Tuesday, May 31st - Missing
Horse Found Scared But Safe... A horse that was reported
missing yesterday was found on Monday afternoon after a tip from
an anonymous caller. The caller reported the horse being hit
with rocks and beat with sticks by another resident. Names are
not being released at this time. The horse, while frightened,
was not harmed and is now at an undisclosed location, far from
this area. Three horses were removed from contaminated property
on Storm Mountain yesterday with two more to be moved shortly.
This move is out of concern for the health and welfare of the
animals, by the owners, veterinarians and horse rescue
specialists after confirmed high amounts of arsenic, barium, and
chromium were found to be present on the homeowner's property as
a result of run-off from FDR 128 in the Roosevelt National
Forest, in addition to threats made yesterday. An offer has also
reportedly been made to provide the affected family with housing
should the need arise.
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Monday, May 30th -
Homeowner Threatened With Murder Of Animals... In what is
being perceived to be retaliation by the Cedar Park Road Improvement Corporation,
a homeowner whose property was contaminated by run-off due to negligence on the part of the road maintenance corporation, was today threatened with their animals disappearing,
and/or being killed, one by one. The threat was made by a man in a newer red pickup truck, believed to be a member of the corporation. The homeowner has been boarding the horses on a neighbors, Raymond Berg's, property. In the past week, Berg's fence has been repeatedly and mysteriously taken down, allowing the horses to escape. While out rounding the horses up this morning, the homeowner was stopped by the man in the red pickup who stated,
"You will not find your white horse, and all of your animals will be disappearing one by one, and you'll never find
them". A report of the threat is being filed with the Larimer County Sheriff's office, and a restraining order, reportedly being placed against the Cedar Park Road Maintenance Corporation, and it's members.
The homeowner stated this
morning, "I would like it known publicly that should
anything happen to myself, my family or my animals that the
parties to look to as responsible are the board members of the Cedar Park/Cedar
Springs Homeowners' Associations and the Cedar Park Road
Maintenance Corporation. They are the only people with any
reason to do us harm, which they intend to attempt as was made
quite clear in their threat today. Make no mistake, I will take
whatever measures are necessary to protect my family. Should
anyone forcefully enter my home and threaten our safety, they will be killed with no
questions asked." Under Colorado Law, the homeowner
would be entirely within his rights to take whatever measures
are necessary, including the use of deadly force, should an
entry to the home and threat to the welfare of the family occur.
The homeowners are today moving their horses off the mountain to an involved rescue shelter, due to the chemicals now present and the recent threats made by, what are believed to be, association members. The shelter is donating the labor and trailer, as they also strongly fear for the animals well being. Strong evidence of damage and death, as a direct result of the chemicals used on FDR 128, are quickly mounting with several wildlife rescue and animal activist groups joining the cause. Legal action against the National Forest Service, and both the individuals, and corporations responsible, is now imminent.
As of 11:30AM, the homeowner's white horse remains missing.
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Bull Elk in Rocky Mountain
National Park Friday morning.
Sunday, May 29th - Photo Of
The Week... One of our area's
more common wild animals is the North American Elk. Elk are
grazing animals and often prey for predators such as Mountain
Lion and Coyote. North American Elk, or Wapiti, were once
plentiful in the Rocky Mountain National Park area. As the Estes
Valley was settled, elk were hunted extensively, and their
habitat was reduced. As a result, the elk population declined
and by 1890 few elk remained. In 1913 and 1914, before the
establishment of the park, 49 elk from Yellowstone National Park
were transplanted to this area. Around the same time, an all-out
effort began to eliminate predators, including the gray wolf and
the grizzly bear. The resulting decrease in predators probably
hastened the recovery of Rocky's elk population. Currently, the
elk population in the park fluctuates dramatically from summer
to winter. Concentrations of 3,200 elk in summer may dwindle to
1,000 during winter as elk migrate to lower elevations and move
to areas outside the park. Accelerating development along the
park boundary threatens to diminish open space and traditional
migration routes, thus decreasing winter forage and habitat.
