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Art Cleaners Share-A-Coat Drive

Art Cleaners Share-A-Coat Drive


Brian explains the The Boulder Valley Rotary Club and Art Cleaners Share-A-Coat drive where they collect coats and other clothing items to distribute to children in need. Both adults’ and children’s coats, along with hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves are collected, cleaned by Art Cleaners, and distributed each year in this charitable program for over 20 years and running.

The Boulder Valley Rotary Club will distribute the coats to people in need living in Boulder County through local charities and schools. Collection boxes have been placed at all the Boulder County schools and all Art Cleaners locations.

Art Cleaners cleans the coats and clothing items and distributes them to the Boulder Rotary for redistribution by Christmas each year.

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Why We Need Art – A Presentation at Shine Nov. 19th, 2014


“Why We Need Art” is a presentation by artist Patrick Williams focusing on our collective relationship with Creativity. Each of us has a deep and original connection with Creativity. Often this authentic and imaginal bond has been “misplaced”. We are trained to think of Creativity as frivolous, a waste of time, and unessential. Through mishap and or aggression, which could have been an offhand comment or deliberate humiliation, we begin to mislay or seemingly lose our Creativity. Tossing it into a box in a closet in the basement of our inner psyche.

No matter how buried or forgotten we all have the embers of Creativity within us. This presentation is for everyone who desires and dares to access, maintain, and sustain their Creativity and will point people in the right direction toward rekindling our Creative embers and turning them into Creative flames.

Patrick WilliamsPatrick is a visionary educator, accomplished artist, and independent scholar. Patrick Williams runs his own for profit art, speaking, and consulting business as well as being the Creative Director and Operations Manager of Satori Institute, A research based non-profit organization.
With over three decades of experience, Patrick has innovated creative curriculums and taught children and adults art, creativity, new science, budo, and art history in public and private schools, community centers, teacher trainings, and mentorship experiences.
Patrick’s paintings and drawings have been shown in many solo exhibits and group shows throughout the United States, Japan, and China. His work has been represented by galleries in Chicago, Seattle, Albuquerque, and Omaha.
He holds black belts in Karate-do and Aikido and has trained and taught budo for more than thirty-five years. He also practices Kyudo, Japanese archery. Patrick has an expansive and comprehensive knowledge of art history and holds a BFA in painting from the University of Nebraska.

Why We Need Art - A Presentation at Shine Nov. 19th, 2014

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Boulder CU welcome ! Hands Up Don’t Shoot! Cops


Boulder is a pretty safe place; if you are rich and white. It gets less safe if you are Latino or African American. As long as you look, talk and walk white you should be fine here. But the cops are going to watch you.

If you look hip hop and all gangster, all eyes will be on you where ever you go.
If you are Asian, you are less suspect. Try to look like a nerd . If you are middle eastern try to look as American as you can. Many of you are rich, hang together, don’t drink and are fashionable. That goes a long way here. Goes without saying don’t wear hodgie clothes not matter if some white people do. They’re stupid and they don’t understand the implications… but the police do and Afgan and Iraqi war veterans who you will be going to school with don’t think hodgie clothes are cool. It makes them nervous and you suspect.

Most Strict sharia Muslims were thrown out of Boulder after 911. They FBI came to CU and revoked everyone’s passports. So don’t go grocery shopping at 1:00 am with your wife following behind you in a Birka. Dropped the Birka and any of that child or woman repressive civil rights stuff while you are in Boulder.

In all my years with my involvement with Police and  law enforcement one thought comes to mind. They do have the power, training, wherewithal and the guns to kill you at the drop of a hat. Like an explosive offensive lineman in football cops are like wild beasts ready to strike without warning. So you have to be mindful of that. You are not dealing with an ordinary person. You are always dealing with someone who can knock you to the ground, handcuff you and take away your freedom or your life. They are a gang of trained killers who live in a closed society. They are the military except on American soil. Our Military only operates on foreign soil  where the host country fears for their lives. Cops are color blind. They only see blue. They are a brotherhood of men and women who rule the streets.  They have rules of engagement which are less strict than our US Marine Corps.

That means if you frighten them them they can and will shoot to kill you.  They do not have much of an in between.

