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Pearl Street Mall in the Summer

Pearl Street Mall in the Summer


Jann goes to the Pearl Street Mall during the summer to check out the Pearl Street Arts Festival, Band on the Bricks and kids playing Pokemon Go.

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Boulder Green Streets annual Sept. 27


Boulder Green Streets and the City of Boulder to host annual Boulder Ciclovia Sept. 27

 Boulder Green Streets and the City of Boulder will present the fifth annual Boulder Ciclovia, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27. The event features several miles of temporary car-free streets open for the community to engage in healthy, active and sustainable activities. http://www.bouldergreenstreets.org/

Two major activity zones connect the route: Pearl Street between 15th and 17th streets, and the North Boulder Recreation Center at 3170 Broadway.  Activities will be free and include live music, dance, arts, fitness and recreation. There will also be opportunities to learn about local sustainability efforts, enjoy local and natural foods, and explore outdoor adventure gear and more. To get between the zones along the designated routes associated with this one-day event, visitors must walk, bike, or use other alternative modes of transportation.

For more information about Boulder Ciclovia and a full schedule of events, visitwww.BoulderGreenStreets.org. Road closures information is available atwww.BoulderConeZones.net.

Many U.S. cities have adopted this concept, calling them Sunday Parkways, Summer Streets and various other names.

The most famous Ciclovia occurs in Bogota, Colombia, every Sunday, where 70 miles of major arterials are shut down and 2 million people take to the street to walk, bike and play.

Sleep Out for the Homeless

100 will Sleep Out for Homeless Youth November 13th!


November is National Homeless and Runaway Youth Awareness Month.

Sleep Out for the HomelessSign up to Sleep Out here: http://attentionhomes.donorpages.com/sleepout2014/

BOULDER, CO. – Attention Homes has announced that on Thursday, November 13th over 100 community members will sleep out in support of homeless and runaway youth. November is officially Homeless and Runaway Youth Awareness Month. The 3rd Annual Sleep Out for Homeless Youth will be presented in partnership with First United Methodist Church of Boulder. Attention Homes, a local non-profit organization, is the only shelter for youth in Boulder County providing day and overnight shelter.

Participants will be spending the night sleeping outside on the lawn in downtown Boulder between Attention Homes’ office and the First United Methodist Church, near 15th and Spruce Street. They have pledged to each raise $1,000 for Attention Homes from friends, family and colleagues through their own fundraising page. Sleep Out is expected to raise more than $100,000 to support Attention Homes’ homeless and runaway youth services.

“The number of youth in our community who are either homeless or unstably housed is currently estimated to be 150 or more on any given night,” says Claire Clurman, Executive Director of Attention Homes. “Sleep Out is an opportunity to raise awareness about and funds for this critically important issue. By taking part in this event, individuals, community and business leaders will glimpse what life is like as a homeless youth by exposing themselves to weather and the uncertainties that come from living on the streets. Our hope is that as they return the next morning to safe and warm homes, their jobs and families, they will share a message of awareness and support for these local kids that need our attention and help.” Both principals from Fairview and Boulder High will be sleeping out this year.

Sleep Out participants will arrive the evening of November 13th at First United Methodist Church and take part in a simple meal provided by Pasta Jay’s before preparing to sleep out. Early the next morning, a light breakfast will be served before departing back to work and home where participants are encouraged to not shower or change in order to further heighten their connection to the experience of being homeless. Rev. Pat Bruns, Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church, was an early supporter of the event and believes Sleep Out perfectly complements their affirming and welcoming community that reaches out to support a variety of local non-profits. “Caring for one another works best when we build creative partnerships that help meet a wide variety of needs. Whether it is through our efforts with the Boulder County Aids Project, OutBoulder, Community Table, which also feeds the poor and homeless or by supporting the essential work of Attention Homes, we are doing what we all should do to help those who are so often both marginalized and forgotten in our community. And we are committed to changing the systems that create marginalization, neglect and homelessness in the first place.”

Attention Homes expects to serve close to 800 youth by the end of 2014 through street outreach, day drop-in services and overnight shelter. Programs connect vulnerable youth to education, employment, housing, mental health and substance abuse support and family reunification. To learn more about how you can participate go to www.attentionhomes.org/sleepout.

Attention HomesAbout Attention Homes:
Since 1966 Attention Homes has provided opportunities for youth in crisis to change their lives. We offer safe shelter, community-based living and teaching of life skills necessary for an independent future. Attention Homes operates the only shelter for youth in Boulder County.

Claire Clurman : Executive Director
303.447.1206 x122
720.308.1001 (cell)

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OSMP Implements Closures Thursday



south boulder creek 1City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department will begin seasonal area closures to protect grassland ground-nesting birds beginning Thursday, May 1.

