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Smoky Hill Bound



Aurora and Centennial, Colorado Blog

04/10/2013 - 4:34pm

Happy Birthday Aurora!

Aurora hosts two parties in celebration of 122nd year

Still going strong, the city of Aurora will turn 122 years old in April.

Celebrate Aurora’s history with magic, music and other free activities, 1 to 4 p.m., April 28. at the Aurora History Museum, 15051 E. Alameda Parkway. Sponsored by the Aurora Museum Foundation, the free birthday party will feature a magic show by Erica the Enchantress who will delight the audience with magic, fun and whimsy. An interactive children’s musical performance by Eric West features a variety of instruments, and invites children to participate by making their own music and songs. There will also be craft projects and face painting. Birthday cake and punch will be served.

In addition, the Aurora Historical Society is hosting a reception in honor of the city’s birthday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 30 at the Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway. The public is invited to stop by and enjoy a piece of birthday cake while supplies last. Call 303-739-6660 for more information, or visit www.auroramuseum.org.

Aurora History

Aurora was incorporated as the town of Fletcher on April 30, 1891. The new town was four square miles of prairie reaching from Yosemite Street to Peoria and 6th Avenue north to 26th Avenue, one of the many towns sprouting up around the emerging metropolis of Denver. In 1907 the town was renamed Aurora. From agricultural outpost to military bastion, a small 19th century “trolley town” to a growing suburb of the 1950s, Aurora history is one of change, growth, innovation and community. Today, Aurora is one of the most diverse cities in the state, a prosperous and successful force in the West.

About the Aurora History Museum

The Aurora History Museum is a service of the city of Aurora’s Cultural Services Division. The museum at 15051 E. Alameda Parkway is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.



03/14/2013 - 8:04am

Permit no longer needed for fences 6 feet tall or less

Link to story

Good news for homeowners looking to install or replace a 6-foot tall fence.

City Council approved an ordinance change that eliminate the fence permit requirement for putting in new or replacement fences that are 6 feet tall or less

03/13/2013 - 8:42pm


According to Aurora Police, a GMC Yukon was driving northbound in the middle lane of South Buckley Road near East Kentucky Avenue. Police say that driver was going about 60 mph.

Meanwhile, a Toyota Corolla was traveling southbound on South Buckley Road and tried to make a left turn. The Yukon hit the Corolla. The crash caused the Corolla to go east towards the 7-Eleven and hit a tree.


03/05/2013 - 10:29pm

Centennial Council Member Stephanie Piko was sworn in this evening as Mayor Pro Tem. This position is elected annually and serves mayoral functions during any temporary absences of the mayor. Council Member Piko was elected unanimously by her fellow Council Members.

“Stephanie’s appointment as Mayor Pro Tem demonstrates her professionalism and dedication to serving the community,” said Mayor Cathy Noon. “It will be a privilege to work with Stephanie this year as she furthers her leadership role on City Council.”

03/05/2013 - 10:20pm

Centennial receives “Best in Colorado” Asphalt Pavement Awards

The City of Centennial received two awards at the 19th Annual “Best in Colorado” Asphalt Pavement Awards Dinner and Program on February 27. Centennial was recognized with the City Street Resurfacing Award for the East Dry Creek Overlay Project and the Preventative Maintenance/Surface Seal Award for the South Mineral Drive, 2012 Surface Treatment Program.

The Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association (CAPA) presents the “Best in Colorado” Quality Asphalt paving Awards in acknowledgement of the quality efforts of asphalt producers, contractors and agencies/owners in the state of Colorado. This annual event is a CAPA calendar highlight which occurs in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Asphalt Conference & Equipment Show.

“The City of Centennial is pleased to accept recognition for the Dry Creek Overlay Project and the 2012 Surface Treatment Program, says City Manager John Danielson. “The City takes pride in maintaining its street pavement in good condition, to build durable pavement for the traveling public.”

The Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association, a not-for-profit association representing approximately 200 member organizations, is composed of both producers and users, including governmental agencies, working together to design, construct and maintain high quality asphalt pavements.

Founded in 1983, CAPA is the voice of the asphalt industry of Colorado and interfaces continually with the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, local agencies and others throughout Colorado.


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