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In 1848, a young man named Francis Aubry made one of the most amazing horseback rides in the early West. He covered the 800 miles of the Santa Fe Trail in five days and 16 hours—crossing parts of Kansas, southeastern Colorado, and northern New Mexico. It nearly cost him his life, and he rode down several horses in an attempt to win a $1,000 bet and show how fast a rider could make the journey that usually took wagon trains over two months. On September 12, he saddled a fast horse in Santa Fe and hit the trail. Aubry was only five feettwo inches tall, lean and an excellent horseman. He had fresh horses stationed at several relay points. But he wasn’t sure how fast the horses were or how much stamina they had since he had not ridden them before. He also didn’t know what the weather or Indians might do. The first horse got him to Las Vegas, New Mexico, northeast of Santa Fe. There he jumped on a fresh mount and galloped off leading two more horses. He rode all night, switching mounts when one wore down. By the end of the second day, he strapped himself in the saddle so he wouldn’t fall off when he dozed. For mile after mile across the plains, he heard only the galloping beat of the horses’ hooves. He listened carefully to his mount’s breathing and felt the changes in its movement to determine when it was tiring too much. At one relay point, he was able to get only one fresh mount, a yellow mare named Dolly. She became his favorite because of what
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she was able to do.
When he was supposed to leave Dolly for another mount at the next relay point, Indians had attacked the camp, killed the man there and stolen the horses. Aubry had to spur Dolly on, even though he had already ridden her hard. How much more could she stand? Aubry knew the next relay was many miles away, but the mare seemed strong of wind and spirit. He didn’t let up on her. She carried him over 100 miles and did it in 26 hours—an amazing feat and probably a record. Luckily, Aubry met a wagon train and was able to borrow a fresh horse. He told the wagon master to be sure Dolly was returned to Santa Fe and cared for. Aubry rode off but was not so lucky with the horses he picked up at the next relay point. He mounted one and led two. After just a few miles, the first horse gave out. Another ten miles, the second was done. He had ridden the third only about ten miles when it began to tire, stepped in a hole and fell dead. Aubry knew he had pushed them too hard. They were not like Dolly. He was afoot in the middle of nowhere. He hid his saddle in some brush and headed up the trail. After walking several miles, he reached a military post where a friend was supposed to be waiting with fresh mounts. But the friend was not there. Aubry was told the man should arrive soon; so he lay down for a nap. After just two hours, he was up and on the trail again. On the last leg of the ride, it
Francis Aubry made his ride in 1848. Photo Colorado Historical Society. began to rain and it was dark. Aubry strapped himself in the saddle again, but staying on the horse was difficult. His mount slipped in the mud several times and nearly fell. Aubry was groggy and could hardly hang on or see what dangers lay ahead. He was barely conscious when he finally reached Independence late that night. Some men lifted him from the saddle and carried him to a hotel where he collapsed. He was bleeding, and some thought he might die; but he recovered. He had made perhaps the most torturous ride in the West. Few other men would have attempted it. He won the bet, but that was not the only reason he made the ride. He was a young man full of spirit and eager to become part of the great adventure on the Frontier. And he did. ________________ COVER PICTURE: Bent's Fort on the Santa Fe Trail. The Voice archive.
New Health Law Changes By Julie Appleby - Kaiser Health News If you buy your own health insurance, you’ve no doubt heard that subsidies will be available next year to help pay the premiums. But will you get a subsidy and how much? Researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation have a report out that provides some insight. Based on their analysis, about 48 percent of adults currently purchasing coverage for themselves will be eligible for subsidies next year, and those subsidies will average $5,548 per family. Because that figure is an average, some families will get more and some will receive less when they enroll through new online marketplaces, which open October 1 (see www.cohealthop.org). “Generally, younger people will get less because the amounts tend to follow the age curve,” said Gary Claxton, a vice president at the foundation. “Single buyers will get a smaller credit, in general, than families.” Under the health law, people earning more than 400 percent of the federal poverty level—about $46,000 for a single person or $94,000 for a family of four— won’t be eligible for a subsidy at all. Those offered affordable and comprehensive coverage through their employers, or those on government health programs like Medicaid, are also not eligible for a subsidy. The researchers did not include those groups—people eli-
gible for Medicaid or job coverage—in their analysis. How far will the subsidy go toward buying coverage? That depends on a number of factors, including age, where one lives and what type of policy one selects. Still, the analysis provides some clues. Using Congressional Budget Office information, the foundation researchers estimated the annual premium for an individual 40-year-old will average $3,857 nationally. Based on that estimate, the analysis pegged the average cost of family coverage for those who have coverage now and are expected to buy next year at $8,250. So, the estimated average subsidy of $5,548 would cover 67 percent of the cost of the average family plan. Individuals and families could choose lower premium plans, but in no case will the subsidy be greater than the amount of the premium. Subsidies, provided as tax credits, will be given on a sliding scale based on household income and are less generous as income rises. –––––––––––––––– Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan health policy research and communication organization not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.
