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The City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department’s Scott Carpenter Pool, located at 1505 30th St., is an official host location for the 2013 World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) record-setting event, taking place at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 18.
The event is available to non-swimmers ages 1 to 14. A parent must accompany each child younger than 6 years old in the pool. Pre-registration is available at www.BoulderParks-Rec.org and day of registration begins at 8 a.m. with the swim lesson beginning promptly at 9 a.m.
The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ was created as a platform to help aquatic facilities and the many different regional, national and international water safety and drowning prevention organizations work together to communicate the fundamental importance of teaching children to swim.
Following the swimming lesson, the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department offers a free day at Scott Carpenter Pool, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18. Entry will be free to all swimmers.
For more information, please visit www.BoulderParks-Rec.org and click on the “pools” tab or call Whitney Oftedahl, Boulder Parks and Recreation Department, at 303-413-7214.
FREE Monday Summer Concert Series begins June 10
Join the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department on Monday evenings throughout the summer for free performances in the parks. Concerts start at 7 p.m. and last one hour. Bring a picnic and enjoy the parks with your family! Rain dates are the Tuesdays following the scheduled concert dates.
● June 10 – Central Park Bandshell, Canyon Boulevard and Broadway Street
● June 17 – East Boulder Community Park, 5660 Sioux Dr.
● June 24 – Main Library Lawn, Broadway Street and Canyon Boulevard
● July 1 – Harlow Platts Park, 1360 Gillaspie Drive
● July 8 – Salberg Park, 19th Street and Elder Avenue
● July 15 – Scott Carpenter Park, 1505 30th St.
● July 22 – North Boulder Park, 9th Street and Dellwood Avenue
● July 29 – Chautauqua Park, 900 Baseline Road
For more information, please visit www.BoulderParks-Rec.org or call Whitney Oftedahl, Boulder Parks and Recreation Department, at 303-413-7214.
Boulder Municipal Court to be closed 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 14
Boulder Municipal Court will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, June 14, for a staff meeting.
EUGENE, Ore. – Emma Coburn will have a chance to win one last NCAA 3,000-meter steeplechase title for the University of Colorado after cruising to an easy win in the semifinals on Thursday night at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Historic Hayward Field.
The 2012 Olympian clocked a time of 9:46.76 to win not only the first heat, but the semifinal round as well. She outran the rest of the field by more than nine seconds as Cornell’s Rachel Sorna had the next fastest time at 9:55.84. (Sorna was also in the first heat with Coburn.) The second heat was won in 9:58.82 (Weber State’s Amber Henry).
The finals are on Saturday at 2:57 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on ESPNU.
Coburn went to the front of the pack at the start and put about 10 meters between her and the rest of the field. After that, she was able to run a very smooth and controlled race as she continued to put distance between her and her competitors. Entering the bell lap, Coburn had built up a commanding lead, approximately 50-meters, and was able to cruise to the finish.
Earlier in the afternoon, senior Joe Morris competed in his second event of the championships as he raced in the third section of the 200-meter semifinals. Morris ended up seventh in the heat and 22nd overall with a time of 20.81. Pac-12 Champion Bryshon Nellum (USC) won the semifinals in 19.99.
Although Morris did not advance to the finals in either event, he wrapped up one of the best sprinting careers at CU, finishing as the second best performer in the outdoor 200 (20.45) and tied for third in the 100 (10.27). He is also CU’s indoor 60-meter record holder (6.57) and won a pair of 2013 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation indoor track and field titles in the 60 and 200 in February. This past May he was named CU’s Male Career Athletic Achievement Award winner. He also became the first Buff since Devlon Dunn in 1988 to qualify for both the 100 and 200 races at nationals.
Action at the NCAA Championships will continue on Friday for the Buffs, starting with sophomore Mark Jones in the high jump which starts at 3:20 p.m. PT and the beginning of the meet will be streamed on the Pac-12 Live Stream (pac-12.com/live/goducks). Senior Aric Van Halen will be on the track at 5:40 p.m. PT for the finals of the men’s steeplechase. That final will be televised live on ESPNU. Live stats will also be available at www.flashresults.com.
