Training Grounds. During the training sessions there will likely be flames and smoke produced. In the event of an actual emergency, all training will cease and proper alarms will be sounded. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jeffrey Osetek, Suncor Security and Emergency Response Coordinator, at josetek@suncor.com.

  • The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and contractor, ABCO Contracting of Denver, will begin repairing 12 bridges at the I-25/I-76 and I-25/I-70 interchanges on April 14. This repair project is designed to improve the structural integrity of the bridges at two of the state’s busiest interstate interchanges, maximize driver safety, and upgrade the city’s infrastructure to support economic growth.

  •  View this video to see what county roads looked like during our last blizzard. It was just a few weeks ago when blizzard conditions left hundeds of cars and drivers stranded on Adams County roads. Please pay special attention to the forecast this time around, especially if you plan to travel on county roads east of Sable Blvd. These roads are exposed to high winds and are likely to look a lot like the images from a few weeks ago. Please be safe and help our crews keep the roads clear.

  • As the 35th Space Symposium continues this week in Colorado Springs, there is plenty of buzz surrounding America’s newest spaceport, Colorado Air and Space Port. Director Dave Ruppel is meeting with industry leaders and aerospace experts at the exhibit hall this week following an on-site discussion and tour of operations at Mojave Air and Space Port last week.

  • DENVER - After seeing cases of rabies in skunks out of Larimer County and canine distemper from raccoons in Adams County, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds residents of the importance to get their pets vaccinated and to always avoid touching any wildlife.

    In Larimer County, a large number of skunks did not head into their dens for the winter and the cases seen from those that had contact with dogs were positive for rabies. Larimer County officials have seen more than a dozen positive rabies cases this year.

  • April 5, 2019 - Beginning tonight at 8 p.m., Peoria Street will close underneath I-70. The road will reopen at 9 a.m. and stay open during the day. It will close again on Saturday, April 6 from 8 p.m.-9 a.m. Construction crews will be setting bridge beams on the newly widened portions of the I-70 bridge over Peoria Street. Please see the detour map.

  • The Adams County Fair is looking for volunteers for the 2019 event happening July 31 – Aug. 4. If you’re interested in volunteering, please download and complete the volunteer application and waiver. These items can be emailed to Courtney Cox or mailed to her at 9755 Henderson Rd., Brighton, CO 80601. The background check process may be completed via email through Caitlin Hoglund.

     

  • Have old electronics you don’t use? Recycle them! Join Adams County and the City of Thornton on Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Thornton’s Infrastructure Maintenance Center, 12450 Washington St., Thornton. The event is open to Adams County and Thornton residents. Small fees apply. Learn more and register.

  • Tuesday, April 2, 2019 — Gov. Jared Polis today ordered the United States and Colorado flags be lowered to half-staff statewide on all state owned facilities from sunrise on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, until sunset on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in honor of the passing of U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Will Lindsay.

    Lindsay’s body will return to Colorado Springs on April 3, and the unit memorial service will be held April 9. 

  • Tri-County Health Department Opening Two Mothers' Milk Bank Donation and Outreach Centers

    Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) is pleased to open two new Mothers’ Milk Bank Donation and Outreach Centers (DOC) in Aurora and Brighton. Mothers from the community can drop off their milk for mothers and babies in need at these centers.

  • DENVER (April 1, 2019) – The Regional Transportation District (RTD) is pleased to announce that the grand opening for the G Line, which will run through Denver, Adams Count

  • Chris Kline has been promoted to Deputy County Manager for People & Culture Services at Adams County.

    Kline started with the county in 2006 as the Administrator of the Workforce and Business Center. He was elevated to Director of Human Services in 2012 and played a critical role in rebuilding his department’s – and the county’s – culture. Kline also oversaw the 2017 opening of the Human Services Center building in Westminster, allowing employees to serve residents in a modern and centralized location.

  • UPDATE: December SOT overpayment refund checks were processed by the State of Colorado for Adams County on March 20 and mailed on March 21. Visit their SOT overpayment refund page at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dmv/overpayment-refunds for more information.

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  • As part of the Voter Outreach Through Education (VOTE) Project, the Adams County Elections Department and Brighton High School teamed up for the school’s student council election in March.

    County staff designed and prepared ballots for the school and supervised a Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC) in the high school auditorium on Election Day.

    Later that day, Student Government members came to the Elections facility to process their ballots.

  • Kristin Sullivan has been named director of the Adams County Public Works Department.

  • At a special public hearing today, the Adams County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution placing a temporary moratorium on new oil and gas facilities in unincorporated Adams County. The moratorium is effective immediately and will remain in place for six months or until further action by the Board.

    The Board imposed the temporary moratorium due to Senate Bill 19-181 pending consideration in the Colorado General Assembly. The legislation changes the authority of local governments to regulate oil and gas development within their jurisdictions.

  • The Adams County Elections Department would like to have a new, custom “I Voted” sticker for upcoming elections, and we’re seeking talented Adams County high school and college students to design it.

    “Engaging today’s youth in the electoral process is a major part of my mission in my new role,” says Josh Zygielbaum, Adams County Clerk and Recorder. “This is a great opportunity for students to share their creativity and to learn something about elections and the process. My office is very excited to see the designs they create.”

  • The Adams County Board of Commissioners will hold a special public hearing on Wednesday, March 20, at 2 p.m. to determine whether to approve a temporary moratorium on local oil and gas permit applications in unincorporated areas of the county. The public hearing will be held at the Government Center, 4430 S. Adams County Pkwy., Brighton, and will also be streamed live on the county’s YouTube channel.

  • A high-level overview of how water-supply issues affect Adams County communities.

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  • In January, Adams County residents had the opportunity to voice their opinions about their experience living in Adams County and their interactions with county services and employees. The county’s goal is to ensure that residents’ voices are heard so the Executive Leadership Team can identify existing challenges and plan for improvements to make Adams County a great place to live.

    The Quality of Life survey helps improve transparency between the county and its residents and measures the residents’ levels of satisfaction with the services provided by the county.

  • DENVER — Wednesday, March 13, 2019 — Gov. Jared Polis today ordered flags be lowered to half-staff statewide on all public buildings immediately, until sunset on the day of the memorial service, to honor Colorado State Patrol Corporal Daniel Groves.

  • The Adams County Parks & Open Space Department is offering free debris drop-off for residents who have damaged trees or broken branches starting Friday, March 15, through Sunday, March 24, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Riverdale Regional Park, 9755 Henderson Rd., Brighton. Signs will be in place to direct residents to the drop-off site.

    This service is available to Adams County residents and may not be used by commercial landscapers or businesses.

     

  • All County buildings and Justice Center will open at Noon on Thursday, March 14.

  • Working with the State Department of Homeland Security, Adams County Commissioners and County Manager Raymond Gonzales have issued a Local Disaster Declaration. This move allows the Colorado National Guard to deploy resources and provide assistance across the county.

    As of 11:00 p.m., the decision was made to open all county buildings and the Justice Center at Noon on Thursday, March 14. People selected for jury duty do not need to appear at the Justice Center and any hearings scheduled for Wednesday, March 13, will take place at the scheduled time on Friday, March 15.

  • The Adams County Public Works Department received a Best in Colorado award from the Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association (CAPA) in February. The department was recognized by the Adams County Board of Commissioners at public hearing today.

    “The efforts of our hard-working Public Works staff often go unnoticed, and I’m thrilled they have received this statewide recognition,” said Steve O’Dorisio, chair of the Board of County Commissioners.

  • Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) awarded Adams County with a $110,000 grant for a new play yard at Ricardo Flores Magon Academy. Ricardo Flores Magon Academy is in the process of building a new school, scheduled to open in Fall 2020. Currently, the academy is operating at the site of Berkeley Gardens Elementary School, which was built in 1906 and is in need of significant repairs. The school will use GOCO funds for a play yard at the new building, which will serve the academy’s students as well as the community as a whole.

  • Award-winning county manager will represent Adams County

    Adams County Manager Raymond Gonzales joined the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District Board of Directors as the representative for Adams County.

    Gonzales, who recently won the Colorado County Manager of the Year award from the Colorado City and County Management Association, officially join the board on January 24th. He was appointed to represent the county by the Adams County Board of County Commissioners.

  • The Adams County Board of Commissioners announced Mayte Olague as Adams County Employee of All Seasons at the We Are Adams Recognition Luncheon on Feb. 27, 2019.

  • The Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved the rezoning, preliminary development plan, and preliminary plat for a 116-unit, multi-family housing development at 7401 Broadway in unincorporated Adams County at public hearing today.

  • NOTICE: Suncor will conduct Fire Extinguisher Training on Thursday, Feb 14, at the Suncor Fire Training Center from 1 - 3 p.m. The training will be performed at the Plant 1 Fire Training Grounds. During the training sessions there will likely be flames and smoke produced.  In the event of an actual emergency, all training will cease and proper alarms will be sounded. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jeffrey Osetek, Suncor Security and Emergency Response Coordinator, 303.286,5758.

  • The Adams County Animal Shelter/Adoption Center is offering a Meet Your Match adoption special going on now through Saturday, Feb. 16 with 50 percent off adoption fees and 2-for-1 pricing on bonded pairs – some exclusions may apply. Visit their shelter at 10705 Fulton St., Brighton, or call 720.523.7387 for more information.

  • Adams County Manager Raymond Gonzales was named Colorado City/County Manager of the Year at the annual Colorado City and County Management Association (CCCMA) Annual Conference in Glenwood Springs. Gonzales is the first county manager to win the award.

  • Safety is a shared responsibility. Become a certified bicycle-friendly driver by attending the class on Wednesday, March 6, 6 p.m., at Riverdale Regional Park, Waymire Dome, 9755 Henderson Rd., Brighton. This program is designed to teach drivers best practices for sharing the road with people who ride bicycles. This course will benefit all drivers, from fleet drivers to the general public.

  • The Adams County CSU Extension Program is partnering with the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Grandparents Raising Grandchild CSU Extension to offer The GRANDcares Project. This six-week class is designed to introduce powerful tools for caregivers and grandfamilies to help manage stress, set goals, and communicate effectively. Join them for the kick-off meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m.-noon, at Lutheran Center, 7375 Samuel Dr., Denver. Classes will be held in the same location at the same time every Wednesday from Feb. 13 to March 20.

  • The Adams County Workforce & Business Center is hosting its quarterly Opportunity Fair, a unique event combining jobs, resources, case support, and training, on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Human Services Center, 11860 Pecos St., Westminster. If you know a job seeker who may be interested, please help us spread the word. Contact Joel Parriott for more information. 

  • Byron Fanning has been named Director of the Adams County Parks & Open Space Department. Fanning will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

    “Byron will be picking up the reins and leading the charge of implementing the vision of the county,” said County Manager Raymond Gonzales. “We are excited to have his leadership and experience complement the superb Parks & Open Space staff.”

  • Adams County’s Community and Economic Development Department, along with site developer Delwest, celebrated the grand opening of the Baker School Apartments affordable housing complex with a reception on Thursday, Jan 24. Adams County Commissioners Steve O’Dorisio and Eva J. Henry spoke at the opening along with Delwest’s Joe DelZotto.

  • Colorado Beekeeper Associate Trainee Program

    The CSU Extension Office in Adams County is offering a Colorado Beekeeper Associate Trainee Program that will get you up to speed with the art and science of beekeeping in Colorado. Program cost is $200 and the deadline to apply is Thursday, Jan. 31. All training dates, time, and location are listed below - must complete all to be certified. Sign up today or call 303.637.8100 for more information.
  • The Adams County Sheriff’s Office invites you to remember Deputy Heath Gumm at a candlelight vigil. This event is open to the public and will take place on Thursday, Jan. 24, 6 p.m., near the main entrance of the Adams County Sheriff’s Office Substation, 4201 E. 72nd Ave., Commerce City. If you are unable to attend, FOX 31 will stream the event live on their Facebook page.

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    DENVER (Jan. 16, 2019) – Due to the continuing partial federal government shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the State of Colorado have released February SNAP benefits early to most recipients.
     
  • Adams County government is preparing to select its Employee of the Year (also known as "Employee of All Seasons"), and the entire Adams County community is invited to help choose the winner. Now through Jan. 21, county residents can access an online ballot that includes a brief bio for each of the finalists.

  • The Adams County Board of Commissioners today elected Steve O’Dorisio as board chair for 2019. This is Commissioner O’Dorisio’s second term in the role after previously serving as chair in 2016. He was first elected to represent District 4 as commissioner in 2014 and won re-election in 2018.

  • DENVER (Jan. 11, 2019 ) – In response to the partial federal government shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has asked states to issue February’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits early -- by Jan. 20 -- which has the potential to affect 220,000 Colorado families.

  • Adams County recently learned that the Colorado Department of Revenue made an error in calculating renewal fees for drivers whose license plates were due to be renewed in December 2018 and whose vehicles are a model year of 2010, 2015, 2016, 2017, or 2018. 

    Our partners at the state level are working on a solution to this issue, and we will continue to release that information once it’s available.

    At this time, drivers affected do not need to take any action; they will be contacted once the solution is in place.

  • Adams County marked the commencement of new terms for seven elected officials and 10 judges in an Inauguration Ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Riverdale Regional Park. Residents, employees, and family and friends filled the Waymire Dome to watch the proceedings.

