Mile High music exchange

 Uncategorized  Comments Off on Mile High music exchange
Jul 262011
Authors: Matt Miller

Denver –– A sweaty mass of tank tops and tight pants, moustaches and Ray Ban sunglasses packed into the Illiterate Gallery on South Broadway on July 23 to see Fort Collins band Jay J Matott and the Arctic.

They were one of about 11 bands from Fort Collins that drove the hour south to the Mile High City to perform in this year’s Underground Music Showcase.

Out on the street, music from the five-piece band mixed with the sounds of passing cars and groups of equally hip looking music lovers as they walked between another Fort Collins band, Cotton Keys, playing next door at Indie Ink.

From July 21 to 24 it was a scene of music, art, organic popsicles, sweat and Pabst Blue Ribbon as more than 300 bands took over venues, restaurants, bars and art galleries for the 11th annual Underground Music Showcase.

The night of the 23rd, a crowd formed outside of the High-Dive, one of UMS’ main venues. Inside, Bear Hands was playing to a filled-to-capacity audience, but outside, those left to hear only the muffled bass beats took out their frustration on a giant pinata hanging from a tree.

It was nothing but an unbridled display for a passion of music.

About 11,000 people took to the small stretch of South Broadway during the four-day festival to witness this chaotic expression of music love.

“I saw there were people from 13 to 70 years old,” said Jay J Matott, lead singer of Jay J Matott and the Arctic, who graduated from CSU in May. “There were families as well as the hip people.”

The arrays of people were drawn in by the diverse assortment of music. Along Broadway, groups swung from venue to venue tasting the collection of local music from punk, to indie, to rap, funk, bluegrass and even comedy.

“I saw a lot of world music, and a lot of different textures and talents,” Matott said.
UMS was an opportunity for Fort Collins musicians to step out of their local comfort zone and show Denver what is going on in the north region of the state.

“Fort Collins is like Denver’s hidden treasure,” Matott said. “A lot of people in Denver hear about our stuff and it only benefits UMS to bring Fort Collins bands down there.”

The festival has grown in recent years, from four bands on one stage and 300 attendees its first year, to 25 venues along South Broadway. UMS is also a completely non-profit event, with all profits going to the Denver Post Community Foundation.

This year, attendance rose to 11,000 from last year’s 9,000 concertgoers, said UMS Event Director Kendall Smith.

As a growing music showcase, Smith said in the future he would like to see UMS as a destination event.

“The UMS happens in Denver, but to me it represents the whole Rocky Mountain region,” Smith said.

In order to represent the whole Rocky Mountain region, Smith said it was important for Fort Collins bands to be involved with UMS. It is a way for them to share music with Denver artists who can’t make it up north to see concerts.

“With Fort Collins, that’s a thriving scene,” Smith said. “There’s a lot of talent up there.”

Smith described UMS as a sort of music convention where artists who know each other could get together.

And this type of mutual support was obvious as bands from different areas in Colorado meshed together in support of music.

At Delite on the final day of UMS, members from the upcoming Denver band Pedals of Spain watched a set from Galaxies. The band mixed into a crowd that included Mattot, to watch the Fort Collins native play.

As Dillion Groeneman, the one musician who made up Galaxies, pounded a room rattling beat on a drum, members of the band Candy Claws, also from his hometown, watched through the street window. They watched as balloons filled the room and soon the entire audience was joyfully swatting the colorful orbs back and forth.

On the 24th, Mattot shoved his way into the packed bar, the Hornet, to see Pedals of Spain. Bodies overflowed onto the street eager to watch four part harmonies, guitar solos, and jazz-trained trumpet player, Wesley Watkins ,dance around on a table, his head inches away from a fan. It was a set Mattot said was one of his favorites.

Even Fort Collins own Matthew Sage from the band Kick Majestic caught some other shows even though he was only in Denver for two hours.

For Kick Majestic, it was their first time playing at UMS, and they were shocked at being invited to play at such a large festival.

“It kind of blew my mind,” Sage said. “I’ve been to South By Southwest twice and it was like a mini version.”

Sage said that for Fort Collins musicians playing at UMS, exposure and mingling with the Denver community was key.

“Fort Collins, as much as it is comfortable, it’s also frustrating,” Sage said. “We never get to get out of Fort Collins.”

He said for his band and for others coming from outside Denver, UMS was the perfect way to test the waters of big city music.

“It’s nice to go to Denver and play for a new crowd that’s pretty receptive,” Sage said.
But, as beneficial as UMS is for Fort Collins bands, the scope of the festival works to showcase
the Colorado region as a musical powerhouse.

