Could metro Denver's last drive-in be headed for extinction? That's the contention of the folks behind the 88 Drive-In Theatre, who cite a letter from Commerce City Police Chief Troy Smith suggesting that if traffic and safety concerns aren't resolved, the powers-that-be could suspend or revoke its ... More >>
A post about a pit bull biting a toddler on the face in Commerce City inspired an explosion of comments -- hundreds of them. Most readers wanted to discuss whether the dog or its owner was to blame for what happened, with this one arguing that the breed has been unfairly maligned. See also: Photos: ... More >>
Update: Sunday night's pit bull attack on a toddler (see our previous coverage below) fueled an intense debate among readers about whether blame for the gruesome incident should be placed on the owner, the child's guardians or the dog's breed, which is banned in Commerce City, location of the attack ... More >>
In 2010 and again in 2012, Commerce City police officers shot and killed dogs. The incidents were mired in controversy -- and a lawsuit is still pending in the latter, involving a dog named Chloe whose death helped inspire a bill signed into law last year that requires police to be trained in handli ... More >>
Last month, Commerce City Police Officer Robert Price was found not guilty in a controversial 2012 dog shooting caught on video; see our previous coverage below. Immediately afterward, Gary Branson, owner of Choe, the dog that was killed, said he would likely file a civil lawsuit in the case, and h ... More >>
Patricia Calhoun's post revealing that only about 15 percent of odor complaints in Denver were connected to marijuana inspired many of our readers to volunteer their picks for things that smell worse that weed. This reader went above and beyond. She listed off four.
Late last night, a report of shots fired in Commerce City resulted in an ugly accident. Specifically, a train hit and dragged a car that the shooting suspects had used in a failed attempt to escape. Although three people have been arrested, there are a lot of unanswered questions at this point. He ... More >>
By Leslie Simon PHISH @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS PARK | 8/31/13 The night started with a familiar sight in the Denver skies last night over the Phish show at Dick's Sporting Goods Park -- the airplane that local grow supply store chain Way to Grow usually has flying overhead at concerts with its "Grow ... More >>
Chilaquiles may be Mexico's answer to breakfast, but it absolutely satisfies as a late lunch, too, and after a long day scouring the produce markets in Brighton and Commerce City, a plate of chilaquiles, coupled with a michelada, was a perfect afternoon pause. Can you guess where I'm eating? Spe ... More >>
Phish is at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Labor Day weekend for the third consecutive year. Tickets ($49.75-$60) for the shows go on sale March 30 at 10 a.m. via TicketHorse, or in person at TicketHorse kiosks at Dick's Sporting Goods stores and the box offices at the Pepsi Center and 1STBANK Center ... More >>
In November, Commerce City Police Officer Robert Price shot and killed Chloe, a mixed breed dog, in an incident caught on video. After Price was charged with animal cruelty, a police group suggested that the accusations were fueled by a lynch-mob mentality. As Price made his first court appearance y ... More >>
Reports of an Adams County deputy killing a dog after responding to the wrong address undoubtedly caused a case of déjà vu for locals, since it followed a dog shooting by a Commerce City cop that was captured on video in November; see it below. That officer was subsequently charged with animal cru ... More >>
Update: Adams County District Attorney Don Quick announced this afternoon that Ezequiel Padilla-Villalobos, the 24-year-old who called 911 over the weekend, admitting he had killed a 14-year-old girl, is also facing sexual assault charges. As expected, he's facing first-degree murder charges, too, a ... More >>
Update: When Gary Branson planned a trip out of town over Thanksgiving, his cousin offered to watch his beloved dog, Chloe, until his return. In the interim, though, tragedy struck: Chloe slipped out of the house and was killed by a Commerce City police officer in an incident caught on video. Branso ... More >>
Update: Yesterday, we reported that Animal Law Center attorney Jennifer Edwards' services had been retained in the case of Chloe, a dog shot and killed by a Commerce City police officer during an incident caught on video; get details in our previous coverage below. Edwards provides additional detail ... More >>
Still from YouTube clip uploaded by digiprez77 There's a gruesome video making the rounds on Facebook right now. Seriously. It's gruesome. If you haven't seen it yet, in fact, you may want to wait until your lunch digests before having a look -- or avoid it altogether if you're even the slightest bi ... More >>
Commerce City is no longer going to the dogs. A few years ago, the industry-heavy town north of Denver thought it was in such need of a new image that it considered changing its name. Instead, it's now aggressively working on a physical makeover -- and has just purchased the former Mile High ... More >>