    “We’re excited to work with these newly elected officials on the innovative solutions they’ll bring to their respective offices,” said Adams County Manager Raymond H. Gonzales. “Their creative ideas, high standards, and collaboration are what our residents expect and what the challenges we face demand.”

  • NOTICE: Suncor will conduct Fire Extinguisher Training on Friday, Jan. 11, at the Suncor Fire Training Center from 1 - 3 p.m. The training will be performed at the Plant 1 Fire Training Grounds. During the training sessions there will likely be flames and smoke produced.  In the event of an actual emergency, all training will cease and proper alarms will be sounded. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jeffrey Osetek, Suncor Security and Emergency Response Coordinator, at josetek@suncor.com.

  • Adams County’s Public Works Department is holding an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) public outreach progress meeting on Friday, Jan. 18, 3-4 p.m., at the Adams County Human Services Center, 11860 N. Pecos St., Westminster. The county will provide progress updates on the ADA Transition Plan Program as well as highlight several projects in the county.

  • Adams County, Colorado – The first phase of restoration for the Adams County Recording Department’s Grantor Grantee books is complete. These tomes date back to 1902, and the first phase included 83 books.

    Preservation of the books included rebinding, cleaning, removing tape from pages, mending pages, treating them to avoid fading, and putting them in acid-free page protectors.

  • Governor John W. Hickenlooper declared a disaster emergency in Colorado due to a propane supply shortage, potentially impacting 33,000 propane customers in predominately rural regions. These customers may not be able to receive enough propane to heat their homes in the near future. Hickenlooper issued a verbal executive order just after 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 24, due to propane production issues, anticipated severe weather conditions, and an ongoing propane supply shortage.

  •  All county Motor Vehicle offices will change business hours at the beginning of 2019. As of Jan. 2, 2019, the new hours will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the general public and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for companies and dealers. After 4 p.m., one transaction will be permitted per company/dealer.

    These new hours will bring consistency with general Adams County office hours and throughout the Clerk and Recorder’s offices—which includes Elections, Motor Vehicle, and Recording.

  • The Adams County Board of Retirement has promoted Debbie Haines to the position of Executive Director. Haines has 26 years of experience with more than 16 years with the Adams County Retirement Plan. She has CEBS, RPA, and GPA designations.

    “I look forward to continuing the relationship with all Adams County and Rangeview Library District employees, retirees, and beneficiaries,” Haines said.

    Haines started with Adams County in May 2002 and has served as Retirement Plan Technician, Benefits Specialist, Benefits Manager, and Senior Benefits Manager.

  • Lisa Culpepper was sworn in as the new Adams County Treasurer Friday, Dec. 14. Culpepper will officially take office Jan. 1, 2019, but was sworn in early due to prearranged travel.

    “I’m very much looking forward to helping Adams County, the third fastest growing county in the nation, and the fastest growing county in Colorado, become everything that it’s residents wish and need for it to be,” said Culpepper.

  • Mike Holub has been promoted to the position of Director of the Facilities & Fleet Management Department at Adams County. Holub has been serving as the Deputy Director of the department.

  • The Board of Commissioners voted to release two additional marijuana retail store licenses at its public hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

  • Adams County will offer free recycling for live Christmas trees after the holiday season. Residents may drop off their Christmas trees from Wednesday, Dec. 26, through Sunday, Jan. 13, at Riverdale Regional Park, 9755 Henderson Rd., Brighton, from sunrise to sunset. Signs will direct residents to the self drop-off site.

    Ornaments, tinsel, garlands, flock, nails, and stands must be removed before trees are dropped off. There is a limit of two trees per family. Please note: tree limbs, yard waste, or trees from commercial operations will not be accepted.

  • The Board of Commissioners adopted the 2019 Adams County budget at public hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

    Top priorities in the 2019 budget, set at $517,776,504, a 10.5% increase from 2018, focus on education and economic prosperity, a high-performing and fiscally sustainable government, quality of life, safe and reliable infrastructure, and community enrichment.

  • Keeping your pets current on vaccines is critical. This simple step is one of the most important things you can do to ensure the health of your pets.

    The Adams County Animal Shelter/Adoption Center offers low-cost vaccination services for dogs and cats to help ensure your pet’s optimum health. The clinics are offered twice monthly, on Wednesdays. The next vaccination clinic is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 19. Vaccines/services include Rabies, Distemper/Parvo, Bordetella, microchips, and dog licensing for residents in Unincorporated Adams County.

  • The Adams County Information Technology & Innovation Department has developed a new Geographic Information System (GIS) website. Residents can view and download maps and data showing voting districts, building permits, code enforcement violations, floodplain areas, and more. Visit the site to engage with interactive maps or download static maps suitable for printing.

  • Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 — Flags shall remain lowered to half-staff, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in recognition of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Flags should be at half-staff for the entire day today, as proclaimed by President Trump.

    This order stacks on the Dec. 1, 2018, order for President George H.W. Bush. Flags should remain lowered through Dec. 30, 2018.

     

  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide immediately for 30 days to honor former President George H.W. Bush and as ordered by President Trump. The former president died on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 at the age of 94.

    “President Bush lived each day with courage,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “He never flinched from a tough decision, and every day as President brought honor and dignity to the office and the country. He left a lasting legacy on the importance of civility in politics.”

  • Newly renovated homes to provide emergency foster care for children

    Today Homes for Hope officially opened to provide emergency foster care for children in Adams County ages 0-18 for up to 30 days while alternative kinship home, foster home, or return to parent(s) options are explored. Two single-family homes have been renovated and will be utilized as part of this short-term placement program to improve foster and kinship care in Adams County.

  • Projects 130 adoptions will finalized in 2018

    Today, 14 children in Adams County welcomed a new start on National Adoption Day. A special celebration took place at the Adams County Justice Center, 1100 Judicial Center Dr., Brighton. The Board of County Commissioners, Human Services Department, and the 17th Judicial District hosted the adoptive families. Adams County projects a total of 130 adoptions will be finalized by the end of the year.

  • Adams County is partnering with the City of Westminster on a leaf and pumpkin recycling event on Saturday, Nov. 17, 8 a.m. to noon, at the fire training tower at 3851 Elk Drive in Westminster. All Adams County residents are welcome to bring old pumpkins and bagged leaves for free disposal. Contact pwright@cityofwestminster.us or 303.658.2201 with questions.

  • Today, the Adams County Board of Commissioners awarded $5.9 million in open space grants for 20 projects thanks to the voter-approved Open Space Sales Tax. Funding for this grant cycle came from revenues from the first half of the 2018 Adams County Open Space Sales Tax, which was passed by Adams County voters in 1999.

    The Open Space Advisory Board reviewed 20 grant applications this grant cycle, recommending the Board of County Commissioners to approve full funding for all of the applications. Today, 20 project grants were awarded totaling $5,953,384.50.

  • Adams County Board of Commissioners has approved a resolution ending a temporary moratorium on local oil and gas permit applications in unincorporated Adams County. The temporary moratorium was approved on October 30.

    In the original resolution, Commissioners stated they would revisit the issue of this temporary moratorium after the November 2018 election.

    During public hearing this morning (11/13/2018), the Board voted 3-1 in favor of the resolution to end the temporary moratorium.

  • Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide until sunset on Nov. 10, 2018, in honor of the victims of the Thousand Oaks shooting, and as proclaimed by President Donald Trump.

  • The Board of County Commissioners passed Resolution 2018-686 Establishing Legal Holidays to be Observed in 2019. The county will observe 12 holidays, including a floating holiday, in 2019. All government offices will be closed on these holidays.

  • The Adams County Board of Commissioners has approved a resolution adopting a temporary moratorium on local oil and gas permit applications. The moratorium is effective immediately and will remain in place through Nov. 30, 2018 for all oil and gas permit applications in unincorporated Adams County.

  • Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper has updated yesterday’s order to lower flags following the Presidential proclamation. Gov. Hickenlooper has ordered flags lowered to half-staff on all public buildings, until sunset on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, to honor the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, and as proclaimed by President Donald Trump.

  • As of today, the 61,000 ballots that were delayed by one week are in voters’ hands.

    “I want to thank the voters of Adams County who called and emailed my office asking about their ballots. Because of their concern, we were able to discover this error and correct it as soon as possible,” says Stan Martin, Adams County Clerk and Recorder. “Our ballot-tracking system indicated ballots were going out each day, so the voters raising awareness helped us address this issue more quickly.”

  • On Monday, Oct. 15, our print vendor, K&H Printers, delivered Adams County ballots to the USPS General Mail Facility. About 61,000 of those—including Clerk Stan Martin’s—did not make it into the mail stream and were returned to a secure location.

    Once the Elections Office was made aware that some voters weren’t receiving ballots, we worked with our partners at the printer and USPS to locate the ballots.

    Those ballots are now in USPS’ hands to be processed this evening for delivery to voters over the next few days.

  • Notice: Suncor will conduct live fire training bi-weekly through Dec. 13 beginning Thursday, Oct. 18. During the training there will likely be large flames and thick smoke produced. In the event of an actual emergency, all ERT training will cease and proper alarms will be sounded. If you have any questions, contact Clint Lawton, 303.227.6195, or Jeff Osetek, 303.286.5758 or 303.656.5883.

     

  • Pumpkin Nights, an outdoor, interactive Halloween experience featuring 3,000 hand-carved synthetic and real pumpkins with light displays and decor, will be launching for the first time in Denver at Riverdale Regional Park, 9755 Henderson Rd., Brighton, from Wednesday, Oct. 17, through Sunday, Nov. 4, 5:30-10:30 p.m. (excluding Halloween). Purchase your tickets today.

     

  • Please join  us for Adams County’s Senior Action Event, which provides direct access and assistance in applying to programs targeted at seniors, on Thursday, Oct. 25, 1-4 p.m., at the Human Services Center, Room Apple B. Attendees will work with program representatives from PEAK and others, including cash assistance programs, to learn more and to receive assistance in filling out the appropriate paperwork. Additional resources for seniors during this event include navigating transportation systems, adult day services, Meals On Wheels, vision loss adaptation, and home care options.

  • All lanes on 144th Ave.at Highway 85 and the railroad tracks will be closed until approximately 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10. All lanes on Bromley Rd. at the railroad crossing east of Highway 85 will be closed from 6 a.m. to approximately 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13. Detour route signs will direct traffic around all construction sites, but please plan to take alternate routes on these days to avoid delays.

  • Take advantage of two adoption specials happening at the Adams County Animal Shelter this week and next. Happening now through Sunday, Oct. 14, is a $10 cat special on cats six months and older. There will also be an Adopt a Shelter Dog Month special for 50% off dogs six months and older from Monday, Oct. 15, through Friday, Oct. 19. Visit the shelter today at 10705 Fulton St., Brighton, or call 720.523.7387 for more information.

  • As part of the design for the Central 70 Project, the York Street on-ramp to westbound I-70 will permanently close overnight on Oct. 14. Closure of this ramp allows construction crews to build the new Union Pacific Railroad Bridge and the final design of I-70. Motorists can use 46th Avenue to travel east to Steele Street/Vasquez Boulevard, turn left on Steele Street and access westbound I-70 from the Steele Street/Vasquez Boulevard on-ramp.

  • Notice: Suncor ERT will be conducting live fire training on Thursday, Oct. 4, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Suncor Fire Training Center. During the training there will likely be large flames and thick smoke produced. In the event of an actual emergency, we will cease all ERT training and proper alarms will be sounded. If you have any questions, contact Clint Lawton, 303.227.6195, or Jeff Osetek, 303.286.5758 or 303.656.5883.

  • Small nonfarm businesses in eight Colorado counties and neighboring counties in Nebraska are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by hail, high winds, rain and tornadoes in the following primary counties that occurred July 28-29, 2018.

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    The Colorado Master Gardener program in Adams County is accepting applications for Spring 2019 classes held on Fridays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., from Feb. 1-April 13. Email Cassey Anderson for an application or more information. Deadline to apply is Monday, Oct. 22.

     

  • Congratulations to the 2019 Adams County Fair Lady-in-Waiting, Mandy McCormick. This is our first sister-sister royalty, as Mandy's sister, Danielle McCormick, was the 2012 Adams County Fair Queen.

    Congratulations to all who participated. It's going to be an exciting and full year ahead!

    Pictured left to right: 2018 Fair Queen Lindsey Burleson, Mandy McCormick, and 2018 Lady-in-Waiting Racheal Lampo.

  • If you know young adults between the ages of 14-24 looking to get their foot in the door for a great career, have them join the Adams County Workforce & Business Center for the Work-Based Learning Expo on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2-5 p.m., at the Adams County Human Services Center, 11860 N. Pecos St., Westminster. A variety of employers will be present to talk about apprenticeships, internships, and volunteer opportunities. For more information, call 720.523.2400.

  • The Adams County Sheriff’s Office and Adams County Sheriff’s Foundation are hosting the Gummball 5K Run and Walk in honor of fallen Deputy Heath Gumm on Sunday, Oct. 7, 9 a.m., at Riverdale Regional Park, 9755 Henderson Rd., Brighton. Registration is $30, 12 and under are free. Register at www.itsyourrace.com.  Volunteers are also needed to help with various aspects of the race - sign up to volunteer.

