Your Gateway To Local Information





__________________

Homeland Security
____________________
____________________

__________________


"The Storm Mountain Incident"

Pollution of our
National Forest Streams


(Requires Free PowerPoint Viewer available here)

__________________


Contamination to Storm Mountain Properties
Click here for the facts!
__________________

__________________

__________________

__________________


Listen to this article

Bighorn Sheep relaxing in the warm weather on Monday, March 14th

Bighorn Sheep relaxing in the warm weather on Monday, March 14th

Sunday, March 21st - Photo Of The Week... During last weeks beautifuly warm and pleasant weather, this herd of Bighorn Sheep were caught relaxing in the pre-spring sunshine... Spring officially arrived at 5:34AM MST this morning... Along with the Elk and Bighorn becoming more active in the Spring, so do other area residents such as, the Black Bear... After a long Winter's rest they are sure to be hungry and will be looking for food most anywhere they can find it... Early Spring is a great time for area residents to get out and clean up potential trouble spots for bears such as trash containers, grills, feeders, etc... This protects both the residents and the bear from an undesirable conflict... The wildlife was here before us and it is our obligation to try to live in a responsible, harmonious manner with the nature that we are so blessed to be surrounded with... 


 

Listen to this article


Saturday, March 19th - Springtime Elk On The Move... With the coming of Spring, large herds of Elk have recently been seen in residential areas on Storm Mountain... Recent warm weather and moisture has caused grasses and other plants to start to sprout... The Elk now are coming down from higher elevations in search of these tasty young plants... Residents are advised to use caution when driving and to keep vigilant watch on fences and livestock, as reports of Elk damaging fences have been reported in the area... Spring officially arrives at 5:34AM MST tomorrow...

Herd of Elk grazing along FDR 128 on Friday afternoon

Herd of Elk grazing along Storm Mountain Drive on Friday afternoon


 


Listen to this article


Friday, March 18th - Estes Park Says No To Peace Tree... On Wednesday morning, March 17th, Paul Sterling met with the Estes Park Board to get their decision on adopting the, "Peace Tree"... Apparently the tree did not have the "Luck of the Irish" on this Saint Patrick's Day, as the city rejected the offer to adopt the tree... The board stated that the "Peace Tree" is, "too hot a topic"... Sterling plans to continue his efforts to find a  permanent home for the carving, with offers and suggestions coming in from around the globe...

 


Listen to this article


Governor and Legislature Agree to Budget Fix... On Wednesday night the legislative leadership and Governor Owens reportedly reached an agreement on a proposal to fix our State budget... Below is the contents of the agreement, although there may be additional details to follow... The agreement will have still to pass this November... This should be somewhat easier with the Governorís support, but it will still be tough...

House Bill 1194 - Proposed Agreement

1. For the next five years all of the revenue that is collected by the State can be used to provide services to the people of Colorado.

2. In the sixth year, if there is revenue above the amount that the State can invest in services for the people, the first 100 million dollars will go to paying off bonding obligations for capital construction and other needs.

3. In the sixth year the State will be able to spend an amount equal to the highest revenue during the first five years plus inflation and population growth from that time forward, plus the 100 million dollars referred to in paragraph 2.

4. If there is revenue above this amount in the sixth year, equal to a reduction in income tax rate of .13 % (this is equal to the difference between the current rate of 4.63% and a rate of 4.5%) then income tax revenue will be reduced in the following year by that amount. This same temporary reduction will take place in subsequent years, when there is sufficient excess revenue.

5. If there is excess revenue in year six that does not equal .13%, it will be refunded to the people.

6. In years beyond the sixth year, the revenue limit will be the limit from the previous year plus inflation and population growth (unless changed by a subsequent vote of the people).

7. The bonding proposal will include funds for the Police and Fire Pension Fund, kindergarten through 12th grade school construction required by the Giardino lawsuit settlement, and transportation. Any additional inclusions in the bonding proposal will be worked out by mutual agreement between the legislative and executive branches of government.

8. The legislature may refer a reauthorization measure to the people in year five.

9. The Governor and members of legislative leadership party to this agreement will work in good faith to procure the passage of this measure in the November election.

10. This is a negotiated agreement made in the best interests of the People of Colorado.



Listen to this article

Wednesday, March 16th - Big "T" Elementary Faces Staff Reduction In Fall... In a newsletter from "Big Thompson Elementary" sent home with students on Monday, it was announced that due to financial difficulties, the number of full-time teachers on staff for Kindergarten to 5th Grade could be reduced from the current number of 10 down to 9 teachers this fall... A quote from the newsletter states, "This year we have 10 teachers for those positions. Unless they release an additional teacher to us, which there is a small chance they'll do, we will have one less teacher next year. We are also going to see big changes because of a number of teachers retiring. Things are going to look different next year. We are in a time of rough waters." Should the loss of a teacher occur, several options are being considered including multi-age classrooms where students would stay with the same teacher for two years... Big "T" is not alone in their dilemma as school districts statewide are struggling to provide quality educational services under the recent State mandated budget cuts... St. Vrain School District was reported as considering the cutting of over 60 teaching jobs...


Listen to this article

Tuesday fuel prices in Estes Park already well over the National average

Tuesday fuel prices in Estes Park already well over the National average

Tuesday, March 15th - Gas Pump Prices Near All Time High Nationwide... The price for a gallon of gas is nearing the all time Nationwide average high of $2.06/gal for regular unleaded fuel... Local prices in the Estes Park area have already exceeded this all time Nationwide average high by more than $0.20/gal... In perspective, when adjusted for inflation, gas prices in March of 1981 would equate to $3.08/gal at the pump today... With tourist season due to start in a couple months, concerns over the impact these higher fuel prices will have on the local economy is being considered... Should prices continue to rise, as expected, the number of tourists traveling this season could be substantially less than in past years... As Estes Park bases it's economy primarily on tourism, high gas prices could result in a double punch to local merchants...

 


Listen to this article

Firewise Chat To Be Held Wednesday At 11AM... "Firewise.org", an online organization providing educational information for people who live or vacation in fire-prone areas of the United States, will be holding an online chat on Wednesday, March 16th at 11AM MST... "S.M.E.R.T.", and Cedar Park/Cedar Springs are considering joining as a community... All area residents are encouraged to attend this free online chat... "Firewise", is also a great source of information on fighting, and more importantly, preventing wildfires...


Disclaimer: Stories and other content are submitted by independent sources and do not represent the opinions or views of Storm Mountain Net, nor it's employees... All stories are posted without bias to their content... While every attempt is made to be concise in our reporting, Storm Mountain Net is not responsible for any incorrect information...

 

 

Send mail to webmaster@stormmountain.net with questions or comments about this web site.
Copyright © 2004 Storm Mountain Net
Last modified: March 19, 2005