April 13th - Full "Egg" Moon...
One of the many names of April's full
Moon, which officially occurs at 10:40AM
MDT today, is the Egg Moon, an appropriate
name this year with Easter this Sunday.
April's full Moon was also
sometimes referred to as the "Pink Moon"
This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild
ground phlox, which is one of the earliest
widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for
this month's celestial body include the Full
Sprouting Grass Moon and among coastal tribes the
Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the
shad swam upstream to spawn.
The above photo of this years
full Egg Moon was taken Wednesday evening on Storm
Mountain, and is also being featured today on Spaceweather.com.
April 12th - Oil Companies Begin Summer Rape...
Darrell E. Spangler
companies are beginning to raise prices in their
annual summer rape of consumers geared to again
provide them with record profits of historic
prices have no basis in reality but rather are
manipulated by oil companies. There is no oil
shortage. They simply want more money. With oil
barons currently running our country, we can be
assured of steady increases for the next three
years. It is hope of a Nation, that a new
administration will address capping oil company
profits and regulating consumer prices at the pump
in 2009. Until then bend over and take out your
wallets as the oil companies again stick it to
prices have increased over $0.30/gallon in the
past month with a gallon of regular currently
$0.40 higher than this time last year. Prices for
a gallon of regular grade unleaded range from
$2.40 at one Loveland station to $2.69 in Estes
Park. These prices are expected to increase to a
staggering $3.00 to $4.00 a gallon by Memorial
also be noted that these projected $3 to $4 a gallon prices
are based on perfect conditions. America's
disasters have become the oil companies'
blessings, allowing them to profit immensely as
the rest of our Nation sacrifices, struggles and
suffers. Should the wind start to blow in the Gulf
of Mexico or from President Bush's arrogant mouth
in regards to another illegal war with Iran, the
oil companies will speculate that they can again capitalize
on the situation, like they did during our last
National crisis Hurricane Katrina, and make even
more profits, sending fuel prices at the pump as
high as $5, $6 or higher.
consumers can express their anger over these exorbitant
fuel prices is to change their usual vacation
plans to eliminate long distance travel. Simply
staying home and spending time with your family
will hit the oil companies in their heart, also
known as their pocketbooks, and save you hundreds
or even thousands of dollars in the process. These
oil mongers are literally banking that Americans
are weak and will never sacrifice or ever do
anything like this. We can show them
barbeques, fishing with the kids at a local pond
or hiking in a local park or forest are all ways
to have a fun vacation without feeding the oil
companies' bank accounts. Each year New Yorkers
travel to California and Californians to New York.
Instead, this year explore your local area and you
may discover wonderful treasures that do not
require hundreds of miles of travel to reach. And
the huge message we send to the oil companies in
the process would be priceless!
majority of Americans did this, oil company
profits would be devastated and prices at the pump
would quickly start to fall. Drastic measures like
this are needed if a reduction in fuel prices is
to ever occur. The oil companies will continue to
rape consumers of their hard earned dollars for as
long as we let them. As the government is under
the control of the oil companies, "We The
People" must protect our own futures by
taking appropriate action against these greedy,
un-American corporations. Avoiding long distance
vacations this year would be one very effective
way of doing precisely that.
April 10th - Fire Concerns Grow As Conditions Worsen...
With hopes of soaking Spring rains diminishing each passing day, area residents are growing more concerned about deteriorating conditions and the increasing fire danger.
The front range foothills have received very little in the way of meaningful precipitation for months, leading to extremely dry conditions across the area. Unseasonably warm, dry weather during January, February and March has compounded the problem, with no substantial relief in the forecast.
Another concern of residents are the numerous youths who will soon be coming to camp and party in the National Forest. These camping parties are known to often include alcohol and drug use. Intoxicated youths burning fires in an extremely dry forest is a sure recipe for disaster. One careless moment could lead to disaster for the entire community.
