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The Senior Voice - February 2010

The Senior Voice - February 2010

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This Issue: Poudre Canyon's Kinikinik Store; Famous & Infamous Women of the Early West; Julesburg, Colorado - Wild Town in the 1800s; The Origin of Valentine's Day
This Issue: Poudre Canyon's Kinikinik Store; Famous & Infamous Women of the Early West; Julesburg, Colorado - Wild Town in the 1800s; The Origin of Valentine's Day

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Ghost Town
In NorthernColorado
LongsPeak 
PioneerClimbers
Outlaws
In EarlyColorado
Skiing
SteamboatSprings
 
PoudreCanyon
The Story ofKinikinik
Womenof theEarlyWest
Famous andInfamous
 A Wild Town inNorthColorado
Julesburg inthe 1800s
Origin of Valentine’sDay
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The Senior
February 2010
Local Attractions • Scenic Places • History • Money • Health • News
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2• February 2010 • The Senior Voice
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ach year, about 4 millionAmericans are exposed to highdoses of radiation from CT scans andother imaging tests, according toresearch reported in the New EnglandJournal of Medicine.About 400,000 of them get veryhigh doses that are more than themaximum allowed for nuclear power plant workers. Medical researchersknow that radiation can cause cancer,and they are concerned that theamount given patients is increasing sorapidly.“It’s certain that there are increasedrates of cancer at low levels of radia-tion, and as you increase the levels of radiation, you increase cancer,” said Dr.Rita Redberg, a researcher at theUniversity of California.The number of CT scans givenMedicare patients, for instance, increasedby 400 percent from 1995 to 2005, andthe number of PET scans increased evenmore. That’s partly because doctors useimaging instead of examining andtalking with patients, said Dr. HarlanKrumholz, author of the report.Radiation treatments benefit manypeople and save lives, but they arebecoming increasingly dangerous,
Research on Radiation Therapy
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ew Medicare Part D drugcoverage changes became effec-tive January 1 that will allow morelow-income retirees to qualify for  prescription drug help.That means more Part D participantswill not have to pay insurance premiumsor annual deductibles for their medi-cines, according to Medicare officials.To qualify, annual incomes must be nomore than $16,245 for a single person or $21,855 for married couples.Assets such as savings accounts,stocks and bonds must be no more than$12,510 for a single person or $25,010for married couples. A house and auto-mobile are not counted as assets. Neither are life insurance policies andmoney received regularly from rela-tives to help with household expenses.Previously life insurance policiesand money from relatives were countedas assets. Officials estimate the changeswill allow about 1 million more peopleto qualify for the benefits.Insurance co-payments for somewill be as low as $1 for generic drugsand $3.30 for brand names.
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according to another investigation byThe New York Times.Possibly one in every 20 peoplewho receive radiation treatments isharmed by them, according toresearcher Dr. John J. Feldmeier, whomthe Times said is a leading authority onradiation injuries. Most people are notseriously harmed, but some die.One Philadelphia hospital gaveincorrect radiation doses to over 90 prostate cancer patients. A Floridahospital gave wrong doses to 77 braincancer patients. No one knows exactlyhow many injuries nationwide arecaused by radiation treatments because mistakes usually are notrevealed, said the Times.Mistakes occur partly because thetechnology involved is complex and people are poorly trained to use it.Software flaws, faulty programming, poor safety procedures and other things contribute to mistakes.“The new technology allowsdoctors to more accurately attack tumors...(but) its complexity hascreated new avenues for error,” said theTimes. The average American receivesseven times as much radiation today asin 1980 through tests and treatments.
Medicare Drug Coverage
Hospitals are often “too trusting of the new computer systems and soft-ware, relying on them as if they had been tested over time when, in fact,they have not,” said Dr. HowardAmols at Memorial Sloan-KetteringCancer Center.The Times investigators examinedthousands of public records. In NewYork state, they found that between2001 and 2008 at least 621 mistakeswere made in radiation therapy by providers in the state. In 284 of thosecases, the radiation missed the intendedtarget or treated a wrong body part.The Times notes that its investiga-tion should not discourage people fromhaving radiation treatments for cancer;the treatments save many lives. But thereport reveals a weakness in our healthsystem: Because information on radia-tion errors is difficult to obtain, it’s hardfor patients to choose a health provider with a good record.
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The Senior Voice • February 2010 • 3
 Published Locally Since 1980
 VOL. 30, NO. 3
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Dr. William and Peggy LambdinFounders, 1980
By Bill Lambdin
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any people who drive by theold Kinikinik Store in PoudreCanyon northwest of Fort Collinsprobably wonder about the originof the ancient log buildings there.Kinikinik’s story goes back tothe earliest settlers in the canyon.In 1881, Henry C. Peterson home-stead there and built two logcabins in back of what later became the Kinikinik Store.Peterson came to Coloradofrom Ohio in 1859 during the goldrush. He might have been hopingto strike it rich by prospecting.There was no gold in PoudreCanyon, however; and Petersonsold the Kinikinik property toCharles Andrews in 1886.Andrews was the one whonamed it Kinikinik, a shortenedspelling for kinnikinnick, a varietyof pine tree whose bark Indiansonce used for smoking meat.Andrews had been born in1854 in Pennsylvania, the son of an engineer who helped build theearly bridge across the MississippiRiver at St. Louis. Young Andrewshad asthma and came to Coloradoin 1861 to seek relief.He found it and also discoveredthe beautiful Poudre Canyon,where he decided to start a cattleranch. After buying the Kinikinik  property, he had friends homesteadother land nearby and bought their homestead claims, expanding hisholdings to hundreds of acres.Andrews built a large ranching business before selling theKinikinik property in 1901 toCharles “Cap” Williams.Cap was something of a char-acter, more interested in fishingand hunting than in ranching. The“Closed, Gone Fishin” sign yousee in the picture was hung aboveCap’s door many times. He would be gone in the hills for days, withno one knowing where he was.Canyon residents didn’t recallCap having a wife, but early photographs showed him withseveral beautiful women. He builtthe store about 1924; so that’s howlong that building has beenstanding.Cap was from Hastings, Nebraska, and realized that peoplefrom there, and other places on the plains, would pay to stay in themountains at Kinikinik during thehot summer months.Fishing and hunting wereexcellent, and Cap built up arespectable tourist business, adver-tising the “Kinikinik Ranch:
The Kinikinik store years ago. Senior Voice photo by Bill Lambdin.
Sportsman’s Paradise.” At onetime, he planned to build a hugeresort with 150 rooms, a golf course and other facilities.That didn’t happen, and Capdied in 1940.Clarence and Eunice Blissacquired the property in the early1940s. Bliss was a well knownWeld County farmer who devel-oped the Bliss Potato. He had also been an early member of theGreeley Symphony and often played cello for church services atPoudre Canyon Chapel.Bliss’s son Charles and his wifeElyse took over the Kinikinik prop-erty in 1984. Charles had farmednear Longmont. Elyse had been acollege teacher and wrote “Apple of the Mummy’s Eye,” a biography of two well known mountain resi-dents, the Dickerson sisters.And that’s the story of the little place called Kinikinik. Touristshave not stayed there for manyyears. But the old log cabins, if they could talk, would tell manystories about some good times inPoudre Canyon. ________________ 
COVER PICTURE. The Kinikinik  store in Poudre Canyon years ago.Senior Voice photo by Bill  Lambdin.
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