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What to do with the dead trees? By Jeff Thomas North Forty News

With a beleaguered forest products industry unable to make much of a dent in the trees killed by ravaging pine beetles, state officials may be looking for changes in the methods used by the U.S. Forest Service to contract logging operations. “The private sector is key to dealing with this epidemic,” said Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., during a Capitol hearing with U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell in early March. “We’d like to accelerate the way in which we streamline procedures, but there’s more to do — there are a lot of people ready and willing to do this.”

That may be true, but the trend for the forest product industry in Colorado has been decidedly downward, and even the relative abundance of logs available for production doesn’t appear to be helping. With many Forest Service contracts concentrating on the swaths of longdead lodgepole forest now diminishing in value, it isn’t clear the industry can rebound. “It’s kind of a Catch-22,” explained Joe Duda, the deputy state forester with the Colorado State Forest Service who has overseen the agency’s utilization efforts for more than a decade. “To bring the cost of treatment down you need Continued on page 6

Wellington’s Main Street Market to close By Kate Hawthorne North Forty news

Pepsi for all. Rice Elementary 5th-grader Andrew Rykowski, who plays the King in the school’s production of “Puss in Boots,” peers out from the Royal Coach during a March 6 dress rehearsal. The play is about a miller’s son who gives his crafty cat a sack and a pair of boots. Using the costume, the cat eventually convinces the King that the Princess should marry the Marquis of Carabas, a made-up name the cat has given his owner (the miller’s son). The musical, directed by music teacher Laura Titre, was performed in the school’s gym in Wellington on March 7 and 8. Photo by Doug Conarroe

Main Street Market in Wellington will close May 18, owner Panhandle Coop announced on March 23. “It’s a pretty sad day,” said Susan Wiedeman, marketing director for Panhandle. “We’ve struggled to get the sales we needed to keep the store financially viable. We’ve tried everything we could to make the store work.”

Panhandle had made changes to the pricing mix, product mix and outreach to the community since it opened in February 2007, she added, but sales still fell short. Panhandle Coop President Bob Pile said in a prepared statement that “with the close proximity of Fort Collins, we have been unable to change the shopping habits of many people who shop at the bigger stores.” Continued on page 8

An extreme makeover for these BLM mustangs )PSTJOµ"SPVOE By Marty Metzger North Forty News

Out of the wild and into the world of competition in a matter of weeks — what a leap for a Bureau of Land Management mustang. But LaPorte horse trainer and riding instructor Jessica Dabkowski has the skills and experience necessary to pull off that Cinderella/Cinderfella transformation. In March, she began her fifth such project: a scrawny gelding gathered by the BLM near Rawlins, Wyo., in November 2011. He sported good feet, a long, shaggy coat, and a clueless attitude about all things human. After dubbing the little bay Novo (for “new”), Dabkowski began working her magic. But before elaborating on Novo’s progress, a lope back in time is appropriate. A Georgia native, Dabkowski came to

Fort Collins in 2000 to attend Colorado State University. With a 2003 Equine Science degree tucked into her saddlebags, she launched Pony Peak Stables in Wellington. At that facility, which includes an indoor arena, she’s been “growing great riders” in English, Western, jumping and trail disciplines ever since. In 2004, she married Bob Dabkowski. Like many non-horsey hubbies of horsewomen, he rarely saddles up, preferring instead to keep his boots on terra firma, from where he provides ground support. His wife described Bob’s important role in her equine endeavor: “He builds stuff, offers encouragement and accompanies me on some longer trips.” A good friend and fellow-trainer, Stacy Farney, told Dabkowski about the Extreme Mustang Makeover competitions. Interest trumped a lack of the facilities required by the BLM. Dabkowski simply created some and, on March 6, 2010, she welcomed her first mustang, later called Cash. PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID WELLINGTON, CO PERMIT NO. 3

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Dabkowski said that the bay gelding proved to be a most amazing horse. The 3-year-old had been gathered as a yearling, but remained untouched except for minimal vet and farrier work in BLM squeeze chutes. She started him, as she does all her unschooled horses, in a 24-foot-square pen, using a 12-foot bamboo pole to touch his withers and back. She next attaches a short rope to the pole, gradually slipping it over the horse’s neck. Haltering comes next, followed by more ground work leading up to saddling and riding. “Cash was the easiest horse of any kind I’ve ever trained,” reported 30-year-old Dabkowski. “He was quickly approachable and touchable.” The pair placed 16th out of 40 in the Extreme Mustang Makeover competition held in Fort Collins. The event includes three preliminary areas: Handling and Conditioning; Pattern Class under Saddle (English or Western at walk, trot Continued on page 17

Pony express, please. LaPorte horse trainer and riding instructor Jessica Dabkowski rode Cover Girl, one of her Extreme Mustang Makeover BLM mustangs, into Old Town Fort Collins. Photo by Bob Dabkowski

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Bring on the broadband already Bring up the subject of affordable high-speed Internet to some of our rural Larimer County readers, and a frequent reply is “High-speed? Heck, we haven’t even got low-speed — which is just a notch above no speed.� Affordable broadband isn’t just for watching NetFlix from the comfort of your couch. It’s becoming as much a necessity as natural gas, water and power. In what looks like a promising effort to kickstart rural broadband initiatives, Senate Bill 157 is making its way through this year’s legislative session at the state Capitol. The bill proposes some much-needed changes to the Colorado High Cost Support Mechanism, a 2.9 percent fee placed on all hardwired and wireless telephone bills (in addition to the half-dozen other taxes, er, fees). SB 157 proposes phasing out the HCSM by 2025 and turning over 50 percent of the remaining amount collected — between $25 million and $300 million — to the Governor’s Office for Information Technology to fund rural broadband initiatives. To that we say “Yay.� Customers of 91 communication companies contribute to the HCSM fund, which has been in effect since 1990 and is administered by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. The HCSM fund collected over $56 million in 2011. It distributed $55 million that same year. Companies extending phone lines and installing switching equipment in rural areas are reimbursed over and above a statewide “benchmark.� The benchmark for monthly telephone service is $17 for residential, $35 for businesses. Eleven companies received the subsidy, which ranged from 25 cents average cost per access line

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The article did say “Some local residents have vigorously opposed placing the tower on Middle Bald Mountain for its environmental and visual impact.� But no attempt was made to interview the opposition and learn more about what is at stake. In 2010 I conducted extensive field observations on four separate trips to the site documenting its alpine-tundra plants (for example, alpine avens – a key alpine flowering plant), pat-

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for CenturyLink’s 433,000 rural lines all the way up to an astounding $818 per line for Pine Drive Telephone Company’s 833 lines located in and around the town of Buelah, southwest of Pueblo. Pine Drive customers pay $17 for their basic phone service. CenturyLink received slightly over $50 million in HCSM subsidies while Pine Drive received $681,000. The Wellington area, serviced by CenturyLink, is subsidized at $4.13 per line. The original premise of HSCM was to make sure all rural residents had a phone that, if needed, connected them to 911 emergency services. But, the modern world is evolving. Households are disconnecting their hardwire service and relying on cellphones. Cable television wires now carry “phone� calls using Voice Over Internet Protocol. And satellite dishes now beam Internet traffic to and from remote areas (albeit at a high cost). CenturyLink, which recently acquired Qwest, is concerned about some provisions of SB 157 which would exclude the company from future subsidies. We’re glad that CenturyLink is so vocal about keeping a major source of revenue, and would — at least at this point — like to give them the benefit of the doubt. (From our perspective, the last good business decision Qwest made was to sell the company to CenturyLink. Before that, it was Qwest’s decision to split off the DexOne yellow pages, which are a complete waste of money in case you were asking.) CenturyLink’s gripes about SB 157 deserve to be heard, with the caveat that the new communications landscape now requires that the company redouble its broadband efforts. The clock is ticking.

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Pinnacle Consulting picked to manage Boxelder project By Kate Hawthorne North Forty News

The Boxelder Basin Regional Stormwater Authority on March 22 chose Pinnacle Consulting Group Inc. to provide management services for the coming year. The contract is effective March 23. Local Government Solutions, which has been managing the authority since its formation by the Town of Wellington, City of Fort Collins and Larimer County in 2008, will work with Pinnacle on the transition through April 13. The current contract with LGS expires at the end of March, and the authority’s board of directors voted in November not to renew it. Pinnacle was among nine organizations responding to a request for proposals issued by the board in February, including LGS. Stan Myers, District Manager for Pinnacle, will provide day-

to-day management services for the authority. A civil engineer with 31 years’ experience, Myers oversaw the East I-25 Master Drainage Plan in Loveland while working for Northern Engineering. Peggy Dowswell, CPA, principal and CFO of Pinnacle, will handle the financial aspects, while Vice President Rich Shannon will consult on governmental affairs. The first project facing Pinnacle is public outreach on potential alternative sites for the Eastside Detention Storage Project. A final site must be secured before the project to lessen flood impacts in the Boxelder Creek drainage between Wellington and Timnath can move forward. The first portion of the project, expansion of Clark Reservoir, is nearly complete. Contractors have taken advantage of the unseasonably warm, dry weather to finish up landscaping and restoration work.

