Vernie Gahagen Passes Away (1916 - 2012)

Oct 17,1916-Feb 9,2012 Preceded in death by husband Kenneth Gahagen and daughter Debbie Hyett Survived by Son Dennis Gahagen and wife Terry Ray, son David Gahagen and wife Diane Gahagen, granddaughters Kelly David and husband Eric David , Kristy Consbruck and husband Mark Consbruck, Kolleen Callo and husband Carmen Callo, great grand children Karli and Kale Consbruck and Khloe David, Numerous nieces, nephews and step grand children. Visitation Sunday February 12 2pm-5pm. Funeral Monday February 13, 2012 at 2pm Olinger Highland Mortuary in Thornton with Interment to follow and reception at the Ranch Country Club in Westminster. Contributions may be made to the Commerce City Historical Society, 10671 Nucla Court, Commerce City, CO 80022.

A Sad Day

Written by John Carr

Dr. Sheri Simon D.V.M., a long time member of the Brighton Chamber of Commerce and fixture in the Brighton community died on Sunday, December 4, 2011, at the University of Colorado Hospital.

Sheri was 49. She is mother to Kari Jo and Lucas, and wife of Dave Simon. She is the owner of the Brighton Animal Clinic, Play, Stay and More and the International Canine Semen Bank (ICSB) located at 180 East Bromley Lane, Brighton.

Op Ed from our 17th Judicial District Attorney, Don Quick

In my 24 years as a prosecutor, I have seen firsthand the innocent children in our community who have been abused and neglected. These children live too often in the shadows of our community. Too often, we do not have contact with these children who need and deserve our help the most. They may be in your child's kindergarten class or at the park where your children play. You just don't know.

Gov. Hickenlooper Orders Flags Lowered in Honor of Staff Sgt. Robert B. Cowdrey

Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, in honor of Staff Sgt. Robert B. Cowdrey. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to sunset.

Scott D. Perriman Passes Away Oct. 4th, 2011...

A memorial service for Scott D. Perriman was held Monday, Oct. 10, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3990 West 74th Ave. in Westminster.

Mr. Perriman, 45, the owner of MetroNorth Newspapers and Mile High Newspapers, died Tuesday, Oct 4.

Brighton Mayor recognized with “Person of the Year” award

Mayor McLean
Brighton Mayor Dick McLean was honored today with the “Person of the Year” award by the Brighton Early Rotary Club. Mayor McLean was presented with the award during the club’s Brighton Ethics in Business Awards Luncheon at the Armory.

Mayor McLean was nominated for the award for his ongoing service to Brighton through his numerous community involvement efforts. This includes his service to the Brighton Economic Development, Adams County Economic Development, E-470 Board, Lochbuie Sewer Board, Senior Center Advisory Board, HeArt of Brighton Committee and the Platte Valley Medical Center Foundation Communications Committee.

Our Newest Neighbor...

By Karl Emmerich, Gateway News

Traveling east on 120th from Tower Road isn’t exactly a suburban haul. It’s a fair stretch of road that’s technically part of Brighton – 40 years from now. It’s an area of Adams County that’s part of the city’s “strategic growth boundary” but for now, pretty much an independent part of Adams County. It’s a prairie landscape with a bright blue backdrop of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.

Adams County’s Eastern Front isn’t exactly commonplace to plant a church -- yet alone an Indian Temple. But for the Sikh religion, not so much. Adams County is a five state center point for Sikh parishioners in the United States western region and a logical epicenter for the United States Sikh religion. In fact, nothing nothing could be more at home than Colorado for the Sikhs.

Sikh Temple includes a Prayer Room and Eating Hall

The statuesque Sikh Temple stands in contrast to Colorado’s eternal blue sky but in testament to a religion of welcoming its surrounding community including all of Adams County. Because the Sikh religion is based upon a mandated service of humanity, ‘all are welcome’ to not only visit the temple, but to share a meal at any time, day or night. For anyone who is lacking in our community, it is a tenet of the Sikh religion to share in the bounty of blessings that God has provided.

The Gateway News was invited to one of the Sikh Temple functions just weeks ago. We viewed an opportunity to explore a culture of which we saw few similarities to our own. But aside from a requested removal of our shoes upon entry and a customary head cover, the smiles, handshakes, and warm extension of gratuities were distinctly “good neighbor American”, the things of which rural America was made.

