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City Manager Jane S. Brautigam has approved a flexible rebate application for Boulder-based Gnip for up to $45,000 in rebates. The rebates were authorized for sales and use taxes, and permit-related fees.
“Gnip is a fast-growing company in Boulder’s thriving downtown and high-tech communities,” Brautigam said. “The city is very pleased that it can support Gnip’s expansion so it can grow as an industry leader, delivering three billion social media activities per day.”
The flexible rebate program is one of the city’s business incentives, covering a wide range of fees, equipment and construction use taxes. Under this program, the city manager may consider a specific incentive package for tax and fee rebates to meet a company’s specific needs. The company is then eligible for the rebate after it has made its investment and paid the taxes or fees to the city.
Gnip is the largest provider of social data in the world, partnering with Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and WordPress, among others, to aggregate social media data and information for their clients. Founded in 2008, the company has emerged as a leader in the social media industry. With 50 employees, Gnip recently expanded into a new space at 1050 Walnut, Suite 115, to maintain its presence in downtown Boulder. In addition, Gnip was named “best place to work” by both the Boulder Chamber and the Denver Business Journal.
“We’re excited to be a based in Boulder and we think our growth is facilitated by the many advantages offered by the City of Boulder”, said Gnip CEO Jud Valeski. “We think Boulder offers the world’s best place to work and live.”
The flexible rebate program uses social, community, and environmental sustainability guidelines. Companies choose the guidelines that best fit their circumstances, but must meet minimum requirements in order to receive the rebate. Gnip has exceeded the requirements and, of note, the company has initiated the Gnip Gives Back program. This program coordinates charitable giving and organizes group service opportunities for the company to participate in. Gnip also offers Eco Passes, Boulder B-Cycle memberships, and annual City of Boulder Recreation passes to their employees and is located in a LEED Gold certified building.
Gnip’s application is approved as part of the 2012 flexible rebate program; one application is still pending. The city’s approved 2012 budget includes $350,000 in funding for 2012 flexible tax and fee rebates for primary employers.
We have met several times over the years. I am the city’s Economic Vitality Coordinator and I oversee the city’s flexible rebate business incentive program. The program is designed for primary employers (defined as Boulder companies that bring in over 50% of their revenues from outside Boulder County); it is not available to retail stores. Two return on investment analyses (ROI) are done for each rebate application, one that considers all local employees and one that considers only those employees who live in Boulder. Economic impacts such as company spending on catering, hotels, local purchases, and restaurants are considered, as is employee spending at restaurants and retail stores. This was an important factor for Gnip, as a downtown employer.
I would be happy to speak with you by phone or meet with you to explain the program further. The flexible rebate program is in its seventh year and has had a good track record of investing in companies that are investing in Boulder. Please note that, as a rebate program, no company receives city funds unless they have made a capital and/or facility investment and have submitted receipts for the tax/fee payments.
“We are committed to ending the unwelcome 4/20 gathering on the CU-Boulder campus, and this year’s approach represents the continuance of a multi-year plan to achieve that end,” said CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano. “What’s important here is the protection of CU’s missions of research, teaching and service. This isn’t about marijuana or drug laws. It’s about not disrupting the important work of a world-class university.”
DiStefano noted that the passage of Amendment 64 by Colorado voters last year does not make marijuana legal on the CU-Boulder campus. Amendment 64 doesn’t legalize pot smoking in public or possession of marijuana by those under 21. Marijuana is still prohibited by campus policy.
DiStefano noted that the passage of Amendment 64 by Colorado voters last year does not make marijuana legal on the CU-Boulder campus. Amendment 64 doesn’t legalize pot smoking in public or possession of marijuana by those under 21. Marijuana is still prohibited by campus policy.
Last year, the university’s closure to non-affiliates on April 20 resulted in the reduction of a 4/20 crowd of about 10,000 to 12,000 people in 2011 to a crowd of several hundred. A Boulder judge upheld the university’s right to take reasonable steps to avoid disruption of the university’s missions of teaching, research and service.
