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Commissioners declare May ‘Older Americans Month’
Boulder County, Colo. – As part of a nationwide declaration, the Board of County Commissioners has designated May “Older Americans Month” in Boulder County.
There are more than 36,000 people age 60 and older in Boulder County, according to the U.S. Census Bureau – and that number is growing. The Boulder County Aging Services Division works to enhance the overall quality of life by helping older persons:
• Increase their opportunities to remain active and engaged in community life
• Provide individualized services and support systems to maintain the dignity, independence, and self-determination of older residents as they age
• Combat ageist attitudes by honoring their past, present, and future contributions
This year’s Older Americans Month theme – Age Strong! Live Long! – recognizes the diversity and vitality of today’s older Americans who span three generations. Older adults in Boulder County have lived through wars and hard times, as well as periods of unprecedented prosperity. They pioneered new technologies in medicine, communications, and industry while spearheading a cultural revolution that won equal rights for minorities, women, and disabled Americans.
These remarkable achievements demonstrate the strength and character of older Americans, and underscore the debt of gratitude we owe to the generations that have given our society so much.
City of Boulder bans travel to Arizona
BOULDER – The City of Boulder today suspended all official city-sponsored travel to Arizona. The directive by City Manager Jane Brautigam is in response to the passage of Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070, which calls for police in that state to use “reasonable suspicion” to question and detain possible undocumented immigrants.
“The city is taking this action to demonstrate our opposition to Arizona’s new public policy, signed into law April 23, to require documentation for all persons who may be suspected of being in that state without official status or approval,” said Brautigam. “Such a policy is contrary to Boulder’s commitment to diversity and is a violation of our community’s core values.”
The Arizona law makes it legal for police officers to detain and check the resident status of anyone where “reasonable suspicion” exists that an individual is an undocumented immigrant. City of Boulder officials said this law is contrary to encouraging the diverse ethnic and racial community that built the United States and unfairly singles out individuals based on their appearance.
Boulder City Council Tuesday night asked the Human Relations Commission to examine this issue and make a recommendation regarding other actions that may be taken by the city, including how the city conducts businesses with Arizona-based organizations.
Boulder officials urge Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and the state legislature to repeal SB 1070, and have informed city staff to cancel any and all city-related travel to Arizona immediately.
As some of you may have heard, our Public Information Officer, Sarah Huntley, has been promoted to Media Relations/Communications Coordinator for the City of Boulder effective May 17. The city is now reviewing the police/fire PIO position to determine the appropriate prioritization under the current budget process and the timeline for filling the vacancy. We are hopeful that we will be able to hire a new police/fire PIO, but because of budget concerns and the prioritization process the city is undergoing, we are unlikely to receive approval to post the position until mid-July. In the interim, our departments will be without a person dedicated to the specific responsibility of providing media support and public information.
As a result, we are going to have to change our processes for communicating with you during this interim period. The following is the coverage plan we have outlined, along with phone numbers you may find helpful. Starting on Monday, May 17:
- Members of the media should use the non-emergency dispatch number as the main point of contact with the police department. The number is 303-441-3333. Dispatchers have been instructed to obtain enough information about the nature of the questions to transfer callers to an appropriate person in the department. This is likely to be detectives for open investigations, Records for records requests, patrol supervisors for situations that are in progress, the chief’s office for policy questions, etc. Dispatchers have also been reminded that they are required to provide some basic information about calls that are in progress, including location and nature of the call.
- Fire department staff can be reached during regular business hours at 303-441-4178. After-hours calls will be handled by the non-emergency dispatch line at 303-441-3333 and likely referred to the on-duty battalion chief.
- Police and fire employees have been advised to call reporters back in a timely manner and be as responsive as they can be to their needs. At the same time, however, we are asking the media to realize that our employees will be adding these duties to their regular responsibilities and may be juggling a range of important priorities. They may not be able to provide as prompt and consistent of a response as we’ve been able to do in the past.
- Requests for on-camera or on-air interviews will be evaluated and assigned to department members, as appropriate. It is likely that we will be unable to grant every request.
