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The City of Boulder has finalized and is releasing a proactive coyote management plan for addressing the reported coyote-human interactions in the area of Boulder Creek Path in central Boulder. The plan is available on www.boulderwildlifeplan.net.
The coyote wildlife plan is site specific to a focused area where several conflicts have been recently reported. It includes proactive hazing of coyotes by city staff and volunteers to attempt to retrain coyotes to be wary of humans. Lethal control of coyotes remains an option if aggressive incidents occur and responsible coyotes can be reasonably identified. Hazing activity will begin tomorrow.
People who travel the Boulder Creek Path should be aware of the increased coyote activity, as well as the hazing efforts the city will be conducting. Individuals should make every effort to maintain a good distance from coyotes. In cases where a coyote approaches human, people are advised to make themselves look bigger, make noise and wave their arms to scare the coyote away. Back away slowly. Turning away or running from the coyote could prompt the animal to become even more aggressive.
People who come in contact with an aggressive coyote are encouraged to call 303-441-3333 as promptly as possible to report the incident.
“Attack of the Chernobyl Zombies”
“Hotshots” looks at a movie!
Chernobyl Diaries is a horror movie that takes place at the site of the 1985 Chernobyl disaster of the meltdown of the nuclear reactor.
And of all the horror movies that take place at the site of a nuclear meltdown, this is one of them.
Would you be surprised if I told you that there were six young people involved in the story?
Paul is an American living in Russia after having had some sort of falling out with his family.
Chris is Paul’s brother, who is traveling in Russia to visit Paul, and with him are Chris’s girlfriend Natalie and Natalie’s best friend, Amanda.
And then there are Michael and Zoe, who are tourists from Australia, and who join the group when Paul arranges an “extreme tour” for him and the others to take.
Paul knows a former Russian soldier named Uri, who is now an extreme tour guide, and Uri is going to take the six young people to visit the abandoned city of Pripyat, which used to be the home of the workers at Chernobyl and their families before the nuclear disaster.
Regarding the abandoned city, Uri tells his clients, “Nature has reclaimed its rightful home.”
Would you be surprised if I told you that the abandoned city is not totally abandoned?
After being turned back at the official checkpoint entrance to the city, Uri drives his van and its passengers around the back to his special entrance.
Uri says that the radiation levels are low enough to be safe now, and besides, they are going to spend only one day inside the city.
Would you be surprised if I told you that they end up spending more than one day there?
Okay, they hear a scary noise inside one of the abandoned buildings, and they see something that Uri says he has never seen before on his previous trips to Pripyat.
Now, would you be surprised if I told you that when they get back to Uri’s van to leave that it won’t start?
Would you be surprised if I told you that when darkness falls, bad things start to happen to seven people one by one?
Chernobyl Diaries could have been called “Attack of the Chernobyl Zombies,” and I’m not surprised that I didn’t find it scary and I didn’t like it, either.
I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”
Boulder police investigating early-morning shooting of intruder
Police in Boulder were called to a home in the 400 block of College Ave. at 3:26 a.m. after a resident reported that he had shot an intruder.
The male and female homeowners (husband and wife) had been sleeping in their bedroom when they were awakened by a noise, which they initially thought may have been a raccoon outside their exterior bedroom door. The screen door was closed but unlocked.
When the female homeowner realized that the noise was not a raccoon, but someone who had opened the door and entered the bedroom, both she and her husband shouted for the intruder to get out. According to the homeowners, they continued to shout to warn the intruder to leave. The male homeowner shouted that he had a gun and would use it if the intruder did not leave immediately. The intruder continued walking through the bedroom, toward the couple. The couple could see a light that the intruder was carrying as the intruder continued toward the bed.
The husband and wife told police the intruder would not acknowledge their demands to leave. At that point, the husband fired one shot toward the light, and heard what sounded like something falling onto floor. When the husband turned on the light, they saw an unknown female intruder on the floor with a gunshot wound to her hip. The couple called 911.
