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Current Weather Conditions in Boulder


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Plenty of sunshine. High 56F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
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Thursday 03/30 0%
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Cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day. High around 65F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.
Friday 03/31 100%
Periods of rain. High 42F. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall around a half an inch.

Extended weather forecast for Boulder, Colorado.
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McDonald Carpet One in Boulder

McDonald Carpet One in Boulder


Jann Scott’s Home and Garden TV Special visits, McDonald Carpet One Floor and Home in Boulder and we learn from owner Scott McDonald about their locally owned full fledged flooring business. Scott walks us through all the new products that go on your floor including carpet, wool, laminates, wood flooring, tiles, rugs, and new innovations in vinyl and bamboo flooring.

Find out more about McDonald Carpet One and featured videos on our retail page here.


OSMP Ranger’s weekly report


Cow attack, suicidal person, mt. lion cache, injured hiker fills the rangers’ week

Rangers responded to:


• A report of an injured on the Baseline Trail. The hiker slipped on the ice, attempted to brace herself with her arms and potentially broke her right wrist. Rangers worked with both Boulder Fire and AMR on this call.


• A report of a suicidal party in the Flagstaff area. The suicidal party stated that he wanted to jump off of one of the Flatirons to his Dad who then called 911. Rangers working with BCSO to find the party at Crown Rock and helped with his arrest and transport to hospital.

mountain lions bury prey and return to it often to feed

mountain lions bury prey and return to it often to feed


• A report of a mtn lion cache in the area of 800 Willowbrook. Mtn lion was seen pawing the home owners sliding glass door. Rangers worked with CPW on this call.



• A report of an injured hiker on the Mesa Trail who had slipped and fell on the ice, hitting his head. Rangers worked with Boulder Fire on this call.


• A report of a vehicle fire at Cathedral Park. The fire started because of an electrical issue with the car. Rangers worked with Boulder Fire and Denver Water on this call.


• A report of a hiker getting kicked in the head by a cow at the North Teller Trailhead.


The hiker saw a cow giving birth and thought it was in distress and went over to look and help. The cow promptly kicked her, loosening some of the hiker’s teeth.


• A report of an active criminal trespass happening off of Eldorado Springs Dr. OSMP Rangers were first to respond and detained the suspect. The suspect, later identified as Senator Mark Udall’s son, had broken into three vehicles and stolen a small amount of cash. The suspect was arrested and drug paraphernalia was found to be in his possession.


• A wildfire at Buckingham Picnic area. The fire started in a logjam and heavy equipment had to be used to get to the interior of the fire. Jay Jones brought in a backhoe to help clear the debris. Rangers worked with Lefthand Fire on this call, it is unknown how this fire was started.


• A report of an injured sledder at Chautauqua, Rangers worked with AMR on this call.






Gas “outage” comes at a bad time


Boulder Fire-Rescue offers safety tips during gas outage

Xcel Energy is working to address a gas outage that is impacting a significant number of homes in parts of the city and Boulder County. Boulder Fire-Rescue is offering tips to help keep people safe during the outage.

ü  If your pilot light is out after gas service is restored and you don’t know how to re-light it, you may contact Xcel to come to your home to relight the pilot for you. Xcel is asking individuals who need assistance to call 1-800-295-4999 to provide a cell phone for crews to contact you; if you will be home when crews come by, please leave your porch light. Call a professional contractor if you don’t wish to wait for Xcel.

A gas outage hit Boulder Friday

A gas outage hit Boulder Friday

ü  If your pipes freeze, avoid using blow torches or open flames to try to heat them. Just yesterday, Dec. 5, 2013, someone caused a fire in a mobile home while using a blow torch to heat frozen pipes. Although no one was injured, the mobile home suffered extensive damage from the fire.

ü  If you have neighbors who are elderly or who are physically/mentally challenged, please check on them to make sure they’re okay. If they are in need of medical attention, call 9-1-1.

ü  If you plan to  use an electric space heater, consider the following precautions:

·         Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from flammable objects like curtains, furniture and bedding.

·         Make sure to keep a 3-foot “kid-free zone” around space heaters and fires.

·         Use space heaters only when you’re present in your home or business, and only while you’re awake. Never use space heaters while you sleep.