This year on Saturday, April 20, CU-Boulder’s normal academic and cultural activities will continue as scheduled, but the following measures will be in place:
- Students, faculty and staff are all welcome on campus and invited to attend all official university functions and make use of university facilities as they always do.
- Students, faculty and staff will be asked to present their Buff OneCard IDs at campus entrances and other areas.
- Consistent with last year’s protocol, law enforcement officers will politely and professionally engage those wishing to enter the campus to ascertain if they are affiliates or approved visitors. This will involve checking Buff OneCards for students, faculty and staff and credentials for registered visitors.
- Those unaffiliated with CU-Boulder, or who are not approved visitors, will not be permitted on campus. Those who trespass risk citations, which can mean punishment of up to six months in jail and a $750 fine.
- Law enforcement, including the Colorado State Patrol, will conduct additional enforcement on highways surrounding Boulder, looking for drivers under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
- Visitors who have official business, meetings or other officially sanctioned activities on the CU-Boulder campus will need to obtain a visitors’ pass by visiting the following link and filling out the form at http://www.colorado.edu/april20/campusaccess. Forms for visitors must be completed and submitted to CU-Boulder by 10 p.m. on Sunday, April 14.
Affiliates are encouraged to use alternative methods of transportation to get to and from campus. Bus routes that normally travel through core campus on 18th Street and Colorado Avenue – including the HOP and Buff Bus – will be detoured down Regent Drive. Please see http://www.colorado.edu/pts/content/420-traffic-parking-transit-impacts for additional information.
- All campus performances and events are on as scheduled for the evening of April 20 and the campus is expected to be fully open again at 6 p.m.
CU-Boulder officials this year agreed with CU student leaders on several new measures and adaptations in closing the campus:
- Officers will carry and distribute information cards explaining the university’s security actions and protocols for the day and providing a contact point for reporting concerns about the day’s procedures or police conduct.
- The university will not place any fish fertilizer on the Norlin Quad.
- The Student Government will not host a concert this year on 4/20 in an effort to save student funds and in response to student feedback.
Funding for the campus security measures comes from insurance rebates to the campus, not from tuition or student fees. As a reminder, per campus policies and the federal Drug Free Schools and Communities Act with which the university must comply, marijuana is not permitted on the campus.
The University of Colorado Boulder Police Department will honor its officers at the annual UCPD Awards Ceremony this evening. Among the honorees are Corporal Matt Delaria and Officer Joe Rossi, who will receive the Lifesaving Awards for intervening as a woman attempted to commit suicide. Commander Jason Wade will receive the Distinguished Service Star
Award for pulling a young man out of a burning car.
On the evening of Aug. 31, 2011, Corporal Matt Delaria and Officer Joe Rossi received a call from a woman who said her depressed friend had overdosed in an attempt to commit suicide at the College Inn, Room 103. The officers knew the College Inn campus housing was vacant that semester and believed the caller mistook it for the University Inn, a motel at 1632 Broadway. They quickly headed to the motel and spoke to a desk clerk, who confirmed the guest in Room 103 matched the name provided by the caller.
Through a partially curtained window, the officers saw the 33-year-old woman inhaling the contents of a compressed air canister before she lapsed back into unconsciousness. The officers forced entry through the window and provided immediate medical assistance as they called in paramedics. The woman had ingested a large amount of alcohol, prescription drugs and compressed air. She was taken to Boulder Community Hospital and survived. According to a letter of commendation from their sergeant, the officers’ “intimate knowledge of campus and their informed and experienced decision to check a similarly named and geographically adjacent location led to the saving of this young woman’s life.”
Distinguished Service Star Award
On Nov. 19, 2011, then-Sgt. Jason Wade discovered a disabled vehicle on the shoulder of U.S. 36 that had smoke billowing from the engine. Three young men attempted to put out the fire. Wade ordered the men away from the vehicle as he grabbed his patrol car fire extinguisher. A tire then exploded due to the intensifying heat. After Wade returned to the safety of his patrol car, the three men told him that a semi-conscious and intoxicated young man was still inside the car.
