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Poudre Canyon Pioneers

August 2012

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By Randy Fisher, Colorado State Representative Our hearts and prayers are with Regrettably, due to a combinathe victims of this year’s wildfire tion of court decrees and legisladisasters. tion, thousands of high-capacity irrigation wells were shut down Concern also should be focused in 2006 and cannot pump today. on an equally devastating disaster For the first time in 70 years, some occurring in northern Colorado. farmers face a drought without Extreme drought conditions are irrigation wells to augment the ravaging farmers and rural comdried-up ditches and surface resermunities in the South Platte River voirs. basin. Some predict farm losses could exceed the losses from the South Platte farmers need the High Park Fire and will have devflexibility to tap the basin’s vast astating economic impacts on logroundwater reservoir estimated at cal communities and statewide. 10.5 million acre-feet. This year I sponsored House Bill 12-1278, Ironically, the South Platte which mandates a study of South drought coincides with record high Platte groundwater. groundwater levels in some parts of the basin. Basements are flood Hopefully this study will proing, sewage systems are failing, vide information needed to make and crops are being damaged due wise decisions about tapping unto extremely high groundwater. derground reservoirs and managing groundwater and surface water The common sense solution to conjunctively for the benefit of all. both the drought and the impacts of high water tables would be to ________________ tap the groundwater, irrigate the Contact State Rep. Randy Fischer parched crops, and lower the water in Ft. Collins at 970.215.7898 or table, right? ■

Estate Planning Q:

By Ron Rutz, Attorney - Legal Correspondent

What should children be aware of when they are battling over how their parents should write their Wills?


Children should remem ber that no one, except for a spouse, has a right to inherit unless there is no Will. Then the intestate law would be applicable and the inter-family fighting would not affect the division of assets anyway. The Court can determine that undue influence was exerted on the parents in order to force them to write their Wills in a way certain children insisted upon, especially when the other children have the Will rewritten to reflect what those children want. Recently I have seen several different parents caught in the middle, seemingly unable to regain control of their own affairs. And it is hard to see what the Court could

do to neutralize the situation. But just as new Wills could be found to fail because of undue influence, the revocation of prior Wills could also be deemed invalid, thus after death forcing the Court to wade through the successive Wills while potentially trying to find a prior valid Will which was improperly voided because of undue influence. My suggestion would be for a neutral party to take the parents to an attorney with no ties to any of the children and put in place the distribution plans the parents want. Thereafter the subject of inheritance should not to be brought up. ________________ Attorney Ron Rutz will answer questions sent to 2625 Redwing Road, Suite 180, Ft. Collins, CO 80526; phone 223.8388; email ■

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“How’s it going, Norm?”

“It’s a dog-eat-dog world, and I’m wearing milk bone underwear.”

That was from George Wendt, who played Norm on “Cheers,” one of my favorite TV shows that ran from 1982 to 1993. He was famous for answering questions with quips like:

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Wendt was born in 1948 in Chicago. His father was a navy officer and realtor. George flunked out of Notre Dame but later graduated from Rockhurst College in Kansas City with a BA in economics.

He then spent time with the well known comedy group Second City where he met his wife Bernadette Birkett, who played in numerous movies. She also played the voice of Norm’s wife who was never seen on “Cheers.” And she gave him three children.

On his first day at Second City, a woman handed him a broom and said, “Welcome to the theater, kid.” He swept floors for a brief time. But he later did Saturday Night Live; Broadway plays; movies; and TV appearances. He said “Cheers” was by far his favorite job. An interviewer once asked him, “What should people do when they see you around town?” Wendt answered, “If their impulse is to buy me a beer, then by all means follow that impulse.” On “Cheers,” Sam once asked him, “What are you up to, Norm?” He replied, “My ideal weight if I were eleven feet tall.”

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"Cheers" actor George Wendt and Senior Voice co-founder Peggy Lambdin at an awards banquet years ago. Carla and Sam’s snooty girlfriend Diane had a running feud. When Diane said, “Oh, no. The thing I feared most has happened,” Carla quipped, “What? Your Living Bra died of boredom?”

sion to film the inside and outside, the owner agreed and accepted one dollar in payment. Later he made millions licensing the pub’s image and selling “Cheers” memorabilia.

