Saturday, January 15th - Huygens Lands On Saturn's Moon Titan... Early
yesterday the Huygens spacecraft descended through the atmosphere of
Saturn's largest moon, "Titan", safely landing on the surface
after a seven year journey... As Saturday derives it's name from Saturn,
it is appropriate to display these first images from Titan today... More
images, sounds, and other information on this space mission can be found
at the "European Space Agency's Cassini-Huygens Page"...
Saturn is currently at it's closest to Earth this year being easily
visible in our evening skies... Even a small telescope will reveal it's
wondrous rings... Look for it's bright golden glow in the "eastern sky after sunset"...
during descent showing river-like channels indicating fluid
light-colored high terrain meeting darker lowlands on Titan... A
Thursday, January 13th - Switchbacks Extremely Icy... It is
being reported that as of 1:30pm the switchbacks on FDR 128 are
extremely icy and vehicles are experiencing difficulty going both up and
down in this area... Chains are strongly advised... A layer of ice
against the road surface under the snow is to blame... With the
temperatures dropping and no proper winter road maintenance, this
situation will likely worsen over the next few hours... Residents
picking up children from the bus stops or otherwise traveling are
advised to use extreme caution in the switchback area of FDR
Resident Injured While Being Good
Samaritan... During yesterday's work to clear our roadway of ditched
vehicles, one of the many who stopped to help was seriously injured...
Long time resident, Scott Ohdemetroz, was helping move a trailer out of
the way when he lost his footing and slipped resulting in the full
weight of the trailer crashing down on his hand severely breaking the
bones to his thumb... Scott was later taken to the emergency room by his
wife, Michale, where the extent of the damage was revealed... Bones in
his left hand will require surgery and placement of pins to repair... It
should be pointed out that after the injury to his hand, Scott stayed on
and worked another 45 minutes to help in getting others safely on their
way, caring more about helping them than his own injuries... We would
like extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to Scott for his
selfless acts and his dedication to helping our community, and also wish
him a speedy recovery from his injuries... Scott is a prime example of
the type of Good Samaritan which makes our community such a special
place to live...
|Photo of Scott
Ohdemetroz and his family taken last August
Wednesday, January 12th - 8:00AM UPDATE: FDR 128 Now Open... Storm
Mountain's access road, FDR 128, is once again open... The last of the
ditched vehicles have been pulled back onto the roadway and sand spread
over a large portion of the ice in that particular area... Reports are
that the road on down to CO 43 is passable with adequate tires and/or
chains... Extreme care is still recommended as icing still exists in
some areas... Many thanks to the local residents who worked together
this morning to clear our roadway...
trailer from ditched truck out of way
||The last of the
vehicles blocking the road is pulled out
UPDATE: FDR 128 Closed Below "T"... Multiple vehicles are now blocking FDR 128 just below
the "T"... Residents are currently working on pulling the
vehicles from the roadway... We will post an update when the road is
cleared for those that must travel... We strongly advise against any
travel at this time...
|Residents await help in
pulling out their ditched vehicles along FDR 128 at 6:45AM this
FDR 128 Extremely
Hazardous... As of 6:30AM a minimum of 4 accidents have been
reported just below the "T" and before Railsback Hill... The
road is nearly closed due to vehicles piled up blocking the road and any
travel is strongly discouraged at this time... Ironically, this is
partially due to icing as a result of a deicing substance, Mag-chloride,
being used for dust control last year now holding moisture near the road
surface and freezing as temperatures drop... Areas where the chemicals
were not applied are free of ice and safe for travel...
Overnight Snow Blankets Area... Snowfall
through the night has blanked the Storm Mountain area with a fresh
coating white... Snow continues to fall with 2 - 3 inches of
accumulation being reported... FDR 128 is currently snow-packed with
minor icing... Chains and/or 4WD with adequate snow tires are
recommended... Residents are advised to allow extra travel time for
commuting this morning... A "Fog Advisory" is in effect for
the plains east of I-25 and both a "Winter Storm Warning" and
"Avalanche Warning" in effect for the mountains west of the
Continental Divide... As of 5:00AM, no official watches or warnings have
been issued for our immediate area...
County Swears In New
Commissioners... Larimer County now has three new county officials...
Larry Abrahamson is the new District Attorney and Glenn Gibson and Karen
Wagner the new County Commissioners... Chief Judge James Hiatt presided
over the official swearing-in Tuesday morning...
Tuesday, January 11th - Indonesian Earthquake Changed
Earth's Shape And Rotation... NASA scientists are now confirming
that the December 26th earthquake which generated "devastating
tsunamis" actually changed the shape of our planet and
increased our rotation speed, shaving 3 microseconds from the length of
our day... In other words, Earth spins a little faster than it did
before... According to their latest calculations, the earthquake shifted
Earth's "mean North Pole" by about 2.5 centimeters
(1 inch) in the direction of 145 degrees east longitude, more or less
toward Guam in the Pacific Ocean... This shift is continuing a long-term
seismic trend identified in previous studies... The complete story can
be found via the link provided below...
Fundraiser Thursday For Local Jr.
Iditarod Musher... A fundraiser will be held at 5pm on Thursday, Jan
13th, at the Dannels Fire Station in Estes Park to raise money to help
send local resident Michaela Maddalena and her team to Fairbanks, Alaska
to compete in the, "Jr.
Iditarod Sled Dog Race", in February... In the Junior Iditarod
mushers between the ages of 14 and 17, will compete on February 28th, in
the 160-mile distance sled dog race... More information can be found in
an "article posted in the Estes Park News" on
Jan. 7th, 2005...
Monday, January 10th - Nate Jorgenson Benefit This Saturday... On
October 1, 2004 Nathan Jorgenson, a Fort Collins native, had his life
While walking at night on the sidewalk of South Lemay Avenue, a
drunk driver struck him with an SUV and left him in critical condition
with a traumatic brain injury and broken cervical vertebrae...
He is currently located at, "Craig
Hospitalís Center for Neurological Rehabilitation", in Denver
where he had fusion surgery for his broken neck... He is now stable with
no spinal cord damage, and will be in their care until he returns to
Fort Collins on January 20, 2005... On Saturday, January 15th there will
be a, "Benefit for Nate",
at the County Cork located at: "313 West Drake Road in Ft. Collins"...
Superb northern Colorado musicians, "Wall of Dogs", are providing the
entertainment...This event is being held to raise money to assist Nate
and his family meet the costs of the renovation and medical expenses...
"We are asking local businesses to donate items to be auctioned at
the benefit, or cash donations made out to, "The Nathan Jorgenson
Any contribution you can make, large or small, will help us reach our
fund raising goal of $20,000"... Online
donations can be made at: www.natejorgenson.com...
Sunday, January 9th - Photo Of The Week... This amazing
photo of "Comet Machholz" was taken by "Jimmy
professor at "Colorado
Mountain College", near Steamboat Springs on January 5th... Both tails are clearly visible with
the ion tail showing the effects of the solar wind upon the comet's
nucleus... Comet Machholz will be visible for the next month in our
|Comet Machholz on January
5th, 2005 Photo Credit: ©2005 Jimmy Westlake
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