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Sunday, July 4th - HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!! We would like to wish all of you a very happy and safe Fourth of July holiday... Please remember to use caution with any type of outdoor fire, as well as with fireworks... We also urge you not to "Drink and Drive"... The BAC for legal intoxication is now 0.08 in Colorado, which is only a few drinks for an average person... Police saturation and checkpoints can be expected throughout the area... Don't become a statistic!

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Saturday, July 3rd - 4th Annual Independence Day Parade & Picnic... The Cedar Park/Cedar Springs 4th Annual Independence Day Parade and Picnic will be held tomorrow, July 4th, at 11:00am... The parade will stage at the "T" of FDR 128 and follow the same route as last  year... Please pick up a flyer at the "T" to have  your own copy of the parade route... The parade will last about an hour... Following the parade, the picnic will be at 1429 Spruce Mountain Drive, marked with a X on the flyer. Bring a dish to share, a blanket and/or chairs and your friends, family and neighbors. SMERT will provide the chili dogs and lemonade. If you prefer something other than lemonade, please BYOB (bring your own bottle). Volleyball and horseshoes will be available to play, or you can just sit and visit with your neighbors and friends!

Friday, July 2nd - 16 Year Old Drowns In Big Thompson... At approximately 4:25pm Thursday evening, a 16 year old boy from Loveland drowned after being swept away by fast moving waters in the Big Thompson River... The boy was reportedly tubing with three friends near Namaqua Road in Loveland when the incident occurred... Rescue workers and divers tried desperately to save the youth but were unable to reach him in time... The boy had apparently attempted to go over a spillway on the river when he was overcome by the powerful currents... The other three youths stopped short of the spillway run... Recent rains have increased the flow of local waterways... Extreme care should be taken in any activity in or around rivers until water levels subside... This is a sad reminder of just how dangerous the waterways currently are... We would like to extend our sincere condolences to the youth's family and friends...

Two Full Moons Grace Skies This Month... Tonight will be the first of two Full Moons to appear in our skies this July... The first is know as a "Buck Moon" or "Thunder Moon", and the second, appearing on July 31st, is the infamous "Blue Moon"... For those who only do things, "Once in a Blue Moon", this is your month... There is traditionally only one Full Moon in each month, but this July we will have two... The second Full Moon of any month is known as a "Blue Moon"...

Thursday, July 1st - "Rainbow Extraordinaire" A Beautiful Mystery... A photo published on this site last week of a rainbow of colors over FDR 128, is being featured today at, as it has experts baffled... "I cannot figure out what it is," states Atmospheric optics expert Les Crowley. "The colors are so dilute and random." Read the complete article below...

Fireworks Displays Around Our Area... The shores of three favorite lakes in our area will be the spot to be on Sunday evening to watch Fourth of July Fireworks... Below is general information and links to websites for these public fireworks displays in our area... 

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Fireworks over Lake Estes at dusk. For more information call:  586-4431 or (800) 443-7837

Also: Coolest Car Show in Colorado, an annual event of classic cars displayed at the Estes Park Visitors Center on Highway 34 just east of the intersection with Highway 36 is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Estes Park continues to offer one of the state's biggest and best shows!


Independence Day Fireworks Display over at North Lake Park located at 29 and Taft beginning at 9:17 p.m.


Display is over Sheldon Lake in City Park. Fireworks begin at 9:35 p.m. Call (970) 221-6660 to learn of other festivities.


Wednesday, June 30th - Flood Watch Issued Noon Till 10pm... Another round of thunderstorms and heavy rains are expected to develop this afternoon and evening across the area prompting the National Weather Service in Denver to issue a "Flood Watch" for much of the Front Range, including Central Larimer County and the Storm Mountain area... This watch goes into effect at Noon and expires at 10pm tonight...

Voter Registration Deadline Approaching... The deadline for voter registration in the upcoming Primary Elections is Monday, July 12th... All residents are encouraged to both register and vote in this year's elections... The links below are provided for your convenience...

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Tuesday, June 29th - Small Stream Advisory Issued Till 5:00pm... At 3:34pm Doppler radar indicated heavy rains approximately 18 miles North of Storm Mountain... These storms have remained stationary for over an hour leading the National Weather Service in Denver to issue a "Small Stream Flood Advisory" for Central Larimer County until 5:00pm... Residents in flood prone areas such as washes or drainages should stay alert for rapidly changing conditions and be prepared for quick action... 

Flood Watch Issued Till 10pm... The National Weather Service in Denver has again this morning issued a "Flood Watch" for the Front Range foothills including the Storm Mountain Area until 10 pm tonight... THIS IS A WATCH AND NOT A WARNING!!! Thunderstorms with heavy rains are expected to develop along the foothills this afternoon and evening... Rainfall rates of 2" to 3" in an hour may occur with stronger storms...

Fireworks Banned Throughout Area... In a statement made to SMN Monday by Loveland Fire Marshall Tim Haag it was verified that, "Fireworks of any type are banned throughout unincorporated areas of Larimer County"... This includes the Storm Mountain area...Do not be deceived by the sale of fireworks at stands... In his statement Marshall Haag also commented, "The County Commissioners today lifted the burn ban for everything but Fireworks. So open fires are OK again, with permits where needed. Basically back to normal rules. Camp fires up in your area, unfortunately for you folks, are OK again"... Residents are advised to remain cautious in their use of outdoor fires of any type... The official news release regarding both fireworks and the easing of fire restrictions in our area can be found below...

Monday, June 28th - Flood Watch Issued Till 8pm... The National Weather Service in Denver has issued a "Flood Watch" for the Front Range including the Storm Mountain area until 8pm tonight... A moist airmass is expected to continue to bring heavy rains to areas already saturated... Rainfall rates of up to 2.5" per hour are possible in stronger storms... THIS IS A WATCH AND NOT A WARNING... Area residents are advised to check preparedness requirements, keep informed, and be ready for quick action if flash flooding threatens... 

West Nile Makes Appearance In County...  Larimer County Health officials confirmed that a mosquito trapped in Ft Collins last Tuesday has tested positive for the West Nile virus... The recent moisture has added to concerns as standing water in backyards provide ideal breeding spots for the West Nile carrying Culex mosquitoes... Cool weather has been helping to keep the breeding subdued, but a warm spell will certainly result in an increase in mosquito numbers... Residents are advised to remove all standing water from around their property... Gutters, buckets, dishes, and grills are a few of the places to keep dry... More information about West Nile in our area, including symptoms and prevention tips, can be found below...

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