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Celebrating our 20th year!

North Forty News July 2013

Volume 21 Number 4

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

Wellington juggles park, community center


Something good out of something bad

By Libby James North Forty News

The town of Wellington plans to ask voters this fall for a mill-levy increase to fund construction of recreation elements of a new community center complex near the middle school and a long-delayed park in the Buffalo Creek subdivision. Residents will be surveyed in July for their opinions on the park and proposed recreation center and ballfields near the center of town, but Buffalo Creek residents aren’t convinced that town government will prioritize the park promised when their northwest Wellington neighborhood was developed more than a decade ago. When Buffalo Creek sprouted a dozen years ago, homeowners looked forward to enjoying a large park to be developed on 40 acres on the east side of the neighborhood. The land was donated to Wellington by Timberline Development in exchange for a reduction in tap fees for home builders in the subdivision. As buyers trickled into the 434 new homes, the assumption was that the park would be developed within a reasonable time frame. The town of Wellington viewed the planned park and the construction of trails in the area as a much-needed amenity that would benefit the entire town and spent $180,000 for a parks and trails master plan. The town has built batting cages and a BMX track on the park land and a 300 foot by 300 foot turf area will be installed this summer, along with playground equipment and a shade structure. Yet, from the perspective of Buffalo Creek residents, the designated park area isn’t much more than a field of weeds.


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Just right. Timber framer Steve Rundquist positions a timber truss crafted from burned trees on Curt Busby and Kelly O’Donnell’s home being rebuilt on Vortex Drive. Busby and O’Donnell lost their home and most of the pine trees on their property in the 2011 Crystal Fire. Photos by Doug Conarroe

Timber framer helps Buckhorn resident rebuild canyon home from burned trees By Doug Conarroe North Forty News

When Curt Busby and his wife, Kelly O’Donnell, lost their home off Buckhorn Road west of Fort Collins in the April 2011 Crystal Fire, the natural thing for this eco-conscious couple was to make something good out of nature’s cycle of life, death and renewal. In their case, this meant reusing the burned but standing dead pine trees that dominated the 35-acre property that Busby’s lived on since 1998. So they felled and milled the dark, needle-less tree trunks into trusses and framing elements

for the new house they’re “You gotta get ‘em out yourself to make the land building on the old foundalook better,” said Busby. tion on Vortex Drive. “And you can’t leave dead Like last year’s High trees in place because they Park Fire that destroyed rot and can fall over, which 259 homes, the Crystal Fire is dangerous. Insurance also burned brush in some areas, doesn’t provide much for while in other areas, winds cleanup of the land surblew intense flames through rounding the destroyed the tree crowns. This left structure.” large swathes of barren trees For Busby, clearing the and sterile soil. On Busby dead trees had a visual eland O’Donnell’s property, ement — he didn’t want the intense fire rendered the bark of about 500 trees Felled and milled. Buckhorn to stare at dead, blackened to charcoal. The tree cores resident Curt Busby sits on the trees for more than a few dried in the heat but man- stump of a burned tree that he months. Removing the dead milled for his home. trees also lowered the fire aged to remain intact. Using a Wood-Mizer wood mill they risk and, most significantly, provided bought in Steamboat Springs in 2012, wood to rebuild his house. Busby said each milled tree used for Busby and O’Donnell milled more than 50 trees, some of them over 120 years the trusses had unique grain patterns in old. The project took six months of hard blue (from beetle kill), light brown and Continued on page 7 work.

Cache La Poudre Schools class of 1963 reunion

Fourth of July fireworks a go — weather permitting

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LaPorte — The Cache La Poudre Schools class of 1963 is holding its 50th anniversary on July 28 at the American Legion on Old Hwy. 287 starting at noon. Be sure to bring your favorite potluck dish to share. Also bring a chair and drink if you want. For info contact A. Snider at 970-461-8301, P. Simpson at 970-482-6096, D. Hewett at 970484-4256, D. Vannorsdale at 970-484-1256 or B. Trujillo at 970-221 2793.

Wellington — Wellington Fire Chief Gary Green anticipates the traditional fireworks display in Wellington will happen on Thursday, July 4, as long as the weather cooperates. Members of the fire department will ignite the display on property on County Road 7 northeast of town. Firefighting brush trucks will stand by in case they are needed. The fireworks display is presented by the Wellington Volunteer Fire Department and the town of Wellington.

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Is Wellington Ready for more parks and a swimming pool? The residents of Wellington will have the opportunity in April 2014 to decide. During this term as mayor, the question I have been asked most frequently is “When are we going to develop parks, trails and a pool?” The honest truth is at this time Wellington does not generate enough tax revenue to pay for the completion of the current parks projects, let alone build, manage and maintain a swimming pool, but the voters will have a chance to change this next April. The Town Board will be asking the public to vote for a mill levy increase to create the financial capability to move forward with community parks and a possible recreation center with indoor pool. If the ballot issues pass, Wellington residents will see an increase in their property taxes. The increase will likely be between $80.00 and $160.00 per year. The bottom line question is: are the residents willing to pay for these amenities. It is likely we will see two separate ballot issues one for each of the projects allowing the voters to decide which if any of the projects receives additional funding.

Project #1 The Buffalo Creek Community Park. The design of this park was modeled to be similar to the park at Spring Canyon (3156 S Overland trail, Fort Collins). The design includes ball fields, open turf-all purpose fields, a splash pad, kid’s playgrounds, tennis courts and a dog park. Already available to the public at this location are batting cages and a BMX track. The Town Board has also approved funding for a 300x300 turf field, playground and shade structure which will be ready for use this summer.

Project #2 The Community Center at Thimmig. This complex is designed to fit on 17 acres to the east of Wellington Middle school. The Town Board in a partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Larimer County purchased the property earlier this year. The design for this project includes a new Boys and Girls Club, two full size football fields, one softball field with lighting for night games, Town Hall/Police station, Charter High School and Rec Center with swimming pool. The possible funding received from the ballot issue would not be used to fund the Town Hall/Police facility, the Charter High School or the Boys and Girls Club but would be used to build the Rec Center and Athletic fields. This project also opens the door for future Middle School expansion, if the school district can use the new athletic fields for their activities it will open up some property they already have for expansion, this is a concern as the school is already over capacity with no room to expand. Without the ability to expand, there is a possibility that our current middle school students will lose their school and be bussed to Fort Collins. As we prepare the ballot questions we feel it is important to hear from the community, there will be a survey sent out in the July water bill and also available online at, Please take the time to weigh in on this subject and help guide your elected officials in the right direction. Sincerely, Mayor Travis Vieira & the Town Board of Wellington

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Larimer County Health Dept. vaccinating for measles In response to the confirmation of two cases of measles in Denver, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is supplying extra MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, rubella) to county health departments as part of a public health response to control the spread of the disease. MMR vaccines will be available at the Health Department’s Immunization Clinics in Loveland and Fort Collins beginning June 17. Vaccine is available for adults and children who do not have a history of having had measles or two doses of MMR. Most people born before 1957 are considered immune. Cost of the vaccine is $20 regardless of insurance status during this time and payment will be required at the time of service, but no one will be turned away if unable to pay the full price. Measles virus is highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus that spreads when a person sneezes or coughs. It can cause complications including pneumonia and encephalitis (brain inflammation). For information about the Larimer County Health Department’s Immunization Program, including hours and locations, visit www.

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Driving up Red Feather Lakes Road, many folks stop to admire the historic Batterson Barn. Now, there’s a great reason to drive through the gate and visit. Artist Linda Adams has opened the lovely Batterson Barn Studio and Gallery on the property, open to the public by appointment seven days a week. The spacious studio showcases her unique, handmade necklaces, earrings, bracelets and bolos, plus her awesome collection of Batterson Barn paintings. Linda creates beautiful works of wearable art using natural stones and semi-precious gems such as agates, amethyst, lapis lazuli and turquoise. Many pieces are wrapped in gold or silver, and she also custom-designs special pieces for customers. These make wonderful gifts, and they’re offered at affordable prices. A great time to visit the studio and gallery is Saturday, July 20, when Linda will host an Open House from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Linda also participates in numerous arts and crafts fairs including this year’s craft fair in Red Feather Lakes on July 6. The Batterson Barn Studio and Gallery is located at Gate 2 of Glacier View Meadows, just west of Western Ridge Restaurant. View Linda Adams’ work at www. For more information or directions, contact Linda at 970-224-4567 or

