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This week in Loveland history for June 26 through July 2, 2022

Loveland Reporter-Herald logo Loveland Reporter-Herald 6/26/2022 Loveland Reporter-Herald, Colo.

Jun. 26—10 years ago

* Larimer County officials announced that they would hire a disaster recovery manager for six months to help with recovery from the High Park Fire, which on June 26, the 18th day it had burned, was at 83,262 acres with 248 homes lost. More than 2,000 firefighters were still working the blaze, which was at 55% contained. Officials were estimating, though, that it would be fully contained by the end of the week.

* Republican Kevin Lundberg won the primary race for the 2nd Congressional District, which put him on the November ballot challenging incumbent Jared Polis.

* Some residents in the High Park Fire burn area began to return to see their properties that they had evacuated two weeks earlier. Some already knew their losses, having seen pictures, but were still holding out hopes to find something left.

* The Thompson School District named Judy Skupa, the deputy superintendent, to serve as acting superintendent during the search for a permanent superintendent to replace Ron Cabrera, who was fired at the June 20 board meeting. The district chose to terminate his contract with a buyout option.

* The Larimer County commissioners decided not to waive building permit fees or disposal fees for the residents whose homes burned in the fire. However, they pointed out that those without insurance to cover those costs could apply for a waiver. "I don't think taxpayer funds should go to insurance companies so they don't have to pay a claim," Commissioner Steve Johnson said. "But I think were citizens are uninsured or under insured ... I think citizens would want us to waive these fees for individuals that are going to have to pay out of pocket."

* A 68-year-old man from LaSalle and his 37-year-old son drowned when they fell out of their fishing boat on a private pond in the 700 block of South Railroad Avenue in Loveland. The Larimer County Coroner's Office ruled the deaths accidental. A young boy who was fishing with the men was able to swim to an island and survived.

* Loveland City Manager Bill Cahill announced that, despite the recent High Park Fire and severe fire danger, Loveland's official fireworks display over Lake Loveland would go ahead as scheduled. "We have safety measures put in place or we would not be doing it," Cahill said. "We also are especially cognizant and vigilant this year about having the show be safe."

25 years ago

* The former sales manager for Fogle Olds-GMC-Subaru, 401 S. Lincoln Ave., was arrested and accused of stealing more than $375,000 over a year. He was accused of selling vehicles that were turned in as trade-ins and pocketing the money.

* Loveland Police Chief Tom Wagoner announced that the department would no longer release any arrest reports involving child abuse or neglect, to protect the children involved. He said the department would still release initial arrest information, but not any of the reports that offered more details. The new policy was to reflect 1996 legislation that changed provisions in the Colorado Children's Code.

* In their quest to find a location for public restrooms in downtown Loveland, members of the Downtown Development Authority said they wanted to commandeer the facilities at the Rialto Theater. Representatives of the theater, however, did not agree with the idea. "I think it's a bad idea," said Bryan Sennett, president of the Rialto Theater. "I think it would just have huge security problems."

* Loveland Police Sgt. Chuck Higney and Cpl. Dick Clark, both who had nearly 20 years with the department in 1997, were competing in the World Police and Fire Games, joining about 10,000 other officers and firefighters in Alberta, Canada. Clarke planned to compete in action pistol, center fire rifle and mountain biking events, while Higney was to ride in the 20-kilometer cycling race, swim in the 50-meter contest and compete in the 1,500-meter race. A group of California police officers started the World Games 12 years prior, and the competition that year featured teams from 50 countries.

* Berthoud was one of 31 recipients statewide of a fluoride award by the Colorado Department of Health for adding precisely the right amount of fluoride to the town's drinking water. Superintendent Ed Simpson and plant operator Jim Hack were honored for the third straight year.

* Larimer County officials presented a $67.6 million facilities ballot proposal that they said would provide safer conditions for employees and residents. County residents were to be asked for three separate increases in the county sales tax: 2 cents on a $10 purchase to build a new courthouse, renovate the existing one, construct a new Larimer County Sheriff's Office headquarters building and pitch in with Fort Collins on a downtown parking structure; 1.5 cents on $10 to cover expansion and operating costs of the Larimer County Jail; and a half cent on a $10 purchase to pay for a new county courthouse in Loveland and renovation of the existing one. The taxes were to sunset within 10 to 17 years if approved.

* A court in Panama rejected a Panamanian man's appeal, asking them to overturn a court decision giving a Loveland woman custody of their 3-year-old son. However, officials said it would take a few more weeks for court officials to sign the order and officially award her custody. The boy's parents were living in Loveland when they divorced. She was awarded primary custody with him having the child two days a week. About a month after the divorce, the father fled to Panama with the child. Over several months, the mother and officials were working to find the father and son and get the official paperwork and ruling in Panama so he could return to Loveland.

* A post office branch location at Collins Cashway Lumber Co., located off Southwest 14th Street, that had been open for 15 years was closing. Company officials said they could no longer afford to keep the branch open without receiving a larger contract from the U.S. Postal Service to cover costs, that they were actually losing money. However, the Loveland postmaster said the Postal Service couldn't afford to pay more and still record a profit.

