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North Forty News March 2013

Volume 20 Number 12

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


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Gardner: Reservoir review has gone on too long By Jeff Thomas North Forty News

The old adage is, “Bourbon is for drinkin’, and water is for fightin’ over.” But apparently before you really get to the fightin’ you’re going to have to do some waitin’. And it’s that waitin’ part that apparently has U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, concerned. He says the wait over the Northern Integrated Supply Project has gone on too long, and it’s time for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to finish a nine-year Environmental Impact Study process. The congressman is currently drafting water-storage legislation to “streamline the approval process for projects like NISP by requiring up or down approval of the plans,” according to a statement from his office. “This will ensure that these projects don’t drag on for decades and waste millions of dollars. “The unpredictable nature of snowpack and rainfall in Colorado underscores the need for more water storage in good years, so we are better prepared for the bad ones,” Gardner said. “NISP would provide the water storage we need to support northern Colorado’s growing communities and provide protection to farmers and families when the weather turns dry.” It has been a substantial, though certainly not unprecedented, wait on the NISP project, and it has so far cost the 15 participants, including the Fort Collins, Loveland Water, Central Weld and Left Hand water districts, some $11 million. But without doubt it is Continued on page 7

Rice teacher recipient of excellence award Flying economy class. Deer captured as part of the Laramie Foothills Mule Deer Project chronic wasting disease study are lowered to the ground Feb. 16 north of Livermore. The Colorado State University study is in its final year and researchers hope the outcome will help determine environmental and genetic factors that make the animals susceptible to the disease. More than 450 deer have been captured, fitted with radio collars and released for the study. Photo by Scott Burnworth,

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Fort Collins — Hunters new to the state or new to the application process are invited to Jax Mercantile in Fort Collins on March 5, from 6 to 8 p.m., to learn about the ins and outs of getting a tag in Colorado. The local wildlife officer will cover applications, regulations and answer questions about big game hunting in the “Elk Capital of the World.” This seminar is limited to 40 people. Jax is located at 1200 N. College Ave. in Fort Collins. The event is free. To register, email

Red Feather Lakes — The U.S. Postal Service will host a community meeting on March 13 at 4 p.m. to discuss the future of Red Feather Lakes’ post office. Possibilities on the table as part of the USPS’s Post Plan include reducing hours of operation and studying closing the post office and opening an alternate location in a local business. The meeting will be held at the Red Feather Lakes Library, 71 Firehouse Lane in Red Feather Lakes village. The USPS will make a decision sometime in 2013.


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Sari Bosch, recipient of a coveted Excellence in Education award from the Poudre School District Foundation, found her niche in education a long time ago. Bosch taught kindergarten classes at Werner Elementary in Fort Sari Bosch Collins for 10 years before joining the then brand new Rice Elementary School in Wellington six years ago. Bosch will receive her award at the Excellence in Education banquet to be held at the Hilton Hotel in Fort Collins on March 4. Nominees and recipients in several categories will he honored and Dr. Don Unger, former Poudre District Superintendent of Schools, will be honored as Community Education Advocate for 2013. “I love the whole process of welcoming children and their parents to school for the first time and makContinued on page 11


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Elementary students receive Good Citizenship Medals The Overland Trail Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution held their annual Patriots Award Ceremony on Feb. 2 at the American Legion in LaPorte. The ceremony recognized the outstanding students and adults in our rural communities. The DAR Good Citizenship Medal is an award that is presented to girls and boys in grades five through eleven who fulfill the qualities of honor, service, courage, leadership, and patriotism. This year the winners of the DAR Good Citizenship Medals, all 5th-graders, are: • Rice Elementary School, Wellington – Garrett Ramler • Eyestone Elementary School, Wellington – Joeleen Castorino • Cache la Poudre Elementary, LaPorte – Sam Nelson. The chapter gave Certificates of Appreciation to the Livermore Fire Protection District and the Poudre Canyon Fire Pro-

tection District for their selfless service and sacrifice during the High Park Fire. It is through the outstanding efforts of these men and women that the citizens of our communities are protected in cases of emergency and make our communities a safer place to live. The Glacier View Fire District and the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department will receive their certificates at a later date. The staff of the North Forty News received a Certificate of Appreciation for their outstanding support of the rural communities of Northern Colorado through the monthly newspaper and the online paper. The newspaper’s reporting of the news in the area keeps the residents in the know of what is happening in their communities. Reporting on the High Park Fire kept the community and residents of the fire areas up to date on the status and the efforts for rebuilding. Three members of the Veteran’s Plaza of Northern Colo-

rado were recognized with Certificates of Appreciation. Diggs Brown, Billy Thornton, and Rob Allerheiligen, all veterans, have served on the Veteran’s Plaza of Northern Colorado Committee for the past several years seeing the project to completion. Diggs Brown is the founder of the Plaza project. Their dedication to honoring the veterans of the past and present and helping to educate the veterans of the future is commendable. The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation’s children. With more than 173,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations. For more information on the Overland Trail Chapter, visit chapters/overlandtrail or contact the chapter at overlandtraildar@

Appreciation. Sue Harmon, Regent of Overland Trail Chapter, left, listens as Livermore Asst. Chief Joel Funk, far right, accepts the DAR’s Certificate of Appreciation. Also accepting were Livermore volunteers Sherry Serviss, Charlie Wiechart, Eddie Taylor and Kevin Serviss.

The Western Ridge Restaurant and Resort held its annual chili cook-off Jan. 26 to raise money for the Glacier View Fire Department. There were 17 entries ranging from meek and mild to as hot as the High Park Fire! The restaurant was packed with participants with almost every table full — and beer flowing — when the competition began at 11 a.m. Judges this year were Lawrence (Bear) Beals, Ralph Knox, Chris Nostrom and Todd Westfall. The first place winner was our very own fire chief,

Greg Niswender, who proved how much he knew about heat as he served up a fiery green chili with chicken and corn. Sadly, my attempts to obtain the winning recipe failed when Greg confessed that he couldn’t remember what he did to create his sizzling masterpiece, so we’ll all have to do without. Second place went to Denise Burk. Kayla Fran took first prize and Phyllis Fields took second for the Most Unique. Jack Brine won first place and Russ Newman took second for the People’s Choice. Western Ridge raised $375 for the fire department and a good time and full belly was had by all. An additional fundraiser con-

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tinues until the second week of March, so time is getting short. Our local quilters have donated three expertly crafted quilts to raffle: One queen size, on display at Western Ridge, and two lap quilts. Tickets may be obtained at the fire department, from any firefighter or logistics person, or by contacting Cindy Engels at 970-484-3395. Tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5, 12 for $10 or 25 for $20. Considering the drought conditions, the upcoming fire season promises to be another wild ride. Help support your local fire department, staffed mostly by volunteers and in need of new equipment.

