http://www.ftluptonpress.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Fort Lupton schools see drop in drug incidents during 2013-14 year http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/fort-lupton-schools-see-drop-drug-incidents-during-2013-14-year <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/flm_edu_drugsinschools_030415.jpg" alt="Some Fort Lupton educators and county officials said campaigns like the Weld County Prevention Partner&amp;#039;s drug awareness banners are helping contribute to drug abuse in Weld Re-8 schools, a trend confirmed by a decrease in reported drug incidents in the district in 2013-14, according to the Department of Education. That trend is the opposite of statewide movement, which shows an increase in drug incidents, many of which coincide directly with the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado starting in 2014." title="Some Fort Lupton educators and county officials said campaigns like the Weld County Prevention Partner&amp;#039;s drug awareness banners are helping contribute to drug abuse in Weld Re-8 schools, a trend confirmed by a decrease in reported drug incidents in the district in 2013-14, according to the Department of Education. That trend is the opposite of statewide movement, which shows an increase in drug incidents, many of which coincide directly with the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado starting in 2014." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">FORT LUPTON &mdash; </b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Drug policy violations in Fort Lupton schools are down in the past year while state numbers &mdash; perhaps in conjunction with legalized marijuana &mdash; are headed in the opposite direction, according to a report from the Department of Education.</span></p> Crespin becomes Fort Lupton's youngest city council member http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/crespin-becomes-fort-luptons-youngest-city-council-member <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_davidcrespinswearingin_030415.jpg" alt="Fort Lupton&#039;s newest City Council member, David Crespin, is sworn in Monday, March 2. He takes over the Ward 1 seat vacated earlier this year by the departure of Kevin Schwickrath." title="Fort Lupton&#039;s newest City Council member, David Crespin, is sworn in Monday, March 2. He takes over the Ward 1 seat vacated earlier this year by the departure of Kevin Schwickrath." align="left" hspace="6" width="117" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">FORT LUPTON &mdash; </b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Current councilwoman and former mayor Shannon Rhoda became the youngest person in Fort Lupton history to be seated on city council when she was elected in the mid-90s.</span></p> Divisions remain after oil, gas task force sends nine proposals to governor http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/divisions-remain-after-oil-gas-task-force-sends-nine-proposals-governor <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/oil_rig_at_136th_avenue_012_0.jpg" alt="A drilling rig is seen at 136th Avenue outside of Brighton in this 2014 file photo." title="A drilling rig is seen at 136th Avenue outside of Brighton in this 2014 file photo." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> <strong style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">DENVER &mdash;</strong><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">After months of meetings, Gov. John Hickenlooper&#39;s oil and gas task force convened Tuesday, Feb. 25, to consider more than 30 measures and ultimately recommend nine proposals as part of a majority report.</span></p> Oil's downturn raises job uncertainty in Weld County http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/oils-downturn-raises-job-uncertainty-weld-county <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/flm_reg_ogsurvey2_022515.jpg" alt="Drilling rigs still dot the southern Weld County landscape despite a glut of crude oil that is driving prices down and causing some drillers to idle activity. " title="Drilling rigs still dot the southern Weld County landscape despite a glut of crude oil that is driving prices down and causing some drillers to idle activity. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p class="p1"> <span class="s1"><b>WELD COUNTY &mdash;</b> A Houston-based oil service company in the final stages of a takeover of another Texas-based oil and gas megacorp announced last week it will be scaling back operations and laying off between 6.5 and 8 percent of its 80,000-plus global workforce.