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“This week on Inside Boulder News: A Boulder second grader is awarded for knowing what to do during a house fire, an analysis shows how a 100-year flood would affect city buildings, and the students of Uni Hill learn about an important natural resource.”
Inside Boulder News is a weekly TV news cast from and about the city of Boulder. A new edition appears here every Friday afternoon
According to Boulder County fire and Police dispatch there was a lighting fire up on Lee Hill but heavy rains put it out. All Fire and police went into emergency Flash Flood monitoring for all creeks around Boulder. As of this writing 3:47 nothing has occurred.
Rain came down sideways in Noth boulder . The BC1 rain gauge measure 5 inches per hour for 10 minutes. NOAA has issued Severe weather alert see below. Boulder OEM did not open nor send out an alert. Information was gather first by Boulder Channel 1 News.
Flash Flood Warning
FLASH FLOOD WARNING
BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
FLASH FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER CO
327 PM MDT MON JUL 30 2012
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DENVER HAS ISSUED A
* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
CENTRAL BOULDER COUNTY IN NORTHEAST COLORADO
* UNTIL 530 PM MDT
* AT 324 PM MDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED
VERY HEAVY RAIN FROM A THUNDERSTORM 3 MILES SOUTHWEST OF GOLD
HILL…OR 34 MILES NORTHWEST OF DENVER. THIS STORM WAS MOVING EAST
AT 15 MPH.
* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO
WALLSTREET…SUNSHINE…SUMMERVILLE…SALINA…CRISMAN AND GOLD
RAIN GAUGES IN THE FOUR MILE BURN AREA HAVE ALREADY RECORDED UP TO
0.70 INCH OF RAIN SINCE 3:00 PM MDT.
A FLASH FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING.
IF YOU ARE IN THE WARNING AREA MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND IMMEDIATELY.
RESIDENTS LIVING ALONG STREAMS AND CREEKS SHOULD TAKE IMMEDIATE
PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS
SWIFTLY FLOWING WATERS OR WATERS OF UNKNOWN DEPTH BY FOOT OR BY
AUTOMOBILE. TURN AROUND…DO NOT DROWN.
HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING OF CREEKS…STREAMS…AND
DITCHES IN THE FOURMILE BURN AREA. SOME DRAINAGE BASINS AFFECTED BY
EXCESSIVE RUNOFF INCLUDE FOURMILE CREEK…GOLD RUN…AND FOURMILE
CANYON CREEK. WATER WILL BE FLOWING DOWN ROADWAYS. ROCK SLIDES OR
DEBRIS FLOWS CAN ALSO BE EXPECTED.
Chance of a Thunderstorm75°/54°
Current weather forecast for Boulder, Colorado.
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Boulder Chamber Supports Extension of Wind Production Tax Credit
The Boulder Chamber is supporting the extention of the Wind Production Tax Credit. View our letters to Senators Bennet and Udall. Both Senators have delivered speeches on the floor in support of extending this important Colorado job driver.
Senator Bennet’s on the Wind PTC
Senator Udall’s on the Wind PTC
Boulder’s Energy Future
Chamber Engages on Behalf of Members on Next Steps in Boulder’s Energy Future As Xcel Energy files with the PUC regarding renewable energy and DSM Incentives, and the City convenes business energy users to craft an ongoing input process, the Chamber is engaging with both entities to ensure the needs of our members are represented at the table. If you have input on these, or other advocacy issues, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan. 23, 2012 – Law firm chosen to aid city in potential condemnation proceedings with Xcel Energy read more->
The Boulder Chamber will continue to be at the table as the City evaluates options for its energy supply. With the narrow passage of Ballot Items 2B and 2C, the City Council is empowered to pursue forming a municipal utility. The Chamber supports the City Manager’s committment to caution and meaningful stakeholder input in her Press Release following the election. On December 6th, the City held a rountable with the newly seated Council and staff outlined their near term plans for exploring the feasibility of acquiring the electrical power distribution system from Xcel and forming a municipal power utility. Plans include hiring an Executive Director of Energy Strategy and Electric Utility Development, as well as additional legal and technical support staff. Staff also outlined three possible tiers for Boulder’s Energy Future, from ramping up current conservation and small renewable generation to full scall municipalization. Materials from the meeting are available on the City’s website. The Daily Camera provided this report.