How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas which can be produced when a furnace or other appliances are not working properly. It can also be produced when wood-burning fireplaces are not vented properly.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas, and inhaling it can cause death. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include feeling out of breath, dizziness, nausea and headaches. If you or any of your family members experience these symptoms, leave the building immediately and call 9-1-1.

ü  Make sure to install a carbon monoxide detector in your home or business. Check the batteries regularly to ensure that it’s working properly.

ü  Don’t use a charcoal or wood grill indoors or in a garage.

ü  Never operate kerosene or propane heaters indoors without proper venting.

ü  Never use your oven to heat your home.

Emergency Contacts and Shelter Information
In case of emergency, contact 9-1-1. For other calls, the non-emergency dispatch number is 303-441-3333. To report outages, please contact Xcel directly at 1-800-895-2999.

The American Red Cross will be opening a warm shelter for people impacted by this emergency. The shelter will be available starting at 3 p.m. today and is located at Douglass Elementary School, 840 75th St. near 75th Street and Baseline Road.


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Alcorn State no match for CU women


Colorado is now 2-0 against Alcorn State and a perfect 6-0 against schools from the Southwest Athletic Conference.

With tonight’s victory over Alcorn State, Colorado extends its streak of non-conference regular season wins to 26 games.

Colorado outscored Alcorn State 27-4 off of turnovers and 39-8 on bench points.

After red shirting last year, Lauren Huggins has come out on fire.

After red shirting last year, Lauren Huggins has come out on fire.


Colorado head coach Linda Lappe wins her 66th game at Colorado, outnumbering Kathy McConnell-Miller (2005-10) for the third most wins in program history. She trails only legendary head coach Ceal Barry, who won 427 from 1983-05 and Russell “Sox” Walseth who won 77 from 1980-83.

Tonight, Junior Lexy Kresel scored nine points achieving  501  points overall in her three seasons with Colorado. She also achieved her 100th career three pointer in the second half which is 11th all-time at Colorado.

Redshirt Freshman Lauren Huggins scored 16 points in tonight’s game which is four more than she scored overall in the five games she played before her injury in the 2012-2013 season.

Colorado Buffaloes Women’s Basketball

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CU study: Spruce beetle infestation in N. Colo. tied to drought


A new University of Colorado Boulder study indicates drought high in the northern Colorado mountains is the primary trigger of a massive spruce beetle outbreak that is tied to long-term changes in sea-surface temperatures from the Northern Atlantic Ocean, a trend that is expected to continue for decades.

The new study is important because it shows that drought is a better predictor of spruce beetle outbreaks in northern Colorado than temperature alone, said lead study author Sarah Hart, a CU-Boulder doctoral student in geography. Drought conditions appear to decrease host tree defenses against spruce beetles, which attack the inner layers of bark, feeding and breeding in the phloem, a soft inner bark tissue, which impedes tree growth and eventually kills vast swaths of forest.

This spruce forest hit with a double whammy-- Spruce bark beetles killed the trees then a forest fire burned it.

This spruce forest hit with a double whammy– Spruce bark beetles killed the trees then a forest fire burned it.

Spruce beetles, like their close relatives, mountain pine beetles, are attacking large areas of coniferous forests across the West. While the mountain pine beetle outbreak in the Southern Rocky Mountains is the best known and appears to be the worst in the historical record, the lesser known spruce beetle infestation has the potential to be equally or even more devastating in Colorado, said Hart, lead author on the new study.

“It was interesting that drought was a better predictor for spruce beetle outbreaks than temperature,” said Hart of the geography department.  “The study suggests that spruce beetle outbreaks occur when warm and dry conditions cause stress in the host trees.”

A paper on the subject was published online in the journal Ecology. Co-authors include CU-Boulder geography Professor Thomas Veblen; former CU-Boulder graduate student Karen Eisenhart, now at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania; and former CU-Boulder students Daniel Jarvis and Dominik Kulakowski, now at Clark University in Worcester, Mass. The National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society funded the study.

The new study also puts to rest false claims that fire suppression in the West is the trigger for spruce beetle outbreaks, said Veblen.

Spruce beetles range from Alaska to Arizona and live in forests of Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir trees in Colorado.  The CU-Boulder study area included sites in the White River, Routt, Arapaho, Roosevelt and Grand Mesa national forests as well as in Rocky Mountain National Park.

