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A Voice of Colorado No. 249 Version 5.0:

One of the best known architects in the Larimer County, CO. area in the latter part of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was Montezuma Fuller, whose output was prolific.

Among his credits was the Henry Schaefer House, in Windsor, CO., which was built in 1903.

A Voice of Colorado No. 248 Version 5.0:

The Ward II City Council race in Loveland, CO. has taken form with the seat being vacated by Joan Shaffer. At least one candidate has announced intentions to pursue the position, another has expressed interest, and a third said that she may withdraw to support another candidate – if they choose to run.

Business owner Jacki Marsh, who previously announced her plan to run, has made it known that she will withdraw her candidacy to support Kathi Wright if Wright chooses to run – an announcement she has not publically made to date.

Gail Snyder, who describes herself as pro-business and a fiscal conservative, may then have competition for the elected position from Kathi Wright, who describes herself as more liberal on most issues.

Snyder announced her candidacy August 8, 2017, and submitted completed petitions the following day. The signatures were verified August 9, 2017, and Snyder subsequently accepted the nomination. Her presumed opponent, Wright, has said she has begun collecting signatures, but has not completed an affidavit of candidacy and has not turned in required petitions.

Gail Snyder and her husband, Bob Snyder, own the Bob Snyder Insurance Agency, a Farmer’s Insurance office, in Loveland, and have done so for seventeen years. In their business much effort has been committed to understanding the Affordable Healthcare Act – an attribute she says demonstrates her ability to find solutions to complex problems. She has also made it known that she wants to retain the individuality of Loveland and not become another Boulder or Fort Collins.

Kathi Wright, who may run for the same position, has worked for the City of Loveland for thirteen years. She moved to Loveland in 1978 and has several reasons for her possible run, citing diversity, alienation by a growing number of people who live in Loveland, jobs and housing, and children.

Currently Jacki Marsh is running for the Ward II seat, but has made it known she will step aside if her friend, Kathi Wright, runs. Marsh, the owner of Rabbask Designs in Loveland, had completed the requirements to run for office before learning of Wright’s possible intentions. If Wright does not run she will continue her pursuit, with an emphasis on accountability.

A Voice of Colorado No. 247 Version 5.0:

Montezuma Fuller, born November 13, 1858 in King’s County, Nova Scotia, was an American architect known in Fort Collins, CO. in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries for his work, much of which remains intact and in use, with many listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places, including:

• The Peter Anderson House, at 300 South Howes Street in Fort Collins, CO.
• The First United Presbyterian Church, at 400 East 4th Street in Loveland, CO.
• The Montezuma-Fuller House, at 226 West Magnolia Street in Fort Collins, CO.
• The Kissock Block Building, located at 115-121 East Mountain Avenue in Fort Collins, CO.
• The McHugh-Andrews House, at 202 Remington Street in Fort Collins, CO.
• The Mosman House, at 324 East Oak Street in Fort Collins, CO.

Additional projects include structures throughout Larimer County, CO.:
• The D.M. May House, in Ault, CO. (Built in 1903)
• The August and Alvina Koeper Farmhouse on the Bingham Homestead, in the vicinity of Bellvue, CO. (Built in 1903)
• The United Brethren Church, in Berthoud, CO. (Built in 1904)
• Remodeling of a barn into a lab and science classroom on the campus of the Fort Collins Colorado Agricultural College (Now known as Colorado State University). (The project took place in 1883, and was eventually demolished.)

Fuller acquired much of his knowledge and experience by working for local contractors, starting in 1880. From this he became known as a carpenter and builder, and developed a sound reputation as an architect, despite the lack of formal training in the field.

Montezuma Fuller died in 1925 from stomach cancer.

A Voice of Colorado No. 246 Version 5.0:

The recent resignation of the longest-serving member of the Thompson School District Board, Denise Montagu, has served to remind that all politics are local.

Some have openly questioned the timing of the notice: If she had tendered her resignation one week earlier and in person the position would have been filled by way of the forthcoming election. By waiting a week and submitting her resignation through the postal mail she denied voters the means to elect her successor and instead allow her fellow board members to choose her successor.

There is the additional matter of the other board positions now up for fulfillment by voters. If her position were to be filled by through the democratic process the makeup of the school board might dramatically change. Given the resounding rejection last November by voters regarding a tax increase and a mill levy override it is very probable that the election of four new board members in November 2017 could prevent the likelihood of a new tax increase and mill levy override proposal from passing or even being considered.

The superintendent of the Thompson School District, Stan Scheer, has not offered a public explanation regarding her resignation and how it was done. He has also failed to answer questions posed about whether or not voters should have a say in the matter.

A Voice of Colorado No. 245 Version 5.0:

The First United Presbyterian Church, at 400 East 4th Street, in Loveland, CO., was added to the State Register on March 8, 2000 and the National Register on July 7, 2004.

Built in 1906 the brick church is an example of early 20th Century ecclesiastical architecture.

Designed by Fort Collins architect Montezuma Fuller in the Romanesque Revival style it retains many original elements including the rock faced stone basement walls, heavy sandstone lintels and sills, a complex roofline, and the iconic crenellated tower. In 1937 the congregation decided to remove two stories, thereby shortening the tower.

A Voice of Colorado No. 244 Version 5.0:

A public suggestion by Loveland City Council member Richard W. Ball, who presently represent Ward I, to restrict Free Speech resulted in a number of communications from understandably concerned citizens in Loveland who find his contempt for the First Amendment of the United States of America Constitution to be unacceptable.

Perhaps a recall is in order, and the election of a candidate to office who will respect Free Speech.

A Voice of Colorado No. 243 Version 5.0:

The Henry K. and Mary E. Shaffer House, at 1302 North Grant Avenue, in Loveland, CO., was added to the National Register on January 9, 2007. It is an example of the English-Norman style: A modest, simplified version of the Tudor Revival style, featuring elements of the style include a steeply pitched roof, brick walls, multi-pane casement windows, a prominent exterior chimney, and a gable on the façade with an arched entry known as a “catslide”.

The house was built in 1929, and was designed when the English-Norman Cottage was at its height of popularity in Colorado. It is believed to be the largest example of the style in the western part of Loveland.