Denver homeowner upset about new cell tower in garden

DENVER (KDVR) — Faster and improved cell service comes with a price. More towers are going up around the Denver metro area, and where they end up can affect homeowners.

Mary Ann Martin tells the FOX31 Problem Solvers a large cell tower is the last thing she wanted to see growing out of her beautiful street-side garden.

“Oh, I’m super angry about it,” she said.

The Problem Solvers contacted the Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure. They explained that Verizon is attaching cell equipment onto an existing street light.

It was moved to ensure the public’s right-of-way is not blocked.

A city spokesperson says while there isn’t a notification requirement, residents were notified as soon as possible with door notices.

The Problem Solvers contacted Verizon Wireless headquarters as well.

A spokesperson issued a statement saying:

“Verizon’s network provides the broadest coverage, best speeds, and unsurpassed reliability. We consistently invest in our network so that we can offer our customers the quality experience and the reliability they expect and deserve – today and in the future. The (site) is a collocation site that includes the replacement of an existing light-pole with a new light pole/small cell combination pole in the public right-of-way. Verizon has adhered to all applicable requirements, including local permit requirements. In addition, we provided the specific information about this site on Denver’s Small Cell Map to support greater transparency about deployment efforts throughout the city”.

Martin tells FOX31 she understands the process but wanted earlier notice so she could have a voice in where the tower was located. She says she would have requested for the pole to have been placed at the other end of her garden instead.

“I’ve been told it is their right-of-way, they can do whatever they want. If they would have given me a week, I could have sold the house,” she said.

The Problem Solvers asked real estate expert Grant Muller of Spaces Real Estate about how cell towers affect property values.    

“Certain buyers are going to be very concerned about being near high tension power lines, fracking or cellphone towers, other buyers aren’t going to care at all,” he said.

When asked about any positives, Muller points out that homeowners should ask about their rights to certain benefits.

“Sometimes the property owner or the neighborhood gains some revenue from the cellphone tower,” he said.

Martin says heading to court over the tower isn’t an option she’ll take.

“I will live with it,” she said.

Homeowners have rights when a tower is not obstructing the public right-of-way.

For more information on policies, visit the City and County of Denver’s website.

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Homeowner wakes to find two male pythons fighting in her garden to impress another female snake

Ssssssurprise! Homeowner wakes to find two male pythons fighting in her garden as they try to impress another female snake

  • Bridget Dowdle posted two snakes fighting at her home in Brisbane on Tik Tok 
  • The snakes are vying for the attention of a female to mate in breeding season 
  • Comments on the video were horrified at the carpet pythons aggressive display
  • Snake catcher Stuart McKenzie warned Queenslanders of big snakes this season 

A woman has captured two male snakes fighting in her backyard in Queensland. 

Bridget Dowdle upload the terrifying footage from her garden in Brisbane to her Tik Tok page on Wednesday.

The video shows two large male carpet pythons vying for the attention of a hidden female snake.

The snakes can be seen swirling around each other in a spiral trying to avoid each others bite to earn the right to mate with the female.

Bridget Dowdle captured two snakes fighting (pictured) at her home in Brisbane on Tik Tok

Bridget Dowdle captured two snakes fighting (pictured) at her home in Brisbane on Tik Tok

‘And not one wink of sleep was had that night,’ Ms Dowdle captioned the video.

Comments on the video were horrified by the snakes aggressive display.

‘I would die if this happened in my yard,’ one comment reads.

‘This is why I’m never going to Australia,’ another post says.

Other commentators noted there was about to be many more snakes on Ms Dowdle’s property after mating season.

‘There’s going to be about 20 more eggs in your backyard soon,’ one comment reads. 

The two carpet pythons can be seen in the footage vying for the attention of a hidden female to mate with in snake breeding season

The two carpet pythons can be seen in the footage vying for the attention of a hidden female to mate with in snake breeding season

Stuart McKenzie from Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers issued a warning to the public on Wednesday after capturing a huge red belly after it slithered through a school.

