This Week in Loveland History October 3-9, 2021 – Loveland Reporter-Herald


10 years ago

  • An app for users to identify mountain ranges, locate bathrooms, and even know when the sun was due to set in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was the ninth in the Kerry Galvan National Parks series which he said arose out of frustration as he stood in the rain on top of a mountain in Acadia National Park in Maine, wanting to know where the storm was coming from and which was the fastest. road to the house.
  • Colorado Poet Laureate David Mason visited Loveland as part of Library Director Ted Schmidt’s efforts to attract more writers, poets and artists to the Loveland Public Library. His visit was to be followed a week later by a lecture by Ron Franscell, author and journalist from San Antonio, Texas. Both had to talk about the writing process.
  • The Northern Colorado Towns and Counties’ public vehicle and equipment auction at The Ranch has grossed over $ 800,000 with the sale of items such as used buses, graders, backhoes, street sweepers and dump trucks, as well as office furniture and even an artificial Christmas tree. Sales came from across the country through an online component of the auction. The most expensive item was a 1992 Caterpillar motor grader that sold for $ 73,000.
  • Loveland families started the month with pumpkin patch tours in search of that special gourd.
  • St. John’s Catholic Church and adjoining college were evacuated after Police Chief Luke Hecker and another parishioner smelled gas and called the Loveland Fire and Rescue Service. Fire crews who arrived found carbon monoxide levels that were three times the acceptable level, shut off gas to the building, and ventilated the area. No one was hurt. Xcel Energy workers located the source of the leak, a rooftop unit, and fixed it, allowing middle school students to return to their classrooms and worshipers to return to the church.
  • A Facebook page called “Remember Loveland When” had more than 2,200 members, with residents remembering everything from Skate Castle to the Redman statue, from when girls couldn’t wear pants to school until at the opening of the Alco at Madison Avenue and Eisenhower. Boulevard. Resident Kristen Carlson created the group just two months earlier as a place to share memories. Crystal Frost wrote about how she worked for the Loveland Public Library in 1976 for 98 cents an hour before moving to Larimer County Court as a District Clerk for $ 1.10 an hour, while others have written about the molasses spill in the early 1990s.
  • Loveland City Council voted unanimously to enter into an exclusive negotiating right with Cumberland & Western Resources LLC as a new partner for the ACE technology manufacturing fleet at the former Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies site.
  • Madwire Media was in the process of constructing a second three-story building for its internet marketing company which already had 75 employees in just two years and planned to add 110 more.

25 years ago

  • The Thompson school district was facing a shortage of bus drivers, with officials saying a good economy was attracting drivers to higher paying jobs. The district also struggled to keep enough kitchen and maintenance workers. Employees at the central office would serve lunches for the students to help the district recruit employees. The district was short of 13 drivers and was considering paying employees for the time it took to get their required special permits.
  • Larimer County Commissioners voted in favor of a contribution of $ 30,000, or one-third of the cost, of the Town of Loveland’s study of the Big Thompson Corridor, focusing on the area ranging from l mouth of the river at the county line of Weld. The plan was to identify areas that should be protected for open spaces and areas that were suitable for trails and parks.
  • Colorado had 51,000 acres of sugar beets, of which about 24,000 came from 120 farmers in Weld County and Larimer in the Loveland and Johnstown areas. Beet growers expected prices to climb up to $ 4 a tonne more than what had been paid in previous years.
  • Lynda Nielsen began working as the new Executive Director of Alternatives to Violence, an agency that provided intervention counseling and other services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • Loveland residents remembered the inspiring personality and caring touch of Stan Selby, Hewlett-Packard’s first general manager of the Loveland facility, who died at the age of 74 after a long illness . They explained how he took the time to communicate with all the employees and hear their ideas and how on Fridays he climbed to the top of a 16-foot ladder to brief employees and answer their questions.
  • Stu VanMeveren ran unopposed for district attorney for Jackson and Larimer counties, a post he had held since 1972. He had run unopposed in five of the last seven elections. “One way to look at it is that you are doing a good job,” VanMeveren said. “That’s what we would like to think. The other is that no one wants this crazy job.
  • Masonville threw a 100th anniversary party, featuring a performance by the Cheyenne Gunslingers and an Ugly Truck Contest.
  • The Thompson School District was working to bring internet technology into schools, using as many volunteers as possible to keep costs down. The district was participating in NetDay, a national event designed to generate community interest in the wiring needed to connect schools. The projects were completed at Mary Blair and Monroe Elementary Schools after a team of 20 volunteers tackled the wiring. On NetDay, which was Oct. 26, the goal was to wire five more schools in the district.
  • Loveland City Court Judge John Easley has called on Loveland City Council to increase its workweek from one to three days and add a receiver to handle an increase in the number of cases. Officials said the city hired more police officers, who wrote more tickets, and created more city ordinances resulting in violations, including underage tobacco possession, but failed to increase court staff to keep pace.

