http://www.ftluptonpress.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Silicon Ranch project planned to power 2,500 homes http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/silicon-ranch-project-planned-power-2500-homes <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_news_siliconranchupdate_020316.jpg" alt="McCarthy Building Cos. employees work on building a new solar farm in Fort Lupton for Nashville, Tenn.-based Silicon Ranch Corp. " title="McCarthy Building Cos. employees work on building a new solar farm in Fort Lupton for Nashville, Tenn.-based Silicon Ranch Corp. " align="left" hspace="6" width="106" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;<strong>FORT LUPTON</strong>&mdash; Sunshine is expected to power the region&rsquo;s future from a solar farm going up on 137 acres just east of Fort Lupton along Colo. 52.</p> <p> Solar panels at the site are planned to start generating electricity for 2,500 nearby homes and businesses, starting in April. Tennessee company Silicon Ranch Corp. plans to sell the solar power to United Power Inc. in Brighton in a 20-year contract arrangement. Terms of the contract were not immediately available.</p> Snowstorm cancels Weld Re-8, Aims classes http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/snowstorm-cancels-weld-re-8-aims-classes <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/i-76_closure_001a.jpg" alt="Both directions of I-76 from Lochbuie to the Nebraska line were closed for more than 12 hours Tuesday due to heavy snow and high winds. Parking lots of businesses along the highway were clogged by waiting semi trucks as were many exit ramps." title="Both directions of I-76 from Lochbuie to the Nebraska line were closed for more than 12 hours Tuesday due to heavy snow and high winds. Parking lots of businesses along the highway were clogged by waiting semi trucks as were many exit ramps." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;<span>WELD COUNTY -- A monster snowstorm prompted Weld Re-8 to cancel classes and before- and after-school activities Tuesday.</span></p> <p> The storm also closed the Aims Community College campus. It was expected to deposit up to a foot of snow in locations around the metro area. Gusty winds blew up to 35 knots in some places, according to the National Weather Service.</p> <p> City of Fort Lupton offices are closed. Frederick, Dacono and Firestone town offices all opened mid-morning and were expected to remain open throughout the day.</p> Prep wrestling: Three FLHS wrestlers capture league titles http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/prep-wrestling-three-flhs-wrestlers-capture-league-titles <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/englewood_wrestling_fort_morgan_photo2.jpg" alt="Fort Lupton’s 132-pound wrestler, Darian Rosales, tries to turn over Alameda’s David Kelsch during the first round of the February 6 league match at Englewood High School. Rosales won the match by a pin and wound up first in his weight class." title="Fort Lupton’s 132-pound wrestler, Darian Rosales, tries to turn over Alameda’s David Kelsch during the first round of the February 6 league match at Englewood High School. Rosales won the match by a pin and wound up first in his weight class." align="left" hspace="6" width="86" height="85" /><p> <strong>ENGLEWOOD --</strong> Fort Lupton&#39;s Ruben Rodriguez (113 pounds), Jody Sandoval II (120 pounds) and Jaylen Torrez (126 pounds) won conference titles at the Colorado 7 League meet at Englewood High School Feb. 6.</p> Kaylor tabbed as next Weld Re-8 superintendent http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/kaylor-tabbed-next-weld-re-8-superintendent <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/alan_kaylor_2s_0.jpg" alt="Alan Kaylor" title="Alan Kaylor" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p style="line-height: 20.4px;"> <strong>&nbsp; &nbsp; FORT LUPTON &mdash;</strong>&nbsp;Fort Lupton High School&#39;s principal will become the new superintendent of the Weld Re-8 School District this summer.</p> <p style="line-height: 20.4px;"> Alan Kaylor, who has been the principal since 2013, was tabbed to be the new head of the district Jan. 16. He takes the new job July 1.</p> <p style="line-height: 20.4px;"> &quot;I am humbled and honored,&quot; Kaylor said in a text message.</p> Fort Lupton gets photo op http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/fort-lupton-gets-photo-op <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>FORT LUPTON &mdash;</strong> The city of Fort Lupton is about to get its picture taken, and it is not a photo of city staff. This will be a photo of the actual city that will be put to use for city operations.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;In partnering with the Denver Regional Council of Governments on its Denver Regional Aerial Photography Project, the city will get photographed approximately 121 square miles of land in and around Fort Lupton.<br /> Wrestling: Sandoval claims 120-pound title at Brighton Invitational http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/wrestling-sandoval-claims-120-pound-title-brighton-invitational <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_sp_fhsrassle4_020316.jpg" alt="Fort Lupton&#039;s Jody Sandoval II puts the squeeze on Fruita Monument&#039;s Jahaziel Serrano in the 120-pound quarterfinals at the Brighton Invitational Jan. 30. Sandoval won by pinfall in 50 seconds." title="Fort Lupton&#039;s Jody Sandoval II puts the squeeze on Fruita Monument&#039;s Jahaziel Serrano in the 120-pound quarterfinals at the Brighton Invitational Jan. 30. Sandoval won by pinfall in 50 seconds." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <strong>BRIGHTON --</strong> Fort Lupton&#39;s Jody Sandoval II took home the championship of the 120-pound bracket at the Brighton Invitational wrestling tournament Jan. 30. He won all three of his matches by pinfall. Sandoval earned a bye in the first round. His longest match lasted 1:42, and that was in the finals against Burlington&#39;s Cody Jacobsen.</p> <p> Darian Rosales (132) and Ruben Rodriguez (113) took fourth place at their respective weights.</p> <p> As a team, the Bluedevils finished ninth.</p> Train collides with car; no injuries reported http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/train-collides-car-no-injuries-reported <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_news_trainvcar.jpg" alt="Firefighters investigate a car-vs.-train crash near downtown Brighton Feb. 3. No one was injured." title="Firefighters investigate a car-vs.-train crash near downtown Brighton Feb. 3. No one was injured." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <strong>BRIGHTON --</strong> A Union Pacific train and a car collided Feb. 3 just south of downtown Brighton.</p> <p> The crash happened around 1:15 p.m. at U.S. 85 and Bromley Lane. Firefighters on the scene say there were no serious injuires.</p> <p> Rescue personnel told reporter Lee Strubinger that two cars collided. The force of the crash sent one of the vehicles onto the tracks.</p> Firestone now allows potbellied pigs as pets http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/firestone-now-allows-potbellied-pigs-pets <p> &nbsp;<strong>FIRESTONE</strong>&mdash; There is no love quite like the love from a dog or a cat or a &hellip; potbellied pig?</p> <p> Potbellied pigs and rabbits have formally been added to the list of allowable residential pets in Firestone, following a recent vote by the board of trustees.</p> <p> Firestone Mayor Paul Sorensen said the need for the measure came when town officials noticed that a resident had a potbellied pig as a pet. Since there was nothing in the code that allowed swine in town, officials decided to draft an ordinance that would allow it, he said.</p>