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Restrictions Established in James Canyon

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Mayor Schoedinger asks for patience and cooperation to assist with recovery

Due to continued recovery and repair operations associated with the September 2013 flood event, Boulder County is re-establishing restrictions on non-local traffic, including bicycles, in James Canyon from the junction with Left Hand Canyon, through Jamestown, to the junction with State Highway 72 (Peak to Peak). The restrictions will go into effect immediately. Lefthand Canyon will remain open to all roadway users.

While the county’s high-hazard area remediation work has moved out of the area and into Fourmile Mile Canyon, private recovery efforts remain extensive. There continues to be a high-volume of large trucks and heavy machinery moving in and around Jamestown, which is creating a hazardous environment for motorists and cyclists alike.

After the flood event, many sections of Lefthand Canyon and James Canyon Drive were completely destroyed and Boulder County worked quickly to replace the previous asphalt roadway by installing temporary dirt “winter roads.” In areas where “winter roads” were created, the unpaved roadway narrows significantly and safe, uphill shoulders for cyclists are no longer available. This forces cyclists into the main flow of traffic for extended lengths, creating hazardous riding and driving conditions for travelers in both directions.

County Transportation Director George Gerstle asks for everyone’s patience and understanding by avoiding travel in James Canyon, as well in the Fourmile Canyon and the Raymond/Riverside area unless you are a resident or have business in the area. “If you don’t live in these areas and aren’t helping rebuild these hard-hit communities, you’re probably obstructing recovery operations. We want to remind folks who want to travel the mountain canyons that Lefthand and Sunshine canyons are better options and are open all the way to the Peak to Peak Highway. These canyons are also are narrow and have been reconstructed out of dirt in many areas, so we are asking everyone to be patient and drive slowly, and remember we’re working to make the roads more safe for everyone.”

As was available before to area residents who routinely commute by bicycle, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office is offering special permits that will allow those people to continue cycling. Please call 303-441-3650 to obtain a permit. Failure to comply with the cycling restriction may result in a court summons.

For more information, contact Andrew Barth, Transportation Department communications specialist, at 303-441-1032.

 

Source: Boulder County

 

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Boulder Hosting Strategic Open House

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City of BoulderTopics: Comprehensive Housing Strategy, Access Management and Parking Strategy, and Zero Waste Strategic Plan

The City of Boulder is offering an open house for community members to share their ideas and experiences related to housing, parking, and waste management from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, May 12, in the Creekside Room of the West Senior Center, 909 Arapahoe Ave.

Participants will learn about three major planning initiatives, including the Comprehensive Housing Strategy (CHS), Access Management and Parking Strategy (AMPS), and Zero Waste Strategic Plan.

Addressing Boulder’s housing affordability challenges will require a creative mix of policies, tools and resources. The city is developing a housing policy framework and implementation toolkit that will guide housing policy initiatives in the coming years. The May 12 open house will provide an opportunity for community members to share their perspectives about the key issues that City Council should address.

In the past decades, Boulder’s parking system has evolved into a nationally recognized, district-based, access system that incorporates all modes of travel, including walking, biking, transit and driving. AMPS will develop overarching policies, programs, and tools to create an access management and parking system for the future that helps achieve the community’s sustainability goals. The May 12 open house will provide an opportunity for the community to learn more about this effort and how to stay involved.

The Zero Waste Strategic Plan update will identify priority strategies for achieving Boulder’s zero waste goals by integrating education, technical and financial assistance, infrastructure investments, and potential regulations. Community members will be asked to offer feedback about how the community can divert more of the waste stream away from landfills and to local reuse, recycling and composting facilities.

 

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NOAA: Boulder IS the windy city

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Overheard in a local eatery: “I’d rather have two feet of snow than all this wind. This is driving me mad.”

Everything you have wanted to know about high winds in Boulder, and then some.

In a nut shell:  In 42 years worth of data, 175 days recorded winds of 70 m.p.h. or greater. Eighty six of these occurred in December and January. The highest wind gust recorded was 137 m.p.h. on Jan. 16-17, 1982, with 20 gusts of greater than 120 m. p. h. Forty percent of all Boulder buildings sustained damage. Most of the highest winds were in south Boulder.

The highest wind recorded in the Boulder area was 137 mph

The highest wind recorded in the Boulder area was 137 mph

Boulder has some of the highest peak winds of any city in the US. 

For data and tables, go to:

http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/psd/boulder/wind.html

 

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Another armed robbery, same suspect?

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Monday, December 30, 2013

BOULDER COUNTY-On December 29, 2013 at approximately 7:35 p.m. The Short Stop gas station located at 1595 55th Street in Boulder County was robbed.  The station clerk reported a male displayed a gun, which he had in his waistband, and demanded money before leaving the area.