The CU-Boulder team assembled a long-term record of spruce beetle outbreaks from the northern Front Range to the Grand Mesa in western Colorado using a combination of historical documents and tree ring data from 1650 to 2011. Broad-scale outbreaks were charted by the team from 1843-1860, 1882-1889, 1931-1957 and 2004 to 2010.

The researchers used a variety of statistical methods to tease out causes for variations in the dataset at 18 sites in Colorado. “The extent to which we could distinguish between the warming signals and the drought signals was surprising,” said Veblen.  “These are two things that easily can get mixed together in most tree ring analyses.”

European Spruce bark beetle

European Spruce bark beetle

There are several lines of evidence that drought is the main driver of the spruce beetle outbreak. The new study showed when northwest Colorado was in a warm, wet climate period from 1976 to 1998, for example, both spruce beetle reproduction and tree defenses like “pitching” beetles out of tree interiors with resin were likely high. But during that period of warming, outbreak was minimal.

The strongest climate correlation to spruce beetle outbreaks was above average annual values for the Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation, or AMO, a long-term phenomenon that changes sea-surface temperatures in the North Atlantic. Believed to shift from cool to warm phases roughly every 60 years, positive AMO conditions are linked to warmer and drier conditions over much of North America, including the West.

Veblen said the AMO shifted from its cool to warm phase in the 1990s, meaning the climate phenomenon could be contributing to drought conditions in the West into the middle of this century. A 2006 tree-ring study involving Veblen, his former student, Thomas Kitzberger and researchers from several other institutions concluded that the warm phase of AMO also was correlated to increased wildfires in the West.

In addition to AMO, the researchers looked at two other ocean-atmosphere oscillations  – the El Nino Southern Oscillation and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation  — as well as past temperatures, precipitation and aridity to better understand the spruce beetle outbreaks. The team found that another effective predictor of drought conditions was summer “vapor pressure deficit,” a measurement of atmospheric dryness, said Veblen.

In the new study, the researchers were particularly interested in “radial growth” rates of tree rings from sub-canopy trees of various species in the study areas that thrived following outbreaks. One hallmark of spruce beetle outbreaks is that slow radial growth rates in such areas are followed by extremely rapid radial growth rates, an indication smaller trees flourish in the absence of the larger spruce trees because of decreased competition for water and increased opportunities for photosynthesis, said Hart.

The area of high-elevation forests affected by spruce beetles is growing in the West, Hart said. “In 2012, U.S. Forest Service surveys indicated that more area was under attack by spruce beetles than mountain pine beetles in the Southern Rocky Mountains, which includes southern Wyoming, Colorado and northern New Mexico,” she said. “The drought conditions that promote spruce beetle outbreak are expected to continue.”

Spruce beetles have even hit Alaska.

Spruce beetles have even hit Alaska.

One big concern about spruce beetle outbreaks is their effects on headwater streams that are important for water resources, said Veblen.  “In the short term, trees killed by spruce beetles will lead to less water use by trees and more water discharge into streams. But in the long term, the absence of the trees killed by beetles may lead to less persistence of snow and earlier runoff.”

Veblen said it might seem counterintuitive to some that spruce-fir subalpine forests in Colorado are larger by area than lodgepole/ponderosa pine forests. “It is probably because spruce and subalpine forests are found in more remote areas not as visible to most people,” he said. “But potentially, the current spruce beetle outbreak could affect a larger area than the mountain pine beetle outbreak.”

The study had its beginnings in 1986, when Veblen and his students began compiling spruce and subalpine fir tree rings from various study sites in the Colorado mountains.  Tree rings from individual trees — which carry information about weather, climate and even events like volcanic eruptions — can be matched up and read with rings from other trees, much like the pages of a book, from year to year and even from season to season.


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Boulder police: Arson suspect sought



Fire was at Ideal Market


Boulder police are looking for a male suspected of starting a fire at Ideal Market, 1275 Alpine Avenue on the evening of Saturday, August 31, 2013. The incident occurred at 10:42 p.m.


The fire started when a display of charcoal was ignited in front of the store.  When police arrived, store employees had extinguished the fire with a garden hose. Boulder Fire Rescue also responded and watered down the remaining debris to make sure the fire was completely out. No one was injured.


