Community News

  • Register for United Way Day of Action by March 30

    Sign up for the United Way of Weld County Day of Action - a countywide volunteer event planned for Friday, June 15, and Saturday, June 16. 

    Projects can include landscaping, painting, labor tasks, impact-driven work or other group-oriented tasks.

    In turn, United Way will recruit volunteers and promote the day and your group. Register by Friday, March 30, at 970-304-6198 or by email at Nicole@unitedway-weld.org. 

  • Power lines down on County Road 27
  • Historical park needs water, sewer

    While the South Platte Valley Historical Park features an authentic 19th-century fort, a trapper cabin and a turn-of-the-century schoolhouse, two things it doesn’t have are running water and sewer lines.

    Now, volunteers and city officials want to change that, with a $292,000 plan to extend city lines to the site at 2001 Historic Park Way northwest of downtown. Once the new water and sewer lines are in, the historical society plans to build a 2,000-square-foot visitor center on the historic park grounds.

  • Happiness Through Horses helps kids heal

    Eight kids and teens came to Rockin Moon Ranch near Fort Lupton ready to get to work on a recent brisk Saturday morning.

    Bundled in jackets and hats, the kids watched as Kim Swaney, founder of the Happiness Through Horses program, took Tony, a large brown horse, out for a walk at the ranch, 8590 County Road 21. Swaney stopped to talk with every kid as they arrived, asking how they were doing, giving them a big hug and smile and exclaiming how happy she was to see them.

  • Kidz Quiltz retirement party

    Volunteers hosted a retirement party for Kids Quiltz owners and founders Lyle and Wilma Hamilton Friday, March 23, at 457 Park Ave. The nonprofit quilt-making and donation group will continue to operate in a smaller capacity and is expected to move out of the building after 13 years. Anyone interested in operating a charitable operation there can contact the Hamiltons at 303-659-3306 after April 10.

  • Cannery Park to receive $80,000 upgrade

    Cannery Park at the corner of Fifth Street and Fulton Avenue is scheduled for a facelift this summer, thanks to an $80,000 grant from the Denver-based Colorado Health Foundation.

    The money will go toward building a new playground at the park, almost doubling the size of the current playground.

    “Its footprint will be large,” said Stacy Robinson, Fort Lupton’s buildings and grounds director.

    The playground is planned to grow to the north and east, on the Fulton Avenue side of the park, Robinson said.

  • A stump reborn through friendship

    Rising out of David Martinez’s yard at 144 Second St. stands a piece of wood that sings, hoots, swims, and growls.

    Thanks to wood carver Robert Lyon, a chestnut-brown bear, a white-capped eagle, an aquamarine fish and a stoic owl, now stand guard over what was once just an old tree stump.

    “It meant a lot to me. I had a stump - something that was an eyesore,” said Martinez.

    Starting with what was originally an estimated 40-foot elm tree base, Lyon hacked and chain-sawed his masterpiece over the course of just one week.

  • Lochbuie residents to get ‘in-town’ rec center rate

    Residents of Lochbuie can now enjoy all the same perks that Fort Lupton residents get at the Fort

    Lupton Recreation Center, 203 S. Harrison Ave.

    City council members gave the green light recently to Lochbuie residents to receive in-town resident

    rates, just as if they lived within city boundaries. Lochbuie officials plan to reimburse Fort Lupton the

  • Suicide prevention tips

    Suicide is a preventable act, but only if initiative is taken.

    Officials say that to prevent this horrible act, action must take place and questions must asked, not next

    week, not tomorrow, but now.

    “The most direct way you ask the question, the best results you will get,” said Michelle Dalpra, educator

    for suicide education and support services for North Range Behavioral Health. “Don’t wait to ask the

  • Last delivery for postman Doherty

    Fort Lupton residents will no longer see a familiar face when they get their mail.

    Longtime local United States Postal Service employee Mike Doherty is hanging up his mail bag after 21 years. For Doherty it’s a bittersweet moment, with a chance to enjoy retirement on the way but chances to see his many Fort Lupton friends possibly no longer.

    “I’ll miss everybody, I’ve had the same people on the same routes for 21 years, so I know everybody,” said Doherty.