https://www.ftluptonpress.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Welcome to Trapper Days ‘1 and all’ https://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/welcome-trapper-days-%E2%80%981-and-all%E2%80%99 <img src="https://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/_dsc0462.jpg" alt="What better way to celebrate a first birthday than to ride in the Trapper Days parade in your very own float while telling the world that it’s your birthday. Such was the case with Emiliana Luevano Sept. 7, the day of the parade and her first birthday, too. She is also the fourth-generation member of her family to walk the parade. But unlike a lot of 1-year-olds, Luevano isn’t breaking into a chorus of Lesley Gore’s “It’s my party, and I’ll cry if I want to” -- at least not during the parade. " title="What better way to celebrate a first birthday than to ride in the Trapper Days parade in your very own float while telling the world that it’s your birthday. Such was the case with Emiliana Luevano Sept. 7, the day of the parade and her first birthday, too. She is also the fourth-generation member of her family to walk the parade. But unlike a lot of 1-year-olds, Luevano isn’t breaking into a chorus of Lesley Gore’s “It’s my party, and I’ll cry if I want to” -- at least not during the parade. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Late summer weather and no rain helped crowds enjoy 2019&rsquo;s version of Trapper Days in Fort Lupton last week.</p> Union Pacific: ‘It’s never OK to play on railroad tracks’ https://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/union-pacific-%E2%80%98it%E2%80%99s-never-ok-play-railroad-tracks%E2%80%99 <img src="https://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sfl_news_train_091119.jpg" alt="A Union Pacific train heads down the tracks along First Street in Fort Lupton, an area where the mayor said kids are playing the game of chicken. " title="A Union Pacific train heads down the tracks along First Street in Fort Lupton, an area where the mayor said kids are playing the game of chicken. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Fort Lupton Mayor Zo Stieber said kids have been playing the game &ldquo;chicken&rdquo; on the train tracks near First Street.</p> <p> &ldquo;The train was coming, and the kids proceeded to stay on the tracks playing a game,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;Other kids were screaming at the individual who was on their bike to get off the tracks as the train was coming closer.&rdquo;</p> <p> Union Pacific will investigate, according to Kristen South, Union Pacific senior corporate communications and media relations representative.</p> Fort Lupton native tosses name into the ring for school board https://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/fort-lupton-native-tosses-name-ring-school-board <img src="https://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cody_leblanc_headshot.jpg" alt="Cody LeBlanc" title="Cody LeBlanc" align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> Fort Lupton&rsquo;s Cody LeBlanc is on the ballot to run for the Weld Re-8 school board seat this November. Current board member and treasurer Carol McDermott is term-limited.</p> Soccer: Fort Lupton wins fourth straight https://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/soccer-fort-lupton-wins-fourth-straight <img src="https://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0735_-_edited_0.jpg" alt="The race is on between Fort Lupton&#039;s Pablo Navarro, left, and Elizabeth&#039;s Caden Farmer during the teams&#039; non-conference game in Fort Lupton Sept. 12. FLHS scored five times in the first half, won the game 6-1 and remained unbeaten through four starts this season." title="The race is on between Fort Lupton&#039;s Pablo Navarro, left, and Elizabeth&#039;s Caden Farmer during the teams&#039; non-conference game in Fort Lupton Sept. 12. FLHS scored five times in the first half, won the game 6-1 and remained unbeaten through four starts this season." align="left" hspace="6" width="106" height="85" /> Football: Bluedevils fall to University in season opener https://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/football-bluedevils-fall-university-season-opener <img src="https://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/flhsvsuhs090619_a.jpg" alt="Junior running back Joseph Welch pushes through a hole in the Bulldogs defense during Fort Lupton’s season-opening game at University High in Greeley Sept. 6. The Bluedevils lost 40-0. " title="Junior running back Joseph Welch pushes through a hole in the Bulldogs defense during Fort Lupton’s season-opening game at University High in Greeley Sept. 6. The Bluedevils lost 40-0. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Fort Lupton&rsquo;s football season got off to a tough start Sept. 6 as they fell to the University Bulldogs in Greeley, 40-0.</p> <p> &ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t have much to say to the team after the game, they knew what happened,&rdquo; Bluedevils coach Dustin Duff said. &ldquo;I let my assistants talk to them for the most part.&rdquo;</p> <p> The young Bluedevils team, which starts mainly sophomores and juniors this year, struggled to get going in the first half on offense and struggled to hold back the University attack on the defensive end.</p> Fort Lupton HS has new baseball coach https://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/fort-lupton-hs-has-new-baseball-coach <img src="https://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_sp_miller_091119.jpg" alt="Cory Miller" title="Cory Miller" align="left" hspace="6" width="85" height="85" /><p> Fort Lupton High School&rsquo;s new baseball coach is Cory Miller.</p> <p> He replaces Stephen Flickinger, who resigned to become a firefighter in Colorado Springs.</p> <p> Miller was born and raised in Lakewood and attended Green Mountain High School. He was a three-year starter for the Rams at catcher and in the outfield. After high school, Miller played for Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College, Northeastern Community College in Sterling and finished his career at Indiana-Purdue University, which is now called Purdue University at Fort Wayne in Fort Wayne, Indiana.</p> ‘Handle with care’ takes on new meaning for bus driver https://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/%E2%80%98handle-care%E2%80%99-takes-new-meaning-bus-driver <img src="https://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/_dsc0089_1.jpg" alt="What do Willie Nelson’s hit song, “On the Road Again” and students from Butler Elementary School have in common? At the end of a recent school day, the youngsters boarded school buses and hit the road for the trek home." title="What do Willie Nelson’s hit song, “On the Road Again” and students from Butler Elementary School have in common? At the end of a recent school day, the youngsters boarded school buses and hit the road for the trek home." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Dora Deleon Butler Elementary School bus driver greets her kids as they get on the bus by their first names. She knows every single student by name and knows their families, too.</p> <p> &ldquo;I have been driving the bus for 36 years. I started driving a local bus first and drove for a contractor for five years. Then I started working at Twombly (Elementary School) and was hired there to drive the bus,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;I went in school with kids, drove the bus and came out with kids, then drove them home.&rdquo;</p> UK company testing rockets engines at new spaceport https://www.ftluptonpress.com/content/uk-company-testing-rockets-engines-new-spaceport <img src="https://www.ftluptonpress.com/sites/www.ftluptonpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/adrian_tansing_.jpg" alt="Adrian Tansing, who handles contract and international trade for the British firm Reaction Engines." title="Adrian Tansing, who handles contract and international trade for the British firm Reaction Engines." align="left" hspace="6" width="80" height="85" /><p> There is an international flavor to the new Colorado Air and Spaceport in Watkins.</p> <p> A British company. Reaction Engines, builds rocket engines and is using the spaceport as a test facility.</p>