May 8th, 2004 -
"Four-Wheelers" Invade Mountain... Last night a large number
of vehicles, apparently from a local "Four-Wheeler's Club", were
reported heading up FDR 128 towards Galuchie Meadows... The group was
reported camping in and around the meadows with the Larimer County Sheriff
responding to several complaints of illegal campfires... Residents are
asked to keep a close watch for smoke or any other signs of fire and
report to authorities immediately as the danger from these fires is
Comet "NEAT" Visible In
Evening Skies... As predicted earlier, comet "NEAT (C/2001
Q4)" is now visible in our skies just after sunset... While still
faint, it is easily visible to the naked eye and is expected to brighten
each night... To see comet "NEAT" look to the southwest skies
between 9pm-10pm... The comet is approximately 15°above the horizon
currently and rising higher each night... Comet Bradfield can also still
be seen faintly in the hours just before sunrise... We are hoping to have
local photos of "NEAT" posted shortly... Information, recent
photos, and sky maps can be accessed via the link below...
May 7th, 2004 - Annual Road
Clean-Up Tomorrow... The Cedar Park/Cedar
Springs Road Association will be having their annual road cleanup on
Saturday, May 8th... Residents who would like to join the effort are asked
to meet at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday at the "T", and spend a few
hours helping clean up the trash on our roads...
May 6th, 2004 - "Storm
Mountain Challenge" Run Twice Daily... The recent grading of FDR
128 has paved the way for some residents to run the, "Storm Mountain
Challenge" twice daily... The extreme driving is occurring in the
morning between 6am - 8am, and again in the evening between 4pm - 6pm...
Vehicles have been reported sliding around the curves, running residents
off the road, and reaching speeds exceeding 50mph in their personal race
up and down the mountain... Resident are warned to stay alert for such
driver's as no regard for the safety of others has been shown...
Warm Weather Brings High Fire
Danger... Warm, dry weather in our area is expected to continue
through the weekend raising concerns about our already high fire danger...
Residents are asked to strictly abide by the current "Fire
Ban", and exercise extreme care when using any type of open flame
outdoors... Ideas and information on what you can do to prepare your
property for potential wildfires can be found via the link provided below:
May 5th, 2004 - "Sister
Planet" Visible In Daytime... Often going unnoticed, our sister
planet Venus is often visible during the daytime... Venus, which goes
through phases similar to our Moon, is easily visible this month hours
before sunset in the evening skies to the West... Skywatchers should also
be on the lookout for comet "NEAT", which should be appearing in
the Southwestern skies around sunset starting tonight...
|Photo taken yesterday showing
the crescent Venus in full daylight.
May 3rd, 2004 - Frisbie
Candidate For House District 49... Estes
Park businessman and Park R-3 school board member Doug Frisbie was
nominated as the official Democratic candidate for Colorado State House
District 49 , challenging the incumbent Rep. Kevin Lundberg, a
Berthoud Republican... Below is an exert from a press release by the,
"Frisbie for 49 Committee":
want to be your representative so that together, we can improve our
economy, find solutions to affordable healthcare, promote small business,
and improve education at all levels,” Frisbie said.
must work for people,” he added. “That is what attracts me to
elected office. I think it’s important for us all to give back to our
communities. I’ve done that as a volunteer working with nonprofit
groups, and elected office is an important way to give back to
District 49 encompasses all of Larimer County, except for Loveland and
Fort Collins, and includes the community of Windsor in Weld County.
entire text of the official release can be found here:
May 2nd, 2004 - Residents
Suspect Postmaster In Recent Break-In... It has been reported to SMN
by an anonymous source that some residents and patrons of the Drake Post
Office, who names were not disclosed, strongly suspect that the Drake
Postmaster himself is the party involved in the recent break-in at the
Post Office in Drake... It is also reported that the same un-named
residents suspect the Postmaster has been tampering with their mail...
Allegedly, many of their letters and other mail parcels are reported as
being opened before being picked up, improperly handled, or not being
delivered at all... This is reminiscent on a few years ago when similar
behavior was alleged... These are allegations by un-named parties at this
time and there is to our knowledge, no confirmed evidence indicating
any illegal activity on the part of the Postmaster...
Spring Wildflowers In Abundance...
Our recent moisture has turned on the local wildflowers... The Storm
Mountain area has hundreds of different species, some rare, with many
being currently in bloom... As the days get longer and warmer we will be
seeing displays of color at nearly every turn...
Composite photo of a few
currently blooming wildflowers