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Ben Saarel 1

How Fast Is CUs Saarel?



Ben Saarel 2Saarel, of Park City, Utah, arrived in Boulder already in the passing lane.

An engineering physics major with an interest (bet on it not being mild) in chemistry, he earned a 4.0 GPA in his first semester. And that, said Wetmore, was because “you can’t get a 5.0 . . . he finishes practices, takes his shoes off and goes to the library.”

When the Buffs leave the state for meets, as some will do this weekend for competitions in Austin, Texas and Stanford, Calif., Wetmore says Saarel “studies on the bus to the airport, studies at the airport and studies on the airplane. He’s a willing worker when he gets to practice and will do anything we ask of him. If he’s ever tired he doesn’t show it. He’s intense in practice, intense about his school work. I’d like to find a way for him to get a 3.999 (GPA) and relax a little, gear it down a little more.”

Saarel didn’t start running until he was a high school freshman, and that came at the urging of his sister, Emma, now a runner at Swarthmore (Pa.) College. After starting in cross country, he branched out to track, and in a short time reached a comfort level in both.

After winning the Utah State Class 3A cross country championship in the second-fastest time (14:56.7) ever run on the course, he was named the 2012 Gatorade Utah Cross Country Runner of the Year. Other accomplishments that year included first place at the Foot Locker West Regional and a second-place finish at the Nike Cross Nationals Southwest Regional championship. In track as a senior, he also won Utah state titles, with record times in the 800 (1:51.13) and the 1,600 meters (4:07.95).

Like all else he attempts, Saarel is into it in a big, big way at CU. Last fall, in his first cross country season for the Buffs, his finishes earned All-Pac-12 First Team, All-Mountain Region and All-America honors. In his first race for the Buffs – the NCAA Pre-Nationals – he was CU’s No. 2 scorer with a ninth-place finish. In the NCAA Championships, he finished eighth as the Buffs won their fourth NCAA team title since 2001. He became CU’s first true freshman since Billy Nelson to earn All-America recognition. Nelson, who finished 42nd that year (2002), now is one of Wetmore’s assistants.

Saarel is among 14 CU student-athletes who will compete on Sunday in the Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford, while a pair of CU sprinters will run at the Longhorn Invitational on Saturday in Austin. Saarel is scheduled to run in the 5,000 meters on Sunday night.


Source: CU Buffs


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City holiday schedule/free parking: Read it now!


City of Boulder Thanksgiving schedule – Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29

Closed on Thursday, Nov. 28:

  • All city administrative offices
  • All library branches
  • All senior centers (no Meals on Wheels deliveries, either)
  • Municipal Court
  • All city recreation centers
  • Boulder Reservoir
  • Flatirons Golf Course (closed after 2 p.m.)
  • Pottery Lab
  • Animal Control, Code Enforcement, Police Records and Information Services and Property and Evidence

Closed on Friday, Nov. 29:

  • Park Central Building, including the Planning & Development Center

Open on Friday, Nov. 29, but with changes in hours:

  • North Boulder Recreation Center – open 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • South Boulder Recreation Center – open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Pottery Lab, open lab only – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Boulder Reservoir – open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


All city lots, meters and garages are free on Thursday, Nov. 28.



Boulder Valley school news briefs


Fourth annual Iron Chef contests to be held for BVSD elementary and middle school students

BVSD elementary and middle school students from throughout the district will compete again this year in Iron Chef style competitions to win money for their schools and a spot on the 2013-2014 school food menu.


Teams must create a dish that is not only delicious but also meets the USDA guidelines, is healthy, and stays at or under the $1.20/plate price allocation. We know from previous years that some great food will be presented to our judges!


This year, along with managers from BVSD Food Services, local food celebrities will also be joining to help judge, featuring guest judges from Whole Foods, The Kitchen’s Hugo Matheson, Bradford Heap of Salt, and Arugula’s Alec Schuler.


BVSD Elementary School Iron Chef Competition

4-6 p.m. Thursday, March 7
Arapahoe Ridge High School
(6600 Arapahoe Road, Boulder)


BVSD Middle School Iron Chef Competition

4-6 p.m. Thursday, March 14
Casey Middle School
(2410 13th St., Boulder)

Ryan Elementary School library receives prestigious recognition 

Ryan Elementary library one of few to be honored in Colorado

BVSD’s Ryan Elementary School, located in Lafayette, has been selected as a Colorado Department of Education’s Highly Effective School Library Program School.

The prestigious Highly Effective Status is given to only a few schools in Colorado each year. It is awarded based on improving student achievement through quality instruction using Colorado’s Academic Standards and 21st Century Learner Skills. The CDE stated in a letter that Ryan Elementary School’s library program will be used as a model to other school libraries in the state.