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The Fort Collins Museum has an authentic stagecoach built in 1874. Historians say it was used on the stage line between Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Deadwood, South Dakota, in the late 1800s. Some said Buffalo Bill Cody used it for a while in his Wild West show. In 1913 Frank C. Miller, Jr., of Fort Collins reportedly bought the stagecoach from Cody. Miller had performed in some of Cody’s shows and was the son of a Fort Collins pioneer family. He learned sharp shooting from cowboys when he was a boy. In 1921 Miller organized Fort Collins Pioneer Days with Indian
dances, roping and shooting. He and his wife, Peggy, had a guest ranch called Trail’s End near Cherokee Park north of Fort Collins. Famous people, including Will Rogers, visited the ranch. People enjoyed rides on the old stagecoach at Miller’s ranch, which also had a zoo with bears, bobcats and other animals. The stagecoach at the museum is a “mudwagon” model made in Concord, New Hampshire, by the Abbott-Downing Company. That company made the popular Concord stagecoach, but the mudwagon was more durable for the rough roads of mountain country.
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New health insurance premiums under Obamacare will mainly affect people who buy their own insurance or work for a small business. In Colorado, Deputy Insurance Commissioner Peg Brown said a 40-yearold can expect to pay from $177 a month for a low-end policy to $970 for the best coverage. A 27-year-old will pay from $135 to $567. Colorado HealthOP (www.cohealthop.org) provides information on plans. The insurance company offering the most plans is the nonprofit Rocky Mountain HMO headquartered in Grand Junction. Numerous other insurers offering plans include Cigna, Anthem and Humana. About 15% of Colorado’s population is currently uninsured, said Brown.
Dedication Ceremony honoring National Pet Memorial Day
Saturday September 7, 2013 at 10am Pets are important family members, and when we lose them, it is important to have a place where they will rest and be memorialized – a place to visit and remember treasured memories. Join us for a touching and respectful service honoring National Pet Memorial Day as we dedicate our new Precious Pals Cemetery at Resthaven Cemetery.
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pressed into action with shovels, which were carried for this purpose. “A shallow trench was dug around the train so that a back-fire could be started. The smoke and heat were agonizing. Children coughed and cried. Eyes were watery and reddened from the
smoke. “After long hours of digging and smothering the fire with wet burlap bags, the flames subsided...” Those pioneers probably never forgot that trip across the plains.
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Shooting buffalo, from an 1871 painting. Colorado Historical Society.
(Editor’s Note: Early Greeley historian Hazel Johnson wrote this story.)
In 1870, the Rogerson brothers (Horatio and Robert) were among the first settlers in Greeley and built the first hotel here, the Greeley House. A grandson, Robert B. Rogerson, later wrote about their journey west: “In 1869 the two Rogerson brothers, along with a few others, were sent as scouts to inspect the proposed site for (the Greeley) colony of emigrants in the great unsettled West. “After selecting a site, they returned to New York and, with their families, relocated in 1870. Traveling in a new conveyance called a train, which had been in
herd had been grazing along the track, and as the train approached they surrounded it with angry, stomping, snorting violence. “The crew shouted and waved their arms, which seemed to enrage the animals more. In fear of an onslaught by the herd, passengers were restrained from using their guns. “During the long wait, every passenger was horror stricken. Mothers clutched their children and tried to quiet them. Visions were in every mind of the enraged beasts charging the coaches and pushing them from the tracks and trampling the occupants into the dust. “After several hours, the buffalo wandered off onto the prairie. “But disaster seemed bent on
They were in the midst of a great buffalo herd. use only a few years, was a tiresome, hard journey... “The long stretches of prairie seemed endless...One day the train chugged along and without warning they found themselves in the midst of a great herd of buffalo. “The humped, hairy beasts milled on the track and up and down beside the coaches. The
following this train. “Shortly after the buffalo encounter, a bright dancing flame (prairie fire) appeared on the horizon in the deep of the night. It seemed to be racing directly toward the train. “Grass fires were a menace to the railroads...The wind was high and the grass thick and dry. The train stopped and every man was
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Editor’s Note: Historian Maria Rogers collected the following account years ago of Estes Park resident Enos Mills, the father of Rocky Mountain National Park. It was from an interview with Mills’ daughter, Enda (not Edna).