They don’t make ‘em like that any more. The show was one of the most successful on television, winning 28 Emmy Awards, six Golden Globe Awards, and many others for individual performers. TV Guide ranked it among the 50 greatest TV shows of all time. Most of the episodes were filmed before a live audience at a Paramount Hollywood stage. The bar was modeled after the actual Bull & Finch Pub in Boston. When producer Glen Charles asked the pub’s owner for permis-

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The show began with five characters: Sam, Diane, Carla, Norm, and Coach. It later added Cliff, Frasier, Lilith, Rebecca, and Woody. They don’t make ‘em like that any more—I’m referring to the show and the woman pictured above. ________________

Cover Picture: George Wendt and Senior Voice co-founder Peggy Lambdin. Taken by Bill Lambdin. ■

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History on the Poudre By Peggy Hunt Several of the scenic places in the Poudre Canyon west of Fort Collins were named for pioneers and historic events. The Ansel Watrous campground in the canyon was named for an early Fort Collins newspaper editor who arrived in 1877 and later wrote the “History of

Larimer County.” When he first arrived, Watrous thought Fort Collins was a dreary, barren place. But he grew to love the area, and his book is now considered one of the finest local histories written about the early West. Dutch George campground a few miles up the canyon west of

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The pioneer Eggers School still stands. Photo by Bill Lambdin. Watrous was named for George Neare, a Dutchman whom some settlers said was killed by a bear in 1878 where the campground now sits. Others said he was killed when his own gun went off accidentally while he was skinning a bear there. In either case, the place is named for one of the early settlers in Poudre Canyon. Eggers campground farther west was once a thriving little settlement with a school, post office and other buildings. Fred and Alma Eggers homesteaded there and made it a pioneer community center. In 1944 when the canyon road was widened, all of the Eggers buildings were torn down except the old log school house. It was preserved and now sits several miles west, next to the Poudre Canyon Chapel. Chambers Lake was named for Robert Chambers, one of the first pioneers in the area. In 1858 he and his son set up a fur trapper’s camp next to the lake. One day while his son was gone, Indians killed and mutilated Robert. Some years later in 1867, his son brought tie cutters to the area when the transcontinental railroad was being built across southern Wyoming. They established a camp and named the lake for Chambers.

Tunnel campground just north of Chambers Lake is on the Laramie River. It takes its name from a tunnel early settlers built to divert water from the Laramie to the Poudre River. During its construction, two horse-drawn wagons loaded with dynamite were on the mountainside when lightning struck one of the wagons. The explosion was tremendous, blowing huge holes in the ground, destroying the wagons and blowing the teams and men to pieces. But the tunnel was built and is still used today. It took a U.S. Supreme Court decision to get it done because the state of Wyoming sued the builders, accusing them of stealing river water that ran to Wyoming. The court ruled that both Colorado and Wyoming had rights to the water. When the project was finally completed in 1911, a celebration was held at the tunnel site. Guests ate more than 300 fresh trout caught in one day from the Laramie and Poudre rivers. Joe Wright Reservoir west of Chambers Lake along Highway 14 was named for a trapper who collected beaver pelts on the creek above the reservoir. Joe Wright spent a winter there in the early 1800s, and other trappers named the creek after him. ■

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Many Medicare patients are being hit with higher co-pays for hospital stays because hospitals are classifying them as outpatients instead of inpatients, according to a recent study at Brown University.

Hospitals call them outpatients “for observation.” That classification means they are receiving Medicare Part B services instead of Part A hospital services. Part B covers doctor services and requires higher co-pays. Hospitals do this partly because they get a better Medicare rating if they show fewer patients re-admitted as inpatients. That means the hospitals might qualify for Medicare efficiency bonuses and face fewer penalties from Medicare audits for inefficient care. “Hospitals and physicians may be substituting observation services for inpatient admissions perhaps to avoid unfavorable Medicare audits targeting hospital

admissions,” said researchers.

It also means those patients might not be covered for skilled nursing home care because Medicare requires people to be a hospital inpatient before being admitted to a nursing home.