Boulder Channel 1 news thinks the city and the Chamber should have worked out a deal with Xcel which would have led to a clean energy policy with Xcel. They city and chamber will now spend millions if not billions to operate this coal burning fossil.
Pinnacol Assurance Restructuring Proposal Delayed
The Board of Directors for Pinnacol Assurance announced jointly with Governor Hickenlooper that they would not pursue a restructuring proposal to privatize the state’s largest carrier of workers’ compensation insurance during the 2012 Colorado legislative session as previously intended. The Chamber has been following this issue closely since the Colorado businesses insured by Pinnacol have much at stake. Although a specially appointed Task Force spent several months reviewing and receiving input before reporting back the the Governor, many questions remain, such as how restructuring would impact service levels and rates, how to ensure availability of an insurer of last resort, and what happens to the policy holders’ dividends. It is likely that a proposal will come forward for the 2013 session after additional work. For more coverage on this issue, see Ed Sealover’s article in the Denver Business Journal.
State Legislative Update
sponsored by Jensen Public Affairs, Inc.
The opening days of the Colorado legislative session have seen the introduction of several important bills. The Boulder Chamber is currently prioritizing those with the greatest potential to impact the Boulder business community and developing a state legislative agenda for the 2012 session. Check back for ongoing reports on bills of interest to Boulder’s economy.
For the full list of bills under consideration see the following reports:
Bills of Interest->
2012 State Legislative Session Updates from Statewide Chambers:
Colorado Competitive Council (C3)
Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry (CACI)
Boulder Chamber Against PIPA/SOPA
The Boulder Chamber has been following the growing debate over H.R. 3261 the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and S. 968 Protect IP Act (PIPA).While these bills seek to address a real problem of online piracy, the methods used in these bills would undermine freedom of expression, and stifle innovation. Our future prosperity lies in our nation’s ability to remain competitive in the digital age.
The Boulder Valley is the Silicon Valley of the mountain west and the Boulder Chamber will work to defend our innovative economy and its entrepreneurs. To that end, we have asked Senator Bennet to reconsider his cosponorship of the bill. We thank Senator Udall for his opposition to PIPA, and Congressman Polis for his opposition to the House companion bill SOPA. We will follow the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act (OPEN) bill in the House as a way of better addressing the online piracy issue.
UPDATE: Senator Bennet withdrew as a co-sponsor on January 23rd. The Senate bill was pulled from its scheduled floor vote on the 24 and the House bill’s judiciary committee hearing has been postponed indefinitely. It’s likely these bills are dead for the 112th Congress. Thank you Senator!
Boulder Channel 1 news questions The Chamber wisdom here. The Boulder Anti sopa and anti PIPa crowd are largely criminal hackers who are under investigation by the FBI. The Chamber also heralds the questionable business practices of those involved.
Boulder City Council
The Boulder City Council identified their 2012 priorities at their annual retreat on January 20-21st. The Boulder Chamber hopes to work with this new Council to promote a strong regional economy, and sent this letter for Council’s consideration in advance of their retreat. coverage of the retreat suggests some promising common ground, but also reinforces the importance of the Chamber as an advocate for a strong local economy.
In order to identify areas of common interest between the Boulder business community and City Council, and to identify policy-based opportunities for our organization to better educate and advocate on behalf of our members, we have instituted a Boulder City Council Scorecard to track votes of interest.
