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Archive for April 23, 2009

21st Century Tea Party Gains Momentum

By Kevin Lundberg District 15 State Senator Across our nation, Colorado, and most particularly in Larimer County, the April 15 Tea Parties were remarkable events. Thousands of Colorado citizens (7,000 at the state capitol, 2,000 in Fort Collins, and at least several hundred in Loveland) took to the streets for more, and better reasons than to just protest tax day. These were rallies for freedom. We were standing for our inalienable rights of life, liberty, and ... Full Story

Letters: Berthoud Ordinance a Step Toward Disneyland

One big reason my family moved to Berthoud was because it had a lot of character, and a lot of characters. The part of town we live in (Mary’s Farm), does not have an “official” Homeowner’s Association. I wouldn’t have bought here if it did.  I believe it is your God given right that if your lifestyle is not endangering anyone, or creating a public nuisance, you should be able to paint your house bright pink with little stenciled elves and chickens…with sprinkles. Now ... Full Story

Taxpayer Transparency Bill Moves Forward

The Colorado Taxpayer Transparency Act — HB1288 — passed out of the House on April 16 on a bipartisan vote of 61-4. It is now before the Senate Finance Committee for consideration. Gov. Bill Ritter signed an executive order earlier this month that would also help citizen access to state finances by putting them online in a searchable database. But HB1288’s sponsor, Rep. B.J. Nikkel, argues the executive order does not go far enough. She notes it only provides for lump sum totals of ... Full Story

Colorado's Budgeting Restrictions: The Effect On

Presented by the Larimer County Democrats Why might a Colorado school district be unable to use its emergency funds in an emergency? What difficulty might Colorado State University run into if the Rams happen to play in a bowl game? Does the Gallagher Amendment contribute to the practice of using “incentives” to attract additions to our tax base? The answers to these questions and more will be presented at the forum “Larimer County: Effects of Colorado’s Budgeting Restrictions” to ... Full Story

Bringing the World of Lewis and Clark to Life

By Sandy Barnes Berthoud Recorder While camping and hunting as a youth in Kansas, Darrell Elder said he learned to appreciate the efforts of early American explorers like Lewis and Clark. Several years ago, Elder transformed his lifelong fascination with this aspect of American history into an award-winning traveling display depicting the life and adventures of Lewis and Clark. (more…)

Earth & Sky: Two Stars Lead to Constellation

By Deborah Byrd EarthSky Communications Friday, April 25 The constellation Hercules the Kneeling Giant can be seen ascending in the east-northeast on these spring evenings. Our chart today shows the sky for late night, when all of these objects are well up in the northeastern to eastern sky. (more…)

Police Beat: April 23, 2009

Tuesday, April 14 The Boulder County Sheriff’s department found some property near Ish Reservoir that may be connected to the burglary at the Habitat Thrift Store. Lots of people and loud music on S. Third Street at 9 p.m. caused a nearby resident to complain to the police that the party had just started and may get out of hand. When police arrived seven minutes later there were still lots of people, but no music.  Wednesday, April 15 A 3 a.m. barking dog on north Third Street ... Full Story

Fire Beat: April 23, 2009

Monday, April 13 BFPD responded to a Berthoud Police request for medical assistance on Hubble Street. The fire crew assisted TVEMS with transporting the patient. Tuesday, April 14 BFPD assisted with a medical call on Sixth Street. The patient was transported. Wednesday, April 15 BFPD responded to a three-vehicle accident on Interstate 25 @ mile marker 250. This was a rear end type accident. There were two injured patients and both were transported. BFPD responded to a motor vehicle ... Full Story

Youth 411: Fundraiser Festival Energizes Berthoud on

By P.J. DiPentino Berthoud Recorder  Recently you may have seen posters and flyers about the upcoming Realities Ride and Rally coming through our little town. A 501c component of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, the Realities for Children organization provides emergency funds for abused and neglected children in Larimer County. (more…)

Obituary: Zenda Lee Vella

Zenda Lee Vella died Sunday, April 5 at HospiceCare Center of Boulder and Broomfield Counties following a horse riding accident. She was 55. Born on July 22, 1953, in Longmont, she was the daughter of Richard Lee and Betty Jean Hall. In 1965 her family moved to Tennessee. After graduating high school and receiving her associate degree at Webber College in Florida, Zenda returned to Colorado in 1977. Zenda returned to college at CSU, successfully completing her bachelor’s degree in ... Full Story

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