January 12th - Snow Advisory Issued....
The National Weather Service in Denver has issued a Snow Advisory for the
northern front range foothills including the Drake, Glen Haven and Storm Mountain
areas in effect until 5AM MST Saturday.
SNOW WILL CONTINUE TODAY THROUGH TONIGHT IN THE NORTHERN FRONT RANGE
FOOTHILLS. THE SNOW MAY BE MIXED WITH FREEZING DRIZZLE AT TIMES AT ELEVATIONS
BELOW 8000 FEET. ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED
BY LATE TONIGHT. FOG MAY ALSO REDUCE VISIBILITIES TO LESS THAN A MILE AT TIMES
BELOW 8000 FEET.
A SNOW ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW, FOG AND FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL
CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR ICE AND SNOW COVERED ROADS AND
LIMITED VISIBILITIES, AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.
The complete text of this official weather advisory can be found via the
link provided below.
January 10th - Comet McNaught Makes Appearance....
Weather permitting, Comet McNaught, now being called the brightest comet in
30 years, will be visible in both our morning and evening our skies for the
next day or two.
Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) is currently heading towards the Sun and has
brightened substantially in the past couple of days. The comet should be
visible in the morning and evening until it disappears into the glare of the
To see Comet McNaught you will need clear shies and a good view of the
horizon. Look to the west tonight between 5:00PM MST and 5:30PM MST , just
above the horizon and slightly to the right of where the Sun sets.
Tomorrow morning look to the east between 6:55AM MST and 7:15AM
MST, just above the horizon and slightly to the left of where the Sun is
Binoculars will make locating
the comet much easier. When you see it you will
know. It is an awesome sight indeed! For complete
information and many photos visit: www.spaceweather.com.
January 7th - Photo Of The Week....
This week's photo of the week features a beautiful
Winter's view of the Big Thompson River in northern Colorado as seen on
the morning of Tuesday, January 2nd.
The Big Thompson River runs east from its headwaters in Rocky Mountain National Park,
along Highway 34
thru the Big Thompson Canyon, and on to Loveland and the flatlands
This year the Big Thompson has seen a lot of snow early in the
season. The general area has received over six feet of snow in the past
three weeks alone!
This abundant snowfall will provide plenty of Spring moisture to
local wildflowers, setting the stage for an absolutely spectacular year
in Rocky Mountain National Park and the surrounding area.
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