http://www.ftluptonpress.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Attempted kidnapping suspect skips court date, still at-large http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/attempted-kidnapping-suspect-skips-court-date-still-large <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_jessica_gallegos-1_0.jpg" alt="Jessica Gallegos" title="Jessica Gallegos" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> Jessica Gallegos, of Fort Lupton, failed to appear at scheduled hearing Nov. 28 related to an earlier attempted kidnapping and assault on Monday, Nov. 28, in Weld County District Court in Greeley.</p> <p> Gallegos, along with Fort Lupton residents Diana Gallegos and Vivian Manning, face charges of attempted kidnapping, attempted assault, burglary, conspiracy, obstruction of justice and possession of a controlled substance from an incident that happened Sept. 7. A warrant has been issued for her arrest, which carries a $7,500 bond.&nbsp;</p> Quilts offer comfort, group needs help http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/quilts-offer-comfort-group-needs-help <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_kidz_quiltz-1.jpg" alt="Wilma Hamilton, co-founder of Kidz Quiltz in Fort Lupton, smiles on Wednesday, Nov. 10, as she folds a quilt at the nonprofit group’s building at 457 Park Ave. After 11 years, Kidz Quiltz is a popular as ever, but it is facing its most pressing financial strains, Hamilton said. " title="Wilma Hamilton, co-founder of Kidz Quiltz in Fort Lupton, smiles on Wednesday, Nov. 10, as she folds a quilt at the nonprofit group’s building at 457 Park Ave. After 11 years, Kidz Quiltz is a popular as ever, but it is facing its most pressing financial strains, Hamilton said. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Kidz Quiltz provides handmade quilts to disaster victims around the world, but the local non-profit is facing a calamity of its own.</p> <p> Since being established in 2006 by husband and wife Lyle and Wilma Hamilton, the Fort Lupton nonprofit has grown from two vintage sewing machines and a box of materials to a staff of more than 20 volunteers working out of a large industrial building at 457 Park Ave. Stacks of fluffy fleece fabric and neatly folded piles of finished quilts, in a <a>kaleidoscope</a>of colors and patterns, fill every flat surface in the workshop area.</p> Community supports disease-stricken family through fundraiser http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/community-supports-disease-stricken-family-through-fundraiser <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_sevryn_johnson-2.jpg" alt="Sevryn Johnson, center, hugs a friend at a fundraiser for her and her sister, Sydny Johnson, left, on Nov. 19. The Johnson sisters are battling Wolfram syndrome, a rare and potentially deadly form of diabetes. They are raising money to participate in a clinical study beginning next month in St. Louis Missouri." title="Sevryn Johnson, center, hugs a friend at a fundraiser for her and her sister, Sydny Johnson, left, on Nov. 19. The Johnson sisters are battling Wolfram syndrome, a rare and potentially deadly form of diabetes. They are raising money to participate in a clinical study beginning next month in St. Louis Missouri." align="left" hspace="6" width="133" height="85" /><p> Fort Lupton organizations and area residents rallied behind Sevryn and Sydny Johnson recently, raising $4,000 for them on Saturday, Nov. 19.</p> <p> The two local sisters are battling Wolfram syndrome, a potentially fatal form of diabetes.</p> <p> Residents held a fundraiser dinner event at the Brighton Boys and Girls Club, with money raised from a silent auction, raffle items, donations and entrance fees.</p> <p> &ldquo;It is very encouraging for us. We&rsquo;re going to keep it going,&rdquo; said Elana Johnson, the girls&rsquo; mother.</p> Optimists help needy with Angel Tree project http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/optimists-help-needy-angel-tree-project <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_angle_tree-1.jpg" alt="People can pick up cards listing children&#039;s gifts from Angel Trees in three Fort Lupton locations. " title="People can pick up cards listing children&#039;s gifts from Angel Trees in three Fort Lupton locations. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Are you an angel? You can help t<span style="line-height: 20.4px;">he Fort Lupton Optimist Club give gifts to Fort Lupton children who would otherwise not have any presents under the tree. </span></p> Fort Lupton Winter Festival is on Saturday http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/fort-lupton-winter-festival-saturday <p> <span id="docs-internal-guid-86f6a3d3-c174-aba3-5f9f-2ab9667c2f97">The Fort Lupton Winter Festival includes a full slate of holiday activities, culminating with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Fort Lupton Recreation Center, 203 S. Harrison Ave. </span></p> <p> <span>It&#39;s a &ldquo;community event with multiple attractions&rdquo; that lasts throughout the day, said Linda Kudrna, special events coordinator at the Recreation Center. </span></p> Fort Lupton man charged in Thanksgiving traffic fatality http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/fort-lupton-man-charged-thanksgiving-traffic-fatality <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_news_rodriguez_120716.jpg" alt="Alex Rodriguez" title="Alex Rodriguez" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> <strong>GREELEY &ndash;</strong> The Weld County District Attorney&#39;s Office charged a 19-year-old Fort Lupton man for his part in a Thanksgiving morning crash that killed a Severance teenager.</p> <p> Alex Pablo Rodriguez, 25, faces felony charges of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault and a misdemeanor county of driving under the influence. Rodriguez&#39; first court appearance is at 8:30 a.m., Dec. 15.</p> Rodello advised of his rights, obtains public defender http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/rodello-advised-his-rights-obtains-public-defender <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/rupert_rodello_1_1.jpg" alt="Rupert Rodello, 29, of Fort Lupton. " title="Rupert Rodello, 29, of Fort Lupton. " align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> A Fort Lupton man who allegedly threatened students by making the shape of a gun with his hands was formally advised of his rights in a hearing Tuesday, Nov. 22, in Weld County District Court in Greeley.</p> <p> At the hearing, Rupert Rodello, 29, also was referred to a public defender. Megan Bishop was later appointed as Rodello&#39;s public defender, said Tyler Hill, a spokesman for the Weld County District Attorney&rsquo;s Office.</p> Lochbuie to officially open new Town Hall http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/lochbuie-officially-open-new-town-hall <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/lochbuie_townb_hall.jpg" alt="Officials will open Lochbuie&#039;s new town hall building at 703 Weld County Road 37 in a celebration at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. " title="Officials will open Lochbuie&#039;s new town hall building at 703 Weld County Road 37 in a celebration at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. " align="left" hspace="6" width="159" height="85" /><p class="normal"> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Officials plan to open the new $4 million Lochbuie Town Hall with a bang - with a ceremony set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at 703 Weld County Road 37.</span></p> <p> Mayor Michael Mahoney and the Board of Trustees plan to celebrate the milestone with the community, according to Town Clerk Monica Mendoza.</p>