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CU Continuing At NCAA Regionals

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CU GolfUniversity of Colorado will continue its season at the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Regionals.

The Buffaloes received one of 44 at large bids to the regional tournaments, considered the preliminary rounds of the NCAA Championships competition.

CU, who will be sending the team or an individual to the regionals for a fourth consecutive year, will compete as the No. 17 seed in the Central Regional at the 6,200-yard, par-72 Karsten Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla. from May 8-10.

The Buffs’ region includes fellow Pac-12 opponents UCLA, Arizona and California (all of whom rank in Golfstat’s most recent top 35) and former Big 12 foes Kansas, Texas and host team Oklahoma State. Additionally, Texas Tech’s Kimmie Hill will be competing as an individual.

The top eight teams and two individuals from each of the three regionals will advance to the NCAA Championships Finals, held at the Tulsa Country Club from May 20-23 in Tulsa, Okla.

Going into the tournament with the ups and downs of the regular season behind them and with prior knowledge of the course helps Kelly know what her team has to do to have success at regionals and have the possibility of advancing to the NCAA Championships. Kelly says it’s a difficult time, with the team also taking its final exams during the week of regionals, but believes the Buffs can find the right balance.

 

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Boulder Football Hosting Marrow Donor Drive

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footballUniversity of Colorado Football team, along with Be The Match and the Bonfils Colorado Marrow Donor Program, will host a Marrow Donor Registry Drive on Friday, April 25, at Balch Fieldhouse from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The drive will encourage participants to sign up for the Be The Match Registry, which is used to match potential donors to those whose only or best hope for survival is a marrow transplant.

“I got involved with the Marrow Donor Registry at San Jose State, and we did this last year,” CU Head Coach Mike MacIntyre said. “About 12,000 people a year look on the registry and only about 5,000 find matches, and this is a last resort. You could save a life.”

Once a person is registered, they have the opportunity to save a life until the age of 61. Healthy young adults are especially needed for the registry and patients are most likely a match of someone of their own racial and ethnic heritage, meaning often times a person’s unique ancestry may make them the only person who can save another’s life.

“It’s an honorable and life-changing thing to do, so I’m excited our guys will be a part of it,” MacIntyre said. “We’ve had kids that have matched before, it’s really a neat deal and worthwhile for our players and the entire community to look into it.”

There are two ways to donate marrow, either from a peripheral blood stem cell donation or a marrow donation. The PBCS donation is a non-surgical, outpatient procedure after which a donor would be back to their regular life in one to two days. The marrow donation is a surgical procedure that is usually an outpatient procedure after which the donor would be back to their regular life in two to seven days.

CU’s Balch Fieldhouse is located on the west side of Folsom Field on the CU-Boulder main campus. There are parking meters and a metered parking lot located on Colorado Avenue west of Folsom Avenue.

 

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County to help flood victims with income tax filing

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Residents invited to post-flood income tax workshop Feb. 12

 

Boulder County, Colo. – Residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed in the 2013 Flood, or local tax and personal finance professionals are encouraged to attend the workshop on Feb.12. Attendees will hear from disaster tax expert John Trapani, CPA.

Income tax help will be available to flood victims

Income tax help will be available to flood victims

 

The workshop will help residents navigate their income tax options following a major disaster:

 

When: Wednesday, Feb 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Boulder County Courthouse, 1325 Pearl St., Commissioners’ Hearing Room, 3rd Floor

RSVP: www.UPhelp.org/RSVP

 

The workshop will cover several topics including:

·         Income tax benefits and reporting responsibilities that can help and hurt people who experienced a disaster loss

·         Major questions to be discussed:

o   Is there a loss or gain? What tax year should you claim a loss? Sell 7 buy or rebuild?

·         Documenting and claiming insured and uninsured losses

·         Tax consequences of insurance settlements SBA loans, FEMA grants, etc.

·         Special rules for federally declared disasters

·         Determining your cost basis for damaged property

 

Attendees will have the chance to ask questions during a Q&A session.

Boulder County, the Long-Term Flood Recovery Group and United Policyholders host this free workshop

 

 

For more information about the workshop, visit www.accountantfordisasterrecovery.com or call Kerri Oliver at kerrioliver@gmail.com.

 

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It wasn’t pretty but #11 CU women stay undefeated

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Ugly, ugly, ugly. Twenty-one turnovers ugly.

And a strange afternoon of hoops in Boulder, but strange was good. The No. 11 Colorado women remained unbeaten with a 79-56 win over Illinois, but it was anything but business as usual in the Coors Events Center.

For starters, the Buffs (8-0) and Illini (5-5) had their pregame warm-up time shortened due to the aftermath of the CU’s men’s last-second upset of No. 6 Kansas. That game started at 1:20 p.m., with the women’s contest scheduled to begin just after 5 p.m. But it took longer than anticipated to clear the CEC court after it was stormed by CU students and fans following the electrifying 75-72 win.

