A county commissioner in Colorado thinks he can help newcomers adjust to the rural parts of Larimer County. John Clarke has written a seven-page primer, The Code of the West, which includes some useful tips. About utilities: even cellular phones won't work in all areas; Mother Nature: expansive soils can buckle concrete foundations and twist steel I-beams; and agriculture: you'd better get used to living near animals that stink. The commissioner insists, "It is not our intent to dissuade you, only to inform you."
For a free copy of Code of the West, contact John Clarke, Larimer County Courthouse, P.O. Box 1190, Fort Collins, CO 80522.