These closures will be in effect until July 31.

No designated trails will be closed as part of this protective measure.

The areas closed for grassland ground-nesting birds are:

Both sides of the Greenbelt Plateau Trail from Community Ditch Trail to the Greenbelt Plateau Trailhead on state Highway 128. Dogs will be allowed on the Greenbelt Plateau only if they are on leash (the trail is normally voice-and-sight control);
The area north of Community Ditch Trail and west of state Highway 93;
The area north of the Flatirons Vista North Trail and west of Highway 93 on top of the mesa;
The area north of the South Boulder Creek West Trail, east of the Bluestem Connector and south of Shanahan Ridge (dogs are prohibited in this area year-round).

Dog regulations on both the Community Ditch and Doudy Draw trails will remain voice-and-sight control.

For a variety of reasons, grassland bird populations in North America have declined sharply in the last several decades. Three species that OSMP monitors – Grasshopper Sparrows, Horned Larks and Lark Sparrows – have suffered at least a 50-percent population decline in the last 40 years, according to the National Audubon Society. The closures OSMP will implement Thursday are important in protecting these species’ habitats by keeping people and their pets away as the birds attempt to nest.

Please help OSMP protect these species and other ground-nesting birds by respecting the closures. Trespass violations can result in a summons with penalties up to 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.


Source: City of Boulder


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Boulder Creek to Reopen West of Broadway



boulder creek 1At noon on Friday, April 25, the City of Boulder and Boulder County Sheriff’s Office will reopen Boulder Creek from Boulder Falls to Broadway.

Public safety officials believe that this section of Boulder Creek will be safe for kayakers, swimmers, and tubers after the heavy equipment that was being used to remove sediment and debris is moved to other drainageways.

Contractors will continue removing debris and sediment east of Broadway, and that section of Boulder Creek will remain closed to recreational use. 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.


Source: City of Boulder



Register Online 4 Boulder’s Clean-up Day


scott carpenter parkRegister online for Boulder’s 12th Annual Community Clean-up Day, held from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 17. The event, sponsored by the City of Boulder, Boulder City Improvement Association II (BCIA 2) and the Daily Camera, provides volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups to help clean up a variety of parks, greenways, creeks and paths throughout the city.

Volunteers will choose from 11 locations around Boulder. Registration is available online or by contacting Mary Malley, volunteer services coordinator for the Boulder Parks and Recreation Department, at 303-413-7245. Online registration closes on Wednesday, May 14. Registration the morning of clean up will be held from 8 to 8:30 a.m. at Scott Carpenter Park, located at 1505 30th St.

In appreciation of our volunteers, all participants are invited to join the parks and recreation department at Scott Carpenter Park, at noon, for a free ice cream social provided by Glacier Homemade Ice Cream; will receive a one-day pass to the Boulder Reservoir; and will be entered into a prize drawing.

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Boulder News Briefs for April 2, 2014



Boulder Parks Open SpaceBirds of special concern/raptor monitor program volunteers needed

The City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department’s Urban Resources division is seeking volunteers for its Birds of Special Concern/Raptor Monitor Program at the Boulder Reservoir, located at 5565 N. 51st St. Training and orientation will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. A slideshow presentation will be held in the morning followed by an easy walk of the monitor locations.

Monitors should be able to work independently and have their own binoculars. Skilled birders with the ability to identify osprey, American bittern, northern harrier and burrowing owl are preferred, but some identification training will be provided for beginners. Responsibilities include monitoring and reporting animal presence, bird behavior, nest locations, fledgling success, wildlife closure violations and assisting with educating the public. The days are flexible but a minimum commitment of one site visit per month consisting of approximately 1.5 hours each, from late April through early August, is requested.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Mary Malley, volunteer services coordinator for the Parks and Recreation Department, at 303-413-7245.


North Boulder Rec CenterNorth Boulder Recreation Center will close early on Saturday, April 5

The North Boulder Recreation Center (NBRC), located at 3170 Broadway, will close early at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, to prepare for the annual Father and Daughter Dance. The East Boulder Community Center, located at 5660 Sioux Drive, will be open extended hours until 7 p.m. to accommodate NBRC’s early closure. The pools will close one-half hour before each center’s closing time.

For more information and to register for the Father and Daughter Dance, visit the registration website.

