Lake City Community – Lake City Journal Sat, 15 Jan 2022 22:53:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Lake City Community – Lake City Journal 32 32 Letter: City must commit to anti-racist work | Prior Lake Letters to the Editor Sat, 15 Jan 2022 21:47:00 +0000

In this open letter to our neighbors, we hope to explain how our community’s increased awareness of what has been happening for decades, and efforts by a small group to take meaningful steps to combat racism in our city, is a catalyst for have made improvement.

A few weeks ago, we shared our dismay and determination with City Council along with five other residents representing a wide variety of lived experiences. Then as now, our hope and expectation was shared in order to force the city council to actively engage in anti-racist work. Supported by 65-70 residents who filled the council chambers, we shed light on the current reality being experienced by numerous community residents – Prior Lake’s mission to be “a vibrant and welcoming lifelong community, high quality of life and small in size – City feeling” may apply to some, but not to all.

As fathers, professionals and committed residents, we see the awakening happening. We want to have confidence that elected officers and others in key leadership positions will learn and actually participate in the work required to create a truly welcoming Prior Lake. Unfortunately, we have heard countless experiences from children and adults in Prior Lake who have been subjected to racist words and actions.

We wait for our city leaders to condemn racism and publicly and vigorously engage in anti-racist work. It is now time to refocus our focus on the richness of our diversity and set out on a journey of promoting an anti-racist attitude as a community. We appreciate the recent efforts by Mayor Briggs, Superintendent Staloch and other leaders from neighboring communities to start important conversations in the community. However, we are weary of hearing about the opposition expressed to even our basic request for an official statement condemning racism.

On December 6, a robust, evidence-based roadmap consisting of a resolution, DEI statement, and ordinance language for consideration, deliberation, and adoption was presented to our City Council. There is no doubt that moving toward full adoption will further the city’s mission. We look forward to hearing about the Council’s commitment and progress on the adoption of the resolution, declaration and regulation in the near future.

In the meantime, we have decided to proceed with a series of learning activities open to all community members interested in starting and advancing their anti-racism journey. As evidenced by the wonderful diversity of backgrounds and ideologies that sat in the Council chambers on December 6th, we know that the community conversation at the table we set will be unifying.

Let us continue with the heart centered and healing work that will empower us to acknowledge the trauma that many of our Prior Lake BIPOC brothers and sisters carry. This journey of ours will redefine how we see each other; and it will redefine how potential newcomers view our community.

G Bryan Fleming & Charlie Sederstrom

I-71 North Ramp Temporarily Closed + Avon, Avon Lake Forecast Fri, 14 Jan 2022 06:01:38 +0000

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Partly sunny and colder. High: 33 Low: 19.

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Kathleen Rae Shetenhelm | Obituaries Wed, 12 Jan 2022 09:00:03 +0000

Kathleen Rae (Sprik) Shetenhelm, 75 years old, went to Lady Lake, Florida, home to see her Savior on January 10, 2022.

She was a resident of Cadillac, Michigan and Lady Lake, Florida.

Kathy was born on April 19, 1946 in Cadillac Michigan to Donald J. and Edna (Batts) Sprik. She grew up in Lake City and Okemos, Michigan.

Kathy was married to high school sweetheart Larry for 59 years, and they had three children, nine grandchildren, lots of moves and lots of adventures. Kathy could make a home anywhere.

Not only was Kathy a devoted wife and loving mother, but she was also a very talented seamstress and was involved in the quilting community throughout.

Kathy emphasized the importance of family roots for her 100% Dutch family. Even more important to Kathy was the time she spent preparing and teaching Bible studies in both Michigan and Florida.

Kathy leaves behind her loyal husband Larry Shetenhelm, their children Joy (Kedon) Lamphere, Larry Scott (Deanne) Shetenhelm, and Kelli Simons; her grandchildren, Elya (Aaron) Vitt, Veronika Lamphere, Katie Simons, Mitchell (Belle) Shetenhelm, Jonathan “Jack” Simons, Kedon Izaak Lamphere, Carter Shetenhelm, Erin Shetenhelm and Mark Simons; her siblings Sandra Veldheer, Peggy Burkholder, Dawn (Dave) Gould, Lori (Kim) Sandow and Don (Cindy) Sprik. She also leaves a brother-in-law, Steve (Lorna) Shetenhelm and sister-in-law, Judy Shetenhelm and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Her parents and her brother-in-law preceded her in death: Jim Veldheer and Bruce Burkholder.