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Gilsdorf Garage offers thorough 28-point inspection The approach of spring means it’s time to get your car checked out — you never know what those ice-rutted, winter-road hazards may have jarred loose. Leading up to National Car Care month in April, Gilsdorf Garage Service Manager Brandon Pursley wants to remind everyone to schedule a spring service this month to receive a complimentary 28-point inspection (with purchase of any of three oil change services). Periodic inspections by ASE

certified master technicians can spot problems before they cause breakdowns and expensive repairs. Gilsdorf Garage has been in business for over 62 years at the corner of Shields and Mulberry in Fort Collins and services most foreign makes including Subaru, Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Lexus, BMW, Nissan, Volkswagen, Audi, Isuzu, Hyundai, Range Rover, Volvo, Mercedes, Acura, Mitsubishi, Kia and Suzuki. Not on the list? Call Gilsdorf. They service all domestic makes, cars and trucks up to one ton — including 2- and 4-wheel drives — and motor home chassis and trailers. Gilsdorf Garage is an AAA ap-

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and gluten-free items are included on the menu. The Wandering Moose is family-friendly, with no alcohol served. There’s also a mountain-themed gift shop on the premises. On St. Patrick’s Day weekend, March 16 and 17, The Wandering Moose will host a benefit for Sharon Cooper, widow of Herb Cooper. The event, which will help with medical bills, will feature a bake sale and silent auction. The restaurant will also donate a portion of proceeds from corned beef and cabbage meals served that weekend, according to owner Helen Bowlin. For more information contact The Wandering Moose at 970-8812588 or www.thewanderingmoose. net.

landscaping that is pleasing to the eye and also helps with erosion control. Owner Marla Hawkins has some great ideas for restoring vegetation around mountain homes. “The biggest thing,” she commented, “is to get some green growth this spring. It’s satisfying to the heart.” Marla recommends planting fast-growing annual grasses this year to control erosion and help native plants get established. Hawkeye Landscapes also creates new outdoor living spaces for clients featuring moss rocks, patios, retaining walls and gas fire pits that are safe. Marla said she wants to “help homeowners reclaim and restore the landscapes around their homes” in an aesthetically pleasing way, using native plants or others that do well in the mountains. Marla studied landscape design and construction at Colorado State University. She also supervised the landscape crews at Fox Acres for three years. Hawkeye Landscapes can be reached at 970-222-4097 or on the web at www.hawkeyelandscapes. com.

Wandering Moose serves famous broasted chicken Red Feather Lakes residents and visitors now have a great new dining option. The Wandering Moose, formerly High Country Restaurant, is open for lunch and dinner five days a week, closed Monday and Thursday. The restaurant, located at 181 Ramona Drive, features the famous broasted chicken that has kept folks coming back for years. All meals are made fresh-to-order,

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muscle function and may show warning signs of diabetes, heart disease and other concerns. Other low-cost screenings include: a $25 Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) screening for men, which checks for prostate gland issues and cancer; a $15 Blood Count screening, which checks the health of your blood; a $40 Vitamin D screening, which measures your baseline Vitamin D level; a $25 Hemoglobin A1C screening that gives you an average blood sugar level over the past 2 to 3 months; and a $20 Colon Cancer Screening Take Home Kit, which checks for colon cancer. Free screenings such as blood pressure, breast exams, prostate/testicular, Ask a Medical Question, Ask a Pharmacist, osteoporosis, oral, hearing, foot, skin and others also are being offered, as well. In preparation to attend a 9Health Fair, be sure to drink plenty of water, fast for 12 hours if you plan to have your blood drawn (unless you are diabetic), and continue taking prescribed medications. “Drinking plenty of water the night before and morning of your 9Health Fair is really the best way to prevent

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Monday, March 4 is the deadline to register to vote in the April 2 Fort Collins election. Registered voters who have moved since the November Presidential election need to complete a voter registration address change by the March 4 deadline in order to receive a ballot. Ballots will not be forwarded, and undeliverable ballots will be returned to the City Clerk’s Office. Visit https://www.sos.state. to register to vote or to verify your current voter registration information. Citizens may also register to vote at the Larimer County Citizen

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LEAP helps families heat their homes Despite Colorado’s mild winter, many Coloradans are still struggling with the cost of heating their homes. Colorado’s Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) offers help to eligible Coloradans by providing financial assistance with home heating bills. LEAP will continue to accept applications through April 30. LEAP is a federally funded program that provides cash assistance to help families and individuals pay a portion of winter home heating costs. The program pays the highest benefits to those with the highest heat-

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Mountain Sage school hosting enrollment events Mountain Sage Community School, a new public charter school in Fort Collins, is hosting a series of enrollment events through March. The Saturday events, held at The Gardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Avenue in Fort Collins, are an opportunity to learn more, get involved, answer your questions and meet the founders. Enrollment event dates are: • March 9, 10 to 11 a.m. • March 23, 10 to 11 a.m.

• March 30, 10 to 11 a.m. The Mountain Sage Community School Charter is inspired by Waldorf Education and sustainable living and was unanimously approved by the Poudre School District on Aug. 14, 2012. The school will open to K-5 students in the fall of 2013, expanding one grade each year until the goal of a K-8 program is reached. Mountain Sage will offer an arts-centered, sustainably-minded, multi-sensory education that blends Waldorf methods with the Colorado Academic Standards to provide students with an exceptional and balanced education. The school is committed to offering students a challenging academic curriculum, which includes ongoing foreign language and music education, as well as a variety of hands-on learning experiences with ample time outdoors and in the school garden. Mountain Sage Community School believes all children deserve a public education that inspires them to reach their highest creative and academic potential in an environment respecting childhood and the natural world. They are currently accepting applications for Fall 2013. For more information visit

Livermore post office hours reduced The Postal Service announced in early February that the Livermore post office hours of operation will change on March 23. The new hours will be 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. weekdays, Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to noon, according to USPS’s David Rupert. Currently the office is open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8 to 10:30 a.m.

Fire damages home near Waverly Fire heavily damaged a home near Waverly on Feb. 7, but was kept in check by crews from the Wellington Fire Protection District. The fire, at 828 Eggleston St. in unincorporated Larimer County, was reported at about 1 p.m. The home is located in a small subdivision off North County Road 17, near West County Road 66. The fire destroyed an enclosed porch on the north side of the house and ignited a 50foot pine tree in the backyard. The home’s north exterior was damaged as well. Wellington Fire Chief Gary Green said that water to fight the fire was hauled in from Wellington FPD’s Station 2 in Waverly. “We had one firefighting crew battling inside the structure and one outside,” said Green. “Our crews kept the fire outside in check — it was important to keep the fire from jumping from one structure to the next.” Seven firefighters from Wellington Fire Protection District responded with mutual aid from Poudre Fire Authority and Platte River Power Authority Fire and Rescue. The interior of the house sustained extensive heat and smoke damage according to Green. The fire’s cause is under investigation.

