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•The Loveland Public Library was offering the iCreate digital lab that would let patrons create podcasts, make videos, design websites, edit photos and more. “We seem to be the first in this area to offer this resource. It definitely makes us pretty cutting edge,” librarian Tyera Eulberg said.
•An emergency ban on most outdoors fires, passed by the Loveland City Council on July 3, 2012, ended, but some councilors said they wanted to revisit the decision in light of continuing hot, dry and windy weather conditions. When Larimer County commissioners decided to enact a less stringent ban, allowing fires in permanently constructed fireplaces or fire pits and in wood or charcoal cooking grills, councilors voted to follow the county’s lead.
•Loveland reported a 5.64% increase in sales tax collections during May 2012 for a 28-month run of retail sales tax collection increases. Southeast Loveland, including Sam’s, a Walmart store, Kohl’s, Home Depot and Lowes saw the biggest increase, 8.3% growth for the first five months of 2012.
•Weld County commissioners approved a bid from Roche Constructors of Greeley to build a 20,000-square-foot facility near the intersection of U.S. 24 and Colo. 57 for a new crime lab regional agencies hoped would open by September 2013. “It’s centrally located for us,” Capt. Ray Miller of the Loveland Police Department said.
•Area government officials celebrated receiving a $5.1 million GOCO grant to complete the Poudre River Trail. Larimer County, the cities of Fort Collins and Greeley and the towns of Timnath and Windsor were working together on the project.
•Big Thompson Elementary School received a $50,000 grant to help build an outdoor play area at the school.
•Loveland officials unveiled a billboard with a new tourism message, paid for through the city’s 3% lodging tax, that called the city “Everything you love,” and exhorted passersby to “Eat. Play. Stay.” Though he had been critical it took two and a half years to develop the city brand, Mayor Cecil Gutierrez said: “This has been like waiting for Christmas. … But here we are today, finally. Loveland is officially open for tourism.”
•Wolves were back at the Wolves Offered Life and Friendship Sanctuary, after having been moved out of the area during the High Park fire. Some had been housed temporarily at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg and others at a property near Loveland.
•The Thompson School District got just one applicant for an open school board seat after board member Lola Johnson resigned during a special meeting June 27 at which Superintendent Ron Cabrera was fired. The board was considering extending the deadline to find a replacement.
•In the wake of the theater shooting in Aurora that killed 12 people and injured 70, the president of Metropolitan Theatres said staff members there would connect with Loveland police and decide if any additional security measures needed to be put in place.
•As farmers called in their shares of the water for irrigation during the unusually hot and dry summer, Lake Loveland was expected to dry up. A July 22, 2012, closure of the swim beach was expected. “That would be the earliest we’ve ever closed it,” Loveland recreation manager Keven Aggers said.
•The Weedin Agency Inc. held an open house to celebrate 56 years in business. The firm had opened in 1956. Original owner Ken Weedin, his son Lawrence Weeding and grandsons Eric and Mark Weedin all worked in the business.
•Jim and Barb Hargrave marked 20 years in business at 101 W. Fourth St. with their King Storage and The Goldsmith businesses. Barb Hargrave said treating people with respect was the key to success with a small mom and pop shop.
•The Loveland Police Association and Loveland Career Firefighters Association said they planned to present letters to the City Council outlying their concerns about possible construction of a new public safety building. “We don’t want a new building if it’s going to hurt other employees,” Loveland Police Sgt. Mike Wagner said. The groups said they did not want the new building to come at the cost of city jobs or services.
•When Larimer County Sheriff’s Department deputies shot a burglary suspect near LaPorte the prior week, the man sustained 25 gunshot wounds, most from an automatic 9mm handgun, the coroner’s office reported.
•Berthoud began installing radio-read water meters in each of the town’s 1,700 households, to allow staff to read the meters remotely. The treatment plant supervisor anticipated one person might be able to read all the meters in two days, a change from the old meters that required eight people a full day to read.
•The Loveland Planning Commission gave approval to the 78-acre Greenbriar development on North Taft Avenue between 40th and 43rd streets. Plans called for 144 single-family homes, 128 duplexes and 100 townhomes, along with potential commercial development of a gas station, day care, retail store, offices and a restaurant.
•Mayor Treva Edwards said she would not seek re-election in November. She cited the “considerable personal and financial sacrifice” of being an elected public official. She said she had given up her real estate career before assuming the mayor’s position and lost about 90% of her income, and said she announced her decision early to give other potential candidates time to make their choices.
•With temperatures in the 90s in Loveland and Fort Collins, the use of air conditioners was putting stress on utility providers. The service manager for Gibson Heating and Air Conditioning said the staff was working overtime to keep residents cool.
•Larimer County commissioners approved an ordinance that would provide the framework for them to order fire bans if needed.
