• Col. Mark V. Trostel came into the position of chief of the Colorado State Patrol in June 2003 with a goal—to reduce the number of fatal and injury accidents on Colorado’s highways.

    He retires, at the end of this month, knowing that the goal has been achieved.

    “Colorado is now leading the country in the longest sustained reduction of fatal crashes. Every year we have had a reduction, and that was our goal,” he said.

  • Tuesday’s presidential inaugural ceremonies and celebrations included four Fort Lupton High School students among the crowds—and crowd control that was made in Fort Lupton.

    The students, Paige Haberkon, Lia Butler-Ickler, Cassie Gardner and Desirae Tooz, were excited last week by their upcoming trip that they had been planning for a year; while, Doug Aden, the owner of BSI Crowd Control on Denver Avenue, was taking a deep breath after a rush order that had him, his three employees and two teenage sons scurrying to fill.

  • The music Kamy Lynn Holz sings comes from the heart, born of faith and the desire to help people through their struggles in life.

    As a Christian singer, she connects with her audiences through songs of her own creation. “My favorite thing to do is write music from experiences of life. I don’t try to gloss it over. If Christian music is too happy it’s not real.”

  • Middle School sixth grader Annalee Vargas was one of 14 who donated her hair in a “Lock of Love-athon” at Salud Clinic Wednesday evening. The participants ranged in ages from adults to five-year-old Kailiana Hernandez, who eagerly watched the others as their long hair gave way to shorter cuts. The donors’ hair was first ponytailed, and then, as onlookers applauded, cut below the band. Their hair will be used to make hairpieces for financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada who are suffering from long-term medical hair loss.

  • Sometimes the perfect model just happens along, and that’s what came about one day when Karen Cade, who is an artist and the City of Fort Lupton’s court clerk, spotted Arnie Hubert at the customer counter in city hall.

    Cade was planning to create her third life-sized buffalo, using a white buffalo molded in Minnesota, for Custer South Dakota’s annual stampede. Hubert, she decided, would perfectly suit the role of a prospector for the gold-panning themed creature she was planning to paint.

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  • The Christmas tales of Ireland came to the Fort Lupton Library on Wednesday, as Kay Negash held children and adults spellbound with stories of good deeds by simple folk rewarded with riches. Negash, who is of Irish descent, is a storyteller who spent time in Ireland learning tales. The tales were but one of her extensive repertoire of stories. She was featured at the library’s December 3-for-lunch, a monthly event for the public to bring lunches and enjoy a program.

  • “Good behavior tickets” started out with a semi-serious request to school resource officer Tera Morris. “Miss, give me a ticket,” one student said to Morris. “Why would I do that?” she asked. “For being good!”

  • The South Weld County Moose Lodge 2677 hosted a children’s Christmas party on Dec. 14 at the American Legion Hall. Santa arrived, talking to children, including Memphis Myrick, handing out goody bags, and one member said that what impressed him ‘was the fact that every child left smiling.” Santa’s helpers included Duane Curbow, Bill and Jane Jordan, Santa-Roger Crawford, Russell Grey,Teemia, Linda Pavelka, Sonny Waggoner, Kelli Adams, Chris D’Alfonso, Carol Bjorklund, and Sean O’Loughlin.

  • The JAG kids at Fort Lupton High School finished 63 soft and cuddly stuffed toys to send to the Denver Ronald McDonald House. The students, who belong to Mr. G’s Jobs for America’s Graduate program, have been making stuffed creatures, some to sell, but most to donate, since the beginning of the year. His third hour class includes Desirae Tooz, Kim Martinez, Tanya Lucero, Ay-Jay Garcia, Nick Leihy, Roberto Veleta, Raymond Garcia, Juan Delara, Javier Gasca, Jovanna Mendoza, Juliana Fuentes, Erica Arellano, Jazzmine Amparan and Haley Linder.

  • The first in a two-part series looking back at the top stories of 2008.


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  • Fort Lupton Lions screened 186 preschool and kindergarten students for vision problems at three Re-8 schools last month.

    One in 20 young students has a vision problem that could develop into amblyopia, commonly known as ‘lazy eye.” Catching the problem during early childhood means corrective actions, such as prescribed special lenses, can be taken before vision is permanently impaired.

  • One of the reasons for the existence of the Fort Lupton Food and Clothing Bank walked into the Denver Avenue building during the director’s account of the growing need for donations.

    Bobby Pinley’s is an “It could happen to anyone” story. In January, he was on his way to his job. It was 4:30 in the morning, and he had the road all to himself. Except for one car.

  • Weld County Commissioners Bill Garcia and Doug Rademacher invite local residents to share their concerns about Weld County government with them. The second Friday of most months from 4 to 6 p.m., they keep office hours at the Weld County Southwest Services Complex located at 4209 WCR 24.5, Conference Room B, Longmont. Their next scheduled office hours are Friday, Nov. 14.

  • If you are one of those anglers that truly seeks to combine the beauty of the high country surroundings with the quality of the fishing, consider the Gunnison River or the Taylor River in the next few weeks. Fly anglers well know seasons, and weather don’t diminish the appetite of the big trout. Late October into mid-November admittedly will see the beginning of dipping temperatures in the Gunnison Valley. But it is also the time of crisp mornings, mild afternoons and colors that hang on until snowfall.