7th - Northern Lights On Display Tonight... Area
residents are encouraged to go outside tonight to witness this
spectacular display of the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights...
Reports have been coming in since 6:30pm this evening of wonderful
curtains of color visible throughout our area... This display is
expected to continue thru the night and possibly into tomorrow evening
as well... Photos coming soon!!!
Stage Stop Café Open For Business...
The historic Stage Stop Café in Drake is once again open for
business... Opening last week, the café is now serving breakfast,
coffee, and lunch... Featured on the menu are homemade breakfast burritos w/green
chili made by cook, Jeff Metz... Metz is well know in the area for
his outstanding homemade chili which will be on the menu at the River Forks Inn Restaurant...
The River Forks Inn is scheduled to open in a couple of weeks for evening
dining... Current hours for the Stage Stop Café are 7am - 1pm, Monday
|Stage Stop Café
on Hwy 34 in Drake, "Open For Business"
interior offers cozy dining atmosphere
6th - The Dawn Of A New Day... Early risers
this morning were treated to a spectacular sunrise... The brilliant
orange color is due to the suns rays refracting through our
atmosphere... This same refraction is what caused our Moon to take on an
orange-red glow during the recent lunar eclipse... The Moon was actually
being lit by the light from all Earth's sunrises and sunsets at once...
The similarities in color can be seen in the photos below...
|Photo of spectacular sunrise
over Palisade Mountain
||Photo of recent Lunar Eclipse
showing orange color cast
County Advises Precautions Against Plague
and Tularemia... The Larimer County Department of Health and
Environment (LCDHE) is advising residents to take precautions to avoid
infectious diseases which can be transmitted from animals to humans...
Two pet cats have been diagnosed in with plague in the past two weeks in
the Glacier View area... This follows upon a human case of plague in a
woman visiting the Red Feather Lakes area in August... Areas where
plague has been identified have been posted with warning signs and
neighbors contacted by mail... The two most recent cats bring the total
of feline plague cases to four so far this year in Larimer County.
Earlier cat cases were from the Masonville area and from the northern
area of the county near Cherokee Park Road and County Road 82E...
Plague-infected rodents can to be found in rural areas all along the
Front Range... The bacterial disease is transmitted to humans through
the bites of infected fleas or by the direct exposure to oral and
respiratory secretions of an infected animal... Cats are often infected
by killing and eating infected rodents and can transmit the disease to
humans through bites, scratches, or droplets from their coughs...
Tularemia has also been found recently in Larimer County... A beaver and
mouse that died from tularemia were discovered recently in the Riverbend
Ponds Natural Area of Fort Collins, and those areas have been posted
with warning signs... Tularemia and plague may cause similar symptoms
including sudden fever, chills, muscle and joint aches... Pneumonia may
result from both diseases causing difficulty breathing, bloody sputum,
coughing and chest pain... Swollen, painful lymph nodes may also occur
with tularemia, along with ulcers on the skin or mouth... Unlike plague,
however, pneumonia from tularemia is not known to spread from person to
person... Both infections are treated with antibiotics, which need to be
started in the early stages of illness... It is very important to
consult your doctor at the first sign of illness... The complete text of
this news release, including recommended precautions, can be found below...
5th - Planets Shine Brightly In Morning Sky... Step
outside in the morning around sunrise and you will see Venus and Jupiter
shining brightly in the southeastern sky... Today the pair were
extremely close making for a special scene... The two will be separating
the next few days but still remain a dominant feature of our morning skies...
|Jupiter and Venus shining
bright this morning
4th - Flu Clinics for
High Risk Adults Scheduled for Nov. 10...
