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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.
It’s 22 Boom’s first Holiday Special for 2012 where we visit lots of fun and exciting events and places as well we help support local and national charities in their drives to help those in need in this season of giving. This episode has holiday candy, music, food, events, movies, and winter fun.
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Households manage plug-in hybrids without
help from online tools, says CU-led study
Households with plug-in hybrid vehicles, or PHVs, and smart meters actively managed how, when and where they charged their cars based on electricity rates but rarely took advantage of online feedback, a University of Colorado Boulder study found.
CU-Boulder’s Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, or RASEI, today presented findings from the two-year study — one of the only of its kind, combining both household and vehicle data in a smart-grid context.
“Although households had access to online feedback on electricity use, we were surprised that most were not interested in using it to control their vehicle charging,” said Barbara Farhar, principal investigator and senior research associate at RASEI. “However, households still actively managed their charging in other ways.”
The study was sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. with the integral partnership of Xcel Energy.
A total of 142 smart-metered households were randomly selected to participate from among early volunteers for Boulder’s SmartGridCity project. Toyota loaned 28 Prius Plug-in Hybrid demonstration program vehicles to the study and Xcel Energy installed smart plugs in the garages of study households. Each household used the car for one nine-week period.
Households had access to two websites. One served as a nearly instantaneous meter of vehicle electricity consumption when the car was plugged in. The other website gave delayed feedback on overall household electricity use. Approximately 90 percent of the households looked at the websites only a few times or less. Some never looked at the websites.
Households created distinct methods of managing their vehicle charging based on personal preferences, pricing and convenience.
Initially, approximately half the households were randomly assigned to an “unmanaged” scenario, allowing PHV charging through their in-home smart plug at any time of day. The other half were randomly assigned to a “managed” scenario, which meant their smart plugs were initially programmed to charge only from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily.
Households were shown how to change their charging scenarios from “managed” to “unmanaged” or vice versa and were free to alter the scenarios in any way they wanted. Approximately half of the households had standard and the other half had time-of-use electricity rates.
Most of those with standard electricity rates preferred the “unmanaged” scenario, and most of those with time-of-use rates preferred the “managed” scenario, many using a “set it and forget it” approach. Quite a few found the time constraints of the “managed” scenario inconvenient.
“Electricity pricing appeared to drive charging behavior and time cost or convenience was also very important,” said Farhar. “People loved not having to go to the gas station.”
Other findings of the study included a high level of satisfaction among households with the car, but a low level of satisfaction with its electric-only range, about 14 miles of cruising from a full charge, which took three hours in a regular 110-volt outlet.
The PHVs averaged 68 mpg on gasoline and were used for an average of 3.2 trips per day. Altogether, the cars used 27 megawatt-hours of electricity. It was less expensive to drive on electricity as a fuel than gasoline, even when paying higher on-peak electricity rates, according to an Xcel Energy analysis.
Some households charged at locations other than home. Using data from the vehicles, study investigators are continuing to look into where and when away-from-home charging took place.
The two-year study also allowed Toyota to test the PHVs in the Colorado environment including high altitudes, temperature extremes and mountainous terrain.
“The RASEI study demonstrates the importance of testing new technologies with real customers in everyday circumstances,” said Bill Reinert, Toyota advanced technology vehicle national manager. “The results are often unexpected but help us understand the needs of potential customers and how to successfully introduce advanced technologies to the market.”
Dragan Maksimovic, CU-Boulder professor of electrical, computer and energy engineering, was the study’s co-principal investigator. Alison Peters, managing director of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at CU-Boulder’s Leeds School of Business, was the senior manager.
RASEI is a joint venture with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. For more information visit http://rasei.colorado.edu/.
Boulder County, Colo. – The Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office on Monday will begin sending ballots to voters who have requested a mail-in ballot for the 2012 General Election.
So far, 132,381 Boulder County voters are set to receive mail ballots for the Tuesday, Nov. 6, election. Voters who turned in their registrations or mail ballot requests by Oct. 9 should receive their ballot in the mail by Friday, Oct. 19. (Mail-in ballot requests received since Oct. 9 are still being processed and may take a few extra days.) Each mail ballot packet includes a list of ballot drop-off points that will open between now and Election Day. After returning their ballot, voters can check www.BoulderCountyVotes.org to make sure it was received.
Voters who aren’t signed up to receive a mail-in ballot can still request one by visiting www.GoVoteColorado.com with a Colorado ID or driver’s license; completing a request form at www.BoulderCountyVotes.org; emailing Vote@BoulderCountyVotes.org; or calling 303-413-7740.
Boulder County voters have the choice of voting by mail-in ballot, at an early voting location or at their polling place on Election Day. They can visitwww.BoulderCountyVotes.org to check their registration, view ballot content, request a replacement ballot if their ballot is lost or damaged, or find more information about the election.
Boulder County registration statistics (as of Oct. 12):
- Total registered voters in Boulder County: 248,141
- Active registered voters: 181,360
- Active mail ballot voters: 132,381 (includes 124,022 active permanent mail-in voters)
- Active registered voters: 181,360
Recent voter registration activity in Boulder County:
- People who have registered to vote in Boulder County since Aug. 1: 19,328 (includes new voters and new county residents). Of those transactions, 5,241 were online.
- Total number of people who have registered or updated their registration in Boulder County since Aug. 1: 56,994. Of those transactions, 17,193 were online.
Key Dates for the 2012 General Election:
- Week of Oct. 15: Ballots will be sent to voters who have requested a mail ballot for the general election or signed up as permanent mail-in voters.