Elections nixed for lack of candidates What if they planned an election and nobody came? That’s what’s happened to several special districts this spring. Livermore, Crystal Lakes and Glacier View fire protection districts and the East Larimer County Water District have all canceled elections that had been scheduled for May 8. The Town of Wellington also canceled the April 3 election for its town board. In each instance, no more candidates declared their intention to run than there were open seats by the legal deadline. State law — specifically CRS 1-5208(1.5) — allows municipalities and special districts to call off an election if the seats are not contested and there are no other questions on the ballot. The statute actually says: “If the only matter before the

electors in a nonpartisan election is the election of persons to office and if, at the close of business on the sixty-third day before the election, there are not more candidates than offices to be filled at the election, including candidates filing affidavits of intent, the designated election official, if instructed by resolution of the governing body, shall cancel the election and declare the candidates elected.” In the case of Wellington, that means that at the April 10 meeting of the town board, the only declared candidates — Jack Brinkhoff, Reggie Kemp and Larry Noel — will be sworn in for four-year terms. Other districts will follow suit, swearing in the declared candidates at the first meeting of the board after the election would have taken place.

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The Board of Directors and Management have made the very difficult decision to close the Wellington Main Street Market. Despite many efforts to change the pricing mix, product mix and outreach to the community of Wellington the past five years, the sales have not reached levels to make the store financially viable. The current inventory will be discounted and store closure is targeted by May 18th. Good Day Pharmacy and Warren Federal Credit Union have also been notified of the closing. President Bob Pile said, “We appreciate the employees who have been extremely loyal to our company, but we just can’t justify the losses anymore to our members/ stockholders. We will treat the employees as fairly as possible.” Panhandle Coop has investigated sub leasing or selling the store, but has had no interest. Panhandle Coop leases the Main Street Market property from ZWZ, LLC. “We have enjoyed the community of Wellington, and have some very loyal customers but with the close proximity of Fort Collins, we have been unable to change the shopping habits of many people who shop at the bigger stores. We have struggled to produce the sales volume necessary to keep the store open,” continued Pile. “We will keep some of the employees until we close the store.” The current store has 38 full-time and part-time employees. They were notified today of the closing. Members of Panhandle Coop in the Wellington area were also sent letters notifying them of the closure. Panhandle Coop would like to thank those customers that shopped at the store and appreciate their support. Panhandle Coop has three other Main Street Market locations, two in Nebraska and one in Wyoming. For more information contact Susan Wiedeman at 308-630-5249.

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Quick touch-up. Judy Jackson of the Bellvue Historic Foundation cleans a replacement headstone that the group installed March 23 at the historic Bingham Hill Cemetery south of Bellvue. The headstone supplements a broken one at the grave site of Cora Flowers, who died in 1879 at age five weeks. Cora was the daughter of Thornton Westley and Anna Flowers and granddaughter of early pioneers Jacob and Elizabeth Flowers. Jacob Flowers’ descendents Lois Johnson (who attended the event) and Jeanne Flowers of Idaho each donated money to have the new stone made. Eric Shaveland, Robert and Lisa Maser and Mike Jackson also helped with the headstone project. Rose and Jim Brinks attended the event as well. Photo by Doug Conarroe


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With more than 100 years of experience working the land of northern Colorado, the Weitzel family knows how to make clay-based soils work for their customers. The family business, Doug Weitzel Inc., began operations in 1974. It is owned and operated by three generations of Weitzels. Doug Weitzel Inc. was among the first in the area to recycle animal and yard waste and offer natural soil amendments. In the past 35 years, the company has refined and perfected its naturally cured products. The Weitzels serve a wide variety of customers, from homeowners and landscapers to contractors and governmental entities. They can supply orders of various sizes, including small orders for individuals or scheduled deliveries. With no minimum charges, homeowners often come in with a single five-gallon bucket to fill.

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The two most-requested products are a power-screened manure and compost blend and a planter’s mix. The compost blend is naturally aged for two to three years. It loosens clay soils and allows for deeper water penetration and stronger root systems. It’s great for any garden or lawn and can be used as a top dressing on lawns, especially after aeration. The well-known planter’s mix is unbeatable. Plants will thrive when it’s used in planters, flowerbeds and around trees and bushes. “We’re highly specialized and experienced soil technicians, the first company in the area to put the real science of natural curing into our products,” noted general manager Sky Weitzel. The Weitzels also provide a selection of decorative landscape rock and wood mulches. Buying in bulk can save 50 percent over the price of prepackaged materials. The Weitzels provide experienced rural support services such as cleaning and regrading livestock and horse pens, preparing soil in arenas, and driveway grading. They also offer residential pre-landscape and soil preparation services. In addition, the company takes yard waste and tree branches. As a family-run operation, the Weitzels strive to provide quality products and personalized services for the communities of northern Colorado. Doug Weitzel Inc. is located at 2630 W. Mulberry St. For seasonal business hours, call 970-482-4983. For their selection of materials, browse the website www.surflocal. net/dougweitzelinc/dougweitzel. html.

Planning for long-term care is vital for any family, and insurance agent Steve Torrez plans an April 4 workshop in Wellington to address this important topic. Steve, a resident of Carr, has 15 years of experience in the life and health insurance business. He specializes in long-term care planning, having seen first-hand the extravagant costs associated with his parents’ care. “The cost for each of my parents has averaged $6,000 per month,” Steve noted. “Without Steve Torrez proper planning, Long-Term this would have Care workshop had devastat970-897-2968 ing financial and emotional consequences for the entire family.” Contrary to popular belief, Medicare and Medicare supplements do not pay for long-term care. In order to qualify for Medicaid, a person must “spend down” his or her assets to just $2,000. With proper planning, Steve’s clients can utilize the Colorado Partnership Program to their advantage so they do not have to spend down their assets. Steve will present an open house and Long-Term Care Planning workshop on Wednesday, April 4, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Wellington Senior Center, 3800 Wilson Ave. He will share his experiences and discuss the importance of long-term care planning. To schedule a personal consultation, call Steve at 970-897-2968.

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Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic. The partnership will benefit the efforts of this no-kill cat rescue, while helping to ensure the survival of independent bookstores. The cat rescue shelters abandoned and surrendered cats and places them into loving and permanent homes. The shelter also offers low-cost spaying and neutering of cats and dogs, and low-cost vaccinations. Here’s how the partnership works: The Eclectic Reader will accept donations of used books by appointment. Store owner Cynthia Manuel will price and display these books. When the books sell, 50 percent of all proceeds will be donated to the cat rescue. There will be a special book drop-off day April 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2724 W. Mulberry St. in Fort Collins. The Eclectic Reader is located in the King Soopers Plaza at Taft Hill and Elizabeth, next to Cups Coffee. For more information, call 970-493-7933 or 970-484-8516.

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When it comes to the structural part of the building, Cedar Supply sells only top-of-the-line lumber. We offer the highest quality treated and untreated framing; structural hem/fir post, giving customers a stronger and straighter building structure. We also offer GruenWald glue-laminated columns for long-term durability, engineered strength and predictable performance. Stop by the store today with your construction plans, and let us show you a 3D CAD drawing of what your building will look like. Cedar Supply can develop a package price that meets your budget. Cedar Supply is located between Loveland and Fort Collins at 7720 S. Highway 287. Contact us at 970-663-2828.

Gray Rak is the one to call for professional electrical work When a professional electrician is needed, Gray Rak Electric LLC is the company to call. Based in Wellington, Gray Rak is a full-service electric contracting business. Master electrician John Voytko has been an electrician for more than 30 years. After founding Gray Rak in 2003 in Phoenix, Ariz., he and his wife Lisa returned to northern Colorado in 2007 to John Voytko get back to four Gray Rak seasons and the Electric mountains. 970-897-2432

Gray Rak specializes in custom service, including new construction and home rewiring, as well as rural power distribution projects. “Many of our clients have added onto their properties over the years,” John pointed out, “and the electrical system just tends to get out of hand. That’s where we come in with our design skills and engineering relationships. We can clean everything up.” Spring is the best time of year to get started with difficult projects that have been on the back burner, waiting to get done. Many people aren’t sure whom to call, and Gray Rak is an excellent choice. “This is what we do,” John stated. “We have all licensed professionals here at Gray Rak. No one works at Gray Rak who isn’t fully licensed.” For professional help with electrical needs, give Gray Rak a call at 970-897-2432.

