Local News

  • Late openings for area schools

    Weld Re-8 schools and St. Vrain Valley schools opened late Feb. 2, thanks to a round of freezing drizzle.

    In the Weld Re-8 district, schools opened two hours late. In addition, district officials canceled morning preschool programs because of the severe weather.

    Up the road, the St. Vrain Valley School District started classes 2 1/2 hours late because of the weather.

    The late start had no impact on extracurricular activities and sporting events in either district.

  • Police find missing Fort Lupton man's body

    A bicyclist riding along Colorado Highway 52 near Hudson reported an overturned car Wednesday, Jan. 25, which led officers to discover the body of a Fort Lupton man missing since Christmas.

  • Vietnam memorial will honor Brighton veterans

    It’s difficult for Vietnam veteran Jose “Moner” Gonzales to talk about his military service.

    The 67-year-old Brighton native was 18 when he was drafted into the war. He worked as a combat demolition specialist for the U.S. Army, where he built bridges, bunkers, and landing zones for helicopters before being honorably discharged in September 1970.

    But when Gonzales came home, he said he reeturned to a country that was not supportive of its veterans.

    “They spit on us and called us names when we got home,” Gonzales said.

  • New coroner joins Weld County

    MetroWest Report

    GREELEY – New Weld County coroner Carl Blesch held a similar role in Jefferson County.

  • New Fort Lupton librarians excited about next chapter

    Two new librarians at the Fort Lupton Public and School Library plan to embrace the library’s strong community involvement, just as the community has embraced them.

  • Art mural draws students at Butler Elementary

    Three Butler Elementary fifth grade students are working on an art project that will connect with the whole school.

  • Trump’s immigration order at odds with local policing policies

    Fort Lupton could be affected by an executive order signed by President Donald Trump on Wednesday, Jan. 25, which granted power to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Attorney General to withhold federal funding from so-called “sanctuary cities.”

    The “sanctuary cities” term applies generally to cities where authorities do not enforce federal immigration laws. The term does not have any formal legal definition.

  • Some older workers benefit from wage increase

    The face of minimum wage workers may look different than you think.

    The largest number of minimum wage workers is adult women – many with children – who work full time, according to the advocacy group Colorado Families for a Fair Wage. About one-third are over 40, and nearly half have a college degree or have attended college.

    Now that Colorado voters passed Amendment 70 in November, the group estimates that one in five of those workers will see a pay increase by 2020.

  • Frederick police officer, Weldco deputy injured

    FREDERICK – A Weld County sheriff's deputy and a Frederick police officer are recovering from injuries after an attempt to arrest a woman who was threatening family members.

    The unidentified deputy is out North Colorado Medical Center after treatment for a 1 1/2-inch cut on the left side of his head, puncture wounds on his neck and arm and a bite on his left forearm. Medical crews treated the police officer at the scene for minor injuries and released. The officer's name isn't known. 

  • Deputies seek person of interest in area burglary

                GREELEY – Weld County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a 20-year-old man who may have been involved in a burglary north of Aristocrat Ranchettes in Fort Lupton.

                Deputies identified the man as Jonathan Michael Johnson. He’s been named on a nationwide arrest warrant, too.