Wade returned to the vehicle, which was almost entirely engulfed by flames. Wade tried to quickly rescue the man, who was disoriented and fought Wade’s efforts. The man grabbed onto the door frame to prevent Wade from pulling him out of the car. Wade wrestled him out of the burning car. The man survived and was taken to BCH for evaluation.
Wade’s commander nominated him for the award due to his “bravery despite the imminent risk of serious harm and peril to himself.”
CU-Boulder Police Chief Joe Roy lauded the efforts of Wade, Delaria and Rossi.
“Commander Wade, Corporal Delaria and Officer Rossi should be commended for their roles during these emergencies,” Roy said. “Their quick thinking and heroic actions prevented further injury or death in these cases.”
Other awards to be presented tonight include:
· Collaboration and Determination: Presented to 12 officers for the speedy apprehension of Nathan Wood, who sexually assaulted a female CU student in October 2011 and stole women’s clothing while they were showering in residence halls. Wood was recently sentenced to 6 years in prison.
· Diligence and Resourcefulness: Presented to 8 officers for the investigation and arrests of CU students Mary Essa and Thomas Cunningham, who served marijuana-laced brownies to their professor and classmates in December 2012. The act sickened and/or hospitalized eight victims, who did not know that the brownies contained an active ingredient of marijuana. Each suspect has been charged with 18 felonies.
· Directed Problem Solving: Presented to 5 officers for their efforts to reduce alcohol/drug and other behavioral problems along the multi-use path and wooded areas of campus. These efforts resulted in the arrests or summonses of more than 110 people over the summer of 2012. Another Directed Problem Solving award will be given to 9 officers who have focused on reducing overall drug and alcohol problems.
· Boldness and Creativity: Presented to all patrol officers for their efforts to maintain pedestrian safety and prevent accidents among cars, pedestrians, cyclists and skateboarders.
· Initiative and Enthusiasm: Presented to Sgt. Paul Taylor for his efforts with the Housing Liaison Program and annual prescription-drug take-back program.
· Diligence and Resourcefulness: Presented to Sgt. Aaron Siegel, who oversees security and safety management for more than 1,500 events per year on campus.
· President of the United States Visit Campaign Ribbon: Presented to active members of UCPD who served during three presidential visits over a 6-month timeframe in 2012.
“I am very proud of the outstanding work of our officers,” Roy said. “These smart men and women have proven time and again that they proactively solve problems and make every effort to protect the CU community. I am especially pleased with officers’ diligence last year in keeping the campus safe during major events such as President Obama’s three visits to CU.”
Boulder is not immune to crazy acts of violence. It only thinks it is the way Sandy Hook did. Boulder has had a history of extreme acts of violence by very insane people.
In the 1970s A Boulder high girl was raped , shot and murdered as she washed new car at Buckingham park. A 10 year old girl was brutally murdered in her home . She lived a block from JonBenet Ramsey. The crime occurred 25 years before.
In the 1960′s a janitor ravaged and brutally murdered a female CU music student. The crime scene was so bloody and cruel it cannot be discussed here.
In the 1980′s Michael Bell shot 5 people at a gun range in Boulder He killed two. Sid Wells was brutally murdered with a shot gun blast to the head in a dope dealing operation gone bad. Involved was Robert Redford and his daughter. It was a celebrated case.
in the 1990s A Boulder county student held his girl friend Hostage with an AR 15 assault rifle at CSU . He fired rounds all day. A police sniper finally shot and killed him at 200 yards away.
In the 1990s 6 year old JonBenet Ramsey was brutally murdered in Americas most sensational child murder. In the same decade a 19 year old CU female student was abducted off Canyon Blvd and raped by an Asian gang. she was then thrown to the side of the road and left for dead. CU student Susanah chase was brutally raped and murdered at 19th and Spruce as she walked home from a night of Pizza and beer in downtown Boulder.
Also in the 1990′s Amanda McDonald was crushed by her boyfriends SUV as she drunkenly car surfed up flagstaff Mt. Boulder also experienced 3 days of alcohol riots in the 90s where scores of police officers were injured. For two years Boulder endured couch fires, firemen being targeted by Motoff cocktails
In 2011 a gunman shot and killed a star football player on the hill.
