http://www.ftluptonpress.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Sketches, skepticism mark meeting over Mountain Sky subdivision plans http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/sketches-skepticism-mark-meeting-over-mountain-sky-subdivision-plans <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_mtnskysketch2_012815.jpg" alt="A sketch plan of the proposed Mountain Sky subdivision, as presented to planning commissioners on Jan. 20. " title="A sketch plan of the proposed Mountain Sky subdivision, as presented to planning commissioners on Jan. 20. " align="left" hspace="6" width="133" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">FORT LUPTON &mdash; </b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Developers of a preliminary sketch plat for a new housing subdivision in Fort Lupton were met with some skepticism during a meeting of planning commissioners Jan. 20 at City Hall.</span></p> Brown-Mullin to represent Weld County in Mrs. Colorado America Pageant http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/brown-mullin-represent-weld-county-mrs-colorado-america-pageant <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/flm_comm_mrsweldcounty_012815.jpg" alt="Georgia transplant and United Way of Weld County employee Malikia Brown-Mullin will represent Weld County in April&amp;#039;s Mrs. Colorado pageant at the Denver Performing Arts Center. It&amp;#039;s the first time the wife and mother of five has tried her hand at pageantry, but will go into the competition brimming with confidence after getting lots of support from her husband, Kevin, and the organization she will represent. As a resource development account manager for Weld County&amp;#039;s United Way, Brown-Mullin serves much of southern Weld County, including Fort Lupton and Carbon Valley." title="Georgia transplant and United Way of Weld County employee Malikia Brown-Mullin will represent Weld County in April&amp;#039;s Mrs. Colorado pageant at the Denver Performing Arts Center. It&amp;#039;s the first time the wife and mother of five has tried her hand at pageantry, but will go into the competition brimming with confidence after getting lots of support from her husband, Kevin, and the organization she will represent. As a resource development account manager for Weld County&amp;#039;s United Way, Brown-Mullin serves much of southern Weld County, including Fort Lupton and Carbon Valley." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">WELD COUNTY &mdash;</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> Whether or not Malikia Brown-Mullin winds up the next Miss America, there&rsquo;s no denying she has already made the most of her family&rsquo;s recent move to Weld County.</span></p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Citing a desire to bring more attention to the county, the Greeley community, and the non-profit she works for, the 43-year-old wife and mother of five can now add the title of Beauty Queen to her r&eacute;sum&eacute;.</span></p> Mix of community, craft beers and (of course) 'cue prove successful at the Smokehouse http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/mix-community-craft-beers-and-course-cue-prove-successful-smokehouse <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fm_georgiaboyspatio_071614.jpg" alt="The patio at Georgia Boys has been a focal point of the barbecue joint’s success this past year. " title="The patio at Georgia Boys has been a focal point of the barbecue joint’s success this past year. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">FREDERICK &mdash;</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> In a little, renovated Victorian-era home in Longmont known affectionately as &ldquo;The Shack,&rdquo; Georgia boys Nick Reckinger and Matt Alexander learned that sometimes, good food is more than just good food. Sometimes, it can help bring people together or unite a community.</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&nbsp;</span></p> Villani signs on with North Platte CC http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/villani-signs-north-platte-cc-1 <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_sp_villani_020415.jpg" alt="Frederick&#039;s Antonia Villani listens to athletic director Kris Keith during her letter-signing ceremony Jan. 26 at the school. Villani signed to play softball at North Platte Community College." title="Frederick&#039;s Antonia Villani listens to athletic director Kris Keith during her letter-signing ceremony Jan. 26 at the school. Villani signed to play softball at North Platte Community College." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <strong>FREDERICK --</strong>&nbsp;It didn&#39;t take a lot of convincing for Frederick&#39;s Antonia Villani to pick her next education/athletic stop.</p> <p> After all, she&#39;d been conversing with the softball coach at North Platte Community College (she signed her letter of intent Jan. 26) for the past couple of years. That, combined with her interest in the school&#39;s nursing program wrapped up her decision-making process.