It was a very bitter battle… He gave a six full years to this endeavor. One of the best things he did was to use nature guiding. Nature guiding was a way to go with people, stimulate their interest in the out of doors, arouse their curiosity, sharpen their ob-
By Enda Mills Kiley (Enos Mills) started building his log cabin by himself in the fall of 1885 when he was 15 years old...He left home to see the world (and) before he was 33 he said he had a campfire in every state but Rhode Island… 1909 was a tremendously important year for Enos Mills because this was the year he began campaigning for Rocky Mountain National Park. He had been thinking and planning and setting it up, working on the boundaries and stimulating local people’s interest. But the real campaign started in 1909 and went until the park was finally ratified in January of 1915. It was a really bitter struggle because the mine union (was) against a national park and kept it from being a park until it was discovered that there was no mineral in (the proposed) Rocky Mountain National Park… The other people who did not think the national park was a good idea were the cattlemen. There
servation (skills) so that every person would be aware of the outdoors wherever they lived and take advantage of it, to enjoy it… He trained my mother and her sister as nature guides, and they were the first women to be licensed by the National Park.
Need a Dentist? Enos Mills. Estes Park Museum. were many hundreds of cattle driven up to this area for summer grazing, and since it is high altitude, they devastated all the (fragile) vegetation, tramped the trails and brought a lot of flies. So they were not an asset, to say the least. It was cheap grazing, and they sure did make use of it. There was a tremendous amount of logging also. So the people who were making use of the resources were not in favor of “locking it all up” as they called it…They were people who didn’t have the perspective, to quote my father: “Scenery is a valuable resource, but it’s fragile.”
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The staff and residents of Good Samaritan Loveland Village invite the public to an Open House celebrating our 40th year on September 20 from 2 to 5 pm. Loveland Village is located at 2101 South Garfield Avenue, phone 970-624-5465. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 40 years since Good Samaritan Loveland Village became home to its first residents. A couple of Loveland retired teachers, Miss Eliese Kammeyer and Miss Lillian Akers, had a vision to create a place for people to live and be cared for as their needs arose.
Once the compatibility of Loveland and Good Samaritan was determined, land was purchased in south Loveland in a pastoral setting with magnificent mountain views. Ground breaking of phase one was in 1971, with both Eliese and Lillian turning the first shovels of dirt. The
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Local HISTORY The Virginia Dale Community Club will host a Western History Day and Chili Cookoff on September 14, 9 am to 4 pm, at the Virginia Dale Stagecoach Station north of Fort Collins. Purpose of the event is to introduce children and families to local history and the stagecoach station, built in 1862, that still stands. The event will include food, demonstrations of quilting, square dancing, cowboy cooking, and other activities, said Marcie
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Hospitals Penalized By Jordan Rau - Kaiser Health News Medicare will levy $227 million in fines against hospitals in every state but one for the second round of the government’s campaign to reduce the number of patients readmitted within a month, according to federal records. Medicare identified 2,225 hospitals that will have Medicare payments reduced for a year starting on October 1. Eighteen hospitals will lose 2 percent, the maximum possible and double the current top penalty. Another 154 will lose 1 percent or more of every payment for a patient stay, the records show. Hospitals that treated large numbers of low-income patients were more likely to be penalized than those treating the fewest impoverished people. The penalty program, which began in October 2012, is among the toughest of Medicare’s efforts to pay hospitals for the quality of their performances rather than merely the number of patients they treat. Unlike other new programs created by the new health law, the readmissions program offers hospitals no rewards for improvements or the opportunity to opt out. While the overall number of penalized hospitals stayed about the same—with Medicare penalizing two-thirds of eligible hospitals— there have been considerable shifts among facilities. A Kaiser Health News analysis found that 1,371
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hospitals are receiving a lower fine. Alegent Creighton Health Midlands Hospital in Papillion, Neb., will see the biggest penalty decrease, going from the maximum 1 percent fine in the current year to no fine for the second year. Nationwide, the average hospital fine will be slightly smaller, and the national total will be $53 million less than this year’s fines. Medicare is increasing penalties for 1,074 hospitals. A total of 283 hospitals not fined in the current year, including Stanford Hospital in California and Johns Hopkins’ Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., will be penalized in the new round. The October penalties will be applied on at least four out of five hospitals in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Tennessee, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Maryland, which Medicare exempted from the program because it has a unique reimbursement system designed under a federal waiver, is the only state whose hospitals had no fines. ________________ Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan health policy research and communication organization not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. ■
