In no particular order, here are the top 10 stories for 2013 chosen by the staff at Windsor Now!
No. 1: MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR GRANT DROWNS OUT TRAIN NOISE
The town of Windsor secured a $2.7 million competitive grant in August to establish quiet zones in two of its residential neighborhoods.
Train horn noise has been a huge problem in Windsor, and the grant-funded project will reduce train noise, improve public safety and include the construction of new and additional safety measures at 10 public crossings.
The grant will be funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grant Program.
No. 2: BIKE RACE BRINGS NATIONAL ATTENTION
Cycling fans in and around Windsor and northern Colorado turned out to watch Stage 6 of the USA Pro Challenge race Aug. 24 through the region.
Anticipation culminated around 11:45 a.m. on Main Street in Windsor as hundreds of race watchers made a deafening roar of cowbells, noisemakers and cheers in the minutes leading up to the sprint race at the intersection of 5th and Main streets. As police escorts and support crews whizzed by, the crowd knew the peloton would soon follow.
Within 30 seconds, more than 120 of the world’s top cyclists came and went, continuing their ride to Estes Park and Fort Collins.
No. 3: HAILSTORM ROCKS WINDSOR SCHOOLS; WINDSOR RESIDENTS LANDLOCKED DURING FLOOD
Schools in Windsor got the brunt of the heavy rains and hail storm Aug. 3 with about $50,000 in damages.
It looks as though the Windsor area was hit the hardest in Weld County as far as flooding, broken windows and roof damage to the school and homes.
Windsor Middle School’s ceilings collapsed from the water. Tozer Primary School sustained water damage to six or seven classrooms, including the principal’s office. Mountain View Elementary had some water damage, and the district office also had water in the basement and in the elevator shaft.
Windsor residents were landlocked Sept. 14-15 as flood waters from the Poudre River peaked early that morning.
Major roads leading into Windsor were closed due to the flooding. The Colorado Department of Transportation shut down Colo. 392 from Larimer County Road 5 to 17th Street on Sept. 13, and areas around Windsor and the Front Range were hit the hardest from the flooding.
As of noon Sept. 14, Colo. 257 at the Poudre River was closed, and Colo. 257 was closed from Eastman Park to Crossroads Boulevard. Seventh Street between Eastman Park Drive and New Liberty Road was closed. County Road 13 north of Main Street and Colo. 392, and County Road 13 at the Poudre River was closed.
No. 4: windsor graduate dies hiking in utah
Searchers found the body of missing Windsor High School graduate Tyler Mayle on the night of June 5 in Utah.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the Mayle family,” Lt. Matt Siufanua, spokesman for the Provo Police Department.
Authorities were searching for Mayle, 22, who had been missing since June 1 after he set off to hike the “Y” mountain trail directly east of the Brigham Young University campus.
According to the Daily Herald in Provo, Siufanua said Mayle’s body was found at the bottom of a 60-foot cliff south of the “Y” near Eagle Pass. He said Mayle was far off the trail and it appeared he had been trying to climb a steep cliff.
Mayle was a drum major in the Windsor High School “Pride of Windsor” marching band that won the Class 3A Colorado Bandmasters Association State Marching Band Championship in 2008. Mayle and the band performed at President Barack Obama’s inaugural parade in January 2009 in Washington. Mayle was a student at BYU, majoring in communications and political science. He was also a member of the BYU marching band.
No. 5: WINDSOR-SEVERANCE SCHOOL ENROLLMENT REACHES ANOTHER ALL-TIME HIGH
Enrollment numbers were at an all-time high in the Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District, but the figures weren’t as high as school officials expected in 2013.
The district saw a 2.18 percent increase in enrollment in the 2013-14 school year, down from last year’s 4.04 increase and the lowest since a 1.94 percent increase in 2003. According to the Oct. 1 enrollment count for full-time equivalent students, which determines how much funding ($6,311 per student) the district will receive from the state, the FTE enrollment was at 4,548 students, up from the 2012 total of 4,451 students. Kindergarten and preschool students are considered .5 FTE because they go to school part-time. Total enrollment this year, if counting the kindergarten and preschool students as full-time, was at 4,822, or 83 more students than the 2012 total of 4,739 students.