BOULDER – CU Seniors Emma Coburn and Aric Van Halen will compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and Joe Morris will race in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes. The Buffs will also be sending a pair of athletes to compete in the field events; junior Emily Hunsucker in the hammer throw and sophomore Mark Jones in the high jump.
This will be Coburn’s fourth trip to the outdoor championships in the steeplechase and she has been quite successful. In 2009, she finished 11th, but the following year she was the runner-up. Finally in 2011, Coburn won her first NCAA individual steeplechase title. She redshirted the 2012 season, but is back and looking to finish her collegiate career strong. The 2013 Pac-12 Champion has the top time in the country and ranks ninth in the world (9:28.26).
Van Halen is also no stranger to nationals. He finished 10th at the 2012 championships to earn his first All-America honor. Earlier this season, Van Halen won his first individual Pac-12 title and he ran a season-best time of 8:38.23 at the NCAA West Preliminary Championships, which was seventh overall.
The final three athletes will all be making their first appearances at NCAAs. Joe Morris is just the second Buff to compete in the 100 and 200 at nationals. The only other CU athlete to do the double was Devlon Dunn in 1988. Morris finished eighth at prelims in the 100 and was ninth in the 200. His season and personal bests are 10.27 (100) and 20.45 (200).
Hunsucker had a standout season, breaking a 15-year-old school record in the hammer throw. Not only did she break it, but she has continued to reset it several times since, most recently at the NCAA West Prelims on May 23 when she recorded a mark of 207-10. That throw placed her seventh in the west to advance to NCAAs.
Jones has also had a good season. He was the runner-up at the Pac-12 Championships with a jump of 7-2 ½, which also put him third all-time in CU history, just behind Bill Jankunis (7-4) and Jason Dudley (7-3). Jones has had two meets with jumps over 7-0 this season. He tied for 11th at the west prelims to advance to NCAAs.
The entire meet will either be streamed live or televised. Wednesday will be streamed on the Pac-12 Network (pac-12.com/live/goducks). Thursday’s events will be available via ESPN3.com, and Friday and Saturday’s events will be televised on ESPNU in a window beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday. Prior to those times on Friday and Saturday the meet will be on ESPN3.com. Live results can be accessed on NCAA.com and flashresults.com.
CU press release
The 26th annual EXPAND Duck Race® will be held at 4 p.m. on Monday, May 27, at the Boulder Creek Festival. The Duck Race is a benefit for the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation department’s EXPAND (EXciting Programs Adventures and New Dimensions) program, which provides recreational opportunities for children, youth and adults with disabilities.
Participants can sponsor ducks for $5 each. The ducks will race from the 9th Street bridge to the finish line in Boulder Creek next to the main Boulder Public Library lawn at the Peace Garden. Online registration is now available and will remain open until race time. Participants can also sponsor ducks at the Boulder Creek Festival or at one of the three recreation centers.
Dozens of prizes will be given away to the top duck finishers, including the grand prize of $1,000 in cash from Fisher Honda/Fisher KIA of Boulder; 2nd prize is a one-night stay at the Hotel Boulderado, market style BBQ dinner at the West End Tavern, brunch at Centro Latin Kitchen and a $100 downtown Boulder gift card; and 3rd prize is a nine-month membership at the Quest Martial Arts Center. In addition, 80 more lucky ducks will win prizes.
Participants do not need to be present to win. Prizes will be mailed and winners will be notified within 14 days. All proceeds benefit the EXPAND program.
For more information, a full list of prizes and to sponsor a duck, visit www.EXPANDDuckRace.org.
