Author: Larry Borowsky

NOCO Journal: Colorado Native Plant Sale

High Plains Environmental Center’s annual Native Plant Sale and Habitat Fair returns tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shop for seeds, seedlings, shrubs, and so on, all oh-so-local and ecologically friendly, pesticide- and neonicotinoid-free. Plenty of booths, games, kid stuff, food trucks, and more to keep your entire crew happy and fed. Before you go, learn how to fit native plants into your landscaping plans our current issue. Elsewhere in NoCo: Want to help bring comedy back to Fort Collins? Contribute to the Comedy Fort at the project’s Indiegogo page; $8,000 down, $92,000 to go. Denver’s Westword has...

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NOCO Video: Cary Morin’s new project

He won’t be at FOCOMX this weekend, but Cary Morin is in our pages — and on our website. In this short video (culled from the same interview that’s featured in our April edition) he discusses the super-deep roots of the album he’s been recording this month in Louisiana. That project is expected to be released later this year. We’ll keep you...

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Earth Day in NOCO

Earth Day proper is next Monday, April 22, but the celebrating peaks this weekend. A roundup of things to do around the region: GREELEY The Arbor Day Foundation will designate Greeley a “Tree City USA” for the 39th consecutive year.  Celebrate on Saturday at 9 a.m. in Lincoln Park with a ceremonial tree planting and walk away with a free seedling. Greeley Indivisible will host its Earth Day Fair on Saturday from 1 to 5 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, with presentations about bees and pollinators, water conservation, climate change, and more. As part of its effort to promote...

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NOCO Golf Mulligan #2: Mountain Vista

If you watched Tiger Woods win his 5th green jacket over the weekend, you may have been wondering: Is that cacophony of bird chirps you hear in the background live, or is it Memorex? The network insists those are real tweets emanating from the pines of Augusta National, but a bird expert from the Cornell Lab or Ornithology isn’t sold. We normally wouldn’t care either way, but this item neatly ties together our April feature about NOCO golf and our upcoming May feature on birdwatching. Speaking of that April links feature, reader Dan McGlothlin pointed out an oversight: Mountain...

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Faculty Friday: April 12, 2019

Good times for UNC golfers. Both the men’s and women’s teams scored Big Sky Conference Golfer of the Week honors — Beah Cruz on the women’s side, and Joshua Matz for the men. Cruz earned her award on the strength of a 68 — a new school record for a tournament round — at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic.  Matz won the award for the second week in a row and the third time this season after posting three consecutive subpar rounds at Whirlwind Golf Club during the Wyoming Cowboy Classic. Cable-news studio meets college classroom at CSU’s first-in-the-nation, Mosaic-powered...

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NOCO Golf: Mulligan #1

By definition, our roundup of NOCO’s 18 iconic golf holes couldn’t capture every great hole in the region. The final list was winnowed down from a roster of about 50 candidates, one of which was the 13th hole at TPC Colorado. It was hard to leave that one out of our article, for this reason: At 773 yards, it’s the longest hole in Colorado and one of the longest in the nation. (There’s an 841-yard monster back East somewhere, which is rated a par 6.) TPC Colorado describes #13 as a full three-shot hole to even the best players....

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Dog’s Best Friend

NOCO is full of committed animal lovers, as our April feature on pet fosters can attest. NOCO visitors apparently share the same trait. Per the Loveland Reporter-Herald: Matthew Glatz drove nearly 1,200 miles to the Larimer Humane Society to pick up Amelia — an emaciated dog he had found on a remote trail in the Poudre Canyon in January. . . . The duo is headed home to Maine after Glatz officially adopted Amelia on Monday, April 1. The dog weighed a scant 34 pounds when Glatz rescued her, and she was too weak to travel back to Maine...

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Faculty Friday: April 5, 2019

UNC hoopster Jordan Davis threw it down last night on ESPN in the Great Clips Slam Dunk Championships. The departing senior (and the Bears’ all-time leading scorer) made it to the final round, finishing 2nd to Tulsa’s DaQuan Jefferies. Watch this dunk from the Big Sky conference tourney last month for a taste of the kid’s chops at the rim. Do kids eat sugary junk food because of the sugar, or because of the lovable cartoon characters on the packaging? Per CSU business professor Kenneth Manning, Scooby Doo is not responsible for Junior’s sweet tooth.  Blame the sugar. UNC...

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Planning Ahead

Fort Collins voters are at the polls today, voting in a new city council. Before the current members depart, they’ll vote on a new City Plan that’s been in the works for more than a year. You can view the draft here, and you can get insights from the city’s long-range planning manager, Cameron Gloss, in our February edition. The plan is expected to sail through when City Council votes on it in two weeks, and it will do so with support and gratitude from the Family Center/La Familia, one of the designated “community ambassadors” that helped gather input...

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We Seem to Recall

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Colorado legislature takes steps to reduce gun violence; Colorado legislator faces recall. Sound familiar? The latest star of this saga could be Rochelle Galindo (District 50), the Greeley Democrat who was swept into office a mere six months ago in an election that shattered records for voter turnout in her district. The Weld County GOP has signalled its intent to start circulating petitions. They’ll need to muster 5,696 signatures from within District 50 to trigger a recall. To be fair, Galindo’s support for the so-called red-flag bill (HB-1177) isn’t the only...

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