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North Forty News May 2012

Volume 20 Number 2

The community newspaper for north Fort Collins and northern Larimer County, Colorado



Spring is here

Red Feather Lakes not happy with CenturyLink service By Kate Hawthorne North Forty News

Nature on display. Warm temperatures and greening foliage have kickstarted area wildlife. Above, reader Jim Smith captured this photo of a majestic bald eagle near Terry Lake north of Fort Collins. Above, right, Grant Jones surprised a deer feeding near a window of his LaPorte home. Right, George Burnette photographed a bobcat lounging outside his Bingham Hill home.

The 21st century dream of living in the mountains while telecommuting to work is tantalizingly out of reach for residents of Red Feather Lakes. The dream can only become reality with reliable telephone service and highspeed Internet connections – two things residents say are not being delivered by CenturyLink. “It costs me time and money,” said Lon Hughes, whose office for Summit Real Estate and Marketing is in Red Feather Lakes Village. “The standard Colorado contract to purchase is 16 pages, and I have to take it apart and email it in three separate files. CenturyLink promised us DSL speeds of 1.5Mps, but I’m lucky to get 1.2 incoming and it’s more like 0.5 outgoing.” Deben Tobias, finance director of the Shambala Mountain Center outside of town, said telephone service is “hit or miss. Calls go to the wrong extension or they don’t go through at all. This lack of reliability is affecting our business and, as a result, affects Northern Colorado’s tourist trade.” Continued on page 12

Celebrating 150 years, the Virginia Dale stage station needs your help By Kenneth Jessen North Forty News

The Cherokee Trail was the first route along the foothills through Larimer County. In 1861, it was recognized by the Colorado Territorial Legislature. The importance of this route was amplified the following year when Ben Holladay moved the Overland Stage Company’s line from central Wyoming south into Colorado. In the process, the route was defined by a series of stage stations and river crossings. Initially, the route followed the Cache la Poudre River from Latham, east of Greeley, to LaPorte, then northwesterly through Virginia Dale with a branch running south to Denver. At the time, Denver was growing rapidly and was soon put on the main route. Holladay gave the task of establishing new locations for the stage stations to one of his most trusted employees, Joseph A. “Jack” Slade. In 1862, Slade picked

a picturesque valley or dale naming it Virginia Dale. Virginia was his wife’s name. This was Slade’s headquarters and a home station where travelers could rest and eat. The Overland Trail was not a single road such as today’s highways or fourwheel drive roads. The old ruts paralleled each other, and the route selected by the drivers depended on conditions. If the ruts got too deep, the driver would take his stagecoach or wagon to one side or the other, sometimes just a few feet away. If one section of the trail was soft during spring runoff, the driver might use a nearby route across rocky ground. The routes came together at the stage stations typically adjacent to a river crossing. Stagecoach bridged rail for awhile Railroads precipitated the end of stagecoach travel. The Union Pacific dipped into Colorado in June 1867 at Julesburg. Continued on page 16



Stage stop. In 1870, noted photographer William Henry Jackson took this image of the Virginia Dale stage station, upper right, shortly after it was abandoned as a stage stop. The barn and stables in the foreground were torn down many years ago. The Virginia Dale Community Club is holding a 150-year celebration and fundraiser for the stage station June 8-10. Photo courtesy Denver Public Library

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Water reserves will help keep Poudre river rafters afloat By Kate Hawthorne North Forty News

So maybe total precipitation in the Cache la Poudre River basin was only 17 percent of average for the month of March. Maybe snowpack was only 55 percent of average at the beginning of April. Maybe the Natural Resources Conservation Service is predicting summer streamflow on the river will be only 53 percent of average. And maybe water managers say current conditions look just like the drought of 2002-03 all over again. Local rafting companies anticipate a good start to the river season on May 15. They say the abnormally high snowpack, timely precipitation, and long slow runoff last spring left reservoirs with plenty of water that will soon be moving downstream.

“I say thanks to all the farmers who need the water,� said Bob Klein, manager of A Wanderlust Adventures based at Vern’s Restaurant on Highway 287 at the entrance to Rist Canyon. “We just ride on it.� The dry conditions this year prompted the Northern Colorado Water Conservation District to set the highest April quota since 1977 for Colorado-Big Thompson water shareholders. Stephen Smith, operations manager of North Poudre Irrigation Co., based in Wellington, said his company’s first water release was set for April 23. “The farmers need the early water to get crops in the ground,� he said. “We will be releasing more during the season as needed, but we have to save enough for the harvest. The reservoirs are pretty full but we have to balance what we have

with what’s needed. It looks like this will be a pretty tight water year.� Reservations good Reports of low snowpack haven’t affected advance reservations for summer raft trips on the Poudre, although the guides recommend locals book trips early in the season to avoid the crowds as well as take advantage of the current water levels. The river naturally peaks in June, then tapers off toward the end of the season in August or September. But there’s no way to exactly predict what the water will be like from week to week. “There are so many factors that go into the conditions on the river,� said Randy Rothwell, general manager of A-1 Wildwater, located on the northwest corner of the intersection of Highway 287 and North Shields Street. “There are eight differ-

Early reminder. A sign along Highway 287 near Fort Collins reminds drivers to reserve a spot on a Mountain Whitewater Descents raft. Photo by Doug Conarroe

ent diversions for storage on the Poudre, for example, and how the snowpack melts is as important as how much there is.� While 2002 stands out as one of the lowest water years for most Poudre rafting guides, and 2011 as one of the highest, extremes aren’t necessary for a good time on the river, they all agreed.

Reservoir Ridge trailhead paving appeal set for May 14 By Dan MacArthur North Forty News

The public can now weigh in on Fort Collins’ appeal of Larimer County’s requirement that the city pave the parking lot of the new trailhead that provides another access to the Reservoir Ridge recreation area. The public hearing on the city’s request for a variance is scheduled for 3 p.m. May 14 before the county commissioners in their second-floor meeting room of the county office building, 200 W. Oak St. in Fort Collins. County planner Samantha Mott said written comments received by April 27 will be included in the staff report presented to the commissioners. Comments can be e-mailed to her at or mailed to the above address. She also can be contacted at 970-498-7678. Mott said the county expanded its required notification area to include the adjoining Poudre

Overlook subdivision. She said 269 notices were mailed to neighboring property owners. The commissioners will make the final decision on the city’s appeal of the paving provision supported by the county planning staff. Fort Collins plans to begin construction of the trail in early

summer. It would cross a property purchased by the city in 2004. The trail would provide a second access to Reservoir Ridge in addition to the current one on Michaud Lane. The new trail would originate at Overland Trail directly west of the entrance to Poudre Overlook.

“It depends on the experience you’re looking for,� said Ben Costello, Director of Fun for Mountain Whitewater Descents on Highway 287 west of Shields. “There’s a faster pace with high water, but that gives you less time to look at the beautiful scenery in Poudre Canyon.�

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tion two- and three-dimensional scans inside the eye. This revolutionary technology benefits the patient by providing more accurate diagnosis and management of eye diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration and retinal detachments. It allows for more accurate diagnosis of eye disease caused by systemic (full body) diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. “This technology is truly remarkable,” noted Dr. Larry Eklund. “It can detect changes in the eye before either the patient or I can. With this tool we can begin treating diseases, like glaucoma, before vision loss occurs. The latest upgrades provide us with higher quality scans at a much lower cost than before.” As is the case with most diseases and disorders, the earlier they are detected, the earlier treatment can be initiated. The OptoVue OCT performs a progression analysis from one year to the next, allowing for a more accurate treatment plan. Wellington Eye Care is located at 8251 Wellington Blvd. For more information or to make an appointment, contact the clinic at 970-5687161 or

Building a new pole barn, horse stables or farm structures? Not sure where to start? Need installation help? Cedar Supply can help! Cedar Supply has been selling pole barn packages in Fort Collins and the surrounding area for more than 25 years. We specialize in high-quality, unparalleled steel siding and roofing materials in more than 100 vibrant colors. 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.

Better technology, lower cost Wellington Eye Care is pleased to announce the latest upgrades to its OptoVue optical coherence tomographer (OCT). The OptoVue OCT is a scanning laser that takes high resolu-

Relieve tension, enjoy a massage! Lea Ann Cooley, LMT, can take some of the tension out of life. As owner of Family Therapeutic Massage, the Bellvue resident specializes in a therapeutic technique called deep tissue sculpting. The

technique involves warming the muscles first, then targeting specific muscles. Lea Ann is passionate about her work. “It’s my calling,” she stated. By operating out of her home, she keeps overhead low and has very reasonable rates. Rather than charging by the hour, she bills by the session – which is never less than 1 ½ hours. “My hands guide the massage, not the hands of the clock,” she said. Lea Ann uses hot stones for all massages at her home. She also offers pregnancy Lee Ann Cooley massage, plus Therapeutic chair massage at massage business locations. 970-818-6158 She can travel to clients’ homes as well. Every Friday, Lea Ann offers therapeutic massage at Drohman’s Salon & Spa in Wellington. Lea Ann can be reached at 970-818-6158.

Local real estate market heating up “If you’ve been on the fence about buying or selling, now is the time,” said LaPorte resident Katie Moon, an experienced Realtor® who recently joined The Group, Inc. “The local real estate market is heating up,” she added. The Fort Collins-Loveland market was recently rated sixth in the nation for property appreciation, Katie noted. It’s a great time to sell, Katie said, because the residential inventory is down which means less competition. In particular, properties up to $400,000 are going fast. It’s a good time to buy as well because mortgage rates are still at historic lows, close to 4 percent. Katie has more than 10 years of experience in real estate including residential, vacant land and commercial property. “Whether people are looking for their dream home or an investment property, I really enjoy working with and helping

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Neoprene braces help dogs with torn ACLs Anyone who has torn an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knows how painful this knee injury is. It’s the same for dogs, of course. Red Feather businesswoman Daryllanne Franks makes custom braces to stabilize the joint and keep dogs comfortable while knees gain back their strength – without the usual $3,000-plus surgery. Many dogs are not good candidates for surgery, noted Daryllanne, and many folks cannot afford this expense although they love their dogs. Daryllanne’s business is Red Feather Design LLC. Several years ago, Daryllanne and her husband, Jerry Thomas, began designing the MuttKnee Braces after their dog Muttley tore her ACL. Soon dogs of family and friends needed help, and eventually the couple developed a website to help dogs everywhere. Now, their ingenuity has turned into a booming Internet business. “We’ve fitted almost 3,000 dogs in 18 countries,” Daryllanne said. She initially did all the sewing herself but now has four sewing assistants. They help with the increasing workload as the word spreads through dog message boards about the brace’s success.

