Michael Paustian Sentenced to 8 Years to Life

Michael Dale Paustian was sentenced on July 19th to 8 years to life in the Colorado Department of Corrections. This sentence is what is known as an indeterminate sentence, meaning that he will first become eligible for release to parole at the completion of the 8-year sentence, but can be held in custody for the remainder of his life. The…

Published: Tue Jul 23, 2024 - 4:43pm Department: District Attorney

Larimer County and City of Fort Collins ensure safe closure of Prospect Energy Oil and Gas Wells

In a significant collaborative effort, Larimer County and the City of Fort Collins are actively working to ensure the safe closure of all wells owned by Prospect Energy, a local oil and gas company currently facing multiple state violations related to leaking facilities, spills, air pollution, and illegal flaring.This latest action concludes…

Published: Tue Jul 23, 2024 - 1:27pm Department: BOCC

Officer Involved Shooting

    On July 21, 2024, the Larimer County Coroner’s Office responded to the Medical Center of the Rockies Emergency Department to investigate the death of a 42-year-old male. The decedent was transported after he was involved in an officer involved shooting with Fort Collins Police Services. The decedent is identified as Clayton PIERCE of…

Published: Mon Jul 22, 2024 - 2:00pm Department: Coroner

Larimer County Transportation Funding

Even with decades of responsible budget management, Larimer County's transportation needs exceed the available funding. Larimer County has a strategic objective to identify a dedicated funding source for transportation improvement projects. Larimer County is considering a sales tax question for the November 2024 election that would offer…

Published: Fri Jul 19, 2024 - 2:38pm Department: Road and Bridge

Community input needed for Larimer on the Move transportation study

Larimer County has launched a new planning study intended to gather vital information from the community on needed transportation improvements, especially for the unincorporated parts of the county.Information from the study, Larimer on the Move, will help develop and prioritize programs, projects, and plans while serving as a roadmap for how…

Published: Fri Jul 19, 2024 - 2:37pm Department: Road and Bridge

Identification of Unidentified African American Female – July 11, 2011

On July 11, 2011, the Larimer County Coroner’s Office responded to a local hotel in Fort Collins, Colorado, to investigate the death of an unidentified African American female approximately 70-years-old. The decedent checked in with a name and address that was later discovered to be false information. Since then, all attempts at identifying the…

Published: Fri Jul 19, 2024 - 9:18am Department: Coroner

Community input needed for Larimer on the Move transportation study

Larimer County has launched a new planning study intended to gather vital information from the community on needed transportation improvements, especially for the unincorporated parts of the county.Information from the study, Larimer on the Move, will help develop and prioritize programs, projects, and plans while serving as a roadmap for how…

Published: Fri Jul 19, 2024 - 8:21am Department: Engineering

Sheriff monitoring weather, wildfire conditions in county

With dry conditions and rising temperatures, county wildland fire experts are actively monitoring fire potential in Larimer County.Larimer County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Emergency Services Director Justin Whitesell gave an update on fire conditions Tuesday to the Board of Larimer County Commissioners at their weekly Administrative Matters meeting…

Published: Thu Jul 18, 2024 - 2:31pm Department: BOCC

Chief Justice Brian Boatright as Keynote

Chief Justice Brian Boatright will be the Keynote speaker for this year's Conrad Ball Award. Brian D. Boatright was sworn in as Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court on November 21, 2011 and as Chief Justice on January 1, 2021.  He was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper. Before joining the Supreme Court, Justice Boatright was a District…

Published: Tue Jul 16, 2024 - 4:21pm Department: Community Justice Alternatives

Larimer County Strategic Plan Update

The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on July 8 held a Work Session to hear about the progress being made on the objectives of the 2024-2028 Larimer County Strategic Plan. The plan is still in its early stages of implementation, but many teams have started assessing gaps and identifying deliverables. The BOCC gave direction to refine objective…

