Boulder Countyhttp://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/Boulder County NewsStatement Regarding COGCC Floodplain RulesA statement from the Boulder County Board of County Commissioners:


The Boulder County Commissioners are deeply disappointed that the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) has failed to ensure that oil and gas facilities be kept out of vulnerable floodplain areas throughout Colorado.

At the COGCC rule making hearing yesterday, Kim Sanchez with the Boulder County Land Use Department testified for Boulder County on these two main points:

1)  No oil and gas development should be located in the floodway;*

2)  There needs to be recognition of local authority of oil and gas activity in the floodplain.

*Floodways are areas where water moves faster and deeper so any obstruction can increase flood levels elsewhere and also become a hazard if dislodged or disrupted by the swiftly moving water.

As a general planning principle, Boulder County attempts to locate development outside of the floodplain whenever possible. When it comes to the floodway, we have tried to eliminate any hazardous development, particularly as we've looked at practices for rebuilding more safely and resiliently after the flood.  

We believe the same logic should be applied in the context of oil and gas which involves the on-site use and storage of hazardous and toxic substances that have the potential to do great harm to public health when spilled into water systems. Boulder County has thus recommended that oil and gas development be prohibited in the most hazardous portions of the floodplain, the floodways.  

Although the new mitigation measures in the floodplain rule adopted by the COGCC yesterday address some of the lessons learned from the 2013 Flood, Boulder County believes that COGCC missed an opportunity to fully implement recommendations from the "Lessons Learned in the Front Range Flood of September 2013" report which specifically noted the value of locating oil and gas facilities "as far away from waterways as possible."

We appreciate that the COGCC considered the lessons learned as part of their discussions yesterday, but there seemed to be a lack of understanding about the basic floodplain regulatory program as part of the proceedings.

In summary, we had hoped the COGCC would put into action what we consider to be the most important lessons learned from the 2013 Flood instead of delaying those critical points for possible future rulemaking.


-Boulder County Commissioners
 Cindy Domenico, Deb Gardner & Elise Jones


Attachment: Boulder County Commissioners submit comments to COGCC Floodplain Rulemaking

 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4355Tue, 03 Mar 2015 10:00:00
Job & Career Fair for Teens & Young Adults Scheduled for March 12Boulder County, Colo. – Workforce Boulder County is hosting the 10th Annual Job & Career Fair for Teens & Young Adults on March 12 from 3-6 p.m. at the Boulder County Fairgrounds. This is a free event for job seekers and employers. 

This is a great opportunity for anyone 14-21 years old to search for employment and explore careers and volunteer opportunities. During the event, participants are able to participate in mock interviews, receive professional resume critiques, and apply for jobs. 

What: Job & Career Fair for Teens & Young Adults 14 – 21 years old
When: Thursday, March 12 from 3-6 p.m.
Where: Boulder County Fairgrounds 
   9595 Nelson Rd, Longmont
Questions: Contact Rachel Strobel at rstrobel@bouldercounty.org 

There will be more than 35 hiring employers representing more than 700 job openings in a variety of industries including: Agriculture, Arts & Entertainment, Forestry, Government, Health Care, Retail, Service, Recreation, and Restaurants.

In addition, there will be more than 40 career and resource booths so youth have the opportunity to talk to colleges and professionals in a variety of careers. 

Come Prepared:
  • Professional attire is recommended
  • Bring your updated resume
  • Apply for a job
  • Bring your Social Security number
  • Bring your desire to work!
 
For additional questions and information please contact Workforce Boulder County at 303-301-2900 in Boulder or 303-651-1510 in Longmont.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4354Tue, 03 Mar 2015 10:00:00
Boulder County Public Health to Share Practices with Tajikistan Health LeadersBeginning on March 7, Boulder County Public Health, along with Boulder-Dushanbe Sister Cities, will host five Tajikistan maternal and child health leaders representing Dushanbe and the Sughd region of Tajikistan as part of the congressionally sponsored Open World exchange program.

“We hope to share ideas, experiences, and best practices that might be helpful to these leaders who are working to promote the health of mothers and children in Tajikistan,” said Jeff Zayach, Boulder County Public Health Director.

Open World participants from Tajikistan include representatives from the Ministry of Health, Reproductive Health Center of Sughd region, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tajik Medical University, Khujand Medical College, and the USAID/Abt Associates Quality Health Care Project.

Visiting health leaders will join Boulder County Public Health staff during visits to clients’ homes, an immunization clinic, and an HIV testing and counseling session.

Boulder County Public Health staff will also share insights about nutrition in the context of maternal and child health, harm reduction related to injecting drug use, safe child care, assisting families whose children have special health care needs, and approaches to teen parenting and pregnancy prevention.

The public is invited to a presentation by the Tajik delegation at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday March 10, 2015, at Alfalfa’s Market Community Room in Boulder. Delegates will speak about Tajikistan, in general, and the state of maternal and child health in Tajikistan.

The visit is part of the Open World program, founded by Congress in 1999, which is designed to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and the countries of Eurasia by developing a network of leaders in the region who have gained significant, firsthand exposure to America’s democratic, accountable government and free-market system in order to gain new ideas and inspiration for implementing change back home.

Boulder-Dushanbe Sister Cities is a non-political, all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization. One of the organization’s goals is to improve understanding and communication between the people of Tajikistan and the United States.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4353Tue, 03 Mar 2015 10:00:00
Scholarship Funds Available for Multicultural StudentsBoulder 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 online, at www.BoulderCountyCAP.org.

Application deadline is April 17. Students of color are encouraged to apply. Online applications and any questions can be sent to Sheila Goetz, at sgoetz@bouldercounty.org.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4352Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:00:00
Local Public Health Preparing for Measles OutbreakBoulder County, CO – In response to the nationwide measles outbreak, Boulder County Public Health is preparing for the possibility of an outbreak in Boulder County. While local public health officials are hopeful nobody in the community becomes ill from the disease, the impact of an outbreak would be significant. There are currently no cases of measles in Boulder County.

“Before a person even knows they’re sick with measles they may have spread it to dozens of others,” said Carol Helwig, Boulder County Public Health Communicable Disease Program coordinator. “And if the person spends time in a school or university setting, the possibility of spreading the illness to others who are not vaccinated is exponential.”

Measles is highly contagious and spreads through the air very easily when someone with the disease coughs or sneezes. The measles virus can stay on surfaces for up to two hours. An outbreak within a school setting has the potential to disrupt the learning of many unvaccinated students and halt their participation in any sports or extra-curricular activities.

Anyone who has been exposed to a person with measles and cannot prove they’ve been vaccinated with the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine or have immunity from the disease will be required to stay at home and away from school or work for 21 days. Those who develop measles will be required to stay home for four days after the measles rash develops.

Exposed individuals include those who have been in close proximity to a person with confirmed measles or those who have been in a room (or in a room that shares heating, ventilation, and air conditioning [HVAC] system) where a person with measles has been.

To keep loved ones safe from the disease, public health officials recommend that residents:

  • Review their children’s immunization records with their health care provider. Every child over five years should have two doses of MMR vaccine; children between ages one and five years should have one dose of MMR vaccine.
  • Make sure all adults in the home are also up-to-date on their measles vaccination. People vaccinated before 1989 may need to get an additional vaccine and should check with their health care provider.
  • Stay home, and keep children home, if they’re sick.

Children younger than one year of age and people who have compromised immune systems are not able to receive the MMR vaccine. Because measles virus spreads so easily, 95 percent of the community must be vaccinated in order to protect those who cannot be vaccinated.

“The fewer people that are vaccinated, the more likely it is that we’ll have an outbreak in Boulder County of measles or any other disease that can be prevented with vaccination,” said Helwig. “We understand that some parents may feel concerned about vaccinations, but the truth is we must protect those in our community who cannot protect themselves.”

Measles symptoms generally begin with a high fever (usually 103˚-105˚ F); runny nose; cough; and red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis). Later a blotchy rash will appear, starting at the hairline and spreading down the body. In serious cases, measles can cause pneumonia, brain damage, deafness, and even death.

For more information about measles, visit www.cdc.gov/measles. For more information about where to get immunizations, go to www.BoulderCountyShots.org.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4350Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:00:00
Boulder County will operate on a regular schedule, Thursday, Feb. 26The Boulder County Emergency and Snow Closure Information line is 303-441-3800.

Please also follow us on Twitter @bouldercounty and Facebook for updates. 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4349Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:00:00
Unattended Death InvestigationMEDIA ADVISORY
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

 

CONTACT
Heidi Prentup
303-441-1500
HPrentup@bouldercounty.org


Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Unattended Death Investigation

BOULDER COUNTY-. On February 24th, 2015, at about 6:30 pm, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, the Boulder County Coroner’s Office and Boulder Mountain Fire responded to the 1100 block of Timber Lane in the Pinebrook Hills subdivision of unincorporated Boulder County on an unattended death.

A 62 year old man was found deceased inside the residence by sheriff’s deputies after they were called to the scene by an acquaintance who had not heard from the decedent in a few days. Sheriff’s deputies and the Boulder County Coroner’s Office are investigating; however, there is no indication of foul play.

