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Today's News

  • What do tomatoes, trappers have in common?

    A rugged pioneer, draped in furs, brandishing a rifle musket, with a wooly beard, is an iconic image of the Wild West.

    It’s also the modern mascot of Fort Lupton’s end-of-summer Trapper Days festival, scheduled this year from Sept. 9 to 11.

    But the image of a man is a big shift from the celebration’s original symbol: the tomato.

  • Family, friends remember Gavin Hoff at memorial

    Dozens of family and friends of Gavin Hoff gathered in the Fort Lupton High School gym on Saturday, Aug. 13, for a funeral for the 14-year old who died in a car accident on Aug. 1.

    Under dimmed lights, people sat in neatly arranged rows of folding chairs at one end of the basketball court, facing a small stage with a podium and a casket flanked by large white flower wreaths.

  • Student mentors help new freshmen at FLHS

    It was the last Friday of summer vacation.

    While the hot summer day signaled the end of the three-month break, dozens of local students were already roaming the halls at Fort Lupton High School.

    They came for a freshman orientation – students making that leap from middle school to the new world of high school and, by most measures, young adulthood.

    Since the transition can be a bit daunting, high school counselor Michael Sena worked with school staff members, juniors and seniors to organize the orientation event.

  • Size, youth the keys to FLHS football in 2016

    Fort Lupton football coach Tommy Galicia knew instantly where the strength of his team was going to be.

    “We are upper-classmen loaded on the line,” he said. “We should control both sides of the line of scrimmage and be able to run the ball.”

  • Urban renewal board pushes for survey results

    Nearly 50 residents have weighed in on three potential projects to spruce up downtown Fort Lupton.

    Residents rated three projects almost equally in a survey when asked to rank them from most important to least important:

    1.     Spruce up storefronts along Denver Avenue and Colorado Highway 52.

    2.     Install street furniture, signs, trash cans, landscaping planters and banners on Denver  Avenue and Colorado Highway 52.

  • Firestone police building could rise in Central Park

    Residents can comment on the design for the planned Firestone public safety building at a community meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 1.

    Denver-based Roth Sheppard Architects is expected to show off the design for a new police department and municipal court building at the meeting, which will be at the town hall, 151 Grant Ave. City officials in July decided to put a measure on the ballot to ask voters to approve funding for the new project.

  • New Weld DA spokesman is former TV reporter

    Tyler Hill is the new community relations director at the Weld County District Attorney’s office.

    He started on Aug. 15 after Kimberly Corban, his predecessor, left to take a job based out of Washington, D.C. She will continue to work from Colorado.

  • Turnaround Bikes combats poverty with two wheels

    In an industrial building in Greeley, a group of teenagers wrenched away on bicycles in various forms of assembly.

    Some bikes were getting new brake cables, while others were getting fresh inner tubes and tires.

    This is the workshop of Turnaround Bikes at 134 11th Ave., a nonprofit program operated by Northern Colorado Youth for Christ that provides refurbished bicycles to low-income people in Weld County for reliable transportation and personal empowerment.

  • Firestone residents wanted

    Firestone officials are looking for a new planning commissioner and a new member for the Parks, Trails and Recreation Advisory Board after two recent resignations.

    Kevin Bixler served on the Firestone Planning Commission since June 2012 but is moving out of Firestone’s jurisdiction, disqualifying him to hold public office in town. In the Parks, Trails and Recreation Advisory Board case, resident John Damsma is staying in town, but has taken a seat on the Firestone Board of Trustees.

  • Minimum wage could go up in November

    Hundreds of people in the region could see raises if voters approve a minimum wage increase on the November ballot.

    While no specific statistics are available for Weld and Adams County, about 22,000 workers make minimum wage in Colorado of the estimated 1.24 million workers who make an hourly wage in the state, according to federal Bureau of Labor statistics. Colorado employs about 2.7 million workers in total.