So I always approach cops with this in mind. I am not stupid.  I don’t ever do things to antagonize them. I never fight with them or argue with then.

They have the gun on their holster. They have the badge of authority and the entire police department, district attorneys office and local government behind them.

Cops are the wrong people to fuck with always.  Many of them are stressed and overworked. They spend much of the day dealing with scumbag wife beaters, child abusers, drug addicts and alcoholics, thieves etc.

So when they run up on you in a traffic stop just know you have a wilkd lion coming up to your car and you don’t want to piss him or her off.

What to do in a traffic stop.

1. Pull over to the right immediately and stop.

2. Don’t get out of the car.

3. Put your hands up on the steering wheel and keep them there.

4. If it is night , turn your overhead light on so the officer can see your hands.

5. Don’t go fishing around for your license or registration in the glove  box.

6. Sit still and wait for the cop to come to your window and wait for instructions.

7. Cops get nervous when you go to the glove box or start fishing around.  They worry that you might have a gun or someone in the car has a gun .

8. Be polite. Yes sir no sir goes a long way.  Don’t argue with him.

9 I have found that being polite to a police officer always helps….. If I have done something wrong  in the vehicle I just admit it or say i didn’t realize and apologize. That approach will get you less point on a ticket or a warning.  I almost never get stopped and when I do it is usually with a warning.

10. I am serious. I could have driven over the guys mother and he’ll give me a warning. Why. because I pose no threat.

12. Now of course I am white, middle aged and look like Rush Limbaugh so that helps… a lot. I am usually well dressed and well spoken. I don’t give off attitude.

13 I have no idea what to say to those of you who are black, Latino, or wear gangster clothes.  I would take my hat off and do your best Eddie Murphy impression.

14. when I was a long haired hippie and on drugs and wearing weird clothes… believe it or not I was the guy who was cool calm and collected around cops.  I was often the spokesperson. ” Yes sir. No problem here sir.  thank you sir . no sir yes sir. did you want to fuck one of the girls sir cause that one there thinks your cute.” I mean , I will do anything to keep the heat off and make sure the cops are feeling non threatened. I just try to be nice to them. Cause nobody else has been all day and they appreciate it.. And that means they will go find somebody else to eat.

15. If you have somebody with you who is being agro toward the cops, you tell that person to “shut the fuck up” in no uncertain terms. You tell the cop .. “You will have no problem with us sir, I am sorry for my disrespectful friend he was smoking crack before you so caringly stopped us ” and then you make sure a friend sits on that guy or girl.

16. Now you people of color, try to dress as white as you can. And talk as white as you can.  Wear Kakis and a blue oxford shirt and a red and blue stripped  tie. Talk about how you love the police and hope to be a police officer next year. Smile like Chris Rock and mention church. 

sorry that is how it goes.  This is a white mans world. White businessmen do rule…Next come our white women and our white children. If you are rich like me and live in a rich white city like Boulder you get treated like a Lord by the cops. Then again I don’t fuck up. I am not out dealing drugs, shooting people, robbing, stealing rapping or walking the streets. I am scared shitless.  But I get more points than you.

If you are black, Latino or homeless you will always be stopped by the cops in rich white Boulder or any affluent white neighborhood in America.

So how you carry yourself, what you wear and how you speak in the presence of law enforcement officers will make the difference of whether you live or die tonight.

Jann Scott has covered the police for over 20 years
by Jann Scott
Jann Scott’s Journal
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Child Protection Recruitment Team Needs Representative



boulder county 1Boulder County is seeking a community representative to serve on the Child Protection Review Team to help protect Boulder County’s children.

The Child Protection Review Team is a group of professional and community representatives who reviews child protection cases. The community representative will help review diagnostic, prognostic and treatment services available to the child and family. The Team also serves in an advisory capacity to the Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services.

Applicants should be able to objectively and confidentially review cases. Have the ability to process emotionally charged information and be able to follow confidentiality protocol. For this vacant seat, preference will be given to applicants who are parents, stepparents, grandparents, foster parents, etc.

The Community Representative will need to be able to meet for up to two hours per week during a one year commitment.

Those interested should contact Diane Ludwig at 303-441-4994 for more information and for an application.


