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  • How to raise giant rabbits

    Rabbits gnaw contentedly on pellets in the wooden, thatched, bungalow-style boxes in Cade Ryals’ backyard – big ones at that.

    The five Flemish Giant rabbits like to scurry around their boxed homes, unaware that they’ll soon be on display on a bigger stage – the Weld County Fair.

    Cade says keeping rabbits is similar to having cats or dogs, and that they can be quite affectionate.

    “We found these, and everyone says they’re the friendliest things on earth,” said Ryals, 11, grinning from ear to ear.

  • Fort Lupton bids farewell to beloved chief of police

    Community outreach isn’t always a trait associated with police work, but for former Fort Lupton Chief of Police Kenneth Poncelow, it was a top priority.

    Poncelow was a volunteer and sat on a variety of community boards while he was the chief of police for the last seven years.

    One of Poncelow's most memorable volunteer jobs was playing Santa at Bank of Colorado each December. Last Christmas, he touched the heart of Keller Williams Broker Associate Kristel Acre, who said her memory of what he did speaks to the type of person he is.

  • Mayor, council seats up for grabs this fall in Fort Lupton

    For the first time since 2007, Fort Lupton voters will get to choose between at least two candidates for mayor.

    Current city council members Zo Stieber and Robert McWilliams have expressed interest so far. Candidates have until 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, to get 25 signatures from city residents supporting their candidacy and a candidacy affidavit filed with city hall to get on the November ballot

    The last contested mayor’s race in Fort Lupton happened when Shannon Rhoda edged out Jimmy Dominguez in 2007.

  • Fire Department graduates seven new volunteers

    The Fort Lupton Fire Protection District has seven newly minted graduates in its No. 14 volunteer wing.

    They came from near and far to attend the fire training academy for four hours per day, three days per week, for 16 weeks straight, before graduating Monday, June 19 at the training center in northeast Fort Lupton. Some traveled from Lonetree, others had to pay their own way, said Taw Tamlin, academy coordinator.

    Becoming a volunteer firefighter is the first step toward becoming a full-time, paid firefighter down the road.

  • Kimi Most headlines Fort Lupton’s Fourth of July

    Fort Lupton Fourth of July schedule

    7 a.m. Oddfellows pancake breakfast at the Fort Lupton Recreation Center, 203 S. Harrison Ave.

    3 p.m. Festival activities include kid’s zone, zip line, pony carousel, petting zoo, water slide, train rides, magic show at Fort Lupton Community Park, 201 S. Rollie Ave.

    4:30 p.m. BBQ/beer garden opens with a percentage of proceeds going to the Fort Lupton High School cheerleading squad, Community Park.

  • Christopher Cross is new assistant town administrator

    Fort Lupton officials recently welcomed a familiar face to the assistant city administrator job left open when Aaron Herrera resigned in April.

    Christopher Cross, 34, a 10-year Fort Lupton City Council veteran and a 12-year local firefighter, recently was offered the job.  Cross is expected to make $72,500 annually on the job.

    Cross brings a wealth of town and administrative experience to his new role.

  • Fort Lupton paints a theme for summer

    Fort Lupton is getting an artistic facelift in 2017, thanks to a number of public initiatives.

    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.

  • Frederick in Flight takes off this weekend

    It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s Frederick in Flight.

    The annual hot air balloon festival returns for a seventh edition this weekend with sunrise and sunset balloon viewings.

    “It’s a really cool thing. Sometimes you’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,” said Brooke Cunningham, a Frederick spokeswoman.

    Balloon rides are only available to event sponsors, but watching the balloons up close can be just as entertaining.

  • Folk festival to take center stage in Keenesburg

    Fans of John Denver and other folk music will love the intimate feel of the third annual John Denver and Folk Music Festival, Saturday, June 24.

    Attendees are expected to pay a $20 donation per car, no food vendors or electrical hookups are planned, and every band in the festival line-up must play at least one John Denver song.

    The five-acre field at 34264 County Road 14 in Keenesburg is the venue – the home of band member Paul Wigton.

  • Author tells story of U.S. Army laundresses

    Corporals, officer’s wives, and cavalrymen are common fixtures within early American war conversation, but little-known and often forgotten are the U.S. Army laundresses of the time.

    The washer women played a surprisingly important role in military operations as the only women officially recognized as members of the U.S. Army, according to the book “Soap Suds Row” by Jennifer J. Lawrence.