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North Forty News November 2012

Volume 20 Number 8

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

Burned and buried


Outta my way

High Park debris should go to the landfill, not be plowed under By Kate Hawthorne North Forty News

In the ashes of the 259 homes burned by the High Park Fire in June are the toxic remnants of 21st century life: household chemicals and mercury-filled light bulbs, heavy-metal components from electronics, melted microwave ovens and coolantfilled refrigerators, fluids from cars and trucks reduced to steel shells, perhaps even asbestos or lead from building materials. That’s why the state of Colorado considers burned structural debris hazardous waste and has strict regulations about how to dispose of it. The materials must be removed properly and delivered to a landfill that can handle them, such as the Larimer County facility on South Taft Hill Road. As of Oct. 29, the landfill had received 2,424 cubic yards of structural ash from the High Park burn area. The privately owned North Weld Landfill near Ault and Front Range Landfill also accept debris from the fire area. According to guidance issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in August, soil under the burned area should be scraped to ensure all the debris is removed. Materials should be thoroughly wetted to reduce dust and “burrito-wrapped” inside 6-mil plastic sheeting. The material should then be placed in an end-dump roll-off with the top sealed with plastic to secure it during transport. And once the dump-truck full of debris gets to the landfill, there are fees. No county or state demolition permit is required to remove debris from structures Continued on page 6

Undefeated. Wellington Middle School seventh-grade running back Alonzo Leal, left, brushes off a Preston Middle School tackler en route to the end zone. The WMS Eagles, composed of seventh-graders, beat Preston 36-12 on Oct. 10 and went 8-0 this year. The team is coached Photo by Doug Conarroe by Rick Carlson.

Wellington railroad crossing set for upgrade

By Kate Hawthorne North Forty News

After more than a year of negotiations, the Town of Wellington has contracted with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad and the Colorado Department of Transportation to replace the crossing surface at Cleveland Avenue — at no cost to the town. “Cleveland Avenue is State Highway 1, and the town has no jurisdiction to work on a state highway,” Town Administrator Larry Lorentzen explained. “CDOT told

us they couldn’t fit the project into their construction schedule.” The town had finally appealed to the Public Utilities Commission, as well as state and federal legislators, for action. BNSF agreed that the crossing needed to be replaced. The railroad estimated the total cost to replace the crossing at $63,949 and offered to do the work if the town agreed to pay half. In turn, CDOT agreed to reimburse Wellington for its portion of the cost — $31,974. “CDOT is also obligated to provide

traffic control for the construction project,” Lorenzen said. The finished crossing will be concrete, similar to the new crossings BNSF installed on Mason Street in Fort Collins over the summer. The project hasn’t been given a firm start date by BSNF Roadmaster Haley Brown, but once construction starts, replacing the surface should take less than a week. Construction dates and details will be posted on the town’s website at when they become available.

PVREA offering $300 rebate on home insulation

Art auction nets nearly $98,000 for firefighters

Livermore — The U.S. Postal Service is hosting a Dec. 6 community meeting to discuss the future of the local post office. Possibilities include reducing hours of operation to six per weekday or studying closing the post office and opening an alternate location in a local business. Another option under study would include closing the post office and using roadside mailboxes. The meeting is Dec. 6 starting at 4 p.m. at the Livermore Community Church.

Northern Colorado — Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association is offering up to $300 in rebates for adding insulation to your home. The Insulate PVREA Program for homeowners provides a rebate for work completed to insulate and air-seal existing attics and exterior walls to the recommended R-Values presented in the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code. Rebates are subject to conditions. Details on the rebate program can be found at www.pvrea. com/programs or by calling 800-432-1012.

Rist Canyon — The High Park Fire spared the meadow across from the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department where the Richard Schmid Art Auction traditionally takes place on Labor Day weekend. The auction and mountain festival went on as planned, and raised a near-record $97,899 for the fire department. “That’s the best we’ve done in many years,” said Wes Rutt, RCVFD member and organizer of the auction. “We’re very pleased.”


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Guest commentary Kids at greatest risk going to & from school By Nancy McBride, National Safety Director National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

An analysis by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children shows that approximately 35 percent of attempted abductions of children occurred when the child was going to and from school or school-related activities. Children who escaped abductions successfully used life-saving skills that every child needs to learn and know. NCMEC recently completed the seven-year analysis of more than 7,000 attempted abductions that occurred Feb. 1, 2005 through Jan. 31, 2012. The analysis showed that of the children – mostly girls between the ages of 10 and 14 – who were successful in escaping: • 53 percent walked or ran away from the suspect • 28 percent yelled, kicked, pulled away or attracted attention • 19 percent involved a good Samaritan or parent rescuing the child. Some of the common lures used included providing the child a ride, offering candy/sweets, asking the child questions, offering money or using an animal as a ruse. In 72 percent of the incidents, the suspect was in a vehicle and approximately one-third of the attempted abductions occurred during 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., when children are least likely to be supervised. NCMEC has developed the following 10 safety tips for kids traveling to and from to school: • Teach your older children to always TAKE A FRIEND with them when walking or biking, and stay with a group while standing at the bus stop. Make sure they know which bus to ride. • Walk the route to and from school with your children, pointing out landmarks and safe places to go if they’re being followed or need help. Teach your children they should NEVER TAKE SHORTCUTS and always stay in well-lit areas.

Republican commissioners have responded to my rights. My children have a right to safe routes to parks and schools but our county-maintained roads fall well below county standards for pedestrian and bicycle safety — when I asked our commissioners to address this

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• Even though there may be more safety in numbers, it is still not safe for younger children to walk to and from school, especially if they must take isolated routes anytime during the day or in darkness. Always provide supervision for your young children to help ensure their safe arrival to and from school. • Teach your children that if anyone bothers them, makes them feel scared or uncomfortable, they should trust their feelings and immediately get away from that person. Teach them it is OK not to be polite and IT IS OK TO SAY NO. • Teach your children that if anyone tries to take them somewhere, they should RESIST by kicking and screaming, trying to run away and DRAWING ATTENTION – and saying “This person is trying to take me away” or “This person is not my father/mother.” • Teach your children NOT TO ACCEPT A RIDE from anyone unless you have said it is OK in that instance. If anyone follows them in a vehicle, they should turn around, go in the other direction and run to a trusted adult who may help them. • Teach your children that grownups should NOT ASK CHILDREN FOR DIRECTIONS, they should ask other adults. • Teach your children to NEVER ACCEPT MONEY OR GIFTS from anyone unless you have told them it is OK to accept in each instance. • Make sure the school has current and accurate emergency contact information on file for your children and confirm names of those authorized to pick them up. • Always know where your children will be. Teach your children to always CHECK FIRST before changing their plans before or after school. Teach your children to never leave school with anyone unless they CHECK FIRST with you or another trusted adult, even if someone tells them it is an emergency. For more info, visit

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deficiency, they said no. When I asked our commissioners to review neighborhood impacts before removing a “residential only” restriction placed on land adjacent to my home, they said no. When I asked commissioners to protect my right to safety by defending us from fracking wells placed adjacent to homes and schools, they said no. Just who is this “individual” our commissioners are working to protect? Too much consensus allows any organization to bypass public scrutiny and overlook individual concerns. We need one county decision-maker who will speak up for alternate views. Karen Stockley listens to residents, and will compassionately represent our alternate views. I hope you’ll vote with me to elect Karen Stockley as Larimer County Commissioner. Devin Hirning Fort Collins

Letters to the Editor 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.

Correction A dispatch in the October edition of the North Forty News incorrectly listed the Fort Collins artist that contributed to the book “Cat Sayings.” The artist is Kimberly Lavelle.

Ballots must be turned in by 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 By Kate Hawthorne North Forty News

Larimer County vote centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 6. Registered voters may cast their ballots in person at any vote center in the county regardless of where they live. A complete list of county vote centers is online at vote_centers.cfm. To vote in person, you must show valid identification. A list of acceptable forms of ID is available at the Colorado Secretary of State’s website, www. If you have requested a mail-in ballot, it must be returned to the Coun-

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ty Clerk’s office by 7 p.m. on Nov. 6. POSTMARKS DO NOT COUNT. If you choose to mail your ballot back, it will require 65 cents postage. If you make a mistake or lose your mail-in ballot, you may request a replacement by calling 970-498-7820 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or on Election Day between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. You can also drop off your voted mail-in ballot at any vote center or the County Courthouse at 200 W. Oak St., Fort Collins, any time before the polls close. The first unofficial results of the election will be posted on the county’s election website shortly after 7 p.m. on Nov. 6.