Security footage from the scene revealed a white male with a scruffy beard, brown hair, between the ages of 20 and 30 years old. He was wearing a red T-shirt with white lettering on the front and back, blue jeans and white tennis shoes.   Photos are attached.  The case number is 13-11707.


Anyone with information may contact Detective Kara Wills at 303-441-3482. 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.  Ideal Market is also offering a $1,000 reward to anyone providing information that leads to the identity and arrest of the suspect.

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CU scientists: New battery extends range and safety of electric-powered vehicles


 “This new, low-cost chemistry has a capacity that’s nearly 10 times greater than state-of-the-art cathodes.”


A cutting-edge battery technology developed at the University of Colorado Boulder that could allow tomorrow’s electric vehicles to travel twice as far on a charge is now closer to becoming a commercial reality.

CU’s Technology Transfer Office has completed an agreement with Solid Power LLC—a CU-Boulder spinoff company founded by Se-Hee Lee and Conrad Stoldt, both associate professors of mechanical engineering—for the development and commercialization of an innovative solid-state rechargeable battery. Solid Power also was recently awarded a $3.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy for the purpose of creating a battery that can improve electric vehicle driving range.

The rechargeable batteries that are standard in today’s electric vehicles—as well as in a host of consumer electronics, such as mobile phones and laptops—are lithium-ion batteries, which generate electricity when lithium ions move back and forth between electrodes in a liquid electrolyte solution.

Engineers and chemists have long known that using lithium metal as the anode in a rechargeable battery—as opposed to the conventional carbon materials that are used as the anode in conventional lithium-ion batteries—can dramatically increase its energy density. But using lithium metal, a highly reactive solid, in conjunction with a liquid electrolyte is extremely hazardous because it increases the chance of a thermal runaway reaction that can result in a fire or an explosion.

Fire fighters try to douse the flames after a fire broke out in the plane's batteries.

Fire fighters try to douse the flames after a fire broke out in the plane’s batteries.

Today’s lithium-ion batteries require a bulky amount of devices to protect and cool the batteries. A fire onboard a Boeing Dreamliner in January that temporarily grounded the new class of plane was linked to its onboard lithium-ion battery.

Lee and Stoldt solved the safety concerns around using lithium metal by eliminating the liquid electrolyte. Instead, the pair built an entirely solid-state battery that uses a ceramic electrolyte to separate the lithium metal anode from the cathode. Because the solid-state battery is far safer, it requires less protective packaging, which in turn could reduce the weight of the battery system in electric vehicles and help extend their range.

Research into the development of solid-state batteries has gone on for a couple of decades, but it has been difficult to create a solid electrolyte that allowed the ions to pass through it as easily as a liquid electrolyte.

“The problem has always been that solid electrolytes had very poor performance making their use in rechargeable batteries impractical,” Stoldt said. “However, the last decade has seen a resurgence in the development of new solid electrolytes with ionic conductivities that rival their liquid counterparts.”

The critical innovation added by Lee and Stoldt that allows their solid-state lithium battery to out-perform standard lithium-ion batteries is the construction of the cathode, the part of the battery that attracts the positively charged lithium ions once they’re discharged from the lithium metal. Instead of using a solid mass of material, Lee and Stoldt created a “composite cathode,” essentially small particles of cathode material held together with solid electrolyte and infused with an additive that increases its electrical conductivity. This configuration allows ions and electrons to move more easily within the cathode.

“The real innovation is an all-solid composite cathode that is based upon an iron-sulfur chemistry that we developed at CU,” Stoldt said. “This new, low-cost chemistry has a capacity that’s nearly 10 times greater than state-of-the-art cathodes.”

Last year, Lee and Stoldt partnered with Douglas Campbell, a small-business and early-stage product development veteran, to spin out Solid Power.

“We’re very excited about the opportunity to achieve commercial success for the all solid-state rechargeable battery,” said Campbell, Solid Power’s president. “We’re actively engaging industrial commercial partners to assist in commercialization and expect to have prototype products ready for in-field testing within 18 to 24 months.” Important to the early success of the company has been its incubation within CU-Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science’s applied energy storage research center, a part of the college’s energy systems and environmental sustainability initiative.

Tesla's cars are all electric powered

Tesla’s cars are all electric powered



Solid Power is a member of Rocky Mountain Innosphere, a nonprofit technology incubator headquartered in Fort Collins, Colo., with a mission to accelerate the development and success of high-impact scientific and technology startup companies.

