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Community News

  • Fort Lupton native tosses name into the ring for school board

    Fort Lupton’s Cody LeBlanc is on the ballot to run for the Weld Re-8 school board seat this November. Current board member and treasurer Carol McDermott is term-limited.

  • Union Pacific: ‘It’s never OK to play on railroad tracks’

    Fort Lupton Mayor Zo Stieber said kids have been playing the game “chicken” on the train tracks near First Street.

    “The train was coming, and the kids proceeded to stay on the tracks playing a game,” she said. “Other kids were screaming at the individual who was on their bike to get off the tracks as the train was coming closer.”

    Union Pacific will investigate, according to Kristen South, Union Pacific senior corporate communications and media relations representative.

  • Welcome to Trapper Days ‘1 and all’

    Late summer weather and no rain helped crowds enjoy 2019’s version of Trapper Days in Fort Lupton last week.

  • Leslie: Buying jewelry is one of life’s personal investments

    Brian Leslie of Leslie’s Jewelry was the guest speaker for the “A Treasure’s Worth” event at the Fort Lupton Museum Aug. 23. He shared information about the process of jewelry, the appraisal and evaluation.

    “I have people who bring me jewelry all the time. They do not understand why it’s not worth something and think it’s worth a lot more. There are a lot of factors that go into the value of jewelry,” said Leslie.

  • ‘Handle with care’ takes on new meaning for bus driver

    Dora Deleon Butler Elementary School bus driver greets her kids as they get on the bus by their first names. She knows every single student by name and knows their families, too.

    “I have been driving the bus for 36 years. I started driving a local bus first and drove for a contractor for five years. Then I started working at Twombly (Elementary School) and was hired there to drive the bus,” she said. “I went in school with kids, drove the bus and came out with kids, then drove them home.”

  • UK company testing rockets engines at new spaceport

    There is an international flavor to the new Colorado Air and Spaceport in Watkins.

    A British company. Reaction Engines, builds rocket engines and is using the spaceport as a test facility.

  • Weld County Junior Livestock show tops in gross sales

    The 4-H and the Future Farmers of America youths made out big time in top gross sales at the 101st Weld County Fair Junior Livestock sale this summer.

    The sale raised more than $1.2 million, which includes animal sales in the amount of $915,000 and supporter individual contributions, according to press statement.

  • After council approval, there’s a new gas station in town

    Fill ‘er up.

    A new Circle K convenience store, gas station and liquor store will replace the existing store at the corner of Grand Avenue and First Street. Fort Lupton City Council approved the new store that will be 5,100 square feet in size with a five-island gas fueling stations. It will break ground spring of 2020 and expected to take up to five months to build.

  • Officials: Aerospace industry brings big value to Colorado

    The recent Colorado Air and Spaceport Summer Showcase at the Wings Over the Rockies brought together a panel of aerospace local leaders to talk about opportunities for the aerospace and defense industry.

    The Colorado Office of Economic Development is promoting the aerospace and defense industry along with the Colorado Space Coalition, an initiative of the Metro Denver Economic Development.

    Retired Maj. Gen. Jay Lindell is with the Colorado Office of Economic Development. He was a panel guest to discuss the future of space travel at the Summer Showcase.

  • Fort Lupton conducts survey to preserve its history

    The Fort Lupton Historic Preservation Board received a grant award for $21,000 to help document Fort Lupton’s history.

    The Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation awarded the money through a certified local government subgrant program, according to a press release.

    A match by the city is not required.