This week in Loveland history, September 25-October. February 2, 2022 – Loveland Reporter-Herald

10 years ago

• Alternatives to Violence hired consultant Leah Johnson of JD Consulting to help plan the safe house development. “This economy has shown us that there is an urgent need for shelter,” said executive director Linda Nelson.

• While he has not yet started work, incoming Thompson School District Superintendent Stan Schell met with administration, staff and school board members during the last week of September. “I’m trying to use this time to really listen,” he said.

• Dan West, a longtime meat cutter at the Safeway store in Loveland, retired after 36 years with the company, 22 of them in Loveland. He said he would miss the people he met every day. The job has changed over the years, he said, with whole sides of beef no longer hanging on hooks in the meat department waiting to be sliced, and chickens no longer being sent whole to stores in ice cubes.

• Loveland’s Gary and Sue Yeager show arrows at the Stone Age Exposition. Gary Yeager said he found his first arrow in 1952 at Namaqua Ridge. “I was fascinated by the thought that the Indians made (arrows) hundreds of years ago,” he said, explaining how he became interested in the hobby.

• While Loveland’s bylaw states that the city council should be nonpartisan, former councilor and mayoral candidate Dave Clark announced on the campaign’s Facebook page that he is a Republican, while his opponent Paul Mueller is a Democrat. Mayor Cecil Gutierrez said he was uncomfortable with partisanship. “The problem is when you engage in partisan politics at the local level, you have to work with people from every political faction. You can’t solve problems based on ideology. At City Council, I’m looking for problem solvers, not theorists ,” said the mayor.

• Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, who campaigned at the Walker manufacturing plant in Fort Collins, told the crowd: “We’re choosing what kind of country we’re going to have in a generation.”

• While everyone in the region needs to do more to reduce water use, the region won’t be able to “conserve water” projected There will be shortages by 2030.

• Home of Neighborhood Services announced plans to lead a community life center that will serve as a building for multiple organizations. “The idea is to bring services under one roof to better serve families and create opportunities for more relationships,” said HNS executive director Glorie Magrum.

• Larimer County Conservation Corps youth work to clear invasive Siberian elms at the River Bluffs open space in Windsor. The trees were originally planted along the Poudre River 80 years ago.

• Announced plans to build a $500,000 underpass on South Madison Avenue for the safety of cyclists and walkers on the Loveland Recreation Trail. It’s part of a $1.4 million project to replace the aging Madison Avenue Bridge across the Greeley-Loveland Irrigation Co. ditch.

• Kaiser Permanente opened a new office for the Loveland area at 4901 Thompson Parkway in Johnstown and a second Larimer County office on Harmony Road in Fort Collins. The new office is expected to serve approximately 6,000 people in Northern Colorado who are insured by Kaiser Permanente, but previously had to travel to Longmont or Lafayette for services.

25 years ago

• Developers Don Marostica and Eric Holsapple are proposing an 80-acre site west of the HP factory that would include as many as 365 homes, a shopping center and retirement housing. They filed an application with the city to merge the site at the northwest corner of Taft Avenue and the southwest corner of 14th Street.

• Rocky Mountain National Park hydrologist Ken Czarnowski has received the Park Service’s National Director of Natural Resource Management Award for his work since 1938 in finding long-forgotten water sources. He found that some of the 2,100 acre-feet of water owned by the RMNP was used in an agreement with the City of Loveland to relinquish a mile-long scarred Eureka trench on the park tundra to allow the land to be rehabilitated.

• The Loveland High Boys Tennis team won its third straight Northern Conference title.

• Berthoud Alliance for the Arts and Humanities hosted its first art walk, where 17 artists showcased their creations.

• An estimated 2,000 bass, crappie, catfish, bass and carp began to die in Loveland’s Silver Lake when oxygen levels in the lake dropped. Cloudy days and a lack of sunlight caused the death of oxygen-producing vegetation in the small lake, which killed many, but not all, of the lake’s fish, an official with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Service said.

• Students at Loveland High School marked Banned Books Week with a public reading of banned books or challenge books across the country. City councillor and mayoral candidate Kathy Gilliland joined the effort, reading part of Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why Caged Birds Sing.” Students read books including “The Catcher in the Rye” and “Lorax.” A Thompson school district official said the school’s book collection has gone unchallenged, despite complaints in 1993 when LHS librarians purchased a biography of the pop star, “Madonna – Unauthorized.” District council voted to keep the book on the shelf after a complaint from parents.

• Four Loveland City Council members met individually and privately with city managers to discuss how to continue negotiations with McWhinney Enterprises for a $2.7 million incentive and fee waiver for the proposed mall to be anchored by Target and possibly Gart Brothers Sporting goods store. The city manager offered all councillors an opportunity to have their own opinions, and the four accepted his offer. Others who declined said the entire negotiation process should be open to the public.

