June 24th - Woman Missing From Estes Park...
Estes Park Police are asking
area residents to be on the look out for a 20 year
old exchange student, who has been missing since
Pratistha Budhathoki from Nepal
was reported missing on Sunday when she failed to
show up at her job at the Munchin' House in Estes
Friends, coworkers and police
have all stated that not showing up or calling is
very out of character for the woman, who is known
to be a very responsible person.
Budhathoki is described as
5’3” tall, 130 lbs, with black hair and brown
eyes. Anyone with information is asked to contact
Detective Jim Kenney of the Estes Park Police
Department at: 970-586-4000.
June 23rd - County Smoking Ordinance Replaced...
In light of the new SmokeFree
Colorado law, which goes into effect July 1st,
Larimer County Commissioners voted to replace the
county’s current smoking ordinance with the new
state law when it goes into effect on July 1st.
The action was taken at the Commissioner’s
Administrative Matters weekly meeting on Tuesday,
"Now that the smoking
regulations for the county and the state are one
and the same, we can avoid considerable
confusion,” said County Commissioner Karen
Wagner. “I'm pleased the day has come when
our state and county have both recognized the
health risks of secondhand smoke."
The new state law, which offers
protection to all workers, visitors and residents
statewide from exposure to secondhand smoke, a
known carcinogen, pre-empts the former County law
which has been in effect since 1994. This
means that unincorporated communities throughout
Larimer County, though no longer under the county
smoking ordinance, will have to abide by the new
state law when it takes effect.
“Secondhand smoke is a
serious public health issue,” said Dr. Adrienne
LeBailly, director of the Larimer County
Department of Health and Environment. LeBailly
says that studies have shown a strong association
between secondhand smoke and the deaths of
thousands of nonsmokers each year from heart
disease, respiratory disease, and lung cancer.
“We will all be healthier with this new law.”
Local law enforcement agencies,
including the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office,
will be responsible for enforcing the law.
However, according to according to Nancy Grove,
Larimer County’s Tobacco Education and Prevention
Program Supervisor, “Experience in other
communities that have passed similar local laws
demonstrates that the majority of businesses and
their customers will comply with the law and that
enforcement will be minimal. In the nearly 3
years that Fort Collins has been smoke-free, only
two tickets have been issued.”
In communities that currently
have comprehensive smoke-free workplace laws, the
law which offers greater protection from
secondhand smoke exposure takes precedence.
Colorado becomes the 13th state
to pass a statewide smoke-free law that includes
restaurants and bars, joining California,
Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts,
Montana, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Utah,
Vermont and Washington, as well as Washington, DC
and Puerto Rico. Hundreds of cities and
counties across the United States have also taken
action, as have whole countries including Ireland,
England, Uruguay, Norway, New Zealand, Sweden and
For more information on
SmokeFree Colorado, call 1-888-701-2006 or visit www.SmokeFreeColorado.org.
June 22nd - Governor Imposes Fire Restrictions...
On Wednesday, Governor Bill
Owens ordered a ban on fireworks and open fires on
all State owned lands including all State Parks
and State Forests.
The Governor made this decision
based on the dangerous fire conditions and
numerous recent fires across the state, after
visiting the site of the 11,800 acre fire burning
near Fort Garland.
In addition, penalties for
violating the fire ban were increased with
offenders now facing up to twelve years in prison
and a $1,000,000 fine.
Cooler temperatures and higher
humidity levels have temporarily lessened the fire
danger in our immediate area, but many other areas
across the state are still facing extreme fire
The fire conditions this year
have been likened to the disastrous fire season in
2002, when 235 homes and countless acres of land
were destroyed by wildfires.
June 21st - Summer Begins Today...
The Summer Solstice occurred
today at 6:26AM MDT, officially beginning our
summer season here in the northern hemisphere, and
the winter season for those in the southern
Solstice occurs when the sun is at it's
farthest point north in it's seasonal movement.
This apparent movement of the sun is actually due
to a wobble in the Earth's orbit.
The Earth will now start to tilt
back giving the appearance of the Sun moving
further southward in our skies. This tilt
and resulting apparent southern movement of the
Sun in our sky will continue until the Winter
Solstice on December 21st.
Today, the day of the Summer
Solstice, also has the the longest daylight period
of any day in the year, with the day of the Winter
Solstice having the shortest amount of daylight.
June 20th - Lights, Camera, Freeze...
An independent film crew, Twelve
Monkeys Dancing Films from Denver, was surprised on Saturday
afternoon when the Larimer County Sheriff's SWAT team
swarmed their shoot.
Crews were reportedly filming a
hostage scene in North Pines Campground near
Carter Lake when a passing motorist saw what they
felt was a real hostage situation, alerting the
SWAT officers arrived on the
scene at approximately 3:30pm with weapons drawn,
including automatic M16 rifles, ordering everyone
onto the ground. Crew members and actors tried to explain, but were
told to shut up by the officers. After a 30 minute
investigation, the crew and actors were released.
While the film crew claimed to
have a park permit and to have been filming for
hours prior to the incident, sheriff's deputies
stated that they did not have a commercial permit
and failed to notify the proper authorities. The
film from the shoot was confiscated and is
currently being held by the Larimer County
Director Eileen Agosta and lead
actor Chris Borden were subsequently cited for
disorderly conduct and both are scheduled to
appear in court in August.
June 19th - Red Flag Warning Until 8PM...
The National Weather Service in
Denver has issued a Red
Flag Warning for much of the northern
mountains and foothills, including the Drake, Glen
Haven and Storm Mountain areas, in effect until
8PM MDT tonight.
Moderate winds, low humidity and
high afternoon temperatures are expected to create
conditions favorable for the start and rapid
growth of wildfires.
Residents are advised to use
extreme caution with any outdoor flame and to stay
alert for potential wildfires in the area.
The complete text of this
official warning can be found via the link
June 18th - Photo Of The Week...
In June many species of
wildflowers cover the local hillsides, like this
Prairie Wild Rose featured in this week's photo of
The Prairie Wild Rose (Rosa
arkansana) is common from Canada to Texas and is
found at altitudes up to 9000 feet.
Prairie Wild Rose is a small
shrub. Plants spring from stout horizontal roots
and are usually less than a foot tall in our area,
dying back to the ground each winter. However,
some plants persist as obvious shrubs up to three
feet tall. Stems are beset with reddish prickles.
The alternate leaves are odd-pinnate with 7-11
leaflets toothed on the upper half. The five-petalled
flowers are about two inches wide, and vary from
pink to white or rarely deep rose. Three or more
flowers are borne on new-growth branches that are
unarmed with prickles.
Prairie Wild Rose can be found
in prairies, sandy tame pastures, roadsides, and
at the edges of woods. Plants seem to be slightly
more abundant in heavily and moderately grazed
pastures in cool moist soils of eastern and
central North Dakota, but decrease under heavy
grazing in the warm dry soils to the west. Roses
are used as foods (preserves, candies, sauces),
drinks (teas, wines), flavorings, and perfumes,
and the essential oils have been used as
The genus Rosa contains over 100
species, all found in the northern hemisphere. The
specific plant, arkansana, was named for the
Arkansas River of Colorado.