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  • Anadarko disputes $8,000 impact fee

    Fort Lupton officials want Anadarko Petroleum Corp. to pay an $8,000
    impact fee to build five horizontal wells on land the company bought recently from Kerr McGee Oil and Gas Onshore LP. Anadarko spokeswoman Tracy Colling said the company should not have to pay fees to Fort Lupton because of the well location, which is outside of city limits.
    The well site is in unincorporated Weld County about two blocks east of the intersection of Weld County roads 27 and 8.

  • Voters to consider city-run broadband service

    City-run cable TV and internet services may be in Fort Lupton’s future.

    Residents will vote in November on whether they want cable TV, internet and other broadband cable services to be offered through a city-run utility. City council members recently decided to put the measure on the Nov. 7 ballot.

    “If, eventually, we want to make it our utility, we can provide internet service,” said Christopher Cross, assistant city administrator. “(We) can probably do it faster and cheaper, supposedly.”

  • River Garden hosts marriage of wedding, wine

    River Garden Winery owners Bob and Mary Stahl are now in the “I do” business.

    The Stahls opened River Garden Winery at 9490 County Road 25 in Fort Lupton for wine tastings and commercial sales in 2014, making their 45-acre property four miles north of Fort Lupton, the only winery and vineyard currently operating in Weld County.  River Garden grows hybrid grapes in its vineyard, which are used to produce both red and white wine.

  • Gwen Ceretto, Trapper Days honored volunteer of 2017

    Gwen Ceretto is as much a staple of the Fort Lupton community as First Street itself, where her family business, R & M Auto Services is located. 

    Ceretto takes pride in the auto services that R & M has provided over the last 70 years, but her role in the community, stretches even deeper. For her years of contributions and volunteerism, Ceretto is the Trapper Days honored volunteer of 2017.

    But Ceretto is not one for self-promotion and says the award makes her uncomfortable.

  • Shooting range opening delayed to 2019

    A planned $3.7 million Fort Lupton sport-shooting complex now will not open before 2019 as supporters search for a new home for it.

  • Auto RV Broker opens in Fort Lupton

    Auto RV Broker opened recently at 1392 Denver Ave. in Fort Lupton.

    Customers can buy and sell their RVs at the new business, which is owned by Mike Mericle, who goes by the moniker Motorhome Mike. The Fort Lupton Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Auto RV Broker on Friday, Aug. 25. 

  • Zoning allows where gravel pits go

    Editor’s note: This is the fourth story in a four-part series about sand and gravel pits in the region. Most sand and gravel pits in and around Fort Lupton use water to operate - typically from the South Platte River.

    Some residents interested in where potential gravel pits might be built in the future attended public workshops to discuss the new “Picture Fort Lupton” comprehensive plan, which is expected to guide future zoning and land use.

  • New gas pipeline planned for Fort Lupton

    A new, underground natural gas pipeline would run for 0.2 miles along part of Fort Lupton’s southern border on its way from Adams County to the Discovery Fort Lupton gas plant about 4.3 miles northwest of Lochbuie, if it’s approved.

  • Gravel – good or bad for environment?

    Editor’s note: This is the third story in a four-part series about sand and gravel pits in the region. Most sand and gravel mines pull water to operate from outside water sources  - typically the South Platte River, in and around Fort Lupton.

     

    Dead and dry

    One day in late June, Christi Cook and a few of her neighbors on West Hill Court found a 670-foot long pond behind their homes dried up, with little prior warning.

  • Weld County considering changes to oil and gas regulations

    Weld County commissioners want to add more information to maps and create more county oil and gas pipeline rules, after a Firestone explosion killed two people in April.

    Homeowner Mark Martinez and his friend Joey Irwin were killed April 17 when a build-up of methane gas from a nearby oil and gas well owned by Anadarko Petroleum Corp. got into the home through a French drain and sump pump, according to the Frederick-Firestone Fire Department.

    Several county residents have talked to her about safety since then, said Barbara Kirkmeyer, county commissioner.