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  • Letter: Continue to protect habitat, outdoor recreation

    October 21st, 2014

    Please vote yes on protecting the beautiful natural areas of Larimer County. Larimer County Issue 1-A, a continuation of the Help Preserve Open Spaces program, is on the ballot this year. This measure will continue to protect our quality of life and provide for protection of habitat and outdoor recreation.

    Since its first passage in 1995, much has been protected across Larimer County; Devils Backbone, Coyote Ridge, Fossil Creek Reservoir, Hermit Park, Long View Farm, Rivers Bluff, Red Mountain Ranch, additions to Horsetooth Mountain Open Space etc. And many city natural areas would not have been possible without these county open space funds. Half of the Larimer County open space proceeds...

    Halloween fun at ‘Zoo Boo’

    October 21st, 2014

    HALLOWEEN OF COURSE IS JUST A FEW WEEKS AWAY AND IF YOU ARE LIKE ME, YOUR KIDS ARE DRIVING YOU BATTY ABOUT THEIR COSTUMES. ALREADY. THEY WANT TO WEAR IT EVERY DAY. OH, THEY WANT TO WEAR IT NOW. YEAH. I HAVE TO HIDE IT. YOU CAN DO THAT BEFORE HALLOWEEN, TAKE THAT COSTUME, HAVE A SPOOK -TACULAR TIME. RUBEN IS LIVE AT THE ZOO TALKING ABOUT ZOO BOO. Reporter: TAKE A LOOK AT OUR NEW FRIEND, WINSTON, YEAH! HES A LITTLE WITCH! ONLY HERE AT THE HOUSTON ZOO AS WE GET READY FOR ZOO BOO, BIG HALLOWEEN EXTRAVAGANZA, KICKS OFF AT 9:00 AM THIS MORNING. HE LOVES TREATS, PECANS, ACORNS AND CHEERIOS, AND SPEAKING OF TREATS, YOUVE GOT TO TAKE A LOOK AT THIS. OH, THE KIDS ARE GOING TO LOVE THIS. IN FACT, WERE...

    Eagle Scout thank you from Rochester Recreation & Arena

    October 21st, 2014

    ROCHESTER The City of Rochester Department of Recreation Arena would like to thank Spaulding High School senior Jonathan Nickerson for his work at the Rochester Community Center.

    Jonathan is a member of Boy Scout Troop 184 and chose helping Rochester Recreation Arena for his Eagle Scout Project. Supervising a group of his fellow scouts, Jonathan led a renovation of one of the departments multipurpose rooms at the Community Center. Dedicating many hours to cleaning, painting and reorganizing storage, Jonathan has provided the department with a bright, user friendly space for programs, meetings and staff training.

    Thank you Jonathan for your dedication to the Rochester Community!

    Scott McMurren: For winter fun, head north — far north

    October 20th, 2014

    There’s nothing like a fresh coat of snow to remind you that winter comes earlier in Fairbanks. It’s not exactly a surprise, although there is still a learning curve in terms of stopping and going on icy streets.

    But Fairbanksans behave a bit differently in the winter weather. In fact, they’ve started inviting guests from around the world to see the sights of Alaska’s far north: the ice, the snow and the northern lights. 

    This week, Fairbanks hosted the annual convention for the Alaska Travel Industry Association. Aside from being an end-of-season get-together, the convention offers a glimpse into what’s new for travelers who want to see more...

    Animal shelters seeing unusually high intake of animals

    October 20th, 2014

    AUSTIN — October is usually the time of year when the influx of animals in to local animal shelters slows considerably, but that is not the case this year.

    The Austin Animal Center at 7201 Levander Loop in East Austin is currently 90 percent over capacity much in part to an intake of 52 dogs on Tuesday.

    Fun, Frugal & Family Oriented Fall Crafts

    October 20th, 2014

    Dont be fooled, just because youre doing a crafts project doesnt mean the kids have to be cooped up indoors. When the weather is pleasant, select fall crafts that have an outdoor element. For example, kids can make asalt dough leaf impressionwhich allows them to get out of the house, hunt for the perfect leaves, and then still have fun crafting. If time is a concern, have kids head outdoors to find the necessary ingredients and then save the actual DIY project for the following day.

    Another reason to have some fun with fall crafts this year is to get in some much needed family time. During the summer, with the kids out of school and summer vacations, its easier for families to find...

    Desert Golfing: the strange appeal of mobile gaming’s latest craze

    October 19th, 2014

    Desert Golfing is a straightforward video game. It is a golf simulation, set in a two-dimensional desert that rolls on forever. Using a catapult-style aiming mechanism, the sort you may remember from Angry Birds, you hit the ball toward the hole. When the ball goes down, you move on to the next hole. Then the next. Forever. There is no end. It has been called “the best worst game in the world”, by US news site Kotaku. Like other smartphone gaming smash hits, it is ridiculously compelling.

    Because, although Desert Golfing is a straightforward video game, the emotional journey for its player is entirely complicated. You begin with eager anticipation: the hope that you are about...

    Did recent court ruling elevate the status of animals?

    October 19th, 2014

    Theres a difference between what a written ruling by a court states and what someone wants it to say. A recent headline proclaimed that the Oregon Supreme Court had elevated the legal status of animals. I reviewed all 14 pages of the actual decision. The Oregon Supreme Court wisely decided a case, but the headline was erroneous and wishful thinking.

    It all began when police in Oregon, acting on a tip, entered Arnold Nixs farm and found dozens of starving horses and goats and several animal carcasses. Under Oregon law, Nix was indicted on 23 counts of first-degree animal neglect and 70 counts of second-degree animal neglect. Each separate count identified a different animal and charged...

    New Bridge Aids Hikers On The Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail

    October 19th, 2014

    Long-distance hikers, and even weekend warriors, in middle America can thank the National Park Service and US Forest Service for rebuilding the Lick Creek Bridge on the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail that runs 319 miles from Morehead, Kentucky, south into the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Tennessee.

    The bridge spans Lick Creek in the Stearns District of the Daniel Boone National Forest near the boundary of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, and the creek crossing forms the intersection of the Sheltowee Trace and Lick Creek Trail.

    The bridge is constructed of 16-foot-long steel I-beams for the superstructure and pressure-treated...

    Louisiana Seafood Fest highlights local seafood, music, and fun

    October 19th, 2014

    NEW ORLEANS, La. — Its all about Louisiana seafood and fun this weekend at the City Park Festival Grounds for the Louisiana Seafood Festival, and the fest couldnt come with better weather.

    The Louisiana Seafood Festival is officially underway and even though there was a quick downpour, even that couldnt dampen the mood at City Park.

    Several people have started making their way through the gatesas off 11 am Friday for what could be one of the largest festivals yet.

    Over 60,000 people are expected at City Park over the weekend and they are in for huge treat complete with all the seafood, music, and arts amp; crafts imaginable.

    There will be several popular local...