That’s a Catch-22 many patients’ families have discovered when they apply for nursing home care and are asked to pay thousands of dollars up front because the patient didn’t get Medicare Part A hospital care. The new health care law passed in 2010 penalizes hospitals for high re-admissions ratios, which is a major incentive for hospitals to class people as outpatients.

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The Chipseal portion of this year’s program should be complete by the first week of August but our Seal Coat program will continue through the first week of September. The 2012 Larimer County paved road maintenance program extends from the Larimer/Weld county line on the east to Larimer County Road (LCR) 27 on the west. The northern boundary is LCR 54G and the southern boundary is LCR 38 and LCR 38E. The western boundaries may change due to the High Park Fire. Traffic will be limited to one lane in these areas, expect delays of 10-15 minutes. Motorists, bike riders and pedestrians may wish to choose alternate routes until the work is completed, usually no later than 72 hours after product application. We encourage all traffic to drive slowly through the work zones and obey the posted speed limit to prevent materials that are being applied to the road from getting on vehicles.

“We are going to see even more of this,” said consumer advocate Toby Edelman. Medicare’s website says, “If you’re in the hospital more than a few hours, ask your doctor...if you’re an inpatient or outpatient.” ■

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(Editor’s Note: Greeley historian Hazel Johnson wrote this story years ago.) In 1868, Will Brush was the last white person to be killed by Indians in Weld County. He was 33 years old. Various versions of the incident can be found, like the one from early Greeley historian Grace Norcross Allen. She said: “Jared Brush had a hay ranch on Crow Creek where his brother, Will, and a hired man were scalped and killed by Indians. The Indians ran off with the Brush horses, which were afterward recaptured by a Greeley posse. This was the last Indian attack in Weld County.”

Another writer, Dean Kraken, said Will Brush and others were working cattle on the upper parts of Big Crow Creek in anticipation of a fall roundup. Indians came to their camp and asked Brush to shoe a horse for them. When he bent over to begin the shoeing, the Indians killed him, said Kraken. Still another writer said: “Will Brush, his cousin J.L. Conway and a friend were putting up hay on Geary’s ranch when they were surprised by Indians. The next day, John Patterson and some neighbors found their bodies lying out in the hot sun.” This is typical of a historian’s

The plains east of Greeley. Hazel Johnson Collection. dilemma, trying to decide which writer had the best information and presented the facts.

and mourn in tears.”

At any rate, we know that Will Brush was the last person killed by Indians in Weld County in 1868. His wife had these words inscribed on his tombstone:

Will’s brother, Jared, served as lieutenant governor of Colorado and was long associated with the building of the state. Jared first came as a prospector, then became a cattleman and banker, and finally a statesman.

“By Indians slain in early life/ Amid his toils and cares/He left a loving child and wife/To weep

The town of Brush east of Greeley was named for Jared Brush. ■

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Misinformation About Medicare By Bill Lambdin

A lot of misinformation about Medicare is being circulated because of the election year and the fact that people don’t know what’s in the new health care law that passed in 2010. Here are some rumors exposed by The Washington Post, New York Times, and other sources.

RUMOR. A “Death Panel” will determine who gets treatment if you’re over age 75.

FALSE. Medicare will reduce payments to insurance companies and providers, not patients. For example, cuts will be made to Medicare Advantage insurance companies that get bonuses for providing superior care. Investigators have found that many of those bonuses are being paid for


RUMOR. The new health law will cost Medicare patients a lot more money.

FALSE. Over the next ten years, the average patient will save money. Those with high prescription drug costs (Part B) will also save over that period. The Part B “doughnut hole” coverage gap will be closed by 2020. The savings will come because of reduced payments to insurance companies and providers. RUMOR. Medicare will be broke in a couple of years.

FALSE. The Medicare trustees say the program will remain solvent until at least 2029, 12 years longer than previously projected. If the reductions called for in the new health care law are effective, it will be solvent longer.