1861 saw first dispute at ballot box The first Territorial Legislature met in Denver on Sept. 9, 1861. Larimer and Weld counties were (lumped together) in the First Council and Representative district. H. J. Graham was elected to represent the district and Daniel Steele as representative. Steele was a man of some education, but his opponent could neither read nor write and based his claim to the office on the fact that he had good common sense and wore a handsomely trimmed and decorated suit of buckskin. The election was held at Laporte and A. F. Howes and F. W. Sherwood were the judges. An old camp coffee pot served the purpose of a ballot box.

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In the afternoon a dispute arose among the adherents of the two candidates as to which had polled the greater number of votes up to that time. Money flashed and bets were made and to settle the controversy the table was cleared of books and loose papers, the votes turned out of the coffee pot and counted, when it was found that Steele was ahead. This was a frontier way of doing things, but in those days the art of ballot box stuffing had not been introduced and an honest ballot and a fair count was the rule. From 1911 “History of Larimer County” by Ansel Watrous

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County budget chops 1.2 percent as part of 3-year plan By Kate Hawthorne North Forty News

Larimer County Manager Linda Hoffmann released her first proposed budget on Oct. 12. At nearly $222.5 million, the net operating budget for 2013 represents a 1.2 percent decrease from the adopted 2012 budget. It spends about $3 million less than the county expects to collect in general fund revenues for the year. The reductions are the first step on a three-year “glide path” to progressively reduce general fund allocations ahead of a revenue shortfall of between $8 million and $10 million by 2015. The existing 0.2 percent sales tax dedicated to operational expenses and debt service at the county jail expires at the end of 2014. Voters rejected a proposal to extend the tax in November 2011. “These changes will be more successfully managed if they are phased in rather than occurring abruptly at the beginning of

2015,” Hoffmann wrote in her budget cover memo to the Board of County Commissioners. “Incremental savings in 2013 and 2014, when sales tax revenues are still available, will generate funds for one-time expenditures to realize long-term savings in the cost of providing services.” The 2013 budget also proposes significant internal transfers and one-time capital expenditures that raise the overall proposed total budget to $319.25 million. The major capital improvements include retiring debt for the construction of the Community Corrections facility early, which will save more than a quarter million dollars in interest, according to Hoffmann. The proceeds from lawsuits settled earlier this year are being used to reconstruct buildings at The Ranch, and some road and bridge projects that had been delayed in 2012 will be added to projects scheduled for completion in 2013. The largest area of spending

— $64.5 million — is for Public Safety, which includes operating the county jail and alternative sentencing department, the sheriff’s department and district attorney’s office, animal control and code compliance, and wildfire fighting. The sheriff’s office accounts for 61.4 percent of the Public Safety budget; 53.4 percent of the general fund budget is allocated to Public Safety. The proposed budget actually increases the allocation for the sheriff’s department to $40.8 million to cover overtime expenses incurred during the High Park and Hewlett Gulch fires. However, to meet its budget target, the sheriff’s office must find $1 million in savings during the year. The sheriff has spent $5 million less than was budgeted over the past three years, some from delaying special projects such as an upgraded computer system and some from staffing adjustments. Hoffmann proposed retaining support for detox services

contracted with North Range Behavioral Health — $47,534 — and mental health services through Touchstone Health Partners — $87,422. The commissioners had suggested these be cut, but in her presentation of the budget on Oct. 22, Hoffmann pointed out that without the contract services, the responsibility for transporting citizens to detox would fall on sheriff’s deputies. Any unspent funds this year should be directed into reserve accounts for upcoming expenses by all departments, since once the sales tax expires, there will be little to no discretionary funds available until the economy recovers, she said. Even with belt-tightening and savings, additional revenues will be needed. For example, landfill fees will need to be raised in 2014, Hoffmann wrote in the memo, if the Solid Waste Department is to continue to provide non-revenue-generating services such as transfer stations, recycling

and household hazardous waste disposal. The department is also looking ahead to closing the existing landfill in about 15 years, at the end of its life, at a cost of about $4.8 million, and opening a new one for about $10 million. Hoffmann strongly urged the commissioners to consider conducting a scientific survey in 2013 to gauge citizen reactions to the changes in services that budget reductions will bring. Such a survey could cost between $12,000 and $15,000, which could come out of carryover funds from the Communications Department. The proposed budget is posted on the county’s website at and is available at local public libraries. A public hearing will be held on the budget on Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room at 200 W. Oak St., Fort Collins. It will be broadcast on cable channels 14 in Fort Collins and 16 in LaPorte and Wellington.

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November is National Diabetes Month, a good time to pay extra attention to this disease that now affects 17 million Americans. Early diagnosis is important in the treatment of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, and an annual eye exam can help make that diagnosis. “With a dilated, comprehensive eye examination, an optometrist can detect and diagnose diabetes and start you on the road to treatment for the disease,” said Dr. Larry Eklund of Wellington Eye Care. If left undiagnosed, diabetes can result in vision impairment or even blindness. Diabetes can also cause glaucoma, cataracts and retinopathy. For those who have already been diagnosed with diabetes, an annual dilated eye exam is very important. “I look at the retina for early signs of diabetic retinopathy such as retinal swelling (macular edema) or deposits on the retina, which are signs of leaking or damaged blood vessels,” Dr. Eklund noted. Wellington Eye Care is dedicated to providing patients with the most up-to-date treatment possible. The clinic’s new scanner, an OptoVue optical coherence tomographer (OCT), allows for more accurate diagnosis of diabetes as well as high blood pressure, glaucoma, macular degeneration and retinal detachments. “This technology is truly remarkable,” said Dr. Eklund. “It can detect changes in the eye even before vision loss occurs.” An optometrist is an important member of the health care team — especially for people who have been diagnosed with diabetes. An annual exam can help to control the disease and lower the risk of complications. Wellington Eye Care is located at 8251 Wellington Blvd. For more information or to make an appointment, contact the clinic at 970-5687161 or

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Family dental clinic opens in Wellington Two dentists with a passion for serving families have opened a new dental office in Wellington. Northern Colorado Family Dentistry is located at 7859 Sixth St., Suite 150, across from Day’s Inn. The clinic is open Tuesday through

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Friday and for emergency care. Staffed by Dr. Paul Bigus, owner, and Dr. Jordan Humbert, the clinic offers dentistry services to people of all ages including children. In addition to general dentistry, the doctors are certified to treat patients with Invisalign (clear braces) and dental implants. Dr. Humbert, a Wellington resident, graduated from the Ohio State University College of Dentistry. He is fluent in Spanish, having served at a mission in the Dominican Republic for two years. “I’m passionate about dentistry and will do my best to make everyone feel comfortable dur- Dr. Humbert ing their dental visit,” Dr. Humbert stated. Dr. Bigus, who also owns a dental clinic in Loveland, graduated from the New York University College of Dentistry. Both doctors are committed to continued education, learning new techniques and best practices that will benefit their patients. “We look forward to helping all our patients achieve and maintain healthy, happy smiles,” said Dr. Bigus. Our open house is Nov. 16, 5-7 p.m. Come in to see our new office and meet our wonderful staff. For more info about Northern Colorado Family Dentistry, call 970-568-4442 or go to

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than hospital emergency rooms. Now there’s also an urgent care clinic for pets. Pet Urgent Care of Fort Collins opened in September at 4708 S. College, just south of Harmony Road. “The clinic is the first of its kind in this area,” said Dr. Brenda McClelland, who owns the facility with her husband, Dr. Mike Jewell. Both are licensed veterinarians and graduates of Colorado State University. Open from 5 to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, the clinic shares space with The Pet Wellness Clinic. “We’re here to help after most veterinary offices have closed for the day,” noted Dr. McClelland. Pet Urgent Care treats patients with non-life-threatening emergencies such as vomiting, diarrhea, limping, back pain or ear/eye infections. The clinic does not offer vaccinations or wellness care. The primary veterinarian serving the urgent care practice is Dr. Shana O’Donnell, a graduate of Washington State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. O’Donnell completed internships in both emergency medicine and surgery. She has a special interest in emergency medicine and takes care to communicate closely with pet owners so they can make informed decisions. The clinic also has specialists on call who are available for consultations. After the urgent care visit, the clinic sends a complete report to the pet’s regular veterinarian.

