A Voice of Colorado Version 2018 No. 189

This is the State of Colorado. This is The Fiction Beer Company, in Denver, CO.:



A Voice of Colorado Version 2018 No. 126

Laporte, CO. was named by early trappers and pathfinders, who favored French. “Laporte” means ‘behold the gate’ in French, and it made sense such a name would be applied to the location, because Laporte serves as a gateway to the mountainous regions to the north of the South Platte River. Trappers built cabins along the Cache la Poudre River as early as 1828, establishing what is now considered the first white settlement in Larimer County. In 1844 Antoine Janis built his home in the Laporte, and was declared the first permanent white settler north of the Arkansas River.

Trappers and hunters established a headquarters in the area for trading operations. The settlement succeeded and the population grew, including more than one hundred and fifty Arapaho.

In 1849 the winter conditions required Kit Carson and his fellow travelers to stop along the headwaters of the Cache la Poudre River. In 1860, as the settlement grew by way of word of mouth, a town company was organized. Originally called “Colona” the name was changed to ‘Laporte’ for reasons noted.

In 1861 Colona/Laporte became the county seat of Larimer County.

The name of the town was change to “Laporte” in 1862 and was identified as the headquarters for the Mountain Division of the Overland Trail Stage Route. A stage station was constructed near the river, where the present-day Overland Trail crosses the river. Mrs. Taylor, wife of the first stationmaster, was known for her cooking. Reportedly, in 1868 General Grant stayed at the station.

To ride the stage from Denver to Laporte cost twenty dollars. During the time the stage operated a toll bridge was constructed over the Cache la Poudre River. Depending on cargo and the form of transportation the toll charged ranged from fifty cents to eight dollars. The toll bridge was destroyed in a flood in 1864 and a ferry succeeded it until another bridge by Larimer County was built.

For many years Laporte prospered and became not only a business location but a supply center for emigrants, who traveled with wagon trains and stage coaches. At its height Laporte had four saloons, a brewery, a butcher shop, two blacksmith shops, a general store, and a hotel.

In 1863 the 13th Kansas Volunteer Infantry was stationed at Laporte, to serve as an escort for the Overland Stage on the trail leading to Virginia Dale.

In 1864 Laporte underwent a dramatic change when the army camp was destroyed by flood waters and the soldiers had to flee to higher ground. In August 1864 it was decided by Colonel Collins to relocate the arm camp to Fort Collins, six miles downstream. Camp Collins became present-day Fort Collins, and Laporte has become a quiet town in Larimer County.

A Voice of Colorado Version 2018 No. 58

Northern Colorado has been home to many cultures and people, including the Arapaho. Before the 1850s the Arapaho held trade fairs with Spanish explorers at the site of what is now present-day Denver, CO.

In 1858 Antoine Janis, Eldridge Gerry, and Nicholas Janis were grated all the land located north of the Poudre River between the mountains and Box Elder Creek by the Arapaho known as “Bold Wolf” or ‘Bald Wolf’. At the time it is estimated at least 150 Arapaho lodges were located west of present-day Laporte.

The townsite of Colona, CO. was established at a crossing of the Poudre River near this location.

A Voice of Colorado Version 2018 No. 46

Northern Colorado has been home to many cultures and people, including the Ute.

In about 1640 the Ute acquired horses, and those residing the mountains of Colorado were able to alter how they hunted, engaging in mass bison hunts on the Plains.

It was also during this timeframe that the Ute adopted the use of teepees using hides, altering how they lived and where they lived.

Because of their nomadic pursuits it is likely that the Ute had hunted on the plains for many years when the Arapaho and Cheyenne arrived to northern Colorado. Conflicts between the populations over camping and hunting grounds continued until at least 1863, and ranged from the mountains to the plains and as far east as Fort Lyons.

A favored camp site of the Ute and Arapaho was present-day Denver, but they seemed to prefer the mountains. In the late 1860s Harvard professor William Brewer, who had undertaken a geographic survey to measure the elevation of the highest mountains in Colorado, reported observation of Ute in Denver, who were east of their mountains because of their relationships with the white man and because Plains Indians – Cheyenne and Kiowa – were banned from town.

The Treaty of 1868 created a consolidated Ute Reservation located on the western slope, from the 107th meridian to the Utah border, and excluded the traditional Ute use areas of North Park, Middle Park, and South Park. Despite this the Ute continued using these areas for many years.

In 1871 a special agency was established in Denver, CO. to distribute annuities because of the Ute population in the area.

A Voice of Colorado Version 2018 No. 45

The Colorado General Assembly began the 2018 session on January 11, 2018, and several Democrats wasted no time introducing several bills, justifying them by saying the emphasis for the accomplishments of the session should be on a work-life balance, rural education, the opioid epidemic, and college education credits.

• HB18-1001/Reps Faith Winter, D-Westminster, and Matt Gray, D-Broomfield – Creates an insurance programs that allows more Coloradans to take paid time off to care for a sick parent or loved one without having to quit their jobs, or risk being fired.
• HB18-1002/Reps. Millie Hamner, D-Dillon, and Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale – Enables students in the final year of a teacher preparation program to receive stipends for teaching in rural school districts with teacher shortages.
• HB18-1003/Rep. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood – Authorizes grants for education, screening, intervention and prevention services to address the opioid epidemic, which is now the leading cause of accidental death among Coloradans 55 years of age and under.
• HB18-1004/Rep. James Coleman, D-Denver – Extends a tax credit for donations to child care facilities to help increase the availability of quality child care providers in Colorado.
• HB18-1005/Reps. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, and Jon Becker, R-Fort Morgan – Expands notification to students and their parents about concurrent enrollment opportunities.