Today's News

  • Former Fort Lupton firefighter fights battle with cancer

    “Love and Support For Larry” is the title of a "Go Fund Me" account set up for former Fort Lupton firefighter Larry Schmidt, who is fighting against pancreatic cancer that has spread throughout his body.

  • Calling all comers for Trapper Days parade

    Find your inner mountain man or woman by participating in the 40th annual Trapper Days Parade coming Sept. 10.

    Participating floats and groups can earn ribbons in different categories including mayor, grand marshal, parade spirit, business, civic, school and sound/movement.

    Parade applications must be submitted by Aug. 26.The form may be downloaded from the city’s website, at www.fortluptonchamber.org, or you can apply by calling 303-857-4474. It’s free to enter.

  • Officials plan expo on I-76 corridor growth

    Officials at the Southeast Weld County Chamber of Commerce are planning a business expo about 15 miles east of Fort Lupton to discuss development opportunities along the Interstate 76 corridor.

    The Economic Development Expo is planned for Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Wild Animal Sanctuary, 1946 County Road 53 in Keenesburg. Organizers plan to send out about a thousand invitations to area businesses and others who might benefit.

    Many in the group also are affiliated with the I-76 Economic Development Initiative, which was formed in October.

  • Eye-opener in first year as athletic director

    Jim Roedel got a first-hand look at life from the athletic director’s chair at Fort Lupton High School last year.

    “It was really good and enjoyable,” he said. “I learned a lot – all the ins and outs, the things you don’t think about when you’re in an outside role.”

    For one thing, there is some sort of sporting event every day at the school.

  • Women's Fund of Weld County looks to help women in region

    Domestic abuse and sex trafficking, poverty and lack of education are among the issues facing women and girls in Weld County today, according Connie Mapes, president of The Women’s Fund of Weld County.

    In response, the nonprofit group will distribute $27,500 in grant money this year to encourage self-reliance through education, career counseling and job seeking skills, among other things. You can apply for funding through Aug. 1 at www.weldwomensfund.org/grants.

  • Grannie's Diner featured in Hollywood Film

    Three years after Hollywood came to downtown Fort Lupton to film a scene in “Dear Eleanor,” the movie is available on DVD.

    Movie stars Jessica Alba and Luke Wilson grace the screen in a movie about two young women on a cross-country road trip to seek their mutual hero and former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. The time is 1962, and the movie is set against the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

  • Black market blacktop

    The Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association (CAPA) and the Weld County District Attorney’s Office are urging Colorado residents to be aware of scams involving door-to-door salesmen offering cheap paving services thanks to “leftover asphalt.” Reports of these incidents have come in from several Colorado counties and smaller communities in the eastern part of the state.


  • Art Matters event in Frederick celebrates, unveils public art

    Historic Italian culture in the region shines in the new bronze sculpture “Good Wine, Good Memories,” depicting a man and woman stomping grapes at Crist Park, 105 Fifth St. in Frederick

    Frederick officials unveiled the new piece of public art in an Art Matters event on July 7. The sculpture by Kathy Wardle of Brighton is the latest addition to the community’s Art in Public Places Program.

  • Fort Lupton library director ready for new post

    Fort Lupton’s library director Janice Fisher-Giles has been a librarian since she was 12, and she’s not done yet.

    For 18 years, Janice Fisher-Giles has been the director of the Fort Lupton Public and School Library at 425 S. Denver Ave., placing her name on a short list of local women who have held the job for nearly a century.

    Fisher-Giles recently tendered her resignation and has considered the idea of being an interim library director at a new post somewhere else. When asked if resigning was her idea, she had a mixed answer.

  • Firework complaints skyrocket around the Fourth

    As amateur fireworks displays lit up night skies on the Fourth of July, complaint calls lit up switchboards of police stations in the region.

    Fort Lupton police recorded 18 complaints of fireworks being detonated between July 2 and July 4. Two incidents were reported on July 2. Eight people complained on July 3, and eight more complained on July 4.

    No tickets were issued, but police gave at least one warning, according to the Fort Lupton Police Department. Brighton received 122 calls and issued one ticket.