Potential food-truck customers in Commerce City.While food trucks are on a roll in Denver, Commerce City has been putting the brakes on the business. A few years ago, when construction in Commerce City was picking up, especially on the north end of town, there was a related rise in complain ... More >>
Hot damn, winter is over. It's not the grass shoots sprouting up on lawns, the smell of barbecue in the air, or even the yellow tickets we're finding on our windshields because street sweeping has started up again and we all forgot to move our cars. It's the fact that the 88 Drive-In Theatre ... More >>
Sorry, Junior.At this writing, the possibility of a federal government shutdown at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow still looms. But even if a deal is made before the deadline, the mere threat has already led to the postponement of a free Commerce City family fishing event attended annually by more than ... More >>
click image to enlarge The photograph above features a decorative dead end in the Reunion subdivision of Commerce City. The center of the picture looks out into the future of planned suburban expansion. Until then, the nearly identical homes face off in a duel of nearly identical holiday deco ... More >>
Food deserts -- that's what areas without grocery stores are called. And Commerce City is ready to provide some irrigation for the desert area around Reunion, a planned community whose plan has so far lacked a supermarket. The result? About 16,000 people in the northern range of Commerce Ci ... More >>
Commerce City.A campaign to change the name of Commerce City fell flat back in 2007. Will the current back-to-the-future attempt to rebrand the town's 917-acre Prairie Gateway -- home of the Commerce City Civic Center as well as Dick's Sporting Goods Park -- as Victory Crossing even the scor ... More >>
Update: We have a winner. Congratulations to Melissa Taylor! She and a guest will be our guests at Mile High Music Festival this weekend. Check the blog later today. While we don't have any more tickets to the fest itself, we will have plenty of tickets up for grabs to the preparty on Friday ... More >>
A Flickr photoIt's hammer time!DIA wasn't the only place that experienced high winds and hail yesterday. Commerce City also got pounded, to the apparent delight of every roofer within a hundred miles. A resident of the Reunion neighborhood who shall remain nameless (because he doesn't want t ... More >>
Kathy McIntyre believes she's found some muck -- and she's determined to rake it. The editor of Gateway News, she has devoted considerable resources to an investigation of a housing deal given to Jerry Flannery, city manager for Commerce City. As McIntyre writes in her summary of the story, entitl ... More >>
Recent news accounts from Eaton, Commerce City and Aurora, demonstrate that social behaviors and youth coaching practices are changing, and all will have a profound impact on the evolution of youth football... #1. For starters, the customary coin toss, used to determine which team will kic ... More >>
In hopes of revamping its image as an industrial hellhole, Commerce City has hired an economic development consultancy to recast the berg as a diverse, forward-thinking municipality. The $80,000 the city is paying Texas-based AngelouEconomics should buy plenty of dreamy PowerPoint presentations. ... More >>
The 88 Drive-In Theatre For me, there are certain experiences that remind me inexorably of this time of year -- madeleines of spring and summertime, if you will. The smell of sunscreen, for example, and the song of the ice-cream truck echoing through the neighborhood. Over the past couple of years, ... More >>
If you haven't downloaded the Pirate Signal mixtape, Of Gods and Gangsters, Vol. 1, yet, then you are truly missing out. We recently gave it a Best of Denver nod, which should tell you all you need to know. If you still need some convincing, though, you won't after watching this video that Yonnas an ... More >>
Good citizens preparing to do what good citizens do at Nativity Lutheran Church. Everything went smoothly earlier today at Nativity Lutheran Church in Commerce City, which, according to a sign affixed to one side of the double doors, is Adams County voting center number 37. A sign taped to the othe ... More >>
Commerce City is taking the Enclave BDSM club all the way to the Supreme Court.
The Enclave gave Commerce City quite a beating in court.
The Enclave has Commerce City fit to be tied.
"If you have an ugly girlfriend and she changes her name, she is still ugly." Yes, Sean Ford, mayor of Commerce City, said that while arguing against a proposed name change for his town -- and he stands by the comment. "Changing the name doesn't change anything," he says. Not that he's saying Comm ... More >>
Hmm. Would you rather live in Commerce City or KentuckyFriedCruelty.com?
From the week of April 1, 2004
For Adams County deputies, making sex arrests was a walk in the park.
Sand Creek Regional Greenway
Even though the EPA says Denver's air is getting cleaner, the odor lingers on.
Some residents say the Rocky Mountain Arsenal still isn't clean enough to polish Commerce City's image.
Two small-town newspapers find themselves in an economic war with municipal officials.
Captain Mary Wamsley is her name. Commerce City vice is her game.
Commerce City lets a private company issue speeding tickets--and causes a pileup.