Published: Tue Jul 16, 2024 - 10:01am Department: Budget

LCSO Fall 2024 Citizens Academy applications open

Registration has closed for the Fall 2024 Academy. Applicants will receive further communication in August about the status of their registration. The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for the Fall 2024 Citizens Academy.The academy will start on September 5 and run through December 5. Classes will meet from 6:00 p.…

Published: Mon Jul 15, 2024 - 2:37pm Department: Sheriff

Community input needed for Larimer on the Move transportation study

Larimer County has launched a new planning study intended to gather vital information from the community on needed transportation improvements, especially for the unincorporated parts of the county. Information from the study, Larimer on the Move, will help develop and prioritize programs, projects, and plans while serving as a roadmap for how…

Published: Mon Jul 15, 2024 - 2:14pm Department: Engineering

Economic and Workforce Development Recognized for Apprenticeship Work

Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development (LCEWD) was among the 35 organizations recognized by Apprenticeship Colorado as a Qualified Apprenticeship Intermediary.  Qualified Apprenticeship Intermediaries are organizations operating in Colorado that play a crucial role in expanding or enhancing our state’s Registered Apprenticeship System…

Published: Mon Jul 15, 2024 - 1:51pm Department: Economic and Workforce Development

Delinquent property tax statements mailed

Delinquent property tax statements for the property tax year 2023 payable in 2024 will hit mailboxes this week.  Taxpayers that submitted a payment after July 10, 2024 might still receive a delinquent statement in the mail due to the printing and mailing process.Larimer County Treasurer & Public Trustee Irene Josey reminds property owners…

Published: Thu Jul 11, 2024 - 11:09am Department: Treasurer and Public Trustee

Larimer County’s Healthy Kids Colorado Survey Results Reveal Positive Trends in Youth Safety, Mental Health, and Well-Being

The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment (LCDHE) is sharing good news from the latest Healthy Kids Colorado Survey. The survey results show improvements in youth safety, mental health, and overall well-being. This comprehensive survey, which gathers data from students across the state, showcases the progress in fostering a…

Published: Mon Jul 8, 2024 - 3:12pm Department: Health

Soil Health Demo Day: Empowering Local Farmers, Hands-On Practices, and Peer Learning

August 17th, Larimer County Extension hosted the first Larimer County Soil Health Demo Day at River Ranch Farm in Loveland, CO. The event was hosted in collaboration with NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service), Larimer Conservation District, Colorado State University, and Rocky Mountain Farmer Union.A total of 53 farmers, ag…

Published: Wed Jul 3, 2024 - 12:06pm Department: Extension

10 years of improving lives

The Wellness Court in the 8th Judicial District in Larimer County today celebrated its 10th anniversary as the first mental health court to receive accreditation from the Colorado Problem Solving Court Statewide Advisory Committee.Today the Board of Larimer County Commissioners at their regular Administrative Matters meeting recognized officials…

Published: Tue Jul 2, 2024 - 2:05pm Department: BOCC

National Night Out 2024

National Night Out (NNO) for unincorporated Larimer County and the Towns of Wellington and Berthoud is set for Tuesday, August 6, 2024.  NNO is a community-building campaign started by the National Association of Town Watch that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods a safer, better place to…

Published: Tue Jul 2, 2024 - 8:03am Department: Sheriff

Lon Hagler Reservoir Death – June 26, 2024

On June 26, 2024, the Larimer County Coroner’s Office responded to a section of Lon Hagler Reservoir in Loveland, Colorado, to investigate the death of a 24-year-old male. The decedent was reportedly kayaking the day prior but was reported missing by family after he did not show up at home. For more information regarding the circumstances please…

Published: Mon Jul 1, 2024 - 2:10pm Department: Coroner

Suspect arrested for attempted second degree murder

A suspect is in custody after hitting a man with his vehicle and nearly running over deputies during a warrant arrest. On June 28, 2024, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office investigators contacted Jason Beezley (DOB 06/11/81) of Loveland. Beezley was wanted for multiple charges, including assault, child abuse, criminal mischief, domestic violence,…

