Fort Collins Detailed Time Line 1970


The following links are to a chronological index of Fort Collins information compiled by Fort Collins Archive volunteers and staff.
The information is from these reference sources and they are noted in the Time Line. There is also a Brief Time Line available.


Campus unrest over civil rights issues and the Vietnam War expressed itself immediately at CSU in the 1970s. The alleged racist practices of Brigham Young University was a relatively volatile issue. While CSU's administration refused to cancel a basketball game with BYU in January, 1970, it did reluctantly allow a peaceful demonstration prior to the game. The demonstration proceeded as planned with no problems. However during halftime a group of predominantly black protesters rushed onto the floor of Moby Gym, fists held high in the "Black power" salute. The protesters were slow to leave the floor and Fort Collins police were called on to clear the area. Fighting broke out and objects were thrown from the stands.

Anti-war activism declined during the early months of 1970. But following the U. S. and South Vietnam invasion of Cambodia in April, demonstrations returned in full force. A student strike was held on May 7 and 8. With the support of the school's faculty, classes were either boycotted or used to discuss war issues. Anti-war support was sought from city officials when more than 2,000 people marched to City Hall. A concert was held in the College Avenue Gymnasium during the evening of May 8. The peacefulness of these activities was shattered when during the concert, Old Main and the R. O. T. C. Firing Range Building were set on fire by arsonists. The R. O. T. C. building survived, but Old Main, built in 1878, was destroyed. Following this incident the belligerent quality of protests faded, although activism continued at CSU throughout the 1970s.

Student protest on a less serious matter occurred in April, 1975. University administrators were reluctant to allow a Rolling Stones concert at Hughes Stadium that summer. The protest was relatively small, and the band was allowed to play. Traffic jams and discarded beer cans were the only adverse consequences.

The growth of Fort Collins between 1950 and 1970 completely changed the city. A new organization was founded in 1970 to help Fort Collins residents cope with rapid changes, to gain their involvement, and to develop comprehensive long-range planning. Under Mayor Karl Carson's initiative a committee called "Planned Development for Quality" (PDQ), was formed. The name was later changed to "Designing Tomorrow Today" or "DT squared." In October, 1970, DTT5 reported projections up to the year 2000 concerning housing, transportation, education, employment, utilities, recreation, and social services. Task forces were then organized to develop plans for public facilities and projects deemed necessary for the beneficial development of the community. On January 4, 1973, DTT5 included: A new City Library; the Lincoln Community Center; Poudre river Parkway; land use planning and growth control; Transfort and Care-a-Van transportation systems; new parks; federally subsidized low income housing projects; sewer lines to Alta Vista and Andersonville; and restoration of the Avery House.

The new City Library opened on October 18, 1976. Its' 33,500 square feet could accommodate 109,000 volumes and seat 124 patrons. The Lincoln Center opened in the fall of 1978. It includes an auditorium with almost 1,200 seats, an art gallery, a mini-theatre, and a catering kitchen. The Transfort bus system began in 1974. In addition to DTT5 efforts, senior citizens also supported the development of the system. The Care-a-Van system was started to provide transportation for the elderly and the handicapped.

A popular park developed during the 1970s was the Lee Martinez Park, bordering the south bank of the Poudre River, west of the College Avenue bridge. The park was named after Librado "Lee" Martinez, a Fort Collins resident from 1906 until his death in 1970. Martinez was very active in community affairs through the Democratic party and the Human Relations Commission. He also worked on the Spanish Activities Committee and helped build Holy Family Church.

Shopping malls appeared in Fort Collins in the 1970s. The malls helped change the face of the city and ended the downtown area's dominance of the retail business. The major malls built during the decade were Foothills Fashion Mall, University Mall, and The Square, all off of South College Avenue. The construction of the Foothills Mall influenced the widening of College Avenue.

The people of Fort Collins planned many events and projects to celebrate Colorado's Centennial and the nation's Bicentennial. These included: Historical pageants, parades, a children's art program, Poudre Valley Historical Trail, Green Belt - Open Space, Fort Collins arboretum, a time capsule, an Avery House cookbook, Fort Collins Yesterdays by Evadene Swanson, an historical marker, neighborhood roundups, 4-H Community Pride program, and more.

In 1979 the Unity Church on the southwest corner of College and Mulberry was razed. Noted for its' architecture, the building was designed by Denver's Albert Bryan in 1904. Church members decided to build a new church in another location because of traffic noise and other factors. A Jack in the Box restaurant built on the church's location.

In 1977 an explosion in a shop in the Robertson Building at 116-120 East Oak Street rocked downtown Fort Collins early in the morning of April 26.




Man Killed in Fire at Northern Hotel. The historic hotel was extensively damaged by smoke and flame on Tuesday, February 18, 1975. (Coloradoan 2-18-1975 1/1)


COLORADOAN (4/15/1984)

Malls and small shopping centers brought end to downtown dominance of retail business which had lasted 60 years.



Mall began in 1967 when Everitt Enterprises staff members began negotiating with former County Commissioner, Herb Spencer. Spencer wanted to sell his 260 acre farm on the south edge of Fort Collins. At first plans called for this land to be used for housing and commercial use but not a large, regional shopping center.

On March 29, 1969, the Chairman of the Board of Denver Dry Goods and the company president came to Fort Collins to talk to the Everitt staff. The Foothills Fashion Mall concept came into effect."From that genesis has grown a 30 acre shopping center complete with one of the largest, most modern enclosed malls in the western states. In addition to Sears and Denver Dry, the May D & F Co. has been added. Another 200,000 square feet of space is in the mall. Spaces exist for 53 separate stores.


Everitt and Spencer closed the sale of the land on April 1, 1969."June 3, 1969 the total plan called for a mix of single and multiple family housing along with some commercial land in addition to the mall. Everitt Enterprises and Westcore Ltd. (from Phoenix, Ariz.) created a new partnership called Everwest. March 1972 - The Denver Dry and Sears purchased land from Everwest for their own buildings and May D & F - June. Opened Feb. 1974. Sears and Denver Dry opened Aug. 1973. Influenced major traffic improvements widening College Avenue.


COLORADOAN (4/22/1984 "Crossroads" Section and Library Files: FC-Malls)

University Mall, Foothills Fashion Mall and The Square were all built during the 1970s. "They introduced the mall concept to the city: park your car and do all your shopping under one roof. "Up until the mid-70s, consumers in Fort Collins were accustomed to shopping in the downtown commercial district." Although making a comeback in the 80s, the emergence of malls in Fort Collins signalled a decline in downtown shopping.


COLORADOAN (5/4/1978 and Library Files - Business Buildings)

Photos of Construction of canopy.


COLORADOAN (2/22/1981 "Profile" Section, "Business, Industry" Subsection)

Fort Collins National Cash Register plant opened in Nov. 1979. 175 employees in 1981--expected to increase to peak of 550 in the mid-1980s."The NCR plant here, which is one of 24 worldwide, makes one type of integrated circuit. Other plants manufacture different kinds of integrated circuits."

"The Fort Collins facility ships furnished semi-conductors to its' customers--other NCR plants. There they are assembled with other components into business machines for large corporations or small businesses,..."