A memorial service will be held in Lady Lake, Florida on January 15, 2022.

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Kathy’s life held at Jennings Community Church in May.

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FEMA trailer deadline looming for survivors of Lake Charles storm: “Everything is expensive” | Lake Charles news Mon, 10 Jan 2022 10:00:00 +0000

SULFUR – Roishetta Ozane knows she and her six children will have to move soon, but she has no idea where they are going.

“The rent is ridiculously high,” said the 37-year-old community activist and single mother, who has lived in a FEMA-paid rental van since May, when her previous home was badly damaged by Hurricane Laura. “And then the apartment doesn’t fit into the rent.”

Almost a year and a half since Laura devastated the Lake Charles area, followed by Hurricane Delta six weeks later, there have been nearly 2,000 families in trailers and motorhomes supplied by FEMA. But the program was always meant to be temporary, and now the deadlines for moving out are imminent. The lack of affordable housing has made the challenge even greater.

The move-out date for most trailers is February 28, or 18 months after Laura was declared a federal disaster, the standard rule for FEMA’s direct housing program. A far smaller number of families with motorhomes have a few more months thanks to Delta.

The state has requested a six-month extension due to the lack of available rents and high rental costs and is waiting for a response, said Mike Steele, governor’s office spokesman for homeland security and emergency preparedness.

Even when granted, it can only delay the inevitable. The challenges families ultimately face will depend on whether or not the housing shortage in hurricane-hit Lake Charles can be resolved by the time they are forced to leave.

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It’s a multi-layer problem. Large parts of the public and Section 8 were badly damaged by the storms and have yet to be repaired. This exacerbated the existing shortage of affordable housing, partly due to the influx of temporary workers in construction, fueled by the expansion of industrial facilities in the area.

It was not until the end of September – more than a year after Laura – that the federal government’s long-term disaster aid, which also affects housing construction, was approved and still has to overcome bureaucratic hurdles before it can be distributed.

Even after that, state and local officials say the amount approved so far – $ 595 million for Laura, Delta and Hurricane Zeta that hit southeast Louisiana in October 2020 – is nowhere near enough to solve the problem. In addition to the hurricanes, southwest Louisiana was hit by a severe winter storm in February and floods in May – all during the pandemic.

All of this means that the struggles of the families still living in FEMA supporters are likely to continue. Some could only move into the caravans months or even more than a year after Laura. The last family moved in on September 15 as part of the post-Laura program, according to the state’s request for an extension.

Some experts point out shortcomings in the civil protection process, which they call flaws.

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“Unfortunately, I think what you see in Louisiana is the same as what we see every time after a disaster, when you have a housing crisis before a disaster strikes, there are already people out there who are a financial shock away from it, Losing their own homes – defaulting on their rents – then disaster happens, “said Sarah Saadian, vice president of public policy for the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

“You immediately have less living space, landlords raise rents, people quit so they can raise rents for the next person, and FEMA programs that don’t adequately address the needs, especially of low-income tenants.”

‘Nowhere for Rent’

The main location that Post-Laura trailers have been set up is Little Lake Charles RV Park on the outskirts of town. It has served as a weekend getaway or as a place for road trippers to settle in for the night. A lake runs through the property and cabins are available for rent. Fishing lures are sold in the front office.

But since the hurricanes, FEMA has rented more than 200 rooms to house storm survivors. The trailers they live in aren’t the white boxes that were ubiquitous after Katrina. Many are the same types of RVs that families would take on the road.

RVs, including many FEMA-funded, are pictured at the Little Lake Charles RV Resort in Lake Charles, La on Wednesday, January 5, 2022.

Some of those who still live there said there was nowhere else to go.

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Debra Rogers, 58, who sits next to her daughter next to her trailer, praised the help of her FEMA skilled worker but said the apartments she saw are out of their price range.

“Everything is expensive,” said Rogers, who previously cleaned houses for a living but has recently been unable to do so due to medical problems. “The places I find cost maybe $ 800 to $ 1,000 a month. The income I have doesn’t do justice to that. “

Those participating in the FEMA housing program must meet the conditions to stay there, including proof that they are looking for permanent place to stay by providing three such references per month, residents say.

“Don’t sit on our hands”

Daniel Teles, an economist at the Urban Institute, pointed out “many loopholes” when it comes to post-disaster programs.

