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  • 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.

  • Fire district salutes its own, community members for service

    By Belen Ward

    Staff writer

    The Fort Lupton Fire District presented three awards at its annual Fort Lupton Appreciation Night at the Brighton Armory Feb. 9. Firefighter Lt. Troy Norby received the Denny Mintle Adam 1 Service Award, and Fort Lupton’s pharmacist, Huy Duong, received the Everett Hogelin Memorial Award.

    Lt. Kenny Rosales is the 2018 Employee of The Year award.

  • Fort Lupton’s Galicia makes easy choice for next four years

    A family history of military service. The prospect of more wrestling. No wonder Koby Galicia’s decision to join the Marines was easy. He signed a four-year deal for active duty and four more years on reserves.

    “I have a lot of family that was in the military,” he said. “Everybody grows up saying, ‘I want to be an astronaut. I want to be a doctor.’ I wanted to be a soldier. My grandpa (his wrestling coach, Tom Galicia), my uncle, cousins have lots of military ties.”

  • Millennials taking on Lochbuie

     By Belen Ward

      Staff writer

       A crew of millennials take care of the Town of Lochbuie’s infrastructure. These young men said they chose a rewarding career in the public works department. It’s a job with a lot of responsibility.

    Operator Matt Mandel, 22, said, it was a great opportunity to work in government coming out of high school. He started as a seasonal employee for a summer, then joined full time.

  • Kenneth Homyak-8 rocks the school with Fine Arts Night

    By Belen Ward

    Staff writer

    Students at Kenneth Homyak PK-8 school showcased their talents Feb.. 7 on Fine Arts Night.

    The Fine Arts program started a year ago. It’s an event the school has every trimester. The program engages students to get involved with art, music and physical education. Students are required to participate in a combination of art and PE or music and PE.