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Boulder County Coroner’s Office upon notification of family members.

This incident is documented under Boulder County Sheriff’s Office case number 15-1081.

This and other media releases are available at www.bouldersheriff.org.

//Sgt. Clay Leak



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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4348Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:00:00
A statement from the BOCC regarding Oil & Gas Task Force recommendations

A statement from the Boulder County Board of County Commissioners:


The Boulder County Commissioners thank the members of the Oil & Gas Task Force for their extensive time commitment and service spent working to address the issues associated with oil and gas development in Colorado. 


Today, the Task Force voted to send nine recommendations forward to Governor Hickenlooper, including suggestions ranging from increasing the number of oil and gas inspectors and funding a human health risk assessment, to improving use of the local government designee process and undertaking a state rule making on the siting of large oil and gas facilities. 


We acknowledge and appreciate these measures as modest but positive steps forward. Unfortunately, however, no recommendations were adopted that would provide any increase in local control over oil and gas development occurring within city and county borders or provide more balance between state and local oversight over this land use. 


As such, while well-intentioned, this process has failed to provide a meaningful solution to the ongoing controversies and conflicts being experienced as increasingly intensive levels of oil and gas development take place near homes and schools in communities across the state. We are disappointed that local governments are not being provided with the tools and authority we need to assure the health, safety and welfare of our residents.


Boulder County Commissioners
Cindy Domenico, Deb Gardner & Elise Jones
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4347Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:00:00
Boulder County seeking participants for People Engaged in Raising Leaders (PERL) Boulder County, Colo. - In an effort to increase the number of people of color and lower-income residents on boards and commissions, Boulder County Community Action Programs has developed People Engaged in Raising Leaders (PERL): a training program educating individuals from Boulder County’s diverse communities about the inner-workings of boards and commissions. Participants learn about leadership development, communication styles, budgeting, fundraising and more. 

Diverse residents interested in civic engagement across Boulder County are invited to register for the PERL training program. This ten-week session will focus on connecting our communities with non-profit organizations and commissions ready to embrace inclusion.  

What: PERL Spring 2015 Training Program 
When: Wednesdays, beginning March 18 - May 20
Where: Sundquist Building, Baltic Room, 3482 N. Broadway, Boulder
Cost:  Free
RSVP: Contact Susana Lopez-Baker to register at 303-441-3956

People Engaged in Raising Leaders was created out of inclusiveness work The Community Foundation was doing with non-profit organizations. Results from one of their surveys spoke to the need for more people of color and lower income populations to be on Boards and Commissions. 

Currently, numbers of diverse populations interested in participating on boards and commissions are low. The PERL program aims to change this statistic to allow more board positions to be filled. Through increased outreach, training efforts, and collaborations, the PERL program will help fill a niche that truly represents the diversity in Boulder County.

To register or receive more information, contact Susana Lopez-Baker, at slopez-baker@bouldercounty.org or 303-441-3956.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4346Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:00:00
RescueMEDIA ADVISORY
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

 

CONTACT

Dave Booton #1590

303-441-4444
dbooton@bouldercounty.org

Friday, February 20, 2015

 

Back Country Ski Rescue, Jenny Creek Trail in Boulder County, CO

 

 

BOULDER COUNTY SHERIFF- On Friday February 20, 2015 at approximately 10:33 a.m., members of Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, Eldora Ski Patrol, Nederland Fire Protection District and the Boulder County Sheriff's Office responded to the area of Jenny Creek Trail and the Quinn Mountain hut trail west of Eldora Ski area on the report of a back county skier that needed assistance.

 

James Dusenberry experienced a medical condition while skiing in the backcountry. His skiing companion Liza Doyle was able to call for assistance from her cell phone. Dusenberry and Doyle were evacuated via snowmobile by the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group.

 

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office case number for this incident is 15-1009.

 

This media release may be found on the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office web-site at:  www.bouldersheriff.org

 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4345Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:00:00
Sheriff's Office Seeks Volunteer Victim AdvocatesBoulder County, Colo. – The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office is seeking volunteers to serve as victim advocates to provide assistance to victims of crime, accidents, trauma and other critical events.

Deadline to apply is March 23, training begins March 31

Working as a victim advocate offers the opportunity to touch the lives of others by providing a valuable source of support and information to those who have had their lives altered by traumatic events.

Sheriff Joe Pelle said, “Our Victim Advocates provide direct and follow-up support to the victims of crime and tragedy in our communities. This is a much needed, much appreciated service. The opportunity for personal reward and growth for the advocate is rich as well. Please consider joining us. We need people with a caring heart and who are willing to listen to and support victims and their families.”  

If accepted into the training program, advocates attend 40 hours of training in crisis intervention, grief response, victimology, legal procedures, law enforcement and resource information. Ideal volunteers are 21 years old, or older, calm, compassionate, emotionally mature and non-judgmental.

No prior experience is necessary as trainings will be provided. They will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and on Saturdays from March 31 through April 18. The deadline to apply is Monday, March 23.

“It’s the most gratifying thing I’ve ever done.”  Jay, current advocate

For more details about the program, a volunteer description or an application, please visit www.bouldercounty.org/safety/victim/pages/vicprogram.aspxor contact Cecil O’Farrell at cofarrell@bouldercounty.orgor 303-441-3656.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4344Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:00:00
Public Hearing Scheduled for Feb. 26 to Consider Adoption of Watershed Master PlansBoulder County, Colo. – On Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. the Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing to review the watershed master plans for Fourmile Creek, Left Hand Creek, Little Thompson River, St. Vrain Creek, and Upper Coal Creek. After a staff presentation and public comment, the commissioners will consider adoption of the master plans.

What: Public Hearing
When: Thursday, Feb. 26 from 2-3:30 p.m.
Where: Boulder County Courthouse 3rd Floor Hearing Room, 1325 Pearl Street, Boulder

In December 2014, Boulder County completed watershed master plans for St. Vrain Creek, Left Hand Creek, and Fourmile Creek. Boulder County also participated in the development of watershed master plans for the Little Thompson River and Upper Coal Creek, as these drainage areas include lands located in unincorporated Boulder County. All five plans continue the recovery process from the  2013 Flood by identifying stream restoration, flood mitigation, and other long-term watershed recovery and resiliency measures.

The staff presentation to the commissioners will:
  • Summarize the five watershed master plans; 
  • Review feedback received from the Boulder County Planning Commission and the Boulder County Parks and Open Space Advisory Board at their January 2015 meetings; and 
  • Discuss plan implementation. 
The commissioners will decide whether Boulder County will formally adopt these plans as stand-alone documents to use as a guide in seeking funding, designating county resources, and reviewing land use applications and permit requests.

“Residents are encouraged to attend the public hearing to provide feedback on the process and what they envision for future use of the master plans,” said Julie McKay, Boulder County Creek Planning Manager.

The completed plans, which are largely unfunded, can be used to seek funding to continue recovery from the 2013 Flood. Projects recommended in the master plans can be completed by individual property owners, groups of neighbors, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, or as cooperative efforts, which is why local communities, residents, and others interested in watershed recovery were heavily engaged in the development of the plans.

On Jan. 12 there was an information session with the commissioners to present the master plans. The presentation from the information session, as well as the master plan documents, can be accessed through the Creek Planning & Recovery web page at www.BoulderCountyCreekPlan.org.

For more information about the watershed master plans, please contact Stacey Proctor, 303-441-1107 or sproctor@bouldercounty.org.
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4343Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:00:00
Commissioner Elise Jones Elected DRCOG Vice Chair Contact: Nate Currey, Communications Coordinator, DRCOG, 303 480-6743


BOULDER COUNTY COMMISSIONER ELISE JONES ELECTED
DRCOG VICE CHAIR

Feb. 19, 2015 (Denver, Colorado) – Boulder County Commissioner Elise Jones was elected vice chair of the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) Board of Directors at the Board’s Feb. 18 meeting.

Joining Jones in leading the regional council in 2015 are Lone Tree Mayor Pro Tem Jackie Millet as chair, Aurora Council Member Bob Roth as secretary, and Westminster Mayor Herb Atchison as treasurer. Bennett Mayor Sue Horn is immediate past chair.

Jones has represented Boulder County on the DRCOG Board of Directors since January 2013. She previously served as secretary, and was appointed vice chair by the Board in August 2014 to complete an unexpired term of office.

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The Denver Regional Council of Governments is a nonprofit collaborative association governed by a Board of Directors representing county and municipal governments. Board members work together to make life better in the Denver region for people of all ages, incomes and abilities. Through Metro Vision, the plan to manage growth over the next 25 years, the region’s local governments work cooperatively to address development, land use, transportation, environmental quality and older adult issues.

PDF of News Release

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4342Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:00:00
Open house on permanent repairs to Wagonwheel Gap Road and flood recovery programsPublic feedback on plans will be collected

Boulder County and its engineering consultant will provide information and collect feedback regarding preliminary designs of permanent repairs to Wagonwheel Gap Road at an open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the Pine Brook Hills Community Center, 1905 Linden Dr., Boulder. In addition, Boulder County flood recovery staff will be available to answer questions regarding flood recovery programs including potential funding sources for private projects. All are welcome at the open house. 

