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North Forty News November 2011

Volume 19 Number 8

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


County’s 2012 budget chops another 2.9% By Kate Hawthorne North Forty News

Larimer County is facing the same economic reality as its citizens — rising costs and decreasing income. As a result, County Manager Frank Lancaster has proposed a budget that cuts spending at all levels for next year. Overall, the 2012 gross proposed budget of $301,559,468 is down 2.9 percent from the budget adopted by the Board of County Commissioners for 2011. In addition to only partial funding for a number of programs, the proposed budget cuts payroll by 18.4 county workers. The reductions will come from attrition, according to Lancaster. On the revenue side, the assessed value of property in the county has declined 2 percent from 2010, and interest income plummeted to $900,000 from $3.4 million in 2010. When the budget was released Oct. 14, Lancaster said that it focuses resources to the highest priority services while limiting requests for supplemental funding.

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“Based on current and projected economic conditions, we will all have to do more with less,” he said. “It was the expectation that all departments and services be as imaginative and creative as possible, focusing on becoming more efficient and streamlined in delivering their services.” The budget is developed following the Budgeting for Outcomes model. The weighted scale produces a priority ranking for every service funded by the county. The three county commissioners each looks at the every budget item and scores it according to three important criteria, county budget manager Bob Keister said. The scores then are reconciled to create the relative ranking. “The highest priority goes to those things that are mandated by law at a specified level,” Keister said. He used elections as an example. “We can’t say we won’t hold an election or give voters only half a ballot because we don’t have enough money,” Continued on page 7

Crystal Lakes deploys new weapons in beetle-kill war By Stephen Clearheart-Johnson North Forty News

The ravaging pine-bark beetle that has devastated Colorado’s forests has put the Crystal Lakes community on the front line of the war against beetle-kill. Nestled among profuse forests of lodgepole pine — the favorite food of the beetle — Crystal Lakes northwest of Red Feather Lakes became an early target. “It will get worse before it gets better,” says Crystal Lakes Associations general manager Jody Sandquist. The residents have acted on their own and in concert with the association to fight this war with every available tool, including two new technologies. And the neighborhood approach to disposing of large dead pine and spruce trees is attracting regional attention. In any war, troops must first be equipped and trained. At Crystal Lakes, individuals and the association have been producing pamphlets, bringing in speakers, partnering with other Front Range

programs and creating their own beetlebusting teams. This outreach teaches homeowners about the lifecycle of the bug and how to identify both infested trees and brood trees — the ones that hold live beetles that can reproduce and fly out to infest other trees in the coming season. These must be cut and removed to halt the infestation. And as is true on any battlefield, a major logistical problem is removing the fallen. The enormous stacks of logs must be removed, debarked or otherwise treated to kill the insects brooding in them. Every bit as difficult is dealing with vast piles of slash — the limbs and needles removed from the trunks. At first, Crystal homeowners had to move logs almost 60 miles to the county landfill to dispose of them properly. Three years ago Larimer County opened up local “sort yard” on Creedmore Lakes Road where infested trees could be dropped off. This saved homeContinued on page 6 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID WELLINGTON, CO PERMIT NO. 3


The big dig. Three-year-old Oriana Ellinger, left, and two-year-old Ashleigh Porter, right, help Lee Porter plant a shovel while cleaning the nature trail at Red Feather Lakes Elementary school on Saturday, Oct. 22. The three volunteered their time as part of the Larimer County United Way’s Make a Difference Day. See more photos on page 21. Photo by Doug Conarroe

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Viewpoints Why no vote on Boxelder bonds? Voters once again have the opportunity to cast ballots on money issues, like the Larimer County Jail tax. However, if you are one of the more than 5,000 residential and commercial property owners drawn into the Boxelder Basin Regional Stormwater Authority (BBRSA) service (fee) area in 2008, you will have no direct say in allowing the authority to borrow tens of millions of dollars in your name. The BBRSA was formed by an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) among Larimer County, Fort Collins, and Wellington with the intent of mitigating stormwater threats to the area. These government “members” gave the BBRSA board of five appointees power to assess fees on property owners without TABOR restrictions and without a “sunset” provision on the authority. The fee obligations

of property owners within its fee area live forever. It is arguable that many of the owners receive little or no discernible services or benefits from these fees. Most properties are not in a floodplain; many are not even close. BBRSA is now working on plans to seek bonds for future property acquisition and construction projects. If the BBRSA board approves a borrowing request, it is required by the IGA to receive unanimous approval from the three member governments in order to proceed. No vote by the property owners on whom the debt will be placed is required. Will our elected officials allow such a debt load to be placed on their constituents without their vote? Or is this the top-down type of government they favor? Why not ask them? Jim Fry

Vote no on ballot issue 1A In November, we will have the opportunity to increase or decrease taxes. As a former Larimer County Commissioner, I have heard the comment “all you politicians want to do is increase taxes.” The U.S. government is designed as a republic and not a democracy. In a republic, elected officials make governmental decisions on behalf of the people. The people of Colorado have changed this process to be more of a democracy by initiating the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR). Any additional taxes have to be approved by a vote of the public. As a commissioner nine years ago, I became concerned with the ability of our county to meet

its future financial obligations. During my tenure, I decided that cutting spending was better than increasing taxes. The commissioners previous to my service had voters approve a construction sales tax that expires in 2014. Ballot issue 1A is a new tax for operations. Read the ballot. The first three bulleted items start with the word “operate.” “Construction” is a one-time tax. “Operations” are forever. The operations of correctional facilities, jails and treatment centers won’t miraculously disappear in 15 years! Ballot issue 1A is not a onetime tax, and I do not support it. Glenn Gibson, Former Larimer County Commissioner

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In LaPorte, it’s Arnold’s sidewalk To kick off the tradition of opinion pieces authored by the North Forty News editor, what follows is conversation we’d like to have with the fictitious Warren Buffet (not to be confused with billionaire investor Warren Buffett). Warren Buffet: I know the North Forty News doesn’t cover national stories, but what do you think about Occupy Wall Street? NFN: My office, in our second-floor penthouse suite at Kintzley Plaza, doesn’t have windows, so can’t say I’ve seen folks carrying signs. But I do drive the busy crossroads of LaPorte every day and haven’t noticed much action in the activism category. Not that people don’t have things to protest or pontificate. It’s just that most LaPortites have jobs. You know, they go to work nine, 10 hours day. And occasionally they have the luxury of pitching a tent, but not in the city park and only on their days off. But I respect people’s right to carry signs filled with platitudes and to protest whatever cause they choose: GMOs, striped summer knits, Anytober, gravity. Whatever turns their crank. Warren: So you haven’t seen any sign of an Occupy LaPorte movement? NFN: Nah. The only occupancy of public spaces I’ve seen lately is Arnold, the aging Chihuahua who keeps a vigilant watch on the sidewalk outside the Poudre Laundromat. Warren: But what about Occupy Wall Street’s message, you know, about corporate greed and such? NFN: Ya know, corporations are all around us, even in LaPorte. The hardware store and the gas station kitty-corner to it. The local grocer near the school and the pizza place down the street. They’re the engines of the local, regional and national economy, if you ask me. Warren: But corporations shouldn’t have so much influence in politics, right? They shouldn’t get the same rights as individuals or be able to influence outcomes of elections. That’s what the protest message is about. NFN: Not be able to influence outcomes of elections? That’s like taxation without representation. You know, the 1773 Boston Tea Party. Boxes of tea in Boston Harbor and all. Warren: Don’t be silly. Corporations aren’t people, and they can afford more taxes. They can just pass the taxes on to their customers. NFN: Sorry to tell you, but corporations — any business for that matter — face a huge tax burden. An unfair burden in my opinion. One example is commercial property. Property used for pizza shops, offices and laundromats

— even vacant commercial property — is taxed at a higher rate than residential and agricultural property. And if you work for an “evil” corporation (the protesters’ label, not mine), that corporation pays a portion of your Social Security retirement savings by contributing over and above what you contribute. Based on wages paid to employees, the same company pays into an unemployment compensation pool that covers unemployed workers everywhere — even if the company’s never had a layoff. With a 34 percent corporate tax rate on profits, most companies are on the hook for the secondhighest corporate tax rates in the world. Should the business owner choose to take advantage of the oft-maligned “loopholes” during the course of his or her endeavor — like depreciating his pizza oven over eight years — the IRS will be waiting in the wings to recover its share when he or she sells the business. Because a “write-off ” is sometimes never that. It’s just a deferral, and the claw-back (of sorts) provision kicks in at the sale. Delay now via a “loophole,” but pay up later. And then there’s double taxation. Owners and officers of larger, profitable corporations pay taxes twice. The corporation they own and manage has to dole out a portion of profits to the Feds (at 34 percent). Then, when the profits are distributed to the shareholders (the owners), those profits are — guess what — taxed at the individual level. Furthermore, if this “greedy” corporate executive is blessed with a successful enterprise and chooses to sell his or her shares at some point, the increase in value of those shares is taxed at the sale in the form of a 15-percent capital gains tax. So, in effect, many successful business people are taxed three times for their hard work. Warren: I don’t have much sympathy for greedy Wall Street executives. They make a lot of money — more than they can ever use. Shouldn’t they be paying their fair share in taxes? NFN: Fair share? The top 1 percent of income earners account for nearly 40 percent of all (individual) income collected by the IRS. This lessens the tax burden for the remaining 99 percent, including average Joes like you and me. Because of the generosity of the one percent, you and I pay less taxes and can afford more slices of pizza. That’s pretty fair in my book. Warren: You made some good points, but we’ll just have to agree to disagree. NFN: Fair enough. It’s lunchtime anyway. Your last name, plus all this talk about pizza, is making me hungry.

Comments from Re: North Forty News post titled “Q: The biggest hurdle for Flaming Gorge pipeline? A: Wyoming” I’m not sure what is meant by the statement: “Million, a Fort Collins-based entrepreneur, has already secured water rights on the Green River, a major tributary of the Colorado, to enable the exportation of that water.” If you are referring to the Regional Watershed Supply Project-Green River Pipeline filed by the Million Conservation Resource Group, I can assure you that Mr. Million has only filed an application for a permit and has established a priority date should his application ever be approved to permit status.