The biggest change that could happen is switching Medicare to a “premium support” voucher program proposed by Congressman Paul Ryan. That would require Medicare patients to shop for policies from private insurance companies—determining what coverage they will have from year to year, finding a new company when one raises its costs, dealing with changes companies make each year, etc. That would change Medicare entirely. ■

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The Johnson County War and the murder of Nate Champion are possibly the blackest chapter in Wyoming history, and probably the most famous. The years leading up to it were ones of murders, hangings, and mayhem between wealthy cattle barons, politicians and some corrupt lawmen against homesteaders who they thought threatened their dominance.

Joe Elliot, an 80-year-old survivor of the war, was interviewed by B. W. Hope in 1940. Elliott was a “hired gun” employed by the Wyoming Stock Association in 1901. Previously he worked as a range foreman for the 101 outfit, which branded 20,000 calves every year. Joe had a crew of 300 cowpunchers. After several years he was replaced by a “green-horn” from the East. Elliot had made

Nate Champion on horseback, left, and other cowboys by a chuck wagon. Photo courtesy Wyoming State Archives. his reputation as an enforcer and crack shot with the 101 and was hired by the Wyoming Stock Association to work their round-up. He was stationed at what is now Upton, the headquarters for the group, and at 80 he was still proud of his exploits as a “range detective.” One of the most talked about lynchings of that time was the hanging of Tom Waggoner, but for many people in the area there was a mystery. Joe said in an interview, “They know I did it. He was one of the worst cattle thieves I ever knew.” Joe was charged with the murder, and Nate Champion testified against him. Joe said he was remanded into the custody of the sheriff. While in custody, a depu-

ty gave Joe a .45 caliber pistol to protect himself. Joe was taken by the sheriff on the train to Cheyenne where he managed to join the hired guns that were brought up from Texas by the Stock Association for the Johnson County invasion. Because of his reputation, Joe was given a pistol, which he bragged was “THE gun” for the showdown. It was a Sharps 40-90 with a Frewen patent breech. Joe said he did not kill Nate Champion but that Nate’s brother, Dud, thought he did. Joe concluded his interview by saying about the invasion, “What we did had to be done but not in the way we did it.” He was eventually acquitted for his part in the raid and retired to California. ■

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You may be eligible to get benefits on someone else’s Social Security record—perhaps on the record of your current spouse or a divorced or deceased former spouse. If you are under full retirement age and qualify on your own record, we will pay you that amount first. But if you also qualify for a higher amount as a spouse, widow or widower on another record, you’ll get a combination of benefits that equals the higher amount.

If you are the divorced spouse of a worker who dies, you could get benefits just the same as a widow or widower provided that your marriage lasted 10 years or more. Benefits paid to you as a surviving divorced spouse who meets the age or disability requirement as a widow or widower won’t affect the benefit rates for other survivors

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If you are caring for a child under age 16 or disabled who is getting benefits on the record of your former spouse, you would not have to meet the length-ofmarriage rule. The child must be your former spouse’s natural or legally adopted child. However, if you qualify because you have the worker’s child in your care, your benefit will affect the amount of the benefits of others on the worker’s record. ________________ Lauren Eitel is the Assistant District Manager for the Greeley Social Security Office. Email Lauren. ■




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By Peggy Hunt “Wyoming is the first place on God’s green earth that could consistently claim to be the land of the free.” Susan B. Anthony said that in 1871. She was a leader in women’s rights, and in 1869 Wyoming was the first place to give women the right to vote—50 years before the U.S. Congress did it for other states. That heritage is exhibited at the Cowgirls of the West Museum in Cheyenne along with presentations on many other women. It’s much more than cowgirls. “We are dedicated to preserving the history, the legend, and the precious artifacts of America’s pioneer Western women,” say the museum directors. Exhibits feature women both

famous and infamous. Some you’ve heard of, like the Unsinkable Molly Brown and Baby Doe Tabor from Colorado. But you might be surprised to learn how many Wyoming women were the first to advance equal rights. Eliza Swain from Laramie was the first to vote in an election in 1870. Esther Morris from South Park City became the first female justice in the nation in 1870. Mary Bellamy was the first female state legislator in 1910. Nellie Tayloe Ross became the first female state governor in 1924. The free museum features those and many other outstanding women of the West—plus clothing, furniture and other items from the everyday lives of women who raised the children, kept the home, founded the schools, and did most of the things that brought decency