–CITY of Boulder press release–
Boulder start Up week is developing from an elitist all white college aged “new entrepreneurial vision of neo -com American business run by wine and coffee snobs” to something that the city of Boulder has endorsed and made an official event. In it’s early days BSUW was an invite, register only press censored event. Much of it was low on substance and high on partying. Don’t get us wrong Boulder start Up week is still a week long drinking convention for 20 and early 30 somethings, but it now has to conform to city strict Human rights policies. Read. It is now open to the public, press and the homeless.
Some of the more serious presentations for entrepreneurs are held by Metzger and Associates and the Boulder Chamber who bring in qualified mentors to actually assist aspiring Start Ups. Yet the week is an overt promotion to attract tech companies to Boulder. Look at the schedule of events and much of it partying drinking. Boulder has a huge rep for drinking drugging and partying in the start Up scene and for those looking for that, you won’t be disappointed. Yet, the schedule has tons of events and with a discerning eye you are bound to find something useful.
“What is Boulder Startup Week?
Each May, we throw a 5-day event that showcases the unique startup culture of Boulder. No registration required. You’ll find meetups, coffee shop pow-wows, the largest Ignite in the world, parties, drinks, food, hikes, bike rides, sun, and good people.
Wednesday is the official launch of Boulder Startup Week 2013. People from across the Front Rage will be flocking to Boulder to get a taste of the entrepreneurial culture and what it means to get an idea off the ground.
Here is Boulder start Up week Schedule
Maybe you’re in search of a co-founder. Maybe you need workshops to help your ideas to take shape.
Maybe you just need beer.mWhatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it over the five-day span of this year’s Boulder Startup Week. We’ve created a dang-near definitive go-to guide to help you get the most out of the week. Buckle up and let’s go.
Looking for a gig? There’s an entire listing of who’s hiring.
Need the schedule? You can access each day’s events right here.
Want to attend an event? Each event on the calendar has an Eventbrite link. BE SURE TO REGISTER. Many events are beyond full at this point. While some don’t have max capacities, some do. Be sure to check the Eventbrite link on each event before you just show up.Going to Ignite Boulder on the 15th? It’s sold out. Be glad you scored tickets. If you need tickets, sending out a tweet can sometimes help as can standing in front of the Boulder Theater to snag a spare from people who have already bought tickets and have a spare.Need to get to Boulder Startup Week? Catch the Uber Express Bus. The bus schedule is right here. Buses are running multiple times per day between Denver and Boulder to make it easy.Have you registered to attend Boulder Beta? Well, why not? It’s kinda the big shindig of the whole week. Tickets are $15 and available here.Need to feed? Nearly every day features breakfast and lunch sessions, sponsored by some of the coolest startups in Boulder. Be sure to say thank you as you breeze by and grab that pancake, breakfast burrito, or lunchtime taco-and-beer.For more information, stop by the Boulder Startup Week popuptent on Pearl Street. See you there!
some information was gathered from Erica Napalatono and Boulder Startup website
The City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department will open Spruce Pool for the summer season on Monday, May 13. Spruce Pool, located at 2102 Spruce St., features an eight-lane, 25-yard lap pool; leisure pool with accessible ramp; and accessible play features including jets, fountains and a duck slide. Spruce Pool starts the season with a more limited schedule, and regular summer hours will begin Tuesday, May 28. Spruce Pool’s season runs through Monday, Sept. 2, Labor Day.
The schedule for Spruce Pool is available online at: www.BoulderParks-Rec.org and by clicking on the “pools” tab in the middle.
The City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department’s other outdoor pool, Scott Carpenter Pool, located at 1505 30th St., is being painted and prepared for the summer season. This work has been delayed due to recent rain and snowstorms, and Scott Carpenter Pool will now open after Memorial Day weekend. A specific opening date will be announced as soon as possible.
Boulder Parks and Recreation Department Information: 303-413-7200.
About four in five respondents reported satisfaction with their CU-Boulder education. A similar proportion would recommend CU-Boulder to a friend and nearly 98 percent of the seniors reported that their program of study met their educational goals.
