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Clydesdale training program heading up and moving out

By Mike Bauman   – For decades, Fort Collins’ Anheuser-Busch Brewery has played  a pivotal role for some truly international celebrities.  Sadly, later this year, that will no longer be the case.   The Clydesdale training program that has been housed in Fort Collins will be relocated to Merrimack, N.H. The Fort Collins Brewery will continue to […]

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Proof of paranormal??? Some say “Maybe”

By Mike Bauman There is a Youtube sensation going around that some contend provides proof of the existence of the supernatural.  The clip, which was taken from a broadcast of the Larry King Live television program, claims to show a ghostly image walking through a shot at Michael Jackson’s former home.  The producers of the […]

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Stupid is as stupid does, August 2011

By Mike Bauman  – Two Aurora police officers went afoul of the law in Wyoming last week.  Goshen County  (Torrington) Wyoming Sheriff’s office was notified of a marked Aurora Police vehicle that was speeding, using its emergency equipment to pass other vehicles and throwing trash out of the windows.  Upon contacting the vehicle, which was […]

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DOW Insider: Mule Deer 101 Seminar (Plus some tips from Pappa)

by Mike Bauman The Colorado Division of Wildlife will be conducting a seminar on the basics of Mule Deer Hunting later this month (see press release at the end of this article.)  Whether you hunt with a .30-06 or a Canon (camera, not artillary piece) we thought it might be appropriate to add a few tips […]

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Executive Pay Increases Despite Recession

By Mike Bauman According to an executive compensation research firm, chief executives’ pay in S&P 500 businesses  increased 24 percent in 2010.  These increases included salaries, bonuses, stock options, and other perks. These increases were due to increased corporate profits and cost cutting.  In addition, stock market gains added to the compensation due to many […]

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Fannie Mae Loses $8.7 Billion in First Three Months of 2011

By Mike Bauman On Friday, April 6, 2011 Fannie Mae reported to the government that it has lost $8.7 billion in the first three months of the year.  These losses were due to the large numbers of loan defaults on mortgages guaranteed by the company. Fannie requested the government give them $8.5 billion in additional […]

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Emails: ATF Encouraged Gun Sales to “Bad guys” Despite Gun Dealer’s Concerns

By Mike Bauman Emails released this week by congressional investigators have revealed that an unnamed firearms dealer involved in the ATF’s Project Gun Runner had repeatedly expressed concerns about participating in the program. Project Gun Runner was an ATF operation that allowed illegal straw purchases of firearms in the US that were then smuggled into […]

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China Considers Drilling in Cuban Waters

By Mike Bauman  As crude oil prices continue to rise due to increased demand from emerging economies and decreased supply due to unrest in the Middle East, Americans are feeling the pinch at the pump.  Rules put in place after last year’s infamous BP oil spill, have virtually stopped additional drilling in US waters in the Gulf […]

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Secret ATF program to sell guns to Mexico backfires

By Mike Bauman Senator Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has sent a letter to BATFE Director, Kenneth Melton, decrying the contents of an email Grassley obtained in which the ATF told its employees that they are not under any obligation to answer questions from Congress and that any such questions should be directed to a specific office. […]

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Police Officers Killed: 2011 vs 2010

By Mike Bauman  As of April 1, 2011, there had been 52 police officers killed in the line of duty in the United States this year.  Compare that to 48 by this time last year.  The Greeley Gazette salutes the people who daily lay it on the line for their communities. Deputy Sheriff Suzanne Hopper […]

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General Motors Likely to Regain Number 1 Spot

By Mike Bauman A scant three years after filing bankruptcy and receiving a huge government bailout, General Motors is likely to overtake Japan’s Toyota for the world’s biggest automaker in 2011.  GM’s status was boosted by the earthquake and tsunami that ravaged Japan and disrupted Toyota’s production.  In addition, GM has gained a stronger market […]

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Georgia Passes “Arizona-style” Immigration Bill