6 Selected Local Events 6 FORT COLLINS Historic Homes Tour, September 8, 10 am to 4 pm. Call 221.0533 or see League of Women Voters’ event for meeting your legislators and representatives of ballot issues, October 11 at The Ranch. For information, email GREELEY High Plains Chautauqua, historians portray well known people, begins August 7. Call 351.6178. Civic Center: The Price Is Right

Live, September 11. Film “The Silk Road” journey of Marco Polo, September 16. Call 356.5000. LOVELAND Foote Lagoon music concerts each Thursday. Call 980.4764. ESTES PARK History of Native Americans in the area, call 586.3262. Local sites tour, August 13, call 586.5256. Jazz concert, August 26, call 586.8776. Rocky Ridge music concert, August 26, call 486.4031. ■

Major Medicaid Change Medicaid (not Medicare) is the government health program for low-income people, and many of them could find it more difficult to use that program, according to analysts with Kaiser Health News and other groups. The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that the federal government can no longer force states to pay for Medicaid services as

required in the past. States might be free to reduce their Medicaid expenses, and many could choose to do so in order to balance their budgets, say analysts. This would put many low-income people in “a black hole with nowhere to turn for coverage,” said Deborah Bachrach, former Medicaid director for New York. But others say it gives states a freedom they have long needed. ■

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and culture to the West. The museum’s historian gives presentations to visiting groups and in communities outside of Cheyenne. Members include people descended from pioneers, rodeo queens, and working people (both women and men) across the U.S. “You don’t have to rope and ride, just have the Western spirit inside,” said the membership director. The museum is located at 205 West 17th Street in downtown Cheyenne. It’s gift shop is next door. For information, call 307.638.4994. Write PO Box 525 Cheyenne, WY 82003. See When Wyoming applied for statehood in 1890, some members of the U.S. Congress told the

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Family Health Guide Risk for Stillbirth It increases if the fetus weight is unusually small or large, said a report in the Journal of Perinatology. Also standing at work all day while pregnant is linked to smaller babies, said a report in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Low Birthweight Baby It might be a sign the mother is at risk for future heart problems, said a report in the journal Hypertension. “Clinicians should be aware of the maternal susceptibility to heart strain and failure in these pregnancies,” said Dr. Basky Thilaganathan at St. George’s University in London. Hair Loss Treatment Propecia can cause erectile dysfuntion and other long term sexual problems for men who use it, said a report in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. “This drug may

have done permanent damage” to men who used it, said Dr. Michael Irwig at George Washington University. Excessive Radiation At least five FDA scientists believe some medical imaging devices for mammograms and colonoscopies expose patients to dangerous levels of radiation and that the FDA should not have approved devices that emit such high levels of radiation, according to an investigation by The New York Times. Women’s Health Insurance The cost will go down in 2014 when the new health law says insurance companies can no longer charge women more than men for the same coverage. The National Women’s Law Center says companies have unfairly charged women more and justified it by claiming they use

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more services. Flip Flop Shoes They can cause pain and injury when worn for extended periods of time, said a report from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Wearers grip with their toes, which causes muscle strain in toes, ankles, hips and the back. Vitamin D Taking at least 800 units daily helps mature people avoid fractured bones, said a report in the New England Journal of Medicine. Hip fractures “are usually the end of independent life” for such people; and vitamin D reduces that risk, said researchers. Type 2 Diabetes Drug The new drug Linagliptin causes less weight gain and a lower risk for low blood sugar than does the older drug

metformin, said a report in the medical journal Lancet. It also is less likely to be associated with heart problems. Antidepressants If taken by pregnant women, they might cause babies to be born early and have seizures soon after birth, said a report in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Hot Flashes They might be reduced or eliminated for some women who follow a low-fat diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables, said a report in the journal Menopause. ■

Rainbows for You and Me By Bill Lambdin

The flood in the Big Thompson River canyon between Loveland and Estes Park in 1976 was the most serious natural disaster in the history of northern Colorado. It killed 144 people on July 31 when unusual weather conditions caused a massive rainstorm to stall above the canyon. Nearly 12 inches of rain fell in four hours.