“One of them is that FEMA help is basically supposed to be short-term, and there isn’t much help long-term,” he said.

Most long-term disaster relief comes from federal grants to community development blocs that must be approved by Congress. There are no guarantees as to both the amount and the timeframe – or even whether any money will be sent at all.

If it’s finally approved, it typically takes years to build new homes, Teles said.


A FEMA notice is affixed to the door of a motorhome asking residents to come and see themselves on Wednesday, April 5th.

Various proposals have been made to address some of these problems. Saadian pointed to a bill in the Senate, backed by a bipartisan group, including Bill Cassidy, that would provide for an ongoing funding process.

The NLIHC also endorses the use of the federal Disaster Housing Assistance Program, which was used after Katrina and other storms but has not been used recently, Saadian said. The program is longer and offers rental assistance, she said.

Another option for some of those who live in FEMA trailers is to buy them when they qualify, but buyers also need to find a long-term location for them.

Under FEMA rules, if an extension is granted beyond 18 months for trailers, residents would have to pay rent. However, the state has requested that this requirement be waived as well.

$ 11.3 million for the Lake Charles housing program 15 months after Hurricane Laura

Low- and middle-income homeowners in Lake Charles are receiving financial aid to repair damage from storms that landed on land for over a year.

The state and Lake Charles have tried to do whatever they can while waiting for long-term federal aid to arrive. In November, Governor John Bel Edwards and Mayor Nic Hunter announced a $ 11.3 million housing program. It’s a comparatively small amount, but it’s meant in part to show that local officials “wouldn’t just sit on our hands and wait for the federal government,” Hunter said.

Ozane lives in Sulfur in a complex of larger RVs across the Calcasieu River from Lake Charles, near the industrial complexes that dominate the area with their sky-lit torches. FEMA rented units in the complex after the hurricane and Ozane was finally able to secure one in May.

A busy community activist, in addition to caring for her children, she has also spent much of her time in the past few months looking after the needs of other families through the Vessel Project, a charity she co-founded. She is also the community organizer for the environmental organization Healthy Gulf.

She wants to move out, but it is difficult to find a place for her family that is big enough.

“Do you think that honestly people just want to keep staying in those FEMA trailers?” She said. “I have six children. This is a three bedroom. My daughter is sleeping on the sofa. Why shouldn’t I purposely try to find something big enough for me and all of my children? “

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Salt Lake City Reviewer’s Favorite Shows Sat, 08 Jan 2022 16:52:54 +0000

1. LES MISERABLES at the Hale Center Theater,

A total spectacle with polished pictures and singing, scene by scene, surprised the audience with its artistry, the lush lighting, reminiscent of stained glass, and the immense size. This was possibly one of the most spectacular LES MISERABLES productions ever staged.

2. FROZEN at the Eccles Theater,

Some touring productions are superior to the others and FROZEN was as high quality as it gets. Everything about it, from design and production values ​​to performances, was just as good as its Broadway counterpart, and the show as a whole was actually better.

3. THE MOUSETRAP at the Hale Center Theater,

A thoroughly compelling mystery that was well produced and staged, the acting in the production was impeccable. It was difficult to highlight particular outstanding achievements, as each actor managed to masterfully bring his character to life.

4. MEAN GIRLS at the Eccles Theater,

Crammed to the brim with loud laughing jokes, deafening songs and introverted moments, and top-notch performances and production values, it was another Broadway-caliber touring production that Broadway at the Eccles had donated to the Utah theater community.

5. OFFENDERS: THE MUSICAL at the Hale Center Theater Orem,

Hale Center Theater Orems Hale Academy presented the regional premiere with an extremely impressive young cast. It was an overwhelmingly successful youth production with staging, costumes, lighting and performances that brought the story and characters to life.


HAMILTON at the Eccles Theater, (the phenomenal touring group returned triumphant with passion)

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at the Hale Center Theater, (how deliciously rousing toot sweets, it was a musical bite)

Photo credit: LES MISERABLES at the Hale Center Theater.

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Lake City executives prepare to meet the city manager’s finalists, the county has the second highest completion rate in the country Thu, 06 Jan 2022 22:58:00 +0000

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COLUMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB) – As Lake City executives prepared to meet the two finalists for the city manager position in person, Columbia County residents gathered today to honor the man who introduced pickleball to Lake City has.

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Local residents honor Chip Lynch

Dozens of people gathered at the Richardson Community Center in Lake City Thursday morning to honor the life of Chip Lynch.

