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Home Affordability is near record highs (which is a good thing) This rating means that American families are buying homes within their means. The National Association of Home Builders said the affordability of homes sold in the second quarter for 2011 was 72.6%. The national median income is $64,200.
At a time of high affordability it means prosperity, homeowners are purchasing within their limits and with the historic low interest families are getting great deals on homes and will be well financed to make affordable payments. Unfortunately, the high level of affordability has not turned into more sales, actually, the national average of home sales dropped 3.5% in July from June sales.
Bill Allen is a Realtor in Boulder and works at Remax of Boulder
Have you been thinking about re-painting a room in your home? They say certain colors can define and even enhance your mood. Its a grea low-cost way to spruce up the appearance of your home. Check-out this article about paint colors to help you find the right one for you.
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Conventional wisdom suggests that average citizens hate politics, loathe hyper-partisan gridlock, balk at voting even in presidential election years and are, incidentally, woefully ill-informed.
Given that, the thinking goes, it’s reasonable to conclude that citizens want less, not more, involvement in politics.
But that widely accepted theory does not survive empirical scrutiny, a team of researchers that includes a University of Colorado Boulder political scientist found.
Rather than rejecting political discourse, most people express strong interest in deliberating with real politicians, the team found. Further, when citizens are offered the chance to discuss political issues with their legislators, significant numbers do.
The view of the American public as desperate to avoid politics is “deeply misleading,” the team wrote in a recent edition of American Political Science Review. The work joins a growing number of studies applying empirical analysis to political theories of deliberative democracy.
The team was led by Michael Neblo of Ohio State University and included Kevin Esterling of the University of California, Riverside, Ryan Kennedy at the University of Houston, David Lazer of Northeastern University and Harvard University, and Anand Sokhey of CU-Boulder.
Sokhey and his colleagues suggest that some political theorists reached an erroneous conclusion because they started with the wrong question, namely, “Who actually deliberates?”
The answer, of course, is that few people engage in deliberative democracy.
But Sokhey’s team essentially posed a different question: “Who is willing to deliberate?” The team found that large majorities of citizens, even those disgusted by politics, are willing to participate—and, when given the chance, many do.
Sokhey puts it this way: “If people perceive politicians to be more responsive and less corrupt … would people be more willing to be involved?” The answer is yes. “They’re happy to be involved.”
That was surprising, he says, adding that the kinds of people who wanted to participate also was unexpected. The traditional view is that people who are older, wealthier, well-educated and white are more likely to become engaged in politics.
“We don’t find that a lot of that holds here,” Sokhey says.
The team found that younger people and non-whites were willing to join political deliberations.
The researchers set out to test two competing theories of political involvement. One theory, dubbed “stealth democracy,” holds that people are often disgusted by politics, believe politicians are generally corrupt, and that when they do join the political process, they do so largely to thwart political corruption.
If politics were less corrupt, the theory holds, citizens would happily retreat to their private lives and let government run quietly and efficiently in the background.
But the theory of stealth democracy contradicts one of the deliberative theory’s central claims: that citizen apathy is actually caused by frustration and disempowerment in the system. “If the political process could be rendered more rational and responsive in their eyes, then they would be moreinclined to engage in it robustly,” the authors write, adding:
“The disagreement between the stealth thesis and the deliberative thesis could hardly be clearer, and the stakes on which is right could hardly be higher.”
The research team began with hypothetical questions posed to 404 subjects.
For instance, they asked the following: “If politics were [less/more] influenced by self-serving officials and powerful special interests, do you think that you would be more or less interested in getting involved in politics?” Respondents indicated their interest on a 1-5 scale.
Those who would participate less if politics were less corrupt fit the stealth-democracy thesis. Those who would participate more fit the deliberative thesis.
The results were significant. Eight times more people fit the deliberative profile than the stealth profile, suggesting that the “stealth” view is not widely held.
But that was just the response to items about stealth vs. deliberative attitudes. When the researchers made a real offer to deliberate with a real member of Congress, 65 percent agreed.
The study’s participants were offered the chance to deliberate online with their congressional representative. The members of Congress came from 12 congressional districts spread across four major geographic regions. The politicians included five Republicans and seven Democrats who were ideologically diverse.
Most surprisingly, the authors note, both those holding “stealth” and “deliberative” views were eager to discuss politics with real politicians. But according to the stealth thesis, such eagerness should have been found mostly among deliberative democrats.