Under Wyoming Water Law, a water right is only established after water is put to beneficial use. Mr. Million’s project has not yet been built and no water has been put to beneficial use, a prerequisite for a “water right” to ever be established. It appears certain that the use of the term “water rights” as used in the article did not mean that water was already being transported to Colorado but my concern is that a Wyoming appropriator may interpret it as such. This is such a hot ticket item and emotions are running high.

Re: North Forty News post titled “Q: The biggest hurdle for Flaming Gorge pipeline? A: Wyoming”

Phillip A. Velez


Phillip, I believe the junior rights he secured are established, not new, rights, therefore they are water rights under Wyoming water law. I could be wrong, obviously such a small technicality I couldn’t absolutely research. He would obviously have time to put those rights, whether established or not, into play, as it appears the Wyoming engineer’s office believes he has rights to call on the river.

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New sheriff’s system aimed at stopping crime in real time By Dan MacArthur North Forty News

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office is taking a new approach to tracking and attacking crime. To supplement the year-toyear statistics now issued by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the sheriff’s office is increasingly turning to new technology to identify crime trends and focus the attention of the limited number of deputies on problem areas. The tracking system on the sheriff’s new web page — — enables officers and the public to graphically observe what kind of crimes are being committed and where they are occurring. “We’ve been pushing to get some of that timely data,” said Capt. John Manago, who heads the patrol division. “You’ve got to get it out to the guys.” He said the CBI reports don’t provide a clear picture. “That was last year,” he said. “It doesn’t tell us what is happening now.” Manago said the tracking system developed by Larimer County Sheriff’s crime analyst Lynn Hay identifies problem areas so deputies can respond before crime cells spread. Every Tuesday, he said, commanders gather to assess current situations and get the word out to the troops. Manago said most infractions occur in the more urban areas surrounding municipalities. He said that’s why almost all of the office’s 80 deputies are assigned to what is termed the valley area. He said the area now most active with crime is the East Mulberry corridor from Interstate 25 west to around Timberline Road. There has been a cluster of crimes Manago said are aggravated by the transience of

those residing at motels in the area. He said the sheriff’s office has responded with saturation patrols by foot, bike and cruiser in addition to increased communication with innkeepers. Other hot spots, Manago said, include mobile home parks immediately north and southwest of Fort Collins. Sheriff Justin Smith gave little credence to the CBI statistics released annually. “A lot of it is federal bureaucracy,” he said. Smith said they are of little value because they are a snapshot of gross statistics with no specifics rather than new dynamic approach that tracks crimes every week. Further, he said there is no consistency among the categories of crime collected by the states that are compiled into the national unified crime report. Smith did not address the CBI compilation showing crime increases in most categories from 2009 to 2010. “We’re careful not to draw conclusions,” he said. Overall, Larimer County experienced a 6.3 percent decrease in the number of crimes taking place from 1,500 reported incidents in 2009 to 1,404 in 2010, according to the CBI report. Notable decreases were posted in motor vehicle thefts, down 36 percent from 81 in 2009 to 52 in 2010; unlawful entry (a category not tracked by the county sheriff’s department), down 29 percent from 119 to 85; forcible rape, down 28 percent from 36 to 26; burglary, down 14 percent from 236 to 204; and larceny or theft, down 13 percent from 769 to 673. The most significant increases were in the number of assaults (including aggravated assaults), up 18 percent from 355 to 421, and robberies, which more than doubled, from 7 to 15.

Community Meeting Laramie Foothills Mule Deer Project Come hear about progress and updates on Colorado State University’s research project on the deer population and chronic wasting disease.

Thursday, November 3, 7 p.m. Livermore Community Hall (1956 Red Feather Lakes Rd.)

Refreshments will be served For more information, please contact Jill Lackett at 970.491.2343 or, or visit our website at

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An Irish kick

Got your back. Irish Elementary School third graders Sophia Rose, left, and Lily Hodson share a bench with volunteer Jen Houska, right, during the school’s Sept. 30 Kick Out Cancer fundraiser for Poudre Valley Hospital’s cancer center. The notes pinned to the girls’ shirts list loved ones or relatives who have had cancer. The event, inspired by Dennis and Noreen Houska of Houska Automotive, was the culmination of a week of cancer awareness at the school and included collecting pledges for the center. The students raised $3,532. Photo by Doug Conarroe

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Veterans Day a time for service to those who served By Kate Hawthorne North Forty News

The U.S. will be bringing its remaining 39,000 troops home from Iraq by the end of the year, but 100,000 remain in Afghanistan — and U.S. military officials expect to maintain a presence there until 2014, at least. By Veterans Day 2011, more than 2.3 million Americans will have served in Iraq and Afghanistan since in 2001. More than 6,000 troops have died in combat, and nearly 47,000 have been injured — well over a thousand returning as amputees, nearly a half-million with traumatic brain injuries. “No matter what you think about the current wars, there are a lot of returning troops who need support,” said Karen Boehler, president-elect of the Colorado chapter of the American Legion Auxiliary. She is also a member of the Auxiliary with its home at the George Beach Post No. 4 in LaPorte, one of 9,500 Auxiliary units nationwide. (Fort Collins is also home to Alonzo Martinez Post No. 187, and a Veterans of

Foreign Wars post.) The American Legion was founded to give U.S. troops returning from World War I a way to stay connected with their brothers-in-arms. The Auxiliary was founded soon after to support the Legion. Boehler said the more than 200 members of Unit 4 have sewed warm fleece sleeping bag liners and cooling gel helmet liners for troops in the desert and sent them phone cards so they could call home. They have also “adopted” veterans without family in VA nursing homes, sending cards and gifts to let them know their service is not forgotten. Unit 4 President Denysia McCracken focuses on the families of veterans. The unit hosts holiday parties for children and works with the Sons of the American Legion to raise funds for Fisher House, where families can stay while vets receive medical treatment at the VA hospital in Denver. One of the newest members of Unit 4 is Peggy Sue Meininger. She first became involved with injured veterans in 2006, when

she helped with logistics for an all-veteran bicycle ride at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. By 2008, she was one of only two civilians assisting on a 5-day Soldier Ride for seriously wounded warriors. “The guys who had done it before — they had traumatic brain injuries, amputations, PTSD — were reaching back to the new guys, to help them see what they could do,” Meininger recalled. “It’s a close-knit group, soldiers caring for soldiers, because the rest of us who haven’t been there will never be able to understand what they went through and what they need.” What they do need is to have a challenge to work on, Meininger said, and cycling appeals to the overwhelmingly young recent veterans. In August, she coordinated a hand-cycle race up Rist Canyon as part of the Fort Collins Cycling Festival. After being involved in three major rides this year — one just for female veterans — Meininger is taking a break, but still serves as an unofficial facilitator for “her boys.” She especially wants to hear from

Meininger can be reached at or 970-481-3044.

Promise of the future. The statue to be unveiled on Nov. 13 at Veterans Plaza of Northern Colorado in Fort Collins was created by Susan Grant Raymond of Steamboat Springs.

anyone who was denied medical benefits for a traumatic brain injury before 2007. “They may be eligible for a reevaluation,” she said. “Until 2008, the VA didn’t consider TBI a ‘real’ injury, and so many didn’t get the benefits they deserved. Now, so many records have been lost, the vets need to come forward.”


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Stand Down for all veterans Another organization concerned that vets get what they deserve — jobs — is the state of Colorado. Chad Imker is the Local Veterans Employment Representative embedded at the Larimer County Workforce Center. He is coordinating this year’s Veterans Stand Down on 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday Nov. 10 at The Mission of Catholic Charities Northern in Fort Collins. The Stand Down provides homeless veterans basic healthcare services, haircuts, clothing and hygiene articles, as well as assists them to become jobready. More than 30 volunteers will be on hand to serve breakfast and a hot meal at noon, two bicycle mechanics will offer tune-ups, and a veteran’s services officer can help with benefits. Imker said a veterinarian willing to give free pet checkups would be greatly appreciated. Last year, when the Stand Down expanded to include Weld and Boulder counties, about 118 veterans showed up, said Imker, himself a member of the National Guard. There are about 23,000 veterans in Larimer County, 60,000 in the three counties, and the rate of homelessness is “about average” for the population, he said, but declined to give an estimate. “Female veterans are also welcome at the Stand Down,” Imker said. “Our services are for everyone regardless of era served, regardless of gender.” Imker can be reached at 970498-6651. Other events planned The next day, Veterans Day, the Legion will host its traditional breakfast at the post, followed by a daylong family celebration. Then at 1 p.m. Sunday Nov. 13, the American flag will be raised over Veterans Plaza of Northern Colorado at the west end of Horsetooth Road, the south entrance to Spring Creek Community Park. The centerpiece of the memorial, a bronze statue of a soldier carrying a young boy on his shoulder, will also be unveiled at the ceremony. “This plaza honors all veterans, and stands as a testament to the power of patriotism and military service,” said Diggs Brown, a major in the Colorado Army National Guard and cochair of the Veterans Plaza planning committee. The plaza includes a 500-seat amphitheater, interactive walls commemorating veterans, and a garden containing soils from battlefields, cemeteries and military installations around the globe. For more information about the Veterans Plaza, or to download a form for recognition of a veteran, go to

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Business Profiles

Eclectic Reader Rare books and more 970-493-7933

Western Premier New construction and remodels 970-980-9118

Wellington Eye Care Dr. Larry Eklund – 970-568-7161

Eagle Fencing No-obligation estimates 970-391-8505

Dwayne Cranford Welding Services 970-407-8991

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Western Premier Construction is the builder to call. This local company has talented tradesmen with diverse talents, so top quality is assured on every aspect of the project. The designers at Western Premier can suggest ways to achieve just the atmosphere the homeowner desires, with ideas for unique touches that make a home truly one’s own. Projects that give a home new life can include a room addition, kitchen or bath renovation, a basement finish or creating new space by eliminating a wall. The possibilities are endless. With the holiday season on the horizon, now is a great time to think about ways to enhance the home and make it one’s favorite place to be. Western Premier has numerous repeat customers and can provide references upon request. All work is guaranteed. For any contractor needs, contact the company at 970-980-9118 or

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

good to know the experts. Eagle Fencing is the company to call. They design and build all types of fencing, and the fences are built to last. Eagle Fencing offers livestock enclosures including electric hightensile fences, traditional barbed wire and barbless wire. The company also builds wooden fences including post and dowel, split-rail cedar, post and rail and traditional cedar privacy fences. Eagle Fencing is outfitted with the proper equipment to do the job right, and the company guarantees all work. Now is the time to install that fence before bad weather arrives. Contact the experienced installers at Eagle Fencing today for a free estimate. They can be reached at 970-391-8505 or eagle

maintenance. There is a 40-year paint warranty on metal roofs, in addition to the 30- to 50-year warranty on the roof itself. A+ Metal Roof Co. has the roofing technology to protect clients’ most valuable assets, their homes. All work is guaranteed. Give the guys at A+ Metal Roof Co. a call at 970-388-2558, or email them at aplusmetalroofco@ They can provide clients with sample colors and a free estimate.