The Rehabilitation and Visiting Nurse Association
(RVNA) has announced an influenza (flu) vaccination clinic for high-risk
adults will be held on Wednesday, November 10, from 9 AM to 3 PM at the
First United Methodist Church, 533 N. Grant Ave., Loveland... According
to Sheri Sauer, Director of Patient Services of the RVNA, approximately
800 shots will be available... Sauer suggests that clients arrive by
8:30 AM to receive a numbered flu shot card which will assure a
vaccination later that day... Depending on the time slot that
corresponds to the number received, individuals can leave and return
closer to the scheduled time of immunization... A family member or
friend may wait in line for a flu shot number in place of a frail
patient who needs vaccine, and then can bring the patient to the clinic
at the appropriate vaccination time slot with much less waiting...
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.
Individuals who cannot be vaccinated
- People with a severe allergy to
- People who have had a severe
allergic reaction to a flu shot in the past
- People who developed
Guillain-Barré syndrome after a flu shot in the past
- People who are sick with a fever
on the day of the clinic
The complete text of this news release can be found
November 3rd - Jupiter And Venus In Conjunction
Tomorrow... On both Thursday and Friday mornings, November 4th and 5th, you can see the two brightest planets side by side
near the eastern horizon
just before sunrise, shining brighter than the brightest stars...
The best time to look is between 5:30 and 6:00 a.m. MST... Step outside
and face east, toward the rising sun... You can't miss them; Venus and
Jupiter are bright enough to see even after the sky begins to turn
morning blue. Venus is the brighter of the two... Below is a sky map
showing where to look...
|Sky looking east-southeast at
6am on November 4th
Salazar Edges Out Coors For US Senate
Seat... In a hard fought race for the US Senate seat being vacated
by Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R), Ken Salazar (D) last night edged out
Pete Coors (R) by 50% - 48%... Other Colorado winners last night include
Marilyn Musgrave (R), Bob Bacon (D), Karen Wagner (D), Diana DeGette
(D), Tomas Tancredo (R), Bob Beauprex (R), John Salazar (D), Joel Hefley
(R), and Mark Udall (D)... The majority of votes in Colorado went to
George W. Bush for President, giving Bush our State's nine electoral
votes... Amendment 36, which would have split Colorado's electoral votes
proportionately, failed 66% - 34%... In the race for House District 49,
incumbent Kevin Lundberg (R) won over challenger Doug Frisbie (D) by a
margin of 54% - 43%... Referendum 5B, which would have brought
additional funding into the Loveland Rural Fire District, failed 55% -
45%... Complete results from County, State, and Federal elections can be
found via the links on the below...
2nd - Voting Heavy Throughout Colorado, Bush Wins
Guam... As of Noon today voting is reported to be heavy and steady
at polling places throughout the State... Colorado Election Officials
are anticipating a record number of votes being cast in this year's
election as already indicated by registration numbers and early/absentee
votes cast... In the first official reports coming in, General Election
results based on electronic ballots from from 53 of 53 precincts and
paper ballots from 45 of 53 precincts, indicate the US
Pacific Island Territory of Guam has gone to George W. Bush... While
Guam has no Electoral
Votes, it's totals will be counted in the popular vote...
RESULTS - US PRESIDENTIAL RACE
• George W. Bush 17,264
• John Kerry 9,540
• Ralph Nader 153
• Campagna Badnarik 53
Source: Guam Election Commission
Polls Open 7am to 7pm Today... Voting in
the 2004 General Election will begin this morning with polls opening at
Centers throughout the county will remain open until 7pm this
evening... Eligible voters may cast their ballot at any of these 25 Vote
Center locations, or any of the 5 satellite County
Clerk and Recorder offices throughout Larimer County... All citizens
are encouraged to vote in this critical election... You MUST present
identification to vote... Provisional ballots
will be available for those not appearing on the registered voters
lists... Exercise your rights and VOTE TODAY!!!
For information on Voting Center
locations in Larimer County, click on a town below:
1st - Numbers Show Over 40% Have Voted In County... A
November 1st update shows that over 40% of registered voters in Larimer
County have now cast their vote... Below is a table showing breakdowns
by Party, District, and voting method...
News posts from previous weeks are located in our "News
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