Author: Larry Borowsky

Water Safety 101

This year’s heavy snowpack has made for heavy runoff and spectacular whitewater on Colorado’s rivers. Those same conditions have heightened the danger that always comes with water recreation. Dr. Jasjot Johar, medical director of the emergency department at McKee Medical Center, has seen firsthand what can happen when people aren’t safety-conscious on the water. Here are his thoughts.  — Ed. With the high water this summer season, Colorado has experienced a slew of river accidents and deaths, largely related to rafting and tubing. Many of the people involved wind up in the McKee Medical Center Emergency Department, where I work...

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Pennant Fever

The Colorado Rockies don’t look like they’re headed back to the playoffs, but two NOCO ballclubs are. The Fort Collins Foxes and the Johnstown-based Colorado Cyclones won their respective summer leagues and will be representing the state and the region next month in the National Baseball Congress World Series. The Cyclones, winners of the Mile High Collegiate Baseball League for the 5th straight year, made it all the way to the quarterfinals in last year’s NBC tournament and will try to bring home the national title this season. They’re coached by Greeley native J.L. Buchanan and feature a NOCO-heavy...

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LakotaRide Comes to NOCO

The High Plains Environmental Center welcomes the Tipi Raisers to Loveland this evening for a LakotaRide Wicoti. It’s one of several NOCO stops on a 400-mile horseback journey that started July 13 down in Salida and ends early next month at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The annual LakotaRide (aka “Ride of Reconciliation”) brings Lakota Sioux culture to communities throughout the West. The goal is to foster conversation, camaraderie, understanding and, ultimately, healing between Lakota and non-Lakota people. It’s also the primary annual fundraiser for the Tipi Raisers, who sponsor youth leadership training, humanitarian projects, anti-poverty...

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Summit County Happenings

If this month’s travel article didn’t give you enough reasons to head up to Summit County, you might consider some of the special events and festivals taking place there over the next couple of weeks. Here’s a smattering: July 20-21: The 30th annual Courage Classic bicycle ride takes place this weekend, with proceeds benefitting Children’s Hospital Colorado. You can choose from half a dozen different routes of varying lengths, including the famous Triple Bypass over Fremont, Tennessee and Vail passes. It’s not too late to register, or to support the riders as a volunteer.  For more on Summit County...

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Soapstone Celebrates 10 Years

One of the jewels of NOCO’s natural-areas system turns 10 years old this weekend. Soapstone Prairie, a 19,000-acre preserve in the Laramie Foothills, will celebrate its decennial on Saturday, July 13, with interactive stations where you can learn about the area’s archaeological treasures and wildlife — including a thriving bison herd, prairie dogs, black-footed ferrets and plethora of birds. There are 44 miles of hiking trails at Soapstone, which one CSU naturalist describes as “Fort Collins’ best-kept secret.“ Owned by the City of Fort Collins, the parcel lies about an hour northwest of Fort Collins via Buckeye Road, County...

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Skein Deep

If you’re itching to learn how to weave from NOCO fiber artist Sarah Neubert (featured in this month’s issue), there are still a few slots open for her next class. The three-hour session takes place on Saturday, July 27, at Fancy Tiger Crafts down in Denver. This introductory session covers weaving, warping, shapes, and textures. The $75 fee includes a take-home loom and workbook, so you can keep practicing after the class. If you’re willing to follow the skein a bit further afield, plan to attend the Intermountain Weaving Conference down in Durango from July 25 through 28. Themed...

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A Big Week in NOCO Golf

This is a big week for golf in NOCO. It begins with the inaugural TPC Colorado Championship at Heron Lakes, the first pro tournament at the world-class Berthoud layout that opened last year to great fanfare. Practice rounds begin today, and the first round of competition tees off Thursday morning. Tickets are still available; former world #1 David Duvall heads the field. Also today, Fort Collins Country Club hosts a qualifier for the 83rd annual CGA Amateur. They’ll be playing 36 holes today, with the morning round starting at 7 a.m. sharp and the afternoon round getting underway at...

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NOCO Road Trip #1: Sculpture Tour

Every August, some 20,000 people flock to Loveland for Sculpture in the Park, the largest outdoor juried exhibition of three-dimensional artwork in the nation, featuring 2,000 pieces of sculpture from 160 artists from all over the world. Neighboring towns such as Greeley, Fort Collins, Berthoud, Longmont and not-so-far beyond have their share of sculpture as well. Hop in the car and go explore!   1. Art Castings 511 8th St. SE, Loveland You might want to start your sculpture road trip with a visit to a working bronze foundry to see and learn about the entire process. Guided tours to the public are given at this world-renowned foundry on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings at 9:30 a.m. Each tour holds up to eight people. Tickets are $5 adults, $4 seniors; children under 12 are free, but children under 10 are not allowed without direct adult supervision. To hear a detailed recording about tours, call 970.667.1114, ext. 15. 2. Benson Sculpture Gardens 1125 W. 29th St., Loveland Benson Sculpture Gardens opened in Loveland in 1985, and is home to more than 130 permanent outdoor sculpture pieces along with landscaped gardens and ponds. You can enjoy the park at any time of year – indeed, the sculptures are quite hauntingly beautiful when dusted with snow. Summer draws the largest crowds, especially during the Sculpture in the Park show every August. This year’s...

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A Week’s Worth of NOCO Birds

Our May issue looks at NOCO birds and the people who love them, while also asking whether population growth, climate change, and other factors are thinning out the flocks. As a non-scientific experiment — and an excuse to post some pictures of weird-looking birds — we checked E-Bird’s Rare Bird Alert to see what’s been spotted in the last 7 days in Weld and Larimer counties. Here’s a small sample of who saw what, where, around NOCO in mid-May. For example, if you were anywhere in the vicinity of Carr, you might have caught a glimpse of an Upland...

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Upcoming Events

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Shop Local Saturday

May 30 @ 10:00 am - December 26 @ 6:00 pm
Loveland
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Introductory Dreamwork Session

September 4 - December 31
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Shop Local Pledge

November 12 @ 8:00 am - December 31 @ 5:00 pm
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Loveland Winter Wonderlights

November 14, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - January 1, 2021 @ 9:00 pm
Loveland
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Winter Wonderettes

November 19, 2020 - January 1, 2021
Johnstown
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Poinsettia & Wreath Sale for CASA of Larimer County

November 20 - November 30
Fort Collins