With the holidays and colder weather upon us, the electrical demand on homes is shooting up. Folks often get a tune-up for their cars this time of year, and an electrical tune-up for the home is also recommended, especially for older homes. John Voytko, owner of GrayRak Electric LLC and an electrician for John Voytko 30 years, noted that homes are often built with the most inexpensive electrical switches and receptacles – leading to problems down the road. These devices quickly wear out, leading to electrical faults, tripping of circuit breakers or possibly worse. With a Whole House Tune-up, John checks every switch and receptacle in the home and replaces them as needed with quality devices. “If your home is 15 years old or more, it probably needs a tuneup,” John stated. He also provides expert trouble-shooting during the tune-up process. Gray-Rak employs a team of highly trained and licensed journeyman wiremen. A Master Electrician, John founded Gray-Rak in 2003 in Phoenix, Ariz. He and his wife Lisa returned to northern Colorado in 2007. The company specializes in custom service, including new construction and home rewiring. For professional help with electrical needs, including a Whole House Tune-up, give Gray-Rak a call at 970-897-2432.

The Livermore Elementary PTO wishes to thank those who donated to make our annual fundraiser a success! North Forty News Clayton Roberson Jim’s Wings REI CSU Athletics Denver Zoo Vintages O’Dells Northern Colorado Feeders Supply Carl Schwartz Wagz Nancy Beck The Rock Garden Jimmy, Kay & Stacey Etzkorn Justyn and Lindsey Hamilton National Western Stockshow Randy and Sandy Carlson Three Sisters - Pat Ferrier Colorado Eagles Grant Family Farms Vern’s Sonny Lubick Steakhouse Fort Collins Nursery Nordy’s BBQ Colorado Beef Council Ranchway Feeds Larimer County Stockgrowers Assoc. The Cupboard Sams Club National Ropers Supply Edge Sports Hops & Berries 287 Supply King Soopers Wild Birds Unlimited Walmart Saratoga Resort & Spa Ace Hardware Downtown Savory Spice Shop Perkins Perrenial Gardener Pot Belly Restaraunt Colorado Lein Co. Metal Forest Brown Excavation Kozy Knits & Gifts Bath Nursery CSU Vet Hospital & Dr Brian Miller Plantorium Garden Ctr Dale Gilliland LaPorte Hardware Monsanto LaPorte Pizza Yvonne Foster Morning Fresh Dairy/Noosa Also, thanks to all who donated The Forks Chippers Lanes pies and items for the classroom Stacy Wurtz gift baskets. Special thanks to Mike Nelson auctioneer Everette Schneider. Evelyn & JD Guinn Thanks to Western Ridge Cathy Sheeter

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Rist Canyon culvert replacement New culverts. The High Park Fire significantly altered the landscape and ground conditions in lower Rist Canyon, causing a dramatic increase in soil and debris flowing down creeks in even minor rain events. To help prevent flooding and erosion on Rist Canyon Road (County Road 52E), Larimer County Engineering Department is replacing seven culverts where the road crosses Rist Creek. The new concrete culverts are 12 to 13 feet wide and 4 to 5 feet tall, significantly larger than the existing culverts to handle the increased runoff. Construction will begin at the lowest crossing, at the mouth of the canyon, on Nov. 15 and continue through spring. One lane traffic will be allowed during construction. The county is paying $1.68 million for the project from general fund reserves earmarked specifically for the High Park Fire. Construction dates are available on the county’s website at

Thankfully, just ‘a few cases’ of illegal waste disposal Continued from page 1

totally destroyed by the fire. But the fees to dump structural debris at the Larimer County landfill are $10.50 per cubic yard – double the usual $5.25 rate for loose waste – to cover special handling required by the state health department. A pickup truck can haul about two to three cubic yards of wet ash, while a dump truck can carry about 10 to 20 cubic yards. Stephen Gillette, director of the county’s Solid Waste Department, explained that while a cubic yard of normal waste compacts to about one-third of a yard in the landfill, the fire debris actually takes up two to three cubic yards of space be-

cause the health department requires it to be covered with dirt before it is compacted. “The commodity we have to sell at the landfill is space,� he said. In all, hiring a contractor to clean up a burned property can run into the thousands of dollars, even if insurance is available to cover it. Doing it yourself can be just as expensive as well as timeconsuming. Wouldn’t it be easier, faster and cheaper to hire a guy with a bulldozer to just plow it all under and cover it with a nice deep layer of dirt? Maybe, but it is also illegal, not to mention really, really bad for the mountain environment.

“It’s important that landowners don’t impact the future development potential of their property,� explained Doug Ryan, environmental health planner with the Larimer County Health Department. “Getting [structural waste] off site makes more sense than burying it where they may want to build or where it can affect the water quality in their well.� Speaking of water quality, burying potentially hazardous waste on site increases the likelihood of toxins leaching into the Poudre River, which is already receiving additional runoff of ash and forest debris from the burn area. Ryan said both Fort Collins and Greeley have

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been monitoring the river closely since the fire and have not found increased levels of toxic materials in the water yet. That’s not to say structural waste hasn’t already been buried in the High Park burn area. Ryan confirmed that his department has investigated “a few cases� of illegal waste disposal. “We’ve received complaints from other contractors, or landowners who had questions about what their contractor wanted to do,� he said. “Our inspectors visit with the landowner and the contractor and try to work it out.� In cases where an illegal burial was reported after the fact, Ryan said the contractor has been required to dig up the debris and dispose of it properly in the landfill. Ryan admits that his department doesn’t have inspectors on the ground in the burn area all the time, but said they respond when complaints are received. Right now, the department is taking an “educational� approach, he said, but “may be more regulatory in the future.� Ryan added the county health department has been coordinat-

ing its responses with the state health department, which has the authority to assess penalties of up to $15,000 per day for repeated violations of hazardous waste disposal regulations. Suzanne Bassinger, the county’s new fire recovery manager, said the best way for property owners to protect themselves against illegal waste disposal is to verify what the contractor plans to do with the waste, then watch when the crew is on site. If that’s not possible, landowners who question the work can have test pits dug by a third party to verify there is no toxic debris under the soil before signing off on the job. For structural debris that remains on the property, the county still has some lined Dumpsters it will deliver to the site — or as close as possible for collection trucks to pick up — at no charge, through a $45,000 grant from the High Park Fire Fund that collected donations over the summer. For more information, call the Larimer County Landfill at 970498-5767. Complaints about improper disposal can be made to 970-498-6775.

Warm clothing needed for survivors When residents were evacuated ahead of the High Park Fire in June, few thought they should take winter clothing. But four months later, those who lost everything are still restocking their lives at the donation distribution center in the old Mervyn’s store at the Foothills Mall. The center, which is run by volunteers with the Adventist

Community Service Disaster Response, will be open until Nov. 21 – the Wednesday before Thanksgiving – and is still accepting donations. Site Director June Spaulding said they are in need of warm coats for both men and women; outdoor clothing such as hats and gloves; coveralls and other work clothing; and warm winter wear for men and boys in addition to non-perishable food, especially baking ingredients, and kitchen items including baking pans; paper products and cleaning supplies and small appliances. All donations should be new or gently used, without rips or stains, or in good working order. All the items in the center are available to fire survivors at no charge with proof of address. One more thing on Spaulding’s donation wish list: Christmas decorations, because having some ornaments to hang in temporary housing can make the holidays feel a little bit festive, at least. The center is open 10 a.m.7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and noon-6 p.m. Sundays, for both shopping and dropping off donations.

