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
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
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
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of Larimer County
Continuity of Operations Plan Kits
June 29th - County Rolls Out 'Continuity of
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.
the case of a disabling fire at the
Sheriff’s Emergency Communications Center,
emergency dispatch operations would shift to
the Fort Collins Police Department.
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
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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County Fair Junior Rodeo
June 28th - Posse To Host Junior Rodeo...
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.
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.
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
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
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
A wealth of information and many
great photos of lighting can be found at the Wikipedia
site via the link provided below.