Monday, October 20, 2014

Mock life flight

Coloradoan reporter Jason Pohl and I worked with Windsor Severance Fire Rescue, Poudre Valley Hospital EMTs and members of the Air Link flight crew to document a mock heart attack scenario in which Pohl was the heart attack victim. EMTs worked on him in a park next to Severance Fire Station 2 and loaded him into an ambulance. The Air Link guys flew in from Medical Center of the Rockies and transferred him into their tiny life flight helicopter. We got a scenic ride back to the hospital and a tour of the cath lab before Jason was allowed to be healthy again. Great group of people, very professional, and a fun learning experience for both of us. Check out the story and video we made here:

Inside look: Life-saving flights in NoCo

Friday, October 10, 2014


Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, right, and candidate Bob Beauprez debate each other at the Colorado State University Lory Student CenterThursday, Oct. 9, 2014.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Same-Sex Couples Marry in Colorado

Barbara Hooper and Wendy Wood, top photo, were the first same-sex couple to marry in Larimer County. They arrived at Larimer County Courthouse minutes after 3 p.m. - the time County Clerk Angela Myers said the office would begin issuing licenses. The Supreme Court declined today to review gay marriage cases in which circuit courts (Colorado is in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals) previously ruled that same-sex marriage bans violate the Constitution. The decision led Colorado Attorney General John Suthers to announce all county clerks must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Hooper said she only had "a little trouble" with the paperwork because her heart was beating so fast.

Carri Ratazzi and her partner of 15 years, Rev. Gretchen Haley, took their adopted daughter Gracie Ella, 9, and Josef, 6, out of school early and picked up their marriage license from the courthouse. They held an impromptu ceremony at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland at a Unitarian Universalists retreat. Rev. Nancy Bowen, who said she has been involved in the campaign for marriage equality for a decade, performed the ceremony.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Officer-Involved Shooting

Fort Collins police officers work at the scene of an officer-involved shooting at the Cimarron Square town homes on the corner of Drake Road and Shields Street Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. A police officer shot and killed a man Sunday afternoon after the suspect fired at least one round that struck the officer's bulletproof vest during an otherwise routine call for service. Fort Collins Police Services responded to a call for a welfare check and the responding officer saw an unidentified man lying on the ground of a stairwell. As the officer approached and attempted to contact the man, the man pulled out a pistol and shot the officer at least once, Fort Collins Police Services Deputy Chief Cory Christensen said. The officer shot back, striking the man an unspecified number of times. Both were taken to the hospital, where the suspect died.

Hollywood Lookin' Good

1. Colorado State University's Trent Matthews intercepts a touchdown pass meant for Tulsa's Joshua Atkinson during the CSU versus Tulsa football game at Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014.

2. CSU's Rashard "Hollywood" Higgins, #82, runs in another touchdown.

3. Hollywood Higgins celebrates his team's win after they beat Tulsa 42-17. Higgins had four touchdown catches - a single-game record for a CSU receiver. And it was his birthday.

Blessing of the Animals

Pastor Don Johnson pets Larry And Susan Demaree's dog Scooby, top, and blesses Bob and Sally Smith's dog Gracie, bottom, during the Blessing of the Animals at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Collins Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. Donated proceeds from the event go to Lutheran Church Charities K9 Comfort Dogs program, which places dogs in Christian churches and schools as an outreach tool.

Blue Sky Marathon

Runners compete in the Blue Sky Trail Marathon between Horsetooth Mountain Park and Devil's Backbone Open Space Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. The marathon involves about 3500 feet of vertical gain, the majority of running done on single track trail, with terrain ranging from smooth dirt paths to very technical rocky sections.

The Big "A"

Volunteer Aeriel Belk sprays white paint as she helps repaint the "A" on the hillside above Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Students paint the big Aggies' "A" every year.

Boidaes Reptile Place

Boidaes Reptile Place isn't just where Russ Hargreaves lives with his girlfriend, Valerie, and daughter Polly. It's also home to around 20 rescued snakes and reptiles.

Polly fell in love with reptiles several years ago after receiving two ball pythons from her brother-in-law, and she and her father created Boidaes and the Northern Colorado Herpetological Society, a newly formed group aimed at rescuing reptiles and educating the general public about reptiles as pets and in the wild. Hargreaves said they have done several educational events at the Sugar Valley retirement facility in Loveland, as well as Parkwood Estates in Fort Collins, where residents were able to handle snakes like Clyde, a large Colombian boa.

"They're not the big icky things that people think they are, and everything that's coiled up or that's called a snake is not a giant man-eating python," he said.

Last week the city invited the group to the Northern Colorado Nature Festival, where festival-goers got to check out three baby bullsnakes caught by the Hargreaves and Smiles the Indian python. Bullsnakes are native to Colorado and nonvenomous, although they are frequently mistaken for rattlesnakes.

The Hargreaves hope to eventually find space outside their home for Boidaes and turn it into a nonprofit entity.

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