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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Freshman caps season with state title

    DENVER – There was every reason in the world for Fort Lupton freshman Jacob Duran to break into smile mode Feb. 18.

    He won his first state title, an 8-3 decision over Elijah Delacerda of Alamosa, in the 106-pound class 3A finals. He found the home crowd in the Pepsi Center stands and smiled. He smiled at his coaches, he smiled at the mat officials, and he smiled in a tunnel off the main floor of Pepsi Center.

  • It’s a trifecta for Fort Lupton’s Sandoval

    DENVER – Fort Lupton’s Jody Sandoval II won four matches at the state 3A wrestling tournament. In so doing, he won his third straight title – this one at 126 pounds.

    “There was just a little pressure,” Sandoval said. “I didn’t want to go out there and lose. I had to work and show my fans that I came here to win.”

  • Fort Lupton spelling bee winner heads to state meet

    Quest Academy seventh-grader Carlos Cisneros scrolled through a seemingly endless list of words on his cell phone at a spelling bee competition on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

    It was one last look just minutes before he joined five other middle-school students at the front of the room at Butler Elementary School for the district-wide Scripps National Spelling Bee.

    “I still feel nervous. I think I’ll do good,” Carlos Cisneros said.

  • State 3A wrestling: Fort Lupton goes two-for-two in finals

    DENVER – The seedings held true for the Fort Lupton wrestling team at the state 3A tournament.

    Two of its members – Jacob Duran at 106 pounds and Jody Sandoval II at 126 pounds – were the top seeds at their weight classes, and each won a state title.

    Duran got the winning points early in the third period and then pulled off a four-point move in the last seconds to beat Alamosa's Elijah Delacerda 8-3. Duran, who is a freshman, finished with a record of 43-3.

  • Fort Lupton man arrested in connection with child prostitute

    Police have charged Benjamin Allen Holtry, 32, of Fort Lupton, with patronizing a child prostitute in Brighton.

    Holtry posted an ad on CraigsList, and a resident mentioned it to Brighton police, according to a police statement on Sunday, Feb. 19. Police detectives posed as the stepfather of a fictitious underage female and conversed with Holtry through emails and text messages for several days.

  • Fort Lupton shooting under investigation

    A man is in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a Saturday, Feb. 18, shooting near Fort Lupton.

    The victim was shot while he was riding an ATV in the 11000 block of Weld County Road 18, according to Weld County sheriff's deputies. His name was not released. He went to North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley to be treated for a shoulder injury.

  • 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.

  • State 3A wrestling: FLHS' Duran, Sandoval move into the finals

    DENVER – The brackets played out to form for Fort Lupton High School wrestlers, at least through the semifinal round Feb. 17.

    Jacob Duran, the Bluedevils' 106-pound freshman, beat Eagle Valley's LUke Morrissey 34-9 in the semifinals. Duran, the top seed in the weight class, faces Alamosa's Elijah Delacerda in the finals.