Are you tired of being on the Swat Team every year, batting away mosquitoes left and right? Take the sting out of your summer with help from The Mosquito Authority. Locally owned by Rob Harris of Livermore since 2011, the service guarantees a mosquitofree yard. Base prices start at $69 for a quarter-acre yard; call for individualized estimates. Rob is well known in the area, since he served as a Larimer County Mountain Deputy for 13 years. Since starting his Mosquito Authority business, he has provided mosquito treatment for numerous venues including the Greeley Stampede, Jackson State Park, Fort Fun, movie nights in Greeley parks and the Back Porch Restaurant. “But our favorite customers are homeowners,” Rob stated. “That’s where our specialty is.” Rob emphasized that his mosquito treatment is safe for children and pets. Beneficial insects, such as butterflies and honeybees, will return after application. Rob’s team starts with an allnatural, chemical-free treatment of the mosquito habitat around a customer’s home. Then, they apply a light mist of a very mild, EPAapproved solution formulated to repel mosquitoes for the next three weeks. The formula’s active ingredient, Rob noted, is the same as that used in flea and tick shampoo for pets. The Mosquito Authority serves all of Northern Colorado, including

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New animal hospital to open in Wellington A new veterinary clinic is coming soon to Wellington. Tabby Road Animal Hospital, located at 7200 Fifth St. south of Bella’s Market, will open early this month, and Dr. Chad Zadina has exciting plans for the practice. He will care for both large and small animals, offering quality care at affordable prices. Tabby Road’s special services include house/farm calls by appointment, plus emergency calls 24/7. Dr. Zadina also offers regenerative medicine such as stem cell therapy, acupuncture, PRP and IRAP for chronic pain conditions. As a new-clinic special, the first office visit and exam for new clients are free during July and August. (Limit one per household.) Dr. Zadina has experience with and has treated a variety of animals including dogs, cats, ferrets, horses, cattle, pigs, llamas, alpacas, goats, sheep, birds/ fowl, reptiles, and even pet mice. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska and his DVM from Colorado State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Zadina lives north of Wellington with his wife Heather, their daughter Sienna, and their horses, dogs, and cats. Heather will be the clinic’s office manager. Tabby Road Animal Hospital, open Monday through Friday with morning office hours on Saturday, can be reached at 970-568-7050 or Appointments are now being scheduled for July.

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Artist donates carved gunstock By Libby James North Forty News

It took close to 110 hours for Wellington artist Chris Corley to carve an intricately detailed figure of an American Eagle into a gleaming wooden gunstock. He may never know who the eventual owner will be now that he has carefully packed up and shipped the gun to the headquarters of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Freedom Lodge in Cambridge, Ohio. The nonprofit provides recreational and outdoors equipment for disabled and paralyzed veterans. In September the piece will

be raffled to raise funds for an action-track chair that will allow disabled servicemen and women to participate in hunting and fishing expeditions. Equipped with tank treads, the chair can traverse rough terrain and will offer wounded vets a degree of freedom they could not otherwise experience plus an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with their families. Engraved into one side of the gunstock is the motto of the lodge, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Freedom: God Given, Vet Assured.â&#x20AC;? Corley has had an interest in art since he was young and

watched his father painting in oils. When he discovered woodworking and learned to use a specialized power pen invented by a fellow carver, he found his passion. He does wood sculptures in addition to engravings and also makes decorative mantles and doors for residences. He currently has a day job at Ace Hardware in Wellington. A veteran of the Marine Corps, the work of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Freedom Lodge is near and dear to Corleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about helping others,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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Letters to the Editor Finish parks and trails first Dear Editor: For many years residents of Wellington have been waiting for the Town to begin development of the Buffalo Creek Town Park, a portion of Wellington Parks and Trails Master Plan. This spring, Town Trustees came to the Buffalo Creek HOA meeting and offered $50,000 of development to that park and said that all Parks and Trails development would most likely be on hold for 5 or more years as the Town now wished to change their focus to the Thimmig property they had just purchased for a recreation center, charter school, some fields and a new town hall. Recreation centers are very expensive to build, operate and maintain. In the 2008 Master Plan, the town shows more than $8 million required just to build the center. Divide this by the 2,186 homes in town and it alone becomes a commitment of $3,500 each (less possible grant monies). Rec centers are not often profitable operations and could require continued financial support. As president of Buffalo Creek HOA, I represent 434 homes. In a recent survey most people here want to see grass and trees replace our weed infested park as the top priority. (A 10-year wish for many.) The proposed trail system would run from southern Wellington, through all the parks, out to and around Smith Lake. We believe that completion of parks and trails would be the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Bang for the Buckâ&#x20AC;? and should be the focus. We agree with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Citizens for Parks and Trailsâ&#x20AC;? that the town should be pressed to finish parks and trails first and then look toward the more expensive projects. Tim Singewald Wellington

Not a gateway Editor: Oh, so Wellington is now â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coloradoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Northern Gateway?â&#x20AC;? Sorry, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coloradoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s north central Drive-By.â&#x20AC;? It will take lots more than a panel of nine â&#x20AC;&#x153;judgesâ&#x20AC;? (your eighth grade student may have been the star panelist) to craft chamber of commerce revitalizing of downtown Wellington. For starters, your town would need a grocery store with affordable prices. Gasoline is cheaper in Cheyenne or Fort Collins and hotels/motels more accessible just a few miles north or south of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;gateway.â&#x20AC;? But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy for me to criticize this branding: I am a proud resident of Windsor, known to us locals as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mayberry On Steroids.â&#x20AC;? Carl Sorrentino Windsor

Finish the park before the new town hall Editor: Six or seven years ago, I attended a meeting in Wellington that unveiled the new parks plan for our town. It was a beautiful set of plans (that cost $200K to create) and showed possible layouts for the Buffalo Creek Park and a wonderful bike trail system that would run through town and eventually, run all the way to Fort Collins. I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait for them to get started! (Go check those plans out at the Town of Wellington website!) Well, a couple years later, the town managers did start working on the plans, but not in a way that has proved the most useful. Instead of starting with playground or trees, we got a batting cage that seems to be sadly underutilized. If they had taken that $150,000 and applied it to trees and a playground instead of a facility that rarely has more than three cars parked at it and is closed all winter, we could have had a facility that gets used all year long and trees that now have about five years growth. For now, we have a decent if unintentional sledding hill, a dirt track for bikes and a mosquito pond. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OK though, we trusted that the rest would be built soon. We apparently have misplaced that trust. We have now been informed that the park has been pushed back 5 to 10 years because our elected officials bought some land that they want to build a new town hall on with Wellington park money. There is supposed to also be a rec center and some football fields, so it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t entirely raiding the Parks and Rec fund, but it still feels like we are being cheated a bit. After some citizen complaints, the town officials are now offering Wellington citizens a small playground and some grass and all the rest will still have to wait for nearly a decade. If they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep their original promise to the citizens of Wellington, why on earth should we be even a little excited about their current project? Would I love a new rec center with a swimming pool? Sure! Is our current Town Hall pretty outdated? Yep. Could the Boys and Girls Club stand some improvements. No doubt. Will our elected officials ever deliver? Their past record is looking pretty dismal! And how sustainable are these plans? Are they too far reaching for our current needs, kind of like that lonely batting cage? Even if they do make good on this new project, do I think they will ever get back to the original plan? I guess that depends how the next set of elections go and I can make a good guess how the residents in the neighborhoods nearest to the empty park will be voting.

Town of Wellington Town Board: Make good on the original plans before running off to do something new. With careful management and continued work on getting in more revenue, you can still have your pretty new town hall. Just complete your promises first and give this town â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Jewel of the Wellington Park Systemâ&#x20AC;? first, like you originally planned. The Buffalo Creek Park and bike trail system was a great idea then and it is great idea now! Kass Kohrmann Wellington

Thanks to the fire department Editor: On June 13, our 11-year-old daughter, Noel, and her horse had walked down the side of a running irrigation canal in the perfectly wrong place. Once in the water, the horse stumbled and fell into 2-feet of sucking mud. Noel was safe, but for over an hour neighbors and family struggled to free our friend. After a dozen thrashing attempts to be free he slumped prone into the water in surrender. We kicked, prodded and shouted, but ultimately we could only hold his huge head above the water. A friend called 911. Soon, the first help from the local fire department arrived. He called more help, they called for even more. And again, they called for more. Soon there must have been thirty people who came to help, the farthest from Loveland. We counted more than 10 trucks. It took five hours, start to finish, many hands and a crane-truck to rescue our horse from the irrigation canal. Our family is so grateful to the CSU vet staff, the Larimer Humane Society, the PVREA crane operator, Wellington Fire Protection District, Poudre Fire Authority, Loveland Fire Rescue Authority-Large Animal Rescue Team and anyone else who came to help. Because of you we still have our faithful friend Poncho. Thank you. The Ricciardi family

Letters to the Editor are welcome! Organize them into not more than 250 stirring words and send to: or P.O. Box 250, Wellington, CO 80549. Include name, address and phone number for author verification.