The Eclectic Reader has moved to a new location, and owner Cynthia Manuel has realized a dream. She is creating a community bookstore where people who love books and reading can enjoy activities together. Cynthia has been in the book business for nearly 30 years, beginning with Toad Hall Books in 1983. The Eclectic Reader is now in the Cedarwood Plaza, at the corner of Taft Hill and Elizabeth and next to Cups Coffee. A grand opening is planned for Nov. 26. The bookstore has always delighted eclectic readers and the intellectually curious, specializing in non-fiction, literature and rare books with a touch of entertainment reading. Now, in its new location, the bookstore will be so much more. “I’m dedicated to promoting reading and writing, preserving valuable old books and drawing in the community,” Cynthia said. She plans to offer classes and lectures, storytelling, writing workshops and special times for great conversations. People who have subjects they would like to teach are invited to stop by. Cynthia has two projects in the works, setting up a national diary archive in Fort Collins and creating a Readers’ Bureau that will go into the community to read to shut-ins and children’s groups. The Eclectic Reader, open Tuesday through Sunday, can be reached at 970-493-7933 or

Western Premier gives homes fresh, new life In this economy, many homeowners are choosing to remodel rather than build a new home. With imagination and a good builder, remodeling can be fun and satisfying, producing a fresh, new living environment.

Children’s Christmas Shop Dec. 2-Dec. 3 3:30-6 Fri., 9-1 Sat. Kid’s gifts for adults .25 each Donation of canned goods appreciated LaPorte Presbyterian Church 3824 W. CR 54G LaPorte, CO

Timberline Decks has new phone number Timberline Decks, a local company specializing in quality, innovative decking, has a new phone number. Call 970-424-6622 to talk with a designer who can help plan a deck that truly enhances outdoor living. Or, email the company at With Colorado’s mild weather, fall is a fine time for building. Contact Timberline Decks today!

Eye exam helps diagnose diabetes 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

Homeowners benefit from quality fencing A fence can be both practical and decorative, whether homeowners live in rural areas or the city. A fence adds to the value of a home and provides extra protection, preventing wild animals from wandering in as well as unwanted foot traffic. A fence also helps define the boundary lines of a property. When installing a fence, it is

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Keep number handy: Cranford welding There are few things more frustrating than having a metal part break right in the middle of a job. Dwayne Cranford of Livermore can fix just about anything that requires welding, and he offers swift and expert service. He works with all types of metal and can repair metal parts on trailers, motorcycles, mowers, bicycles, metal tanks and vehicles. Dwayne can also add tire carriers to trailers and rework trailers to function better. He manufactures parts, reproduces custom pieces and fabricates signs and metal shelving. Well known as a metal artist, Dwayne produces beautiful and unique gates, fences and mailbox posts as well. Dwayne will pick up and drop off welding jobs to many areas including LaPorte, Red Feather Lakes, Crystal Lakes and north Fort Collins for a nominal fee. For excellent service and results, contact Dwayne Cranford at 970-407-8991 in Livermore, CO.

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owners time and travel money, but didn’t deal with the slash problem, and eventually became too expensive for the county to maintain. For a few years the Crystal Lakes association provided an area on Tiny Bob Road where slash could be piled. During the winter the association would hire the local fire department to burn the pile. However, last year’s mild weather failed to produce favorable conditions for a burn, and now all open burning is banned within Crystal Lakes. So residents have brought in some heavy equipment to wage the beetle war.

Curtain call. Slash Solutions administrative manager Shirley Pfankuch stands near the controls for the idle aircurtain burner located at the company’s facility on County Road 73C near Crystal Lakes. The device burns slash and limbs from beetle-kill trees at higher temperatures, which means less smoke. Photo by Doug Conarroe

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Kilns make charcoal The association has partnered with a new company, Bio-Char of Colorado, to burn the slash pile in portable steel kilns. The process turns the slash into a charcoal product that can be used as a potent fertilizer. Each kiln-load of slash is allowed to burn to an optimum temperature, then the air vents are sealed. In the absence of oxygen, the wood is reduced to charcoal, which is crushed into a powder to become a nitrogen-rich fertilizer. Tomatoes allegedly love this ancient Aztec method of improving soil. Each kiln can burn up to 2.5 yards of slash at a time, producing some 500 pounds of charcoal. The process also produces a good deal of smoke and a lot of soot. Workers wear gas masks for protection. The other big — and expensive — weapon in the Crystal Lakes beetle-war arsenal is the air-curtain burner. When the association decided not to purchase one, residents Shirley Pfankuch and her husband Gary Weigel raised the funds from 49 investors to buy the equipment. Their company is now called Slash Solutions LLC, and plans

to burn 2,600 cubic yards of material per month. Several residents of Conifer recently visited the Slash Solutions site on County Road 73C, about a half-mile north of Red Feather Lakes Elementary, to assess the program’s viability and potential for replication. The air-curtain burner An air-curtain burner uses a powerful fan to recirculate air in a Dumpster-like fire chamber. This produces very high temperatures that burn the material completely with very little smoke. Think of a blacksmith using a bellows to heat the fuel in a forge. The technology was originally created to deal with cleanup in the wake of hurricanes and tornadoes. The air-curtain burner can burn logs, slash and even stumps. It is equipped with special steel-mesh screens to trap embers, but a fire truck is parked nearby, just in case. Closed circuit cameras allow the operators to monitor the site from a distance, via the Internet. “It lets me sleep better at night,” Weigel says. The burner also produces a charcoal residue, which is hauled away by Gallegos Sanitation to add to its compost. Slash Solutions is located on the site of the former county sort yard, and charges residents $5 per cubic yard for slash, $6 for logs and stumps. As winter approaches, the beetles will sleep in their cozy wooden tunnels inside the pines. But the residents of Crystal Lakes will continue manning the trenches and foxholes of their long war. • Slash Solutions has free beetle-kill tree trunks suitable for firewood available at their site. The wood is cut in large pieces, averaging five to six feet in length, and is not split. For info call 970-881-3737.

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County budget reflects emphasis on health, safety he explained, adding that some human service programs and operations at some public facilities also fall into this category. “These are things that society thinks are so important that they passed a statute that says we must do them.” County services that are considered critical for basic health, safety and welfare are also given extra weight in the rankings, as do programs that embody the county’s values of partnering and collaboration, Keister added. The next step down the scale are those functions that are mandated, but at no specified level. The county must register motor vehicles and assess property values, for example, but it has discretion over how much money to spend on accomplishing the tasks, Keister explained. The lowest priority is given to those items that are not mandated by law but that the county does “for the good of the citizens,” Keister said. “We don’t have to have 4-H or operate The Ranch, but county residents have told us, in our biennial surveys, that those are things that are important to them.” In the 2012 proposed budget, the highest priority programs took a 1.5 percent reduction, while those in the middle were reduced 2.5 percent and the bottom tier were cut 4 percent.

Jail sales tax The fate of the continuation of a sales tax to operate the county jail will determine what future budgets look like. Lancaster said if the measure on the Nov. 1 ballot does not pass, the county will be forced to make deeper cuts in 2013 and cut an additional $14 million in 2014. “That means some services are likely to go away entirely,” he said. Which services those might be will be a community-wide decision. “That’s what we will all be talking about for most of 2013, and it won’t be easy,” Lancaster said.

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Comment on the 2012 budget County commissioners will hold two public hearings on the 2012 proposed budget, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Estes Park Municipal Building (broadcast on Estes Park cable channel 12) and Nov. 21 in the Larimer County Courthouse at 200 W. Oak St. in Fort Collins (broadcast on cable channel 14 in Fort Collins, 16 in Berthoud, Loveland, LaPorte and Wellington). Viewers can call in comments at 970-498-7916,

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or email comments to bocc@ Both hearings also will be streamed live on the Internet at bcc/broadcast.cfm. The budget adoption hearing is set for Dec. 20 at 1:30 p.m. at the Courthouse. Copies of the proposed budget are available online at http://, at the Courthouse, and at public libraries.

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Budget breakdown The largest portion of the proposed budget — nearly $62 million — is allocated to public safety, including law enforcement, emergency rescue and fire-fighting as well as the county detention center. Health and well-being — environmental health and food safety, health services for seniors, the disabled, mothers and children as well as mental health services — would receive $47.2 million. Another $27 million of the budget would fund transportation projects, including road and bridge maintenance, stormwater and drainage, and rural road safety and improvements. Environment and natural re-

sources, encompassing everything from the county landfill to parks and trails and the fairgrounds complex at The Ranch in Loveland, would be supported with $18.8 million. Many programs in this category generate income from their operations. General government services — such things as vehicle registrations, property tax assessments and elections — also generate some of their own funds, and would receive $14.8 million under the proposed budget. The budget categories of Jobs & Economic Vitality – the county Workforce Center and related programs – and Preparing for Growth – land-use management – would receive a total of $8 million. About $1.5 million is set to go into the county’s general fund reserve, bringing that total to $30 million at the end of 2012, according to Lancaster.