Source: Boulder County


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Help needy to have a good holiday season


Boulder County Housing & Human Services offers several options for holiday gift giving for the 2013 holiday season 

Boulder County, Colo. – With the holidays approaching, Boulder County programs that work with low-income families are once again reaching out to local residents and businesses in hopes of making the holidays a little brighter for families in need.

These programs are greatly appreciated by the people who participate in them, and Boulder County encourages members of the community to join in the effort to brighten the lives of individuals and families who would otherwise do without over the holiday season.

The following programs help provide basic needs such as groceries and household items for families, seniors and people with disabilities in our community, as well as clothing, toys and games for children:

·         The Family-To-Family (F2F) Holiday Program, in its 39th year, serves the county’s low-income and basic needs families and individuals who are clients of the Child Protection, Adolescent, and Adult Protection (elderly and disabled adults) programs. Last year F2F served over 450 families (totaling more than 1,400 individuals).

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As the program prepares to turn 40 next year, Family-To-Family is seeking more opportunities to give families the primary voice in decisions affecting their lives. Recognizing that many parents relish the opportunity to purchase presents for their own children, and teens and disabled or elderly adults clients have long preferred the chance to shop for themselves, F2F is asking donors beginning this year to support clients who would prefer to receive gift cards and do the holiday shopping themselves. The program typically seeks a contribution of $75 per participating individual or family member, and donors can use that figure to determine the number of individuals they wish to support. For more information, call 303-441-1050 or email Debbie at or Lou at

·         Family Self-Sufficiency’s (FSS) Holiday Gift Sponsor program serves Boulder County families in the Family Self-Sufficiency program who are working to gain education and skills to help them achieve higher wage jobs and better living situations for their families. For the holidays, the highest-need FSS families submit a “wish list” that sponsors can shop from. Donors spend a minimum of $30 and a maximum of $100 for each person in the family. Sponsors purchase items on the list – or, for donors who find that a full family sponsorship is more than they can take on, the program also gratefully accepts cash donations or gift cards (e.g., grocery stores, Target, Wal-Mart) to help with groceries and basic household needs, as well as cash donations to assist with basic needs for FSS families throughout the year. To sponsor or make a donation for an FSS family, contact Katie Frye at 303-441-3923 or
·         Boulder County Housing Authority Senior Services assists low-income seniors. Many of these seniors have expensive medications and other high medical costs, and buying groceries and other basic needs can be difficult. Gift cards to local grocery or discount retail stores go a long way in helping a senior make ends meet during the holidays. For more information, contact Kris at at 303-519-7152.

·         The Casa de la Esperanza Learning Center provides academic support and enrichment opportunities for over 30 families on-site plus another dozen families in a nearby neighborhood of south Longmont. These families are seasonal farm workers employed in the local dairies, farms and greenhouses. As the growing season comes to a close in the cold months just before the holidays, the Casa de la Esperanza families face economic difficulties and must endure winter on a very tight budget. Donations of school supplies, winter clothing, grocery gift cards, and presents for children are greatly appreciated. If you can help in any way, please contact Carlota Loya-Hernandez, Program Coordinator at 303-678-6220 or

Annual donors to these worthwhile holiday giving programs include individuals, families, sports teams, clubs and hobbyist groups, faith-based organizations and local corporations and businesses. Donations are tax deductible, and contributions of any size are gratefully welcomed.


Stranger approaches provoke police warning





Recently, parents have reported that a male in a white SUV has approached children and at least one adult in a large geographic area in Boulder, which includes the area of the 2200 block of Balsam, the 400 block of Highland and the 2000 block of Alpine Avenue.


No one has been able to provide a concrete description of the SUV or the possible suspect, and the people approached are both males and females from 7-to-20 years old. One of those who reported being contacted by the male says she was offered a ride and ran away. Others say a white SUV approached them but that the person driving it didn’t speak to them. An adult who noticed a white SUV told police that a man was sleeping inside it.



Descriptions of the suspect vary; police were told he was 30-to-60 years old; that he had white hair or salt-and-pepper hair and that he had a full beard or was clean-shaven; that he wore glasses and that he didn’t wear glasses. The SUV descriptions differ as well.