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New home rises from trees burned in the Crystal Fire Continued from page 1

According to Busby, the dark brown. The logs with the worst part of losing their home most grain character were used to wildfire was having to sift in trusses for the vaulted ceiling through the burned remains. “It was nasty work because over the living room. None of the timbers show the distinctive the ash is so alkaline — it ate blackened edge, and there’s no the bottoms of my shoes,” he odor to indicate they burned in said. “Ash got airborne when it was windy and it’s hazardous a fire. It took five trees to build each to breathe. The wind drifted the truss, and the seven trusses used ash into piles and then when it for the roof weigh about 1,200 rained, the ash piles turned to to 1,500 pounds each. The truss- concrete.” Busby said most of the intact es were assembled in LaPorte by Steven Rundquist, owner of objects he and O’Donnell found Brewster Timber Frame Com- were ceramic. “Almost everypany, which has been in busi- thing else, including metal, ether burned or melted.” ness since 1985. The fire showed Busby how Rundquist, who learned his metals have differtrade during the ent melting points. two decades he “The aluminum lived in New Engengine block on land and has handone of our cars framed dozens of went pretty early in structures, shaped the fire. It melted and joined the and left a trail of timbers into CADaluminum 50 feet drawn trusses. down the hillEach truss side,” he said. Yet spans 24 feet and O’Donnell’s grandthe bottom, horimother’s wedding zontal portion of ring was unharmed the truss has two because the box timbers joined that contained it together with a stepped half-lap Craftsman and Brewster Tim- burned first. “That splice. The angled ber Frame Company employ- one item made the connections at the ee Mike DuRant uses a mallet sifting worth it,” peak and outer and chisel to form a stepped said Busby. What does he edges are hand- half lap splice. chisled mortise & tenon joints miss since that awful day in that are held together with wood 2011 when the Crystal Fire pegs. Everything needs to fit, destroyed nearly 3,000 acres, and with such exacting dimen- along with 13 homes and strucsions, each measurement is tri- tures? “I miss the shade the most,” ple-checked. The pine timbers are rough- he said. “I left one burned and ly 8 inches by 12 inches and barren tree standing near the were milled from 24-inch trees. foundation just for a little shade Rundquist said the lore among from the sun, but that will begin timber framers is that fire-sea- to rot so it will need to come soned timbers, like the ones down. “I planted 30 to 40 seedBusby milled, last longer and are more weather resistant than lings, but elk and deer ate a lot of them as soon as air-dried timbers. they were planted. He noted that timBut they left the ber-frame homes juniper seedlings do tend to cost alone.” He said the a bit more than drought has taken c o nv e n t i o n a l ly a toll on plantings framed houses, as well because “in but are a great good years, 50 pervalue given their cent would survive, aesthetic beauty, but 2012 was really strength and londry so most seedgevity. lings didn’t.” “It’s nice to Busby knows his make something neighbors affected good for Curt by the fire have and Kelly out of thousands of dead something bad,” said Rundquist. On its side. The mortise and trees to clear. He “The trees are one tenon joint at the peak of each hopes to pitch in of the salvageable roof truss is held together and mill some of remains of a tragic by wood pegs, shown un- those trees, but he has his hands full fire. And I’m hop- trimmed here. ing more folks will rebuild using for now. He and Rundquist are involved with the NoCo Rebuild burned trees like Curt did.” Busby and O’Donnell’s 24- Network, a local grassroots orfoot by 56-foot home combines ganization that was founded traditional building methods shortly after the Crystal Fire and and modern technology with is now helping folks impacted energy efficiency options and by the High Park Fire. NoCo Rebuild Network is a renewable-energy features such as solar electric panels and group of local builders, contracstructural insulated panels for tors, architects, designers and other interested citizens that rethe roof. Busby is a civil engineer by inforces building better, smarter trade, but neighbor Mark Ben- and safer homes using local jamin was the project engineer help and resources. More inforand has made regular visits to mation can be found at www. inspect, grade and approve the milled structural pieces.

Exacting dimensions. Timber framer Steve Rundquist of Brewster Timber Frame Company cuts an angle in a truss timber at his workshop near LaPorte. Busby felled and milled 50 dead trees from his property so that Rundquist could build the seven trusses for Busby’s rebuilt 1,300 square foot home. Photos by Doug Conarroe

New from old. Trusses built from burned trees sit amongst still-standing dead trees killed by the Crystal Fire. Busby said he’ll fell and mill the dead trees in the near future.

Taking in the view. Steve Rundqusit, Mike DuRant and Curt Busby eye placement of a timber roof truss on Busby’s hilltop home being rebuilt just off Buckhorn Road west of Fort Collins.

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Amy’s House in LaPorte to help women rebuild lives By Libby James North Forty News

Loren Fadulis was a high school kid the summer he had an epiphany while clearing up a mud puddle on a baseball field before a summer league game. From out of nowhere, he knew that his purpose in life was to help troubled kids. “At the time I had no idea what to do with this information,” Fardulis says. “For many years I did nothing.” When Amy’s House opens in LaPorte by the end of summer, providing eight young women who are victims of sextrafficking schemes. With the atmosphere and tools to rebuild their lives, Fardulis will see the epiphany he experienced so long ago become reality. The statistics are frightening. More than 100,000 children are trafficked annually in the United States. Most are runaways, but some are sold into prostitution by poor, desperate single parents. It is estimated that one in three young women who are homeless on the streets of Denver for more than 72 hours will be kidnapped or enticed into

prostitution. Girls under 18 who become involved are considered victims by law enforcement, but those over 18 are classified as criminals. Amy’s House, the flagship and first of four planned homes in Northern Colorado, is named for Fard u l i s ’s daughter Loren Faduli who died in an automobile accident at age 22. She was passionate about helping troubled young women and had urged her father to become involved. The road to establishing Kairos Youth and Family Services — the organization that will establish this network of homes and hopes to expand across the U.S. and into other countries — has been circuitous, leading Fardulis to several locations across the country to serve as teacher, coach, boarding school principal, dean of men, founder of residential treatment centers


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and consultant. The journey began when Fardulis gave up his dream of becoming a professional baseball player to attend Southern Missionary College in Ooltawah, Tenn., to fulfill his mother’s wish for him. After earning a degree in health and physical education, he became a coach and teacher, eventually earning a graduate degree in human development and pursuing a career in education. In 1989, he established Monarch Youth Homes treatment centers in Napa Valley, Calif. He was shocked to learn that 90 percent of the young girls in the homes had been sexually abused. The youth homes expanded into Colorado, and in 2004 were forced to close for lack of financial support. Meanwhile Fardulis became increasingly aware of the magnitude of the sex trafficking problem, as close to home as Denver. Then life intervened. In 2005 he had six-bypass heart surgery. After recovery he worked as a consultant to residential treatment centers in the United States, El Salvador and Bangladesh. Reviewing his life experiences, he said to himself, “What have you learned in all this,” and the answer came: “The greatest prejudice in this world is against women.” He began to focus on providing a place and the help needed for sexually abused women to heal. Few beds are available in the U.S. for the long-term treatment these women require, despite the fact that victims are in the thousands. Along with co-founder and chief operating officer of Kairos, Bill Cremen, Fardulis established a working board and put in place revenue streams

and fundraising efforts to insure sustainability. “Providing treatment is essential, but so is education in order to change a culture that allows the problem to exist,” Fardulis said. “Young girls need to recognize their value — way beyond their physical bodies — and men need to stop treating women as pieces of meat rather than as a gift to be treasured,” he said. To this end Fardulis has connected with Colorado State University and the University of Colorado to found a student organization, Generation Combatting Sex Trafficking (GCST). There will soon be a chapter at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley as well. He’s also working with CSU to encourage research on the results of the 24-month program planned for residents of Amy’s House and for space to establish an international training center on campus. These efforts are in the early stages of development and represent exploration into new territory where today no best practices exist. The residents of Amy’s House will be chosen according to need and fit into the community. Monday through Friday they will be involved in an intense three-part program emphasizing residential treatment, mental health and education. Several individual and group counseling sessions plus four hours of school will fill their days. A state certified teacher and an assistant will facilitate individualized education programs geared toward catching them up to grade level or earning a high school diploma or GED. State-of-the-art brain testing techniques will facilitate diagnosis and treatment of mental

disorders. Close attention will be paid to “therapeutic” nutrition. Five days of a highly structured routine will give way to weekends of rest and relaxation. Fardulis believes that, as it is with physical training, growth occurs during recovery from intense effort. An enrichment program will include a wide range of choices from art, dance, music and martial arts programs to yoga, massages and wilderness adventures. Amy’s House is partnered with Charis Ranch which provides refuge and retraining for retired track horses and will offer an equine therapy program, connecting broken horses with broken young women. Support staff in a ratio better than one-to-one will be available on a 24-hour basis. The doors to Amy’s House remain open at all times. No one will ever be forced to stay. Genuine recovery comes slowly. Most clients will not be ready to engage in healing therapy for at least a year. Fardulis explains that these young women must first have their most basic needs—for food, clothing and shelter met– and then they must feel safe enough to become emotionally secure. A final step is achieving a sense of belonging to family, friends, church and a larger community. Only when they are able to receive unconditional love will these women be able to give back. At this point selfesteem flourishes and magical change can occur. “When you discover what breaks your heart,” Fardulis says, “you find yourself on the road to taking action.” For him the realization came early and lay dormant until the time was right.