A firm developed in Ft. Collins - Tra-Vel, Inc., headed by R. R. Rieder answers questions for traveling motorists (5-5-1970 44/3)

Construction has started on Cherry Ridge, a luxury mobile home in park west of U. S. 287 - 7 miles south of Ft. Collins (6-21-1970 3/1 J)

Grand opening of the American Furniture Company's new store on U. S. (2)87 at south edge of Ft. Collins will be Sept. 10 (9-6-1970 2/3 G)

Waldo Riffenburgh named Ft. Collins Community Builder of the Year (12-17-1970 62/3)


Myron M. Braden has been elected president and managing officer of Fort Collins Federal Savings, succeeding Elwin R. Hunter. (1-27-1971 34/3 PIC)

Fort Collins Federal Savings is changing its' name to Home Federal Savings of the Rockies effective July 1 (6-6-1971 10/5 Sect. F)

A $10 million shopping center is planned in south Ft. Collins (7-7-1971 35/1)

General Services Administration will build a $2.8 million federal building in Ft. Collins (7-8-1971 31/1)

Gerald H. Sharpnack, 39, will be managing editor of the Coloradoan and Steven A. Studt, 79, will be circulation manager (10-2-1971 34/7)


Joy Manufacturing Co. has joined with Fort Collins Power and Light Co. to make city more attractive by placing all utilities underground (1-23-1972 3/1 F)

Donald W. Robotham to become president of Joy Mfg. Co. (4-20-1972 68/3 w/pic)


Electrical power to the above area will be shifted temporarily Sunday to allow testing of Rural Electrification Association's new Trilby Rd. Substation. (9-6-1973 19/2)


Second place in a national Business for Beauty contest has been won by Fort Collins Junior Woman's Club through sponsorship of a local car dealer who displays his models in a garden setting. (5-6-1974 45 PIC)

Mountain Banks, Ltd, a holding company based in Colorado Springs with 6 commercial banks and 2 industrial banks, is seeking to purchase the Fort Collins National Bank. (9-3-1974 12/2)

Stockholders of Fort Collins National Bank have voted to accept the offer of Mountain Banks, Ltd, a Colorado Springs holding company, to purchase the bank. (11-8-1974 76/2)


Mountain Banks, Ltd., Colorado Springs headquartered bank holding company, has completed the acquisition of Fort Collins National Bank (10-8-1975 62/1)


PANKRATZ: Wm. C. Mandell, former director of Larimer County data-processing center has been awarded $100,000 in actual and compensatory damages as a result of publications (3-24-1977 18/6)

NELLAUS: Farmer's Market will run through September 17 on Saturdays. Bill Baskerville can be found at above on Saturdays selling Rocky Ford cantaloupes and watermelons (site not given) (8-20-1977 15/5)


Robert E. Creger elected a Director of Fort Collins National Bank. (5-7-1978 14/3 w/pic)


Begin work slowdown over salary dispute (1-17-1979 22/1)

MOYA: Colorado Appeals Court reverses libel decision against paper. (4-5-1979 36/1)

MESSINEO: National Bureau of Standards' Time & Frequency Broadcasting Service (10-14-1979 Emp w/pic)





"Fort Collins man made Skylab parts. A private craftsman, Lyman Nichols, made the reticles in a telescope that is being used to study the sun's corona from inside the spaceship. (A reticle is a piece of glass with lines, circles and/or figures etched in it to locate a point.)

Background - "He began his career working for a friend's optical instrument corporation in New Jersey, and when WWII started, he turned his talents to the war effort. He did a reticle for the first plane, a B29, that General Jimmy Doolittle flew over Japan. He has also taken the same principle (reticle) and used it to etch document measures. This is a graph on glass that is used to analyze handwriting or type. Lives in a large home overlooking Long Pond. Wife's name is Inez. They moved to this area in 1951."





Large population growth 1950s through 1970s

1951--14 precincts, 1975--44 precincts

"To help new and old residents understand the changes and cooperate in planning, a new organization, 'Designing Tomorrow Today', popularly called DT2 was formed in 1970 with some financial support from the City Council and the Chamber of Commerce. Richard Siever, Valerie Ogden, and Merta Cook as successive directors have coordinated the work of many volunteers, interested citizens, and organizations to gather information and advise the council in a constructive program of city improvement."

"The specific projects listed in the capital improvements program were the result of two years study and discussions in open forums by DT2... Before 1950 the council meetings could work more in the style of old-fashioned town meetings where points were debated and problems resolved after audience participation. The creation of DT2 with its' committees for discussion and study prior to council meetings encouraged citizen concentration and review before the formal session."

"The period of growth from 1950 to 1970 so altered the city that many who were here before that period regretted the changes. All Colorado had moved to the excitement of growth."


LIBRARY FILES - Camp Collins

Reconstruction of Fort project shelved - "extenuating circumstances."

Those included:

"The fact that Company B, 244th Engineering Battalion, of the United States Army Reserves, which was to contribute 1,000 man hours to the project and to the on-site unit in charge of it will be stationed at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., during the summer of 1976 rather than in Fort Collins.

"Time delays in the project, which increased the risk factor and the possibility of cost overruns.

"When completed, the value of the project would have been about $500,000 according to John Hughes of Old Fort Committee."

All work to be put in reserve pending future decision.

Project had received $10,000 grant from Colorado Centennial-Bicentennial Committee.

Commission and City Council had appropriated $3,800 for a master plan study.


THE FORT COLLINS CHRONICLE (Summer 1975 Library Files - Camp Collins)

The Fort Collins Heritage Committee accepted suggestions for projects which would be appropriate for the theme of the Centennial-Bicentennial Committee,--sought to re-establish traditional values and develop cohesive citizenry and to follow national theme: "Let Us Remember."

On July 29, 1974, the committee accepted Col. Joe Mason's idea to construct a replica of the old fort.

"The Centennial-Bicentennial Council and the Heritage Committee felt the project could be a testimonial to our forefathers' spirit, as well as an educational vehicle for future generations, by recalling the camp life of the western armies of 1860-1870.

Additionally, it was felt that the reconstruction could add to Colorado's man-made attractions and appeal to those of all ages, adding interest to our area. The fort buildings could be a living museum, as well as a meeting place for historical and pioneer societies, and could provide a good location for pageants and plays, displays of Western Art, music and square dance programs. There are many other possibilities for use."

The Centennial Commision has agreed to allocate some funds to the project and the City of Fort Collins has set aside a small amount for the purpose, but a very large part of the help needed, if the reconstruction is to be completed, must come--and is coming--through the donation of many dollars worth of services from local citizens."


LIBRARY FILES - Camp Collins

Public enthusiastic; plans complete. About 40 local organizations and people had donated over $350,000 in land, materials and labor. Seven buildings planned with exteriors similar to orginals.

"On January 7, the City Council set aside 19 acres of land on the south bank of the Cache La Poudre River between Highway 287 and Linden Street for the reconstruction site." (Same as set aside by Lincoln in 1864.) Buildings included; commanding officer quarters, two officers quarters, stockade, commissary, two company quarters. One of company quarters to be a museum. Other will be community meeting place with modern kitchen and bathroom facilities and conference room. Other buildings to be furnished in Civil War style. Cost --about $60,000.


LIBRARY FILES - Camp Collins

"The original plans for the fort reconstruction surfaced last fall during public meetings on the '76 festivities that are planned here. John Hughes, a retired colonel, pointed out that the subcommittee sought only the Council's agreement to set aside the city-owned land at the old city dump, adjacent to the Cache La Poudre River behind the former municipal power plant. He said the group is not asking city funding for the project. Hughes said plans for the reconstruction include six buildings. Financing is expected to include federal and state aid to match local participation from citizens, he said."

"He said the plans include making some of the buildings replicas of the Old Fort inside and out while others could be authentic exteriors and allow for modern-day use inside. Hughes said he also has discussed the possibility of any military reserve troops to aid in the construction work. He said military officials have indicated a willingness to cooperate in the project."



"Felony charges filed last week against the owners of two local massage parlors, the first ever charges brought in Colorado, apparently will set the pattern for future massage parlor prosecutions in the state. Thirteen defendants were charged with pimping and conspiracy to commit pimping and two misdemeanor charges; pandering and keeping a place of prostitution. The charges are the result of more than two years of investigation by the Colorado Attorney General's Organized Crime Strike Force and officers of the Adams County and Larimer County Sheriff Departments."


COLORADOAN (4/26/1977 and Library Files)

"An explosion at 7:26 a.m. today destroyed at least four downtown businesses, damaged many others and hurled debris over a four-block area, shattering windows and damaging store fronts." No injuries due to time of day--early morning. Man in nearby building said he noticed strong smell of gas when he come to work (before explosion).