By Mike Bauman  This week the Georgia General Assembly passed a bill that would, among other things, empower police officers to check an individual’s immigration status if the person is unable to produce any form of identification or give basic details that could help officers verify his or her identity.  There are also penalties for […]

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State to Consider School Testing Requirements

By Mike Bauman  Colorado lawmakers are considering offering legislation that would greatly reduce the amount of standardized testing conducted in public schools.  Colorado State Representative, Judith Solano of Brighton, has stated she will introduce legislation that would end all non-mandatory standardized testing.  Federal law requires students be tested in reading and math in grades three […]

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DOW to Request Relaxing of Fishing Limits at Bonny Reservoir

By Mike Bauman The Division of Wildlife has announced its intention to request that catch limits at Bonny Reservoir be lifted due to state plans to drain the reservoir. As part of an agreement with Kansas and Nebraska on the use of waters from the Republican River, the state of Colorado is planning to completely […]

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Redneck Fishing

By Mike Bauman A redneck with a bucket full of live fish was approached recently by a game warden in  Central Mississippi  as he started to drive his boat away from a lake. The game warden yelled at the man, “May I see your fishing license please?” “Naw, sir,” replied the redneck.  “I don’t need […]

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Doctors vs Guns: Which is more dangerous?

By Mike Bauman Taken from a recent email: Doctors (A) The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000. (B) Accidental deaths caused by physicians per year are 120,000. (C) Accidental deaths per physician is 0.171. Statistics courtesy of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Now think about this: Guns (A) The number of gun […]

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Things My Grandpa Taught Me: Work

By  Mike Bauman  – There are some things my grandpa taught me that seem to be missing from some of our kids’ education these days. Here’s what he said about work: 1)      Be on time.  If you’re going to take the job, make sure you’re there when you’re supposed to be. 2)      Don’t Gripe.  If […]

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Northern Colorado Fishing Report: April 2011

By Mike Bauman The following fishing conditions for Northern Colorado Lakes have been reported by the Colorado Division of Wildlife. (Source: http://Wildlife.state.co.us) Antero Reservoir: This 2200 acre impoundment is located north of US Highway 24 between Antero Junction and the town of Hartsel. Ice conditions are deteriorating quickly, and always use caution while ice fishing. Currently, catch rates are […]

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Rocky Mountain National Park Free this Week

 Staff Reports  – Entrance fees at Rocky Mountain National Park will be waived until April 24.  The fees are being waived in observance of National Park Week.  All National Parks and Monuments will waive their entrance fees during this time. National Parks and Monuments will also be waiving fees June 1, September 24, and November […]

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Unemployment Up Unexpectedly

By staff reports  – New applications for unemployment benefits rose unexpectedly last week.  Initial claims for state benefits rose to 412,000, up 27,000, for the week ending April 9th.  In addition, claim numbers for the previous week were revised by the Labor Department up to 385,000 from 382,000.  The average for the last four weeks rose […]

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What Can We Learn from the Spectacle of the West Ridge Academy Enrollment?

By Mike Bauman Last week people from every demographic and ethnicity waited in line for more than 24 hours to participate in what one observer described as an “Oklahoma Land Rush” –like race to ensure the best place in line.  They were not running for the best spot to homestead.  Nor were they racing for […]

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District 6 Charter Approved with Reservations

By Mike Bauman  On April 11, 2011, the District 6 Board of Education approved the contract for West Ridge Academy Charter School.  West Ridge will be required to set aside 40% of its first year enrollment for students from Dos Rios, Centennial, and Ann Heiman Elementary Schools.  According to anonymous sources in the district, the […]

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Gazette Urges Readers to Reserve Judgment on Accused Officer

By Mike Bauman The arrest last month of a Greeley Police Officer for sexual assault during a traffic stop has shocked the community.  However, many sources close to the department are still waiting for something… the proof. Officer Daniel Shepherd was arrested after command/supervisory staff at the police department investigated claims made by a 19-year-old […]

