• Small Business Saturday returns to Fort Lupton Nov. 25

    Black Friday –the annual post-Thanksgiving day shopping frenzy, seems as well-known holiday as any.

    But just as important to the local economy is Small Business Saturday.

    “I just love small business. I love the courage it takes. It brings one more bit of notability to these people to encourage them in their pursuit,” said Natalie Cummings, executive director for the Fort Lupton Chamber of Commerce.

  • Smucker’s to hire 500 in region

    Weld County residents are targeted to be the new peanut butter and jelly workforce at a $430 million J.M. Smucker Co. Uncrustables manufacturing plant slated to open in late 2018 in east Longmont.

    Employment Services of Weld County officials will host job fairs for the plant in the next few weeks at offices in Greeley and Longmont. The facility could spread up to 568 new jobs to the region.

  • No crystal clear picture for future city growth

    It’s fine and dandy to say you want an egg, but how do you go about finding the chicken to lay it when it comes to future city growth?

    Fort Lupton city officials often discuss the issue in city meetings.

    "We (city hall) can't control what happens. You can stifle it, but that's the last thing we want to do, because if you don't grow you die," said Fort Lupton City Administrator Claud Hanes.

  • Urban renewal members, city council discuss new ‘streetscape’

    City council members say they might help pay for new outdoor furniture and sidewalks to help revitalize downtown Denver Avenue and First Street.

    The “streetscape” project also could include new planters, benches and garbage cans, all in a common theme and style, according to the Fort Lupton Urban Renewal Authority, the government group leading the project. Plans are still in the conceptual stage, officials said.

  • 45 millions of Western Gas propane recalled

    Western Gas Partners has issued a recall for 46 million gallons of propane it sold across Colorado and four other states between April 2015 and October 2017.

    The Woodlands, Texas,-based Western Gas Partners made the gas, which may not contain high enough levels of odor for people to be able to detect potential gas leaks. Such propane presents a potential burn hazard or other hazard to people who are unaware of the gas, the company said in a press statement. Western Gas is owned by Anadarko Petroleum Corp., also based in The Woodlands, Texas.

  • Commissioners approve 55-acre gas plant

    A series of new oil and gas towers are expected to go up near southeast Fort Lupton in the near future.

    The structures are expected to range in size from 50 to 145 feet tall, according to Weld County planning documents. They’re part of the Discovery Midstream Partners project to expand its 30-acre Fort Lupton Discovery Gas Plant “Phase I” project at 4501 County Road 35.

  • Neighbors concerned about Halliburton helicopter plan

    Several neighbors oppose a Halliburton oil company plan to transport employees by helicopter from an office at 2920 Weld County Road 27 to northern Colorado oil sites. Nine people spoke out at a city planning commission meeting Tuesday, Nov. 21, against the company’s special use permit application. If government officials approve the application, Halliburton representatives said they plan twice-daily flights from the Fort Lupton site.

  • J.M. Smucker searches for new workers

    J.M. Smucker Co., the jelly and jam maker, is looking for workers for its new Smucker's Uncrustables plant in Longmont.

    Food production is planned to start in 2019 at a new, $340 million facility at the corner of Colorado Highway 119 and Fairview Street. J.M. Smucker Co. representatives have said the manufacturing plant could employ up to 500 people.

    Smuckers representatives plan to hold job fairs in Greeley and Longmont in the coming weeks where people can learn about working at the new plant.

  • Construction starts on new Platteville gas plant

    Up to 300 workers are expected to install a $395 million natural gas processing plant for DCP Midstream Partners LP near Platteville.

    Construction engineering company Saulsbury Industries, of Odessa, Texas, is expected to build the Mewbourn 3 plant at 18455 County Road 35 about nine miles northeast of Platteville. Crews started work on the site last week.

  • Council approves RV, boat storage facility

    A new RV and boat storage facility is expected to open just west of Fort Lupton in the near future.

    The 44-acre Route 52 RV and Boat Storage facility at 10741 Colorado Highway 52 is planned to include 1,903 spaces for vehicles. In addition, city council members recently approved an 800-square-foot office and a 1,200-square-foot repair shop at the site.

    The site about 1.7 miles west of Pearson Park is planned to be built in phases. It would include fencing and buffering to separate it from neighboring land.