This Week in Loveland History June 27 – July 3, 2021 – Loveland Reporter-Herald


10 years ago

  • Timothy Masters has been officially exonerated after his wrongful conviction in the murder of Peggy Hettrick saw him spend 10 years behind bars. Masters, in high school when Hettrick was murdered in 1987, was quickly identified as a suspect and was charged and convicted years later, while professing his innocence. DNA evidence officially exonerated Masters of the crime, leading to an apology from police and prosecutors, a $ 10 million settlement, and the impeachment of two judges from the 8th Judicial District Court, which , as prosecutors, presented the case that led the jurors to convict. Masters was released from prison in 2008, after lawyers discovered that prosecutors and police failed to provide his defense attorneys with all relevant evidence, but that they were not officially exonerated before three years.
  • Loveland City Council got a first look at plans for a proposed $ 11 million housing project at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Sixth Street, across from Lincoln Place. Fort Collins-based Brinkman Partners was negotiating with the city on the project that would require the demolition of the former Home State Bank branch for the construction of 72 rental units.
  • A jury has found David Hehn guilty of the 1982 murder of Fort Collins teenager Gay Lynn Dixon after a five-day trial in Fort Collins. Hehn was charged almost 30 years after her death after DNA evidence linked her to the murder. Hehn was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder.
  • Construction has started on the Rialto Bridge project in downtown Loveland, a three story project with offices, community space, a restaurant and additional space for the Rialto Theater. The $ 4 million, 20,000 square foot project was under construction next to the west side of the theater.
  • Twins James and Libby Waechter, 10, crossed the finish line of the Lake to Lake triathlon, despite using wheelchairs to get around due to cerebral palsy, in a program called Athletes in Tandem which pairs children and adults with disabilities with able-bodied athletes who use special rafts, bike trailers and jogging strollers to cross the finish line as a team. Fort Collins resident Dennis Vanderheiden founded the organization in 2008 to share an experience that was important in his life with those who otherwise could not compete.
  • Chapter 5 Disabled U.S. Veterans was forced to cut their transportation schedule for northern Colorado veterans to Veterans Administration hospitals in Denver and Cheyenne by one day due to a shortage of volunteer drivers. The group was looking for qualified drivers.

25 years ago

  • Residents of Berthoud gathered to discuss forming a special improvement district which, if approved by voters, would bring in income to help repair Fourth Street, which has been described as having “so much. of cracks, holes and fixes that he could qualify during an obstacle course ”.
  • The Rocky Mountain National Park was considering increasing its entrance fees as part of a trial program to increase revenues for national parks. If included in the program, which would allow fleets to keep up to 50% of the revenue they received, the vehicle entry fee would drop from $ 5 to $ 10, while the motorcycle fare would drop from $ 3. $ to $ 5 and the annual pass from $ 15 to $ 20.
  • About 100 cyclists stopped at three breakfast stations around Loveland as part of Bike to Work Day, a campaign created to encourage people to use their bikes instead of vehicles to get around.
  • Vandals hit four churches in north Loveland, spray painting inverted pentagrams, swastikas and the number “666” on Trinity Lutheran, First Christian, Orchards Baptist and Church of the Good Shepherd. Police said they were investigating similarities to a previous vandalism that occurred in May.
  • A man who escaped the Larimer County jail by crossing a fence with a nail clipper has been arrested in Texas, where he was wanted in a shootout involving a police officer. Theodore Paul Nichols was arrested after a high speed chase that ended in an accident. Authorities said he escaped on June 11 from Larimer County, where he was facing credit card fraud charges. The escape led the sheriff’s office to reprimand three employees, claiming the inmate had released himself due to a lack of communication; he was not held in the Good Security Zone because his background was not shared as it should have been, according to an investigation into the escape.
  • Coors Brewing Co. has paid tribute to generations of northern Colorado barley growers with its annual Coors Barley Field Day in Berthoud, offering tours of a barley growing trial site and hosting a picnic picnic at Fickel Park. A farmer said his family had been growing barley since the 1940s and recalled his father leading the harvest from Weld County to Golden. Since then, the company has opened a grain elevator in Longmont that was to process up to 75 million pounds of barley in 1971.
  • Thompson School District bus driver Curtis Emery won the state title in the transit bus category in a school bus driver competition, a “Road-eo” held at the Colorado State University. A transit bus is of the flat-front type, while a conventional bus is a bus with an engine and a nose in the front. The pilots competed in both categories. Emery and a Denver-area bus driver, who won the conventional category, were scheduled to travel to Minneapolis for a national finals competition.