After the meeting, public input will be incorporated into the roadway design, if applicable. Another public meeting will likely be held this summer or early fall to provide another opportunity for the public to see and comment on refined engineering plans prior to construction, which is anticipated to begin in early 2016.  

Members of the public do not need to attend the meeting to submit input. Meeting materials, including the preliminary plans, are available on the project website. For those unable to attend, the county encourages them to comment by:
All public comments should be received no later than Wednesday, March 11 in order to guarantee their consideration for this phase of design. 

For more information on the project, contact Andrew Barth, Transportation Department communications specialist, via email or call 303-441-1032. 

All current Boulder County Transportation roadway project information, including regular maintenance and flood-recovery activity, can be found at www.BoCoConeZones.com

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4340Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:00:00
2015 Colorado County Clerks Association Scholarship Application InformationNote:  This announcement has been shared with the public school districts that overlap Boulder County.


Scholarship available to graduating senior – apply today!


The Colorado County Clerks Association will grant 4 regional one-time awards in the amount of $1,000 to seniors graduating from Colorado high schools to further their education at any university, college, junior college or technical institution.


Selection will be based on the following:
• Completed application
• 3.25 GPA Minimum
• Community involvement with and interest in government, business or political science
• Financial need/hardship


Financial aid awarded by the association will be remitted to the institution of attendance and will be credited to the student's account. The scholarship monies are to be used for tuition, books, and room and board expenses.


Each district will select a finalist and forward their selection to the Executive Board by April 24, 2015. Members of the Executive Board of the County Clerk's Association will finalize the scholarship awards by May 1, 2015. The scholarships will be awarded at graduation.


The local Boulder County student deadline to apply is Monday, March 16, 2015. Please download the application here.
 
Questions? Please contact Mircalla Wozniak at mwozniak@bouldercounty.org or 303.413.7766.
 
Good luck to our local students!

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4339Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:00:00
Male found Deceased North of BoulderUnidentified Male found Deceased

BOULDER COUNTY Colorado- At approximately 7:15 this morning Boulder County Communications received a telephone call from a Boulder County resident indicating he had found what he believed to be a deceased male in the area of the Eagle Trail, east of 5601 North Broadway. The caller indicated he had gone to the top of the hill adjacent to the trail to take pictures of the sunrise when he found the person partially covered with snow.

When first responders from Boulder County Sheriff, Boulder Police Department, Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, Boulder Rural Fire Protection, and American Medical Response Ambulance arrived they found the body of a male off the trail, on top of one of the hills in the area.

Boulder County Sheriff’s Office and Rocky Mountain Rescue Group were in the area prior to the call with the intent of searching for a missing person from the City of Boulder.

There were no signs of foul play. The Boulder County Coroner’s Office will release the decedent’s name, as well as the cause and manner of death, after he is positively identified and next of kin have been notified.  

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office case number for this incident is 15-967.

This media release may be found on the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office web-site at:  www.bouldersheriff.org


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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4338Wed, 18 Feb 2015 10:00:00
Residents invited to participate in a hands-on agriculture event Feb. 25Boulder County, Colo. – Parks and Open Space will host “From Our Lands to Your Hands” Family Farm FAIR at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont on Feb. 25. The goal of this event is to help educate the community about the importance of agriculture and conservation in their daily lives. It is a hands-on opportunity for people to become better connected with local farmers and ranchers who help put the food on their tables, conserve the land for future generations and wildlife, and provide the base for many products we use daily.  

What:  Our Lands to Your Hands, Family Farm FAIR
When:  Wednesday, Feb. 25, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Boulder County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Building, 9595 Nelson Rd, Longmont
Cost: Free and no RSVP is needed
Details: Participants can sit in eight large tractors during the event

Local farmers and ranchers along with others involved in the agriculture industry will share their passion and knowledge of where our food comes from and how it is grown. With only 2 percent of Americans responsible for raising the food we eat today, it is only natural that the mainstream population is far removed from agriculture and the important role it plays in our daily lives. This is a great event that works to bridge the gap and promotes local agriculture and tells the story of farm-to-plate.  

There will also be a special presentation, “Furrow Focus- A New Way of Looking at Precision Agriculture,” at 7 p.m. by Chad Pfitzer of 4Rivers Equipment in Greeley. He will discuss the new technologies that are helping farmers improve efficiency and become even better stewards of the land.

No matter where your day leads or how it ends, it all starts with a farmer or a rancher. This is not just the food you eat; it is the clothes you wear, open land views, and many of the products we use on a daily basis that are derived from agriculture. However a recent nationwide survey shows that 72 percent of consumers know nothing or very little about farming or ranching. Residents are invited to learn more about agriculture in our community from local farmers and ranchers who grow vegetables, corn, sugar beets, wheat, barley, raise livestock and so much more. 

This event is hosted by Natural Resource Conservation Service, Boulder Valley and Longmont Conservation Districts, CSU Extension Boulder County, Farm Service Agency, Boulder County Parks and Open Space and Farmers Alliance for Integrated Resources (FAIR). 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4337Wed, 18 Feb 2015 10:00:00
Junior Ranger Adventures is Coming Up!http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4336Tue, 17 Feb 2015 10:00:00Boulder County Sheriff involved accidentBOULDER COUNTY SHERIFF- On February 16th, 2015, at approximately 11:43pm, while a Boulder County Deputy was parked near the intersection of Highway 119 (Diagonal Highway) and Airport Road, checking on a vehicle that had slid off the road, his vehicle was stuck by a passing motorist.  At the time of the accident the Deputy had his entire overhead emergency lighting on and was outside of his vehicle. 

No injuries were sustained during the accident.  Both vehicles were un-drivable.

The accident was investigated by the Colorado State Patrol and the driver of the other vehicle was issued a summons for Careless Driving and Driving with an Expired Driver’s License.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office case number for this incident is 15-946.

This media release may be found on the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office web-site at:  www.bouldersheriff.org

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4335Tuesday, February 16, 2015
Structure FireBOULDER COUNTY SHERIFF- On February 9th, 2015, at approximately 4:49am emergency personnel from the Boulder Mountain Fire Protection District with the assistance of Boulder Rural Fire Protection District and deputies with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 700 block of Pine Brook Road on the report of a structure fire.  When personnel arrived they found the deck to the address on fire and a small fire in the yard near the residence.  The fire was quickly extinguished and all occupants were able to evacuate the residence without injury.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Boulder County Multi-Agency Fire investigation team.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office case number for this incident is 15-750.

This media release may be found on the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office web-site at:  www.bouldersheriff.org

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4331Mon, 09 Feb 2015 10:00:00
Search and RescuePRESS RELEASE                                                                             February 7, 2015     

 

 TO:    Boulder Media

 

RE:     Lost Hikers.

            Case # 15-729

 

 

On Saturday, February 7, 2014 at about 8:24 pm Boulder County Sheriff’s Deputies and members from the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group were dispatched to the area of NCAR, 1850 Table Mesa Dr. on the report of two teenage hikers who had become lost. The parties had summited Green Mountain and while hiking back down they left the trail and became lost. One of the teens called 9-1-1 and from the GPS coordinates of the cellphone it was discovered they were in the Skunk Canyon Drainage. Members from Rocky Mountain Rescue hiked in and located the teens who were cold but uninjured and assisted them back to their vehicle.

 

This media release is available on line at www.bouldersheriff.org.

 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4330Sunday, February 07, 2015
Portion of Boulder Canyon Trail closed for repairs weekdays 2/9-3/11Boulder County, Colo. - A portion of the Boulder Canyon trail, between the intersection of Fourmile Canyon Drive and State Highway 119 and extending east approximately one mile, is closed for repairs M-F, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., from February 9 through March 11. The re-opening date is subject to change depending on weather and ground conditions.

Boulder Canyon Trail Closure

For more information, please contact Prashant Kc, project manager, at pkc@bouldercounty.org, or 303-682-6780.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4329Fri, 06 Feb 2015 10:00:00
Boulder County Youth Corps Member Receives Award at State CapitolBoulder County, Colo. – The Colorado Youth Corps Association (CYCA) honored its 2014 Corpsmembers of the Year this morning at the annual Youth Corps Awards Ceremony. Preston FitzRandolph with the Boulder County Youth Corps served as one of the youth speakers and was recognized at the Colorado State Capitol, alongside nine other young people, for his outstanding contributions to corps’ work on conservation projects last year. The event was followed by a celebratory brunch at the Warwick Hotel.

Preston, an 18-year-old City of Boulder resident who just completed his fourth season with Boulder County Youth Corps, earned his Corpsmember of the Year award through exemplary initiative and leadership. He consistently led groups of corpsmembers to complete tasks such as mulching trees, weeding open space and trail repair. 