  • All lanes on 80th Ave. near Monaco St. will be closed from 6:30 a.m. to approximately 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, due to construction on the Union Pacific Railroad line. Detour route signs will direct traffic around the construction site. Please plan to take an alternate route on Wednesday to avoid delays.

    In addition, there will be flaggers at various railroad crossings along Highway 85 from 104th Ave. to Bromley Lane today through Sunday, Sept. 30, due to railroad line construction. There may be some traffic delays in both directions along these streets during construction.

  • The Adams County Foundation is hosting a 1980s prom-themed fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m., at the Waymire Dome at Riverdale Regional Park, 9755 Henderson Rd., Brighton. Tickets are $75 per person - your ticket will also provide you with a meal and two beverages of your choice. Come dance the night away as "That 80's Band" helps you party like it was 1985!

    Purchase tickets and get more information about the Foundation at adcofoundation.org.

     

     

  • Beginning Monday, Sept. 24, Suncor will conduct work on one of the flare units at the Commerce City refinery. This planned work will allow Suncor to comply with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulatory requirements under the Refinery Sector Rule that goes into effect Jan. 30, 2019.

  • Over 2,000 Adams County residents dialed in to the Board of Commissioners’ telephone town hall on Tuesday, Sept. 18, to air their views and concerns on issues such as parking, open space, and road maintenance.

    Commissioner Eva Henry thanked the participants on the call and their involvement in their county government. “Adams County encompasses a huge area,” she said. “If you have an issue, don’t assume we already know. Contact us and let us know what’s going on so we can help.”

  • When your medicines are no longer needed, they should be disposed of promptly. The state's Take Meds Back program helps Colorado residents safely dispose of unused and expired prescription medications. Safe disposal keeps meds like opioids, sedatives, and stimulants from being misused or abused. It also helps protect Colorado’s precious environment and wildlife.

  • All lanes in both directions on 120th Ave. at Highway 85 will be closed from 6:30 a.m. to approximately 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 13, due to construction on the Union Pacific Railroad line. Highway 85 will remain open for the duration of construction, and a detour route with signs will direct traffic around the construction site. Please plan to take an alternate route on Thursday to avoid delays.

     

  • Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide on Tuesday, Sept. 11, in honor of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. This also is in recognition of Patriot Day, which was designated by Congress in 2001.

  • Notice: Suncor ERT will be conducting live fire training on Thursday, Sept. 6, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Suncor Fire Training Center. During the training there will likely be large flames and thick smoke produced. In the event of an actual emergency, we will cease all ERT training and proper alarms will be sounded. If you have any questions, contact Clint Lawton, 303.227.6195, or Jeff Osetek, 303.286.5758 or 303.656.5883.

  • Adams County Animal Shelter/Adoption Center (ACASAC) employees and volunteers, accompanied by Adams County Commissioners and the Adams County Manager’s Office, celebrated the groundbreaking of what will be the new Riverdale Animal Shelter on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

  • On Wednesday, Sept. 5, between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., the City and County of Denver will issue a test message through the Wireless Emergency Alert System (WEA). This system allows government and public safety officials to send critical information to an individual’s cell phone or other mobile device during an emergency. The Sept. 5 alert is expected to reach approximately one million residents and visitors in the test area. 

  • Monday, Aug. 27, 2018 - Gov. John Hickenlooper has updated this morning’s flag order following the President’s proclamation this afternoon. Gov. Hickenlooper now has ordered flags lowered to half-staff on all public buildings, until sunset on Sunday Sep. 2, 2018, to honor the late Senator John McCain, and as proclaimed by President Donald Trump. 

    “John McCain dedicated his life to serving this country,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “We (and the world) lost an incredible leader. He could never have imagined how much he’ll be missed.”

  • The FAA has announced the availability of the Final Programmatic Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact/Record of Decision for Front Range Airport Launch Site Operator License, Spaceport Colorado (Final PEA and FONSI/ROD). An electronic version of the Final PEA and FONSI/ROD is available on the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation website at: https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ast/environmen....

  • Notice: Suncor ERT will be conducting live fire training daily starting on Tuesday, Aug. 21, through Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Suncor Fire Training Center. The training will happen from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. During the training there will likely be large flames and thick smoke produced. In the event of an actual emergency, we will cease all ERT training and proper alarms will be sounded. If you have any questions, contact Clint Lawton, 303.227-6195, or Jeff Osetek, 303.286.5758 or 303.656.5883.

  • The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted a site operator license to Colorado Air and Space Port after a 180-day review period, the 11th such license granted in the United States. Colorado Air and Space Port will serve as America’s hub for commercial space transportation, research, and development.

    “Facilities like Colorado Air and Space Port will be developed around the country and the world,” said Mary Hodge, chair of the Adams County Board of Commissioners. “We’ll be building a hub that connects Colorado to commercial and research opportunities across the globe.”

  • The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted a site operator license to Adams County after a 180-day review period, the 11th such license granted in the United States. The formal announcement and news conference are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Monday, August 20, at the Government Center in Brighton. 

    “Facilities like our spaceport will be developed around the country and the world,” said Mary Hodge, chair of the Adams County Board of Commissioners. “We’ll be building a hub that connects Colorado to commercial aerospace and research opportunities across the globe.”

  • The Adams County Colorado Master Gardener program is accepting applications for Fall 2018 night classes. Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. at Crescent Grange, 7901 W. 120th Ave., Broomfield, from Sept. 18–Nov. 29. Contact the Colorado State University Extension office in Adams County at 303.637.8100 or email Cassey Anderson for more information or an application. The deadline to apply is Friday, Aug. 24. Applicants must go through an interview process and background check, so don’t delay!

  • The 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office is proud to offer a Citizens Academy to the public each year. The 2018 academy will begin Thursday, Sept. 27 and will be held for eight weeks through Nov. 15, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office at 1000 Judicial Center Drive in Brighton.

  • NOTICE: On Thursday, Aug. 9, the Suncor ERT will conduct live fire training at the Plant 1 Fire Training grounds. The training will begin around 8 a.m. and will last throughout the day. During the training, there will be large flames and thick smoke produced. In the event of an actual emergency, all ERT training will cease and proper alarms will be sounded.

  • Want to know more about what’s happening in Adams County? Our 2018 Adams County Community Report should be hitting your mailbox soon, or you may access it online.

  • The Adams County Fair is right around the corner. Have you made your plans yet? Don't miss out on a whole host of great activities for all ages Aug. 1-5 at Riverdale Regional Park, 9755 Henderson Rd., Brighton.

    United Power Grandstand Events

    Wednesday, Aug. 1

  • Jodie Kammerzell, formerly the Adams County Workforce & Business Center (WBC) manager, has been promoted to the position of administrator of WBC effective July 1, 2018.

    “We’re pleased to promote Jodie to serve as our administrator in the Workforce & Business Center,” said Chris Kline, Adams County Human Services director. “She has managed a wide range of highly successful workforce development programs and has devoted her career to serving and enhancing the lives of those with the greatest disadvantages.”

  • The Adams County Journey to Wellness Program for employees has been recognized by two national health organizations.

  • NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING OF THE AEROTROPOLIS REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY TO BE HELD JULY 18, 2018

  • Statement from Dr. Larry Wolk, chief medical officer and executive director, at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, regarding the recycling plant fire:

  • NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING OF THE AEROTROPOLIS REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY TO BE HELD JULY 11, 2018

    NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Directors of AEROTROPOLIS REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY, of the Counties of Adams, , the City of Aurora, will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at 4430 South Adams County Parkway, 5th Floor Conference Room, in Brighton, Colorado. The purpose of the meeting is to conduct such business as may come before the Committee to the Board.

    This meeting is open to the public.

  • Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered flags lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide until sunset on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, to honor the victims of the tragedy in Annapolis, MD, and  as proclaimed by President Trump.

  • The Adams County Board of Commissioners filed a lawsuit today against the City and County of Denver (Denver). The legal action, filed in Jefferson County District Court, relates to noise monitoring as dictated by the original 1988 Intergovernmental Agreement between Adams County and Denver. 

  • Adams County has partnered with OpenGov, the leader in government performance management, to further increase its effectiveness and accountability with the county budget. The county’s OpenGov portal is now live and includes budget data from the past few years.

  • Plans are underway for the 2018 Adams County Fair Parade, making its return to kick off the 114th Adams County Fair (Aug. 1-5). The parade is scheduled for Saturday, July 28, 9:30 a.m., on Main Street in Historic Downtown Brighton.

    Please submit your parade entry form by Friday, July 20, 2018. Visit the Adams County Fair website for Fair Parade Rules and Regulations and the parade route.

  • NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING OF THE AEROTROPOLIS REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY TO BE HELD JUNE 27, 2018

  • Asphalt Removal and Street Repaving During the Week of June 25

    Streets that had asphalt removed last week will be repaved this week. Please see attached map of active work areas planned for the week of June 25-29.

    Streets Planned for Asphalt Removal

    Residents along the following streets can expect access to their driveways to be impacted as crews move in front of their homes for asphalt removal:

  • Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered flags be lowered to half-staff statewide on all public buildings from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, June 24, 2018, in honor of West Metro Fire Protection District Engineer Aaron Lybarger.

    Lybarger, 47, served with the West Metro Fire Protection District since 1992. He died on June 2, 2018, of esophageal and stomach cancer caused by on-the-job exposures. Lybarger is survived by wife Andrea, daughters Amanda and Anna Belle, his parents Barbara and Glenn, and brother Eric. Funeral services will be held privately at the family’s request.

  • A power outage and subsequent repair of a broken valve at Water World in Federal Heights likely allowed water from an irrigation pond to flow into the domestic water supply. This untreated water might have affected drinking fountains, and been used to make ice, drinks and food at all concession stands. This may also include water in some of the swimming pools. This may have affected guests who visited Water World on Monday, June 11 through Wednesday, June 13.

  • Due to severe dry conditions, Adams County Sheriff Michael McIntosh has issued a Level 1 Burn Restriction for unincorporated Adams County, east of N. Schumaker Road  (NWS Fire Zone 245).  This Burn Restriction will remain in effect until such time as this order is formally rescinded or temporary suspended by the Sheriff. 

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    The following acts are prohibited in unincorporated Adams County until further notice:

  • Did you capture a great photo in Adams County? It could be featured on an Adams County traffic signal box or in our Adams County publications and website.

    This competition is open to all Adams County residents, and photographers of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels. We are looking for beautiful images captured within the county with an emphasis on landscape and urban settings. You can submit as many high-resolution photographs as you would like. Photographs captured at seven megapixels or larger are required. No cell phone photos will be accepted.

  • It's kitten season, and the Adams County Animal Shelter/Adoption Center is hosting a Smitten for Kittens Donation Shower to collect new and used items for mother cats and kittens. Donations may be dropped off at 10705 Fulton St., Brighton. View the full registry.

  • Interested in learning more about noxious weed identification, control options, and more? Don’t miss the free land stewardship and invasive weed workshop on Saturday, June 9, 8:30 a.m., at Riverdale Regional Park, 9755 Henderson Rd., Brighton. RSVP to Renee or call 303.637.8072.

     

  • Plenary Roads Denver requests transition to dynamic pricing to optimize travel times for US 36 and I-25 Central Express Lanes

    DENVER - In a move toward next-generation Express Lane traffic management, Plenary Roads Denver (PRD) asked the High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) Board on Thursday, May 17, to consider its request to transition the US 36 and I-25 Central (I-25 from downtown Denver to US 36) Express Lanes corridors from fixed time-of-day pricing to dynamic pricing.

  • NOTICE: Suncor ERT will conduct live fire training on Thursday, May 31, from approximately 8 a.m. and will last throughout the day. The trainging will be performed at the Plant 1 Fire Training grounds. During the training, there will likely be large flames and thick smoke produced. In the event of an actual emergency, all ERT training will cease and proper alarms will be sounded. For more information, contact Jeffrey Osetek, Suncor Security and Emergency Response Coordinator, at josetek@suncor.com.

  • Fifty-nine Adams County high school students were awarded scholarships totaling more than $1 million on Wednesday, May 22, through the Adams County Scholarship Fund. Adams County Commissioners introduced the Scholarship Fund in 2016 in partnership with the Colorado Department of Higher Education's Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative.

  • The Willow Bay acquisition in Adams County was one of the recipients awarded a 2018 Starburst Award by the Colorado Lottery. The awards highlight creative work in Colorado that has a high economic and social impact from rural to urban and from plants to peaks. Learn more about the project here: https://www.denverpost.com/2017/09/06/willow-bay-adams-county-developmen...

  • Today, the Adams County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) awarded $5 million in open space grants for 17 projects thanks to the voter-approved Open Space Sales Tax. Funding for this grant cycle came from revenues from the second half of the 2017 Adams County Open Space Sales Tax, which was passed by Adams County voters in 1999.

  • Friday, May 18, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide until sunset on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, to honor the victims of the tragedy in Santa Fe, Texas, and as proclaimed by President Trump.
     

     

  • Finding your new furry family member has never been easier than with the help of the new Adams County Animal Shelter/Adoption Center (ACASAC) website. The new website provides improved functionality, accessibility, and easy-to-use tools for searching adoptable or lost pets as well as the variety of services offered by ACASAC.

