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March 26th, 2004 - Red Flag Warning Issued For Area... The National Weather Service today issued a "Red Flag" warning for the Front Range, foothills, and plains of Northeastern Colorado, including the Storm Mountain Area, until 8pm tonight... Residents are urged to refrain from burning of any type during this warning, and to report any smoke or fire immediately... 

March 25th, 2004 - Fire Danger Getting Worse Daily... City of Loveland/Loveland Rural Fire Protection Fire Marshal, Tim Haag, today commented on the dangerous fire situation that is developing along the front range... "We are fighting grass fires on a daily basis", states Haag, "It's only March and we are nearing a "Red Flag" situation"... Officials are considering a full ban on burning in the area if conditions don't improve soon... Residents are strongly urged to take extra caution in any type of burning, including grills and pits... Below is a link to a current list of fire rules and regulations prepared by Marshal Haag, and given to SMN News today:

No Leads In Post Office Break-in.... Authorities reportedly have no leads in a break-in last weekend at the Drake Post Office... The incident occurred between 8pm Saturday night and 1am Sunday morning, according to the local Postmaster... Ten boxes were broken into using a crowbar, or similar device, to pry open the locks in what is believed to be an attempt to steal credit cards, checks, or identity information... Residents are being asked to pick up their mail on a daily basis as a precautionary measure...


March 24th, 2004 - Local Prices Approach $2.00/gal... Gas prices in the Estes Park area are quick approaching the two dollar a gallon mark for regular unleaded... A check this morning showed an average of $1.84.9/gal at most stations in the area...

Wildlife Abundant In Area... Residents in the Storm Mountain area have reported many recent sightings of wildlife in the area... Compared to previous years, there has been a marked increase in numbers... "It's nice to see animals returning", states one resident, "Since the Bobcat Gulch fire, wildlife has been kind of scarce around here".... Below is a video of Bighorn Sheep along Hwy 34, just west of Drake...

Bighorn Sheep Along Hwy 34

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Lightning Sparks Fire... A reported lightning strike on Tuesday afternoon sparked a small wildfire on the North side of Horsetooth Reservoir... The fire, reportedly less than an acre in size, was not a threat to any structure, and is expected to be contained and under control later today... This year has the potential for yet another dangerous fire season, should the Spring continue to stay in the current dry weather pattern... Area residents are urged to take advantage of the warm days to clean up slash, and other fire hazards, around their homes and properties... A little prevention now, can go a long way later!

More information on protecting your property can be found below:

Creating Wildfire-Defensible Zones


March 23rd, 2004 - Gas Prices Hit All Time High... The average price for regular gasoline at the nation's pumps today was $1.738 per gallon, up nearly a cent from the previous record hit last September... The U.S. government on Monday predicted prices would average a record $1.83 per gallon in April and May during the run-up to the summer driving season when Americans typically take to the road...

Horsetooth In It's Full Glory... After years of construction on dams and other areas, construction is complete and  Horsetooth Reservoir is approaching full capacity... Motorists are now treated to spectacular views as they drive around the shores... This is a very welcome sight to those who enjoy the reservoir's many recreational activities such as fishing, boating, or simply walking along the shoreline... The work and repairs were a part of the "Colorado Big Thompson Project", in cooperation with the ongoing, "Big Thompson Watershed"...



March 23rd, 2004 - Correction: The age of a child with suspected poisoning from road surfacing chemicals is eight years old, and not seven as previously reported...

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