Fortay Land Management controls noxious weeds, mountain pine beetles The professionals at Fortay Land Management, noxious weed-control experts in northern Colorado since 2008, are ready to help property owners with their weed and/or pine beetle problems. Landowners are required by law to control the spread of a variety of noxious weeds such as thistle and leafy spurge. Fortay has experienced technicians to safely address these and other noxious weeds in pastures and natural areas. In addition, Fortay can protect pine trees from the devastating pine beetle outbreak. According to Fortay operations manager Trent Hoffman, the unusually warm weather this spring may cause the beetles to fly earlier than normal, and spraying before the mass flight is critical for the protection of valuable trees. There is also an increased fire danger with the warm temperatures. During fire season, a healthy living pine tree

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to enhance the use of forest products, but now you’ve got lower-value wood impacted by disease, insects and fire. And then you put on top of that the economic factors, and it’s really harmed the cost-effectiveness of those projects. “At some point in time we need to make sure that we make the harder choices today, to make sure we set ourselves up for the future,� Duda said. “Otherwise we are always going to be chasing dead trees and that’s in nobody’s interest.� Diminished capacity In 1992, Colorado’s annual sawmill capacity was about 160 million board-feet annually; today it’s around 72 million board-feet, according to Kurt Mackes, a Colorado State Uni-

versity forestry professor who specializes in forest utilization. The state’s largest sawmill, Intermountain Resources of Montrose, has been in and out of receivership during the last two years and if it goes under, capacity may be reduced to less than 40 million board feet. “Most of it is the economics,� said Mackes, noting the loss of the Bighorn, Wyo., sawmill in 2009 that had taken material from north-central Colorado. “A great deal of the wood that is normally generated goes to new home construction (which has been decidedly missing during the last four years). We have picked up some capacity in (wood) pellet production, but we continue to lose sawmill capacity.� The forest products industry’s

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ture lodgepole trees now gone, Larimer County is actually leading the state in tree mortality, as the bark beetles have moved into lower-elevation ponderosa pine forests. But federal contracts take a great deal of time to create, and are always subject to appeal, so it’s unclear whether management efforts can be moved to either areas with higher-value trees or to areas where management might cut tree mortality. “In a state like Colorado, where there is a large need for forest treatments but few forest-management businesses, the Forest Service should tailor their timber sales and stewardship contracts to fit this industry, and work to try to move at the pace of industry as much as possible,� Udall said after the hearing with Tidwell. Duda said he believes there is consensus in the Congressional delegation to be pro-active in supporting the forest products industry, but clearly the federal Forest Service will have to play a role. “I think the issue with the stewardship contracts is that it is just one tool in the toolbox, not the only one,� Duda said. “The original goal of the stewardship contract was to develop more opportunity in the state and actually create more markets. It’s

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Leachman bags top ag honors for breeding better bulls By Dan MacArthur North Forty News

Lee Leachman is committed to spreading his unconventional contention that bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to greater profitability in the cattle business. Rather than judging cattle on the typical measure of weight gain, Leachman advocates a scientific approach to developing crossbreeds with superior genetics resulting in other desirable traits ultimately more profitable than sheer size. Leachman’s contributions to the cattlebreeding industry domestically and internationally earned him recognition by the Rotary Club of Fort Collins’ as Master Agriculturist of Year for 2011. Leachman joins a distinguished lineage of farmers, ranchers and families honored since the award was established in 1964. All made important contributions to the agricultural community. “He’s been a real leader in the field regarding breeding beef,” said Jim Harper, a retired dairy farmer who co-chairs the Rotary’s Rural-Urban Partnership committee. Harper said the award committee seeks out nominees who are progressive, successful, leaders within their industry and active in the community. Leland Leachman II is the third generation of a long line of pioneering innovators in the cattle-breeding business. An honors graduate from Harvard University with a degree in economics, he also completed graduate-level work in animal breeding at Colorado State University, according to his biography. From 1992 to 2003, Leachman served as chief executive officer of the Leachman Cattle Co. in Billings, Mont. It produced genetics in the United States and South America and marketed its own

the EPD approach as a better way of identifying genetically superior cattle. Despite some skepticism about the ability to change cattle, according to an Alberta newspaper account, Leachman said with his index ranchers can spot cattle that are different based on their genetics rather than variable environments. These “outliers” are able to overcome what Leachman characterized as “antagonisms” resulting from the clash of desirable and undesirable traits, such as bigger

birth weights that can cause more difficult deliveries. Such outliers, he says, offer greater profitability because the animals eat less and gain more weight. At its Feb. 29 ceremony, the Rotary also honored the Poudre Valley Co-op with the Service to Agriculture award. The award was established by the Rotary in 2002 in recognition of individuals or companies not directly involved in agriculture who make a significant contributions to the rural community.

Music Circle forms at Bellvue Grange By Kate Hawthorne North Forty News

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brand of all-natural Piedmontese beef. In 2003, Leachman moved to Colorado with his family and established the Wellington-based Leachman Cattle of Colorado, a seed-stock marketing company. He now advises cattle-breeding operations extensively within the United States and globally. In 2010, he launched a new contract breeding initiative in Paraguay, Brazil and Australia known as the Bull Improvement Co. Leachman also oversees genetic research-and-development programs, and hosts “No Better Bull” web-based seminars promoting ranching profitability strategies. Leachman employs his background in genetics and economics to “build more profitable cattle,” selling more than 2,000 bulls since moving here. Those “better bulls” result from studying bloodlines and analyzing what Leachman calls the estimated progeny difference. In a March presentation at a Canadian beef symposium, Leachman described

Everyone who loves music is invited to join The Music Circle, a new group for recreational musicians that will be meeting monthly at the Bellvue Grange beginning April 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. Founder Jill Reynolds modeled the group on similar music circles popping up back East. “I heard about them in Making Music magazine, and I’ve been emailing back and forth with someone who started one in Virginia,” she said. “They’ve historically been in rural areas, as a way to bring people together who love to make music.” Reynolds grew up playing acoustic guitar, has played electric bass in a band

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King Soopers opened a Marketplace megastore on North College Avenue last June, right next to a complex anchored by Albertson’s. “Wellington is a bedroom community, and I know a lot of folks shop on their way home from work (in Fort Collins),” said Jack Brinkhoff, a member of the town’s Board of Trustees. “We need to figure out how to get townspeople to support their local businesses.” Wiedeman declined to disclose actual sales figures, but did say that Main Street Market paid approximately $145,000 in sales tax to the Town of Wellington in 2011. That translates into between $4.5 million and $5 million in annual sales, based on the town’s sales tax rate, which produced unsustainable losses. Wellington collected about $415,000 in sales taxes in 2011, according to budget figures released in December. The impact to the town’s budget won’t be felt until the collected taxes are returned by the state department of revenue, usually about a twomonth lag. “We won’t make any cuts in the budget this year,” said Wellington Town Manager Larry Lorenzen. “But we may dip into our reserves more than anticipated.” He added that although this year’s budget was conservative, because of the continuing economic downturn the town was already using reserves in some funds. Lorenzen said he was shocked to hear Main Street Market was closing, but sounded hopeful that the Family Dollar discount store, which broke ground at Sixth and Roosevelt on March

26, will help recoup some of the lost sales tax revenue when it opens in early July. Wellington Main Street Market has 38 full-time and parttime employees. Pile said in a prepared statement that the coop will keep some of the employees on until the store closes. “We appreciate the employees who have been extremely loyal to our company, but we just can’t justify the losses anymore to our members/stockholders,” Pile added. “We will treat the employees as fairly as possible.” One of those employees is Wellington Mayor Travis Vieira, assistant manager of Main Street Market. “It’s a very sad day for the community,” he said. “Main Street Market has been a pivotal component of who we are in Wellington.” Brinkhoff said that the issue will be discussed at the March 27 Town Board meeting, but there’s only so much the town can do. “We can’t do without a grocery store, and I think the town should be willing to work with (Panhandle) to try to get them to stay, but we have to be very careful with taxpayer money,” he said. “I didn’t look too favorably on the federal bailout of private businesses, and it would be a hard line to draw here.” Main Street Market has made charitable contributions to a number of local organizations, most recently stepping up to sponsor this year’s Pet Dog Show in June. Wiedeman said that through the coop’s Receipts for Cash program, Panhandle has supported the elementary and middle schools in the area as well as the Wellington senior center and the library.

