Boot salesman’s 17th year at the Greeley Stampede

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Jun 292010
 
Authors: Hannah Cornish

A tattered, vintage Greeley Stampede T-shirt and a North Korea Veteran hat barely brush the surface of long-time boot salesman Joe Hannabach’s lifetime.

“I have a background that if you ever knew it, you would roll over seven times,” he said at the 88th annual Greeley International Stampede from the shade of his booth that he’s held for 17 years. He and his daughter Carolyn sell their boots at events like the Stampede, a Northern Colorado tradition, to make a living.

“If it holds still long enough, we’ll make a boot out of it,” Carolyn said. The duo calls Queen Creek, Ariz. their home but said they travel a lot, doing about six shows a year for their business.

Hannabach, who jokingly coined himself “Jose Quervo,” rehashed his not-so-pleasant past when asked the significance of his Korea Veteran hat.

Drafted at 19 years old, Hannabach was a demolitions expert in the Army, “but we don’t talk about hat stuff,” he said.

He mentioned in passing that his family played a part in all of America’s wars. His younger brother fought in Vietnam, his older brother fought in WWII and his father fought in WWI, all of them drafted.

Being drafted wasn’t the first of Hannabach’s obstacles.

His parents died when he was 15 years old and he came to the U.S. from Canada to finish high school.

“But then they found me by my Social Security number,” he said, explaining that he was drafted shortly after his high school career ended.

Aside from a past, mapped out by the wrinkles on his face, Hannabach is the typical western man. Even though he lives in Arizona, he can easily be considered a Coloradan because of his angst toward Cheyenne.

“I wouldn’t sell at Cheyenne if they gave me a booth for free,” he said.

And while it might be a mundane lifestyle, being a boot salesman, it is one he enjoys wholeheartedly.

His favorite part: meeting people and learning their life stories. Though Hannabach travels to towns like Vegas for shows, the Stampede has remained a staple for his business over the years, he said.

But as the self-acclaimed Jose Cuervo puts it, “I like to deal with the little people.” And that’s what keeps him coming back.

Staff Writer Hannah Cornish can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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July 4th Festivities in Fort Collins

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Jun 292010
 
Authors: Nick Childs

July 4th festivities in Fort Collins are what people would expect of the holiday, said Pat Walker, research assistant for the Fort Collins Museum and Discovery Science Center.

This year, the City of Fort Collins is offering a slew of activities from concerts to baseball games to pie eating contests to fireworks.

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Campus projects set to be done by fall semester

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Jun 292010
 
Authors: Abel Oshevire

The $45 million Behavioral Science Building, equipped with 3D classrooms and a 400-seat HD lecture hall, is slated to be ready by the start of fall classes.

Located to the south of the Clark Building’s C-wing, the building is on-budget, ahead of schedule and set to be completed in July along with about five other summer construction projects.

The Behavioral Science Building is funded completely by the student facility fee, which was $10 per credit hour up until a recent increase of $5 up to $15 per credit hour.

The building will also serve as an annex to the Morgan Library, which Facilities Management Director Brian Chase said often gets overcrowded, with study rooms available to any CSU student on afternoons and evenings.

“This will probably be the classiest building on campus. It is also being designed to meet LEED Gold certification standards,” Chase said.

LEED certification, which measures a building’s design and functionality as it relates to environmental sustainability, has three levels –– silver, gold and platinum –– that are awarded based on a point scale.

The points are determined from the number of LEED specifications followed in the project, such as water efficiency, energy use, types of materials utilized and natural lighting.

The Recreation Center and new tennis courts, which cost students $32 million in fees, are also right on schedule.

Judy Muenchow, executive director for the Recreation Center, said renovations to the east and west sides of the building are already done and open to students.

All renovations to Rec Center will be completed by the third week of August, and the building will likely be accessible the weekend before the start of the fall semester.

Students, however, will have to do without the pool in the Rec Center for the fall semester.

“The pool will be completely renovated and possibly open back up in January,” Muenchow said. “The pool was not in the in the original plan, but with the interest acquired from bonds it became a part of the project.”

All campus construction projects are paid for with bonds, which CSU sells to stakeholders and interested companies. All bonds are paid for with student facility fee revenue.