  • NOTICE: Suncor ERT will conduct live fire training on Thursday, May 17, from approximately 8 a.m. throughout the day. The live fire training will be conducted at the Plant 1 Fire Training grounds. During the training, there will likely be large flames and thick smoke produced. In the event of an actual emergency, all ERT training will cease and proper alarms will be sounded. For more information, contact Jeffrey Osetek, Suncor Security and Emergency Response Coordinator, at josetek@suncor.com.

  • Midland, a recent Academy of Country Music (ACM) award winner, will be heading to the Adams County Fair, United Power Grandstand, 9755 Henderson Rd., Brighton, on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 8 p.m., for a free concert featuring songs from their latest album, “On the Rocks.” Download your free ticket at adamscountyfair.com – four tickets per individual may be downloaded at one time.

  • Monday, May 14, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide on Tuesday, May 15, in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day during Police Week, and as proclaimed by President Trump. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to sunset.

  • Sunday, May 13, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags lowered to half-staff on all public buildings, from sunrise to sunset on Monday, May 14, 2018, to honor the late Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan.

    “Today Colorado lost a true friend in Mayor Steve Hogan,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “This was a man who went above and beyond to do right by the city he loved. He led the way to make Aurora the bustling, dynamic city it is today, and Colorado is better for it. He was that rare public servant who put people before party - my God, how we will miss him.”

  • It’s spring and that means wildlife will be coming out of hibernation. Rabies reservoir species in Colorado include bats, skunks, raccoons, foxes, and coyotes. In 2018 and as of May 8, 2018, there have been 152 animals that tested positive for rabies. This number is higher than what has ever been reported at this time of the year in Colorado. Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) has had only two of these rabid animals, one skunk in Arapahoe County and one alpaca in Douglas County. This is the first known rabid alpaca in Colorado.

  • Thursday, May 10, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags be lowered to half-staff statewide on all public buildings from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, May 12, 2018, in honor of Specialist Gabriel Conde. 

    Conde, 22, died in the line of duty on April 30, 2018, of injuries sustained from small arms fire while serving in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan. Conde was assigned to A Company, 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

  • The 2018 Adams County Fair is right around the corner! Don't miss all the fun of professional bull riding, truck pull, demolition derby, and new this year, a performance by Granger Smith, a 2017 iHeartRadio Awards Best New Country Artist nominee. He'll perform hits from his most recent album, "When the Good Guys Win," in the United Power Grandstand on Thursday, Aug. 2, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for all these events.

  • Denver Highways reported the following highway closures during May:

  • The Adams County Public Works Department will again host a series of neighborhood cleanup events in 2018. Residents are encouraged to bring yard waste and other debris to these locations:

  • NOTICE: Suncor ERT will conduct live fire training on Thursday, May 3. Training will begin around 8 a.m. and last throughut the day. The live fire training will be conducted at the Plant 1 Fire Training grounds. During the training, there will likely be large flames and thick smoke produced. In the event of an actual emergency, all ERT training will cease and proper alarms will be sounded. For more information, contact Jeffrey Osetek, Suncor Security and Emergency Response Coordinator, at josetek@suncor.com.

  • Granger Smith, a 2017 iHeartRadio Awards Best New Country Artist nominee, will perform hits from his most recent album, “When the Good Guys Win,” at the Adams County Fair, United Power Grandstand, on Thursday, Aug. 2, at 8:30 p.m. This event is presented by the Colorado Lottery.

  • Join the Adams County Parks & Open Space Department for Colorado Public Lands Day at Willow Bay, 13883 Brighton Rd. Bring your family, friends, and coworkers for a day of outdoor fun, stewardship, and community on Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. – lunch will be provided. For more information and to register, please call 303.637.8072 or email rpetersen@adcogov.org.

  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags lowered to half-staff on all public buildings until sunset Saturday, April 21, 2018, to honor the late Barbara Bush.

  • Be a part of the change. 

    The Mobility Choice Blueprint is a collaborative strategy to help the Denver metro region identify how to best prepare for and invest in the rapidly changing technology that is revolutionizing transportation mobility.

  • Help us solve prescription drug abuse.

    The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and anonymous means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications.

  • Sunday, April 8, through Saturday, April 14, the following closures for asphalt crack repair are in place:

    • From 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., US-287/SH-128 (120th Ave.) from Main Street to Melody Drive, will have intermittent mobile lane closures in both directions. 

    Motorists can expect minor delays as crews conduct mobile repair operations. During the repairs, single lane closures can be expected.  No full road closures are planned. 

  • Adams County is offering this FREE program as a service to residents.

    Adams County residents who are served by private water wells—and meet eligibility criteria—have the opportunity to have their drinking water analyzed for 76 water quality parameters. There is no cost for this service.

    This is a one-year pilot program that is being offered by Adams County in conjunction with Tri-County Health Department to assist property owners in determining if their well water has potentially been impacted by oil and gas development or other contamination sources.

  • Today, the Adams County Board of Commissioners adopted the 2018 Riverdale Regional Park master plan and name after incorporating feedback from residents and community partners. The Adams County Parks & Open Space Department, in conjunction with a consultant team led by Design Workshop, have finalized a master plan and resolved a new name for the Adams County Regional Park & Fairgrounds that will now encompass more than 1,197 acres of land stretching from 120th Pkwy. and Riverdale Rd. to 136th Ave.

  • Adams County has received the Gold 2018 National Planning Achievement Award for Economic Development Planning from the American Planning Association (APA). The award recognizes the initiative, A Return to Past Prosperity: The ASARCO Redevelopment Project, for transforming a toxic industrial plant into a vibrant, economic center. The ASARCO Redevelopment Project is one of 16 APA Achievement Award recipients this year.

  • For the week starting April 1, the following closures for asphalt crack repair are in place:

    Wednesday, April 4, through Saturday, April 7, 7 p.m. - 7 a.m., US-287/SH-128 (120th Ave.) from Main Street to Melody Drive, will have intermittent mobile lane closures in both directions.

  • The Board of County Commissioners announced Erin Brim, Recording Manager in the Clerk and Recorder’s Office, as the Adams County Employee of All Seasons at a recognition luncheon on Wednesday, March 21.

    Erin began her career with the county in February 2013 as a Recording Technician for the Clerk and Recorder. She was promoted first to Recording Supervisor in 2015 and then to her current role as Recording Manager in December 2016.

  • The Colorado Department of Agriculture and Tri-County Health Department have confirmed that an alpaca in Douglas County has died due to a rabies infection. Pet owners are urged to check records to ensure rabies vaccinations are up-to-date. Livestock can also be infected with rabies and owners are encouraged to discuss the risk of rabies exposure with their local veterinarian.

  • Join us for the grand opening of the Assessor's new satellite office at the Pete Mirelez Human Services Center, 11860 N. Pecos St., Westminster, on Thursday, March 15. This office will be full service, including senior exemption applications and mobile home needs. It will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

  • Starting next week, Suncor will begin a higher level of planned maintenance at their Commerce City refinery. This increased level of work occurs routinely every two to three years and is part of maintaining asset integrity. It is scheduled to last through mid-April 2018.

  • The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has begun its 180-day review period on Spaceport Colorado’s Launch Site Operator License at Front Range Airport in Adams County, and the county expects to have a license determination from the FAA by Aug. 19.

  • Renewing your license plates in Colorado is now exciting and much easier. Citizens in 12 Colorado counties now have the option to renew their vehicle registration at any of the 20 self-service kiosks located in any of those participating counties.

  • The Adams County Community and Economic Development Department has been developing a draft Balanced Housing Plan (BHP) over the past year with goals, policies, and recommendations. 

  • The Adams County Adopt-a-Spot program allows an individual, family, or group to help preserve and maintain our parks, trails, and open spaces. This is a fun, flexible way to volunteer, as the clean-up schedule is designed by you with a minimum of four cleanups a year for a one-year commitment.

  • The Adams County Foster Care team is looking to expand the team of foster parents who care for school-aged children in need of a temporary home. These children are from your neighborhood and perhaps the very school your children attend. Please join them for an information meeting this Saturday, March 3, 8:30-10 a.m., at the Pete Mirelez Human Services Center, 11860 N. Pecos St., Westminster. Register here 

  • Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags lowered to half-staff on all public buildings from sunrise to sunset on Friday, March 2, to honor the internment of the late Billy Graham, and as proclaimed by President Donald Trump.

     

  • Thursday, Feb. 15 - Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags lowered to half-staff on all public buildings until sunset Feb. 19 to honor the victims of the attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and as proclaimed by President Donald Trump.

     

  • Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 —

    Gov. John Hickenlooper tonight ordered flags be lowered to half-staff statewide on all public buildings to honor El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputy Micah Flick starting tomorrow at sunrise until sunset on Saturday, February 10th, which is day of the funeral services.

    Flick, 34, was killed while responding to a motor vehicle theft. Two other deputies, a Colorado Springs police officer and a civilian were injured in the shooting. Flick served the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office for 11 years.

    He is survived by his wife and 7-year-old twins.

     

  • Twin Lakes Park will close on Monday, Feb. 5, to undergo renovations. The renovations will last until August when the park will reopen. The Clear Creek Trail, which runs south of Twin Lakes Park, will remain open, however the entire Twin Lakes Park area will be closed. There will be no access to trails, facilities, or the parking lot during this time. Detour signs are in place to direct residents. For more information about this renovation project, please contact aclark@adcogov.org.

  • The funeral service for Adams County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Heath Gumm has been scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, at Flatirons Community Church, 355 W. South Boulder Road, in Lafayette.

  • From sundown on Monday, Jan. 29, through sundown on Tuesday, Jan. 30, Adams County will conduct the Point in Time (PIT) count, the annual count of persons experiencing homelessness.

  • Like so many of our residents, we watched and prayed for a different outcome as our courageous Adams County Deputies responded to an assault call on Wednesday evening. We are devastated by the loss of Deputy Heath Gumm who was killed while protecting our Adams County community. Deputy Gumm, 31, served honorably with the Sheriff’s Office since 2012.

  • Updated — Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered flags be lowered to half-staff statewide on all public buildings immediately until sunset on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, which is the day of the funeral to honor Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy Heath Gumm.

    Gumm, 31, was shot in the line of duty yesterday. He died from injuries sustained while responding to a disturbance call in Adams County. Gumm has been with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office since 2012.

    He is survived by his wife and family.

  • Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered flags be lowered to half-staff statewide on all public buildings from sunrise to sunset on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, in honor of Sergeant First Class Mihail Golin.

    Golin, 34, died in the line of duty on Jan. 1, 2018, of injuries sustained from small arms fire while on dismounted patrol in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. Golin was assigned to B Company, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs.

    He is survived by his parents and daughter.

     

  • Calling all Adams County residents. Make a difference by joining a board or commission. We have immediate vacancies for the following boards:

  • Adams County is preparing to select its Employee of the Year (also known as the "Employee of All Seasons"), and the entire Adams County community is invited to help choose the winner. Through Thursday, Jan. 25, county residents can access an online ballot that includes a brief bio for each of the finalists.

  • The Adams County Sheriff's Office has received several reports of a jury duty phone scam where callers say there's a warrant for your arrest specifically from the Adams County Sheriff's Office. Please be aware this is a scam as the Adams County Sheriff's Office does not handle jury duty.

  • The Adams County Board of Commissioners today elected Mary Hodge to serve as board chair for 2018. This election marks Commissioner Hodge’s first term in the role of Chair of the Board of County Commissioners. Hodge, who represents District 5, was first elected to the Colorado State House District 30 in 2000. Commissioner Hodge served eight years in the House, followed by two terms in the Senate, representing District 25. She was elected to the Board of County Commissioners in 2016. 

  • As part of the North I-25 Express Lanes: 120th Avenue to Northwest Parkway/E-470 project, the Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor partner, Hamon Infrastructure, will require an overnight northbound I-25 off-ramp closure to 136th Ave. and Northwest Parkway/E-470 in order to install a safety-critical barrier.

  • Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags lowered in honor of Deputy Zackari Parrish

    DENVER — Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags be lowered to half-staff statewide on all public buildings Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, from sunrise until sunset to honor Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Zackari Parrish as he is laid to rest.

  • Adams County Commissioner Charles “Chaz” Tedesco has been named Chair of the Board of Directors of the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District (UDFCD).

    Tedesco has served on UDFCD’s board for five years, including as Vice Chair in 2017. The UDFCD board is comprised of local mayors, commissioners, city council members, and engineers.

  • Adams County will offer free recycling for live Christmas trees after the holiday season. Residents may drop off their Christmas trees from Tuesday, Dec. 26, through Sunday, Jan. 14, , from sunrise to sunset, at Adams County Regional Park, 9755 Henderson Rd. Brighton. Signs will direct residents to the self drop-off site.

    Ornaments, tinsel, garlands, flock, nails, and stands must be removed before trees are dropped off. There is a limit of two trees per family. Please note: tree limbs, yard waste, or trees from commercial operations will not be accepted at the Regional Park.

  • Adams County’s Community and Economic Development Department celebrated the groundbreaking of the affordable housing Baker School Apartments complex. The groundbreaking was hosted by the project developer Delwest on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

  • Alisha Reis has been named Deputy County Manager-Administrative Services for Adams County. In this role, Reis will oversee departments that serve internal county functions, including Budget, Finance, Facilities & Fleet Management, Information Technology & Innovation, and Retirement Administration. Reis will begin on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018.