The Wellington Food Bank recently received a combined Lutheran Community Economic Outreach Bridge Grant totaling $25,000 from the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation. The funding was awarded to the Wellington Food Bank and to Zion Lutheran Church based on their mission, financial stability, effectiveness in addressing basic needs such as food, clothing or shelter, use of volunteers and creativity. The grant will be used exclusively to support the food bank ministry. Zion Lutheran Church was one of 81 Lutheran organizations and congregations selected to receive funding as part of the final phase of this pilot program. Organizations receiving the grant were also eligible to participate in an additional $10,000 challenge grant in which funds raised by the organization would be matched by the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation dollar for dollar. To date, the Economic Outreach Bridge Grant pilot has provided support

Big bucks. Wellington Food Bank volunteer Jennifer Griffin, left, and Pastor Mark Gabbert accept a challenge grant check from Thrivent financial representative Ryan Behm, second from right, and Shannon Hein, who is Behm’s marketing assistant. Photo by Doug Conarroe

to 217 ministries resulting in approximately 2.9 million dollars in grants and funds raised. Mark Gabbert, Zion’s pastor and the director of the Wellington Food Bank, believes that this ministry is a “shining light in the wonderful community of Wellington.” Pastor Gabbert points to the fact that five of Wellington’s churches, all three schools, the Boys Scouts, 4-H, Main Street Market, First National Bank, and many community residents all pitched in to help raise funds for this match-

Wellington Vet Clinic named AAHA Practice of the Year By Kate Hawthorne North Forty News

Wellington Veterinary Clinic PC has been named the Accredited Practice of the Year for 2012 by the American Animal Hospital Association. The award was presented March 15 at the AAHA yearly conference in Denver. “I’m still in a little bit of shock and awe at the honor,” said Tracy Jensen, DVM, coowner of the clinic. “To have an outside organization come in and say that our team is the No. 1 practice in the country means

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Dispatches This year, buddy up for 9Health Fair The 9Health Fair, Colorado’s largest volunteer-run health screening program, will offer more than 20 free tests — as well as a few at low cost — in three locations throughout northern Larimer County, on three different weekends. The first is set for April 14 at the Wellington Community Church, 8445 Third St. in Wellington, 7 to 11 a.m. On April 20 and 21, the 9Health Fair will be at the Christ Center Community Church, 2700 S. Lemay Ave. in Fort Collins, 7 a.m. to noon. And on May 5, screenings will be offered 7 a.m. to noon at the Red Feather Lakes Community Library, 71 Fire House Lane; Fire Department Ambulance Bay; and Property Owners Association building, 58 Fire House Lane. All three locations will perform the full range of free tests for everyone over 18 years of age, from blood pressure to vision screenings, body fat measurement to oral exams, as well blood tests for a small fee. The $30 blood chemistry screening measures blood sugar and cholesterol levels and liver, kidney, bone and muscle function, which can show warning signs of diabetes, heart disease and other health concerns. Pre-registration for your preferred site is available online at www.9healthfair.org.

Volunteers needed for Wild West Relay Red Feather Lakes Elementary’s PTO is looking for volunteers to help with the Wild West Relay on Aug. 3 and 4. This relay serves partly as a fundraiser for the school and its programs. Last year was the school’s first year participating and it was a great success. The volunteers really enjoyed supporting the runners in the event and being a part of the effort. If interested, please contact Jo Yandle at redptomama@gmail. com or leave your name and number at 970-372-2850. We look forward to another year of success with your support! For more information on the race go to www.wildwestrelay.com.

Waverly Advisory Committee meets April 25 The April Waverly Advisory Committee meeting will be held on April 25 at 7:30 p.m. All members of the Waverly community are welcome to attend. Meeting location is at Turning Point at the Waverly School (10431 N. County Rd. 15). Agendas of upcoming meetings and accepted minutes of past meetings are available at www.waverlycommunity.org. For more information, call 970-568-9818.

Wellington Middle School named a 2012 Trailblazer Wellington Middle School has been designated a 2012 Colorado Trailblazer “School to Watch” by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. WMS is one of only 14 middle schools in Colorado to earn this designation, and only 279 nationwide. Selection is based on a written application that required schools to show how they met criteria. Finalists are chosen and visited by state teams who observe classrooms, interview administrators, teachers, and parents, and look at student achievement data, suspension rates, quality of lessons, and student work. The nation’s “Schools to Watch” will be honored during a gala celebration in Washington, D.C., on June 21.

Running is a Community Event Wellington CAC, Rice Elementary and Eyestone Elementary would like to announce their 2012 Running is a Community Event on May 12. The event includes a 5K run, 5K walk and a Kids Fun Run (ages 8 and under). The event begins at 8 a.m. with a silent auction after the race. Download a registration form at the Community Activities page on the Town of Wellington’s website at www.townofwellington.com. For more information contact Rice Elementary at 970-4888700 or Eyestone Elementary at 970-488-8600.

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Legacy Night features adventure photojournalist Chris Noble By Kate Hawthorne North Forty News

“Common Ground: Reflections on Landscape and the Human Spirit” will be the theme for the fifth annual Legacy Night on April 25. To celebrate its partners in land conservation in Northern Colorado, the Legacy Land Trust has invited internationally renowned adventure photographer and writer Chris Noble to speak about how people throughout the world relate to the land. “In our polarized society, it’s important that we talk about the values we all share — find common ground — to create great things,” Noble told North Forty News. “I show some of my photographs, set to music, to set the tone, but mostly I tell stories from traditions and mythology from around the world to show how we are all connected to the earth.”

He has donated two of his award-winning prints for the live auction that begins at 7 p.m. at the Embassy Suites, 4705 Clydesdale Parkway in Loveland. The event, which starts at 6 p.m., will also feature food, door prizes and the music of Capo Zero. Tickets are $50. All proceeds benefit the landconservation programs of the Legacy Land Trust, protecting key mountain and prairie landscapes in Northern Colorado.

Legacy Land Trust has protected over 41,000 acres of open lands in more than 115 projects across Larimer, Jackson and Weld counties since 1993. “This is where ranchers and environmentalists come together in their love of the land and the landscapes of Northern Colorado,” explained Amy Hahn, director of development for the Legacy Land Trust. “We connect all the different constituents, so they can pull together in a unique way.”

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T-Bar Inn Mystery Photo Contest

Abandoned van a mystery no more (Editor’s note: For the March T-Bar Inn Mystery Photo Contest, we asked readers to send us a short fiction piece about how the “Lorena” van near the entrance to Rist Canyon got there. Some of the madeup submissions were over our 150-word limit, but reprinted here because we like them.)

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A poetic sculpture. There are two ways to enter this month’s T-Bar Inn Mystery Photo Contest, now in its 19th year. You can either 1.) tell us where this iron sculpture is located, or 2.) if you don’t know where it is, you can submit a poem about the sculpture. Your poem needs to be in the form of a haiku. This definition of haiku comes from Creative-WritingNow.com: “Haiku is a Japanese poetry form. The best haiku uses just a few words to capture a moment and create a picture in the reader’s mind. In English, haiku is normally written in three lines, with five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the third line.” Here’s our example of haiku: If this horse could choose It would much prefer to be A van in a field We’ll toss together the haikus and all other entries and draw a winner for two free dinners at the T-Bar Inn in Wellington. We’ll also publish as many haikus as we can fit in next month’s North Forty News. Enter online at www.northfortynews.com/mysteryphoto. Deadline: April 20. Include your postal address in case you win. We received some great responses to last month’s challenge and the top entries are reprinted on this page. The winner is Asa Ireland of Fort Collins.

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Sage advice By Lynn Paul Livermore Jered and Callie were headed home from Hank Silva’s when the engine seized up on the Wonder Truck. Walking 16 miles back to Hank’s was not an option. It was midnight and Callie was nine months pregnant, so Jered prepared a pallet in back of the bread van. By dawn, there were three Jeters. Lorena’s birth was smooth as silk. The new parents spent the early morning hours watching Lorena drink and sleep, yawn and wiggle her toes. About 8 a.m., Hank’s VW bus appeared on Farr Road heading down to the Fort for llama feed. He wheeled over to the van and simultaneously became godfather and chauffeur. SCREENS WINDOWS MIRRORS SHOWER DOORS WINDOW PARTS

On Lorena’s first birthday, the Jeters and friends caravanned to Wonder Truck to celebrate and decorate. Although the annual treks to the van ended when Lorena left for college, the weathered van — with its sage advice — still sits in that otherwise virgin meadow.