No. 6: WORKFORCE HOUSING COMING TO WINDSOR
Just a mile north of King Soopers, Windsor Meadows Apartments will welcome 44 families to the 6-acre workforce housing site. Equipped with one, two and three-bedroom units, the apartments will include a multi-use clubhouse, playground, basketball courts and spaces for grilling.
The homes are being built to tight environmental standards and even include solar panels on every roof, capable of producing 178 kilowatt hours of electricity — enough to power the buildings in the development and contribute electricity back onto the grid. Full occupancy is expected by the end of January or early February.
No. 7: WINDSOR HIGH SCHOOL’S PECK AND WEST SHINE BRIGHT
Windsor High School senior Zach Peck walked into Reg Figal Gymnasium on Oct. 24 shoulder to shoulder with Denver Broncos Hall of Fame running back Floyd Little in front of a pep rally packed with students, cheerleaders, band members, family and friends.
Peck and nine other student-athletes from across the country were selected as finalists for the U.S. Army-Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence, and the students will take part in a special ceremony at their school with a Hall of Famer present, as well as representatives from the U.S. Army and the Pro Football Hall of Fame from Canton, Ohio.
Peck will travel to the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl game in San Antonio, which will be held in the Alamodome on Jan. 4, 2014, and participate in various activities. The winner of the Award for Excellence will be announced during the bowl’s awards ceremony on Jan. 3, 2014.
Hannah West, a Windsor High School senior who graduated in May, was the 17th student to earn a Boettcher Scholarship from Windsor. Sixteen Windsor students, starting with William Hall in 1952, were awarded the Boettcher Scholarship before West.
West interviewed in March in front of eight representatives from the Boettcher Foundation in Denver.
No. 8: WINDSOR’S KEN BUCK TO RUN FOR U.S. SENATE AGAIN
Windsor resident Ken Buck, a Republican and the Weld district attorney filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission in early August and will run for the U.S. Senate trying to supplant Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in 2014.
Buck, 54, was narrowly defeated (48.1 percent to 46.4 percent) by Sen. Michael Bennet in 2010 for the U.S. Senate seat.
“Obviously, I was disappointed at the time, and I felt like I disappointed a lot of supporters,” Buck said. “I’m going to do my best to earn their support this time around. The thing I’m going to do differently is I’m going to get 50 percent of the vote plus one, and win.”
Buck battled lymphoma cancer in 2013, and said on his campaign website that he’s finished with chemotherapy, has his strength back and his doctors reported that there is no detectable cancer in his body. Buck’s wife, Perry, is the current Republican state representative in the Colorado House.
No. 9: CHARGES NOT FILED IN BABY’S DEATH
No charges were filed in the death of 7-month-old Leyton Haggard of Windsor.
The Weld County District Attorney’s Office and the Windsor Police Department completed their investigation into the death of Leyton, and the results of that investigation will not result in criminal charges being filed at this time, according to a news release Nov. 22 from the Weld District Attorney’s office.
“The death of this child is tragic, but at this time, my office is unable to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime occurred,” said Weld District Attorney Ken Buck in the news release.
Emergency medics responded to a call of a baby boy who was having difficulty breathing on March 21. Leyton was transported to Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, then The Children’s Hospital in Aurora, where he died April 11.
No. 10: WINDSOR COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTER EXPANSION MAY BE ON BALLOT IN 2014
A potential $14.9 million expansion to the Windsor Community Recreation Center looks as though it will go to the voters in 2014. In a December work session by the Windsor Town Board, its members were leaning toward putting the community recreation center expansion question on the November ballot, rather than holding an April election.
The board also discussed the different scenarios proposed for the expansion, holding firm on its previous decision to move forward with scenario five, which would not include fitness equipment such as weights, aerobic equipment and treadmills, but which could be added in the future.
Town Clerk Patti Garcia said the cost for the town to hold a municipal election in April would be about $30,000. If the board decided to put the expansion question on the November ballot, she said the cost would be about $45,000.