January 6th - The Passing Of A Friend....
Residents of the Storm Mountain
area are mourning the loss of a friend and member
of the community, Martin John Smith. Marty, 56,
resident of Cedar Park, Drake, Colorado died
December 19, 2006 at his home.
Marty was born April 11, 1950 in Berkeley,
California to Curtis W. and Mary Gent Smith. Marty
grew up in Berkeley, California and Old Greenwich,
Connecticut. As a youngster in Berkeley, he was
adventurous, fearless at climbing trees, and one
day when he was about four years old, he climbed
the monkey enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo!
Marty laughed often with his siblings and many
friends. As a teenager in Connecticut in the
60’s, Marty was involved in exercising his
rights of free speech. His supportive, loving
parents encouraged each of their five children to
pursue his/her own path. They wanted each child to
be a strong, compassionate individual. Marty
learned much from his parents.
Marty earned his BA in psychology at Southern
Illinois University at Carbondale, Illinois in
1975. In 1979, he completed his Master’s degree
in Clinical Psychology at Stephen F. Austin State
University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He worked in
Nacogdoches conducting neuropsychiatric
examinations in a private practice office before
moving to Fort Collins, Colorado in 1983. In Fort
Collins, Marty worked as a mental health therapist
at the Larimer County Mental Health Center from
1984 until 1996. After leaving the mental health
profession, Marty held a variety of
computer-related positions for Hewlett Packard,
Volt and VMC. This year he enjoyed working with
friends at the Foothills Flea Market in Fort
Marty and Ann Lundquist married in 1990 and
they moved to Cedar Park in 1996. Marty enjoyed
being a valued member of the Storm Mountain
community, and sharing his life with Ann there.
Marty was a passionate and playful man. He loved
his family, his golden retrievers and his friends.
He enjoyed many hours traveling with Ann on his
Harley Davidson and his ATV.
Marty was preceded in death by his grandparents
and his father. He is survived by his wife, Ann
Lundquist of Drake; his mother, Mary Smith of
Houston, TX and Louisville, KY; his sister, Sally
and her husband, Dick Steere of Tamarac, FL; his
brother Curtis E. Smith and his wife Mary Cummins
of Paradise Valley, AZ; sister, Lois and her
husband Jim Luckett of Louisville, KY, and brother
David Smith and his wife France Silcox of Moraga,
CA. In addition, he is survived by his four
nieces, six nephews, two great nephews, cousins
A celebration of Marty’s life will be held at
121 Bobcat Place in Cedar Park. The time of the
service will be announced later.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may
be made to SMERT
(Storm Mountain Emergency Response Team) in
care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 1302 Graves
Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517. Please visit www.allnutt.com
to view the obituary and sign the on line guest
January 5th - Heavy Snow Alert....
Storm Mountain News has issued a
Heavy Snow Alert for the Drake, Glen Haven and
Storm Mountain areas in effect until 3PM MST this
afternoon. Overnight snow accumulations of 8 to 12
inches are being reported.
Snow is expected to continue
through the morning with increasing winds causing
blowing and drifting. The use of chemical
deicers prior to the snow has created a layer of
slush and ice under the snow
which is making travel on many roads very
Area roads are currently snowpacked and
icy. Chains, adequate snowtires and 4WD are highly
recommended. Highway 34 is reported as very hazardous with
deep snow between Estes Park and Loveland. Storm
Mountain Drive is very slippery with icing in the
Residents are advised to use
extreme caution if traveling and to allow plenty
of extra time. If you must travel, carry a "Winter
Survival Kit" with you. If you get
stranded, stay with your vehicle and wait for help
January 4th - Christmas Tree Recycling....
Larimer County residents can
drop off their Christmas trees at the Larimer
County Landfill free
of charge from December 26 to January 15. The
trees will be recycled into mulch, which will be
available free to residents in the spring.
Trees must be "cleaned
up" before being dropped off. This means all
lights, tinsel, garland, plastic wrap, tree
stands, wire, rope, nails, and any other foreign
materials must be removed from the trees before
recycling. Flocked trees (those decorated with
fake snow) CANNOT be recycled.
We will also be collecting trees
from Wellington residents; a drop-off site will be
available at the corner of 6th and Grant. The City
of Fort Collins is hosting additional
drop-off sites for Christmas trees in the Fort
Also accepted for recycling all
year round is wrapping paper, packaging paper and
greeting cards. These materials may be placed in
your curbside bin or in the paperboard bin at the
recycling drop-off, also located at the landfill.
Corrugated cardboard can be recycled here, as
well. If recycling cardboard in your curbside bin,
it must be flattened and broken down to 2 ft. x 2
ft. or smaller. Foil wrapping paper and Styrofoam
are NOT accepted. More
details about what can be recycled in Larimer
County is available on our website.
Any other trash will be charged
fees. The landfill and recycling center are
located at 5887 S. Taft Hill Road, Fort Collins.
Hours are Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to
January 2nd - Skier Missing Near Cameron Pass....
Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services, Larimer
County Search and Rescue and Diamond Peaks Ski
Patrol are searching for an overdue skier on
Montgomery Pass Trail in the Cameron Pass area.
a 40-year old Longmont resident, 114 pounds,
5’5” tall with brown hair and brown eyes, used
her cell phone to call family on Christmas Day and
later was seen going up the Montgomery Pass Trail
at approximately 2:00 P.M. that same day.
She has not been heard from since. Lehman
was wearing a dark ski jacket and dark ski pants.
31, 2006, Longmont Police Department sent
notification which prompted the report of Trish
having been seen on Christmas Day. On January 1,
2007, her car was found by a patrol deputy parked
at the Zimmerman Lake Trailhead on Cameron Pass.
suspended the mission in late afternoon on January
1st due to avalanche danger.
Today search plans include approximately 15 people
from Emergency Services, SAR and Diamond Peaks Ski
Patrol and two search dogs. Montgomery Pass
Trail received six to eight inches of snow this
past weekend. Teams are concerned and
watchful about avalanches in the area.
information about Trish Lehman is asked to call
Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center
Searchers in the area of Montgomery Pass have
reported finding a body believed to be that of the
missing skier off the trail of Montgomery Pass.
No other details are available at
'Wolf' Moon Tomorrow....
Amid the cold and
deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled
hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name
for January's full Moon.
Sometimes it was
also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon
After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but
most tribes applied that name to February's Moon.
The full Moon
officially occurs at 6:57AM MST on Wednesday,