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Northern Integrated Supply Project captures water in wet years Continued from page 1

also a substantial project, with a primary focus on building the off-channel, 170,000-acre-foot Glade Reservoir (larger than Horsetooth Reservoir) north of the intersection of U.S. 287 and Colorado 14. The project also includes the 44,000-acre-foot Galeton Reservoir east of Ault, where South Platte River water could be stored. The primary focus of the project is to capture water during wet years to provide about 40,000 acre feet of firm yield for the water districts and smaller municipalities stretching from Severance and Eaton to Erie and Lafayette. It comes with an estimated price tag of $490 million, and some hefty environmental costs, said Laura Belanger, the water resources engineer with Western Resource Advocates in Boulder. “Depleting the Poudre River of peak flows will have a tremendous impact on the river, but we are also concerned about the price of the project for residents when there are many lesscostly options to pursue,” Belanger said. WRA believes a course of water conservation, reuse of municipal water and transfer and coordinated use of agricultural water could provide the same amount of water while maintaining the riparian ecosystem of the Poudre. In addition, Belanger said Harvey Economics, the firm that developed the draft EIS for NISP, inflated both the population growth for the area and residents’ expected

water usage. But file those under things that we are waiting to fight about, because what is really holding up the project is not those numbers, but concern over the lack of coordination between NISP and another project proposed by the cities of Fort Collins and Greeley, enlargement of the Halligan and Milton-Seaman Reservoirs on the North Fork of the Poudre. Enlargement of these two onchannel reservoirs could store more than 40,000 acre feet of water, which would also deplete runoff on the lower Poudre. Essentially, the ruling on the draft EIS was that the NISP project had to coordinate data formats with those from the HalliganSeaman enlargements, giving everyone a clearer picture on the future of the river. So that required a supplemental draft EIS, said Eric Wilkinson, the executive director of the Northern Water Conservancy District, which coordinates the NISP project and the EIS process for the 15 participants. “The process can be frustrating,” Wilkinson admits. “You have the folks out in Fort Lupton and Fort Morgan — those cities are really the ones concerned about the water coming out of residents’ taps.” Still, Wilkinson said there often isn’t much choice, given the highly detailed analysis that must be completed. “It takes time and it takes money to do,” he said. “It is driven by the degree of specificity of that analysis and obvi-

ously one of the driving factors is the defendability” of the analysis. But often, he said, going into that level of detail can also bring some degree of partnership between competing organizations. That was the case with the Windy Gap firming project, which is nearing a final EIS approval after nine years, despite the initial opposition of Western Slope organizations. “We developed an IGA with Grand County and the Colorado River Water Conservation District,” Wilkinson said. “With the work we completed (on the EIS) were able to move forward with discussion of details on the project mitigation.” Wilkinson said he would welcome such discussions with interested parties in the NISP project, including Greeley, Fort Collins and the WRA, as well as rafting, fishing and wildlife advocates. But a lot of water may still have to pass under the bridge before NISP reaches that point, and Belanger wondered if Gardner is seeking to limit pubic comment. But not all water supply improvements need take so long, she pointed out.

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Open for business. With scissors at the ready, Northern Colorado Family Dentistry owner Paul Bigus, D.D.S, left, cuts the ribbon at his Wellington business on Feb. 22. Associate Jordan Humbert, D.D.S., Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce chair Walt Lamia and a host of other employees, friends and chamber members helped.

I’m thinking of a number. Tell us where this painted house number is located and you could win two free dinners at the T-Bar Inn in Wellington. Enter online at Deadline: March. 20. Include your postal address in case you win the drawing for the gift certificate. The winner of the free dinners and $50 prize for February goes to Riely Cranford of Livermore who correctly indentified the plywood tree on County Road 74E across from Gate 9 of Glacier View Meadows.

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Bosch goes ‘above and beyond’ Continued from page 1

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March 5 Leads Group round table Wellington’s Leads Group and Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce are hosting Larimer County Workforce Center’s Jacob Castillo at the March 5 Round Table Meeting, starting at 7:30 a.m. at Taco John’s, 7910 Sixth St. in Wellington. The Larimer County Workforce Center provides resources and information to help area businesses find quality and work-ready employees. Castillo is economic development manager and enterprise zone administrator at the center. For more information contact Mary McCaffrey at 307-2142270.

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Photo Contest Dew on aspen leaf, black and white image taken by Chris Branecky of Fort Collins. Best of show and

Making memories, taken by Barbara Schuldt of Fort Collins. Kendall Glass, age 9, gets help scooping ice cream from her great aunt, Monica McGuire. Winner, adult division — Friends and Family.

New growth, taken by Chris Branecky of Fort Collins. Winner, adult division — Rising from the Ashes

Judge’s comments This year’s North Forty News photography contest was judged by the Denver Post photography department headed by John Sunderland, director of photography. Adult Division Rising from the Ashes Chris Branecky - Clear winner that the judges felt best exemplified the subject “Rising from the Ashes.” Quite literally the photo

shows new growth behind the dry and scorched landscape. Most of the other entries depicted sunsets and cloud formations which could be interpreted as “renewal” in a philosophical sense ... but not “rising from the ashes.” Friends and Family Barbara Schuldt - This was the only photo of the group that depicted a nice moment between an adult and a child. We liked that the aunt was holding the ice cream carton while the young girl struggled to scoop it out. The picture tells a story and illustrates a warm rela-

tionship in the process. There were some cute portrait or candid portraits in this category, but they didn’t portray the family quality of the winner. Macro Our “Best of Show.” Macro photography should take the viewer closer than reality and into a visual world that only exists close up. We all felt that Chris Branecky did the best job in this category with an artistic black and white of a dew-covered aspen leaf lying on the ground.

winner, adult division — Macro

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Tangled root in ashes, taken by Hannah Schoenig of Bellvue. Winner, youth division — Rising from the Ashes.

Greeting, taken by Kayla Goddard of Bellvue. Winner, youth division — Friends and Family.

At left. Butterfly, taken by Hannah Schoenig of Bellvue. Winner, youth division - Macro

Youth Division Rising from the Ashes Tough category as there were only two entries and neither illustrated Rising from the Ashes very well. However, if we interpreted correctly, the photo of tree roots resting in ashes and dirty water probably came closest. So we are awarding this category to Hanna Schoenig. Friends and Family Kayla Goddard captured a nice moment when a father was introducing his children to a horse. Again ... judges were not sure of the rela-

tionship here, but the photo had a nice family feel to it. Macro Lots of discussion in this category. Mostly over two photos. One was an extreme macro shot of a ladybug straight on ... the other of a Monarch butterfly resting on a flower. Some felt that the ladybug really showed the power of macro photography, but it didn’t measure up technically as well as the butterfly. So ... the award goes to Hannah Schoenig for a very nice photo of the Monarch.

While we had fewer entries this year, the quality was quite good overall. One suggestion is that entries include complete caption information — particularly in the Friends and Family category. Congratulations to the winners and looking forward to next year’s competition. Good luck.

