http://www.ftluptonpress.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Child abuse video goes viral http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/child-abuse-video-goes-viral <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/katrina_kennedy.jpg" alt="Katrina Flores Kennedy was advised of her rights in court May 19, after police arrested her in connection with a video that has gone viral on YouTube." title="Katrina Flores Kennedy was advised of her rights in court May 19, after police arrested her in connection with a video that has gone viral on YouTube." align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">LOCHBUIE &ndash; The Weld County District Attorney&rsquo;s office plans to charge a 27-year-old woman with three counts of child abuse after she allegedly abused her young son in a video that has gone viral on YouTube.</span></p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Judge Dana Nichols advised Katrina Flores Kennedy of her rights and set her bond at $3,000 in the Weld County Courthouse Thursday, May 19. The judge issued a mandatory protection order, stating that Kennedy is not to have contact with the victim or anyone under the age of 18.</span></p> High school band students recognized for achievements http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/high-school-band-students-recognized-achievements <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_edu_honorband_05_1816.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Five members of Fort Lupton High School received Honors Band recognitions this year, and were honored as outstanding students by the Weld Re-8 school board.</p> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tamiko Okawah plays bass clarinet. As a freshman, Okawah beat seven other high school students, most of them juniors and seniors, to earn her post in honor band. Okawah recently won a second place award in solo ensemble.</p> State 4A track: Wyatt misses shot put finals by 2 inches http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/state-4a-track-wyatt-misses-shot-put-finals-2-inches <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/wyatt-shot_put.jpg" alt="Frederick’s Julia White winds up to make her second throw of three during the girls class 4A shot put May 19 of the State Track and Field Championships at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood. The throw measured 34 feet and 8 inches. That was close to her best throw of the season but not enough to move her into the finals. " title="Frederick’s Julia White winds up to make her second throw of three during the girls class 4A shot put May 19 of the State Track and Field Championships at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood. The throw measured 34 feet and 8 inches. That was close to her best throw of the season but not enough to move her into the finals. " align="left" hspace="6" width="61" height="85" /><p> <strong>LAKEWOOD &ndash; </strong>Frederick&#39;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.</p> <p> Instead, she settled for 12th place with a top throw of 34 feet 8 inches. The 10th-place -- and last qualifier for the finals &ndash; was Evergreen&#39;s Samantha Kiesel, who threw 34-10 3/4.</p> Lucky 13 for Frederick's Aragon in state high jump http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/lucky-13-fredericks-aragon-state-high-jump <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_4703.jpg" alt="Frederick&#039;s Kelly Aragon aims for a clearance of 4 feet 11 inches in the state 4A high jump May 19 at Jeffco Stadium." title="Frederick&#039;s Kelly Aragon aims for a clearance of 4 feet 11 inches in the state 4A high jump May 19 at Jeffco Stadium." align="left" hspace="6" width="73" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Eric R. Flores</strong></p> <p> <strong>Sports correspondent</strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>LAKEWOOD &ndash;&nbsp;</strong>Frederick junior Kelly Aragon finished in 13th place in the 2016 class 4A state high jump May 19 at Jefferson County Stadium.</p> <p> 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.</p> It’s off to NW Kansas Tech for Vasquez http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/it%E2%80%99s-nw-kansas-tech-vasquez <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_sp_vasquez_051816_0.jpg" alt="Florencio Lorenzo Vasquez and Patrick Vasquez find some time to laugh May 12 after the younger Vasquez signed a college letter of intent to attend Northwest Kansas Technical College." title="Florencio Lorenzo Vasquez and Patrick Vasquez find some time to laugh May 12 after the younger Vasquez signed a college letter of intent to attend Northwest Kansas Technical College." align="left" hspace="6" width="111" height="85" /><p class="p1"> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 22.973px;">All it took was a campus visit for Fort Lupton&rsquo;s Patrick Vasquez to choose Northwest Kansas Technical College in Goodland, Kan.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p3"> He signed his letter May 12 at FLHS.</p> <p class="p3"> &ldquo;I went to visit. I tried out (for the basketball team),&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m really into criminal justice, and they have a really cool CSI program. That caught my eye really quick. Seeing all the facilities and everything they have to offer, I was getting really excited.&rdquo;</p> Bicyclist dies in semi-truck collision http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/bicyclist-dies-semi-truck-collision <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">A Fort Lupton bicyclist was killed the morning of May 20 on Weld County Road 18 on a bridge over the South Platte River.</span></p> <p> A 59-year-old male was riding eastbound on Weld County Road 18 and ran into a semi-trailer truck also headed eastbound, said Kenneth Poncelow, Fort Lupton police chief. According to Poncelow the bicycle entered the eastbound lane.</p> <p> &ldquo;Witnesses said he was looking other places,&rdquo; Poncelow said.</p> Safety first at Twombly Elementary http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/safety-first-twombly-elementary <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_edu_safetypatrolhonors_051816.jpg" alt="Fifth-grader Kevin Tieler McGrew was named outstanding member of the Twombly Elementary School Safety Patrol. Behind McGrew, from left to right, is community service officer Terrie Asay, assistant principal Scott VanLoo, police chief Kenneth Poncelow and Bank of Colorado representative Mariann Johnston." title="Fifth-grader Kevin Tieler McGrew was named outstanding member of the Twombly Elementary School Safety Patrol. Behind McGrew, from left to right, is community service officer Terrie Asay, assistant principal Scott VanLoo, police chief Kenneth Poncelow and Bank of Colorado representative Mariann Johnston." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; At least one day per week, fifth graders at Twombly Elementary School participates in Safety Patrol &ndash; greeting cars, opening doors for students and wishing parents a good day.</p> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The 30 students recently were honored for their participation in the volunteer program. They help with the flow of traffic at school in the mornings. Teams of five or six help others in the drop-off area to keep everything going well.</p> Bond funds could be used for district schools http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/bond-funds-could-be-used-district-schools <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Money from a potential bond measure for a new Quest Academy building also would be used to spruce up all schools in the district, officials say.</p> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Architectural firm Hord Coplan Macht in Denver recently inspected each building in the district to assess needs and create a district-wide master plan. The firm recently was hired by the school board for $38,500 in advance of the potential bond election in November.</p>