Source: City of Boulder

Ron Baird

FLY FISHING THE SEASONS IN COLORADO by Ron Baird— just in time for Spring


An Essential Guide for Fishing through the winter, Spring, Summer and Fall
Author Ron Baird

“The single most important factor that determines a fly angler’s approach to a stretch of water isn’t the time of day, nor is it a hatch of insects or even the character of the water itself. It’s the season. From spring and summer through fall and winter, changes in weather dictate changes in strategy. This can be intimidating. If fish were biting here a month ago, why are things so different now? Where to go where they might be better? The seasonal variation of fishing strategy is necessary knowledge for any fly angler, and Fly Fishing the Seasons: Colorado is the first-ever guidebook to address this subject.”

Focusing on the world-class waters of the Centennial State, and with full-color photos throughout, this book comprises four equal sections—summer, fall, winter, and spring—each with a general locator map and each covering five to ten primary locations. The best waters to fish in this particular month or span of months? What flies and techniques to use? Look no further than Fly Fishing the Seasons in Colorado.”

Ron Baird worked for the Colorado Division of Wildlife,  where he researched and wrote about fishing spots for anglers visiting our state. His first book was Fishing Colorado. His new book Fly Fishing the Seasons in Colorado was released just in time for Christmas. It is available in book stores and fly shops all over Colorado or world-wide on Amazon.com

Mr. Baird is the news editor for Boulder Channel 1 and Channel One Networks

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Tree work along creek path closures


Boulder Creek Path tree maintenance planned for March 3 to March 6 and March 25

The City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department’s Urban Forestry Division will be working with Ironwood Earthcare to conduct safety-related tree maintenance along the Boulder Creek Path from Monday, March 3, to Thursday, March 6, and again on Tuesday, March 25. The work will require temporary closures of the Boulder Creek Path, and flaggers will be onsite to direct pedestrian and bicycle traffic around work zones.



Monday, March 3:
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – temporary closures will be along the dirt trail south of the Justice Center, located at 1777 6th St.

Tuesday, March 4:
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. – temporary closures will be near the Evert Pierson Kids’ Fishing Pond, located at 6th Street and Canyon Boulevard.
2 to 4 p.m. – temporary closures will be near the Sculpture Park at 9th Street and Canyon Boulevard.

Wednesday, March 5:
8 to 11 a.m. – temporary closures will be near the Main Public Library, located at 1001 Arapahoe Ave.
11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – temporary closures will be near Central Park and Connecting Point Park, located at 13th Street and Arapahoe Avenue.

Thursday, March 6:
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. – temporary closures will be west of 17th Street along the Boulder Creek Path.
2 to 4 p.m. – temporary closures will be east of Folsom Street along the Boulder Creek Path.

Tuesday, March 25:
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – temporary closures will be near Boulder High School, 1604 Arapahoe Ave., from 13th to 17th streets.

Please note, all tree maintenance project dates and times are weather-dependent and subject to change. For more information, call Patrick Bohin, parks and recreation department’s urban forester, at 303-519-8750.



OSMP Ranger’s weekly report


Cow attack, suicidal person, mt. lion cache, injured hiker fills the rangers’ week

Rangers responded to:


• A report of an injured on the Baseline Trail. The hiker slipped on the ice, attempted to brace herself with her arms and potentially broke her right wrist. Rangers worked with both Boulder Fire and AMR on this call.


• A report of a suicidal party in the Flagstaff area. The suicidal party stated that he wanted to jump off of one of the Flatirons to his Dad who then called 911. Rangers working with BCSO to find the party at Crown Rock and helped with his arrest and transport to hospital.

mountain lions bury prey and return to it often to feed

mountain lions bury prey and return to it often to feed


• A report of a mtn lion cache in the area of 800 Willowbrook. Mtn lion was seen pawing the home owners sliding glass door. Rangers worked with CPW on this call.



• A report of an injured hiker on the Mesa Trail who had slipped and fell on the ice, hitting his head. Rangers worked with Boulder Fire on this call.


• A report of a vehicle fire at Cathedral Park. The fire started because of an electrical issue with the car. Rangers worked with Boulder Fire and Denver Water on this call.


• A report of a hiker getting kicked in the head by a cow at the North Teller Trailhead.


The hiker saw a cow giving birth and thought it was in distress and went over to look and help. The cow promptly kicked her, loosening some of the hiker’s teeth.


• A report of an active criminal trespass happening off of Eldorado Springs Dr. OSMP Rangers were first to respond and detained the suspect. The suspect, later identified as Senator Mark Udall’s son, had broken into three vehicles and stolen a small amount of cash. The suspect was arrested and drug paraphernalia was found to be in his possession.


• A wildfire at Buckingham Picnic area. The fire started in a logjam and heavy equipment had to be used to get to the interior of the fire. Jay Jones brought in a backhoe to help clear the debris. Rangers worked with Lefthand Fire on this call, it is unknown how this fire was started.


• A report of an injured sledder at Chautauqua, Rangers worked with AMR on this call.





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