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Marian Thomson Scheirman Marian Thomson Scheirman died Jan. 28 in Edina, Minn. Born Marian Joyce Thomson on May 31, 1924 in Irving, Marshall County, Kan., she was the eldest child of Reginald G. and Irl Browning Thomson. She graduated from Irving High School and earned her bachelor’s degree from the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas in 1946. Following graduation, Marian was assistant editor of The Torch Magazine in Kansas City, Mo. She met her future husband, William Lynn (Bill) Scheirman, at Central Presbyterian Church in Kansas City. They married in Irving on Oct. 6, 1951 and resided in Oklahoma City until 1969. They lived in Overland Park, Kan., from 1969 to 1998, when they moved to Fort Collins. A freelance writer throughout her adult life, Marian co-wrote two novels and authored poems, magazine and newspaper articles and copyrighted songs. She was active in numerous writers’ groups. Marian was an accomplished pianist who played extensively in public, including on a radio show in Kansas City during the 1940s. One of the adventures of Marian’s lifetime was her trip

around the world with Bill in 1968. Marian was a lifelong member of Presbyterian churches in Irving, Oklahoma City and Fort Collins. Marian was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, and brother, David Browning Thomson, Sr. She is survived by her children David, Granada Hills, Calif.; (Susan), John R., Topeka, Kan. (Dianne Lawson); Margaret, Richfield, Minn., and Kathleen Dean, Fort Collins (Alan); grandchildren Max, Daniel and Andrea Dean, Alia, John C. and Kaia Scheirman; step-grandchildren; sisters Shirley Ann Burbank and Martha Nance; and nieces and nephews. Marian brought grace, warmth and music into the lives of many. The family requests that any memorial donations be made to First Presbyterian Church, Fort Collins, seniors or music ministry, or Luciel Cress Nance, M.D. and J. Wilson Nance Family Scholarship fund, University of Kansas Endowment Association. A memorial service is planned for March 16 at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Collins.

Charles K. Bixler Charles K. Bixler passed away Jan. 23. He was born in his parents’ house in Harrison, Neb., on March 4, 1922. He was the youngest of five children born to Harvey D. Bixler and Delia B. Bixler (Hanson). He married Phyllis Jean Parsons in 1948. They had three children: Robert H. Bixler (deceased); Bonnie Bixler Szidon, (Kim); and Joe K. Bixler (Erica Suchman); and three grandchildren, Nolan, Scott, and Jackie Bixler. He was in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He enrolled at the University of Nebraska when the war ended and returned home to Sioux County in Nebraska to run the family ranch when his father passed

away. After Charles and the family moved to Colorado in 1963, Charles was involved in ranching, oil, banking, and — since 1968 — Ranch-Way Feeds. He enjoyed his multitude of business ventures and was always looking to take on new ones. Flying his airplanes was a passion, as was golf and skiing. He loved music and he loved to sing. He loved his home on the country club golf course. Kenny, as he was best known, was the last surviving of his siblings. He was predeceased by his sisters Lorraine Bixler (McDowell), Joan Bixler (Cunningham), Laverna Bixler (Reardon), and his brother John Bixler. Charles loved his family and grandchildren. He held our family together. He will be missed.

Ginny Manning Virginia (Ginny) Manning died January 14, 2013 as a result of COPD and congestive heart failure. Ginny was born in August 1946 in Troy, N.Y. She married Tom Manning in June 1973 in Fort Collins. She worked for Poudre Valley Hospital and Teledyne Waterpik in the 1970s. Ginny and Tom lived in the Upper Poudre Canyon and in Lake Lucerne, N.Y. before moving to Red Feather Lakes. In New York, Ginny was a mental health therapy aide for the State of New York at the Wilton Developmental Center. Ginny is survived by Tom, her husband of 40 years and her son, Brad Fox, of Fort Collins. Ginny donated her body for medical research via Science Care, a Phoenix-based company. More information on the company can be found at www. In lieu of flowers or cards please donate to Pathways Hospice, 305 Carpenter Road, Fort Collins, 80525.

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Think of the people you love and who love you (This is a story that my daughter, Crystal Nickle, wrote in 1996 for her sixth grade DARE program after her father was killed in an automobile accident. As of the 5th of January it will be 17 years since the horrible day that we put my children’s dad in the ground due to a horrible accident that could have been avoided. Respectfully, Cindy Dyer.) By Crystal Kay Nickle December 30, 1995 “Grandma, where’s my dad?” Crystal asks. “Robyn’s on the phone. She wants to know if I can come over.” “Your dad’s outside in the garage, I think,” said Grandma. “Robyn, hold on. I have to ask my dad.” “Okay,” said Robyn. Crystal puts down the phone and goes outside to find her dad. He’s in the garage. “Dad, can I go to Robyn’s and stay the night?” “I thought you wanted to go to your Aunt Vickie’s with me,” Daddy said. “I do, but I’ll be home tomorrow.” “Okay, you can go.” “Thank you Daddy. I love you!” “I love you too. Have fun.” Crystal runs in the house and tells Robyn that she can come over. Robyn tells Crystal that she and her mom will be over soon to get her. So Crystal runs to pack her bags. Robyn and her mom come and get Crystal. They went to Robyn’s house in Timnath where they talked a while and then watched a movie. Little did Crystal know that it was the last day she would hug her dad. The next day at about 2 p.m., Laurie (Robyn’s mom) asked Crystal if she would like to stay another night and go see Laurie’s mom (Granny Janny). They could stay there for a while and Celebrate New Years with them. Naturally Crystal said “Yes!” and called her dad to ask if she could — he said yes. They talked a while and told each other they loved one another. Good thing Crystal brought extra clothes with her. After hanging up, they left for Granny Janny’s in Greeley, where they all had great fun. They danced and watched “Congo” and talked while the parents drank and played cards. At about 2:30 a.m. on January 1, 1996, they headed to Robyn’s after a very fun and tiring evening. At about 6:30 a.m., Robyn woke up Crystal and told her that Crystal’s mom called and said Crystal had to come home. So Crystal put on her shoes and coat and gathered her things and got in the car. When they pulled into Crystal’s driveway, she saw her pastor’s red Jeep. She said something’s happened to either my dad or my grandpa. So they got out of the car and when she walked in the house, she saw her Aunt Vickie and Aunt Diane sitting at the kitchen table. They were crying. Then Crystal asked, “Did something happen to my dad?” After Crystal said bye to Robyn and Laurie, her grandma and her pastor came from one of the bedrooms. Her grandma hugged her and said “Your dad was in a car accident at 1:27 a.m. and he died instantly.” Crystal didn’t really cry. She went and laid by her dog, Chip ‘n Dale, and only a little bit of tears came. A while later, people started coming over to express their sympathy. Later that night, Crystal was told about everything that had happened the previous morning. It was also on the front page of the newspaper. That night, and for many nights after, Crystal slept in her dad’s bed. The bed was unmade and everything. She slept there every night until, about a month later, her grandmother told her it was time to wash the sheets. What happened on the night of December 31, 1995 into early morning January 1, 1996? Well, Robert E. Nickle was at his older sister’s house for a New Year’s Eve party, and his girlfriend paged him asking him if he would come over. Someone heard that Robert was leaving and tried to take his keys since he was too drunk to drive, but Robert didn’t let them. So he told them he wasn’t leaving and went into the bathroom and waited until he thought everyone was gone, then he left to go see Debbie. They didn’t know he was gone until Crystal’s cousin asked where he was, but it was too late. On the way home from Debbie’s house he (they think) passed out and went off the road and hit the side of a house on the other side of the road. His blood alcohol registered .272. That was the day that Crystal and her little sister Sami will never forget as long as they live. And neither will anyone else who loved or knew Robert. The funeral was January 5, 1996 at Foothills Wesleyan Church and Robert was buried at Rest Haven Cemetery. The End. The moral of the story is: Don’t be stupid like my dad chose to be. Give someone your keys when you are intoxicated. Think of the people you love and who love you.

