Monthly Archives: September 2011

Changing propellers for skydiving plane isn’t likely

Dear Johnnie: I am one of the many who suffer all through the weekend while Mile-Hi Skydiving lifts their skydivers to their jumps every 28 minutes. It occurred to me that their “jump ships” could be modified to help mitigate … Continue reading

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You can see traffic lights, and they can see you

Dear Johnnie: Do the traffic lights in Longmont change according to prescribed timing, or are they triggered by cross traffic arriving at the intersection? — Curious Dear Curious: The answer is — both. Transportation engineer Bob Ball tells me that … Continue reading

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Reader reports that South Pratt Parkway overpass line has been repainted

Dear Johnnie: Hooray!!!!!!! The line at the South.Pratt Parkway has been striped. Thank you so much and also Bob Ball for following through. I went over the overpass twice today and I felt much more at ease making that turn.You … Continue reading

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Where Pratt meets Pratt, and the history behind them

Hi Johnnie: I moved to Boulder six years ago and would take occasional trips to Longmont. I knew that one of the main roads was called Ken Pratt Boulevard, but thought nothing of it. About two years ago, my wife … Continue reading

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Niwot sculptures are beautiful; some cyclists, not so much

Hi Johnnie:First, what day or days does your column appear in the Longmont Times-Call? Second, I noticed another spectacular carving that was not in your article about Lueb Popoff. I’m wondering whether this is another artist’s work. It’s in Niwot, … Continue reading

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That mystery building is a history building

Dear Johnnie: I’ve been wondering for years about the brick building with green trim on the west side of South Main by the railroad tracks at First Street. It appears to be well-maintained but gives no indication of what’s inside. … Continue reading

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Hazardous material fee for an alignment? Yes

Dear Johnnie: I recently had a four-wheel alignment done on my car at a local repair shop. The cost was $49.95. When I paid the bill, there was a $2.50 hazardous material fee on the invoice, even though no hazardous … Continue reading

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Neighbor’s parking practices put person at peril

Dear Johnnie: My neighbor insists on parking one of his cars (an SUV or a minivan) on the street between our two driveways. This creates a blind spot and requires an awkward angle when pulling out of my driveway. The … Continue reading

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New speed zone is wildlife migration area

Dear Johnnie:I noticed some new signage on U.S. Highway 36 south of Lyons. It’s near the turnoff onto Hygiene Road, and there is now a “nighttime” speed limit of 55 mph. It appears to be related to wildlife in the … Continue reading

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Reader says Boulder County Fairgrounds lot doesn’t make the grade

Dear Johnnie: Every Saturday when I head to the farmers market at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, my car shudders at the thought of going over the extremely rough asphalt going into the parking lot. When you enter the fairgrounds parking … Continue reading

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