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Searching for Pleasant Valley School memories By Kate Hawthorne North Forty News

Colorful quilts. PFA Station 11 firefighters who received quilts from the Redstone Canyon Quilters include (left to right) Ron Anthony, Phil Kessler, Pete Taylor, Tom Harr, Jerry Ellinghuysen, Joanna Ellinghuysen and Glen Liston. Not pictured: Pete Wells, Ray Snyder. Photo courtesy Bonnie Harr

Quilters thank High Park firefighters By Bonnie Harr

After more than two weeks of evacuation during the High Park Fire, the six members of the Redstone Canyon Quilters were allowed to return to their homes west of Fort Collins. We all were extremely thankful to find that our homes had survived. Much credit has to go to the heroic efforts of the volunteer firefighters of Poudre Fire Authority Station 11, who stayed on the line in Redstone Canyon, fighting the fire for as much as 36 hours until the Type-1 Federal Firefighters (Hot Shots) arrived to relieve them. After that, the volunteers remained on call and almost daily some went into the canyon to fight hot spots, help with back burns, or to feed or evacuate animals that had been left behind. At one point, when the fire was burning down the west side of the canyon, it became apparent that three mini-donkeys would have to be evacuated. When one of the firefighters, Glen Liston, said he had been the President of Future Farmers of America in high school, he was given the job of “donkey whisperer.” He coaxed the donkeys down the road and into the horse trailer. At the evacuees’ meeting that afternoon PFA Chief DeMint got up and said, “Well, I can honestly tell the people in Redstone Canyon that the firefighters have just saved

ture blocks. Many hours were spent making the 72 blocks for 8 wallhangings. For example, the 7-inch dog block had 75 pieces and each one took about 6 hours to sew. All of the quilters involved also send a huge “thank you” to two professional quilters, Linda Hibbert of Loveland who let the team use her dog, fish and horse patterns, and specially designed a horse just for the project, and Australian Margaret Rolfe who allowed the use of her animal patterns When Jeannie came from New Hampshire to visit Jay at the end of August, she brought the finished quilt centers with her. The Redstone Canyon Quilters added borders, embroidery, batting, backing, and quilting. The Station 11 firefighters were presented with their thank-you quilts on Oct. 13 at the fire station. We hope this is our last quilting project that begins with an evacuation!

your asses!” DeMint’s statement turned out to be the inspiration for a way to thank the firefighters for all they had done for us. The Redstone Canyon Quilters designed a wall hanging with pictures and words embroidered on it saying: “Thanks for Saving Our… Houses, Barns, Horses, Cows, Dogs, Cats, Chickens, Fish, …and Our Asses!” But once we were back in our homes, most of us were overwhelmed by cleaning out spoiled food from refrigerators and freezers, and just generally getting our lives back on track. We decided to ask for some help with the quilting project. We made a call to a quilting friend in New Hampshire, Jeannie Weller. Jeannie’s son, Jay, lives in Redstone Canyon. Thankfully, Jeannie and six other members of the Souhegan Valley Quilters Guild took on the task of making all the pic-

Back in 1867, Abner Loomis decided the children of Pleasant Valley and nearby Bellvue needed a school. So he built a 24-by-40-foot one-room schoolhouse out of the local sandstone on his property, just below the Pleasant Valley ditch. By 1877, 33 students attended the school, with those from Bellvue walking two miles along the ditch. In 1886, Bellvue built its own school; in 1897, the Graves family bought the land and the school from Loomis and started what is now Morning Fresh Dairy on County Road 54G. In 1913, schools in Pleasant Valley, Bellvue, Soldier Canyon and LaPorte became the Cache La Poudre Consolidated School, on the site of the current CLP elementary and middle schools in LaPorte. The bell from Pleasant Valley School was donated to the new school and remains on the grounds today. Pleasant Valley School was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. Now the Graves family plans to restore the school and has asked local historian Janice Martin to find out more about it. “I don’t expect to hear from former students, since it closed 100 years ago, but I’d love to talk to anyone who may remember stories from their grandparents or who may have memorabilia from the school, especially old photos,” Martin said. Anyone with information about the Pleasant Valley School can contact Martin at 970-222-0518 or email

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MRI outlines radio tower objections By Stephen Clearheart Johnson North Forty News

The storm around the proposal to build a communications tower on Middle Bald Mountain blew up again in the wake of Larimer County’s decision to push the Forest Service for an environmental impact study over the winter months, when snow and wind are expected to reduce the validity of the study. At an Oct. 13 public meeting, members of the Mummy Range Institute outlined their objections to both the EIS and the entire proposal, including cost, adverse and ongoing environmental damage, habitat destruction and the simple question whether the site is a good solution to needs of public safety agencies. Larimer County is proposing to build a 60-foot-tall public safety radio tower on the summit of Middle Bald Mountain, about five miles southwest of Red Feather Lakes. The facility will also include a 108-squarefoot maintenance building and a standby diesel generator. The cost of building the tower is expected to be $2.75 million, with additional annual maintenance costs. The county first proposed improving public safety communications in the Poudre Canyon and Laramie River Valley in 2003. The Middle Bald location was the county’s third choice for the tower site, since the first two sites were in roadless areas. Sheriff Justin Smith has said the Middle Bald solution is not his first choice and that he would prefer a series of towers running up the Poudre Canyon, which the county estimates would require five separate towers. The tower, only a half mile from a roadless area, would require the construction of a power line between 6 and 12 miles long, then a buried line and access road running across the tundra. An additional tower would need to be built near Glacier View to relay signals to the lower Poudre Canyon. Middle Bald Mountain, at 11,000 feet, is the only alpine tundra site in the entire range

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of the Laramie Mountains, according to MRI. It is a major elk calving ground and home to such delicate species as lynx. It is near the confluence of three branches of the Central Flyway for migratory birds. Environmental concerns include damage to raptors and migratory birds. According to meeting attendee Deb Hochhalter, the tower “poses a grave threat to migratory birds,” and notes the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has reported that 4 million to 5 million birds are killed annually in tower collisions (from lighting disorientation and intense microwave radiation). USFWS also recommends not siting towers in known areas of migratory or daily movement flyways. By building a tower on Middle Bald, the county would open the door to a proliferation of towers for other agencies, or commercial users such as cell phone service providers, exponentially increasing the environmental and habitat destruction, according to MRI. “The National Environmental Protection Act gives preference to sites that are previously developed,” the institute wrote in a prepared statement. “In fact, when the National Forest Service received Larimer County’s application for Middle Bald Mountain, the agency immediately called for additional applications by commercial providers.” MRI member Bill Gilbert noted that Boulder County,

faced with similar terrain and communication problems, “has developed a system that will provide interoperability among all of its users using radio systems, cell phones, IP (Internet Protocol) phones or PCs.” He points out that new federal legislation, a Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) passed in February, has apparently not been taken into consideration by the county. Gilbert says emergency personnel, including local volunteer firefighters, would need to carry two radios, one broadcasting on 800 MHz and one on VHF band. “Unfortunately,” says Gilbert, “the tower proponents in the county seem to be out of touch with the advances made in communication technology. This is costing Larimer County taxpayers millions of dollars.” A statement on the website summarizes the MRI point of view: “We further object to Larimer County’s long-standing failure to work openly with concerned citizens. The Mummy Range Institute encourages a better use of our public money and natural resources than the tower facility proposed by Larimer County.” The public can find further information at the county website Although the Forest Services’s public comment period ended Oct. 29, citizens can address comments to the Larimer County commissioners at www.

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To Mongolia and back again the western U.S. were chosen for the Mongolia trip in part because of the similarities between the two regions, in terms of geography and environmental issues resulting from a mining boom. “I learned so much about the history and culture of Mongolia — it’s so rich and the landscape is so beautiful,” Dean said. “What I hadn’t anticipated was making real connections with Mongolian people, like my host family. They were all really involved in our activities. I still talk with my host sister on Facebook, even though the 14hour time difference is harder to deal with now that we’re back in school.” The trip started with a flight from San Francisco to Beijing and, after a nine-hour layover in the airport, a flight to Ulaanbaatar, the Mongolian capital. In addition to going on a camping trip with her family where they stayed in gers – which look a lot like yurts found in the Rocky Mountains – Dean also experienced a Naadam festival. “It’s a celebration that goes back to Ghengis Khan,” she said, using the Mongolian pronunciation “Chingis.” “There are competitions in the three major sports: wrestling, archery and horseback riding.”

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Andrea Dean of Fort Collins had a topic ready-made for her “What I did over summer vacation” essay this year. She spent four weeks in Mongolia in June and July. “I was on the waiting list for a program in Cambodia, but I had already committed to Mongolia when that spot opened up,” Dean said. “The trip to Kenya was postponed – that made my mom happy, because of the unstable situation there. But any one of them would have been good.” Dean is the daughter of Kathleen and Alan Dean, and now a senior in the International Baccalaureate program at Poudre High School. She was one of two Colorado high school juniors among 28 students chosen to participate in the Enhancing Global Perspective Youth Leadership Program sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered through the University of Wyoming 4-H Youth Development Program. This was the program’s second year; the state department picked up almost all of the students’ travel costs and expenses. Dean said young people from

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New friends far away. Ganzorig Tamira, left, and Soko hosted Andrea Dean of Fort Collins and Andrea Northup of Sterling on a month-long visit to Mongolia sponsored by the U.S. State Department. The stay included a camping trip where the girls stayed in the round gers in the background. Photo courtesy Kim Reaman, UW Extension

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The Wellington Community Activities Commission will again sponsor the annual Christmas House Lighting Contest. Cash prizes include $100 for first place, $75 for second and $50 for third. The contest is open to homes within the Town of Wellington limits. Forms are due at Town Hall on Nov. 30 before 5 p.m. A map of participating homes will be mailed with the Wellington water bills for December, but you’ll be able to find it online at the North Forty News’ Guide to Northern Colorado Christmas light displays at www.