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We would love to have you join us for our Easter Weekend Services: Good Friday Service, March 29 at 7:00 p.m. Easter Sunrise Service at Harvest Farms, 6:30 a.m. Easter Morning Worship Service, 10:00 a.m. with Dr. Ralph Bell Weekly Sunday Schedule

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Red Feather Lakes Community Library By Creed Kidd, Library Director

For younger Dr. Seuss fans, we’re celebrating the good doctor’s birthday 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2 with a Cat-In-TheHat birthday party. Everyone welcome — ages 0 – 12 to participate, older folk to assist their children, socialize, log into a library computer, browse the shelves, read a book or a magazine while the youngsters have fun. Theodor Seuss Geisel would have been a youthful 109 this year and his influence — as evidenced world-wide by the number of children each year he continues to delight — continues to grow. We’re very pleased to welcome back area genealogist Vir-

ginia Schrecongost, who will conduct a Beginner’s Genealogy Workshop May 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. You’ll learn the basics of genealogy — researching and finding your ancestors — through a number of sources and techniques explained by Virginia. An optional handout will be available for a small donation. We’ve recently conducted an informal survey through the library’s email announcement list regarding eBooks in and through the library: How interested are you in having this service? Do you have or plan to purchase a reader? What type? If you missed the survey but would still like to have your preferences known please email us at

— we’ll send you the very brief and confidential form. If you’d like to receive occasional announcement emails from the library — and/or would like to receive local information and events through our community email list — please contact us at help@redfeatherlibrary. org. Library tech time: Two classes this month, Web Searching Basics (1 to 2 p.m. March 8) and PC Security (1 to 2 p.m. March 15.) March 16: Young-adult night for kids 12 to 18, 4 to 6 p.m. March 23: Hiking Mt. Margaret, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet at the trailhead and dress appropriately for the weather. March 29: March Tea Time, 3 to 4 p.m.

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Grief and love are entwined emotions. To grieve you have known love; and to have loved, you will certainly know grief. On Feb. 6 Wellington Public Library Director Gene Ann Trant lost her battle with lung cancer. She never smoked. Her husband lost his wife. Her two daughters lost their mother. Her four grandchildren lost their MiMa. At the library, we lost a great director and a great friend. “For the past nine years she was a leader in her community, establishing connections with citizens and town employees, and modeling for the rest of us the central, anchor role of the local public library,� Colorado Library Consortium board chairwoman Mindy White said. “A member of the CLiC Board since 2011, she offered a voice of support and reason in every discussion.� Gene Ann belonged to many library organizations, served on several boards and developed working relationships and friendships with many of her peers. She established the Wellington Public Library on the Aspencat program that connects our catalog with the catalogs of 35 other libraries. In a time when some question the importance of having a library, her love of books and people made this library a thriving, integrated part of the community. When you look around this library you’ll see her handiwork in every detail, from the books she chose and cataloged

and the employees she hired and trained, to the volunteers she worked with every day. Among her strengths, were her patience, determination and compassion. If you will pardon me, Gene Ann always reminded me of the Sheriff Taylor character from the “Andy Griffith Show.â€? She always had time for everyone, knew how to handle every situation and managed to keep a sense of humor. It seems there were many times when we would be scurrying around trying to get something done and Gene Ann would calmly be working away, chatting with patrons and making more headway than the rest of us. For Gene Ann there was always time to hold someone’s new baby. Patrons looked forward to a chat with Gene Ann and many of us relied on her sage advice. We’d come to her with an issue and she would calmly say, “Well, let’s take a look at it.â€? I write this not only for Kim, Melissa and myself, but for Alice, Doug, Kate, Staci, Justin, Bob, Deanna, Hildy, Carol and all her patrons and friends. Whether you worked for her, worked with her or were her friend, she brought us together and made us family. • March is “Read Across America Monthâ€? so the library will be having many Dr. Seuss events. Drop in anytime on March 6 to make a Hoo Instrument. Storytimes for March are the 12th and the 26th at 11 a.m. and will be featuring a very special Cat in the Hat — Wellington Mayor Travis Vieira!



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OFF THE GRID By Rex A. Ewing

Thinking of moving beyond the power grid? The experience will change you. Since leaving the dusty plains of eastern Colorado in 1999 to hand-hew our log home in Buckhorn Canyon, my wife LaVonne and I have settled into a radically different lifestyle. A better one, to be sure, but one for which we were not entirely prepared. In hopes that you might be better prepared, here’s a smattering of what I wish we’d known. Living off grid is, first and foremost, a hands-on enterprise. No matter how well-designed your system is, there are always a few chores to perform to keep things running optimally. I think everyone who seriously considers moving upstream from the last power pole understands this, at least to some degree, and anticipates it. Routine battery maintenance always seems the most odious task to neophyte off-gridders, even though the time you spend bending over the battery box — whether to add water or to check for rare corrosion on the terminals — is less than the time you will spend making seasonal adjustments to the angle of the solar array or keeping it free of snow. Or changing the oil in the backup generator. Putting it all into perspective, the routine duties required of you will seem insignificant to the changes that will take place in your life, both practically and philosophically, when you become your own homegrown power company. Once you move off grid you will quickly develop a keen interest in meteorology. It may even become an obsession. Since (as you are soon to discover) clouds will decrease the output of your solar array by anywhere from 20 to 99 percent, you’ll find yourself paying close attention to the ways in which clouds move — most notably between the sun and your solar array. If you erect a wind turbine, your attitude toward wind will change forever. When was the last time you found yourself wishing a calm, cloudy day would turn breezy? From here on out the wind will be your friend, even if you have trouble admitting it in polite company. To keep track of how much energy is going in and out of our battery bank, a Tri-Metric meter saves a lot of guesswork. For monitoring the energy usage of individual appliances, a WattsUp? or Kill-a-Watt meter is handy. Warning: you’ll soon have a great excuse for buying a new, super-efficient LED TV. They use a fraction of electricity compared to older LCD models. If you work from home, as we do, with one or two computers running all day, the production and conservation of energy will become an even more pressing enterprise. While your

neighbors are away at work consuming someone else’s energy, you’ll be home using electricity every day, rain or shine, just to keep the wheels of commerce turning. For this reason and a thousand others (mostly unforeseen), leave room to add more solar panels and batteries later on. Everyone does. Whether your family has expanded or you add new appliances (energy-sucking devices), there will eventually come a time when your system is too small. Over the years we’ve doubled the size of our battery bank and expanded our original 1,140-watt array to 2,320 watts of capacity. Off-grid living certainly isn’t for everyone. For some it’s a means to an end: a stopgap measure to get by until “civilization� finally catches up. For others, an off-grid system is the ideal solution for powering a weekend cabin. Then there are those who seem born to live off the grid; people for whom the challenge of providing a fresh supply of watts to their homes each day is an invigorating exercise of wit, ingenuity and perspicacity—adventurous souls with something akin to a hunter-gatherer mentality, accepting the fact that today’s abundance may or may

not carry over into tomorrow. Should you find yourself determined to throw in with this disparate lot, get ready for some changes. The world that is so familiar to you now is soon to shrink in some directions and expand in others. No longer will you be able to consume electricity as if it flows from an infinite river; the off-grid life is one where acceptance of what nature gives you is tacitly understood. Off-gridders seldom fret about their energy problems, they simply solve them, and it’s this kind of attitude that engenders in a person an easy sense of independence so rare in today’s high-strung plug-andplay world. Once you leave that cosmetic world of instant gratification and entrust your well-being to the seemingly chaotic forces of nature, you will begin to sense the myriad rhythms that flow through all things, and in a million subtle ways you will adjust your life to nature’s unheard harmonies. Rex Ewing is author of several renewable energy books; his newest title, Power With Nature 3rd Edition: Renewable Energy Solutions for Homeowners, was just released through

