This week in Loveland history for Sept. 20-26, 2020 – Loveland Reporter-Herald

10 years ago

• The Reservoir Ridge Fire was declared contained at 750 acres. Estimated cost of fighting the wildfire was $3.2 million.

• Patty Prior was credited for saving the life of a cat after she used a rock to break a window and get into the house to rescue the animal after its owners could not get home to evacuate their animals from the Reservoir Ridge Fire area. Neighbors also rescued the family’s three horses and German shepherd from a barn.

• Jim Day of Loveland opened J. Day’s Appliance in the storefront that had formerly housed Penner Home Appliances from 1969 to 2010.

• Larimer County commissioners opposed plans to reinstate emissions testing in the state. A new test center was under construction in north Loveland, but commissioners sent letters to Gov. Bill Ritter seeking to delay opening until at least 2011. A previous emissions testing requirement had been phased out in Larimer County in 2006. Testing was being brought back because the area was out of compliance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards for ground-level ozone.

• A 40-acre wildfire burning on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park forced the closure of Trail Ridge Road from the Grand Lake entrance to Milner Pass.

• Fritzler Family Farms in La Salle designed a 13-acre corn maze with the Department of Defense logo to salute 18-year-old Trevor Fritzler who had enlisted in the U.S. Army.

• Special weapons and tactics units from Loveland Police and the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report a shirtless man was on the roof of Laurene Edmondson Elementary School in north Loveland, screaming and banging on equipment, launching a 90-minute standoff before officers could take the man into custody. He had also attempted to light a fire on the roof, police said.

• Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said tests using new “touch DNA” technology had produced new evidence in the slaying of Peggy Hettrick in 1987 in Fort Collins. The attorney general’s office had taken over the investigation into the murder case.

• Following the Reservoir Ridge Fire, residents whose homes were spared said mowing grass, trimming branches and hosing down structures may have protected them. One property owner whose home, greenhouse, horse barn and pen were spared said years of fire mitigation had worked.

• Larimer County commissioners said the county would cover the cost of air tankers to battle wildfires, even if the fires burned in districts covered by Loveland, Fort Collins or small volunteer fire departments. “The worst thing we could do is not aggressively attack the fire because we’re worried about who’s going to pay,” Commissioner Steve Johnson said.

• Loveland officials took a step toward creation of a public-private art and housing partnership, agreeing to spend $550,000 over two years for consultation services with Artspace Projects Inc. to complete a mixed-use affordable housing project.

• Larimer County commissioners approved a resolution that would prohibit the operation of medical marijuana centers in unincorporated areas of the county.

25 years ago

• The Thompson School District hired Preston Jones as its new technology director.

• A special section in the Reporter-Herald examined dangers on U.S. 287, where more than two dozen people had died over 10 years in the stretch between Loveland and Longmont. Plans to widen the highway had been slowed by funding shortages and debate over transportation philosophy.

• Berthoud trustees approved a liquor license for Neighborhood Grill, which was set to open in February.

• Loveland police launched Operation Keg-Shadow to keep tabs on kegs of beer in hope of keeping them out of the hands of minors.

• Cold weather hit Loveland on Sept. 17, and the first snow of the season fell Sept. 20, littering streets with fallen tree branches and toppling one large cottonwood tree that completely blocked East First Street at Madison Avenue. Power outages forced the closures of Turner Middle School and Berthoud Elementary.

• Great Outdoors Colorado awarded $685,000 in grants to three open space projects in Larimer County. Boyd Lake State Park received $100,000 to help purchase the Heinricy property, $185,000 went toward the Meadowdale Ranch conservation easement near Estes Park and $400,000 was allocated to expansion of the Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area.

• Neighbors expressed concerns about excessive noise, traffic, parking problems and disturbances by patrons at the White Buffalo on North Garfield Avenue. The residents held a neighborhood meeting with owners of the bar.

• Angry parents of students at Monroe Elementary School walked home from school in a protest after the bus service they had previously received was ended by the school district. Parents said they were concerned about safety, especially where the students had to cross both Boise and Madison avenues.

• The Loveland City Council voted 5-3 to approve an agreement to allow a sculpture park and visitors center on McWhinney land near Interstate 25 and U.S. 34. The agreement included a 50-year lease with an option to renew for another 50 years.

• Loveland Mayor Ray Emerson said he was acting on his own, not as a representative of the City Council, when he filed a grievance against the former city attorney, Mike Shultz, accusing him of violating client/attorney privilege when he spoke to the council as a city and referred to earlier dealings between the city and Loveland Economic Development Council. Shultz denied he had breached confidentiality. Days later the men agreed to disagree and Emerson said he would ask the Supreme Court Disciplinary Counsel to dismiss his complaint.

50 years ago

• Two doctors sent a letter of opposition to new hospital service plans being developed by the Loveland Memorial Hospital Board of Directors. They said the proposed facility was too small to serve the community and would be short about 40 beds for acute patients.

• Loveland attorney Ernest Hartwell said home rule would not solve the city’s problems. “Home rule does not turn you free to do anything you want,” he said.

• The computer in the algebra II class at Loveland High School was both student and teacher, a story in the Reporter-Herald stated. Hewlett-Packard had loaned the desktop computer to the school, sending it with an HP employee who would provide support, working with teachers and students. HP was hoping to find new ways of using the computer.

• A new office and headquarters for the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District was under construction on the west side of Loveland.

• Harris Distributing Co. announced plans to open a modular building plant in Berthoud on Oct. 1, 1970. The plant would eventually employ up to 40 people and would manufacture a complete line of mountain cabin kits, as well as relocatable stores, office buildings, school buildings, storage buildings and more.

• Ray D. Johnson, owner of Johnson Litho in Loveland, and another man were killed when the plane Johnson was flying appeared to lose power just after takeoff from the Boulder airport and crashed.

• The Larimer County Board of Cooperative Services made a formal offer to buy 100 acres of land between Loveland and Fort Collins for $198,000. The land would be used for a new vocational-technical school.

• The Loveland Recreation Board recommended that the city hire a supervisor to help provide a continuing program of recreation in the city. The board also requested funding for a recreation plan, noting needs included more than one pool in the city, docks at Lake Loveland, North Lake Park development and building and playground maintenance.

• An 18-year-old Loveland High School senior was killed when a train hit his motorcycle at a railroad crossing in Campion.

• A special review to allow construction of duplexes on Taft Avenue in the Cherry Hills area received a split decision at the Loveland Planning Commission. One duplex was approved while two others were refused. Commission members generally agreed with a suggestion that a plan was needed to guide development in the area.

• Backers of a proposed multipurpose athletic stadium for Loveland were selling bags of potato chips to help fund the stadium. They hoped to raise $20,000.

• Loveland Memorial Hospital acquired an automatic monitoring unit for the intensive care unit. The $2,524 unit was purchased from Hewlett-Packard.

120 years ago

• Loveland’s great free street fair would be “Greater, Grander, More Varied Than Ever Before,” the Sept. 20, 1900, Loveland Reporter stated. The fair set for Sept. 26-28 would have a firemen’s tournament and ball games. Masonville residents were prepared to be represented at the fair with “exhibits of stone and minerals, grains and grasses, livestock, fruits and vegetables.”

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