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Safe at home. Robyn Hall, Mya Boehnke, Brittany Bigge and Kacey Bouk were in Oklahoma CIty for a softball tournament when tornadoes struck the city the first week of June.

Softball team dodges OKC tornado By Libby James North Forty News

Robyn Hall, 15, a sophomore at Poudre High School and her teammates, Mya Boehnke, and Brittany Bigge, both 16, members of the Stars competitive softball team, didn’t get to play in their Oklahoma tournament the first weekend in June. There just weren’t enough of them. Several of their teammates who planned to fly from Colorado to the tournament didn’t make it because of a tornado near Oklahoma City. The three girls, who drove to the tournament with their coach, Brittany’s dad, Jason, arrived a day early, in time to experience an Oklahoma tornado up close and personal. When they learned

that a storm with baseballsize hail was on the way, their coach drove them away from their hotel, and he thought, away from the on-coming weather. As the storm approached, they stopped in a parking lot, hoping to wait it out. The sky turned inky black, sirens wailed and the foursome found themselves on the road again, soon stuck in a mass of escaping traffic. They ended up ditching their car and hurrying into a nearby mall to take cover. “The tornado shelters were full, but it was good to be inside the mall,” Robyn said. “We watched water leaking from the ceiling. A storm chaser with an iPad explained what was happening and showed us photos.” Meanwhile, teammates back

at the hotel took shelter in bathtubs and covered their heads with mattresses. Robyn said the screeching sirens and the knowledge that her teammates back at the hotel might be in danger scared her most. Two weeks later, the entire team competed in a tournament in Steamboat Springs. “Everything went well,” Robyn said. But in the years to come, The Stars who made it to Oklahoma are likely to have more vivid memories of the games they did not get to play.

Diane McCarthy of Bellvue earned a Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago at the May 2013 commencement. • Jacob Fleming, a resident of Livermore, received a bachelor of arts in chemistry and Bachelor of Science in biological sciences during the May 2013 Southern Methodist University commencement. • Ronnie Toplyn of Bellvue has been named to Fort Lewis College’s Dean’s List for the Spring 2013 semester. Toplyn is majoring in marketing. • Clayton Roth of Wellington earned a place on the president’s and vice president’s honor rolls for the spring semester of the 2013 academic school year. • Eighth-graders from Saint Joseph Catholic School were recently honored at a special graduation ceremony and mass. They are: Caroline Adrian, Megan Berrong, Keegan Brady, Tucker Brady, Jack Clay, Erica Hermanson, Isaac Krapes, Federico Larrieu, Luke Lauby, Blanca Lobato-Roberts, Erin MacRitchie, Erin Mallory, Katherine McCarthy, Jacob Pfaffinger, Marguerite Pilon, Emily Rodriguez, Emma Sullivan and Levi Volk. • Tasha Rozga of Wellington will spend five weeks in Hangzhou, China, this summer on a University of Evansville study abroad program. Rozga, who is majoring in nursing, left for China June 19 and will return July 26. The program, based in the city of Hangzhou, includes courses for both nursing and health services administration students. Rozga is enrolled in “Nursing in the Chinese Health Care System: Clinical, Cultural, and Economic Issues.”

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Wellington Community survey will be in July water bills Approval may take the form of two separate ballot issues. The mill levy will increase property taxes by an average of $80 to $160 a year, depending on home value. Money received from the mill-levy increase would be used only to build the recreation center and athletic fields at the community center complex. Other buildings would have different funding sources. Vieira favors the community center project because it will open the door to the expansion of Wellington Middle School, already over capacity and with nowhere to grow. He fears that without the possibility for expansion, some middle-school students may need to be bused to Fort Collins. The survey will be included in July water bills and also be available online at Vieira asks all Wellington residents to share their opinions to help guide their elected officials as they plan for the future.

Wellington town trustees address water meters, smoking and tall weeds By Libby James North Forty News

During its June 11 meeting, the Wellington Board of Trustees addressed a number of issues affecting the community. After a discussion and presentation of the options for installing new infrastructure for water metering, the board concluded that for now the current system of manual meter reading is adequate and working well. They voted not to spend the money on a new system. A proposal to prohibit smoking in public parks in town was unanimously approved. Signs will be posted announcing the new policy. An ordinance to modify procedures for weed abatement was approved and will require notices be sent to property owners when weeds reach a height of 6 inches, rather than 8 inches, the limit in the past. Notification will be by regular rather than certified mail to save cost. Property owners will be allowed 15 days to comply, a change from the 30 days allowed previously. After that time, the town will cut the weeds and bill property owners.

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“More than 10 years later, we’re still waiting,” said resident Tim Singewald, president of the Buffalo Creek Homeowners Association. “Things have come to a boiling point.” It appears to some that the town’s focus on developing the park and trails may be at risk. Singewald said he thinks the Wellington Board of Trustees wants to renege on their agreement to develop the land set aside for the park. Mayor Travis Vieira says that is not true. Last spring, Wellington purchased the Thimmig property, 9 acres adjacent to Wellington Middle School at a bargain price. Singewald said the town board is more interested in developing a community center on the Thimmig property than in developing Buffalo Creek Park. Vieira would like to see both projects happen. Singewald sees funds that he understood were set aside for park development shifting to enable development of the community center which will include a recreation center with a swimming pool, a new Boys and Girls Club, new town hall and police station, a charter high school, two football fields and a softball field with lighting for night games. With the $50,000-75,000 that remains earmarked for Buffalo Creek Park, Singewald hopes to see trees and turf installed this summer, and in the best case scenario, the beginning of the trail system. He also hopes playground equipment will be included in the summer work, provided it is made from material that does not get so hot during the summer months that children cannot use it. Parent and daycare provider Lorilyn Borchardt has lived in Buffalo Creek since 2005 and is vice president of the HOA. “The promise of the park was one of the reasons we decided to buy in Buffalo Creek.” The wait to see the weedy land transformed has “been disheartening,” she said, pointing

out that little has come of the significant investment the town made in design work for the park. “I’ve been so excited. The plans look beautiful.” Vieira said subdivision developers often benefit from donating some of their less desirable land in order to get a reduction in fees, and then use the promise of a park to market their projects. In many instances it takes a very long time for these park spaces to be developed. Borchardt likes the idea of a community center and new town hall, but thinks the town needs to remain true to what she sees as a commitment they made to complete the park before embarking on a much larger and more expensive project. Town councilman Jack Brinkhoff said Buffalo Creek residents are almost unanimously lined up in favor of developing the park before giving attention to building a community center. He said that if he were a resident of Buffalo Creek, he’d also be anxious to see the park developed. But he, too, said it is not unusual for parks connected with residential developments to take a long time to get developed. Recently he took the time to research the exact amount of money available for Buffalo Creek Park development and notified Singewald and Borchardt. These issues have come to a head as the town board placed a full-page advertisement in the current issue of the North Forty News. It details plans for the park and community center and asks Wellington residents to complete a survey that will arrive in their water bills in July, seeking their ideas and opinions about the projects. As is detailed in the ad, the town board plans to ask the public to vote for a mill levy increase in hopes of making it possible to move forward with both projects; development of Buffalo Creek Park and adjacent trails, and construction of a multi-use community center.


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Obituaries Leonard McClean Hoyt Leonard McClean Hoyt, 90, passed away on May 17, 2013 at McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah, having suffered a fall secondary to Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Leonard was born Feb. 6, 1923, to John Schuyler and Ruth Williams Hoyt in Fort Collins. He was raised in Fort Collins and Gunnison and graduLeonard McClean ated from Fort Hoyt Collins High School in 1943. He was a WWII veteran having entered the military in June 1943. Leonard was in Air Ordinance in the 2017th Ordinance Maintenance Battallion as a sargent. He served in the South Pacific Theatre and in Okinawa, Japan. When he returned from the service he attended Colorado A&M in Fort Collins for two years. He joined Western Geophysical in 1948, beginning a 37year career that would take him around the world three times as an instrument specialist for seismograph crews. He did offshore work for many years, living in 10 different countries and then working in 13 states in the U.S. One of his favorite places to live was Italy, but he also lived in Toronto, Pescara, Venice and Rome. He was one of a few people who had actually been to Timbuktu, Africa. He loved the

crews he worked with and made lifelong friends with whom he was still in contact. He retired in 1985 to Fort Collins where he cared for his father until he passed away in 1989. Leonard built airplanes and liked to fly fish and hunt. He enjoyed midget auto racing, NASCAR, and liked to fix electronic instruments. He loved good music and Audrey Hepburn. He was known for his storytelling, boisterous laugh, blue eyes and was a merciless tease. He sought family history as an avid genealogist and loved nothing better than family parties. Leonard is survived by his sister, Betty Hoyt Andrews (Don); nieces, Bonnie Andrews Young (John), who he has lived next door to for the last two years, and Robin Hoyt Foote (Jeff); nephews, Donald M. Andrews, David L. Andrews (Teri), John R. Hoyt (Sue), and Kevin Hoyt. He is also survived by three great nephews, 10 great nieces, and three great-great nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Robert Vern Hoyt. Funeral services were held on June 1 at Resthaven Funeral Home in Fort Collins. Interment was at Resthaven Memory Gardens. Our special thanks go out to the emergency personnel with Honeyville and Brigham City ambulance, Bear River Hospital, Life Flight and McKay Dee Hospital. Also our deep gratitude to the aides from Aliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Angels who cared for Leonard and loved and supported him. He