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Thinking about building a mountain retreat in a remote area? Fascinated with the idea of producing your own electric power? Heard about the possibilities of building an off-grid system and wondering how difficult and expensive it might be? Sam Burnham of Fort Collins-based Burnham & Sun may have some good advice. Burnham, who has been supplying solar electric products and services in Northern Colorado and southern Wyoming since 2000, cautions that the off-grid option is usually not for those currently tied into an electric utility company. “Off-grid systems are battery based and very expensive when large enough to power a typical suburban home. Off-grid makes financial sense when building or living in a remote area where it is impossible or prohibitively expensive to tie into an electric power company,� she says. But consumers tied to an electric utility who are interested in generating their own “green� power and reducing their utility bills can take advantage of net-metering systems that keep track of the energy they use and the amount of power they are able to return to the grid. Electric utility companies credit their customers the going per-kilowatt-hour energy rate for the power they make. Burnham says grid-tied battery back-up systems are more expensive but provide power to selected loads (part rather than all of a house) during a grid power outage. Power is maintained only in essential areas of a house in order to keep system size and cost manageable. The cost of photovoltaic (solar electric) modules has decreased dramatically in the last three years and a federal tax credit of 30 percent for residential and commercial solar installations on and off the grid make going solar more appealing than ever.

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Gardening & Landscaping North Fork Weed Coop will help with weed control, post-fire Ellen Nelson North Fork Weed Cooperative

The North Fork Weed Coop is a community-based organization focused on promoting stewardship of the native plant and animal communities within the watershed of the North Fork of the Cache la Poudre River and surrounding areas in northern Larimer County. As you are well aware, the summer of 2012 brought wildfire and drought to northern Larimer County. These natural events affected the vegetation of thousands of acres. The first plants to recover after wildfire often are weeds, sometimes boosted by additional nutrients

from the fire, and they can be detrimental and dominate the landscape. To help landowners address increased populations of noxious weeds, an herbicide costshare is available for members of the North Fork Weed Coop. This cost-share applies to the treatment of the following noxious weeds: diffuse knapweed, spotted knapweed, Russian knapweed, Canada thistle and leafy spurge. If you think you may have any of these noxious weeds and want to know effective control methods, contact the Larimer County Weed District 970-4985768 for recommendations on specific herbicides and appli-

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cation rates that are effective to help control populations of these weeds. The Weed District has made one-acre treatments of these herbicides available for landowners to purchase. If you are a North Fork Weed Coop member (or become a member), you can mail us your receipt for the herbicides purchased from the Larimer County Weed District and receive a 50 percent

cost-share (up to $100). In addition to weed control, reseeding may be needed where native vegetation was obliterated by fire or crowded out by drought and invasive weeds. We will help with reseeding projects focused on restoration and maintenance of natural habitats and healthy ecosystems. We have recommended seed mixes and guidance on reseeding tech-

niques. Our Cost Share program helps with the cost of seed and replanting by paying 50 percent of the cost (up to $200). For more information on how to qualify for these cost-share programs contact the North Fork Weed Cooperative at or P.O. 176, Livermore, CO 80536.

Low participation threatens weed cooperative Ellen Nelson North Fork Weed Cooperative

The North Fork Weed Cooperative has been an active community-based weed management organization in Northern Larimer County since 1998. Originally focused on lands in the watershed of the North Fork of the Cache la Poudre River, it recently expanded to welcome anyone in northern Larimer County with an interest in weed management and land stewardship. However, without increased participation from local landowners, the North Fork Weed Coop may cease to exist.

Activities of the North Fork Weed Cooperative include weed identification, field tours, weed removal activities, demonstration projects, Management Plan workshops, Pulling for Colorado activities, semi-annual newsletters, educational workshops, community potlucks, speakers for Homeowner Associations, herbicide and reseeding cost share programs. The coop has presented annual summer Land Stewardship Workshops in Red Feather Lakes, focused on the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic and featuring retired Colorado State Forest entomologist David Leather-


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man. Other speakers addressed noxious weeds, local wildlife, the effect of beetle kill forests on wildfire behavior and other land stewardship topics. The North Fork Weed Coop has a long history of promoting stewardship of native plant and animal communities in northern Larimer County. We need the input and participation of interested community members and local land stewards to help us focus our efforts on activities that are relevant and of interest to you and your neighbors. We need more landowners to become members to organize and participate in activities, to write articles for the newsletter, to join the council, to suggest projects, to volunteer their land for demonstration projects. Without increased interest in and participation from the community, the North Fork Weed Cooperative may be forced to discontinue its activities. If you feel this organization is valuable to you and the community, please take a moment to complete our survey at nfwcdlb/nfwcsurvey/ or contact us about participating in the North Fork Weed Cooperative. We value your input and your participation. To provide more feedback or for more information contact us at northforkweedcoop@yahoo. com or visit our website http://

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Gardening & Landscaping Watch out for nursery stock scams Late winter the best The Colorado Department nials at the time of sale. CDA Woody plants and perennials of Agriculture is warning conshall not be sold with insect or helps protect the consumer by time to prune trees sumers to be wary of nursery ensuring that the product they disease infestations.

Late winter, from mid-February until early March, is the best time to prune most urban trees. Trees are still dormant at this time of year and, unlike in early winter, wound closure will be rapid if pruning occurs just prior to the time new growth emerges. Although some elms, silver maples, birch and walnut trees exude sap if pruned in the late winter or early spring, this should not harm the tree. “Once a tree has established a strong root system, usually within three years after planting, proper pruning is essential to develop strong structure and desirable form,” said Keith Wood, community forestry program manager for the Colorado State Forest Service. “Appropriately pruning trees while they are young can help you avoid more expensive tree care later.” The CSFS offers the following pruning tips: • Know what you want to accomplish before you get out the saw — don’t remove any branches without a reason. • Remove any torn, dead or broken branches. • Develop or maintain a dominant leader, and don’t cut off the tops of trees. • Prevent branches below the permanent canopy from growing upright or too large. • Space the main branches along a dominant trunk. • Keep all branches less than one-half the trunk diameter. • Retain branches with wider angles to the main trunk, as compared to those with tighter angles to the main trunk. • Limit pruning of newly planted trees to the removal of dead, damaged or crossing limbs, or those interfering with the main leader. • Always prune at the branch collar — the point where one branch joins a larger one. • Avoid removing more than 25 percent of a tree’s branches in any one year. If the job requires running a chainsaw overhead or removing large branches/entire trees, contact an insured, licensed, certified arborist. A list of these professionals for your area can be found at For more information about urban tree care, go to