This week's photo was taken on May 27th and shows a Bull Elk
with new velvet antler growth. Elk, like deer, shed their
antlers each year and grow a new set in their place.
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Saturday, May 28th - Area
Festivals Throughout Memorial Day Weekend... Area residents
and visitors will have a wide selection of activities to choose
from this Memorial Day Weekend. Festivals, concerts, and barbeques
are planned throughout the area.
Forks Music Festival", at the intersection of Hwy 34 and CO 43 in Drake,
will begin Saturday at 11am and continue through Monday evening.
Several bands will be performing with plenty of good food and
drink. Tickets for the festival are $5 on Saturday, $15 on
Sunday (featuring the Mike Manshel Band), and $5 on Monday. #
Day tickets are $25 and includes 3 free drinks. Barbeque each
evening featuring Red Chili and cold draft beer. For more
information call: 669-2370.
Thursday, May 26th - High
Water Conditions in Larimer County Rivers... In light of
recent rafting and tubing accidents on Colorado rivers this past
week, Larimer County Emergency Services would like to remind
citizens that the Poudre River is up 2 ½ to 3 feet since this
time last week. Our recent warm weather has caused
activity fluctuations in the level and intensity of river.
Sgt. Don Griffith would like
to particularly advise those using inner tubes that the water
level is up significantly over the last few years and that
conditions now are more hazardous than tubers are used to
experiencing. Griffith explained that Emergency Services
is particularly concerned about tubers and those using
inexpensive, single chamber rafts and asks these folks to
consider precautions including personal flotation devices (life
jackets) and helmets. Griffith also suggested scouting the
area of the river planned for use before entering the water.
And finally, Griffith stressed that folks should always go in
The majority of the rivers in
our area, including the Big Thompson and North Fork, are
currently at a high levels. Residents are advised to use extreme
caution in and near the rivers, particularly with children and
pets. Swift currents can easily sweep away even the best of
For more information on river
precautions, please call Sgt. Don Griffith at 498-5300 or
Emergency Services Technician Kevin Johnston at 498-5303.
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Wednesday, May 25th - Major
DUI Crackdowns For Memorial Day Weekend... Governor
Owens announced this morning, major DUI enforcement crackdowns
for the Memorial Day weekend. Starting May 27, Colorado launches
DUI Checkpoint Colorado, a summer-long program of sobriety
checkpoints and Memorial Day weekend DUI enforcement statewide.
Also on May 27, the Colorado State Patrol launches Colorado
Target Zero to prevent traffic deaths during the Memorial Day
weekend. In all, four major safety operations, "Click-It or
Ticket", "The Heat Is On", "Target
Zero", and "DUI Checkpoint Colorado", will be run
simultaneously. The effect will be heavy saturation of the
highways statewide, by officers from many law enforcement
agencies, many fixed and mobile DUI checkpoints, and strong
enforcement of the "Seat Belt Law", particularly with
children. The goal of this massive undertaking is to have zero
fatalities on Colorado highways this Memorial Day weekend. The
"Click-It or Ticket", "The Heat Is On",
and "DUI Checkpoint Colorado" programs are scheduled to continue throughout the summer season.
We at SMN, strongly support these efforts, and would urge everyone to be responsible and not drink and drive this weekend or ever. DO NOT BECOME A STATISTIC!!! STAY ALIVE, DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE!!!
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West Nile carrying Mosquito (Culex
Tuesday, May 24th -
Mosquitoes That Can Carry West Nile Virus Found In Loveland... West
Nile virus (WNV) season is rapidly approaching. Although
last year (2004) turned out to be a very mild season with only
18 cases reported in the county compared to 546 cases in 2003,
public health experts warn that the virus continues to be
present in this region. An owl from Weld County tested
positive for WNV in early April. Colorado Mosquito Control
reports that adult, "Culex
tarsalis", mosquitoes and larvae have been found in
both Loveland and Fort Collins.