(4/22/1978) Cause of explosion is a mystery a year later. Colorado Bureau of Investigation said case still open, though not being actively pursued. Had no suspect for arson. Believed explosion was result of ignition of "heavier than air" substances. "...the unexplained explosion totally destroyed a flower shop at the 100 block of East Oak Street and damaged some 113 buildings in a four-block radius of the blast." Damage estimate is $1,640,266.

(11/2/1978) Four insurance companies and three Fort Collins businesses filed a $1.364 million civil damage suit against Public Service Co. of Colorado for negligence in delivering gas--said explosion was result of gas leak. Blast originated at 116-120 E. Oak, according to suit. PSC responsible for lines and equipment there.

(4/9/1980) "The jury in the downtown explosion trial thought the blast was caused by natural gas but did not think the Public Service Company was negligent, one of the jurors said. "PSC was cleared Tuesday by the jury of negligently operating its' natural gas distribution system, causing the 1977 explosion." Explosion occurred in Flowers and Things, a shop in the Robertson Building at 116-120 E. Oak St.



"Albert Bryan of Denver designed the Unity Church in 1904 on the southwest corner of Mulberry and College. He had been the architect for the public library and for a while had an office in the Avery Block. The church exterior was gray sandstone. The interior 'in old ivory and white with here and there a touch of gold' had transepts lighted by a large rose window. It served as a Congregational--Unitarian church from 1931 to 1970 when it was razed. Traffic noise on modern College Avenue was one of the factors which caused members to build the Foothills Unitarian Church on quieter site in that year."

Replaced by Jack-in-the-Box restaurant--CITY BUSINESS DIRECTORY - 1972 - address blank for 1971



Newspaper files, New library, Museum move, Lincoln Cultural Center, etc. Photos


SEMINAR PROJECT - Tom List (Library Files)

In 1970 the city council had determined that decisions affecting the future of Fort Collins were being made without citizen input. The need for comprehensive, long-range planning was also recognized. A variety of interest groups were clamoring for support for their programs and projects.

At Mayor Karl Carson's initiative, it was decided that an organization was needed to bring these groups together and to form proposals. "...a committee was formed, initially called Planned Development for Quality (PDQ) whose purpose it was to act as a citizen planning group with open membership and to function through standing committees and task forces. On October 16, 1970, the PDQ Steering Committee voted to change the name of the organization to 'Designing Tomorrow Today'(DT2). Later that month the DT2 Assumption Committee issued a report with projections to the year 2000. The report included information on housing, employment, transportation, utilities, education, and recreation, as well as social services. The priorities Committee then organized task forces to deal with each of these areas, and through extensive citizen involvement, these task forces developed a comprehensive plan regarding public facilities and projects which were deemed necessary for the advancement of the community in the future.

"On January 4, 1973, the city council accepted the recommendations of DT2 as "the Master Plan of the City for future Capital Improvements and Acquisitions." With the passage of the one cent sales tax by the voters in the following month, the plan was put into operation.

Throughout its' seven years of active existence, Designing Tomorrow Today changed the face of Fort Collins. Here are listed just a few of the major projects;

-Improved planning for land use and growth control

-The Poudre River Parkway

-A strict new sign code

-The new City Library

-The Lincoln Center Auditorium Complex

-The Transfort bus system and Care-A-Van system

-New parks and an indoor swimming pool

-Two federally subsidized low income housing projects

-Sewer lines to Andersonville and Alta Vista

-Restoration of the Avery House

-The many Centennial-Bicentennial activities of 1976

All of these were funded in whole or in part from the one cent sales tax."

By middle of 1977 as work or plan was completed, massive citizen input not required and office staff was cut back.


COLORADO - Abbott, et. al.

"The 1970s also saw an increasing concern for small-scale planning and the preservation of livable environments at the local level as a counterweight to booming growth... Colorado Springs and Fort Collins elected no-growth councilmen earlier in the decade and Fort Collins voters considered a ceiling on new housing starts in 1979."



An organization of downtown triangle area landlords and merchants whose purpose is to encourage new business to move to the area, to establish an identity for the merchants and to create a unique shopping area for Fort Collins residents. Most of the buildings in Old Town have been in residence since the 1870s and the area was once the commercial center of Fort Collins. Meetings were held at the Red Garter, 117 Linden.


COLORADOAN (5/4/1978 and Library Files - Business Buildings)

Plans for historical designations of historic buildings in Old Town began in 1977 after a Denver architect spoke to Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce on the benefits of such designation--tax breaks on remodeling costs over five year period. Also encourages businessmen to restore their properties.


Historic Preservation

COLORADOAN (3/31/1978 and Library Files - Buildings)

"Fort Collins was chosen earlier this month as one of five Colorado cities for which historical preservation guidelines will be formulated by concerned town residents and consultants working with the Colorado Historical Society. Two meetings will deal with what guidelines need to be worked on and how Fort Collins citizens view the project." Core group brought together by Cultural Resources office of Fort Collins. "The purpose of making such guidelines is to help cities and towns promote construction compatible with historic buildings. The areas that will be looked at are the downtown triangle and Remington Street." Guidelines are not binding, however,"...the guidelines are valuable to a city, since government financing of construction and remodeling becomes available if the guidelines are used, in addition to the possibility of tax breaks on capital gains for anyone engaged in restoration."



Joe Serna filed informal charges of brutality against Sgt. Terry Rains of Fort Collins (4-6-1970 29/4)

Hispano groups planned to march en masse to city hall today and demand the firing of a Fort Collins police officer, Terry Rains (4-9-1970 17/7)

After four hours of discussion yesterday, the Ft. Collins City council agreed to a demand by about 200 persons who had marched to City Hall that an immediate investigation be made into a "police brutality" charge (4-10-1970 29/1 PIC)

The City Magistrate of Ft. Collins suspended from practicing law in Colorado by order of State Supreme Court will be reinstated as a lawyer on May 25 the high court announced yesterday (4-10-1970 29/6)

City Manager, Tom Coffey, announced yesterday that Wm. Rentfro, professor of law at CU has been retained to hold an inquiry concerning recent police brutality charges made against Sgt. Rains of Ft. Collins Police Dept. (4-21-1970 44/6)

Complaining witnesses in eight incidents testified yesterday in first session of city admininistative probe into accusations of police brutality against Sgt. Terry Rains (5-5-1970 44/3)

A witness at a hearing into alleged police brutality in Ft. Collins testified yesterday he received an anonymous telephone (call) threatening to burn his house if he testified for accused policeman, Sgt. T. Rains (5-6-1970 66/5)

City Council members have accepted the requests of a Ft. Collins attorney to be reinstated as city magistrate (5-24-1970 47/2)

Although only 14 of the high school students in Ft. Collins admit to having tried marijuana nearly 1/3 of them believe its' use should be legalized, a CSU researcher said today (5-25-1970 19/7)

Members of the League of United Latin-American Citizens in a press conference last night denounced action of Fort Collins City Manager, Tom Coffey, in reinstating police Sgt. Terry Rains May 28 (5-30-1970 13/1)

City Council members, angered by what they call continued neglect by two railroad companies in maintaining tracks and rail crossings in Fort Collins have prepared an ordinance which would regulate rail maintenance (7-5-1970 42/1)

Alex Suniga, 29, a construction worker was cleared of a misdemeanor charge of interfering with a police officer when Municipal Judge John J. Tobin directed a verdict of acquittal to a jury of six in Ft. Collins yesterday (8-14-1970 60/6)

Potential for mass violence exists in Ft. Collins and "can be reduced significantly" by a series of actions designed to improve police-community relations. (8-26-1970 82/2)

Voters in Poudre R-1 District approved hike in allowable interest rate from 6% to 8% for building bond issue passed last year (9-2-1970 12/4)