The female intruder was taken to the hospital for treatment. Her injuries do not appear to be life threatening.
Police are continuing to investigate this case and are working in partnership with the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office. At this time, police are not releasing the names of the homeowners or the female intruder, because the case remains open. No further information will be released at this time.
“What a Waste”
“Hotshots” looks at a movie!
Chronicle is another one of those movies in which the gimmick is that the audience sees what the characters in the movie have recorded themselves with a camera, and yet we see footage from more than one camera and even footage from surveillance cameras, as well.
Right. What is the point of the gimmick, especially when such extraordinary lengths have to be taken to be able to show the person behind the camera, like, for example, when he is flying up in the air high enough to almost get hit by a passing airliner?
At the beginning of the movie, we meet Andrew, a high-school senior, and he establishes the gimmick when he sets up a camera on a tripod in his bedroom and then says to his drunken father outside the door, “I bought a camera, and I’m filming everything from here on out.”
Andrew takes the camera to school with him and keeps it recording while he is eating lunch by himself on the bleachers at the football field, and we see him creep out the cheerleaders who are practicing their routines and also see him get picked on by bullies.
Now, any intelligent person in the audience is going to figure out that this is going to play a part later in the movie. You guess which one.
Andrew has a cousin named Matt, and Matt tells Andrew not to take his camera with them when they go to a party together, but naturally Andrew doesn’t listen.
While they are at the party, Matt and another friend of theirs named Steve find something out in the woods, and they tell Andrew to come out and get it on tape.
It is a large hole with a loud unusual noise coming up out of it, Steve falls in the hole, and Matt and Andrew, who keeps the camera with him, of course, go down into the hole after Steve.
We don’t see what is in the hole, and the movie cuts to a different day when we see that the three boys have unusual powers that they are trying out and practicing, powers that allow them to manipulate objects with just their minds, and they learn that they can increase their abilities with practice.
So, do they do good or evil?
Chronicle is a total waste.
I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”
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In an effort to better serve residents, the city is restructuring the way code enforcement services are provided to the community. Beginning today, Monday, Oct. 10, the Boulder Police Department wil
l assume responsibility for quality-of-life code enforcement items, which will help to streamline service d
elivery to th
e community.Code enforcement previously had been provided in the Planning & Development Services (P&DS) area. P&DS will continue to enforce building, housi
ng and zoning related codes.To ensure program efficiency, the police department has created a Code Enforcement Unit that will take over a number of enforcement items. The Code Enforcement Unit consists of two Code Officers and a Code Supervisor to enforce the following types of violations:
The Boulder Police De
one in the community,” said Beckner.partment will continue to enforce violations for issues such as blocked rights-of-way, inoperable vehicles and visible emissions.Police Chief Mark Beckner says the changes will allow the city to enforce code violations in a more efficient manner. “We want to maintain and improve Boulder’s high quality of life for residents and businesses, and this focused approach to code enforcement will make that process more effective for every
P&DS will continue to provide inspections for concerns related to building safety, rental housing and zoning. This includes code violations such as:
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For more information about P&DS code violations, visit www.boulderplandevelop.net
and click on “Report a Violation,” or call 303-441-1880.
Boulder County, Colo. – Residents are advised that a low-level helicopter flight will create noise above the Fourmile Canyon Fire burn area this Wednesday, Aug. 31 between 8-10 a.m.
Boulder County has contracted with Wright Water Engineers to identify potential problems associated with flooding and resultant debris flows in the burn area. The helicopter flight will expedite Wright Water’s reconnaissance of the area.
“The goal of this effort is to evaluate the cost and feasibility of mitigating and preventing ongoing flooding and debris flows in the burn area versus the cost and feasibility of continuing to take a reactive approach to flooding and debris flows,” Boulder County Transportation Director George Gerstle said.
“This will give a much better idea of what we can do to keep typical rainstorms from becoming emergencies for the next 5-10 years.”
Questions about the Wednesday morning helicopter flight may be directed to Boulder County’s Transportation Department at 303-441-3900.