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Sgt. First Class Jody Burrows was welcomed home to Wellington by the Community Activity Commission on Oct. 8. The CAC threw her a welcomehome party at the T-Bar Inn at 3803 Cleveland Avenue. Burrows was part of the 193rd Military Police Battalion with the National Guard at Bagram Air Base, 25 miles northeast of Kabul, capital of Afghanistan. She spent 11 months there. At the party, Burrows received a plaque from the town thanking her for her service, presented by Wellington Board Trustee Jack Brinkhoff. She also received a quilt made to look like the American flag and a bouquet of flowers from Linda Kinzli of the CAC. Eight-yearold Abby Larsen from Rice Elementary recited a poem for her and Larimer County Commissioner Lew Gaiter was also part of the crowd. While in Afghanistan, Burrows received a banner from the Soldiers Angels volunteer organization emblazoned with the insignia of the unit and signed by several well-wishers in Wellington and Fort Collins. Burrows said that getting that banner meant a great deal to her and now that she is back home all of it meant even more. “It’s just great to be home and I’m lucky to belong to a

community that appreciates its soldiers,” said Burrows, a Wellington resident. Burrows spent a year in the National Guard, then left for 17 years to be with her family. She re-upped with the Guard after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Kinzli said the CAC has been holding sendoffs and receptions for soldiers from Wellington since 2009.

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Busy morning. Boy Scouts from across Larimer County, scout leaders and U.S. Forest Service employees gathered for a photo in front of the Dowdy Lake entryway in Red Feather Lakes on Saturday, Sept. 27, where they spent the morning building fences as part of National Public Lands Day. Photo courtesy Reghan Cloudman

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According to Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith, the new look is intended to make it easier for users to find information. The sheriff had originally planned to migrate back to the county’s website at but, after researching the issue, concluded that most governmental agencies with a robust web presence were hosting sites separate from the city or county. The layout and design of the new site are intended to make relevant information easy to find. The sheriff and his staff

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Plan ahead for successful reseeding of grasses While most people entertain thoughts of planting seed in the spring, fall is the time to consider planting perennial pasture grasses. Seeding native or introduced perennial grasses is very different from seeding a grain crop or planting a garden. Most native grass is planted on dry land, without irrigation, so the success of the seeding is dependent on naturally occurring precipitation, timing and a certain amount of luck. Consider how these grasses evolved to reseed themselves and you will understand why dormant-season seeding is used to establish perennial grasses. By this time of year, grass seed heads have matured, and can be knocked to the ground by passing wildlife or livestock, by heavy wind and even wind-

driven snow later in the season. Not all of the seeds fall at once and some have developed mechanisms for dispersing with the wind or hitching a ride on animals’ coats. One way or another, the seeds find their way to the ground, where they may get trampled and ground into the soil by migrating animals, or perhaps covered with a thin layer of soil through the action of wind or water. Perennial grass seed, whether native or introduced, is not designed to be planted very deep. Most seed is happiest at 1/4” to 1/2” deep. The most common reason seeds do not germinate is they are planted too deep. For this reason, a special no-till drill is generally used for seeding perennial grasses. A no-till drill is designed to handle different weights and sizes of native and introduced grass seed, to plant at the proper depth, and to seed

Grants to help market Colorado specialty crops The Colorado Department of Agriculture has awarded more than $712,000 to 14 projects across the state through its Specialty Crops Block Grant Program. Specialty crops include fruits, vegetables, seeds, greenhouse and nursery products and sod. The CDA grants are funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service initiatives, and intended to enhance the competitiveness of Colorado’s fruit, vegetable and green industries. “This funding has provided a tremendous opportunity for Colorado’s agricultural industry to pursue a wide variety of innovative specialty crop projects,” said CDA’s Markets Division Director Tom Lipetzky. Among the recently funded projects were a half-dozen in Larimer County: • $27,000 for the Colorado Foundation for Agriculture to develop a “Colorado Fruit” reader for use in elementary school classrooms. • $35,800 for Colorado State University to conduct a market and economic analysis of Olathe sweet corn to determine if a processed product is economically viable. • $28,600 for CSU to facilitate the development of a statewide produce growers’ organization. The group would provide participants comprehensive access to marketing resources, research, food safety and grower education as well as enhance

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into existing vegetation. Perennial grass seed is not designed to be planted into a “prepared” seed bed as is typical for a grain crop. The ability of seed to germinate and of seedlings to survive is related to sufficient moisture at the proper time and the benefits of shelter from the wind and sun provided by the existing vegetation balanced against the competition for moisture and nutrients from these same plants. If you are considering a reseeding project, planning is important. The recommended dates for dormant season seeding are Nov. 1 through April 30. Before planting, several tasks must be completed. First, control or eliminate most of the weeds in the area you want to reseed. In general, most grass seedlings are very susceptible to herbicide, and herbicide should be avoided on newly seeded areas for the first year. Your primary method of weed control in newly seeded areas will be mowing. Plan to do your weed control prior to planting as many weeds can out-compete your grass seedlings. Second, if you have a lot of weeds, consider planting a cover crop before reseeding native grasses. A cover crop is generally an annual grass, such

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Dispatches Larimer County accepting apps for Family Leadership Training Institute Larimer County Extension is now accepting applications for the 2012 Larimer County Class of the Colorado Family Leadership Training Institute. FLTI is a series of 20 sessions on leadership training, civic literacy, and civic participation skills hosted by Larimer County Extension.

“FLTI has taught me that I have valuable input that various committees, boards and my local politicians need to hear,” said Jessie Mae Hendrickson from the 2011 FLTI Class. “Thanks to FLTI, I will no longer stand by and wait for someone else to fill the gap or to speak up — I will.” FLTI is based on the premise that family members are the best advocates for children and families in communities. Community leaders, including parents, youth and family members, can be effective when they speak


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out on issues and inform policymakers, the media and the community about the needs of their members. The FLTI opportunity is offered to 25 participants who are screened and selected based on their availability and readiness to become effective change agents on behalf of children, youth and families. Previous FLTI classes have included a cross-section of people from young adults to grandparents, single moms, dads, couples, low to moderate income, those with community leadership experience and those who are just beginning the journey of civic engagement. Selected participants will come together over the 20 weeks of training which includes: • An initial all-day retreat on Jan. 14, 2012. • Two series of 10-week sessions on Thursday evenings that focus on knowledge about the change process, skill building, and tools of civic engagement. • A day at the state capitol to learn the inner workings of government. • The development of a personal community project. In exchange for free registra-

tion, participants give the commitment of time reflected in class attendance and a written community project. If FLTI is the right opportunity for you, apply online at www.coloradofamilyleadership. com. For more information, or to request a hard copy application, contact Jacque Miller at 970-498-6014 or via email at

Author C.J. Box will sign books in Wellington After 14 novels, three of which made The New York Times bestseller list, C.J. Box will speak about his craft and his recently released thriller “Back of Beyond” on Saturday, Nov. 5 at Wellington Ace Hardware, 4104 Jefferson Ave. in Wellington, starting at 7 p.m. Box will sign books after the presentation. His books are for sale at Wellington Ace Hardware. There is no admission fee, but donations will be welcomed and appreciated.

Drop off ballots by 7 p.m. on Nov. 1 Pay no attention to national calendars. This year, Election Day in Larimer County is Tuesday, Nov. 1, and all ballots must be received by the County Clerk and Recorder by 7 p.m. that day. This is an all-mail election, and completed ballots may be returned by mail in the envelope provided, with adequate postage attached. But remember that postmark dates do not count as received. Ballots may be dropped off in person at 200 W Oak St., First Floor, in Fort Collins 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Courthouse also will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 1 to receive voted ballots. If your ballot was destroyed, spoiled, lost, or not received, you can get a replacement at one of the county’s three walk-in service centers. These locations will be open weekdays through Oct. 31 for ballot drop-off and accessible voting as well as issuing replacement ballots. All sites will also be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day.

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Red Feather Lakes Community Library By Creed Kidd Library Director

We begin November with a reminder that the library is continuing extended Friday hours – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. – to allow those with pressing schedules (or, who find the regular hours of Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. an inconvenient fit) an opportunity to visit the library. Secondly, we are looking for a few good men – and of course, women – who wish to make a difference in their community. Volunteerism at the library is always welcome. Contact us at 970-881-2664. Taking the lead in upcoming events for November, Red Feather Lakes-area resident and published author Carol Strazer presents both a workshop (“How to Write”) and a signing of her new book, Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. Carol has written and contributed content to the book, “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Answered Prayers 101 Stories of Hope, Miracles, Faith, Divine

Intervention and the Power of Prayer.” Book sales to be donated to the Library. Please sign up at 970-881-2664 or assistant@ Teen Zone for this month will be held 3:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. For the younger set, the Elementary Student Event will be 11 a.m. to noon Thanksgiving Friday, Nov. 26. As the old saying goes, “Try it, you’ll like it.” In the department of things few like to talk about but everyone has a vested interested in knowing, we’re offering “Community Education: ‘Hope for Today’,” an educational program for adults about depression, bipolar disorder and recognizing suicidal warning signs. Participants receive knowledge of how to respond to a person in crisis and about valuable resources available to our community. Presented by Alliance for Suicide Prevention, a non-profit organization, 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18. Miss access to the movie theater? The nearest you can

come in the Red Feather Lakes area is the library’s “Movies for Grownups” program that monthly shows a recent Hollywood film family-oriented and up. Held 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4. Movie to be announced. Continuing our series of technology classes, Saturday, Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. we’re offering “Keeping the Bad Guys at Bay: Free Security Programs You Can Download onto your Computer,” a one-hour workshop that will provide introductions to commonly used, free security programs for personal computers. Individuals are welcome to bring their own machines for the class or otherwise will receive a CD-ROM with free software for potential loading at home. Sign-up required. Class size: four participants. A special November showing in Ruth’s Gallery: Crafts and other creative artwork made by children and teens during the October Craft & Snack and Teen Zone programs at the library.

