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Pratistha Budhathoki, missing from Estes Park

Pratistha Budhathoki, missing
from Estes Park

Friday, June 30th - Search Continues For Missing Woman...

Authorities are continuing to search for  20 year old Pratistha Budhathoki, an exchange student from Nepal, who has been missing from Estes Park since June 18th.

Estes Park Police reported that Budhathoki's credit card was used to make a purchase at the Estes Park Aerial Tramway on Prospect Mountain four days after her disappearance and an employee positively identified the woman as being at the store on that day.

A search dog reportedly picked up a scent on a trail near the tram on Prospect Mountain, but no further signs of the woman were found.

It was also reported that voice messages were checked from Budhathoki's cell phone two days after her disappearance. However it is not clear who checked the messages or from where the call was made.

Police have said Budhathoki does not own a car, left her passport at home and was not known to be a biker or hiker. Budhathoki was reported missing when she failed to show up for work at the Munchin' House in Estes Park on Sunday, June 18th

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Estes Park Police Department at 970-586-4000.

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Larimer County News Release

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Continuity of Operations Plan Kits

Thursday, June 29th - County Rolls Out 'Continuity of Operations Plan'...

The Board of Larimer County Commissioners on Tuesday rolled out their ‘Continuity of Operations Plan’ through a contract with Loveland-based Risk Management Alliance LLC (RMA).  The purpose of the Plan is to provide a framework for Larimer County government so that in the event of a disruption to critical county services or facilities, County leadership is prepared to prioritize recovery efforts, allocate resources, and communicate with key partners.

The Risk Management Alliance team conducted interviews with county employees to identify the county’s critical functions and develop profiles for them.  The critical function profiles include information on leadership succession; services, supplies, and equipment required to provide the critical functions; key contacts; critical records and data bases; and alternate operating locations and infrastructure requirements. In addition to profiling the critical functions, building profiles were also developed identifying each location’s operations, critical functions, unique attributes, and risk vulnerabilities. In all cases, priority is given to recovery of critical functions first. 


  • In the case of a disabling fire at the Sheriff’s Emergency Communications Center, emergency dispatch operations would shift to the Fort Collins Police Department.
  • If the County Courthouse Office Building at 200 W. Oak is shutdown, some operations will be shifted to buildings at Midpoint Drive and others may go to the County’s Offices in Loveland.   

Larimer County’s Continuity plan will be available to County officials responsible for operations in the event of a disruption to critical county services or facilities in both a hard-copy paper form and on ‘flash-drives’ (a bic-lighter sized device carrying electronic data).  

Larimer County partnered with 10 other counties in the Northeastern All Hazards region to obtain a grant from Homeland Security to underwrite this planning effort. Being part of joint effort means all 11 counties involved will have a consistent plan format and a better understanding of how each works, along with how they may be able to leverage resources and provide backup support for each other. The Homeland Security grant was $120,000.

For information on plan development contact Gary Johnson or Doug Buffington at 970-227-6417. 

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Larimer County News Release

Larimer County Fair Junior Rodeo

Wednesday, June 28th - Posse To Host Junior Rodeo...

The Larimer County Sheriff's Posse will be hosting this year's Larimer County Fair Junior Rodeo on August 12th and 13th.  The two day event will be held at the Larimer County Fairgrounds in the Ranchway Feeds Indoor Arena.  Events will begin on August 12th at 10:00 am and will last until approximately 3:30 pm.  On August 13th, activities will start at 10:00 am and will last until approximately 5:00 pm.

The Larimer County Sheriff's Posse is a non-profit organization that serves as the Mounted Patrol for the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.  The Sheriff's Posse has been hosting this event for several years.  The Larimer County Fair Junior Rodeo allows the youth of Larimer County to participate in a number of rodeo events including Mutton Busting, Goat Tying, Break-away Roping, Barrel Racing, Junior Bull Riding, and several other traditional events.

The participants of the rodeo are classified into two age groups, 14 to 18 years of age (Saturday) and 7 to 13 years of age (Sunday).  All participants must turn in their applications on either July 24th or 25th at the Larimer County Fairgrounds between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm.  All participants must turn in their entries prior to the day of events. 

The event is made possible through the financing provided by the Larimer County Sheriff's Posse, the Larimer County Fair Board, and the sponsorship of local businesses.

To find out more about the event visit  or contact Sheriff's Deputy Gene Olson, Junior Rodeo Coordinator, 970-223-6637.

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Lightning on Saturday evening

Lightning on Saturday evening

Sunday, June 25th - Photo Of The Week...

This week's photo features one of the numerous lightning bolts from a very active thunderstorm that passed over the Storm Mountain area on Saturday evening.

Lightning occurs when friction between the clouds and Earth create opposite static charges resulting in a buildup of current and electrostatic discharge.

Lightning comes in many forms. Cloud to ground, ground to cloud and cloud to cloud (pictured above) are the most commonly seen types of lightning.

A bolt of lightning can reach temperatures approaching 28,000 Kelvin (50,000 degrees Fahrenheit) in a split second. This is about five times hotter than the surface of the sun.

While lightning can be amazing and beautiful to watch, it can also be deadly. In Colorado, numerous people are struck and killed each year by lightning. Lightning can strike many miles from the source cloud often giving the illusion of safety by distance from a storm. This is not always true. Seeking shelter during lightning producing thunderstorms is always recommended. 

A wealth of information and many great photos of lighting can be found at the Wikipedia site via the link provided below.

Wikipedia - Lightning

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Pratistha Budhathoki

Pratistha Budhathoki missing since Sunday

Saturday, 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 Sunday.

Pratistha Budhathoki from Nepal was reported missing on Sunday when she failed to show up at her job at the Munchin' House in Estes Park.

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.

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