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smelting instead of exciting? The name must have come from the smoke or the smell.” “Next I found out I was in Detroit where I was made into a delivery van. Not the whole van but a part.” I asked “What part?” The reply was “I don’t know. Iron is not smart, only strong.” “Then I was delivered to a dealership which did not look like an ore ship at all. That was alien to me. But I was a delivery van, so I was delivered. Is there a pattern to this? There must be, because I delivered things for a long (time*).” I asked “How long?” “Time? I don’t know time. All I know is long.” Iron continued: “Then aliens caused something to go wrong with some of the other parts of the van.” I asked “Aliens? As in beings from another world? What aliens? What do they look like?” Now I was excited! Iron replied: “Aliens are things or happenings that iron has no ability to understand.” I replied: “Well rats! No extraterrestrials.” To which iron replied: “Rats I know about. Extraterrestrials are alien to me. Then my person put me here in this field to protest something. While putting the sign on the van, he spoke of taking, doing, leaving and killing nothing. That’s exactly what I did while I was still in the ground.” Iron continued: “So the sign must be telling everyone they should be in the ground. See you some long.” *Iron does not know what time it is.

Immortal By Christine Noble Bellvue He ran away from home for good reason when he was young and resorted to crime to survive. Now he was running from the law. He lied to get the job at the dairy. Today he was racing the milk truck up the canyon to be on time with his route. Suddenly, there she was, strikingly beautiful, in the middle of the road as if her feet couldn’t move. Then he realized, she wasn’t going to move! He swerved, the truck lurched and, before he knew it, it was lodged, bent and broken in the open field. He was injured and in despair. He’d lose his job and was certain to end up in jail. Then, there she was, sobbing, offering help, desperate because she knew what she had caused. Moments before, she felt she had no reason to live, but in an instant that changed, her sole purpose now was to help him. No one ever knew what became of Jake and Ella. All that was found was the wrecked milk truck and the words left behind to make them immortal.

A lasting legacy By Jan Lewis LaPorte Getting old is the pits; creaking joints, slow feet, things sagging. Some of us end up in nursing homes and some are just put out to pasture. One day a car stopped, humans got out, and just stared at me. This had never happened. I was never much to look at even before I got old. “She’s perfect,” they said. If there had been any fluids left, I would have broken down and cried. One of the humans climbed onto the hood of my nose saying, “This is where Lorena, her name, should go.” I was thrilled. I’d never had a good name before. Only, ‘junk heap’ or ‘dang you old truck.’ Then they painted my ribcage. When finished, they stepped back with big smiles and one of them said, “Hopefully people will read this and just stop and think. Then we will have accomplished something — maybe even a legacy.”


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Red Feather Mountain Library District – the parent organization of Red Feather Lakes Community Library – will be conducting a public hearing on the library’s Internet Safety Policy for Adults and Minors at the Board of Trustees meeting April 4 at 9:30 a.m. in the library’s Stenzel Community Room. The Internet offers both promise and peril. We will discuss safety issues in relation to the library’s current Internet policy, which is unchanged this year. Interested individuals are encouraged to attend. Join us at the library for Baby Time (weekly, Thursday from 10:30 to 10:50 a.m.), a program for parents and their 6- to 24-month-old babies. Stressing early literacy, as well as post-activity socialization for parents, we provide music, rhymes, books and fun. No signup necessary. Other activities in April: • Beginning Craigslist, April 7, 1 to 3 p.m. – how to buy and sell items using the online advertisement board. • Casual Excel, April 14, 1 to 2 p.m. – a no-stress introduction to computer spreadsheets, featuring Microsoft

Excel. • Search & Rescue Dogs in Colorado, April 20, 5 to 6:30 p.m. — Jill Reynolds and dog Skid will explain dog training and the finding of missing individuals. • In Ruth’s Gallery for April: a quilting display by Mountain Meadows Quilters. • The library will once again be cosponsoring and co-hosting the annual 9Health Fair, this year on May 5 from 7 a.m. until noon. This is a wonderful opportunity to participate in low-cost and free health screenings. The 9Health Fair will be held at three sites: RFL Community Library, 71 Fire House Lane; RFLV Fire Department’s Ambulance Bay; and RFL Property Owners Association, 58 Fire House Lane. Due to limited parking, please follow parking instructions from volunteer traffic monitors, and then register for 9Health Fair at POA building. All participants must start first at POA building for registration and blood pressure check. Blood screenings will be offered at RFLVFD Ambulance Bay with cashier station in the Stenzel Meeting Room at Red Feather Lakes Community Library.

I am happy to announce that the Wellington Public Library has expanded its services with audiobooks, eBooks, music and video, available to download from the library’s website. Library card holders can check out and download digital media any time, anywhere by visiting wellington. colibraries.org. Look for the “OverDrive� button. This new service, powered by OverDrive, is free for patrons with a valid library card. Users may browse the library’s website, check out and download the title. Titles can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a variety of devices including a PC, Mac, iPod, Sony Reader, Nook, Kindle and many other mobile devices. Users will need to install free software to enjoy their selections. For audiobooks, music and video, they need OverDrive Media Console; to read eBooks, it’s Adobe Digital Editions. Some audio titles can also be burned to CDs to listen to on-thego. For a list of compatible devices go to www.overdrive.com/resources/drc. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees! The library is a member of the Across Colorado Digital Consortium which makes

it possible for small libraries to offer eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital music and some downloadable videos to their patrons. Membership in the consortium gives the library access to more than 4,550 titles in the collection. First celebrated in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association. Wellington Public Library is joining other libraries across the country in celebrating National Library Week, April 8 through 14. Today’s libraries help level the playing field by making both print and digital information affordable, available and accessible to all people. The next meeting of the book discussion group is April 5 at 7 p.m. at the library. We are discussing “The Hunger Games� by Suzanne Collins. “The Hunger Games� is the very popular young-adult futuristic novel set in a world where the United States as we know it has collapsed. The movie version of the novel was released in late March. If you would like to discuss “The Hunger Games,� please join us on April 5 at 7 p.m. Summer Reading for 2012 will be starting soon. The theme for 2012 is Dream Big. In mid-May, check either at the library or online for Summer Reading registration information.

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Here is the schedule of events at the Wellington Senior Center for April. April 2: Membership meet-

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Obituaries Curtis Ray Murphy On March 10, Curtis Ray Murphy started his journey to the world of Spirit. Throughout his life and then his illness, his partner of 30 years and wife of one month, Evangelina “Pudgie” Eala-Murphy, was by his side. And now his spirit will always be by hers. We are confident that his favorite dog “Puddles” and many of his fishing buddies were there to greet him and walk him home. Curtis was an over-the-road trucker who loved camping, boating and fishing with his wife and many friends. He enjoyed teasing everyone and had a wonderful, contagious laugh. Large family gatherings were his favorite form of entertainment; he liked to “feel the love.” He touched the heart of everyone he ever met including the ICU staff at Poudre Valley Hospital, where he and Pudgie were married, as well as the incredible staff of Pathways Hospice. Curtis described them all as “angels without wings.” He is and will continue to be missed by all who knew him. Curtis was born Oct. 8, 1961, in Hanford, Calif. He and Pudgie relocated to Fort Collins four and a half years ago to be closer to their two daughters: Patty Ann Meek and her husband Steve, and Vickie Lynn Blackwell and her life partner John Kintzley. He is survived by them and grandchildren Chasidy and partner Carlos; Crystal and partner Kelcey; and Steven Meek, Tommy and wife Lisa; and J.J. Howard, as well as two great-grandsons, Zachary and Bryson Howard. Also surviving are his sisterin-law, Christinia Eala, and her children Christopher Gillespie, Jessica and George Zolliecoffer, Rita Martinez, Mario Diaz and wife Casey; niece Alorha and husband Truman; and brotherin-law Brad French. In California, his mother, Lovida; sisters Carolyn and husband Bill, Cheryl and husband Dan, and Claudette and husband Mike; and many nieces and nephews.

He was honored and remembered with another of the huge family gatherings that he loved so well on March 17, in the Terry Lake trailer park. Pathways Hospice chaplain Dennis R. Kaz presided.