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FT. COLLINS HISTORIC HOMES: Tour, luncheon, silent auction, September 14. See firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trappers, Indians, miners, loggers, ranchers and the longest tramway of its day - the echo of history preserved at the Grand Encampment Museum. Open Daily from 8am - 6pm. Admission by donation. Just a short drive away! 807 Barnett Ave Encampment, WY • (307) 327-5308 www.GEMuseum.com
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GREELEY POTATO DAY September 14, music, history demonstrations, food, kids' activities. Also Fall History Festival, September 17. Meeker Home Tours, October 5. See email@example.com. LOVELAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Sharon Danhauer's memories of growing up on Pike's Peak, September 9. Mapping the U.S.-Mexico Border, October 14. See firstname.lastname@example.org. LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS: Climate Change Forum by CSU scientist and others, September 30. See email@example.com.
FORT COLLINS READS: Big band concert, September 13. Discussion of the book "In the Garden of Beasts," September 26. Former CIA agent Francine Mathews discusses her book on Kennedy, "Jack 1939," October 3. "Dirty 30s" history panel, October 15. Franklin Roosevelt portrayed by Richard Marold, October 18. See firstname.lastname@example.org. ■
Remember Her? Her mother was the reason Shirley became a movie star, and she was always present to make sure her hair was right, her costumes fit, and that she knew her lines.
Shirley Temple Black. By Lois Hall Shirley Temple, Americaâ€™s most famous child actor, said, â€œI stopped believing in Santa Claus when my mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.â€? She was a bright child; she had to be to learn dance steps and memorize lines by the time she was four. She was born in 1928 at Santa Monica, California. Her father, George F. Temple, was a banker. Her mother, Gertrude, liked dancing and had Shirley taking lessons very early.
Hollywood producers cast Shirley in â€œBright Eyesâ€? in 1934 and a series of other films in which she starred with the famous black dancer Bill â€œBojanglesâ€? Robinson, who taught her a great deal. In 1936 she was paid $15,000 a week while working on â€œPoor Little Rich Girl.â€? That was an unprecedented amount for an actor at the time, but Shirley was Hollywoodâ€™s biggest star. It was the Depression, and her movies appealed to millions of Americans seeking a little optimism during hard times. President Franklin Roosevelt reportedly said, â€œAs long as our country has Shirley Temple, weâ€™ll be all right.â€?
But by 1945, she was tired of acting. She also had a daughter to take care of from a marriage to actor John Agar, whom she later divorced. In 1949, she retired at age 21 and later married businessman Charles A. Black. She ran for
Congress and lost, but in 1969 President Richard Nixon made her a delegate to the United Nations. She later became U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia. She was the first woman brave enough to say on television, â€œI have breast cancer,â€? which began public recognition of that disease. Though she is mainly remembered as a child star, she did much more as an adult than most people knew. â–
Bugs In Your Food? What does â€œartificial colorâ€? mean in the ingredients of food we buy? In the case of Dannon Yogurt, it meant a dye made from the bodies of insects, said a report by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). The insect is a cochineal, a tiny parasitic scale from Mexico. Its dye is also used in ice creams, candies and other products. It is generally considered harmless, but it can cause allergic reactions in some people. CSPI executive Michael Jacobson said, â€œI have nothing against people who eat insects, but when I buy strawberry yogurt Iâ€™m expecting yogurt and strawberries, and not red dye made from bugs.â€? The FDA calls it â€œcarmineâ€? and requires some products to use that instead of â€œartificial color.â€? â–
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Social Security By Lauren Eitel - Greeley Social Security Office
If you’re in your sixties, you probably know that the age to receive full Social Security benefits has changed. But it’s important to remember that the age to begin receiving Medicare has not—it is still 65. Even if you have decided to wait until after you are age 65 to apply for retirement benefits, most people should start getting Medicare coverage at age 65. If you would like to begin your Medicare coverage when you first become eligible, we suggest that you apply within three months of reaching age 65. You can do it online in as little as 10 minutes at www.socialsecurity.gov/medicareonly. At the website, you’ll find more than just the online Medicare application. You’ll also find information about Medicare. Why go online to apply for Medicare? Because it’s fast, easy, and secure. You don’t need an appointment and you can avoid waiting in traffic or in line. As long as you have ten minutes to spare, you have time to complete and submit your online Medicare application. People who started receiving Social Security retirement or disability benefits before age 65 do not need to apply; they will be automatically enrolled in Medicare. ________________ Lauren Eitel is the Assistant District Manager of the Greeley Social Security Office.