As a four-year veteran of the corps, he would knowingly pair himself with less-motivated teammates to teach them a good work ethic. Preston was always the first to volunteer, even for undesirable tasks, and listened to everyone’s ideas on the team, both fellow corpsmembers and leaders.

 “There is no way that I could have learned this much about myself through any other outdoor work experience. It has been a blast working with such great people while improving the community in Boulder,” Preston recounts. “My experience with youth corps was not about the pay but instead about the people, teamwork and experiences that I knew would help me in my future. This program is all about building connections with people, learning skills, and most importantly preparing you for your future.”

The young people involved in youth corps are a critical source of support in conserving and protecting our state’s land, water and energy resources, and contribute significantly to making Colorado a better place to live and play. 

“The exceptional work of corpsmembers is a testament to the commitment of today’s young people to serve our state while preparing for their own futures,” said Scott Segerstrom, CYCA’s executive director. 

The 10 youth who were honored as 2014 Corpsmembers of the Year are:
  • Preston FitzRandolph of Boulder County Youth Corps
  • Forest Utzman-Nichols of Larimer County Conservation Corps
  • Tyler Lee of Mile High Youth Corps-Southern Front Range
  • Jorge Lomas of Mile High Youth Corps
  • Gracie Billingsley of Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
  • Dan Salerno of Southwest Conservation Corps-Four Corners
  • JP Clark of Southwest Conservation Corps-Los Valles
  • Ben Anderson of Steamboat Springs Community Youth Corps
  • David Woodbury of Western Colorado Conservation Corps
  • Kalen Myers of Weld County Youth Conservation Corps

About Boulder County Youth Corps
The Boulder County Youth Corps provides opportunities for Boulder County teens to develop a sense of community involvement through personal accomplishment, teamwork and service to the county. Celebrating 20 years of service this summer, the BCYC will employ almost 200 people to improve public trails, lands and facilities. Visit www.BoulderCounty.org/youthcorps or call 303-678-6104 for more information on current opportunities. 

About Colorado Youth Corps Association
The Colorado Youth Corps Association (CYCA) is a statewide coalition of ten accredited youth conservation corps that engages and trains youth, young adults, and military veterans on land, water and energy conservation projects. Youth corps is a proven strategy for engaging young people in service to their communities and stewardship of their environment while cultivating valuable skills to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Learn more about the association at www.CYCA.org

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4326Mon, 02 Feb 2015 10:00:00
Irrigation ditch, Agricultural and Forestry wood pile burning under wayBoulder County, Colo. - The department will conduct irrigation ditch, agriculture and forestry wood pile burns on county open space lands this spring.

 

Agricultural and irrigation ditch burns will occur between now and the end of the year as conditions allow. Pile burns will occur between now and April when there is enough snow cover.

 

Agricultural ditch burning is an historic practice in Boulder County. It is an inexpensive, efficient and relatively fast “low-tech” method to target long sections of ditch and remove accumulated debris that can interfere with the flow of water. The primary advantage of burning ditches is that much of this material is consumed on-site. Ditch burning can occur throughout the county on ditches with county ownership.

 

Boulder County open space properties scheduled for ditch or agriculture burns this year include:

  • Pella Crossing
  • Josephine Roche Open Space
  • Kenosha Ponds
  • A.H.I. property
  • Wambsganss
  • Big Gaynor Lake
  • Dodd 
  • Birchfield
  • Gage
  • Jim Henry
  • Lutz
  • Mumford
  • Table Mountain

 

Boulder County open space properties scheduled for wood pile burning include:

  • Hall Ranch
  • Heil Valley Ranch

 

These controlled burns are contingent on ideal weather conditions, including relative humidity, fuel moisture and wind. The department will work cooperatively with the Boulder County Sheriff's Department on each controlled burn following the Boulder County Guide to Prescribed Fire Planning and Operations. 

 

Smoke and flames may be visible for up to 72 hours. There may be heavy smoke in the air. Please do not call 911 since a controlled burn is not an emergency. Boulder County Parks and Open Space employees will monitor the burned areas to ensure fires are completely out. 

 

For additional information, contact Senior Forester Stefan Reinold at 303-678-6202 or sreinold@bouldercounty.org.

 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=2507Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:00:00
Lyons Housing Collaborative Kicks Off Community Visioning Process Jan. 31Boulder County, Colo. – The first public meeting on a proposed Lyons housing recovery project will be held Saturday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Rogers Hall in Lyons. As part of an effort to ensure the development reflects the character and values of the town, the Lyons Housing Collaborative is seeking input around the community’s vision for the project during an Open House and Visioning Workshop. 

On Tuesday, Jan. 20, following recommendations by a selection committee, Town of Lyons Trustees named a team to spearhead an effort to replace housing lost in the 2013 Flood. The newly formed Lyons Housing Collaborative includes Trestle Strategy Group, Workshop 8, Habitat for Humanity, and the Boulder County Housing Authority (BCHA). All team members of the Housing Collaborative were hand selected to bring a strong local connection to Lyons and extensive experience in designing, building, and managing sustainable affordable housing for the long term.

“We are committed to a thoughtful, engaged, and collaborative process to rebuild our community,” said Lyons Mayor John O’Brien. “The Boulder County Housing Authority has been a tremendous supporter of ours both before and after the floods, and we’re happy to have them lead this effort.”

More than 100 Lyons households were uprooted following the devastating September 2013 flooding, and many have not been able to return. The Town of Lyons is proposing the development of between 50 and 70 replacement housing units. After an extensive process, the Town selected five to seven acres within the 25 acre Bohn Park area, just southeast of downtown Lyons and in the area where much of the housing was lost in the floods. The property was identified as the most viable location after several months of analysis and study of over two dozen potential locations.

If Lyons’ voters approve the use of the land for the project, the Lyons Housing Collaborative would utilize federal, state, and local funding to construct an affordable housing community that would be available for medium- and low-income residents in Lyons. The Lyons Housing Collaborative will be exploring several strategies to ensure the new housing is available for Lyons’ residents who were displaced by the 2013 Flood, as well as seniors, area workers, artists and musicians.

“Our commitment is to the Lyons community,” said BCHA Director Frank Alexander. “The town has been through a very tough time, and we see this recovery housing community as an opportunity to help preserve Lyons’ unique and inclusive character while providing a key support for residents to get back on their feet.”

This Saturday’s Lyons Housing Recovery Design Open House will be the first in a series of activities to capture the community’s vision for this project. Topics of discussion will include ways to celebrate this special site within Lyons and ensure the new housing reflects the character and values of the town. The Lyons Housing Collaborative will also be seeking design input on architectural styles and onsite amenities, and how the site connects with existing neighborhoods and downtown.  

Over the next three to six months, the Lyons Housing Collaborative team is committed to robust and inclusive community engagement.  The team has planned multiple opportunities to participate in the process, including weekly “Bohn Park Walkabouts”, multiple weekly drop in Storefront hours at 443 Main Street in Lyons, affordable housing site tours, focus groups, design charrettes, and other formal and informal activities to participate, ask questions and provide feedback. There will also be opportunities to interact with the work in progress through a collaborative design space at the project team’s Storefront.  Information about these events is available at www.townoflyons.com/housing-recovery.

BCHA owns and manages three affordable housing sites in Lyons. Within the past three years, BCHA has successfully developed two affordable housing sites in Lafayette: Josephine Commons (senior housing) and Aspinwall (middle- and low-income affordable rental housing). These communities have many amenities including a commercial kitchen with a senior meals program, a common house with a community center and classroom space, communal green space, a playground, a community garden, and connections to open space and trails. Late in 2015, BCHA will begin development of a Louisville affordable housing community which will include space for a non-profit artist collaborative and housing for artists, seniors, and families.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4325Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:00:00
Theft from Scene of Fatal Accident Investigation Ends in No Charges being FiledBOULDER COUNTY Colorado- On September 23, 2014 at approximately 3:05 p.m. two vehicles were involved in a head on accident at 17th Ave and Gay Street, in the City of Longmont. As a result of the accident twenty-eight year old Lisa Garcia was pronounced dead on scene and fifty-eight year old Therese Woodworth was transported to Longmont United Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The Longmont Public Safety Department was notified by Therese Woodworth’s family that when they received Therese’s property back from the Coroner’s Office there was cash missing. On October 15, 2014, the City of Longmont Public Safety Department contacted the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office and requested assistance investigating the theft from Therese Woodworth’s property.

Over the next three months a sheriff’s office detective interviewed family members of Therese’s as well as all of the people who were determined to have access to the purse, which included employees of the Longmont Public Safety Department, University of Colorado Police (one of their employees was shadowing the Coroner’s employee for training in death investigations), and the Coroner’s investigators. The detective established that between $800 and $1,200 was in the purse at the time of the accident. When the decedent’s property was inventoried by a Coroner’s investigator the day after the crash the money was not included in the inventory.