Sikh Temple members working together

To say that the Sikh religion is “welcoming” to the community in which it serves would be an understatement. In fact, the religion which hails God as the supreme being recognizes a set of mandates from its initial prophets, or “gurus”, who commanded a life of community love and give-back. And so, “all are welcome” is, at its core, far more than a gesture – it’s a true invitation for Colorado to come visit and enjoy an opportunity to meet a slice of Indian culture and a few new friends.

The Sikh Temple is open seven days a week for visitors and at any time of day or night for those whose needs include a meal or immediate shelter. For planned trips and for a guided tours, visitors are welcome to stop in at: The Sikh Temple is located 1 mile east on 120th from Tower Road. Please join us weekends , during special events, or anytime that you choose to visit the Sikh Temple.

Bobbie Crall.. "The Real Mayor of Commerce City"

Longtime resident and activist Mrs. Bobbie Crall passed away peacefully this morning (Monday, September 19th. She had just celebrated her 87th birthday with family and close friends just last Monday. Her services will be at the Commerce City Senior Center on Sunday, October 2nd at 1:00 p.m followed by a tea/luncheon to celebrate her life. She was loved by so many and will be missed. Our sincerest condolences to the Crall Family. For more information, please call Reba Drotar at 303-921-1972.


The Commerce City Historical Society is having its 4th Annual Pioneer Picnic At Commerce City,Veteran’s Park (60th and Forest, just East of the Rec Center) Saturday September 24, 2011, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Do you have documents, memorabilia, pictures or a great story to tell about living in Commerce City OR something old to share (bring it with you and bring a chair). You are invited to join or visit the Commerce City Historical Society


True love and loyalty never die...

About 1,500 people attended the funeral of NAVY SEAL Jon Tumilson, one of the Americans killed when their helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan, including his dog Hawkeye who lay beside him one last time.

The 30 Americans who died, shot down by Taliban

The Pentagon released the names of the 30 US military personnel, including 22 members of the Navy SEALs, killed last week when the Taliban shot down a Chinook transport helicopter in eastern Afghanistan.

Udall Statement in Memory of George Beardsley

Today, Mark Udall issued the following statement in memory of George Beardsley, who died this week. Beardsley was a founding member of the boards of directors for both the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund and the Colorado Conservation Trust.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords made her first appearance in the Capitol

As House lawmakers voted to pass a debt ceiling deal, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords made her first appearance in the Capitol since being shot in her Arizona district earlier this year.

Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags lowered in honor of Sgt. Mark Cofield

Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide on Friday, July 29, in honor of Sgt. Mark Cofield, who died earlier this month in Baghdad, Iraq.

Commerce City welcomes new Economic Development Specialist


COMMERCE CITY – Julie Jacoby has joined Commerce City as an economic development specialist. In this role, she will be focusing on expanding and supporting retail development within the city.

Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags lowered in honor of Spc. Nathan Beyers

Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide on Thursday, July 28, in honor of Spc. Nathan Beyers, who was killed earlier this month in Iraq. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to sunset.

Emily Morrow Graduates from The University of Toledo

Emily Morrow, a resident of Brighton , CO , graduated from The University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags lowered Friday in honor of Col. Leo Boston

Leo S. Boston
Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered flags be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide on Friday, July 15, in honor of Col. Leo S. Boston. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to sunset.

Col. Boston was the pilot of an A1 Skyraider aircraft that was on a search-and-rescue mission in North Vietnam on April 29, 1966, when it was reported missing. Col. Boston’s status remained as missing until April 27, 1978, when his status was changed to presumed dead. His partial remains were later found and identified.

Col. Boston was a native of Canon City. A funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, July 15, at the U.S. Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs.

Meet Commerce City Ward 2 Council Candidate Jim Benson

Jim Benson
Re-Elect Incumbent Jim Benson – Commerce City Council Ward II – Outspoken Advocacy. Proven, Experienced Leadership for Ward II.

A Proven Champion for our Community.

Jim Benson's Accomplishments:
• Commitment by King Soopers toward a 2012 development of a Chambers Rd/104th, 123,000 sq.ft. store
• Growth of the northern retail sector
• Prohibition of NASCARs project near Reunion neighborhoods
• Northern Police Substation development
• Re-incentivizing northern residential development and a return to a prosperous and growing community
• Instrumental in YMCA after school program at Stuart Middle School
• Obtained the only U.S. Postal Mailbox & Fedex drop in Reunion
• Chambers Road Median
• PA announcer for Prairie View H.S. home football games