The explanation, the authors conclude, is that “People do not really hold stealth democracy as their first preference. Instead, they will settle for stealth democracy if the civics-textbook version of deliberative representative democracy is not achievable.”
The work of Neblo, Sokhey and the rest of the team was funded by a grant from the Digital Government Program of the National Science Foundation.
Read more on this story soon in Colorado Arts & Sciences Magazine at http://artsandsciences.colorado.edu/magazine/.
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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
Boulder Fire Rescue personnel would like to remind the public that there are significant dangers associated with venturing onto lakes, ponds and creeks that appear frozen. While most people understand these dangers, pets do not. Owners are reminded to keep their dogs on leashes to prevent them from going onto the ice.
In the past two days, Boulder fire crews have responded to three animal rescue calls: one at Admiral Arleigh A. Burke Park at Mohawk and Pawnee drives and two at a lake near Table Mesa and South Loop drives. In each case, dogs that were not leashed walked onto the ice and fell through. All three were rescued with the help of firefighters who had to go out on the ice to pull them out. In each case, divers were mobilized in the event that they were needed.
The Front Range is susceptible to rapidly fluctuating temperatures, which can lead to unsafe ice conditions. Although ice may appear to be thick in some spots, it is likely to be much thinner over other parts of the water and may not be capable of supporting weight. Ice that was thick one day may melt significantly with just a few hours of warmer weather.
“Just one day can make a big difference. Making the rescues today was much more difficult than yesterday,” said Battalion Chief Gil Espinoza. “We care about dogs, but every time a firefighter goes out onto the ice, we are taking a risk.”
Firefighters would like to ask pet owners to keep their dogs out of harm’s way in the first place, by leashing them around bodies of water this time of year.
If your animal falls through ice, call 9-1-1 immediately so that emergency personnel can respond. If the ice was not thick enough to support your pet, it will not be thick enough to support you.
Do not attempt to go onto the ice or rescue your animal yourself. You are risking hypothermia which is a life-threatening condition. After even just a few minutes in cold water your heart, lungs and kidney functions can be compromised and even fatal. Even after a person has exited the water, hypothermia symptoms may exist.
Remember, by trying to save your dog, you are risking your own life. Call 9-1-1 for fire rescue response instead.
People are urged to stay off ice on any natural bodies of water in the City of Boulder unless the area has been posted and approved for ice-related recreational activities.
Yesterday I had a very productive day in California talking about social media, technology, emergency management, and ways to assist the public in getting prepared, by using the tools they use on a daily basis. Check out this short video to see who I met with:
In addition to meeting with fellow “Craig”, Craig Newmark (the founder of Craigslist), I also met with editors from Wired Magazine, Twitter, Apple and Facebook.
Some of the things we discussed included:
- The need to provide information to the public as data feeds, because they are a key member of our emergency management team;
- The importance of referring to people impacted by a disaster as survivors and utilizing them as a resource;
- The importance of providing good customer service; and
- How we, as emergency managers, need to stop trying to have the public fit into our way of doing things and receiving information, but that we should fit the way the public gets, receives and seeks out information.
There are a lot of discussions and conversations taking place about social media, text messaging, etc, and how these tools can be used before, during, and after a disaster.
There’s no question that these tools have already changed the field of emergency management – and will continue to. As emergency managers, we will have to be flexible and agile and quickly adapt as new technologies and communications tools emerge. What’s exciting is that these new tools, if we embrace them and leverage them effectively, will continue to help us better serve our customers – the public.
As the conversation continues, and as you use these tools on a daily basis, there are things that you can today do to prepare yourself, your family members, and your colleagues at work.
Communicating during or after an emergency
How are you communicating with each other if a disaster or emergency occurs? Are you going to call each other, send an email, text message, or update each other via a social network site? The disaster or emergency could be something like a blackout in your city or a school closure; all disasters aren’t large earthquakes or hurricanes.
Receiving updates on your phone
How are you receiving updates from local officials? Have you signed up for text message or email alerts? If you’re on Facebook, did you know that you can signup to receive text message updates from Facebook pages you follow? If you are a fan of FEMA on Facebook or your local emergency management agency, you can receive our update as a text message right on your phone (and just like with any text message, standard rates apply).
