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Sign Entering Glen Haven

Sign Entering Glen Haven

Friday, November 24th - Battle To Save Glen Haven...

Residents of the small mountain community of Glen Haven are currently in a battle with Larimer County to save the town's name.

Larimer County officials are proposing that the community of Glen Haven merge with the community of Drake, 8 miles away. This change would require all residents of Glen Haven to change their legal addresses to Drake as well as changing the official name of the physical community.

Glen Haven was been established in 1903, or over a century ago. Residents are concerned that the proposed changes will destroy the spirit and history of this well known mountain community.

Larimer County officials are reported as stating that the changes boil down to matter of manpower and that the community has to either incorporate as an town or acquire official Federal Postal Zone status to prevent the merger with Drake.

It should be noted that neither Drake nor Glen Haven are currently incorporated and that both already have separate postal codes, Drake 80515 and Glen Haven 80532. It is unclear at this time if the proposed merger would create two postal zones for Drake, as there would then be two post offices physically located within the unincorporated Drake boundaries.

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Spectacular sunrise over Palisade Mountain on Thursday moring

Sunrise over Palisade Mountain

Sunday, November 19th - Photo Of The Week...

As our photo of the week this week we are featuring a spectacular shot taken on Thursday morning of the colorful sunrise over Palisade Mountain.

Sunrise and sunset are often colorful displays. These sometimes dramatic colors are due to light from the sun being refracted through particles in the Earth's atmosphere.

In general, sunrises are predominately yellow and sunsets predominately red. This is partially due to human activity on Earth during the day, causing dust and other particulates to become airborne and carried into the upper atmosphere by air currents. These airborne particles then refract the sunlight causing the reds so often seen at sunset. 

During the nighttime hours there is less activity and much of the dust settles back to Earth, hence the lighter yellow color of sunrise. Smoke form large wildfires can increase the colors of both sunrise and sunset substantially.

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Leonid Debris Clouds Map

Leonid Debris Clouds Map

Friday, November 17th - Here Come The Leonids...

Every year around this time, Earth glides through a minefield of debris from Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle. On the evening of Saturday, Nov. 18th, Earth will graze a cloud of comet dust, producing an outburst of Leonid meteors.

The annual Leonid Meteor Shower is one of the best showers each year. If forecasters are correct, the outburst will peak around 9:45 p.m. MST on Nov. 18th. While the timing favors observers in Europe, Brazil and the Atlantic coast of North America, who could see as many as 100 meteors per hour, sky-watchers across the globe will be watching.

Although the Leonid shower is expected to peak sharply on Nov. 18th, keep an eye on the sky at other times, too. Leonids may appear in fits and spurts all weekend long. The best time to watch, generally speaking, is during the hours before dawn when the constellation Leo is high in the sky.

Do not believe everything you read. While meteor forecasters have done a splendid job predicting Leonid outbursts in recent years, sometimes "nailing the peak within minutes", they could be wrong in 2006. The outburst might happen at an unexpected time or it might be better than expected. Enthusiasts everywhere are urged to keep an eye out for Leonid meteors the nights of Nov. 17th – 19th.

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