50 years ago

  • Sales figures indicated that business was up 8% in Loveland for the first quarter of 1971, which is traditionally the slowest quarter of the year. Businesses in the city reported $ 14.439 million in taxable sales, up from $ 13,386 for the same three months in 1970 and $ 14.332 million for the last three months in 1970. Meanwhile, across Larimer County, sales for the first quarter were up $ 5.3 million from the first quarter of 1970, showing a grain of 8.6%.
  • Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Operations Supervisor John Englebert was hospitalized at Poudre Valley Hospital after injuring his right arm while battling a wildfire north of Fort Collins in the Wyoming border. He was supervising a team of three inmates at the Larimer County Jail in the rugged rural southwest of Virginia Dale when his truck rolled forward and nailed him to a tree. He was able to break free, but broke his arm in the process.
  • District Judge Conrad L. Ball has rejected a request by lawyers for resident Richard Tapia to remove the death penalty from the table during his trial in August for the shooting death of Loveland resident John Steven Barr in Estes Park. He agreed to sequester potential jurors to avoid outside influence, but said Colorado law says the prosecution has the right to qualify jurors on the death penalty issue.
  • More than 75 people showed up at the first Loveland Cycling Rally, organized by a group called People’s Effort to De-emphasize Autos in Loveland or PEDAL. Guest speaker Paul Thompson, a member of a group organizing rallies in Denver, told the Loveland crowd that his first rally drew more than 40 people who attended the first cycle rally in Denver. He spoke of the need to increase bicycle use and reduce automobile use to tackle air pollution, traffic jams and parking problems.
  • Almost 300 people attended the annual Loveland Rose Show, which had 376 different admissions. Norman Page from Arvada won both first and second place, “Queen of the Show” and “Maid of Honor” for his entries. Page, a science gardener, grew his roses under a fine mesh arbor to protect them from damage from hail and storms and used special sterilized soil.
  • Members of the Loveland Stamp Club greeted customers and refreshments were served at the Loveland Post Office to commemorate Postal Service Day, ushering in the new independent establishment created to handle mail called the United States Postal Service. Local postal workers said the long-term plan for the new postal service was to use modern mail processing machines capable of processing large amounts of mail quickly. New airmail standards set for the postal service called for at least 5% of all mail to be delivered within a day within 600 miles.
  • The Town of Loveland has paved approximately a quarter of a mile of the 5 miles of golf cart lanes at the Loveland Municipal Golf Course. The project, sponsored by the Loveland Men’s Golf Association, raised funds by selling advertising on benches placed along the course. Three years of income from 14 benches covered the first quarter mile with plans to continue fundraising to eventually pave the five miles. The course had 14 electric rental carts that used the tracks alongside about 40 private carts, which were a mixture of electricity and gasoline.

120 years ago

A mass meeting called at the Presbyterian church drew a crowd, as “people had become outraged that there was so much alcohol consumption – and wanted to find a way to quell it,” said the June 27, 1901, issue of the Loveland Reporter. . “It was admitted that the issue was difficult to deal with – but one speaker felt that the people had to go on – and the best method was to form a league for law and order. “

“Judge WB Osborn has written a detailed account of the birth and growth of the Loveland Methodist Church – and its connection to the same since 1865 – and it must be read during the laying of the cornerstone – may -being this week ”, June 27. , 1901, issue of the Loveland Reporter said. “When the church was formed here, WB Osborn and his wife, along with David Hershman (who was a United Brethren) were the founding members – and the first church services were held in the new school. Thirteen were present. The first Sunday school had 11 attendants – and now this same church has 13 classes with 306 students.

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