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Percy Conarroe Percy Allen Conarroe died peacefully in his sleep in Louisville, Colo., on June 15, 2013 with his loving wife, Carolyn, at his side. He was 86. Born March 3, 1927, he was the son of Lawrence and Grace Allen C o n a r r o e . Percy Conarroe Percy grew up in Calhan, Colo., a few miles south of the quarter section of land his paternal grandfather, William Conarroe, homesteaded on the eastern plains near Fondis starting in 1898. Percyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s maternal great-grandfather, Charles Weinlich, homesteaded south of Calhan starting in 1886 and helped found the town. At age 15, Percy played alto saxophone for the touring dance band The George Bates FootStompers, and was offered a gig in the big band circuit in Chicago but decided to stay home and finish high school. A debilitating car accident at age 17, caused by a truck driving on the wrong side of the road, left Percy with one lung which made him ineligible for military duty, but he continued to play saxophone into his early 80s. Percy did not go to college, but he worked to become one of the most acclaimed editorial writers in Colorado. He started his journalism career in 1948 at the Calhan News. He later purchased and published the Simla Pike View Farmer (now known as the Ranchland News) from 1952 to 1965, and during that time advocated and lobbied for adequate rural health care. Owner, editor and publisher of the Louisville Times, La-


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ter, Catherine. In addition to his wife of 63 years, he is survived by his sons David Conarroe (Judy) and Doug Conarroe (Dana Coffield), and his daughter, Cynthia Conarroe Campbell (Mike), four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Despite wielding a fiery pen, Percy was a kind, caring, gentle, humble and jovial man even in his last hours. He was a loving father, grandfather and husband and spent a lifetime gleefully lecturing his offspring about conservative politics and good government while at the dinner table and at family gatherings. He will be dearly missed. Entombment was at Coal Creek Memorial Cemetery in Louisville. A memorial will be held June 28 at 10 a.m. at Longs Peak United Methodist Church, 1421 Elmhurst Dr. in Longmont. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that you either write a letter to the editor about something you care about or send a donation to TRU Community Care hospice, 2594 Trailridge Drive East, Lafayette, CO 80026.

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Another day, another dollar Apple trees By Philip Lukens

My grandfather had a small apple orchard that he took care of when I was growing up. It included other fruits such as plums, apricots, peaches, cherries, and pears. My brother and I enjoyed spending a lot of hours out in the orchard gathering food to eat as well as gathering fruit for mom to make jellies and such for us. This is probably why I ended up being addicted to raising my own fruit and the love for orchards. Anyway, we ended up getting a piece of property with an apple orchard on it. We started studying all of the best ways to raise our apple trees and get them to do very well without

tons of problems. One of the things I noticed via a YouTube video is that chickens allowed to graze under apple trees prevented a lot of bug infestation, and, as youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d expect, chicken droppings are very good for the apple trees. So I thought Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d give it a shot. I know what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re thinking, that the chickens would destroy everything. Actually, just the opposite. The chickens really did graze around the trees very nicely and picked up fallen apples almost immediately. They enjoyed the shade and staying under the trees during the hot days this last summer. Even on hundred-degree days, the chickens were always found underneath the apple trees resting, relaxing and enjoying the shade. Outside of bugs, which the chickens helped battle, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to thin the fruit before it

Wellington Senior Center all ripens. To this end, I was out trimming and thinning the apples with the girls this past summer, but forgot about a bee hive in one of the trees. What a surprise I had when all of the sudden my face was being swarmed. As I ran about, this way and that, slapping at my face and yelling like crazy, I suddenly heard this little voice of my daughter ask genuinely, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Daddy, are you about to die?â&#x20AC;? My answer was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure,â&#x20AC;? and then I commenced hightailing it out of there. I survived, but it was a scene from a blockbuster comedy movie to be sure. So much for the chickens being helpful and wonderful with bugs. As with all of my articles, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t assert myself to be the ultimate expert and am always open to new ideas. Contact me at

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Our annual pancake breakfast was a huge success this year. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make it happen to support the Center. Our next fundraiser will be a cake walk on July 4th. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget your sunscreen. Monday, July 1 there will be a lawyer at the Center to speak about senior citizen issues. July 5, S.A.L.T. meeting, 10 a.m. July 12, play cards after lunch. July 15, speaker from district attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office will discuss identity theft. July 26, Bingo after lunch. Some special prizes have been donated. Please call the Center to sign up if you plan to attend. No blood pressure readings taken in July. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget we have our great band with us every Wednesday.

Bellvue Senior Center By Lola Cook

Midsummer arrives and we pause to acknowledge Independence Day with parades, fireworks, music and family fun. The Center will be closed on the Fourth of July, but there are lots of opportunities to get together during the rest of the month. Located in the Bellvue Grange, the Senior Center is open at 10 a.m. and serves lunch at noon every Monday and Thursday. July 1, Open 10 a.m. through lunch. July 4, Closed. July 8, Open 10 a.m. through lunch. July 9, Field trip to Country Buffet, 118 W. Troutman Parkway. Lunch at 11 a.m. July 11, Senior Advisory Council meeting, 10 a.m. Lunch at noon. Free blood pressure checks. July 15, Open 10 a.m. through lunch. July 16, 6 p.m. Supper at the Grange. July 18, Open at 10 a.m. through lunch. Red Hat Day. Be sure to wear one!

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Feeding your horse without breaking the bank By Libby James North Forty News

Prices for hay and grain mixtures fed to horses have been on the rise for a long time, and since 2011 have doubled, and sometimes tripled in Northern Colorado. Local horse owners are coping as best they can, trying to balance the health of their animals with what they can afford to spend feeding them. Dr. Kelcey Swyers, nutritionist for Ranch-Way Feeds in Fort Collins, said rising hay prices have caused an increase in the

cost of alternative forage sources and the fiber-based ingredients that are typically used in horse feeds such as dehydrated alfalfa, soy hulls, beet pulp, wheat midds and oats. Forage makes up the largest portion of a horseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diet and is the most critical component, except for water, in maintaining healthy gut function. A typical adult horse consumes 15-30 pounds of forage per day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our goal is to offer horse owners affordable high-fiber based feeding solutions,â&#x20AC;? Swyers said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve introduced

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new products like Horsemanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Advantage, a high-fiber grain mix and Forage Extender, a high-fiber pellet similar in formula to quality grass hay. We continue to carry time-tested favorites like All American Complete, a high-fiber wafer fully fortified with vitamins and minerals and hay cubes (condensed hay) which are good ways for horse owners to stretch their hay and pasture resources. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We offer some pasturebased protein supplements in free-choice blocks and molasses tubs to help animals derive more from drought-stressed forages in pastures and fields,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cost per-head, per-day on these items ranges from 25 cents to $1.70, depending on the amount fed.â&#x20AC;? Ranch-Way Feeds now carries All-Stock Forage Extender, large pellets made entirely

with fiber-based by-products. These pellets help stretch hay or pasture resources by allowing horse owners to feed less hay and replace it pound for pound with forage. Instead of investing more than $1,000 in 25-100 bales of hay, horse owners can purchase bags of extender one at a time for $9 a bag, reducing cash layout and giving horse owners an easy to feed, safe and nutritious alternative. Forage extender is nutritionally equivalent to the protein and energy value of good quality grass or grass-alfalfa mixed hay, allowing the horse owner to receive â&#x20AC;&#x153;more bang for their buckâ&#x20AC;? as much of the hay available during drought conditions is of poor quality and deficient in protein and calories. According to Clarissa Womack, manager of Poudre Feed and Pet Supply on College Av-

enue in Fort Collins, wild fires and drought here and in the grain growing areas of the Midwest, are largely responsible for escalating prices. While a horse can exist on hay alone, the animals donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t thrive unless a grain mixture is part of their diet. Older horses especially need the extra nutrition provided by supplements to hay. Some horse owners save a little by purchasing hay directly from growers and hauling it themselves. Poudre Pet and Feed Supply stocks Manno Pro, Purina and Progressive feeds. Since they are a retail outfit, not a mill, they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the ability to mix their own feed, but rely on suppliers they have come to trust. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the same boat,â&#x20AC;? Womack said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been difficult.â&#x20AC;?