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Colorado Senate State Affairs Committee Kills Concealed Carry Bill

By Mike Bauman As predicted by Firearms Rights Activists, Colorado Senate State Affairs Committee voted 3-2 to kill HB1205.  The bill would have made it legal for anyone who could obtain a concealed handgun permit to carry a concealed handgun without one.  Despite testimony that states with similar laws did not see any increase in […]

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Effectiveness of Crack Seal

By Mike Bauman You have likely seen crews around town grinding lines in the pavement then filling them in with some black tar-like substance. These workers are conducting “crack sealing” on the streets in question.  The greatest threat to an asphalt road is water.  When a road is laid down, it flexes and moves slightly […]

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Congress Considers National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill

By Mike Bauman Congressmen Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) have introduced legislation that would allow concealed handgun permit holders to carry while traveling outside their home states. H.R. 822 would require that lawfully issued carry permits be recognized by other states, while protecting the ability of the various states to determine the areas […]

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How to get a home energy audit

By Mike Bauman It is a little known fact that Xcel Energy has a program that will, for a small fee, conduct an energy audit on your home to find areas of concern.  This will allow you to fix these areas, thus, lowering your heating and cooling bills. According to Xcel: The Home Energy Audit […]

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How will Surging Gas Prices Effect the Economy

By Mike Bauman  As gasoline prices approach $4 a gallon, many people are wondering what the effect will be on the economy.  According to Mark Zandi, chief economist Moody’s Analytics, there is cause for concern.  Zandi recently told the AP, “The surge in oil prices since the end of last year is already doing significant […]

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Japan Nuclear Disaster Rated as Bad as Chernobyl

By Mike Bauman  On Tuesday Japan raised its estimation of the radiation leaked from its crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant. New measurements  showed more radiation than had previously been thought had leaked during the early days following the earthquake and tsunami.  The increase changed the international scale of the disaster from a level 5 to a […]

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Mexican Drug Guns Coming from Central America Not US Sources

By Mike Bauman Recent claims by Mexican President Calderone, then parroted by members of the US Congress and  President Obama, have widely claimed that the vast majority of firearms used by the murderous criminal  cartel members in Mexico originated in the US. However, recent testimony by US military officials brings these claims into question. Gen. […]

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Outlook for Elk Hunters Good this Year

By Mike Bauman According to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (www.Elk101.com), this year should be a good one for Colorado elk hunters. “The past two falls have been cursed with warm weather. In the northwest where many of the bigger bulls roam, elk migration didn’t even begin until after regular rifle seasons were over. Couple […]

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Yellowstone Magma Pool Bigger than Originally Thought

By Mike Bauman In case you missed it, Yellowstone National Park is sitting on an enormous time bomb – albeit a very slowly ticking, naturally occurring time bomb. The amazing scenery that prompted Yellowstone’s designation as a national park is due in no small part to the eruptions of a super volcano.  The volcano, which […]

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Things My Grandpa Taught Me: How to Sharpen a Knife

By Mike Bauman There are certain life skills that many young people today don’t have.  They are the things my grandpa taught me.  They include values such as respect and work ethic.  They also include skills like shooting a rifle and building a fire. In this article, we will discuss the skill of knife sharpening.  […]

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Parents Lining up for West Ridge Open Enrollment

By Mike Bauman As early as 8:45 on Thursday April 14, parents were lining up to enroll children  into West Ridge Academy.  At that time, there were approximately a dozen cars with waiting parents sitting in them in the parking lot of Grace Church, which is adjacent to the future sight of West Ridge.  Mountain […]

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River of Guns Flowing to Mexico… from the ATF?

By Mike Bauman Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s recent visit to the United States has refreshed the debate about the alleged “river of guns” that is flowing into Mexico from the United States.  Calderon has called for a renewal of the highly ineffective Clinton era assault weapons ban as a means of decreasing violence in his […]

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