City of Boulder Considers Transportation Maintenance Fee
On Tuesday, Jan 24, the Boulder City Council will have a Study Session on a potential Transportation Maintenance Fee (TMF). The Transportation Advisory Board (TAB)has identified an ongoing funding shortfall for Maintenance and Operations, as well as Transportation Enhancements for the City. Although last year’s successful Capital Improvements Project tax will provide one-time funding to address significant deferred maintenance projects, it does not address long-term transportation funding challenges. The TAB has recommended a TMF which would be collected on utility bills and would cost the average household $24 and the average employer $327 per year. We will be following this issue and providing input to the City Council as it moves forward. ->Read More
Highway 36 Commuting Solutions News
Increased Pricetag for Northwest Rail
After preliminary evaluations by BNSF Railway Company, the cost to complete the Northwest Rail from South Westminster Station to Longmont has increased from RTD’s 2011 estimate of $894.4 million to $1.4 billion. This is based on a 2020 completion date, although RTD expects schedule delays due to the significant cost increase of this line. Read full story->
Small Business Health Care Tax Credit
Can you claim the Small Business health Care Tax Credit for 2011? If you are a small employer (business or tax-exempt) that provides health insurence coverage to your employees, follow these 3 simple steps to determine if you may qualify. view full website->
500 Year Floodplain Regulations: Critical Facilities and Mobile Populations Ordinance
How will the Critical Facilities Flooplain ordinance affect you? This ordinance impacts those who use, maintain, own or operate critical faciliites in the 100- or 500- year floodplain. To see if your facility is included, visit the The City of Boulder Flooplain map. If you are in the floodplain AND your business meets any of the facility types defined as essential service, hazardous materials, at-risk populations, or mobile populations, you may be required to meet new regulations. For definitions, the latest draft of the ordinance, information on scheduled meetings, and background information, visit the project website.
First reading of the ordinance WAS SCHEDULED FOR September 20 at 6 p.m.in the City Council Chambers, BUT HAS BEEN DELAYED. CHECK BACK FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Chamber Engages on Behalf of Members on Next Steps in Boulder’s Energy FutureAs Xcel Energy files with the PUC regarding renewable energy and DSM Incentives, and the City convenes business energy users to craft an ongoing input process, the Chamber is engaging with both entities. full story->
Clif Harald (Boulder Economic Council), Sean Maher (Downtown Boulder, Inc.), and Jud Valeski (Chamber Member-Gnip) testified before Council i
n support of a third story addition to the 1600 Pearl building, which will yield 18,309 square feet of much needed Class A Office Space. The building was approved by a 6 to 2 vote.
Boulder Channel 1 News feels this was a horrible mistake. This building is too tall as it is. It was protested when it was built for Borders Books in the 1990′s. It blocks the sun on Pearl ,obscures the view of the Mountains and it was rushed through council. Cliff Harold and Sean Maher should be drummed out of Boulder supporting this horrid decision.
Chamber Recieves Recognition at Annual 10 for Change Awards for being in the top ten for reducing overall GHG emissions in 2011.
I believe the group of “retired” CU administrators who have six-figure “part-time” jobs with the University of Colorado
are suspect agents of a crime which violates a variety of Federal statutes. If the obviously unconstitutional
legislative provisions allowing their “part-time” six-figure paychecks were in fact created with their involvement,
then — regardless of their job titles — they may in fact be an organized white-collar crime ring.
One question would be, who did the legislative work and what do their records show?
As far as constitutional issues go, for starters, the “special provision” discriminates against anyone who works for the state of Colorado
and cannot access the financial benefit of “retiring” and then receiving top-level pay from the very same public agency from which they allegedly “retired”.
From what I can gather, that includes everyone not in this exclusive group of go-getters — a group that is also known
to work with the legislature regarding CU’s various needs.
It should be noted that the self-same administrators who feel that the 4/20 celebrants besmirch the reputation of the University
are game to continue with their arrangement which functionally defrauds the state of Colorado — or rather, everyone who lives
here and isn’t in this particular “boys club” of un-retirable retirees.