In 2012 a drunk young petite college girl wondered into the wrong house on the hill and was shot by a panicked psychiatrist aided by his hysterical wife.
1n 2012 Two students attacked their entire CU class by purposely loading brownies with a potent Marijuana strain sending 5 of them to the hospital and making the entire class sick. Some brush this of as a prank. but it was still an attack on a classroom.
Oh it goes on in Boulder
The level of violence has steadily increased in this city as it has all across the world.
Gun sales are up at the thriving gun store.
Driven by movies, video games, young men are driven to incredible acts of violence and mass shootings all over the world.
The City of Boulder’s Youth Opportunities Advisory Board (YOAB) will host a panel discussion called “GLBTQ Harassment: The Dark Side of the Rainbow” on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 2:55 to 4:30 p.m. at New Vista High School, 700 20th St. in Boulder.
Youth and adult speakers who are members of the local gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning (GLBTQ) and allied communities will discuss issues within the GLBTQ youth community such as depression and suicide prevention, harassment at school, and building support for students in all stages of the coming-out process. The panelists are B. Mann, Reina Ross, Sen. Dorothy Rupert, Daniel Sobrevilla and Ivette Visbal. Congressman Jared Polis will also speak.
The 2011 Boulder County Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data shows that high school students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or questioning are harassed at school more than twice as often as their heterosexual peers. They are also more likely to use alcohol at an early age, and far more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. The panel’s student organizers hope to inspire discussion about how to best address these issues, explore why allies are crucial and brainstorm ideas about how to develop them.
Fairview High School student Malie Minton, a YOAB member who is organizing the panel, said, “GLBTQ harassment in schools is a very important issue for us and many others in Boulder, and all are welcome and invited to attend the panel.”
Starting today, the city is seeking public input on potential amendments to the land use code to help mitigate community impacts related to the overconsumption of alcohol; a short survey is available here. The survey will be available until Nov. 26, 2012. Community input will be used to inform potential land use code amendments to be presented to council in early 2013.
On Aug. 21, 2012, City Council directed staff to seek feedback from the community regarding alcohol overconsumption in the Boulder community, including the role that land use code amendments could play to encourage responsible drinking and minimize the negative impacts on the community related to alcohol use. Council recognizes planning and zoning is just one of the many factors that influence this complex problem.
In 2004, City Council adopted Resolution 960 – A Resolution Concerning Alcohol Abuse in our Community. Since then, planning staff has met with City Council and community stakeholders on a number of occasions to look at options for land use changes, including study sessions in 2009 and a discussion on Aug. 21, 2012.
Suspect arrested; linked to more than 50 burglaries in University Hill area
Boulder police have arrested Daniel Stewart Cooper (DOB 11/22/1977) in connection with dozens of burglaries which occurred in the University Hill area between April and September of 2012.
Cooper was arrested on Sept. 5, 2012 after two victims of a residential burglary saw Cooper walking nearby, carrying the victim’s stolen backpack and laptop. The victims contacted police and although Cooper fled, police found him hiding in some bushes on University Avenue. He fought with police and faces charges of Obstructing a Police Officer, Resisting a Police Officer and Second Degree Assault on a Police Officer. (Case numbers: 12-12169 & 12-12174).
Police believe Cooper is responsible for between 50-and-100 burglaries in the area that roughly borders Broadway to 9th Street, and Euclid north to Grandview (University Hill). Cooper was mainly looking for drugs, but would steal electronics and other items from homes if they were available.
Cooper only targeted unlocked residences. In many cases, the doors were not only unlocked but left open, and Cooper would help himself to food, alcohol, clean clothing, a shower and various personal toiletries. In many instances, residents were home and asleep when Cooper entered. In a few cases, residents confronted him during the burglary. Cooper usually pretended to know someone at the home. Those victims allowed him to leave peacefully without contacting police. Cooper repeatedly burglarized several residences where doors had been consistently left unlocked.
Police believe Cooper committed an additional 34 burglaries in Boulder, but those have not been reported to police.