Lynch died in the summer of 2019. Chip and his wife Donna are held responsible for introducing the sport of pickleball with a makeshift seat in their driveway.

After the sport grew in popularity, the Lynch couple worked with Lake City executives to bring tournaments to town and to build courts behind the community center.

Donna now lives at The Villages but traveled to Lake City for the ceremony.

Lake City City Council is preparing to meet the finalists

Lake City executives are preparing to meet in person with the two finalists for the city manager position.

A meet-and-greet is scheduled for Glen Adams on Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Due to COVID-19, guides recommend attendees wear a mask.

A special session of the city council will be held on Saturday to allow council members to conduct one-on-one and group interviews with Adams.

Thomas Thomas will be visiting Lake City next weekend for a meet-and-greet and interview.

CCSD has record high graduation rates

The Columbia County School District had the second highest graduation rates in the state.

With a graduation rate of 95.6%, the district is above the national average.

That is an increase of 0.2% compared to 2021.

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Former Lake Helen Police Chief Michael Walker takes over a Bunnell Police Department in turmoil after a quick search Tue, 04 Jan 2022 21:38:18 +0000

Michael Anthony Walker is the new Bunnell Police Chief. (© FlaglerLive)

When Michael Anthony Walker was a police officer in Lake Helen sixteen years ago, he was on an I-4 flyover where he spoke for an hour to a 43-year-old man who had looped a power cord and was about to jump . Walker’s effort was worth it. He talked the man down. Walker served as Lake Helen Police Chief for 11 years until April last year. Today he was named Bunnell Police Chief.

Bunnell City Manager Alvin Jackson made the announcement this afternoon, introducing Walker, 57, in a strangely choreographed and unprecedented “press conference” on the sidewalk of the Chicken Pantry mall, where the city has its temporary offices. Jackson did so just under three weeks after the job posting was posted in mid-December, despite the fact that the holidays were temporarily shortening working days. Walker was one of only five applicants, none from Flagler County. Lake Helen’s population is slightly smaller than Bunnell’s: 2,700 people, compared to 3,500 for Bunnell and an estimated 4,000 by 2024.

Tom Foster, police chief since 2014, opted to step down in early December, in the wake of a devastating performance review by Jackson that included a 30-day ultimatum to meet a long list of improvements. He’s been the boss since 2014 and hadn’t had bad performance ratings before. Shortly after his resignation, long-time Sergeant Matt Mortimer, whose allegedly faulty behavior at work was the focus of Jackson’s criticism of Foster, resigned – and immediately applied to serve as deputy sheriff of Flagler County. Weeks earlier, Dominic Guida, the department’s only other sergeant, died during training.

The changes left an already demoralized Bunnell police department leaderless and Jackson faced the worst crisis of his tenure as a manager. The upheaval prompted him to win an old friend as interim boss: Brannon Snead. Snead was not present in today’s advertisement, nor did he apply for the position. Jackson said Snead will remain the interim chief until the Bunnell City Commission confirms Walker’s appointment at a January 24 meeting. Snead is a former Florida Highway Patrol soldier whose long tenure there ended abruptly following an internal investigation. He had previously applied to be a City Manager in Bunnell.

“He wasn’t interested. He didn’t apply. And he didn’t make an offer, ”said Jackson. “If he had applied, he would definitely have been one I would have considered.”

Walker was forced to retire from Lake Helen in April last year, but only because he was participating in the Deferred Retirement Option Program known as Drop, which requires participants to hand in their papers after five years, receive a large pension, and get out of the system Must hold out for at least six months. Walker did this. He had started as an officer in Lake Helen in 1989, a year after he was an officer in Daytona Beach Shores. But he said today he loved the job too much not to return. He and his family will continue to live in Lake Helen. He is issued a city vehicle and the city pays for his travel gas, as did his predecessor Tom Foster, who lived in Ormond Beach, and Armando Martinez, who lived in Brevard County and commuted there daily. at the expense of the city.

Walker said he was unfamiliar with Bunnell prior to applying, other than that he drove through a long time ago. He described himself as coming from a family of law enforcement officers, including his father who was the police chief in Holly Hill. He performed with his wife and two of his six children and introduced them to a small gathering of reporters and workers or business owners nearby, some of whom did what has become a routine at any staged event that seems out of the ordinary: you took it on their phones.