stock — trees, shrubs, perennial plants and turf grass sod — that is included for “free” with the cost of exorbitant planting and landscaping costs. “If nursery stock is offered for ‘free’ it likely does not meet the state’s minimum standard,” CDA Nursery, Seed and Phytosanitary Program Manager Laura Pottorff said. “Consumers run the risk of paying for installation services and winding up with poor quality or soon to be dead trees and shrubs.” The Colorado Nursery Act requires that all people who sell trees, shrubs, turfgrass sod and other perennial plants be registered to do so and that the plant material they sell meet standards that help increase likelihood of survival. Trees and other landscape plants are a significant investment made to add value to property. Be wise and informed. “If possible, go to the nursery and pick out the tree or plants you want,” Pottorff said. “When those plants are delivered to you and planted in your landscape watch them closely for the first few weeks and months to make sure they appear to be growing normally.” While the Department of Agriculture cannot regulate how the plant is planted, it can regulate quality of woody plant material, turfgrass sod and peren-

see at the retail nursery meets minimum standards. What types of standards do trees and other plants need to meet? Here are some examples: Trees: The larger the root ball the tree has, the better its chances of surviving transplant and adding long term value to a landscape. Nursery industry best practices and state law dictate standards for deciduous and coniferous trees. Deciduous trees are those that lose their leaves each autumn. For every caliper-inch of trunk width measured at 6-inches above soil line there needs to be at least 10 inches of root ball to match. Similar standards exist for coniferous trees.

Check with the Colorado Department of Agriculture to make sure that the company or person from whom you are purchasing your woody plants, turfgrass sod and perennials from is registered to sell nursery stock. The Colorado Department of Agriculture inspects the plants at most of the nurseries in Colorado yearly. The results of these inspections and any conditions under advisory or “stop sale” that were found during an inspection are available to the public. Contact CDA at 303239-4154 or visit and click on “Nursery.”

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March 1-16, “Amadeus,” OpenStage Theatre, Lincoln Center Magnolia Theatre, 417 W. Magnolia. tickets and info. 221-6730. March 1, 2, 16, 23, 30 “Dinner Detective,” Interactive murder mystery. Midtown Arts Theatre, 3750 S. Mason St, 6:15 p.m. tickets and info. 970-221-2555 March 1-14, Great Plates of Fort Collins, 5 p.m.-11 p.m. 35 downtown restaurants offer $25 dinner specials. Breakfast specials at participating restaurants for $2.50. To support Larimer County Food Bank. March 1-3, “Mariela in the Desert,” Bas Bleu Theatre, 401 Pine St. Fri. and Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinee, 2:30. Cost: $12-$24. Call 970-498-8949 for tickets. March 2 and 9, Hunter Education class offered in Fort Collins. $10. info. and registration, 970-484-6710. March 2, Maxwell Hughes, singer-songwriter, dinner and show at Bellvue Bean, Rist Canyon Road. tickets; single $17, couple $30. Info: 970-484-0511. March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Be Local Winter Market, Opera Galleria, 123 N. College Ave., Fort Collins. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fresh, nutritious, locally grown and produced products. info. at 970-291-3382. March 3, The Folsom Society (National Society Children of the American Revolution) meeting, 2-4 p.m. Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 2000 S. Lemay Ave., Fort Collins. Group meets first Sunday of each month, Sept. to May. Call Society president, Carolyn at 970-482-0025 with questions. March 3-6, Firefighting preacher Rick Barton will speak at a special firefighter/EMS appreciation service, 6:30 p.m. at Livermore Community Church. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. RSVP appreciated: 970-493-9081. March 5, Mac Computer User Group, 2 p.m. Stenzel Room, Red Feather Lakes Community Library. Use a Mac computer? Meet like-minded people in a monthly support group. Feel free to bring your laptop. March 5, 12, 19, 26, Water Color Society, 8 a.m. Red Feather Lakes Library Stenzel Room. Everyone invited. Bring your project, questions and experience. March 5, Wellington’s Leads Group Round Table, 7:30 a.m. Taco John’s, 7910 6th Street in Wellington. Speaker this month is Jacob Castillo with the Larimer County Workforce Center. $10. Free for Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce members. Info: 307-214-2270. March 6, 20 Nature Notes Club meeting. Journal in the vein of Leopold or Muir-some easy walking. 3-hour program. Dress for the weather and bring journaling supplies. Info: Heather 970-679-4489 for details. March 6, Saint Joseph Catholic School’s Operation Soup Bowl, a bread and soup lunch to fight hunger. 11 a.m. – 1:30

p.m. at Saint Joseph Catholic Parish, 300 W. Mountain Ave., Fort Collins. Info: 970-484-1171. March 7, Citizen meetings with County Commissioners, 7:30 a.m., T-Bar Inn, 3803 Cleveland Ave., Wellington. 12 p.m. Red Feather lakes Library, 71 Fire House Lane March 7, “Legally Blonde,” Midtown Arts Center, 3750 S. Mason St., Fort Collins. Musical comedy based on Hollywood blockbuster of the same name, written by Northern Colorado’s own Heather Hach. Feel good story, fabulous score, eyepopping dance numbers. Rated PG. Thurs. Fri. and Sat. nights. Doors open 6 p.m., show at 7:30. Cost-$49-$59. Call 970-2252555 for tickets. March 7, Thursdays through April 11, “Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” 3:30 p.m., Parkwood Estates, 2201 S. Lemay Ave. Offers caregivers tools to increase self-confidence, reduce stress, communicate feelings, and find helpful local resources. Contact: Lynette McGowan, caregiver support coordinator, Larimer County Office on Aging, 970-498-7758, lmcgowan@ March 8, Goodtimes Dance Club, monthly ballroom dance with live big band music. Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive, Fort Collins. 8-11 p.m. $16 a couple $9 single. Reservations required. Info: 970-667-9398, March 9, 16, 23, 30, Be Local Northern Colorado Winter Farmers Market, Opera Galleria, 123 N. College Ave., Fort Collins. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Info: 970-219-3382, belocalnc. org. March 10, Daylight Savings Time resumes. March 12, 26 Tiny Trekkers at the Loveland Library. A morning of crafts, stories, fun facts, and outside time, weather permitting for toddlers and parents. One hour. Parent must attend. Tundra by Chad Carpenter

