Recorder Online http://www.berthoudrecorder.com News for Norther Colorado and the world Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:55:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Berthoud Police Blotter: February 2016 http://www.berthoudrecorder.com/berthoud-police-blotter-february-2016/ http://www.berthoudrecorder.com/berthoud-police-blotter-february-2016/#respond Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:55:21 +0000 http://www.berthoudrecorder.com/?p=39002 sheriff badgeBerthoud Logo

 

Provided by
James Anderson
Patrol Sergeant: Berthoud Squad

Monday, February 1

Motor Vehicle Theft:  400 block of Longs Peak Avenue, a resident reported his 1989 Honda dirt bike was stolen from his driveway during the night.

Issuance of a Bad Check:  400 block of Meadowlark, a 53-year-old woman wrote three checks that were returned for insufficient funds.

Vehicle Crash:  Mountain Avenue and 1st Street, a driver slid on ice and struck the curb.

Tuesday, February 2

Weather Update:  SNOW!

Warrant Arrest:  Mountain Avenue and 2nd Street, a 32-year-old man was a passenger on a traffic stop and arrested for a warrant.

Suspicious Incident:  200 block of 2nd Street, a 17-year-old boy was called in as banging on windows at 2 am.

Wednesday, February 3

Driving while Suspended/Owner Operated Uninsured Motor Vehicle/Vehicle Number Plates not Visible:  Massachusetts Avenue and 8th Street, a 40-year-old man was stopped for a traffic violation and found to have a suspended license for insurance termination. Insurance agency confirmed his insurance was cancelled in June 2015.

Vehicle Crash:  300 block of Mountain Avenue, an unknown hit and run vehicle backed into another vehicle.  The suspect vehicle may have been a newer red Jeep Wrangler with an Avery Brewing sticker on the rear window

Vehicle Crash:  1st Street and CR10, a driver lost control of her vehicle after hitting a patch of ice on 1st Street and drove into a fence.

Warrant Arrest:  Berthoud Town Hall:  a 17-year-old boy turned himself in on a felony warrant as well as charges from another case.

Follow-up to a Burglary:  The HUB:  A deputy photographed a 17-year-old boy’s shoes which have the same class characteristics as the shoeprints in the snow from a burglary.

Suspicious Incident:  200 block of 2nd Street, it was reported that a 30-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman had been in an altercation.

Thursday, February 4

Vehicle Crash:  County Road17 and Heartwood, a driver was driving too fast for the road conditions and slid off the roadway striking a speed limit sign.

Vehicle Crash:  4th Street and Franklin Avenue, a delivery truck was making a delivery when their truck jumped out of gear and rolled into another vehicle.

Vehicle Crash:  Highway 287 and County Road17, a driver made a left turn on a red arrow and hit another vehicle.  The people in the second car were transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Warrant Arrest:  County Road 8 and Pyramid Peak Street, a 34-year-old man was contacted on a traffic stop and arrested on three outstanding warrants.

Friday, February 5

Slide Offs:  CR17 and 10E, strong winds caused blowing snow which created a skating rink on the hill of CR17.  Several cars slid off of the road but no damage was reported.  Berthoud Street Department came and sanded the road and problem was solved.

Abandoned Vehicle:  Bunyan and 2nd Street, a moving van was left in the roadway during the snow storm. Vehicles had to go into oncoming traffic’s lane to get around it. Vehicle was towed.

Theft/Burglary:  100 block of E 2nd Street, a resident called to report that a $650 water heater was stolen out of a new construction garage. He said it was not installed and had been delivered on Tuesday.

Saturday, February 6

Violation of a Restraining Order:  800 block of Greenwood Drive, a step-dad called to report that his step-son’s father contacted the son who he is restrained from.

Welfare Check:  600 block of Capitol Avenue, a woman was contacted at her home on a welfare check after she had supposedly made odd statements to a third party.

Sunday, February 7

Vehicle Crash:  200 block of Mountain Avenue, a driver had been distracted by a train while he was driving westbound and rear-ended another vehicle.

DEFENSIVE ASSAULT:  4900 block of Marie P. DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara, California, Levi’s Stadium:  CAM NEWTON complained of multiple assaults by members of the DENVER BRONCOS.  He specifically named VON MILLER as the primary suspect. NEWTON had clearly been hit multiple times and appeared to be distraught by the incident.

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Berthoud Fire Calls: February 2016 http://www.berthoudrecorder.com/berthoud-fire-calls-february-2016/ http://www.berthoudrecorder.com/berthoud-fire-calls-february-2016/#respond Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:44:07 +0000 http://www.berthoudrecorder.com/?p=38998 Berthoud Fire

Berthoud Fire Protection District

Incident Reports -February  2016

Monday, February 1

BFPD responded to Victoria Street for a CO alarm going off. The crew found that the alarm needed a new battery and they were able to reset the alarm.

BFPD responded to I-25, MM 250 South Bound, for a fuel leak. The crew found a vehicle with a punctured fuel tank. However, the fuel tank was not leaking any more. Colorado State Patrol cleared the Engine after checking for any more hazards.

BFPD responded to S. County Road 21 for a vehicle that had slid off the road. The vehicle had moderate front end damage. All parties were out of the vehicle.

BFPD responded to Highway 287 for a person having an allergic reaction. Patient care was turned over to TVEMS.

BFPD responded to Hwy 287 and Cty Rd 4 for a 3-car-accident. Due to the weather, roads were very icy. BE-2 squad shut down northbound lanes because of the positions of the cars. When Colorado State Patrol arrived, BFPD cleared scene.

BFPD responded to Spartan Avenue for a person that fell while shoveling. When the crew arrived they found a Larimer County Deputy helping a male up from a fall. The patient’s complaint was pain in his thigh. Wife stated she would take him to the hospital to have it checked out.

Tuesday, February 2

BFPD responded to S. Cty Rd 15 for breathing problems. Assisted TVEMS with patient care.

Wednesday, February 3

BFPD responded to 4th Street for a person with seizures. Patient care was turned over to TVEMS when they arrived.

Thursday, February 4

BFPD responded to Hwy 287 for a 2-car head on accident with heavy damage. The fire crew assisted Larimer County Sheriff’s Deputies with hazard control and traffic direction.

Friday, February 5

BFPD responded to I-25, MM 249 South Bound for a 3-vehicle accident. Colorado State Patrol took over command.

BFPD responded to Wilford Road for a detached garage that was on fire. The BFPD crew immediately went into attack mode, and knocked down the fire. Once all hot spots were extinguished, mop up operations were completed.