Kenneth E. Cary Kenneth E. Cary, 88, of Fort Collins passed away March 10 at Golden Peaks Care and Rehabilitation Center. A memorial service was held March 16 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Ken was born on April 27, 1923, in Rawlins, Wyo., to Ernest and Hazel (Sutherland) Cary. After parting ways with Ernest, Hazel returned to the Sutherland family ranch at Granite Canyon, Wyo., to raise her children, Ken and daughter Myrtle, with the aid and support of her brothers and sisters. Ken met Mildred Kruzic, a transplanted Iowan, on a blind date arranged by his sister. They were married on Feb. 14, 1948. They had four sons: Steve, Tom, Keith and Rich. They operated a family-owned farm near Fort Collins for most of the 1950s before Ken pursued an education and career in electronic instrument repair. Most of that career was spent as an instrument calibration technician at CSU’s Engineering Research Center. After Ken’s retirement in 1984, they spent many winters in Harlingen, Texas and summers in the cabin that they built in Red Feather Lakes. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred; his parents, Ernest and Hazel; his sister, Myrtle; and all six aunts, uncles and their spouses, who helped to raise him. He is survived by his four sons, Steven (Connie), Keith (Marilyn), Richard, all of Fort Collins, and Thomas (Karen) of Loveland, Colorado; granddaughter, Arnetta; three stepgranddaughters, Lisa, Deanne and Kathryn; six great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews around the country.

Hospice house and light By Natalie Constanza-Chavez North Forty News

The one-story house, low slung across a lot longer than it is deep, was built by Joseph Eichler, an architect of the 1950s. It’s surrounded by other Eichlers on a street named after a poem, in what seems to be an iconic California neighborhood. Hydrangeas bloom fat and effortlessly, their giant pom-pom flowers popping in yard after yard. Persimmon trees hover over small yards, blue agapanthus, hummingbirds. The sometimes searing white light of the Silicon Valley, this day, chases every crouching thing out of the shadows, into the bright. In this house, with its broad overhangs and open beamed ceilings, dying happens. Sometimes it’s in the afternoon, after the tiny orange and red lovebirds, caged and twittering on the concrete patio, are fed teaspoons of seed, or after lunch, when the sunflowers growing in a row against the redwood fence have turned to follow the light across the second half of the sky and down toward the horizon. Sometimes it is deep in the dark hours, or the early ones toward morning, but not yet light. Moon-full nights catch showers of sprinkler water floating in a low haze over each lawn, and it can happen then — last breath, transition into a new life. In a hospice, the days of life left are taken one at a time and, as much as that can be true, no one dies alone. Lourdes is in the kitchen with a small fist-sized pile of garlic on the counter in front of her. I can hear the practiced “thwack” “thwack” “thwack” as she slight-pounds each clove with a smooth beach rock: the skin loosens and she pulls it away in one piece, sets the naked clove six inches to her right, takes the next one, “thwack,” begins again. I move around the stovetop

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and get close to her to watch her do what I would do with the flat side of a wide chef’s knife. It looks easier her way, neater, contained, simple; right now the way she peels garlic seems to make more sense than anything I’ve ever done. I want that. She asks me “Do you want water? Tea?” I tell her “no” while still watching her hands piece through the remaining unpeeled garlic cloves. She chooses one, places it under the rock, pushes down with her thin wrist, palm flat, fingers curled. “Do you want pudding?” Her voice lilts like the birds in the cage – their slight singing and sighing all day long follows me. She motions to the seven glass sherbet bowls, each filled with yellow pudding, each topped with slices of bananas. “I made too many,” she adds. “No. No thanks,” I answer her. Later, she is sweeping. The broom is a handful of reeds, bound at the top, a triangle of feather-like grass at the bottom. I watch her carefully; she sweeps the wide flare of broom across the wooden floor. The sun is laying diagonal shadows across the living room wall. All the residents are asleep. Lourdes

hums. I ask her about the broom. She tells me it’s a walis tambo, a traditional reed broom from her home in the Philippines. The sweeping seems lyrical, the pace measured and clear. I want that. I want her simplicity of movement. I ask her if it is indeed a wonderful broom, a magical broom. I think she knows I really want things to be safe and clear, sheared down to their final state, definitive. She doesn’t mention the people asleep in the house, one of them a great love of my life. When she pauses, she gently answers, “I don’t think it’s the broom. I think it’s the person sweeping. How you feel about all you have to do.” White towels, piled in a basket, sit in the sun beside the couch. I ask her if I can help her fold. She shoos me away. “No. No,” she says. “It’s my job.” She laughs like the birds again, picks up the basket, moves with it outside, places it on the cool concrete, sits to face the roses, the green tomatoes hanging heavy, the squirrel running along the top of the fence. She leaves me to find my own way through each movement, through each thing I must learn to simply do.

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Heavy horses harnessed by draft horse association By Marty Metzger North Forty News

What started in the 1970s as a small group of Larimer, Weld and Boulder county heavy-horse enthusiasts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including farmers Homer Loban, Dennis Speicher and Lawrence Stark â&#x20AC;&#x201D; meeting at a Berthoud coffee shop has blossomed into the 45-member Northern Colorado Draft Horse Association. The NCDHA promotes the historical significance of large breeds â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from Percherons to Shires to Belgians â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and their important contribution to Colorado agriculture. Audrey Stockton is the current show coordinator for the

organization. She and husband Jerry own Big Little Shires in LaPorte. Although theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve both owned horses throughout their lives, they started the Shire venture in 1981 with â&#x20AC;&#x153;big ideas, but little moneyâ&#x20AC;? hence the name, said Stockton. Their present operation breeds, shows and works Shires in harness. Stockton said the NCDHA strives to educate the public about our countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s connection to heavy horses and old farming techniques. Youngsters are encouraged to pursue careers or hobbies involving the large equines. Activities like its Draft Horse Show at the Larimer County Fair can inspire the next

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generation of owners and drivers by fanning flames of interest in youth, she said. Apparently, that approach worked well with her own child. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My husband quit showing when our 10-year-old daughter beat him with his own horse,â&#x20AC;? Stockton admitted with a laugh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ours isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only family in which thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happened.â&#x20AC;? The show also demonstrates the adaptability of well-trained drafts. A couple years ago, Stockton said, a judge asked if he could drive the Stockton six-horse hitch. By so doing, he displayed not only his skills with an unfamiliar set of horses, but also their easy compliance to new hands on the lines. The show combines subjec-

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)PSTJOµ"SPVOE Novo gets a second chance

LaPorte horse trainer and riding instructor Jessica Dabkowski, above, brushes Novo, a mustang captured in November 2011 near Rawlins, Wyo. The BLM’s freeze brand, in white, is coded for the date and location of the mustang’s capture. Dabkowski is training the mustang to compete in the June 8-10 Extreme Mustang Makeover event in Fort Collins. At right, Dabkowski hangs off the side of Novo and uses her left foot to gently nudge (not kick) Novo’s hindquarters to get the mustang to move a few steps during a saddle-mount exercise. Photos by Doug Conarroe

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and canter with lead changes, stop, back and direction changes); and Combined Leading and Riding Trail Class (side pass over poles, cross bridge, open gate while mounted, dismount and load horse in trailer). Adopted by a woman who absolutely adores him, Cash continued training with Dabkowski for another year. He now drags logs, ponies young horses, negotiates under, over and through tarps, has participated in mounted shooting clinics, lies down on command and can be ridden bridleless. Hooked on mustangs Dabkowski worked with a second mustang in 2010, a character called Sawyer. This boy proved to be quite a challenge, Dabkowski said, holding out two weeks before allowing her to approach him. The work involved three to four hours’ work daily, split into two sessions. Eventually familiarity bred not contempt but rather mutual esteem – Dabkowski adopted Sawyer and will keep him. Happily hooked on mustangs, she took on two in 2011. Covergirl, a gorgeous palomino mare, was a quick study headed for glory in the Fort Worth competi-

tion until stifle issues prevented the trip. But the mare and her adopter both relish and excel at trail riding, so all is well. The gelding, Porter, shined brightly at that year’s Fort Collins makeover event. Out of 38 horse/ trainer teams, he and Dabkowski placed eighth in the finals. Which brings us back around to Novo. As of March 8, Dabkowski had already worked up to saddling the 14-hand high, once-feral fellow. View his progress at www.facebook.com/