That night a dam broke and a wall of water 19 feet high roared down the canyon, filling the river with huge crashing boulders, houses and debris. Jerry Shaffer remembered:

“I was 23 years old the night of the flood. Ealy, another resident, and I stood there and looked up the canyon...As I took

two steps, I noticed the water was up to my belt buckle. Less than three steps later, it was up to my chest...

“Still clinging to Ealy, I tried to straighten up, only to be beaten back down (under water) repeatedly. “I felt Ealy go limp in my arms. I wasn’t sure if he had drowned or his heart had stopped. All I knew was that he was gone...”

That remembrance and many others were later collected in an excellent book, “Reflection on the River,” by Sharlynn Wamsley. It is the most complete story of the Big Thompson flood with eyewitness accounts and remembrances from many people. It’s available online. Sue Westerfield wrote:

Medicare Payments to Docs

Federal Medicare officials say they plan to pay primary care doctors more if they do follow-up on their patients after a stay in a hospital, nursing home or outpatient center.

The reason for the change is to reduce hospital re-admissions and keep patients healthier by monitoring their care, said officials. To pay for the increase, officials plan to pay some specialists less, especially radiation oncologists, who would get 15 percent less in Medicare reimbursements. Most other specialists such as cardiologists and anesthesiologists would get 2 to 5 percent less.

Primary care doctors would get 7 percent more, internists 5 percent more, and geriatricians 4 percent more. There would be no change in reimbursements paid to allergists, general surgeons, and some others. ■

“My two children and I were going to go with my folks to Drake on Saturday...They weren’t just our parents; they were our best friends. My son was six and my daughter was three. “How do you tell a six-yearold he will never see his Grandma and Grandpa again? It was the hardest thing I ever had to do. We told him God needed them to help Him make rainbows. “The next day, we were at our friend’s house, and our son came running in and grabbed his sister and took her outside. He pointed to the sky and said: “’Look! Two rainbows! Grandma and Grandpa made one for you and one for me!” ■

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Laughter: Best Medicine A farmer called a doctor and said, “My wife is having a baby, and her contractions are two minutes apart.” “Is this her first child?” asked the doctor. “No, this is her husband.”

A golfer was trying hard to beat his opponent and mumbled while putting on the last hole, “I’d give anything to make this.” A nearby stranger heard him and said, “Would you be willing to give up sex to make that putt?” The golfer thought is was some joker and said, “Sure.” He made the putt.

While walking back to the clubhouse, the stranger said, “I’m Satan, and I caused you to make that putt. You just gave up sex for the rest of your life.” “Really?” said the golfer. “I’m Father O’Malley.”

During a power outage, a country doctor was delivering a baby at a farmhouse.

He asked the mother’s fouryear-old daughter Heidi to hold a flashlight. The mother pushed and screamed, and finally a baby boy came out.

The doctor spanked him on the bottom, the baby cried for a bit, then was quiet. The doctor asked young Heidi what she thought about all this. She said, “Spank him again! He shouldn’t have crawled in there in the first place.”

One Sunday, a preacher noticed a local man, George, who had never attended church sitting among the congregation. After the service, the preacher asked him, “What prompted you to come to church today?” George said, “Well, I have to

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be honest. I misplaced my favorite hat recently, and I saw Jim wearing one just like it. I figured he would take it off in church and leave it in the coat room.” “You were going to steal it?” said the preacher. “Yes.”

“But you didn’t. What changed your mind?”


“It was when you quoted the ten commandments.”

“Half the lies they tell about me aren’t true.”

“No, when you said thou shalt not commit adultery, I remembered where I left my hat.”

A man parked his car at the supermarket and rolled down the windows part way so his dog would be comfortable as it lay in the back seat.

“Thou shalt not steal?”

Lines from baseball player Yogi Berra:

“He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.” “You can observe a lot just by watching.” “A nickel ain’t worth a dime

The man walked a few steps, turned around, and said, “Stay. Stay.” The dog continued to lie in the back seat.

