The Fort Collins Coloradoan on June 6, 1972.

The Fort Collins Coloradoan on June 6, 1972.
The photo shows flooding at College and Prospect due to an inch of rain they’d received the day before. This area still collects water during heavy rain.

The city put a hold on instituting a development policy for the foothills. (When I first read the headline I assumed the article was going to be about the Foothills Fashion Mall. But then I realized they were talking about actual foothills. … Apparently west of Overland Trail counts as the foothills.) There were some concerns about development along the west side of town adding additional pollution to the city. Developer Alvin Miller rebutted this concern by saying that if pollution is a problem, then it should be dealt with on a city-wide basis rather than just along one mile of the west side of town. He also called for some sort of policy regarding what the city expects to be built in certain areas in order to provide predictability for those who wanted to buy property in that area. He was essentially asking for some sort of zoning policy during a time when growth in Fort Collins was somewhat haphazard.


Archers prepare for the Para-Olympic Games in 1972.

In national news, President Nixon gambled that the United States could remain 3 years ahead of the Russians in the nuclear missile-submarine-bomber arms race.  Brezhnev, on the other hand, believed that the application of computers and other advanced techniques to manage industry would help the Soviet Union to pull ahead.


Ghent Motor Company ad from 1972.

A class in beginning crocheting and knitting was planned by the Larimer County Extension Homemakers council.

Gunner Jacobsen of Bellvue decided it was time to quit the sheep business due to the number of coyote attacks on his flock. President Nixon had ended the use of coyote poisons on all federal lands which was blamed for the increase in attacks.


Mankind faces the frogs! *queue spooky music*

CSU received a grant to do a pollution study to determine the effect of lead in gasoline. The goal of the study was to determine “the history of automobile pollution — where pollutants accumulate, at what rate, in what forms, and with what consequences.”

Father's day ads included this one for polyester suits.

Father’s day ads included this one for polyester suits.

An article on the need for gun laws sounds like it could have just as likely appeared in the paper today: “The attempted assassination of Gov. George Wallace and the subsequent mass shooting in Raleigh, N. C. have led to the expected demands of having undergone enough of these atrocities to have created a set of ritual reactions, which includes pleas for more restrictions on the sale and possession of guns.”

This Penney's ad was directed towards "Liberated Mothers."

This Penney’s ad was directed towards “Liberated mothers and daughters.”

Some members of the house were rallying to bring back the $2 bill.

Ads from June 6, 1972.

Ads from June 6, 1972.


Every Friday we flash back to a different (randomly chosen) year to get a sense of the issues and events in Fort Collins at the time. Stay tuned next week when we flash back to 1875 (or as close as I can get depending on what newspapers are available from that time period).


Source for this article:

The Fort Collins Coloradoan, 6 June 1972. I accessed this newspaper on microfilm at the Museum of Discovery Archive.