“It’s a good way for people to see what’s going on in middle America,” Sage said.

News Editor Matt Miller can be reached at

 Posted by at 2:10 pm

CSU laboratory destroyed by fire

 Uncategorized  Comments Off on CSU laboratory destroyed by fire
Jul 262011
Authors: Allison Sylte

The office building of the CSU equine reproductive laboratory was severely damaged by a fire early the morning of July 26. Though authorities say the building may be a total loss, no humans or animals were injured in the fire.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown, and there’s not a timeline as to when it will be.

“Our investigators are on the scene as we speak,” said Poudre Fire Authority spokesman Patrick Love on Tuesday afternoon. “They have made their way into the building and are trying to determine the area and origin, and later, the cause.”

The fire was first reported at 1 a.m. on the 23rd by a bystander, and by the time the PFA had arrived, flames as high as 20 feet were shooting into the sky, Love said. The lab’s roof collapsed while firefighters were working on the blaze.

No horses were boarded in the building, though horses in the complex nearby were moved as a safety precaution to avoid smoky areas by CSUPD officers, faculty and students.

The 6,400 square foot building was located on CSU’s Foothills Campus and mainly housed office and research facilities, though CSU Spokeswoman Dell Rae Moellenberg said that some rooms occasionally served as classrooms.

“It’s going to have a huge impact not only on the education of CSU students, but also on the equine community here in Colorado and in the advancement of reproduction research,” said Callie Knight, a junior equine sciences major.

The fire caused up to $12 million in property and damage, according to Love, and Moellenberg says it’s far too early to know the total loss of the contents of the building.
Twelve to 15 people work in the building throughout the year.

“We’re trying our best to find other buildings in the area we can move people, so I think the fire will have an impact, sure,” Moellenberg said. “It’s still kind of early, so we’re still trying to figure out what everything means.”

Content Managing Editor Allison Sylte can be reached at

 Posted by at 2:09 pm

Congress leaders issue dueling plans for debt ceiling

 Uncategorized  Comments Off on Congress leaders issue dueling plans for debt ceiling
Jul 262011
Authors: McClatchy-Tribune

WASHINGTON — The Republican leader of the House and the Democratic leader of the Senate issued dueling proposals to allow the federal debt ceiling to be raised — both with steep spending cuts, but neither with a clear route to ending the standoff over the government’s ability to pay its bills.

Both plans will face key tests in the next few days, when House Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., each plan to bring their proposals to the floors of their respective chambers.

In the House, the issue will be whether conservative Republicans remain united behind Boehner even though his plan received mixed reviews from conservatives, with some influential “tea party”-affiliated lawmakers and groups denouncing it as too weak.

In the Senate, the question will be whether Reid can attract the seven Republicans he needs to cut off a threatened filibuster and claim bipartisan backing.

In advance of the votes, President Barack Obama made a nationally televised speech Monday night, asking the public to contact members of Congress and demand compromise.

Shortly after his speech, the websites of several members of Congress crashed, officials said, in a shutdown that they could not immediately explain. The problems affected dozens of well-known lawmakers from both parties, including Boehner and fellow Republicans Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., and Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., as well as top Democrats, including Sens. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois and Charles E. Schumer of New York.

Despite the increasingly heated rhetoric in Washington, the Boehner and Reid plans have similarities. Both embrace the Republican goal of deep cuts in federal budgets. Neither includes any of the new tax revenue that Obama called for.

But the two also have some key differences. Boehner’s would cut more deeply and probably require significant reductions in Medicare and other federal entitlement programs. Reid’s plan avoids such cuts. Instead, Reid books savings from winding down the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Republicans deride that as a gimmick because the wars will end regardless of the budget debate.

Reid’s plan would raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling enough to carry the government through 2012. Boehner’s plan would require a second congressional vote early next year, which Obama in the past has called a deal breaker.

Obama has said he does not want to revisit the debt-ceiling debate in coming months, when political infighting is expected to intensify in the run-up to the 2012 election. Democrats say another debt- ceiling impasse could jeopardize the economy.

In his speech, Obama said Boehner’s bill “doesn’t solve the problem,” but he notably did not repeat his vow to veto any bill that failed to get the Treasury through 2012. Instead, he sharply criticized House Republicans for refusing to compromise and warned that “we can’t allow the American people to become collateral damage to Washington’s political warfare.”