At the culmination of the investigation the facts were presented to the Boulder District Attorney’s Office and no charges will be filed, as we were unable to establish sufficient probable cause as to who took the money from the purse. The investigation has been concluded.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office case number for this incident is 14-5930. A copy of this report is available by completing a “Records Request” form available at: www.bouldersheriff.org

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4324Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:00:00
Applications for teens and adults to apply for summer jobs with Youth Corps now availableBoulder County, Colo. – Boulder County residents ages 14-17 can now apply for summer jobs with the Boulder County Youth Corps. Boulder County is also hiring adults to be team leaders. Boulder County is especially in need of female Corps members and leaders.

The deadline to submit youth applications is Friday, March 27. Other positions are open until filled.

The Youth Corps will hire 160 teenagers to work 30 hours per week, Monday through Thursday, from June 15 to August 5 on a variety of community service projects. Team leaders will be employed from June 3 to August 7 to work up to 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Projects will include such activities as forest thinning, historic preservation, construction and repair of fencing, trail construction and maintenance, landscaping and removal of Russian olive trees and noxious weeds. Youth Corps teams will work in unincorporated Boulder County as well as in cities and towns within Boulder County.

Applicants can apply online at www.BoulderCounty.org/youthcorps. Applications can also be picked up at counseling offices in Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley schools; city and town personnel offices; most local recreation and youth centers and libraries; and the Boulder County Human Resources Department, 2025 14th St., Boulder. 

This year, Corps members will earn a starting wage of $8.23/hour, with the possibility of earning a $100 bonus at the end of the program based on merit and strong attendance. Teens who have worked for the Corps in past years can earn up to $8.73/hour. In addition, Corps members are eligible for reimbursement for the purchase of work boots and gloves and RTD bus passes. 

Team leaders must be high school graduates at least 21 years old with two years of college coursework or more, and assistant team leaders must be high school graduates at least 18 years old, among other qualifications. A list of full qualifications is available online. Team leaders start at $14/hour and assistant team leaders at $12/hour. 

The Youth Corps offers one of the best first-job opportunities available in Boulder County. Teams have completed projects such as building one mile of new trail at Ruth Roberts Open Space which connected Broomfield to Boulder County regional trails, building a 100 square foot floating wetland to help reduce pollutants and algae and provide additional wildlife habitat in a City of Louisville fishing pond, and installing an irrigation system at a Boulder County low-income housing site in the City of Lafayette.  

For more information, visit www.BoulderCounty.org/youthcorps or call the Youth Corps office at 303-678-6104. 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4323Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:00:00
“Project Visibility” Training - Thursday, Jan. 29 Community members and elder caregivers invited to participate in training on Thursday, Jan. 29

"Project Visibility”training will focus on developing compassionate care for LGBT elders

Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County Area Agency on Aging is hosting a Project Visibility general training on Thursday, Jan.29, in Boulder. This free workshop is designed to educate professional service care providers, community members, and friends and family members about the particular strengths and needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders.

What:      Project Visibility Training to Develop Compassionate Care for LGBT Elders

When:     Thursday, January 29

Time:       8:45am registration and coffee; 10:00 – 3:00 p.m. training

Where:    Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office, 1st Floor, Houston Room,

                 1750 33rd St. Boulder, 80301

Cost:        Free of Charge (but registration requested)

Participants will view a short award-winning film that brings awareness and a face to the issues of aging as an LGBT person. Courageous elders will then speak about their lives, their strengths, wishes, and concerns about the aging services network. Each participant receives a manual with history, background information, terminology, resources, and practical suggestions for providing culturally-competent care and service. The goal is to create a community in which we all age well. In addition, attendees qualify for a listing in the upcoming Silver Lining, a resource directory for LGBT elders in Boulder County. There will be ample time for discussion.

Trainer Leslie McCormick will explain why it is important that Project Visibility, through the addition of a second level of training and an online training course due out this spring, continues to evolve: “The new, two-part training is designed to even more effectively meet the needs of trainees. Project Visibility’s ten years of community outreach and education has raised awareness and built cultural competency about working and living with people who are part of this often invisible population. Now it is time to raise the bar.”

 

Both levels of training actively engage learners in exploring material that engenders rich and mutually rewarding relationships between LGBT elders and family members, professionals, and other community members.

 

McCormick further explains that many Boulder County learners demonstrate readiness to move from basic competencies to developing a more sophisticated capacity to create true and broader inclusion. LGBT elders are five times less likely to access senior services because they are concerned with the level of sensitivity and awareness of staff at facilities and agencies. Additionally, caregivers and agency/business administrators will benefit from understanding how recent changes in legal protections for LGBT people relate to the daily realities of LGBT older adults, which now represent at least two different generations of LGBT individuals and their respective needs, experiences, concerns, strengths, and expectations.

“It’s important to understand differences in order to provide excellent care for all,” McCormick explains. “LGBT older adults lived in a time during which overt discrimination toward them was commonplace. Far fewer legal protections meant little recourse when their housing, jobs, and basic safety were threatened. Respectful care for LGBT elders involves an appreciation for the strengths and needs that accompany such history.”

For more information and to register, contact Leslie McCormick, Project Visibility trainer, at 303-441-3583 or lmccormick@bouldercounty.org.


Project Visibility is an award-winning training program developed in 2004 by Boulder County Area Agency on Aging after conducting extensive focus groups with area LGBT elders. These seniors wondered which service providers were “safe and friendly,” and feared many could be unwelcoming, even hostile. In the ten years Project Visibility has been providing training in Boulder County, service providers and residents have become increasingly more aware of the presence of LGBT older adults among us; however, financial and health disparities among LGBT older adults - as compared to their non-LGBT peers - suggests the need for system changes.

 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4322Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:00:00
Boulder County Sheriff's Office accepting scholarship applicationsNEWS RELEASE

 

FROM: Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle

 
RE: COUNTY SHERIFFS OF COLORADO SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
 
Sheriff Joe Pelle announced today that County Sheriffs of Colorado, Inc. (CSOC), the state sheriffs association, will award a $500 scholarship to a deserving Boulder County student next spring. Application guidelines along with the application are available online at www.csoc.org, or at the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, located at 5600 Flatiron Parkway, Boulder, CO. Boulder County applicants may submit their completed applications to the Boulder County Sheriff's Office during public access hours, 8:00 am – 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, except Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 16, 2015.
 
The application deadline is Friday, February 27, 2015.

 

Any legal, permanent resident of Boulder County enrolled in, or applying to, a vocational training program or institution of higher learning in the State of Colorado as a full, or part-time student is eligible to apply. There are no restrictions as to the course of study or training which may be pursued, and no restrictions are placed upon applications by reason of race, creed, age, gender, or national origin.

 

A scholarship will be awarded in more than thirty Colorado counties this year. Applications will be reviewed by a local committee appointed by Sheriff Pelle, and a selection will be made on the basis of criteria established by CSOC. This criterion includes leadership, merit, character, involvement and career purpose.

 

CSOC established the scholarship program in 1978. Since then, this effort has continued as a meaningful expression of the sheriffs’ confidence in and respect for education and training. CSOC considers this an investment in the future and believes that our membership is helping to provide deserving students with an opportunity to make a positive contribution to society.

 

Scholarship announcements have been mailed to all high school offices in the eligible counties, and to all Colorado higher education institutions. For more information, contact your local high school, college, County Sheriffs of Colorado, or the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Contact: Michelle Crain

Office: 303-441-4605

Email: mcrain@bouldercounty.org

 
 
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4321Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:00:00
Niwot Bank RobberyNiwot Bank Robbery-update

BOULDER COUNTY, Colorado-At approximately 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, Boulder County Communications received a 9-1-1 call from the Bank of Estes Park, located in the Niwot Market, 7980 Niwot Road. The caller reported two males had entered the bank, demanded money and left on foot.

One of the suspects is approximately 6’ tall, large build, his race and hair color are not known. He was wearing a black and white striped sweater, over a black hoodie, black pants and a skeleton mask. He was armed with a small rifle type hand gun.

The second suspect was shorter and not as large build as the first, his race and hair are also not known. He wore a pink coat, dark pants, and a balaclava covered his face. He carried an umbrella and a bag.

The males entered the bank and demanded money from the teller. They left the bank on foot and were tracked to a location to the east of the bank where it is believed they had parked their car.

The Sheriff’s Office utilized an Everbridge call to alert neighboring residents and ask them to lock their doors until the area was deemed safe, they were then notified they were free to go about their normal routine. Niwot High School was placed on lock out to ensure the safety of students and faculty who remained in the building at the time of the incident.

The Sherriff’s Office is asking your assistance if you have any information that may lead to the identification and arrest of these suspects to contact our Communications Center at 303-441-4444.

If you have any information about the suspect or the crime or know their whereabouts, crime stoppers wants to know! You will remain anonymous and could receive a reward of up to $1,000.  You can call crime stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or use our website
www.nococrimestoppers.com or http://www.nococrimestoppers.com either way you will remain anonymous!

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office case number for this incident is 15-384.

Suspect #1Suspect #2
Suspect #1                                                                   Suspect #2


This media release may be found on the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office web-site at:  www.bouldersheriff.org

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4320Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:00:00
Training Programs for Family Caregivers Begin in FebruaryBoulder County, Colo. – Boulder County Area Agency on Aging, a Division of Community Services, offers two training programs beginning in February for family caregivers of older adults, one focused on the hands-on skills of caregiving and the other on caregiver self-care.   

