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No Charges for Boulder Killer Cops


As to be expected Boulder DA Stan Garnett did not bring charges against the two Boulder Police officers involved in the shooting of CU student Sam Forgy. Garnett and Boulder police have been silent since the night of the shooting in July. This is usually an indication that the DA will back the Police.

Forgys mother was in shock over the announcement and disappointed.  Garnett did reveal that an assault team of 4 officers entered the apartment complex where Forgy was standing naked on a balcony , screaming, high on acid holding a hammer. The officer had shields and enough power to overwhelm Forgy but decided instead to shoot him dead.

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Sam Forgy shot dead by Boulder police

A high level police official told Boulder Channel 1 News “that the officer was new, inexperienced  and he panicked.”

A prominent Boulder Criminal defense lawyer to us, that ” it is typical for the DA to back the police officers in his jurisdiction. He has to work with them. He has to give them the benefit of the doubt. He hopes no one will call him out  on it. If he charged the officers , his career as DA and his political career would be over. This was a political decision not a moral one ”

A local police chief told us; ” police commit a lot of bad shootings. This is one and it should not be swept under the rug… but it has been.”

Another lawyer told us…. “This is a classic wrongful death case “… The family could sue the city of Boulder, the county, the police officers and the DA.  This is a high dollar case too. In the millions of dollars.  The attorneys will sue in civil court and the truth about what happened that night will come out. The lawyers will put the officers and the DA on the stand. It won’t be pretty. I would say the city will have to settle this for 5 to 15 million dollars before it goes to court.” The city and county do not want a case like this in court.”

Boulder Channel 1 news has learned “that a team of high profile attorneys and investigators have been working on this case at the behest of the family since the day after the shooting.”

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Restrictions Established in James Canyon



boulder county 1Traveling and Cycling Restrictions in James Canyon

Mayor Schoedinger asks for patience and cooperation to assist with recovery

Due to continued recovery and repair operations associated with the September 2013 flood event, Boulder County is re-establishing restrictions on non-local traffic, including bicycles, in James Canyon from the junction with Left Hand Canyon, through Jamestown, to the junction with State Highway 72 (Peak to Peak). The restrictions will go into effect immediately. Lefthand Canyon will remain open to all roadway users.

While the county’s high-hazard area remediation work has moved out of the area and into Fourmile Mile Canyon, private recovery efforts remain extensive. There continues to be a high-volume of large trucks and heavy machinery moving in and around Jamestown, which is creating a hazardous environment for motorists and cyclists alike.

After the flood event, many sections of Lefthand Canyon and James Canyon Drive were completely destroyed and Boulder County worked quickly to replace the previous asphalt roadway by installing temporary dirt “winter roads.” In areas where “winter roads” were created, the unpaved roadway narrows significantly and safe, uphill shoulders for cyclists are no longer available. This forces cyclists into the main flow of traffic for extended lengths, creating hazardous riding and driving conditions for travelers in both directions.

County Transportation Director George Gerstle asks for everyone’s patience and understanding by avoiding travel in James Canyon, as well in the Fourmile Canyon and the Raymond/Riverside area unless you are a resident or have business in the area. “If you don’t live in these areas and aren’t helping rebuild these hard-hit communities, you’re probably obstructing recovery operations. We want to remind folks who want to travel the mountain canyons that Lefthand and Sunshine canyons are better options and are open all the way to the Peak to Peak Highway. These canyons are also are narrow and have been reconstructed out of dirt in many areas, so we are asking everyone to be patient and drive slowly, and remember we’re working to make the roads more safe for everyone.”

As was available before to area residents who routinely commute by bicycle, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office is offering special permits that will allow those people to continue cycling. Please call 303-441-3650 to obtain a permit. Failure to comply with the cycling restriction may result in a court summons.

For more information, contact Andrew Barth, Transportation Department communications specialist, at 303-441-1032.


Source: Boulder County


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Child Protection Recruitment Team Needs Representative



boulder county 1Boulder County is seeking a community representative to serve on the Child Protection Review Team to help protect Boulder County’s children.

The Child Protection Review Team is a group of professional and community representatives who reviews child protection cases. The community representative will help review diagnostic, prognostic and treatment services available to the child and family. The Team also serves in an advisory capacity to the Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services.

Applicants should be able to objectively and confidentially review cases. Have the ability to process emotionally charged information and be able to follow confidentiality protocol. For this vacant seat, preference will be given to applicants who are parents, stepparents, grandparents, foster parents, etc.

The Community Representative will need to be able to meet for up to two hours per week during a one year commitment.

Those interested should contact Diane Ludwig at 303-441-4994 for more information and for an application.


Source: Boulder County


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More Boulder Creek Reopened



boulder creek 2At 5 p.m. today, May 2, the City of Boulder and Boulder County Sheriff’s Office will open an additional section of Boulder Creek from Broadway to the bridge at Arapahoe Avenue near 38th Street (just west of Foothills Parkway).