50 years ago

  • The Colorado Public Utilities Commission announced after a public hearing that automatic guards would likely be installed at the Fourth Street and Sixth Street level crossings by March 1, 1972. Work was scheduled to begin in December but would not be installed. not expected to be completed until March due to slow delivery. of materials. The Town of Loveland had been working for two years to approve safety devices at level crossings, as the dangers to the public at these locations increased with the population.
  • The Jaycee Sections of Loveland and Fort Collins hosted the second annual Colorado Aviation Days airshow at Loveland Airport (now the Northern Colorado Regional Airport), with plane flights costing two cents a book as well as demonstrations of aerobatic shows, stuntmen and paratroopers. A two week delay in the event caused it to land on a weekend with “miserable weather” which resulted in low turnout and the group barely recouped its costs.
  • For the first time in 20 years, Loveland Public Library planned to list all of its books, announcing that the facility would close for a week in November to allow for the count. Records showed the library had 55,000 books, but officials wanted an official tally as they regularly found missing books. The library was located at Sixth Street and Cleveland Avenue.
  • The Loveland High School group scored top marks in both the parade march and the maneuvers in the Group Day judging at Colorado State University.
  • The Thompson School Board voted to allow administrators to develop a more informative and comprehensive scoring system for recording student grades. “We want to try to have consistency across the district, which we didn’t have before,” Robert Turner, assistant superintendent of training, told the board at a meeting. “Some of these questions are controversial, but this is in fact an intermediary policy.” Administrators were demanding more information from parents beyond the A, B, C, D and U grades, for additional assessment statements to be released to show what the student had learned.
  • Loveland City Council has approved a 72-apartment development along Wilson Avenue just north of Eisenhower Boulevard, with developers saying construction will begin as soon as the frost clears in the spring and be completed within 16 months. It was the first part of a 206-unit complex planned on the shores of Lake Rist-Benson.
  • Parents of children at St. John’s Parish School decided at a PTA meeting to do everything possible to raise funds to keep the school open after St. John’s School Board decided initiate procedures to close the school. “The position of the PTA,” said President Ted Wahler, “is totally positive; that is to say, develop ways and means to deal with the financial crisis which threatens the future of the school. They have formed a Save Our School fundraising committee.
  • High on Loveland City Council’s priorities for the State Highway Commission, as it decided on projects to undertake in 1973, was the construction of a four-lane highway from the end of the one-way system of Lincoln and Cleveland avenues north to 29th street.
  • Deposits in Loveland’s three full-service bans stood at $ 44.6 million as of September 30 with a total of $ 51.6 million in reported assets, according to the United States. Bank controller. Deposits were $ 9 million more than the $ 35 million totaled throughout 1970.
  • Shakey’s Pizza Parlor was open at 1701 W. Eisenhower Blvd. The restaurant served both pizza and chicken with an all you can eat lunch for $ 1.40. The franchise had seven employees and was located on the site of the former Champ’s Hamburgers.

120 years ago

“The Reporter cylinder press arrived in Loveland on Monday – and was unloaded by VW Stoddard,” said Oct. 3, 1901 in the Loveland Reporter issue, adding: “To The Reporter ‘s disgust, force some sort of box – one of the essentials of the press – was missing so sadly that nothing has been found since. And the delay strikes the happiness of two offices! Hoping that the missing link will soon be there! “

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