Four Fort Collins women, all Anglos, filed a formal complaint with Fort Collins human Relations Board charging that Clyde Moffitt, publisher of the Ft. Collins daily newspaper, used offensive language in reference to Hispanos in conversation Oct. 2 (10-7-1970 111/5)

A 1971 city budget of $10,215,090 with a mill levy was adopted on first reading in city council yesterday, final action on the budget will be Oct. 29 (10-16-1970 28/5)

Local residents annoyed over foul odors from a sewage dump station, appealed to Fort Collins Human Relations Committee yesterday for support in correcting the situation (12-2-1970 60/1)

In a public hearing yesterday Larimer County Commissioners voted unanimously to close two areas near Fort Collins to shooting (12-3-1970 32/4)

City fathers are hoping bicycles can play a major role in helping Fort Collins solve its air pollution problems (12-13-1970 34/1 PIC)


An 18 year old Fort Collins, CO, youth allegedly suspended from Poudre High School wrestling team for drinking 3.2 beer in a tavern is seeking reinstatement. (1-22-1971 23/5)

At least 200 sheep brought to a pasture here in Fort Collins to forage on leftover crops died today when two trucks accidentally plowed into the animals as they slept on CO 14, according to the State Patrol (1-27-1971)

Publicity surrounds 23 year old Mary Sears after being hired as dog warden for Fort Collins Police Dept. (2-11-1971 39/1 PIC)

Several candidates for Fort Collins City Council, speaking last night, listed long range planning, adequate housing for low income groups and establishment of a greenbelt system of parks as priority items. (4-1-1971 24/4)

U. S. District Judge Wm. E. Doyle has dismissed a suit brought in U. S. District Court in Denver Jan. 20 by an 18 yr. old Fort Collins high school student (4-1-1971 24/4)

Mrs. Mabel Preble, 47, the only woman candidate, competing against nine men, was top vote-getter in race for three city council seats yesterday (4-7-1971 29/2)

Dr. Karl E. Carson, a dentist and member of the city council of Fort Collins, was elected to a fourth one-year term as mayor yesterday at city council reorganization meeting (4-14-1971 69/8)

Sheriff Robert C. Watson said last night efforts to improve conditions in county jail have been limited by a cut in his budget (6-17-1971 50/1)

Two of three who escaped from Larimer County Jail July 7 were back in custody (7-9-1971 21/3)

Downtown Merchants Assn. and the Chamber of Commerce asked the city council to delay adoption of a revision of the city's sign code (7-22-1971 34/2)


TESTER: Fort Collins City Council votes to apply for membership in Northern Division Power Assn. which favors Glen Canyon Dam project; project is opposed by conservationists (1-2-1972 43/1)

Fort Collins City Council approves plans for construction of $10 million shopping center to be built on south side of city (1-7-1972 66/2)

Arson may have caused the fire that destroyed junior high school under construction 1/19 at an estimated loss of $1.85 million (2-3-1972 31/3)

Petitions calling for special vote on whether to make 65 mandatory retirement age for city manager were given to city council (3-3-1972 24/5)

Petitioners seeking a special election to set a mandatory retirement age of 65 for the city manager will have to start over again (3-26-1972 17/5)

Zoning ordinances passed by city council subject to voter referendums says Colorado Supreme Court. (3-27-1972 17/3)

City Council decided to have a charter amendment election to decide if city managers should retire at 65. (4-1-1972 7/7)

Fort Collins City Council decided to have a charter amendment election to decide if city manager will have to retire at 65 (4-1-1972 18/1)

May 23 was set for election concerning retirement of city manager. (4-7-1972 7/7)

May 23 was set for election concerning retirement of above (4-7-1972 18/1)

City council passed resolution to put on ballot question concerning the age for candidates for city council (4-7-1972 18/1)

Karl Carson re-elected mayor of Fort Collins (4-16-1972 21/1)

FENWICK: Guy Palmes did a lot for the city of Fort Collins (4-9-1972 37/5)

Fort Collins voters approve City Charter amendment providing ways city manager can be removed from his job (5-24-1972 30/4)

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Illsley complained that taxes for a park acquisition program are too low and donated $50 (5-26-1972 3/1)

Council approves preliminary plans for new $226,000 fire station (6-2-1972 19/6)

Marvin Carmichael, Colorado Springs, listed in fair condition after being shot three times in the head at the American Western Stampede Rodeo (6-23-1972 20/3)


Guy Palmes, 83, first city manager of Fort Collins has died (6-11-1973 20/2)

Growth of city continues (6-29-1973 49/1)

Sunday, Fort Collins statutes shine on topless tanners (7-1-1973 1/5)

A proposed "sunshine ordinance" for city council of Fort Collins (7-6-1973 20/1)

The city water board will recommend to city council that sewer rates be increased 105% and water rates boosted 65% (7-25-1973)

The city's water board will recommend to the City Council August 2 that sewer rates be increased 105% and water rates be boosted 65%, City Manager Robert Brunton said (7-26-1973 28/1)

The city water board has submitted a report to City Council which has not acted upon it yet, which if adopted would hike sewer rates 105% and water rates 65% (8-3-1973 25/4)

City Council received but didn't act on a report from the Water Board, that if implemented would hike sewer rates by 105% and water rates by 65%, effective October 1 (8-3-1973 25/4)

Ft. Collins will participate in a study to determine the future of the "core" area of the downtown part of the city, City Manager Robert Brunton said yesterday (8-15-1973 27/3)

City Council has tentatively approved a plan to hike sewer rates 75% and water rates 30% (8-30-1973 27/2)

City Council passed a local version of the sunshine law and almost immediately ran into charges of conflict of interest (9-7-1973 25/4)

A greenbelt system moved closer to reality for above when city council received report from Designing Tomorrow Today (9-10-1973 52/3)


The City Council tonight will consider providing each uniformed police patrol officer with his own patrol car for use in off-duty as well as working hours (1-17-1974 18/8)

The City Council last night approved a patrol car fleet system which will allow each uniformed police officer to have a patrol car for use in off-duty as well as on-duty hours (1-17-1974 48/2)

A fire of undetermined origin caused extensive damage to a classroom at Irish Elementary School in Fort Collins yesterday (1-20-1974 53/1)

Open-space plan unveiled at city council meeting (1-25-1974 p. 47)

City Councilman William Lopez resigned last night, effective Feb. 28 to accept an appointment as a Larimer County Commissioner. (2-22-1974 47)

Earl Wilkinson, 56, a general contractor, was appointed last night to fill a vacancy on the city council (3-22-1974 34)

A group of 25 persons, most of them Chicano, demonstrated peacefully in front of City Hall yesterday alleging illegal search procedures by police to juveniles (4-3-1974 62)

Police Chief Ralph Smith said yesterday a Fort Collins police officer has been exonerated of any misconduct concerning a search of a 17 year old girl (4-24-1974 71)

Objections were raised again in Fort Collins yesterday to a small public housing project proposed for N W section of Fort Collins (5-2-1974 18)

The city council last night tabled a controversial street improvement district after property owners voiced objections to the project at a public hearing (5-3-1974 16)

Some local residents last night raised objections to low income housing project, contending sites for 50 proposed units aren't dispersed in all parts of the city (5-22-1974 48/1)

The city's proposed human rights ordinance should include provisions protecting handicapped and mentally retarded persons from discrimination, according to suggestions at a public hearing in Fort Collins last night (5-23-1974 33/1)

The city has agreed to purchase Avery House, a historic residence at 328 Mountain Ave, for out-of-court settlement price of $76,000 (5-29-1974 61/1)

Upgrading of the core or central area of the city is possible, but success of the project will depend upon a partnership being formed between public and private sectors of Fort Collins, a planning consultant said (6-2-1974 60/5)

TESTER: Police Dept study shows conventional tactics to stop shoplifters don't work and have designed a "positive deterrent" program mainly aimed at young people (6-9-1974 38/1)

