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Shooting In South Ft Collins

Shooting In South Fort Collins

Saturday, November 11th - Shooting In South Ft Collins

On November 11, 2006 a call came in to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Dispatch at 4:53 P.M. reporting a possible physical disturbance at 308 Park Place Court in Fort Collins.

According to reports from the residents at 308 Park Place Court, a female friend came to the house and awhile later her husband arrived. Preliminary investigation indicated they were in the process of getting a divorce.

A verbal confrontation ensued which then progressed to a physical confrontation. Investigators believe at this time the husband shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself.

The residents of 308 Park Place Court were unharmed. The family included husband, wife and two children, a nine year old boy and a six year old girl. The two children did not witness the incident, as they were in another part of the house. The Larimer County Sheriff’s Victim Advocates have been on scene assisting the family.

The Larimer County Sheriff Crime Scene Units are at the residence and investigation will continue throughout the night.

There is no further information at this time.

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Governor Elect Bill Ritter

Governor Elect Bill Ritter

Wednesday, November 8th - Ritter Wins

Democrats won big in yesterday's elections including Governor Elect, Bill Ritter, giving the Dems a majority in both Governorships and the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Control of the U.S. Senate is currently undecided but may also go to the Democrats pending the final election results in two states, Virginia and Montana. With 99% of the precincts reporting, the Dems currently have a small lead in both states.

While this shift in power was due to many factors, corruption and incompetence were at the forefront of voters' minds, sending a powerful message of change to Washington.

Another factor was the failure of the current administration and Congress to resolve key issues like the economy, health-care and immigration.

The war in Iraq was also a major factor with the majority of Americans unhappy with the current strategy and the refusal of the Bush administration to change course.

The people have now spoken and the burden lies on the shoulders of the newly elected members of Congress to address America's key issues and to work in a bipartisan fashion to pass appropriate legislation to resolve them.

Complete local and national election results can be found via the links provides below.

Larimer County Election Results

National Election Results

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Election Day 2006...

Mid-Term Elections Today

Tuesday, November 7th - Election Day 2006

Today, citizens across the county, state and nation will head to the polls to cast their ballots in our 2006 Mid-term Elections.

The 2006 Mid-term Elections are considered by many to be one of the most critical elections in recent history with a large portion of America dissatisfied with the current administration and congress and their failure to represent the people. As a result, a large voter turnout is expected from coast to coast.

This year's elections will also be the first experiment with full scale e-voting using electronic voting machines. These machines have been criticized as endangering the integrity of our democracy. Several studies by highly reputable organizations have to proved the electronic machines to be faulty and extremely insecure. Many voters are requesting paper ballots to avoid problems with the faulty electronic equipment and to assure that their votes are properly counted.

Residents of Larimer County can cast their vote a one of twenty-nine "Vote Centers", located across the county. Polls will be open from 7:00am - 7:00pm. Election results will be posted on the Larimer County website after the polls close and may be viewed via the link provided below.

Election Results

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Flu Vaccinations Now Available...

Flu Vaccinations Now Available

Monday, November 6th - Flu Vaccinations Now Available

Each year, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from complications of the flu. Up to 36,000 people die each year from these complications.

One of the best ways to protect yourself from getting the flu and its complications is to get a flu vaccination each year.

The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment is now administering flu vaccine to adults and children at its immunization clinics in Fort Collins, Loveland and Estes Park. Vaccination is available either by shots or nasal spray, though supplies of the nasal spray are limited.  Eligibility for the use of the live-virus nasal spray is determined by personal risk and age.   

The vaccines will be given to walk-ins at the regularly scheduled immunization clinics at all three sites as well as during extended hours to accommodate increased numbers of clients.  Clinic times and locations are as follows:

Fort Collins
1525 Blue Spruce Drive
Monday:  9:00 am - noon;  1:00 - 3:30 pm
Friday:     9:00 am - noon
Saturday: Third Sat. of every month  9:00 am – noon

The regularly scheduled Saturday, November 18, immunization clinic will have increased number of staff to administer flu vaccines.

205 East 6th Street
Monday:   12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday:      9:00 am - noon
Weds:       Second Wednesday of each month, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

On Wednesday, November 8 only, the immunization clinic in Loveland will extend its hours and be open from 2:30 pm until 6 pm. 

Estes Park
1601 Brodie Avenue
(970) 577-2050
Mondays 1 pm – 4 pm and Wednesdays 9 am -12 noon.

On Monday, November 6 only, the immunization clinic will extend its hours and be open from 10 am – noon, and from 1pm - 4 pm.

Flu shots at the Health Department for adults cost $30. The flu mist vaccine (nasal spray) is $36.  Flu shots for children are $15 for children eligible for federally-purchased vaccine, or $30 if for children not eligible for federal vaccine. The Health Department accepts Medicare, Medicaid and Secure Horizons and fees can be adjusted for low-income.