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The territorial prison in Laramie. Wyoming Historical Society.
Laramie By P.J. Hunt
The Old West Park and Wyoming Territorial Prison in Laramie is a 180-acre state historic site that includes the old Prison Museum, U.S. Marshals’ Museum, gift shop, and other attractions. The prison was built in 1868 and housed several famous out-
Over the years, more than 300 marshals were killed in the line of duty, many of them after the Civil War when the West opened and marshals had to pursue outlaws on the unsettled frontier. One of the former attractions at Laramie’s Old West Park was the portrayal of Calamity Jane by her
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great, great niece Norma Cathey. The author of several books on Calamity Jane, Cathey did extensive research on the famous frontier woman. Events at the Park include a mountain man rendezvous, marshals’ rendezvous, cowboy poetry gathering, western music talent competition, and Native American performances. The Park and Prison are located on the west side of Laramie just off of Interstate-80. Take the Snowy Range Road exit and then turn right. For events, call 307745-6161, email email@example.com. ■
Laughter: Best Medicine A little girl told her mother, “My stomach hurts.” Her mother said, “That’s because it’s empty. You need something in it.” Later the little girl’s grandmother visited and said, “I have a headache. The child said, “That’s because it’s empty.” Bob sat down in a bar next to
a blonde who was watching a TV news story about a man standing on a ledge threatening to jump. She turned to Bob and said, “Do you think he’ll jump?” “Yeah, I’ll bet ten dollars he jumps,” said Bob. “Okay, I’ll bet he doesn’t,” she said. The man did jump, and she handed Bob the money.
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An old farmer in the backwoods went to town for the first time in his life and saw a mirror. He looked into it and said, “Well, I’ll be darned. It’s a picture of my old dad.” He took it home, hung it in a shed, and went out to look at it nearly every evening. His wife noticed his many trips to the shed and decided to investigate. She went to the shed, looked
in the mirror and said, “So that’s the ugly hag he’s been running around with!” When your wife says, “What?” it’s not because she didn’t hear you. She’s giving you a chance to change what you said. A college professor told his class, “I know when you’re texting. People don’t just look down at their crotch and smile.” Reportedly from an actual court transcript: Lawyer: “Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?” Witness: “No.” Lawyer: “Did you check for breathing?” Witness: “No.” Lawyer: “So then, it is possible the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?” Witness: “No.” Lawyer: “How can you be sure?” Witness: “Because his brain was sitting in a jar on my desk.” Lawyer: “But could the patient have still been alive?” Witness: “I suppose it’s possible he could be practicing law.”
Protect Yourself “Safe and Sound in the Hospital: Must-Have Checklists and Tools for Your Loved One’s Care” is a recent book about how to protect yourself and others from infections and other problems during a hospital stay. Author Karen Curtiss says the most important thing to do is ask staff and doctors if they washed their hands when they come to
your bed. That’s not always easy because about 30% of doctors and nurses are offended if you ask. But Curtiss says do it—in a kind way that doesn’t bruise egos. Maybe say, “Do I need to ask...” Example hints: alcohol wipes kill staph bugs, but bleach wipes kill C.diff germs. Keeping the bed at a 30-degree angle helps avoid hospital acquired pneumonia.
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