Local News

  • Wild weather .. round 2

    Just as feared, there was another round of bad weather in Adams and Weld counties June 19.

    Fort Lupton was under a tornado warning. So far, there have been no reports of damage. The National Weather Service says 1.25-inch hail fell near Frederick shortly after 1 p.m. Hail between an inch and 2 inches in diameter was reported near Hudson.

  • Weather turns wild

    Spring weather made a return appearance in northern Adams and southwestern Weld County Monday, June 18. 

    By the time the rain left, there was golf ball-sized hail in places, displaced leaves and branches in others, a partially destroyed oil tank in Hudson and flooded area roads.

    Brighton resident Teresa Schroeter was at home watching TV when the weather rolled in.

  • Local 7-year-old races his way to success

    Ricky Holbrook’s favorite races are the ones that he wins. At the rate he’s progressing, he may soon have a hard time picking favorites.

    Holbrook, 7, is a quarter midget car racer from Fort Lupton. He recently entered his third season of competition and expects to enter the second grade at Twombly Elementary School this fall.

    “What I like most about racing is going fast and when you get trophies,” Holbrook said.

  • Commissioner Kirkmeyer responds to allegations

    Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer faces a recall campaign led by Platteville resident Sara Mondragon and recall committee WECARE for Weld County (Working to Educate Citizens About Recall Efforts) for Weld County.

    Kirkmeyer represents District 3, a southeastern part of Weld County that includes Fort Lupton in addition to other communities. She is term-limited in 2020. 

    In an interview Thursday, June 7, Kirkmeyer denounced the recall effort as biased and claimed it was being fueled by misinformation.

  • Local resident passes away in crash

    Miguel Bentura Garcia of Fort Lupton has passed away after sustaining injuries in a crash May 31. He was 64.

    The crash occurred at the junction of U.S. Highway 85 and Weld County Road 8 when a tow truck pulled in front of a bus for Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, being driven by Garcia. Garcia was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. No other drivers were injured in the crash. 

  • Halliburton helicopter test flight set for June 16

    Halliburton officials plan to do a test helicopter flight Saturday, June 16, as the company works on getting approval for a helipad expected to take workers to oil fields around northern Colorado.

  • Fort Lupton Heritage Fair entertains, educates spectators

    By Sean Kennedy

    Staff Writer

    Cannons banged, dancers twirled, tomahawks hit wooden targets with a loud ‘thwack,’ and crowds cheered.

    The South Platte Valley Historical Society hosted the 12th annual Fort Lupton Heritage Fair at the South Platte Valley Historic Park on Saturday. The fair drew visitors from all over Weld County who came to appreciate the event’s mix of education and entertainment.

  • City planners, city residents talk about future of the city


    By Sean Kennedy

    Special to MetroWest Newspapers

    Residents got one more chance to say what they want Fort Lupton to look like in 10 years at a “Picture Fort Lupton” meeting Thursday, April 26.

    The “Picture Fort Lupton” plan is expected to guide growth to the area in coming years after getting feedback from residents. City officials are spending $200,000 on the project through the consulting firm Houseal Lavigne.

  • Twenty homes could get historic designation

    By Claire Woodcock

    Special to MetroWest Newspapers

    Fort Lupton officials could consider 20 homes for historic designation in the future, according to a $21,000 outside consultant study.  

    Some homeowners have expressed concern that they won’t be able to renovate their homes as they choose if they receive historic designation.

  • Spring ritual

    The Fort Lupton Public Works Department hosted its annual Spring Clean-Up Day Saturday, April 28. 

    Local residents could bring any unwanted household items including furniture, electronics, tires and yard debris to the public works shop on 12th Street.

    Fort Lupton resident Saul Chavez said he has participated in the city’s clean-ups every year. The clean up is, “very, very good for us,” especially being able to drop off tree shrubs, Chavez said.