Wellington Leads Group hosts social media roundtable Wellington’s Leads Group will host social media guru Viveka von Rosen at its monthly roundtable at the Wellington Taco John’s on Nov. 6 starting at 7:30 a.m. von Rosen is known internationally as the “LinkedIn expert,” and has over 25,000 connections on the businessspecific social media platform. She helps entrepreneurs, business owners and corporations with social media skills and strategies. RSVP for the roundtable by Nov. 2 by calling 970-568-4133.

Fredrick D. Ziegler pled not guilty to five counts of felony theft in Larimer County District Court on Oct. 22. A trial date will be set on Oct. 31 by Judge Devin R. Odell. The charges are based on Ziegler’s activities between March 2004 and August 2006 as a principal in ZWZ LLC, developer of the Wellington SouthThe Knolls subdivision. Ziegler was arrested on April 30 by Larimer County deputies and posted a $10,000 personal recognizance bond. The arrest warrant alleges that Ziegler and ZWZ co-mingled personal and business funds with money belonging to the Wellington South homeowners association. The 11-page document further alleges that Zeigler and ZWZ used HOA money to pay for improvements on property owned by the developers and that Ziegler withdrew in excess of $54,600 from the HOA account that was never replaced. Ziegler, 67, faces two Class 3 felony counts of theft in an amount of $15,000 or more and three Class 4 counts of theft of between $500 and $15,000.

Wellington fire department narrows search for chief The search for a new chief for the Wellington Fire Protection District is in the home stretch. The district asked for applications for the paid position in

August. According to current Chief Dave Netik, the department received 58 applications by the Aug. 31 deadline. By October, the board of directors had narrowed that to six candidates who were asked to come in for further testing and interviews. Jennifer Netik, secretary of the board, said they hoped to make an offer to a potential candidate by the middle of November, with a tentative start date of Jan. 1. Chief Netik said he did not apply for the job, in part because the minimum requirements now include an associate’s degree in business, which he does not have. He will continue to be assistant chief with the department, which is made up of a combination of volunteers and paid staff.

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Rice Elementary collecting used clothing As a fundraiser for Rice Elementary’s After-School Enrichment program, the school is collecting used clothing and household items for Arc Thrift Stores from Nov. 13 to 19. The donation trailer will be in front of the school. Drop-off hours at the school will be 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more info contact Emily at

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Red Feather Lakes Library and 1921. Tom and Judy Viola will be discussing the series as well as answering questions you might have and perhaps giving a few hints on where the series and characters are headed in the future. To participate in the discussion – and ask the appropriate questions – it’s best to have read the books first. We have copies of both titles for circulation – and personal copies can be purchased locally or online (including eBook versions). Having mentioned eBooks, we do understand and appreci-

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Something to add to the to-do list: Read to your children. Yes, I know your to-do list is already pretty full and at the end of the day itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all you can do to drag yourself to bed, but this is important. Reading to your kids provides structure in their lives. Setting a bedtime routine ending with a half hour to an hour devoted to reading will help wind both you and them down. It helps promote better sleeping habits and it counts toward precious to-

gether time. Plus itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of fun. Here at the library we love to hear parents telling their kids â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was one of my favorite books when I was your age.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also fun to see the expression on the childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face when they try to imagine their parents at their age. Our â&#x20AC;&#x153;The book that started it allâ&#x20AC;? contest winner shared her favorite book with her niece. Hopefully this starts her niece on a lifetime of reading. Bringing your child to the library is a great way to find out where their interests lie and as we all know their interests change quickly. One day itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

horses; the next day itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trains. Our November contest is called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh, I know that one.â&#x20AC;? To enter just stop in and answer 10 trivia questions about wellknown books. We also have a childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s division for ages 14 and younger. The contest starts Nov. 1 and ends Nov. 30. November also kicks off our Food for Fines Program. For each canned good you bring in we will take a dollar off your fines. More expensive items such as tuna and bags of pasta will be worth two dollars off your fines. All items will then be donated to the local food

bank. November storytimes will take place Nov. 13 and 27 at 11 a.m. Bring your preschooler to learn about colors on the 13th and food on the 27th. The WPL Book club is reading â&#x20AC;&#x153;The World We Foundâ&#x20AC;? by Thrity Umrigar. Thrity Umrigar is an Indian American writer, who was born in Mumbai and immigrated to the United States when she was 21. She is a journalist and the author of the novels, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bombay Time,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Space Between Usâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Weight of Heaven.â&#x20AC;? Book club will be meeting Nov. 15 at 7

p.m. here at the library. The library will be closed Nov. 12 in honor of Veteranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day and also we will be closing at 5 p.m. on Nov. 21. We will remain closed thru Sunday; opening up at our regular time of 10 a.m. on Nov. 26. Our staff wishes you a reflective Veteranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day and joyful Thanksgiving Day.

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November is showing us the true sign of fall with the holiday of Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 22. Here are some of the events for the rest of the month at the Wellington Senior Center. Nov. 2: SALT meeting with sheriff’s officers, 10 a.m. November birthdays will be celebrated. Nov. 5: Membership meeting, 10:30 a.m. Nov. 7: Free blood pressure check, 11 a.m. to noon. The band will play between 10:30 a.m. and noon. Nov. 13: Lunch and tour of Sugar Valley Estates independent senior living community in Loveland; bus leaves the center at 10:30 a.m. Sign up at the Center to attend. Nov. 17: Annual fundraiser at Wellington United Methodist Fellowship, 8251 Wellington Blvd., 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 27: Knit and crochet at the Housing Authority clubhouse, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your lunch. Nov. 30: Bingo, 1-4 p.m. Remember to bring your aluminum cans to the center for recycling.

As the year winds down, we are looking forward to these events in November. We meet each Monday and Thursday at the Bellvue Grange Hall at 2929 N. County Road 23. Nov. 1: Senior advisory council, 9:45 a.m. Nov. 8: Free blood pressure checks by Elderhaus staff, 11 a.m. to noon. Nov. 15: Thanksgiving Meal served by the Volunteers of America at noon. Come early to socialize. Nov. 20: Grange Thanksgiving supper, with turkey, at 6 p.m. Bring a friend and enjoy an evening of good fellowship and food, with bingo after supper. Non-members welcome. Nov. 22: Thanksgiving Day. The center will be closed all day. Nov. 29: We’ll celebrate November birthdays and have bingo with pennies after lunch. Please bring your aluminum for our recycling program. For lunch reservations, call the Volunteers of America at 970-472-9630 by 1:30 p.m. on the previous business day.

Places of Worship

12 noon to 2:30 p.m.

Interdenominational Christian Church Guest Ministers for November

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Poudre Christian Fellowship

Bible Study: Romans 11/4 Daylight savings time ends Romans 7:1-12 Volcano or mountain

10108 Highway 14 • 10 miles west of Ted’s Place up Poudre Canyon

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11/11* Rev. Steven Cummings, Wesleyan Mothodist, Livermore, CO 11/18 Rev. Dr. Dena Williams, Lutheran (ELCA) Denver, CO 11/25* Rev. Andrew Short and Rev. Dr. Edie Gause, Presbyterian, Loveland, CO * Communion

Forum & Sunday School at 9:30, Fellowship Hall Fellowship Hour: 10:30 a.m. Worship at 11:00 a.m.

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Sunday service 9 a.m.

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Zion Lutheran Church A Grace-Centered Community of Servants

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The Wellington Food Bank, a ministry of Zion, 1st & 3rd Tuesdays in Nov. & Dec., 2-3 p.m. Held at Wellington Community Church And Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6

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Dispatches Christmas tree cutting in the Red Feather Lakes area on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District has been a holiday tradition for nearly 40 years. Help this tradition continue and get a free Christmas tree in exchange for volunteering. The Canyon Lakes Ranger District is currently looking for volunteers to work for one day at the cutting site during the two weekends the area is open, Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 8-9. The site is located south of Red Feather Lakes, west of the Manhattan Road. Volunteers are needed to work at the entrance station. You will work with Forest Service personnel, leaving Fort Collins at 7 a.m. Entrance station workers greet tree cutters, hand out maps of the tree-cutting area, answer questions about prices and road conditions and check that vehicles have chains or four-wheel drive. If you are interested in volunteering, please attend an informational meeting Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m., at the Forest Service building located at 2150 Centre Ave., Building E. For more information, you can also call 970-295-6701.