Rob Smoke is a columnist for Boulder Channel 1 News
“David Harrison, who has defended those issued camping tickets, responded to the most recent decision to eliminate jury trials for those issued camping tickets by saying, “What’s next?”
There is an assorted list of fascist policy decisions, laws and ordinances in recent years coming from of our Boulder City Council, that question resonated with me, What’s next?
How about a seminar about violence in the workplace where our City Attorney declares not all the public speakers who go beyond the 2 minute rule are threats?
Now, councilman Karakehian comes up with a novel idea, let’s pledge allegiance to the flag before every council meeting.
Councilwoman KC Becker responds that if people do not want to “pledge” before meetings, “I’d be interested in hearing why.”
Therein lies the problem.
Pledging, “Under God,” or under anything at all, even refusing to stand! like me, those who have been taught to questioning authority? The act is repugnant.
Have you ever been ostracized and harassed?
I refused to pledge allegiance in middle school and high school in the late 1970′s and early 1980′s.
My parents taught me well.
Ironically, my homeroom teachers both taught history and I took a ruler on the knuckles or a slap on the head from time to time, just for not standing up while other recited “The Pledge.”
The purpose of the pledge seems to divides us all into the patriotic vs. the non-patriotic, the believers vs. the non-believers.
How to escape? While many in the Council Chambers stand to recite cobweb loyalties and factitious duties.
Some of us feel that pledging allegiance to the wall is unpatriotic, especially, when those leading the pledge have forgotten to uphold the “with liberty and justice for all” part.
The small “violations” of that pledge itself, camping tickets, curfews… are examples of a reoccurring problem of our Boulder City Council.
We’ve got a long way to go, baby.
Some of us feel we are going backwards.
Must we must support anything, however bad, because we were born or live in a particular place?
What is a pledge or promise of allegiance?
Curiously, such lessons in supposed good citizenship in the form of reciting a pledge of allegiance are rarely, iever, accompanied by deeper introspection.
So, it should be no surprise that reciting “The Pledge” has been proposed by members of the Boulder City Council.
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Seth Brigham is a sometime contributor to Boulder Channel 1 News
God bless Seth and God bless the United States of America
Who says local news is dying? On this week’s Inside Boulder news, we bring you news about the city’s 2012 budget, a popular basketball camp for kids, the latest kudos for the Valmont Bike Park, 30th Street renovations and a valuable SWAT training exercise. Check it out at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAS-Pk9SI2Q and feel free to share. Thanks for your interest!
Blotter – February 24, 2011
A woman driving a gray Saab struck a bicyclist at the intersection of Pine Street and Broadway around 3:15. The bicyclist was thrown from her bike and transported to the hospital for treatment. She suffered from abrasions to her right hip and right elbow. The driver admitted fault and said she had trouble seeing because of the western sun. The driver was issued a summons.
Police responded to the Bright Now dental practice at 1840 Folsom after used x-ray development solution was reported spilled. The office building was evacuated (about 35 people) as a precaution, and no one was injured. There was a sewage back-up in the building at the same time, unrelated to the x-ray solution spill.
A 22-year-old male was arrested in the 700 block of Arapahoe after his girlfriend alleged that he grabbed her by the throat after an argument. The victim reported to police that the suspect also locked her out of the residence when she tried to gather her belongings. The case is closed. 11-2474.
We had a great outpouring of response from the community after posting a request for volunteers about six months ago. Today I am writing with a much more important request. After having lost several important funding sources in the past month we are broadening our base of support and need help in getting the word out about how to support the program. Would it be possible to post the following?
“Sponsor a meal for someone who cannot afford it. Meal on Wheels of East Boulder County- Meal Sponsorship Fund.
So that no senior goes hungry. 303-665-0566″
Please let me know or edit the statement above as you see fit. We appreciate the support very much.
