Taken on Wednesday, this week's photo features a beautiful morning view of Stones Peak as seen from the shore of Cub Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Situated at 8,620 feet above sea level, Cub Lake is a popular destination for hikers and cross-country skiers. Accessed from the Cub Lake Trail, the 2.3 mile trek to Cub Lake is known for its spectacular scenery and abundance of wildflowers, birds and numerous small animals. The Cub Lake Trail is a paradise for Elk watching during the Spring and Fall.
During the Summer, Cub Lake is filled with beautiful yellow water lilies. The massive Stones Peak can be seen from the east shore of Cub Lake creating an excellent scene for photographers.
To reach the Cub Lake Trailhead follow Bear Lake Road about 1.2 miles to a right-hand turn toward Fern Lake and the Moraine Park campground. This road follows the north side of Moraine Park for a half-mile to another junction. At this junction, turn left (south) toward the Fern Lake and Cub Lake Trailheads. Cub Lake Trailhead is about 1.2 miles from this point, and parking space is limited.
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enforcement at 756 Palisade Mt
July 28th - Raid
Uncovers Marijuana Operation...
A raid on Friday morning of a
home located at 756 Palisade Mountain Drive uncovered an
indoor marijuana growing operation with a reported
100+ plants being cultivated.
The owner of the home, Anthony
Serafin, was reported as not home
at the time of the raid and therefore no arrest
has been made. A search of another property in
Fort Collins which is also owned by Serafin
yielded a small amount of drugs and other
evidence. An arrest warrant for Serafin will most likely be issued shortly.
The growing operation reportedly
utilized a very sophisticated hydroponics system
whereby plants receive nutrients from a
circulating, water-based nutrient solution rather
than from soil. This method is often used to
produce high quality marijuana plants in a minimal
amount of time indoors.
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Sheriff's Deputy at intersection
of Palisade and Snowtop
Law enforcement officials from
multiple jurisdictions are currently conducting a
raid of what is reported to be a suspected drug
operation on Palisade Mtn Drive on Storm Mountain.
Very little information is
available at this time as the investigation is
ongoing. Heavily armed Larimer County Sheriff's
Deputies are stationed at various locations
blocking access into the operation area.
It was communicated by a
Larimer County Sheriff's Deputy that the community
is safe and there is no need for excess concern by
area residents at this time.
More information will be posted
as it becomes available.
Update: It has
been confirmed by the Larimer County Sheriff's
Office that tactical SWAT teams did execute a
warrant for suspicion of drugs on a home located
on Palisade Mountain Drive earlier today, using a
specially designed vehicle to tear down the garage
door of the residence. Deputies from the Boulder
County Sheriff's Department assisted in the
operation. Detectives and tactical teams are
reported as still on scene investigating and
assessing the situation. No further information is
being released at this time.
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Adopts Fire Restrictions
July 24th - County
Adopts Fire Restrictions...
The Board of Larimer County
Commissioners today adopted fire restrictions on
‘Opening Burning’ in Larimer County’s
unincorporated area effective today, July 24th,
through Tuesday, September 4th.
Major Bill Nelson, with the
Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, made today’s
recommendation for Sheriff Jim Alderden, “Over
the last several weeks dry conditions have
increased the concern for dangerous wildfires. The
indices we watch to determine whether we should
impose restrictions, such as fuel moisture and
availability of resources, have mostly been met
and with high temperatures and dry weather
predicted, we believe it is time for restrictions.
Fire activity over this past weekend showed that
conditions are ripe for fires. Also, with the
national preparedness level at 5, we may have a
hard time getting resources from outside the
county to assist us. At present most of the
County is at High or Very High fire danger.”
Open Fires – no open burning, including
camp and cooking fires; or welding, or
operating an acetylene or other torch with
open flame. Open fires include the burning of
irrigation ditches except for those located
within and completely surrounded by irrigated
farmlands where such burning is necessary for
crop survival and specific written approval
has been granted in advance by Larimer County
Sheriff Jim Alderden.
have: Fires in camp stoves or grills,
fueled by bottled gas or pressurized liquid,
and specifically designed for cooking or
have CONTAINED Open Fires:
These are fires in permanently constructed
stationary masonry or metal fireplaces
specifically designed for the purpose of
combustion such as those in developed
campsites and those in commercially operated
wood and/or charcoal fired grills designed for
ONLY smoke: within an enclosed vehicle or
smoking within an area at least three feet in
diameter that is barren or cleared of all
flammable material. Smoking within an
enclosed vehicle shall mean that smoking is
contained, at all times, within the vehicle
and is not allowed to leave the vehicle or
protrude or be held outside the vehicle,
including the window of the vehicle.
Butts and stubs must be disposed of within a
trash receptacle or within the vehicle.
Fireworks and/or Fireworks Displays
The Board also authorized
Sheriff Jim Alderden to exempt any open fire, use
of fireworks or fireworks display, approved in
advance by the Sheriff, after inspection and the
immediate availability of fire suppression
apparatus. Complete information on specific definitions, fines and
penalties, in Larimer County’s Fire Restrictions
Ordinance, can be found via the link provided below:
A wildfire burning on the east
side of Crosier Mountain between Drake and Glen
Haven, now dubbed the Crosier Fire, is being
reported as 100% contained.
Thirty-five firefighters are
reported as fighting the fire today along with air support
from several aircraft. The fire is reported to
have burned approximately 6-1/2 acres and is currently
believed to have been started by lightning. Very
little smoke is currently visible from Storm Mountain and
it appears at this time that firefighters have the
upper hand on this one.
Many thanks to all of the
firefighters and those who assisted in the fighting
of this fire!
Crews from Loveland Rural Fire
Protection and Glen Haven Fire District are
currently responding to a wildfire burning on the
east side of Crosier Mountain, between Drake and
The fire is currently being
reported as 1 acre in size and burning in heavy
timber. The fire appears to be burning near
Sullivan Park, approximately 1/2 mile east of the
summit of Crosier Mountain. No homes or structures
appear threatened at this time. More information
will be posted as it becomes available.
This week's photo features an early morning view of the Big Thompson River winding through Moraine Park in Rocky Mountain National Park on last Thursday morning.
The Big Thompson River begins as glacial steams above Moraine Park, continuing through Rocky Mountain National Park and
onward to Estes Park and the Big Thompson Canyon.
Moraine Park is one of the park's more scenic areas and is well known for the abundant wildflowers and wildlife that are found around every bend. Moraine Park was formed as glaciers receded thousands of years ago leaving behind the spectacular scenery we see today.
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