Leverage Twitter without creating an account
And here’s another small tip: if you are thinking about using Twitter, did you know you can receive text messages updates from someone you’re following without having to create an account? For example, if you wanted to receive our updates as a text message to your phone, just text FOLLOW FEMA to 40404 (this is Twitter’s text message number and of course, standard text message rates apply — the lawyers require me to repeat this). You can do the same for your local emergency management agency.
Our meetings in California generated great discussions and ideas and I’m excited to explore how we can move forward on them. In the meantime, I’d like to hear how you use these and other social network sites to communicate with friends and family before or during an emergency, so we can all utilize these tools to fullest capability, so please leave a comment below, or visit our ongoing challenge at www.challenge.gov/fema and submit your ideas.
October 17, 2010
Police seek suspect who assaulted Boulder sergeant
Boulder police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect in a serious assault on a police sergeant that occurred at about 9:40 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, in the area of 11th and College streets. Boulder police officers had parked their marked Chevy Tahoes in the neighborhood to investigate a call when they learned that someone had cut the tires on the two police vehicles. Several witnesses observed a man cut the tires with a knife. Sgt. Jim Byfield attempted to contact the identified suspect. The suspect started running north on 11th in the 1100 block. During a struggle with the suspect, Sgt. Byfield suffered serious injuries, including a concussion, a broken elbow, and a broken clavicle. The suspect was last seen running between houses in a northwest direction.
Sgt. Byfield was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated and released pending further medical follow up. A knife was located in the area of the assault. The knife was described as six-inch-long fixed blade knife with a stainless steel type blade and a black handle. There was a black cord attached to the handle. As this is not a folding knife, it would normally be carried in a sheath.
The suspect was described as a white male, believed to be in his early to mid 20s with a shaved or bald head. He is approximately 6 feet tall and described as 180 to 220 pounds with a muscular to stocky build. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with white lettering on the front.
“We are concerned whenever one of our officers gets assaulted, especially in such a violent manner. We will use all our resources in an attempt to find the person who attacked Sgt. Byfield. We ask anyone who has any information about who might be responsible to please call us,” said Police Chief Mark Beckner.
City Manager Jane S. Brautigam also encouraged the community’s assistance in the case.
“This is an outrageous and unacceptable act of violence,” Brautigam said Sunday. “The city’s thoughts are with Sgt. Byfield, and we wish him a speedy recovery. In the meantime, I encourage the suspect to come forward to take responsibility for this crime or anyone who knows him to contact law enforcement authorities promptly.”
Sgt. Byfield is a 29-year veteran of the Boulder Police Department. He was promoted to sergeant in January 2000 and is currentlyassigned to the University Hill unit.
The following information is attached to this release: a composite sketch of the suspect, a photo of the recovered knife and a photo of Sgt. Byfield.
The case number for this incident is 10-12845.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the tip line that has been set up at 303-441-1974. 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 via 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.
On March 27th 2010, at approximately 8:30 PM the Boulder Police arrested two individuals for a burglary of an unoccupied home in the Four Mile Creek subdivision in North Boulder. The two men arrested were Nicholas Gene Dorrance, age 47 of Thornton, Co and James Gurule, and age 45 also from Thornton, Co.
Since the arrests, police continued to investigate and were able to link these two men to 57 additional burglaries in the city of Boulder, as well as several other Denver Metro police agencies.
On August 25, 2010, arrest warrants were issued for both Dorrance and Gurule. Each individual will be charged with 57 counts of Burglary, 2 counts of Attempted Burglary, 1 count of Theft and 1 count of Criminal Trespass in the Boulder series.
Nicholas Dorrance was arrested on August 25, 2010, and James Gurule has yet to be arrested, although he is expected to turn himself in this evening.
Burglary is probably the most difficult property crime to solve. With these arrests, a series of burglaries that date back over 3 years have been successfully resolved.
The Boulder Police also have photos of unclaimed recovered property on their website for viewing, at www.Boulder-police.com
The case number for this incident is P10-4088.
ROB SMOKES OPINION
Latest on the Boulder City Council: They’re voting to grant themselves amenities like health coverage and free merchandise from the city, including
Laptops and I-Phones. The reader should now ask themselves, is there any
point in reading further?
I dunno’…what else is new and funky in Boulder these days? Uhmm…well, the city council all get their own I-Phones…it’s so cool…
that Ken Wilson…he’s always using it too, to call his paranoid hill neighbor friends, or the woman who seems to have harnessed control of his id…
Harnessed control of his WHAT?
