•     Carol Brossman would be the first to say her collection isn’t really about the pigs.
        But scanning the hundreds of little porcine faces peeking out from every nook and cranny in her Dacono home, it might take a moment to believe her.

  • It’s Dec. 22 and you’ve just barely made it through half of your holiday shopping list. The panic may have set in that you just don’t have enough time to get everything done.

  •     By now, most residents and a fair share of out-of-towners have seen the spectacular job the South Platte Valley Historical Society has done in recreating historic Fort Lupton. Now those same folks can get a behind the scenes glimpse into the reconstruction effort, thanks to a new book written by SPVHS volunteer and fort builder Arnold Hubert.

  •    “Hold on tight!” Angelina Alarcon remembers telling her 5-year-old son, Dimitri, before he entered the ring for the mutton bustin’ competition at this year’s Greeley Stampede.
        “Don’t worry mom, I’m going to win,” Dimitri had confidently replied.
        And he was right.

  • BROOMFIELD –“I can’t even begin to explain what it was like, coming back on that one,” B-17 waist gunner George Meshko recalled, of his 25 and final mission in the skies over Nazi Germany. “We lost 69 bombers just on that run, over Berlin. It was the run up to the invasion, but we didn’t know that. They never told us, we just went”

  • BRIGHTON – Like a lot of people, Tracey Nazarenus thinks there’s a plethora of bad news on television and in the newspapers.
        Unlike a lot of people, she and several of her friends are trying to do something about that perception. And they are doing it through the use of some of the biggest animals you’ll ever see.

  • Paul Soderquist, interim pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Brighton, volunteered for the day April 2 at Denver International Airport to assist disabled veterans on their way back from the 25th National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village March 27 to April 1.

  • In late 2009, while spending time with his grandfather, 18-year-old Matt Durland blacked out.

  • Kiara opens her jaws wide for a lazy yawn as she glances across the grass to her 3-month old lion cubs, Bob, Nancy and Percy, wrestling in the corner.

  •     Future visitors to the Fort Lupton museum will be missing a big part of the town’s history, now that curator Nancy Penfold has retired.
        A fixture at the museum for decades, Penfold carries as much local history inside her head as the building holds within its walls. Maybe even a little bit more, considering her family’s longevity as historians in Fort Lupton.

  •      Nurse practitioner Melda Musick hears a baby cry from a nearby patient room as she walks through the hallway of the Special Care Nursery at Platte Valley Medical Center.
        “I like that sound,” she says with a smile. “A crying baby is a healthy baby.”
        Melda says she drives all the way from Nebraska — a 2 hour and 45-minute drive one way — for each 24-hour shift at PVMC.

  •     FORT LUPTON — When Pat Marek became the new general manager of Coyote Creek Golf Course in November, he decided he wanted to initiate some projects that would allow the golf course to give back to the community.
        After speaking to Fort Lupton Food Bank staff, he decided the first endeavor would be a food drive to cover the post-holiday slump in donations. 

  • The Fort Lupton Optimist Club honored its eighth-grade Students of the Month for the months of September, October and November and their parents, at a Nov. 11 breakfast at the Branding Iron.
        September’s winners were Jesus Arellano and Hannah Alexander. 

  • Mary Ellen LeBlanc
    Special to the Press

    October is National 4-H month and the start of enrollment for the next year. The Tailtwisters 4-H club is promoting 4-H and how you can be a part of this century old organization.
        During the first week of October club members decorated the window of the Fort Lupton Chamber of Commerce to show their support of 4-H.  This year the theme was “Take the Lead.”  

  • Orvan and Muriel Bennett, of rural Fort Lupton, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Oct. 14, 2010. Married at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Brighton, the Bennetts have made their home on the family farm northeast of Brighton all these years. They were introduced by mutual friends (Wyane Adams and Vivian Willard Hause) at a function at the Independence School.  Orvan was in school at Aggies (CSU) and Muriel was a junior at Brighton High School.  They began dating later that year and were engaged on Christmas in 1949.

  • Move over, iCarly.

    Fort Lupton’s own Angelica Vasquez, 13, is on the air, and her show is a webcast with a message.        

    Vasquez, co-host of the Voices of Reality’s network web show Teen View, tackles some of the thornier problems facing today’s adolescent with a mix of humor, topical awareness and some solid common sense.

  •     FORT LUPTON — The hundred or so Weld County Youth Conservation Corps participants who spent much of the past seven months at the South Platte Valley Historical Society’s land north of Fort Lupton don’t have to wonder what work was like in the 1830s.

        They know.

        They know what it is like to use old draw knives to peel bark from pine logs in weather so cold they had to duck inside every 10 minutes to get warm and in weather so hot the knives became slick with sweat.   

  • Employees, loyal customers and automobile enthusiasts celebrated Purifoy Chevrolet’s 50 years July 10 in Fort Lupton.

        Denver Avenue was closed for several blocks in front of the dealership to make room for 415 cars of every color and ranging in age from the 1930s to current models.

        Rollie Purifoy, owner of the Purifoy Chevrolet and the son of the dealership’s founder Rolland H. Purifoy, told the crowd that the company’s success wouldn’t have been possible without his dedicated staff.

  • Prenatal classes

    The Southwest Weld County Services Complex (Interstate 25 and the north Longmont exit) will host classes for pregnant women from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays. The CSU/Weld County extenstion office, EFNEP and the Weld County Department of Public Health are co-sponsors.

        Contact Stella Vigil 970-304-6535, ext. 2078, svigil@co.weld.co.us or Kristin Dodge 970-304-6420, ext. 2300, kdodge@co.weld.co.us.


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  •     FORT LUPTON – Longtime football coach and teacher Dick Stalcup always shared positive words of encouragement with his students and fellow teachers.

        In the final moments of his life, it was his family’s reassuring words that put him at peace.