Roberson scored a game high 17 points

Roberson scored a game high 17 points

Then, with 8:30 left in the first half of the women’s contest and the Buffs up 27-20, alarms sounded in the CEC. Play continued, but after a couple of possessions, the court and stands were cleared. A sprinkler head had burst in the loading dock area of the Events Center, triggering the alarms and stopping play for 20 minutes. Players went to their locker rooms, fans went to the building’s upper concourses.

Meanwhile, second-year Illinois coach Matt Bollant might not have known what he was missing. He was ill and remained at his Boulder hotel, which made associate head coach Mike Divilbiss the head man for the afternoon.

“There’s not much you can say in that situation,” Divilbiss said of the delay. “We’re a young team and it’s just one of those things – you just have to learn to get past the environment.”

Once back on the court, Illinois guard Amber Moore got a quick score but the Buffaloes quickly went up by double-digits for the first time on a three-pointer by Jen Reese (16 points) and a jumper byRachel Hargis (12) for a 32-22 lead.

Jen Reese scored 15

Jen Reese scored 15

Forward Jacqui Grant (game-high 20) helped keep Illinois close. When the Illini cooled off from the outside, they started going in and the 6-3 freshman scored four of her 15-first half points on a run that cut Colorado’s lead to 40-35.

But Lauren Huggins hit another 3-pointer and Hargis matched an Illinois score with a layup of her own to give the Buffaloes a 45-37 halftime advantage.

Reese hit her first three field goals of the second half as the Buffs built their lead to 20. A Jasmine Sborov trey and a soft Hargis layup pushed CU in front 62-42. But Illinois increased its press, contributing to the Buffs’ 20 turnovers, and crept to within 14 (62-48).

CU finally settled down as Sborov (10) hit a three-pointer at the 7:56 mark to push the lead back to 17 and the Illini were done.

“I thought it was a great win for our team,” CU coach Linda Lappe said, acknowledging Illinois’ athleticism, quickness and different defensive looks. “There were a lot of different obstacles and adversities through the game – not having the normal warm up time, having a fire alarm . . . I liked how we came out of being in the locker room for 15 minutes and got back into it. So, there were a lot of positives to take out of it.”

Once again, the Buffs’ balance was apparent. Four players, topped by Arielle Roberson’s 17, reached double figures and 10 of the players used by coach Linda Lappe scored. The Buffs outrebounded the Illini 51-30 and held the visitors to 30.8 percent shooting from the field (20-of-65).

Jasmine Sborov scored 10 points but they came at a time when Illinois was threatening to come back

Jasmine Sborov scored 10 points but they came at a time when Illinois was threatening to come back

In addition to her seven points, senior guard Brittany Wilson set career highs in assists (eight) and rebounds (13) and tied a career-best with three blocked shots.

“The ball just kept falling in my hands I guess and I just jumped up for rebounds and pushed the ball down the floor,” Wilson said. “I found open teammates – one being Jen Reese.”

CU committed 21 turnovers to Illinois’ 14, but Wilson said given the Illini’s average of forcing 26, the Buffs will take their 21 and move on. “You don’t want to have 21 turnovers a game,” she said, “but we won, so hey.”

Reese, who sat out the Wyoming game on Wednesday night with concussion symptoms a broken nose, said her fast start “was good to get the confidence up. Even if I did miss it, it’s short memory. But it was good to come back and it felt good.”

The Buffs are off until Thursday, when they host the University of Denver (7 p.m.).

 

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Feed them and they will die!

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Securing trash to protect bears: community input needed on options

In recent years, bears have become more reliant on trash as a food source. By leaving their natural habitat to scavenge for food, bears are unintentionally putting themselves in danger.  Securing trash and compost storage will help protect bears, increase public safety, and allow bears and humans to better co-exist.

The City of Boulder is asking for the community’s input on options to make food waste less accessible to bears. Community members are encouraged to complete a survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/bears-trash to help evaluate potential options for the location, storage and enforcement of trash regulations.

Many more bears will be killed unless more measures are taken

Many more bears will be killed unless more measures are taken

The city will also host a public meeting from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9, in the West Senior Center (909 Arapahoe Ave.) to get community input on options for securing trash in Boulder.

At its Oct. 15, 2013, meeting, City Council received a staff update on bears and trash in the urban interface.  This update was, in part, due to community and council concern related to four bears that were killed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife because of public safety concerns.

At the meeting, council identified securing trash from bears as a priority and staff committed to developing options that will be presented for consideration in early 2014.  The community’s input will help shape the options delivered to City Council in January 2014.

For the most up-to-date information, visit the Securing Trash to Protect Bears Web page.

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Columbia Cemetery meets Aaron Copland

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The City of Boulder’s Parks and Recreation Department and Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department will host a musical, historical hike through Columbia Cemetery, located at 9th and Pleasant streets, to learn about Boulder’s pioneers and early settlers, from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2.