This means the creek will be open from the western edge of the city to Arapahoe Avenue just east of 38th Street.

Contractors have completed the debris removal in this area allowing the creek to open to kayakers, swimmers and tubers.

As flood recovery work progresses, other sections of Boulder Creek will be reopened when the city and county deem that it is safe for public use.

With higher flows anticipated due to spring runoff, the city will continue to monitor Boulder Creek for public safety concerns.

In past years, Boulder Creek has been closed to tubing and swimming if flows exceed 800 cubic feet per second. This threshold will continue to be used to trigger these recreational closures during spring/summer 2014.


Source: City of Boulder


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Boulder Farmers Market Update



bcfm 1Celebrate Farmers!

Join us at Boulder and Longmont to celebrate our farmers and their love of the land!

Boulder will have The Center for Resource Conservation putting on two classes and a cooking demo:
12pm – Ag in a Bag / Cooking Demo
1pm – How to plant your own veggie garden


Win $10 in Market Bucks!!! Follow us on Instagram and upload your Market finds with #bcfm we’ll announce the WINNER next week! Our Winner last week was Cathy Stiers, Congrats!

We’re Open for the 2014 Season! Every Saturday through November! Don’t forget, our Wednesday Market starts on May 7th!!! See you there!


Location, Hours & Times

On 13th Street between Canyon & Arapahoe
Sat. April-Nov. 8 am – 2 pm

At the Boulder County Fairgrounds, Hover Street and Boston Avenue
Sat. April-Nov. 8 am – 1 pm


Source: BCFM


Sharing the Love

February Events and Workshops


Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN)

Peers Building Justice

Love, Me … a free teen event.

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
1750 13th Street, Boulder

BMOCAJoin us for a teen event featuring an art workshop, food, photo booth, and other fun activities. With a focus on self-love and healthy relationships, BMoCA Studio Project and Peers Building Justice will be hosting this fun and free event!

RSVP to the Facebook Event
Thurs., Feb 13
7:00PM – 9:00PM

One Billion Rising

Worldwide Event: Rise, Release and Dance for Justice

One Billion RisingAvalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe, Boulder

We hope to see you rise, release, and dance for justice today. Just as important, we ask you to challenge yourself to a plan of action of how you will support, speak out, and stand up to ending violence.

Details online.

Fri., Feb 14
3:00PM – 5:00PM

Sharing the Love

Chocolate Lovers’ Fling Raises $27,855

Sharing the LoveAt the Chocolate Lovers’ Fling on February 8, we held a Paddle Raiser with the audience, with a goal of raising $35,000 to honor SPAN’s 35th Anniversary in 2014.

We came so close, with $27,855 in donations that night! We are asking our supporters to show us some love between now and the end of the month, raising the remaining $7,145 by February 28.

To sweeten the deal, if you make a donation of at least $50, we’ll send you a Chocolove bar as part of our thank you; donations of $500 or more will receive a delicious box of gourmet toffee! Donate Now.

Survivor Drop-In Group

Aging Adults Experiencing Violence Later in Life

Survivor Drop-In Group3rd Wednesday Each Month
11:00AM – 12:00PM
Josephine Commons
455 N. Burlington Ave., Lafayette

2nd & 4th Tuesday Each Month
11:00AM – 12:00PM
Boulder Senior Center
909 Arapahoe; Boulder

Contact Becky for details 303.673.9000 or by email.


More help for flood victims (maybe)




Volunteer interviewers will meet with flood survivors to help individuals connect with resources and gain a clear picture of what it will take to recover


The Long-Term Flood Recovery Group of Boulder County (LTFRG) has requested the services of a national disaster recovery group to determine who in the community will not be able to rebuild and recover without assistance. A team of World Renew volunteers will conduct one-on-one interviews with flood survivors from Feb. 10 through Feb. 22.  This process will help to prioritize individual needs and connect survivors with the LTFRG, which can provide long-term support during recovery with individual case management as well as financial and construction assistance for those most in need.

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The LTFRG is organizing five walk-in locations across the county during the organization’s time. Residents affected by the flood who require assistance for flood recovery are encouraged to visit a walk-in center to complete a short interview regarding flood losses and recovery needs.


All information given at the walk-in centers is confidential and will assist designated case managers to help residents connect with available resources. The information will also help to develop a detailed estimate of the total cost for recovery in the community, which will help the LTFRG as well as government agencies raise the necessary recovery funds and donations of building materials and supplies.


Interview questions are straightforward and should not require residents to supply any paperwork, although if flood survivors do have a FEMA number, they are asked to bring that with them to the center. Spanish language interpreters will be onsite at the Longmont location every day and will be available at other sites during designated hours. Sites are also wheelchair accessible (with the exception of the Altona Grange site) and appointments can be made for any ASL requirements.