Obama said “neither party is blameless” for increasing the nation’s debt, but he accused House Republicans of playing a “dangerous game” with the nation’s credit in an attempt to force their will on the rest of the government. If Washington lawmakers did not agree to compromise, he said, “we would risk sparking a deep economic crisis — this one caused almost entirely by Washington.”
He repeated his critique that Republicans were demanding “sacrifice” from senior citizens, college students and working families while “nothing is asked of those at the top of the income scales.”

In a televised response, Boehner said the president had created a “crisis atmosphere” and was asking Congress to give him a “blank check.”

“That is just not going to happen,” he said. The real problem, he said, is a government that has become “so big and so expensive it’s sapping the drive of our people.”

Boehner’s plan would work in two stages. The first would cut more than $1 trillion from appropriations over the next decade by capping future spending. In exchange, the plan would approve enough new debt to carry the government into next year.

In the second stage, a special congressional committee would be set up to recommend as much as $1.8 trillion in additional cuts, which probably would include entitlement programs. If those cuts were approved by December, the president could request a second debt increase to cover the nation’s bills through the end of 2012. The plan also calls for a congressional vote this year on a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Under the Boehner plan, lawmakers could approve the spending cuts while also voting to express disapproval of the new debt, a further appeal to the right flank.

 Posted by at 1:40 pm

McDonald’s to make Happy Meals healthier

 Uncategorized  Comments Off on McDonald’s to make Happy Meals healthier
Jul 262011
Authors: McClatchy-Tribune

CHICAGO — Under pressure from health and children’s advocacy groups, McDonald’s Corp. is making changes to its famed Happy Meals.

The fast food chain will add a serving of fruit or vegetable to all of the meals, which are aimed at children, and shrink the portion of French fries.

The changes, announced Tuesday, will take effect in September in some markets and then roll out to all 14,000 McDonald’s restaurants in the U.S. by April.

McDonald’s said it first experimented with cutting fries entirely from the Happy Meals, but children and parents rebelled.

“People come to McDonald’s and, first of all, they want the choice and the control to be theirs, but their expectation of a Happy Meal does include a fry,” said Jan Fields, president of McDonald’s USA. “When we did it without fries, there was a huge disappointment factor.”

The new French fry holders in Happy Meals will contain 1.1 ounces of potatoes, down from 2.4. Apple slices will often be included as the healthful side dish, but it could also be carrots, raisins, pineapple slices or mandarin oranges, depending on the time of year and the region in which they’re being served, Fields said.

Although subject to variation depending on what’s ordered, the new meals will represent, on average, a 20 percent decrease in calories, the chain said.

Fields said Happy Meal prices will not go up as a result of the changes. But the chain has raised prices this year as a result of soaring commodity costs.

As the world’s largest restaurant chain by sales, McDonald’s has been under intense scrutiny for the nutritional quality of its food and its marketing to children. Critics have strongly challenged the chain’s practice of selling kids’ meals that include a toy, connecting it to the nation’s obesity crisis.

Last year, San Francisco and Santa Clara County, Calif., banned toys with meals at fast food restaurants if the meals didn’t meet certain nutritional criteria. Similar legislation has been proposed in New York.

“We know we’re a leader and we know we need to be part of the solution,” McDonald’s spokeswoman Danya Proud said. “But we can’t be looked at as providing the only solution.”
The business strategy for McDonald’s is to make parents feel less guilty about feeding fast food to their children, so they’ll become more frequent customers.

 Posted by at 1:39 pm

Old Town pub pedalers drink and drive

 Uncategorized  Comments Off on Old Town pub pedalers drink and drive
Jul 262011
Authors: Rachel Childs

Sixteen people sit around a bar booth, pushing yellow pedals to Coopersmith’s Pub and Brewing Company on College Avenue while Wiz Kalifa’s song “Black and Yellow” plays on the speakers above. A front-side barrel comes to a stop in a parking space as everyone gets off.

Bar patrons and pedestrians look on at the contraption with wonderment. Then the questions come.

Passerby approach the bike to ask how much it costs, where it goes and whether or not it served beer.

The MyHandleBar party bike is the newest way to see the local pub and club scene while burning off calories from the brew consumed during the night.

The moustache-themed bicycle took to streets of Fort Collins and Boulder in May and is equipped with a wood roof, bar stools and tap.

It is not licensed to serve beer yet, but the owners will attempt to have it put in the same category as limos and other passenger vehicles that allow alcohol.

