10 years ago
• More first-time artists were applying to be part of the Loveland Sculpture Invitational and Sculpture in the Park shows, organizers said. About 25% of the artists at the August shows were likely to be first-time participants. “This economy has been really tough on artists the last year or so,” Polly Juneau, a coordinator of Sculpture in the Park, said. “People are looking for more venues to get their work out and visible to the public.”
• Minneapolis-based ArtSpace Development Inc. officials said a survey made them encouraged that Loveland was suited for one of its arts-oriented redevelopment plans. “It was gratifying to see that there were enough artists in Loveland who are interested in both living and studio space for us to continue,” ArtSpace vice president Wendy Holmes said.
• Big Thompson Elementary School and about 350 homes lost power while firefighters battled a blaze near the water treatment plant on County Road 29, just north of U.S. 34. The fire was started by a downed power line. A crew of about 50 contained the seven-acre fire.
• Home prices in Loveland began to stabilize after two years of decline, according to a report from First American CoreLogic. Other measures showed steeper slides in home prices. The Federal Housing Finance Agency reported a decline of nearly 1.4% during 2009 in Loveland and Fort Collins. The average single-family home in Loveland was valued at $218,167 in January 2010, compared with $225,231 two years earlier, according to The Group Inc. Real Estate.
• Former Loveland mayor Kathy Gilliland and Adam Bowen, chairman of the Larimer County Democratic Party, faced off for the Democratic nomination to run for the Larimer County commissioner seat held by Lew Gaiter, who was seeking the Republican nomination to run for the seat he had been appointed to in January 2010.
• The Thompson School District began looking into offering online classes in the 2010-11 school year as an alternative to brick-and-mortar schools for K-12 students. The district planned to hold two informational meetings to gauge interest.
• A Loveland committee began spreading a message: “10 questions, 10 minutes for the U.S. Census 2010,” hoping to encourage residents to fill out census forms and be counted. “For each person not counted, Loveland loses $875 per year” in federal funding, Dixie Schmatz, chairwoman of the Loveland Complete Count Committee, said.
• Larimer County commissioners agreed to trade two county-owned lots for public access along the Big Thompson River in the Hayden Subdivision, ensuring fishers a stretch of 900 linear feet of river access.
• Loveland had 262 documented gang members, Loveland police said as they offered the public an open house to get an overview of the problem and to answer questions people might have.
• The Thompson Valley High School band was invited to participate in London’s New Year’s Parade and Festival in 2012.
25 years ago
• Rocky Mountain National Park announced plans for a 180-acre controlled burn in the Cow Creek area of the park, intended to clear out downed fuel that could contribute to forest fires.
• Larimer County commissioners approved a plan to build a new visitor center at the Fall River entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. In a split vote, Commissioners John Clarke and Jim Disney supported the plan, while Janet Duvall opposed the plan to develop 10.51 acres with the visitor center, rental cabins, convenience store, gift shop, restaurant, livery, employee housing and motel. More than 100 people in the audience also expressed opposing views.
• Windsor Highlands, a 3,800-acre annexation, was proposed. It would expand Windsor’s town limits as far south as Loveland’s city limit and held potential to more than double the size of the town and add an estimated 17,000 people to the town, which at the time had 5,700 residents.
• Great Outdoors Colorado granted the city of Loveland $125,000 for the future Kroh Park at U.S. 287 and 52nd Avenue. Plans called for an athletic field complex, which would have 10 ballfields, two playgrounds, a tennis/basketball court complex, picnic areas, a concessions area, parking and restrooms. Estimated cost was $1.6 million.
• Loveland officials suggested several sites on which Larimer County could construct county facilities. Among the suggestions were at the city’s Service Center or on vacant downtown land. County officials were looking for ways to alleviate crowded conditions at the courthouse in Fort Collins and at the county annex building at Sixth Street and Cleveland Avenue in Loveland.
50 years ago
• The largest plant in the Tour Ice Inc. chain of franchises was being built at Johnson’s Corner. It would have the capacity to produce 20,000 packages of ice a day, but would probably produce just 5,000 a day in the beginning, the company president said.
• In a meeting with Loveland and Larimer County officials, county commissioners said they planned to widen Colo. 402 west of the Hewlett-Packard plant. Both sides agreed extending Garfield Avenue south of the river was not feasible due to the cost, but said they would prioritize widening Taft and Wilson avenues, noting the widening of Taft on the west side of Lake Loveland was needed to ease traffic jamming there.
• Visitors from India, Iran, South Korea and Turkey toured the Colorado-Big Thompson Project headquarters to get ideas for water projects in their home countries.
• The Reporter-Herald’s 1970 Progress Review Edition, published March 21-22, 1970, was the largest issue of the paper ever produced, at 86 pages. Among the facts reported in the issue was growth of the newspaper itself, which had passed 7,000 subscribers on Oct. 17, 1969.
• Westlake Bank bought a site at the corner of Taft Avenue and Eisenhower Boulevard for a future bank site.
• “Environment should be the byword for 1970 and beyond,” City Manager Don Hataway said when asked about Loveland’s prospects for 1970. “Environment, however, is much more than merely air, water, trees and waste products. Human resources are a part of environment also,” he said, noting people in Loveland were concerned about medical facilities, care for the aged, housing, schools and many other public and private services.
• About 2 million people were expected to visit Colorado-Big Thompson Project reservoirs in 1970. Shadow Mountain-Lake Granby was the most popular, with 1,042,300 visitors in 1969, followed by Lake Estes with 246,850, and Horsetooth Reservoir with 204,150.
• Meals on Wheels for Loveland and Berthoud had completed its second year of operation in January 1970. It had served 9,221 meals in 1969.
• A five-acre site had been purchased for a proposed hospital in Estes Park. The Park Hospital District, formed at the end of 1968, was behind the project. Work was also underway on a 23-classroom grade school in Estes Park, expected to be ready for the 1970-71 school year. A new hospital also was being planned in Loveland, on a 30-acre site in northeast Loveland donated by Tom McKee.
• Loveland High School, which had opened its doors in 1964 with 720 students, had grown to an enrollment of 1,250 in 1969-70. “We are crowded,” assistant principal James Weyand said.
120 years ago
• The March 22, 1900 issue of the Loveland Reporter said: “A party of geologists, paleontologists and botanist who were invited last summer by the Union Pacific Railroad company to visit and explore the fossil fields of Wyoming spent 40 days in the rocky wilderness. Within 20 days their number had dwindled from 66 to 14 men, the majority having given up the undertaking enroute. About 6 tons of the fossil remains of ancient animals were collected and shipped eastward, but no complete skeleton of a dinosaur was discovered.”