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  • 'We are because they were'

    Fort Lupton honored its own and the nation's war dead May 30 with an hour-long program at Hillside Cemetery.

    A vintage aircraft flyover began the program. It included remarks from Mayor Tommy Holton.

    "If you don't know of any servicemen or women, then remember the families who stayed behind, the ones who had to take those phone calls," he said. "Let's remember the first responders who answer the call to be deployed or when someone needs help. We are because they were."

  • Frederick principal has new home

    Frederick High School principal Pete Vargas has a new school for the 2016-2017 school year.

    He's the new principal at Pueblo East High School. Vargas replaces Patrick Krumholz, who has been on the job three years.

    Vargas had been principal at Frederick for seven years. No replacement has been named.

    Vargas will oversee his last high school graduation at Frederick May 28. The ceremony starts at 10 a.m. on the school's football field.

  • Former Frederick HS student to be remembered May 2

    There will be a candlelight vigil for former Frederick High School student Edyssen Lace'Up Dasig at 7:30 p.m., May 2, at Rocky Mountain Christian Church, 5860 Majestic St.

    Dasig died April 28. The official cause of death has not been established.

    Dasig is the sixth FHS student to die in the past two school years. Four committed suicide. The fifth died in a car crash.

  • New Fort Lupton urban renewal group plans economic development

    FORT LUPTON — County officials want to bring in economic development through the newly created Fort Lupton Urban Renewal Authority, according to Barbara Kirkmeyer, county commissioner.

                Weld County Commissioners plan to work together with urban renewal authority officials to offer incentives to businesses to develop on currently vacant land in the county. Kirkmeyer also is president of the urban renewal authority.

  • Fort Lupton to consider new neighborhood

    FORT LUPTON — The new Fulton Village neighborhood is planned for 14 acres of empty land on the south side of Fort Lupton.

  • Fire district fills open seats, cancels election

    FREDERICK — The Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District has cancelled a May election after getting just three candidates for three open board of director seats.

    Cancelling the election is expected to save taxpayers about $40,000.

    The fire district is divided into five wards. Each director represents the ward he or she resides in. If there is only one director vacancy and only one eligible candidate is nominated to fill the vacancy, there is no need for an election, based on state election laws.

  • UPDATE: Snow closes schools, government offices

    WELD COUNTY -- St. Vrain School District officials canceled classes March 23 because of snow and deteriorating road conditions, according to its web site.

    The cancellation also means there will be no after school events in the district.

    The snow also forced the closure of the Aims Community College campus in Fort Lupton and Weld County offices in Greeley.

  • Two sisters battle rare genetic disorder

     FORT LUPTON — Six-year-old Sevryn Johnson is fervent about her education.

                Her favorite subjects at Twombly Elementary School are math, reading and science. When asked what her favorite book is, she responds with, “I mostly like all of them.”

  • Fort Lupton planning director makes $125 per hour

     FORT LUPTON —City planning director Todd Hodges has signed a new, two-year contract at $125 per hour.

                Hodges bills the city an hourly rate for his part-time job. He works with developers and individuals who want to build homes and commercial properties as well as property owners who want to annex land into Fort Lupton.

  • Anadarko cuts 2016 operations budget

     FORT LUPTON — Anadarko Petroleum Corp. plans to operate just one drill rig in the Denver-Julesburg Basin this year compared to the seven it operated in 2015.

    The oil and gas company has budgeted $500 million in operations for the region, which includes Fort Lupton, out of $1.1 billion budgeted for U.S. onshore drilling in 2016, according to Robin Olsen, a regional spokeswoman. At the same time, it plans to reduce its overall operations budget by almost $2.5 billion.