http://www.ftluptonpress.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Frederick in Flight takes off this weekend http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/frederick-flight-takes-weekend <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/baloon_lift.jpg" alt="Hot-air balloons will grace the skies of the Frederick this weekend for the Frederick in Flight event" title="Hot-air balloons will grace the skies of the Frederick this weekend for the Frederick in Flight event" align="left" hspace="6" width="56" height="85" /><p> It&rsquo;s a bird! It&rsquo;s a plane! No, it&rsquo;s Frederick in Flight.</p> <p> The annual hot air balloon festival returns for a seventh edition this weekend with sunrise and sunset balloon viewings.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a really cool thing. Sometimes you&rsquo;ll just see one balloon in the sky but to see 35 balloons go up all at once is a pretty incredible sight to see,&rdquo; said Brooke Cunningham, a Frederick spokeswoman.</p> <p> Balloon rides are only available to event sponsors, but watching the balloons up close can be just as entertaining.</p> Weld Re-8 wants help naming two new schools http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/weld-re-8-wants-help-naming-two-new-schools <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_schoolname1.jpg" alt="Construction workers install a storm sewer line at the new Early Childhood Education Center, at Fulton Avenue and Dexter Street. " title="Construction workers install a storm sewer line at the new Early Childhood Education Center, at Fulton Avenue and Dexter Street. " align="left" hspace="6" width="152" height="85" /><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.3800000000000001;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.3800000000000001;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Weld Re-8 School Board members want your help to name two new schools under construction &ndash; a $6.8 million preschool/administration building in Fort Lupton and a $17.5 million K-8 school in Dacono.</span></p> Christopher Cross is new assistant town administrator http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/christopher-cross-new-assistant-town-administrator <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_christophercross2_062817.jpg" alt="Fort Lupton local Christopher Cross is the new assistant city administrator" title="Fort Lupton local Christopher Cross is the new assistant city administrator" align="left" hspace="6" width="86" height="85" /><p> Fort Lupton officials recently welcomed a familiar face to the assistant city administrator job left open when Aaron Herrera resigned in April.</p> <p> Christopher Cross, 34, a 10-year Fort Lupton City Council veteran and a 12-year local firefighter, recently was offered the job.&nbsp; Cross is expected to make $72,500 annually on the job.</p> <p> Cross brings a wealth of town and administrative experience to his new role.</p> Wave of burglaries disturb Fort Lupton business owners http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/wave-burglaries-disturb-fort-lupton-business-owners <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_robberywave1_062817_0.jpg" alt="Video surveillance from North Station gas station shows two robbers standing outside the building" title="Video surveillance from North Station gas station shows two robbers standing outside the building" align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> Video surveillance from early Friday morning, June 16, shows three burglars draped in baggy hoods and black bandannas enter through the back door at the Balderas family&#39;s MB Towing Services at 2732 Weld County Road 27.</p> <p> The tape shows robbers finding their way to the safe, forcibly opening a drawer with a crowbar and stealing $2,800 from inside, but not before leaving critical fingerprints on the counter above.</p> <p> In a previous incident in December, a single burglar with a limp - an uncanny resemblance to a burglar from the second attack - stole around $1,800.</p> Fort Lupton paints a theme for summer http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/fort-lupton-paints-theme-summer <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_sculpture_062817.png" alt="“Aries,” a 6-foot tall brass sculpture, is one of six pieces that Fort Lupton officials plan to install throughout town this fall." title="“Aries,” a 6-foot tall brass sculpture, is one of six pieces that Fort Lupton officials plan to install throughout town this fall." align="left" hspace="6" width="77" height="85" /><p> Fort Lupton is getting an artistic facelift in 2017, thanks to a number of public initiatives.</p> <p> Town officials plan to install six kinetic wind sculptures around town ranging from 7 to 10 feet tall. One may be put up on the lawn at the Fort Lupton Recreation Center, the other sculpture locations have not been finalized, according to Nanette Fornof, city clerk. Each sculpture costs about $500 to $2,400, with a total cost of around $8,800 for the half dozen.</p> New online mapping shows pipeline info http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/new-online-mapping-shows-pipeline-info <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_oilwell062117.jpg" alt="Homeowners can look at the town of Frederick website for information about gas and oil wells and pipelines near their homes. " title="Homeowners can look at the town of Frederick website for information about gas and oil wells and pipelines near their homes. " align="left" hspace="6" width="178" height="85" /><p> Homeowners in Frederick can search for existing oil and gas well locations on a town website &ndash; information that many more are looking for after an explosion in Firesone killed two people in April.</p> <p> &ldquo;These are some of things in our environment that people need to be aware of,&rdquo; said Jennifer Simmons, Frederick planning director. &ldquo;In response to the Firestone explosion, the location of wells and pipelines can be very useful information.&rdquo;</p> Historic NAPA building to get remodel http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/historic-napa-building-get-remodel <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_napafollow.jpg" alt="Store owner Brad Dunlap, wife Traci, daughter Megan and dog Tasha, celebrate the grand opening of the NAPA Auto Parts store in downtown Fort Lupton." title="Store owner Brad Dunlap, wife Traci, daughter Megan and dog Tasha, celebrate the grand opening of the NAPA Auto Parts store in downtown Fort Lupton." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p class="p1"> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The building in downtown Fort Lupton now occupied by NAPA Auto Parts has long had a connection to cars.</span></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s2">For a long time, it was a Ford dealership, Brewster&rsquo;s Motor Co., complete with gas station out front. It was later George&rsquo;s True Value Hardware. It&rsquo;s that history that drew owner Brad Dunlap to the building when looking to open a store in the town.</span></p> Couple charged with child abuse had meth http://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/couple-charged-child-abuse-had-meth <img src="http://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_methtrailer062117.jpg" alt="Gregory Gallegos, 29, is charged with first-degree trespassing, possession of methamphetamine, and three counts of child abuse" title="Gregory Gallegos, 29, is charged with first-degree trespassing, possession of methamphetamine, and three counts of child abuse" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">A Fort Lupton couple has been charged with child abuse, drug possession, and first-degree criminal trespass in connection with police finding methamphetamine in the trailer home where the couple lived illegally with their four children.</span></p>