The “feitscafe”, or beer café, is the brainchild of two brothers in the Netherlands who accepted the challenge of a bar owner to build a float for the Queen’s Day Parade. They scribbled the plan on a napkin, and the beer bike was born.

CSU graduate and entrepreneur Theresa Preston saw the bike in Entrepreneur magazine and said she had to have one. There are only a few in the U.S. and Preston owns two of them.

Each bike cost Preston $35,000. She bought them with money saved from four Plato’s Closets the she owns in Fort Collins, Littleton, Colorado Springs and Cheyenne, Wyo.

“You’re not getting these out of a vending machine or anywhere else,” she said, waiting outside of Coopersmith’s.

July 23 marked the first Pedal Chaser night, where anyone can pay $25 for a ride around town without having to book a party.

The group riding during the 23rd’s special laughed as they tried to push the beer-mobile down College Avenue to the next bar.

“It’s not bad at all,” said Jennifer Vasquez who visited Colorado from Chicago, about pedaling the 2,300-pound bike.

Groups can book the bike for $180 on weekends, $170 on weekdays and $200 on holidays.

Brian Bjork, a CSU communications graduate, not only steers and guides the bikes during tours, but also goes to various local businesses to find deals for MyHandleBar groups.

“No one really knows what to expect and it’s something new so everyone has a good time,” said driver Bjork.

Coopersmith’s general manager Sandra Longton took her team on the bike and enjoyed every minute of it.

“We look forward to working with MyHandleBar groups,” Longton said in an email to the Collegian. “I think it will catch on quick. It is a great way to travel while doing brew tours with your friends.”

There have not been any injuries on the bike and the team takes several safety precautions. Riders are required to sign a release and show a valid ID. Helmets are available for those who want them, but no one has opted for one so far, said Bjork.

And while there may not be any official advertising for MyHandleBar, the looks from passerby and other bar patrons says it all –– the bike does its own publicity.

Web Content Editor Rachel Childs can be reached at

 Posted by at 1:26 pm

Fire damages CSU equine lab

 Uncategorized  Comments Off on Fire damages CSU equine lab
Jul 262011
Authors: Allison Sylte

The CSU Equine Reproductive Laboratory at the Foothills Campus was severely damaged by a fire on Tuesday morning. No animals or humans are hurt, though reports say that the building is a total loss.

The fire was first reported at 1 a.m., and horses were evacuated from the surrounding stables.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Stay tuned to and tomorrow’s Collegian for more updates.
Content Managing Editor Allison Sylte can be reached at _

 Posted by at 2:22 am

Benn: I used to spend my money on shoes

 Uncategorized  Comments Off on Benn: I used to spend my money on shoes
Jul 192011
Authors: Jesse Benn

I used to spend money on shoes. And now, as I look down at my dusty old Nikes, I can’t help but chuckle. They are FUBAR: effed up beyond any recognition.

The heel is worn through to the air pockets, causing a squeaking noise with each step. The inside is duct taped to cover the sharp plastic that has become exposed from overuse.

It’s funny –– I used to have shoes that matched specific outfits. But I don’t remember any of those shoes really taking me anywhere.

The shoes I wear now have carried me around New York, over the Brooklyn Bridge and through Central Park. They have strolled through the streets of Old Jerusalem, the beaches of Tel Aviv and the heights of Masada. These shoes have walked me down alleyways in Negril and Quito. They’ve seen the Andes, the Rockies and the Cascades.

And now they’re dusty and dilapidated. I like to think that a little of the dust that covers them is from each of these places. And that maybe some of what’s worn off from their heels was left in each place I’ve walked.

Just as my shoes have traded rubber for dust as they’ve traveled, I’ve picked up and left behind parts of myself along the way. This is why I fell in love with travel in the first place: it transforms you.

There is no coming back from some places. They stay with you, and you with them.

I hold memories of extreme acts of kindness, like the woman in Mexico leaving her line of customers to point me in the right direction. Or there’s the woman who helped me explain to the clerk that I needed Midol for my wife when I couldn’t find the right words in Spanish.

These moments will always be with me.

And while it’s impossible to say for sure, I’d like to think that there are people in each of these places that have their memories of me.

Maybe the indigenous Ecuadorian kids I shared chocolates with remember me, or the older women I gave my seat up to on crowded buses (apparently that’s not common in Ecuador). Perhaps when they hear the word “gringo,” they think of me.

In Negril, maybe our Jamaican friend Mikey walks past the hotel we stayed in and remembers the time he spent with JJ (Jesse and Jessica), showing us around his home on our honeymoon.

