http://www.ftluptonpress.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Future so bright http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/future-so-bright <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_solarfield.062216.jpg" alt="A $25 million solar farm just east of Fort Lupton features “tracker panels” that can create 30 percent more energy than a fixed " title="A $25 million solar farm just east of Fort Lupton features “tracker panels” that can create 30 percent more energy than a fixed " align="left" hspace="6" width="130" height="85" /><p> Jerry Marizza at United Power Inc. doesn&rsquo;t care if you believe in global warming or not &ndash; he says solar farms just make good business sense.</p> <p> A new 13-megawatt solar farm east of Fort Lupton near Colorado Highway 52 is expected to stabilize future customer rates, for example, said Marizza, energy program coordinator at United Power, which has offices in Fort Lupton, Brighton and Golden.</p> Hot air balloon festival lands in Frederick June 24-26 http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/hot-air-balloon-festival-lands-frederick-june-24-26 <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_-frederick_hot_air_balloon_pic.jpg" alt="&quot;Frederick in Flight&quot; festival promises three days of fun. " title="&quot;Frederick in Flight&quot; festival promises three days of fun. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Three days of hot air balloons over Frederick starts June 24 with three consecutive days of festivities in Centennial Park.</span></p> <p> Dozens of hot air balloons will take to the sky every morning at sunrise at the park at 630 Eighth St in Frederick.</p> One year’s experience enough for college track http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/one-year%E2%80%99s-experience-enough-college-track <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_sp_padilla_062216.jpg" alt="Isaiah Padilla of Fort Lupton heads down the runway for a long jump at a track meet in Eaton this spring. " title="Isaiah Padilla of Fort Lupton heads down the runway for a long jump at a track meet in Eaton this spring. " align="left" hspace="6" width="54" height="85" /><p class="p1"> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 45.9459px;">He ran track for part of one year in high school.</span></p> <p class="p3"> But that was enough for Colby (Kan.) Community College to sign Fort Lupton&rsquo;s Isaiah Padilla to a letter of intent.</p> <p class="p3"> &ldquo;Mr. Kaylor (Fort Lupton High School principal and soon-to-be Weld Re-8 Superintendent Alan Kaylor) introduced me to this college,&rdquo; Padilla said. &ldquo;I respect all of his decisions. He said I would really like this college. He tried to help me figure out what was best for me.&rdquo;</p> Dacono to hold free BMX race http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/dacono-hold-free-bmx-race <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_daconobmx.062916.jpeg" alt="Riders use the track at Dacono BMX, 113 S. Forest St. in Dacono" title="Riders use the track at Dacono BMX, 113 S. Forest St. in Dacono" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Dacono BMX is celebrating its signature sport becoming an Olympic event by holding a public, free race on Friday, June 24, at the track at 113 S. Forest St.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> The nonprofit group of volunteers held a rider&rsquo;s clinic for participants June 23 where riders learned how to navigate the race track safely. A free practice time followed the clinic through 8 p.m.</p> <p> Race festivities start at 5 p.m. Friday with registration and practice time. The race is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.</p> Canine unit connects, protects Frederick community http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/canine-unit-connects-protects-frederick-community <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_canine4.062216_0.jpg" alt="Buran works with Officer Andrew Fairbanks to find an airsoft gun that a suspect had thrown into a yard on June 17. " title="Buran works with Officer Andrew Fairbanks to find an airsoft gun that a suspect had thrown into a yard on June 17. " align="left" hspace="6" width="108" height="85" /><p> <strong><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">By Michel Hansen</span></strong></p> <p> <strong>Special to MetroWest Newspapers</strong></p> <p> Bo, a Belgian Malinois, was the Frederick Police Department&rsquo;s first canine.</p> <p> Officer Andy Fairbanks was Bo&rsquo;s handler, starting the town&rsquo;s first Canine (K-9) Unit more than a decade ago.&nbsp;A K-9 unit gives police departments a more broad set of techniques to apprehend suspects and find narcotics, police say. The dogs can help make situations more safe for police and residents, they say.</p> A windy night in town http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/windy-night-town <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_news_winds_062916.jpg" alt="Winds blew the roof off a storage unit at South Denver Avenue and Kahil Street June 21." title="Winds blew the roof off a storage unit at South Denver Avenue and Kahil Street June 21." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Winds roared through Fort Lupton late June 21.&nbsp;</p> <p> In one instance, the Fort Lupton Fire Department said a tree fell on top of a car. No injuries were reported. One gust blew the roof off a storage unit near South Denver Avenue and Kahil Street. A tree at Fort Lupton Middle School also topped over because of the winds.</p> Flying high http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/flying-high <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_vintage_aero_museum-1-1.jpg" alt="Andy Parks stands inside his Vintage Aero Flight Museum at 7125 Parks Lane, east of Fort Lupton at the Platte Valley Airpark, which holds a world-class collection of World War I-era uniforms, memorabilia and replica aircraft that he builds and flies. " title="Andy Parks stands inside his Vintage Aero Flight Museum at 7125 Parks Lane, east of Fort Lupton at the Platte Valley Airpark, which holds a world-class collection of World War I-era uniforms, memorabilia and replica aircraft that he builds and flies. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> An impressive collection of flight-worthy replica aircraft and historic memorabilia are hidden inside the Vintage Aero Flying Museum in a colony of nondescript airplane hangars at Platte Valley Airpark.</p> <p> Such planes and aviation history are rarely found all in one place, let alone at a tiny airport in Fort Lupton. Outside, small planes pass by on the thin runway, the buzz of propellers fading in and out.</p> Frederick Market events at Crist Park http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/frederick-market-events-crist-park <p> <strong><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Frederick Market</span></strong></p> <p> <strong>moves to Crist Park</strong></p> <p> Local produce vendors are showing off their wares again this summer on Thursdays at the Frederick Market in Crist Park, 105 Fifth St. in Frederick</p> <p> Local acoustic artists will play at the market every week. You can shop from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays through August and from 4 to 7 p.m. in September.</p> <p> Special events include:</p> <p> July 7 &ndash; Art Matters</p> <p> Aug, 11 &ndash; Frederick Olympics</p>