Today's News

  • Child abuse case mom appears in court

    The Weld County District Attorney’s office charged a Lochbuie mom with two accounts of child abuse on Friday, May 27, including one count of abuse causing injury.

    Katrina Flores Kennedy, 27, appeared in court to hear the charges against her. She was arrested last week after she allegedly abused her young son in a 16-minute video that has gone viral on YouTube. Her son is in protective custody, according to published reports.

  • Church celebrates 100 years

    First United Methodist Church members want to celebrate the church building’s 100-year-old status by getting historical protection.

    Such status would protect the Mission-style church at 305 Park Ave. from demolition, said Alyssa Knutson, Fort Lupton’s assistant city planner.

    “The designation gives the city a little bit of peace as far as making sure the designated building stays true to it’s historic integrity,” Knutson said.

  • Frederick sends class of 2016 onto real word

    FREDERICK – Almost 200 members of the Frederick High School class of 2016 received their diplomas during commencement exercises May 28 on the school's football field.

    It also was the last graduation program for FHS principal Pete Vargas. He resigned, effective at the end of the school year, and will become the new principal at Pueblo East High School next fall.

    We'll have more on the ceremony and the speeches in the June 1 issue of the Fort Lupton Press.

  • Future superintendent gets roasted by colleagues

    A “roast and toast” for Fort Lupton High School principal Alan Kaylor last week was full of jokes and affection.

    Kaylor will become school district superintendent on July 1.

    Friday afternoon, friends, family and co-workers gathered for a barbecue bash to celebrate Kaylor’s exit from the high school.

  • Oil, gas bust leaves fragile economy

    Recent oil and gas layoffs in Weld County mean that some people are scouring the classifieds for work and some small business owners are scrambling to replace lost revenue.

    A global glut of oil has led to plummeting in oil and gas prices, prompting layoffs in Weld County.

  • Two Fort Lupton seniors shine as top of their class

    Fort Lupton High School seniors Vanessa Macias and Gisel Gonzales have been named valedictorian and salutatorian.

    Macias plans to attend the University of Denver and has not yet picked her major.

    “I really like how the classes are 20 (people) or less,” Macias said. “I like how it’s quarters instead of semesters. And, it’s not too far from home.”

    Macias played high school soccer and enjoys math. It takes hard work to succeed in school, she said.

  • Liberty to stay in Fort Lupton after Sanjel acquisition

    Denver-based Liberty Oilfield Services plans to keep operating in Fort Lupton, according to Mayor Tommy Holton.

    Holton said he hopes Liberty will be able to hire back some of the people laid off by Canada-based oilfield company Sanjel Corp. Sanjel said on May 13 it would lay off 101 people in its Fort Lupton operation as the company goes through bankruptcy.

  • 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.

  • State 4A track: Wyatt misses shot put finals by 2 inches

    LAKEWOOD – Frederick's Julia Wyatt came oh so close to qualifying for the finals of the state 4A shot put May 19 at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood.

    Instead, she settled for 12th place with a top throw of 34 feet 8 inches. The 10th-place -- and last qualifier for the finals – was Evergreen's Samantha Kiesel, who threw 34-10 3/4.

  • Lucky 13 for Frederick's Aragon in state high jump



    Eric R. Flores

    Sports correspondent


    LAKEWOOD – Frederick junior Kelly Aragon finished in 13th place in the 2016 class 4A state high jump May 19 at Jefferson County Stadium.

    The competition opened up with competitors trying to clear 4 feet, 11 inches ,and two of the 18 competitors were unable to do that. However, Aragon cleared the height with ease on her first attempt.