July 15th - Work On 34 Begins Monday...
On Monday, July 17th, Colorado
Department of Transportation (CDOT) will begin a
10 mile preventative maintenance project on US 34
between Estes Park and Drake. The chip seal
portion of the work is expected to take
approximately four to five days, weather
"This project will chip
seal US 34, which is a proactive maintenance
activity that preserves and extends the life of
the roadway," said CDOT Project Engineer
Sarah Mayse. "The process will not take a
lot of time but it will require lane closures and
delays throughout the week."
During the chip seal, motorists
can expect single lane alternating traffic from
7am to 5pm and from 8pm to 5am. Pilot cars will be
on site to direct traffic through the work zone
and delays up to 20 minutes are possible.
"We will have two to
three pilot cars on site to ensure that one
direction of traffic is always moving."
added Mayse. "This process should help
keep delays to a minimum, but we do want motorists
to be aware that delays between 10-20 minutes are
possible depending on the traffic volumes."
The speed limit will be reduced
to 30 mph approaching and leaving the work zone
and 20 mph through the work zone. Motorists are
advised to follow the speed limit as chips may be
loose. In addition, bicycles are encouraged to
avoid the construction zone until the project is
A-1 Chip Seal is the contractor
for this $549,000 project, which will be complete
by the end of July. The chip seal portion of the
project will be complete by Friday, July 21st, but
crews will have to return to the project site the
following week to stripe US 34. Traffic delays
will be minimal during the striping operations.
July 13th - Hot Days Ahead...
Hot days are ahead for the area.
Record temperatures are forecast through the
weekend with Sunday's high temperature predicted
to be a scorching 104° F in Denver.
While triple digit highs are
predicted for the Denver area, higher elevations
will see temperatures in the 80's and 90's.
As little to no precipitation is
expected during this period, fire danger levels
are also expected to increase with very high to
extreme fire conditions possible by Sunday.
July 12th - Recent Rains Raise West Nile
Recent rains across Larimer County
have raised concerns of a potential explosion in
West Nile carrying Culex mosquito populations in
Hundreds of ornamental ponds
that have been dry for the last several months
have been filled by this past weekend’s rain.
Many of them will start producing large numbers of
Culex mosquitoes in the next few days, warned Mike
Doyle, Health Educator for the Larimer County
Department of Public Health and Environment.
Culex mosquitoes, and the birds they infect, are
the primary cause for West Nile Virus in Larimer
“Now is the time to check your
backyard for standing water,” Doyle said.
“It’s also good to watch for unmaintained,
“For Sale,” or vacant properties that have
containers or ornamental ponds,” he added.
“If not, in the next week or so you will likely
see lots of adult mosquitoes that have the ability
to transmit West Nile Virus.”
Doyle observed that an
ornamental pond in his neighborhood has been dry
and full of leaves for the last two months. “As
of Monday morning it had 4 or 5 inches of perfect
‘mosquito’ water,” he said. “I
expect to see Culex mosquito larvae any day
So what can Larimer County
residents do to discourage mosquitoes from
breeding in their own, or their neighbors’
Fort Collins, Loveland, and
Windsor residents can call the local mosquito
control agency (Colorado Mosquito Control) which
works with property owners to find a way to remove
the mosquito larvae. In many cases, they will
treat the water free as part of the city’s
mosquito control program. Some homeowners
associations may also contract for mosquito
Several “do it yourself”
options also exist. Property owners can
stock ornamental ponds with mosquito-eating fish,
treat the ponds with a mosquito-killing bacteria,
or treat the ponds with a specialized mosquito
growth hormone. “Most products intended
for mosquito control in ponds are labeled as safe
for fish, pets, and children.” said Doyle.
In addition, Doyle stresses the
ongoing message to wear mosquito repellent when
outside during mosquito peak activity hours, from
dusk to dawn.
For more information, call Mike
Doyle at the Larimer County Department of Health
and Environment, 970-498-6752, or visit www.larimer.org/health
July 11th - Fire Restrictions Extended...
Board of Larimer County Commissioners today
extended fire restrictions in the unincorporated
portions of Larimer County through August 10th,
restrictions prohibit open fires/burning; the use
of fireworks; and, public firework displays. There
is one exception to the open fires/burning
restriction: citizens who live in residential-type
neighborhoods in the unincorporated areas of
Larimer County can operate a charcoal grill on a
non-combustible surface at their residence.
Contained open fires, those in permanent masonry
or metal grills at campgrounds for example, are
not restricted at this time. The County’s
complete ‘fire ordinance’, with specific
details, is available at: http://www.larimer.org/policies/.
Any person who knowingly violates the restrictions
commits a class 2 petty offense.
extension was approved despite recent rains in the
region and based on a recommendation from the
Larimer County Sheriff’s Office. The weather
forecast is calling for high temperatures through
the weekend and fuels are expected to dry out
quickly again supporting the fire danger.
fire restrictions went into place in Larimer County
on June 2nd. The
Board of County Commissioners recently also the
banned the sale of fireworks in unincorporated Larimer
July 9th - Photo Of The Week...
photo, taken near the "T" on the 4th of
July, features a stand of Wild Bergamot and one of the
many beautiful views found throughout our
Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) is a
member of the Mint Family and a common summer
flower across the United States. A domesticated
Balm (Monarda didyma), is often planted
in home gardens for its colorful lavender to red
blossoms and unparalleled ability to attract
Wild bergamot is a native
perennial from slender creeping rhizomes and thus
commonly occurs in large clumps. Plants are up to
3 feet tall with a few erect branches. Leaves are
2-3 inches long, lance-shaped, and toothed. Flower
clusters are solitary at the ends of branches.
Each lavender cluster is about 1 1/2 inches long
and contains about 20-50 flowers.
Wild Bergamot is noted for its
fragrance, and is a source of oil of thyme. One
authority states that Amerindians recognized four
varieties that had different odors. Leaves were
eaten boiled with meat, and a decoction of the
plant was made into hair pomade. The herb is
considered an active diaphoretic (sweat inducer).
Bergamot is used as a tea and
inhaled to sooth bronchial complaints and ease
colds. Thymol is contained in this plant which has
been used as a stimulant and to relieve digestive
flatulence and nausea.