A blonde nearby watched and said, “Why don’t you just put it in park?” ■

Vanishing Breed of Doctors

The independent doctor running his own practice is a vanishing breed. More than half of America’s doctors are now employees of hospitals, and that number will increase to two-thirds by 2014, says a report from Merritt Hawkins, one of the nation’s largest physician recruiting firms.

Why? Independent doctors can’t afford insurance companies’ low reimbursement rates, the large number of employees required to deal with all the paperwork, constantly changing government requirements, and other costs associated with independent practice. The situation is especially difficult for rural areas that have no large hospital and cannot attract doctors. It also has implications for patients because doctors working for hospitals have their employer’s best interest in mind as well as the patient’s. ■

HISTORY on the PLAINS By Lois Hall

If you travel east of Greeley on Highway 34 and I-76 to Fort Morgan, Sterling and Julesburg, you pass several historic sites along the way.

Much of the route follows the Overland Trail pioneers used in the 1800s on their way to Colorado, Wyoming and the West Coast. The town of Fort Morgan was established in 1865 as a military post to protect stagecoaches and travelers along the Overland Trail. When the soldiers left, Abner S. Baker developed an irrigation ditch at Fort Morgan to encourage agricultural development. He was an original member of the Union Colony pioneers who settled Greeley in 1870.

Earlier in 1842, journalist Rufus B. Sage said he encountered a group of fur trappers camped along the Platte River near Fort Morgan. Their leader was Jean Charbonneau, son of the famous Sacajawea who traveled with Lewis and Clark’s expedition. Charbonneau, born in 1805, had been adopted by a white man and educated in a European school. In 1829 he returned to

These 35-million-year-old fossils were found northeast of Greeley years ago. They were re-constructed at the Denver Museum of Natural History. Hazel Johnson Collection. The town was named for a local rancher, Jared Brush; and there is a cattle trail marker in town. Fort Wicked was south of Sterling (two and one-half miles south of Merino along the Platte River). It was the only stage station not burned by Indians during the 1864-65 war when tribes attacked

The Battle of Summit Springs, the last encounter of soldiers and Indians in eastern Colorado, was also a few miles south of Sterling near the Platte. In 1869 the cavalry found a large band of Cheyenne there who had been attacking settlers, led by Chief Tall Bull. After a fierce

The Indians tried to burn Fort Wicked, but rancher Holon Godfrey, his wife and two daughters held them off. the West and worked for years as a trapper for the American Fur Company and hunter for Bent’s Fort on the Santa Fe Trail.

East of Fort Morgan, the town of Brush sits on the old TexasMontana cattle trail where the big Western cattle drives were made from the 1860s to the 1880s. Cowboys herded thousands of cattle across the Platte River here.

every white settlement along the Platte in northeastern Colorado.

The Indians tried to burn Fort Wicked, but rancher Holon Godfrey, his wife and two daughters held them off during two days of intense fighting. The Godfreys were such fierce fighters that the Indians dubbed the ranch Fort Wicked.

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battle, the chief was shot by Frank North, a close friend of Buffalo Bill Cody.

Cody was working for the army at the time, but some historians said he was not involved in this battle. A marker not far from I-76 locates the site of the Battle of Summit Springs. The Overland Trail Museum

in Sterling is well worth a stop. It contains excellent exhibits of stage coach days and pioneer life.

All of the plains surrounding Sterling were once the ranch of John Wesley Iliff. He had Colorado’s largest cattle empire in the 1800s, running up to 50,000 head of cattle on 3,000 square miles. His wife later established the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, and the town of Iliff north of Sterling was named for him. Julesburg was burned to the ground in 1865 by Sioux and Cheyenne warriors but later rebuilt. It began as one of Colorado’s first stage stops on the Overland Trail and served as a Pony Express station 1860-61. Some said Buffalo Bill Cody joined the Pony Express there when he was 14 years old. Julesburg was named for a French trader, Jules Beni. There is a lot of interesting history in northeastern Colorado. ■


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Remember Norm from 'Cheers'? Misinformation about Medicare. Poudre Canyon stories.

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Remember Norm from 'Cheers'? Misinformation about Medicare. Poudre Canyon stories.