* Rocky Mountain National Park officials said that they removed two mountain goats that were encroaching on the territory of indigenous bighorn sheep. Wildlife managers were flown close to the animals with helicopter, then from the ground, tranquilized the goats that were to be relocated to Mount Evans, south of Georgetown. Park officials said that the goats were not native to the area, but other environmentalists disagreed and said they should be left there. The state of Colorado released mountain goats in the area in 1948, but it was debated whether they were there earlier.

50 years ago

* Members of a steering committee voiced the urgent need for a building with adequate facilities for a day care center that was being co-sponsored by the House of Neighborly Service to provide physical care along with recreational, educational and social opportunities for children 2 1/2 through first grade. "If we can just get some individual, organization or church group to offer the facilities, we feel that the groundwork has been sufficiently laid so that we can begin this much needed facility," said Lucile Erwin, who was chairing the steering committee. The group said county funds would be used to launch the facility with the hope that organizers could later find state or even federal fund to help pay for the center, that would charge parents based on their ability to pay.

* Three downtown businessmen carefully recorded all license plate numbers in a 55-car parking lot at Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue, tracking hourly statistics about the movement of cars. The business owners said that some downtown employees were parking there all day, taking parking away from customers. They planned to present their findings to the retail merchants group.

* About 250 people attended the premier showing of "Loveland's Candid Camera" at the Loveland Community Building with the proceeds going to benefit Encounter Players, a youth group from First Christian Church in Loveland. The black-and-white film captured candid scenes in downtown Loveland where residents were caught by surprise with unusual circumstances. One scene involved a customer in a downtown store being handed a slip of paper to sign only to discover that the plate glass counter had been removed. Another sequence depicted breaking eggs in the hand of people and a telephone booth being moved while someone was inside.

* The Thompson School District sent a letter to the city of Loveland laying out the issues that growth was causing in the educational system. The letter, written by the school board, said: "If the physical facilities of the district become overtaxed due to the lack of ability to provide an adequate number of classrooms, it is the opinion of the district administrators that there would be a decline in the quality of educational opportunity. If this were true, there would be no point in attempting to maintain our present pupil-teacher ratios or to obtain additional classroom space. Superintendent Claude Stansberry said that only one elementary school within the district could accept new students and the rest were too full. Lincoln Elementary, at 150% of capacity, was the most full in the district. A new school, Mary Blair, was to open in the spring and ease the burden, but officials were expecting it to open at capacity. Mobile classrooms and possibly rented space, he said, could help. But he stressed that too many students per class would hurt students' education. He asked the city to help the district by requiring developers to contribute to the acquisition of school sites and toward construction, to encourage compact neighborhoods to provide efficiency for buses, to develop long-range growth plans, and to encourage development in neighborhood clusters that could be served by existing school facilities.

* The city of Loveland began spraying for mosquitoes and would continue doing so until the first real frost of the fall, it was announced. A team of two began regular spraying, concentrating on mosquitoes in the larval or early stages by spraying areas of stagnant water. The spray was said to last seven to 10 days.

* Jack Stoddard, director of the vocational-technical high school being started seven miles north of Loveland, announced that Aims College officials seemed interested in a suggestion that the college employ him as the director of the college level classes to be taught at the center. Opening of the post-secondary program at the new school had been delayed for several months because both school district and college officials wanted control of the faculty members in that piece of the program. Stoddard suggested a compromise that appeared to be on track to remove blocks. The plan was that any salary he were to receive from Aims would be deducted from the amount that the Thompson, Poudre and Estes Park school districts were paying him to operate their vocational high school programs at the site.

* The Loveland Planning Commission approved plans for a new A&W drive-in on West Eisenhower Boulevard with both drive-in curb service and with walk-in eating facilities. The plan was to remove the existing A&W building on the site and build a new one on an expanded area.

* A traveler to Loveland described the Loveland Information Center on east U.S. 34 as: "It's like a big smile on your face." The morning hostess of the information center said that business had been picking up in the past week with more people stopping for information, tourists and some who were looking to move to the city. Many visitors were from Nebraska, but there also were some from Alaska and New York, the hostess said, adding that a lot of young people who stopped were headed for Estes Park, including a four or five carloads of "long-haired young people" wanting information on a gathering near Granby sponsored by the Family of Living Light and planning to travel through Estes and Rocky Mountain National Park. By far the most popular item at the information center was a covered wagon, the hostess said, adding that "everyone has to have their picture taken by it."

120 years ago

* "Loveland has new a pleasant little jail — and those who have not occupied it are cordially invited to call at any time," the June 26, 1902, issue of the Loveland Reporter said. "The old one was as uncomfortable as a pair of tight shoes — and was calculated to breed discomfort, sour temper and vermin: one could scarcely be happy in it — no matter how long they remained — and things were not as clearly as they, perhaps, should have been. The old one, bytheway, is still in use — but is devoted more to the itinerant and the constitutional tough."

* "There's not a backyard in Loveland but what might produce 1,000 boxes of strawberries every season if the owners were not so blamed lazy," the editor opined in the June 26, 1902, issue of the Loveland Reporter.

* "If last Saturday might be a criterion of what future Saturday nights on Main street will be, people — women and children — should remain at home and let the bum element have its sway. Howling and helling were much in evidence, large and small firecrackers were constantly shot off in the crowds, and pandemonium seemed to reign," the June 26, 1902, issue of the Loveland Reporter said.

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