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Today's News

  • Fort Lupton bids farewell to beloved chief of police

    Community outreach isn’t always a trait associated with police work, but for former Fort Lupton Chief of Police Kenneth Poncelow, it was a top priority.

    Poncelow was a volunteer and sat on a variety of community boards while he was the chief of police for the last seven years.

    One of Poncelow's most memorable volunteer jobs was playing Santa at Bank of Colorado each December. Last Christmas, he touched the heart of Keller Williams Broker Associate Kristel Acre, who said her memory of what he did speaks to the type of person he is.

  • Fort Lupton’s Guerra tabs college in Nebraska

    Fort Lupton graduate Luis Guerra was one of the lucky soccer players when he left high school.

    He had lots of options on the table for his collegiate stop. 

    In the end, he chose Nebraska Christian College in Papillion, Neb.

    “They gave me a second opportunity to continue to pursue my dreams, not only as a soccer player but also serving Christ,” Guerra said. “I knew NCC was the perfect college fit for me.”

  • Mayor, council seats up for grabs this fall in Fort Lupton

    For the first time since 2007, Fort Lupton voters will get to choose between at least two candidates for mayor.

    Current city council members Zo Stieber and Robert McWilliams have expressed interest so far. Candidates have until 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, to get 25 signatures from city residents supporting their candidacy and a candidacy affidavit filed with city hall to get on the November ballot

    The last contested mayor’s race in Fort Lupton happened when Shannon Rhoda edged out Jimmy Dominguez in 2007.

  • 199 homes planned in Fort Lupton subdivision

    A developer plans to build as many as 199 new homes starting next spring on a 77-acre piece of land north of Weld County Road 12 and west of Weld County Road 29 1/2.

    Fort Lupton city council members approved a development plan for the $70 million Mountain Sky subdivision on Monday, July 17. A newly created metropolitan district for the project is expected to generate about $8.7 million to pay for roads, water and electricity infrastructure on the land.

  • How to raise giant rabbits

    Rabbits gnaw contentedly on pellets in the wooden, thatched, bungalow-style boxes in Cade Ryals’ backyard – big ones at that.

    The five Flemish Giant rabbits like to scurry around their boxed homes, unaware that they’ll soon be on display on a bigger stage – the Weld County Fair.

    Cade says keeping rabbits is similar to having cats or dogs, and that they can be quite affectionate.

    “We found these, and everyone says they’re the friendliest things on earth,” said Ryals, 11, grinning from ear to ear.

  • Fort Lupton man charged with assault, harassment

    A Fort Lupton man was arrested and charged with third-degree assault, two counts of harassment, and criminal mischief after an argument in the 300 block of Wagonwheel Drive Saturday, July 1.

    Troy Randolph, 41, allegedly pushed a victim up some stairs  and sent abusive text messages, according to a court affidavit. The Fort Lupton Press is not publishing the exact address of the alleged crimes because of an agreement with area police departments to publish the general vicinity of domestic violence cases.

  • Sgt. John Fryar to take over for Chief Poncelow

    Starting July 10, there will be a new "sheriff" in town.

  • Tire failure kills one, injures another on U.S. Highway 85

    A failed tire is believed to have caused a single-vehicle crash in Fort Lupton that killed a Greeley man and left a Greeley woman seriously injured.

    Horacio Salinas, 57, was driving his 2007 Ford Explorer south on U.S. Highway 85 near Fort Lupton when his tire failed around 1:13 p.m. Monday, July 3, according to a Fort Lupton police report. The Explorer rolled off the highway around mile marker 240, according to multiple witnesses.

    Salinas survived the crash, but died hours later at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, according to the police report.

  • Fort Lupton chief of police Ken Poncelow to retire

    It has been a long road for Fort Lupton Police Chief Kenneth Poncelow.

    “I’ve been servicing all the acts, tired of playing with all the clowns,” Poncelow said about the criminals he has dealt with throughout his career.

    Now, the 42-year police veteran has decided to hang up his police uniform, announcing recently that he will retire July 10.

    Poncelow said he took over a department in shambles when he came to Fort Lupton as chief of police in 2010 after serving as a commander for Weld County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Aims Community College to choose new executive campus director

    Aims Community College – Fort Lupton branch’s hiring committee is expected to choose between an insider and a candidate from California to lead the campus into the future.

    Job candidate Julie Luekenga currently works at Aims – Fort Lupton; Elyane Harney currently teaches business classes at Central Washington University in Seattle. Each spoke at a public forum Thursday, July 6, about why she should be the new executive campus director.