Saturday, February 6

BFPD responded to W County Road 10E for a person with chest pains. TVEMS arrived and took over patient care.

Sunday, February 7

BFPD responded to Franklin Avenue for a medical emergency. Patient care was turned over to TVEMS.

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WAAAHHHH…but we don’t wanna get arrested!! http://www.berthoudrecorder.com/waaahhhhbut-we-dont-wanna-get-arrested/ http://www.berthoudrecorder.com/waaahhhhbut-we-dont-wanna-get-arrested/#respond Sun, 07 Feb 2016 18:45:14 +0000 http://www.berthoudrecorder.com/?p=38990 By Mike Ferner

As the macho, gun-toting, testosterone-addled cowboys who took over the wildlife refuge in Oregon call it quits, their pitiful whine can be heard all the way to Florida: “Waaahhh…but we don’t wanna get arrested…”

So much for the rugged-individualists and badass proponents of personal responsibility.

Let’s see what happens as their armed insurrection winds down.  How will the system treat the militant bullyboys?

Will they get pepper-sprayed in the face as did the college students peacefully sitting in a driveway at UC Davis during Occupy protests, or shot in the head with a police projectile as did Veterans For Peace member Scott Olson in Oakland?

Will they get two months in jail like Ed Kinane for stepping across a line at the School of the Americas; or six months in jail like grandmother Mary Anne Grady, for taking pictures of demonstrators outside the Reaper drone base in upstate NY; or a $20,000 fine like Kathy Kelly’s peace group, for taking medicine to people in Iraq before we invaded their country in 2003; or 10 years in prison for speaking out against the madness of World War One, like Gene Debs;

Will they be clubbed in the head, set on by German shepherds, slammed up against light poles by fire hoses like the kids demonstrating for civil rights in Alabama, or killed by vigilante executioners and buried in a dike for registering voters?

If they go to jail, will they conduct a peaceful hunger strike and endure force-feeding like Alice Paul and Rose Winslow did for demanding women get the right to vote?

If they are arrested, chances are very good that nothing like the above will happen to any of the massively-armed, good ‘ol boys in Oregon who would be the first to tell you they were only making a statement of conscience against government gone amuck.

But when the students at UC Davis, or Kathy Kelly, or Ed Kinane, or Gene Debs, or the civil rights protesters, or the suffragists, all unarmed and committed to nonviolence, conducted their protests they did so with the understanding they may well suffer serious bodily harm and at the very least be arrested and sentenced.

They treated the police, the prosecutors and the judges with utmost respect.  They did not plead to lesser charges but underwent trials in hopes of educating more people about the evils against which they fought.

So let’s see how the Rambo wannabes of Eastern Oregon handle themselves.  Seems they could use a few lessons in toughness from nonviolent peace and justice activists.

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Mike Ferner served as a hospital corpsman during the Viet Nam war.  In 2006 he participated in a five-week, water-only fast with Kathy Kelly and Ed Kinane to protest the war in Iraq and was also convicted of two felonies for painting “Troops Out Now” on a highway overpass, which cost him two months house arrest and $5,000.

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Lundberg Report – February 2016 http://www.berthoudrecorder.com/lundberg-report-february-2016/ http://www.berthoudrecorder.com/lundberg-report-february-2016/#comments Sat, 06 Feb 2016 22:07:28 +0000 http://www.berthoudrecorder.com/?p=38987 Lundberg, Kevin 0912.jpg Kevin Lundberg    

  • Assisted Suicide Bill 
  • Senate Bill 11
  • Why is the Speaker so outspoken against life? 
  • The Peter Falk Act. 

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  1. Assisted Suicide Bill

The Senate State Affairs Committee heard the Assisted Suicide bill on Wednesday. Proponents of this bill advocate for a medical professional, a physician who has sworn to do no harm, to prescribe a lethal dose of drugs for a patient who wants to end his or her life. They argue that this bill is necessary to prevent suffering in a person who is near the end their life. The Senate State Affairs killed the bill. 

However, in the House, a similar bill passed committee on a party-line vote on Thursday.

I do not support physician assisted suicide legislation. It allows a doctor to kill rather than heal, and also, of necessity, involves the pharmaceutical industry in this lethal process. The proponents argue that the bill will reduce suffering.

But we already addressed this in Colorado law with a palliative care bill several years ago (Senate Bill 102 in 2006 became C.R.S. 18-3-104 (4)). In this palliative care law a physician is authorized to give sufficient medication to relieve suffering for the patient. The only limitation is that the physician is prohibited from assisting the patient with an intentional suicide. This is language I helped craft to draw a bright line between giving as much pain medication as is needed and the very different action of intentionally ending the patient’s life.

The intrinsic value of life is the fundamental principle which I believe assisted suicide legislation ignores. It reduces our perceived value of life to a pragmatic analysis of comfort and usefulness. Life is a gift from God we must honor this immense treasure.

  1. Senate Bill 11

This week in the Senate we passed a bill that takes away mass transit funding from FASTER funds and restores all of the FASTER vehicle fees (the car tax, established in 2009) for road and bridge construction. In the Colorado Constitution, Article X, Section 18, it states: “…the proceeds from the imposition of any license, registration fee, or other charge with respect to the operation of any motor vehicle upon any highway in this state…shall, except costs of administration, be used exclusively for the construction, maintenance, and supervision of the public highways of this state…” Therefore, to take the dollars from the car tax and allocate them in any way other than to roads and bridges is an explicit violation of the State Constitution.

I did not support the car tax in 2009, partially because it really is a tax, and the people were not allowed to vote on it. But the bill did become law, and at a minimum the funds should be used for the purpose required by the Constitution. Senate Bill 11 now goes to the House. I trust they will pass the bill which will bring FASTER funding in line with Article X Section 18.

  1. Why is speaker Hullinhorst so opposed to Life? 

The Speaker of the Colorado House in her opening day speech severely criticized those who hold to pro-life values and declared “We will defeat these ideologues and opportunists.”

But she didn’t stop there.

She has taken this aggressive posture to the next level by stating at a press conference last week “I would simply say a woman’s right to make her own medical decisions with her doctor is none of their d*** business.” 

Then She went even further:  “I think we’re all gettin’ a little tired of the extreme right in our body [the House of Representatives] continuing to send these very extreme bills on women’s right to choose,”

I find this Speaker to be remarkably outspoken on this subject especially when the Left regularly condemns those of us who do defend life for opening the subject for discussion. The purpose of government is to secure our God-given rights of life and liberty. We are going to bring it up again, and again, and again, because that is the purpose of government. Apparently the Speaker disagrees and finds it necessary to disagree again, and again, and again. 