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Across the Midwest, New England and Canada, high-temperature records are being broken by the thousands â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 3,350 record temperatures between March 12 and 18 alone. Meteorologists are scrambling to find anything comparable to weather that has been dubbed Summer in March. Two days before the official end of winter, temperatures of 94 were recorded in South Dakota. If weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having summer in March, what can we expect in July? Even in a normal summer, the process of mulching should be on every gardenerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mind as we say â&#x20AC;&#x153;good morningâ&#x20AC;? to our gardens. But this year, the idea

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and other leafy greens outside of the mustard family. During the early stages of the season, when the young garlic plants are just a few inches tall, these greens basically have the whole garlic patch to themselves. As soon as the leaves reach edible size I start harvesting them â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just the leaves, not the whole plants. The other category is carrots, planted at the same time as the greens. During the early season, the fast-growing greens tend to crowd and shade the carrots (though not the garlic, which is usually about six inches taller). By June, most of the leafy plants will have run their course and gone to seed. As the greens fade, the carrots begin to take over between the garlic plants. Carrot and garlic will grow side by side, rarely getting in each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s way. Underground, carrot and garlic donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t butt roots, while above ground the bushy carrot tops guard the soil surface. Once the garlic is harvested, in July, the carrots have the whole patch to themselves, and can stretch out

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Gardening & Landscaping Spice up the back deck with a planter full of fragrant herbs By Leigh Smith GRIT magazine

When it comes to choosing between containers of flowers or herbs on the back deck, good first choices might include a planter of lemon thyme; an old stockpot bursting with lavender; long, low containers of various mints; an old kettle brimming with parsley; and a barrel of chives, dill and lime basil. Indoors, aloe vera plants

make a great addition to garden windows. The best part is each plant can be used in a number of tasty, beneficial and healthful ways. A few possibilities for a container herb garden are: Lemon thyme: Flavorful, fragrant, attractive and easy to grow, this plant looks as good as it smells. Crushing the leaves between your fingers releases a delicious lemon scent. When it flowers, a mist of frosty pinkishlavender blossoms makes for a

pretty sight. A tasty addition to fish and poultry, it adds zing to garlic bread and a delicate flavor to soups. Steep a few leaves with mint and lime basil for a relaxing, nutritious tea. Lemon thyme should be grown in its own container. Line the bottom with gravel, fill with a good potting mix, and don’t let it get too wet or dry. Mint: Mint is perfect for a steaming mug of tea. Mint is available in many varieties, and

Noxious Weed Act and landowner responsibility Noxious weeds threaten wildlife habitat, agriculture, and recreational opportunities. This threat to Colorado’s environment and economy has been recognized and addressed through the Colorado Noxious Weed Act. The act, among other things, requires all local governing agencies, cities and counties to develop weed management plans for their jurisdictions. The impact of weeds was first recognized in the U.S. as an economic problem in agriculture. Weeds in farmland and rangeland reduce crop yield and forage production costing farmers and ranchers tens of billions of dollars each year. In the arid west, weed competition in cropland becomes critical when soil moisture is the limiting factor. Deep-rooted weeds such as bindweed and Canada thistle utilize moisture deep within the soil profile rendering some farmland unproductive unless controlled.

Invasive weeds have become a huge factor affecting natural areas. Weeds reduce native plant diversity and wildlife carrying capacity on countless acres of forest and rangeland in the Western United States. Weed species such as cheatgrass, once established, can form dense stands that crowd out native grasses and shrubs over vast tracts of rangeland and serve as the primary fuel for frequent wildfires. The Larimer County Weed District works to minimize existing weed problems and eliminate new invaders before they take hold. The district has an enforcement program in place but prefers to work cooperatively with county residents to manage noxious weeds and establish desirable vegetation. Residents are encouraged to call the weed district office and set up a site visit, free of charge. Site visits typically take 20 to 40 minutes and can address topics such as plant identification,

weed management recommendations, grazing management, and pasture or range restoration. The district offers a sprayer loan program, educational literature, and presentations to homeowners associations or other interested groups. Weeds on your property are not just your problem. Seed can be spread by wind, water, birds, livestock, hay and other vectors. Be a responsible landowner and learn to identify and control weeds before they spread and become your neighbor’s problem. Information on Larimer County’s weed management program can be found at www. larimer.org/weeds, or by calling 970-498-5768.

peppermint is often at the top for flavor and scent. Tasty as a tea, it also helps with colds, indigestion, nerves and more. Brew a cup and ease away the discomfort of a headache. Like thyme, mint must be planted alone or it will choke out nearby plants. Parsley: Curled parsley is good for culinary purposes, and it also is a vivid-green plant perfect for adding color to a deck or patio. It lends charm to containers since it tends to curl over the edges. Rich in iron and vitamins A, B and C, parsley adds a fresh, crisp taste to egg dishes, soups and salads, or steam the herb with carrots for a palate-pleas-

ing treat. Chives and dill: Planted together in a large container, these herbs offer a pleasing visual contrast. Chives are clump-forming herbs, and if allowed to flower, the plant produces rose-purple cloverlike blossoms. Dried or snipped fresh, chives are great on potatoes, salads, or in Mexican dishes. Dill offers a pleasant sight with its feathery leaves and clusters of small yellow flowers, while the seeds and leaves have a pungent fragrance and flavor. The herb is excellent in pickling, added to stews and gravies, or fresh in salads.


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March 31, Elder Care Resource Day: A Day of Learning for Family Caregivers, Timberline Church, 2908 S. Timberline Road, Fort Collins, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., presented by the Elder Care Network of Larimer County. $10, includes continental breakfast and box lunch; respite care available at reduced rates with registration. Info: 970-495-3442, www.eldercarenet.org. March 31, Wellington Easter Egg Hunt, Harvest Farms, 4240 ECR 66, Wellington, 3 to 5 p.m. For children up to 10 years old. Info: 970-568-3381. March 31-April 28, “The Ladies Man,” OpenStage Theater, Lincoln Center Magnolia Theater, 417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday (except April 8), $14-$22. Tickets and info: 970-221-6730, lctix.com. April 1, Folsom Society, National Society of the Children of the American Revolution, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 2000 S. Lemay Ave., Fort Collins, 2 to 4 p.m. Info: 970-482-0025. April 1, 15, 22 & 29, Breakfast at American Legion Post No. 4, 2124 County Road 54G (Hwy. 287), LaPorte, open to the public, 8 to 10 a.m. Info: 970-484-0418. April 2, Civil War Roundtable, Harmony Presbyterian Church, 400 E. Boardwalk, Fort Collins, 1 to 3 p.m. Info: 970225-2767. April 2, Wellington Planning Commission, Leeper Center, 7 p.m. Agenda: www.townofwellington.com. Info: 970-568-3381. April 2, Fort Collins Historical Society monthly meeting, Avery Carriage House, 108 N. Meldrum St., Fort Collins, 7 p.m., free, public welcome. Info: 970-484-9194. April 3, Front Range PC Users Group, Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive, Fort Collins, 7 to 9 p.m. Info: www. frpcug.org. April 3, 10, 17, & 24 Alcoholics Anonymous, The Filling Station, Cleveland Avenue and Fourth Street in Wellington, 7 p.m. Info: 970-568-0040. April 4, 11, 18 & 25 Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Peace With Christ Lutheran Church, 1412 W. Swallow Road, 8:45 a.m. Info: 970-449-9800. April 4, Virginia Dale Community Club monthly meeting, 1 p.m., new members welcome. Call for directions. Info: 970495-1828. April 5, CSU Women’s Association, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 2000 S. Lemay Ave., Fort Collins, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., free, refreshments provided by the Quilters Group. Linda Meyer, Morgan Library Archivist, will talk about CSU’s archival collections. April 7, Passover begins. April 7, Be Local Winter Market, Opera Galleria, 123 N. College Ave., Fort Collins, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Last market of the winter season. Info: 970-219-3382. April 7, “Muffin Magic” book signing, Old Firehouse Books, 232 Walnut St., Fort Collins, 1 p.m., free. Info: Libby James, author, libjames@gmail.com. April 7, Brian Hull from Meadowlark Jivin’ with Marty Rein at the Bellvue Bean, Bellvue, 6:30 p.m. dinner, 7:15 p.m. music. Tickets: $22 per person, $40 per couple, includes dinner. Info:

