Community News

  • Two Windsor workers killed in a utility trench collapse

    Christopher Lee Ramirez, 26, of Boulder and Jorge Baez Valadez, 41, of Denver were killed when the utility trench collapsed in the 900 block of Camberly Dr, Windsor. The pair were installing a sewer pipe for new housng at the depth of fifteen feet.  The trench collapsed trapping the men in soil and rock. Federal, state and local authorities are continuing the investigation. The authorities are still waiting for the formal cause of death and laboratory reports for both victims. 

  • Booster club afterprom event gives kids a chance to be safe

    The Fort Lupton High School Booster Club is having its annual afterprom event for students that will be substance-free.

    “We have been having this event for the last few years. We created this event to be a safe environment for students to hang out have fun and be safe,” said Jimmy Roedel, Fort Lupton High School student.

  • Elementary school leader helps kids at St Jude’s Children’s Hospital

    A gifted-and-talented, third-grade student at Twombly Elementary School is taking the lead to organize a fundraiser for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

    “I started to raise money for kids who don’t have enough money to get medicine so they can get cured,” said Kaelin LaRue.

    The gifted-and-talented program identified Kaelin as a leader. Teacher Michelle Buscho said leadership skills are hard to identify in a third-grader, so the school decided to develop a fundraiser project so Kaelin could show her leadership skills.

  • Officer charged with manslaughter

    A Weld County grand jury issued an indictment April 11 against Fort Lupton Officer Zachary Helbig for the fatal shooting of Shawn Billinger. The officer faces a charge of manslaughter, a class four felony.

    It happened Jan. 16 in the 100 block of Ninth Street, close to the Platte River.

  • The changing face of severe weather alerts

    If a tornado strikes, Fort Lupton residents will have the tools to be alerted indoors and outdoors.

    If a tornado strikes in the Tri Towns, the alert will come through cell phones and social media.

    Unlike other agencies in Weld County, the Fort Lupton Fire District does not plan on shutting down the outside tornado siren.

  • Proposed oil bill could mean lost revenue in Weld County

    A controversial oil-and-gas bill is on Gov. Jared Polis’ desk.

    SB-181 would bring major oil and gas regulations for the health and safety of Coloradoans. In Weld County where, 90 percent of (the state’s oil and gas is produced, towns such as Fort Lupton and the Tri Town area of the Carbon Valley are dependent on these revenues.

  • Fort Lupton Community Garden

    Fort Lupton Community Garden

    If you’re thinking of growing your own fresh vegetables but don’t have the space, the Fort Lupton Community Garden can help.

    It’s at 438 Harrison Ave. Several raised beds of various sizes are available. To request an application, contact Ken Harmett at 303-957-6878 or email theplacegarden@gmail.com.

  • Mental health experts discuss impending warning signs

    By Belen Ward

    Staff writer

    Julie Enwall’s brother committed suicide, leaving her family devastated.

    He went to work, functioned normally and seemed be doing fine. His family didn’t know he was suffering from a form of a mental problem.

    That motivated Enwall to take the mental health first-aid class at Platte Valley Medical Center March 29.

  • Next stop: Space Port funding

    Can you imagine taking off from Colorado Air and Space Port and landing in Paris within an hour? The stars have aligned for the future of passenger travel in the little town of Watkins at the former Front Range Airport.

    The Federal Aviation Administration approved an operator site license for the Colorado Air and Spaceport in August. It’s a step in the next three to five years of plans for future space planes expected to look similar to medium sized business jet with conventional jet engines and a rocket engine.

  • Police officer receives Life Saving Accommodation award

    By Belen Ward

    Staff writer

    Fort Lupton Police Officer Kaitlyn Walker received recognition from Chief John Fryar for her investigative diligence after a severe traffic accident that saved a victim’s life.

    Walker received the Life Saving Accommodation award during Fort Lupton’s council meeting April 1.

    “If Kaitlyn didn’t continue to investigate, the victim would have died from the exposure. It was about 12 degrees around 3 a.m. when the victim was found,” said Chief John Fryar.