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Martin John Smith...

Martin John Smith

Saturday 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 Collins.

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 and friends.

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 to view the obituary and sign the on line guest register.

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Heavy Snow Warning...

Heavy Snow Alert

Friday 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 hazardous.

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 usual spots. 

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 to arrive.

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Christmas Tree Recycling...

Christmas Tree Recycling

Thursday 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 Collins area.

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 regular landfill 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 4:30 p.m.

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Skier Missing Near Cameron Pass

Skier Missing Near Cameron Pass

Tuesday January 2nd - Skier Missing Near Cameron Pass....

Larimer County 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.

Trish Lehman, 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.

On December 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.

Search teams 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.

Anyone with information about Trish Lehman is asked to call Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center at 970-416-1985.

6PM Update: 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 this time.


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Full Wolf Moon - January, 2006

Full Wolf Moon - January, 2006

Full '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, January 3rd.

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