Neighbors shared an informational email in an effort to inform each other about the incidents, and detectives have investigated all the reports.


Police offer some tips for keeping kids safe:


  • Tell your kids to walk with others and stay in well-lit areas
  • Always supervise younger children, even in groups
  • Tell your kids to never, ever get into a car with a stranger
  • Let your child know you will never send an unknown adult to pick them up – ever
  • If a stranger does approach your child, your child should RUN, YELL and REPORT the stranger to a trusted adult. It’s not appropriate for adults to approach children.

Here are some ploys strangers may use:


  • Asks for help finding a lost pet
  • Invites the child to a car to see a new puppy
  • Offers candy, toys or food
  • Asks for directions
  • Offers a ride

Police remind people to call 9-1-1 if they are in a situation which they feel is unsafe, or if they notice a situation involving someone else.


The Boulder Police Department will keep the public apprised of any developments or public safety issues which arise.



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National Health Service advises how to stay healthy after a flood, Watch out Nebraska


If you’ve been affected by flooding, here’s how you can stay healthy, including cleaning your home and dealing with food.

Flooding presents a number of risks and hazards to health, either directly (such as injuries caused by fast-flowing floodwater) or the longer-term impact of dealing with the aftermath. The main health risks associated with flooding are drowning and being injured by an accident in flowing water.

Avoid going into floodwater if you can. If you have to go in, wear rubber boots and waterproof gloves. Be aware of any potential dangers under the water, such as drains without covers.

Infections caused by flooding are rare in the UK. See your GP if anyone in your family has symptoms such as sickness, diarrhoea or stomach cramps.

Mental health

Being affected by a flood and cleaning your home afterwards can be physically and mentally stressful. If you feel overwhelmed and need some help to cope, talk to your GP. The Citizens Advice Bureau can help with practical things, like money and alternative housing. Getting involved in community activities and talking to friends, neighbours and family may also help.

Food, water and general hygiene

Maintaining good hygiene reduces health risks. Always wash your hands with soap and clean water:

  • after you use the toilet
  • when you handle food
  • after being in contact with floodwater or items contaminated by floodwater

Don’t allow children to play in floodwater areas. Wash their hands frequently, especially before meals.

Keep open cuts or sores clean and use waterproof plasters to prevent them being exposed to floodwater.

Food preparation and storage

Don’t eat any food, including tinned food, that has come into contact with floodwater.

  • Wash all food preparation surfaces, plastic and glass chopping boards, crockery, pots, pans and other utensils with hot clean water and detergent, then a normal kitchen disinfectant. Powerful disinfectants such as bleach are unnecessary.
  • Throw away wooden chopping boards that have been in contact with floodwater.
  • Wash your hands before and after preparing food.
  • Make sure that all shelves and surfaces that food will touch are disinfected and undamaged.
  • To wash food that you will eat raw (for example, salad or fruit), use boiled water that has been cooled.
  • It’s safe to use unboiled tap water for boiling food or for preparing food that is going to be cooked.


If your water comes through a mains supply, follow the advice of the local water company. If your water is a private supply from a well or spring and you notice changes in the way it looks, smells or tastes, ring your local council for advice.

If you’re concerned about the purity of your water, boil it before you use it. Continue doing this until the water supply has been shown to be safe.

Boiling water

Boiling water kills harmful bacteria, viruses and parasites. Bring the water to the boil and allow it to cool before you drink it.

Also remember:

  • Water from the hot tap is never suitable for drinking.
  • Water taps must be cleaned and disinfected before use after a flood.

If you’re bottle-feeding a baby, use boiled water. Don’t use bottled water for your baby unless it’s recommended by a doctor or health visitor, as some bottled water is unsuitable for babies.

Cleaning inside your home

You can clean and disinfect your home using normal household products. However, floodwater can contain sewage, chemical hazards and animal waste, so when you’re cleaning up:

  • Wear waterproof gloves, wellington boots and a face mask (available from DIY shops).
  • Keep children and pets out of the affected area until the clean-up is complete.
  • Clean walls, hard floors and other surfaces with hot soapy water, using ordinary household detergent such as washing-up liquid, until they look clean.
  • Remove and throw away soft furnishings, such as curtains, and fittings that are mouldy or damaged beyond repair.
  • Contaminated soft furnishings that can’t go in a washing machine need to be professionally cleaned. If this isn’t possible, you may have to throw them away.
  • Wash clothes and bedding in a hot wash (60C or the hottest on the items’ instruction labels).
  • Clothes worn during the clean-up should be washed separately from other items.
  • Heating and good ventilation, fans, air conditioning units and dehumidifiers will all help drying.