Wellington Public Library By Gene Ann Trant, Director

Thanks to the Friends of the Library, best-selling mystery writer and Wyoming native C.J. Box will be in Wellington on Saturday, November 5, at 7 p.m. He will be speaking at the Wellington Ace Hardware. The author of fourteen novels and numerous short stories, C.J. Box will speak about his craft and his recently released thriller, “Back of Beyond”. He will be available to sign books after his presentation. November is often considered the beginning of the holiday season. Holiday baking, cooking and entertaining is a big part of the holiday season for many people. The Wellington Public Library has many cookbooks that can help with your holiday gatherings. Some of the books that we have available include: “Holiday Baking” from Pillsbury Baking; “Light Cooking-Entertaining”; “Rustic Fruit Desserts” by Cory Schreiber; “Holiday Baking” by

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“The Scottish Prisoner: A Novel (Lord John) by Diane Gabaldon. The next meeting of the book discussion group is on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. We will be discussing “The Descendants” by Kaui Hart Hemmings. “The Descendents,” a novel set in Hawaii is filled with a series of unfortunate events for the King family. Matt King is an attorney and a descendent Hawaiian royalty. His wife, Joanie is in the hospital due to a boating accident. Matt is left to care for his outof-control daughters, Scottie a ten-year-old, who is going through adolescence, and Alex a seventeen-year-old recovering drug addict. This book has been made into a movie starring George Clooney and will be in theaters on Nov. 18. November dates to remember: Nov. 8 - Preschool story and craft time - 11:00 a.m. at the library. Nov. 11 & 12 - Library closed for Veterans Day. Nov. 24, 25 & 26 - Library closed for Thanksgiving.

Sara Perry; “Light CookingDesserts”; “The Little Book of Pies and Tarts” from Country Living; “Pie in the Sky: Successful Baking at High Altitudes: 100 cakes, pies, cookies, breads, and pastries” by Susan Purdy; “The Cake Mix Doctor” by Anne Byrn; “Cupcakes from the Cake Mix Doctor” by Anne Byrn; Taste of Home, and Midwest Living magazines. Don’t forget that we can also request books that belong to other libraries in the AspenCat system that you could use for your holiday entertaining. New books arrive almost daily at the library. Watch for these and other books that are being released in November: “Inheritance” by Christopher Paolini; “The Litigators” by John Grisham; “11/22/63, a Novel” by Stephen King; “Explosive Eighteen, a Stephanie Plum Novel” by Janet Evanovich; “V is for Vengeance” by Sue Grafton; “Kill Alex Cross” by James Patterson; “Hotel Vendome: A Novel” by Danielle Steel and



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Grace Notes

Take stock and give yourself some time to breathe By Natalie Costanza-Chavez

Reel backward through your memories and picture this: You are 10 and it is your turn to collect the playground equipment. You get to ignore the bell, stay out in the sun, gather all the wayward rubber balls rolling into the weedy chain-linked corners where the children never go. You are standing near the tetherball court and the bell to end recess just rang. The sounds on the playground shift abruptly from chase, glee, bounce, to stop, gather, circle-in. The tennis shoe slap of feet pounds all around you; rubber-pink balls bounce ping and echo once more, twice more and then fade away for you to find. You don’t hurry. The other children begin a slow weave, in an awkward accordion unravel and ravel back moving toward the numbered doors, the ordered rooms, the day going on past play. Sweaters are slung over shoulders, or tied across the butts of small boys, the slight waists of the girls. Dirt all around, under noses, fingernails, the green spill of crushed leaves dots the knees of jeans, blue in their newness. You don’t move with them even though you can imagine your body moving inside, practiced and obedient,

like it does each day. You are still here — tennis-shoed and rooted and privileged. Their left-behind sounds — the echoes and voices repeating in song and note and sigh — float above the ground and then begin their rise. The tetherball clasp hits the side of the pole and rings across the asphalt. Then a silence like God calling, a silence like God sweeping across the four-squared yellow lines. You imagine Him cupping the play voices rising all around you, small balloons rising in the air. You have stopped the move of your day, leaving you in this child space listening. Such power you have and swell with it for a moment. You mark this space and time, and know it stands beside, not in, the clock of your day. You mark this memory in your head to ensure your trail back to it — and only then do you move to cover the playground with invisible lines of search and capture. The balls drawn in and secured, you move toward the door, the chalk board, the desks marred by scratches and hearts, the utterances of children you imagine calling you back. And then you grow and grow and forget that marked time. What you remember now is that you are repeatedly called back and back and back to your day — you have forgotten the leaving. Time depends on how much more we have to do and how much we know we will never get done. What then

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of taking stock, what of reflection and repentance and the lofty goals of growth? When does soul searching get to happen? It can begin by attending to the hours. Just the “little hours” called terce and sext and none. The third and sixth and ninth hours of the day. For thousands of years, days have been broken into sections and numbered and named by the hours. The Christians learned it from the Jews, the Jews from Romans, Romans from Greeks. Religions of this time, across the globe, use hours to call them toward prayer. Right outside of our very town, day in and day out, the women at the Abbey of St. Walburga near Virginia Dale sing the Liturgy of the Hours. Seven times a day, seven days a week they stop, take stock, and return themselves to leaving time. The third and sixth and ninth hours of the day are 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. Pick just one of these and try to slip from time for a moment. Picture invisible voices rising all around you — timeless and essential. It’s noon — somewhere people are praying — let yourself hear a metal clasp hit the tetherball pole and sound its note across the playground. Allow yourself to breathe. The power of it.

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By Maxine Griffin

The following is a schedule of special events for November. Nov. 2: Blood pressures, and November birthdays celebrated. Nov. 7: Membership meeting, 10:30 a.m. Nov. 10: Breakfast at the Morning Glory restaurant in Fort Collins, leaving the center at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 11: Bunko, 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 19: Craft and bake sale at Wellington United Methodist Fellowship, 8251 Wellington Blvd., 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 20: “White Christmas” at the Carousel Dinner Theater, leaving the center at 11 a.m. Nov. 30: Bingo, 1 to 4 p.m. Meals are served each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon. For reservations, call the Volunteers of America the day before at 970-472-9630. Meals are also delivered to the homebound. The band plays every Wednesday from 10:30 to noon. Come and enjoy the music. For more information, call Trudy on Monday, Wednesday or Friday at 970-817-2293. Remember to drop off pop cans at the Senior Center and have an enjoyable Thanksgiving!

Bellvue seniors By Lola Cook

This month’s events at The Bellvue Senior Center follow. We meet each Monday and Thursday in the Cache la Poudre Grange Hall in Bellvue. Nov. 3: Senior advisory council, 9:45 a.m. Nov. 10: Free blood pressure checks, 11 a.m. to noon. Veterans Day observance. Nov. 15: The Cache La Poudre Grange hosts a covered-dish supper at 6 p.m. Bingo after dinner. Non-members are welcome. Nov. 17: We’ll celebrate November birthdays. Bingo after lunch. Please bring your aluminum for our recycling program. Nov. 24: Closed for Thanksgiving. For lunch reservations, call the Volunteers of America at 970472-9630 by 1:30 p.m. on the previous business day. Meals are also delivered to the homebound. Everyone 60 years of age or older is welcome to participate.

Jake Schott Jake Schott, 97, passed away on Oct. 10, 2011, at his home in Fort Collins. Jake was a longtime resident of the area, having been born in a farmhouse south of Fort Collins on March 29, 1914. Jake’s parents were GermanRussian immigrants who worked in the sugar-beet industry, as many immigrants did at Jake Schott that time. After Jake’s father’s death in 1918, his mother remarried and moved the family to southwest Kansas where Jake spent his childhood on a dryland farm. As a teenager, Jake and his brother Carl came back to Fort Collins where they worked in the construction industry. Jake had very little formal education, always working to survive, but became an accomplished mechanic/welder. Jake married Lucille Koch on July 16, 1938. During World War II, Jake worked on a government project, helping to build the Green Mountain Dam near Krem-

mling. After the war, Jake and Carl bought a farm near Waverly, north of Fort Collins, where they farmed and began a waterwell drilling business. For the next 30-plus years they drilled agricultural irrigation water wells in northern Colorado. Jake retired from farming in 1980 and moved into town, where he and Lucille lived until her death in 1996. Jake continued to work as a welder/mechanic for several of his former farm neighbors until the age of 90. In his final years, he enjoyed gardening and tinkering with projects around his home. Jake is survived by his son Lloyd, a daughter-in-law, two grandsons, twin half-sisters, and numerous nieces, nephews and their children. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jake Schott Memorial at Meals On Wheels of Fort Collins, P.O. Box 354, Fort Collins, CO 80522 or Pathways Hospice, 305 Carpenter Road, Fort Collins, CO 80525. Funeral arrangements are through Vessey Funeral Services.

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By Kate Hawthorne North Forty News

‘Tis the season to get a jump on holiday gifting at a plethora of local craft fairs. Get into the year-end spirit with a visit with Santa, a brisk Thanksgiving run, a hike up to Horsetooth Rock, and the sight of twinkling lights everywhere.