National Caregiver Training Program is a 21-hour course (meets once a week for 3 hours) that helps family caregivers acquire the skills needed to provide safe, confident home care for older loved ones.  Classes, taught by a registered nurse, provide detailed instruction, demonstration, and hands-on practice. Topics include caring for someone on bedrest, providing personal care, using a wheelchair safely, managing medications, taking vital signs, controlling infection, preventing falls, reducing caregiver stress, using local resources, and more.  Each caregiver receives Quick Tips for Caregivers, a home reference guide.  
Wednesdays, Feb. 18 – April 1, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m., in Longmont
Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a 15-hour course (meets once a week for 2½ hours) that gives family caregivers the tools to deal with the emotional challenges of caregiving.  Classes, taught by trained leaders, help caregivers learn to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate their feelings, balance their lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions, and locate helpful resources.  Each caregiver receives The Caregiver Helpbook:  Powerful Tools for Caregivers. 
Tuesdays, Feb. 24 – March 31, 1:30 – 4 p.m., in Boulder
The courses are open to Boulder County residents providing local or long-distance care for a relative, partner or friend who is 60 or over, or of any age if the person has dementia. There is no charge, but donations are appreciated. Financial assistance for respite care (substitute elder care) during class periods is available.  
Pre-registration is required. To register, or for more information, please call 303-678-6116 or email infocaregiver@bouldercounty.org.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4319Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:00:00
2015 Watershed Summit convenes water experts to discuss local water issuesBoulder County, Colo. – Boulder County water experts will be gathering to participate in a robust discussion about local water issues at the 2015 Watershed Summit. Panel discussions will highlight a range of local and state water issues to promote collaborative solutions for managing one of Boulder County’s most complex and critical natural resources.

What: Watershed Summit
When: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Where: Plaza Event Center, 1900 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont

The 2015 Watershed Summit brings together water professionals, water users, and local leaders to discuss a variety of issues, including water storage; water conservation; the State Water Plan; droughts, floods, and climate change; watershed planning; in-stream flows; sustainability; and local agriculture.

Following the 2015 Watershed Summit, attendees are invited to participate in a networking event from 4:30 to 8 p.m. in the Left Hand Brewery Tap Room, located at 1265 Boston Ave. in Longmont. The evening event will include a short talk from award-wining Colorado author, photographer and filmmaker Jonathan Waterman about his journey paddling along the Colorado River. 

The first 175 people who register for the 2015 Watershed Summit will receive a free, locally sourced lunch, along with a free wood-fired pizza and non-alcoholic beverage for dinner.

The 2015 Watershed Summit, presented by the Boulder County Consortium of Cities, is part of a multijurisdictional collaboration to identify gaps, strategies, and innovative solutions related to local water issues. The consortium’s 2013 Water Stewardship Task Force Final Report recommended an annual watershed summit to support continued community discussions about water.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4318Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:00:00
Public Meeting Jan. 29 to Review Heil Valley Ranch Prescribed BurnBoulder County, Colo. – Staff from Boulder County Parks and Open Space and the Sheriff’s Office Wildland Fire Management Program are hosting an After Action Review to discuss the outcome of the recent prescribed burn at Heil Valley Ranch. 

What: Heil Valley Ranch Prescribed Burn After-Action Review Meeting
When: Thursday, Jan. 29, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Boulder County Parks and Open Space, 5201 St. Vrain Road, Longmont

In October and November 2014, Boulder County conducted a prescribed fire at Heil Valley Ranch. The 150-acre project was completed in early November after five days of ignitions. 

Members of the public are invited to join the fire command staff for a presentation and question-and-answer session. This meeting is open to public comment, as well as input from fire personnel involved in the burn.

For more information, please contact Erin Hartnett, at 303-678-6211 or ehartnett@bouldercounty.org.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4317Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:00:00
Creating Connections Diversity Training scheduled for Jan. 28Boulder County, Colo. – This training will focus on recruiting and retaining people of color to serve on local non-profit boards. The training will review demographics, awareness, recruitment techniques, and retention strategies.

What: Diversity Training for:  Executive Directors and Current Board Members
When: Wednesday, Jan. 28, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 
Where: Longmont Community Foundation, 636 Coffman Street, Suite 203, Longmont  
Cost: Free
RSVP: Call 303-441-3956 or email slopez-baker@bouldercounty.org

Community Action Programs held multiple focus groups between January and March of 2013 to identify gaps in the availability of cultural competency training in Boulder and gauge the effectiveness of current trainings. The focus groups also hoped to determine potential creative strategies to improve outreach and recruitment of local, hard-to-reach board and commission members.

Several themes were identified during the focus groups including:
Training is needed for people on boards, commissions, businesses; “everybody” 
Outreach is difficult and so is meaningful diversity and inclusion training

The result of these conversations is a newly constructed training for Creating Connections! CAP Staff has been working on designing diversity trainings for boards and commissions in Boulder County and our first training is Jan. 28.

 For more information, contact Susana Lopez-Baker at 303-441-3956 or slopez-baker@bouldercounty.org

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4315Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:00:00
Applications for LEAP winter heat funding now acceptedBoulder County, Colo. – As cold temperatures continue across Colorado, help is available for Boulder County residents who struggle to pay their winter heating bills. LEAP, the Low-income Energy Assistance Program, is accepting applications now through April 30.

LEAP assists low-income residents with covering the costs of heating their homes. The program is designed to pay the highest benefit to households with the highest heating costs. Income criteria apply, including a limit of 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), which equates to a gross annual income of $17,508 for a family of one or $35,784 for a family of four. Other eligibility factors apply, and residents are encouraged to contact the LEAP office for more information. 

“Heating costs can take a big bite out of our wintertime budgets,” said Theresa Kullen, LEAP Manager for the Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services (BCDHHS). “Even if you’re not sure you’re eligible, let us check for you. This assistance can help make sure you’ve got enough money left for groceries for the rest of the month.”

In addition, BCDHHS continues to oversee a local expansion of the Heating Assistance Program and can provide help for households with a higher income limit than the LEAP Program. This expansion has gross monthly income limits of 185 percent of FPL, which is $21,600 for a family of one or $44,124 for a family of four.  

“Our neighbors deserve to be able to stay warm in the winter and not have to make big cuts to spending on other essentials,” said BCDHHS Director Frank Alexander. “This is just one of the many kinds of help we can offer, but it’s an important one.” 

For more details or to obtain an application, residents should contact the State of Colorado LEAP Information Line at 866-HEAT-HELP (866-432-8435). The Boulder County LEAP office is located at 1921 Corporate Center Circle, Suite 3-F, in Longmont, and can be reached at 303-678-6097.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4314Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:00:00
Passing of K9 TitanMEDIA ADVISORY
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

 

CONTACT
Heidi Prentup

Commander
303-441-1500
HPrentup@bouldercounty.org


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Passing of K9 Titan

BOULDER COUNTY Colorado- It is with heavy hearts that the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office shares the news of the passing of K9 Titan. Titan began his service to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office in March of 2007 with Deputy Richard Peebles. Titan was donated to the department by the Peterson family of Loveland, Colorado. Titan and Deputy Peebles began their training in April of 2007 and became operational in May of 2007. Titan was trained in-house by BCSO canine trainers Deputy Kelly Boden, and Deputy Richard Peebles. During Titan’s years of service, the team accumulated over 1,000 hours of training.

 

During their operational time together, K9 Titan was deployed 631 times. Titan is credited with the seizure of more than $30,000 cash, and numerous successful tracks. Most notably, he tracked and located a suicidal party, a stabbing suspect, an attempted homicide suspect, and a party who assaulted a patrol deputy. Additionally, Titan located the human remains of a party who had been missing nearly three years. Titan has also located evidence from assault, burglary and homicide cases. K9 Titan served the citizens of Boulder County alongside Deputy Peebles until August of 2014, when K9 Titan had to be medically retired due to a brain tumor.

 

Deputy Peebles and K9 Titan conducted K9 demonstrations throughout the county. Titan made visits to preschools, retirement homes and every place in between. Titan was the star attraction wherever he went.


K9 Titan and Deputy Richard Peebles
K9 Titan and Deputy Richard Peebles
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4313Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:00:00
Boulder County elected officials sworn in at ReorganizationGardner named Chair of Board of Commissioners

 

Boulder, Colo. – Several newly-elected and re-elected officials were sworn into service to Boulder County Government as part of the county’s annual Reorganization meeting Tuesday morning in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room.

 

20th Judicial District Chief Judge Maria Berkenkotter presided over the swearing in ceremony for:


  • Assessor Jerry Roberts*
  • Commissioner Cindy Domenico*
  • Coroner Emma Hall*
  • Sheriff Joe Pelle*
  • Surveyor Lee Stadele

*Re-elected to a new 4-year term in 2014.