His “id”, his “id”…it means his inner sex drive.
Really? As opposed to his outer sex drive.
Hey, let’s stay on topic…free stuff for council.
Yeah, isn’t it neat? Don’t you wish you could be on city council, so you
could get a lot of cool free stuff? (…I know, I do, I do…)
Special thanks to anonymous teenagers on a bus.
There’s a pattern: “decorum” rules for everyone else, goodies for us council folk;
We’re special. Because we’re special, we get free stuff.
Tell me that isn’t the pattern. What does that pattern signify regards
how our city is being run? You tell me.
Rob Smoke is glad he’s a gadfly (say it five times fast).
Boulder police have arrested two suspects in connection with a non-fatal shooting that occurred about 2 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 8, outside the Boulder Inn, 555 30th St. A 19-year-old male victim was driven by friends to the Boulder fire station at Broadway and Baseline Road and was later transported by ambulance to Boulder Community Hospital. He was treated for a gunshot wound to his leg. His injury is not life-threatening.
Witness reports indicated that the suspects fled the area in a silver sedan. A Boulder County Sheriff’s deputy stopped the suspect vehicle on U.S. 36 at Flatirons Crossing. Two men in the vehicle were positively identified by witnesses and taken into custody.
Benjamin C. Roberts, date of birth 10/18/90, was arrested and charged with Attempted First Degree Murder, First Degree Assault, and Possession of Weapons by Previous Offenders.
Aaron R. Johnson, date of birth 08/08/90, was arrested and charged with Attempted First Degree Murder and First Degree Assault.
The case number for this incident is 10-9782. This case is currently under investigation by the Boulder Police Department Detective Bureau, and no further information is available at this time.
Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to contact Detective Colleen Wilcox at 303-441-4483. Any additional victims are asked to contact the Boulder Police Department at 303-441-3333. 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 via 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.
Boulder police officers are providing traffic direction at the intersection of Folsom Street and Canyon Boulevard due to a prolonged power outage that was caused by a traffic accident.
The power outage has affected the intersections of Folsom Street and Canyon Boulevard and 26th Street and Canyon Boulevard, as well as homes and businesses in the area. The outage extends from 20th Street and Canyon Boulevard on the west, to 26th Street and Canyon Boulevard on the east, South Street on the north and Canyon Boulevard on the south.
The outage occurred today at about 12:15 p.m. when a Western Disposal truck’s boom hit a power line, which resulted in two transformers failing. The driver was not injured.
At this time, Xcel Energy anticipates power being out for approximately 16 hours. Arrangements are being made to obtain a portable generator to power the signal lights at the Folsom and Canyon intersection. Power to the intersection should be restored within the next four to five hours.
Drivers are encouraged to avoid the area, if possible, and to use extra caution if traveling in the affected area.
The Boulder Police Department report number is 10-9621.
The City of Boulder Human Relations Commission is now accepting funding requests for its 2011 Community Event Fund. This fund is a source of financial support for community-based events. Funding is limited specifically to public events that encourage education, youth involvement and respect and appreciation for communities in Boulder.
The objectives of the fund are to enable members of Boulder’s diverse communities to celebrate events significant to them as well as to provide the general population with opportunities to participate in events organized by members of Boulder’s diverse range of cultures. All events supported by the fund must be free admission and open to the public.
Organizations are eligible for grants with a maximum amount of $1,500 for each event. An additional $100 is available for translation of promotional materials into Spanish.
Applications must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1, 2010. No late applications will be accepted.
For More Information
Funding guidelines are available on the city’s website:
http://www.bouldercolorado.gov/files/Community%20Services%20and%20Administration/CCF/CEF_RFP_2011.pdf or by calling Carmen Atilano at 303-441-3141.
UPDATE: 8:00 am Monday August 3 Cops and DA work weekednds to get the gangs out of MMJ stores. Look for busts.
UPDATE: 7:00PM Saturday July 31 More than half the MJ drug stores will be force out of business because of fees, felonies or under age operators.
UPDATE: 6:12AM Thursday July 29 2010
When our news department “falls” on a medical marijuana operation run by “get this” Illegal immigrant Russians, connected to the Russian Mob, carrying guns without permits, right in the city of boulder, it tells me two things and begs a host of questions.