The 2012 study is the latest edition of the senior survey, conducted 11 times since 1985 by CU-Boulder’s Office of Planning, Budget and Analysis, or PBA.
“The survey data clearly demonstrate that these students, from their perspective as seniors, judge the university in overwhelmingly positive terms,” said Michael Grant, CU-Boulder associate vice chancellor for undergraduate education. “CU-Boulder routinely invests a lot of time and energy in polling our senior students about their experiences, academic and otherwise, in order to continuously work toward improving those experiences.”
The online questionnaire was sent to 7,646 degree-seeking seniors and was completed by 2,890, or 38 percent, of the recipients. Comprising about 200 scaled items, plus four open-ended questions, the survey collected a massive amount of information including nearly 7,900 written comments.
The 2012 seniors’ ratings of CU-Boulder advising services were higher than those from any previous senior survey. The seniors’ satisfaction with numerous other CU-Boulder services, from libraries to information technology, was high and generally comparable to that of earlier cohorts.
“We use the survey results extensively to look at what’s popular and working well, to set goals to improve services, and even to pass along advice,” said Jim Davis Rosenthal, CU-Boulder director of orientation and director of the Office of Student Affairs Assessment. “Based on one of the survey questions, we are able to let incoming freshmen know what outgoing seniors wished they had gotten involved in. Other departments also use the results to encourage students to try opportunities they might not otherwise have considered. In a way, it’s like older siblings giving advice to their younger siblings.”
Large proportions of seniors said that if they were to start over at CU-Boulder, they would put more effort toward or spend more time on interacting with faculty (60 percent), career exploration (51 percent), and campus-related research projects, internships and applied experiences (45 percent).
Nearly two-thirds of seniors who expected to graduate by summer 2012 reported that their principal activity in fall 2012 was most likely to be paid employment, either full time (48 percent) or part time (15 percent). A combined 15 percent said they were most likely to be enrolled in graduate studies, professional school or other coursework. A combined 13 percent expected to go into military service, or pursue volunteer service, an internship, student teaching or travel.
The thousands of student comments included praise for various aspects of their major programs, suggestions for ways to enhance and improve major programs, and descriptions of ways in which their major program did or did not meet their educational goals.
One student wrote, “I feel that I am prepared to be an exceptional teacher after I graduate. The school had a lot to do with my preparedness.” Another wrote, “Excellent material, mostly great professors, and fantastic facilities all add up to a well-rounded education.”
The survey collects information on seniors’ satisfaction with their educational experiences at CU-Boulder and about their post-graduation plans. The survey’s findings are used primarily to provide systematic information for academic and service units to use in planning and improvement, and for use by prospective and current students, their advisers, and their families.
Preliminary results for the Seniors’ Future Plans Survey, which is separate from the comprehensive senior survey and which has been conducted each year since 2009, show a jump in full-time employment expectations. The initial data show that 54 percent of CU-Boulder seniors in 2013 expect full-time employment to be their principal activity after graduation, an increase from 48 percent in 2012. Expectations for part-time employment were reported by 15 percent of the 2013 seniors.
The 2012 questionnaire and comprehensive data from the senior survey, including summary reports from students in each of CU-Boulder’s schools and colleges and nearly 50 departments, are available athttp://www.colorado.edu/pba/surveys/senior/12/index.htm.
City Planning Board to host public hearing on Boulder Creek Commons proposal
The city’s Planning Board will hold a public hearing to consider the Boulder Creek Commons proposal for the property known as “Hogan Pancost” beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24. It is expected that the board will need to continue the meeting to Thursday, April 25, with a start time of 6 p.m.
Public comment will be taken during the April 24 meeting. If all public comment is heard on April 24, then the board will continue deliberations to April 25 if needed, but public comment won’t be heard again on April 25.
The meeting will be televised on Boulder’s Channel 8 and will be streamed live online atwww.boulderchannel8.com. The packet material prepared for the board’s meeting is available for download at www.bouldercolorado.gov > City A-Z > Boulder Creek Commons.
