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Community News

  • 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.

  • The future of technology taking shape at Fort Lupton HS

    Fort Lupton High School’s technology and art programs are undergoing transformations in the next five years by incorporating more technology to expand students’ skill-sets for the future.

    Art teacher Craig Gibson’s vision for Fort Lupton High school is two classes with more technical drawing, animation, stop motion movies and using Adobe Illustrator. The emphasis will be on learning design principles, theory and historical connections. Gibson is writing a five-year plan on new course descriptions to receive a Career Technical Education approval.

  • Aims-ing to teach the latest in ag technology

    Aims Community College’s annual Agriculture Day had something for everyone.

    Horses, lambs, chickens, goats and rabbits – even an explanation of compost – were showcased at the Fort Lupton Aims Community College March 20.

    The students gave presentations on the agriculture program that is aimed at preparing students for a future in the field.

  • New alternative seating in the classroom helps students

    By Belen Ward

    Staff writer

    Sometimes, students have to change seats because of in-class behavior issues.

    Then there’s the case of Fort Lupton Middle School students. Three of them – Emily Pliego, Neveah Castaneda and Samantha Horton – saw a seating problem of a different sort in class and decided to fix it.

    The three spearheaded a fundraising drive of $1,000 for new alternative classroom seating.

  • Fort Lupton student creates a 3-D hand

     By Belen Ward

     Staff writer

    Fort Lupton High School senior engineering student Amber Crowe created a 3-D printed prosthetic hand.

    Crowe, a senior, wants to be an architectural drafter. She’s taking classes through the school’s technology program, which is preparing students for the future on how to create 3-D products on a printer.

  • FLHS students on the road to DECA international conference

    By Belen Ward

    Staff writer

    Eighteen students from the Fort Lupton High School DECA chapter traveled to Colorado Springs to compete in the Colorado DECA State Leadership Conference Feb. 23 through Feb. 26. It’s a career and technical student organization.

    Out of the 18, Jose Soria placed in the top 12 in the business finance services category.