currently investigation and assessing the scene of
an explosion this morning at the Carter Lake
Filter Plant near Loveland, Colorado. Four people
were reported as injured.
At the present time, we have few specific facts
to present on an explosion at the Carter Lake
Filter Plant located near the south end
of Carter Lake. It is known that there were two
fairly routine decontaminations of workers in the
vicinity and one person with an apparently minor
gas inhalation problem. At the present time it is
suspected that the explosion - which was by no
means large enough to damage the building in any
real way- was caused by a possible static charge
interacting with sodium chlorite.
There is apparently some minor active leaking
of some chlorine at the facility at this time but
we are being told by personnel on scene that it is
minor enough that it can only be smelled in the
immediate vicinity of the explosion and that no
evacuations have been called for with the possible
exception of the two closest residences to the
The Northern Colorado Water Conservancy
District had apparently been doing some routine
blasting in the area and the theory has been posed
that this may possibly have led to the static
charge igniting the product noted above. Please be
advised that there is a healthy amount of
speculation in this advisement and that theory may
get tossed out by the time this whole thing wraps
We are also informed that there is a second
unexploded charge in the ground which the NCWC
District was going to routinely set off and which
may now need to be detonated. This would be to
mitigate a possible danger for investigators and
responders in the area. If they decide to do this,
we will probably do a "reverse 911"
emergency phone notification to all within earshot
of the blast advising that this is planned and
non-emergent and done as part of the response to
Access is restricted to the south end of Carter
Lake due to the incident at the Filter Plant. That
means no access to South Shore and Carter Knolls
campgrounds, the South Shore boat ramp, or Saddle
Bay. Access to the lake from the north is okay but
not past the Swim Beach; there are no restrictions
on access to Eagle, Big Thompson, Lowell's, and
North Pines campgrounds which also can be reached, as
well as the North and North Pines boat ramps, the
Carter Lake Marina, and the Carter Lake Sail Club.
Boating is allowed on all areas of Carter Lake,
although ramp access is limited to the north end
of the lake.
Weather Service in Denver has issued a Flash Flood
Watch for the front range foothills and urban
corridor, including the Drake, Glen Haven and
Storm Mountain areas, in effect from 3PM this
afternoon through 10PM tonight.
AND LIGHT WINDS ALOFT WILL PRODUCE SLOW MOVING
THUNDERSTORMS WITH HEAVY RAIN DURING THE LATE
AFTERNOON AND EVENING. THE STRONGEST STORMS COULD
PRODUCE UP TO 4 INCHES OF RAIN IN AN HOUR OR TWO.
THE FLASH FLOOD THREAT APPEARS TO BE GREATEST FROM
THE FOOTHILLS WEST OF DENVER AND SOUTH PARK INTO
THE DENVER METRO AREA AND AREAS JUST SOUTH OF
REPEAT, THIS IS A
WATCH AND NOT A WARNING. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS
THAT FLASH FLOODING IS POSSIBLE, BUT NOT IMMINENT,
WITHIN THE WATCH AREA. PEOPLE IN THE WATCH AREA
SHOULD KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEATHER AND BE PREPARED
FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION SHOULD HEAVY RAINS AND FLASH
FLOODING OCCUR, OR IF A FLASH FLOOD WARNING IS
The complete text
of this official weather advisory can be found via
the link provided below:
Randy (James Randall) Eubanks
was sworn in this morning, at 8a.m. as Larimer County’s newest Commissioner, from District 2, central Larimer County. Chief Judge James Hiatt
presided over the ceremony at the Larimer County Commissioners’ Office, 2nd floor, Larimer County Courthouse Offices Building, 200 West Oak Street, Fort Collins, Colorado.
Eubanks, who lives in west Windsor, was appointed by the Larimer County Democratic Party to serve the term left vacant by the resignation of Democrat Karen Wagner. Eubanks will be transitioning from his current position at Hewlett-Packard Company where he works as an electrical engineer.
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2007 Larimer County Fair
& Rodeo Royalty
July 17th - Larimer
County Fair & Rodeo...
The annual Larimer County Fair & Rodeo will be held July 28 through August 12 at The Ranch in Loveland, Colorado. The
Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Rodeo will happen on August 5th, 6th and 7th.
Royalty of the 2007 Fair & Rodeo will feature
two local residents.
A woman after God's own heart, Sarah Baker is a young lady who diligently seeks after God's will for her life. After being crowned the 2007 Larimer County Fair and Rodeo Queen on August
8th, 2006 during the PRCA Rodeo, she hopes her year as Queen will bring glory and honor to her Lord and Savior. Sarah is the 19 year old daughter of Doug and Linda Baker of beautiful Estes Park, Colorado. Along with her parents and of course her wonderful Paint mare, Butterscotch Baby Girl, Sarah also shares home with her sister, Krisha, brothers, Andy and Timmy, three dogs and a cat.
After contending for the title during the Lady-In-Waiting competition, Pelar Conaway was honored as being crowned the 2007 Larimer County Fair and Rodeo Lady-In-Waiting, during the August
8th, 2006 PRCA rodeo by the 2007 Queen, Sarah Baker at The Ranch. Pelar is the seventeen year old daughter of Wes and Rachel Conaway, who resides in Loveland, Colorado. As the second youngest of five daughters, she enjoys spending time with her family as well as friends.
To find out more information
about the 2007 Larimer County Fair & Rodeo,
including scheduling and maps, visit the
official website at: www.larimercountyfair.org.
Taken on Wednesday morning, this week's photo features the beautiful and pristine scenery along Tyndall Creek in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Tyndall Creek is a glacial stream beginning at the base of Tyndall Glacier and winding it's way through the higher elevations in Rocky Mountain National Park, eventually joining with Glacier Creek and running into the Big Thompson River near Moraine Park.
Tyndall Creek follows along the Dream Lake Trail between Nymph Lake and Emerald Lake, providing visitors to the area with spectacular scenic views. The pristine wilderness and dramatic mountain peaks present superb photo opportunities at many places along the trail.
As the creek flows downhill from Emerald Lake it tumbles over the rocky terrain with several small waterfalls along the way to Dream Lake. In the summer the trail along Tyndall Creek is ablaze with a variety of native wildflowers adding to the beauty of the area.
Tyndall Creek can be reached by taking the Dream Lake
Trail from the Bear Lake Trailhead. After the trail climbs above Nymph Lake it joins up with Tyndall Creek for the remainder of it's length. The Dream Lake Trail is an easy to moderate hike. From the trailhead it is 0.5 mile to Nymph Lake, 1.1 miles to Dream Lake and 1.8 miles to Emerald Lake. The Pool of Jade lies beyond Emerald Lake and sits on a rock shelf at the base of Tyndall Glacier. The actual trail ends at Emerald Lake with a rugged 1.5 mile scramble up and over rocks and boulders required to reach the Pool of Jade and the glacial cirque of Tyndall Gorge.
As the Dream Lake Trail is one of the most popular hikes in the park it is recommended that you start your hike early. Parking at the Bear Lake Trailhead is limited and fills up very quickly. Use of the free Bear Lake Shuttle is required after 8:00am on most mornings during peak season.
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