Bellvue Bean owners adding new shop

Of the multitude of Larimer County Sheriff’s Office deputies, emergency services personnel and local department firefighters who worked diligently during the High Park Fire this summer, one group of first responders went relatively unnoticed: the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services on-call firefighters. This group of approximately 70 volunteer firefighters work on-call year round to help keep Larimer County residents safe. On-call firefighters must reside in Larimer County and are required to complete the Basic Wildland Firefighter Training before being put on the sheriff’s call list. The 40-hour training consists of four basic firefighter courses required by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group. This training provides the basic training and information necessary to become qualified as a Type 2 Wildland Firefighter and earn “red card” certification required to work on forest fires. Information about the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services firefighters can be obtained from Justin Whitesell at 970-498-5301.

Bellvue Bean owners Darren and Azarie Wurtzburg have been busy renovating the former Bob’s Coffee Shop in LaPorte in advance of opening the Bean’s second location, Cache la Bean at 3522 W. County Road 54G. Wurtzburgs announced the addition to the business family via their Facebook page. Cache la Bean will have drive-up service and will feature smoothies, pastries and breakfast burritos. Wurtzburgs hope to have the location open in early November.

Recycle bags at CLP Elementary Cache La Poudre Elementary in LaPorte is looking to win Albertsons gift cards for future CLPE events, so bring your plastic bags for recycling to CLPE until Nov. 11. The school will take them to Albertsons to be recycled. Please recycle only clean, dry plastic bags. Remove receipts or any other items from bags. Includes grocery bags, newspaper bags, dry cleaning bags, bread bags and produce bags.

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Livermore 3rd-graders get dictionaries “I am simply amazed each year at the sheer joy of seeing those third graders open ‘THEIR’ dictionaries and read them,” commented Charlie Peterson, upon giving the Livermore third graders their dictionaries donated by the Rotary Club of Fort Collins Breakfast. Three Livermore Every word, A-Z. Charlie Peterson of Rotary with Elementary third Livermore third-graders Alec Lucas, Tristain Stout graders and their and Colton Broda. teacher, Connie Marvel, each received a dictionary on Sept. 19. The Rotary Club Fort Club Breakfast sells peaches and $10 in profit buys one dictionary. The Rotary Club of Fort Collins Breakfast started the Fort Collins Dictionary Project for third-graders in the Poudre School District in the spring of 2006 through Rotary Read with 50 dictionaries being given out to two third-grade classes at Bennett Elementary. This project has grown over the years and this year 2,400 thirdgraders will enjoy a new dictionary. After receiving their new dictionaries Tristian Stout said, “This is really cool.” Colton Broda added, “This is really nice. Now I won’t have to get up during class to use the spell checkers. I have my own dictionary in my desk.” Alec Lucas was also excited about his dictionary and said, “They are really easy to use and it was generous of the Rotary Club to donate them to us.”


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16 — November 2012 — North Forty News

Celebrating the Bounty Roamin’ the Range holiday edition By Kate Hawthorne North Forty News

Goodbye jack-o-lanterns, hello turkeys and some mistletoe. ‘Tis the season for craft fairs, giving thanks and lights twinkling in the lengthening nights. Don’t forget to turn the clocks back on Nov. 4. Events for veterans all weekend long Veterans Day stretches across an entire weekend this year. The thanks to those who served begin with the 6th Annual Northern Colorado Veterans Stand Down on Friday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Catholic Charities Northern-The Mission at 460 Linden Center Drive, Fort Collins. Services for homeless veterans will include a continental breakfast served at 9 a.m. and a hot meal served from noon

to 1 p.m.; flu shots, oral cancer screening and suicide prevention counseling; distribution of clothing and basic living essentials; legal services; bicycle tune-ups and free haircuts. Bring a Veterans ID if possible, although it is not required. Info: Fort Collins/Loveland: Sharon, 970-353-3800 ext. 6712; Teresa, 970-498-6645; or Tom, 970-498-6556; in Greeley, call Tim, 970-498-6656. The Veterans Day 5K takes place on Saturday, Nov. 10, starting at 9 a.m. on the Colorado State University Oval, Laurel and Meldrum streets in Fort Collins. $25 for 17 and under, $30 for everyone else before noon Nov. 9; $5 more the day of the race. Info: Also on Saturday, a ceremony at Veterans Plaza in Spring Canyon Park on Horsetooth Road at noon will feature a C-130



flyover. On Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, a free breakfast will be served from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Fort Collins Senior Center for veterans, their families and friends, sponsored by the Golden K Kiwanis. Info: 970-2216644, Free Sunday breakfast will also be served at the George W. Beach American Legion Post 4, 2124 County Road 54G, from 7 to 11 a.m. The day will feature raffles and entertainment for all veterans, their families and Legion members, including blackjack games from 1 to 10 p.m. Info: 970-484-0418. The American Legion Honor Guard will participate in traditional observances at both the Edora Veterans Memorial at Edora Park, 1420 E. Stuart St., and the Veterans Plaza. Craft fairs and Santa Mmmm soup and pie — and krautburgers. They’re all on the menu at Peace with Christ Lutheran Church, 1412 W. Swallow Road, Fort Collins, on Nov. 10, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., homemade soup and pie served 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Holiday home dcor, gifts, jewelry, ornaments, greeting cards and baked goods available for purchase. Proceeds support two Concordia Theological seminarians. Info: 970-226-4721. Nov. 10 is also opening day for the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery at 408 Mason St. (corner of Mason and Cherry), Fort Collins, and its uber-fabulous gift shop. Local historians also rejoice that the city’s historical archives reopen for busi-

ness! Info: 970-221-6738. Wellington United Methodist Fellowship, 8251 Wellington Blvd., holds its annual Holiday Craft Fair on Nov. 17, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Food, handmade crafts by local artisans, children’s gifts and more. Also on Nov. 17, Santa arrives in Fort Collins Old Town Square at noon, and will hear wishes in his workshop from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday through Christmas Eve. Thanksgiving dinner without the in-laws Not everyone’s greatest concern is how many helpings of turkey and dressing will fit on one Thanksgiving plate. For those who don’t have a plate – or a home – a festive meal will be served in several locations, no reservations required. Canyon Ridge Baptist Church is hosting a free community Thanksgiving feast on Saturday, Nov. 17, noon to 2:30 p.m., at 4608 Rist Canyon Road in Bellvue. Thanksgiving dinner at the Open Door Mission, 316 Jefferson St., Fort Collins, will be served on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 5 pm. Info: 970-224-4302. Catholic Charities Mission, 460 Linden Center Drive, Fort Collins, serves at noon on Thanksgiving Day, while the feast at the Salvation Army, 3901 S. Mason St., starts at 1 p.m. The Salvation Army is roasting up 100 birds for the occasion. Holiday jumpstart December starts on a Satur-

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day this year, maximizing the number of weekends before the end of the year. The Gardens of Light at the Gardens at Spring Creek opens on Nov. 30 and continues through Dec. 31. Every night from 5 to 9 pm. tens of thousands of LED lights sparkle on glowing flowerbeds and whimsical creatures. You can shop for Gifts from the Gardens Nov. 30, 5-8 p.m. and Dec. 1, noon to 8 p.m. Wellington pulls out all the holiday stops on Dec. 1. The day starts early with a food drive and Toys for Tots collection in the Town Hall parking lot, 8 a.m.noon, then rolls right into the Eyestone Elementary Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Stop by for a bite at the annual Chili Supper at the Wellington Community Church, 4-9 p.m., $4 adults, $2.50 kids, 3 and under free, then catch the Wellington Parade of Lights along Cleveland Avenue that kicks off at 5 p.m. Don’t miss the illuminating entries in the Holiday House Lighting Contest. Info: 970-568-3381. The Stove Prairie Winter Festival has been raising money for Stove Prairie Elementary School for 36 years, and the 2012 edition promises to be as much fun as ever. It takes place at the school on Dec. 1, 10 a.m.4 p.m., complete with a craft fair, bake sale, silent auction, country store, kids corner, food and drinks, and the ever-popular quilt raffle. Info: 970-493-7029. The Greening of Red Feather in the Village of Red Feather Lakes is another perennial favorite, happening this year on Dec. 1-2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Cut your Christmas tree, then stop by this community craft fair with over 30 booths, food, drinks, bake sale, holiday decorations and treats and more. Santa arrives at the library at noon on Saturday. Sponsored by the Red Feather Historical Society. Info: 970-495-0560. Speaking of history, the historical Avery House, 328 W. Mountain Ave., Fort Collins, holds its Holiday Open House in two sessions this year: Dec. 8-9, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., and Dec. 11, 5-7 p.m. Special musical performances, antique decorations, and sale of homemade gift items and baked goods. Info: 970-221-0533.