City Manager Robert Brunton confirmed yesterday that $1,600 to $1,700 of the funds in a special "flash" account set up to pay police informers is misleading (6-16-1974 3/3)

Police Chief Ralph Smith said that he "definitely" thinks a shortage of money in a police "flash fund" is a result of accounting procedures and that the accounting methods for the fund will be tightened. (6-17-1974 2/2)

City Manager Robert Brunton said yesterday he was "stunned" when the low bid on a major sewage plant renovation was several million dollars higher than had been expected. (6-20-1974 39/2)

The city council will be asked to designate three Fort Collins buildings: Avery House, the Avery House Carriage and the Linden Hotel as historic landmarks. (6-26-1974 54/1)

A judge from outside Larimer County will hear the case of former county commissioner William C. Manuel (6-28-1974 32/1)

Asked by Bernard Hoffman to help him stop his neighbor's rooster from crowing every morning (6-28-1974 25/1)

Designing Tomorrow Today has accomplished several major projects in the Fort Collins area over the past four years (6-30-1974 53/6)

Members of Authority accepted and made part of record, petition signed by more than 1,000 persons, asking that any future low-income housing not be located in NW area (7-17-1974 46/1)

City Council members yesterday decided to stick to their plan for deleting on-street parking from a business area to provide bicycle lanes. (8-2-1974 16/5)

William C. Manuel, former Larimer Cty Commissioner and his wife Cheryl, filed a libel suit in District Court yesterday against Fort Collins Newspapers, Inc., publishers of Fort Collins Coloradoan (8-7-1974)

TESTER: Anthony Mulligan, representative of Colorado Buildingg and Construction Trades Council, appealed to city council to see that prevailing wages are paid to craftsmen who work for contractors doing business for the city. (8-18-1974 40/1)

The city council has made some small changes to clarify the city's dog ordinance but rejected the suggestion that dogs must bark for 10 minutes before the barking can be called excessive. (9-8-1974 49/1)

The City Council yesterday decided to hold the line on city spending and set the mill levy for 1975 at 10 mills, the same tax rate as this year. (9-20-1974 80/6)

A replica of old Fort Collins, an army post established in 1864 may be built if an idea presented at a town meeting last night, is carried through 9-24-1974 30/2

The City Council tomorrow will review plans for the expansion of Fort Collins-Loveland Airport, City Manager Robert Brunton said yesterday. (9-25-1974 38/3)

The city council Sept 26 approved the Fort Collins-Loveland airport Board's application for federal aid to buy a quick-response fire truck and improve aircraft parking space. (9-28-1974 5/4)

A proposed 1975 city budget of $26,310,853 - $147,848 less than this year's budget, was presented to city council last night. (10-4-1974 22/1)

The Fort Collins Housing Authority has decided to assign the contract for building its' first 50 units of low income housing to Andrew Willis, a senior partner in CPA firm of Willis, Lederer & Lang, San Diego, CA. (10-6-1974 47/1)

Gov. Vanderhoof said in Fort Collins today that Colorado is leader for rest of the nation in solar energy research. (10-8-1974 15/6)

The Fort Collins Council Oct. 17 approved a controversial storm sewer improvement district over the objections of several people who live in the affected area. (10-19-1974 29/1)

The city council will consider a face-lifting operation for the central area of Fort Collins when discussions get under way this week on a new redevelopment plan recently completed by planning consultant. (11-2-1974 17/1)

Fort Collins to consider central area face-lift (11-3-1974 17/1)

Larimer County will assume control of city-county landfill operation according to an agreement discussed yesterday at joint meet of Fort Collins city Council and the County Commissioners. (11-20-1974 63/6)

City Manager, Robert Brunton, said Nov. 26 there is a severe lack of space for city operations in the municipal building. (11-28-1974 69/3)

The city's first public housing project for low-income persons will be changed from a turnkey project, wherein a developer is chosen to be responsible for the entire project. (11-28-1974 69/6)

The federal government has transferred 8 acres of land to the city of Fort Collins for use as a park, President Ford has announced Dec. 2. (12-4-1974 40/1)

The city council last night in a 4-3 vote decided to situate the new library building in back of city hall in Washington Park. (12-13-1974 23/1)

Larimer County Commissioners yesterday directed the county planning office to draw up an agreement with Christian Missionary Fellowship concerning future operations at Mercy Farm. (12-19-1974 84/3)

A local man's trial on a narcotics charge has resulted in a deadlocked jury; Ronald G. Nickels, 23, was charged with possession of marijuana for sale with intent to induce unlawful use of the narcotic. (12-19-1974 23/1)

The city council last night stuck to its' plan of putting traffic signals at Remington and Pitkin Streets despite objections by students and teachers at nearby Fort Collins High School that the move will bring more traffic past the school on Remington Street. (12-20-1974 82/6)


The city council delayed a decision last night on whether to approve a master plan for the Fort Collins-Loveland Airport until a citizens committee finishes its' study. (1-8-1975 43/6)

A civil suit has been filed in District Court seeking to keep a vote of confidence for city manager off the ballot in April 8 city election. (2-14-1975 15/8)

A CSU student has filed a petition to run in April 8 city council election, challenging the Fort Collins residency requirements for council members. (2-26-1975 28/6)

Police in Fort Collins today were still searching for Raymond Romero, a suspect who walked away unnoticed during a recess yesterday in Larimer County Court. (3-7-1975 72/1)

Eight candidates will be competing for three open seats on the Fort Collins City Council for the April 8 municipal election. (3-20-1975 36/1)

Old Fort Collins, the military post established in Fort Collins in 1864, will be reconstructed as part of the 1976 centennial- bicentennial celebration. (3-21-1975 68/1)

A civil suit that was filed in district court in Fort Collins yesterday ruled the city of Fort Collins requirement of at least a 5 year residency for candidates running for city council is unconstitutional. (3-26-1975 41/1)

District Judge Waino Johnson of Ft. Morgan yesterday dismissed a challenge to a Fort Collins vote of confidence on the city manager. (3-28-1975 15/1)

Work on highway bypass for central area of Fort Collins should be started within the next two months according to Mayor Jack E. L. Russell. (4-28-1975 15/4)

Limeira, Brazil, was chosen by city council in Fort Collins yesterday to become the Sister City of Fort Collins under a program designed by the then president, Dwight Eisenhower, to promote friendship and understanding. (5-7-1975 37/1)

The Point, the Fort Collins Community Clinic which has been serving Larimer County's poor people for the past three years, will suspend services in 90 days because of lack of support from the Larimer County Commissioners. (5-18-1975 36/1)

The city council last night approved an application for an $88,000 federal program for a youth diversion camp; resource project however it refused to allow a police officer to be stationed in the public schools. (6-18-1975 50/1)

The Fort Collins City Council yesterday approved a scaled-down master plan for the Fort Collins-Loveland Airport. (6-25-1975 41/4)

A memo directing the city planning staff to obtain "prior approval" before meeting with the press sparked controversy in Fort Collins this week. (8-2-1975 5/4)

The Fort Collins Chapter of NOW believes the city is moving too slowly in the field of affirmative action. (8-7-1975 52/6)

Approval of a federal community development block grant of $200,000 has been received by the city of Fort Collins from Department of Housing and Urban Development. (8-14-1975 21/1)

Council calls for meeting with Larimer County Commissioners on controversial subdivision of the county, which may result in a strip city along US 287. (8-24-1975 29/1)

Land squabble continues in Larimer County. (10-2-1975 32/4)

TESTER: Members and former members named as defendants in two criminal complaints filed by William Anderson for Concerned Citizens for Choice City Government. (10-19-1975 12/1)

TESTER: City plans to build replica of Fort Collins, the old 1865 army post, have been postponed. (10-29-1975 70/6)

The city administration got the message loud and clear from the city council, "stay within the budget". (12-10-1975 36/1)

