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Archive for December, 2011

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

It is one of the largest and longest lived storms ever recorded in our Solar System. First seen late last year, the above cloud formation in the northern hemisphere of Saturn started larger than the Earth and soon spread completely around the planet. The storm has been tracked not only from Earth but from up close by the robotic Cassini spacecraft currently orbiting Saturn.         A Raging Storm System on Saturn  Image Credit: Cassini Imaging ... Full Story

On This Day: December 26, 1610

On This Day: December 26, 1610

Bathory's torturous escapades are exposed On this day in 1609 or 1610 (sources are not conclusive), Count Gyorgy Thurzo makes an investigative visit to Csejthe Castle in Hungary on orders from King Matthias and discovers Countess Elizabeth Bathory directing a torture session of young girls. Bathory was already infamous in the area for her torture and murder of servants and peasants, but her title and high-ranking relatives had, until this point, made her untouchable. Her bloodthirsty ... Full Story

A Christmas Carol for 2011

A Christmas Carol for 2011 By Bob Burnett (about the author) It's been 168 years since Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol to illustrate the horrific living conditions of the English poor and promote the true nature of Christmas.  If Dickens were still alive, he'd be compelled to update his tale.     On Christmas Eve, Bob Cratchit comes home from work and tells his wife, Emily, he's been laid off, "They're shutting down the tractor factory and moving it to ... Full Story

Obituary: Jason James Olinger

Obituary: Jason James Olinger

Jason James Olinger of Timnath, Colorado passed away on December 17, 2011 at the age of 40. He was born in Bloomington, Illinois to Jack D. and M.J. Olinger. Jason grew up and was baptized in Dubuque, Iowa. Early life found him around family, friends and relatives, where his dad taught him to bowl. At age eight, Jason and his family moved to Westminster, Colorado, where Jason attended Mesa Elementary and Scott Carpenter Junior High. During this time, he became a Boy Scout and was active ... Full Story

Obituary: Fred Anderson

Obituary: Fred Anderson

            Renowned retired senator, Loveland native Fred Anderson dies Thursday By Pamela Dickman Reporter-Herald Staff Writer Posted: 12/23/2011 10:44:38 AM MST Renowned state senator, water law expert and Loveland native Fred Anderson died of a heart attack at McKee Medical Center on Thursday afternoon.The 83-year-old had just finished shoveling a path from the house to the curb when he began to feel ill and suffered from a ... Full Story

On This Day, December 25, 1776

On This Day, December 25, 1776

Washington crosses the Delaware During the American Revolution, Patriot General George Washington crosses the Delaware River with 5,400 troops, hoping to surprise a Hessian force celebrating Christmas at their winter quarters in Trenton, New Jersey. The unconventional attack came after several months of substantial defeats for Washington's army that had resulted in the loss of New York City and other strategic points in the region. At about 11 p.m. on Christmas, Washington's army ... Full Story

On This Day: December 24, 1979

On This Day: December 24, 1979

Soviet tanks roll into Afghanistan On December 24, 1979, the Soviet Union invades Afghanistan, under the pretext of upholding the Soviet-Afghan Friendship Treaty of 1978. As midnight approached, the Soviets organized a massive military airlift into Kabul, involving an estimated 280 transport aircraft and three divisions of almost 8,500 men each. Within a few days, the Soviets had secured Kabul, deploying a special assault unit against Tajberg Palace. Elements of the Afghan army loyal to ... Full Story

Eagles in 6-0 win over Utah

Eagles in 6-0 win over Utah

  Eagles Give Fans Early Present With 6-0 Win Over Utah    LOVELAND, Colo. - The Eagles continued their winning ways with a 6-0 victory over the Utah Grizzlies, claiming at least a point in their 11th game in a row with their seventh consecutive win. Kyle Jones stopped 22 shots to post his second shutout of the season as Colorado climbed closer to the top of the ECHL standings with a record of 18-8-3 (39 points).   Colorado out-shot Utah 20-8 on the way to ... Full Story

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Similar in size to the Milky Way, elliptical galaxy NGC 7600 is about 160 million light-years distant. In this deep image, spanning about 1/2 degree on the sky toward the constellation Aquarius, NGC 7600 sports a remarkable outer halo of nested shells and broad circumgalactic structures. The tantalizing features can be explained by the accretion of dark matter and stars on a cosmic timescale.     Shell Galaxy NGC 7600  Image Credit & Copyright: Ken Crawford ... Full Story

Shorts Celebrate 30th Anniversary

Shorts Celebrate 30th Anniversary

Bryan and Heidi Short of Berthoud will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary Saturday, Dec. 31. Heidi Horton was united in marriage to Bryan Short on Dec. 31, 1981 in Longmont By Judge Lucero. They have lived in Berthoud since 1991. Bryan is employed as a software engineer. Heidi is a computer technician and student at CU in Boulder.

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