So the question that remains is simply, why is Speaker Hullinghorst so anti-life? 

 

  1. Just One More Thing…

Last Wednesday, in Judiciary Committee where I serve as vice chair, we passed a bill by Senator Laura Woods (R, Jefferson County). The bill, called “The Peter Falk Act” is designed to defend the rights of protected persons and wards from being isolated by a guradian.

It is called the Peter Falk Act because Peter Falk’s daughter, Catherine, brought the bill to our attention. During her father’s final months of life Catherine was unable to even meet with him because of the control of his guardian.

This isolation happens all too often to the elderly or adults with disabilities. If a family member of such a person feels that their loved one is being prohibited from recieving visitors or mail or placing and recieving phone calls, this bill allows them to petition the courts for the access that is being denied.

 

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How to Tell If Congress Is Working Again http://www.berthoudrecorder.com/how-to-tell-if-congress-is-working-again/ http://www.berthoudrecorder.com/how-to-tell-if-congress-is-working-again/#respond Sat, 06 Feb 2016 22:00:41 +0000 http://www.berthoudrecorder.com/?p=38984 Hamilton_LeeBy Lee H. Hamilton

There have been encouraging signs that the Republican leadership on Capitol Hill wants to make Congress function again. They’ve talked about using conference committees more, allowing a more open process for rank-and-file members, enacting separate appropriation bills rather than using omnibus bills, and letting committees lead on legislation rather than hoarding all power in the leadership offices. Perhaps most important, they’ve acknowledged that Congress has many bad habits, and insist that they want to restore a healthy legislative process.

This has to be heartening to any American concerned about the level of dysfunction to which Congress had sunk. The question is, how can we tell if Congress is actually fixing itself? For as promising as the rhetoric might be, there’s a long way to go before words and reality meet on Capitol Hill. Here’s what you should keep your eye on:

First, differences in emphasis separate the leaders of the two houses, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan. Ryan is intent on pressing forward with key policy proposals that would anchor a bold Republican legislative agenda. But that’s because the Republican majority in the House is not generally believed to be at risk. Over in the Senate, things are different: control of that body next year is up for grabs, and McConnell seems to be focused on maintaining his party’s majority. For his members, boldness is a risk. This difference could lead to slim production.

So look to see how many and which issues the two leaders really push forward. Will they advance the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal in some version, or let it slide until the elections are past? Will they tackle tax reform? How about authorizing support for the war against ISIS? Ryan has already removed one key matter — immigration reform — from the table. Will other pressing issues also bite the dust?

The second big indicator is whether Congress has the political will to fix itself. Most members say publicly that they don’t want gridlock and are dedicated to making the institution function smoothly. The key measure of whether they really mean it is the attitude they take toward their political adversaries. If what you hear on Capitol Hill is nothing but distrust, then they’re not serious. If they’re willing to negotiate and compromise with one another — as happened at the end of last year, with the passage of an omnibus spending package — then there’s hope.

Third is what you might think of as the rolled-up-sleeves test. How hard are members of Congress willing to work at addressing the key issues facing the country? So far, the evidence is disappointing. The legislative schedule put out by the congressional leadership is, to be blunt, lax. On average, members of Congress will be working about nine days a month. They’ve given themselves four stretches of ten days off at a time. They’ll be off for 52 straight days in July, August and September, and then another 39 days in a row in October and November. Yes, it’s an election year and they want to campaign. But you cannot run a government that is not in session. The best we can hope for is an obvious sense of urgency when members of Congress are in Washington. Look for it. If you don’t see it, little will get done on Capitol Hill.

I should say that not all the responsibility for restoring Congress rests at the federal level. The states, too, have a key role to play. Will they get serious about how they draw congressional districts, so that politicians no longer have the luxury of picking their voters rather than the other way around? Will some states continue to pursue efforts to make voting harder — which, like gerrymandering, has the effect of shoring up the extremes in Congress? Will states make the effort to modernize their voting systems, so that the democratic process has a chance of working with minimal friction?

In the end, good intentions and fine rhetoric don’t accomplish much. I hope you’ll keep an eye on Congress and cheer for its members to act in accord with their own advice. If they do, Congress will take a giant stride toward improved performance.

Lee Hamilton is a Distinguished Scholar, Indiana University School of Global and International Studies; and a Professor of Practice, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.

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Berthoud Fire Calls: January 2016 http://www.berthoudrecorder.com/berthoud-fire-calls-january-2016/ http://www.berthoudrecorder.com/berthoud-fire-calls-january-2016/#respond Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:36:53 +0000 http://www.berthoudrecorder.com/?p=37796 Berthoud Fire

Berthoud Fire Protection District

Incident Activity for January, 2016

Friday, January 1, 2016

BFPD responded to Wagon Wheel Road for an animal rescue. A dog had fallen down an embankment and couldn’t get out. The crew was able to lift the dog up the embankment.

BFPD responded to Bein Street for a medical assist. Patient didn’t want to be transported.

BFPD responded to Franklin Avenue for a sick person. Was transported.

Sunday, January 3rd

BFPD responded to medical call on E. Nebraska Avenue for a confused elderly person. Patient didn’t want to be transported. Was cleared by TVEMS.

BFPD responded to Hwy 56 for a medical call. Assisted TVEMS with patient care.

 Monday, January 4

BFPD responded to a medical call on Wilshire Drive. Assisted TVEMS with patient care.

BFPD responded to a medical call on 4th Street for a sick person. Assisted TVEMS with patient care.

BPPD responded to Torreys Peak Drive for a citizen assist with smoke alarms. Changed all of the batteries in smoke detectors in house.

BFPD responded to Homer Road to assist TVEMS with a medical call.

Tuesday, January 5

BFPD ran a citizen assist for installing a new smoke detector on Torreys Peak Drive.

BFPD responded to East Nebraska Drive for a sick person. Assisted TVEMS with patient care.

BFPD responded to I-25 MM250 North Bound for a motor vehicle accident with no injuries. Both cars were off the road with no hazards. Waited until Colorado State Patrol to arrive, then cleared scene.

BFPD responded to LCR 2 for a public assist. Helped with lifting a patient back into bed. Declined the response of an ambulance.

Wednesday, January 6

BFPD responded to 4th Street for a fall victim. Assisted TVEMS with patient care.