&nbsp;</p> Dog rescue from ice in Frederick a success http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/dog-rescue-ice-frederick-success <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_fffr_dog_rescue_003a_012815.jpg" alt="Frederick Police Officer Mourey, left, and Firestone Community Service Officer Powers try to warm up a dog after it fell into Lake Milavec Sunday morning. The dog was chasing geese on the frozen lake when it fell into some open water nearly 100 yards from shore. The unidentified dog, reportedly belonged to a nearby family, was rescued by Frederick - Firestone Fire Rescue firefighters and brought to safety. Following its rescue the wet and shivering animal was transported to the Frederick Police station to be reunited with its family." title="Frederick Police Officer Mourey, left, and Firestone Community Service Officer Powers try to warm up a dog after it fell into Lake Milavec Sunday morning. The dog was chasing geese on the frozen lake when it fell into some open water nearly 100 yards from shore. The unidentified dog, reportedly belonged to a nearby family, was rescued by Frederick - Firestone Fire Rescue firefighters and brought to safety. Following its rescue the wet and shivering animal was transported to the Frederick Police station to be reunited with its family." align="left" hspace="6" width="106" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"><strong>FREDERICK &mdash;</strong> Just weeks after participating in an annual ice rescue training session, emergency personnel from the Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District got a chance to put that training to a test.</span></p> Wild Animal Sanctuary to ease growing pains with more amenities for human visitors http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/wild-animal-sanctuary-ease-growing-pains-more-amenities-human-visitors <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/flm_lcl_sanctuary2_012115.jpg" alt="Visitors at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg look out past the end of the &amp;quot;Mile of Wild&amp;quot; elevated walkway to a large white structure that will in the spring become the sanctuary&amp;#039;s new welcome center and main entrance. The &amp;quot;Mile of Wild&amp;quot; will also be extended to the north welcome center, which is part of several major renovations that also include plans for an events center, an RV park, a bed and breakfast and an on-site overnight camping area. Sanctuary director Pat Craig said the new amenities are aimed at boosting revenue, all of which goes toward care of the animal refugees." title="Visitors at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg look out past the end of the &amp;quot;Mile of Wild&amp;quot; elevated walkway to a large white structure that will in the spring become the sanctuary&amp;#039;s new welcome center and main entrance. The &amp;quot;Mile of Wild&amp;quot; will also be extended to the north welcome center, which is part of several major renovations that also include plans for an events center, an RV park, a bed and breakfast and an on-site overnight camping area. Sanctuary director Pat Craig said the new amenities are aimed at boosting revenue, all of which goes toward care of the animal refugees." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">KEENESBURG &mdash; </b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">From the perspective of more than 350 animal refugees who now call Keenesburg home, the sprawling 720-acre Wild Animal Sanctuary &mdash; situated along rolling hills of expansive Weld County farmland &mdash; must seem like the Ritz-Carlton of the animal kingdom.</span></p> Renovated middle school library becomes a hub for students, teachers http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/renovated-middle-school-library-becomes-hub-students-teachers <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/flm_edu_flmslibrary1_012115.jpg" alt="Fort Lupton Middle School library director Tasha Tolbert leans in to help a student during a study session shortly before holiday break. Tolbert said the new renovations at the middle school library have created more space and encouraged more collaboration between students who are no longer cordoned off from one another, as evidenced by this pod-like computer station." title="Fort Lupton Middle School library director Tasha Tolbert leans in to help a student during a study session shortly before holiday break. Tolbert said the new renovations at the middle school library have created more space and encouraged more collaboration between students who are no longer cordoned off from one another, as evidenced by this pod-like computer station." align="left" hspace="6" width="130" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">FORT LUPTON &mdash;</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> During a tour in mid-June, when the then-dusty Fort Lupton Middle School was stripped down to a shell of what the renovated school is today, former superintendent Mark Payler already knew the new library remodel would live up to the vision of district administrators and planners.</span></p> Gabels to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/gabels-celebrate-their-60th-wedding-anniversary <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_gabelanniversary_012815.jpg" alt="Elizabeth Joan and Philip Gabel on their wedding day, 60 years ago." title="Elizabeth Joan and Philip Gabel on their wedding day, 60 years ago." align="left" hspace="6" width="70" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">FORT LUPTON &mdash; </b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The family of Phil and Joan Gabel have the honor of inviting friends and family to share in the celebration of their 60th wedding anniversary. A cake reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, in the Community Room at the Fort Lupton Community Center, 203 South Harrison Ave.</span></p>