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Community News

  • Severance to pay Fort Lupton $507,500 for water

    Fort Lupton officials plan to sell 700 acre-feet of water for $507,500 to the small town of Severance.

  • Early results in from historic homes survey

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Homes potentially eligible for historic designation:

    1.       414 Harrison Ave.

    2.       714 Harrison Ave.

    3.       139 Park Ave.

  • Fort Lupton’s invisible population

    Homelessness comes in many forms – about 75 percent of homeless people in Weld County are two families or more “doubling up” under one roof, officials say.

    “Homelessness looks very very different in rural communities than it does in cities,” said Cassy Westmoreland, coordinator for Weld’s way Home, a United Way program focused on fighting homelessness. “It’s something we have to prepare for now.”

  • Mayor candidate McWilliams says growth is top priority

    Fort Lupton city council member Bob McWilliams says growth and strong infrastructure will  keep the city moving forward.

    “Fort Lupton’s got to grow, there’s no doubt,” said McWilliams. “You 
    either grow or you die.”

    McWilliams is a 27-year resident who hails from Iowa. Life has treated the former Yellow Freight driver and driver dock man well – he retired at the age of 53 and got involved in public service two years later. 

  • Residents have fond memories of farm labor camp

    Fort Lupton’s first low-income housing complex, the Fort Lupton Farm Labor Camp, may no longer exist, but it still remains in the hearts and minds of many former residents for the way it shaped their lives.

    “There was a real age of community,” said Gloria Delgado, 78, who lived in the labor camp when she was a child in the 1940s and 50s with her brothers Henry and Joe Martinez. “For me, the camp was like a barrio. It was people who had the same culture, the same way of life. They were there to make life better for their children.”

  • Residents want planned new splash park

    City officials say they plan to build a new, outdoor splash park at the Fort Lupton Recreation Center after receiving an overwhelmingly positive response to the idea from residents.

    About 97 percent of 400 respondents supported the splash park idea in a recent public survey on the City of Fort Lupton website. Splash parks, also known as spray parks and splash pads, typically feature waterfalls, fountains, and water shooters on a flat outdoor surface.

  • Fort Lupton Fire Department receives $1.4 million upgrade

    A recent $1.4 million upgrade has improved morale at the Fort Lupton Fire Department office, 1121 Denver Ave., according to the chief.

    “It’s really improved the attitude of all the staff working in the office,” said Chief Phil Tiffany, who has worked at the department 30 years.

    Workers get so much more done these days, said Allyson Tkadlec, the fire department’s executive secretary.

    “It makes everything so much more productive,” Tkadlec said.

  • Lupton Green pops up over Trapper Days weekend

    A pop up park filled with games, books, and plants took the place of normally dusty, gravel parking lot at 130 Denver Ave. over Trapper Days weekend. The park known as Lupton Green, is a city-run concept funded by donations from a number of local organizations.

    "It’s a tactic being used all around the country for these vacant spaces, typically for cars, to be turned into green spaces and parks. It’s really something to bring people together,” said Fort Lupton City Planner Alyssa Knutson.

  • Proposed spray park makes a splash among residents

    Fort Lupton officials want resident input for a proposed outdoor “spray park” at the recreation center at 203 South Harrison Ave.

    More than 200 people filled out an online survey about what they wanted at the park at the city’s website: fortlupton.org, said Christopher Cross, assistant city administrator.

    The survey asks residents to rate how much they want a new water park, how often they think they would visit, and what features they’d like it to have.

  • Father Wojcik helps area homeless people

    Fort Lupton Catholic priest Grzegorz Wojcik comes from Poland, just like former Pope John Paul II.

    The priest likes to focus on helping people – especially the homeless people he comes in contact with through his work at Saint Williams Catholic Church at 1025 Fulton Ave.