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The residents of the unincorporated town of Wattenberg located in south western Weld County recently found themselves without safe water for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and food preparation due to elevated nitrate levels in their water system. Nitrate in drinking water is a serious health concern, especially for infants less than six months old and the elderly.

Upon hearing about the issue in Wattenberg, Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer directed the Department of Public Health and Environment to have potable drinking water delivered to the residents, renting a potable water trailer capable of holding 6,000 gallons of water.

“As soon as we heard about the situation in Wattenberg, we took steps to get safe drinking water out to the residents,” said Commissioner Kirkmeyer. “This is no different than anything else Weld County would do for any of its residents in a time of crisis.

Armed ‘school marshals’ to patrol Larimer County elementary schools

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — Armed volunteer sheriff’s deputies will patrol six Larimer County elementary schools starting next week.

The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary was the catalyst for this new program, but it’s moving beyond just protection for students.

Berthoud Elementary School, in the Thompson School District, is one of the six schools involved in the pilot program.

The idea is that the reserve deputies can create a presence within the schools and start to create a community connection and dialogue for the younger kids who may not see law enforcement in their schools until middle or high school.

A couple of dozen parents and teachers filled the library at Berthoud Elementary School Monday night to ask questions about the new “School Marshal” program.

Loveland head shop owner, employee accused of selling synthetic pot

LOVELAND, Colo. — The owner and an employee of a Loveland head shop were arrested Thursday after the Northern Colorado Drug Task Force allegedly found the shop was selling synthetic marijuana.

Store owner Anthony Dennis Cortese, 46; and sales clerk Bruce Jacob Lunder, 24; were both arrested in the raid on The Low Down, the Loveland Reporter-Herald reported.

Both men are Loveland residents.

Cortese and Lunder face felony charges of unlawful distribution of synthetic cannabinoids and conspiracy to distribute synthetic cannabinoids.

Police investigate who provided alcohol to teens after drunk girl hospitalized

LONGMONT, Colo. — A limousine driver is credited with saving the life of a 16-year-old girl who became so drunk at a birthday celebration she could have died.

Longmont Police are now looking for the person who provided the alcohol to a group of teenagers at the party for a 14-year-old girl.

The teen’s blood alcohol content or BAC was .40, that’s five times the legal limit for an adult driving under the influence.

Some of the teens started their celebration at a dirt lot in the 6900 block of Garfield in Loveland where The Longest Limos parks its luxury vehicles.

They took off from the lot to pick up other kids. A total of 13 teenagers were in the white stretch limo—but not a single adult.

“She was just chugging it and chugging it,” says one of the teenaged boys inside the limo last Friday night.

A group of three boys says the 16-year-old teen and single mother drank a whole bottle of Malibu Rum by herself.

Firefighters get ready for wildfire season by setting fires

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — Fighting fire with fire. It’s a tactic Colorado crews use to prevent disasters down the road.

Controlled burns sizzled at Fossil Creek Reservoir near Fort Collins Thursday.

FOX31 Denver’s Dave Young was there and shows you what firefighters are doing for your safety and theirs.

Colorado runners ready to return to Boston Marathon

LOVELAND, Colo. — Nearly a year after two bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon, Colorado runners are preparing to return to the race that is expected to be watched worldwide.

“I’m super excited it’s going to be a great year,” said Nicole Fellure, a Loveland mother of two who is looking forward to returning to Boston even after the tragic events of the 2013 race.

At least four runners of the group “Loveland Road Runners” are expected to travel to Massachusetts for the April 21 event.

The City of Boston and marathon organizers are expected to have extra security for this year’s race but Colorado runners believe the event will focus more on celebrating a sport than domestic terrorism.

Group in Loveland holds soup night to bring community together

LOVELAND, Colo. — One community in Loveland is doing something special for dinner … together.

The folks there are holding soup night, and it’s bringing families together to save money and create healthy food for their loved ones.

They’re called the West Endies. Visit their website for more information about soup night.