February 24th - Dogs Reported Sick From Mag-chloride...
It is being reported that several dogs in
the Fort Collins area have recently become
sick from exposure to Magnesium-chloride,
the active component of liquid deicers and
dust control products commonly used in
The dogs reportedly ingested the chemical while licking their paws
after having walked on and near roads treated with a Magnesium chloride
(MgCl2) based deicer.
Area dog owners are being warned to take precautions and to watch their pets for signs of
chemical exposure. These signs include lack of appetite, vomiting and
intestinal distress. Dogs showing signs of exposure should be taken to a
veterinarian as quickly as possible.
Precautions pet owners can take to avoid exposure include: walking dogs on grassy areas,
having dogs wear doggie booties and rinsing of the dogs' paws with
clean water after
walking on or near treated areas.
In 2005, a homeowner on Storm Mountain reported that his Black Lab
had died as the result of repeated exposure to a MgCl2 based mixture used as a
dust control treatment, which ran through and collected on his property.
February 21st - Water Regulation Bill Passes
House Bill 1197, which passed the State House on Tuesday, would
empower the County to enforce Federal Water Regulations, including
violations such as illegal discharges of dirt, sediment or chemical
discharges from companies and homes, among others.
While most incorporated areas already have enforcement powers, House
Bill 07-1197 would grant Larimer and other counties enforcement
powers to police unincorporated areas in an effort to reduce illicit
discharges into State and County waterways.
The legislation is heavily favored by the Colorado Water Congress, a
group aimed at promoting proper water management and stewardship of
Colorado water resources.
If passed on the third reading by the House, this Bill will move to
the Senate and if passed, then onto the Governor's desk for signing. The
passing of this Bill would be of particular importance to Larimer County
and to the protection of our Federal, State and County natural
February 18th - Photo Of The Week....
This week's photo of the week, taken on Tuesday evening at the Budweiser Event Center in Loveland, Colorado features the lovely and talented,
Dilana was one of several musicians appearing that night on the
Rockstar: Supernova tour. "Rockstar: Supernova", was popular
on television through the summer of 2006 as contestants from around the
globe competed for the position of Supernova vocalist. Canadian rocker
Lucas Rossi won the spot with South Africa's Dilana coming in as 1st
On November 17, 2006, Supernova guitarist Gilby Clarke revealed that
Lukas Rossi defeated Dilana because, "He made [their] music sound
more like a band, whereas Dilana sounded like a singer, with Rock Star
Supernova backing her."
Other musicians who performed on Tuesday evening included Iceland's
top rocker and 3rd runner up Magni,
2nd runner up Australia's Toby Rand and his band Juke Kartel,
Rockstar Supernova television host Dave Navarro
and his band The Panic Channel, and of course Lucas Rossi, Gilby Clarke, Johnny Colt and Tommy Lee of Supernova.
All of the bands performed very well and through an arrangement with Budweiser, SMN was there to cover the event. We got some very nice photos which
we would like to share with all of you. Many thanks to staff
E. Spangler, for the great shots. Below is a slide show presentation
of photos from the show.