  • The Adams County Board of Retirement approved an amendment effective Jan. 1, 2018, to the retirement plan to change the vesting period from 10 years to five years for active Tier 3 participants (employees hired in covered employment on or after Jan. 1, 2010). Effective Jan. 1, 2018, Tier 3 participants who have completed five or more years of continuous service and earned service on or after Jan. 1, 2018, will vest in the retirement benefit.

  • The Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted the 2018 Adams County budget at public hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

    Top priorities in the 2018 budget – set at $468,379,584, a 3.8% increase from 2017 – focus on education and economic prosperity, creating a high-performing and fiscally sustainable government, improving quality of life, providing safe and reliable infrastructure, and community enrichment for the fifth-largest county by population in Colorado.

  • Do you have a heart for school-aged children? Do you have school-aged children? If so, Adams County is looking to expand the team of foster parents who would care for school-aged children in need of a temporary home. These children are from your neighborhood and perhaps the very school your children attend. Please join the Adams County Foster Care team for an information meeting on Saturday, Dec. 16, 8:30–10 a.m., at the Pete Mirelez Human Services Center, 11860 N. Pecos St., Westminster.

  • There's nothing better than a home for the holidays, and that's the only thing on the minds of the Adams County Animal Shelter's adoptable pets. Help us spread the holiday cheer by taking advantage of the Home for the Holidays adoption special running Dec. 18–24. Dogs (six months and older) are $19.99, and cats (six months and older) are $9.99 – some exclusions may apply. Visit the shelter at 10705 Fulton St., or give them a call at 303.288.3294 for more information.

     

  • Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 — Flags will be lowered to half-staff tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in recognition of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Flags should be at half-staff for the entire day on Thursday.

  • The Colorado Department of Transportation is pleased to announce that the reconstruction of Interstate 76 at US Highway 85 is now complete. The most noticeable changes are along westbound I-76 where the project improved the curve approaching the southbound US 85 merge area and added an additional lane from southbound US 85 to 96th Avenue.

  • Funds were awarded for 17 projects across the county

    Thanks to the voter-approved Open Space Sales Tax, the Adams County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) awarded $5.9 million in open space grants for 17 projects during the December 5, 2017 public hearing. Funding for this grant cycle came from revenues from the first half of 2017 of the Adams County Open Space Sales Tax, which was passed by Adams County voters in 1999.

  • Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags be lowered to half-staff statewide on all public buildings from sunrise until sunset on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, in honor of Sergeant First Class Stephen B. Cribben, who lived in Colorado Springs with his family.

    Cribben, 33, died on Nov. 4 of injuries sustained from small arms fire. He was serving in Logar Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

  • The Adams County Animal Shelter is currently assisting with sheltering services for Brighton Animal Shelter while their location is impacted by construction in the area. All impounded and/or found animals will now be housed at 10705 Fulton St., Brighton. For questions regarding lost or impounded animals please contact the Adams County Animal Shelter directly at 303.288.3294. Hours: Saturday–Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. To reach Brighton Animal Control, please call 303.655.2091 or through ADCOM dispatch at 303.288.1535.

  • Public Forum on December 15 to share progress on the Countys compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA)

    Adams County will host a public forum at the Pete Mirelez Human Services Center on Friday, Dec. 15, 3-4:00 p.m., to share information about upcoming projects and to gather feedback on the County's plan to ensure access and mobility for all users of public rights-of-way owned by Adams County. The Human Services Center is located at 11860 N. Pecos St. in Westminster.

  • The Adams County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) presents a forum featuring Sam Quinones, award-winning author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic, on Monday, Dec. 4, 5:30 p.m., at the Pete Mirelez Human Services Center, 11860 Pecos St., Westminster.

  • According to unofficial election results of the 2017 Coordinated Election, five contests are within recount margins. They are:

  • Nighttime Closures of US-40 (Colfax Ave.) from Tower Rd. to Sable Blvd. and US-287/SH-128 (120th Ave.) from Main St. to Melody Dr.

    For the week starting November 12, the following closures for asphalt crack repair are in place:

  • Notice of Funding Availability for Housing Services ONLY ADAMS COUNTY – GRANT CYCLE 2018-2020

    Community Services Block Grant Program

    Adams County is currently accepting applications from organizations for programs and services within the county that will benefit low-income residents through U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funding from the Community Services Block Grant.

  • The Adams County Workforce & Business Center, a proud partner of the American Job Center network, has announced upcoming health care, construction, and technology pre-apprenticeship opportunities for young adults.

  • Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags lowered to half-staff on all public buildings until sunset Nov. 9 to honor the victims of the attack in Sutherland Springs, Texas and as proclaimed by President Donald Trump.

     

  • Projects 150 adoptions to be finalized in 2017

    Adams County will celebrate National Adoption Day by finalizing 12 adoptions on Friday, Nov. 17, with a special celebration at the Adams County Justice Center, 1100 Judicial Center Dr., Brighton,, from 9 a.m.–noon. The Board of County Commissioners, Human Services Department, and the 17th Judicial District will host the adoptive families for a beach-themed event. Adams County has finalized more than 117 adoptions through October, and projects a total of 150 adoptions to be finalized by the end of the year.

  • Dump your leftover pumpkins and bagged leaves at the City of Westminster’s drop-off events on Saturdays this fall. Westminster residents can drop off their pumpkins and bagged leaves on Saturday, Nov. 4 and 18, 8 a.m.–noon, at 10001 Alkire St. All Adams County residents can drop off their pumpkins and bagged leaves on  Saturday, Nov. 11, 8 a.m.–noon, at 3851 Elk Drive. Email your questions or call 303.658.2201 for more information.

     

  • The 17th Judicial District (Adams and Broomfield Counties) and 17th Judicial District Access to Justice Committee are offering a free legal clinic, with attorneys available to answer questions on various areas of law, at the Adams County Justice Center on Wednesday, October 25, 2017.

  • October 17, 2017

  • Adams County is currently seeking applicants to serve on a variety of boards, including:

    • Adams County Liquor and Marijuana Licensing Authority
    • Citizen Review Panel
    • Family Preservation Commission
    • Front Range Airport Advisory Board
    • Local Emergency Planning Committee
    • Metropolitan Football Stadium District
    • Stormwater Advisory Board
    • Weed Advisory Board
    • Workforce Development Board

      Apply here.

  • The Colorado Master Gardener program in Adams County is taking applications for Spring 2018 full-day classes. Classes will be held on Fridays from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. running from Jan. 26–April 12. Master Gardeners are part of the Colorado State University Extension outreach program; a statewide network including Master Gardeners and CSU faculty and staff who provide lifelong educational programs for all Coloradans in their local communities using research-based information.

  • Bryan Ostler has been appointed deputy county manager of Community Services, overseeing external departments, including the Adams County Animal Shelter, Community and Economic Development, Front Range Airport, Human Services, Parks and Open Space, and Public Works.

  • Today, Oct. 5, marked the grand opening ceremony for the Pete Mirelez Human Services Center in Adams County. More than 1,500 guests and employees gathered for the ceremony as Adams County Commissioners Eva J. Henry, Charles “Chaz” Tedesco, Steve O’Dorisio, Erik Hansen, and Mary Hodge, as well as the City of Westminster Mayor Herb Atchison, cut the official ribbon and dedicated the building to honor the late Pete Mirelez. The new 315,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility, located at 11860 Pecos St., brings together nearly 800 employees who serve more than 500 residents daily.

  • With winter around the corner, Adams County residents will soon be impacted by snow on county rounds. To ensure the safety of residents, Adams County Public Works will host its annual Snow Inspection Event on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., at the fleet facility, 4955 E. 74th Ave., Commerce City. 

    Adams County Public Works maintains the entire roadway network throughout the county and prides itself on reliable and quality work to ensure the safety and readiness of personnel and equipment for the upcoming 2017–2018 snow season. 

  • NOTICE: Suncor Emergency Response Team will be conducting live fire training on Thursday, Oct. 5, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. The live fire training will be conducted at the Plant 1 Fire Training grounds. During the training, there will likely be large flames and thick smoke produced. In the event of an actual emergency, all ERT training will cease and proper alarms will be sounded. For more information, contact Clinton Lawton, Fire Chief, at  clawton@suncor.com.

  • Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags be lowered to half-staff immediately to honor the victims of the attack in Las Vegas and as proclaimed by President Donald Trump. Flags should be lowered until Friday, Oct. 6 at sunset.

     

  • Kristin Sullivan has been named director of the Adams County Community & Economic Development Department.

    Sullivan joined Adams County in 2010 and has held various positions including Planning Manager, Economic Development Manager, Legislative Liaison, and most recently, Deputy Director of Community & Economic Development. Sullivan holds a bachelor’s degree in geography from Colgate University and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Colorado Denver.

  • On Thursday, Sept. 28 and two consecutive nights next week (Sunday, Oct. 1 and Monday, Oct. 2), motorists should expect lane and ramp closures on westbound Interstate 76 near US Highway 85 while crews complete asphalt paving and sign panel placement. The southbound US 85 direct access to westbound I-76 will be closed at 104th Avenue from 9 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. on all three nights.
     

  • The Adams County Treasurer’s Office has a new satellite office located at the Adams County Human Services Center, 11860 Pecos St., Westminster. Hours of operation are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Services include property tax collection for all property classifications, senior exemption and property tax deferral assistance, mobile home ownership transfers and relocation services, and a free income tax preparation program for income-qualifying residents (Jan.–April).

  • The Adams County Board of Commissioners will host a town hall meeting open to all county residents on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 6:30–8 p.m. at Bennett Senior High School, 610 7th St. Engage with the commissioners and county departments and listen to the conversations in your community.

  • NOTICE: Suncor Emergency Response Team will be conducting live fire training on Thursday, Sept. 21, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. The live fire training will be conducted at the Plant 1 Fire Training grounds. During the training, there will likely be large flames and thick smoke produced. In the event of an actual emergency, all ERT training will cease and proper alarms will be sounded. For more information, contact Clinton Lawton, Fire Chief, at  clawton@suncor.com.

  • Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered flags lowered to half-staff on Thursday, Sept. 14, on all public buildings statewide in memory of Arvada Firefighter Lieutenant Jim Schaefer. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to sunset.

  • The new Pete Mirelez Human Services Center at 11860 Pecos St., Westminster, CO 80234, opened to the public on Monday, Sept. 11. This new 315,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility brings together nearly 800 employees and the more than 500 residents they serve daily.

    The following program functions will operate out of the new Human Services Center:

  • Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide on Monday, Sept. 11 in honor of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. This also is in recognition of Patriot Day, which was designated by Congress in 2001.

  • Road improvements and bridge repairs start soon

  • Expect delays on US 85 southbound at Colorado State Highway 7 / Bridge St. in Adams County through Saturday morning, Sept. 16 for Bridge Work. Crews are rehabilitating the bridge deck on US 85 southbound, requiring a single lane closure on the bridge. Motorists should prepare for delays.

    LANE CLOSURE INFO:
    Traffic will be restricted to one lane on US 85 southbound at Colorado State Highway 7/Bridge St. through 7:00 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 9.   The lane will reopen to traffic and close again starting 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 10 through 7 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 16.

  • NOTICE: Suncor Emergency Response Team will be conducting live fire training on Thursday, Sept. 7, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. The live fire training will be conducted at the Plant 1 Fire Training grounds. During the training, there will likely be large flames and thick smoke produced. In the event of an actual emergency, all ERT training will cease and proper alarms will be sounded. For more information, contact Clinton Lawton, Fire Chief, at  clawton@suncor.com.

  • Adams County is currently seeking applicants to serve on a variety of boards, including the Board of Adjustment, Planning Commission, Stormwater Advisory Board, Front Range Airport Advisory Board, and more. Apply here.

  • NOTICE:  County Road 2 (CR 2), also known as E. 15th Ave., will be closed between Bradbury-Krebs Road to US Highway 36 on Tuesday Sept. 5-Wednesday Sept. 13. Repairs will be made on the concrete low water crossing at Bijou Creek.

  • The Adams County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Aug. 29, appointed Raymond H. Gonzales as county manager. Gonzales has been serving as interim county manager since April 2017. 

  • Traffic will be restricted to one lane on US 85 northbound at Colorado State Highway 7 through 6 a.m., Friday, Sept. 1, for pavement repair work on the bridge deck. Motorists should be prepared for delays.

    While work is scheduled to take place during off-peak travel times (nights and early mornings), crews found the pavement surface on this stretch of US 85 northbound to be deteriorating rapidly, requiring immediate permanent repairs that will take longer to fix.  Work should be completed with both lanes open to traffic by Friday morning,.    

  • The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), in coordination with Commerce City, Adams County and the City and County of Denver, is conducting a Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study for the Vasquez/I-270 interchange and Vasquez Boulevard between 52nd Avenue on the south and 64th Avenue on the north.

  • Honoring the history and heritage of the region, the Adams County Board of Commissioners today announced Riverdale Animal Shelter as the name of the county's new facility scheduled to begin construction in 2018. 

    "This exciting project will not only carry the historic Riverdale name, but the design of the building also connects to the agricultural heritage of the area," said Board Chair Eva Henry.