A woman returning home a little after 11 p.m. last night told police that she had been robbed at gunpoint as she was gathering items out of her car in a parking garage at 2301 Pearl Street.
This is the third armed robbery involving a similar suspect description in Boulder since Aug. 11, and police are reminding residents to be alert to their surroundings. Police are also asking people to call 9-1-1 if they see anything suspicious. Extra patrols will be on duty over the next several days, especially in the Boulder Creek Bike Path area.
Last night’s armed robbery occurred in the parking garage of the apartment complex at 2301 Pearl. When the 40-year-old victim arrived at the garage, she noticed a Hispanic male riding a bike through the parking garage. As she was collecting her purse and other items from her trunk, she saw him circle back around.
As she continued up the stairs, the suspect pointed a handgun at her. He asked her what she was carrying, and she asked him not to hurt her. She gave the suspect her purse and most of her packages. The victim told police the suspect lifted the hem of her dress to view her underwear, and that he grabbed her wrist and placed her hand on his groin. At that time, she says someone else in the garage made a noise which startled the suspect, and he fled on foot. She was not hurt.
The victim notified a friend, who called police.
The victim described the suspect as:
· Hispanic male with a round face
· In his 20s
· About 5’6” tall
· Short, “spiky” hair
· Wearing blue jeans
· Riding a red beach-cruiser style bicycle
Police are investigating a similar armed robbery that took place around 4 p.m. Monday in the 500 block of Canyon, along the Boulder Creek Bike Path. Three women were robbed of their purses at gunpoint by a Hispanic male, who fled eastbound on the path on a silver bike.
Detectives are also working in cooperation with the University of Colorado Police Department. On Aug. 11, a Hispanic suspect armed with a handgun robbed a female student on campus. The victim was not injured.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Boulder Police Department’s Tip Line at 303-441-1974. 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 www.crimeshurt.com. 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.
Over the past two years, and certainly in the lead-up to the decision on the reservoir, I offered my two bits
regarding the various master plan issues at stake.
The key issue was certainly whether council would continue to allow high-impact motorized recreation, and while that’s still
important, the more significant gap exists in that council simply “passed over” the opportunity to both preserve the wildlife
and make the reservoir a better spot for the average Boulder resident’s recreational interests.
(Try to remember…every statistical element available indicates that the “average” Boulder resident does not own or operate
a fuel-powered motor boat.)
The council passed over the opportunity to put in a beach or a swimmer’s dock. The council passed over the opportunity to
improve the facilities with a locker room or other amenity typical of a recreation center and found presently at
existing city-owned rec centers. The council passed over the opportunity to improve the water quality, or at least maintain it
at its existing level with the possibility of improvement. The council passed over the opportunity to seek out and create partnerships
with upstream water sources to improve the quality of the water.
These decisions — in addition to the decision on boating — reflect very poorly on council. In fact, it is a disgrace that there
were no members of council willing to commit the small amount of time necessary to “flesh out” the various options.
At the finish, from staff and apparently — council’s perspective — the options I mention simply did not exist or have any valid
basis for full investigation by staff and/or the other participants interested in securing the future of Boulder res.
The final issue here is that no one deserves to drink water contaminated — not by sources within the purview and control of the municipal water authority. For instance, if we lived in an area where some water came from a mountain source that was pure — and another source that was less pure — but by virtue of no actions taken upon it by government — that would be one thing.
Here, we’re looking at a horse of a different color. The quality of the water IS IMPACTED BY POLICY. Further, it is not policy dictated by health and safety concerns. You can’t stand in front of a jury and tell them and the rest of the world that people need to skl or they will die — however, if people do not have uncontaminated water, they can either get ill or possibly die of that cause.
The reservoir needs to be thoroughly tested forensically. If there are heavy metals at the bottom of the reservoir, the standard
treatment includes not creating turbid water with motor boats.
We’re going to get there with this — I’m sorry to see that there is not a shred of responsibility the Boulder city council would
choose to share with those who seek — quite simply — a better result for all of the city’s residents.