February 28th - Snow Advisory Issued...
The National Weather Service in Denver has issued a Snow Advisory for
the front range foothills, including the Drake, Glen Haven and Storm
Mountain areas, in effect until 8PM MST tonight.
MODERATE SNOW WILL CONTINUE THIS AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING OVER THE
FRONT RANGE FOOTHILLS. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES CAN BE
EXPECTED BY MID EVENING.
A SNOW ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW 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.
February 25th - Photo Of The Week...
This week's photo of the week, taken on Thursday morning, features a gaggle of Canada Geese swimming in beautiful Lake Estes.
Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) are large birds, 20 to 50 inches long with a wingspan of 50-68 inches. They are most easily identified by their long black neck, with a black head, and bill. They have a contrasting white
throat area. Their undertail coverts are white. Their back, upper wings and flank are dark brown with a lighter brown (sometimes, nearly white) breast and belly. They have a short black tail and black legs with black webbed feet.
Canada Geese cover a wide range across North America. Canada Geese in different areas may be different sizes, have different vocalizations or have somewhat different coloring than those in other areas. All groups have the characteristic long black neck, head, crown and bill and the white cheeks.
Like most geese, the Canada goose is naturally migratory with the wintering range being most of the United States. The calls overhead from large groups of Canada Geese flying in V-shaped formation signal the transitions into spring and autumn. In some areas, migration routes have changed due to changes in habitat and food sources. In mild climates, such as the Pacific Northwest, due to a lack of former predators, some of the population has become non-migratory.
Canada Geese are seen year round in the Estes Park area and are one of many species of waterfowl to frequent beautiful Lake Estes near the center of town.
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