&nbsp;</span></p> Fort Lupton family displaced by Monday evening blaze http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/fort-lupton-family-displaced-monday-evening-blaze <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fort_lupton_house_fire_001aa.jpg" alt="Fort Lupton Fire Rescue was dispatched to the 1900 block of Pacific Court shortly before 6 p.m. Monday for a house fire. Upon arrival firefighters found the attached garage of a single family home well involved in fire with flames shooting out one of the garage doors. Family members were home at the time but escaped unharmed. Two dogs were also found by firefighters uninjured. It took firefighters, who battled temperatures near single digits, about one hour to have the fire under control. Residents were being cared for by the Red Cross. " title="Fort Lupton Fire Rescue was dispatched to the 1900 block of Pacific Court shortly before 6 p.m. Monday for a house fire. Upon arrival firefighters found the attached garage of a single family home well involved in fire with flames shooting out one of the garage doors. Family members were home at the time but escaped unharmed. Two dogs were also found by firefighters uninjured. It took firefighters, who battled temperatures near single digits, about one hour to have the fire under control. Residents were being cared for by the Red Cross. " align="left" hspace="6" width="106" height="85" /><p class="p1"> FORT LUPTON &mdash; Fort Lupton Fire Rescue was dispatched to the 1900 block of Pacific Court shortly before 6 p.m. Monday for a house fire.</p> <p class="p1"> Upon arrival firefighters found the attached garage of a single family home well involved in fire with flames shooting out one of the garage doors. Family members were home at the time but escaped unharmed. Two dogs were also found by firefighters uninjured. It took firefighters, who battled temperatures near single digits, about one hour to have the fire under control.</p> Public works chief says Fort Lupton's stormwater funds dwindling http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/public-works-chief-says-fort-luptons-stormwater-funds-dwindling <p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">FORT LUPTON &mdash;</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> If the great floods of September 2013 taught the residents of Weld County and others across the Front Range anything, it&rsquo;s that there is a lot riding on things they cannot see, such as municipal stormwater systems.</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&nbsp;</span></p> Fort Lupton's Ornelas captures second straight wrestling title http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/fort-luptons-ornelas-captures-second-straight-wrestling-title <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_sp_ornelasquarters_022515.jpg" alt="Fort Lupton’s 220-pound wrestler Jacob Ornelas looks to pin Xavier Mendoza of Eagle Valley during the class 3A quarterfinals of the state wrestling championships at Pepsi Center in Denver. Ornelas won his second straight state title." title="Fort Lupton’s 220-pound wrestler Jacob Ornelas looks to pin Xavier Mendoza of Eagle Valley during the class 3A quarterfinals of the state wrestling championships at Pepsi Center in Denver. Ornelas won his second straight state title." align="left" hspace="6" width="119" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">DENVER &mdash;</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> By comparison, Fort Lupton&rsquo;s Jacob Ornelas had to work &ldquo;overtime&rdquo; to win his second straight class 3A wrestling crown Feb. 21.</span></p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">He was only too happy to oblige.</span></p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Ornelas got the winning point in the third period and held on to beat Strasburg&rsquo;s Shane Coombs 3-2 in the 220-pound final.</span></p> Wrestling: Sandoval, Ornelas claim state titles http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/wrestling-sandoval-ornelas-claim-state-titles <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sandoval_ii.jpg" alt="Fort Lupton’s 113-pound wrestler Jody Sandoval II, shown trying to flip Gunnison’s Justin Odell for the pin during the Feb. 19 class 3A quarterfinals of the state wrestling championships at Pepsi Center in Denver, won the state title Feb. 21." title="Fort Lupton’s 113-pound wrestler Jody Sandoval II, shown trying to flip Gunnison’s Justin Odell for the pin during the Feb. 19 class 3A quarterfinals of the state wrestling championships at Pepsi Center in Denver, won the state title Feb. 21." align="left" hspace="6" width="121" height="85" /><p> <strong>DENVER --</strong> Jody Sandoval II and Jacob Ornelas of Fort Lupton captured state wrestling titles at Pepsi Center Feb. 21. Both came up with points in the third period to take their state titles.</p> <p> <span>Sandoval rallied in the last minute to beat Sterling&#39;s Colby Duncan 4-3 Feb. 21 and take the state 3A wrestling title at 113 pounds.</span></p>