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  • Oil well fire burns near Vestas plant

    Brighton Fire Rescue District continued to investigate the cause of an oil well fire southeast of the Vestas plant Oct. 12.

    It started shortly before 2:15 p.m. in the 13400 block of Weld County Road 4. The well belongs to Great Western Gas and Oil Co.

  • Republican candidates share similar views

    Republican candidates agreed more than they dissented on issues such as energy, water, business and marijuana regulation at a gubernatorial forum at “the fort” - Fort Lancaster - Nov. 13.

    Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman was the only Republican governor candidate of eight Republican candidates who have announced they’re running, who did not attend the event at 2001 Historic Parkway. The event was put on by the Republican Women of Weld, a nonprofit group.

  • Stieber will be new Fort Lupton mayor

    Lifelong resident Zo Stieber will be Fort Lupton's new mayor, winning over fellow city council member Bob McWilliams, according to unofficial elections results from the Weld County Clerk and Recorder's office.

  • Winterfest is coming Dec. 2

    Winterfest planned

    Dec. 2 at rec center

    A snowball softball tournament, a carnival, a bounce house, and train rides are just a few of the activities planned for the Fort Lupton Recreation Center’s Winterfest on Saturday, Dec. 2.

    Santa will talk to children, attendees can walk or run a 5K race, and people can have chili and bid on items at a silent auction at the recreation center, 203 S. Harrison Ave., to rount out the day.

  • Qualified Listeners offers help for Veterans

     Greg Goettsch said he hid his identity as a U.S. Navy veteran for nearly 40 years.

    After leaving active duty in the Vietnam War in 1972, it wasn’t until May 2011 that Goettsch decided to start wearing his Veterans of Foreign Wars hat, a U.S. Navy shirt and a U.S. Navy watch on his left wrist as routine parts of his wardrobe. He spent 40 years living in the shadows, not telling the world he is a Vietnam War veteran.

  • Voters to consider city-run broadband service

    City-run cable TV and internet services may be in Fort Lupton’s future.

    Residents will vote in November on whether they want cable TV, internet and other broadband cable services to be offered through a city-run utility. City council members recently decided to put the measure on the Nov. 7 ballot.

    “If, eventually, we want to make it our utility, we can provide internet service,” said Christopher Cross, assistant city administrator. “(We) can probably do it faster and cheaper, supposedly.”

  • Oil tank catches fire

     Brighton Fire Rescue District officials said an oil-tank fire Sept. 20 caused no injuries. The cause is unclear.

    It started shortly after 9 p.m. near Weld County Road 4 and the Vestas wind turbine plant in north Brighton.

    District spokeswoman Natalie Ridderbos said crews from South Adams County and the Fort Lupton fire protection districts shut off valves and oil flow to the affected tank.

  • Royalty
  • Strike up the band

    Fort Lupton High School saluted "The Flintstones," "The Smurfs, "The Mickey Mouse Club" and "Popeye," among other cartoon characters, during its homecoming week activities.

    The annual parade stepped off Sept. 15. Youngsters from the fourth grade on through the high school sat atop floats, tossed candy at the crowd on the street and prepped themselves for the homecoming win against The Pinnacle later in the evening.

  • Cartoon theme marks FLHS homecoming week

    If you like cartoons from the past 50 or 60 years, then this year's homecoming festivities at Fort Lupton High School are just right for you.

    "Cartoons through the Decades" is the theme for this year's homecoming. Suggested wardrobe is pajamas (Monday, Sept. 11); dress in your favorite cartoon T-shirt (Tuesday, Sept. 12); dress like a hippie (Wednesday, Sept. 13); dress like the 1980s (Thursday, Sept. 14); and dress in Bluedevil gear (Friday, Sept. 15).