  • For two consecutive nights (Sunday, Aug. 27 and Monday, Aug. 28), crews will temporarily close eastbound Interstate 76 at 96th Avenue to all traffic overnight in order to install an overhead sign structure and place large sign panels. All eastbound motorists will detour off I-76 at 96th Avenue (exit 11) starting at 10 p.m. Eastbound I-76 will reopen by 5:30 a.m. the following morning. All work is weather-dependent and the schedule is subject to change.

  • The Adams County Animal Shelter is participating in the Clear the Shelters event on Saturday, Aug. 19. This community-driven, nationwide adoption event seeks to match deserving animals with loving, permanent homes. Adoption fees on Aug. 19 will be waived. The shelter, 10705 Fulton St., Brighton, will be open from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Stop by to take home your new furry best friend!

     

  • Adams County is hosting the 2017 Planning Partners Conference on Friday, Sept. 22, at the Government Center, 4430 S. Adams County Parkway, Brighton. The conference will focus on collaboration building, idea exchange, and networking between Adams County, municipalities in and around the county, neighboring counties, and private sector stakeholders, such as developers, realtors, engineers, and architects.

  • The Colorado Master Gardener program in Adams County is accepting applications for fall 2017 evening classes. Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6–9 p.m., Sept. 26–Nov. 30. Master Gardeners are part of the outreach program of Colorado State University Extension; a statewide network including Master Gardeners and CSU faculty and staff who provide lifelong educational programs for all Coloradans in their local communities using research-based information.

  • Adams County Commissioner Steve O’Dorisio received the Real Heroes Award from the non-profit organization Vets Helping Vets for his service to the organization to benefit veterans’ causes.

    George Horgan, the president and founder of Vets Helping Vets, said O’Dorisio has a history of focusing on the needs of veterans.

  • Adams County Workforce Center has been selected for the 2017 Best of Aurora Award in the Employment Center category by the Aurora Award Program.

  • NOTICE: Suncor ERT will conduct live fire training on Thursday, Aug. 10, from approximately 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. The live fire training will be conducted at the Plant 1 Fire Training grounds. During the training, there will likely be large flames and thick smoke produced. In the event of an actual emergency, all ERT training will cease and proper alarms will be sounded. For more information, contact Jeffrey Osetek, Suncor Security and Emergency Response Coordinator, at josetek@suncor.com.

  • Adams County Public Works Hiring Events

    Wednesday, Aug. 16 - 8 a.m.-noon
    Commerce City Public Works Office
    4955 E. 74th Ave, Commerce City

    Thursday, Aug. 17 - 8 a.m.-noon
    Hudson/Central Public Works Office 
    34500 E. 152nd Ave, Hudson 

    The Public Works Department is responsible for: 

  • SolSmart, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative to help communities increase the use of solar power, has awarded Adams County a gold designation as a national leader in advancing solar energy. The county is one of just 40 nationwide to receive the gold designation, the highest level awarded.

  • Adams County celebrated the completion of the First Appearance Center, two new courtrooms with jury boxes, and more with a ceremony at the Justice Center at 1100 Judicial Center Drive in Brighton on Friday, July 21.

  • Adams County Commissioner Eva J. Henry received the Inclusionary America Award presented by Building One America at their annual Leadership Awards presentation Thursday, July 20 in Philadelphia. Commissioner Henry was recognized for her efforts to increase inclusivity for county residents while improving access to affordable housing.

  • Notice

    The Colorado Department of Transportation advised that starting at 10 p.m. on Monday, July 24, crews will temporarily close eastbound Interstate 76 at 96th Avenue to all traffic overnight in order to install an overhead sign structure. All eastbound motorists will be detoured off I-76 at 96th Avenue (exit 11), through the roundabout, and directly back on the highway at the 96th Avenue on-ramp. Eastbound I-76 will reopen by 5 a.m. on Tuesday. All work is weather-dependent and subject to change.

    Traffic Impacts

  • Be a part of the Adams County Fair by becoming a temporary fair worker! Enjoy all the benefits of the fair, plus some!

  • The Colorado Master Gardener program in Adams County is accepting applications for fall 2017 evening classes. Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6–9 p.m., Sept. 26–Nov. 30. Master Gardeners are part of the outreach program of Colorado State University Extension; a statewide network including Master Gardeners and CSU faculty and staff who provide lifelong educational programs for all Coloradans in their local communities using research-based information.

  • Gov. Hickenlooper ordered flags lowered to half-staff on Friday, July 21, 2017, on all public buildings statewide in memory of South Metro Firefighter Engineer Mike Freeman. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to sunset.

  • Notice: The Adams County Public Works Department announced they will be removing a collapsing pipe in the right westbound lane of E. 58th Ave. This emergency project is scheduled to begin July 20 and end on Aug. 14.  A variable message board will be placed on the northeast corner of E. 58th Ave. and N. Washington St.

  • 174-Acre Property Added to the South Platte River Trail

    Acquisition makes a 110-acre lake a new public open space amenity in Adams County

  • NOTICE: Suncor Emergency Response Team will be conducting live fire training on Thursday, July 13, 5-10 p.m. The live fire training will be conducted at the Plant 1 Fire Training grounds.  During the training, there will likely be large flames and thick smoke produced. In the event of an actual emergency, all ERT training will cease and proper alarms will be sounded. For more information, contact Clinton Lawton, Fire Chief, at  clawton@suncor.com.

  • Due to the extreme fire conditions, Adams County Sheriff Michael McIntosh has ordered Unincorporated Adams County be placed at a Level 3 Burn Restriction effective immediately. No open burning is allowed until further notice. Those having burn permits issued by the Fire Chief CANNOT burn during Level 3.

    Burn Restrictions

  • Barr Lake State Park will host Lake Appreciation Day from 8 a.m.–3 p.m. on Saturday, July 15. The park encourages residents to bring family, friends, groups, and co-workers for volunteer clean-up projects from 8–11 a.m., with a barbecue lunch at 11:30 a.m., followed by fun activities, including canoe instruction, archery demonstrations, face painting, a jumping castle, boat rides, climbing wall, and more. The state park entry fee is waived for participating volunteers, and RSVP is required.

  • Are you an Adams County resident looking to be a part of your county government? Join a board or commission. The deadline to apply for the Planning Commission and the Board of Adjustment is Friday, June 30. Submit your application, and please help us spread the word about these and other board vacancies.

  • NOTICE:  Suncor will be holding a plant alarm drill on Thursday, June 29, at the Suncor Refinery Plant 1 Fire Training Grounds at 1 p.m. The plant alarm will sound signaling the start of the drill, so there will be two alarms today - one at noon for Suncor's standard alarm test, then again at 1 p.m. to mark the beginning of the drill. This is not an emergency situation. If an actual emergency occurs during this time, Suncor will cease the drill.

  • Adams County, together with Bonfils Blood Center, will host a blood drive on Tuesday, July 18, 9-10:40 a.m. and Noon-2:30 p.m., at the Adams County Government Center, 4430 S. Adams County Parkway, Platte River Rooms C & D, Brighton.

    To schedule an appointment, contact the Bonfils appointment center at 303.363.2300 or visit www.bonfils.org using site code #6647. Donors will receive a discount voucher for $5 off an order of $10 or more at Noodles & Company.

    Join Our Lifesaving Cause. Give Blood.

  • The new, state-of-the-art Pete Mirelez Human Services Center, currently under construction at 11860 Pecos Street, Westminster, is scheduled to open in early September.

  • Overhead sign structure removal requires the full closure of westbound Interstate 70 at Federal Boulevard (exit 272) on Sunday, June 18, starting at 11 p.m. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, June 19, in time for the morning commute. Northbound I-25 will be closed overnight on Monday, June 19, at Colfax Avenue (exit 210A) from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. Tuesday, June 20. Single and double lane closures will begin as early as 8 p.m. in advance of planned full highway closures at 11 p.m.
     

  • NOTICE: Suncor Emergency Response Team will be conducting live fire training on Thursday, June 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The live fire training will be conducted at the Plant 1 Fire Training grounds.  During the training, there will likely be large flames and thick smoke produced. In the event of an actual emergency, all ERT training will cease and proper alarms will be sounded. For more information, contact Clinton Lawton, Fire Chief, at  clawton@suncor.com.

     

  • Effective Monday, June 12, 2017, Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader and the Golden Police Department will limit waterway activities on Clear Creek. These temporary restrictions apply to Clear Creek in unincorporated Jefferson County, as well as those portions of Clear Creek within the City of Golden, including Vanover Park.

  • Notice of Funding Availability - Adams County Grant Cycle 2018-2020

    Adams County is currently accepting applications from organizations for programs and services within the county that will benefit low-income residents through U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funding from the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG).

  • The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is preparing a Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) to assess the potential environmental impacts of the Adams County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC)’s proposal to operate a commercial space launch site at the Front Range Airport (FRA).

  • On Thursday, June 8, at approximately 1:40 p.m., a Ballanca Super Viking aircraft went down in a field northeast of the Front Range Airport. The Bennett Fire Department responded and reported there were no fatalities, but the pilot and one passenger were taken away by ambulance and did not appear to have life-threatening injuries. 

    The aircraft is based at the Front Range Airport. The cause of the incident is unknown at this time. The National Transportation Safety Board will be conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the accident.

  • Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered flags be lowered to half-staff statewide on all public buildings from sunrise until sunset on Friday, June 9, 2017, in honor of Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class Remington J. Peters, a Grand Junction, Colo. native.

  • Three Adams County initiatives have been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents. 

  • Due to changes in voter population, the Adams County Elections Office is proposing a split to six precincts. The Adams County Elections Office is accepting public comment on the proposed precinct splits until Friday, June 30. Visit adamsvotes.com for more information. If you would like provide feedback, please send an email to adams.elections@adcogov.org or a letter to 4430 S Adams County Pkwy., Ste 3102, Brighton, CO 80601.

  • Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide on Monday, May 29, in recognition of Memorial Day, and as proclaimed by President Donald J. Trump. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to noon.

     

  • Sixty-four Adams County high school students were awarded scholarships totaling more than $1 million on Wednesday, May 24, through the Adams County Scholarship Fund. Adams County Commissioners introduced the Scholarship Fund in 2016 in partnership with the Colorado Department of Higher Education's Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative.

  • NOTICE: Suncor Emergency Response Team will be conducting live fire training on Thursday, May 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The live fire training will be conducted at the Plant 1 Fire Training grounds.  During the training, there will likely be large flames and thick smoke produced. In the event of an actual emergency, all ERT training will cease and proper alarms will be sounded. For more information, contact Jeffrey Osetek, Suncor Security and Emergency Response Coordinator, at josetek@suncor.com.

  • Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide on Monday, May 15, in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day during Police Week 2017, and as proclaimed by President Donald J. Trump. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to sunset.

  • The Adams County Transportation Department will host its annual series of neighborhood cleanup events in the coming weeks. Residents are encouraged to bring yard waste and other debris to the locations below.
     
    “Our cleanup events provide an opportunity for residents to dispose of large loads of material,” said Eva Henry, Board of County Commissioners chair. “This is a collaborative community effort that allows for neighborhood improvements and provides an open forum for commissioners to receive feedback on other neighborhood concerns.”
     
  • Proceeds from Each Ticket Will Benefit 4H Appreciation Night

  • Adams County is now offering an online appeal option – in addition to mailing, fax/email, and in-person – for taxpayers to appeal real estate valuations. To learn more, and to access the online appeal, visit adcogov.org/appeal-process-abatement

  • NOTICE: Suncor ERT will be conducting live fire training on Thursday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The live fire training will be conducted at the Plant 1 Fire Training grounds.  During the training, there will likely be large flames and thick smoke produced. In the event of an actual emergency, we will cease all ERT training and proper alarms will be sounded. For more information, contact Jeffrey Osetek, Suncor Security and Emergency Response Coordinator, at josetek@suncor.com.

     

     

     

  • Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered flags be lowered to half-staff on Thursday, May 4, on all public buildings statewide in honor of former Colorado lawmaker and U.S. Congressman Ray Kogovsek, who died this past Sunday. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to sunset.

  • The Adams County Household Chemical Waste Roundup will be held on Saturday, May 6, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., at Water World, 8801 N. Pecos St., Federal Heights. Tri-County Health Department is organizing the roundup in partnership with the county’s Office of Sustainability.

  • We want to thank Groundwork Denver and the Colorado Mountain Club who assembled 85 volunteers to clean up the Clear Creek Trail on Saturday, April 22. These volunteers collected approximately 60 yards of trash, or 65 pick-up loads! Commissioner Steve O’Dorisio and Parks & Open Space Director Nathan Mosley welcomed the group that morning. A special thanks to Shane and Makalah from Groundwork Denver, and Karl Ford from Colorado Mountain Club for gathering such hard-working and dedicated volunteers.

  • Gov. John Hickenlooper today called for a statewide review of existing oil and gas operations following the disclosure of the cause of the Firestone home explosion that killed two and critically injured one other. 

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Martinez and Irwin families at this difficult time. 

  • Funds were awarded for 16 projects across the county

    As a result of the voter-approved Open Space Sales Tax, the Adams County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) awarded $6.3 million in open space grants for 16 projects during today’s public hearing. Funding for this grant cycle came from revenues from the second half of the 2016 Adams County Open Space Sales Tax, which was passed by Adams County voters in 1999.

