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This isn’t something the most people expect to hear about Adams County, but did you know, that we are planned to be the FIRST public spaceport in the nation? And this isn’t just a joke, its real! In fact, we have already received quite large grants to put towards the construction on the port. In a couple of years, our daily commute might be to the moon and beyond! (Denver Post)

http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_22067874/spaceport-colorado-receives-660-000-funding-commitments

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Its time for another weekly run spot. This trail starts at Springvale Park at 136th Ave and Holly St. This trail is 2.9 miles one way ending at Riverdale Golf course or 4.8 miles there and back. This trail is all cement but is well maintained and in some spots, feels like you in the middle of nowhere. Most of the traffic on the trail is contained to around the park its self and Marshal Lake Reservoir. Whats nice about this is that the whole trail is continuous with no stops for there’s 3 tunnel crossings. The wildlife is great too with no shortage of birds to watch and enjoy. In fact, underneath Quebec St, there is a very large group of nesting swallows that are wonderful to watch flying in and out. Be warned though, this trail is very hot! There is almost no shade spare the tunnels and few trees. It is a great trail though to see a more natural nature that the development around has had little effect on. So if your into nature and birds and like peace and quite, then this is a very good trail for you

In 1859, Henderson built a ranch, trading post, and hotel on Henderson Island in the South Platte River in Arapaho County, Kansas Territory. Henderson sold meat and provisions to gold seekers on their way up the South Platte River Trail to the gold fields during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush. Henderson Island was the first permanent settlement in the South Platte River Valley between Fort Saint Vrain in the Nebraska Territory and the Cherry Creek Diggings in the Kansas Territory.
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Thanks to Shane Smith, he gave us a video of the fire works show a few years back. Soon is the Forth of July so get ready to have your eyes in the sky!

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This video, for the program Making Colorado and the Youth Ambassadors, is to show Adams County at its fullest!

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Yesterday, I had a great experience at the Adams County Animal Shelter. It is one of the cleanest, nicest, shelters I had ever been in. Even the workers there take pride in their work. When you walk in, you are greeted warmly by the workers at the front desk then invited to go to the back and tour the facilities seeing the animals in clean, well kept kennels. There even organized by animals ready for adoption, small and large animals, animals “getting to know” people, and even a lost dog section. For the cats, they have good sized room just with roaming cats that you can meet and see which ones you like. After my tour of the facilities, I meet Erin Askeland, the Volunteer & Rescue Supervisor who has been on 9 News multiple times with animals for adoption. Erin takes great pride in her work along with all of the other Animal Rescue workers. If your ever interested in getting a new pet, make Adams County Animal Shelter one of your top choices. Even though these animals are in a great, clean, nice facility, they deserve even better homes! If your ever interested, you can email Erin at easkeland@adcogov.org or call her at 303-853-0303

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And here’s some history about the Adams County Fair from: http://www.adamscountyfair.com/history.aspx

“The First Adams County Fair was held during the first week of October in 1904. The first day was known as Tomato Day and was the day with the best attendance. A noon barbecue was followed by a tomato contest that was called the Battle of Brighton.

Two teams of eight contestants each dressed in white represented the Democratic and Republican opponents for county offices. The two teams lined up and faced each other in front of the grandstand. Each team member was given a box of ripe tomatoes, and on command they disposed of the fruit as quickly as possible by throwing it at the opposing team and occasionally the spectators. Read all about the tomato fights from a newspaper article dated October 2, 1904. Will fight with ripe tomatoes!

While the first Adams County Fair and Rodeo was held in October 1904, the Fair dates back to 1888, when monthly market days were held. The monthly market day for farm produce and livestock was organized by Brighton founder Daniel F. Carmichael and other Brighton Boosters.

The Rodeo dates back all the way to the first county fair. Some of the events held at the first county fair included wild bronco riding, half-mile foot races, bicycle and motorcycle races, a mule race, horse races and races of various sorts. Over the years famous or soon to be famous performers participated in the rodeo, including African American cowboy Nat “Deadeye Dick” Love. Today the Rodeo includes tie-down roping, saddle bronc riding, bare-back riding, bull-riding, barrel racing, team roping and mutton busting.”

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Hey everyone, help support these wonderful Children! This moving exhibit is in Adams County untill the 30th

“Colorado is proud to have the opportunity to unite with Diane Granito, Heart Gallery Founder in her vision to ” Picture a family for every child".

Colorado is among forty-two States across the nation to have an active Heart Gallery. Our first effort in 2005 was very successful; many valuable and productive partnerships were developed to find forever families for fifteen children.

This nationally renowned, annual exhibit features photographs of the children in Colorado who have been waiting the longest for an adoptive family. The faces of the children featured in the Colorado Heart Gallery tell incredibly compelling and highly emotional stories.

Utilizing the skills of some of Colorado ’s most talented volunteer photographers, the images in the Heart Gallery flawlessly capture the essence of each child. With only a brief moment of opportunity, these consummate artists use their expertise to eloquently convey the children’s individuality and beauty.

The effects of the child’s journey through the foster care system are masterfully relayed in each photo. The children silently tell their story through the nuances of their posture, the angle of their smiles, and the depth of their eyes. The portraits reach beyond their frames, striking the heart of the audience, conveying the hope and desire that all the children have to find their ‘forever family.’“ -Heart Gallery Colorado

http://www.changealifeforever.org/heartgallery/index.asp

https://www.facebook.com/COHeartGallery

I recently had a great meeting with Mr. Chaz Tedesco, the Adams County Commissioner. I spent almost three hours talking with him and enjoying all of what he had to say. According to Mr. Tedesco, he sees a great future ahead of us for Adams County. During the last census, we had seen a 21.4% increase in our population from previously, and with such a large increase, Adams County has started to help fund development and expansion. Mr. Tedesco’s goal is to support this development with an even opportunity in the workforce and job competition. Along with this goal, he really likes to work with the community and support small and large events. There are such things that he is sponsoring as the Adams County Fair food drive to help out people in need or the Lake Appreciation Day where people volunteer to pick up and take care of the environment. From what I can see though, Mr. Tedesco and the rest of Adams County have great plans for us for many years. In fact, even their new building built two years ago has plans for expansion for the next 100 years! We have a great future ahead of us and we should all keep striving for it!