Local News

  • Fort Lupton crew assisting at Boulder wildfire

    BOULDER – Brighton Fire Rescue District is among several agencies helping to contain a 60-plus acre wildfire near Boulder, according to fire department spokesperson Natalie Ridderbos.

    The fire broke out early this morning. It's forced about 1,000 evacuations, according to media reports. Early in the afternoon, the fire was 20 percent contained.

  • Firestone URA can move forward with projects

    Firestone officials plan to move forward with urban renewal authority projects in the future, after a new Colorado law was approved last week, according to a city release.

    Bill sponsors wanted to counteract the uncertainty of oil and gas revenues, which, according to town representatives, make it hard to budget.

  • Fort Lupton residents asked to give their opinions

    Some long-time residents Fort Lupton residents favor more growth, while many newer residents want things to stay as they are, based on comments made at recent community forums.

    Many residents also want more recreational trails and pedestrian-friendly areas, according to Alyssa Knutson, a city planner. Those findings are just a few that have come from city efforts to update its comprehensive plan – a government document commonly used to chart future growth.

  • New preschool to lighten elementary student loads

    A $5.3 million, two-story preschool that’s scheduled to open in December at the southeast corner Fulton Avenue and Dexter Street is expected to free up space at Butler and Twombly elementary schools.

    Voters approved a $48.6 million bond in November to pay for the new preschool, a new $17.5 million Quest Academy school in Dacono and upgrades to other area schools in the Weld Re-8 school district.

  • Superintendent Kaylor is up for review

    Weld Re-8 school board members spent nearly three hours discussing Superintendent Alan Kaylor’s review behind closed doors Monday, March 13.

    It is Kaylor’s first annual review since being named superintendent last July, according to Carol McDermott, school board president.

    “We had a very good session,” McDermott said.

    McDermott and Vice President Amy O’Brien now plan to schedule a time to meet with Kaylor to give him “feedback” on his review.

  • Fort Lupton to annex shooting range land

    Fort Lupton officials want to annex land into the city where a shooting range is planned about half-a-mile southeast of the Aristocrat Ranchettes neighborhood near Weld County roads 14 and 31.

    City council members recently approved a $61,000 grant to cover the cost of required engineering services on the land. They plan to annex 160 acres of land for the shooting range – 16 to 19 acres for the actual range area and the rest as a safety buffer, according to Ken Poncelow, the city’s police chief.

  • Weld Re-8 schools asked to make possible cuts

    Weld Re-8 school district officials are discussing ways to cut the 2017-2018 budget if per pupil revenue is cut by the state.

    School district superintendent Alan Kaylor recently asked administrators at each school to tell him where they might make possible cuts. About 65 percent of the district’s budget goes to personnel costs, which makes for sometimes difficult conversations, he said at a recent school board meeting.

  • Fire department: One dies in US 85 crash

    One person died March 2 after an early morning crash, according to the Fort Lupton Fire Department.

    The crash happened shortly after 6 a.m. at U.S. Highway 85 and Weld County Road 8. The name of the victim has not been released.

    Two cars were involved. Other details are sketchy.

    In addition to the fire department, Fort Lupton police and the Colorado State Patrol were on scene.

    It took about two hours for authorities to complete an on-scene investigation. U.S. 85 was reopened to all lanes of traffic shortly before 8:15 a.m.

  • Crash closes part of US 85

    Media reports say the left lane of northbound U.S. Highway 85 reopened near Weld County Road 8 after an earlier crash.

    It happened shortly afgter 6 a.m. Two cars are involved in the crash. Details on what happened are sketchy.

    Fort Lupton fire crews were on scene. So were troopers from the Colorado State Patrol who were assisting with traffic control.

    Check back for updates.

  • Firestone wants to build community with grants

    Firestone officials have a new policy for how to give money to community programs – mainly annual after-prom programs and a community golf tournament.

    Officials plan to spend about $7,000 in 2017, according to the Feb. 22 Firestone Board of Trustees meeting agenda.

    Firestone officials typically contribute:

    $500 to the Frederick High School after-prom program

    $500 to the Mead High School after-prom program