Note: Newly-elected Treasurer Paul Weissmann was sworn in on Jan. 2, as required by state law, and Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall* will be sworn in at a separate event later this month.


Following the ceremony, the commissioners held their annual Reorganization meeting, during which Commissioner Deb Gardner was named Chair of the three-person Board of County Commissioners. Commissioner Elise Jones was elected to fill the role of Vice-Chair.

 

“I just want to say how proud I am to be part of this organization,” said Commissioner Gardner upon assuming the role of chair. “It’s been a true privilege and honor to serve this county and be part of this cohesive Board of Commissioners. I look forward to tackling together the many interesting and challenging opportunities that lie ahead in 2015.”

 

As part of the County Reorganization, the County Commissioners gave their annual State of the County address, highlighting the accomplishments of 2014 and looking forward to the challenges and opportunities in 2015. They also presided over annual administrative matters, including the appointment of department heads and staff members who serve at the pleasure of the board, and the deputizing of employees.

 

The webcast archive of the swearing in ceremony and reorganization meeting will be available on the county’s website by the end of today at: 

http://www.bouldercounty.org/gov/meetings/pages/hearings.aspx.

 

-BoulderCounty.org-

  

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4312Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:00:00
State of the County Address - 2015View Presentation

As we do each year, we want to celebrate the major accomplishments of the past year and give an outlook for the year ahead.  

This past year represents our first full year after the flood which meant a lot of county resources were still being directed to flood recovery. We expect that trend to continue for another couple of years. 

At the same time, many staff remained fully engaged in activities not related to the Flood, and we’d like to cover both sets of milestones and achievements with our annual State of the County address today. 

Let’s first dive in to Flood Recovery and Rebuilding…

Boulder County had an extremely busy, productive and successful year in 2014. We would like to quickly run through some of the major flood projects completed last year: 
  • High Hazard Debris Removal – This was a HUGE effort for the county to clear creeks of debris that was highly likely to cause more flooding during spring runoff. 
    • 51 staff members and 58 consultants/contractors were involved (there is some overlap in staffing with the Roadside Pickup program as well)
    • Removed 9 homes from the creek; 3,060 truckloads of debris; 940 property owners signed Right of Entry forms for crews to clean up debris on their property
    • May 1st was the finish goal (after starting the project in March) and 77% was complete on that date
    • Mike Chard, director of the Office of Emergency Management was quoted as saying that this project was responsible for avoiding further flooding and risk to life in our canyons. 
  • Major Infrastructure Accomplishments – Boulder County has spent nearly $40M on Road & Bridge work in 2014. 
    • This large expense includes permanent repair to Flagstaff road and East County Line Road bridge
    • More permanent repairs are planned for many roads and culverts in 2015
  • Parks & Open Space projects – Staff and volunteers were out in full force this year rebuilding parks, trails and waterways including:
    • 15 miles of regional trails and 8 miles of mountain trails at Heil Valley Ranch and Walker Ranch were repaired. 
    • Temporary repair of 3 breaches and debris removal along the St. Vrain Creek was completed
    • Access roads, trailheads, buildings and 15 miles of fence were repaired and all but 2 parks were re-opened
    • Volunteers accounted for 4,500 hours of service on 70 different projects
  • CDBG-DR funding – Staff has been working very closely with our local municipal partners, state and federal agencies to bring Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery funds to Boulder County.   
    • For the first round of CDBG-DR funds, Boulder County will have approximately $3.2 million to help residents with flood recovery. The upcoming 2nd and 3rd rounds will bring more funds to our county.
  • General County Flood Recovery Effort – A huge amount of county staff time has gone to flood projects. It is a major commitment and we are fortunate to have such a great staff. 
    • The average number of staff hours committed to flood projects each month is 9,200 hours; this is approximately 110,400 hours in 2014! 
    • Debris management, administration and parks and trails were the projects with the most reported staff hours on flood-related projects. 
    • Debris Management accounts for 35,000 hours across 8 county departments in 2013-2014
    • Waterway Projects account for 12,000 hours across 6 county departments in 2013-2014
  • Looking forward to 2015 – More major projects are in the works for this coming year. We encourage residents to read more details about the planned projects online and look for more informational and community meetings as we move forward.

Outside of flood matters, county staff has been busy and productive on many fronts….

Some issues we have been tackling which cover multiple departments and multiple governmental agencies include:

Oil & Gas development 
  • Once again, this topic dominated the headlines in 2014, with the county extending its moratorium for another 3½ years to July 1, 2018. 
  • The Commissioners hosted a public meeting in November where more than 80 people spoke in-person and nearly 1,200 wrote-in with their comments over the course of 5 months. 
    • Over 99% of the comments received are opposed to fracking in Boulder County
We have highlighted the need to complete studies that address the health and safety impacts from fracking on people and the environment before we can lift the moratorium on new drilling applications in the unincorporated county. 

Emerald Ash Borer
Since it was first detected in Colorado in September 2013, a coalition of local, state and federal agencies, including Boulder County, has been working together in response to the invasive pest, Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). 
  • Boulder County has created a multi-department internal team to work collaboratively so that we may take a comprehensive approach to addressing this pest. 
Rec Sport Shooting
  • The Front Range Recreational Sport Shooting Management Partnership is a collaboration between Boulder County, Gilpin County, Clear Creek County, Larimer County, the Forest Service and Colorado Parks & Wildlife. The goal is to find a safe, responsible and accessible sport shooting opportunities in our area. 
    • Residents interested in the issue are encouraged to get involved online.

Now we will move into projects that are spearheaded by individual departments, though still largely collaborative efforts. We will start out with our health and human services departments who work tirelessly to provide the best in public service.

Community Services

Head Start/Workforce
  • Head Start and Workforce both joined the Boulder County email/phone systems to help further integrate services. 
  • A new Head Start facility was opened last year in partnership with the Boulder Day Nursery. This included relocating services that were previously provided at the Lafayette Simpson Street site. 
  • Starting this year, because of the existence of the new facility, there will be a shared community center and expanded pre-school services that will be run by Boulder Day Nursery.

Poverty
  • On Sept. 25 a community forum was held on the Cliff Effect. This was sponsored in part by the Circles Campaign and brought together many leaders in our community to discuss how Medicaid and Food Assistance alone cannot solve poverty on their own. 
  • There is a potential for legislative measures to be pushed through the process this coming year with regard to many of the issues discussed at the community forum. 

Juvenile Offenders
  • The Juvenile Assessment Center was remodeled last year which provides for a warm, dignified, respectful place for the youth, their families, staff and other partners who spend many hours in the facility. 
  • The remodel allows for a greater level of safety for everyone, a more ideal staff-to-youth ratio and more opportunities to provide classes and services to youth. 
  • The practice of indiscriminate shackling of juveniles during court proceedings was eliminated in Boulder County. This is the first county in the state to do so. 
  • The hope is that in the year ahead, both of these changes will lead to a redefining of self for juveniles involved in the CJ system and their families. This should help divert juveniles away from entering the adult CJ system in the future.

Aging
  • Updates were planned for Age Well Boulder County: A Plan to Create Vibrate Communities. This included 18 Community Conversations in which 269 residents participated.
  • These conversations identified issues related to transportation/transit services as an area of priority that will be one of the first goals to be addressed in the plan update.
  • The Age Well Boulder County document outlining goals will be rolled out in early spring 2015 after the goals are presented and discussed with key policy makers.

