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  • Oil tank battery fire kills one, hurts three

    MEAD – One person died and three others sustained injuries after an oil tank battery caught fire May 25.

    It happened around 3:15 p.m. near the intersection of state Highway 66 and Weld County Road 13,

  • Oil tank battery on fire

    MEAD – Local media are reporting three injuries after an oil tank battery caught fire at midafternoon.

    The scene is near state Highway 66 and Weld County Road 13. Weld County sheriff's deputies think workers were performing maintenance on the battery when the fire began.

  • Mark Martinez honored with jersey dedication

    Former resident Mark Martinez played and coached countless games on Firestone softball fields before he died in an explosion at his house on April 17, so it seemed only fitting that a memorial be held for him there.

  • Hats come out for Mother’s Day tea

    Attendees wore their fancy hats to celebrate Mother's Day and the Kentucky Derby at a tea party at the Donelson House at the South Platte Valley Historic Park, Saturday, May 13.

    Folks dressed up in historic garb to take part in a social activity that harkens back to a bygone era. 

  • Heritage Fair in Fort Lupton takes visitors back in time

    By Kristi Taylor

    Special to MetroWest Newspapers

     The South Platte Valley Historical Society held its annual Heritage Fair on May 6 at Fort Lancaster and the surrounding 100-acre historical park on the north side of Fort Lupton. 

  • Branching out: Fort Lupton officials plant tree for Arbor Day

    Fort Lupton’s parks and recreation department officials planted an American Elm tree on Arbor Day, Friday, April 28, to celebrate becoming a “Tree City USA”.

  • Residents worried about safety after Firestone explosion

    Many in the surrounding community are worried about safety, after a gas explosion at 6312 Twilight Ave. in Firestone took the lives of homeowner Mark Martinez and friend Joey Irwin Monday, April 17.

    A build-up of methane gas from a nearby oil and gas well owned by Anadarko Petroleum Corp. got into the home through a French drain and sump pump, according to Frederick-Firestone Fire Department Chief Ted Poszywak. Anadarko president and chief executive Al Walker later told shareholders the company was “very saddened by the events in Colorado.”

  • Gas build-up blamed for Firestone home explosion

    Frederick-Firestone Fire Department officials know the cause and origin of an April 17 home explosion at 6312 Twilight Ave. in Firestone that killed two residents and injured another.

    Homeowner Mark Joseph Martinez, 42, and Joseph William Irwin, 41, died. An air ambulance took Martinez's wife, Erin Martinez, to a nearby hospital with critical injuries.

  • Town of Firestone: No cause into April 17 house explosion

    FIRESTONE – Fire department officials don't know what caused an April 17 explosion that killed two Frederick residents. The Firederick-Firestone Fire Protection and the town of Firestone issued a joint statement after Anadarko announced it was closing 3,000 wells and its stock price tumbled.

  • Recall petition has 340 signatures

    Frederick is headed for a recall election.

    A group called Citizens for Carbon Valley has gathered 340 signatures on a petition to recall Mayor Tony Carey and Trustees Donna Hudziak and Fred Skates - almost double the 178 required by state statute.

    Members have collected signatures since March, said Rusty O’Neal, a longtime resident and business owner heading the petition drive.

    “We pushed it out hard intentionally,” O’Neal said. “We wanted to make a statement by the number of signatures we gathered.”