Friday, October 22nd - HIGH
WIND WARNING ISSUED... The National
Weather Service in Denver has issues a "High Wind Warning" for
the front range foothills including the Drake/Storm Mountain area until
6AM MDT Saturday... Gusty west winds will continue to increase this
afternoon and continue throughout the night along the front range...
Sustained winds of 25-40 MPH and gusts up to 85 MPH can be expected... THIS
IS A WARNING AND NOT A WATCH!!! Complete information on this warning
can be found below...
Voter Registrations Up In County... Results
released today from a Larimer County Civic Survey show voter registration
is up substantially this year... In the period from 1994 to 2004 results
show that percentage of Democrats remained stable, with the percentage of
Republicans dropping 36%, and the percentage of Unaffiliated rising nearly
50%... This exceptionally high increase of Unaffiliated voters may be
partially a result of the negative campaigning by both major parties and a
growing desire for a more issue based election... Complete results of this
and other County Surveys can be found via the link below the chart...
Flu Shot Clinics Scheduled For At
Risk Adults... Influenza (flu) vaccination
clinic schedules for high risk adults were announced yesterday... The
Rehabilitation and Visiting Nurse Association (RVNA) has planned two
public clinics for high risk adults... In order to qualify to receive a
flu shot, adults must be in one of the following groups:
Adults aged 65 or older
People over age 18 with a chronic
health condition such as diseases of the heart, lung, kidneys;
conditions like diabetes, cancer, HIV/AIDS or other serious conditions
requiring regular medical care or hospitalizations.
Other adults for whom
flu vaccinations are recommended such as caregivers or parents of infants
under 6 months of age, would be appropriate candidates for the nasal spray
form of flu vaccine (FluMist)... The RVNA may be able to offer the FluMist,
if the manufacturer is able to fill their order... The company has
increased its production to 2 million doses of the product for the 2004
season... Complete information can be found below...
Thursday, October 21st -
Homeowners' Association Lashes Out At Resident... In an email sent
today to Cedar Park homeowners titled, "Kinds of Things we need to
refute", the Homeowners' Association is encouraging local
residents to dispute the claims of a resident whose property was
contaminated with chemicals... "Can you see why we need to present
our side of the story? If the Material Safety Data Sheet on the product we
are using says it contains NO HAZARDOUS COMPONENTS, why all this ruckus?
To my knowledge, the road associations have NEVER deliberately
circumvented notifying the authorities of our intent to do road
maintenance... Please ask people to send their side of the story to the
other kinds of contacts that Mr. Wubben and Mr. Spangler sent", was
a partial section of the emails sent today to homeowners in the Cedar Park
area... Mr. Spangler, the affected resident responded with the following, "I
would like to see how they will refute the hundreds of photos, and hours
of video, and the testing by a highly reputable company... They are
obviously incapable of understanding the chemical aspects of their
actions... I have retained a top-notch toxic tort attorney and I was going
to just let this die, but if this is how they wish to deal with the issue,
then let's play ball... They will be receiving a "Notice of
Intent" shortly... I also wonder why I didn't receive this email
directly as I am a homeowner in good standing, I got it from a neighbor...
It's sad they are going behind my back and taking this course of action...
Guilty cowards running scared in my opinion"... Should the
"Notice of Intent" be served by Mr. Spangler and/or his
attorneys, this would reportedly be the second area resident to serve
notice of legal action against the Cedar Park Road Maintenance Corporation
in this matter... It should also be noted that studies
on the use of this product recommend guidelines which were not
followed in previous applications... The MSDS for the product does
indicate that no hazardous materials are present but does not address it's
use on recycled asphalt which results in the leeching of heavy metals in
the run-off... Below is a link to the test results from Stuart
Environmental Consultants, which Mr. Spangler today has made available...
The results positively confirm Mr. Spangler's claims of hazardous
chemicals (Arsenic, Barium, and Chromium) being present in the run-off
from the road passing through and contaminating his property...
Wednesday, October 20th -
Precautions Taken In Chemical Application... Today workers applied
chemicals to FDR 128... Safeguards and precautions were taken this time to
prevent run-off into streams and private property... This may be due to
the fact that this application was done under the close scrutiny of the
National Forest Service, CDOT, and other agencies.. Borders and trenches
were in place to minimize run-off and the application was kept from the
edges as much as possible... As of this posting, no complaints of any
run-off into streams or contamination to private land has been reported...
|Photo showing bordering and
distance chemicals were kept from edges of road.
Orionid Meteor Shower Peaks Thursday
Morning... Weather permitting, residents who are up before sunrise
tomorrow may be treated to pieces of Halley's Comet entering the
atmosphere in the southeastern skies as meteors... These meteors are part
of the Orionid meteor shower which is predicted to peak in the pre-dawn
hours of October 21st... Best viewing is expected between 3am and 6am
|Orionid Meteor passing through
the constellation of
Orion early Wednesday morning.
