January 16th - New County Graffiti Ordinance....
Late last year the Board of Larimer County Commissioners adopted a Graffiti Ordinance that
went into effect on January 15, 2007, in the unincorporated areas of Larimer County. The
ordinance, relates to the control and prevention of graffiti and was adopted in response to increasing problems with graffiti, disturbances, and vandalism associated with the placement of graffiti in Larimer County.
Larimer County needs the help of property owners to remove graffiti as soon as possible so it does not attract more criminal activity. Pursuant to the Graffiti Ordinance, when graffiti is reported to the Larimer County Code Compliance Section, a
Notice to Remove
Graffiti, will be served on the “property caretaker” (a person owning, leasing, occupying or having control or possession of the property), together with an
handout. The graffiti must be removed within ten (10) days from the date of the Notice. The property caretaker also has the option of filing an objection to the Notice which will result in a hearing before the Board of County Commissioners.
If the graffiti is not removed within ten (10) days and the property caretaker has not filed an objection, the County will automatically remove the graffiti and a bill will be sent to the property caretaker for the costs of the graffiti removal and a County administrative fee not to exceed $200.00 which must be paid within 30 days.
Although it is the responsibility of the property caretaker to remove graffiti, the County recognizes the property caretaker is the victim of graffiti vandalism and investigates all reported sightings of graffiti. If the property owner wants a Sheriff’s report to be taken or to provide any information relevant to the vandalism, the owner can call the Sheriff’s Office at: (970) 498-5100, or after hours at (970) 416-1985.
When caught, those who applied the graffiti will be prosecuted through the criminal court system by the Larimer County District Attorney’s Office. More information about graffiti is available at:
January 14th - Photo Of The Week....
This week's photo of the week, taken on Friday afternoon, features a male
Red-shafted Flicker appearing to mockingly stick his tongue out at the camera.
The Red-shafted Flicker (Coloptes auratus cafer) is a year round
resident to Colorado and the largest woodpecker in our area. Flickers find much
of their food on the ground. They feed chiefly on ants. They also eat worms,
insects, and berries. Their long tongue is often used to grab insects from
cracks and holes in trees and logs.
The red-shafted flicker is brown and black, with a gray neck and throat and
a creamy-white breast marked with black. The male has a red mark on each cheek,
and both sexes have bright red underwings. The bird is 12 to 14 inches (30 to
36 centimeters) long.
Flickers build their nests in holes that they dig in trees with their bills.
Because of this habit, people sometimes call the bird the highhole or
highholder. The female flicker lays 3 to 10 white eggs. Both parents care for
the eggs and young.
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.