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Stabbing In Fort Collins

Fatal Stabbing In Fort Collins

Thursday, July 6th - Fatal Stabbing In Fort Collins...

Larimer County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a stabbing at 2025 North College #13 at approximately 4:00 A.M. on Thursday morning. One victim is confirmed to be deceased and another was transported to Poudre Valley Hospital by private vehicle and is undergoing surgery for multiple stab wounds to face and chest. Both victims are males.

Preliminary information is that at least one suspect broke into the mobile home through the front door. Investigators have limited suspect information at this time.

Three females in the residence were unharmed. One female called 911 from a neighboring home.

Again all of this information is preliminary at this time. Investigators are on scene as are the Crime Scene Technicians. Deputies and investigators believe this incident may be gang related.

In updated information, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victim of the stabbing incident who was taken to Poudre Valley Hospital to undergo surgery for multiple stab wounds. Antonio Soliz Martinez, 47, is in serious but stable condition. Martinez is wanted by Fort Collins Police Services on a no-bond Failure to Appear warrant for Dangerous Drugs.

The decedent will be identified by the Larimer County Coroner’s Office, along with the manner and cause of death, pending an autopsy which is scheduled for Friday afternoon, July 7th. 


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2006 Fourth Of July Photos

2006 Fourth Of July Photos

Fourth Of July Photos...

We at SMN are pleased to present photos from the 2006 Storm Mountain Parade and the 2006 Fireworks Show over Lake Estes.

These photos were taken by area resident and photographer Darrell Spangler. As these were community events, Spangler has graciously made these photos available for everyone in our community and beyond to enjoy and download.

Our 2006 Fourth of July Photo Gallery can be viewed by clicking on the link provided below.

2006 Fourth of July Photo Gallery

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View of Mary's Lake area

View of Mary's Lake area

Tuesday, July 4th - Missing Woman Found Alive And Well...

A 20 year old Nepalese woman that had been missing from Estes Park for two weeks was found alive and well on Monday afternoon.

Pratistha Budhathoki was found in a field near Mary's Lake Lodge after a resident notified police around 1PM that a woman matching Budhathoki's description had stopped at their house and asked to use the phone. Ironically, the police had called off the official search less than twenty-four hours earlier. 
Budhathoki appeared to be in good condition and stated that she was in the Estes area the entire time, sleeping under the stars.

Buhathoki's parents arrived from Nepal on Monday to the news that their daughter was found safe. Police were questioning the woman and as of Monday afternoon what led to the woman going missing was still unclear.

Estes Park Police Cmdr. Wes Kufeld stated that no criminal charges will be filed citing,. "People are allowed to disappear anytime they want, she just happened to have a lot of friends who really worried about her."

Buhothaki was placed into protective custody and on a mental health hold. She will be examined by physicians and if found to be healthy, will be released and allowed to leave with her parents.

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2006 Storm Mountain Parade & Picnic

2006 Storm Mountain Parade & Picnic

Monday, July 3rd - Parade And Picnic Tomorrow...

The sixth annual 'Storm Mountain 4th of July Parade and Picnic' is scheduled to begin on Tuesday morning at 10AM sharp.

This yearly celebration is sponsored by S.M.E.R.T (Storm Mountain Emergency Response Team) as a fundraising event as well as a fun time for the community. 

Parade participants are asked to meet at the "T" at 9:30am. The parade will start promptly at 10am. Spectators may bring their own lawn chairs and watch from anywhere along the parade route. (Official 2006 Parade Flyer)

The picnic begins immediately after the parade at the home of Ed Haimes, 1429 Spruce Mountain Drive. Picnickers are asked to bring a covered dish to share, an alternate beverage and their own table service and chairs. Hotdogs, lemonade and root-beer floats will be provided by S.M.E.R.T.

Activities will include 50/50 raffles with the winner splitting the pot with S.M.E.R.T., a pie toss and a horseshoe tournament. A piñata will also be present for the kids.

The annual event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcomed, but not required. Donations can also be made online at the S.M.E.R.T website or mailed to the following address:

P O Box 73
Drake, CO 80515

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Prickly Pear Cactus

Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia)

Sunday, July 2nd - Photo Of The Week...

This week's photo features one of the more common species of cacti, frequently found on hillsides, rocky slopes and in fields across our region, the Prickly Pear.

Prickly Pear (Opuntia) is one of the most common cacti and are found in all of the deserts of the American Southwest, with different species having adapted to different locale and elevation ranges. 

Most species of Prickly Pear require course, well-drained soil in dry, rocky flats or slopes. But some prefer mountain pinyon/juniper forests, while yet others require steep, rocky slopes in mountain foothills. 

Although the flowers of most prickly pears are yellow, there are also red and bi-colored blossoms. In Mexico and points south, this cactus is cultivated to yield food, candy, and a natural diabetes medicine. 

A famous red dye, cochineal (co-chin-ee-ya) is harvested from white scale insects that afflict its skin. The Prickly Pear is also the Texas State Cactus.

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Larimer County Sheriff's News Release

DUI Checkpoints This Weekend

Saturday, July 1st - DUI Sobriety Checkpoint...

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DUI Sobriety Checkpoint on Monday, July 3rd, in addition to saturation patrols that are scheduled from July 1st through July 4th.

The purpose of the checkpoint is not only to apprehend impaired drivers but also to build awareness with the public that law enforcement agencies throughout the State of Colorado are striving to make our roads safe from impaired drivers.

Approximately 120 extra man-hours are scheduled for saturation patrols throughout Larimer County.  Checkpoint Colorado and LEAF Grants will be funding the holiday patrols and checkpoint. 

“As always, drivers are encouraged to use good sound judgment and avoid consuming alcohol before driving,” said Sheriff Alderden.  “Use a designated driver.  If not, those who drink and drive will be apprehended with zero-tolerance enforcement.”

We SMN fully agree with Sheriff Alderdan and urge all residents and visitors alike to have a safe holiday weekend by acting responsibly and not drinking and driving.

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