http://www.ftluptonpress.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Gravel – good or bad for environment? http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/gravel-%E2%80%93-good-or-bad-environment <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_gravel2_081617.jpg" alt="Christi Cook and her neighbors believe the pond near their house dried up because of a nearby sand and gravel mine, but a Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety report says no conclusion has been made for the cause of the drainage. " title="Christi Cook and her neighbors believe the pond near their house dried up because of a nearby sand and gravel mine, but a Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety report says no conclusion has been made for the cause of the drainage. " align="left" hspace="6" width="118" height="85" /><p> Editor&rsquo;s note: This is the third story in a four-part series about sand and gravel pits in the region. Most sand and gravel mines pull water to operate from outside water sources &nbsp;- typically the South Platte River, in and around Fort Lupton.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <em>Dead and dry</em></p> <p> One day in late June, Christi Cook and a few of her neighbors on West Hill Court found a 670-foot long pond behind their homes dried up, with little prior warning.</p> Volleyball players getting ready for upcoming season http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/volleyball-players-getting-ready-upcoming-season <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_sp_flvbl1_080217.jpg" alt="Summer workouts are finished. Now it’s time to get on with practice and, eventually, some volleyball matches for Fort Lupton and Frederick high schools. Fort Lupton senior Ariana Vasquez smacks one over the net. " title="Summer workouts are finished. Now it’s time to get on with practice and, eventually, some volleyball matches for Fort Lupton and Frederick high schools. Fort Lupton senior Ariana Vasquez smacks one over the net. " align="left" hspace="6" width="96" height="85" /> Bueno CAMP helps college students take first step http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/bueno-camp-helps-college-students-take-first-step <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_bueno_081617.jpg" alt="(l to r) Bueno advisors Nadia Navarro, Jessely Chaparro, and Robert Garcia help students at Aims Community College in Fort Lupton." title="(l to r) Bueno advisors Nadia Navarro, Jessely Chaparro, and Robert Garcia help students at Aims Community College in Fort Lupton." align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> Aims Community College students in the Bueno College Assistance Migrant Program are often the first ones in their families to attend college.</p> <p> They receive free tuition their freshman year, free books, tutoring, counseling, and a $75 monthly stipend, workers say. Students must have at least one relative who is a migrant worker to be eligible to apply.</p> <p> For many, it&rsquo;s a game-changer. More than 200 students have graduated from college since the program started in 2001.</p> Workers finish first round of FLHS upgrades http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/workers-finish-first-round-flhs-upgrades <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_hs.jpg" alt="The Fort Lupton High School commons area now boasts more than $100,000 in new, energy-saving lighting." title="The Fort Lupton High School commons area now boasts more than $100,000 in new, energy-saving lighting." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Workers are finished with the first round of a $9.3 million upgrade at Fort Lupton High School &ndash; just in time for school to start.</p> <p> Construction workers from Haselden Construction in Centennial built a new parking lot, replaced the roof, painted the core areas inside the school. They also made other improvements, including installing a new heating and cooling system, installing new energy-saving lighting in the &ldquo;commons,&rdquo; remodeling science classrooms and the auditorium, and replacing existing chairs and tables.</p> Frederick recall forum highlights three different agendas http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/frederick-recall-forum-highlights-three-different-agendas <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_frederickrecall2.jpg" alt="Frederick recall candidates debated in a forum at Coal Creek Middle School Tuesday, Aug. 15." title="Frederick recall candidates debated in a forum at Coal Creek Middle School Tuesday, Aug. 15." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Candidates for a special recall election in Frederick sparred with each other in a forum at Coal Creek Middle School in Firestone Tuesday, Aug. 15.</p> <p> Candidates talked about a Sonic drive-in restaurant development plan, a four-story senior apartment near Tipple Parkway that could violate the town&#39;s height requirement, budgeting and spending and a number of other community related issues.</p> Luekenga is new executive campus director at Aims http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/luekenga-new-executive-campus-director-aims <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_luekenga2_081617.jpg" alt=" Luekenga speaks at a recent Fort Lupton Chamber of Commerce lunch." title=" Luekenga speaks at a recent Fort Lupton Chamber of Commerce lunch." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.3800000000000001;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"> <span id="docs-internal-guid-47f0f347-e840-3b66-7921-8347065727ed"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Julie Luekenga says she wasn&rsquo;t looking for a new job when the Aims Community College executive campus director position opened up recently at the Fort Lupton campus.</span></span></p> Homyak leaves a legacy of a lifetime http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/homyak-leaves-legacy-lifetime <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_homyak2_0.png" alt="Homyak still runs the clock at Fort Lupton High School football games" title="Homyak still runs the clock at Fort Lupton High School football games" align="left" hspace="6" width="51" height="85" /><p> Former Fort Lupton High School Principal Kenneth Homyak, 95, saw some students necking in the hall the other day but stopped himself from saying anything.</p> <p> &ldquo;I wanted to do something, but I told myself, &lsquo;You&rsquo;re not the principal anymore,&rsquo;&rdquo; Homyak told a reporter later.</p> <p> Homyak has seen a lot change in Fort Lupton during his lifetime, including when he worked in the Weld Re-8 school district for 41 years.</p> <p> He said he relished the opportunity he had to be principal during a more simple time of school administration.</p> Weld County considering changes to oil and gas regulations http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/weld-county-considering-changes-oil-and-gas-regulations <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_weld_co_commissioners.jpg" alt="Weld County Commissioners are considering increasing gathering line and flowline mapping regulations in the county," title="Weld County Commissioners are considering increasing gathering line and flowline mapping regulations in the county," align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> Weld County commissioners want to add more information to maps and create more county oil and gas pipeline rules, after a Firestone explosion killed two people in April.</p> <p> Homeowner Mark Martinez and his friend Joey Irwin were killed April 17 when a build-up of methane gas from a nearby oil and gas well owned by Anadarko Petroleum Corp. got into the home through a French drain and sump pump, according to the Frederick-Firestone Fire Department.</p> <p> Several county residents have talked to her about safety since then, said Barbara Kirkmeyer, county commissioner.</p>