New owner reopens The Forks in Livermore The Forks in Livermore, at the junction of U.S. 287 and Red Feather Lakes Road, reopened in mid-April. The event has been long awaited in the Livermore and Red Feather communities and comes just in time for summer’s busy tourist trade. Continued on page 5

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Business Profiles

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“We’re happy to be open,” said owner Scott Jennings, who has put in some long days and weeks to make this happen. People who regularly drive by The Forks have been watching and waiting as Scott engineered an extensive face-lift for the well-known establishment. For now, The Forks offers gas and a convenience store. On Memorial Day weekend, Scott will open the deli and ice cream shop featuring hot and cold sub sandwiches, hot dogs, nachos, malts, shakes and ice cream cones. A Grand Opening is planned for that Saturday, May 26. Scott also plans to serve up a healthy dose of history. There has been a business at the busy intersection since 1875, and he wants to preserve that old-time flavor. Later this year, Scott plans to open a restaurant on the second floor. Scott has had the support of his wife Donna Jean in this undertaking. “Without her I couldn’t do these crazy projects,” he said with a smile. The Forks, open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., can be reached at 970-472-2690.

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Viewpoints May is ‘Poppy Month’

Editor: The American Legion Post 4 Auxiliary is proud to promote our annual “Poppy Drive.” The poppy is the national symbol of remembrance and is worn or displayed during the month of May to honor the sacrifices our veterans have made for our country. Each poppy is handmade by a disabled veteran as part of his or her therapeutic rehabilitation. All donations received go directly to assisting disabled and hospitalized veterans and their families, with 75 percent staying right here in our community. Please honor the men and women who have served and died for our country by wearing a poppy. Donation cans are located at businesses throughout Northern Colorado and at American Legion Post 4 located at 2124 County Road 54G northwest of Fort Collins. For more information call 970-4840418. Sue Wilkes Poppy Chair American Legion Post 4 Auxiliary

Van an eyesore Editor: Re: March T-Bar Inn Mystery Photo Contest concerning “Lorrena” van at entrance to Rist Canyon.

You should have used your title from page 8, “A very sad day for the community,” when asking people to create stories about a van abandoned at the entrance to Rist Canyon. It does not appear to matter that the van is just a junker to most of us who must pass it each day; rusting, old and scarred by graffiti. Nor has anyone taken to heart the message that someone tried to convey a year or two ago when they tried to blow it out of existence. One wonders why the property owners feel they need to use that corner of their property for trash disposal. North Forty News only adds to what many of us perceive as a problem by asking for and publishing saccharine imaginings intended to create an acceptable back-story for an eyesore that falls far beyond good taste. It not only reflects poorly on the property owners and your publication, but detracts from the natural beauty of the surrounding area. See it for what it is — unnecessary, ugly debris. Paula Gebo Bellvue

Jack, who co-chairs the committee, tells them it’s, “Build, baby, build.” Day Three: Tony remembers he runs a taxpayer-funded institution of higher learning, and he’s forgotten to include the taxpayers. So he throws together some public meetings, an online poll and mails out some letters, muttering, “Build, baby, build.” Day Four: The nodding heads on the committee report that — surprise, surprise — the stadium can be squeezed into three nifty sites. Jack and Tony do a chest bump to celebrate, yelling, “Build, baby, build!” Day Five: Tony hires an international design firm to draw some pretty pictures of the $200K stadium. They get the message to, “Build, baby, build.” Day Six: Tony realizes that he has gotten a little ahead of himself in ignoring the public input that’s been gathered. He thinks no one will notice, dreaming, “Build, baby, build.” Day Seven: Tony recalls that he is king of the world. He phones Jack with instructions to bulldoze some dorms, and “Build, baby, build that stadium!”

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Editor: Tony meets Jack, the insurance salesman. Tony hires Jack to run his Athletic Department. Jack tells Tony he loves football and wants a big, new stadium. Or, maybe the stadium is Tony’s idea, and he thinks Jack can sell the public, so they’ll get private boxes to see some really cool concerts. Either way, it’s, “Build, baby, build,” from Day One. Day Two: Tony assembles a grand committee of football boosters to find some on-campus sites. In a private meeting,

Wellington board made bad call

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Editor: “Do as we say... not as we do” is apparently the motto of the Wellington Board of Trustees. Based on the most recent decision to award an irrigation bid to a Fort Collins company, and the decision to send thousands of Wellington dollars to a FtC business for the town employees and spouses Christmas party, I would say that title appropriately fits. Wellington is still licking its wounds from the possible closure of the Main Street Market grocery. Following this announcement a concerted effort was made to get the word out to try and save this business (kudos to those involved), but more importantly, to emphasize to Wellington citizens if we wanted amenities such as a rec center, walking trails, etc. we needed to keep Wellington dollars in Wellington and patronize our businesses as much as possible. A quote from Trustee Brinkhoff in the March North Forty News speaking in regard to MSM closing: “We as a community really need to support our local businesses if we ever want to see opportunities like this come to fruition… Until we have buy-in from our whole community, we may never be

able to support many new ventures to our town.” Nice words Mr. Brinkhoff but, as you well know, in an April 2011 town board meeting — the first chance the board had to show their support for local businesses and their commitment to stand behind that support — they throw a local business under the bus for a measly $600. Wellington took bids on an irrigation project for a ball field. The lowest bid came from a FtC company and came in at $600 below the local company bid (~15 percent higher). For those of us who do a great deal of shopping at local businesses that is near the average I have found on a lot of the products I purchase vs. Fort Collins competitors. That is just a reality in a small town. What becomes more concerning for me is, and I haven’t decided if this is ironic or prophetic, the town mayor is the MSM assistant manager and also voted to award the bid to the Fort Collins company. Wow… If part of the duties of the WBoT is to set an example for the rest of the community through your actions, I give you an ‘F’ because if everyone chose to follow your recent examples we will all be shopping in FtC and Wellington will soon become a ghost town. Mike Sullivan Wellington

Thank you to Rist Canyon VFD We are so thankful for the successful efforts of the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department, the mutual aid responders, and all volunteers for responding to and quickly extinguishing the Davis Ranch wildfire on Saturday, March 24. Thank you for the swift and coordinated response – the first firefighter arrived within one minute of the call and was quickly joined by additional firefighters. The leadership and focused work of RCVFD prevented the fire from spreading to more populated areas of the community. We’re grateful to all the mutual aid responders for their willingness to be on-call and to the residents of Rist Canyon for tolerating the multiple emergency response vehicles and staff along the roads. The March 24 fire showed us first-hand what hard work and strategic decision-making goes into successful firefighting; it also continues to remind us to respect wildfire danger, value our neighbors, and be thankful to those who put themselves in harms’ way to protect us and our shared way of life in these

beautiful mountains. Thank you all for a perfect firefighting response. The Jordans, Mattors, and Shellhammers

Wellington needs buy-in from residents to support new ventures Editor: The potential loss of Main Street Market in Wellington should open our eyes to what is happening in our not-so-little town. I have served on the Town Board for almost 15 years, and have witnessed a lot of change to our town in that time. We have worked very hard to try and bring new businesses to town, and the day Main Street Market opened its doors was another step in the right direction. We as a Town Board had sent out a questionnaire asking the residents what they would like to see added to town, and one item more than any was a community swimming pool, built of course by the town, using tax revenue. I for one would love to see that happen, but until we have the tax base to support one, let alone actually build one, I just don’t see us ever getting to that level. We as a community must do whatever we can to help support existing as well as any new businesses that may want to come into town, and in return, they will be able to maintain competitive pricing, and restock shelves more often with fresh products. We have a new Dollar Store breaking ground, and my hopes are that the Wellington community will offer their support. I know that what we have is a bedroom community and the majority of us work outside the town. We may see it as more convenient to stop on our way home to make a purchase, or it may save us a few dollars up front, but in the long run, what is it actually costing us? The Town uses sales taxes collected from our businesses to update and maintain our aging infrastructure, meaning water/ sewer lines, streets and sidewalks. We as a community need to be mindful when making a purchase, and take a second and consider if our town could be the benefactor of sales tax being collected on your next purchase. Until we have buy-in from our whole community, we may never be able to support many new ventures to our town.

Jack Brinkhoff Wellington

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Stone circles offer well-rounded insight of ancient history

Tent anchors. Stones stacked 1,400 years ago mark a circle in the Tepee Rings Conservation Easement northwest of Fort Collins. Photos by Dan MacArthur Picturesque. A view from the Tepee Rings Conservation Easement, which covers 504 acres of private ranch land including a pair of stone circles.

Mountains to Plains Conservation Project preserves Paleolithic sites By Dan MacArthur North Forty News

Prime properties, great views, fantastic for foraging. That’s how ancient real estate agents might have marketed these lands to prehistoric homeseekers thousands of years ago. But such pitches would have been unnecessary. The appeal already was apparent to the peoples plying this piedmont from Canada to Mexico. Hordes of them — from stone-tool times to modern Native Americans with rifles — stopped to rest on this foothills freeway for at least a little while. Now Colorado State University archaeology professor Jason LaBelle is continuing the university’s long-standing commitment to learn more about those who continuously occupied this territory for more than 13,000 years. Director of the Center for

Mountain and Plains Research in CSU’s anthropology department since 2006, he has led the university’s renewed efforts to locate, map and in some cases excavate archaeological sites. So far that work has been focused on sites in properties acquired or protected as part of the Laramie Foothills: Mountain to Plains Project. However, LaBelle said he also identified other sites and would welcome speaking with private property owners about other archaeological sites on their properties or others they may know of. What archaeologists know about the inhabitants over the centuries is based entirely on what they left behind. And there are plenty of leavings. So far, LaBelle said he and his students have identified more than 3,000 archaeological sites in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming. Most are on publicly owned lands such as the Soapstone Prairie Natural Area and Red Mountain Open Space properties and the city of Chey-

enne’s Belvoir Ranch. By far what they left behind was evidence of their housing, not unlike modern mortgage holders forced to move on for the loss of resources. Most of the sites documented by LaBelle and his students offer lithic evidence of residence, making Larimer County one of the most prolific regions for the presence of stone circles. LaBelle prefers that term to the more widely used tipi rings. He said the latter tends to evoke a false image of conical structures supported by interlocking lodge poles transported across the plains by horses. In contrast, LaBelle said Paleolithic peoples constructed stone circles to secure their rough hide residences from being ripped away by the stinging winds so familiar to anybody who has trod this exposed territory. And lacking the horses that would arrive hundred of years later, these earliest inhabitants would have had no way to transport such substantial structures.

They instead depended on dogs to haul their belongings, which were necessarily meager by virtue of being constantly on the move in search of food when nearby forage was exhausted. “The horse was like gold to the mountain-plains tribes,” said LaBelle. These prehistoric people left behind literally hundreds of thousands of stone circles constructed starting 1,400 or more years ago. Among the most prolific collection of those rings is located on the legendary Lindenmeier site in the Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, the largest known Paleo-Indian Folsom site. LaBelle once described it as the New York City of the Folsom people, with hundreds of sites in the area. Such large collections are “pretty darn rare,” he said. More typical are sites with a few rings such as the one opened to a recent unprecedented tour sponsored by the Legacy Land Trust with the permission of the private property owner. Working

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collaboratively with landowners, other nonprofits, and other land protection agencies, the Trust has protected more 40,000 acres of scenic vistas, wildlife habitat, and agricultural lands in northern Colorado. Acquired in 2002 in a partnership between the Trust, Larimer County and the property owner, the Tepee Rings Conservation Easement covers 504 acres of ranch land including a pair of stone circles. The Tepee Rings Easement also is part of the Laramie Foothills: Mountains to Plains Conservation Project. It so far has protected some 55,000 acres through the combined funding and contributions from Larimer County, the city of Fort Collins, the city of Cheyenne, the Nature Conservancy, the Legacy Land Trust, Great Outdoors Colorado and willing landowners. LaBelle said the recent finds offer a tantalizing taste of sites not yet discovered. “It’s underfoot for us to see,” he said.