Ryan Elementary, represented by Principal Tobey Bassoff and Teacher Librarian Erika Arias, will be honored during the Colorado State Board of Education meeting in either April or May, depending on legislative agendas on those days. On the day of recognition, the Board Chair and Commissioner Hammond will award Ryan Elementary with a banner and a certificate. The event will be open to CDE personnel, public and media.

Ryan Elementary will retain Highly Effective Status until 2015 contingent upon sustained library personnel.


Scholarship Funds Available for Multicultural Students


Boulder County, Colo – Boulder County Community Action Programs (CAP) has scholarship monies to award to low-income students. Scholarships range from $500-$1,000 each and are made possible through proceeds from CAP’s Annual Multicultural Awards Banquet.


Applicants must meet the following criteria:


  • Minimum one year residency in Boulder County
  • Currently attending university, community college or technical school as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student
  • Low to moderate-income level.

Preference is given to students actively involved in a student organization or the community. This is not a scholarship for students who will be graduating from high school this spring/summer


This is a one-time scholarship; prior CAP multicultural scholarship recipients are not eligible to apply again.


Applications are available by visiting: .

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Application deadline is April 12, 2013. We encourage students of color to apply. E-mail applications and any questions to Sheila Goetz at:


Boulder County to celebrate opening of Josephine Commons, named for a mine owner AND a human rights activist


70-unit low-income development for seniors was fully leased within 5 days


Boulder County, Colo. – Just one year after its groundbreaking, project managers, elected officials, and residents will gather on Thursday, Oct. 18 to celebrate the grand opening of Josephine Commons, one of Boulder County’s largest affordable housing developments.


The grand opening celebration will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 18 at Josephine Commons, 455 N. Burlington Ave. in Lafayette. Congressman Jared Polis and the Boulder County Commissioners will be among those who will speak. There will be tours of the buildings and property, and the public is invited to attend.


Planning, construction, and operations of Josephine Commons are being overseen by the Boulder County Housing Authority (BCHA), a division of the county’s Department of Housing and Human Services (BCDHHS). The county received a Certificate of Occupancy in late August for Phase I of the project, and had leased all of the apartments within five days. “The very quick lease-up is certainly a testament to the need for low-income housing in Boulder County,” said Frank Alexander, who is director of both the BCHA and BCDHHS. “It’s heartening to know that this project is helping boost the self-sufficiency and dignity of so many of our seniors.”



Phase I of Josephine Commons features 74 units on 3.4 acres of county-owned land in east Lafayette. This includes 70 apartment-style units in a mid-rise building. The 78,000-square-foot three-story main building also features a library, great room and large commercial kitchen. The project’s Phase II, Aspinwall at Josephine Commons, will feature 72 additional townhomes and duplex units for low-income seniors and families, and will break ground in mid-2013.


Funding for the $17.9 million Phase I of Josephine Commons has come largely from private investors through Low Income Housing Tax Credits arranged by the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority. Significant support also came from Boulder County taxpayers through $400,000 in Worthy Cause funding. And $550,000 in Colorado Home Investment Partnership (HOME) funds were provided by the Colorado Division of Housing. Other business support included a $12 million construction loan from Citibank.


Josephine Commons is named afterone-time owner of the Rocky Mountain Fuel Company, which once ran a coal mine where the development now sits. In the early 1930s, Roche stood out as a champion of workers’ rights, instituting the highest wages in the mining industry, fighting against child labor, and inviting unionization of her mines.


Also significant is the fact that the retired coal mines were used as renewable energy for Josephine Commons. Geothermal wells were drilled to depths of 400 feet, passing through the old mine shafts. Pipes were then installed to feed the heating and cooling systems, a process that greatly reduces the energy required for temperature control in the buildings. The project also features more than 100 kilowatts of rooftop and carport solar panel electricity generation.



Six puppies test positive for Parvovirus in Boulder


 Animal Control offers prevention tips


The Boulder Police Department’s Animal Control Unit is notifying dog owners about potential Parvovirus (also called Parvo) among some dogs in the city.


At least six puppies have tested positive for the virus, and one has died. The others are undergoing veterinary treatment. The infected dogs were in the area of 9th and Canyon, near the library and municipal building.

Boulder’s Animal Control Unit says vaccinated dogs are at a very low risk of contracting the disease. If your dog is not current on vaccinations, there is a higher risk of exposure. Talk to your veterinarian if you have concerns or questions about whether your pet is current on shots.


Parvovirus is a serious viral disease. It is extremely contagious and the risk of exposure is a year-round issue. Parvo is most often an intestinal disease, but the virus can also infect the heart muscles. Sometimes an infected dog doesn’t show any symptoms of the virus, although it generally presents itself quickly (sometimes as soon as 12 hours) after a dog has been exposed.


