Community News

  • A special day that made an impact on so many families

    More than 50 people lined up to receive food assistance from the Weld County Mobile Food Bank at the Fort Lupton Recreation Center June 20.

    “I’ve been working for the Weld County Food Bank since 2013. I knew this was what I was supposed to do. I’m in charge of the mobile food truck and its food distribution at the locations. Also, I organize the volunteers and process the food count to make sure everyone gets food. It makes me feel good to help people,” said Ruben Roque, manager.

  • Sixty years and still growing strong

    The flowers and plants have been blooming for 60 years at the Kiyota Greenhouse in Fort Lupton.

    Mayrene Kiyota, who is 87 years old, was born in Nebraska. She married Henry Kiyota, whose nickname is Hank. He is the son of Unosuke Kiyota. Mayrene painted the story of the Kiyota family migrating to American.

    In the beginning

  • Fort Lupton Councilman Tommy Holton running for Weld County Commissioner

    Councilman Tommy Holton has officially announced on June 25, he is on the ballot to run for the Weld County Commissioner district 3 seat. Barbara Kirkmeyer who is the current Weld County Commissioner Chairperson for district 3 is term limited. Further election information will be provided in the coming months. 

  • Taste of Fort Lupton awards

    Fort Lupton turned out with tasty flavors at its Taste of Fort Lupton business after hours event at the recreation center May 14. Wholly Stromboli won the peoples choice award serving up a sandwich called “Triple Bypass,” it was made of genoa salami, pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, mozzarella and provolone. Also on the menu was the Meatball Hero a dish of homemade meatballs, topped with a homemade marinara sauce. 

  • A slice or two of pizza goes a long way for those in need

    Fort Lupton’s Little Caesars Pizza is serving up pizza for families in need at the Fort Lupton Food & Clothing Bank.

    “I have a store in Sterling. We do the same pilot program there. It’s our way not to throw all of that food away. It drove me crazy. At the end of the day, we were throwing pizza away. We needed to find a way to help people with it, said Little Caesars owner David Maddex. “I love it. It’s really good, a lot of credit goes to my manager, Calvin Kind. I mentioned it to him, he made it happen.”

  • Council OKs site plan for Dale’s Pharmacy’s new location

    Dales pharmacy site plan at First street and Rollie Avenue was approved by council June 17. Mechma Properties will be designing the site plan. The pharmacy would be a 10,031 square foot building. It will include two drive-up windows, a coffee shop and expanded parking with landscaping.

    Council member Chris Ceretto asked about access to Dales Pharmacy, “are there two entrances for access or will there be one entrance into the property.” Todd Hodges and Alyssa Knutson both verified there will be only one entrance access from State Highway 52.

  • Big project with big-time lifting

    Hillside Cemetery provided an additional resting place for loved ones.  A new columbarium was placed at Fort Lupton’s Hillside Cemetery at Weld County Road 12 and South Denver Avenue June 12. 

    It’s a marble structure that will house up 96 urns. The existing columbarium has 12 spaces available for urns.

    “We wanted to make sure that we continue to offer the option of the columbarium,” said Mari Pena, Fort Lupton city clerk.

  • Bueno Camp helping migrant students into the future

    Since 2006, more than 400 students have entered into Assistant Migrant Program that has successfully educated the next generation of workers. This year, up to 35 students are enrolled into the program.

  • Fort Lupton Library calling all artist

    The Fort Lupton Public School and Library are calling all artists for its community art show Oct. 4-17. The show is open to artists who live within the Weld Re-8 school district and must be 18 years of age or older by Oct. 4. The online application will be open July 15. For more information call 303-857-7180 or visit fortluptonlibrary.org.

  • Former Fort Lupton teacher pleads guilty for selling Oxycodone

    By Belen Ward

    Staff writer

    Ramon Hernandez, 35, of Fort Lupton pleaded guilty June 4 in the U.S. District Court for illegally selling 150 Oxycodone pills per month for $2,000.

    According to a press release, Hernandez had been prescribing 60 oxymorphone, 150 oxycodone 20-milligram pills and 300 oxycodone 30-milligrams pills per month since April 2017. Hernandez was a former Twombly Elementary fifth grade school teacher.