BOULDER — University of Colorado senior quarterback Jordan Webb has been diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and is out for the 2013 season.
Webb suffered the injury early in Tuesday’s practice in a non-contact drill, making an ordinary cut when he collapsed on the field. An MRI in the evening revealed the damage, though it was limited to the ACL as other ligaments and cartilage were fine, according to CU trainer Miguel Rueda.
“This is very sad for Jordan,” head coach Mike MacIntyre said. “We all feel for him. He was doing well in practice, competing again for the starting job, and for this to happen and to lose him for the season is just a shame.
“Jordan is a great young man, one who represents our program well, both on the field and off it as a graduate student in a tough major field of study (Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity).”
Webb completed 144-of-265 passes for 1,434 yards last season, with eight touchdown passes and eight interceptions. His best game was in CU’s lone win in 2012, a 35-34 verdict at Washington State, when he threw for 345 yards and two touchdowns along with a game winning 4-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-goal with 9 seconds remaining.
“It’s another obstacle that I have to overcome,” Webb said. “I’ve rebounded from adversity before so this is just another challenge I have to face.”
He was named CU’s starting quarterback last August 15, just ahead of the first major scrimmage of fall camp; he joined the CU program in July after completing all his degree requirements at the University of Kansas. He took advantage of an NCAA rule which allows a player to continue his career, provided if he has time remaining on his 5-year eligibility clock, and the school he transfers to has a program that is not offered at his previous university. He started 19 games for the Jayhawks.
A fifth-year senior, Webb will work with CU’s compliance office to determine if he can earn a sixth year of eligibility; his freshman year at Kansas (2009) he was redshirted, in part due to the fact that he had torn an abdominal muscle in camp and couldn’t return to practice again until well into the season.
The irony is that Webb suffered the same exact injury that wide receiver Paul Richardson did one year to the day; Richardson tore his ACL on April 9, 2012, and eventually was able to practice on a limited basis toward the end of the season, taking a medical redshirt season he had available to him. It’s much too early to know if Webb has the same kind of improvement during the rehab process if he could be available later in the year should the NCAA deem him not eligible for a sixth year of competition.
Youth Opportunities Advisory Board applications now available
Applications are now available for the City of Boulder 2013-2014 Youth Opportunities Advisory Board (YOAB). Current City of Boulder residents in grades 8 through 11 are eligible to apply. No previous leadership experience is required.
YOAB members learn valuable skills as they make funding decisions on grant proposals for youth programs, advise city government and local agencies on youth-related issues, and work on projects to address youth needs.
Applications are due Friday, April 12, 2013. YOAB is part of the Youth Opportunities Program in the city’s Department of Human Services, Division of Children, Youth and Families. For more information contact Alice Swett at 303-441-4349, or go to www.yoab.org.
Orientation to Family Child Care Workshop offered
The City of Boulder’s Division of Children, Youth and Families (CYF) is offering a workshop on how to become a licensed family child care provider. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 23, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the CYF building, 2160 Spruce St.
Participants will learn the costs and benefits of licensing, Colorado’s rules and regulations and the steps required to become licensed.
Now is the time to begin the licensing process for summer or fall enrollment. The workshop is free to City of Boulder residents; there is a nominal fee for non-residents.
For more information about becoming a licensed family child care provider or to register for this program contact Annette Crawford at 303-441-4411 or visit www.bouldercolorado.gov/cyfhhs/rt. CYF is a division of the Department of Human Services.
Boulder Municipal Court closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 12
Boulder Municipal Court will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, April 12, for a staff meeting.
CITY OF BOULDER PRESS RELEASE (AS USUAL)
900 Prairie dogs slated for move
A public meeting is scheduled to discuss a city proposal to relocate up to 900 prairie dogs from city-owned land around Foothills Community Park and from additional open space colonies to city open space land east of Highway 93, south of Coal Creek, and north of Highway 128, south of Boulder. This number has been scaled back to reflect on-the-ground and projected drought conditions. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 9, in the Foothills Elementary School Cafeteria, 1001 Hawthorn Ave. Staff from the city will be available to answer any questions, and to receive comments and feedback.