Police also believe Cooper committed Unlawful Sexual Contact of an adult female, and several vehicle thefts.
Daniel Stewart Cooper currently faces the following charges:
- 23 counts of Second Degree Burglary
- 4 counts of Second Degree Assault on a Police Officer
- 1 count of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by Previous Offender
- 1 count of Unlawful Sexual Contact
- 1 count of Resisting a Police Officer
- 1 count of Obstructing a Police Officer.
Cooper is being held in the Boulder County Jail. Charges for the vehicle thefts are being processed by the Boulder County District Attorney.
Anyone with information about these burglaries is asked to contact Detective Kristin Weisbach at 303-441-4474. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.
As part of the fourth annual Live Free Weekend, the University of Colorado Boulder community is being encouraged to take a pledge to forego all alcohol use for 96 hours from Oct. 4-8.
Presented by the CU-Boulder student group Oasis and Counseling and Psychological Services, the pledge also includes no recreational drugs for all participants. Numerous free activities including a film screening, ultimate Frisbee tournament, intramural sports, rock climbing and yoga sessions will be offered throughout the weekend to highlight substance-abuse-free lifestyles.
“One of our goals is is to give people who binge drink and use drugs a chance to take a step back and look at what they are doing,” said Matthew Tomatz, substance abuse coordinator at CU-Boulder Counseling and Psychological Services.
The CU Intercollegiate Athletics department will help kick off the event with the Live-Free Kickoff Lunch on Thursday, Oct. 4, beginning at noon on the south side of the Balch Field House. The free lunch, available to those who take the pledge, also gives participants a chance to meet others who are taking the challenge.
“We are excited and proud to be able to get involved with Live Free Weekend,” said Chris Schaefbauer, CUSG director of health and safety. “It’s important to have events like this on campus, where we question the things we do and the choices we make. Live Free Weekend gives the student body a great way to engage in dialogue within our community about alcohol and other substance abuse, because the truth is, it’s a problem among our students and college students in general.”
Live Free Weekend is sponsored by CU-Boulder Housing and Dining Services, CU Parents Association, CU Intercollegiate Athletics department, CU Volunteer Resource Center, Residence Hall Association, Community Health, GLBTQ Resource Center and Veteran Services.
To sign the pledge and see a complete list of events visit www.colorado.edu/livefreeweekend.
The Yawpers release this nice piece of work which celebrates assalt weapons, semi auto handguns, stealing money and alcohol from the homeless in some sort of twisted roller skating captain America hippie led zeplin nightmare. And the music vid has fat chicks. If you are a love-peace-neocom-newaged-sm techie, do not watch this!
Boulder police investigating body found in Boulder Creek
arly this morning, a passer-by walking along Boulder Creek in the area of 13th and Arapahoe called police to report a body in the water, near the bank.
According to a homeless man who spoke to police, he and the deceased man were drinking with a small group of transients until the early morning hours. Around 4 a.m. the group split up.
Police were not called until 6:30 this morning, when the passer-by noticed the body.
At this time, circumstances do not appear to be suspicious. The Boulder County Coroner has been notified.
The police department press release does make the connection between the street alcoholic drinking by the creek and his body being found in the creek. This is not an unusual demise for this population. To say that they are homeless or transient is misnomer according to experts who work with chronically addicted street people. They are no more transient than the student population at CU or IBMers who work in Boulder on monthly contracts. To call them homeless implies that all homeless are like this.
Some homeless are situationally homeless because of loss of job. This is seen more and more in Boulder. Many of them do not have a drinking problem. They just need and want work. Some so called homeless are mentally ill and are on the streets because they cannot cope in society, but they all don’t have alcohol problems.
Nationally, approximately 70% of “homeless population” are adult males in a dominant addiction such as alcoholism. They are homeless by choice: ie they would rather fly a sign for drinking money and stay by the creek. The other 30% are out of work people and the mentally ill.
Alcoholism is a serious problem in Boulder for the “homeless” and the employed alike
In this rare press release, it is unusual that the Boulder Police department makes a connection between this kind of death and drinking, but it is more likely than not in most homeless deaths in Boulder.