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Applicants must contribute 100 percent matching funds, which can include in-kind resources, for a 50-50 grant-to-match ratio. Applicants must also identify plans to make use of the woody material resulting from the projects. Those plans can include using the materials for biomass energy and/or traditional forest products. Examples of projects considered for funding include: â&#x20AC;˘ Creation of defensible space around homes and structures,

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What to do about a forest filled with blackened trees? By Libby James North Forty News

Forest fires are unpredictable. They devastate some areas within their perimeter and leave others unharmed. The heat is occasionally intense enough to completely destroy a tree, but far more frequently, fire burns the tops and branches of trees, singes the trunk and moves on leaving ugly blackened hulks standing, often for decades. During a June 17 work session, High Park Fire Recovery Manager Suzanne Bassinger met with the Larimer County Commissioners to discuss how to deal with land devastated by the fire. “We’re beginning to take a close look at the problem and start exploring alternatives,” Bassinger explained. “At this point we don’t have answers.” At the meeting, the commissioners directed staff to amend the three-year rebuilding program to specify a clean-up date for burned properties in the High Park Fire area. Bassinger proposed July 30, 2015. Planning staff will bring an amendment to the commissioners. The issue of what to do with standing blackened trees will likely be included in the mitigation plans. There’s a huge amount of fuel remaining in burned areas and in those that escaped the blaze. Mitigation by removing dead wood and underbrush will occur in hopes of preventing future devastating fires. Pre-fire mitigation includes thinning dense thickets of trees to their historical stands. In cases where mitigation is called for on private land, Bassinger anticipates collaborating with landowners in order

to find workable solutions. The issues are complex and will not be solved quickly or easily. Scott Stewart, owner with his sons, John and Kenneth, of Stewart Land Service, has spent most of his life in the mountains. The family firm works in the high country and in urban areas to care for trees and landscaping. “We’re professional and we’re concerned,” Stewart said. “We’re currently engaged in low-impact fire mitigation on privately owned property in areas surrounding the High Park Fire.” Much of their work has involved clearing out of branches and underbrush.

“Sometimes we’re pickier than the fire department when it comes to removing flammable debris,” Stewart said. When a tree needs to be removed, the Stewart sons use a method they devised that preserves the integrity of the land and prevents erosion that may occur when vehicles are part of the equipment used to remove felled trees. The Stewart brothers use a block and tackle and pulley system that allows them to run a cable above, from tree to tree, and haul a tree away attached to a cable so that it never touches the ground. Larger trees are cut into pieces to make the maneuver possible.

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When asked about the fate of trees that are blackened but may live for a long time, Stewart explains that bark is fire resistant and some trees do survive fire. He advocates removal of severely damaged trees in order to facilitate faster re-growth. This is

more likely to occur on private property where individuals are anxious to renew their land. He can’t say how long blackened trees remain standing, but points out that there are still charred remnants of fires that took place 90 to 100 years ago.

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Gardening & Landscaping Preventive pest control By Allison Martin Mother Earth Living

Perusing the chemical pest control options in the hardware store — the rows of bottles marked with “poison,” “toxic” and details on how to reach poison control hotlines — is enough to make living with ants look attractive. But you don’t have to live with toxins, ants or other pesky bugs. We can keep common household pests at bay using safe, natural strategies. When it comes to warding off pests, your first step is to figure out what conditions in your home are attractive to them. Sources of water and food and good places to nest are magnets to pests who’d like to make your home their own. Assess your home, looking for places that seem appealing to bugs, then make it difficult for them to access those resources using our tips at right. If you have a problem with a specific bug, check out our natural tips below for troubleshooting pest problems.

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So you haven’t planted your garden yet? By Libby James North Forty News

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3. Grow peas Many types of peas and beans will eventually give you a good crop if they receive just four or five hours of sun per day. Try smaller dwarf and bush varieties rather than pole varieties. 4. Dig deep for root vegetables If you have just a few more hours of sunlight â&#x20AC;&#x201D; say four or five per day â&#x20AC;&#x201D; you can likely grow a decent crop of nutritious and tasty root vegetables. Start with the following: â&#x20AC;˘ Beets â&#x20AC;˘ Carrots â&#x20AC;˘ Potatoes â&#x20AC;˘ Radishes â&#x20AC;˘Turnips 5. Be patient At some point youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be rewarded with a respectable harvest, but many shady garden stars take a little longer to mature than they would if they were grown in sunnier areas. Just wait â&#x20AC;&#x201D; your hard work will eventually pay off. 6. Think small Harvest scaled-down veggies throughout the season, then laugh at the grocery store prices you see for similar â&#x20AC;&#x153;gourmetâ&#x20AC;? treats. Keep in mind that a few plants, such as Swiss chard and mustard greens, may never grow big, juicy stalks in low light. But the more petite versions are just as delicious. While youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re waiting for that harvest of plenty, take time to appreciate the little guys, such as: â&#x20AC;˘ Baby carrots â&#x20AC;˘ Green onions â&#x20AC;˘ Microgreens â&#x20AC;˘ New potatoes 7. Water wisely If you live in a climate with superhot summers, chances are your garden crops will actually be grateful for a little shady relief. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably find that you need to water less than in a full-sun garden. Be sure to give

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your plants adequate moisture, but avoid overwatering. 8. Use reflective mulches One way to maximize the light you do have is to employ a reflective mulch. Available in most garden centers, reflective mulches throw light and heat back up at your plants and have been found to be effective at increasing yields. Red plastic mulch is a popular option to lay down beneath tomato, pepper and strawberry plants. Metallic mulches, which can come in fancy, store-bought packages or straight out of the aluminum foil dispenser in your kitchen, are also worth trying under shaded garden plants. If you have a fence or wall adjacent to your garden, try painting it bright white or a light color to reflect more light onto the plants. 9. Look at the bigger picture When growing food in lessthan-ideal areas, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s especially important to pay attention to overall garden health. Work hard to keep your soil rich and your plants healthy. Give plants plenty of space to grow in order to maximize all possible chances for photosynthesizing. Pay attention so youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re able to catch and address pest and disease problems early.

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Dispatches Be a part of the Larimer County Fair Exhibiting talent at the Larimer County Fair is as American as apple pie. We’re talking apple pies, salsa, paintings, knitted hats and other handmade items. Adults or youth who pre-enter garden produce, flowers, needlework, metal or wood work, beadwork or other crafts, photography, art work, wine, honey, or baked or preserved foods can exhibit at no cost. See the list of open class items and rules at Pre-entry deadline is July 15. Entries can be made online. After July 15, there is a late charge of $5 per department. Larimer County Fair and PRCA Rodeo official dates are Aug. 2-6. Items need to be taken to the fairgrounds earlier that week for judging. Check the schedule and instructions for entering Open Class Exhibits at the website. For additional information contact CSU Larimer County Extension Office at 970-498-6000.

Firewood permits available in Red Feather Lakes area Firewood permits are now available for two locations near Red Feather Lakes, on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District, including: • Dowdy Lake Campground

• Manhattan Road/171 road system Cost for the permits is $20 a cord and the timeframes for these locations vary. Visitors can purchase permits at the Visitor Information Center located at 2150 Centre Ave., Building E in Fort Collins. In the campgrounds the wood is stacked in 4’ lengths. In the Manhattan Road area, trees have been felled and limbed but need to be bucked with a chainsaw for removal. Later this summer additional areas are expected to open, including additional campgrounds. The firewood in campgrounds was created from hazardous trees being cut and left to cure.

Larimer County Search and Rescue dog handlers receive grant Larimer County Search and Rescue dog handlers recently received a $3,000 grant from the American Kennel Club’s Companion Animal Recovery Fund. The grant will fund a backcountry K-9 medic class where handlers will learn to respond to canine medical emergencies and safely evacuate dogs out of the field when injured. The training is scheduled for Oct. 5 and 6 in Lory State Park. The AKC-Companion Animal Recovery program encourages pet owners to register and microchip dogs and focuses much of its’ energy on lost pet re-

Clean-up corps. Girl Scout troop #4288, of Red Feather Lakes, had a clean up day at Parvin Lake on June 13. The girls spent the afternoon collecting garbage as they hiked around the lake. They enjoyed the lovely wild iris, baby ducks, beautiful views, and of course keeping the community clean. Left to right: Faith Mayfield, Oriana Ellinger, Hope Mayfield, Andrea Schisler, Jordyn Westrope Bruen, Serenity Smith, Kendralyn Bacon, Nicole Bednar, Kailyn Bacon, and Rehna Anliker. Photo courtesy Lisa Westrope

covery services. This year, they awarded $258,000 to K-9 search and rescue teams in 40 states across the country. For more information, visit the program’s website at Larimer County Search and Rescue’s mission is to find the lost, rescue the stranded and injured, recover the deceased, and educate the public on wilderness and mountain safety. Search and rescue dog handlers train weekly with their dogs to develop the advanced skills necessary to detect human scent in the difficult mountain environment.