“A bond is a loan, kind of like a mortgage, which one will need to repay over a certain amount of time. Luckily, because of the recession, the market is very competitive,” Chase said, “so we have been able to get 15 to 20 percent more out of these buildings and projects.”

He added that without bonds, students would be hit with enormous costs. Bonds allow for payment to be evened out among students as time goes on, and each bond will ideally be paid off in 30 years.

Though there are no damages, some parking lots around campus are also undergoing maintenance projects.

“The lots are being seal-coated because, if you notice, they are bleached out instead of jet black, which leads to cracking,” Chase said, adding that about $400,000 to $500,000 is spent on redoing the lots each year.

Another project set to be finalized by the start of the fall semester is the Lake Street Parking Garage. Currently, people can park in the Lake Street garage, but Chase said they are interested in adding more features.

The first floor houses metered parking, the second floor is for students with different permits and the top floor is reserved for faculty.

“The garage is LEED Gold certified and is the only one in all of Colorado with a solar panel array,” Chase said. “There will be a convenience store and a Subway in the north side of the garage, which will be completed really soon.”

Come fall semester, students will see more construction on campus, including an expansion of the Warner College of Natural Resources Building to have outside seating for students to study and the redoubling of the 2-megawatts solar plant at the Foothills campus to 5.3 megawatts.

The expansion of the solar plant, which was completed last fall, is subject to approval from the County Commission. Chase said the university is confident of being approved and construction would begin on the site sometime in July or August.

Staff writer Abel Oshevire can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Brewfest sees dramatic drop in attendance last weekend

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Jun 292010
 
Authors: Collegian Staff Report

The Colorado Brewers Festival brought out two-thirds fewer paid attendees this year, leaving the Downtown Business Association with more financial responsibility than anticipated, according to reporting from the Fort Collins Coloradoan.

This year, Brewfest, which ran Saturday and Sunday, saw a complete event overhaul, including a move from Old Town Square to Civic Center Park and a flat-rate entrance fee of $25 for drinkers and $10 for non-drinkers.

Check the next edition of the Collegian for a full story with student reaction.

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Charity ride finish line at CSU

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Jun 292010
 
Authors: Emily Johnson

Red faced and sweating, Janine Leupold leaned on her bicycle, took off her shoes and rubbed her feet. Her husband Jim tiredly looked on. The Erie residents had just finished riding 75 miles under the 95-degree Colorado sun.

“I ride because my sister can’t,” Leupold said.

Her sister suffers from multiple sclerosis.

The Leupolds were just two of some 3,000 bicycle riders who cycled nearly 150 miles of Northern Colorado’s back roads last weekend to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

They have been riding with Team Sugar Bees for five years. The team has 142 members and has raised $1 million.

“We both like to ride,” Leupold said. “This is a great route. The snacks are good too,” she laughed.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, The Great-West Life Bike MS, Colorado’s Ride 2010 base camped on campus. The two-day ride benefited the Colorado Chapter of the National MS Society and the 76,000 Coloradans affected by multiple sclerosis.

“We started with 20 teams 25 years ago, and now there are 198,” said Susan Burke, director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships for the Society. “This is incredible.”

The ride began at Front Range Community College in Westminster at 6 a.m. Saturday and wound 75 miles through Longmont, through Masonville and over Horsetooth Reservoir ending at Team Village set up at CSU.

Hundreds of white tents graced the West Lawn of campus. Each team decorated their tents with signs, jerseys used in previous rides and pictures of team members that have taken part in the event over the years.

Bands were playing, riders were getting massages and vendors gave away energy drinks and protein shakes, among other freebies.

Longmont’s Left Hand Brewing Company, the event’s official beer sponsor, donated 40 kegs of beer and kept it flowing for the riders as they rolled over the finish line.

“We have a few members of our beer club that have MS. Some of our employees have relatives affected by the disease as well,” said Aly Dratch, the brewery’s director of Marketing and Design.

“That’s why we became involved as riders a few years ago, but this year we wanted to step up our support. It took months of planning, but it’s so worth it.”
Multiple sclerosis affects the central nervous system by disrupting the flow of information from the brain to the body. Symptoms vary from person to person and include fatigue, dizziness, tremors, visual impairment and balance issues.

The MS Society raises funds to provide programs and services to MS patients and their families such as care management, group support and advocacy.
Burke said CSU is a favorite venue for participants of the event.