Eugene Mitchell, president of Poudre R-1 School District Board, said yesterday the board's salary offer to the teachers for 1976 is "fair, reasonable, and generous, within the financial resources available to the school district. (12-10-1975 64/1)

Teachers and the school board may resume talks about the 1976 salary schedule and a master contract there this weekend, although each side remains firm in its position. (12-11-1975 4/2)

The city council yesterday reversed a decision made last week and decided to hire a cultural affairs director. (12-17-1975 30/2)


The City Council last night agreed to pay the prevailing wages on a construction contract, after being ordered to do so by Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. (1-7-1976 34/3)

The City Council last night reaffirmed its position that the airport should have a main runway of 6,500 feet maximum length. (2-4-1976)

In Colorado, the Fort Collins area grew by 28% in census rise. (2-8-1976 1/6)

TESTER & GIBNEY: Two Colorado cities, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs, ranked 4th and 9th in growth in the nation during the first four years of this decade, but neither expects to keep up the pace. (2-15-1976 1/6)

Members of city council have strongly criticized architects' work on the city's proposed $2 million auditorium-art complex. (4-15-1976 36/4)

City council criticizes architect's work on the city's proposed Lincoln Community Center complex. (4-15-1976 36/4)

The Greenbelt Reality is 'Nearer' in Ft. Collins. (5-2-1976 40/1)

The city council last night went through another round of arguments concerning a proposed auditorium-art complex and the city's capital improvements program. (5-5-1976 31/4)

The Fort Collins City Council last night approved the concept of downtown re-development for a 4-block stretch and directed city staff members to work out details of the plan. (5-19-1976 22/1)

The city council last night decided qualified electors will have the chance to vote on a proposed general improvement district to provide off-street parking for the downtown area. (6-2-1976 35/3)

Midnight really will be the witching hour for youngsters in Ft. Collins when a revision of the city's existing curfew law goes into effect. (6-23-1976 17/1)

Veteran city councilman Arvid R. Bloom submitted his resignation to Mayor Earl Wilkinson. (9-23-1976 20/1)

A compromise plan and projected budget for an ambitious downtown redevelopment plan has been submitted to city council by the Fort Collins Downtown Redevelopment Committee (DRC) (9-24-1976 17/1)

MCGOVERN: The City of Ft. Collins has taken the initiative to extend civil-rights protection to all physically handicapped and to some mentally handicapped persons. (9-29-1976 39/1)

Residents went to polls today to vote on proposed $1.1 million bond issue. (11-23-1976 9/5 cy)


City Council will meet Feb. 15 to give final approval to an increase in electricity rates which would cost homeowners nearly $28 more yearly. (2-3-1977 4/6)

TOONEY: City and Patrolman Groves lost lawsuit brought against them for false arrest by Mrs. Elizabeth A. Enright. (2-17-1977 2/5)

DAVIDSON: Eric Killinger, student at CSU, has challenged age requirement for city council. (3-27-1977 74/7)

Voters will go to the polls to select a mayor and three city council members in Ft. Collins. (4-3-1977 37/1)

Local officials and investigators haven't determined the cause of an explosion which rocked the business area of Ft Collins. (4-27-1977 29/1)

STRAIN: A natural gas explosion blast in Ft. Collins destroyed portions of two buildings and blew out windows for at least two blocks. (4-26-1977 2/3)

Mayor Arvid Bloom pledged the city would do all it could to help get businesses back into full operation after explosion. (4-28-1977 21/4)

Investigators have found no "definitive cause" for explosion April 26. (6-15-1977 19/1)

Police are investigating the death of Helen L. Neilon. (6-24-1977 60/1)

Hartford Insurance Co will sue above (Ft. Collins?) in connection with explosion April 26 there. (7-1-1977 58/1 cy)

A suit was filed by Hartford Insurance Co against Colorado Water Quality Control Commission charging that recent actions by commission are illegal. (7-31-1977 10/1)

Fort Collins businesses and one individual have filed suit in Larimer County District Court challenging the city's sign code. (11-6-1977 40/3)


Stewart Udall challenges city to start model water conservation program. (7-6-1978 36/1)

Heads of municipal departments and Fort Collins agencies work out budgets. (8-20-1978 36/2)

HASELBUSH: Fort Collins predicted to be one of the fastest growing smaller cities by 1982. (10-30-1978 12/5)


Thornton Police support Fort Collins police wage demands. (1-18-1979 21/3)

Meetings being held to solve wage dispute. (1-25-1979 18/4)

Voters to decide plan on slowdown of construction of dwelling units. (2-4-1979 33/3)

Places growth ordinance before voters. (2-24-1979 21/3)

COX: Projected growth rate issue for city to be voted on. (4-1-1979 27/1)

COX: Peggy Reeves, Ellery Wilmarth & Burton C. Cross elected to city council. (4-4-1979 4/1)

COX: Voters reject growth-control proposal. (4-4-1979 4/1)

City Hall audit of capital improvements program shows charter violations. (6-14-1979 61/1)

Fort Collins sues Construction Inc & Robb and Brenner for raising cost of construction of new city hall. (8-17-1979 47/3)

HASELBUSH: With Greeley & Loveland form northern triangle of Front Range boom (10-14-1979 43/1 illus)

LANE: Water rights dispute continues at Water Board. (10-19-1979 2/3)

PARKER: Greeley and Fort Collins preserve historic buildings. (10-28-1979 54/1 Emp w/pic)

RETALLACK/CHAPMAN: Elizabeth Stone Resource Center memorializes brave pioneer. (11-4-1979 40/1 Emp w/pic illus)

PRICE: Proves to be well worth the cost (11-11-1979 4/2 R)




COLORADOAN (5/20/1970)

Following the destruction of Old Main, a copper box "time capsule" was removed from a hole in the foundation capstone under the cornerstone. It contained a Bible--an original translation from the Greek; two Denver publications--Colorado Farmer and Livestock Journal and the Denver Daily Tribune; the oldest copy of the Larimer County Express then known, dated July 26, 1878; samples of gold and quartz, silver and quartz and telberium; samples of grain and seed.

"The cornerstone was laid by the Colorado Masonic Temple and included was a directory of the Lodge for 1878." Clarence C. Carlson, Senior grand deacon for the state Masonic lodge, and Charles Terrell, State Board of Agriculture Secretary, and Arthur Sheely, State Agriculture board member were present for the occasion.


DEMOCRACY'S COLLEGE--Hansen (5/8/1970)

Fire broke out during war moratorium concert.


DEMOCRACY'S COLLEGE--Hansen (7/8/1970)

March to City Hall by 2,000






DEMOCRACY'S COLLEGE-Hansen (1978-1979)



CSU student group will challenge city charter rule limiting candidates for city council to persons who have voted there for five years and are over 25 years of age. (2-11-1972 42/1)


SHERMAN: Colorado Legislature JBC questions CSU's real estate ventures. (12-16-1978 14/1)





Fourth of July: "Art X Five"--children's art program-July 3


Arboretum Dedication, Martinez Park

Gay Nineties Picnic in the Park

Colorado Day (page 16)

July 30--August 2 Historical Pageant-"This outdoor drama with a cast of 500 depicts the past 100 years of Fort Collins and Larimer County."

November 24 (page 22)

Handbell Choir--"a musical event centering around community development."

Community Projects:

Historical Pageant

Poudre Valley Historical Trail

Green Belt--Open Space Project

Auditorium, Arts Center and Festival

"Train of Thought"--Traveling Classroom

Colorado 4-H Community Pride Program

Avery House Cookbook


Avery House Historical Landmark

Fort Collins Arboretum

School Awards Program

Decorated Fire Hydrants

Community Time Capsule

Neighborhood Roundups

Historical Marker


DIRECTIONS '76 (In Centennial files in Museum files)

"'Larimer Legacies,' an historical pageant commemorating the history of Larimer County from the Folsom Man to the Machine Age, will be performed July 30, 31, August 1 and 2 at the Colorado State University Rodeo Arena in Fort Collins."