“I spoke to the officers here. My goal and what I envision for the future in Bunnell is one of the top rated cities in the United States, ”Walker said at the sidewalk conference this afternoon. “You have a bad reputation, now we’re going to change that. We’re going to make this a very exciting adventure. ”With a bad reputation, he later made clear that he was referring to Bunnell’s crime rate, which is disproportionately higher per capita than anywhere else in the county, largely due to disproportionate arrests. Walker said he would be in favor of the Neighborhood Watch program and Citizens on Patrol, known in Flagler County as COPS, even though the sheriff’s citizens on patrol are tightly regulated and limited in authority: they replace officers and serve only as auxiliaries, bureaucratic ones or non-police duties.

“The population there is diverse, but I associate with everyone,” Walker said of Lake Helen, “and I want all of my officers to get off. I’m very strong at community-based or community-based policing. You have to get out and be part of the community. ”

Walker, however, was rather harsh when asked where he stood on the Black Lives Matter movement. “I think all lives are important. I think all lives are important, ”he said. All are the same. That’s all. All are the same. I treat everyone and the officers will treat everyone equally. “

A reporter asked him who he had turned to given the different interpretations of terms related to policing in the community. “When I talk about community police – as I spoke to the officers earlier – everyone has, you have spoken to everyone, you are not skipping anyone. You stop and talk to everyone. It’s very important that the community supports you, and they won’t support you if you don’t support them, if you don’t get out and become a part of them. “

The names of the other applicants were requested from the city administration, but the names were not disclosed prior to the publication of this article. Walker was out of sight when Jackson began speaking from a podium with Bunnell’s logo on the front. Jackson started a long introduction that had nothing to do with the announcement – a kind of booster address to the State of the City that started with detailed geographic coordinates about Bunnell (a TV crew was in: Bunnell rarely does it on TV), then roughly a number of previously reported developments in the city. He noted, for example, that the city has acquired the land on Commerce Parkway, which will soon be building a new town hall and police station, which will likely provide a more stately setting for future press conferences and Jackson’s signature line, which he naturally provided (“It is another great day in beautiful Bunnell ”). At one point he spoke of the “jewel” in the city’s old Coquina City Hall and then referred to the ongoing expansion of Grand Reserve, the city’s rapidly growing housing estate. Reporters had to wait almost 10 minutes for it to get on the news.

“I’m here to tell you that I made a choice, made an offer, and he accepted,” Jackson said of the new police chief without naming him. “Let me tell you about the process.” Then he did not explain how the chief was selected, whether he was interviewed by various panels, as was the case with previous police chief appointments, or who the panelists were (Jackson has none Calls or text about it answered questions), but that formal appointment would have to wait until ratification by the city commission later this month.

“It was very important to find a person who had experience with small towns,” said Jackson, “cities that grew, cities that grew, one who communicates with the community and, most importantly, has officials in their hearts and really [is] is committed to the community. And so this afternoon, “he said after almost 13 minutes,” I would like to introduce our new police chief, Chief Michael Walker. “

Walker and members of his family then emerged from one of the storefronts that serves as the city manager’s administrative office.

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Letter: TomatoFest Board of Directors thanks the community for their support in 2021 | Lifestyles Sun, 02 Jan 2022 19:30:00 +0000

The TomatoFest board would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of TomatoFest 2021.

In May 2021, with support from the Auburn Police Department, Cayuga County Sheriff‘s Department, and Perform4Purpose, TomatoFest hosted a non-perishable food collection drive-through event at BOCES. Over 3,000 non-perishable items were collected and delivered to the 10 participating pantries: Moravia, Fair Haven, Weedsport, Cato, Port Byron, Salvation Army, Calvary, Saint Alphonsus, King Ferry and Union Springs. The proceeds from the sale of fried dough by the Cultural Italian-American Organization and community donations made the event a success.

In September, TomatoFest returned to Downtown Auburn with craft, commercial, charitable, and grocery sellers, as well as amazing music and dance performances. A drive-through collection of non-perishable groceries took place at the entrance to the parking garage, collecting hundreds of donations for the pantries. Seller fees, donations, a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, mothers sales, product sales and a special concert with Joe Whiting and Mark Doyle made TomatoFest 2021 a huge success! Many thanks to all providers and performers! Thanks to the volunteers from the pantries and Grace House!