Chronically addicted males on Boulder streets account for millions of dollars spent each year in emergency services, hospital services and homeless shelter services.
Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.
University of Colorado closed to unauthorized visitors, non-affiliates on April 20
The University of Colorado Boulder announced today it will be open to students, faculty and staff on April 20, but closed to unauthorized non-affiliates due to the disruption caused by the 4/20 gathering.
“The gathering disrupts teaching and research right in the heart of the campus,” said CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano. “The size of the crowd has become unmanageable, and limits our faculty, staff and students from getting to class, entering buildings and doing their basic work. It needs to end.”
Further the event is attended mostly by CU freshman from campus. The outsiders come from all over the state. It has been their premier rally for legalizing marijuana in the USA. Pot lobbyists and activists use the event to promote drug use. With nice weather crowds could exceed 50,000. The university does not want to be know as the hippie pot smoking capital of the universe. With larger crowds expected, rampant illegal drug dealing, the university has finally had enough.
The ACLU has taken up the pot smokers cause, but legal experts say it is a lost cause: The university has a right to shut down in the face of massive criminal activity .
Law enforcement officials say they are prepared for 1000′s of arrests if need be. Over 1000 police are expected. 300 swat officers will be held in reserve and over 5000 National Guard will be held in ready reserve able to deploy in 1 hours notice. One legal official told us the fines are so steep for everything that it won’t be worth it to even attempt to come to Boulder. DUIs cost an estimated $20,000. State patrol will be targeting hippies driving in from Denver.
Boulder County will have out door jail space for 10,000 ready to go. One university official said: We aren’t fooling around.
On Friday, April 20, CU-Boulder’s normal academic activity will continue as scheduled, but the following measures will be in place:
- Students, faculty, staff and all CU-Boulder affiliates will need their Buff OneCard IDs to get on, and around, the campus. Those not affiliated with CU-Boulder will not be permitted on campus and face tickets for trespassing. Those cited for trespassing face punishment of up to six months in jail and a $750 fine. District Attorney Stan Garnett has discussed April 20 enforcement operations with CU Police officials. His office will handle the prosecution of those who receive tickets. “As always, the District Attorney’s Office will work to support the efforts of the CU Police Department,” Garnett said.
- For those visitors who have tickets for CU events on April 20 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., or who are participants in academic meetings, symposia, conferences or other officially sanctioned activities, limited access to campus will be provided via a special registration program. Visitors will check in at the CU-Boulder East Campus Administrative and Research Center at 3100 Marine St. Please register for this service by going online to http://www.colorado.edu/april20 beginning Monday, April 16 at 8 a.m. or call the CU information line at 303-492-4636. After 6 p.m., no special access to the campus is required, though visitors should be advised that traffic getting into and out of the campus is likely to be heavy.
- Police will be checking for Buff OneCard IDs, and have checkpoints set up at all major campus entrances.
- Norlin Quad lawn areas will be closed to all people. Anyone, regardless of campus affiliation, who enters these areas may face a ticket for trespassing. Closure signage will be clearly displayed in this area. All areas of the campus – including other fields – will be closed to non-affiliates.
- Visitors will not be allowed to park on campus. Attendants will check those traveling to campus for BuffOne IDs and parking permits.
- CU Police issued tickets for marijuana possession last year. Officers will do the same this year. However, this year people will see a larger presence of officers.
- Those who smoke marijuana can face a ticket, which can result in a $100 fine, revocation of a person’s medical marijuana registry card upon conviction, and sanctions against students who receive tickets by CU’s Office of Student Conduct.
- A large presence of police officers from CU-Boulder and regional agencies will be present. The Colorado State Patrol will conduct enhanced patrols on U.S. 36, Colo. 93, the Diagonal Highway and other highways throughout the day, looking for drivers under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
- The Colorado Department of Revenue’s Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division will have a team of officers deployed on campus and throughout Boulder to monitor medical marijuana centers and ensure compliance with licensing regulations.
- CU organizations and academic units have been advised to move non-essential meetings and gatherings that require visitors, partners and stakeholders to more convenient times later in the spring semester.