The suspect is described as a Latin male approximately 5’8-5’10 with  a “scrawny build”. He wore a gray beanie hat with an orange decal or writing on one side that may have been a Denver Broncos logo or emblem. He had a dark gray jacket with a black inside or liner and blue jeans. The jeans were held on by a black belt and his jeans were sagging quite a bit. He had a tattoo on his abdomen that appeared to be old English writing.

He was driving a dark colored older model 2-door Chevrolet blazer with duct tape on the rear passenger wing window and left driving southbound on 55th Street from Arapahoe Road.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact Detective Brian Jones at 303-441-1681 and refer to case number 13-6916.

Commander Heidi Prentup
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office
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Debris removal for the plains Begins Dec. 9

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Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County has contracted with a debris removal company to begin roadside pickup of flood debris in the plains of unincorporated Boulder County. We are asking residents to follow the guidelines listed below in order to help this project progress as efficiently as possible.

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What: Removal of flood-related household debris, woody debris (vegetation), and mud, silt etc. from homes

When: Beginning the week of Dec. 9

Where: Removal trucks will collect debris from all county-maintained roadways (no municipal or CDOT roads) in the plains (east of U.S. 36 and Hwy 93)

Guidelines:

  • Debris piles should be 3ft from the side of the roadway to allow for any snow removal operations
  • Do not block the roadway, waterways or any culverts with debris
  • In order to follow state laws, and to allow for composting operations, please separate debris into 4 piles:
    • General household debris
    • Electronics, appliances and household hazardous waste
    • Woody debris (vegetation)
    • Mud, silt, sand and rock
  • Please have all eligible debris to the roadside by Dec. 9

The debris haulers have a potential reach of about 8ft from the edge of the road lane; for that reason, debris piles should be as close to the 3ft boundary along the road as possible so it can be reached and collected.

If time and weather permit debris collection trucks may make multiple trips up and down roads.  However, we encourage residents to move debris to the road as soon as possible. There is no harm in leaving a debris pile near the roadway for a week or more before the truck makes it to your area.

Please remember to be cautious when driving while these large debris haulers are on the road. There will be signage and flaggers warning of the presence of the trucks, but slower speeds and heightened awareness will help lessen any problems on the tight mountain curves.

For any questions about debris pickup in the plains, please contact Resource Conservation at 720-564-2222 ordebrisresponseteam@bouldercounty.org.

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Couple robbed at gunpoint on Flagstaff

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On Saturday, 11/16/13, at 9:44 PM, Boulder County Communications received a report of an armed robbery on Flagstaff Summit Road, about ¼-mile above Flagstaff Road, within Boulder County, Colorado.

Boulder County Sheriff’s Deputies responded and found two victims, a male and female couple, who reported that they had parked at the Realization Point Trailhead and began hiking up Flagstaff Summit Road toward the Flagstaff Amphitheater.

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They stopped briefly at an overlook, where two males approached them.  One of the males, described as about 6 feet tall and wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, shined a bright flashlight at them and pointed what appeared to be a handgun at them.

The other male, described as about 5’8” tall and wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, ordered the couple to place all of their belongings on the ground.  The male then picked up their belongings, and both suspects ran back down toward the trailhead.

The victims remained where they were, and saw an unknown description vehicle driving down Flagstaff Road. The victims recalled that when they parked at the trailhead, a silver possibly Toyota SUV was also parked there, which had since left.  After a few minutes, the victims contacted another couple who were hiking down Flagstaff Summit Road, and used one of their cell phones to call 911.

Anyone with any information pertinent to this case is asked to contact the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office at (303) 441-4444.

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Mountain Community Debris Removal Beginning Nov. 4

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Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County is contracting with a removal company to begin roadside pickup of flood debris in the mountain communities. This is a large project that will span several weeks, and will depend on weather conditions and impending snow. We are asking residents to follow the guidelines listed below in order to help this project progress as efficiently as possible in the limited time we have before major snow falls limit our access even further.

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What: Removal of household debris, woody debris (vegetation), and mud, silt etc.

When: Beginning the week of Nov. 4

Where: Removal trucks will drive down all accessible, county maintained mountain roads which are west of Hwy 36 and Hwy 93

Guidelines:

  • Debris piles should be 3ft from the side of the roadway to allow for any snow removal operations
  • Do not block the roadway, waterways or any culverts with debris
  • Debris removal vehicles will only be able to access existing, county maintained, accessible roads at this time; unmaintained Jeep roads will not be serviced
  • In order to follow state laws, and to allow for composting operations, please separate debris into 4 piles:
    • General household debris
    • Electronics and appliances
    • Woody debris (vegetation)
    • Mud, silt, sand and rock

 

The debris haulers have a potential reach of about 8ft from the edge of the road lane; for that reason, debris piles should be as close to the 3ft boundary along the road as possible so it can be reached and collected.