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8 — May 2012 — North Forty News

Music circle offers outlet for closet musicians By Steve Porter North Forty News

Jam time. Jill Reynolds (right) leads guitarists Jan Dungey, Duane Frank and Gary James (left to right) through a song at the Bellvue Grange on April 8. Photo by Steve Porter

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Jill Reynolds of Glacier View Meadows is a high-energy woman looking to share her love of making music with other nonprofessional musicians. Reynolds, a retired special education teacher, is spearheading a series of “music circles� in north Larimer County. Her aim is to lure local amateur musicians out of their homes and into gathering spots where they can jam and socialize with others like them. Reynolds played bass guitar for about five years with a local band called Navigator and is now learning to play the drums. She said she’s hoping she can find some musicians to put together another band that would play for free at community events. “My dream would be to play drums in a cover-tune band but play for free for nonprofits holding fundraisers,� she said. “I think it would be a great gift to the community.�

But for now Reynolds said she wants to get the word out to local players about the music circles and see who’s interested in doing some jamming and having fun. “It’s for people who have a life but still want to have music in it somehow,� she said. “And it’s a way for people to connect with each other.� Half-dozen players join first circle The first music circle was held April 8, which happened to be Easter Sunday. Before the event, Reynolds said she didn’t know if anyone would actually come. “I didn’t know if anyone would show up today, but hey, you have to start somewhere,� she said. Her concern was put to rest when six amateur musicians — all in the Baby Boomer age range — came to the Cache La Poudre Grange Hall in Bellvue to tune up and play four preselected classic rock and country songs. The tunes and their chords are posted on the music circle website so those who plan to take part can practice in advance.

Gary James was typical of those attending the first music circle. “I bought my first guitar 40 years ago but didn’t touch it until about two years ago,� he said. “I just like to play and make new friends.� Reynolds said she got the idea for the music circles from a magazine called Making Music, which focuses on recreational playing. She said one music circle founder she talked to said part of the fun of the events is their total unpredictability. “He described it as kind of a musical flash mob because you never know who’ll show up,� she said. A series of music circles are planned throughout the summer at the Bellvue Grange and the Red Feather Lakes Property Owners Building. The next music circle is set for 4 to 7 p.m. May 13 at the Cache La Poudre Grange Hall in Bellvue. For more information, call Jill Reynolds at 970-4980060 or visit, where the May songs should be posted a week before.

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Eggers School offers glimpse into Poudre Canyon history By Kate Hawthorne North Forty News Eggers


A ride up Poudre Canyon takes the traveler through scenery of massive proportions. Granite cliffs tower over the wild Cache la Poudre River rushing far below the roadway, impressive in their timelessness. Human settlement in the canyon hasn’t been as permanent. The earliest inhabitants were only passing through – the summering Utes, the trapping French, the enterprising tie-hacks harvesting trees for the railroad that never came up the canyon. Later arrivals found precious little gold to mine, and towns like Manhattan and Poudre City joined the Native American rock shelters and burial grounds as mostly forgotten bits of history. The canyon came into its own at the beginning of the 20th century, when tourists began driving along the river to camp and fish and hunt and marvel at that impressive scenery. Summer cabins sprang up like mushrooms after a gentle rain. Stores and gas stations followed to serve the seasonal visitors — and the Colorado State University forest researchers camped out in nearby Pingree Park. Small resorts still dot the canyon, and the number of inhabitants more than doubles from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Year-round residents who ran these early establishments needed more permanent services for themselves. Soon after Fred and Alma Eggers opened the post office near what early cattle ranchers had called the Round Corral – on the river near the bridge to Pingree Park – they decided their three sons and the children of the ranchers needed a school. The Eggers School (Elkhorn District No. 53) was completed in 1933, built with logs cut in the Chambers Lake area and chinked with a mixture of sawdust and cement. The first class of 10 pupils was taught by Jesse Ault, who would drive seven of the students to school from as far away as the Koenig Ranch at Pingree Park in his Model T Ford. The Eggers School remained open for about a decade, closed during World War II, then reopened

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in 1948. Ethel Straight taught there until 1959, when a modern Poudre Canyon School — part of the new unified Poudre School District — opened in Old Poudre City, near the thennew Poudre Canyon Chapel. The new school building doubled as a community center for upper canyon residents, and the old log school was closed for good. Moved but not forgotten By the 1960s, the town of Eggers was also fading into history, its post office closed and families moved away. To protect the little one-room log schoolhouse from vandalism, it was moved to a donated parcel of land not far from the new school. While the board of directors of Old Poudre City, now owners of the Eggers School building, considered how to put it to good use, time flowed on as surely as the river through the canyon. In 1978, nearly 20 years after the log school closed, Eggers School students held a reunion with Mrs. Straight. They reflected on the quality of the education they had received in the remote school. Among those were the three Case sisters, whose parents owned the renowned Arrowhead Lodge on the river. Sandy Case Lundt retired as principal of Poudre High School in 2009.

By 1995, the district had closed that “new� school and the building functioned only as a community center. The log building was used mostly for storage, but the old Eggers School was not forgotten. In 2011, with the new Poudre Canyon Fire Station No. 2 replacing the old community center next door, the board of Old Poudre City voted to turn the one-room schoolhouse into a museum of canyon history. Enter local resident Fritz Venable and a tiny band of dedicated volunteers. “It was just a mess, and we had to clean it all out,� she recalled. “We even washed the logs.� Uncovering artifacts In the process, Venable unearthed a veritable time capsule. The student desks with hinged seats were still intact. The two wood stoves were still there, even though they no longer heated the building. The canvas backdrop used to convert the schoolroom into a performing arts venue was in near-new condition, painted with advertisements from sponsors such as Steele’s Market and Ted’s Place. Among the boxes of junk, Venable discovered a treasure trove of old books and student

The way it was. Fritz Venable, left, and Sandy Keller stand in front of a painted backdrop that transformed the one-room rural Eggers School, right, into the scene of annual pageants before it closed for good in 1959. It is now a museum, sitting next to the new Poudre Canyon Fire Station No. 2. Photos by Kate Hawthorne

papers, including some of Mrs. Straight’s lesson plans from the early 1950s. “They learned elocution by reciting their lessons in front of the whole class,� Venable said. “There were only about 10 or 11 kids in the school at one time, and the younger ones learned from the older ones.� Perhaps the most amazing find was the blackboard still sporting chalk signatures from the 1978 reunion. Venable had those covered in Plexiglas. The rest of the building is now filled with artifacts — many donated by long-ago Eggers students — that recreate the rural one-room school in the years just before


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the Space Age, in a place where the bear-guards on the windows still get a workout in the fall. The museum opened in August 2011 to coincide with the annual craft fair at the chapel, but has been closed for the winter. Venable plans to reopen on Mother’s Day weekend – May 12-13 – weather permitting, and to welcome visitors 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays through the summer. There is no admission fee, but donations are cheerfully accepted to help maintain the old Eggers School as it was. “We could be open more if it gets busy, but we’ll have to see how it goes,� she said.





10 — May 2012 — North Forty News


Main Street Market still open for now By Kate Hawthorne North Forty News

When Panhandle Coop of Scottsbluff, Neb., announced in late March that the Main Street Market in Wellington would close on May 18, the plan was to liquidate as much of the inventory as possible before then. But since then, the “closing soon” signs have come down, the shelves have been restocked, the community has rallied to the cause of keeping the town’s only grocery store open, and while nothing definite had been announced as of April 23, when the North Forty News went to press, indications were good that residents would still have an in-town food shopping option. “We’re kind of in a holding pattern right now,” Susan Wiedeman, marketing director for Panhandle, said on April 12. She added that there have been “some new developments,” but declined to provide any specifics up until press time. After a discussion of the issue at the regular Wellington Town Board meeting on March 27, a group of citizens formed the Save Our Store Task Force to gather signatures on a petition to Panhandle to keep Main Street Market open, and gathered a reported 1,500 signatures, according to the SOS website ( While it looked bleak for a while, an April 10 update posted by Don Brown of the task force indicated the “effort may not have been in vain. Details will be posted as they become available.” • Editor’s note: North Forty News was first to report, via our website at, the possible closing of Main Street Market, and also first to report that closing signs had come down. Unlike the helicopter journalists, we’ve been here through good times and bad and are proud to be your trusted source for local news since 1993. Keep checking for breaking developments on this important issue affecting our community.

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ed applications to their state education agencies. Among the list of winners are 66 public schools including eight charters, and 12 private schools composed of 43 elementary, 31 middle and 26 high schools with around 50 percent representing high poverty schools.

Gail Meisner recognized for Farmers Union recruitment Wellington resident and Rocky Mountain Farmers Union member Gail Meisner won an award for Farmers Union membership recruitment at the National Farmers Union’s 110th Anniversary Convention, held in early March in Omaha. “Members like Gail are critical to the success and growth of Farmers Union,” said Rocky Mountain Farmers Union President Kent Peppler. “Her hard work and dedication ensure that we will be able to advocate for family farmers for generations to come.” The 2012 convention brought together 500 Farmers Union members from across the country and featured discussions on the 2012 Farm Bill, dairy policy, the Market-Driven Inventory System (MDIS), challenges that beginning farmers face, farm safety, and renewable energy. National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.

Middle school will host mini Relay for Life on May 17 In an effort to raise awareness regarding ways to fight cancer, Wellington Middle School will host a mini Relay for Life at the school on May 17. As an extension of the Larimer County Relay For Life, the school is making a commitment to have someone walking

at all times between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Staff, students, parents and community members can join in to support the cause. The middle school will also host activities, class competitions and chances to win prizes and T-shirts throughout the day. Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature activity, and over the years has helped fund 38 Nobel Prize winners in cancer research. For more information, contact the school at 970-488-6600.

Wellington First National Bank shares Forbes recognition First National of Nebraska, the largest privately owned banking company in the United States, has been named to Forbes’ “America’s Best Banks” list for 2012. First National is 17 on the magazine’s list, which ranked the country’s 100 largest publicly traded banks and thrifts based on asset quality, capital adequacy and profitability. The Forbes recognition includes First National Bank, a division of First National of Nebraska, which is headquartered in Fort Collins and has 24 locations in 15 communities throughout Northern Colorado including a branch at 4100 Harrison Ave. in Wellington. First National Bank has more than 500 employees based in Colorado and in excess of $1.6 billion in managed assets. “In addition to the strength of our bank, we’re proud of the relationships we have made with the businesses and citizens of Wellington,” said First National Bank President Mark Driscoll. “Wellington continues to be a place that is growing and we want to help facilitate that growth and help our customers meet their financial needs. I’m always pleased to see that our customer service scores at our Wellington branch are typically among the highest in our branch network and our employees there do a nice job of getting involved in the community.”