Special thanks go to all of our sponsors and donors: Aversa Agency, Bouley Associates, Cayuga-Onondage County Teachers Association, Buschman Consulting, Heieck-Pelc Funeral Home, Lilly Plumbing and Heating, Moondogs Lounge, RG Wright Agency, The Citizen, Contiguglia Law Form , Daniel Cuddy / Cuddy Financial Services, Dickman Farms, Jacobs Press, Midstate Mutual Insurance Company, Mier Tool, Medent, Savannah Bank, Xylem, Cayuga Lake National Bank, Buffington and Hoatland CPAs and Michele Driscoll Law Office. Thank you also for the continued support from: The City of Auburn, Auburn Downtown BID, Auburn Police Department, Auburn Fire Department, Cayuga County Sheriff’s Department, Auburn Party Rental, Coburn Design, IMS, Inc, Auburn Public Theater, and the Genesee Center.

On December 4th, the TomatoFest board of directors presented 5 pantries: Union Springs, King: Ferry, Calvary, Salvation Army, and Moravia Hope with checks for $ 2,255.

We look forward to TomatoFest 2022 on September 10, 2022! Donations are always welcome at the TomatoFest of CNY, POBox 1611, Auburn, NY 13021 or via PayPal on our website

The board of directors of CNY TomatoFest consists of Gilda Brower, Janice Sanders, Mike Mancini, Terry Mahoney, Jim VanArsdale, Tom Falicchio, Connor VanEpps, Margie Stuart, Christine Siddall, Cathy Capeling, Kelly Logue, Robert Auchman, Bev Denninger, Debbie Pinckney and Donna Wolfgang. All thank-you letters are printed as submitted.

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Colorado burn victims begin surveying the destruction in the new year Sat, 01 Jan 2022 05:32:00 +0000

SUPERIOR, Colorado (AP) – Hundreds of Colorado residents who expected to ring their homes in 2022 are instead starting the New Year to save what’s left of them after a windswept wildfire raged through the Denver suburbs .

Families fleeing the flames without warning returned to their neighborhoods on Friday to find a patchwork of devastation. In a few blocks there were houses that had fallen into smoking ruins, next to those that had remained practically unscathed by the fires.

“For 35 years I walked out my front door and saw beautiful houses,” said Eric House. “If I go out now, my home will be there. I walk out my front door and that’s what I see. “

At least seven people were injured, but notably, there were no reports of deaths or missing in the forest fire that broke out on Thursday in and around Louisville and Superior, neighboring cities about 20 miles northwest of Denver with a total population of 34,000.

More than 500 homes feared they would be destroyed and now homeowners face the daunting task of rebuilding amid a global supply shortage caused by the two-year pandemic.

“As the economy is now, how long will it take to rebuild all these houses?” Asked Brian O’Neill, who owns a house in Louisville that burned to the ground.

Cathy Glaab found that her house in Superior had become a pile of charred and twisted rubble. It was one of seven houses in a row that were destroyed.

“The mailbox is up,” said Glaab and tried to crack a smile through tears. She added sadly, “So many memories.”

Despite the devastation, they want to rebuild the house that she and her husband have had since 1998. They love that the land joins a natural space and that they have a view of the mountains from the rear.

Rick Dixon feared there would be nothing to return to after seeing firefighters trying to save his burning house on the news. On Friday, Dixon, his wife, and son found it mostly gutted with a gaping hole in the roof, but still standing.

“We thought we’d lost everything,” he said, holding his mother-in-law’s china in padded containers. They also took out sculptures belonging to Dixon’s father and piles of clothes that were still on hangers.

As the flames swept over drought-stricken neighborhoods at an alarming rate and were driven by guests at up to 169 km / h, tens of thousands were ordered to flee.

The cause of the fire was investigated. Rescue workers said utility officials did not find any rundown power lines near the fire.

With some streets still closed on Friday, people walked back to their homes to get clothes or medicine, turn off the water to prevent the pipes from freezing, or to see if they still had a house. They walked with rucksacks and dragged suitcases or carts down the sidewalk.

David Marks stood with others on a hill overlooking Superior and used binoculars and binoculars to see if his house and that of his neighbors were still there, but couldn’t quite tell if his seat was okay. He said at least three friends have lost their homes.

He had watched the neighborhood burn from the hillside.

“When I got up here, the houses were completely devoured,” he said. “I mean, it was so quick. I’ve never seen anything like it. … Just house by house, fences, just stuff that flies through the air, just caught fire. “

By sunrise on Friday, the towering flames that had lit the night sky had subsided and the wind had subsided. Soon light snow began to fall, and the flame, which burned at least 24 square kilometers, was no longer viewed as an imminent threat.