Then there is the bond that travel creates between those you travel with. There are the little inside jokes that you had to be there for, like the Orizaba prayer flags (sorry, you had to be there).

And there’s the deeper bond brought about by trusting each other as you venture into the unknown. I can only imagine how much trust it took for Jessica to follow me off that bus in Mexico after we were dropped off on the side of the highway in the dark, only slightly sure we were heading the right way.

These stories and moments may be from international adventures, but with the beauty of Colorado surrounding us, no flight is required; there is plenty to see here. And without our journeys and climbs up, through and around our Rockies, we never would have found the courage to hop on that first flight to Mexico City, sparking this travel bug in the first place.

It’s easy to get comfortable with and forget your surroundings, but to do so living this close to the Rocky Mountains is nothing short of tragic. Within a few hours drive are sights that people travel from around the world to see.

Often, I’ll have friends tell me how lucky I am to have traveled so much in recent years. And as much as I appreciate their sentiment, they’re wrong. You see, I’m not lucky.

I just choose not to spend my money on shoes anymore.

We all spend our money somewhere. Some people blow it at the bars and dispensaries (Hi, students); some drop it on fancy purses (Hey, sister) and others spend it dining out (Hello, brother).

Me, well, I used to blow money on shoes. But as I sit here today, I couldn’t be happier looking down at my dusty, old kicks and thinking about where they’ll go with me next.

Jesse Benn is a senior political science major whose middle name is O’Neill. Letters and feedback can be sent to

 Posted by at 1:46 pm

Cope: One step back for bands, one giant leap for mankind

 Uncategorized  Comments Off on Cope: One step back for bands, one giant leap for mankind
Jul 192011
Authors: Dan Cope

Music has nowhere to go but backwards.

There, I said it. Much to the dismay and dismissal of many of my friends and family, I firmly believe that we’ve reached a game changing point of stagnation in the music industry. I also think it’s a good thing we’re finally here at the end.

Let us take a brief look back into the history of music. Way back when, some cavemen probably clapped their hands or banged two rocks together –– and while it probably wasn’t pretty –– the most basic concept of music was born. From there, the ideas of tonality, chords and musical structures were realized, and viola: music was born.

Somewhere along this timeline, acoustic musical instruments came to be.

From piccolos to tubas and accordions to xylophones, the creation of instruments was a groundbreaking and genre-creating piece of musical history.

Suddenly, we weren’t just limited to basic rhythms and vocal performance; we could arrange entire symphonies, collect trios of jazz musicians and anything in between. The creation of the original musical instruments single-handedly gave birth to almost every major genre we know today.

Then came the second revolution in music: the electric age. With the invention of the electric guitar and electric piano, we suddenly opened up a whole new range of possibilities not previously possible with just acoustic instruments –– most notably, rock and roll.

From here, music progressed to its third great era and our current age, the digital era. Again, this was signaled by the creation of a whole new segment of music with the advent of MP3 DJ’s and music programs like Ableton and Reason, which opened up every song of every era to our ear.

The next logical question is simple: Where do we go from here?

But here lies the roadblock: there is nowhere else to go. Sure, new technology will be invented that at first glance seems revolutionary. Recently, Imogen Heap gave a preview of a new pair of gloves that allow her to seemingly create (or heavily modify) an entire song just by waving her hands around like some witch from “Harry Potter.”

In the end, though, those “revolutionary” gloves are still ultimately bound by the devices and sounds of our modern digital era –– they still play through a computer.

That means the next big thing in music may not be that “big” after all. With the increasing reliance on technology in musical creation, there has been a buffer of sorts that allows arguably less talented musicians to create music.

Look at most of the modern use of auto-tune. It’s not done to correct minor mistakes; it’s done, quite simply, because almost everyone using it can’t sing.

So here’s what I think should be the next popular thing in the music industry: bring back the “old school” musician.

These are the musicians that innately know when and how to use inflection. They know that their snare hit or their cymbal crash may not be exactly the same every time, but they also know that it’s those subtle differences that can make or break a song.

Our reliance on post processing and “finishing” of a song has made us believe that every band is perfect, when in reality, what made the times of P-Funk, acid rock, bebop, the blues and eras before them so great was the subtle imperfections of the musicians.

It seems that the general music industry is starting to agree as well. And a band who has recently become mainstream, Mumford and Sons, is a perfect example of this.

At their show in Denver last month, they played an all-acoustic version of one of their songs in front of a silent, packed Fillmore Auditorium … and they played it well.