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Roamin’ the Range By Kate Hawthorne North Forty News

May signals the start of the busy summer season, when school is out and thoughts turn to family vacations, wedding trips and the like. Just don’t overlook all the great fun that can be had right here this month. Legends of Ranching horse sale For most students, final exams mean sweating over essay questions, maybe turning in a capstone project on time. For Colorado State University Equine Science students, it means getting your project a job. The Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale at the B.W. Picket Equine Center on Overland Trail April 28 will be offering 34 quarter horses, 2and 3-year-olds, started by CSU students as part of their degree work. There will also be 31 older horses available on consignment from about a dozen local sponsors and supporters, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Equine Science program. Preview starts at 9 a.m., auction at 1 p.m. Visit the website at www. for more information. Kites in the Park Imagine one of those impossibly blue Colorado skies filled with colorful kites flying in formation, dancing a ballet, or just fluttering in the wind. That’s what Spring Canyon Community Park, 2626 W. Horsetooth Road, will look like on April 29, when the fifth annual Kites in the Park Kite Festival takes off. The free family event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will feature kite flying demonstrations, contests for kids, giant kites, artistic kite displays, kite raffles, and, of course, the ever-popular free Kite-Making Station. Children visiting the station will receive one of the approximately 1,400 Tyvek kites made by volunteers from the Aspen Club’s Strong Women, Strong Bones and Fossil Ridge High to decorate, attach tails to, and fly at the festival. And yes, kids, you could grow up to be a kite performer like John and Cass Pittman, who will fly their quad-line kites synchronized to each other and to music, or Mix McGraw, who holds the world record for fly-

Tall grass. Giant Sacaton blowing in the breeze at the Northern Water Conservation Gardens in Berthoud. The Conservation Gardens Fair is May 12.

ing 230 kites at one time. Bob Matteo will launch his giant octopus, clownfish and scuba diver kites, and members of both the Afghani and Pakistani cultural clubs from Colorado State University will demonstrate kite flying traditions from their countries. If possible, participants are asked to bike or walk to the festival, as parking is limited. For more information call 970224-6032. Running is a Community Event and benefit The Wellington elementary schools, Rice and Eyestone, have teamed up for the second annual Running Is A Community Event 5K & Fun Run on May 12. Walk-up registration begins at 8 a.m. at Rice Elementary, 7000 Third St. Fees are $15 for adults before May 10 – forms are available through either school – or $20 the day of the race; $5 for Poudre School District students; kids under 5 can participate in the Fun Run for free. Last May, 317 kids and family members participated to help promote school-wide physical activity and family fun. This year, the event has another purpose as well. Some of the proceeds from the race and all of the proceeds from a silent auction to be held after the race will go to the medical fund of a second-grader from Eyestone battling leukemia. Organizers are still in need of donations for the silent auction. For more information, contact Angela Billington at 970-2156072 or Conservation Gardens Fair With weather conditions so far echoing the drought year

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Mishawaka concert season opens If your mom loves Colorado music – and who doesn’t? – a trip up Poudre Canyon to the Mishawaka Amphitheater might be the best Mother’s Day present ever. The summer concert season opens May 12 at 7 p.m. with Head for the Hills, Split Lip Rayfield and Finnders and Youngberg. May 13 the show starts at 5 p.m. and features the acoustic duo the Wood Brothers, with Paper Bird. Tickets and information available at or 970-568-5420. Begin to commence Just one more big event over Mother’s Day weekend: Colorado State University commencement exercises will be held May 11 and 12 this year. Poudre School District seniors graduate at the end of the month, with Poudre High School set to flip their tassels first, on May 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Moby Arena on the CSU campus. Fort Collins, Fossil Creek and Rocky Mountain High all hold their ceremonies on Saturday, May 26. Then let the parties begin, even though the last day of school isn’t until June 1. Trail-running race Lory State Park will host the inaugural Quad Rock 50 Trail Race on Saturday, May 12. The trail-running race will start at 5 a.m. at Soldier Canyon Group Picnic Area. Runners will have the option of completing one 25-mile loop from Lory State Park into Horsetooth Mountain Park and back to Soldier Canyon or completing a second 25mile lap on the course to get the full 50 miles. For registration or further

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Ag producers concerned about copper thefts in Larimer County

School connected to highspeed Internet backbone, everyone else on their own

By Kate Hawthorne North Forty News

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The Red Feather Lakes Planning Advisory Committee has identified the need to improve and enhance the speed and quality of Internet access as a priority. Numerous citizens have voiced their frustrations to the PAC over the past few months, including what they say is a lack of interest by CenturyLink in investing in the area. “There are no alternatives, except maybe a high-powered satellite phone, which is beyond the financial reach of people up here,” Tobias said. That frustration boiled over into a plea by the PAC to the Larimer County Commissioners for help. Senior Planner Rob Helmick, liaison to the PAC, presented a memo outlining the concerns at the April 17 commissioners meeting. “The members of the PAC respectfully request the Board of County Commissioners communicate with both CenturyLink and the Public Utilities Commission to place an official voice to the concerns of the citizens of Red Feather Lakes,” the memo said. The memo included a list of organizations affected by the poor service, including the fire districts, Soaring Eagle Ecology Center, the library, post office, all businesses, Fox Acres, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Shambala and homeowners associations in Crystal Lakes and Glacier View Meadows. Helmick pointed out to the commissioners that it does not include the Red Feather elementary school, which is connected to the Poudre School District broadband backbone. Commissioner Lew Gaiter III, who represents Red Feather as part of District 1, said at the meeting that he had heard from local residents that expanded cell service would be a help. While it is not part of the current proposal for a Middle Bald Mountain emergency communications tower, Gaiter said adding commercial transmitters could be considered, if residents request it during the comment phase. Hughes, who reports excellent cell service from the Verizon tower in Fox Acres, said that might be an idea worth considering. “I’ve already had people decide not to move here because they can’t work from their homes,” said Hughes, who also chairs the PAC. “That affects the real estate market, then you have fewer people shopping at the mom-and-pops, and pretty soon you don’t have a community.” The commissioners directed Helmick to do additional research with the PUC on CenturyLink, as well as whether assistance might be available from the state’s new EAGLENet Alliance. The initiative is using a $100 million federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program infrastructure grant to build a 4,600-mile network to serve 170 communities statewide by August 2013.

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Recent thefts of copper electrical cables prompted the Larimer County Agricultural Advisory Board to ask the sheriff’s department to keep a closer eye on irrigation equipment. “We would ask that the Sheriff’s department make personnel aware of the gravity of this situation and to increase the observation of sprinklers along their patrol routes,” Chair Val Manning wrote on behalf of the board in a letter dated March 27. The letter explained that in the process of stealing long electrical cables off the top of center pivot irrigation sprinklers, thieves have damaged pipe and fittings, which “may result in crop losses as well as the substantial cost of repairs themselves.” It cites reported thefts at the Colorado State University Agricultural Research, Development and Education Center and Grant Family Farms near Wellington as instances where “a vigorous investigation” is needed. Sheriff Justin Smith said his deputies and investigators are on the case. “Metal theft has been a huge problem for us throughout the county,” he said. In the first six weeks of the year, there were seven reported metal thefts in the county, following 16 in the last six months of 2011, according to the sheriff ’s figures. In addition to construction sites, thieves have hit individual electricians and plumbers as well as farmers. Outdoor equipment such as air conditioners have been ripped apart or simply hauled off. While all types of metal have been stolen, copper is the most often pilfered. The skyrocketing price of the metal – from less than $1.50 per pound in 2009 to above $4.50 per pound in 2011 – makes it a prime target.

Widespread problem The problem is not confined to Larimer County or even Colorado. States from Illinois to Georgia are considering or have passed laws increasing penalties for stealing or trafficking in stolen commodities metals. In the 2011 session, the Colorado Legislature passed and Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law HB-1130, which regulates transactions involving metals with a market value of at least 50 cents per pound (except precious metals such as gold and silver). The rules require sellers to produce a picture ID for all sales. Buyers must photograph all sellers and their merchandise and hold on to purchase records for 6 months. Any purchase worth more than $300 must be paid for with a check, and employees of scrap dealers must be trained in and use the industry’s theft alert system. “The new law gives us a little more muscle to deal with second-hand dealers,” Smith said. “We need information on who is selling, but so far compliance with the documentation regulations has been kind of spotty, so we can’t prove where it came from.” For proven metal theft the penalties have been increased and are now based on the weight of the material rather than the monetary value. Theft of less than 100 pounds of commodities metals is a Class 6 felony; 100 to 1,000 pounds a Class 5 felony; and more than 1,000 pounds Class 4. Task force takes holistic view HB-1130 also created a 26-member Commodities Metal Theft Task Force of law enforcement, metal recyclers, utilities, railroads, municipalities, the Department of Homeland Security, and other interested parties to take a holistic view of the

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problem. The task force has met four times since last July, according to member RJ Hicks of Hicks & Associates, a Brightonbased lobbying firm. He said where previous bills addressed only one or two aspects of the problem, the task force discussions have been “eye-opening.” “For example, law enforcement did not know that the scrap metal industry had a website to report metal theft and send alerts to dealers in a 500-mile radius,” he said. The railroads and utilities have made district attorneys aware that the cost of metal theft includes replacement costs many times greater than the value of the metal, he added, and the aggregate cost should push cases above simple misdemeanors. The biggest problem identified is not so much with established scrap dealers, but with what Hicks calls “mobile recyclers,” the ones who advertise on the side of the road that they’ll take anything, ask no questions and keep no records. “As long as they continue to operate, a crackdown on reputable metal recyclers won’t do any good,” he said. There may be economic relief on the horizon, however. The price of copper reached a threemonth low of $3.70 per pound in mid-April, and global supplies are growing. While markets may remain tight through 2013, industry analysts expect prices to continue to drop and forecast an oversupply by 2015.

