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Community News

  • Officials target railroad crossings in $126 million U.S. Highway 85 plan

    By the numbers:

    Planned U.S. 85 improvement project 

    $126 million: Estimated cost of a 75-mile upgrade to U.S. 85

    $54 million: Estimated cost of a new 120th Avenue interchange in Henderson

    $39 million: A possible federal grant for the 120th Avenue interchange

    $12 million: Possible other federal contributions

    $17 million: Planned Adams County contributions

    $0: Planned Weld County contributions

  • Legion Post 102 needs holiday dinner volunteers

    Every year, Korean War veteran and American Legion member Charles (Cecil) Bell helps coordinate more than 200 holiday dinners for veterans and others in the community.

    And, every year, Bell is one of the veterans in the community who receives a meal from the event.

     “It’s a nice experience; they bring it right to your door. There’s always a smile,” Bell said. “It’s quite an honor.”

  • City council to consider employee raises

    City council members may decide to approve equity raises for city employees who make less than $50,000 to try stay competitive with similar jobs in neighboring cities.

    Such equity raises would be non-scheduled and non-performance- related. The size of each raise would vary by job. Money for the 2018 raises would come from the city’s general fund, officials said.

  • Few remain of once thriving Japanese population

    At one time Fort Lupton was home to hundreds of Japanese people.

    Enticed by a vision of a better life and prosperity, millions of Japanese flocked to America in the early part of the 20th century.

    “Promise of better land, better life than they had in Japan,” said Gene Watada, 73, a second-generation American citizen whose parents, Matajiro and En, emigrated from Japan around 1917.

    One thing always struck Watada - that his parents had disdain for complainers - people they described as ‘mon tu.’

  • Continuing a legacy by turning a (book) page

    Forty years can teach you a bit about business, but also about life.

    In 1977, John Dent decided to open a law office in Fort Lupton at the advice of his father, who ran a business in the city.

    “He thought this was a wonderful opportunity, and it turns out he was right,” said Dent.

  • Stieber to focus on residential growth in mayoral campaign

    City Councilwoman Zoe Stieber wants to be mayor.

    Stieber said her “Vote Zo” black and white signs and oval bumper stickers are not only to market her mayoral campaign, but to spark a conversation with voters and discover their needs. She goes by Zo in casual conversation.

    “I want people’s input. As an elected official we represent the people, not ourselves. I want to know what issues are important to people and what I should run on,” Stieber said.

  • A horse of course

    An iron horse pulling a plow may soon stand guard over Fort Lupton, if city council members decide to pay $8,000 for a sculpture made by Platteville resident Bill Foy.

    The 20-foot-long, 8-foot-wide, metal sculpture casts a nod to Fort Lupton’s agricultural heritage.

    “It’s an addition that reflects another part of history,” said Teri Kopfman, a member of the Fort Lupton Art in Public Places committee.

  • Trick or Treat Street; a haunting good time

    Fort Lupton Chamber of Commerce members, police and firefighters pitched in to put on Trick or Treat Street - a Halloween celebration that took Denver Avenue by a storm Tuesday, Oct. 31. Nearly 1000 people - most of them costumed - enjoyed trick or treat giveaways from local businesses, costume and pumpkin carving contests, and prizes on All Hallows Eve.

  • 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.