Mary Reilly-McNellan, the cemetery’s curator, will introduce many colorful historical characters, and Dave Sutherland, OSMP naturalist, will share musical selections from composer Aaron Copland’s works to celebrate Boulder’s agricultural roots in the rural west.  This hike is free to the public as part of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra’s ongoing “Nature and Music” collaboration with the Open Space and Mountain Parks Department.

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On Saturday evening, the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra will feature works by Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring and The Tender Land. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Colorado’s Macky Auditorium.

For more information about the historical hike, call Mary Reilly-McNellan at 303-413-7232. For more information about the concert and to purchase tickets, visit .

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County to host meeting about ag. flood damage 10/31

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Flood recovery informational meeting for farmers, ranchers and land owners Oct. 31

 

Boulder County, Colo. – Colorado State University Extension is hosting an informational meeting for farmers, ranchers, and landowners affected by the flood. A wide variety of information regarding technical assistance available for recovery will be presented, as well as how to apply for financial assistance. The meeting will be useful for landowners and agricultural producers with flood related damage to infrastructure and businesses and with crop losses.

 

What: Northern Colorado Flood Recovery Assistance Meeting

When: Oct. 31, from 1 – 4:30 p.m.

Where: McKee building at The Ranch, (Crossroads & I-25) in Loveland

Details: The event is free and open to the public; no pre-registration is required

 

Boulder County experienced great impacts due to extensive flooding not just in the mountain areas, but certainly in plains as well. Farmers, ranchers and landowners have a long road ahead to recover from these environmental changes, and having the support and knowledge of experts will benefit the community as a whole.

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This meeting will feature presentations from agencies and experts ready to help, including:

·         USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service

·         USDA/Farm Service Agency

·         Colorado State University Extension

·         Colorado Farm Bureau

·         Rocky Mountain Farmers Union

·         Local Food Shift Group

·         Living GREEN Foundation

·         Colorado Department of Agriculture

·         Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment

·         Representatives from the offices of Colorado’s congressional delegation

 

For more information contact Adrian Card, CSU Extension of Boulder County, at 303-678-6383 or Adrian.Card@colostate.edu.

 

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Boulder OSMPs to host open house on open space recovery progress

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The City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department will host an open house Monday, Oct. 21, to describe the department’s efforts to recover from the September flood.

The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Millennium Harvest House ballroom, 1345 28th St. OSMP staff will kick off the meeting with a presentation of its response to the flood, along with its efforts to open area trails, trailheads and climbing locations. OSMP staff members will be available to address specific questions after the department’s presentation.

The ravine above Stone Bridge was denuded by rushing flood water and debris as far up as the Third Flatiron. The bridge, though, withstood the onslaught.

The ravine above Stone Bridge was denuded by rushing flood water and debris as far up as the Third Flatiron. The bridge, though, withstood the onslaught .

The topics covered during the open house will include:

·         Trail and trailhead repair, and trail opening progress

·         Flood impacts on natural resources and agricultural programs

·         Volunteer projects and accomplishments

·         Plans for the weeks and months ahead

Since the flooding, OSMP staff and hundreds of volunteers have reopened 47 percent of its trail system, along with 57 percent of its trailheads. The department has also held 15 volunteer projects and has begun working with the Flatirons Climbing Council and Rocky Mountain Rescue Group to assess climbing areas – work that will help the department develop a comprehensive plan for opening more climbing areas across the system.

Individuals interested in volunteering for OSMP’s recovery projects should visit boulderfloodinfo.net and click on “Volunteer Opportunities” for information about how to help.

For the most current listing of trails that OSMP has opened, go to http://bit.ly/15msF85

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

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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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CU’s X-men and X-women both rise in Cross Country standings

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NEW ORLEANS – The University of Colorado men’s cross country team held strong at second in the USTFCCCA Top-30 Coaches’ Poll this week for the second straight week, while the women moved up two positions to 12th overall.

 

The CU men are once again the top Pac-12 program in the poll. They picked up 341 points this week and finished 19 points behind Oklahoma State. The Cowboys recorded a perfect score of 360 points with all 12 first-place votes this week. Northern Arizona remained at third with 335 points and Oregon stayed at fourth this week with 326 points.

CU's 2012 Pac-12 men's X-Country team

CU’s 2012 Pac-12 men’s X-Country team

 

Providence continues to be the top team in the women’s poll. The Friars received 359 points with 11 of the 12 first-place votes this week. Florida State held strong at second (342) and Arizona stayed at third this week. The Wildcats also received the final first-place vote for a total of 340 points.

 

The regional rankings were released on Monday and have both the men and women ranked No. 1 in the NCAA Mountain Region. The men are above Northern Arizona and the women are in front of New Mexico.

 

The Buffs are off until October 19 when they will compete at the NCAA Pre-National Invitational at Terre Haute, Ind. Indiana State will once against host the NCAA Championships (November 23) and this meet offers teams a chance to preview the course.

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