This week in Loveland history for July 31-Aug. 6, 2022 – Loveland Reporter-Herald

2022-07-31 15:07:03 By : Lily Cao

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• Thompson School Board members were looking at school boundary line changes that would relieve overcrowding at Loveland High School and Lucile Erwin Middle School.

• Larimer County officials agreed to ease building restrictions for three years for those who lost their homes in the High Park Fire. The interim county planning director said staff would try to “accelerate the process and make it as user-friendly as we can.” Residents asked county commissioners to also help with the cost of fees and with roads suffering from fire-related erosion and flooding.

• Loveland was recruiting a rent-paying farmer to cultivate a 98-acre tract of land the city bought for $4.85 million in 2007. The city had purchased the land at the southwest corner of Interstate 25 and Colo. 402 with an eye on commercial development, but the economic crash of 2008 caused a delay in development, leaving the city holding the land. In the sale the city inherited long-term tenants who had been farming the land, but city officials were hoping a new lease could result in more income for the city.

• Deputies with the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office showed up at a wedding at Ellis Ranch when a large disturbance erupted there, and issued citations to three people, one for harassment, one for third-degree assault and one for criminal mischief and harassment.

• Campion resident Judy Olson showed off some of the dresses she had recently sewed for orphanages overseas through International Children’s Care, a ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The 89-year-old, who had been sewing since she was 12, had been making clothing for children for 20 years.

• Larimer County announced it would partner with cities and water districts on erosion control measures and projects in the wake of the High Park Fire. The county commissioners approved an initial letter to the Natural Resources Conservation Service stating that they were at the table as a potential local sponsor for aerial seeding and mulching projects to protect water from ash and debris. No dollar amounts or details were specified, only that the county was willing to participate.

• A long line of residents showed up to support the Loveland Chick-fil-A restaurant after a rallying cry from a former Republican presidential candidate calling for support in the aftermath of a controversy and boycott of the chain after its president made remarks about gay marriage. Several hundred people showed up for lunch at the Loveland restaurant with a line winding around the building.

• Banner Health was relocating Family Practice Associates two miles southwest to a larger building, which was described as close enough for existing patients and far enough away to reach an under-served section of Loveland. The clinic, renamed Southwest Loveland Banner Health Center opened at 1230 14th St. SW, moving from its former location at 914 W. Sixth St.

•The Thompson School District was preparing for the new school year with nine new elementary school principals, a new principal at Mountain View High School and several new assistant principals. “Our job is to make sure there’s an effective leader in every building and we feel like we’ve been able to do that,” said Judy Skupa, acting superintendent.

• About 1,000 youths cast their fishing lines into trout-filled tanks at the Larimer County Fair on a Sunday afternoon. Fair officials expected about 3,000 total to participate in the attraction by the end of the fair.

• A nonprofit named Izzy’s Place Senior Dog Rescue was moving forward with a team of volunteers offering foster homes for unwanted, abandoned or homeless senior dogs near the end of their lives or who had debilitating conditions. Shereen  Raucci founded the rescue in November 2011 with her late husband Paul to help senior dogs who often had years of love and life left and were already trained. “We want to open people’s eyes and show them the love these senior dogs have,” she said. “They’re so appreciative of everything.” After a two-month hiatus after Paul died in a car crash, the nonprofit was back in place in both Colorado and New York, where Shereen had moved to be closer to family. Nearly 40 volunteers, including 18 foster families, were approved and ready to work on behalf of the nonprofit, which  had a new director for the Colorado chapter in Nicole Deubach.

• A retired pastor and school teacher, Gene Kennedy announced his candidacy for Loveland City Council, the first candidate that year to say he would run.

• Larimer County commissioners approved new rates for the Larimer County Landfill. The minimum fee was rising from $2.50 per load to $2.70, an 8% increase. Other fees were going up between 8% and 37%. The new rates were in response to a deficit at the landfill that commissioners feared could reach $900,000.

• At a neighborhood meeting, neighbors had mostly negative comments for a 161-unit apartment complex proposed on North Lincoln Avenue. But the developer of Orchards Apartments said the city had determined there was a great need for affordable, multifamily housing.

• Larimer County commissioners agreed to spend $325,000 in open space dollars for a 170-acre parcel beside Pinewood Reservoir that could serve as a regional park buffer.

• Residents of two mobile home parks hit by the Spring Creek flash flood in Fort Collins — Johnson’s Center and South College — trudged back to their former homes to see the damage. Estimates were that 95% of the two trailer courts, containing a total of 92 homes and many vehicles, were destroyed. Across the whole flooding area, five people perished, and there were an estimated 1,000 businesses and homes damaged, along with Colorado State University. Poudre Valley Hospital reported 54 patients with flood-related injury or illness, though only five were admitted, including a 6-month-old girl. President Bill Clinton issued a major disaster declaration for the flooding in Larimer, Morgan and Logan counties, opening up different types of federal assistance to the flooded areas.

• A longtime Loveland resident won $5 million in the Colorado Lottery. He chose the annunity option, meaning he would receive an initial check for $85,000 after taxes followed by a check, increasing by 3.7%, every year until 2021. That year, the resident and his wife would receive a final payment of $203,276 after taxes. The man, who said he had bought one ticket per drawing since 1990, won on a “quick pick” where a computer chose his winning numbers: 2-10-14-17-25-41.