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Celebrating the Bounty

A modest wine cellar helps young wine age to perfection The cellarette — a mini fridge of sorts — is one option for storing wine in the kitchen. It can hold as little as a case of your favorites and is a good under-counter option. The market will always provide products to embrace every need, but why does the consumer need a wine cellar? A cellar, whether a bedroom-sized temperature-controlled sealed environment or a cool corner in the basement, can happily house a case of your weekend favorites, or bottles best consumed

temperature-controlled pantry. When your favorite cabernet goes on sale, buy a case and Winemakers have wrestled stick it in the pantry. Christmas with how to store the sweet necis coming, so how about a bottle tar for more than 5,000 years. of something special. Wine’s sensitive nature requires For those wishing to venture cool consistent temperatures, into wines of a higher stature, relatively high humidity, darkwhich benefit from a few years ness and little vibration. Early of aging, consult your local European and Middle Eastern wine expert. Most vintners also winemakers used caves. Cavhave websites which include inerns and catacombs provided formation regarding the shelf ideal conditions with temperalife of any current vintage. Any tures in the mid-50s, humidity wine enthusiast going to this up to 75 percent, in a pitch-black much trouble ought to make sure setting. Optimal conditions remain conditions ensure consistent, and a slow but steady store bottles horiaging process. • Newton Vineyards Napa zontally to keep So the wine at Valley CA Claret 2007 the corks moist. your neighbor• Easton Amador County CA Commercial wine hood retailer is Zinfandel 2010 racks come in not a static solu• Rodney Strong Russian every size, matetion, but continRiver Valley CA Pinot Noir rial and color. ues to evolve as 2010 2007 was a it sits on the shelf • Duck Horn Napa Valley CA great year in Califor extended peCabernet Sauvignon 2007 fornia for Caberriods at room • Cambria Julia’s Vineyard Santa Maria Valley CA Pinot Noir net Sauvignon, temperature. As a 2009 Pinot Noir, and result, the mod• Liberty School Paso Robles CA Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Zinfandel. Expect ern wine drinker • Pascal Todo Maipu Valley Argentina Malbec 2009 to dig deeper in needs to protect • Santa Carolina Reserva de Familia Rapel Valley Chile 2009 the wallet, but his or her modest • Jordan Vineyards Alexander Valley CA Cabernet Sauvignon the difference investment. 2007 between a $15 The contempodollar bottle and rary kitchen, rein 2018. $30 properly cellared offering is splendent with marble counters The vast majority of the wines considerable. and stainless steel appliances, currently on the market would The best advice is do the often also contains a wine rack. not benefit from long-term homework necessary to make This trendy feature, although at- cellaring, however wine tastes a educated purchase. Lots of tractive, is a bad idea as kitchens much better stored in the prop- disappointing vintages still have create the warmest conditions er conditions. Think of a wine lofty price tags. and plenty of light. cellar as a dark, humidified, By Mark Moody North Forty News

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POUDRE CANYON FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT NOTICE OF 2013 BUDGET (Pursuant to 29-1-106) The Board of Directors of the Poudre Canyon Fire Protection District has received the proposed budget for 2013 and will have a hearing to adopt the proposed budget at their regularly scheduled meeting on November 14, 2012 at 7 PM at the Lower Poudre Canyon Community Center, 10234 W. Highway 14, Bellvue, CO. The proposed budget is available for inspection by the public at the department’s web site:, or as posted at approved locations in Poudre Canyon. Any interested elector may file objections to the proposed budget at any time prior to the final adoption of the budget by providing written notice to P.O. Box 364, LaPorte, CO 80535 LeAnn Davis, Treasurer

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18 — November 2012 — North Forty News

Celebrating the Bounty

Tasty turkey: Leftovers can make for great meals By Jean Teller Grit magazine

With all those holidays — Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s (what am I forgetting?) just around the corner, thoughts turn to the foods we serve to celebrate with family and friends. For Thanksgiving, many a table in the United States bows under the weight of a roasted turkey. And later, the refrigerator bulges with leftovers. What to do? Embrace those leftovers, even plan for them, is my motto. I adore a turkey sandwich in the days following the annual Thanksgiving calorie fest. Slices of soft bread slathered with mayo, bits and pieces of turkey arranged just so, peppercorns freshly ground on top, a few slices of cheddar cheese, a leaf of lettuce — another feast awaits my palate. But sandwiches only go so far. How about a few new ideas on what to do with that leftover turkey? When I was growing up, Mom had a couple of recipes on hand that worked great for using leftovers. One of my favorites was Turkey Tetrazzini. She cooked those wide, curly egg noodles and placed them in the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch casserole,

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combined 2 cups chicken stock with 1 can of mushroom soup and 1/2 teaspoon celery salt, layered turkey pieces on top of the noodles, and topped it with the sauce. She then spread 1 cup cheddar cheese on top and sprinkled it with a handful of slivered almonds and 3 tablespoons minced parsley, and baked it at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. It was heaven. We offer a few recipes for your leftovers this year. Enjoy each and every bite!

Turkey broth 1. Cover turkey carcass completely with water. Boil until broth is rich, about 1 hour. Remove bones and pieces and excess fat; cool broth, then pull any extra meat off carcass. Return meat to broth and reheat to boiling. Fill jars, leaving 1-inch headspace. 2. Can quart jars in locations 4,000 to 5,000 feet in altitude in dial-gauge pressure canner at 13 pounds pressure for 25 minutes; 6,000 to 8,000, 14 pounds for 25 minutes. Yields about 4 to 5 quarts. Good to use in soup or pot pies. 3. When canning pint jars of broth with a dial-gauge pressure canner, use the same pound



and chicken stock. Cook over low heat until thick. Add sherry, mushrooms, soup and almonds. 3. In greased 2-quart casserole, alternate layers of noodles, turkey and sauce. Top with cheese and parsley. Bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes. Yields 8 to 10 servings. Southern sweet potatoes 11/2 pounds sweet potatoes 1/2 cup sugar Pinch of salt 11/2 cups sweet cream 1. Peel sweet potatoes; cut into 1-inch slices and place in buttered baking dish. Sprinkle sugar and salt over them. 2. Pour cream over top, and bake for 30 minutes in slow oven (300 degrees F). Serve piping hot. Beyond the sandwich. Turkey Tetrazzini could easily become your family’s favorite way of enjoying leftover turkey. Photo by Lori Dunn

readings as for quarts, but limit processing time to 20 minutes. 4. When using a weighted gauge pressure canner: For locations above 1,000 feet in altitude, process at 15 pounds of pressure for 20 minutes for pint jars, and 25 minutes for quart jars. Canning information from National Center for Home Food Preservation, nchfp. NOTE: There are no safe methods of canning broth in a water-bath canner. Turkey tetranzzini 1 package (8 ounces) noodles 3 to 4 tablespoons margarine 2 teaspoons salt 6 tablespoons flour

1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon celery salt 2 cups chicken stock 1/2 cup dry sherry, optional 1 can (6 ounces) sliced mushrooms 1 can (103/4 ounces) cream of mushroom soup 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted 3 cups cooked, chopped turkey or chicken 1 cup grated cheese 3 tablespoons minced parsley 1. Cook noodles (wide lasagna noodles are suggested) according to package directions; drain. Heat oven to 350 degrees. 2. In small saucepan, melt margarine. Blend in salt and flour. Add pepper, celery salt

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High tunnels trump weather By George DeVault GRIT magazine