The best time to receive a flu vaccination is mid October through January. Persons at high risk for complications of the flu should try to receive the vaccine by the end of November.

Flu vaccination is recommended for:

  • People 50 years old and older, especially those over 65.
  • Residents of long-term care facilities
  • People with long-term health problems such as heart and lung diseases and muscle or nerve disorders.
  • Women who will be pregnant during influenza season
  • All children aged 6 months – 59 months old
  • Household contacts and caretakers of children from newborn – 59 months old. 
  • Physicians, nurses, family members or anyone else in close contact with people who would suffer severe consequences of influenza (such as elderly and immune compromised)
  • Anyone else who wants to reduce their chance of getting influenza.

Flu vaccination is encouraged for:

  • People who live in close quarters with many other people, such as dormitories and other residential groups
  • People who are traveling to the tropics at any time of year, or to the southern hemisphere from April to September.

If you are unsure whether a flu vaccine is right for you, talk to your health care provider.

For more information, call the Flu Hotline at 970-498-6706, or go to

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Bighorn Sheep along Highway 34...

Bighorn Sheep Along Highway 34

Sunday, November 5th - Photo Of The Week...

Taken on Wednesday afternoon, this week's photo of the week features a young Bighorn in a stare down with a mature Bighorn Ram during a mating frenzy along Highway 34.

During this time of year the many area Bighorn are actively mating, with the normally elusive rams seen in abundance. While mating, Bighorn are very frisky and often run unexpectedly into the roadway during chase. Area drivers are advised to stay alert and be prepared to stop for Bighorn and/or other motorists who may be foolishly stopped in the road to look at them.

If you spot Bighorn and would like to view them, always make sure to pull completely off of the roadway. Never approach Bighorn or any wildlife and never stand in the paved section of roadway. Your best and safest options are the use of binoculars for viewing and long lenses for photography. This protects both you and the animals from potential harm. Remember, Bighorn rams are aggressive during mating, no butts about it!

To view more photos of Bighorn Sheep, taken along Highway 34 over the last couple of weeks, be sure to visit the October/November Bighorn page of area photographer, Darrell E. Spangler, via the link provided below.

October/November Bighorn

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Methamphetamine Lab Located In Larimer County...

Methamphetamine Lab Found

Saturday, November 4th - Meth Lab Found In Larimer County...

Larimer County Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Hibler began an investigation in September of this year regarding reports of illegal activities of Gregory Trammel, 46, of Windsor and owner of Trammel’s Automotive at 172 Spaulding Lane in Fort Collins. The investigation led deputies to believe that Trammel, a previous offender out of Morgan County, was in possession of firearms.

Simultaneous to Deputy Hibler receiving this information, members of Fort Collins Police Services and the Larimer County Drug Task Force began receiving similar information that a methamphetamine lab was at the Spaulding Lane location.

Deputy Hibler secured a search warrant for Trammel’s Automotive and an arrest warrant for Gregory Trammel for Possession of Weapons by a Previous Offender.  At 7:00 P.M. on November 2nd, Larimer County Sheriff’s Deputies and Larimer County Drug Task Force Officers served the search warrant and arrested Trammel on scene.  The search resulted in the recovery of one rifle in Trammel’s office and two handguns in Trammel’s vehicle.  Deputies and officers also found a small amount of finished methamphetamine and a methamphetamine lab in the semi trailer parked behind the business on the business property.  The packing material and other evidence located at the scene lead investigators to believe the methamphetamine was not intended just for personal use but also for distribution.

Gregory Trammel is being held at the Larimer County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond for Possession of Weapons by a Previous Offender, a class 6 Felony.  Charges regarding the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine are pending.  Also charges are pending with the Larimer County District Attorney's Office regarding an investigation by Colorado State Patrol of a traffic accident on east Mulberry involving Trammel.

The Larimer County Health Department has posted the Spaulding Lane property as a contaminated hazardous material site.

Investigators further believe that Trammel was not acting alone in the manufacture of methamphetamine.  Anyone with information regarding this lab is asked to call Sgt. Gordon Coombes at: 970-416-2566.

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Final Day Of Early Voting

Final Day Of Early Voting

Friday, November 3rd - Final Day Of Early Voting...

Today is the last day that voters can cast their ballots early at one of five vote centers across Larimer County. Polls officially close this evening at 5:00PM MST.

Voting early is recommended due to the length of the ballot and to avoid potential lines at the polls on election day, Tuesday, November 7th.

Voters are urged to use a paper ballot to avoid difficulties with the faulty electronic voting machines and to minimize the effects of the faulty machines' inaccurate results on our democracy.

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