 

If time and weather permit debris collection trucks may make multiple trips up and down roads.  However, we encourage residents to move debris to the road as soon as possible. There is no harm in leaving a debris pile near the roadway for a week or more before the truck makes it to your area.

 

If your property is on the other side of the creek from a major roadway, and you have no way of transporting debris to the accessible roadway, please do not push debris piles down into the creek. Any excess debris in the creeks can potentially cause more flooding downstream during normal spring runoff.

 

Please remember to be cautious when driving while these large debris haulers are on the road. There will be signage and flaggers warning of the presence of the trucks, but slower speeds and heightened awareness will help lessen any problems on the tight mountain curves.

 

Boulder County will issue a notification when the debris pickup project is coming to a close and ask residents to assemble any final debris piles before service is concluded.

 

For any questions about debris pickup in the mountain communities, please contact ReSource Conservation at 720-564-2220 or resourceconservation@bouldercounty.org.

 

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Stranger approaches provoke police warning

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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.

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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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County officials want mountain driving restraint

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 Visitors and plains residents are requested to curtail recreation in the mountains this fall

 

Clarification:

 

Mountain residents are asked to minimize trips into and out of damaged areas, and visitors and plains residents are requested to curtail recreation in the mountain area between U.S. 36 and SH 72 this fall (travel is allowed along P2P Highway north to south)

 

Visitors can access the Town of Estes Park in Larimer County along Peak to Peak Highway (SH 72) – we’re just asking that visitors not try to venture east or west of P2P in Boulder County along roads that are closed to public access

 

 

Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County officials have made it an immediate priority to repair and reconstruct county roads and bridges damaged in the flood. The county sustained an enormous amount of damage to its roadway infrastructure, and in some places, experienced complete destruction of critical routes in the foothills and mountains. Initial estimates for repairs top $100 million.

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Boulder County road maintenance crews have been working on clearing, evaluating structural integrity and public safety, and repairing county roads since the beginning of the historic flooding event. Utility companies have also been active since the start working to restore electric, gas, phone, water and other basic services. Given the current status of the roads, county public safety and transportation officials are urging residents to minimize – and visitors to curtail completely – their use of mountain roads within Boulder County.

 

 

(Video: Boulder County “Be a Good Neighbor” Public Safety & Road Infrastructure message)

 

“We kindly ask that people stay out of the foothills and mountain areas from Foothills Highway to Peak to Peak this fall for recreational purposes while our county, state and federal partners work to restore access to all of our valued mountain communities,” said Boulder County Commissioner Cindy Domenico. “Right now we need our residents and visitors to access our central mountain communities only for essential purposes and to give room to our road crews and law enforcement officials to do their jobs.”

 

“We want residents and visitors to recognize that Boulder County is hard at work to reestablish our infrastructure and reconnect residents to their communities and their homes,” said Boulder County Transportation Director George Gerstle. “The county has teamed with cities and towns, the state, other nearby counties and private contractors to help with this massive undertaking. Crews are working as quickly as we can to put in place at least temporary fixes by winter, knowing that cold weather and snow will only compound problems with damaged roads.”

 

The Sheriff’s Office is requesting that all recreation and unnecessary trips into the foothills and mountains of Boulder County be curtailed until critical roads, including Boulder Canyon and U.S. 36 west of Lyons, can be opened to the general public. (View video)

 

“The road issues are more than a mere inconvenience,” said Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle. “Everyone working at the county understands that the lack of access and the lengthy process to restore it will change lives, and we are focused on returning a sense of normalcy to lives that have been changed forever in some cases.”

 

County officials have asked that vehicles, bikes and pedestrians stay out of the damaged areas while road and emergency crews, utilities and local residents work to restore basic infrastructure and access to their homes.

 

“People who want to recreate in the mountains or go see the destruction will actually hamper access for emergency responders, utility workers, and mountain residents who absolutely need the access,” Pelle said. “For that reason we’re asking people who don’t have to go to the mountains to stay away and to understand that this is a very long term problem.”

 

“It is incredibly difficult to rebuild roads with people on them, so please avoid the mountain roads unless absolutely necessary, and minimize even residential trips to keep roads clear for heavy equipment and emergency vehicles,” Gerstle added. “It is difficult and takes much longer for the crews to fix a road with traffic on it. The fewer people using the road, the faster we can get the work done.”

 

Another important recovery aspect for many residents is the status of county open space parks and trails.

 

“Our staff has been assessing damage and working to repair trails as quickly as possible, but there are many parks and trails that may be closed for a significant duration as these areas have experienced extreme damage and the trails are unsafe,” said Boulder County Parks & Open Space Director Ron Stewart.

 

In addition, the U.S. Forest Service in Boulder County has closed its lands for all recreational purposes (i.e., camping, hiking, hunting, etc.) by executive order until further notice.

 

-BoulderCountyFlood.org-

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