In addition to their careless use of fire, these partiers throw trash on the roadways and drive recklessly up the access road leading to many complaints from angry residents. Fears of auto accidents are very real as these young drivers are usually less experienced in mountain driving and more aggressive towards other motorists.
The fact is that we must share the area with the public. While FDR 128, the designated access road for the National Forest, runs through our subdivisions, it is at the same time designated as LCR 41H, a county road open to the public.
With minimal law enforcement in the area, residents are advised to keep a vigil watch for fires and other activities throughout the Spring and Summer, and to immediately report any problems or concerns to the Larimer County Sheriff's Department. A strong neighborhood watch of sorts is our best defense against potential wildfires caused by visitors to our area in what could be one of our worst fire seasons in recent memory.
We also cannot stress enough the importance of individual preparedness. Maintaining a fire-safe home and having a clear plan of action should a fire threaten your home are essential in assuring your maximum safety and protection. Below are some steps you can take to better prepare for a wildfire emergency:
Keep financial documents, medical information and insurance papers together in a convenient spot for quick and easy access.
Prepare a kit with all required daily medications and medical supplies.
Develop and rehearse a wildfire action plan with your family members.
Clear and remove all flammable materials within thirty feet of your home.
Assure easy access to your property by emergency equipment by trimming branches and removing obstacles in driveways.
Make sure your property address is easily and clearly visible from the road.
Keep a list or emergency numbers, including your neighbors' phone numbers, near your telephone at all times.
Plan in advance how pets and livestock will be protected and/or evacuated.
Taking steps now can save valuable time should a wildfire situation arise. These fires often occur unexpectedly and can grow very rapidly. Time is of the essence in actions taken at these times. Minutes or even seconds may be all one has to make very critical decisions. Advance preparation is crucial in these types of situations.
For more steps you can take to help assure your home and family is as safe as possible this fire season, we recommend visiting the Fire-Wise website via the link provided below.
April 9th - Northern Lights Make Unexpected
In the early
morning hours before dawn on Sunday the Aurora
Borealis, also know as the Northern
Lights, could be seen producing an eerie bluish
glow behind clouds in the northern sky.
of the Aurora Borealis was somewhat unexpected as
it was not the result of increased solar activity,
but rather a crack that opened in the Earth's
magnetic shield allowing the solar wind to pour in
The Earth is
currently in a direct stream of solar wind
increasing the possibility of more auroral
displays in the northern skies tonight and
tomorrow morning. The current probability of
another display in our area within the next 24
hours stands at 25%, steadily increasing in likelihood
as you travel northward.
morning's display was quite weak in our area, skywatchers in
locations further north saw a much stronger
display. Pictures of last night's Aurora Borealis,
including the one above taken at 5AM MDT on Storm
Mountain, can be seen in Spaceweather.com's,
"April Aurora Gallery" via the link
Photo Of The Week...
temperatures and longer days of Spring are leading
to increased wildlife activity like the family of
Bighorn Sheep pictured here walking along Highway
34 on Wednesday afternoon.
the increased wildlife activity, Spring weather
brings human activity also. Many tourists from
other parts of Colorado visit our area at this
time of year, enjoying the relative quiet before
the tourist season officially begins on Memorial
and visitors alike should be alert for wildlife in
the roadway at all times of the day, but
particularly in the hours just before sunrise and
just after sunset. Many area animals come to the
rivers for water at these times and in so doing
must often cross area roads. A courtesy of
flashing headlights to warn oncoming vehicles of
wildlife in the road is a common practice and has
helped prevent many accidents.
you are planning a trip to our area please respect
all speed limit signs and stay alert for animal
and/or people in the roadways. An accident with a
Bighorn Sheep or other larger animal not only is
most often fatal for the animal, very substantial
damage to vehicles can occur with the possibility
of injuries to the occupants.
So slow down
some and enjoy the beautiful scenery our area has
to offer. If you do stop to view our area
wildlife, always pull completely off of the road
and never stand in the paved section. Also avoid
approaching any wildlife as they may easily be
spooked into running into traffic, meeting a
tragic and unnecessary fate.