“We have dorms and showers here. The campus is nice, and the route is ideal,” she said.

People from all over the country participated, and just about every city in Colorado was represented. Some said it felt like a family reunion.

“I run an interior design business, and it was shocking to me to find out how many of my clients and suppliers had MS,” said Rita Coltrane, a Castle Rock resident and CSU alumna.

Coltrane is one 190 members of Team Raw Hinies, which has raised more than $600,000 for the MS Society.

“I became interested in raising money for the cause because so many people I knew were affected by it,” Coltrane said.

Many participants have a family member or a close friend who is affected by MS and would like nothing more than to see a cure for it. The ride is especially symbolic to them as many with MS are unable to ride themselves.

“I’m thankful to be able to do this,” Coltrane said. “It’s a privilege.”

Staff writer Emily Johnson can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Tuition, fees increase by 10.2 percent next year

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Jun 292010
 
Authors: Jordyn Dahl

CSU officials say next year’s overall 10.2 percent increase to tuition and fees will allow the university to hire more professors and improve campus in spite of a large cut to the Fort Collins campus operating budget.

The CSU System Board of Governors passed the budget for the 2011 fiscal year last Wednesday, approving an increase in tuition for undergraduate residents by 9 percent at both the Fort Collins and Pueblo campuses.

The changes go into effect on July 1 and include a 3 percent increase for non-residents as well as a $203 increase in fees for full-time resident undergraduates at the Fort Collins campus, bringing the overall tuition and fee increase to 10.2 percent.

Due to depleting state funding for Colorado’s higher education system, as well a still-struggling state economy, the operating budget for the Fort Collins campus will be cut 3.5 percent, from $799.7 million to $771.2 million, or $28.5 million total.

But campus officials said the tuition increase will still allow the university to create more faculty positions, improve the buildings on campus and open the ones currently under construction.

“We believe that the resources provided for these increases will enable us to keep classes open and open new degree programs,” said Provost and Executive Vice President Rick Miranda.

Although the CSU-Fort Collins budget will be slashed, CSU-Pueblo’s operating budget will grow by $5.4 million, or 7.2 percent, bringing the total from $75.8 million to $80.2 million.

The CSU System office budget will be the only one unaffected. It will remain steady at $4.5 million, the same amount it was allotted for the 2010 fiscal year.

“We had decreased our budget by 11 percent last year, so we’re maintaining the status quo,” said Michelle McKinney, spokeswoman for the BOG.

Gaps in state funding for Colorado’s higher education institutions have been filled with stimulus dollars for the past few years, but that money is supposed to run out after 2011 –– a time that some higher education advocates have called a funding cliff.

That cliff could result in a permanent base cut of $33 million for CSU, depending on how the state recovers from the economic recession that continues to wrack havoc on the country’s finances.

With the fear that future cost cutting could threaten student access to education and the quality of that education at CSU looming over budget decisions, a press release about the budget passage said that CSU will continue to explore funding models that could create long-term financial stability.

“Until a sustainable funding solution for public higher education is found, the budget process moving ahead will be a growing challenge with balancing access with the realities of funding higher education,” CSU Chancellor Joe Black said in the release.

Staff writer Jordyn Dahl can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Scubbles

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Jun 292010
 
Authors: Derrick Burton
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Life on the Edge

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Jun 292010
 
Authors: Dave Anderson
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Fighting off bloodsuckers

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Jun 292010
 
Authors: Matt Miller

As this year’s mosquito season approaches, city officials, CSU professors and health workers are preparing to educate and protect the community from the West Nile Virus.

The severity of West Nile outbreaks fluctuates from year to year and is based on weather patterns, said microbiology professor Chet Moore. 

Although it’s too early to tell what this season will look like, a wet spring and hot dry summer creates the best conditions, he said. 

“Mosquitoes are cold blooded,” Moore said. “If it’s cold everything slows down.”

His department has finished testing on the first batch of mosquitoes and none have tested positive.

Moore expects to see a lot of virus activity around July 4th.

Last year, Larimer County saw 25 cases of West Nile and Colorado saw a total of 102, said Crew Chief with Parks Division Mike Calhoon.

“When the Poudre River drops it leaves pools of standing water, and those sites are perfect for larva production,” Calhoon said.

His department has worked to control the spread of the virus since it first popped up in Colorado in 2003.