They are a very mainstream band that is progressing our modern music back toward its roots and the times where being a musician meant you actually had to, well, be a musician.

So cheers to the future and all the not-quite-perfect-music it can throw at us. Our world is more than ready.

Dan Cope is a senior economics major. Letters and feedback can be sent to

 Posted by at 1:45 pm

Our View: Alley Cat a CSU staple

 Uncategorized  Comments Off on Our View: Alley Cat a CSU staple
Jul 192011
Authors: Collegian Editorial Board

As a college student, it’s common to experience that time when 3 a.m. rolls around and a caffeine fix is the only way to finish the last 10 pages of that term project due tomorrow.

In Fort Collins, the place to go would be the only 24-hour coffee shop, The Alley Cat. This is something that no college town can do without.

This summer the Alley Cat has found itself with dwindling business due to construction and students going back home. The city provided additional signage to encourage customers to patronize the construction-sieged coffee shop.

Even though Fort Collins has no shortage of coffee shops, it needs at least one that is open 24 hours.

But, the Downtown Development Authority –– the group redoing the alley and 14 others in town like it –– should not be to blame for this decline of customers.

While the business may be hurting, the project will be an overall benefit to the Alley Cat and the community. It is making all of our alleyways a more pleasant place to be.

We don’t want lose our ability to go somewhere at 2 a.m. and be surrounded by other delirious college students either. Other than IHOP, those people are drunk.

The student community has a need for a 24-hour coffee shop. CSU students should make sure that they do not let this institution die just like their wallets with the coming tuition increases.

 Posted by at 1:44 pm

Community Briefs for 7/20/2011

 Uncategorized  Comments Off on Community Briefs for 7/20/2011
Jul 192011
Authors: Collegian Staff Report

Fort Collins man charged with attempted first degree murder

Travis Forbes, the Fort Collins man accused of attacking a woman before setting her townhome on fire, is facing 12 charges filed against him Tuesday morning by prosecutors.

Forbes has been charged with: attempted first-degree murder after deliberation, attempted first-degree murder with extreme indifference, three counts of sexual assault, one other count of assault, once count of arson, one of motor vehicle theft and three counts of committing a violent crime.

Currently in custody at the Larimer County Jail, Forbes is held on a $350,000 cash-only bond and will be due back in court on Aug. 19.

CSU Global Campus receives accreditation

As of Tuesday, CSU’s Global Campus is now accredited with the Higher Learning Commission of the Central Association of College and Schools.

Since 2008, CSU-Global has been offering online university degree programs and classes to enroll in every four weeks.

The public online university specializes in bachelor’s completion, graduate degree programs and certificates of completion, offering students a “convenient, flexible 100 percent online environment.”

By receiving the accreditation, CSU-Global officially meets the Commission’s criteria for accreditation as evaluated through a peer review process.

Flood Awareness Week Begins

Due to monsoonal moisture that usually occurs during the last two weeks of July and first two weeks of August, Fort Collins Utilities has sponsored Flood Awareness Week, a stretch from July 17 to 23 aimed at educating the community on reducing personal and environmental losses caused by floods.

As for future run-off issues, the Poudre River bike trail is planned as an overflow area during flood season, keeping waterways healthy and preserving wildlife habitat in the occasion of water run-off.

For information on Flood Awareness Week, go to the Fort Collins city website at

CSU’s music department and Opera Fort Collins present ‘The Music Man’

The Music Man is marching into CSU’s University Center for the Arts this weekend.

On July 22 at 7:30 p.m. the CSU music department and the Opera of Fort Collins present a concert version of the Broadway hit, “The Music Man.”

The performance is directed by students from the Summer Master of Music in Education in Conducting program.

In recent years the musical performance has become a Fort Collins Tradition.
“The Music Man” won a Tony Award for Best Musical in 1958 and includes the songs: “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Ya Got Trouble” and “Till There Was You.”

Admission for the performance is $5.

Local bands raise money for fire victims

On July 24 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mishawaka Amphitheatre Crystal Fire victims will be healed with music.

The NoCo Rebuilding Network is hosting a fundraising concert featuring five local bands. The bands include Common Anomaly, Lindsey O’Brien Band, Constitution, Tuatha and Cary Morin of the Atoll.

The NoCo Rebuilding Network has been formed to raise funds, resources and volunteers to assist in rebuilding efforts after the Crystal Fire.

The fire burned 3,000 acres and destroyed 13 homes.

Tickets for the show are $20 and are available at

 Posted by at 1:42 pm