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Spring Ahead Tonight...

Spring Ahead Tonight

Saturday,  March 10th - Spring Ahead Tonight...

This Sunday, the second Sunday in March, at 2 a.m., Daylight Saving Time begins in the United States. This year, Daylight Saving Time is four weeks longer than last year due passage of the Energy Policy Act in 2005.

The Energy Policy Act, which extends Daylight Saving Time by four weeks from the second Sunday of March to the first Sunday of November, is expected to save 10,000 barrels of oil each day due to reduced use of power by businesses during daylight hours.

The phrase "Spring forward, fall back" helps people remember how Daylight Saving Time affects their clocks. At 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March, we set our clocks forward one hour ahead of standard time ("spring forward"). We "fall back" at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday in November by setting our clock back one hour and thus returning to standard time.

Computer owners are advised to have the "Automatic Updates" feature turned on so the proper updates for the time change can be applied. Resetting your computer time manually may be necessary otherwise.

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Loveland Worker Awarded International Stewardship...

Loveland Worker Awarded
International Fellowship

Tuesday,  March 6th - Loveland Worker Awarded International Fellowship...

Keith Reester, director of public works for the City of Loveland, this week was named a 2007 International Fellow by the American Public Works Association and the Eisenhower World Affairs Institute. Through the Jennings Randolph International Fellowship Program, Reester will travel to Australia this August for nearly a month to attend the International Public Works and Engineering Australia (IPWEA) Conference and then complete a research fellowship in Australia.

Reester is only the 12th person selected for this prestigious Australian fellowship award from the United States since the program’s inception in 1987. Reester will officially be representing the United States, the American Public Works Association (APWA), and the City of Loveland.

The heart of Keith Reester’s research will be aimed at finding innovative approaches to replacing the retiring baby boomer generation in the public works and engineering fields. In this research Reester will conduct interviews, lead focus groups and survey professionals in Australia. 

This research will be coupled with work already underway stateside; including surveys already completed with Colorado municipal executives. Australia, like many other modern nations, is facing this retirement crisis in the next decade as employers seek to replace the talent, experience and legacy of baby boomers in the workforce. 

While attending the IPWEA Conference Reester will also present his American research findings while leading a program on “Building Exceptional Teams.”

The conference will be held in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. Reester will also travel with American Public Works Association President Bill Verkest. 

“This is a tremendous opportunity to learn and share with other public works professionals from Australia and the world.” Reester said. “They face so many similar issues, from development to traffic control to recruiting and retaining top-flight talent, I am really looking forward to learning and sharing that with Loveland and Colorado.”

Keith Reester leads the City of Loveland’s Public Works Department, the City’s largest. Reester has been with the City for over 4 years. He currently also serves as a volunteer member of the APWA-Colorado Chapter Board of Directors. Reester has also published a host of professional articles and programs dedicated to improving organizations and communities around the country.

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Ptarmigan Glacier and Notchtop Mountain...

Ptarmigan Glacier & Notchtop Mountain

Sunday,  March 4th - Photo Of The Week...

This week's photo of the week features a magnificent view of Ptarmigan Glacier and 12,139' Notchtop Mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park of northern Colorado.

Ptarmigan Glacier is the remains of the massive glaciers that carved out the spectacular scenery of the Odessa Gorge area many thousands of years ago. Situated in a glacial cirque, the impressive Notchtop Mountain was also shaped by these same glaciers.

Today the area is a reminder of the awesome forces of nature and is a popular moderate hike among park visitors and locals. The recommended starting point is at Bear Lake. Take the Flattop Mountain trail about one mile to a junction with the Odessa Lake Trail. From the junction, it is a six mile downhill walk through the amazing Odessa Gorge. 

Along the way you will pass by Odessa Lake, Fern Lake and Fern Falls. This is quite possibly the most scenic hike in the entire park. Words cannot begin to describe the breath-taking views and the overwhelming feelings experienced along the way.

At the end of your hike, you can catch a ride on the Bear Lake Shuttle from the Cub Lake trailhead back to the Bear Lake trailhead, parking and your vehicle. The National Park Shuttle Service now makes these type of hikes much easier to plan and do.

The hike is around 7 miles total distance with 6 miles being predominately downhill. This journey is highly recommended for any avid hiker visiting Rocky Mountain National Park. Make sure to bring you camera! It will be a hike you will never forget!

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Total Lunar Eclipse of 2004...

Total Lunar Eclipse of 2004

Friday,  March 2nd - Lunar Eclipse Saturday Evening...

On the evening of Saturday, March 3rd, sky watchers worldwide will be treated to a total eclipse of the moon. Depending on your location, and of course the weather, varying degrees of totality will be seen. 

Europe, Africa and the Middle East will see the entire eclipse. In the United States, the eclipse will already be underway when the moon rises on Saturday evening. In our local area, the eclipse will be well underway at the time of moonrise.

For the best viewing, find a place with a clear view of the eastern horizon and station yourself there at sunset, 5:54PM local time. As the sun goes down behind you, a red moon will rise before your eyes.

If your get a chance, go outside at sunset on Saturday and look to the East. You may be treated to one of our world's little wonders. Make sure to show your kids too!

For more complete information read the NASA article on the March 3rd lunar eclipse via the link provided below:

March 3rd Lunar Eclipse

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