Signs of intestinal Parvo include:


  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea (usually bloody and foul-smelling
  • Fever
  • Intussusception– this is when a section of the animal’s intestinal tract telescopes into itself. This is an emergency which requires immediate veterinary attention.

There is no cure for Parvovirus. Veterinarians can give fluids orally if the infection is mild, or subcutaneously (under the skin) if dehydration is more extreme. Anti-vomiting medications, antibiotics and blood/plasma transfusions are also used in treatment.


Parvo is spread by dog-to-dog contact and contact with contaminated feces.  People can carry the virus on their hands and clothes if they pet an infected dog or touch the leash or collar of an infected dog. The virus can also be carried on the bottoms of shoes if a person steps on feces or contaminated dirt, and can be transmitted from shoes to homes, workplaces and other areas.


The virus can remain “live” for up to seven months, so it’s important to properly disinfect areas which may have been exposed to the virus. Household bleach is the best disinfectant for surfaces like countertops and floors, or the bottoms of shoes. The dilution formula is one part bleach to 30 parts water. (Be careful with fabrics). Never, ever use the bleach solution on an animal. For people who are sensitive to the smell of bleach, there are commercially-available Parvovirus disinfectants which don’t smell as strong.


The best way to prevent your dog from becoming infected with Parvovirus is to vaccinate against the disease.  Talk to your veterinarian if you have questions or need recommendations for your pet.



CIP bonds building a head of steam


City makes progress on Capital Improvement Bond projects throughout Boulder

Just six months into the implementation of the Capital Improvement Bond, three projects have already been completed and 13 more are currently under construction. The community projects are funded by the voter-approved bond, a citywide initiative to address significant deficiencies and high priority infrastructure improvements throughout Boulder.

The city first completed a missing sidewalk link on Gillaspie Drive, along the border of Harlow Platts Park, between Greenbriar Boulevard and Juilliard Street. Next, a new pedestrian crossing was installed at the intersection of Canyon Boulevard and 21st Street. In addition, all of the city’s traffic signalincandescent lamps have been replaced with light-emitting diode (LED) lamps.


“Replacing all of the city’s traffic signals with LEDs is a significant improvement that will make our transportation system more energy efficient and will require less frequent maintenance,” said Director of Public Works for Transportation Tracy Winfree. “Each of the LED lamps will use approximately 80 percent less energy, which will save the city thousands of dollars per year.”


During the next three years, the city will continue to utilize Capital Improvement Bond funds to implement 89 individual projects throughout the community. The projects include roadway reconstruction, park facility upgrades, critical software updates, police equipment needs and a renovation of the Main Boulder Public Library.


The 89 individual projects are grouped into 26 categories and three status types. Three projects have been completed, 13 are under construction, and 73 are in the planning and design phase. Since 85 percent of the bond money must be spent within three years, the city will provide the community with continuous project updates and regular reports on progress toward overall completion.


Other construction project updates include:

  • Police equipment replacements are underway, including the assembly of a bomb robot.
  • Park shelter replacements and improvements are ongoing at Valmont Park, Palo East Park and Valmont Dog Park.
  • Substandard traffic signs are being replaced throughout the city.
  • A new multi-use path connection is being constructed on Baseline Road from the Bear Creek Path to U.S. 36.
  • Renovations and replacements of existing Parks and Recreation facilities are in progress at Canyon Park, Columbine Park and Palo East Park.
  • The South Boulder Recreation Center gym floor and racquetball courts have been replaced and are now being upgraded to achieve full compliance with ADA requirements.
  • Deteriorating road pavements are being reconstructed and repaired throughout the city.
  • The Columbia Cemetery is being upgraded and enhanced, including irrigation system improvements, new fencing and headstone repairs.
  • A new sidewalk is being built on the east side of Folsom Street from Arapahoe Avenue to 200 feet south of Arapahoe Avenue.


“The Capital Improvement Bond is allowing the city to make some significant investments in the community,” said City Manager Jane Brautigam. “These investments help to maintain our valuable existing assets and will improve our quality of life in Boulder.”


Keep an eye out for projects around town!
Capital Improvement Bond signs are posted on site as construction begins so that the community can identify the projects that are funded by the bond. The community can also track the progress of the bond implementation online at


Boulder’s Capital Improvement Bond
In the November 2011 election, Boulder voters approved a ballot measure that allowed the city to leverage existing revenues to bond for up to $49 million to fund projects that address significant deficiencies and high priority infrastructure improvements. Because the bond was paid for using existing revenues, the measure did not raise taxes.


The bond sale was completed on March 22, 2012. The $49 million bond has a 20-year payback and 85 percent of the total is required be spent by March 22, 2015. As of July 2012, 10 percent of the total funding towards the 85 percent goal has been spent.