We presume the illegal immigrants are left alone because Boulder is a sanctuary city ordered by the city council; ie the police refuse to uphold immigration laws.
The whole notion that upholding immigration laws is racist: ie targeting Brown Mexicans is shot fill of holes (pun) because these a re nice white Russians (pun)
Why are we coming across this information and the police are not? why are these people here? WHY ARE THEY RUNNING med marijuana operations in our city? why are they packing heat.?? who let the Russian Mob in? Ok the boulder city council did. well thats just great!
Special note to Stan Garnett:
I think you should enforce federal statutes regarding sales of class 2 narcotics including Marianna. You should also enforce federal immigration laws. Your email to me yesterday was incorrect. You and boulder Police department do have the authority to uphold federal laws. there are provisions made to you to make arrests, prosecute and present cases to the feds. You have the power to do this on their behalf.So what the hell is going on here.?? Is the Boulder city council calling all of the shots?? Law enforcement answers to them?? Are you going to wait til someone is shot and killed over MJ before you move??…………………… don’t wait. we all know it’s going to happen.You can’t take the lead from the boulder city council. They are really stupid and have put a lot of lives in peril , from causing enormous rise in drug addiction to Mexican and Russian gangs running the drug trade here.are you going to wait for cops to be shot over this. I’ll tell you my reporters are scared to death of these Russians and refuse to put their names to stories about them. Screw them …………do your Job………..enforce the laws.. Get these mobsters out of boulder. Get the Russians out and the Mexican gangsters out.
UPDATE: 6:00pm Wednesday July 28 2010
There is a problem with MMJ licensing. City officials have revealed that criminal element have moved into larger operations including Russian Mafia gangsters. Mexican Mafia have already been identified in other Boulder operations. City and state tax revenue agents have been hounding operators to check for legalities. State revenue agents are police trained and carry guns. MORE TO COME:
BY RON BAIRD NEWS EDITOR
NOON: The City of Boulder will begin processing licenses for medical marijuana businesses starting on Monday, Aug. 2. Under Chapter 6-14 of the Boulder Revised Code, any medical marijuana business that is not operating by that date will have to obtain a license before it will be allowed to open.
Boulder Revised Code also requires pre-existing medical marijuana businesses to apply for a license, under the following deadlines and conditions:
· Medical marijuana businesses that are operational before Aug. 2 but were not operating in compliance with Chapter 6-14 of the Boulder Code on June 17, have until Aug. 31 to submit a completed application for a license.
· Medical marijuana businesses that were operating on June 17 and were in compliance with all laws and regulations at that time have until Oct. 31 to submit a completed application for a license.
Under the Code, medical marijuana business licenses are required for any business that involves medical marijuana, not just retail dispensaries.
The fee for a license is $5,000. The application fee portion is $3,000 and is non-refundable. The remaining $2,000 is refundable if the license is not issued.
Application forms will be available for download at the following website, www.bouldercolorado.gov/medicalmarijuana, starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 2. The same website includes detailed instructions, checklists and frequently asked questions (FAQs). If you have questions, please e-mail them to email@example.com. Answers will be posted to the FAQ section of the website for you and other members of the public. Interested persons are welcome to sign up to receive updates by going to the website or visiting the website’s RSS feed sign-up page directly.
Completed applications will be accepted for processing by appointment starting on Monday, Aug. 2. Complete instructions for submittal of applications are available on the website. No applications will be accepted before Aug. 2.
Boulder July 24, 2010
Boulder Channel 1 News blog has really taken off these past two months. First Ron Baird, former Colorado Daily reporter and assistant editor joined us back in June. Ron is our news editor. He over sees all the news releases which comes into our virtual news room. He posts approximately 2-5 news stories a day.
Donna Marek writes approximately 3 to 5 stories a week. She joined us in July as our Boulder Cultural affairs editor. Donna is a longtime Boulder reporter, talk show host and film maker. She worked for the Daily Camera and Denver Post.
Rob Smoke covers politics in the city and county. He was a Daily Camera reporter and can be seen weekly at boulder city council meetings.
Seth Brigham is a Boulder writer and talk show host. Seth is known as a Boulder gadfly and often finds himself making the news more than he writes about it.
Jon Graham writes about “Tech”. He has worked for Boulder Channel 1 for 20 years. He worked for Bell labs and the University of Colorado. He begins writing for BC1 news this month.