• Those planning to flock to Loveland for the Promise Keepers Task Force rally at Resurrection Fellowship in early August were looking for places to stay because organizers hadn’t realized its event would run up against Loveland’s annual weekend of art shows that brought in up to 20,000 people per year. The men planning to attend the Christian ministry event were finding only full hotels — officials were saying that all of the city’s 570 rooms were booked — and exploring whether they could stay with local residents.

• A domestic disturbance erupted into a shooting at a home on Seventh Street in Loveland, leaving a young husband dead and his wife and a friend of the couple seriously wounded. The husband and wife were in the process of divorcing when he used a .22 revolver to shoot his wife and the other man. His wife ran to a neighbor’s home to summon police, and a responding officer shot the husband after he shot at the officer. The officer suffered superficial powder burns on his face.

• Plans were being formulated to convert the Stanley Hotel into a year-round convention-recreation attraction. Leon Fedderson, president of Stanley Club Hotels Ltd., said the goal was to make the mountain community a major convention site, and make the town “a 12-month attraction, not just a summer tourist stop.” Fedderson had assumed operation of the hotel in April 1972. He denied rumors that the historic hotel would be razed. “I didn’t go into the hotel to tear it down. I think it is more than a hotel, more than a landmark. I think it can play a big part in helping make Estes Park a thriving community.”

• The Juvenile Probation Department, based in Fort Collins, was looking for about 70 volunteers willing to work with the youths on probation, with a particular need for volunteers in Loveland. The volunteers could sign up for long-term person-to-person relationships with the youths or for “one-time contributions” that could include inviting the youngsters on probation for a weekend mountain trip or to join the volunteer’s family on a day trip to the  Denver Zoo. “We can use everybody,” said Carol Stockman, who had just been appointed as coordinator of volunteer services for the department.

• All Larimer County offices were closed one day in observance of Colorado Day, which celebrates the admission of Colorado into the Union in 1876.

• A handful of Loveland residents, when surveyed while going about their daily business, expressed sympathy for Sen. Thomas Eagleton of Missouri who resigned under pressure from running as vice president alongside Sen. George McGovern’s bid for president after revealing that he had undergone psychiatric care in past years. “It’s this attitude of people toward mental health that has set mental health education back 20 years,” said resident Valeria Sorensen. One resident said the revelation showed McGovern should have been more thorough in vetting his running mate, while others said they were sure that McGovern would still win the presidency.

• Local residents were preparing for a 15-mile bike ride around Loveland to benefit St. Jude’s Hospital, part of a nationwide effort to raise $1 million for the children’s research hospital. Sponsored by the local Epsilon Sigma Alpha, a women’s service organization, the local ride was to start and finish at Lakeside Park. A group of riders raising money through a cross-country ride that started in Washington, D.C., was slated to pedal into Loveland on Aug. 13 to pick up the money raised by the local bike ride. Known as the Million Dollar Bike Ride, organizers were expecting more than 70,000 riders in over 500 communities across the country, including Loveland. St. Jude’s Hospital was celebrating its 10th anniversary.

• Blistering hot weather prompted the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District to release an additional 31,000 acres of irrigation water as requests for more water were flowing into the district after a particularly hot weekend.

• Judge Conrad L. Ball ruled that a Loveland police officer “acted in self-defense” in the shooting death of a 29-year-old Loveland man, ruling that the death about a week earlier was a “justifiable homicide”  and that “no crime was committed.” Attorneys on both sides of the case before Ball agreed and asked for that ruling. District Attorney David Wood, appearing for the people with Assistant District Attorney Stu VanMeveren, stated to the court that all the evidence showed that the officer “acted properly to save his own life.” Attorney John Chilson appeared on behalf of the officer in the case.

• The first cooperative development mobile home park in Colorado opened on the west side of Interstate 25 just south of the Windsor exit. Arapahoe Village was a 63-acre community with 370 mobile home sites as well as a large clubhouse, a swimming pool and play areas. The cooperative venture mean that residents of the park purchased their home sites and an equal share of the community space, rather than renting the site for their mobile home. “This procedure gives the residents the tax advantage of ownership,” according to the sales manager for the park. Residents would also elect a board of directors and they would actually run the park.

• “A J Houts went to Denver on Saturday to see S J Gilmore with a view to buying some water for irrigation purposes if such a thing was possible,” the July 31, 1902, issue of the Loveland Reporter said. “All over this state the scarcity of water is getting to be a very serious proposition — and it behooves every user to be economical in the usage of water that is now running. The wasting of water in past years has been considerable — but now rigid economy must prevail.”

• The editor of the Loveland Reporter pointed out it had been 117 days since an ordinance was created ordering a crosswalk from the Newspaperdom building to the west side B Street. “Since that date a new board has been acting diametrically opposite to that order,” he said. Instead, he said, B Street had been poorly graded “and a bird couldn’t fly the length of the street without stubbing its toes! But about this crosswalk — WILL THE BOARD EVER ACT?”

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