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Dispatches Stove Prairie wood collection yard opens June 2 The Larimer County wood collection yard at Stove Prairie will open this year on Saturday, June 2. Larimer County and the Stove Prairie site are partners with Peak to Peak Wood. The Stove Prairie site is located on the Colard property, south of the Stove Prairie School along County Road 27. The collection site will be open exclusively on Saturdays June 2 through 30, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can visit the Peak to Peak Wood website at for log specifications. • Logs 8 ft. 4 in. or longer are preferred, although shorter logs will be accepted. • No stumps or rotting logs will be accepted. • Branches are to be cut flush with the logs; no pig ears. • No slash will be accepted. For further information contact Dave Lentz, Larimer County Forester, at 970-498-5765 or

Farmers Union hosts mineral rights leasing forum Agricultural land and mineral rights owners often feel at a disadvantage when approached by a company wishing to lease their lands for potential oil or natural gas production. Recent interest in finding the boundaries of the Niobrara oil shale area may spark an uptick in such leasing activity. The more you understand about the leasing and production process before signing a lease or renewal, the better you can feel about the outcome. The Larimer and Weld County Farmers Union chapters are sponsoring a meeting on May 15 to address leasing, drilling, and production concerns. Neil Ray, president of the Rockies chapter of the National Association of Royalty Owners, and NARO board member Cristy Koeneke will be available to address these issues as well as Tracee Bentley, the director of policy and legislation in the Governor’s Energy Office, and Thom Kerr, permit and technical services manager for the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Local legislators have also been invited to talk about oil and gas issues in the 2012 legislative session. Attendees will get time to share their experi-

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June 8-10 fundraiser will help Virginia Dale stage Continued from page 1

Denver was now within 33 hours of a railroad by stage along the South Platte River. On Nov. 14, the tracks entered Cheyenne, a town founded by the Union Pacific. The Colorado-financed Denver Pacific reached the Mile High City through Union Colony (Greeley) three years later. Holladay sold the Overland Stage Company to Wells Fargo in 1867 for $1.8 million as the era of long-distance travel in horse-drawn stagecoaches was drawing to a close. As the end of track advanced across Wyoming and Utah, stage travel was still necessary until the rails of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific were joined at Promontory, Utah, in 1869. What the Overland Trail meant to Larimer County was profound. It connected settlements along the Front Range and provided the county’s first scheduled delivery for freight and mail, yet it lasted only a few years as an active route. All that remains today are a few old photographs, faint ruts along the foothills, a few historic markers and a small swing station located on private property at Spring Creek. By far the most important of all structures is the 150-year-old Virginia Dale home station now in need of help, both in the form of money and labor, to preserve it for future generations. Building needs some TLC The old stage station leans three degrees to the south and desperately needs stabilization. The southeast corner is starting to pull apart and the gap is large enough to allow rain and wind driven snow to enter the interior. The west wall is crooked and the internal chimney leans. Engineering work will be furnished by the American Society of Civil Engineers as a community service project. Volunteer

labor will be used to the greatest extent possible. Even with all of this, the stabilization work is expected to cost more than $200,000. The specific details are quite complex and involve many steps, both minor and major. The building will have to be pulled back to vertical then stabilized with an internal structure to hold it in place. All of the masonry must be repointed. Copper flashing is needed along with a new internal roof structure. The electrical service does not meet code and the building must be completely rewired. Wind whips through the space between the hand-hewn logs and rechinking is essential. The list goes on and on. Three-day celebration June 8 marks the start of a three-day event and a birthday party at Virginia Dale stage station. It begins with a Western dance at 7 p.m. that features a pie auction and live music by “Just Gettin’ By.” On June 9, there will be a craft show, quilt raffle and the appearance of Jack and Virginia Slade as well as Mark Twain. A history of the Overland Trail will be given by Wayne Sundberg. Caricature artist Dale Crawford will lend his talent to the show. On June 10, a 10 a.m. country church service will be held in the station followed by a picnic lunch, bake sale, horseshoe tournament and the sale of crafts. It is hoped that all of this celebration will provide some of the money for the stabilization of the building. Cash donations are appreciated and can be sent to the Virginia Dale Community Club, 844 Country Road 43F, Virginia Dale, Colorado 80536. For more information on the 150-year celebration, visit or call Marcie Wells at 970-568-7646.

Home station. The Virginia Dale stage station was constructed in 1862 by the Overland Stage Company coincident with the relocation of its line across central Wyoming south into Colorado. The first agent was the notorious Joseph A. “Jack” Slade. With the exception of the absence of the porch, this contemporary photograph (above) shows that it has changed little over the years.

Leaning to the left. The structural problems with the Virginia Dale stage station are obvious in this interior view. The building is leaning three degrees to the south as evidenced by the angle of the chimney. Straightening and stabilization is essential for the survival of the only remaining Colorado stage station in its original condition on its original site. Photos by Kenneth Jessen

Virginia Dale dispatch: Slade ‘one of those blood-thirsty desperadoes’ Fort Collins Standard April 29, 1874

Thinking a few items from this part of Larimer County would be of interest to your many readers, I will send you a few notes I have gathered during my pilgrimage here. Virginia Dale is situated at the head of a deep gorge on Dale Creek. On the east side of the canyon there is a towering and rugged chain of rocks, 600 feet high, which extend for a mile along the creek, giving a wild and romantic air to the scene. This point is called “Lover’s Leap,” which derives its name from a love affair in the early days which terminated in the true “Lord Lovell” style. Virginia Dale was first laid out and kept by the notorious Jack Slade, who was division

agent for the old Central Overland California Stage Company. Slade was one of the those blood-thirsty desperadoes who infested the Rocky Mountains in the early days of Colorado, having, it is said, killed 13 men, among who was one Jules Burg, the founder of Julesburg, a town on the Union Pacific Railroad. But not like former days, the place is now owned by Mr. Leach, an extensive cattle-raiser and dairyman, who has stocked it with the best horses and cattle, and with untiring perseverance and economy has made his place a spot to be admired and praised by everyone. About 1 mile southwest from Dale we found our gentlemanly agent, Dr. Titus Weber, with his coat off and plow in hand, turning over rich soil of his beauti-

ful valley farm preparatory to spring planting. He has fenced some 5,000 acres of pasture land for grazing purposes. We found his estimable lady as busy as a bee with her domestic cares, and from the appearance of their well arranged home, it seemed as if her hands were ever busy in trying to assist her husband to make the home a paradise. M.E. Webber’s mills will start again about the first of May and continue to turn out the choicest native lumber during the coming summer, which they propose to sell to those desiring it at prices that will astonish the natives. All who have seen the Fort Collins Standard are well pleased with it, and will extend it a very liberal hand. — Orestes

Hollywood’s take. A 1953 movie poster promotes the movie “Jack Slade” starring Mark Stevens and Dorothy Malone. Accused of killing up to 23 men, the former wagonmaster and stagecoach driver established Virginia Dale in 1862 and named it after his wife, Virginia. Joseph A. “Jack” Slade was lynched by vigilantes in Virginia City, Mont., in 1864.

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The Virginia Dale stage station is owned by the Virginia Dale Community Club and open to the public several times a year. During past years, a stagecoach was used to reenact travel of the past.

Song of the Overland Stage Montana Post, April 8, 1865 Written by Nat Stein and sung to the tune “High Salary Driver on the Denver City Line” I sing to everybody, in the country and the town, A song upon a subject that’s worthy of renown; I haven’t got a story of fairy-land to broach, But plead for the cause of sticking to the box seat of a coach. Chorus: Statesmen and warriors, traders and the rest, May boast of their professions, and think it is the best; Their state I’ll never envy, I’ll have you understand, Long as I can be a driver on the jolly “Overland.” There’s beauty never ending, for me, upon the plains, That’s worth a man’s beholding, at any cost of pains; And in the Indian country it offers me a fund Of glee to see the antelopes and prairie-dogs abscond. The mountains and the canyons in turn afford delight, As often as I pass them, by day or in the night; That man must be a ninny who’d bury up alive When all it costs to revel through creation is to drive. Alike are all the seasons and weathers, to my mind; Nor heat nor cold can daunt me, or make me lag behind, In daylight and in darkness, through rain and shine and snow, It’s my confirmed ambition to be up and on the go. You ask me for our leader; I’ll soon inform you, then; It’s Holladay they call him, and often only Ben. If you can read the papers, it’s easy work to scan He beats the world on staging now, “or any other man.” And so you must allow me, the agent at his books, And selling passage tickets, how woebegone he looks! ‘T would cause his eyes to twinkle, his drooping heart revive, Could he but hold the ribbons and obtain a chance to drive. The sup’rintendent, even, though big a chief he be, Would find it quite a poser to swap off berths with me; And if division agents, though clever coves and fine, Should make me such an offer, you can gamble I’d decline. The station-keepers nimble and messengers so gay Have duties of importance, and please me every way; But never let them fancy, for anything alive, I’d take their situations and give up to them my drive. And then the trusty fellows who tend upon the stock, And do the horses justice, as reg’lar as a clock, I love them late and early, and wish them well to thrive, But theirs is not my mission, for I’m bound, you see, to drive. The Overland Trail north of LaPorte parallels U.S. 287. Map by Kenneth Jessen

A truce to these distinctions, since all the hands incline To stick up for their business, as I stick up for mine; And, like a band of brothers, our efforts we unite To please the traveling public and the mails to expedite. It’s thus you’re safely carried throughout the mighty West, Where chances to make fortunes are ever found the best, And thus the precious pouches of mail are brought to hand Through the ready hearts that center on the jolly “Overland.”

Hints for plains travellers The Omaha Herald, 1877

• The best seat inside a stagecoach is the one next to the driver…with back to the horses, which with some people, produces…seasickness, but in a long journey this will wear off, and you will get…less than half the bumps and jars than on any other seat. When any old “sly Eph,” who traveled thousands of miles on coaches, offers through sympathy to exchange his back or middle seat with you, don’t do it. • Never ride in cold weather with tight boots or shoes, nor close-fitting gloves. Bathe your feet before starting in cold water and wear loose overshoes and gloves two or three sizes too large. • When the driver asks you to get off and walk, do it without grumbling. He will not request it unless absolutely necessary. If a team runs away, sit still and take your chances; if you jump, nine times out of ten you will be hurt. • In very cold weather, abstain entirely from liquor while on the road; a man will freeze twice as quick while under its influence. • Don’t growl at food at stations; stage companies generally provide the best they can get. Don’t keep the stage waiting; many a virtuous man has lost his character by so doing.

• Don’t smoke a strong pipe inside especially early in the morning. Spit on the leeward side of the coach. If you have anything to take in a bottle, pass it around; a man who drinks by himself in such a case is lost to all human feeling. Provide stimulants before starting; ranch whiskey is not always nectar. • Don’t swear, nor lop over on your neighbor when sleeping. • Don’t ask how far it is to the next station until you get there. • Never attempt to fire a gun or pistol while on the road, it may frighten the team; and the careless handling and cocking of the weapon makes nervous people nervous. • Don’t discuss politics or religion, nor point out places on the road where horrible murders have been committed. • Don’t grease your hair before starting or dust will stick there in sufficient quantities to make a respectable “tater” patch. Tie a silk handkerchief around your neck to keep out dust and prevent sunburns…A little glycerine is good in case of chapped hands. • Don’t imagine for a moment you are going on a picnic; expect annoyance, discomfort, and some hardships. If you are disappointed, thank heaven. (Source: Historic Trail Map of the Denver 1 degree x 2 degree Quadrangle, Central Colorado by Glenn R. Scott)

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20 — May 2012 — North Forty News

T-Bar Inn Mystery Photo Contest

Red Feather Lakes Library By Creed Kidd, Library Director

our View-and-Discuss Classic Movie series with a 1989 baseball fantasy film. Your presence (and opinion, yea or nay) welcome. • Margie and Larry Caswell conduct the first seasonal nature walk through the RFL Community Park, 9 to 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 15. • Tech-wise we’ll be presenting in May our ongoing sponsored Digital Photography Interest Group (PC or Mac aficionados equally welcome) running the second Saturday of the month (May 12). Also, “Noting OneNote, Microsoft’s Superb Information Manager” presented Thursday, May 17, at 1 to 2 p.m. • Library hours: May 22 we begin summer extended hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. five days a week Tuesday through Saturday – an extra 10 hours open per week for your convenience. We’ll return to the regular threeseason schedule (11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday) on September 8. • We’d like to welcome new Library Board of Trustee members Bev Eddinger and Julie Burness to the Library fam-

I work at PF Chang Some folks are sweet, some sour. I watch and observe.