"The play, written by Ellen Wolfe of Fort Collins for presentation during the 'Rush to the Rockies' Centennial in 1959, has been updated for the Bicentennial by Joseph Newlin of the CSU faculty. It features narrative by a chorus of five voices and a choir of 100 voices singing traditional songs of the eras depicted."

"Received $5,000 matching funds from Colorado Centennial-Bicentennial Commission."



Crews and cast for the television adaptation of James Michener's "Centennial" were in Poudre Canyon, near Chambers Lake and Cameron Pass, for filming of mountain scenes. The story depicts the early history of Colorado, focusing on the lives of a few characters and families. Although characters are fictitious, they and their experiences are drawn from documented history. The cast included Richard Chamberlain and Robert Conrad.

(3/4/1978) Scope of film (time span) not as great as in book. Northern Colorado is setting for much of novel (and film).

(4/25/78) "Centennial" to be aired "next fall and winter." Cost more than $25 million.



Everett and Zeigel Associates is the Boulder architectural firm retained to design the new library. Construction Manager - Reid Burton Construction Co. Ground breaking - August 1975 and target date for completion - October 1976. It has a $1.4 million budget.


ANNUAL REPORT - City of Fort Collins (Museum files)

Officially opened October 18. Cost - $1,877,000.00. 33,500 sq. ft. accommodates 109,000 volumes. Multi-media capacity. Seats 124 patrons. Accessible to handicapped. Public meeting rooms. Free library cards. Services: inter-library loan, photocopying, micro-copying and reference.


COLORADOAN (7/22/1979 and Library files - Business Buildings)

Center includes: Auditorium seating nearly 1,200, art gallery, catering kitchen, mini-theatre. Many additions made possible through contributions. Open for use in fall 1978. Final cost expected to be $3,031,708, about $300,000 of which came through contributions, the rest through sales tax.



Took an active role in the Democratic party.

"In the activism of the 60's some Spanish speaking youths felt he was too mild in his requests."

Lee Martinez Park is named after him - on the south bank, west of the College Avenue bridge.

Date: 1889 - 1970

Served in France during WWI - 1917

"His leadership in the Spanish-American community included helping build Holy Family church, working on the Spanish Activities Committee, the Human Relations Commission, the area Centennial Committee and the Larimer County Democratic Party."

H. R. Phillips, director of the Fort Collins Parks and Recreation Department, engaged the preliminary planners for the development of Martinez Park.


COLORADOAN (4/30/1975)

"City Councilmen Tuesday, following a unanimous consensus of opinion, adopted the Brazilian city of 70,000 as Fort Collins' Sister City. Ten query letters were sent out to cities all over the world but none of the responses were like the one from Limeira,..." Limeira residents were to carry a banner for Fort Collins on May 6, "...during the celebration the day gold was found in Fort Collins' Sister,..." People from each city visited their sister city.


COLORADOAN (6/18/1978) Note on copy--is date right?

(Other articles say idea surfaced in 1975.)

"In 1976 members of the 'Designing Tomorrow Today', a citizens group which organized a $16,000,000 tax issue which was passed by the voters, decided to find a sister city for the bicentennial year, Colorado's Centennial."

"...the sister program was part of President Eisenhower's People To People program. Cities in two different countries which had similarities in economic structure, land, population and language would 'adopt' each other."

Fort Collins citizens visited Limeira in 1977. Limeirans were in Fort Collins in 1976 (Coloradoan - 5/3/1976)


COLORADOAN (8/14/1979)

Excerpt for article "CSU Reflected Times, Moods of Seventies."

"April 1975: Massed in chanting displeasure in front of CSU's Administration building, students are once again demonstrating. This time, the focus of the protest is something a little more trivial. Rather than any social issue, the subject is administration balkiness over the prospect of a Rolling Stones concert at Hughes Stadium that summer.' 'We want the Stones!' roar the students, perhaps 200 of them. After an hour's conversation with CSU mucky-mucks, everybody picks up and goes back to class to work. Yes, the Stones did play here that summer. Except for traffic jams, and the resulting litter of beer cans, it was an uneventful event."



Violinist H. Wippler and cellist J. De Lemos will be soloists in Brahms' Concerto in A for Violin and Cello at concert with Ft. Collins Symphony Orchestra Jan. 18. (1-7-1970 69/7)

Sen. Dominick and other listeners got an earful of northern Colorado priority programs and problems at town meeting in Fort Collins last night. (2-16-70 24/3)

The Fort Collins Children's Theatre will present an original children's comedy entitled "Annabelle Broom" this weekend. (3-6-1970 33/2)

Young soloists from five states will be participants in 15th annual Young Artists' Competition sponsored by Fort Collins Symphony Society (3-19-1970 49/4)

Poudre R-1 Board of Education decided to wait for Supreme Court ruling on voter eligibility before deciding whether to call special election for construction bond issue (4-3-1970 35/4)

Entrants in the N. C. (Tub) Morris state medal play golf championship are cautioned about new rules for this year's tourney starting June 25 at the Country Club (6-20-1971 44/6)

PIC: Gardeners of the Woodward Governor Co plant in Fort Collins have created this floral tribute to the firm's 100 years as a manufacturer of hydraulic and electronic speed controls for motive engines (7-26-1970 1/3 G)

Thirty persons peacefully picketed offices of the Coloradoan in Fort Collins yesterday for what they termed "biased and selective" news reporting by Fort Collins daily newspaper (8-21-1970 3/5)

The Fall Stampede Rodeo, scheduled for tomorrow thru Oct. 4 at Larimer Cty Fairgrounds is expected to draw 350 contestants from 15 colleges in CO, WY, and NEB (10-1-1970 24/1)


Money raised by 1970 Fort Collins United Fund fell short of the $120,303 goal by about $10,000 Mrs. Val Ogden said yesterday (1-7-1971 15/2)

Eugene Pridonoff, pianist, will be guest soloist w/Fort Collins under the baton of Wilfred Schwartz during a concert at 8:15 p.m. March 7 in Lincoln Jr. High School Auditorium in Fort Collins (3-5-1971 28/4)

PIC: 4th grade students of Mrs. Peg McLaughlin at Laurel Elementary School, now use slates instead of pencil and paper for less--saves waste paper by 11 lbs. per week (3-18-1971 21/3)

TYSON: Indication that modern education can progress by going backward--evident in use of slates instead of pencil and paper in Mrs. Peg McLaughlin's class at Laurel Elementary (3-23-1971 17/1)

Don L. Webber, 39, selected as superintendent of schools in Poudre R-1 School District yesterday (3-25-1971 22/2)

About 150 persons took part in a one-mile peace march in Ft. Collins yesterday sponsored by a group of Vietnam veterans (4-16-1971 37/1)

An estimated 1,500 persons took part in a 15-mile "Walk for Mankind" in Fort Collins yesterday to raise money for Project Concern, a nonprofit medical relief program (4-25-1971 31/6)

Archie Moore, one-time world's light heavyweight boxing champ, spoke in Fort Collins yesterday to 70 Scout commissioners at a meeting at the Holiday Inn sponsored by the Longs Peak Council of the Boy Scounts of America (5-24-1971 19/1)

Robert Runford, who planned a rock festival near Estes Park Aug. 28, is inviting all fans for the festival in Larimer County (6-10-1971 32/4)

A new N. C. (Tub) Morris golf tournament champion will emerge after play here June 25 Friday's Pairings (6-24-1971 44/6)

PIC: Roland Diaz, 3, fell into an irrigation ditch here and was rescued by his father (7-7-1971 41/1)

Poudre R-1 School Board authorized administrators to begin program of cutbacks in teachers and services to head off possible 1972 budget deficit of $1 million (7-13-1971 11/8)