BFPD responded to S. County Line Road for a large animal rescue. Found a horse who had fallen through the outdoor pool cover and was in distress. The crew cut the pool cover so they could use rope leads to direct the horse to the shallow end stairs. The horse was then able to walk out of pool.

Thursday, January 7

BFPD had a walk-in medical for stomach pain to Station 1. The crew began taking patient care until TVEMS arrived and took over.

Friday, January 10

BFPD responded to a medical assist on Blue Mountain Avenue. The patient stated they were having chest pains. TVEMS arrived on scene and assumed patient care.

BFPD responded to a medical call on Franklin Avenue. Berthoud manpower was used to help assist TVEMS with patient care.

BFPD responded to Hubbell Street for an unconscious male. Squad 11 arrived and found patient to be responsive. LCSO staged outside while it was determined if there was a patient. TVEMS advised the Squad they could clear the scene.

Monday, January 11

BFPD responded to Franklin Avenue for a medical call to assist TVEMS with patient care.

BFPD responded to Glenview Drive for breathing problems. The crew assisted TVEMS with patient care.

Tuesday, January 12

BFPD responded to 9th Street to assist TVEMS with patient care.

Wednesday, January 13

BFPD responded to Cedar Drive for breathing problems, TVEMS arrived and assumed patient care.

Thursday, January 14

BFPD responded to Wilfred Road for non-injury motor vehicle accident. Drifting snow was on the road had caused one car to rear-end another.

BFPD responded to Weld County Road 1 for a medical call. The patient was deceased.

BFPD responded to Lake Avenue for a medical call. Patient care was turned over to TVEMS.

Friday, January 15

BFPD responded to Celestial Drive for a gas leak. The crew found that a backhoe had cut a gas line. The crew notified Excel Energy who came out and fixed the problem.

BFPD responded to LCR 2E for an outside rubbish fire. The crew explained to the property owner the rules associated with obtaining an agricultural burn permit.

BFPD responded to Torreys Peak Lane for a citizen assist with smoke detectors in the home. The crew changed the old ones out for new working ones.

Saturday, January 16

BFPD responded to WCR 7 and WCR 48 for a single vehicle in a ditch on its top. There were no injuries.

BFPD had a walk-in medical for back pain. BFPD began patient care, TVEMS arrived and took over patient care.

BFPD responded to Gentlewind Way for an allergic reaction. When TVEMS arrived, command was terminated.

Monday, January 18

BFPD was sent to Bunyan Avenue to evaluate a smoke odor, upon arrival the crew used the gas monitor and found nothing.

BFPD responded to Franklin Avenue for a medical call to assist TVEMS with patient care.

Wednesday, January 20

BFPD responded to Massachusetts Avenue for breathing problems. Patient care was turned over to TVEMS.

BFPD responded to a medical call on Highway 287. Assisted TVEMS with patient care for a diabetic problem.

BFPD responded to 6th Street for an unknown medical problem.

Thursday, January 21

BFPD responded to Mountain Avenue for a motor vehicle accident with no injuries. When TVEMS arrived, command was terminated.

BFPD responded to a medical call on Snowy Ridge Lane. TVEMS arrived on scene and assumed patient care.

BFPD responded to Franklin Avenue for an unconscious person. When TVEMS arrived command was terminated.

BFPD responded to Welch Avenue for a medical call. Patient had a laceration to his hand. TVEMS arrived on scene and assumed patient care.

Thursday, January 22

BFPD responded to N. 95th Street for a medical call. Patient care was turned over to TVEMS.

BFPD was called to I-25 MM 249 south bound. The crew found light damage to vehicles involved in a rear-end type motor vehicle accident. There were no injuries and the crew assisted Colorado State Patrol with moving cars out of the lanes of traffic.

BFPD responded to Iowa Avenue for a child locked in a bathroom with water running. An adult had been able to get the door open. The crew checked out the child for possible injuries. The child was fine and all units cleared scene.

BFPD responded to Martingale Drive for a medical call. Patient was sitting in a chair after a fall when BFPD arrived.

BFPD responded to 2nd Street for a medical assist along with TVEMS. BFPD assisted TVEMS with patient care.

Saturday, January 23

BFPD responded to Martingale Drive for a medical call. The crew found an individual with leg pain from a fall. Command was turned over to TVEMS.

Sunday, January 24

BFPD responded for a citizen assist on 3rd Street. The crew found a smoke alarm chirping in the living room which had a vaulted ceiling. Owners stated that the batteries had not been changed in a while. The crew was able to change all the smoke alarm batteries. A test function was done, all alarms operated normally.

BFPD responded to Franklin Avenue for a medical call to assist TVEMS with patient care.

Wednesday, January 27

BFPD responded to a medical call for a person on 4th Street who was having difficulty breathing. The crew assisted TVEMS with patient care.

BFPD responded to Wark Avenue for a medical call. The patient was having difficulty breathing. Station 2 personnel then transferred command to TVEMS.

Thursday, January 28

BFPD responded to Franklin Avenue for a medical call. When TVEMS arrived patient care was transferred to them.

BFPD responded to West County Road 4 for a medical assist. When TVEMS arrived it was determined transport was not necessary.

Friday, January 29

BFPD responded to 2nd Street for power lines down. Squad 11 checked for a blown transformer. Xcel Energy was notified of the outage and they dispatched workers to fix the problem.

BFPD responded to Schofield Road for a trash fire. The homeowner stated that he had put ashes from his fireplace in a barrel. Due to the high winds the embers blew out of the barrel and started slash piles on fire. E-2 deployed an attack line for the fire control and mop-up operations. The fire was quickly knocked down, and mop-up was complete.

Saturday, January 30

BFPD responded for a sick person on W LCR 4. Patient was conscious and breathing. E-2 assisted TVEMS with patient care.

BFPD responded for a sick person on LCR 17. Patient care was turned over to TVEMS.

Sunday, January 31

BFPD responded to Larimer County Road 2 for a medical assist. The individual was sitting on the floor after a fall. The fire crew assisted TVEMS with getting the patient back into bed.

BFPD had a walk-in to Station 1 for a medical call. TVEMS arrived who took over the patient’s care.

BFPD responded to LCR 10E for a vehicle fire. The crew found an older Ford pick-up with a fully involved passenger compartment fire. BFPD extinguished the fire. The investigation was completed and a report offered to Larimer County Sheriff’s office.

BFPD responded to Wilford Road for a person having chest pains. The crew found the patient sitting upright in the living room. Patient stated that new medication was causing chest pains. BFPD assisted with patient care with TVEMS.