No registration required. Info: 970-679-4489. March 12, Red Feather Lakes Writers Group, 2 p.m. Stenzel Room, Red Feather Lakes Community Library. March 13, Virginia Dale Community Club, 1-3:30 p.m. Info: Sylvia Garafalo, 870-495-1828. March 16, St. Patrick’s Conversation Cafe: Day Parade, 10 a.m., Old March 14, 7:15 p.m., at The Town Square, Fort Collins. Eclectic Reader. Topic: “Re- Followed at noon with a newal, Rejuvenation, Rebirth.” party– music, food, and A Conversation Cafe promotes beverages in Old Town respectful listening and open- Square. minded conversation on meanMarch 16, St. Patrick’s ingful topics. Information at Day Dance to benefit Liver970-493-7933, Facebook, or more Community Hall, 7:30 p.m. Music by “Barely Getenhanced listing tin’ By” adults $10, couples $18, children 6-12, $4, 5 and under free. Info: 221-0997. 2 miles west of Hwy 287 on Red Feather Lakes Road (74E), Potluck at the Livermore Community Hall at 5:30 p.m. OR Dinner-dance package: Dinner at Western Ridge Resort, Gate 1, Glacier View Meadows, 11.5 miles west of 287 on CR 74E. Dinner-dance package $22 a person, $42 a couple. Info: 970-482-4401. March 16, 17, Bake sale and silent auction, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wandering Moose Restaurant, Red Feather Lakes, to assist Sharon Cooper, Herb Cooper’s widow, with medical and unexpected expenses. Info: Helen Bowlin, 970-881-2588 March 17, St. Patrick’s Day. March 19, LaPorte Area Planning Advisory Committee, 7-9 p.m. West Fort Collins Water District, 2711 Overland Trail, Laporte. Continued on page 21 Online at

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North Forty receives Colorado Press honors The North Forty News received 35 awards, including an award for General Excellence, at the annual Colorado Press Association Better Newspaper Contest presentations in Denver on Feb. 23. Sustained Coverage, Staff (1st) Advertising Layout & Design, Staff (1st) Editorial Layout & Design, Staff (1st) Black & White Ad, Gary Raham, Mark Moody (1st) Use of Color in an Ad, Gary Raham, Mark Moody (1st) Health Feature Story, Gary Raham (1st) Deadline News Reporting Doug Conarroe, Kate Hawthorne, Theresa Rose (1st) Environmental Story, Jeff Thomas (1st) Environmental Story, Gary Raham (2nd) Education Story, Libby James (1st) Story/Picture Combination, Doug Conarroe, Kate Hawthorne (1st) Editorial Writing, Doug Conarroe (1st) Business Feature Story, Kate Hawthorne (1st) Agriculture Story, Jeff Thomas (1st) Deadline News Reporting, Doug Conarroe, Kate Hawthorne (1st)

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Continued from page 20 March 20, First day of Spring. March 21, Citizen meeting with Larimer County Commissioner, 7:30 a.m., Dazbog Coffee, 401 Mason St. March 21, Mountain Women Readers Book Club, 9 a.m. Info: Julie The Eclectic Reader Burness, 970-221used books, is having a “Save 0295. On the Green” Spring Sale, March 23, MiMarch 16, 18-22 at 1031 S. chael Kirkpatrick, Taft Hill Rd. in the King Soop- rock-folk-singerers Plaza. Details at 970-493- songwriter, dinner 7933, on Facebook, or at www. and show, Bellvue Bean, Rist Canyon Road. tickets: single enhanced listing $27, couple $50. Info: 970-484-0051. March 22,23,24, Fifty-second Annual Gem and Mineral Show, Thomas M. McKee 4-H Youth and Community Building, Larimer County Fairgrounds. $4 daily or $7 for 3-day pass. Students 12-18 with ID $1, under 12 free. Info: or 970493-6168 March 26, Passover. March 26, Waverly Advisory Committee meeting, 7:30 p.m., Turning Point at Waverly School, 10431 N. County Rd. 15. Agendas of upcoming meetings and accepted minutes of past meetings available at Waverly Community website: Info: 970-568-9818 March 27, Citizen meeting with Larimer County Commissioner, 6 p.m., The Forks Food ‘n Fuel, Hwy 287 and Red Feather Lakes Road, Livermore March 30 through April 27, “Noises Off,” Tony award-winning play-within-a play. Backstage antics of a bumbling touring company. OpenStage Theatre, Lincoln



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We have two holidays to celebrate this month — St. Patrick’s Day and Easter. Come join us. March 7: Senior Council meeting, 9:45 a.m. March 12: Field trip for lunch at Wendy’s, 1405 W. Elizabeth, Campus West in Fort Collins, 11 a.m. March 14: Elderhaus will sponsor a blood pressure clinic, 11 a.m. until noon. March 14: St. Patrick’s Day party. Be sure to wear green! Entertainment before lunch. Irish tunes. Mary on the piano, Jamie playing the violin. March 28: Birthday recognition lunch, Bingo and a special treat table to celebrate Easter. Come in your — homemade if possible — Easter bonnet.

The Community Activity Committee and Harvest Farm’s barn put on a square dance Feb. 15 with Mark Hammett calling. What a fun time that was. We look forward to doing this again soon. Please note that we serve lunch Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at noon. For reservations call Volunteers of America the day before at 970472-9630. For information about the program, call Trudy at the senior center between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday, Wednesday or Friday. Thanks to everyone for saving aluminum cans to support the center. Pop tabs go to the Ronald McDonald house in Denver. March 1: Salt meeting 10 a.m. March 6, 13, 20, 27: Come and enjoy lowimpact exercise class, 9-9:45 a.m. Afterwards we relax, enjoy the band and have lunch. March 8: BYO lunch, followed by cards. March 26: Lunch, 11 a.m. Craft day. Bring your own lunch and have fun with the girls. March 29: BYO lunch, followed by Bingo.





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RED FEATHER LAKES “SAWMILL JUNCTION� MINI-STORAGE now open! 10’x10’ and 10’x20’ units available. Call 970-881-2195 or come to Ponderosa Realty, 23340 W County Rd 74E in Red Feather Lakes. Also, future space available for your new business or expansion to the Red Feather Lakes area: feed store, hardware store, flea market, beauty/barber shop, gunsmith, tackle shop, insurance office, bookkeeping, clinic, dentist, fitness center, mechanic. Call Roger Clark, Clark Enterprises, LLC, 308-381-0185. Wellington house available for rent Feb 1, 2013 in the Three Silos subdivision. This is a 3 bed, 2 bath house with unfinished basement for additional storage. New paint & carpet throughout. No dogs, cats or smoking allowed. 1 yr lease & deposit of $1,350 is required. There is a $30.00 non-refundable application fee. Tenant pays utilities. Call 970-518-6302.






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Year To Date January 2013 YTD January 2012 YTD January 2011

729 538 561

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63 60 55

218 163 167

20 28 23

Year To Date January 2013 YTD January 2012 YTD January 2011

$289,949 $281,711 $279,443

$228,759 $216,125 $210,957

$268,077 $231,627 $242,125

$165,072 $166,525 $167,300

$198,285 $199,432 $203,728

$284,596 $232,925 $250,688

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8 5 2

22 16 16

47 25 38

23 25 6

7 7 4

Year To Date January 2013 YTD January 2012 YTD January 2011

$99,488 $119,500 $161,379

$102,450 $138,100 $137,014

$56,605 $50,681 $46,625

$37,791 $45,658 $52,601

$88,827 $42,500 $97,383

$532,714 $94,643 $116,613

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