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Monday, December 22, 2014

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Earth & Sky: Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008 As you drove home from work on Friday, it was late autumn in the northern hemisphere. And for folks in the southern hemisphere, it was late spring as the weekend began. Yet, when you return to work tomorrow, the season will have changed. It’ll be winter in the northern hemisphere, and summer in the southern hemisphere. That’s because today is the December solstice. There’s nothing official about beginning and ending the winter or summer season at the ... Full Story

A Trip of a Lifetime

By Laurie Hindman Berthoud Recorder Beaches of white, black or red sand, clear blue waters, reefs of lava rocks crowded with miniature penguins mingling with three foot iguanas, orcas rising from the sea as the sun sets -- sounds like a fantasy or at least a strange dream, but this is life at the Galapagos Islands. My in-laws celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by taking our family and my husband’s sister’s family on an all expense paid trip to the Galapagos Islands. They had been ... Full Story

Turnovers Too Much for Spartans

By Michael Hicks Berthoud Recorder FORT COLLINS -- Joel Maly did all he could and then some. Jeff Shields provided the offensive counterpart that Berthoud needs to compliment Maly, at least in the first half. But the one thing the Spartans couldn’t find an answer for was their own inability to quit stepping in their own toes. And that was enough to keep Berthoud out of the win column at the Fort Collins/Poudre Tip-Off Invitational. The Spartans went 0-3 in the annual tournament held at Fort ... Full Story

Berthoud Benefits from Forfeits, Pinfalls in Home

By Michael Hicks Berthoud Recorder While the scoreboard showed a decisive victory for Berthoud’s wrestling team, anything further from the truth may have been the real winner. That’s because while visiting Sterling won only three matches -- two by pinfall -- to the six pinfalls the Spartans claimed, it was the number of forfeits that set the tone for Thursday’s home opener. Fresh off its season-opening victory at the Windsor Invitational, Berthoud was looking to make a splash in front of ... Full Story

Yes, For Once I Agree with CHSAA

By Michael Hicks Berthoud Recorder I’ve been openly critical of how the Colorado High School Activities Association decides which classification schools play in for various sports. Most of the time it is determined by enrollment size, but not always. Berthoud High School, for a matter of fact, plays most sports in 4A. But the football team plays in 3A because most Colorado schools play the revenue-making sport, knocking the Spartans down to a competitive classification. Joining the football ... Full Story

Eagles Notebook: No Shortage of Power When Eagles, Sun

By Michael Hicks Berthoud Recorder LOVELAND -- First Arizona, then Colorado, and again and again. For two periods Saturday night the Eagles and SunDogs traded power-play goal after power-play goal. There certainly wasn’t a shortage of offensive production. Leave it to Kevin Ulanski to score an even-strength goal with 12 minutes, 10 seconds remaining in the third in what proved to be the game-winner in a 7-5 victory over Arizona at a sold-out Budweiser Events Center on Saturday night. The ... Full Story

Premier Gymnasts Take 20th at State Meet

Premier gymnasts take 20th at state meet Logan English of Loveland came in eighth with a score of 36.60 in the Senior A Division at the Level 5 Colorado State Gymnastics Championship at Berthoud High School on Dec. 6 and 7. Premier Gymnastics of the Rockies, based out of Loveland, took 20th overall. In individual events, Berthoud’s Emma Vogel came in sixth on the vault and seventh on the balance beam in the Junior B Division. Logan placed fourth on bars and ninth on the beam in the Senior A ... Full Story

Actually Enjoying Your Holiday Season

By Megan Reece Berthoud Recorder Christmas is a stressful time for some people. With shopping, cooking, visiting and wrapping presents, time that is already short is stretched even thinner. You know that constant stress is anything but healthful. Long-term, low level stress has been attributed to high blood pressure, a higher risk of contracting colds and the flu, headaches and intestinal – ahem – issues. Constant stress will not help you with your workouts or with healthful eating ... Full Story

"Death From the Skies" Good Astronomy Fun

By Jamie Folsom Berthoud Recorder “Death From the Skies! These are the Ways the World Will End” By Philip Plait, PhD Viking Press, 2008 326 pages If the title and cover of this book seem like a cheesy Cold War era, space monster movie, that’s because it kind of is – quirky, funny, strange and entertaining. It’s also deadly serious stuff. “Death From the Skies” is hard science meant to address hard questions and fears people have. How long until our Sun dies? ... Full Story

"The Day the Earth Stood Still," or How it

By Jamie Folsom Berthoud Recorder Director: Scott Derrickson Writer: David Scarpa, based on Edmund H. North’s 1951 screenplay Starring: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Jaden Smith, Kathy Bates, John Cleese Run time: 103 min. MPAA rating: PG-13, sci-fi violence and disaster images Reviewer’s rating: 1.5 stars out of 5 The good news is that this version of the classic is a very different movie from the original, and I purposefully didn’t see the 1951version again because I knew the ... Full Story

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