Gift ideas, fairs abound The first of the many holiday craft sales on tap will be the 31st annual Hall of Gifts, in the Lincoln Center’s newly remodeled Canyon West and Columbine rooms, 417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins, Nov. 4 through 6. The artisan-packed affair opens at noon on Friday, and continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Proceeds benefit the Lincoln Center Support League, In addition to a festive holiday craft fair on Nov. 12, Peace With Christ Lutheran Church, 1412 W. Swallow Road, Fort Collins, will be serving its popular homemade soup and pie luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The craft fair is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds support Concordia Theological Seminarians Brandon Ross and Andrew Walker. Info: 970-2264721. If you’re the book-giving type, Jax Mercantile is where you want to be on Nov. 12 for Local Author Day. Different writers will be at each Jax location at different times — Gary Raham will be at Jax Ranch and Home from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Info and full schedule: 970-4883250, ext. 707. Wellington United Methodist Fellowship’s second annual craft

fair on Nov. 19, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the new church at 8251 Wellington Blvd., will feature delicious baked goods, too. Info: 970-227-7893. For those planning well ahead of time, holiday greenery and living plants as well as handmade items from local artisans will be available on Dec. 2 and 3 at the annual Gifts from the Gardens in the Gardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Ave., Fort Collins. Members of the Gardens can shop early, 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday; the sale is open to the public from 5 to 8 p.m. both Friday and Saturday, when the Gardens will twinkle with tens of thousands of LED lights. Gardens of Light continues throughout the month of December, donations accepted. Info: 970-416-2486. That same weekend, Wellington’s Christmas Parade of Lights takes place Dec. 3 starting at 5 p.m. on Cleveland Avenue. And on Dec. 3 and 4, Red Feather Lakes goes green with more than 40 booths selling holiday crafts, food and beverages and baked goods. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, the Village will be alive with children’s activities, including Santa Claus for visiting, and a historic cabin tour, Proceeds benefit Red Feather Lakes Historical Society. Info: 970-495-0560.

Give thanks with running, hiking Before you slip into that annual turkey-and-football coma, work up an appetite at the Fort Collins Thanksgiving Day Run. The four-mile run/walk and kid’s fun run kicks off on Nov. 24, Thanksgiving morning. This year’s race day headquarters

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by the Fort Collins Downtown Business Association. The annual Gallery of Trees fills the new Art Gallery at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins with twinkling tannenbaum Nov. 18 through 27. Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily except Thanksgiving Day, this year’s event features a silent auction of the decorated trees donated by local businesses and organizations, to benefit the Lincoln Center Support League.

Light up the brass Get out for the holidays. A hike to Horsetooth Rock is a great way to give thanks for our local environment. Larimer County Natural Resources offers a guided excursion with a volunteer naturalist on Nov. 26, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, beginning at 9 a.m. at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, registration required. Dress warmly. Photo courtesy Larimer County

is The Beach House, 125 S. College Ave., where registration starts at 7:30 a.m., run at 9 a.m. Registration $20-$30 in advance, $30-$40 on race day. Online registration at Info: 970-2242582. If you’d rather work off the candied yams later, sign up for the Thanksgiving Tooth Climb, a moderate hike up to Horsetooth Rock with a Larimer County volunteer naturalist. The free hike begins at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space on Nov. 26 at 9 a.m.; $6 entrance fee per vehicle. Registration required at Info: 970679-4489.

Santa, trees arrive mid-month Old St. Nick makes his first appearance at Fort Collins’ Old Town Square in a horse-drawn carriage at noon on Nov. 19, and will be in his cozy workshop from noon until 6 p.m. every Wednesday through Sunday through Christmas Eve. Santa

will also be skating on the ice rink next to the workshop every Saturday at 11 a.m., and reading stories for kids at 11:30 a.m. every Thursday and Friday at the Clothes Pony, 111 N. College Ave. Of course, Kris Kringle also speaks Spanish and sign language so he can hear everyone’s secret wish. The jolly old elf ’s appearance is sponsored

Volunteers sought for Christmas tree sale Christmas tree cutting on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District has been a holiday tradition for nearly 40 years in the Red Feather Lakes area. Help this tradition continue by volunteering. The Canyon Lakes Ranger District is looking for volunteers to work at the cutting site during a portion of the two weekends the area is open (Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 10-11). The site is located south of Red Feather Lakes. Volunteers are needed to work at the entrance station and will work with Forest Service personnel greeting tree cutters, handing out area maps, and answering general questions. Volunteers are also needed at Smokey Bear’s cabin working with Forest Service employees greeting the public, serving as bear ambassadors to children, taking photos, and handing out Smokey goodies. If you are interested in volunteering, call 970-295-6700.

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Ring out the month with a sneak peek of the Denver Parade of Lights. The CSU Marching Band, in full uniforms complete with twinkle lights, will march counterclockwise around the University Center for the Arts (corner of Pitkin and Peterson), Fort Collins, from 5 to 5:45 p.m. on Nov. 30. Hot drinks and dessert will be available inside the UCA following the parade. Info: 970-491-5529. Look for more holiday happenings online at

POUDRE CANYON FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT NOTICE OF 2012 BUDGET (Pursuant to 29-1-106) The Board of Directors of the Poudre Canyon Fire Protection District has received the proposed budget for 2012 and will have a hearing to adopt the proposed budget at their regularly scheduled meeting on November 9, 2011 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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Celebrating the Bounty

A pilgrimage to Sonoma Valley Wine Country By Mark Moody North Forty News

For those of us who cling to all things related to the grape, a pilgrimage to California Wine Country is Nirvana. Rather than run the gauntlet of the high brow in Napa Valley, we chose Sonoma Valley, known for its more laid-back atmosphere. Our journey took us to 17 wineries in roughly four days. This rigorous task entailed sampling various wines, some well beyond our means as well as more modestly priced offerings. The farms and tasting rooms varied greatly from warehouses to opulent Italian-style estates with palatial gardens. Sonoma covers 1,576 square miles with more than 200 winemakers taking full advantage of the climate’s moist and typically cool temperatures. The region is rich with farmers — some grow grapes for vintners while others cultivate, harvest and make their own wines on site. Meet Rick Davis, owner and winemaker for CalStar Cellars. He is also a leather-works craftsman, which helps make ends meet. With no distribution agreement in place, Davis is unable to expand much beyond the state of California. Relying mainly on wine festivals and word of mouth, Davis faces daunting odds, but a recent gold medal at a local wine festival for his 2008 Pinot Noir should help the CalStar brand. Small vintners face overwhelming competition, fickle weather patterns, and a bad economy. Many, like Davis, have little market penetration and are relegated to vintner-direct sales, including over-the-counter and wine-club sales. We meet Davis at a warehouse complex in Santa Rosa, where numerous small winemakers process grapes to fuel their dreams. Sitting around a large table that doubles as a lunch/ conference table, we sample four wines while Rick regales us with tales of his big adventure. He sweats the recent hard rains

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that postponed harvesting. Wet grapes dilute the product and can ruin the vintage. On the other end of the spectrum, the Ferrari Carrano winery is a Disneyland for wine drinkers. It sits amidst rolling hills near Healdsburg, surrounded by well-manicured gardens and grape vines as far as the eye can see. Ferrari Carrano wines are tasted in the depths of a Tuscan villa resplendent with marble floors, paneled walls and soft ambient light. Tastings can take place in private rooms in soft chairs with attentive staff. Here, it is all about presentation. Twentysomething attendants pour from six different bottles and conjure olfactory nuances featuring apricots, chocolate, tobacco, and much more. The experience is as much about smell as taste. Wine tasting in this environment is big business and represents the rarefied air of high-end winemaking. Sonoma Valley residents face some of the same issues we wrestle with in Larimer County. Land and water use are hotly debated. Preservationists embrace the centuries-old redwoods that help make the area so distinctive. Farmers, mostly grape growers, want to expand their tillable land and plant more vines.

Tuscan flavor. The Ferrari Carrano winery near Healdsburg, Calif., sits in the picturesque Sonoma Valley. Photo by Mark Moody

Over and above irrigation requirements, an average of six gallons of water is needed to process one gallon of wine. And the valley suffers from serious run-off issues, so waste-water disposal is costly and an (obvious) strain on the environment. Some winemakers use dryland farming techniques to save costs as well as a means of stressing the grapes — therefore enhancing the flavor. The purchase of your favorite holiday wine seldom includes the consideration of the real-life drama acted out by those involved in its creation. So, when you pour a glass, make a toast to those who bring the bottle to your table. It will always be a business, but also a labor of love.

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Wild game for the holidays My favorite after-workout snack comes from Schmickels hot dog cart, found at both the north and south Home Depot stores in Fort Collins. They have hot dogs and Polish dogs and breakfast burritos but also feature a Wild Game of the Day — and I love an adventure. I’ve sampled buffalo dogs, jalapeno elk brats, wild boar beer brats and a pheasant/rattlesnake brat. I loved the depth of flavor that the usual fare doesn’t have and was anxious to try more. There are restaurants such as the Buckhorn Exchange in Denver or The Fort in Morrison that serve game meat. But none of the commercially available “wild game” meats are wild at all but are farmed and fed commercial feed. The USDA would never allow the sale of wild meat — so if you are going to eat real wild game, you either make very good friends with a hunter or go get it yourself. The best reason to do this is that the flavor of wild game is so full that there is no comparison to the farm-raised varieties, as I have discovered from rare gifts of wild pheasant, whitetail deer and antelope. I was also surprised to learn is that wild game is so much healthier: Wild deer and elk are much lower in cholesterol than even chicken. Andre Duvall, now retired from the Colorado Division of Wildlife, is a lifelong hunter with a love for his sport and a sincere respect for his quarry. Duvall described the primeval satisfaction of stalking, taking, processing and enjoying the re-

sults as an immersion in nature and a deep connection to the evolution of humans as omnivores. He believes that those who hunt for trophies alone are missing the point and probably attempting to compensate for something. Human beings, especially males, evolved as predators. The process of hunting for food reaches deep into the earliest of genetic memories. A good hunter must be a good naturalist, with a knowledge of the habitat and the habits of the animal. A good hunter must never be in a hurry. His or her goal is to quietly stalk the animal and bag the quarry in a peaceful situation – no running, no panic. A frantic chase will cause lactic acid build-up in the muscles and infuse the meat with an undesirable gamey flavor. The one-shot kill is the goal. A good, ethical hunter will experience a moment of regret upon bagging his or her quarry – also a primeval reaction shared by all hunters since the cave men. A good hunter will know how to cut up a carcass, in the field and right away, in order to keep the meat fresh and sweet. Game processing is also a necessary art for the serious hunter. Duvall recommends taking two coolers, one with all the usual picnic stuff and one packed with ice to fill the carcass after gutting to ensure freshness. When dressing his kill, Duvall is careful not to puncture the bladder, stomach, or any part of the intestine; the hair or fur should never touch the meat. It is fine to leave the guts in the field since there are plenty of