•Only one Loveland City Council, Kathy Gilliland, said she would back police and fire department employees who said they would sacrifice a new public safety building if it would maintain jobs and city service levels. No other councilors reacted to the letters they received from police and firefighters.
•A new fire station in the works for a site on Knobcone Drive, east of U.S. 287 and norther of 42nd Street, was being designed to blend into the neighborhood of single-family homes and an apartment complex. At 4,135 square feet, it would be the city’s smallest fire station, and the estimated cost was $600,000. Completion was targeted for January 1998.
•The North Front Range Transportation and Air Quality Planning Council awarded Loveland $168,000 to work with Larimer County and Fort Collins on a bike trail that would run from north of Boyd Lake to Fossil Creek Reservoir.
•Thompson Valley Ambulance Service officials said they would ask taxpayers in November 1997 to increase property taxes to pay for a new ambulance station and to improve service in north Loveland. They wanted to build the new station on Knobcone Drive, near the new fire station.
•Resthaven Memorial Gardens got approval from the Larimer County Planning Commission for their request to develop a 9,000-square-foot mortuary with a chapel, offices and other spaces on 2.7 acres of the cemetery at U.S. 287 and County Road 30.
•The Community Health Center, which had opened at 450 N. Cleveland Ave., two and a half months earlier, began looking at options for using its vacant second floor. Facilities to address dental and mental health needs were under consideration.
•A mountain lion killed a 10-year-old Lakewood boy while he and his family hiked on a popular Rocky Mountain National Park trail near Grand Lake. The boy had been ahead of his family on the trail when the lion attacked, causing puncture wounds on his face, head and neck. His mother, a registered nurse, and a second registered nurse who was also hiking on the trail, began CPR but could not save him.
•Rising gas prices were getting attention from Loveland drivers. “It went up to $1.29 a couple of days ago,” an employee of the Total gas station at 6150 E. Eisenhower Blvd., said. The lowest gas prices in a survey done by the Reporter-Herald were at the U-Pump station on East Eisenhower, at $1.14.9 per gallon.
•Petitioners hoping to exempt food from Loveland’s 3% sales tax said they would collect signatures until their Aug. 6 deadline. Linda Rosa of the Loveland Tax Fairness Committee said about 80% of the people they approached agreed to sign. The city manager said if the measure passed it would cost the city $3 million a year.
•The oldest living native of Loveland celebrated her 100th birthday July 14, 1972. Mrs. Hattie Gabriel was born in a log cabin on the north end of what became the Samsonite factory on Southeast 14th Street before Loveland had even become a city. The closest settlement was Old St. Louis, located southeast of what became Loveland. She remembered the establishment of the city of Loveland, when the railroad came through. Her father, Joe Milner, had operated a butcher shop near the railroad and sold meat to the crews that built the railroad. The first school teacher in town was Sarah Milner Smith, Gabriel’s aunt. Except for two years in Kansas when she was a young bride, Gabriel had spent almost all her life in Loveland.
•The Boston family from Augusta, Ill., were recognized as the 1 millionth visitor to Rocky Mountain National Park in 1972. They said it was their fifth trip to the park, where they planned to do extensive hiking, fishing and horseback riding.
•Loveland City Council members directed the city manager to develop a five-year capital needs study for the city, to aid in future budget efforts.
•At a study session, the city manager advised the Loveland City Council that a recent decision to establish sidewalks along all arterial streets in the city could cause some discomfort for businesses on East Elkhorn Avenue and the owners of Lake Loveland. But the City Council stood by their decision and said the work should be done. The city manager was to send out notices to property owners on Eisenhower, Taft Avenue and 29th Street who would be affected.
•Because Loveland’s new sewage treatment plant east of the city was above capacity, an old sewage treatment plant on South Railroad Avenue was being reopened after having been shut down for seven years. “The reactivation of the old plant is designed as a stopgap while the new plant is being enlarged,” the city manager said. The old plant had been phased out in 1965, two years after the new one was built. An expansion of the new plant was expected to be completed by 1976.
•As temperatures in Loveland soared to 101 degrees, the city water plant saw the largest water consumption in Loveland’s history, as 16.75 million gallons were used in one day.
•The city of Loveland applied to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for funding to help build an Olympic-size swimming pool. The preferred site for the pool was Bill Reed Junior High School, where it could be used for educational purposes during the school year and opened to the public during evenings and in the summer.
•A house was moved from the site where it had been built on Cleveland Avenue to a new location on East Fourth Street, where it would house artifacts for the Friends of the Museum. Moving the building took all day.
•When Larimer County commissioners presented proposed county subdivision rules at a meeting in Loveland, they drew complaints from the audience, who said they were not sufficient for fire protection.
•“Every resident of Loveland may thank God that he does not live in a ‘dead’ town!” the Loveland Reporter opined, adding Loveland had always been a good town “because even as a small community her citizens realized her possibilities and made the most of them.”
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