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Berthoud Police Blotter: January 2016 http://www.berthoudrecorder.com/berthoud-police-blotter-january-2016/ http://www.berthoudrecorder.com/berthoud-police-blotter-january-2016/#respond Fri, 05 Feb 2016 15:15:50 +0000 http://www.berthoudrecorder.com/?p=37791 Berthoud Logo

Larimer_Sheriff

 

Provided by
James Anderson
Patrol Sergeant: Berthoud Squad

 

Friday, January 1, 2016

Assist to Ft. Collins PD: 300 block of Turner Avenue, a 59-year-old man was taken into custody on Fort Collins Police Services charges.

Saturday, January 2

Driving Under the Influence of Drugs: Hwy 287 & CR17, an 18-year-old woman was arrested for Driving while under the influence of drugs (marijuana). Marijuana is legal in the State of Colorado but driving high is not!

Suspicious Incident: 800 block of Longview Avenue, a resident thought she heard what sounded like a bomb going off followed by gunshots. Deputies searched the area and did not locate any damage or evidence of an explosion.

Driving while License Revoked: CR17 and Hwy 287, a 40-year-old man was arrested for driving while his license was revoked

Driving while License Revoked: Hwy 287 at mile marker 323, a 29-year-old man was arrested for driving while his license was revoked.

Driving while License Revoked: Hwy 287 & CR17, a 28-year-old woman was arrested for driving while her license was revoked.

Sunday, January 3

Racing / Speeding: Hwy 287 at mile marker 327, two women drivers were stopped for speeding, 72 mph in a posted 55 mph zone.

Monday, January 4

Business Assist: 100 block of Mountain Avenue, a former employee came in today and caused a scene when he turned in his keys.

Vehicle Crash Non-Injury: 300 block of Colorado Avenue, a driver slid on the icy road and struck a parked vehicle.

Tuesday, January 5

Tampering / Criminal Mischief: Three houses along S. 9th St. and Kansas were found to be recently TP’d. The assailants first wet the TP so when the residents found it the TP was frozen solid. While cleaning up the mess one resident pulled on the frozen TP and damaged the gutter on the house.

Animal Problem (barking dog): 800 block of 10th, deputy contacted the owner who just got home. He will keep better watch of his dog’s barking.

Wednesday, January 6

Assault/Domestic Violence: 600 block of Pyramid Peak Street, a 39-year-old man was arrested for assaulting his wife.

Suspicious Incident: 1500 block of CR17 Loveland Reservoir, a motorist drove by the lake and saw a couple of people on the ice in the middle of the lake. When the motorist drove back by a minute later they could not see anyone and thought the people fell through the ice. Turns out the people were ice fishing and they went into their ice fishing hut to warm up.

Family Problems: 300 block of E Colorado, a mother and her step-son got into an argument and the step-son assaulted the step-mom. Parents did not want to press charges.

Theft of Services: 700 block of 5th, a resident reported someone placed an old mattress on top of her trash cans. Deputy followed tracks in the snow back to another address in the 700 block of 6th.

Thursday, January 7

Liquor Code Violation: Possible liquor code violation of a Berthoud establishment for over serving a 55-year-old man, who was arrested for DUI after leaving this establishment.

Suspicious Circumstances: 300 block of Nebraska Ave, two residents witnessed two vehicles park in front of homes that are under construction at different points during the evening. Each time a party exited each vehicle and quickly entered one of the two homes and then left. It’s unknown if these were construction workers picking up equipment or if the buildings were actually burglarized.

Friday, January 8

Fraud: 1900 block of Riverglen Dr., a resident reported someone used 3 of her credit cards.

Trespass: 100 block of Mountain Ave, a 49-year-old disgruntled ex-employee returned to this location to take photographs to, as he put it “document” his claims”. Later the same man called to report that his ex-boss hadn’t shoveled her sidewalks (snow was still falling). He then came to the town hall to talk about the “garbage” behind his ex-employer’s business.

Saturday, January 9

Citizen Complaint: Downtown area on Mountain Avenue, the same 49-year-old man from yesterday called in today to report that several businesses along Mountain had not shoveled the snow off of the sidewalks.

Family Problems: 1100 block of Arapahoe, a 15year old girl and her dad got into an argument about his drinking. Dad was slightly intoxicated, and agreed to let his daughter go to her mother’s house.

Sunday, January 10

Burglary/Theft/Public Indecency (Urinating in Public): 800 block of Pyramid Peak Street, a resident called to report that an unknown individual entered his residence sometime during the night through an unlocked back door and stole his wife’s purse, wallet, iPhone, and Kindle Fire. While deputies were investigating the suspect’s footprints in the snow it became evident that the suspect also urinated in the back yard.

Assault: 800 block of Franklin Ave: a 65-year-old man assaulted his roommate.

Alarm: 100 block of Bunyan Avenue: The alarm has gone off twice tonight and continues to sound. The key holder shut it off the first time, but now won’t answer his phone. The alarm is loud and can be heard several blocks away. Dispatch has received multiple calls on the alarm.

Medical Assist: 800 block of Franklin Avenue, a 71-year-old man wanted to report abuse by his care takers. His chief complaints were about the staff’s attitude, and the fact that he believes the facility to be an ISIS training facility.

Monday, January 11

Abandoned Vehicle: 600 Block of 2nd Street, a vehicle that was tagged 72 hours previously was towed.

Vehicle Tagged for 72 Hour Removal: 800 Block of Welch Avenue, Blue Toyota with expired temporary tag.

Renter Problems: 1600 block of Glacier Ave, a resident reported he rented out his residence to friends and they moved out breaking the verbal lease. After they left he noticed they took several items from the residence.

Tuesday, January 12

Vehicle Crash: A driver did not scrape the frost from her windshield and when she turned east on Mountain the sun hitting the frost totally blocked her vision. She decided to turn left into a parking lot but there was another vehicle coming eastbound and vehicles collided.

Theft: 500 block of Third Street, a 33-year-oldwoman grabbed a drill set and ran out the door and took off in a vehicle. Witnesses did an excellent job with suspect descriptions which ultimately was the key contributing factor in locating the suspect. She was located in Longmont identified and arrested. The stolen items were still in her vehicle and were collected and returned to the store.

Underage Possession of Tobacco Product: 900 block of Massachusetts Ave, a 14-year-old was in possession of a “vape pen”.

Business Assist: 800 block of Franklin Ave, reported a patient was reported missing. She was found by staff at the corner of Massachusetts Ave and 8th Street.