Petrol- or diesel-powered generators, dehumidifiers and pressure washers should never be used indoors without adequate ventilation as their exhaust gases can build up and kill.

Visit the Health Protection Agency (HPA) website to find out more about what to do after a flood.

The HPA also has some useful questions and answers about flood safety.

Floods heading toward the Northeast Plains and Nebraska


Nearly all the rainfall in last week’s flood fell in the South Platte River basin. The basin sends the water toward Nebraska, where the water is collecting i n the main river basin and rushing toward the flat farm land, where the crest could as high as 10 entering the state. In Nebraska, the South Platte follows I-80 eastward and could damage the interstate highway.

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How far into Nebraska the flood does damage depends upon, in part, where the South Platte joins the North Platte River near the city of North Platte, about 90 miles from the Colorado state line. Currently, the North Platte is running about 800 c.f.s, which is close to the historical norm for this time of the year. The South Platte is currently running at 10,000 c.f.s higher than the historical average.

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Boulder flood A Lyons family make the switch in schools


A personal profile of a 2013 Boulder flood victim by Donna Marek

Sally Johnson, Cafe’ Manager at Barnes & Noble in Boulder, said her daughter, a
kindergardner student at Lyons Elementary, is one of several little children
moving to the old Longmont High School on Main Street due to the Lyons school’s
flood damage. Johnson said she found out about the school’s damage at 4am
on Thursday when she received an email from the school district.
Johnson’s first concern was for her daughter having to move to a
new school and not knowing other students since she has just been in schooldonna 1
one month. That anxiety was lessened when Johnson learned all the students
from her daughter’s class will be together.

Her daughter told her friends “My school is closed because a big huge tree
fell across the road.” “That’s all she knows,” Johnson said.
She has not told her daughter about the change of schools because she will “be asking me every five minutes
when school starts.” “I tell her she’s on break.”
The Lyons school children will be out of classes for a week.
Johnson said the school’s teacher sent an email offering to help in any way.
Johnson credits the Superintendent of the St Vrain Schools. “He did a good job being on top
of it.” She will tell her daughter the day before school starts.
Johnson said there is a meeting of all parents on Wednesday, September 18 when
other details will be made available.


Boulder police arrest 21-year-old man on child pornography charges




Bret Butler (DOB 7/23/1991) faces one charge of Sexual Exploitation of a Child/Distribution (a Class 3 felony) and one charge of Sexual Exploitation of a Child/Possession of Materials (a Class 4 felony). He was arrested at his home in Boulder County on Thursday, August 15, 2013 with the assistance of the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office.


The investigation began in February 2013 after police received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that Butler possessed pornographic images of children.



During the investigation, detectives found that Butler portrayed himself online as a juvenile female in order to communicate with other juveniles. Once he established communication, he requested sexually explicit photos and then shared them online with other users.


Forensic examinations of Butler’s computers and cell phone revealed that he possessed more than 20 sexually graphic images of children. One of the computers had been issued to Butler by the United States Naval Academy, where he had been a student for several years. He is currently AWOL (absent without leave) from the Naval Academy, and the school has been notified of Butler’s arrest.


Butler is being held at the Boulder County Jail. His bond has been set at $200,000.


The case number is 13-3379.


Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Detective Jack Gardner at 303-441-1851. 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 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.



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City sponsors back-to-school resource fair Aug. 21



Free or reduced lunch costs, free dental and health care screening


The City of Boulder is sponsoring a back-to-school resource fair on Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Manhattan Middle School, 290 Manhattan Drive in Boulder.

Parents may enroll their children in the free and reduced lunch program, get free dental and health screening for their children and learn about other family resources in the community. The event is open to all families in the City of Boulder and Boulder Valley School District.


For more information, contact Kathryn Coleman, manager of School-Based Services at 303-441-3344.

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