Community News

  • Fort Lupton events Oct. 26 to Nov. 2

    All listings are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Please send your event listings at least one week in advance of the publication date to: bpotter@metrowestnewspapers.com.

    Oct. 26

    Learn about anime at the teen club at 3:30 pm at the Fort Lupton Public and School Library, 425 S. Denver Ave. Call 303-857-7180 for more information.

    Learn how to use the PowerPoint computer program at 3:30 p.m. at the Fort Lupton Public and School Library, 425 S. Denver Ave. Call 303-857-7180 for more information.

  • Local Halloween events

    Halloween and seasonal events around the region

    Oct. 28
    Go on a haunted hay ride “if you dare” in Pearson Park, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the north side of Colorado Highway 52 just west of U.S. Highway 85. Hosted by the Fort Lupton Recreation Center. Cost: $3 for kids and adults, children 3 and under are free.

    Oct. 29
    Enjoy the fun festival atmosphere at Commerce City’s annual Creepy Hollows Fall Festival and Fright Night at the Commerce City Recreation Center.

  • Buying a home, more difficult than ever in Fort Lupton

    House hunters Nonnie and Adam Hunziker are six months into a new home search.

    With a price range of $300,000 to $350,000, and a healthy down payment, they thought they would have plenty of options.

    Instead, they found a market in which homes sell very quickly.

    “The last one we looked at (that the Realtor) showed us, he said there was already two offers on it, and all offers had to be in by Monday morning, and we were looking at it Sunday,” said Adam Hunziker.

  • "Picture Fort Lupton" tallies resident input

    Several Fort Lupton residents who completed a recent town government survey said they love the small-town character and welcoming atmosphere of where they live.

    On the negative side, some of the 37 residents who took the online survey said the town lacked shopping, restaurants and schools.

  • How to raise giant rabbits

    Rabbits gnaw contentedly on pellets in the wooden, thatched, bungalow-style boxes in Cade Ryals’ backyard – big ones at that.

    The five Flemish Giant rabbits like to scurry around their boxed homes, unaware that they’ll soon be on display on a bigger stage – the Weld County Fair.

    Cade says keeping rabbits is similar to having cats or dogs, and that they can be quite affectionate.

    “We found these, and everyone says they’re the friendliest things on earth,” said Ryals, 11, grinning from ear to ear.

  • Fort Lupton bids farewell to beloved chief of police

    Community outreach isn’t always a trait associated with police work, but for former Fort Lupton Chief of Police Kenneth Poncelow, it was a top priority.

    Poncelow was a volunteer and sat on a variety of community boards while he was the chief of police for the last seven years.

    One of Poncelow's most memorable volunteer jobs was playing Santa at Bank of Colorado each December. Last Christmas, he touched the heart of Keller Williams Broker Associate Kristel Acre, who said her memory of what he did speaks to the type of person he is.

  • Mayor, council seats up for grabs this fall in Fort Lupton

    For the first time since 2007, Fort Lupton voters will get to choose between at least two candidates for mayor.

    Current city council members Zo Stieber and Robert McWilliams have expressed interest so far. Candidates have until 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, to get 25 signatures from city residents supporting their candidacy and a candidacy affidavit filed with city hall to get on the November ballot

    The last contested mayor’s race in Fort Lupton happened when Shannon Rhoda edged out Jimmy Dominguez in 2007.

  • Fire Department graduates seven new volunteers

    The Fort Lupton Fire Protection District has seven newly minted graduates in its No. 14 volunteer wing.

    They came from near and far to attend the fire training academy for four hours per day, three days per week, for 16 weeks straight, before graduating Monday, June 19 at the training center in northeast Fort Lupton. Some traveled from Lonetree, others had to pay their own way, said Taw Tamlin, academy coordinator.

    Becoming a volunteer firefighter is the first step toward becoming a full-time, paid firefighter down the road.

  • Kimi Most headlines Fort Lupton’s Fourth of July

    Fort Lupton Fourth of July schedule

    7 a.m. Oddfellows pancake breakfast at the Fort Lupton Recreation Center, 203 S. Harrison Ave.

    3 p.m. Festival activities include kid’s zone, zip line, pony carousel, petting zoo, water slide, train rides, magic show at Fort Lupton Community Park, 201 S. Rollie Ave.

    4:30 p.m. BBQ/beer garden opens with a percentage of proceeds going to the Fort Lupton High School cheerleading squad, Community Park.

  • Christopher Cross is new assistant town administrator

    Fort Lupton officials recently welcomed a familiar face to the assistant city administrator job left open when Aaron Herrera resigned in April.

    Christopher Cross, 34, a 10-year Fort Lupton City Council veteran and a 12-year local firefighter, recently was offered the job.  Cross is expected to make $72,500 annually on the job.

    Cross brings a wealth of town and administrative experience to his new role.