Week of Jan
January 6th -Martin Luther King Day Torch to Visit
will be an official stop on the journey of the
Martin Luther King Day ceremonial torch. In
an effort to unify the various celebrations across
the state and to symbolize the connection of
Coloradoans with the vision of Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr., the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Holiday Commission is leading the symbolic
“Passing of the Torch” to cities throughout
. Between January 9-16, this torch will
visit many of the
cities who host annual celebrations honoring Dr.
anticipation of Martin Luther King Day, the torch
on Tuesday, January 10th at 1:00 PM.
The ceremony will include: Opening and
Steward, Principal of Lucille Erwin Middle School,
Welcome by Mayor Pro Tem Gene Pielin, Cultures
Club reading excerpt’s from MLK’s “I Have a
Dream” speech, the “Passing of the Torch”
run by the Lucille Erwin Middle School Cross
Country 2005 Conference Champions team members,
and a brief press conference with winning student
essay readings and Vern Howard, member of the Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Colorado Holiday
the press conference, the commemorative Martin
Luther King Day torch will continue its journey
residents and the press are invited to this
is located at
4700 Lucerne Avenue
January 4th -Free Nicotine Patches Available...
Quitting smoking is one of the most popular
New Year’s resolutions and Larimer County
Department of Health and Environment is helping to
promote a statewide effort that makes quitting
easier than ever. Free nicotine patches are
available to anyone who joins the Colorado
QuitLine cessation program. The patch is
considered to be one of the most effective
cessation treatment options for addicted smokers
and tobacco users, and the counseling and support
provided by the Quitline
are important enhancements for success.
QuitLine is a free telephone counseling
service that connects people who want to quit
smoking with trained counselors who can guide and
support them through the quitting process.
Statistics show that tobacco users are seven times
more likely to successfully quit with the QuitLine
than trying it on their own. The service is
available to Colorado residents in English and
Spanish, seven days a week at 1-800-639-QUIT
free program will encourage more people to stop
smoking and, in turn, save many lives and ease the
burden of health care costs to everyone in
Colorado,” states Adrienne LeBailly , MD,
Director of Larimer County Department of Health
and Environment. “Tobacco use is one of
Colorado’s most serious public health problems,
and this program is an important use of the
state’s tobacco tax dollars.
receive free support and advice from an
experienced counselor; a personalized quit plan;
self-help materials; and a free four-week supply
of nicotine patches. Participants that stay with
the program after four weeks are eligible to
receive an additional four-week supply, if needed.
The patches have a retail value of $150. To be
eligible, callers must be at least 18 years of
patch is one of the most successful nicotine
replacement therapies. It is applied directly to
the skin once a day. The nicotine is absorbed
through the skin into the bloodstream, maintaining
an even level of nicotine without smoking. Over
the quitting period, the strength of the patch is
reduced until a person no longer needs to rely on
the patch at all.
use is the state’s leading cause of preventable
death, responsible for more than 4,200 deaths
annually. More Coloradans die from smoking each
year than AIDS, drug and alcohol abuse, homicide,
suicide and car accidents combined.
Smoking is directly responsible for most cases of
lung cancer, chronic bronchitis and emphysema, and
it is a major factor in coronary heart disease and
use also is responsible for large economic burdens
in Colorado. With approximately 130,000 smokers
developing smoking-related illnesses each year,
annual healthcare costs in Colorado directly
related to tobacco use exceed $1 billion.
Taxpayers pay much of that cost. For more
information call the toll-free Colorado
QuitLine at 1-800-639-QUIT (7848).
January 3rd -Snowy Start To Day...
As fast moving
storm dropped a quick inch of wet snow across the
area between 6:45am and 7:15am this morning.
Residents are advised to use caution as roads may
be slippery in less traveled spots.
storm is expected to move out of the area quickly
giving way to another nice day, with highs
expected in the 50's.
Victims' Names Released... The
two snowmobilers killed in a New Year's Day
avalanche near Cameron Pass have been identified
as Jacob Kroeger, 25, of Stockton, Iowa, and
Gabriel Medina, 32, of Wilton, Iowa.
two were with a group of seven caught in an
avalanche on January 1st. The group was reported
to be "High Marking", a contest to see
who can climb their snowmobile the farthest up a
hillside before stalling or sliding backward, when
the avalanche occurred.
deaths of the two snowmobilers on Sunday brings
this season's avalanche toll to four.
January 2nd - Snowmobilers Killed
Near Cameron Pass... A
New Year's Day avalanche killed two snowmobilers
near Cameron Pass, northwest of Rocky Mountain
blizzard moving through the area near Trap Lake,
made communication difficult, so few details were
County Sheriff's spokeswoman, Eloise Campanella,
said a wildlife agent reported the accident Sunday
morning, and the two snowmobilers were confirmed
dead two hours later. Their identities have not
other members of the group were also caught in the
avalanche, but managed to escape safely. The group
was reported to be engaged in an extreme
snowmobiling activity when they triggered the
January 1st - Photo Of The Week... Taken
on the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 28th, this
week's photo captured the view looking down the
Big Thompson River near the mouth of the canyon at
sunrise. The lights of the "Dam Store"
can be seen in the lower center of the photo.
this is our first article of 2006, we at Storm
Mountain News would like to take this opportunity
to wish all of you a "Happy New Year"
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look forward to providing you with news stories
and photos from around our area, throughout the
Your Christmas Trees Free Through January 16...
Larimer County residents can
drop off their Christmas trees at the Larimer
County Landfill free of charge from December
26 to January 16. We will also provide a drop-off
site for Christmas trees in Wellington at 6th and
Grant (near the current recycling drop-off) for
use by Wellington residents. (This is an update
from our previous Web posting. We will not
be providing containers at the Wellington or
Berthoud transfer stations. The town of Berthoud
provides a drop-off site for its residents.) The
trees will be recycled into mulch, which will be
available free to residents in the spring.
must be "cleaned up" before being
dropped off. This means all lights, tinsel,
garland, plastic wrap, tree stands, wire, rope,
nails, and any other foreign materials must be
removed from the trees before recycling. Flocked
trees (those decorated with fake snow) CANNOT be
a list of additional drop-off sites for Christmas
trees in the Fort Collins area, click here;
for sites in Loveland, click here.
accepted for recycling all year round at the Larimer
County Recycling Center are wrapping paper,
packaging paper and greeting cards. These
materials may be placed in the paperboard bin.
Corrugated cardboard may be recycled at this
location, as well. Foil wrapping paper and
Styrofoam are NOT accepted. For more details about
what can be recycled in Larimer County, click here.
other trash will be charged regular landfill
fees. The landfill and recycling center are
located at 5887 S. Taft Hill Road, Fort Collins.
Regular hours are Monday through Saturday from 8
a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but please click here
for holiday closures.