Rockie Mountain Saddle Club horse shows run through Sept. 14 The Rockie Mountain Saddle Club invites horse enthusiasts of all ages and abilities to join them for fun-filled, affordable, horse shows the whole family

will enjoy. The saddle club is local, low key and inexpensive and is the perfect opportunity for 4H members or anyone wanting to get show ring experience, or just have some fun on a horse. The remaining 2013 shows are scheduled for July 20, Aug. 17 and 24 and Sept. 14. Riders may compete in any division, including English, Western, and/or Gymkhana. The contestant’s age on Jan. 1, 2013 will determine the age division in which he or she will compete for the entire show season: 6 and under (may be lead line), 7–10, 11–13, 14–18, 19 and over. A separate Lead-Line Division, open to any rider, is also offered during the Gymkhana Division. English classes begin at 8 a.m. sharp, Western classes not before 10:30 a.m., and Gymkhana no earlier than 3 p.m. Overall season points will be tallied for all RMSC Members who complete the minimum volunteer service hours and compete in a minimum of three shows in the same division. Year End Highpoint Awards will be presented at the Year End Awards Banquet on Nov. 16. All RMSC shows and events are held at Folley’s Arena in Wellington, located just north of Larimer County Road 70 (Exit 281 off of I-25/Owl Canyon) on County Road 11.

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Calendar Conversation Cafe: July 11, 7:15 p.m., at The Eclectic Reader used book store. We will discuss “The Power of Words.” A Conversation Cafe promotes respectful listening and openminded conversation on meaningful topics. 970-493-7933. enhanced listing fiber, home grown veggies. Info: Rene Lee 970-221-0997. July 15, 16, 17, Back to school savings. Prepare your family for back to school shopping. By Kathy Cox of Make Change NoCo. Free. No registration required. July 15, 7-8 p.m, Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., Fort Collins, July 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams St. Fort Collins, July 17, 7-8 p.m. Old Town Library, 201 Peterson St., Fort Collins. Info: 970-498-6018, tegan@ July 16 and 17, Take charge of your money matters, top 10 practical tools to be in charge of your financial future, by Laurel Kubin, CSU Extension, Larimer County Director. 1525 Blue Spruce St., Fort Collins. Free. Registration required. Contact Tegan Hollen, 970-498-6018. July 17, Where to go in Larimer County, 6:30 p.m., Jax Outdoor Gear, 1200 N. College Ave., Fort Collins. Presentation on new places to

go outside. one-hour program. Info: Heather at 970-679-4489. July 17, Dig in to nature at the Loveland Library. Exploration with a volunteer naturalist into nature like you’ve never seen before. Free. No registration required. Info: Heather at 970-679-4489. July 18, Support meeting for fire survivors, LaPorte Presbyterian Church, 3820 U.S. 287, 5:306:30 p.m., sponsored by Mountain Outreach Team, Info: mtnot2012@ or 970-494-4245. July 20, Fire Weather, by Dr. Matt Rogers, research scientist, CSU/ CIRA, Red Feather Lakes Library, 1:30-3 p.m. Info: 970-881-2664 or July 20, Open Horse Show, Rockie Mountain Saddle Club, Folley’s Arena, north of CR 70 on CR 11, Wellington. Info: 970-980-3132, Felicia Ball. July 26-Aug.4, “The Year of Magical Thinking,” Bas Bleu Theatre founder Wendy Ishii and motion picture director Oz Scott dramatize this best-selling memoir. Bas Bleu Theatre, 401 Pine St., Fort Collins, Tickets $24, $18 for seniors, $12 for students. Info: or call 970-498-8949. July 27, Mystery of the Stone Patios, 2-3 p.m., Red Feather Lakes Library. Nat Warning will incorporate his graduate research on rock wrens in a mysterious way. Info: 970-8812664 or July 27, Erica Goad, presentation

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Wellington Public Library By Kathy Bornhoft, Library Director

Build it and they will come, or in our case have it and they will come. I’m writing about our Summer Reading Program, “Dig into Reading.” We had an amazing sign up so far for the program and we had an awesome turn out for our first event — Ann Lincoln a.k.a Dinogirl. If you

missed her show, ask someone about it; chances are they were there. Both children and adults were laughing and enjoying her magic. Our next program is The Bubble Lady on July 9 at 10:30 a.m. She will enclose your child in a bubble. Unfortunately it doesn’t last for long. She brings with her lots of bubble making tools

so kids have the chance to make their own bubbles. Also mark your calendar for July 18, when Magician Cody Landstrom will be performing at 10:30 a.m. Cody is a local favorite who entertains and educates with his own brand of magic. Please turn out for these events. It means so much to the performers and to the library. We enjoy bringing

these performances to Wellington and we enjoy showing these performers how much of a community we have become. Speaking of events, the library will be hosting the kids games on the Fourth of July in front of the library starting at 1 p.m. Bring your little ones to play games and win prizes. The library will be closed July 4,

but children can still register for the summer reading program in front of the library during the games. Our first Summer Reading Program prize giveaway was June 24 and the second prizes will be given out July 22. Registration is open ’til Aug. 16 and early locker-choice reports will be accepted up to Aug. 12. We still have openings available to display your artwork here at the library. It’s a great chance to have a personal showing and we enjoy being surrounded by art. We also have our “Dig into Wellington’s Past” interactive display. While many libraries forgo their storytimes during the summer months, our Storytime Lady — Kim — would not hear of it. Please drop in July 16 and July 30 at 11 a.m. for great stories and a craft project. WPL Bookclub will be meeting Sept. 12. Please contact the library for more details. Have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July and we will see you at the library.

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Red Feather Lakes Library The RFL Writers Group and the Library are co-sponsoring SCENEWORKS: Developing every Scene to its Full Potential, presented at the library by 20-year entertainment industry veteran and writing specialist Trai Cartwright, August 15 at 1 p.m. Space is extremely limited. Contact the library at 970-8812664 or to reserve a seat. The second annual Red Feather Read is scheduled for Aug. 24 in the RFL POA building. This year’s selection, “Barbed Wire and Daisies” by noted local author Carol Strazer, is a harrowing World War II tale chronicling the struggles of an ethnic German family to escape considerable peril presented by clashing Soviet and German troops; and then the difficult conditions in Danish refugee camps following their escape from Germany. Based on a true story, the book highlights littleknown aspects of post-World War II history.

By Creed Kidd, Library Director

The Fourth of July weekend is a great time to enjoy the Red Feather Lakes area – not only for the fishing, cool evening air and great camping – but for local activities as well. For example, the annual fireworks display over Dowdy Lake on Saturday, July 6, is not to be missed. Other highlights include the arts & crafts show, kid’s fishing contest, area parade at 2 p.m. and the park veteran’s memorial. Sunday July 7 (the next day) brings the annual Mountain Lions pancake breakfast (free, with donations accepted) from 7:30 – 10 a.m. Not least is the Friends of the Library’s second used book sale of the season, offering great prices on several thousand used books. Sale times are Fri. July 5, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sat. July 6, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and Sun., July 7, 8 – 11 a.m. The sale itself will be held in the library’s Stenzel Room.

Upcoming: The Friends’ Macy’s Shop fundraiser continuing to the shop day, Aug. 24; the Wild West Relay Aug. 4; the Fire Days (Labor Day weekend) celebration book sales. Contact information above, or check the library calendar at http:// We’re occasionally asked if the library has equipment for lending. We do, including a laptop, digital projector, 5-foot projection screen, projector stand and an HP flatbed scanner — all for overnight or short-period use. Otherwise, how do you find updated information about the library or library events? An easy way is to call 970-8812664 or e-mail Use the website at (note the link to the library calendar on the left). We run and post numerous flyers as well as a handout monthly calendar plus this column. Or, through our email

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Dress up in red, white and blue and join the patriotic fun wherever you may be in Northern Colorado on the Fourth of July. Fourth of July in Wellington America: Yesterday, Today and Forever is the theme of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fourth of July parade in Wellington held Thursday, July 4. Participants line up at Wellington Boulevard and Cleveland Ave. between 7 and 9:30 a.m. Three awards will be presented in each of three categories, floats, walkers, and motorized entries, and will be based on originality, creativity, workmanship and overall

appearance. After the parade enjoy a pancake breakfast at the Filling Station, Fourth and Cleveland, 7-10 a.m. The Northern Plains Car and Truck Show happens 11 a.m-4 p.m. at the north ball field, Third Street., or take in the Antique Tractor and Engine Show between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. one block north of Washington Ave. off County Rd. 7. In the same area youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find a Tractor Pull 11:30 a.m-4 p.m., Lawn Mower Races 12-4 p.m., and Dirt Drag Races at 1 p.m. A family fun fest at Library Park on the south ball field on Wilson Ave. features the following: â&#x20AC;˘ 11 a.m.-7 p.m. food, crafts and other vendors â&#x20AC;˘ 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. live music by Barely Gettinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; By â&#x20AC;˘ 12-6 p.m. Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; zone inflat-