- Monday, Oct. 22: Early voting begins. Locations and hours are available at www.BoulderCountyVotes.org.
- Tuesday, Nov. 6: Election Day. Polling locations will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. All ballots must be in the hands of the Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office by 7 p.m.
But it wasn’t for a lack of trying by Boulder Police. Seth Brigham has been under investigation over the past week and the police and DA pushed this case to a priority. The reasons are the constant complaints police have against Brigham over the past decade. He appears to be a menace to society.
TV Talk show host Jann Scott is not happy that Brigham got a pass.”Again?” said Scott
Police needed conclusive evidence that Brigham had physical contact with Jann Scott Saturday August 4, but the room at Boulder 1 Foundation was crowded when Brigham came at Scott. “We did not have enough to charge him” said Detective Jack Gardner. “We needed someone who saw the physical contact” It was hard to see in all the commotion and “several men Grabbed Seth” and threw him out of the building right away. A multiple of charges hinged on witnesses willing to come forward. People are afraid of Brigham. One woman who witnessed Brigham out of control said. ” that guy scares me and I am not coming back here if he is around. ”
This by no means clears Brigham of being a menace to society. He is that and more by most accounts. Getting him charged and convicted seems to be the trick. “Brigham is devious, a liar and a cunning predator” said one city councilman.
“It won’t be long before he is arrested again” said Jann Scott “Guys like this always get worse never better”
Brigham has been arrested before for causing disturbances. He has been 86′s from many Boulder Bars, coffee shops and book stores. The Beat bookstore got a restraining order against him, he got 86′d from Penny Lanes for fighting and he has been 86′d from Laughing Goat for bothering customers.
Brigham still faces a permanent restraining order hearing from the city of Boulder.
Brigham wrote a column for Boulder Channel 1, but that came to an end with his constant personal attacks on members of boulder city council.
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:
- Loss of appetite
- Diarrhea (usually bloody and foul-smelling
- 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.
Here’s what gets me.
I’m going to write every filthy, disgusting, dirty word you have ever seen or heard right now: abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz.
There. That wasn’t so bad, was it?
“What?” you say? “That’s just the alphabet,” you say?
Correct, but it contains every dirty word ever written and every dirty word that ever will be written. You just have to string the improper letters together, assuming you didn’t stop reading when I announced what I was going to do.
Now, what is it with so-called “dirty” words that causes such an uproar? We have all heard them, and many of us have used them. Then, why is it we make such a stink about them when we see them in print or hear them in movies, radio or television?
The reason is that somewhere along the line we made an unwritten agreement that certain words are “dirty” and out of place in “polite” society, and people who use them anyway can get into big trouble.
Lenny Bruce, the controversial comedian who died in 1966 at 40, got into big trouble for being “obscene” on stage. What did he do? He offended society.
Now, what is the problem with dirty words? Is it the content or the form that is offensive?
Well, it cannot be the content, because if one word for the human anatomy or a physical act is considered to be offensive, another word that means exactly the same thing is not. Why is that?
We won’t allow the most common word for the act of love, but we will allow “sexual intercourse,” “coitus,” “copulation,” “hiding the sausage” and “dancing the horizontal mambo,” among many many others.
Why? Because the one word that is shortest of all and has no ambiguous meaning in that context has been banned by “polite” society.
Also, we don’t allow certain slang words for various parts of the human anatomy, but “penis,” “vagina,” “breast” and “anus” are perfectly acceptable. Why?
Although “Saturday Night Live” once got into trouble for saying the word “penis” 23 times in one sketch, after Lorena Bobbitt sliced her husband’s sausage and made all the newspapers, network news programs and late-night talk shows, using any other word would have made the speakers look prudish and foolish.
Wait a minute, however. It cannot be the form that is dirty, either. “Cock” is perfectly acceptable when it means a rooster. “Pussy” is perfectly acceptable when it means a cat. And “tit” is perfectly acceptable when it means in exchange for tat.
So, what’s the big deal with dirty words if the offense is neither in the content nor in the form? Could it be the intent? Do we get offended by certain words only because we believe that the speaker or writer intended to offend us?
But that’s not being fair, nor is it being logical. If we take offense by what we believe was someone’s intent, then are we saying we have the power of knowing what people want to do before they do it? Is that what we are saying?
We are proud of the fact that our Constitution guarantees us the right of free speech. And yet we don’t allow everyone to practice free speech. We censor free speech. Why?
Well, now you’re going to say that something I might say might offend you. But, wait a minute. Something that might offend you will not offend somebody else.
Therefore, are you saying that you are better than those unoffended people and know more than they do? Is that what you are saying?
Hold onto your seats. I am going to offend you. I am going to write the common, four-letter word that means the supreme, gentle, tenderest, everynight act of love. Here it comes: f—. Were you offended?
You have seen that before, haven’t you? People are offended when they see all the letters, but not when the newspaper substitutes hyphens for some of the letters.
What sense is that? You know what it means, I know what it means and the newspaper knows what it means. But somewhere along the line we agreed that we won’t be offended when we see symbolic hyphens.
Why don’t we just agree that we won’t be offended by any word, no matter how s—- it is?
After all, a word is only another symbol for an object or an idea, and we all have the power to make a symbol mean anything we choose.
Now, isn’t that silly?
I rest my case.
Jann Scott goes to Boulder Creek Festival on Memorial Day 2006, to check out events, the people and talk with friends and admirers at this annual Boulder Creek happening.