- Regent Drive will be closed to through traffic from approximately 1:30 to 6 p.m. Buses will be allowed to use Regent Drive, but drivers should plan alternate routes.
- The Buff Bus and RTD Stampede, 209, and J routes will be impacted between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Please seehttp://www.colorado.edu/pts/news/index.html for details on how these routes will be altered and/or delayed.
The university announced on April 3 that a concert with the performer Wyclef Jean, sponsored by the CU Student Government in partnership with CU-Boulder’s Program Council, will be hosted at the Coors Events Center. Doors open at 2 p.m. and all CU students with BuffOne cards are invited to attend. The show is expected to end at 7 p.m. No non-CU students will be admitted.
The city of Boulder shut down the Halloween Mall Crawl in 1990 after crowds of over 50,000 became wild, a media circus and put huge financial strains on the city. It is hoped with this new shut down that CU students who want to celebrate 420 will do it quietly and not turn it into a national sensation embarrassing the entire University of Colorado. Parents who see this will be less likely to send their kids to CU and this event sends the wrong message. Which is if you are a doper CU is the place to come.
Drug addiction has been a problem on the CU campus since the late 1960s. Shutting down 420 will help to solve this health issue too.
by BC1 staff
CU News services contributed to this story
The city council will vote THIS TUESDAY (April 17th) on a resolution from CU regarding their 4/20 enforcement effort.
I recommend attendance at the meeting. Friends of 4/20 (or political freedom) can sign up to speak online at bouldercolorado.gov
or in person at 5:oo pm on Tuesday at the Municipal Building, corner of Canyon and B’way in downtown Boulder.
You need to sign up early if you want to speak –
however, people can show support just by showing up at the meeting, which starts at 6 p.m.
The City of Boulder, in a tough economy, has received enormous revenue from Boulder dispensaries and it shouldn’t be a stretch
to ask that they not condemn people who would like to see an end to marijuana prohibition.
If there are problems with marijuana use in Boulder, the police haven’t been able to identify them.
Meanwhile, there are reams of police reports for people taken to Boulder Community Hospital with alcohol poisoning, bar fights,
parties out of control — all related to alcohol use.
If there is some sort of “solution to the marijuana problem” needed, it’s not going to come from over-the-top law enforcement
strategies. I have personally attended more than a hundred city council meetings lifetime. Council does frequently respond to
political pressure from agencies like CU; however, they also sometimes listen to people who show up at their meetings.
There probably should be a reverse resolution against CU; however, I would just advocate the city council not
endorse this particular resolution, which flies in the face of common sense, as the 4/20 event might have had minor crowd
management issues at times, but nothing to merit a campaign of police ticketing and intimidation.
Rob Smoke is a columnist for Boulder Channel 1 news. He writes about city politics.
Alcohol abuse is the elephant sitting on the Pearl Street Mall that no one wants to address.
The city has been concerned about alcohol abuse on University Hill and has started turning down liquor licensees there. Yet two super liquor stores will open this year near 29th street.
Techstars and Boulder Start up routinely promote drinking events everyday they operate. Caution of this addictive drug has been cast to the wind.
The down side is the addiction, behavior, and pressure on public services : from police, to human resources, hospital,<
80% of Boulder arrests are alcohol abuse related. They include the majority of domestic violence calls, 100% of drunk driving calls. 50% of all motor vehicle accidents. Home accidents, drownings , boating accidents. The number nationally are staggering. In Boulder they run higher than the national average.
Boulder has also won the dubious distinction of being the drinking-est community by over a dozen organizations. Boulder Community hospital which does not list alcohol as a cause of death lists a large number of admittance’s for alcohol related diseases including heart disease, kidney failure, heart disease, diabetes, chronic arthritis, and too many to list .
The county Addiction Recovery Center which employs a staff of over 30 24 hours a day admits over 3000 sufferers from alcoholism a year. County mental health say that 50 % of their patients have alcohol abuse. Over 70% of Boulder 3000 homeless suffer from alcoholism. Alcoholics anonymous estimates over 5000 members. Half are under 35 years old.< On the job drinking is promoted daily in social media with office parties always in play.