“We’re very excited to be working with Solid Power’s team to get them to the next level,” said Mike Freeman, Innosphere’s CEO. “This is a big deal to Colorado’s clean-tech space. Solid Power’s batteries will have a huge impact in the EV market, and they have a potential $20 billion market for their technology.”

Learn more about Solid Power at


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From our mountain neighbors: road damage and homes on the brink


  • Town of Nederland Road Conditions Update at 11:20am Please be advised — roads are softening across the town due to the ongoing rains. Some areas are inaccessible — including the Big Springs neighborhood at Peakview Road and at the intersection of Alpine and Big Springs Drive. All residents are urged to stay off all roads. Do not attempt to drive around any cones or barricades.
  • Magnolia Road Update at 11:45am: #97 between Magnolia Rd and #72 is now impassable. Road is flooded and washed away in spots.

None of these images is of his area nor house, but it’ll give you the confirmation that one of the major problems is and will be the severely eroded and continuing to erode soil ….    His short email says it all for them :

Coal Creek Canyon

Coal Creek Canyon


Here are a few photos taken on our walk through Blue Mt. yesterday.  We are just one small community of hundreds affected by this epic storm.  I’m sure the cost of it all will be into the billions.  Coal Creek Canyon just to our west is washed out and will take months to repair, stranding the few thousand folks on the west side of the washouts.  They will still be able to get out, but it will take an hour or two to get to work, normally a 30 or 40 minute drive.  The only impact to us so far is the loss of natural gas so cold showers and no heat, not that we need heat right now.  Unseen are the tens of thousands of flooded basements in neighborhoods that from the street look unaffected.  Damage for each of those will be in the thousands to replace carpets and furniture.  Few of us have flood insurance.  Just last week we were worried about the threat of fire.

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Boulder Rangers have a quiet week, goats to invade


The goats are coming; the goats are coming!

Approximately 300 goats will move onto the Stengel l property (Tallgrass West area) sometime this weekend. The goats are part of a long term project established in 2011 looking at ways to reduce chicory, a blue flowered exotic perennial that has invaded our tallgrass communities. Staff is looking at how goats, cattle and prescribed fire when appropriate effect chicory densities and its’ spread. Thanks to Lynn, Ann Lezberg and others for making this happen.The contractor will be on site 24/7 as permitted by the City. Educational signs have been posted at all access points.

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Rangers responded to:

• A report of an injured hiker on the Royal Arch trail. The hiker fell and injured her right ankle.Rangers worked with RMR and AMR on this call.

• A report of a lost hiker in the area of the Royal Arch.

Rangers were able to talk the person back down to the trails.

• A report of a fire in the five mile marker of Left Hand Canyon.

Rangers located three juveniles having a campfire and issued summonses for this offense.

Ranger Job Opening

The open OSMP Ranger Naturalist positions have been posted and we will be accepting applicants through 8/20. If you have any qualified seasonal staff, friends or former co-workers interested please direct them here:


On Aug 1st, members of the Mountain Bike Patrol joined OSMP staff to construct a temporary trail connection between Community Ditch and Coal Seam Trail. This temporary trail will allow visitors to make a loop on those trails, during construction of the Hwy 93 underpass. Once the underpass is complete, this trail will be closed and restored.

Xcel Energy will be starting the line / pole replacement project in the next couple days.  Starting from the South,  Plainview area, they will work North using Flatirons Vista access and on to Eldorado substation, their contractor will be using Greenbelt Plateau for employee parking with OSMP placards.

Community Outreach

OSMP started leading public Natural Selections programs into the Weiser property last weekend. Dave Sutherland took a large group to see the sandstone cliffs, turtle backs, rare plants and bald eagles that inhabit this special and fragile place. OSMP will continue to offer public guided hikes through August, September and October while the property is open for visitation. The area can only be visited with an OSMP guide, and the hikes are limited to 15 by reservation. At the end of October, a bald eagle nesting closure goes into effect until next August and the location will be closed once more.

Channel 8 covers the OSMP Art Show

The art show is located in the Boulder Public Library Canyon Gallery (1001 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder). The show is open to the public and will run from July 20 – August 28 during normal library hours. Drop in and see how Open Space inspires local artists!

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