Rain is pouring down — again in southeastern Pennsylvania. We’re already some 23 inches above average precipitation on the year, and it’s only September. However, my crops and I are nice and dry, thanks to the largest of the four high tunnels I built on our small farm. What’s a high tunnel? It’s a poor man’s greenhouse. Instead of expensive glass and intricate steelwork, the structure consists of a simple frame — usually made of bent galvanized metal pipe or PVC pipe, though wood can be used. The pipes that form the “bows” or “ribs” of the frame fit into slightly larger diameter pipes that are driven two or three feet into the ground to form the foundation. Smaller PVC pipe is sometimes slipped over pieces of rebar hammered into the ground. The whole thing is then bolted together with baseboards, purlins, end-framing and doors to meet your needs. The frames are covered with one layer of 6-mil UV-resistant greenhouse plastic. The plastic is attached with everything from expensive aluminum channels and “wiggle wire” to wooden lath, old firehose, strips of inner tube, and even used drip-irrigation tape. The tunnels are not heated, but having an emergency heat source handy is cheap insurance for protection from extreme cold snaps, heavy ice or snow. Whether you’re a backyard gardener, a market gardener or a commercial grower, you can build a high tunnel to meet your needs in just a couple of days using simple hand and power tools. The “high” part of the name means that the tunnel is high enough that you can stand up straight inside. “High tunnel” is a somewhat loose term. It includes everything from tall, Gothic arch structures to Quonset-style “hoop” houses, which also are known as cold frames. In tunnels with high sidewalls, there is plenty of room to operate garden tillers and even small tractors with tillers, mulch layers and bed shapers. In extreme heat, the plastic skin can be easily shrouded in, or even replaced with, shade cloth. Add drip irrigation, minisprinklers and maybe a fan or two, and crops inside the tunnel will be almost as cool as veggies in the supermarket produce case. Using plans available for free on the Internet and parts from a local building supply center, you

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can build a moderate-sized high tunnel for about $500. Commercial-sized kits with predrilled steel frames, usually 96 feet long and anywhere from 14 to 35 feet wide, start at $3,000 to $6,000, respectively. Don’t forget to tack on freight, lumber, the plastic skin and whatever upgrades strike your fancy. High tunnels are so cheap to construct and operate that a grower can recoup the cost of construction in one to two years’ time, according to a 2009 report in HortTechnology magazine, published by American Society for Horticulture Science. The payback period depends on many factors, starting with what you grow, how you grow it and where you sell it. We sell everything directly to consumers at two nearby farmers’ markets in Emmaus and Easton, Pa. So, while a cold fall rain drummed steadily on my high tunnel’s plastic skin, I harvested 16 1/2 pounds of baby Swiss chard, 12 pounds of spinach, 25 pounds of plum tomatoes, 8 pounds of arugula and 7 pounds of kale. Outside, water stood ankledeep in the saturated fields. My snap beans rotted. A promising crop of fall sugar snap peas drowned. It was a miserable year. A soggy spring was followed by a serious dry spell with record temperatures up to 104 degrees for what seemed like forever. Then came Hurricane Irene and a record 13.47 inches of rain in August. September SCREENS WINDOWS MIRRORS SHOWER DOORS WINDOW PARTS

started with Tropical Storm Lee and more flooding. The month ended with a record 12.77 inches of rain. But Mother Nature was just getting warmed up. The Halloween nor’easter of 2011 buried a huge area from West Virginia to Maine under sometimes 30plus inches of snow on October 29 and 30. Colorful leaves still clung to the trees. Heavy snow piled up on the leaves. Branches, trees and power lines soon crashed down everywhere. Millions of people were plunged into darkness for a week or more in some places. “While Matt and Jess of Salvaterra’s Gardens braved the weather last weekend to sell their produce at Centre Square, snow was quickly piling up at the farm. When all was said and done, their crops lay buried under 15 inches of wet, heavy snow,” Megan McBride, manager of the Easton farmersí market, wrote five days later in her weekly e-newsletter to the market’s thousands of regular customers. “Matt reported that while they lost an ample amount of cooking greens ... much of their lettuce was protected by high tunnels.” According to Michigan State University horticulturist and professor John Biernbaum, “tunnels allow dozens of highvalue crops to be harvested out of season. They provide risk management and crop protection from cold, excess rain and some insects, while increasing

Year-round harvest. High tunnels like this one shelter plants from pests and extremes, allowing for higher yields. Photo by George DeVault

production from small growing areas. Still, adoption of high tunnels seems slow. High tunnels seem like the ideal strategy for health care related to eating more vegetables and fruit and economic recovery, except that you have to actually eat vegetables and some physical activity is required.” Maybe that’s why the United States Department of Agriculture is actually paying people to build high tunnels. Since late 2008, the Natural Resources Conservation Service of USDA has provided financial assistance toward the cost of more than 3,800 new high tunnels on farms in 43 states.

Using these structures, it’s fairly straightforward to convert solar energy into a bounty of fruits and vegetables in an environment where it would otherwise be impossible. It also extends the growing season, so farmers make more money while farmers’ market customers benefit from more fresh, local produce. To find out more about government incentives for constructing a high tunnel, contact your local NRCS office or visit and search for “high tunnels.” Excerpted from GRIT, Celebrating Rural America Since 1882. To read more articles from GRIT, visit



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Resurrection from permafrost and other ice-age legacies By Gary Raham North Forty News

A Siberian arctic ground squirrel knew precisely where to bury her rainy day stash of seeds: in permanently frozen soil called permafrost. She never returned to retrieve the treasures in her soccer-ball sized burrow. Nearly 32,000 years later, two Russian scientists, Svetlana Yashina and David A. Gilchinsky, found her hoard and performed a near miracle: They regrew a plant that had shared the Siberian plains with mammoths, wooly rhinoceroses, and giant bison. The scientists reported their discovery in February in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The plant, Silene stenophylla or narrow-leafed campion, serves as an example of the rich biological material encased in permafrost, an ice-age legacy totaling almost one fifth of the land area on our planet. That same rich biological material also poses a mammoth threat, if you’ll excuse the pun. A 2009 study reported by the Global Carbon Project based in Australia estimates that all the frozen plants, carcasses, and megafaunal droppings from ice ages past amount to over 1.5 trillion tons of carbon compounds — about twice the amount of carbon currently

drifting in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide, methane and other compounds. Our feverish world is melting permafrost quickly, converting megatons of potential treasure into heatretaining greenhouse gases. Good news first: The Russians’ work shows that living things are tough (and also that human beings are pretty clever). Thirty-two thousand years in the deep freeze didn’t prevent Silene from reproducing—although she did need a little help from her scientist discoverers. Silene’s seeds failed to germinate, but Yashina coaxed a few of Silene’s placental cells (like the whitish, seed-filled inner core of a bell pepper) into growing into complete and seed-bearing adult plants. Placental cells, like stem cells in animals, retain an embryo-like ability to express all the genetic information in their intertwined strands of DNA. S. stenophylla still lives today in the arctic, but the ice-age variety resurrected by the Russians produces wider flower petals, slower growing roots, and more bud growth. A complete comparison of ancient and modern genomes will surely provide a roadmap to the evolution of a species adapting to a warmer, post-glacial climate. The Russians’ discovery and research provides encouragement to seed banks around the

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Way back when. An ice-age version of the narrow-leafed campion, Silene stenophylla, blooms today courtesy of a Russian science team and a frugal arctic ground squirrel. Illustration by Gary Raham

systems. With continents in their modern positions, celestial mechanics dictate cold cycles. Earth wobbles as it spins, its axis tilts toward and away from the sun, and its distance from the sun changes in patterns that conspire to periodically nudge the planet into ice ages. Living things also contribute to climate change by altering the levels of so-called greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide and methane, in the atmosphere. The first forests, covering vast tracks of land in the Late Paleozoic, trapped huge stores of atmo-

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NOTICE OF BUDGET In accordance with CRS 29-1-106, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a proposed budget has been submitted to the Livermore Fire Protection District (District) for the year 2013. A copy of the budget is available for inspection and copying at the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Station 1. please call 970-222-4502 for more information. Two public hearings shall be held to take comment on the proposed budget prior to its consideration for adoption on Tuesday, November 20,2012 and at a special budget meeting of the District Board of Directors, to be held on Monday, December 10, 2012, both at 6:00 p.m., at Livermore Station #1, 311 CR 74 E, Livermore, CO 80536. Any interested elector of the District may at any time prior to the adoption of the budget, file or register any objections thereto. Dated this 25th day of October, 2012. LIVERMORE FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT/s/ Linda Lewis, District Treasurer


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Year To Date September 2012 YTD September 2011 YTD September 2010

517 415 406

18 27 17

31 34 32

37 36 28

164 122 125

15 19 17

Year To Date September 2012 YTD September 2011 YTD September 2010

$281,436 $278,459 $280,283

$206,596 $214,330 $183,641

$261,846 $234,883 $247,477

$184,130 $171,209 $181,495

$194,431 $194,342 $201,889

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$114,718 $134,255 $115,930

$93,220 $132,625 $160,000

$67,085 $45,838 $63,400

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