• 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.

  • The gravel question: pay dirt

    The sounds of grinding machinery and rocks clanging against metal fills the air at the new, 200-acre Brannan Sand & Gravel Co. gravel pit on Weld County Road 8 near U.S. Highway 85.

    Sand and gravel coming out of the former Horton feed lot now is expected to feed the need for new construction along the Front Range, said Alex Schatz, Brannan’s regulatory affairs manager. Sand and gravel from the site now known as Pit 28 also will be used to build new roads in the region and new oil pad infrastructure, Schatz said.

  • The gravel question- part one of four

    Gravel pits are a common sight in Fort Lupton, since the land near the South Platte River is rich with mineral and sediment deposits.

    For some, they’re seen as positive business growth that’s likely to bring more commercial growth to the region in the long run. For others, they’re seen as something more negative, but still needed.

    Longtime Fort Lupton resident Heather Taylor is one person who has mixed feelings about the gravel pit industry.

  • Urban renewal group funds building fix-up

    Mayela's Beauty Salon is getting a $10,000 makeover, with new awnings and new stucco.

    Workers have put up scaffolding the place the stucco on the building, said Tom Duffy, who owns the building at 714 Fourth St. New awnings will be earth-toned, he said.

    It’s the first of five properties to get renovated as part of the Fort Lupton Urban Renewal Association facade project to revitalize downtown Fort Lupton. Duffy has owned the building since 2006.

  • New online mapping shows pipeline info

    Homeowners in Frederick can search for existing oil and gas well locations on a town website – information that many more are looking for after an explosion in Firesone killed two people in April.

    “These are some of things in our environment that people need to be aware of,” said Jennifer Simmons, Frederick planning director. “In response to the Firestone explosion, the location of wells and pipelines can be very useful information.”

  • Historic NAPA building to get remodel

    The building in downtown Fort Lupton now occupied by NAPA Auto Parts has long had a connection to cars.

    For a long time, it was a Ford dealership, Brewster’s Motor Co., complete with gas station out front. It was later George’s True Value Hardware. It’s that history that drew owner Brad Dunlap to the building when looking to open a store in the town.

  • A neurological twist to chiropractic work

    Vicki Souder has touched many lives in her 19 years as a chiropractor but for her, one particular experience stands out above the rest. Souder was approached by the mother of a two-year old, who had severely limited motor patterns, resulting in constriction to almost half her upper torso. Souder met many times with the child and through her work was able to use the cortex from the healthy part of her brain as a substitute, to reverse the majority of constriction and rewire missing functions that she was experiencing.

  • Five Fort Lupton businesses could receive façade grants

     Five downtown Fort Lupton businesses were offered $42,100 total in facade grants recently to spruce up their buildings.

    Businesses offered grants:

    •   Wholly Stromboli restaurant, 410 Denver Ave.: Install new signage, do cornice work, and install a new awning and lighting.

    •   Ottensen Grain Co. building, 817 7th St.: Install windows and doors.

  • No safety threat from oil operations, state director says

    The state's oil and gas department director is trying to calm residents' fears following a house explosion last week in Firestone just 200 yards from a vertical oil well.

    There's no immediate threat to the environment or public safety from oil and gas operations in the area, Matt Lepore, director of the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission, said Thursday, April 27, at a press conference.

  • Fort Lupton could be ready for spruce-up

    Some Fort Lupton businesses could soon have new looks on the front of their buildings.

    A plan to “revitalize the area and attract customers to shop, dine and do business in Fort Lupton,” is ready for action, according to a mission statement from the Fort Lupton Urban Renewal Authority, a government group that works on economic development infrastructure projects.