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Elk Medallions with Cranberry Cream Sauce From “The Fort Cookbook” by Sam Arnold 2 teaspoons salt 1/2 teaspoon lemon crystals (citric cid or sour salt) 1 tablespoon medium-ground black pepper 12 2-ounce elk medallions (substitute venison tenderloin) 2 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup cranberry (or other) chutney 1/3 cup Cointreau 1/3 cup chicken broth 3/4 cup heavy cream Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Combine the salt, lemon crystals and pepper, and rub each steak on both sides with the mixture. Melt butter in the skillet and add 4 to 6 medallions without crowding them. Sear on both sides to medium-rare and set aside while the next batch is cooking. When all the medallions have been cooked and set aside, add the chutney, Cointreau and broth to the pan, scraping the skillet to deglaze and incorporate the drippings on the pan bottom to the sauce. Simmer for about 3 minutes to reduce slightly. Add the cream and simmer another 5 minutes to create a medium-thick sauce that will cling to the meat. Return all the medallions and their accumulated juices to the skillet and rewarm briefly. Serve with a rice pilaf. Serves: 4

Elk Tenderloin Medallions au Poivre From “Recipes from Historic Colorado” by Linda & Steve Bauer Twelve 2-ounce pieces elk tenderloin, pounded flat 2 cups beef stock 2 medium shallots, minced 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons crushed black pepper 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon dried marjoram 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 1 cup full-bodied red wine (Cabernet or Merlot) 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 tablespoons butter Evenly season elk with half the salt, marjoram, and thyme. Bring a large saute pan to high heat with olive oil and butter. When the oil and butter mixture starts to smoke, add elk medallions and quickly sear each side; remove to a plate and set aside. In the same pan, add shallots and garlic; saute until they caramelize and begin sticking to the bottom. Add red wine and agitate pan; reduce the sauce to half. Add beef stock, black pepper and the remaining marjoram and thyme. Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes. Add elk to reheat, about 2 minutes and serve. Serves: 4


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12 strategies to strengthen your immune system By Linda B. White, MD Mother Earth News

Not all immune systems function alike. A number of factors affect immune system health. Some you can’t control: The very young and the very old are vulnerable. Surgery and wounds give microbes a chance to sneak into the inner sanctum. Other risks include chronic disease, poverty, stress, living with lots of other people (dormitories, low-income housing), and drinking tap water (with its local microbes) in many foreign countries. Fortunately, there are ways you can strengthen your immune system. 1. Eat like Peter Rabbit Malnutrition impairs immune function. It’s diets high in fruits, vegetables and nuts that promote immune health, presumably because they’re rich in nutrients the immune system requires. Adequate protein intake is also important; the source can be plant or animal. Medicinal mushrooms such as shiitake, maitake and reishi contain beta-glucans (complex carbohydrates) that enhance immune activity against infections and cancer and reduce allergies. One substance to avoid is simple sugar. Brigitte Mars, herbalist and author of The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicines, notes that sugary foods and juices impair immune function; research bears her out. If you’re a new mother, breast milk provides essential nutrients and immune system components to your developing child. Compared with formula-fed babies, those nourished at the breast have fewer serious infections. 2. Stress less When you’re stressed, your adrenal glands churn out epinephrine (aka, adrenaline) and cortisol. While acute stress pumps up the immune system, grinding long-term duress taxes it. For instance, psychological stress raises the risk for the common cold and other viruses. Less often, chronic stress can promote a hyper-reactive immune system and aggravate conditions such as allergies, asthma and autoimmune disease. Stress-reducing activities

such as meditation produce positive changes in the immune system. Quiet music can aid recovery from everyday hassles and may therefore buttress immune function. 3. Move your body Moderate exercise discharges tension and stress and enhances immune function. In a 2006 study, researchers took 115 obese, sedentary, postmenopausal women and assigned half of them to stretching exercises once a week and the other half to at least 45 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise five days a week. At the end of the yearlong study, the stretchers had three times the rate of colds as the moderate-exercise group. 4. Sleep soundly Sleep is a time when growthpromoting and reparative hormones knit up the raveled sleeve of daily life. Sleep deprivation activates the stress response, depresses immune function and elevates inflammatory chemicals (which cause you to feel ill).

5. Socialize more People with richer social lives enjoy better health and longevity than loners do. You may think that the more people you interact with, the more chances you have for picking something up. Not so. Researchers blew cold viruses up people’s noses and sent them into the world. Compared with the lone wolves, the social butterflies were less susceptible to developing common colds, and, if they did get sick, they had fewer symptoms for a shorter period of time. Pets also do us a world of good. Animals such as dogs and horses get us outside exercising. Stroking an animal stirs feelings of well-being, lowers blood pressure and, according to

6. Make more love While having lots of friends is healthy, science also shows that intimate, sexual relationships have immune system perks. Michael Castleman, renowned health writer and publisher of Great Sex After 40, writes, “A 2004 study shows that the close contact of lovemaking reduces the risk of colds.� Specifically, this study found that college students who had sex once or twice a week had 30 percent more salivary IgA antibody than those who had sex infrequently. 7. Shun tobacco smoke Tobacco smoke triggers inflammation, increases respiratory mucus, and inhibits the hairlike projections inside your nose (cilia) from clearing that mucus. Children and adults exposed to tobacco smoke are more at risk for respiratory infections, including colds, bronchitis, pneumonia, sinusitis and middle ear infections. 8. Consume friendly bacteria Beneficial microorganisms colonize our intestinal, lower urinary and upper respiratory tracts. They outcompete bad “bugs� and enhance immune function. You can consume such bacteria in the form of live-cultured products such as yogurt, sauerkraut and kimchi. Probiotic supplements, available at natural food stores, may reduce the risk of antibiotic-induced diarrhea, viral diarrhea, vaginitis and respiratory infections. 9. Expose yourself Vitamin D plays a number of roles in promoting normal immune function. Vitamin D deficiency correlates with asthma, cancer, several autoimmune dis-

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had a huge impact on reducing, and in many cases nearly eradicating, a number of infectious diseases. Most immunizations occur during childhood. Vaccinations for adults to consider include yearly influenza vaccines, tetanus boosters, the shingles vaccine for people 60 and up, and the pneumococcus vaccine for people over the age of 65. For more information, check with the Centers for Disease Control. 12. Familiarize yourself with immune-enhancing herbs A long list of medicinal plants contain chemicals that enhance immune system activity, including echinacea, eleuthero (also called Siberian ginseng), ginseng (Asian and American), astragalus, garlic, and shiitake, reishi and maitake mushrooms. Garlic is the favorite choice of many. It boosts the immune system and is anticancer and antimicrobial against a variety of bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. Key ingredients don’t survive cooking, so add a clove or two of raw, minced garlic to meals just before serving.

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Oct. 29-Nov. 4, Art for Conservation show and silent auction, Poudre River Arts Center, 406 N. College Ave., Fort Collins, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closing reception on Nov. 4, 5 to 9 p.m., features live jazz, food, drinks and final bidding. Proceeds from this 10th annual event support both the artists and the Legacy Land Trust’s conservation programs in Larimer, Jackson and Weld counties. Info: 970-266-1711. Oct. 31-Nov. 4, Scholastic Book Fair fundraiser for Stove Prairie School, 3891 Stove Prairie Road, Bellvue, 8 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. every day. Potluck lunch at the school Nov. 3 open to the public. Online shopping open from through Nov. 11 at Info: 970-416-1355. Nov. 1, All Larimer County ballots must be returned to the Clerk and Recorder by 7 p.m. Nov. 1, Front Range PC Users Group, Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive, Fort Collins, 7 to 9 p.m. Info: www. Nov. 2, Walkathon fundraiser, Tavelli Elementary School, 1118 Miramont Drive, Fort Collins, all day. Info: 970-672-6258. Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Peace With Christ Lutheran Church, 1412 W. Swallow Road, 8:45 a.m. Info: 970-449-9800. Nov. 3, Colorado State University Women’s Association’s annual Scholarship Recognition Luncheon, Hilton Fort Collins, 425 W. Prospect Road, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. CSUWA will award five $2,500 scholarships. $18. Info: www.csuwa@ Nov. 3, 10 & 17, Women’s CoDependency Anonymous, Dazbog Coffee House (Cherry/Mason), 5:30 p.m. Info: 970219-3848. Nov. 4, Boomers & Beyond: How to Be Irresistible to Employers!, seminar for job seekers over 50, Larimer County Workforce Center offices, 200 W. Oak St., Fort Collins, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free to attend, registration required. Info and registration:, 970-498-6649. Nov. 4, Amalie Howard, author of “Bloodspell,” will talk to students at Poudre High School about her book, writing, and eating disorders/image issues. Info: 970-488-6011. Nov. 5, Book signing and talk by mystery writer C.J. Box, Wellington Ace Hardware, 4104 Jefferson Ave., Wellington, 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Wellington Library Foundation. Info: 978-968-3401. Nov. 6, Folsom Society, National Society of the Children of the American Revolution, Our Lutheran Savior’s Church, 2000 S. Lemay Ave., Fort Collins, 2 to 4 p.m. Info: 970-482-0025. Nov. 6, 13, 20 & 27, Breakfast at American Legion Post No. 4, 2124 County Road 54G (Hwy. 287), LaPorte, open to the public, 8 to 10 a.m. Info: 970-484-0418. Nov. 7, Civil War Roundtable, Harmony Presbyterian Church, 400 E. Boardwalk, Fort Collins, 1 to 3 p.m. Info: 970-225-2767. Nov. 7, Wellington Planning Commission, Leeper Center, 7 p.m. Agenda: Info: 970-5683381.