April showers (and there have been a few this season in the mountains) brings May 9Health Fair in the Red Feather Lakes area. This year, held Saturday, May 5 from 7 a.m. to 12 noon. The RFL Library, along with the RFL Property Owners Association and the RFLV Fire Department Ambulance Bay will be donating time, effort and space to host this important annual low-cost and free health screening for the community. Included low-cost blood tests: blood chemistry, blood count, prostate specific antigen (PSA), Vitamin D and new this year, Hemoglobin A1c blood screening. Also available are vision, oral/dental, lung function screenings and much more. For more information, contact Judy at 970-8812159. • For the younger set, mark your calendars for Preschool Story hour (Thursdays, 11:20 a.m. to 12 noon) and Baby Time (for infants 6 – 24 months old, and their parents) Fridays from 10:30 to 10:50 a.m.). • May 9, 2 p.m. we wrap up

Keith Shirley Fort Collins

Wellington Public Library

And bagels. We’d like to know more about this mysterious sign. Really. So enter this month’s T-Bar Inn Mystery Photo Contest by telling us where it is, plus get bonus points for telling us what the heck it means. One winner gets a dinner for two at the famous Wellington restaurant. Enter online at Deadline: May 20. Include your postal address in case you win. The April challenge was a tough one. We received one correct response telling us the cast-iron horse’s location, which is at the corner of Daryn Lane and CR 15 (Waverly Road). We also received some decent haikus and the top entries are reprinted below. The haiku winner is Martin DuBois of Wellington.

Sculpt horse you discern More than that I signify I mark where you turn.

The Stallion I am Should rein over a field of A group of fine mares

Martin DuBois Wellington

William Maher LaPorte

Horse head so nobel I saw you, I know not where That why make haiku!

Majestic post perhaps? Look past the wood, see my heart. Take me to your barn.

Martin DuBois Wellington

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or by coming into the library. There will be special programs, prizes, drawings, contests, and much more. We have four programs planned for the summer reading program. Dates and times will be available at the library and online. Once again the participants in the summer reading program can receive prizes for reading in five-hour blocks of time. After the first two five hour blocks are completed the readers are entered into drawings for larger prizes. Middle school students can also earn prizes as well as a “First Choice Locker Pass” for locker day at Eyestone Middle School. I want to remind everyone that eBooks and other digital media are available for downloading from the library’s website. Library card holders can check out and download digital media anytime, anywhere by visiting our web site, http://wellington.

Readers of all ages are invited to explore the night this summer with the Wellington Public Library and the 2012 Summer Reading Program, “Dream Big-READ!” The 2012 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, preschool age through high school. The theme of the children’s program is “Dream Big, READ!” The theme of the young adult summer reading program is “Own the Night.” Registration begins on Monday, May 14, for the 2012 Summer Reading Program. On May 14, schedules and information on the programs and how to earn prizes will be available at the library. This year we will again offer the option of registering for the summer reading program online from the library’s website

Start Checking in items Tuesday, May 8, 2012 CONSIGNMENTS ARE WELCOME

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and be in seller’s name. Vehicles and trailers without titles will not be sold. There will be a $30.00 title handling fee.


ily, joining the current Board membership of Linda Bell, June Dreith, Candace Alexander, David Christopher and Board President Gary Dreith. • May 2 at 9 a.m. we’ll be conducting our quarterly volunteer meeting, honing skills that will make your visit to the library more convenient, helpful and productive. Have a few extra hours through the month that you’d like to contribute in assisting the community through library volunteering? Contact Creed at 970-881-2664 for more information. There’s always room for one more: community members helping other members of the community within the greater Red Feather Lakes/ Crystal Lakes/Glacier View area. • In Ruth’s Gallery for May: Sally Dixon displaying excellent knitting and wildlife and flower photography. • Finally, a Library red-letter event: the Friends of the Library Book Sale, May 25 – 27, hours as posted. Excellent bargains in books and other media, proceeds used in supporting your Red Feather Lakes Community Library. Look for the OverDrive button. As a member of the Across Colorado Digital Consortium the library has access to the more than 4,550 titles that are part of the collection. New titles are regularly added. The library has available instruction sheets on downloading digital media to your specific device. There are also instructions on the OverDrive website. If you have questions just call or come by the library. We will be glad to help you get started with downloading your digital media. “The Leisure Seeker” by Michael Zadoorian is the book that will be discussed on May 3 by the book discussion group that meets at the library. The leisure seekers are John and Ella Robina, senior citizens who flee their adult children and doctors for one last road trip down Route 66. If you would like to join us, come to the library on May 3 at 7 p.m. Mothers and care givers of preschoolers: don’t forget that in May there are two preschool story and craft times. On Tuesday, May 8 the theme will be Mother’s Day, and on Tuesday, May 22 the theme will be butterflies. Starting time is 11 a.m.


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Dispatches Livermore Craft Show May 5-6

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The 11th annual Livermore Craft Show takes place May 5-6 and will feature local and regional artisans and food vendors who’ll be selling embellished clothing, fine art, jewelry, pottery, trunks, stained glass, cards and home-baked goods. The craft show is May 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and May 6, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Livermore Community Hall two miles west of Highway 287 on the Red Feather Lakes Road (74E). Vendors from Wyoming and up and down the Front Range will also participate. The event is free. Livermore Community Hall was built in 1949 and 1950 by local families as a meeting place to celebrate and enjoy good times. Many a dance, potluck dinner, club event, wedding and reunion have taken place at the hall. Fees paid by the artisans at the Livermore Craft Show help cover the cost of heat and maintenance for the entire year. For information about the show or about renting the historic Livermore Community Hall for events, contact Terry Turner at or 970493-9262.

Patrol cars in RFL area get AEDs

HomeGoods opens on May 6 HomeGoods, the country’s only major off-price store dedicated to home fashions, will open a new store in Fort Collins on May 6 at 8 a.m. The 25,000 square-foot store is located at Harmony Marketplace, 4420 S. College Ave. and Harmony Road. With the addition of this store, HomeGoods will have four stores in the Denver marketplace. HomeGoods offers an everchanging selection of highquality home fashions at prices 20 percent to 60 percent less than department and specialty store regular prices, every day. On grand opening day, the first 400 shoppers at the Fort Collins location will receive a free reusable HomeGoods shopping bag (while supplies last). Regular store hours are Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Special grand opening day hours will be from 8


The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded two Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) by Poudre Valley Hospital as part of a special grant program which recycles used but functional equipment. Automatic External Defibrillators are used to apply an electric current to a heart which is beating irregularly, sporadically or not at all. It is most effective when used within a few minutes of an abnormal heartbeat occurring. The AEDs were awarded to the Sheriff’s Office Mountain squad which patrols both the Estes Park and Red Feather Lakes areas.

Mountain Lions Recycle for Sight As spring cleaning gets under way, the Red Feather Lakes Mountain Lions are asking people to look through dresser drawers and closets for used eyeglasses to donate to the Lions’ Recycle for Sight program. The Mountain Lions collect used prescription eyeglasses and prescription and non-prescription sunglasses as part of a unique recycling program. The collected glasses are sent to the Colorado Correctional Facility in Sterling, where the prisoners sort, categorize by prescription, clean and package the eyeglasses for distribution to developing countries where eye care is often unaffordable and inaccessible. To donate glasses, place them in the specially marked Lions Recycle for Sight collection boxes in the post office and the community library in Red Feather Lakes. The Mountain Lions are service volunteers who are trying to meet the needs of our mountain area community. We all share a common belief that a community is what we make it.

This group is fired up. Members of Poudre Canyon, Red Feather Lakes and Crystal Lakes fire departments participated in the first annual Mountain Firefighters chili cook-off hosted by Poudre Canyon firefighters on March 23. The cook-off was a fundraiser for the fire department, but also a chance to get to know firefighters from surrounding districts. Crystal Lakes won the judge’s choice award for fire department chili. A total of 19 varieties of firehouse and individual chilies were entered. Other awards went to Jenny Holmgren for judge’s choice of non-firehouse chili and Jackie Matzner took the trophy for people’s choice award. Judges were Scott Doyle, Candice McMahan, and Kay Orr. For more information about next year’s cook-off, contact Ralph Matzner at

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Foal rescue hosts open house Archway Foal Rescue and Training will host an open house on June 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at their facility at 4015 W County Road 56E in LaPorte. Archway, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, provides a safe, loving place for orphaned foals to reach their potential. Young horses receive care and training for three to four years, which gives them a solid foundation of ground and saddle training and prepares them for placement with appropriate owners. Participants at the open house include musician and mustang advocate Melody Perez. For info, email archway@ or call 720-2036781.

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of the Year in age groups 70-74 and 75-79. She currently has a tea-bag art business and just finished the text for a picture book about an old woman who decides to run a marathon. “No research required,” she said. The 6th annual induction ceremony and reception was held April 19 at the Denver Athletic Club.

The 2012 Colorado Running Hall of Fame inductee class included long-time North Forty News contributor Libby James. James didn’t enter her first race until her 40s, but she quick-

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New principals for local schools

Wellington Senior Center

By Kate Hawthorne North Forty News

By Trudy Patterson

New principals will be greeting students at Stove Prairie, Red Feather and Livermore elementaries and Cache la Poudre Middle School in the fall. Pending formal action by the Poudre School District Board of Education, Matt Marietta will become principal of the three mountain-area schools. He replaces Patrick Kind, who taught for two years at Red Feather before being named mountain schools principal in 2010. Marietta was recommended to the board from among seven candidates interviewed by a team of school staff members and

parents. The team narrowed the field to three, and the final selection was made by Superintendent Jerry Wilson and Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools Kevin Hahn. Marietta comes to the district from Iowa, where he was an elementary principal and preschool program administrator. He has also taught second, third and fifth grades. He holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education from Iowa State University. Alicia Bono will be taking over from CLPMS Principal Skip Caddoo, once the school board gives formal approval. Caddoo has been with the school since 2004, when he started as assistant principal,

and principal since 2010. Bono will be coming to LaPorte from Page High School in Page, Ariz., where she has been assistant principal and athletic director. Bono also brings experience as a middle school and high school history teacher, volleyball coach and community volunteer. She holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University and a bachelor’s in history from Loras College in Iowa. The board was expected to consider both appointments at its April 24 meeting (after the North Forty News went to press). Marietta and Bono will begin their new positions at the end of July.

Places of Worship

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We have scheduled several trips for the month of May here at the Wellington Senior Center; call 970-817-2293 on Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for details. Here are some other activities set for this month. May 2: Free blood pressure check, 11 a.m. to noon. May 7: Membership meeting, 10:30 a.m. May 11: Bunko, 1 to 4 p.m. May 25: Bingo, 1 to 4 p.m. Ever Wednesday our 4 Star Band plays from 10:30 to noon, and once a month we get together for knitting and crocheting, with lessons for beginners. The center is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with meals served each day at noon. For reservations, call the Volunteers of America the day before at 970-472-9630.

