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Rocky Mountain National Park centennial celebrated with exhibits

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LOVELAND – Two new exhibits celebrating the 100-year anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park come to the Loveland Museum this weekend.

James Disney: Journeys in Rocky celebrates Colorado artist James Disney’s long history with Rocky Mountain National Park and his unique artistic perspective as a mountaineer and artist-in-residence.

People in the Park features paintings, photography, video, poetry, and performances that explore the ways in which artists perceive the visitor use of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Park paint

Participants in the Milliken Youth Community Leaders program, the RHS Interact Club, and just some skaters who decided to help joined Greeley artist Wes Sam-Bruce last weekend on a mural project at the Hillsboro Skate Park in Milliken. The project was part of the North Colorado Health Alliance (NCHA) “Make Today Count” campaign that sponsors community murals to help make Weld County “the healthiest and happiest county in the state of Colorado,” according to NCHA Community Care Corps outreach worker Annie Baker. Baker said the NCHA recruits local residents, provides a stipend to an artist, and pays for all the supplies, including lunch for the volunteers.

Photo courtesy of Annie Baker/NCHA

Local lacrosse?

By Zant Reyez/The Johnstown Breeze

If you stop and think about it, it just might be the perfect sport for a school named after someone famous for suggesting you carry a big stick.

On May 25, the University of Denver Pioneers men’s lacrosse team did just what their namesake does: venture out into the unknown in hopes of unearthing something spectacular. The Pioneers were in Philadelphia for the NCAA Division One Lacrosse National Championship game. On the blades of grass of Lincoln Financial Field, DU faced off against two-time national champions and traditional lacrosse powerhouse, the University of Maryland.

A 10-5 win for DU not only marked the programs’ first lacrosse title, but also the first time a western school won the title in the 45-year history of the championship.

Not such a Strange Brew

By Brad Klump/The Johnstown Breeze

Milliken residents Gerry and Jonnie Lynch, members of the Berthoud Barn Burners, were honored last month with a first-place medal for their Belgian triple beer at the American Homebrewers Association’s National Homebrew Competition.

The award was announced June 13 at the AHA National Homebrewers Conference awards banquet held at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego. The 2015 National Homebrew Competition had a total of 7,663 entries from 3,170 homebrewers located in all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Greece and Israel.

The couple’s entry received high marks for its “moderately spicy aroma with hints of orange, clove and banana.”



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Snake in a circuit box

By Matt Lubich/The Johnstown Breeze

While, luckily, it didn’t have the death and destruction of Samuel Jackson’s experience on an airplane, Saturday night’s power outage had a similar, slithering, suspect.

Instead of Snakes on a Plane. It was Snake in a Circuit Box.

According to Xcel Energy spokesperson Michelle Aguayo, the nearly hour-and-a-half outage late Saturday night, which affected almost 3,000 homes in parts of Johnstown, Milliken and Loveland, was caused when a Bull Snake got into the company’s equipment located at a substation near Johnstown.

Aguayo said the critter caused outages are more common than you’d think.


Live from Johnstown, it’s Monday night

Council meeting broadcast live online, discussion and next steps for Johnstown Plaza project

By Thomas Simmons/The Johnstown Breeze

JOHNSTOWN — The Town Council meeting on Monday night broke new ground from the get-go, as it was streamed live online on the town’s website as the action took place.

Plans are to livestream the meetings on the website the first and third Mondays of each month.

As was usual at the outset of the meeting, council heard reports from the city’s various departments, including the Johnstown Police Department.

Police Chief Brian Phillips explained that while the police department had scheduled a test of the city’s emergency sirens for this past Saturday, the test was not able to proceed.


Help Wanted: Young people now to lead in the future

By Devyn Wood/For The Johnstown Breeze

One of my earliest memories is witnessing the cherry blossoms in Japan. I was very young, in day-care, and every day our class would walk past the park. I don’t remember much about Japan but those big pretty baby pink blossoms will never escape my memory. I’m only 15 years old and I’ve lived all over the world, in some pretty cool places like Japan and Hawaii. My dad was in the Navy, so I was able to enjoy awesome global opportunities.

Now that Dad is retired, I’m settled in Colorado planning my future. Did you know that half of today’s youth admit they feel under-prepared for their future?  

That’s right, in a 2014 survey of American youth, 50 percent of youth like me said they were not prepared for life after high school – for college or their career. It’s a starling statistic and it’s going to change with me.



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