Nov. 7, 14, 21 & 28 Alcoholics Anonymous, The Filling Station, Cleveland Avenue and Fourth Street in Wellington, 7 p.m. Info: 970-568-0040. Nov. 8, Wellington Republicans Breakfast Club, T-Bar Inn, 7 a.m. No membership fee, no RSVP required. Info: Nov. 8 & 22, Poudre School District Board of Education, Support Services Center, 2407 LaPorte Ave., Fort Collins, 6:30 p.m. Agenda: Info: 970-490-3607. Nov. 8 & 22, Wellington Town Board, Leeper Center, 7:30 p.m. Agenda: Info: 970-568-3381. Nov. 8 & 22, Wellington Lions Club, Zion Lutheran Church, Second Street and Garfield Avenue, 7 p.m. Info: 970-568-3946, Nov. 8 & 22, Wellington Food Bank, Wellington Community Church, 8445 Third St., 2 to 3 p.m. Bring proof of income and address. Info: 970-568-9301 (Zion Lutheran Church) or 568-9220. Nov. 10, Red Feather Lakes Planning Advisory Committee, firehouse meeting room, 1:30 p.m. Info: 970-498-7683. Agenda: Nov. 10, Fifth annual Veterans Stand-Down, Catholics Charities Northern, 460 Linden Center Drive, Fort Collins, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Continental breakfast at 9 a.m., hot meal at noon. Clothing and basic living essentials distributed; flu shots, oral cancer screening, bicycle tune-ups, haircuts and more. Info: 970-4986651, 970-498-6645 or 970-498-6556. Nov. 11, Veterans Day at American Legion Post No. 4, 2124 County Road 54G (Hwy. 287), LaPorte. Breakfast 6 to 10 a.m., Sloppy Joes and chips from noon on, full day of raffles and family fun. Info: 970-484-0418. Nov. 11-12, “Like There’s No Tomorrow,” Warren Miller’s 62nd film, Lincoln Center, 417 Magnolia St., Fort Collins, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday. $18. Info: 970225-1455. Nov. 12, Baseball tryouts for Summer 2012 Age 13 Rookie League team, Library Park South Field, Wellington, 1 p.m. A competitive-level traveling team for players 13 years old by April 30. Info: 970-568-7410. Nov. 12 & 19, Be Local Winter Market, Opera Galleria, 123 N. College Ave., Fort Collins, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shop for winter vegetables and artisan food products. Info: 970-219-3382. Nov. 13, Veterans’ Plaza memorial statue installation, Spring Canyon Community Park, 2626 W. Horsetooth Road, Fort Collins, 1 p.m. Info: 970-217-6920 or 970-221-6618. Nov. 13, Goodtimes Dance Club monthly dance, 8 to 11 p.m., Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive, Fort Collins. Live big band music by the Colorado Sunshine Band. $15 per couple, reservations required. Info: 970-667-9398 or www. Nov. 13, Spay/neuter clinic for feral cats, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call for location and to make appointment. Info: Northern Colorado Friends of Ferals, 970-224-1467 or nocoferals@

Nov. 14, Northern Larimer County Habitat Partnership Program, DOW office on Prospect Road, 4 p.m. Info: 970-4933535 or Nov. 17, Fort Collins Mac Users Club, 4926 Northern Lights Drive, 6:45 p.m. Info: Nov. 18, Holiday Arts and Crafts Sale at Poudre Valley Hospital, 1024 S. Lemay Ave., Fort Collins. Handmade crafts from local artists and crafters. Info: 970-495-7400. Nov. 18, Employers’ Roundtable, Fort Collins Hilton, 425 W. Prospect Road, Fort Collins, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Presentation on employee engagement by Cynthia Ryk. Info: 970-498-6606. Nov. 19, Craft Fair, Wellington United Methodist Fellowship, 8251 Wellington Blvd., 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tables still available for handmade crafts. Info: 970-227-7893. Nov. 19-20, Northern Colorado Wood Carvers Club annual show, competition and sale, The Ranch Larimer County Fairgrounds, Thomas M. McKee 4-H Building, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Info: 970-669-8636. Nov. 20, Mission Rocks: A LaPorte Youth Group sponsored by LaPorte Presbyterian Church, 3820 W. County Road 54-G, 3 p.m. Children of all ages invited to attend. Info: 970-484-0921. Nov. 21, LaPorte Area Planning Advisory Committee, West Fort Collins Water District, 7 p.m. LAPAC is a volunteer citizen committee that deals with land use and community issues. Public invited. Info: 970-498-7683. Agenda: boards/minutes/lapacagenda.htm. Nov. 23-25, No school for K-12 school children in Poudre School District. Elementary and middle schools closed Nov. 28. Nov. 27, Ponderosa Promenaders dance, Livermore Community Hall, potluck at 1:30 p.m. and dancing at 2:15 p.m. Info: 970-482-8261. Nov. 30, Waverly Advisory Committee monthly meeting, Turning Point at Waverly School, 10431 N. County Road 15, 7:30 p.m. Info: 970-568-9818. Daily: Narcotics Anonymous, meetings in Larimer and Weld counties, open to addicts and nonaddicts. Info: 970-282-8079. Looking ahead Dec. 3-4, Dickens Dinners, four-course feast with carolers from Larimer Chorale, Fort Collins Country Club, 6 p.m., tickets $65 per person. Info: 970-221-6730. Dec. 3-4 & 10-11, Cookies and Cocoa for Tree Cutters, Chapel in the Pines, Red Feather Lakes Road, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Proceeds benefit programs and extracurricular events at Red Feather Lakes Elementary School. Info: 970-488-6550. Dec. 4, Folsom Society, National Society of the Children of the American Revolution, Our Lutheran Savior’s Church, 2000 S. Lemay Ave., Fort Collins, 2 to 4 p.m. Christmas party. Info: 970-482-0025. Dec. 11, Spay/neuter clinic for feral cats, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call for location and to make appointment. Info: Northern Colorado Friends of Ferals, 970-224-1467 or nocoferals@

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Outdoors and loving it. As part of Larimer County United Way’s Make a Difference Day, volunteers gathered on Oct. 22 for some fix-up and cleanup at Red Feather Lakes Elementary and the adjacent Soaring Eagle Ecology Center. Above left, Tom Viola fits a bluebird nesting box to a five-foot post. Lower left, Jim Jackson and son, Joe, clear weeds from the nature trail at the school. Left, Jean Carpenter clear coats a bench — donated by Alan Sagert — at the ecology center. Two-year-old Ashleigh Porter, above, found that handling a shovel with knees firmly on the ground was the best bet. Photos by Doug Conarroe

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Listeria bacteria: Cause for caution but not fear By Gary Raham North Forty News

“Cantaloupe for desert,” Nancy said. Nervous laughter followed. A bunch of fossil-hunting science geeks sat around a cooling cook stove in southern Colorado this September, enjoying the redtinted sky and the warm feeling of camp lasagna digesting in our stomachs. Nancy wasn’t kidding. She lived nearby and the Listeria scare, generated by an infection that apparently started at the Jensen Farms in Holly, had significantly depressed the local economy. A few minutes ago some of us had just marveled at a male tarantula crawling around on our arms, detoured from his annual quest for a mate. We routinely encountered spiders, snakes and scorpions in the field without undue concern. The invisible and more unfamiliar Listeria microbe made even

scientists hesitate, however, as novel threats will. As of October, Listeria had sickened over a hundred people and killed 25 across the nation. Listeria monocytogenes, a common bacterial species found in soil, must have passed through the digestive tract of thousands of people nationwide. Why hadn’t it claimed even more victims? As with tarantulas and scorpions, Listeria only threatens us under certain conditions. Our fear thrives on ignorance of them and the minute ecology in which they live. Readers of “Keep body a healthy habitat for microbial buddies” in the March 2011 issue of North Forty News won’t be surprised to hear that the 100 trillion cells of an average human body share space with 1,000 to 2,000 trillion microbes. So, when we ingest Listeria, it encounters a human microbiome of cells, only one-tenth of which carry the barcode of

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human DNA. To cause disease, Listeria must bypass our bodily defenses and shove aside our native microbes lovingly placed there years ago, mostly by Mom, as we slid down the birth canal. Our GI tract contains some four pounds of microbes, is patrolled by bodily defensive cells, and serves as a formidable gauntlet for invaders to traverse. Think about the cleansing car

wash-style chamber called the stomach that churns out caustic hydrochloric acid. Ingested microbe intruders must survive a raft trip through this part of the alimentary canal. People who take a lot of antacids for acid reflux become susceptible to more stomach microbes, according to Don Schaffner, a food scientist with Rutgers University. Amoeba-like cells called

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macrophages patrol our intestines looking for threatening bacteria. They surround Listeria and other “bugs,” enclosing and confining them in vacuoles or sacks for eventual destruction. Listeria can sometimes poke holes in these vacuoles and escape into the cell. There they can commandeer actin fibers (one of those contractile proteins found in muscle tissue) and use them to transfer to other cells. Listeria likes to pick on lymph tissue cells in the intestinal lining. From there they can enter lymph nodes and finally the blood stream and attack the liver. Liver macrophages put up a fight, but surviving bacterial cells can multiply in the macrophages and invade liver cells. If Listeria multiples in white blood cells (a condition called septicemia) it can pass from the blood to infect the brain. People most at risk for a run-away infection are the very young, the very old, pregnant women (Listeria can also infect the placenta), and people with compromised immune systems. The average age of people sickened in this most recent outbreak, according to the Centers for Disease Control, is 78. Often, the first impulse if one feels sick is to demand antibiotics. But, “when you use antibiotics,” says Duke biologist Rob Jackson, “you are essentially dropping a bomb on a microbial community, hoping that your explosion will not harm anything useful.” Jackson likens indiscriminate use of antibiotics to burning a forest to get rid of a few weeds. Since we humans are 90 percent microbial forest, caution should prevail. Back near the camp stove, Nancy explained to her science nerd colleagues that scrubbing the irregular rind of cantaloupes with soap and water removes most microbes, including Listeria. If you eat the cantaloupe fresh and don’t give Listeria time to multiply (it likes cool temperatures, so this can even occur in the refrigerator), its numbers stand little chance of overwhelming bodily defenses and the bodily human biome of friendly microbes. Cantaloupe tastes good after a long, hard, dusty day hunting fossils. And the spice of danger acknowledged, but not feared, can be as satisfying as watching a male tarantula gracefully striding across the prairie looking for his one true love. Gary Raham is a nature writer and illustrator.

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