Tuesday, October 19th -
Chemicals To Be Applied To FDR 128 Tomorrow... It has been reported
that the Cedar Park Road Maintenance Corporation is planning to once again
apply chemicals on FDR 128 on Wednesday, October 21st... These are
reported to be the same chemicals which which were confirmed to cause
leaching of Arsenic and Barium into the National Forest streams and onto
private property... Workers are currently working in the dark in
preparation allegedly for tomorrow's chemical application... Details and
photos to follow...
Frisbie The Right Man For 49... After
reviewing the pertinent facts, and listening to the candidates views and
opinions, it is our opinion that Doug
Frisbie is the right choice for House District 49... The incumbent, Kevin
Lundberg, has drifted away from what the majority of voters see as
important... Frisbie in contrast, appears to be extremely interested in
voter's views and feelings on local issues, and acts as a true moderate in
his approach to government... As we feel we are in need of change in HD49,
we at SMN believe Frisbie will provide that and more for our District...
Both Frisbie and Lundberg will be participating in a radio debate
tomorrow, Oct 20th, on KRFC
88.9FM at 7pm... To listen online click below...
New Vote Centers Discourage Rural
Voters... The recent change in Larimer County from many local voting
locations to five centralized voting centers is reported to be
discouraging rural voters who have to now travel up to 20 miles to cast
their vote... "It used to be simple to run down and vote, now it's
in another town miles away and I'm on a tight schedule", states
one Drake resident adding, "I believe this is specifically meant
to discourage people from voting"... Residents of the
Drake/Storm Mountain area who formerly voted at the Community Center in
Drake, now must travel to either Loveland or Estes Park to cast their
votes... While this change may make things easier for the ones counting
the votes, we agree that it is an inconvenience for many residents of
rural Larimer County...
Saturday, October 16th - It's
Pumpkin Time!!! With Halloween only two weeks away, many area
residents will be heading out to the patches to find that perfect
pumpkin... Below is a list of Larimer County Pumpkin Farms and
Rescue Mission Harvest Farm
4240 ECR 66, Wellington, 80549,
Web site: www.denverrescuemission.org
Sept. 4 - Oct. 31, Fridays, 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sundays,
1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Pumpkin patch, gourds, corn stalks, decorative corn, corn maze,
hayrides, petting zoo, corn cannon, corn snake tunnel, mini-maze.
All proceeds benefit The Denver Rescue Mission
2331 Waterdale Dr., Loveland, 80538,
Web site: www.ellisrancheventcenter.com
Oct. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Farm Animals, Marshmallow Roasting, Bobbin' for Apples,
Giant Hay Maze, Candy in the Haystack, Horseshoe Pits, Cowboy
Coffee, Hot Apple Juice, Five Bon-fires, Basketball Court, Wash
Your Pumpkin, Giant Sand Pile, Wagon Ride Shuttle to Pumpkin Patch
(pulled by an antique tractor), Children's Play Area, Tire Swings,
Cost: $7.00 Adults & $5.00 Children (3yrs -
School groups please call for availability during the
5428 S. County Rd. 3F, Fort Collins, 80528
Oct. 1 - Oct 31, Monday - Friday by appointment, Saturdays, 9 a.m.
- 6 p.m., Sundays, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Pumpkins, gourds, winter squash, Indian corn, corn stalks, straw
1933 S.E. 14th St., Loveland, 80537, (970) 669-4407
Oct 2, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
Oct.3, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Hayrides, music & food.
Oct. 4 - Oct. 31, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., (weather and supply
permitting). Pumpkins in the field, gourds, Indian corn, corn
stalks, straw bales.
A complete list of pumpkins festivals
throughout Colorado can be found below...
Bear Lake Road Re-opens... Visitors
to Rocky Mountain National Park can once again drive up scenic Bear Lake
Road... The road which had been closed this year for construction, was
opened earlier this week... During the construction period visitors were
required to use a shuttle bus to access this popular area of the park...
The $8,000,000 improvement project included re-engineering of curves,
widening of the road from 18' to 22', and installation of new facilities
such as restrooms...
Children's Flu Clinics To Begin Next
Week... The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment has
scheduled high-risk child influenza (flu) clinics to begin next week at
its offices in Fort Collins, Loveland and Estes Park... This year, the
Larimer County Department of Health and Environment will be giving flu
shots only to infants 6 to 23 months of age and other high-risk
children... Only children who are at risk of serious
complications from influenza can be vaccinated at Health Department
clinics. Additional children’s flu shot clinics will be scheduled
as vaccine becomes available... Complete information can be found below...