Meals on Wheels of East Boulder County
Natalie Wood (yes it’s her real name)anchors Boulder Channel 1’s first daily newscast. The Boulder Native stayed in town for college where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from The University of Colorado… But she wasn’t quite done with school yet! From there, she went on to get a Broadcasting Certificate from The Ohio Center for Broadcasting. During that time, Natalie interned at Fox31 and CBS Denver where she had some “OMG” moments when she assisted in national stories such as Balloon Boy, a visit from First Lady Michelle Obama, and The Amazing Race casting call…She paid her dues at an NBC affiliate in North Dakota where she produced and hosted the evening news. SO EXCITING! Natalie is even more excited to be a part of the daily newscast at Boulder Channel 1.
If you have any story ideas, Natalie would love to hear them! You can contact her at email@example.com.
According to news reports: channel 7 says that there is no central clearing house for all the donations to victims of the Fourmile fire. Victims do not know where to look or go for all of the donation centers. Boulder County list below is sparse. Mile High United Way did not return calls, yet they are taking in much cash for fire victims. Cash is in short supply. victioms cannot find it. No one can find much needed clothes, personal effects, furniture and especially financial relief.
Boulder Channel 1 News could not find a comprehensive list of services either
Boulder County, Colo. - The official Distribution Center for the Fourmile Canyon wildfire will open on Wed., Sept. 15 at 1 p.m.
Residents in Boulder County who have been impacted by the fire are encouraged to stop by during center hours to receive items that have been donated by the community. Donated items include clothing, bedding, housewares, household items, personal hygiene items, diapers, and other donated objects that may be of use to people displaced or affected by the fire.
The Distribution Center, located in Boulder at 5395 Pearl Parkway (next to Sunbelt Rentals) will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
The county is still receiving donations of certain personal and household items at its Collection Center, located at 3111 28th St in Boulder (between Glenwood Dr. and Valmont Rd., across from the Puddle Car Wash and next to Time Warp comic & game store). The hours of the collection center are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice.
Denver Public Access TV Thrives while Boulders’ in the “Dark” ages. Crying shame. Council to blame.
Next event: Friday, September 3rd
Live studio performance from 8-9pm
Celebrating their 6th year in Denver, this month, the crew fromKGNU will be taking over the studio to produce a show using their staff, board members and volunteers. This month’s event features a musical performance by Spellbinder. For more information, visit the KGNU site. This event is free and open to the public. Hope to see you there!
Attendees will also have the ability to pick their purpose on the spot. You’ll learn about and have the opportunity to get involved with a variety of local philanthropic activities through a community organization or one of GoodSpark’s programs.
“An Evening Discussion of First Amendment Rights”
Wednesday, September 15th from 5:30-7:30 pm
5:30pm – Meet & greet with wine and light refreshments
5:45-6:30pm – Tour of the Open Media Foundation
6:30 pm – Presentation by David Lane, followed by Q & A
Event to be held at the Open Media Foundation, located at 700 Kalamath Street, Denver, CO.
Mr. Lane is one of Colorado’s best-known civil rights attorneys. His practice is limited to criminal defense and civil rights litigation and he has represented numerous individuals in First Amendment freedom of speech cases, both in the workplace and in many other contexts.
For questions and/or additional information, contact Caryn Osterman at 303-777-54
This month the Open Media Foundation welcomed Brad Taylor to the team as Director of Development. With an extensive background in development and fundraising, the Open Media Foundation is excited about this new addition to the OMF family. Brad Taylor can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Brad: As the Foundation’s Director of Development, Brad is working to increase OMF’s contributed income through expansion of the organization’s individual, corporate and foundation donor base. After graduating with a degree in journalism from Lynchburg College and successfully completing a “blow-off year” in Europe, Brad launched a development and fundraising firm which today employs over fifty associates in Chicago and Milwaukee. Since leaving his firm in 2006, Brad has worked for several non-profit organizations as Director of Marketing and Development and as an Executive Director. Brad recently relocated to Denver from Chicago and his free time is consumed by two rescued, rambunctious Welsh Terriers.