Wednesday, January 13

Criminal Mischief: 100 block of 5th Street, someone decided to display their intelligence by painting graffiti on the outside wall of the school.

Civil Stand-by: 200 block of E Colorado, a renter was moving out of his residence and because of issues between him and the landlord a civil stand-by was requested.

Burglary: 600 block of 4th Street, a citizen observed someone breaking into the back office of the Laundromat. The citizen confronted the male and he left the store. The citizen and several others positively identified a 47-year-old local man.

Business Assist: 1000 block of 2nd Street, an angry parent called a dispensary stating she found containers from the dispensary in her 16-year-old daughter’s room. Item was not sold to her by the dispensary, but the investigation continues on how the 16-year-old came into possession of the container.

Thursday, January 14

Suspicious Incident: 600 block of Lake Avenue, an investigation was started on suspicious activity found on a computer.

Family Problems: 900 block of Wilshire, a mother got into an argument with her adult daughter because the daughter was not supposed to be at the residence.

Abandoned Vehicle: 1400 block of Mount Meeker, neighbor reported vehicle has been parked out in front of his house for weeks. Saturn tagged for 72- hour tow.

Found Property: 2700 block of N Wilson, a Pastor called asking the sheriff’s office to collect a white baggie with a crystal substance that was brought to the church by a Berthoud resident. Substance tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine.

Friday, January 15

Vehicle Crash/Driving Too Fast for Road Conditions: 4th Street & Massachusetts Ave, a driver was driving north on 4th street and made a left hand turn onto Massachusetts Ave. He took the turn too fast and lost control on the ice. He collided with a parked vehicle causing damage to the driver side door.

Family Problems: 1400 block of 4th Street: a man and his ex-wife had an argument during a child custody exchange. He stated that as his ex drove off from the exchange, she drove over his left foot.

Warrant Arrest/ Family Problems: 500 block of S 9th Street, a resident called in a family disturbance involving her intoxicated husband. The female had two misdemeanor warrants and was booked at the jail.

Saturday, January 16

Vehicle Tagged for 72 Hour Removal: Tagged a green Subaru Outback in the Berthoud park and ride for 72 hours.

Open Container: 700 block of Mountain Ave, a 33-year-old man was contacted as a passenger of a vehicle during a traffic stop. The man was clearly intoxicated and had a glass of rum and coke next to him in a cup holder.

Sunday, January 17

Stolen Vehicle Recovered: Fountain, Colorado, the Fountain Police Department located the vehicle that was reported stolen from Berthoud back in December. Fountain Police made contact with that resident where the vehicle was located and talked with a woman, who stated that her half-brother had brought the vehicle over to the home for Christmas. He told her that he had borrowed the vehicle and that someone would be by to pick it up later.

Vehicle Crash: Hwy 287 & Mountain Ave: a 19-year-old man was following too closely in his vehicle and rear-ended another vehicle.

Monday, January 18

Suspicious Circumstances: Berthoud Fire Station 1 – Fire Department called to report that someone had run over their sign spotlights.

Civil Issue: 200 block of 1st Street, the owner of Longmont business called to report that the landlord where he stores his vehicles was cutting his trucks up into pieces to be hauled off to be sold for scrap because he abandoned them.

Family Problems: 1100 block of 4th Street, a 17-year-old boy was grounded after lying to his parents. After being informed of the discipline, the boy attempted to run away from home. Mom attempted to stop him but he pushed her out of his way then pushed out the screen on the window.

Tuesday, January 19

72 Hour Tow: Berthoud Park and Ride – Towed a green Subaru that had been in the park and ride for well over 72 hours.

Suspicious Circumstances: 100 block of E 3rd Street, a woman called to report that an ex-boyfriend had taken inappropriate videos of her without her knowledge.

Family Problems: 1400 block of 4th Street, a mother went to her ex’s apartment to pick up her daughter. Father was a no show for the exchange. The deputy contacted the grandmother of the child, who informed him that her son had filed for an emergency custody order.

Wednesday, January 20

Vehicle Crash/Failed to Yield When Entering the Roadway: 400 block of Mountain Avenue, a driver did not look properly before attempting to enter the lane of traffic. The driver struck another vehicle causing moderate damage to both vehicles.

Family Problems: 1400 block of 4th Street, a mother called to try to get her daughter away from the dad again. The Emergency Protection order was signed by a judge and both mom and dad said they were aware of it.

Civil Issue: 200 block 1st Street, a man called to report that a flatbed trailer he was keeping at this property may be missing. His employee told him he couldn’t find it, but didn’t want to look around the property for it and “cause problems.” Deputy contacted the land owner and the trailer was still there.

Civil Issue: 900 block of Wilshire Drive, a woman claims her ex-roommate deposited her tax return check into her account without permission.

Vehicle Crash/Hit and Run: Mountain Avenue and Gateway Blvd, unknown vehicle left the roadway traveling westbound on Mountain Avenue striking 3 signs.

Thursday, January 21

Vehicle Crash: 200 block of Mountain Avenue, an 18-year-old woman had a medical issue while driving on Mountain Avenue; her vehicle crossed the roadway, hit a tree then struck the old Grace Place building.

Fraud: 100 block of E Indiana Avenue, a resident believed she was hired as a personal assistant at GiveWell Inc. She received a check for 1500.00 in the mail and was told to cash the check and send the money to two different charities in the Philippines. An employee at Western Union alerted her that this was a fraud. She was not out any money and the bank was able to stop the check.

Extra Patrol: 500 block of Bunyan, a father of a student was causing problems in a threatening manner towards other parents while they were dropping off their children for school. It was reported that he also drives recklessly when he comes and goes.

DUI/Failed to Stop at a Stop Sign: CR8 and Gateway Blvd., a 51-year-old man was arrested for DUI after he was stopped for failing to stop at a stop sign.

Underage Possession of Marijuana: CR8 and Hwy 287, a 19-year-old man was in possession of marijuana and paraphernalia found on a traffic stop. He is on bond, and the conditions specify no drugs.

Friday, January 22

Failed to Display Valid Registration/ Owner Operated Uninsured Vehicle/Defective Break Light: 1st Street and Mountain Ave, Blue BMW driven by a 19-year-old man had no visible registration and a defective brake light. The driver could not provide proof of insurance or valid registration. Upon search of the vehicle a black canister with marijuana and a glass pipe were found.

Animal Call/Neighbor Problems: 100 block of Hummingbird Pl, Neighbor to this address called multiple times to report the dogs at this address were barking.