• The Little Thompson Science Foundation is working to build an observatory with an 18-inch telescope at Berthoud by fall 1998. But first, organizers need to get approval of the building plan from the state building inspector, a lease agreement with the Thompson School District and need to raise about $36,000. “It’s very important to me that kids come out of high school with practical knowledge of math and science. A lot of them don’t,” said one organizer, explaining his decision to help students with one of the One way is to expose students to astronomy.

• Rangers in Rocky Mountain National Park are seeing more people using their cellphones for help when they’re in trouble in remote areas, making the new technology helpful, but rangers worry that people may become too reliant on their phones and leave maps behind , compass, etc. equipment that may help them in remote areas. “A portion of the people thought they had cell phones and they were going to be fine. They weren’t taking the proper precautions,” the chief ranger said.

• A Larimer County District Court judge ruled that the Loveland Tax Equity Commission waited too long to challenge the ballot for the city’s food sales tax initiative. Plaintiff Larry Sarner said he would appeal. The ballot issue seeks to repeal Loveland’s 3 percent sales tax on food and limit the city’s ability to collect and spend revenue for years to come. Sana said the ballot title the city assigned to the question was misleading.

• Loveland City Manager and a City Council member complained that the Loveland Tax Fairness Commission distributed a pamphlet with seven facts about why the Food Sales Tax is being repealed. The city manager questioned how much the average Loveland family paid in food sales tax, saying it was about $140 instead of $200, and said tourists and residents from outside the city paid about 20 percent of the food sales tax. The brochure also states that people can control their spending in many areas to control how much tax they pay, but the tax is not fair because everyone has to buy food. One MP replied: “Everything that everyone has to do or have is taxed and food is just one of them.”

• An Idaho truck driver has been charged with driving on Interstate 25 near Loveland, killing an 18-year-old passenger. The 23-year-old was detained on suspicion of vehicular killing and vehicular assault. The Colorado State Patrol believed the truck driver was angry with the car driver and began cutting him off every time another driver tried to overtake, eventually forcing the Chevy Cavalier into the middle lane and southbound lane and crashing into another vehicle. The State Patrol blocked the highway at the Wyoming border, and when the truck driver heard the news on his police scanner, he drove into Fort Collins and turned himself in. The officer who responded to the crash said it was the second fatal accident in his work on the interstate in the past few months and was the result of aggressive driving.

50 years ago

• After the $58,315 budget request in the 1973 city budget was cut to $31,935, the Loveland Museum board and its directors went to the Loveland City Council to get more funding. Lawmakers assured the board that they would consider the request for an additional $18,000 for the museum, but were less enthusiastic about the request for funding for vehicles and visual aids to help museum staff with programs at the Loveland School.

• Loveland Memorial Hospital was overcrowded for 10 straight days, and hospital officials reported higher-than-normal occupancy rates in June and July, with 1,510 patient visits in August. 1,500 patients had never been seen in any month before that. “We could handle more patients if needed, but the situation is critical and it’s getting worse,” the hospital administrator said. “Any time the hospital has to put people down in the lobby, it’s critical. “

• Due to overcrowding in the school, 78 students from Berthoud Elementary School were transferred to the First United Methodist Church. The Thompson School District is also renting rooms at the Mountainview Presbyterian Church in northern Loveland to help address overflow issues at Lincoln Elementary School.

• Soviet officials, including the Soviet Minister of Reclamation and Water Management, visited Loveland and Fort Collins to learn about water control and reclamation projects and meet people in the Northern Colorado Reserve.

• The Loveland Street Superintendent said curb and gutter construction on First Street was expected to be completed by October 6, 1972. Crews are working from Monroe Avenue to Madison Avenue.

• The Loveland Planning Commission approved some duplex plans in the McKee Meadows Third Addition, but refused to approve a group of six duplexes as “incompatible uses” for a new hospital in the area directly adjacent to the medical office. If the hospital does not Built there, offices may and will never be built, and the area may be full of single-family homes. Planners say they don’t want a string of duplexes extending all the way into the area.

• The Loveland Planning Commission studied a proposed low-income rental area in northeast Loveland, just off US Route 287 and north of Hunters Funeral Home.

• About 50 Berthoud residents protested the proposed zoning southwest of Berthoud at a town council meeting. Parents are worried that the Berthoud School District will build 104 more homes, and the elementary school is already overcrowded, so rent space at the United Methodist Church.

• The federal government’s Department of Housing and Urban Development approved a $6,500 loan for Loveland’s low-income housing proposal. The Loveland Housing Authority intends to plan for the next 60 to 90 days before soliciting proposals from contractors.

120 years ago

• According to the Loveland Reporter, September 25, 1902, a “lallypaloozer of a rain” descended in the Loveland area for 40 hours, soaking everything that could be soaked. “If this rain had fallen about 60 days ago, it would have made a difference of at least $100,000 in the value of nearby crops; it suggests that additional reservoir systems are needed to the west and above us.”

• “There will be a strong push for commissioners to withdraw from the positions they took before full construction of the new road from Loveland to Estes Park – as completing the road will almost completely isolate Lyon and Longmont from the park, ” said the Loveland Reporter, September 25, 1902.

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