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FREE Independence Day Barbecue On SATURDAY, JULY 6th Starts at 11 a.m. A Ministry of Morning Star Community Church All donations will go to the Children in Cambodia

able area â&#x20AC;˘ 1-3 p.m. Cake/Cookie Walk â&#x20AC;˘ 2-3 p.m. Town Board free ice cream social â&#x20AC;˘ 2:30-4:30 p.m. Performances by Suicidal LifeStyles Stunt Team, a motorcycle group. Fireworks at dusk near Library Park, presented by Wellington Volunteer Fire Department and the town of Wellington. Bring your own lawn chairs, relax and enjoy. Fourth of July in Fort Collins Start your Thursday, July 4 celebration with the 11th annual Firekracker 5K run, 8 a.m., City Park. This race is popular because of a flat fast course finishing at Sheldon Lake in City Park. A kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fun run follows immediately after the 5k. Race day registration $30, before that $25 for adults 15 and older, $20 for 17 and under and Fort Collins Running Club members. Register at Runners Roost in Fort Collins. Kids free. Golf tournament, 8 a.m. City Park Nine. Two person better ball tournament. Info: 970-2216650. Thirty-second annual oldtimers baseball game, 9:30 a.m., City Park. A blast from the past watching oldtimers play the game they love. Independence Day Parade from Mountain Avenue beginSCREENS WINDOWS MIRRORS SHOWER DOORS WINDOW PARTS

ning at Jackson St. and ending at Howes St., 9:30 a.m. The parade will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Fort Collins Police Department. City Park Swimming Pool open 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Live music in City Park at the corner of Sheldon and Mulberry Sts.-4:15-9:30 p.m. Daddy Rab, The Honey Gitters, Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra. Fireworks at approximately 9:35 p.m. Free transportation to City Park from downtown transit center and CSU towers parking lot. Call 970-221-6620 with Transfort shuttle questions. Fourth of July celebration in RFL is July 6-7 Come join in the fun on July 6! Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be an arts and crafts show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fishing contest at Ramona Lake, 8:30-11 a.m. boys and girls, 4-8 register at 8:30 a.m., boys and girls 9-14, register at 10 a.m.. Prizes awarded behind POA building, 12:30 p.m. Barbecue, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Morningstar Community Church. Parade is at 2 p.m. with a veteransâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; celebration following the parade at Veteransâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Monument in Red Feather Lakes Community Park. Fireworks at dusk on Saturday night. Festivities sponsored by Red Feather Lakes Property Owners Association.



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The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memoir about loss and survival will come to life July 26-Aug. 4 at Bas Bleu Theatre, 401 Pine St. in Fort Collins. Theatre founder, Wendy Ishii, will team up with motion picture director Oz Scott for this special dramatic interpretation of the book. Tickets: $24, $18 seniors, $12 students. Info: 970498-8949, Jackie and the Beanstalk An outdoor enactment of a quirky version of the traditional Jack and the Beanstalk story will be performed by members of the Front Range Family Theatre Project in the plaza at Front Range Community College, 4616 S. Shields St., July 10-13. Info: Fifty Shades of GreyHair Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss the Mostlies theatre troupe as they return with a comic parody of the best-selling book July 26-Aug. 7 at the Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia in Fort Collins. Tickets $15 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and they sell fast! Info: or 970-221-6730. Art from Central Asia and the Middle East Caravanserai, Global Village Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhibit of art from Central Asia and the Middle East continues through July. For centuries, caravanserai were places that provided rest and refreshment for travelers on trade routes through the Middle East and North Africa. Caravanserai: Art from Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa features artworks from these routes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; carpets, canvas, calligraphy, and crafts â&#x20AC;&#x201C; that embody the shared aesthetics of the region as well as distinct characteristics of individual cultures. The objects in the show are from the countries of Mali, Morocco, Tunisia, Northern India, Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Israel, and Saudi Arabia. They were produced by people from a variety of ethnic and religious groups, in many different media, and span more than a century of artistic creation. The show aims to broaden understanding and appreciation of the rich and diverse artwork from the Middle East and North Africa regions.

Boys 4-8 register at 8:30 AM-Fishing starts at 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM Girls 4-8 register at 8:30 AM-Fishing starts at 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM Boys 9-14 register at 10:00 AM-Fishing starts at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM Girls 9-14 register at 10:00 AM-Fishing starts at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM Prizes awarded 12:30 PM at the back of the POA Building

BAR-B-QUE: 11:30 AM-1:30 PM Morning Star Community Church

Parade: 2:00 PM Veteranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Celebration following the Parade at the Veteranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Monument in the Red Feather Lakes Community Park FIREWORKS AT DUSK (Saturday Night)

July 7th (Sunday) Lionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Pancake Breakfast: 7:30 AM to 10:30 PM General Meeting: 3:00 PMâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Crowning of Princess Bingo: 7:00 PMâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Raffle Drawing approx. 8:00 PM

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Fort Collins weather calendar for July Date 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

Sunrise 5:34 5:33 a.m. 5:34 5:34 a.m. 5:35 5:34 a.m. 5:35 5:35 a.m. 5:36 5:35 a.m. 5:36 5:36 a.m. 5:37 5:37 a.m. 5:38 5:37 a.m. 5:38 5:38 a.m. 5:39 5:39 a.m. 5:40 5:39 a.m. 5:41 5:40 a.m. 5:41 5:41 a.m. 5:42 5:41 a.m. 5:43 5:42 a.m. 5:44 5:43 a.m. 5:44 5:44 a.m. 5:45 5:45 a.m. 5:46 5:45 a.m. 5:47 5:46 a.m. 5:48 5:47 a.m. 5:49 5:48 a.m. 5:50 5:49 a.m. 5:51 5:50 a.m. 5:51 5:51 a.m. 5:52 5:52 a.m. 5:53 5:53 a.m. 5:54 5:53 a.m. 5:55 5:54 a.m. 5:56 5:55 a.m. 5:57 5:56 a.m.

Sunset 8:35p.m. 8:35 8:35p.m. 8:34 8:34p.m. 8:34 8:34p.m. 8:34 8:34p.m. 8:34 8:34p.m. 8:33 8:33p.m. 8:33 8:33p.m. 8:33 8:33p.m. 8:32 8:32p.m. 8:32 8:32p.m. 8:31 8:31p.m. 8:31 8:31p.m. 8:30 8:30p.m. 8:30 8:29p.m. 8:29 8:29p.m. 8:29 8:28p.m. 8:28 8:27p.m. 8:27 8:27p.m. 8:27 8:26p.m. 8:26 8:25p.m. 8:25 8:24p.m. 8:24 8:24p.m. 8:23 8:23p.m. 8:23 8:22 8:22 p.m. 8:21p.m. 8:21 8:20p.m. 8:20 8:19p.m. 8:19 8:18p.m. 8:18 8:17p.m. 8:17 8:16p.m. 8:16

Normal High Low 85 86 86 86 86 86 86 87 87 87 87 87 87 87 87 87 87 87 87 87 87 87 87 87 87 87 87 86 86 86 86

57 57 57 57 57 58 58 58 58 58 58 59 59 59 59 59 59 59 59 59 59 59 59 59 59 59 59 59 59 59 59

Record High Year 101 98 97 97 98 100 98 99 97 101 102 102 100 97 102 99 98 98 100 101 103 99 100 100 98 100 98 98 98 98 98

2002 1990 1996 1999 1989 1973 1989 2003 1976 1954 1954 1954 2003 2006 1925 2006 2003 1998 2005 1998 2005 2005 2005 2003 1978 1910 1960 1959 2001 2006 2002

Record Low Year 41 43 38 36 42 39 40 40 41 44 46 42 44 47 45 44 47 47 43 39 45 43 47 46 45 45 48 45 45 43 43

Moon Phase

1918 1912 1889 1903 1931 1902 1904 1952 1929 1905 1902 1922 1902 1950 1897 1893 1907 1947 1902 1897 1902 1902 1938 1895 1899 1913 1926 1913 1892 1971 1913

July averages

July extremes

High: 86.6° Low: 58.0° Temperature: 72.3° Precipitation: 1.71” Snowfall: 0.0” Wind speed: 6.9 mph Days with dense fog: 4

Lowest temperature: 36°, July 4, 1903 Highest temperature: 103°, July 21, 2005 Wettest: 6.71”, 1997 Driest: 0.00”, 1939 Snowiest: 0.0” Most precipitation in 24 hours: 4.63”, July 29, 1997 Most snow in 24 hours: 0.0”

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