Follow-up/Charges Filed: Welch Avenue and 1st Street, a vehicle matching the description of the run vehicle from the hit and run at CR8 and Gateway Blvd on 012016 was stopped for a traffic infraction. A 47-year-old man was the driver and admitted to the incident.

Warrant Arrest: 200 block of 2nd Street, a 23-year-old man contacted for a welfare check and arrested for an active warrant.

Assist to Larimer Drug Task Force: 200 block of 2nd Street, SWAT was called for a search warrant service where a 30-year-old man was taken into custody.

Saturday, January 23

Harassment/Domestic Violence: 500 block of S. 9th Street, a 46-year-old woman poured a drink on her 42-year-old boyfriend of 12 years.

Sunday, January 24

Juvenile Problems: 600 block of 8th Street, a father called after finding out his 17-year-old son was at this address and was using drugs and alcohol.

Monday, January 25

Vehicle Crash: 1st Street & Mountain Avenue, a driver collided with a curb and street sign while trying to avoid rear-ending another vehicle, instead, hitting a CDOT sign.

Possible Disturbance / Driving Under Revocation: 1800 Block of S CR 17, a rolling disturbance (in a moving vehicle) involving a 24-year-old man and a woman. The man was also found to be driving with a revoked license.

Domestic Violence / Harassment: CR17 & Hwy 287, a 24-year-old man was yelling and pushed his open hand into the face of his girlfriend during an argument.

Assist Weld County Sheriff: CR13 & CR10, Weld County Sheriff’s Office called in an assist to search for a 23-year-old man near County Line Road and CR 6C. This man had multiple warrants and had just committed a burglary in Weld County.  The deputy located the man on CR13 at CR10, where he was taken into custody and eventually turned over to Weld County Sheriff’s Office.

Tuesday, January 26

Suspicious Behavior: 1st Street & Turner Avenue, a 53-year-old local man was stopped for speeding and a brake light out. During the contact he was passively arguing with the deputy about the stop. He wanted to know when it became state law that you need your brake lights to be working. The man also told the deputy that he thought speed limit signs in Town were only suggestions. He was educated by receiving a ticket.

Wednesday, January 27

Restraining Order Violation: 900 block of Mountain Avenue, a 25-year-old man contacted two coworkers of the person he is restrained from, which is a violation of the restraining order.

Thursday, January 28

Follow-up: 800 block of Pyramid Peak Street, some of the items stolen in a burglary were located and returned to the victim. The victims met with a 17-year-old male who stated he found these items.

Vehicle Crash: 900 block of Mountain Avenue, a driver struck another vehicle while pulling into a parking space.

Friday, January 29

Traffic Problem: Berthoud Elementary School on Longs Peak Ave, Parents are stopping in the middle of the road to let their children out creating a traffic jam.

Revoked License: Hwy 287 & CR17, a 25-year-old Longmont woman was stopped for a traffic violation and it was discovered her licensed is under restraint.

Saturday, January 30

Vehicle Theft: 1300 block of 4th Street, a resident reported her blue 50cc scooter was stolen sometime last night.

Revoked License / Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO) / Fictitious Plates / Operated a Motor Vehicle with no Insurance: 1800 block of N CR 15C, a 57-year-old Loveland man arrived on a scene that a deputy was investigating. He was found to be revoked HTO with plates belonging to another vehicle.

Sunday, January 31

Found Property: 200 block of 2nd Street, a resident found a small bike propped against his recycling bin.

Follow-up: 200 block of 1st Street, a Loveland man called again to report that a one of his trucks was towed from the property. He wasn’t sure who towed it or why, but had paperwork of where it was towed.

Assault / Criminal Mischief / Harassment: 200 block 2nd Street, a 35-year-old resident was assaulted with a spoon by her 17-year-old son resulting in injuries which required stitches. The son also broke a window while fleeing the residence.

Burglary: 300 block of Mountain Avenue, a business was broken into sometime last night. The tip money, Alcohol, and money drawer were stolen. If you have any information, please contact the sheriff’s office at 416-1985.

Intoxicated Person: 200 block of Mountain Avenue, a 25-year-old man walked into the Berthoud Fire Station very intoxicated and asking for help. The man was transported to the hospital and a few hours later he was released and arrested for Wednesday’s Domestic Violence / Restraining order Violation case.

Warrant / False Reporting: Hwy 56 & / CR1, a 24-year-old woman gave a fictitious name to deputies on a traffic stop. Her true identity was located and she had a warrant out for her arrest.

DUI: Hwy 287, a 23-year-old woman was stopped for a traffic violation and found to be under the influence of alcohol.

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Obituary: Doris A. Heckert http://www.berthoudrecorder.com/obituary-doris-a-heckert/ Wed, 27 Jan 2016 19:23:07 +0000 http://www.berthoudrecorder.com/?p=37957 Obituary wreathDoris A. Heckert of Berthoud, Colorado went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, January 21, 2016. She was born to Wesley B. Heckert and Grace Mason Heckert on April 28, 1926 on a farm in Lenawee County Michigan where she loved the farm life and being close to nature. She graduated from Sand Creek High School, Sand Creek, Michigan in 1944. She continued her education and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and a Master of Arts Degree from Sienna Heights College in Adrian, Michigan.

Doris taught school for 30 years, the first six being in a one room country school where she was janitor as well as teacher. She found these years interesting and good training for the rest of her teaching career. She taught at Houghton Lake, Michigan for four years and three years in Tecumseh, Michigan. During these years she also worked as a telephone operator and as a Bookmobile Librarian at the Lenawee County Library in Adrian, Michigan.

The later years of her teaching career were spent as an employee of the United States Government, teaching the children of U.S. military servicemen in various parts of the world. She held teaching assignments with the U.S. Army in Frankfurt and Augsburg Germany. She also held assignments with the U.S. Navy in Kenitra, Morocco and with the U.S. Airforce at Incirlik Air Base, Adana, Turkey; Soesterberg, the Netherlands; and at Woodbridge/Bentwater Air Base near the North Sea in England. During movement from one assignment to another, she drove alone in her little Volkswagen automobile from Frankfurt Germany through several Communist held territories to Istanbul Turkey for her assignment at Incirlik Air Base in Adana Turkey. It was a nerve wracking trip but, thankfully, occurred without incident.

She traveled extensively in Europe and the Middle East while teaching, the highlight being two trips to the Holy Land.

Doris enjoyed music and loved to sing. She sang in several church choirs and occasionally as a soloist. She also enjoyed sports and was an avid fan of the Detroit Tigers, Colorado Rockies and the Denver Broncos.

