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July 4th Driving Statistics

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July 4th Driving StatisticsWe all know the Fourth of July as a day to kick back, relax, and celebrate the freedoms that we all take for granted every day. Many of us spend the day with family and friends, enjoying the smell of hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill. This holiday is the perfect reason to get together with people that you care about and have fun. After all, we live in a free United States, so why not celebrate all that has happened in order to get us here?

This all sounds great, right? There is one unfortunate circumstance that many people find themselves dealing with around this holiday weekend—travel. For most, seeing family is not as easy as walking down the street or driving to the next neighborhood over. Most Americans find themselves having to drive quite a distance in order to celebrate this holiday the way that they want to.

With so many Americans traveling during the same, very short time period, there is bound to be some unfortunate complications. Highways are backed up and busy, drivers are getting frustrated and angry, and the excitement for the holiday is quickly replaced by aggression and anxiety. We all want to get to our destination, but we all want to get there as soon as possible, and this can create difficulties. Add in the fact that this is a holiday where a lot of people are staying up late and consuming alcohol, and the roadways become even more dangerous.

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Fun Things to Do in the Summer in Northern Colorado

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Fun Things to Do in the Summer in Northern ColoradoSummertime is here again and that means that there is a whole new season of fun things to do here in Northern Colorado. If you are new to the area or just looking for something different than your usual summer plans, here is a list that we have compiled of some of the best things that Northern Colorado has to offer.

Great Outdoors

Here in Northern Colorado, with millions of acres of land, national parks, forests, and state parks, there is so much fun to be had in the great outdoors that sometimes it is hard to fit it all in. Here are some ways to enjoy nature and stay in shape:

  • Hiking: There is a hiking trail for everyone, including beginners and those that plan to go the distance. There are both paved and unpaved trails, including those that offer meadows and grasslands to waterfalls, canyons, and cliffs.
  • Camping: With 42 state parks throughout Colorado, there are plenty of public and private campgrounds to enjoy tent or yurt camping, RV camping, and event cabins. There are even some “glamping” sites now to enjoy a luxurious camping experience for those more inclined toward the motel/hotel overnight experience.
  • Mountain Biking and Cycling: From many mountain trails for biking to cycling events throughout the state, the weather is always the right temperature for getting on your bike.
  • Boating/Water Skiing/Tubing: Although Colorado is a landlocked state, there are plenty of lakes and reservoirs to enjoy boating, water skiing, and tubing. When it comes to water activities, don’t forget whitewater rafting, kayaking, and the slower paced activity of fishing.
  • Golf: There are numerous golf courses throughout Northern Colorado to improve your skills.
  • Horseback Riding: There are lots of dude ranches and horse farms that offer half-day rides or overnight campout adventures in the Colorado wilderness.
  • Motorcycle Touring: With numerous scenic byways and highways, motorcycle tours are available to go together or you can make a weekend of a solo ride through the mountains.
  • Ballooning: You can enjoy a balloon ride and picnic with one of the many ballooning companies in Northern Colorado, or you can try one out at the numerous ballooning festivals held each year, including the summer season. 

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10 Reasons to Stay and Live in Fort Collins, Colorado

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10 Reasons to Stay and Live in Fort Collins, ColoradoMaking Fort Collins, Colorado your home has many advantages. Located in the northern part of Colorado, this mid-sized city is located nearby to Denver and is situated next to the Colorado Fort Range of mountains. If you are planning on moving or are looking for somewhere different, here are 10 reasons why you should consider Fort Collins, Colorado.

  1. Award-Winning: Fort Collins was named by Money Magazine as the number one best place to live in the U.S. in 2006 and it received second place in 2006 and sixth place in 2010. Livability voted the city in the top quarter of its 100 best places to live in 2015. Other accolades include number three in College Ranker’s 50 Best College Towns to Live in Forever, number six in NerdWallet’s list of America’s Most Innovative Tech Hubs, a top ten city in the 2014 Digital Cities Survey, ninth best bike city by Bicycling Magazine in 2014, America’s Safest Driving City by Allstate Insurance in 2014, America’s Most Satisfied City by Time Magazine in 2014, and 2nd Best Place for Job Seekers in Colorado by NerdWallet in 2013 just to name a few.
  1. Low Crime Rate: According to City-Data.com, crime in Fort Collins is significantly lower than the national average and has been steadily dropping in terms of violent crime and property crime.
  1. Fresh Air: With 300 days of sunshine each year and a great climate as well as minimal pollution, the area offers some of the freshest air in the country.