- The police department will continue to produce a daily blotter of interesting calls from the previous 24 hours or weekend. While our staff members will strive to do this on a daily basis in the morning, as has been done in the past, there may be times when this is not possible because of other responsibilities. We will not be producing the daily call log until a new PIO is hired.
- Reporters who wish to obtain more information about cases on the blotter have a couple of different options:
Ø If the case is closed and a report number is listed, please call Records at 303-441-3300 to request the report. Most of you have accounts set up with our department so the reports can be faxed to you and you can be billed later. If you are told that the report has not yet been approved and won’t be available before the end of the business day, you may call Sarah Huntley in her new office at 303-441-3155. She will be able to access the report on her computer and provide you with some information over the phone, as has been done in the past.
Ø If no arrest has been made and the case remains open, you will need to go through dispatch to speak to the detective or detective supervisor handling the case. That person will call you back and make determinations about what information can be released. Sarah will no longer be able to provide information on open cases.
- The department will continue to issue press releases and share composites, photos and other materials as considered necessary by detectives. This information will be e-mailed to media outlets and posted on our websites and social media sites.
- The City Manager’s Office has agreed to provide our departments with PIO support in the event of major incidents, so members of the media may receive phone calls back from a PIO or be able to talk to a PIO on scene in these types of situations.
We understand that many of these changes will be frustrating for you and we regret that – in the short term – we will not be able to provide the same level of service with the promptness and dedicated attention that has been possible over the past few years. We look forward, however, to continuing to work with you and are committed to maintaining a positive and professional relationship. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
Harney-Lastoka Open Space trail to be closed on Wednesday
Boulder County, Colo. – The Harney-Lastoka Open Space trail in eastern Boulder County will be closed this Wednesday, May 5, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for pesticide application to the agricultural fields.
The open space is located between Louisville and Lafayette on Highway 42, just south of South Boulder Road. The neighboring Kerr Community Gardens will not be affected.
The agricultural tenant has contracted for an herbicide application to the wheat crop for weed control. The application will take place in the morning and is expected to last two hours, but the trail will be closed for the remainder of the day for safety reasons.
For more information, please contact Rob Alexander email@example.com or 303-678-6239.
Boulder County launches Three60 Family Support as part of Foster Care Awareness Month
Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County Family and Children’s Services, a division of the Department of Housing and Human Services, has launched its Three60 Family Support campaign as part of Foster Care Awareness Month.
Three60 strives to raise awareness of the urgent need for Foster Care, Respite Care, and Adoption from Foster Care of Waiting Kids. Especially needed right now are single and/or married adults willing to care for siblings, adolescents and children with special needs or to support a family caring for such people.
National current statistics indicate that 240,000 youth will age out of foster care within the next 10 years, with inadequate support, resources, family connections, skills or options to compete in the workforce and build successful lives. The Department of Housing and Human Services is currently collaborating with Casey Family Programs to promote best practices in foster care and ensure every child in the United States has a safe, healthy family.
To help raise awareness in your community or for more information about Three60 Family Support – foster care, respite, kinship and adoption from foster care – contact Gabriel Bernier at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-441-1089 or visitwww.BoulderCountykids.net.
Plant & Craft Sale, Bluegrass music by Giddyup Kitty, and pancakes!
4700 Walnut St Boulder 9am-2pm
Plant a new garden this year and support KGNU Community Radio. KGNU is hosting their *annual Garden Party *AND celebrating *32 years of community broadcasting*. After more than three decades, KGNU continues to offer listeners throughout the metro area a unique mix of local and international news, views and music from around the block and around the planet.
Joining us to celebrate this milestone anniversary will be *GIDDYUP KITTY*, a 4 piece, high-energy, all-female bluegrass band. Weaving fine melodies with rich harmony, these award-winning musicians create a show that leaves an audience joyful and asking for more! The show is a tight blend of bluegrass, with a bit of Americana, gospel and country tossed in for flavor. Playing both original and traditional songs, Giddyup Kitty has great harmonies and really cook on their instrumentals.
Speaking of cooking, an *all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast* will also be served from 9-11am.
This event is a fundraiser for KGNU- Independent Community Radio and will feature * arts & crafts *from KGNU Volunteers and supporters. If you would like to make a plant donation or need more information please contact Joanne Cole at email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> or call 303-449-4885.