For the latest information on construction traffic impacts associated with the bond projects, visit


Capital Improvement Bond video series
The website hosts an online video series that highlights what the community can expect to see during the next few years as a result of the Capital Improvement Bond. Each video focuses on different types of investments that the bond will allow the city to make, including transportation, parks, parking, library and downtown. Watch the Capital Improvement Bond videos.




Get free music downloads at BPL


Free music downloads now available from Boulder Public Library via Freegal


For everyone who’s ever heard a song on the radio and wanted to add it their collection, wanted a hit single off an album, or just wanted to explore the work of new musical artists, Boulder Public Library offers a new, free online music download service.  Freegal Music, a downloadable music service designed for libraries, is now available through the library’s website at:


Freegal is free for all Boulder Public Library (BPL) cardholders who live in Boulder County, and all downloads may be kept permanently. Each library cardholder may download up to three songs per week (156 per year) and keep the songs forever. All that is needed to access this service is a Boulder Public Library card number in good standing.


Freegal Music provides access to the Sony Music Entertainment catalog, which includes hundreds of thousands of songs, more than 100 genres of music, and more than 50 record labels. No special software is needed to use the service, and there are no digital rights management restrictions. Downloading of songs is completely free and legal for library cardholders. Songs are downloaded in a universally compatible MP3 format, so they can be saved to any computer, mobile device or MP3 player, including an iPod. Songs can be downloaded at home or at computer stations in libraries via a USB device, such as a flash drive or MP3 player.  One click and you can save the songs to your iTunes or Windows Media Player.


“We are excited to be able to offer this free music download service to Boulder Public Library cardholders,” said Valerie Maginnis, library director. “It gives our patrons access to more of the materials they want, in a convenient, accessible format, while also being highly efficient for the library. We anticipate that this will be a very popular new service.”

More information and answers to frequently asked questions about Freegal are available on the BPL website,  Music can also be found in the library’s catalog by searching for “Freegal.”  BPL offers other music and film streaming services, such as Alexander Street, which offers 30,000 albums for streaming, at:

Martin Luther King Day

MLK day city closures


City of Boulder Martin Luther King, Jr. Day schedule

In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 16, the following offices will be closed:

  • All city administrative offices
  • Boulder Public Library and library branches
  • Senior Centers
  • Police Records, Property and Evidence and Animal Control

Recreation centers will be open regular hours.

City-owned parking garages and on-street parking are free on Monday.


Check out the NOOKS at Boulder Public Library soon


Boulder Public Library begins checking out NOOKs™ on Jan. 11
Boulder Public Library begins checking out NOOK e-readers on Wednesday, Jan. 11.  There are 12 NOOKs at the Main Library, and six each at the Meadows and George Reynolds branch libraries. The NOOKs are loaded with 31 bestseller titles, in fiction, non-fiction and biography categories.

Some of the bestseller titles include: Stephen King’s “11/22/63,” Garth Stein’s “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy, George R.R. Martin’s “A Game of Thrones,” Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs, and Laura Hillenbrand’s “Unbroken.”






Patrons must be at least 18 years old and a Boulder city resident to check out a NOOK with their library card.  NOOKs are available to be placed on hold now in the library’s catalog; visit to place a hold by searching for “NOOK” or call 303-441-3100 for assistance.

“The library has been supporting reading and readers in Boulder for over 100 years,” said Reference and Collections Manager Melinda Mattingly. “New formats have come along in the past, but nothing like the e-book.  It’s no surprise that Boulder library users of all ages are excited about e-books and e-readers at their library, and the library is very excited to offer them.”

The NOOKs check out for three weeks, and no renewals are possible. Overdue fees are $5 per day, and users are responsible for any loss or damage costs.

Boulder Public Library website:


Emergency Warming center for #boulder homeless 12/22/11 11:00 AM


During the snow today some churches are open downtown where you can get out of the snow. Carriage house iS open. You can also go to any city building including: East, South and North boulder Rec centers. Any library. The municipal building lobby downtown Boulder

TONIGHT Thursday, December 22, 2011, there will be an emergency warming center located @ Congregation Har HaShem – 3901 Pinon Drive (one block south of Baseline Road, next to St. Andrews. Walk through Har HaShem’s Baseline parking lot towards Pinon Drive.)
Doors will open at 7 p.m.
The Free Bus will leave the Shelter between 7-7:15pm, stop at 11th & Walnut between 7:15-7:30 p.m., then go to the warming center.
Click here for info about the free HOP bus schedule–it runs Monday through Friday with one schedule and has a different schedule on Saturdays. It does NOT operate on Sundays.
RTD: 203 & 225

If you are under 18 years of age
and need shelter Attention Homes is a good resource. Located at 3080 Broadway in Boulder (just half a block north of Broadway and Elder), Attention Homes’ facilities and programs are designed for youth. The SKIP bus can get you there. The phone number for Attention Homes is 303.447.1207. Please contact them. (You can read more about their services on this site here.)

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