Wine meet-ups have become a new phenom as have women’s wine lunches.
But is Boulder addressing Alcohol Awareness month ?? No. Why not?. The reason is that a symptom of community wide alcohol abuse is Denial. 18 years ago Boulder banned inflatable liquor displays and alcohol signage such as beer banners hanging from buildings. It also brought to an end alcohol sponsored events at Boulder Rez.
But alcohol promoted events have begun to sneak back into the community.
In 1993 through 1995 alcohol abuse was so severe the city and county held yearly alcohol summits. But not anymore. Has the problem one away. No, it has gotten worse every year.
Here some links on what you can do to raise awareness about alcohol abuse in Boulder http://healthfinder.gov/nho/PDFs/AprilNHOtoolkit.pdf
CU-Boulder urges spring break safety
for students traveling or staying put
With visions of ski resorts and warm beaches on the minds of many students, the University of Colorado Boulder is urging students to exercise caution whether they remain in Colorado, travel elsewhere in the country or go abroad for spring break.
CU-Boulder’s spring break is March 26-30.
Students planning to travel abroad need to be aware of travel warnings issued by the U.S. Department of State, including recent warnings for those planning to visit Mexico. For information on security conditions in specific regions of Mexico visit http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_5665.html. Those planning to go to Mexico also can view general travel tips at http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/tips_1232.html.
“The advice I give to students traveling internationally is similar to what I would tell students locally,” said Larry Bell, director of international education at CU-Boulder. “Stay aware of your surroundings and exercise caution in places with which you are not familiar. When abroad be alert to the differences of customs, traditions and social situations as those differences may result in significant consequences — sometimes negative.”
In general, students are reminded to practice the same safety protocols they follow in Boulder, which includes traveling in groups, looking out for friends, keeping hydrated, knowing their limits and complying with the law.
“We want our students to have a great break, but also want to remind them to be safe and look out for one another wherever they are during spring break,” said Karen Raforth, interim dean of students and associate vice chancellor for student affairs.
Students who are of age and choose to drink alcohol should do so safely and keep an eye on their friends before, during and after parties.
“I always encourage students to step back and think through their use of alcohol to avoid related problems,” said Matthew Tomatz, counselor and substance abuse coordinator with CU-Boulder’s Counseling and Psychological Services office. “Since drinking can be risky and lead to poor decision-making, it is wise to establish sensible limits before drinking and strategize ways to maintain these boundaries.”
Students planning to drive to an out-of-town destination should drive in shifts and get plenty of sleep before driving. Those planning to travel to the high country should check road conditions and take winter survival kits in their cars. Winter driving tips are available at http://www.coloradodot.info/travel/winter-driving.
This winter, the high country has experienced more avalanches than normal, so students who plan to ski, snowboard or snowshoe need to be extremely careful. Students should check the site they are going to visit for advisories before they go. Information about avalanches, including special advisories, is available at http://avalanche.state.co.us/index.php.
Students also need to remember that the Student Code of Conduct follows them wherever they go. For more information on the Student Code of Conduct visithttp://www.colorado.edu/studentaffairs/studentconduct/code.html.
Before leaving for break, students planning to travel internationally should visit the U.S. Department of State’s travel information page, which includes international safety resources and warnings and alerts, at http://travel.state.gov/travel/. General international travel tips are posted athttp://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/tips_1232.html.
According to news reports from CBS and TMZ Whitney Houston was found dead in a bath tub with a bottle of Zanex near by. She had been drinking after her concert last night in California, came home to her hotel, jumped in the tub and popped a few Zanex to take the edge off.
She was found by one of her staff dead in a Los Angeles hotel room bath. Houston joins other pop star greats who died from drugs and alcohol including Elvis Presley, and Jim Morrison who died in their bathrooms. Michael Jackson died in bed. Mamma Cass died choking on a ham sandwich and alcohol. Dozens more died in similar ways.
Combined Alcoholism and Drug addiction is a fatal illness who very few ever recover from. Houston had a life long battle with it. She finally lost the night before the Grammy awards.