•  Welcome to Belen

    We’re happy to welcome a new member to the MetroWest reporting team this week.

    She is Belen Ward. Though her main assignment is Fort Lupton, don’t be surprised to see her up and down the U.S. Highway 85 corridor.

  • In our recent travels last week, we got to see a few examples of what makes the area so special.

    They were for vastly different reasons, but each struck us in a positive way.

    The second annual Touch a Truck event at Brighton City Hall Aug. 25 was terrific. Lots of people milling around the yards and at Carmichael Park, all of whom had a chance to climb inside more trucks than you could imagine. Big trucks, little trucks, medium-sized trucks. Big helmets and small ones fit heads of all sizes.

  • This is supposed to be an introductory column. But it feels like we’ve known each other for a long time.

    Just in case, I’m the one who’s been roaming the sidelines, standing in dugouts, asking questions of young men and women who sign their letters of intent and sitting on baselines chronicling sports for 14 years. 

    That won’t change. Something else did, though – at least for a few months.

  • Dear editor:

    On Sunday, Aug. 5, car enthusiasts and community supporters flocked to Colorado National Speedway in Dacono for a unique fundraiser that benefited Make-A-Wish Colorado. 

    As they admired the 50-plus exotic, classic, import, vintage and muscle cars displayed at the car show, they deposited drawing tickets that had come with their entry to the event into boxes by each car. Throughout the day, 32 random drawings took place, and the winners were treated to a lap around the track in a dream car. 

  •  Dear editor:


    United Way of Weld County would like to thank the volunteers and companies who helped change lives throughout Weld County during the annual Day of Action on June 15-16. 

    More than 300 people volunteered and worked on 29 projects at 26 different locations in Greeley, Evans, Windsor, Eaton, Frederick, Galeton and Fort Lupton.

  •  Dear editor,

    Tax cuts are helping some businesses expand. They’re helping mine survive. 

    The recently passed federal tax cuts include much for businesses to like. A new 20 percent tax deduction, immediate expensing of capital investment, and lower across-the-board tax rates give some businesses the extra funds they need to expand, hire, and raise wages. 

  • Dear editor,


    College is not always the right next step. That’s not something you probably hear often, and when you do, you might think, “it is if I want to make a living and become somebody!” 

  • By the American Red Cross

    Make sure the trip back to the classroom is a safe one.

     “Safety should be the top priority for all students, especially younger children and those heading to school for the first time,” said Gino Greco, chief executive officer of the Red Cross of Colorado and Wyoming. “Whether riding, biking or walking to school, we want everyone to arrive and then return home safely.”


    By Alan J. Kaylor

    Weld Re-8 School District superintendent

    Welcome to school year 2016 – 2017!

    It is an exciting time for the Weld Re-8 School District! 

    I am honored and privileged to serve as the superintendent of schools. I truly appreciate your continued support of our schools and the changes our district is embarking upon.  

  • Johnny Kampis  

    Charter school advocates are bullish on a recent Colorado Department of Education report that touts the racial diversity and academic success of charter schools.

    They’re also hopeful that the report will spur lawmakers to close the funding gap between charters and traditional public schools in the 2017 legislative session.

  • Melanie Falvo
    United Way of Weld County

  • Rose McPhee, Thomas Adanalian
    Community Reach Center

  • Trudy Lieberman
    Rural Health News Service

  • Tom Vilsack
    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

  • Dayana Yochim
    Nerdwallet financial advisor

  • Dear Editor,

    Back in 1961, I worked at Nedicks at Time Square, in New York City. I sold mostly hotdogs and sodas. Nedicks made a great hotdog and they did a thriving business. At that time, hotdogs cost 15 cents each and I made the minimum wage of $1 per hour. Then one day, it was announced in the papers that the government was raising the minimum wage to $1.15 per hour. The very next day, Nedicks raised the price of hotdogs to 25 cents each, and a week later I was let go. Prices that were not controlled by our government went up also.

  • Dear Editor,

    The end of 2015 is nearly here and a new day is dawning for Colorado’s solar power. With solar installation costs falling, the efficiency of solar cells improving, and the threats of air pollution and climate disruption mounting, solar power’s growth could not come at a more critical time.
        We are poised both globally and nationally to accelerate the development of renewable energy, and in Colorado there is an especially great opportunity to become a leader in the U.S. in solar power capacity per capita.

  • Dear Editor,

  • Dear Editor,
    The Fort Lupton Optimist Club sends a heartfelt thank you to every single individual, as well as the local businesses, who contributed to the huge success of the 2015 Angel Tree Christmas Project. The tremendous outpouring of support for this project was overwhelming and very much appreciated. With your support, we were able to provide a merrier Christmas to about 190 less fortunate children and 64 families right here in our Fort Lupton community.

  • Kristel Acre

    Keller Williams 1st Realty