Monthly Update by Tony Shawcross
Next year, the City of Denver will sign a new Franchise Agreement with Comcast. While the new contract is not likely to make front page news, it will determine the future of Public Access TV in Denver.
The Franchise Agreement gives Comcast the permission to build and operate a cable network over utility poles and/or under public streets, paid for by taxpayers. In exchange for use of these “public rights-of-way”, cable operators provide compensation to the community. Over the next six months, we will need a wide showing of support from Denver residents to help City Council justify increased support for Public Access TV in the new franchise.
OMF’s goals for the franchise include:
1. The Establishment of a Permanent Public Access Facility
2. Expanded I-Net to Enable Increased Access to PEG Channels
3. Upgrade of PEG channels to High Definition
4. Keeping PEG channels on the Basic Tier
5. Increased Capital/PEG fees
6. Broaden the Definition of “Capital Expenses”
When: Tuesday, November 9th from 7:30-8:30am
Where: Infinity Park Event Center
To see how you can help us accomplish these goals and ensure a bright and stable future for Public Access in Denver, read the draft of OMF’s
“Goals for 2012 Franchise Negotiation” and help us lobby City Council to support OMF’s position.
We are always looking for food donations to help keep our youth fed and alert during trainings/productions, please let us know if you have suggestions or information about youth group sponsorships
The city of Boulder is planning a “Why I like Boulder” campaign for the fall. This is in order to help build back the self esteem of citizens who have been under a barrage of insults in the letters blog section of the media, by columnists and a general tone of intolerance. Much of this stems from last years fight over home size, the 5 year battle over public access TV and captain Underpants civil rights suit.
We agree. There is no point of extreme reactions to the city for our luxury problems. All of that has passed now and a city wide discussion on all of the things we like about Boulder is long over do.
Boulder Channel 1 news will, starting today move harsh opinion pieces by our reporters off the front news pages and put them into an opinion section labeled as such. Rob Smoke our city reporter has been on a personal tear against the city so his writing will now be titled ROB SMOKES OPINION and not city reporter. Seth Brigham has been better in his writing, any of his opinion pieces will be moved off the News page. Donna Marek’s reporting is the most fair and balanced, but any of her strong opinions will be moved to the opinion pages also. Ron Baird is the news editor and he never shares his personal opinion in editing all of the community news stories we get in. My personal opinions can be seen in my blog My Life in Boulder. I write here when trying to explain the policy of Boulder Channel 1 news.
Overall we are supportive of the city government at this time. We are certainly supportive of our community. The city and city council have come a long way since the bad ole days of Mark Ruzzin and Shaun McGrath’s councils. We are on speaking terms with at least two council members. The city manager Jane Brautigan is excellent and communicates well as does the city communications head Patrick Vonkeiserling. Previous managers had a long standing war going on with us. Those combative actions have long ago ceased so we see no point in our reporters spinning their personal attacks as news. End.
Of course they need all of these things to do their job effectively as a council. Criticism of them on this point is unfounded and comes from snibbly nosed reporters at the Daily Camera and from here. Yes the entire council needs the budget increase recommended by the city manager. Yes they need the latest in I-phone technology. Yes they need laptops and any thing else available. What ever any city employee gets, the council should have. Absolutely no two ways about it. These people are busy, hardly paid anything and the least we can do is make sure they have the equipment , budget and tools to do the job.
Boulder is the most famous small city in America with the best living conditions, economy, work environment and quality of life. Our city council should have the very best of everything at their disposal. We need to take care of them. Their jobs are very important on the world wide scene as well. They are our ambassadors to business and culture world wide. We at Boulder Channel 1 News have often criticized the council, but not on this issue. They are our window to business and ecconomy and we need to support their efforts 100%. This is the official Position of Boulder Channel 1 News.