  • The 9th Annual Sean May Memorial Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, May 13, 9 a.m., at Barr Lake State Park in Brighton. The run/walk is held every year to honor Sean May, a chief deputy district attorney with the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office who was shot to death in his backyard in 2008 when he was returning home from work.

  • In light of the recent Firestone tragedy, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and Great Western Oil & Gas Company are taking proactive measures to ensure public safety by shutting in and inspecting several oil and gas wells in the area.

    To ensure the safety of Adams County residents, the Adams County Board of Commissioners is encouraging all operators within the county to immediately inspect vertical wells that are within 250 feet of occupied buildings to ensure they are safe and meet all industry operating requirements.

  • Traffic Alert

    Beginning at 8 p.m. on Monday, May 1, motorists should expect overnight delays on eastbound Interstate 76 while crews move the temporary barrier wall and restripe the highway. Eastbound I-76 will be reduced to a single lane from 8 p.m. Monday until 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

  • Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags lowered to half-staff on Friday, April 28, on all public buildings statewide in memory of Adams County Firefighter Brett Anderson. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to sunset.

  • Adams County received a 2017 Metro Vision Award from the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) in partnership with the City of Brighton for work on the District Plan. Representatives from the county’s Long Range Strategic Planning Department accepted the award on Thursday, April 26, at a ceremony at the Sheraton Downtown Denver.

  • The E-470 Off-Ramp to southbound I-25 will be closed from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. on Monday, April 24.

    The detour route for westbound E-470 to access southbound I-25 is to take the northbound I-25 exit, travel north CO 7/Baseline Road, exit and rejoin southbound I-25. The detour route for eastbound E-470 to access southbound I-25 is to take the northbound exit, travel north to CO 7/Baseline Road, exit and rejoin southbound I-25.
     
    The closure is for barrier placement as part of the Colorado Department of Transportation's North I-25 Express Lanes project.
     

  • The Adams County Training and Development department has received the Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation Award from the Alliance for Innovation for the Impact Adams program. County representatives accepted the award today at the 2017 Transforming Local Government Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

    Impact Adams has three distinct programs dedicated to helping county employees learn, grow, and contribute to the community—Evolve U, Develop Us, and We Care. 

  • We'll Take Your Paint - April 22

    Bring your unwanted paint products to our paint drop-off event on Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Thornton IMC, 12450 Washington St.. Check out the full list of accepted paint products, and don't forget to register for a time slot at https://thornton-april22.eventbrite.com.

  • Clear Creek runs approximately seven miles through southwest Adams County from Sheridan Blvd. to the South Platte River Confluence. Adams County currently owns approximately 178 acres of open space adjacent to Clear Creek. A regional trail and several trail access points have been developed through this corridor, but currently few other amenities are located along the corridor.

  • NOTICE: Suncor ERT will conduct live fire training on Thursday, April 20, from approximately 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The live fire training will be conducted at the Plant 1 Fire Training grounds. During the training, there will likely be large flames and thick smoke produced. In the event of an actual emergency, all ERT training will cease and proper alarms will be sounded. For more information, contact Jeffrey Osetek, Suncor Security and Emergency Response Coordinator, at josetek@suncor.com.

  • The Colorado State University (CSU) Extension Master Gardeners in Adams County are ready to answer your home yard and garden questions. Master Gardeners are in the office on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from April through October, and can be found at community gardens and garden centers throughout the season. Master Gardeners can answer questions on lawns, vegetable gardens, trees, houseplants, etc. Specially trained Master Gardeners from our Tree Team are also available for home visits to assess tree health for a small fee.

  • On Monday night, April 17, motorists should expect lane and ramp closures on westbound Interstate 76 near US Highway 85 while crews shift travel lanes onto new permanent pavement placed during Phase 1 of the I-76 at US 85 reconstruction project. The southbound US 85 direct access to westbound I-76 will be closed at 104th Avenue from 9 p.m. on Monday, April 17, until 5 a.m. Tuesday, April 18. A temporary full closure is necessary to move traffic onto the new alignment. Crews will also install an overhead sign structure over southbound US 85 during the full closure.

  • Adams County Human Services has partnered with Joining Vision and Action to gather feedback from Adams County residents to help us better serve our communities. Joining Vision and Action will be in our communities and at various locations collecting feedback, in addition to conducting a series of focus groups. We would like to hear from as many residents as possible.

  • The Adams County Board of Commissioners accepted the resignation of County Manager Todd Leopold on Tuesday, April 11. Leopold was originally hired in 2012 as a deputy county administrator before accepting the county manager position in 2013.  

    "Under Todd’s leadership, the county improved service delivery to residents while identifying operational efficiencies within the organization," said Commissioner Eva Henry. "We are grateful for the dedication and passion that Todd brought to the county and wish him well moving forward."  

  • Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on all public buildings statewide beginning immediately until sunset, on the day of interment, in honor of John Glenn, and as proclaimed by President Donald J Trump.

  • Notice: Suncor will conduct live fire training at the Commerce City refinery on Thursday, April 6, from approximately 9 a.m .until 4 p.m.  The live fire training will be conducted at the Plant 1 Fire Training grounds located on the west side of Brighton Blvd. (towards Burlington Ditch).  During the training there will likely be large flames and thick smoke produced.  In the event of an actual emergency, Suncor will cease all ERT training and proper alarms will be sounded.

  • The Adams County Board of Commissioners has set dates for seven town hall meetings, including two telephone town halls, in 2017. The meetings are open to all county residents.

    The first of the meetings will be a telephone town hall on Tuesday, April 11, at 7 p.m. Visit www.adcogov.org/townhall to sign up to receive a call to join the town hall meeting when it begins. During the call, participants can engage commissioners with questions or simply listen to the conversation while taking part in poll questions.

  • Jeff Maxwell, Adams County Transportation director, was honored on a national level by the Society of Women Engineers, receiving their Integrity Award for Male Supporter of the Year. In addition to increasing the number of women engineers being hired, Maxwell appointed the county’s first female engineering manager who oversees a team of women engineers who manage the county’s Transportation Capital Improvement Program.

  • On January 26, 2017, the first public open house for the Clear Creek Corridor Plan was held at Valley View Elementary School to take feedback from the public. More than 150 recommendations were made at the meeting. Simultaneously, we also asked residents to respond to a survey about their experiences and needs along the Clear Creek Corridor. We received 385 responses to the survey with very helpful feedback. See below for summaries of both the public open house and the survey, which will be used to create a draft plan of improvements throughout the corridor.

  • The Adams County Long Range Strategic Planning Department announced today that the Adams County Board of Commissioners has appointed Christy Dowling, Alan Hale, Wayne Walvoord, and Tim Ferrell to the District Plan Commission. One vacancy remains unfilled. This newly created commission will help the City of Brighton and Adams County implement the District Plan, and the first meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 8, 3 p.m. at Brighton City Hall, 500 S. 4th Ave.

  • The Adams County Board of Commissioners announced Hung Pham as the 2016 Adams County Employee of All Seasons at the Employee Recognition Luncheon on Feb. 23, 2017.

  • CDOT and prime contractor, WL Contractors Inc., will replace five overhead sign bridges and cantilever sign structures along I-25, I-70 and I-76 between late February and June. The majority of the work will be performed during the day outside of travel lanes. The project will also require intermittent, overnight lane closures (Sunday through Thursday). Motorists should expect short-term traffic impacts in each of the following three work zones while sign structure work takes place. 

  • Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags be lowered to half-staff on Wednesday, Feb. 22, on all public buildings statewide in honor of former Colorado Lt. Gov. Mark Hogan, who died last week. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to sunset.

  • Residents wanting to properly retire American flags can now drop off torn and tattered flags at all six Adams County Motor Vehicle locations. Flags can be placed in the ballot drop-off boxes outside each location now through October.

    Flags collected from the boxes will be given to the Fort Vazquez Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). The NSDAR will perform a proper flag retirement ceremony.

  • Burn Restriction for Adams County

    The Adams County Sheriff, Michael T. McIntosh, has issued a Level 2 Burn Restriction for Adams County, effective immediately and until further notice, due to the severe dry conditions within the county.

     LEVEL 2 – RESTRICTIONS REQUIRED DUE TO SEVERE DRY CONDITIONS

     The following acts are prohibited in unincorporated Adams County until further notice:

    1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using any fire or campfire.

    EXEMPTIONS:

  • The results of research into homelessness in Adams County were presented to the Board of Commissioners during a February 7, 2017 study session at the Government Center in Brighton. 

    Members of the University of Denver's School of Social Work and the Burnes Center on Poverty and Homelessness presented the results of their research along with recommendations.

    Click here to view the report.

     

  • Adam Kraich has joined the Adams County Community and Economic Development (CED) Department as Oil and Gas Inspector. In this role, Kraich will be responsible for field inspections, complaint response, guidance and outreach, and enforcement of county regulations.

  • On Wednesday, Feb. 8 starting at 8 p.m., motorists should expect delays overnight on eastbound I-76 while crews shift travel lanes onto new detour pavement. Eastbound I-76 will be reduced to a single lane from 8 p.m. on Wednesday until 5:30 a.m. on Thursday morning.

  • The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor partner, Hamilton Construction Company, will soon begin repairing damaged retaining and sound walls at nine locations throughout the Denver metropolitan area. Repairs range from replacing damaged blocks to culvert cleaning to concrete patching. The most extensive work will occur at Interstate 70 / Carr Street, the Regional Transportation District Nine Mile Station, and US Highway 287 / Emma Street.

  • The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today announced that the Adams County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) is one of 20 jurisdictions joining the Safety and Justice Challenge, a national $100 million initiative to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails. Adams County and the other jurisdictions will design and test innovative local justice reforms designed to safely drive down jail usage and reduce racial and ethnic disparities in their local justice systems.

  • A small number of Adams County property tax statements could be arriving in envelopes marked “Littleton Sewer and Storm Drainage Utility.” 

    The county’s external print vendor, Seattle-based The Master’s Touch, believes the error will impact less than one percent (500-3,000) of the 180,000 property tax statements the county is mailing. The error is believed to have occurred in their facility when envelopes from a previous print job were accidentally left in their sorting equipment.

  • The Adams County Parks & Open Space Department and consultant team, Design Workshop, are working together to update the Adams County Regional Park and Fairgrounds Master Plan. The public is invited to an open house on Thursday, Feb. 2, 4:30–6:30 p.m., at Adams County Regional Park, Administration Building (9755 Henderson Rd., Brighton) to share thoughts and feedback on the future needs at the Regional Park and Fairgrounds.

  • This morning, three students were awarded and recognized for their professionalism, preparedness, and inquisitive determination at the 2016 Adams County Commissioners’ Career Expo. Of the nearly 6,000 8th grade students who attended, Sydney Thomas (Silver Hills Middle School), Kimmy Ton (Silver Hills Middle School), and Elijah Moore-Mundell (York International) went above and beyond and made a big impact on the businesses and higher education institutions they met with. We commend them, and are proud to recognize them as the future of Adams County.

  • Adams County government is preparing to select its Employee of the Year (also known as the "Employee of ALL Seasons"), and the entire Adams County community is invited to help choose the winner. Now through January 20, county residents can access the online ballot by clicking on the link below.
     
  • The Adams County Board of Commissioners today elected Eva J. Henry to serve as board chair for 2017. This election marks Commissioner Henry’s second term in the role of Chair of the Board of County Commissioners. Henry, who represents District 1, also served in this capacity in 2013. Commissioner Charles “Chaz” Tedesco (District 2) was elected to serve as vice-chair. 

  • Adams County has been awarded $54,080 from the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) through its Charge Ahead Colorado program for the purchase and deployment of new electric vehicles and charging stations. One new charging station will be added to the Adams County Government Center public parking lot (4430 S. Adams County Pkwy., Brighton). Two charging stations will be added to the new Westminster Human Services Center public parking lot and one charging station will be added to the employee parking lot.

  • Adams County marked the commencement of new terms for four elected officials and several judges in an Inauguration Ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at the Waymire Dome at Adams County Regional Park in Brighton.

    Residents, employees, and family and friends filled the Dome to watch the proceedings.

    The following elected officials took the oath of office to begin new four-year terms:

  • Adams County has launched its new E-Permit Center, which will allow residents and businesses to handle all aspects of applying for a building permit online without having to travel to a county office.

    Using the E-Permit Center, located at adcogov.org/epermitcenter, citizens can apply for, review, pay for, and print out building permits at any time from any computer or mobile device. In addition, residents and developers can use the E-Permit Center to schedule conceptual review meetings to get early input on more complex projects such as subdivisions and rezoning requests.

  • Beginning Monday, Jan. 9 at 8 a.m., 96th Avenue will be closed between Tower Road and E-470 due to Commerce City's Tower Road widening project. The area will be reopened no later than Thursday, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m.

    During the closure, the following detours are available:

    Southbound E-470 drivers can exit at 104th Avenue and go west to Tower Road, then turn south on Tower Road to 96th.

    Northbound E-470 drivers can exit to westbound Pena Boulevard to reach northbound Tower Road, then go west on 88th Avenue, and north on Buckley Road to 96th.

  • Adams County Commissioners have directed County Attorney Heidi Miller to appeal a December 15, 2016 Colorado Court of Appeals opinion to the Colorado Supreme Court. Reversing a Sept. 23, 2016 Adams County District Court decision, the Court of Appeals issued an opinion in favor of three municipalities ruling that, despite voter approval in all cities, the county does not have the authority to impose a special sales tax on retail marijuana. 