Mr McKenzie said his last few weeks have been ‘ridiculous’ after catching several enormous reptiles in snake breeding season.

The experienced catcher told Daily Mail Australia he had seen a number of large adult snakes on the move through the region.

‘It’s been hectic,’ Mr McKenzie said. ‘It’s that time of year. All the big adult snakes are out and about and mating and all the boys are fighting each other.’

Stuart McKenzie (pictured) caught this huge red belly black snake from the back of a school on the Sunshine Coast on Friday

Stuart McKenzie (pictured) caught this huge red belly black snake from the back of a school on the Sunshine Coast on Friday

Mr McKenzie was called to relocate an enormous red belly black snake on Friday after it snuck its way through the playground to the back of a school.

‘It was very big for a red belly,’ he said. ‘A good four-and-a-half to five foot and fat and chunky.

‘The teachers did a great job of keeping the kids away.’

Mr McKenzie estimated the snake was around eight-years-old and among a wealth of elder snakes travelling about on the Sunshine Coast lately.

‘Everyone’s coming out to play,’ he said.

Mr McKenzie and his team also relocated an enormous carpet python (pictured) underneath a garbage bin in Nambour

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A homeowner plants community in her Eastlake garden

Vintage Pacific NW: Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, we’ll be revisiting some of our favorite stories from some of our favorite former magazine contributors. Check back each week for timeless classics focusing on food, fitness, gardening and more.

Originally published May 27, 2016
By Valerie Easton, former Natural Gardener writer

YOU’LL FIND interior designer Mary Hansen in her front garden or out along the sidewalk, planting community in the Eastlake neighborhood where she’s lived since she graduated from Cornish College of the Arts.

Lettuces and apple trees, herbs and lilies thrive along both sides of the sidewalk, drawing neighbors and passers-by in to chat and ask questions about the plants. “I am always amazed at the people that stop to say how much they appreciate the garden or, if they live out of the area, that they’ve made the garden a destination when passing through Eastlake,” says Hansen. “The garden is a lovely endorsement to the joy in living beauty.”

“Life is too short to be limited to just a few things,” Hansen says of her eclectic little country garden in the city. Despite the small size of the property, she’s wrapped the garden around the house and carved out spaces for outdoor living to make use of every inch of her real estate.

The garden is not only intimately connected to her home and reflective of Hansen’s aesthetics; it’s also a gift to the street. As Hansen’s garden moved out to occupy the parking strips, what started as a quest for more square footage has become an exercise in community building. What does she think draws people in? “It’s all the textures, the craziness, the chaos of it … there are lots of surprises,” Hansen says happily. “This is such a social corner.”

When Hansen moved in 2007 from a cottage on Fairview to her 1940s house on a corner lot, she brought most of her old garden with her. “It’s good I don’t need things to match and look perfect,” Hansen says of the lively mix of plants, structures and hardscape with which she replaced the grassy slope that used to run from the street down to the house.

Hansen got rid of the lawn and laid a raised stone patio. Lifting the grade up a bit created a closer connection between house and garden and eliminated a few of the steps leading down from the sidewalk. “I wanted the garden to feel like it’d been here forever,” says Hansen: an illusion created by transplanting mature plants from her old garden, and building a rustic outdoor fireplace of broken bits of crockery and rocks.

Around the corner, a pair of old Chinese gates leads from the sidewalk into the narrow side garden and a deck tucked in off the kitchen. The outdoor living areas are as comfortably furnished as you might expect for an interior designer’s garden, with a cushioned swing, plenty of pillows, chaises and side tables in colors from turquoise to Hansen’s favorite oranges and corals.


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Homeowner shocked after heavy rain reveals secret buried under backyard garden

You never know what you’re going to find when you start digging.