She was preceded in death by two siblings and is survived by a brother David Heckert of Berthoud, Colorado and numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

Cremation will take place with a memorial service to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to a charity of your choice. Go to www.viegutfuneralhome.com for condolences.

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Lundberg January 2016 Newsletter http://www.berthoudrecorder.com/lundberg-january-2016-newsletter/ Wed, 27 Jan 2016 16:13:20 +0000 http://www.berthoudrecorder.com/?p=37951  Kevin Lundberg

  1. Health Exchange Tax
  2. Death Penalty
  3. Observations on Iowa

 

  1. Health Exchange Tax

The first bill I introduced this year, Senate Bill 2, will require the voters in Colorado to approve the tax imposed on them by the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange. If the exchange wants to tax the people $30,321,000, they should go to the voters and the voters should be allowed to make that decision.

TABOR (the Taxpayer Bill of Rights) requires that all new taxes be approved by a vote of the people, but the Exchange was set up with a “fee” on all medical insurance premiums in the state, which is really a tax. Senate Bill 2 is designed to cure this unconstitutional tax by finally bringing this tax to a vote of the citizens of Colorado.

Changing the name of a thing does not change the nature of a thing. A tax is a tax, and the people must have the option to say yes or no to the tax.

  1. Death Penalty

Another bill I have introduced is Senate Bill 64, changing the jury standards for death penalty sentencing. Currently the law requires the jury in a criminal case to make a unanimous decision for determining guilt of the accused and then another unanimous decision to impose the death penalty. My bill maintains the unanimous requirement for a guilty verdict, but makes it a super majority decision for the sentencing phase of the trial.

This bill addresses a significant problem we have seen in Colorado twice last year. In two separate trials criminals who murdered in cold blood numerous innocent people were convicted of first degree murder. Though the death penalty was the logical conclusion for both trials, by a slim minority of the jury, both received life in prison.

Senate Bill 64 has already generated a great deal of discussion, which is what we need to begin this serious debate. Colorado’s death penalty is not functional. If the Aurora shooter does not get the death penalty, who could possibly qualify? The legislature needs to face up to this reality. Senate Bill 64 will correct this problem.

Editorial Comment: As most people are moving away from the death penalty Keving Lundberg wants to make it easier to do.
Ten Reasons To Oppose the Death Penalty

  1. Observations on Iowa

Trump is playing politics. Cruz is practicing policy.

The establishment is trying to destroy them both, but for the time being they are supporting Trump in order to attack Cruz. I am certain that if they get Cruz out of the way they will once again go after Trump, find a way to also destroy him and leave the field open for whomever they want to nominate. Shame on any conservative leader who plays into these nefarious tricks.

Ted Cruz seems to be the front-runner in the Iowa Caucuses. Predictably, everyone is now attacking him in an effort to bring their guy up. However, many are so desperate to take Ted down that they are willing to make a dramatic about-face and throw their support behind Trump. Beware of their methods. This is not to support Trump for president, it is a temporary strategy that we often see during too many presidential primaries.

Meanwhile, Cruz is running with integrity. He is being honest with the Iowa voters by not supporting government funded ethanol subsidies (a popular government program with Iowa corn growers), he is refraining from attacking the character of his opponents and focusing on the important themes of national security and free market principles.

Good for Ted! This is why I have thrown my support behind his presidential candidacy. We need more leaders, and fewer politicians in these challenging times.

Editorial Note: Do we really want a president that seems to not ever tell the truth: The Simple Truth About Ted Cruz and Ted Cruz’s Claim to Truth is a Big Fat Lie. 

For Life and Liberty!

Kevin Lundberg
Colorado State Senator for District 15
Assistant Majority Leader

Editor: Also, in response to Lundberg’s recent witch hunt against Planned Parenthood based on some altered videos, the Texas courts investigating the issue have found no wrong doing by Planned Parenthood, but found plenty of wrong doing by the film’s creators and has issued indictments against them. See more here: 2 Abortion Foes Behind Planned Parenthood Videos Are Indicted.

When you have to lie to make your case, then something is wrong with your ideology. Will Kevin apologize. Highly unlikely.

 

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Age-Friendly Larimer County http://www.berthoudrecorder.com/age-friendly-larimer-county/ Mon, 25 Jan 2016 04:04:58 +0000 http://www.berthoudrecorder.com/?p=37824 Johnson_Steve (1)

By: Larimer County Commissioner Steve Johnson

On November 24, 2015, the Larimer County Board of Commissioners signed a letter of intent for Larimer County to join the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. We believe this is important because the network helps participating communities become great places for older adults and people of all ages by adopting such features as safe, walkable streets, better housing and transportation options, access to key services, and opportunities for residents to be engaged in their community. Communities participating in the program commit to a rigorous assessment cycle which includes a public strategic planning process followed by implementation over five years or more.

Larimer County is going through an unprecedented demographic shift. With all of the Baby Boom generation now age 50 and older, the nation, including Northern Colorado is increasingly becoming populated by older adults. The number of older adults is expected to increase by 71% between 2014 and 2024, and will comprise 31% of the population of Larimer County. Much of the planning for this demographic change must be done at the local level and Larimer County is proud to be one of 73 communities across the country, and the 3rd in Colorado, to be part of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities.

The Larimer County initiative is a community-based effort led by the Partnership for Age-Friendly Communities (PAFC) to ensure that Larimer County incorporates the infrastructure, design and community resources that will be needed to accommodate the area’s growing population of older adults. The PAFC has a 22-member advisory committee that guides the organization and represents a number of community, government and civic organizations. The Foundation on Aging and the Larimer County Office on Aging collaborate on the day-to-day administration of the project.

On February 11, AARP Colorado will present a certificate to the Board of County Commissioners indicating that Larimer County has become part of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. This event takes place at the Larimer County Courthouse, 200 W. Oak Street in Fort Collins from 2-3p.m. A short presentation will be followed by a reception for community members. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Larimer County Office on Aging at 970-498-7759.

This event will signify the launch of a process that will last years and involve considerable public input and participation. PAFC looks forward to establishing collaborative relationships with a wide range of public, private, non-profit and individual interests as the formal process of planning for an age-friendly future begins. It is our hope that the result will be that Larimer County will be an even better place for people to grow up and grow old, resulting in a livable community for all ages.

Written by Larimer County Commissioner Steve Johnson, District 2 Commissioner since 2009, and Katy Mason, Program Coordinator with the Larimer County Office on Aging, kmason@larimer.org.

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