Pianist, Leonid Hambro, will open season of Fort Collins Civic Symphony Orchestra Nov. 7 (10-29-1971 33/3)


Former publisher of the Coloradoan, Clyde E. Moffitt, 65, died Friday (2-13-1972 9/3 w/pic)

Lt. Gov. Vanderhoof told students that there is nothing as vital as full participation for all people in decision making process (3-25-1972 46/1)

Fort Collins Firemen's Union is staging a work slowdown because of inadequate pay raises (5-7-1972 24/1)

TESTER: Firemen participating in a work slowdown in Fort Collins were warned that they could face disciplinary action (5-10-1972 26/1)

TESTER: International Fire Fighters Union Local 1945, Fort Collins, reaches pay raise agreement with city manager (5-22-1972 4/1)

Promoters expect 250 cowboys to compete in the American Western Stampede Rodeo here Sat. and Sun. (6-21-1972 82/2)

Violin/cellist Janos Starker will be featured soloist with Fort Collins Civic Symphony Orchestra tomorrow (8-4-1972 11/8)


Teachers in the Poudre R-1 School Distrist will meet at 3:45 p.m. tomorrow at the school district administration building to protest aspects of the proposed 1974 budget (10-28-1973 52/3)

Poudre R-1 School District Administrators will recommend to the school board Nov. 26 that 26 "staffing units" can be cut in order to help balance the 1974 budget (11-22-1973 96/?)


VERBA: After months of concentrated effort on the part of many individuals and several organizations, the Fort Collins Junior Woman's Club is ready to release a film on dangers of streptococcal infections. (8-14-1974 6/1 Cont PIC)


The 1975 Colorado Arts Festival, scheduled in Fort Collins July 17-20 marks the first time the event has been conducted outside Aspen (5-30-1975 67/2)

Art Linkletter, radio and TV personality, has filed a damage suit in U. S. District Court against a Colorado lending association. (10-2-1975 22/4)


BURKHART: Project by Fort Collins Junior Woman's Club to revive old business buildings (6-2-1978 32/1 w/pic)

GRIFFIN-COL: 30th anniversary of Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra (10-11-1978 38/1)

GRIFFIN: Review of orchestra's performance in new Lincoln Community Center Auditorium (10-16-1978 16/1)


Is drawn into dispute w/Colo Festival Orchestra (4-9-1979 26/1)

Is drawn into dispute between Symphony Orchestra & Festival Orchestra (4-9-1979 26/1)

GRIFFIN: Review of Daniel Pinkham at Rocky Mountain Contemporary Music Festival (4-9-1979 26/5)

Dispute w/Colo Music Festival Orchestra settled w/out City Council action (4-20-1979 26/1)

Dispute between Colorado Music Festival Orchestra and Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra settled w/out City Council intervention (4-20-1979 75/3)

City Council not involved in Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra/Colorado Music Festival Orchestra dispute (4-20-1979 75/3)

GRIFFIN: Review of Lar Lubevitch Dance Co performance (11-8-1979 29/4)




COLORADOAN (4/15/1984)

On July 30, 1979 grapefruit sized hail included in 20 minute onslaught which began about 5:00 p.m. $38 million damage and killed a 3 month old girl.


BIG THOMPSON: PROFILE OF A NATURAL DISASTER-McComb (flyleaf--145 people died, six of these missing, $35,500,000 damage).

(Page 18-19) Fort Collins Weather Service, a private meteorological consulting service, was not legally able to issue a flash flood warning, only the National Weather Service can do that. However, they did caution people against the possibility of flash flooding the day before the flood, and the evening of the flood. (First N. W. S. flash flood warning came at 11:00 p.m. too late although did "alert" people to "possible local flooding" at 9:00 p.m.).

(Page 57) Fort Collins Red Cross, directed by Barbara O'Reilly and Loveland volunteers aided in sheltering the refugees with food, clothes, and bedding at Loveland High School.

(Page 12) Larimer County Sheriff Department played big role in rescue operations explained Captain John Englebert, chief fire, search, and rescue man."

Flyleaf "On July 31, 1976, a sudden thunderstorm erupted over the Big Thompson Canyon. Within four hours, nearly 12 inches of rain fell, causing the water in the Big Thompson River to rise 19 feet above normal water level. Just one hour after the rains began, the river started to move with unbelievable force--over 20 feet per second. On its rampage, the river destroyed 418 homes and 52 businesses." "Harmed" 138 other homes.

Termed "The worst disaster ever to hit Larimer County," by Larimer County Sheriff, Robert Watson. (COLORADOAN 8/2/76).

"The total cost of the damage was $56 million, including about $25 million for construction of the new road."

Clouds in system were nearly 12 miles high. (Coloradoan 7/30/86 "After the Flood" section, library files).



PIC: High winds which struck the Valley Air Park, east of Fort Collins, yesterday demolished a large hangar and damaged or destroyed at least seven aircraft of the facility (3-25-1970 4/1)


GREEN: The Fort Collins Weather Service issued weekend flood warnings for Big Thompson Canyon 31 1/2 hours before the National Weather Service issued its first advisory for potential flooding (8-5-1976 18/1)





HEMINGWAY: U. S. National Plague Branch monitors U. S. plague cases (12-2-1979 44/1 Emp pic)





Black protest over Mormon school's discriminatory practices turns somewhat violent at basketball game.



Clyde Moffitt, publisher of Coloradoan, Fort Collins daily newspaper, declined to meet yesterday w/a group of local citizens to discuss alleged bias in the paper's news coverage (8-23-1970 27/7)

Clyde Moffitt, publisher of Ft. Collins Coloradoan denied charges yesterday that he or his daily newspaper are biased against Hispanos (10-8-1970 2/2)


A Fort Collins city councilman told members of the city police dept. yesterday, "We have to develop man-to-man communication" before progress is made to improve relations between police and members of Hispano community (4-3-1971 14/1)





July 1 - The first three buses in Fort Collins' new public transit system will start rolling marking the city's second try at public transportation. Streetcar system came to a halt in 1951. Bus was a new Mercedes-Benz 16 passenger diesel bus. Cost for three new buses was $25,578. The buses came equipped with air conditioning and average 14 to 15 miles per gallon of fuel. Began operation 7/1/1974. Only 11 passengers in first hour. (Library-Transportation files).



"Fort Collins, with a population of about 54,000 persons, has been struggling with transportation for several years. Citizen groups started the Fort Collins Community Car Pool and a service for elderly and handicapped persons called Care-A-Van.

"Impetus for starting the bus system came from civic groups, including Designing Tomorrow Today and local senior citizens. Ms. Susan Jones,administrative aide to the City Manager, will be in charge of the transit system.



PIC: Fort Collins, Colorado City Council is considering prohibiting use of this stretch of Colorado & Southern Railroad trackage through the city near CSU campus because of corrugated condition of the rails (3-13-1971 3/2)


On July 1, the first three buses in Fort Collins' new public transit system will start rolling, marking the city's second try at public transportation (5-26-1974 40/1)

A proposed expansion of Ft. Collins-Loveland Airport was debated at public meet last night w/some local residents expressing reservations (6-5-1974 60/5)

TESTER: An experimental plan using machine testing for drivers license exams is working well in Fort Collins and may become a fixture in other Colorado cities (6-6-1974 3/1 pix)

The first phase of a proposed expansion of the Airport will cost between $5.5 million and $6 million, it was disclosed yesterday (6-13-1974 26/1)

The city's new bus system, which was started last July, hasn't attracted many riders, and the city council last night approved a program designed to increase patronage (11-22-1974 58/2)


A citizens committee which is preparing a report on the proposed expansion of the Fort Collins-Loveland Airport yesterday questioned the need for that expansion (3-29-1975 7/1)


JAIN: U. S. FAA to provide improvement funds for four metro airports to relieve congestion at Stapleton Internationl Airport (8-8-1979 1/2)

Fort Collins without taxi service again (12-27-1979 50/2 cy)


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