Sunday, April 17th - Photo
Of The Week... During our snowstorm last Sunday, a Wild
Turkey (meleágris gallopávo) was spotted foraging for
food in a resident's yard on Storm Mountain, making for
this "Photo of the Week". Similar to the barnyard
turkey, but slimmer with a rusty colored, not white, tip to the
tail. Turkeys roost in trees at night to stay safe from ground
predators like coyotes. They are weak fliers and prefer to avoid
danger by running. The male, or gobbler, is often heard in the
early morning calling to summon the hens of his harem. Wild
Turkeys are year round residents to our area frequently being
seen along CO 43 near Glen Haven.
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Friday, April 15th - County
Offers "Do Not Spray" Option for Weed Control... The
Larimer County Weed Control District has begun spraying county
right-of-ways with herbicides to control noxious weeds. The Weed
District offers landowners with property adjacent to county
right-of-ways the option to decline the county's herbicide
spraying services near their property. If a landowner prefers
not to have the right-of-ways by his or her property sprayed, he
or she must complete a "Do Not Spray" form and post
the area with appropriate signs. The posting requirements
listed below must be met for the county to honor a request to
refrain from treating an area with herbicides.
Signs must be posted immediately adjacent to the right-of-way
but not on the right-of-way.
Signs must be posted at each end of the property. Spraying
operations will end at the point where the first sign is posted
and begin at the point where the second sign is posted.
Signs must be clearly visible to approaching traffic from the
road; they must be at least 36 inches above the ground and not
obstructed from view.
Signs and the lettering on them must be large enough to be
easily read from a 20-yard distance.
Landowners requesting that
no herbicides be used in a particular area will be responsible
for the vegetation management on that portion of the
right-of-way, including height control, annual weed control and
noxious weed control. For more information or to obtain a form,
call the Weed District at 498-5768.
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Thursday, April 14th -
County Seeks Applicants For Boards and Commissions... Over 400 Larimer County citizens currently volunteer on
County Boards and Commissions. Serving on a Board is a valuable
service; doing so helps shape future policy while giving back to
the community. Larimer County’s campaign for Board volunteers
heats up every spring as turnover occurs with Board terms ending
on June 30. This spring there are openings on 14 Boards,
applications are due Friday, May 13 and citizens can apply
online at www.larimer.org/boards.
A short video at the website answers many questions about serving on a Board. Contact Melinda
Keen at the Larimer County Commissioners’ Office at 498-7015.
The 14 Larimer
County Boards with openings are:
Board of Adjustment
Board of Appeals
Estes Valley Planning
Flood Review Board
Juvenile Community Review
Office on Aging Advisory
Open Lands Advisory Board
Rural Land Use Board
Weed Control District
A description of
each Board or Commission, a members list, bylaws, any
qualifications, and a Question&Answer section are also
located at the County’s web site, www.larimer.org/boards. You
can also pick up an application at the county office nearest you
in Fort Collins, Loveland and Estes Park. Please contact
Melinda Keen at the Larimer County Commissioners’ Office at
498-7150 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
for further information. If you would like to receive an
email notification any time there is an opening on a Board
please go to www.larimer.org/subscriptions.cfm
and sign up.
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Photo taken this morning showing oil and hazardous chemicals still
leeching into streams from last year's dumping on FDR 128 in
Roosevelt National Forest.
Wednesday, April 13th -
Chemical Dumping To Possibly Begin Soon...The Cedar Park/Cedar Springs Road Maintenance Corporation is
once again preparing to dump chemicals onto FDR 128 in, what is
considered by many to be, yet
another futile attempt at controlling dust. The chemical being dumped is being called Mag-chloride, but
contains other chemicals which the manufacturer, not
surprisingly, refuses to
disclose. Independent testing has shown extremely high
concentrations of Arsenic and Barium in sludge from the
chemicals' run-off. The presence of these deadly chemicals in
the run-off suggests either their presence in the original
product or a chemical reaction with the recycled asphalt road
base, resulting in the leeching of heavy metals. Trees and
shrubs that come in contact with this run-off are dead or dying.
The run-off is also flowing freely into the National Forest
streams and the Big Thompson River downstream. County, State,
and Federal officials are apparently turning a blind eye to the issue and
allowing this to continue. Mag-chloride has also been found to
contain Cadmium, a known carcinogen, and it's use has been
banned in several Colorado communities, including Aspen, because of
it's, "cancer causing potential", and the
extreme destruction to local vegetation.
Once the chemicals dry, they become part of the dust and some
fear that the deadly substances are being inhaled as air-borne
particles. Several residents of the area have complained of
mystery illnesses since the use of this chemical began, with
some going so far as to move from the area out of concern for
their families health.
We at SMN find it very
anyone would take such risks simply to try and control dust,
with a chemical which does not perform very well at all in this
situation. At the same time, instead of ordinary dust, we now have
highly corrosive slime constantly coating our vehicles, drying into
a potentially dangerous dust that we breathe in daily. If
there ever was a case of blatant ignorance of the facts, total
disregard for the environment, and flat
out stupidity, this would be it. We strongly feel that concerned
residents should call, write, and email their County, State, and
Federal representatives demanding that this be stopped
Please note that the
current condition of FDR 128 as of 3PM, is very good. The
grading and base in preparation for the chemicals, while still
dusty, makes the road much smoother and safer. Quite simply, the
best condition the road has been in years. This type of
maintenance, which apparently took very little effort to
achieve, is far preferred over the chemical method previously
tried. We would fully be in support of this type of work to
maintain our access road.
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Monday, April 11th - Brunt
Of Storm Misses Our Area... The brunt of this weekend's
Spring snowstorm missed our immediate area hitting more south,
with up to 36 inches reported in Westcliff. It did however leave
us with several inches of wet snow which was needed in our area.
Area roads are reported as snow-packed and icy in spots.
Residents traveling towards Greeley and eastward should be aware
that a Winter Storm Warning is still in effect with blizzard
conditions likely. I-70 is closed to Kansas.Temperatures
are predicted to warm up starting today with 60's possible by
mid-week. This warmth along with moisture from Sunday's snow
will combine to green things up across the area.
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