Typically, the numbers of
mosquitoes increase greatly along with warmer temperatures.
Mike Doyle, entomologist at Colorado Mosquito Control notes that
“So far my employees have seen fewer Culex mosquitoes in the
water than in 2003, but many more than last year. More hot
weather will likely cause an early mosquito season."
Residents are advised to begin
mosquito control activities around their homes and gardens now
to eliminate or reduce breeding areas. “This is a great
time to repair screens, clean gutters, trim shrubbery off the
ground, remove garden debris, and do a thorough check for cans,
old tires, flower pots and other containers where standing water
might collect,” said Dr. Adrienne LeBailly, MD, director of
the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment.
A number of activities have
begun by the Larimer County Department of Health and
Environment, the cities of Loveland and Fort Collins and
Colorado Mosquito Control
(CMC) to minimize West Nile
infections this season. Mosquito traps will be set out in
nearly 90 locations to monitor the numbers of mosquitoes.
Breeding areas in and around
Fort Collins and Loveland where mosquito larvae have been found
are being treated with larvicides to reduce the populations of
mosquitoes before they reach adulthood. CMC will continue
these activities throughout the season. Mike Doyle
encourages residents to report any water that stands for more
than five days to CMC so they can assess the need to larvicide
these locations. Fort Collins residents should call the
MosquitoLine at: 970-663-5697; Loveland residents should
The Health Department is
monitoring birds for signs of West Nile virus infections.
To report dead birds, please call: 970-498-6792. Not all
birds are suitable for testing. The best strategy is to
first call the bird report line, then an environmental health
specialist will contact you with information on testing
procedures or how to dispose of the bird.
Larimer County has hired a
health educator who is available to provide educational programs
on West Nile virus prevention to groups, clubs and
organizations. Printed materials and posters are also
available. To schedule a program call Indira at: 970-498-6752.
The Colorado Department of
Public Health and Environment also provides the Colorado
Helpline, 1-877-462-2911, which is staffed by information
specialists who will answer questions and provide information.
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"They killed my
Dog Dies - Owner Vows
Justice... The Black Lab that was suffering liver failure as
a result of exposure to chemicals used on FDR 128 died last
night at 2AM. The owners were by her side as she passed.
it is hard to accept, I know she is now at peace and running
free. I am now devoting my entire life, energy and resources to
the demise of those responsible and to putting an end to the
use of Mag-chloride as dust control in Colorado," states
the angry homeowner. "As I see it, three individuals on
the association boards have been running shotgun over residents for far too
long. They are personally responsible for the use of chemicals
on FDR 128, in direct violation of the road maintenance contract
with the National Forest Service. They are self appointed rulers who think they are the law.
They will soon find out otherwise as I will leave no stone
unturned in my mission... They do not represent homeowners in any way, shape or
form in my opinion. 99%
of homeowner's problems are a result of their actions. They only
represent the interests of themselves and their private club. I
will demand that a complete and thorough investigation into
their finances and operation be done and the homeowners will
know what has been going on courtesy of what I see as crooks. They will
wish it was them who had died in their sleep when I am finished
with them. And I will do it all legally. Do they pay fees for
all of their properties? Or are they part of the good old boys
who are exempt?" All will be investigated and all will be
disclosed, and when the people see their crimes exposed, they will crawl
away like the snakes that I believe them to be."
While these are quite
obviously the words of a very hurt and angry person, complaints
of abuse by the Association have been surfacing as of late.
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Monday, May 23rd - Full
"Flower Moon" Today... This month's Full Moon is
often referred to as the "Flower Moon", because it
shines down on the many flowers in bloom at this time of the
year. It has also been called the Full Corn Planting Moon, or
the Milk Moon. The Full Moon will occur at 2:18PM MDT, this
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