“We could have our very own New Year’s miracle in hand if it stays that way that there have been no fatalities,” said Governor Jared Polis, noting that many people only had a few minutes to evacuate.

The wildfire broke out unusually late in the year, after an extremely dry autumn and a winter that was almost snow-free so far.

Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said more than 500 homes were likely to have been destroyed. He and the governor said up to 1,000 homes could have been lost, but that won’t be known until crews can assess the damage.

“When you look at the devastation, it’s incredible that we don’t have a list of 100 missing people,” said the sheriff.

The sheriff said some communities had been reduced to “smoking holes in the ground.” He asked residents to wait for the all-clear due to the risk of fire and the collapsed power lines.

Superior and Louisville are filled with middle and upper class neighborhoods with shopping malls, parks, and schools. The area is between Denver and Boulder, home of the University of Colorado.

Scientists say climate change is making weather more extreme and forest fires more common and more destructive.

Ninety percent of Boulder County has been hit by severe or extreme drought, and there has been no significant rainfall since midsummer. Denver set a record for consecutive days without snow before a small storm hit on December 10, the last snowfall before the wildfires broke out.

Bruce Janda personally faced the loss of his 25-year-old Louisville home on Friday.

“We knew the house had been totaled, but I felt the need to see it, to see what the rest of the neighborhood looked like,” he said. “We’re a very close-knit church on this street. We all know each other and we all love each other. It’s hard to imagine that something like this could happen to all of us. “


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Park City prepares bash to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 2002 Winter Olympics Tue, 28 Dec 2021 17:30:00 +0000

The Olympic Welcome Plaza at the intersection of Kearns Boulevard and SR 224.
Park Record File Photo

Park City plans to hold a past Winter Olympics in February.

And in April the community wants to celebrate the games in 2022.

Two Olympic-related events will be held in Park City in the coming months. February will mark the 20th anniversary of the 2002 Winter Olympics, and Park City is expected to be one of the places to commemorate that year’s Games. An Olympic parade is planned in the city in April, weeks after the Beijing Winter Olympics ended.

Limited details were released about the two events. The Historic Park City Alliance, a group representing the interests of businesses on Main Street, provided information in materials distributed in advance of a meeting of the organization’s board of directors.

According to the Historic Park City Alliance materials, in honor of the 20th anniversary of the 2002 Games, the event is scheduled for February 12 from 2pm to 6pm. The materials indicate that the gathering will include a livestream of the Olympic competitions in China.

Athletes who participated in the 2002 Games will greet the crowd. There will also be sports demonstrations and the popular Olympic activity of pin trading. Details of the athletes who wish to participate were not included in the materials, but some of them are related to the Park City area.

The materials did not provide any information about the scope of the event or an expected amount. However, they stated that one day – February 10th – is set aside for loading and building the necessary infrastructure, while the next day is set aside for approval. The day after the event is reserved for the setup to be removed. The multi-day schedule indicates the likelihood that the event will be of considerable magnitude.

It almost seems certain that the event will be the largest in Park City for the 2002 Games since its 10th anniversary in 2012. This year’s event was largely similar to what is described in the Historic Park City Alliance materials, although there were no Olympics at the time of this gathering, as it is scheduled for February.

The Park City area hosted approximately half of the competitions during the 2002 Olympics. Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort, and the Utah Olympic Park were major competition venues. Main Street was converted into a pedestrianized street that attracted large crowds and became one of the most popular places to celebrate the Games. The community’s Olympic heritage continues to be a pride of many Parkites, and there are a variety of physical memories of the Games, such as the Olympic Welcome Plaza at the intersection of Park Avenue and Kearns Boulevard.

More details about the event are expected to be revealed during the City Hall’s approval process for the event.

The Historic Park City Alliance materials also highlight an event scheduled for April 1, designed to highlight Utah-related athletes who participated in the Beijing Winter Olympics, as well as athletes from previous games. A Main Street Parade is expected to anchor the event.

The Anniversary Event and the 2022 Games Athletes Celebration event will take place around the time it is expected that efforts to hold a second Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and the wider Olympic Region will increase. The International Olympic Committee is expected to look after the selection of a host for the 2030 Winter Olympics after the Beijing Games are over. Salt Lake City sees an opportunity to be selected for these games. The Park City area plays a significant role in promoting Salt Lake City for additional games.

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