Community News

  • Making the winter holidays special, one thread at a time

    Many children don’t have a warm comforter to snuggle in at night – something that Kids

    Quiltz founders Wilma and Lyle Hamilton hope to change this holiday season.


    “Families especially are struggling for money, even if they wanted to give their kid

    something like that,” said Wilma Hamilton, a founder of the nonprofit group, which

  • Semi wreaks havoc along First Street

    A rogue semi-truck took downtown Fort Lupton by storm Thursday, Oct. 19.


    Marlyn Cheed, 54, lost consciousness for unknown health reasons while driving the Renewable Fiber

    truck east on First Street, crashing into five street signs, a street light, and the North Range Behavioral

    Health sign at 145 First St., according to Fort Lupton authorities.


  • Severance to pay Fort Lupton $507,500 for water

    Fort Lupton officials plan to sell 700 acre-feet of water for $507,500 to the small town of Severance.

  • Early results in from historic homes survey

















    Homes potentially eligible for historic designation:

    1.       414 Harrison Ave.

    2.       714 Harrison Ave.

    3.       139 Park Ave.

  • Fort Lupton’s invisible population

    Homelessness comes in many forms – about 75 percent of homeless people in Weld County are two families or more “doubling up” under one roof, officials say.

    “Homelessness looks very very different in rural communities than it does in cities,” said Cassy Westmoreland, coordinator for Weld’s way Home, a United Way program focused on fighting homelessness. “It’s something we have to prepare for now.”

  • Mayor candidate McWilliams says growth is top priority

    Fort Lupton city council member Bob McWilliams says growth and strong infrastructure will  keep the city moving forward.

    “Fort Lupton’s got to grow, there’s no doubt,” said McWilliams. “You 
    either grow or you die.”

    McWilliams is a 27-year resident who hails from Iowa. Life has treated the former Yellow Freight driver and driver dock man well – he retired at the age of 53 and got involved in public service two years later. 

  • Residents have fond memories of farm labor camp

    Fort Lupton’s first low-income housing complex, the Fort Lupton Farm Labor Camp, may no longer exist, but it still remains in the hearts and minds of many former residents for the way it shaped their lives.

    “There was a real age of community,” said Gloria Delgado, 78, who lived in the labor camp when she was a child in the 1940s and 50s with her brothers Henry and Joe Martinez. “For me, the camp was like a barrio. It was people who had the same culture, the same way of life. They were there to make life better for their children.”

  • Residents want planned new splash park

    City officials say they plan to build a new, outdoor splash park at the Fort Lupton Recreation Center after receiving an overwhelmingly positive response to the idea from residents.

    About 97 percent of 400 respondents supported the splash park idea in a recent public survey on the City of Fort Lupton website. Splash parks, also known as spray parks and splash pads, typically feature waterfalls, fountains, and water shooters on a flat outdoor surface.

  • Fort Lupton Fire Department receives $1.4 million upgrade

    A recent $1.4 million upgrade has improved morale at the Fort Lupton Fire Department office, 1121 Denver Ave., according to the chief.

    “It’s really improved the attitude of all the staff working in the office,” said Chief Phil Tiffany, who has worked at the department 30 years.

    Workers get so much more done these days, said Allyson Tkadlec, the fire department’s executive secretary.

    “It makes everything so much more productive,” Tkadlec said.

  • Lupton Green pops up over Trapper Days weekend

    A pop up park filled with games, books, and plants took the place of normally dusty, gravel parking lot at 130 Denver Ave. over Trapper Days weekend. The park known as Lupton Green, is a city-run concept funded by donations from a number of local organizations.

    "It’s a tactic being used all around the country for these vacant spaces, typically for cars, to be turned into green spaces and parks. It’s really something to bring people together,” said Fort Lupton City Planner Alyssa Knutson.