Sunday Service: Worship at 8:00 & 10:30am Education Hour at 9:15 a.m. The Wellington Food Bank, a ministry of Zion, 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 2-3 p.m. Held at Wellington Community Church

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Bellvue Senior Center By Lola Cook

The Bellvue Senior Center is open Monday through Friday, with meetings every Thursday in the Cache la Poudre Grange Hall in Bellvue. Everyone 60 years of age or older is welcome to participate. We will host these special events this month. May 3: Senior advisory council, 9:45 a.m. May 8: Field trip to Perkins, 310 S. College Ave. in Fort Collins, for lunch. Meet at the restaurant at 11 a.m. May 10: Free blood pressure checks, 11 a.m. to noon. We will also celebrate Mother’s Day with a flower for each lady. May 15: Grange covered dish supper at 6 p.m. Bring a friend and enjoy an evening of good fellowship and food, with bingo after supper. Non-members welcome. April 26: Health District of Larimer County will offer cholesterol screenings and blood pressure checks beginning at 8 a.m. Call 970224-5209 to make an appointment for a blood draw. We’ll also celebrate May birthdays. Bingo with pennies after lunch. Please bring your aluminum for our recycling program. For lunch reservations, call the Volunteers of America at 970472-9630 by 1:30 p.m. on the previous business day. Meals are also delivered to the homebound.

Obituaries Charles Ray ‘Pete’ Cunningham Charles Ray “Pete� Cunningham, Sr., 72, of Wellington, passed away peacefully on April 4 at Northern Colorado Long Term Acute Hospital, surrounded by family and friends. Pete was born in A s h l a n d, Kentucky, to Charles Walter and Ray Belle ( Wa r n e r ) CunningPete Cunningham ham on May 25, 1939. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1958, spending time on the aircraft carrier Roosevelt. He moved to Fort Collins in the late 1960s. Pete worked for the U.S. Forest Service as an illustrator and graphic designer for the publishing department. He was a member of the Colorado Independent Van Group and enjoyed showing his custom van at many

competitions. His CB handle was “Graygo.� Pete will be greatly missed by his children, Charles Ray Cunningham, Jr. and Clayton Russell Cunningham, both of Fort Collins; a sister, Zita (David) Eley of Ashland, Kentucky; a grandson, Charles Ray Cunningham, III, of Fort Collins; his special loving life partner, Sandra Banks of Boulder and her children, Carol (Alex Bane) Banks and Tony (Marisa) Banks and granddaughters, Michaela and Bianca. A gathering of friends was held at Resthaven Funeral Home in Fort Collins. Burial took place in the Ashland Cemetery, Ashland, Kentucky. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Northern Colorado Long Term Acute Hospital in care of Resthaven Funeral Home, 8426 S. Highway 287, Fort Collins, CO 80525. Family and friends may sign the guestbook and view the online obituary at

Grace Notes Remember who you’re running for By Natalie Constanza-Chavez North Forty News

The plum trees are bloomheavy; I can almost hear them sigh with their new weight, their pink swag. Errant petals fill the parking lot gutters and dot the windshields of cars sitting all day in the sun. Students and coaches spill across the field. Visitors make their way to the stadium with fold-chairs, umbrellas, and blankets. The very young children already run their chase-games up and down the bleacher steps. Track meet. The school’s auxiliary roads are lined with yellow buses. The athletes, girls and boys both, move in a slow wave of schoolcolored uniforms: red, purple, black, green and then break off into same colored bunches. At the east end of the field a circle of boys, my son among them, sit, leaning back on their thin arms, their spiked running shoes toes up, waiting. A barefoot girl carries a giant carton of goldfish crackers. Each time she passes likeuniformed runners, she fills their hands with orange fish to eat. Many of the runners carry their neon shoes — their hornet green, or ozone blue, or fire pink shoes, hooked on two fingers, dangling at their side. They walk in socks, now grass-damp and covered with clippings. A coach with a bullhorn calls for hurdle help — “If you’re in the center field and not prepping for a race, please help move the hurdles into lanes one through five.� No one reacts quickly, but one by one, several students curve around toward the lanes, heave the hurdles from the grass to the track, click them exactly into place. The pole vaulters in purple begin to warm up; they do short runs, six to eight strides, and mime the pole plant. The hurdlers in red stretch, raising their

knees high up in the air, exaggerated drum majors. Step. Step. Step. The stadium speakers crackle and the announcer lists the first three races; first call, second, and a final before the starting gun cracks loud and the runners leap forward. While this is happening, pole vaulting, discus tossing and long jumping are also beginning and ending and beginning again, the events staggered in with the rest of the races. This is all well and good, quick paced, something to watch almost anywhere. Until the 3,200. I am new to track and field and the first time I hear the race called, I think it’s a mistake. Again they call for runners in the 3,200, check in, line up. I do the calculation — eight full laps — no way. I’d watched students struggle in the 800 and 400, but at least those races end fairly quickly. The 3,200? A lifetime. Despite my incredulousness, the start gun sounds. A gaggle of girls, all visually clumped together, lope gently. One pulls ahead, and then two more and then another one. Then the spread grows bigger and bigger, until the first girl passes the last, a full lap ahead. I can no longer tell who’s in first, or second, or third. I can no longer even tell who is last. Some faces are clearly more

stressed and tired than others. Some are almost, but not quite struggling. Four or three or two laps to go — I’m unsure. One girl finishes and the crowd cheers, then another, more cheering. The remaining girls run, focused, dogged, tired and finish one by one. At the far side of the track, yelling erupts. “Remember who you’re running for!� the words come from a coach jogging in the infield along with one of the racers. Then there are more people, teammates, all calling, “Finish!� and “You can do this!� The girl stares straight ahead and moves steadily, in her own set pace, one foot in front of the other. “Remember who you’re running for!!� the coach screams again. This runner is the only one left on the track. She has a full lap to go, alone. I try to figure out which team she’s running for — which color belongs to which school? Then I understand: She’s running for herself. The whole team reminds her. She runs and runs. She crosses the finish line. Everyone cheers. High school students are brave. High school students are wise. We can learn from them. I did. Email Natalie at gracenotes@; her website is


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Leafy spurge, a noxious weed that loves Larimer County By Ellen Nelson Larimer County Weed District

In the mid 1970s residents in LaPorte may have observed a new plant in their pastures and hayfields. This newcomer quickly established roots and made itself a permanent resident. Thirty-five years ago, leafy spurge was a newcomer to Larimer County, now it occupies large tracts of land here. It sunk its roots deep into the moist soils near the Poudre River; it dispersed its seed into irrigation ditches and major waterways. Today it is the worst noxious weed problem in Fort Collins and much of Larimer County. This perennial invader dominates landscapes along the Poudre River and the North Fork of the Poudre. It is also happily at home in Bellvue, Rist Canyon, LaPorte, and north of Fort Collins. Smaller infestations found throughout the county can easily be managed, if acted on before the plant is well established. Leafy spurge is a perennial with very deep roots that is very hardy, very prolific and very difficult to control. Plants emerge in early spring, grow 2 to 3 feet tall and produce yellow-green flowers in April and May. The leaves are nar-

row, 1-2 inches long. The entire plant contains milky latex, an identification characteristic for leafy spurge. The latex can easily be seen after tearing a leaf or breaking a stem. Leafy spurge’s root system is the key to why it is so difficult to control. The underground portions of the plants are covered with vegetative buds, each bud can produce a new plant, and some of these buds can be as much as 30 feet underground. The roots grow fast, in four months a seedling can extend its roots three feet down and three feet out. They grow deep, right to the water table, providing the plant with ready access to water and nutrients. The root buds send up new shoots, allowing the plant to spread vegetatively several feet per year. Then there are the seeds. Leafy spurge produces lots of seeds with a very high germination rate. When mature, the seed pods burst, projecting seeds up to 15 feet from the parent plant. These seeds remain viable in the soil for eight to ten years. Leafy spurge is ideally designed to displace native vegetation in prairie grasslands, rangelands, cultivated pastures and fields. Its aggressive root system out-competes native plants for available water and

Newcomer. A leafy spurge plant in bloom. Shown in detail are vegetative buds on the roots, a leafy bract and true flower, a seed pod (capsule) and a seed. Illustration courtesy North Dakota State University

nutrients; dense stands of leafy spurge crowd out native vegetation, and may inhibit the establishment of light-demanding species. There is some evidence that leafy spurge exhibits allelopathy, the ability to inhibit the growth of other plants by releasing plant toxins into the surrounding soil. For all these reasons, leafy spurge is a very aggressive plant that can dominate large areas of open land, and is extremely difficult to eradicate. Methods of control Several species of flea beetle

(Apthona spp.) have been found effective in significantly reducing stands of leafy spurge. These beetles develop in the spurge root system. The Apthona larvae feed on the root hairs and young roots, compromising the plant’s ability to absorb water and nutrients. The adult beetles feed on leafy spurge foliage in the summer, so other management tools, such as grazing, mowing or herbicide should be used at other times of the year. Effectiveness of the beetles is site-dependent and varies from year to year. The results are not as immediate as when herbicides are used but, some reports indicate that if pesticide use is minimal, a significant population of beetles accumulate within a few years and can provide good control of leafy spurge infestations. Sheep and goats can be trained to browse leafy spurge. Mowing and grazing can deplete root reserves. Hand-pulling or digging can reduce seed production and stress the plants, but this perennial will readily grow back. There are several systemic herbicides that are effective if applied when the flowers and seeds are developing, or in

early to mid-September, when the plants are moving nutrients downward into the roots. A commercially available mixture of 2,4-D and dicamba provides suppression of leafy spurge, by causing it to die back, but this herbicide does not kill the plant, and it will usually grow back from its extensive root system. Tordon and Plateau are fairly effective but can injure cool season grasses. Recently developed herbicides Paramount and Perspective provide effective control of leafy spurge with minimal grass injury. The Larimer County Weed District has used these herbicides in demonstration projects with favorable results. It is important to recognize that it may take several years to effectively control this prolific weed species due to its extensive underground root system. Multiple treatments may be necessary for several years, making leafy spurge control a time-consuming and expensive undertaking. If left uncontrolled for a single year, leafy spurge can reinfest very rapidly. The Larimer County Weed District provides advice to landowners on controlling leafy spurge and other noxious weeds. The Weed District provides free site visits, plant identification, advice on controlling noxious weeds, and land and pasture management guidelines. Contact the Larimer County Weed District at 970-498-5768 or The North Fork Weed Cooperative, a community-based organization focused on weed management, has a cost-share program targeted specifically at helping landowners in northern Larimer County control leafy spurge on their property. For more information on this program contact the North Fork Weed Coop at