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Smart Planning for Building your Ft. Collins Home

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Smart Planning for Building your Ft. Collins HomeFort Collins, Colorado is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Money Magazine even recently ranked it as number six of the best places to live in the United States. Fort Collins, CO, is known for its small town feel, even within a bigger city — in fact, the fourth biggest city in Colorado. The great thing about Fort Collins, CO, is that there are so many things to do especially outside. As part of Northern Colorado it’s close to the Rocky Mountains and has so many fun outdoor activities.

What can I do in Fort Collins, CO?

The possibilities are endless. The Cache La Poudre River, which is Colorado’s only, designated National Wild and Scenic River, where visitors can whitewater raft and spend the day in the sun. The Horsetooth Reservoir is six and a half miles of water surrounded by over 1,800 acres of public land. It’s a great place to go boating and camping.

For a day that going to be spent inside Fort Collins is known for their beer. They are in fact the largest producer of beer in Colorado. This means a lot of breweries, with a lot of different styles. If you want to get some sun while enjoying a beer, there are beer and bike tours that take you to all around the town and also along the Front Range.

Other options for a day inside include a visit to the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. This is the perfect place to enjoy some family time while learning. Their main exhibit is 16,000 square feet and allows the visitors to see an Ice Age bison.

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Lucky Joe’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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Lucky Joe's St. Patrick'd Day Parade | Fort Collins, CO Bankruptcy Attorney | The Law Office of Chris D. HeftyIt’s time to put on your green, grab your family, and head to downtown Fort Collins to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Lucky Joe’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated to honor the patron saint of Ireland and the Irish culture in general. Even though it isn’t a legal holiday in the United States, people all over the country celebrate by donning their green clothes, feasting on Irish food and beer, and parading down the streets.

The parade will be held in Downtown Fort Collins on Saturday, March 15 starting at 10:00 a.m. The parade is free to the public and will start on Walnut Ave. on the North side of Old Town Square. The final stretch of the parade will head north along Remington Ave. until it connects with Mountain Ave. This year, there are over 80 unique floats, as well as many Irish-themed participants, that will parade down the streets of downtown Fort Collins in celebration of their Irish heritage. [Read more…]

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Larimer County, Colorado Bankruptcy Means Test Calculator

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Larimer County Bankruptcy Calculator | Loveland, CO Attorney | The Law Office of Chris D. HeftyFiling for bankruptcy in Larimer County can be an extremely confusing process. One of the most challenging aspects is determining whether or not you are eligible for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

There is never a substitute for having a qualified and experienced bankruptcy attorney on your side, but to help give you an idea of whether you are eligible, I recently found a Bankruptcy Means Test Calculator for Larimer County.

The calculator applies the formulas, regional income and expense standards, and calculations of the new means test that was a cornerstone of BAPCPA. [Read more…]

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Spend New Year’s Eve at First Night Fort Collins

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First Night Fort Collins | Colorado Bankruptcy Attorney | The Law Office of Chris D. HeftyThree…two…one…happy New Year!

Well, almost. Everyone across the Front Range should prepare to ring in 2014 at First Night Fort Collins!

On Dec. 31, head out to the final party of 2013—and the first of 2014—in Downtown Fort Collins, Colorado. Enjoy amazing acts, storytelling, comedy, magic, history, interactive craft projects, street performers, international dancing, and much more!

Performers from Fort Collins and all across the Front Range, as well as national acts, will create a unique experience with a variety of styles. [Read more…]

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Crime Rates Declining in Loveland and Fort Collins, Colorado

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Crime rates decrease - Fort Collins and Loveland criminal defense attorney - The Law Office of Chris D. HeftyAs a criminal defense attorney in Loveland and Fort Collins, Colorado, I see clients on a regular basis who have been charged with a crime. People often ask me about crime rates in these cities, as this is a field in which I am heavily invested. I aim to seek justice for Colorado residents accused of a crime but also recognize that data on crime helps law enforcement and city officials keep citizens safe. I recently found some statistics from City-Data.com that reveal the crime rates of many nearby Colorado cities. I am happy to say that Loveland has a below-average crime rate. The city’s crime rate has been steadily decreasing, dropping from 218.9 in 2000 to 176.0 in 2011, the last year data is available. [Read more…]

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