The city is intending to apply for a State of Colorado permit to relocate the prairie dogs from these areas, which are designated as removal areas in the Urban Wildlife Management Plan and the Grassland Ecosystem Management Plan.
The proposed receiving site was previously the site of an extensive 155-acre prairie dog colony that has since died off. The prairie dogs are being removed from multiple city sites with the dogs near Foothills Community Park being moved first.
CITY OF BOULDER PRESS RELEASE– FOR THOSE TOO IGNORANT TO KNOW HOW THE BUSINESS WORKS
Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County Community Action Programs (CAP) has scholarship monies to award to low-income students. Scholarships range from $500-$1,000 each and are made possible through proceeds from CAP’s Annual Multicultural Awards Banquet.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Minimum one year residency in Boulder County
- Currently attending university, community college or technical school as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student
- Low to moderate-income level.
Preference is given to students actively involved in a student organization or the community. This is not a scholarship for students who will be graduating from high school this spring/summer.
This is a one-time scholarship; prior CAP multicultural scholarship recipients are not eligible to apply again.
Applications are available by visiting www.BoulderCountyCAP.org
BOULDER COUNTY PRESS RELEASE
More may be eligible, with the expansion of heating assistance program , but applications are due by the end of April.
There is still time for Boulder County residents to apply for winter heating assistance through the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP),
LEAP helps low-income residents who meet income criteria and other eligibility factors pay their winter heating bills. The program is designed to pay the highest benefit to households with the highest heating costs.
“Energy costs have continued to increase throughout the recent economic downturn,” said Theresa Kullen, an eligibility manager with Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services (BCDHHS). “We want to make sure that people know this help is available, because it can make the difference between whether or not someone can also afford groceries or a visit to the doctor in a given month.”
In addition, Boulder County residents who may not have previously qualified for heating assistance may now be eligible. The Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services (BCDHHS) continues to oversee local expansions of the Heating Assistance Program and can provide help for households with income limits higher than those in LEAP.
Boulder County residents who were previously ineligible for LEAP due to income limit reductions may now qualify for help with heating bills through the Heating Plus program. This new program has gross monthly income limits of 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (for a family of three, this amounts to about $3,000 per month).
Those who want to find out more about whether they qualify or want to apply for the assistance should email Erica Penz at Boulder County LEAP, or call 303-682-6783. Boulder County will continue to accept applications through April 30, 2013.
Enforcement of smoking ban on Pearl Street Mall begins April 1
The ordinance banning smoking on the Pearl Street Mall went into effect on Jan. 18, 2013. The ordinance bans all smoking between 11th and 15th streets on the Pearl Street Mall, and on the lawn of the Boulder County Courthouse. The maximum penalty for a first or second offense within two years is a fine of $500; a third and subsequent conviction within two years triggers the general penalty provision of a maximum $1,000 fine and/or maximum of 90 days in jail.
Boulder police officers who patrol on the Pearl Street Mall have been educating people about the smoking ban since it went into effect, and have not written any tickets while the signs were being manufactured. On Monday, April 1, the ordinance will be fully implemented, and enforcement will begin.
Signs were ordered after City Council approved the ordinance in December; however there was a delay in the sign manufacturing. The signs on the mall are custom enameled and take longer to fabricate. The enamel signs are more resistant to graffiti and other tampering.
The city is collaborating with several partners, including Boulder County Public Health and Downtown Boulder, Inc. (DBI), to create a coordinated educational campaign for downtown employees and visitors about the smoking ban on the mall. A celebration event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12, on the 1300 block of the Pearl Street Mall, where county, city and DBI staff will be available to answer questions about the smoking ban and about free resources available for individuals who wish to quit smoking.