    Pending the definitive ruling through the appeal process, the county will continue to collect the three percent tax on retail marijuana.

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  • The Board of County Commissioners ratified the Making Connections in Southwest Adams County Planning and Implementation Plan with a unanimous vote in public hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 6, paving the way for implementation after the county Planning Commission adopted the plan in October. 

  • Adams County will offer free recycling for live Christmas trees after the holiday season. Residents may drop off their Christmas trees from Tuesday, Dec. 27, through Monday, Jan. 16, at Adams County Regional Park, 9755 Henderson Road, Brighton, from sunrise to sunset. Signs will direct residents to the self drop-off site.

    Ornaments, tinsel, garlands, flock, nails, and stands must be removed before trees are dropped off. There is a limit of two trees per family. Please note: tree limbs, yard waste, or trees from commercial operations will not be accepted at the Regional Park.

  • Friday, Dec. 9 - Gov. Hickenlooper today ordered flags be flown at half-staff on all public buildings statewide beginning immediately until sunset on the day of interment, in honor of John Glenn, and as proclaimed by President Barack Obama.

  • The Adams County Board of Commissioners adopted the $450 million 2017 budget at a public hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 13.

  • Monday's ribbon cutting with Commissioner Jan Pawlowski and Clerk & Recorder, Stan Martin, marked the opening of the new Motor Vehicle location in Bennett - 355 S. 1st St., 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. "We're grateful for the partnership with the Town of Bennett, and we look forward to serving the growing communities in the eastern portion of the county at this new location," said Martin.

  • Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide on Wednesday, Dec. 7, in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2016, and as proclaimed by President Barack Obama.

     

  • Adams County has selected David Ball as the new Facilities Management Director. Ball will oversee the department responsible for new construction and renovation, building repair and maintenance, environmental services, landscaping, equipment repair, preventative maintenance, solid waste pick up, and recycling.

    “We’re excited to get someone with David’s talents and experience to lead our Facilities Management team,” said County Manager Todd Leopold. “David is the best candidate to handle the responsibilities of our current facilities, as well as those under construction.”

  • On Sunday, Dec. 4 starting at 8 p.m., motorists should expect delays overnight on westbound Interstate 76 while crews shift travel lanes onto new detour pavement. Westbound I-76 will be reduced to a single lane from 8 p.m. on Sunday until 5:00 a.m. on Monday morning. 

    Crews will temporarily close the westbound I-76 off-ramp to 96th Avenue (exit 11) starting at 8 p.m. on Sunday in order to move temporary barrier and restripe the highway. All off-ramp traffic will be directed one mile west to the 88th Avenue off-ramp (exit 10). 

  • Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered flags be lowered to half-staff on Friday, Dec. 2, on all public buildings statewide in memory of Colorado State Patrol Trooper Cody Donahue. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to sunset.

    Trooper Donahue, 34, was struck and killed while investigating a crash on I-25 south of Castle Rock on the afternoon of November 25, 2016. He had served as a Colorado State Trooper for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

  • Just in time for the holidays, National Adoption Day on Saturday, Nov. 19, marked a new beginning for 12 children in Adams County. Chief Judge Patrick T. Murphy gathered the families for a carnival-themed celebration before they finalized their adoptions.

  • Who says Black Friday deals have to end on Friday? As part of our the Animal Shelter’s “Belated Black Friday Special,” on Saturday, Nov. 26, and Sunday, Nov. 27, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., adoption fees for dogs will be marked down to $39.99 and $19.99 for cats—some exceptions may apply. Please visit the shelter or call 303.288.3294 for more information. 

     

  • Adams County Community and Economic Development DepartmentRepresentatives from the Adams County Community & Economic Development Department (CED) helped celebrate the grand re-opening of the Greenleaf Apartments complex on Beeler Street in an unincorporated area of the county near Aurora on Thursday, Nov. 17.

  • As a result of the voter-approved Open Space Sales Tax, the Adams County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) awarded $5.8 million in open space grants for nine projects during today’s public hearing. Funding for this grant cycle came from revenues from the first half of the 2016 Adams County Open Space Sales Tax.

    The Open Space Advisory Board reviewed 14 grant applications for this grant cycle, recommending that the BOCC approve seven of the projects for full funding, and two projects for partial funding. Today, the BOCC awarded nine open space grants totaling $5,877,412.77.

  • Six adoptions to be finalized at special celebration

    In celebration of National Adoption Day on Saturday, Nov. 19, the Adams County Board of Commissioners, Human Services Department, and the 17th Judicial District will host a special celebration at the Adams County Justice Center, 1100 Judicial Center Dr., Brighton, 9–11 a.m., to finalize six adoptions for Adams County children and their new families.

  • The first round of unofficial election results will be posted between 7-7:30 p.m. on November 8, 2016. Further updates will be posted through the evening as counting continues.

    Click here to view the most updated election results for Adams County.

  • Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered flags lowered to half-staff on Monday, Nov. 7, on all public buildings statewide in memory of Cimarron Hills Firefighter Jermaine Frye. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to sunset.

  • Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov 6. Don't forget to turn your clocks back an hour before you go to bed Saturday night.

  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has given the Adams County Floodplain Management program a Class 9 Community Rating System (CRS) in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). As a result, Adams County residents and businesses are now eligible to receive a five percent discount on flood insurance.

  • Denver Metro Colorado/CDOT Region 1 - Adams County – Starting at 11 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30, crews will temporarily close eastbound Interstate 76 between 96th Avenue and 104th Avenue to all traffic overnight in order to remove an overhead sign structure. 

  • The Community and Economic Development department is introducing modified language to update and improve the county's Animal Management ordinance. As with the current policy, and if approved, these modifications will only impact residents in unincorporated Adams County. Residents who live in a municipality should continue to consult the policies in their city or town. These proposed changes will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners during public hearing on November 15 at 9:30 a.m. at the Government Center in Brighton.

  • The Adams County Parks and Open Space Department hired Casandra Bossingham as the new fair and special event manager. In this position, Bossingham will plan and implement large-scale events as well as manage the parks facilities within Adams County Regional Park.

  • The 17th Judicial District (Adams and Broomfield Counties) and 17th Judicial District Access to Justice Committee is offering a free legal clinic, with attorneys available to answer questions on various areas of law, at the Adams County Justice Center on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016.

  • A power outage around noon on Friday at the Suncor plant in Commerce City triggered an automatic shutdown during which dark smoke was released from the plant.

    Adams County Sheriff, South Adams County Fire Department, Commerce City Police, the Denver Fire Department, and other agencies assisted in the situation. Power was restored around 2:30 p.m.

  • In honor of America Recycles Day, Adams County and the cities of Brighton and Westminster are hosting a free leaf collection event for residents to drop off fallen leaves.

    Residents may recycle collected leaves at two locations, and they are encouraged to use large leaf paper bags available at Home Depot, Ace and garden stores. Collected leaves will be recycled into compost.

    Saturday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

    Brighton Wastewater Treatment Plant
    325 N. Kuner Road, Brighton, CO 80601

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  • Sustainable Adams County has partnered with CSU Extension to educate Adams County residents on rainwater collection systems. This is an opportunity for residents to learn the facts, become familiar with the environmental benefits of rain harvesting, and leave armed with the tools and knowledge to become a successful contributor to conservation in Adams County. The $50 registration fee covers the educational workshop and a free rain barrel kit. A limited number of registrations are available; one rain barrel per household will be distributed.

  • Did you capture a great photo in Adams County? It could be featured in our Adams County publications and on our website and you have the chance to win an iPad Air!

  •   Adams County government offices will be closed on Monday, Oct. 10, in observance of Columbus Day. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, Oct. 11.
  • In early October, CDOT and contractor partner, Villalobos Concrete Inc., will begin a reconstruction project at the Interstate 76 and US Highway 85 interchange. The project will improve the geometry of the westbound I-76 curve where the interstate joins southbound US 85. This transition area will be upgraded to current design standards to improve safety and traffic flow. An additional travel lane from southbound US 85 to 96th Avenue will be built with the project. Portions of I-76 will also be replaced with new concrete pavement.

  • Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered flags be lowered to half-staff to honor the memory of former President and Prime Minister of Israel, Shimon Peres, and as proclaimed by President Barack Obama. Flags should be flown at half-staff until sunset on Friday, September 30, 2016.

  • The Welby Heritage Foundation is hosting a neighborhood meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Welby Montessori School, 1200 E. 78th Ave., Denver. Meet your neighbors and join the Welby Heritage Foundation for a community night geared toward neighborhood information and collaboration.

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  • Sustainable Adams County and the City of Thornton are hosting a free paint drop-off event for local households and businesses on Saturday, Oct. 15, 9 a.m.- 1 pm., at the Adams County Regional Park, 9755 Henderson Rd., Brighton. Citizens may bring most types of paint, stain and varnish. Businesses that generate less than 220 pounds (20-30 gallons) of hazardous waste per month may bring any amount of latex or oil-based paint, and businesses that generate more than 200 pounds of hazardous waste per month may bring any amount of latex paint, but oil-based paint will not be accepted.

  • Adams County government is pleased to announce the launch of a new website built with an emphasis on responsive design, improved search functionality, an updated look, and easy-to-use navigation tools. 

  • The Colorado Department of Transportation reported that the ramp leading from westbound Interstate 70 to southbound Interstate 225 will be closed from 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, until 5 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 19. Closures are necessary so crews can install three 44-foot modular joints that each must be installed in one piece across the width of the bridge.Traffic is advised to use alternate routes.

  • Sustainable Adams County has partnered with CSU Extension to educate Adams County residents on rainwater collection systems. This is an opportunity for residents to learn the facts, become familiar with the environmental benefits of rain harvesting, and leave armed with the tools and knowledge to become a successful contributor to conservation in Adams County. 

  • BRIGHTON, Colorado, - As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to address the opioid epidemic in this country, USDA Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsak has been tasked with leading an interagency effort focused on heroin and prescription drug abuse in rural areas. The department has been convening a series of regional roundtables across the country to raise awareness around this issue and to solicit input from community leaders and medical professionals about the special challenges facing rural communities and what is needed for rural areas to provide effective preventio

  • If you're looking for a new addition to your family, come out to one of the free adoption events offered by the Adams County Animal Shelter/Adoption Center. The shelter will have dogs from the shelter available for adoption.

    Thornton Harvest Fest
    Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Community Park
    York St. and Thornton Parkway, Thornton
    More information

  • Join us for the next Community Resource and Employment Fair on Thursday, Oct. 6, 9 a.m.—2 p.m. at the Waymire Dome, Adams County Regional Park (9755 Henderson Rd., Brighton). Meet with employers, apply for jobs and attend our free job workshops. Also, register for a wide variety of support programs, including: food assistance, Medicaid, housing, childcare, early childhood education, senior services, employment services, health and wellness, and more.  Additional information, including helpful documents, will be posted shortly.

  • Adams County Parks and Open Space has opened the new segment of the South Platte River Trail. The trail became active on Wednesday, August 24, completing the trail within unincorporated Adams County. This $1.8 million project, funded by the Adams County Open Space Sales Tax and a Great Outdoors Colorado “Paths to Parks” grant award, will add approximately two miles of concrete trails along the river as well as two bridges to accommodate pedestrians between 104th Avenue and 120th Avenue.

  • Adams County Parks and Open Space will host a Grand Opening Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 12, 3:30 p.m., for Adams Hollow Disc Golf Course, located at the Regional Park, 9755 Henderson Rd., Brighton, CO 80601. The ceremonial “First Disc” will be thrown at 3:45 p.m.

  • The Adams County Department of Community and Economic Development (CED) hired Chris Simmons to serve in the role of oil and gas liaison. In an effort to increase public outreach and provide administration of the county’s new oil and gas regulations, the Board of County Commissioners approved the addition of a full-time oil and gas liaison following a six-week moratorium on oil and gas development, which ended March 22, 2016. 

  • The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) broke ground this week on the latest expansion of the I-25 Express Lanes project. The $97.5 million project is an extension of the Express Lanes project completed on I-25 between US 36 and 120th Avenue, which will add one tolled express lane in each direction from 120th Avenue to Northwest Parkway/E-470. Details regarding construction and toll information can be found here.

  • With the goal of increasing citizen engagement and participation, the Adams County Board of Commissioners is adding one evening hearing per month for the duration of 2016. The first evening hearing will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2, at the Government Center, 4430 South Adams County Parkway, Brighton.

  • Adams County employees are enjoying the largest wage growth numbers in Colorado. In a report published Tuesday by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, employees in Adams County recorded the most impressive gains among Colorado’s largest counties at 5.1 percent. The increase in wages comes as the unemployment rate in the county dropped to 3.9 percent, down from 4.4 percent in 2015 and 6.2 percent in 2014.

     

  • Ending a six-week moratorium on new oil and gas permit applications, the Board of County Commissioners today approved amendments to the county’s regulatory process by a 3-2 vote.

     

    A vote on a separate amendment to revise the county's fee schedule to add new application fees for administrative use by special review application also passed on a 3-2 vote with the Board's direction to create a task force to provide recommendations on traffic impact fees as they relate to oil and gas production.