Community News

  • Local speller makes it to state but doesn’t get to nationals

    Alexie Torres from Kenneth Homyak-8 made it to the Denver Post Colorado State Spelling Bee March 16 at the University of Denver’s Strum Hall. Although she did not make it to the final oral around, it was an achievement for her to make it to the state championship.

    “I studied 30 minutes per day from 35 to 75 words, “said Torres.

    Mom Cassandra Domingo said, “I helped her with quizzes from a list.”

    “I helped her study too with lists,” said Torres’ father, Art.

  • Tutoring/free database access


    Tutoring/free database access

    The Fort Lupton Public & School Library, 425 S. Denver Ave., offers free online tutoring and access to several databases.

    A library card gets access to the databases and other High Plains Library locations.

    Tutor.com provides the tutoring program.

    Help is available from 3 to 10 p.m. Visit fortluptonlibrary.org, click on “free online tutor,” enter the number on the library card and your pin.

    It’s available to Weld County Re-8 School District students.

  • Veterans resource fair in the works

    American Legion Brighton Post 2002 is making plans to hold a veterans resource fair in August. 

    Those who know of a resource or a need or who would to assist in putting on the event should call 720-949-9819.

    The email is joseph.d.larson5@gmail.com.

  • Downtown streetscape may be ready for the next step

     By Belen Ward

    Staff writer

    Fort Lupton Urban Renewal Authority members are in the final process of recommending a streetscape plan.

    The Feb. 21 meeting prompted discussions about the use of parallel parking or diagonal parking on Fourth Street. The rest of Denver Avenue will remain parallel parking.

  • Students have options for career paths after high school

    By Belen Ward

    Staff writer

    Fort Lupton High School started a new program called Career Explore Program. It’s a co-op effort with the Workforce Center.

    The idea is to re-engage students at the junior and senior grade level who are not interested in pursuing higher education and connect them with an education in a trade-based career path.

  • Shortino takes to the streets – a lot of them – for lordly walk

    By Belen Ward

    Staff writer

    Joe Shortino could qualify as the ultimate pavement pounder.

    He has walked 12,000 miles from the East to the West Coast, covering 18 states, while carrying a large wooden cross over his shoulder in the faith of God.

    Shortino said he never had any kind of traumatic event in his life that guided him to take this journey.

    “The Lord told me,” he said.

  • Butler students learning about birds of many feathers

    By Belen Ward

    Staff writer

    HawkQuest brought live birds of prey to Butler Elementary School Feb. 28.

    The lesson for the students was the importance of wildlife for the environment and bird species. HawkQuest is a non-profit organization founded by Kin A. Quitugua.

    “I enjoy educating the kids and to see their expressions in their eyes,” said Dionne Meidinger, an education raptor specialist who has been with HawkQuest for five years.

  • Crowley talks history of the Four Forts in the Fort

    By Belen Ward

    Staff writer

    William Crowley, a local well-known historian, came to Fort Lupton for a presentation Feb. 22.

    His talk at the Fort Lupton Museum about the four forts. He gave an armchair tour of the where, what and when of the history of the four trading forts along the South Platte River in the 1930s.

  • FLHS students creating and cooking up cuisines outside class

    By Belen Ward

    Staff writer

    Fort Lupton High School students are learning the art of cooking.

    The school offers a culinary program and a catering service every semester. It’s a program that teaches students professional skills and techniques, as well as on-the-job training to be successful in the field.

    Preston Pavich has been teaching the program for five years and is an Army reservist.

  • Kenneth Homyak PK-8 student advances to state spelling bee

    By Belen Ward

    Staff writer

    Alexie Torres who is in the seventh grade won the district spelling bee Feb. 12. After 20 rounds, she spelled her way to the winning word “abridged.” She will be in the Denver Post Colorado State Spelling Bee at the University of Denver -Strum Hall, 2199 S. University Blvd., Denver March 16.

    “I studied 50 words a day using words lists,” said Torres.

    Alexie’s dad Art Torres, said, “We helped her study.”

    Cassandra Domingo, Alexie’s mom, was in tears.