South Boulder

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church – 4215 Grinnell Ave., Boulder

Monday, Feb. 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 17, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.



Walt Self Senior Center – 335 Railroad Ave., Building B, Lyons

Monday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.



First Lutheran Church – 803 3rd Ave., Longmont

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


North Boulder

Boulder Friends Meeting – 1825 Upland, Boulder

Monday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Central Boulder County

Altona Grange – 9386 N. 39th St. (at Nelson Road)

Thursday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15, 9 a.m. to noon

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The City of Boulder is proud to be partnering with the Long-Term Flood Recovery Group on this and its other efforts to address unmet needs throughout our county. For more information about the group or the World Renew sessions, please contact the Long-Term Flood Recovery Group, at 303-895-3429




7,000 homes in Boulder County are w/o heat

7,000 B.C. homes are without heating gas


Natural Gas Outages in Boulder County   Report as of 4:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, 2013

To supplement our Colorado crews working to restore natural gas service to customers in Boulder County affected by this morning’s outage, we have called in additional Xcel Energy crews from around the state and from Minnesota and Wisconsin. We have also contacted utilities in California and New Mexico plus private companies too. With temperatures hovering in the single digits, we want to restart service as quickly and safely as possible. Approximately 7,000 homes are without service. We estimate 90 percent of customers will have service by noon tomorrow. Crews will work around-the-clock to restore service to customers.

7,000 homes in Boulder County are w/o heat

7,000 homes in Boulder County are w/o heat

We will call customers in advance to alert them that crews will be in their neighborhoods to relight pilots for natural gas appliances. It is important that we can reach you with this information. If you have not given us your cell phone number in the past, please call us at 1-800-895-4999 to provide your cell phone number or another alternate phone number.

To help our crews restore your service tonight, please turn on an outside light if you will be available to let them into your home. A person who is at least 18 years old must be at home to allow our crews access to your home. If not, we will need to return later. Please do not attempt to re-light natural gas appliances yourself. Not only can your appliances or equipment be damaged by improper re-lights but you can place yourself and your family in danger.

Our employees will check your appliances and re-light them for you free of charge. The American Red Cross opened a warming shelter for people affected by the natural gas outage. The center is located at Douglass Elementary School, 840 75th St. near 75th Street and Baseline Road.


Debris removal for the plains Begins Dec. 9


Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County has contracted with a debris removal company to begin roadside pickup of flood debris in the plains of unincorporated Boulder County. We are asking residents to follow the guidelines listed below in order to help this project progress as efficiently as possible.

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What: Removal of flood-related household debris, woody debris (vegetation), and mud, silt etc. from homes

When: Beginning the week of Dec. 9

Where: Removal trucks will collect debris from all county-maintained roadways (no municipal or CDOT roads) in the plains (east of U.S. 36 and Hwy 93)


  • Debris piles should be 3ft from the side of the roadway to allow for any snow removal operations
  • Do not block the roadway, waterways or any culverts with debris
  • In order to follow state laws, and to allow for composting operations, please separate debris into 4 piles:
    • General household debris
    • Electronics, appliances and household hazardous waste
    • Woody debris (vegetation)
    • Mud, silt, sand and rock
  • Please have all eligible debris to the roadside by Dec. 9

The debris haulers have a potential reach of about 8ft from the edge of the road lane; for that reason, debris piles should be as close to the 3ft boundary along the road as possible so it can be reached and collected.

If time and weather permit debris collection trucks may make multiple trips up and down roads.  However, we encourage residents to move debris to the road as soon as possible. There is no harm in leaving a debris pile near the roadway for a week or more before the truck makes it to your area.

Please remember to be cautious when driving while these large debris haulers are on the road. There will be signage and flaggers warning of the presence of the trucks, but slower speeds and heightened awareness will help lessen any problems on the tight mountain curves.

For any questions about debris pickup in the plains, please contact Resource Conservation at 720-564-2222

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Thanksgiving dinner ends in physical altercation


BOULDER COUNTY- At approximately 5:00 p.m. Boulder County Communications received a 911 call reporting a stabbing in the area of West Magnolia, unincorporated Boulder County.  Two local transients invited a third to join them for Thanksgiving dinner.  The group’s conversation spiraled into a disagreement and physical altercation.  The invited guest picked up a kitchen knife and threatened 34 year old Brendan Hayes, who put up his hands to defend himself.  The invited guest slashed Brendan’s hands several times.  The invited guest left the area prior to Deputies arriving.


Brendan was transported by Pridemark Ambulance to Boulder Community Hospital where he was treated for cuts on his hands.

The suspect is described as a white male, 5’ 8”- 5’10” tall.  He had brown hair and a slender to medium build.  He was wearing blue jeans and a dark hooded sweatshirt.  He fled the area in a faded yellow four door sedan.  This incident is recorded under Boulder County Sheriff’s Office case number 13-6408

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office at 303-441-4444.

Commander Heidi Prentup
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

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