“We’re working to control it the best we can,” Calhoon said. “Our philosophy is to beat them out of the water.”

The West Nile Program does public education and public service announcements to inform Coloradans on how to prevent getting bitten. They also map all sights with larva in town and treat those sights with a mosquito-specific larvicide called BTi.

The program is revised every three years to ensure that it’s successful.

“We’re always trying to adjust it for the better,” Calhoon said.

The division is also working closely with the Center For Disease Control and Prevention.

This year, Calhoon’s department will capture the flying insects, mark them, set them free and recapture them in an attempt to gauge how far they will fly to feed on humans.

“Now we will have solid data for how far they are traveling so we can focus our larva treatment,” Calhoon said.

The CSU health network is also working hard to educate students and provide any information and medical help they can offer.

“We can see any student concerned and draw their blood to test,” said Director of Medical Services Dr. Laurie Elwyn.

She added that they usually do a diagnosis based on clinical criteria rather than the blood test.

“One of the most important things about West Nile is prevention,” Elwyn said.

The best steps to avoiding mosquito contact is avoid outdoor activities from sundown to midnight, check doors and windows so the bugs can’t get in, wear long sleeves and pants, and check yards for any standing water the could serve as ideal breeding ground.

Since West Nile is a viral infection there is no treatment, but most people who have it recover fine, Elwyn said.

The symptoms are flu like, including high fever, and aches and pains.

Staff Writer Matt Miller can be reached at news@collegian.com.

Steps to prevent West Nile infection

1. Avoid outdoor activities from sundown to midnight.
2. Check windows and doors to ensure that mosquitoes can’t get in.
3. Wear long sleeves and pants and spray on repellent, even on clothes.
4. Check yards for any standing water in which larva could spawn and report it to the city.

To learn more about West Nile, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm

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CU-Boulder will fight to keep gun ban

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Jun 292010
 
Authors: Kirsten Silveira

CSU officials say the university will hang tight and maintain the status quo on its gun policies while CU-Boulder fights for its gun ban in the courtroom.

The CSU System Board of Governors repealed its controversial gun ban in early May following a pending lawsuit and a Colorado Court of Appeals ruling that determined a similar ban implemented at CU was a violation of the Colorado Concealed Carry Act.

The Colorado Concealed Carry Act calls for the allowance of concealed carry unless otherwise regulated by federal law or on K-12 school property. The court ruling also extended the act to exclude local governments from adopting and implementing policies that contradict it.
After the announcement of the ruling, CSU officials said campus presidents would go back to the drawing board and construct laws that fell in line with state law.

But Ken McConnellogue, spokesman for the CU Board of Regents, said the governing board voted 5-4 to appeal the ruling. The university’s deadline to file to the Colorado Supreme Court is today.

While CU fights for the right to ban guns on its campus, with the support of its student government, CSU will wait on the courts decision, said BOG spokeswoman Michele McKinney.

“We’re just going to be monitoring it and stick with the status quo,” McKinney said, adding that the board has yet to discuss the future of a gun ban at CSU. If the BOG hadn’t repealed CSU’s ban, it would have gone into affect Aug. 1.

The Regents’ suit comes on the heels of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down a Chicago firearm ban that casts state and local gun laws into question.

According to McClatchy-Tribune wire service, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Chicago’s long-standing gun ban violated an individual’s right to own firearms, enshrined in the Second Amendment. The ruling marks the first time the court has determined that the Constitution restricts state and municipal gun-control powers.

McConnellogue said the CU ban and the recent ruling has no impact on their lawsuit because the decision didn’t include “reasonable regulation,” which is described as the banning of guns from places like K-12 schools.

McConnellogue said it’s hard to say whether CU succeed in court, where the Regents will maintain that, under the Colorado Constitution, they have the authority to ban weapons from campus.

_The McClatchy-Tribune wire service contributed to this report.

Assistant News Editor Kirsten Silveira can be reached at news@collegian.com._

More about the Colorado Concealed Carry Act:

Concealed weapons must be permitted in all public places, unless otherwise regulated by federal law. K-12 campuses are considered gun-free zones.

If a public area chooses to prohibit guns, it must adhere to the following:
Weapons screening for every person entering the building where concealed carry is banned.
Requiring security personnel to hold all weapons of valid permit holders.

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