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Gardening & Landscaping Plant Select’s 2012 selections for innovative home gardens With spring comes a familiar gardening dilemma: What to plant that will be beautiful and unique, while also flourishing in area landscapes? Plant Select comes to the rescue with six notable plant picks for the 2012 growing season: a tree, a shrub and four flowering perennials. All the plants have been grown and have proved their hardiness at trial-garden locations around Colorado. Plant Select is a nonprofit organization involving Colorado State University, Denver Botanic Gardens and regional and national horticultural professionals. The nonprofit’s mission is to seek out and distribute the best plants for landscapes from the High Plains to the Intermountain region and beyond, with an emphasis on horticultural innovation. To be included, selected plants: • Thrive in a broad range of garden situations in the Rocky Mountain region; • Are resilient to the region’s challenging climate; • Exemplify the unique; • Demonstrate disease and insect resistance; • Flourish in low water conditions; • Display a long season of beauty in the garden; and • Ensure noninvasiveness. The selections for the 2012 growing season are: Cape-forget-me-not (Anchusa capensis) has trim evergreen rosettes producing a bounty of dazzling, cobalt-blue flowers with fetching white eyes throughout the garden season. This perennial will naturalize with moderate self-sowing in many situations, filling blank corners of the border with luminous twilight blue. 8-15 inches tall and 4-8 inches wide, it

grows well in a wide range of soils in full sun to partial shade. Hardy to USDA zones 5-10. Filigree Daisy (Anthemis marschalliana) produces a lacy mat of silvery foliage, which is beautiful through much of the year. In May and June, the chromeyellow daisies glow for weeks on end. Grows 4-10 inches tall (in bloom), and 15-24 inches wide, preferring sandy or clay soils that dry well between waterings. This tough, mat-forming perennial from West Asia will become a centerpiece of a xeriscape or dry border. Hardy to USDA zones 4-10. Fire Spinner ice plant (Delosperma “P001S”), a new plant to horticulture, represents a dramatic color breakthrough for the hardy ice plants. The greenapple foliage makes a glistening, fastspreading carpet that keeps its shiny presence through winter. The two-toned, orange and purple flowers are massed in spring, but reappear periodically through the summer. This unique cultivar traces its ancestry to high mountains near the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Grows 1-2 inches tall, 12-18 inches wide in full sun to partial shade, and in moderate to dry conditions. Hardy to USDA zones 5-10. Weeping white spruce (Picea glauca “Pendula”), the first Plant Select conifer recommendation, is a living sculpture for the landscape. It is a very hardy form of the boreal spruce that also thrives in summer heat. The graceful foliage shimmers, and the weeping form adds drama and texture to any setting. Grows 20-30 feet tall, and only 6 feet wide in full sun to partial shade conditions. Tolerates a wide range of soils, and is hardy to USDA zones 3-8. Ruby Voodoo rose (Rosa “Ruby Voo-

Color breakthrough. The shocking color combination of the individual flowers on Fire Spinner ice plant represents a dramatic color breakthrough for the hardy ice plants. The green-apple foliage makes a glistening, fast spreading carpet that keeps its shiny presence through winter. The flowers are massed in spring, but reappear periodically through the summer.

doo”), a new plant to horticulture, produces spectacular, multi-toned, purplepink double blossoms, late spring blooms which are repeated moderately through the summer. Intensely fragrant, its attractive habit and vigor will ensure that this John Starnes hybrid becomes a staple in the new American rose garden. Grows 5-6 feet tall and 4-6 feet wide in full sun to partial shade, requiring moderate water in sandy, clay or loam soils. Hardy

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Perennial vegetables: Grow more food with less work By Vicki Mattern Mother Earth News

Suppose a new agricultural breakthrough promised higher yields, a longer growing season and much less work. These claims can become real benefits for those willing to make a change to a way of gardening that more closely mimics nature. Nature’s ecosystems always include not only annual vegetables, but also perennials — edible roots, shoots, leaves, flowers and fruits that produce year after year. Besides fruit-bearing trees and shrubs, more than 100 species of perennial vegetables grow well in North America. By growing perennials, you’ll create a more diverse garden that ultimately needs less from you: You’ll spend less time working and more time harvesting. “It’s as close to zero-work gardening as you can get,” says Eric Toensmeier, author of Perennial Vegetables. “Our perennial vegetable beds planted 11 years ago still bear food, and all we do is add compost and mulch once a year.” Three ways to incorporate garden perennials 1. Push the envelope. “One method to begin perennial edible gardening is to expand the

duction, plant male hybrids. Hardy to Zone 3. 4. Good King Henry (Chenopodium bonus-henricus). A traditional European vegetable known for its tasty shoots, leaves and flower buds, this spinach relative grows in full sun or partial shade and moist, well-drained soil. Plant seeds in compost-enriched soil, and harvest the tender shoots in spring. Hardy to Zone 3. Tasty mix. Edible perennials along with annuals in your garden adds diversity and beauty. Photo by BethAnn Weick

edges of an already established garden,” says Bethann Weick, garden educator at D Acres, an organic permaculture farm and educational homestead in Dorchester, N.H. Perennial vegetables do well in beds devoted only to perennials because their extensive root systems grow undisturbed by digging and cultivating. However, interplanting with annuals can also be a successful strategy and one way to control erosion in your perennial garden. If space or conditions won’t allow you to expand your garden’s edges, you can experiment and create a perennial vegetable border within the bounds of your existing vegetable garden. 2. Dive into edible landscaping. If you already grow a pe-

rennial ornamental border or foundation shrubs, consider integrating some perennial vegetables, such as sea kale or sorrel. Many have attractive leaves or flowers, and they won’t become so aggressive that they overtake ornamentals. If your gardening space is limited, try growing perennial vegetables — especially greens — in containers. Take advantage of currently unused areas of your landscape, matching the conditions to the appropriate perennial edibles. 3. Pioneer a plant community. If you’re already growing perennial vegetables and want to take garden diversification to the next level, consider permaculture gardening. Like nature’s ecosystems, this approach promotes greater partnerships

between plants, soil, insects and wildlife. In permaculture designs, edible vegetables, herbs, fruiting shrubs and vines grow as an understory to taller fruit and nut trees. The technique is sometimes called “layering.” Best perennials Based on expert recommendations, the following are widely adapted perennial vegetables selected for their flavor, productivity and versatility. 1. Ramps, or wild leeks (Allium tricoccum). This onion relative grows wild in deciduous forests east of the Mississippi, emerging in spring. Leaves and bulbs are both edible. Grow in a shady border in moist loam, or naturalize beneath trees. Hardy to Zone 4. 2. Groundnut (Apios Americana). Native to eastern North America, this nitrogen-fixing, 6-foot vine bears high-protein tubers that taste like nutty-flavored potatoes. Grow the vines as Native Americans did: near a shrub (as support) in a moist site that receives full sun or partial shade. Harvest in fall. Hardy to Zone 3. 3. Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis). This familiar plant is long-lived and productive, bearing delicious green or purple shoots in spring. Asparagus thrives in full sun and moist, well-drained soil. For best pro-

Happy returns from perennial gardens Keeping your perennial plantings going isn’t much different from caring for annual crops. In fact, after they’ve been established, perennial vegetables practically care for themselves. “These plants have deeper root systems, so they need fewer outside resources — such as fertilizer and water — than annual crops usually need,” says Toensmeier. With its increased diversity, your garden should have fewer insect and disease problems. For added insurance against pests, Weick interplants calendula and other flowering plants to attract beneficial insects. Otherwise, maintenance is simple. Feed perennials annually with compost or another organic fertilizer, replenish the mulch each spring, and remove any weeds that sneak in. Consider these measures a small investment, because “planting perennial edibles is planting for the future,” Weick says. “Over time, you’ll put in less work and harvest more food, while building diversity and stewarding the land for future generations.” Excerpted from MOTHER EARTH NEWS, the Original Guide to Living Wisely. To read more articles from MOTHER EARTH NEWS, please visit or call (800) 234-3368 to subscribe.

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Gardening & Landscaping ACE sponsors community garden Hankering for some hands-on gardening and don’t have the space? The ACE Community Gardens in Wellington might be just the ticket. For a $25 fee, you’ll have your own plot or raised bed to grow fresh veggies, herbs, flowers or prize-winning pumpkins. Proceeds go to the Boys & Girls Club in Wellington. Organic plots are available. In addition to providing the garden space east of the store’s 4104 Jefferson Ave. location, Wellington ACE Hardware is providing dirt and manure, water and a discount on garden supplies. Master gardener Marie Timmer will be on site on May 21 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. to talk about raised-bed gardening. For more information contact Sarah Mayfield at 970-3721399.

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CSU researchers breach the walls of M. tuberculosis By Gary Raham North Forty News

The lowly bacterium, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, has plagued mankind for thousands of years. An estimated one-third of our human tribe still suffers from tuberculosis or TB. More than 2 million people die annually from the disease. The microbe lays waste to human lungs and passes easily from person to person. Sufferers cough, releasing a mist of infectious particles that grow actively in bodies weakened from poor nutrition and illness or lie dormant for years, time capsules of potential destruction. Since 1946, one or more antibiotics have served to keep TB at bay, but resistant strains and the spread of HIV has allowed M. tuberculosis to make a comeback. Microbiology researchers at Colorado State University claim a “eureka discovery” that provides a potent new weapon: a cell-wall-busting compound that leaves the microbe naked and vulnerable. Dr. Mary Jackson and Dr. Mike McNeil, both professors in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology

at CSU, discovered a compound that halts the growth of M. tuberculosis cell walls by interfering with the transport of a key cell wall component: mycolic acids. The researchers reported their work in the March issue of Nature Chemical Biology. Other scientists have been trying to find mycolic acid transporters and ways to interfere with them for thirty years. A bacterium’s cell wall serves as a potent barrier to attack. Disabling the transporter mechanism “is like a factory making bricks and no way to get them to the construction site,” said McNeil. Jackson said, “We hope that our work also will pave the way to understanding what those transporters do in the cell and finding how to target them to kill the mycobacteria.” Colorado State University has the largest TB research program in the nation. Approximately 150 people work on TB vaccines, drugs, and tests. The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases funded the work. Drug companies find TB research unrewarding financially because the disease thrives in poor, third-world countries,

but resistant strains today travel easily in today’s global networks and often turn up next door. In March of this year 120 Longmont High School students and staff tested positive for the latent (dormant) form of TB. “The next step,” said Jackson about her research, “is to optimize the chemistry of the compounds that we have found so that they eventually become one day novel antibiotics capable of treating TB in an infected patient. We need to move our discovery from the bench to the bedside.” Jackson also hopes to find other types of compounds so that they have more potential antibiotic bullets to hurl at this persistent microbe. Developing new human treatments is a multi-step process that involves improving the chemistry of the compounds in the lab, making sure those compounds produce no side effects in humans, making sure they kill the TB microbe in an infected individual, and that they work as predicted in the final pharmacological formulation. “It’s a long route ahead,” said Jackson, “but this is what it takes to develop a new treatment.” Jackson’s lab is also actively

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pursuing genetic work to unravel the mysteries of transporter action and how their compound blocks it. “This knowledge should considerably help us improve the compounds as we could focus on the aspects of their chemistry that makes them efficient instead of kind of ‘guessing.’ ” Modern genetic work has also revealed interesting facts about the long and complicated history between humans, animals, and the enterprising TB microbe. German physician, Robert Koch (1843-1910), who discovered M. tuberculosis in 1882, also found a strain he named M. bovis that causes a similar disease in cows. While these two strains were consid-

ered species specific, genetic sequencing shows that the two species are 99.95 percent identical and that M. bovis evolved from M. tuberculosis and not the other way around. Early pastoralists may have infected cows 10,000-15,000 years ago. Biologists, it seems, will never be out of work, as the subject of their labors morphs before their eyes. For now, we can celebrate the work of CSU’s microbiology department. They have breached the walls of the enemy, paving the way for a decisive assault that may end this long-time scourge of mankind. Gary Raham is a nature writerand illustrator. His website is at

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