A homeowner in Texas reportedly made an amazing discovery in the backyard of a house he originally intended to fix up and flip. After realizing what he owned, however, he’s apparently changed his mind.

John Reynolds reportedly had no idea that there was a pool in the backyard of the house he bought in Texas for just under $20,000.

John Reynolds reportedly had no idea that there was a pool in the backyard of the house he bought in Texas for just under $20,000.

John Reynolds had no idea that there was a pool in the backyard of the house he bought for just under $20,000, The Sun reports. According to him, the backyard was a mess and the pool had been filled with dirt and other debris.


The house had reportedly been owned by a hoarder before Reynolds bought it. When he first took ownership of the house, it was full of junk, feral cats and the backyard appeared to contain an overgrown garden.

According to Reynolds, he didn’t know about the in-ground pool until a heavy downpour shifted the dirt and debris. Prior to that, he says the only thing he noticed was that one section of the backyard always seemed to be a bit “boggy.”


“It feels like I have stumbled across a winning lottery ticket,” he told The Sun. “Never in a million years when I bought the property did I think I would be swimming in my own pool. I bought it as a bit of an investment with the intention to do it up and sell it on, but it has yielded so many surprises I don’t know if I can let it go.”

Reynolds reportedly bought the house two years ago but didn’t discover the pool until a few months later. He spent over a year cleaning out the garbage, fixing leaks, and making other repairs to the pool. While it cost him about $10,000 to fix it up, installing an in-ground pool would have been significantly more expensive.


“My friends and I are in it every day for hours on end now,” says the now proud homeowner. “You couldn’t wish to find a bigger reward in your back garden.”

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Kitchen Cabinets for the Discerning Homeowner

What is the first thing a visitor notices when they enter your kitchen? If you answered "the cabinets," you're correct. While the flooring material you use, the backsplash in place and the countertops in your kitchen are integral parts of your overall style, the most visible design element is your cabinets. Moreover, kitchen cabinets are not just about beauty – they're about utility, storage and convenience. The right cabinet design and style can offer stunning beauty, as well as the best functionality.

Upgrading Today?

With the economic downturn still affecting the real estate market, more and more homeowners are choosing to remodel their existing homes than purchase a new one. In many instances, that means renovating the kitchen. After all, a new kitchen can breathe life into an entire home. In addition, a good kitchen remodel can also boost your home's value and make it more appealing to potential buyers if and when you decide to put it on the market.

Of course, if you want the best usability and enjoyment of your kitchen, you'll need to make sure that you include the right kitchen cabinets in your remodeling project. While refacing old cabinets is certainly an option for homeowners on a budget, there are better solutions out there.

RTA Cabinets Offer Beauty and Value

It's no secret that new cabinets can be enormously expensive. In fact, aside from your appliances, the cabinets in your kitchen represent the single largest expense for remodeling the room. For those on limited budgets, this can put new kitchen cabinets purchased through a cabinet company out of reach. However, RTA options provide the means to save a significant amount of money (between 30 – 60% depending on the supplier chosen), but also offer you the ability to achieve the look and feel that you want. There's no reason to reface your old cabinets if they don't actually meet your needs. Upgrading with an RTA system is simple and easy.

What Does RTA Mean?

If you're new to the world of cabinetry, RTA might be a bit confusing. It's really only an acronym for "ready to assemble." RTA cabinets arrive ready to be put together, and include all the hardware that you'll need to get the job done. All you need are the tools (usually little more than simple hand tools you already have on hand) and the time to install them.

With this type of kitchen cabinets, there is no need to measure, cut, stain, screw or nail the cabinet wood. It's all done for you. All you have to do is follow the directions included and put your cabinets together and then install them on the wall.

Are They Right for You?

If you're wondering whether these types of cabinets are right for your home, the answer is "yes." You will find top quality kitchen cabinets available, in almost any style that you could possibly want. A quality supplier will offer solid wood faces, frames and siding, as well as quality plywood sides …

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