Friday, July 23rd
- Work On Access Road Pushed Back... Work on FDR 128 that was
scheduled to begin next Tuesday, July 27th, has been pushed back and is
now scheduled to begin the week of August 2nd... This project may last
up to three days... Delays can be expected... Residents are advised to
plan accordingly, allowing extra time to get up and down the mountain
during the roadwork...
County Residents Treated For Rabies Exposure From Bats... The
Larimer County Department of Health and Environment reports that an
individual from the Fort Collins area exposed to rabies after handling a
bat on July 17th, is now undergoing a series of injections to prevent
rabies... The patient was exposed after handling a sick bat
which was then tested and found to be positive for rabies... So far this
year, a total 5 people have undergone rabies treatment because of
exposure to rabid bats... The Health Department has investigated a number
of situations in the past two weeks in which sick bats were found and
caught... Children and adults who attempted to rescue the animals
were bitten or otherwise exposed to saliva from the bats... The complete
news release including tips on bat handling and removal can be found by
following the link below...
Thursday, July 22nd
- Tractor-Trailer Sticks In Switchbacks... Late this morning a
tractor-trailer got stuck in the switchbacks of FDR 128 delaying
traffic... The truck was apparently on it's way up the mountain to pick
up a large Caterpillar tractor when the trailer bottomed out,
high-centering on the
sharp curves... As of Noon, the road was reported as obstructed with one
narrow lane passable... Residents are advised to use caution and expect
further delays this afternoon until the truck can be moved...
Flood Watch Issued 2pm Through Midnight... The National Weather
Service in Denver has issued a "Flash Flood Watch" for parts of the Front Range,
including the Storm Mountain area, from 2pm through Midnight tonight... THIS
IS A WATCH AND NOT A WARNING!!! A cold front will move into
Northeastern Colorado early this afternoon allowing increasing moisture
to upslope into the foothills developing into thunderstorms this
afternoon and evening... Storms could produce rainfall amounts up to
3" an hour setting the stage for possible flash flooding... Please
note that this is a potentially dangerous situation developing...
People in and close to the watch area are advised to stay informed and
be prepared for quick action should flooding occur...
Wednesday, July 21st
- Smooth Ride Up Mountain... Workers yesterday put down road base
and graded sections of FDR 128 making for a much smoother ride up and
down Storm Mountain... Residents are urged to respect the work being
done by abiding speed limits and keeping 4WD locked to prevent unnecessary
spinning of tires... Grading will continue today with more work on FDR
128 scheduled to start next Tuesday, July 27th, with the project lasting
up to three days during which delays can be expected...
Grader working FDR 128
earlier this afternoon
Tuesday, July 20th
- Moon And Planets Visible In West... Weather permitting, residents
may be able to step outside tonight and see Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and
our own Moon all shining in the Western skies just after sunset... For a
full size map of where to look, click on the image below...
Evening Rainbow Over Mountain.... Area residents were treated to a
spectacular double rainbow Monday evening... The rainbow occurred around
7:30pm and lasted only a few minutes... This was one of the best
displays so far this year, with the color saturation being remarkable...
Rainbow over Palisade
Mountain on Monday evening
Monday, July 19th
- Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued... The National Weather Service
in Denver has issued a "Severe Thunderstorm Warning" for South-central
Larimer County until 1:15pm... At 12:17pm, "Doppler
Radar" indicated a severe
storm 3 miles Southwest of Estes Park... Large hail and cloud-to-ground lightning
are possible in and near the warning area...
Greyrock Trail Open Again... As of Sunday, July 18th, the
"Greyrock Trail" in the Poudre Canyon is again open... The trail was
closed due to last week's 28 acre wildfire in the area...