Published: Mon Jul 1, 2024 - 2:07pm Department: Sheriff

Loveland Motorcycle Fatality – June 21, 2024

On June 21, 2024, the Larimer County Coroner’s Office responded to the Medical Center of the Rockies Emergency Department to investigate the death of a 63-year-old male. The decedent was transported after crashing his motorcycle near the intersection of West Eisenhower Boulevard and North Roosevelt Avenue in Loveland, Colorado. For more…

Published: Fri Jun 28, 2024 - 11:55am Department: Coroner

New Air Quality Monitoring Station Unveiled at Bethke Elementary School in Timnath

The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment (LCDHE), in partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Air Pollution Control Division, the Town of Timnath, Poudre School District, and the Larimer County Commissioners, proudly announced the establishment of a new air quality monitoring station at Bethke…

Published: Fri Jun 28, 2024 - 10:56am Department: Health

Missing kayaker found deceased at Lon Hagler Reservoir

A Spanish version of this release can be found below. A kayaker who was reported missing was found deceased Wednesday evening. On Wednesday morning, at approximately 2:30am, a family member contacted the Larimer County Emergency Communications Center to report that their loved one had gone kayaking Tuesday evening, and was overdue to return home…

Published: Thu Jun 27, 2024 - 4:54pm Department: Sheriff

Fort Collins Fatal Collision – June 12, 2024

On June 12, 2024, the Larimer County Coroner’s Office responded to the Medical Center of the Rockies Emergency Department to investigate the death of a 20-year-old male. The decedent was transported from the location of Timberline Road near Custer Drive in Fort Collins, Colorado, after being involved in a head-on motor vehicle collision. For more…

Published: Wed Jun 26, 2024 - 5:16pm Department: Coroner

County Transportation Impact Fees and Building Permit Fees to Rise by 10.0 % (Effective 07/01/2024)

Larimer County's Transportation Capital Expansion Fees will increase by 10.0% on July 1, 2024.  The adjustment in the fees each year reflects changes in road construction costs during the previous year and is based on the Colorado Construction Cost Index data compiled and reported by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). Larimer County…

Published: Tue Jun 25, 2024 - 12:51pm Department: Engineering

Would training or a credential help your career?

LCEWD may be able to help you with training costs. We may be able to help you learn a new skill, obtain your license or earn an industry recognized certification.  To see if you qualify for training:Complete the training interest form and tell us about you and your training interests.A training coordinator with LCEWD will review your…

Published: Mon Jun 24, 2024 - 3:24pm Department: Economic and Workforce Development

Mosquitoes with West Nile Virus Found in Larimer County

Update 6/26/2024 - In our June 24 news release, we reported that the first mosquitoes with West Nile Virus in Larimer County were found in Loveland. We have since learned that the test results were falsely positive. We will alert the media when and where the first positive pools are found. We will also alert the media when a positive human case of…

Published: Mon Jun 24, 2024 - 2:30pm Department: Health

Larimer County Department of Health and Environment Urges Residents to Stay Cool as Temperatures Climb

As temperatures are forecasted to rise into the high nineties for the next several days, the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment is urging all residents to take necessary precautions to stay cool and safe.  Heat-related deaths have been increasing in the United States, with over 2,300 deaths across the country in 2023 alone. Last…

Published: Mon Jun 24, 2024 - 9:48am Department: Health

Former teacher pleads guilty, sentenced to prison

A former teacher has been sentenced to 16 years in prison followed by 10 years of intensive probation after pleading guilty to sexually exploiting children.  In January 2023, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office investigators received a report that Robert Denise (DOB 08/29/63) sexually abused a child in the early 2000s. The victim, now an adult, told…

Published: Fri Jun 21, 2024 - 11:07am Department: Sheriff

Robert Denise Sentenced to 16 Years

Robert P. Denise Jr. was sentenced today to 16 years to the Colorado Department of Corrections followed by 10 years of Sex Offender Intensive Supervision Probation following a guilty plea to three counts of sexual exploitation of a child, a class three felony. The 8th Judicial District Attorney’s Office secured Denise’s guilty plea on April 4th,…

Published: Fri Jun 21, 2024 - 9:18am Department: District Attorney