Fragment "B" of Comet
early Tuesday morning.
May 10th - Comet Brightens In Midnight Skies..
3 is continuing to brighten and is now visible to
the unaided eye in the eastern skies after
3 (S-W 3) has now broken into over 60
fragments which are currently racing towards a
close encounter planet Earth next week. Two of the
fragments have brightened substantially with
Fragment "B" (pictured above) now
visible to the unaided eye.
S-W 3 is
expected to brighten even further over the next
few days with the closest approach occurring
between May 12th thru 16th, when the comet will be
approximately 6,000,000 miles from Earth.
S-W 3 can be found in the eastern sky after
map). Best viewing is after 3AM MDT when the
comet is higher in the sky and the moon further
west. While Comet S-W 3 is visible to the naked
eye, binoculars and backyard telescopes will
provide the best views of this rare and beautiful
photographs of 30 seconds or more will also show
the comet. Use a tripod and shutter release to
avoid camera shake. High speed film or ISO
settings of 800ASA or more are recommended.
weekend should be good for viewing with moderate
nighttime temperature making this a great
opportunity to see one of these mysterious
visitors from space.
A S-W 3
resource page, including a gallery of photos taken
from Storm Mountain, is available via the link
Gas prices top $3.00/gal in Estes Park
on Tuesday afternoon
May 9th - Gas Prices Top $3.00 Mark In Estes..
The price for
a gallon of regular unleaded fuel has now topped
the $3.00 mark in the tourist resort town of Estes
throughout the area are continuing to rise with a
gallon of regular unleaded fuel ranging from $2.74
in Loveland to a whopping $3.04 in Estes Park.
are appearing to be leveling out with a drop
expected by early September. This drop however is
too late for many vacationers across the country
who will hit the highways beginning on Memorial
business owners have expressed concerns over the
rising gas prices affecting travel to the area and
in turn their summer revenues. It is being
reported that some travelers are changing their
travel plans to more local destinations to avoid
the huge fuel expense of cross-country
figures showing any drop in revenue or visitor
numbers have been reported.
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County News Release
May 4th - Fugitive Arrested In Loveland..
A fugitive was
arrested Thursday morning as a Larimer County
Sheriff’s Office deputy enacted a routine
traffic stop near the intersection of Highway 402
and St. Louis in Loveland.
contact it was discovered that Gregory Gavaldon,
44, had an outstanding warrant since August of
2005 out of Adams County for two counts of
Cruelty to a Child, a class 3 Felony, Manufacture
of Schedule II Controlled Substance, a class 3
Felony and Possession of Schedule II Controlled
Substance, also a class 3 Felony.
search incident to arrest, deputies located drug
paraphernalia consistent with that of a
methamphetamine lab. The Larimer County Drug
Task Force was called at that time.
Fort Collins, was transported to the Larimer
County Detention Center. In addition to
being held for the warrant, Gavaldon was also
booked on the following charges:
manufacture of Schedule 2 Controlled
Substance, a class 3 Felony,
Possession of Schedule 2 Controlled Substance,
a class 4 Felony,
under Revocation and
other traffic charges.
being held at the Detention Center on a $20,000
bond for the Adams County warrant and $25,000 for
Larimer County charges.
Taken on Thursday morning, this
week's photo features one of our area's year round
feathered residents, the Hairy Woodpecker.
The Hairy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos
villosus) is a medium sized woodpecker fairly
common throughout the United States. Recognized by
the vertical white stripe on its back and long
bill, the Hairy Woodpecker is sometimes confused
with the Downy Woodpecker which is smaller and has
a shorter bill.
The Hairy and Downy woodpeckers
occur together throughout most of their ranges.
The Downy Woodpecker uses smaller branches while
the Hairy Woodpecker tends to spend more time on
the trunk. It might be thought that the larger
woodpecker excludes the smaller one from more
productive foraging spots, but it appears that
just the reverse is true. In the Bahamas, where
the Downy Woodpecker does not occur, the Hairy
Woodpecker uses the branches more frequently.
The Hairy Woodpecker shows a
great deal of morphological variation across its
broad range, with more than 17 recognized
subspecies. Northern birds tend to be larger than
those farther south. Western birds are dark
underneath and have few spots on the wings, while
eastern birds are white underneath and have
extensive spotting. Hairies in the Rocky Mountains
are white below, but have few spots on their
wings. Populations on islands often are
distinctive. Sexes are similar, but the female
does not have a red patch on the back of its head.
Their call is a loud peek, and also a loud
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Larimer County Sheriff's
April 28th - Two Juveniles Missing From Loveland..
Two juvenile boys were reported
missing from Prairie View, a Reflections for Youth
group home at 6:45 P.M. on Thursday evening. The
two juveniles left the home located at 8233 East
County Road 18 in Loveland and headed east to Weld
County Road 13 then south. The two boys left on
Jeremy Shawn Keith, age 12, is
described as 5’ 7”, 160 lbs., brown eyes, and
short brown hair. He was last seen wearing a white
sleeveless shirt, blue jeans, and a dark gray long
sleeve shirt tied around his waist.
Ryan Rouston, age 17, is
described as 5’ 11”, 260 lbs., brown eyes, and
short brown buzz-cut hair. He was last seen
wearing a red short sleeve shirt with blue
horizontal stripes, blue jeans, and brown tennis
shoes. Ryan has a scar on his left eyebrow from a
piercing, a pierced left ear with a gold hoop, and
wears a plain silver band on both ring fingers.
Ryan left with a light gray and black
No photos are available at this
If anyone has information on the
location of these two juveniles, please contact
your local law enforcement agency or the Larimer
County Sheriff’s Office at 970-416-1985.