970-484-0511, www.BellvueBean.com. April 7, 14, 21 & 28, Alcoholics Anonymous Freedom Riders Group, Chapel in the Pines, County Road 74E (Red Feather Lakes Road), Red Feather Lakes, 7 p.m. Info: 970-881-3500. April 8, Easter Sunday. April 8, The Music Circle, Bellvue Grange, Bellvue, 4 to 7 p.m., free. Community playalong for recreational musicians. Info: themusiccircle.wordpress.com April 9, Northern Larimer County Habitat Partnership Program, DOW office on Prospect Road, 4 p.m. Info: 970-4933535 or www.nlchpp.com. April 10, Wellington Republicans Breakfast Club, T-Bar Inn, 7 a.m. No membership fee, no RSVP required. Info: www.wellingtonrepublicans.org/breakfastclub. April 10, American Association of University Women Fort Collins Branch, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1709 W. Elizabeth St., Fort Collins, 7:30 p.m. Program on STEM education at Preston Middle School presented by John Howe, assistant principal. Info: 970-484-6710. April 10 & 24, Wellington Food Bank, Wellington Community Church, 8445 Third St., 2 to 3 p.m. Bring proof of income and address. Info: 970-568-9301 (Zion Lutheran Church) or 970-568-9220. April 10 & 24, Wellington Lions Club, Zion Lutheran Church, Second Street and Garfield Avenue, 7 p.m. Info: 970568-3946, www.wellingtonlionsclub.org. April 10 & 24, Wellington Town Board, Leeper Center, 7:30 p.m. Agenda: www.townofwellington.com. Info: 970-568-3381. April 10 & 24, Poudre School District Board of Education, Support Services Center, 2407 LaPorte Ave., Fort Collins, 6:30 p.m. Agenda: www.psdschools.org. Info: 970-490-3607. April 11, Pathways Hospice on Our Own, 305 Carpenter Road, Fort Collins, 6:30 to 8 p.m., no fee, no registration required. Practical guidance and hope for families facing the loss of a loved one, facilitated by Lani Hickman and co-sponsored by Lutheran Family Services. Info: 970-663-3500, www. pathways-care.org. April 12, Red Feather Lakes Planning Advisory Committee, firehouse meeting room, 1:30 p.m. Info: 970-498-7683. Tundra by Chad Carpenter

Agenda: www.larimer.org/boards/minutes/rfpac.htm. April 13, Goodtimes Dance Club monthly dance, Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive, Fort Collins, 8 to 11 p.m. Live big band music with Kings of Swing. $15 per couple, reservations required. Info: 970-667-9398 or www.goodtimesdanceclub.org. April 13-14, FoCoMX, celebrating the Northern Colorado music scene with more than 300 bands playing in 30 venues in Fort Collins, $15 before April 1, $20 after for access to all venues both days. Poudre School district bands Cut Time, Roof Drain, Scatter Brains, Bipolar Bears and Lincoln Jam Band play at Avogadro’s Number on Mason Street Saturday afternoon beginning at 1:30 p.m. Info: www.focomx.org. April 14, Wellington 9 Health Fair, Wellington Community Church, 8445 Third Ave., 7 to 11 a.m., free and low-cost health screenings for everyone over 18. Info: 970-568-7410, www.9healthfair.org. April 14, Equine Field Day, CSU ARDEC facility, 4482 E. County Road 56 (I-25 Frontage Road south of Wellington), 8 a.m.-4 p.m., $30 adults, $20 ages 19 and younger. Full day of speakers on a wide range of topics of interest to horse owners. Registration includes lunch and afternoon refreshments; register online at larimer.org/extension/equine by April 6 to guarantee lunch. Info: 970-498-6003, kcrumbaker@larimer.org. April 14, Master Gardener presentation, Wellington ACE Hardware, 4104 Jefferson Ave., Wellington, 10 a.m. Sponsored by the Wellington Library Friends. Info: 970-568-0223. April 14, Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry, Sundance Steakhouse & Saloon, 2716 E. Mulberry St., Fort Collins, 6 to 9 p.m., $10 in advance, $15 at the door. The 36th annual dinner, silent auction and live auction benefits CSU chapter of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. Info: 970-297-8947, Brandon. goates@rams.colostate.edu. April 15, Flying Pig 5K Charity Run/Walk, Spring Canyon Park, 2626 W. Horsetooth Road, Fort Collins, 8:30 a.m., $25 registration fee; free “piglet walk” for kids under 10 starts at 9:30 a.m. Fourth annual pre-qualifier for the Bolder Boulder Continued on page 21 Online at www.northfortynews.com/tundra-cartoon/

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970-472-0612. April 21, Earth Day Fort Collins, Civic Center Park, 201 W. Oak St., Fort Collins, 11 a.m., free. Local food, music, speakers, arts and crafts and a variety of informational booths sponsored by the Sustainable Living Association. Info: 970-221-6317, kbigner@fcgov.com. April 21, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Muffin Magicâ&#x20AC;? book signing and muffin baking demonstration, The Cupboard, 152 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, 1 to 4 p.m., free. Info: Libby James, author, libjames@ gmail.com. April 21, Liz Barnez at the Bellvue Bean, Bellvue, 6:30 p.m. for dinner, 7:15 p.m. music. Tickets: $22 per person, $40 per couple, includes dinner. Info: 970-484-0511, www.BellvueBean.com. April 22, Mile High Swappers NoCo Homemade Food Swap, Old Town Spice Shop, 220 Linden St., Fort Collins, 2 to 4 p.m. Free, but bring at least five homemade food items to trade for other goodies. Info: www.milehighswappers.com. April 23, TEDxCSU, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Growing Greener Generations,â&#x20AC;? Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins, 2 p.m. Features former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, eTown host Nick Forrester, Rocky Mountain Institute co-founder Hunter Lovins, CSU chemistry professor Amy Prieto and other presenting Ideas Worth Spreading. Tickets: $12 at www.lctix.com; free to CSU students from the Lory Student Center. Info: www.tedxcsu. colostate.edu. April 24, LaPorte Area Planning Advisory Committee, West Fort Collins Water District, 7 p.m. LAPAC is a volunteer citizen committee that deals with land use and community issues. Public invited. Info: 970-498-7683. Agenda: www.larimer.org/ boards/minutes/lapacagenda.htm. April 25, Legacy Night, Embassy Suites Loveland, 4705

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FoCoMx is a two-day celebration of Northern Colorado music presenting more than 300 local bands — everyone from Danielle Ate the Sandwich to Fierce Bad Rabbit — in 30 different downtown Fort Collins venues. The fun starts on Friday, April 13 at 3:30 p.m. and closes places down in the wee small hours of Sunday, April 15. A wristband that gets you into all shows both days is $15 before April 1; $20 after. For tickets and a complete lineup, go to focomx.org.

See you at FoCoMx Most of us don’t remember our school bands playing a citywide music festival, but that’s exactly what five groups from the Poudre School District get to do on Saturday, April 14. One of the groups, the Lincoln Jam Band from Lincoln Middle

Intertribal Powwow at CSU Northern Colorado’s largest Native American gathering takes place over three days – April 20-22 – at the Moby Arena, south Shields and Plum streets on the Colorado State University campus. The 20th annual Spring Contest Powwow and Art Market, presented by the Northern Colorado Intertribal Powwow Association, will feature music, dance, food and arts and crafts. The family-oriented event – no alcohol or drugs allowed – costs just $5 per day for adults, $8 for a weekend pass, and $3 a day or $5 for the weekend for children

6-12; 5 and under get in free. Bring your lawn chairs. For more information, call 970-498-0290 or email ncipa@ fortnet.org. Field day for horse owners Everything you could ever want to know about your best four-legged friend will be covered during “Your Horse and You — an Equine Field Day” on Saturday, April 14. Colorado State University Extension will host the all-day event — from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. — at the Agriculture Research, Development and Education Center off the I-25 Frontage Road south of East

County Road 56. Experts from CSU and the Colorado Department of Agriculture will cover topics ranging from basic nutrition and poisonous plants in your pasture to live demonstrations of how to assess your horse’s health. The cost is $30 for adults, $20 for those 19 and younger, including lunch and morning and afternoon refreshments. Registration deadline is April 6. To register, go to larimer.org/ extension/equine. Camping Conundrums The time to make sure your camping skills are what they should be is before you set off into the forest, not when you pull into the campground after dark, in the rain. Larimer County’s Natural Resources staff can help you get up to speed with a two-hour program called Camping Conundrums, presented on April 21. Bring a backpack full of supplies that you might take camping to the Lions’ Open Space, just north of Bingham Hill Road off Overland Trail near LaPorte at 9:30 a.m. A county naturalist will introduce you to vital concepts such as how to use a campstove, what to do around wildlife, and how to avoid camping catastrophes. The program is free and involves no hiking. For info call 970-679-4489.

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