Housing & Human Services
Our Housing & Human Services staff continues to work tireless hours addressing critical issues and needs for adults, children, and families in Boulder County. 
  • With the generous support of voters this last November, the Human Services Safety Net was extended another 15 years. The Safety Net is just one piece of a notable system which helps our residents. 
  • Colorado’s Statewide child abuse and neglect reporting hotline: The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) recently launched a new statewide child abuse and neglect hotline: 1-844-CO-4-KIDS. Everyone in the community plays a role in the prevention of child abuse and neglect. The Hotline is one more tool to help ensure the safety of our children. 
    • This project was developed in collaboration with counties and community partners and provides one statewide, easy-to-remember phone number for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect 24/7, 365 days a year. 
    • The Colorado hotline will not take calls for Boulder County, but will route callers to our staff when reports are made about children in our county. 
    • This new technology will allow us to record all calls, measure call waiting time, and account for dropped calls. 
  • Mandatory reporting for elder abuse:  Like the rest of the state, Boulder County’s population is getting older, and there are many people in our population who are elders and are at risk of exploitation and abuse. In 2014, Colorado became the 48th state to enact a mandatory reporting law for elder abuse, requiring certain professionals to report physical and emotional abuse and financial exploitation.  
    • Now, elder abuse and neglect must be reported through the Adult Protective Services (APS) system, which is designed to protect vulnerable or at-risk adults who are unable to obtain services or otherwise protect their own health, safety, and welfare. 
    • Boulder County had a leg-up on the elder abuse law because of our long-standing elder justice coalition. 
    • While Colorado as a whole has experienced a more than 45% increase in reports of elder abuse since the law went into effect, Boulder County has seen an approximately 20% increase in reporting. 
  • The Casey Family Programs, the nation’s largest foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care, honored Boulder County and our partners with the Community of Hope recognition for our visionary work with families and children. Boulder County's Child Welfare caseworkers, with the support of community partners, have implemented intensive changes to their practice (including Differential Response and Partnering for Safety) in order to better serve the county's families and children.  
  • Also in 2014, HHS completed the very successful launch of Differential Response in Boulder County, an approach which provides framework for our focus on wrapping families in preventive supports they need to stabilize and keep children safe. 
  • Boulder County Housing & Human Services teams have continued to enroll community members in Affordable Care Act health coverage expansions. Medicaid and CHP+ enrollment in Boulder County has topped 47,000 individuals in 2014, and Connect for Health Colorado enrollment continues to expand as well - now over 11,000 Boulder County residents. 
  • As part of our Housing Continuum Progress, we reached a major milestone in 2014 with our latest affordable housing development, Aspinwall @ Josephine Commons. All 72 units in the development are now leased! Plans for the next major affordable housing project, Alkonis in Louisville are currently in the works.
  • During 2014, HHS' Family and Children Services Division helped implement changes in two major areas of Abuse Reporting Changes: 1) a new legislative mandate that certain people who work with adults must report suspected abuse of them, and 2) a new statewide child abuse reporting hotline. These changes are helping ensure Boulder County continues to have ample opportunity to look into details of suspected abuse of adults and children in our community.
  • An additional $800,000 in funding was received in 2014 for another two years of the Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) program, which provides housing help for families at risk of homelessness that have children in the county's school districts.  This additional funding is a reflection of the success of the program thus far, which has served 49 families (110 children) since its inception in October 2012.
  • Boulder County was awarded an additional 25 Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers which provide rental assistance and case management services to homeless military veterans in the county. Previously, the program was providing supportive services for just 35 veterans. 
  • In the last quarter of the year, Boulder County's child support payment collections led all the "Big 10" Colorado counties in both current and arrears payment percentages, a testimony to our innovative approach.
Public Health:
Keeping with our theme of combining Health and Human Services, let’s move into some accomplishments and planning from the Public Health standpoint.  
  • Staff worked collaboratively on a number of visible, controversial, and critical client-based services, including:
    • Streamlining access to services in Longmont via the St. Vrain Health & Human Services Complex; 
    • Providing flood recovery assistance with regard to environmental health;
    • Joining two services that tend to work hand-in-hand, addiction recovery and mental health resources;
    • Addressing the public health implications of recreational marijuana following legalization last year;
    • Preparing for the possibility of Ebola by collaborating with municipalities, hospitals, law enforcement and others across the county;
    • Developing SNAP farmer's market double vouchers which allow residents in the SNAP program to receive twice as many fruits and vegetables when they use benefits at the Boulder County Farmers’ Market; and
    • Promoting breastfeeding as an integral strategy in promoting Healthy Eating and Active Living during childhood
  • For the second year in a row, nine GENESISTER clients participated in 10 weeks of training, and then successfully ran the Bolder Boulder. The GENESISTER Program works with at-risk youth to help them see a brighter future, stay in school, and avoid pregnancy. Running the Bolder Boulder taught the girls valuable lessons on commitment, delayed gratification, and doing more than they thought possible. 

INFRASTRUCTURE, PRIVATE AND PUBLIC LANDS STEWARDSHIP
Our departments and divisions that primarily focus on physical structures and infrastructure have had a banner year as well! 

Building Services
Large Projects
  • Major projects the Building Services team undertook in 2014 included:
    • The completion of the Juvenile Center and Courtroom “N” remodels in the Justice Center; 
    • East and West Wing remodels for Admin Services staff; 
    • the Elections wing remodel, 
    • And other projects to facilitate improvements for county programs and staff. 
  • Some building improvements completed in 2014 and planned for 2015 include upgrades to parking structures, enhancements to exterior and interior services, improved wireless capabilities, as well as heating and cooling upgrades around the county. 
  • 2015 will bring the opening of two new buildings for Boulder County: the Coroner’s new stand-alone facility next to the Sheriff’s HQ, and the new St. Vrain Health & Human Services complex in Longmont. 
    • Both of these projects will improve services for county residents and deliver state-of-the-art facilities for staff. 
  • Planned Work for the coming year includes:
    • Replacement and upgrading of the jail generator, 
    • Replacing Sunquist building boilers, 
    • Recycling the St Vrain HVAC units by moving them to North Broadway Mental Health offices, the JC Modular, and Fairgrounds 
    • Emerald Ash Borer tree replacements at various sites; 
    • Completing a jail HVAC study; 
    • ADA-related upgrades to many county facilities 
    • And working on energy management system upgrades at the St Vrain existing 3 story building
Land Use and Forest Health
Land Use maintained typical client services of permitting and zoning while also tackling the massive workload the flood has generated. Some special highlights fall outside either of those categories including Wildfire Partners, Forest Health, and the ever popular Community Forestry Sort Yards. 
  • Even without the flood-related work, workloads in the department increased over previous years. Staff did a tremendous job keeping up with the demands while also prioritizing flood work.  
    • The department saw a more than 40% increase in Site Plan Review and Site Plan Review waivers over 2013.
    • For the 5th year in a row the department processed more building permit applications than the previous year. 
  • In total, the department performed 7,786 building inspections and issued 165 permits for 1.9 Megawatts of solar power – That is enough to power about 300 average American homes!
  • Since the flood, staff has conducted hundreds of damage assessments and worked with property owners to identify options for moving forward with damaged properties.  Those in a formal process for moving forward in 2015 include 40 Hazard Mitigation Reviews. Overall applications into our office were up by about 7.5% over previous year.  
  • On the Forest Heath front, our community forestry sort yards continue to gain in popularity with mountain residents. Nederland and Allenspark sites both extended their operating calendar in 2014 and worked with residents to remain open during critical forest clearing seasons. 
  • Wildfire Partners is a new, voluntary program to help homeowners with wildfire mitigation. The county received $1.5 million in grant funding from the state for the project and has additional grant applications pending. 
    • In 2014, 450 home assessments and 86 certifications were completed.
    • Staff contacted participants 8,474 times, and mailed over 8,100 homeowner educational packets with aerial photos of their defensible space. 
    • The insurance industry views this program as a national model and in 2015 we plan to work with additional homeowners and partners to expand the program.
  • Every year since 1993, Boulder County has offered financial assistance to encourage mountain communities to conduct community-based chipping days as part of the Community Chipping Reimbursement Program. The goal is to help encourage residents to perform effective wildfire mitigation on their land. The program continues to be another popular, successful forest mitigation and wildfire prevention opportunity for private lands.  
Parks & Open Space
We are all very excited to recognize that Parks & Open Space will celebrate 40 years of preservation in 2015!
  • The idea of a county open space program was initiated in the mid-1960s by Boulder County citizens who were interested in parks and recreation needs of the unincorporated area and in "preserving open space land in the face of rapid county development." 
  • The Parks and Open Space Department became a reality in January 1975. Three years later (1978), the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan was adopted and included goals and policies for preserving open space, protecting environmental resources (both natural and cultural) and developing a countywide trail system. 
  • In 2014, Boulder County Parks & Open Space completed 9 transactions which included 8 acquisitions and the sale of one house lot in Stone Canyon. 
    • Open Space staff invested substantial staff time in the Tolland Ranch property and Hoffman Farm project. 
    • In all, we acquired a total of 222.3 acres: 51.52 acres in fee and 170.78 acres in 5 different CEs.
  • Boulder County now owns interest in almost 99,000 acres of open space property, including 37,000 acres of conservation easements and 25,000 acres of county-owned agricultural lands, with associated water rights and 115 miles of trails. 
  • The Parks and Open Space Department also manages:
    • Boulder County Youth Corps – which is celebrating 20 years this year!
    • The Boulder County Fairgrounds,
    • And partners with CSU to provide funding for the County Extension Service
Transportation
In addition to major, ongoing flood-repairs, the Transportation Department continues to carry out a bold agenda of projects completely unrelated to flood recovery. 
  • Crews are finishing up work on the Pedestrian and Cyclist Underpass at Airport Road and Hwy 119/Diagonal Highway which will improve access for pedestrians, bus riders, and cyclists along Hwy 119 and the Lobo Trail.
  • Similarly, the Community Ditch Trail Underpass beneath CO Hwy 93 provides a safe, east-west connection on a popular trail south of Boulder. 
  • Other projects completed in 2014 have helped improve use and access by county residents in a variety of locations, including:
    • The repaving of Marshall Road; 
    • The Cherryvale Road Traffic Calming Project; 
    • The 63rd Street and Jay Road Repaving; 
    • 51st Street Repaving; and 
    • The Niwot Intersections and Pedestrian Facility Improvements
  • The county was able to repave three community access roads in Gunbarrel and south Boulder using the nearly $1 million budgeted for subdivision paving in 2014. A similar effort will be made to pave additional subdivision roads in 2015. 
  • Non-Road Programs and Services implemented in 2014 included:
  • The Ride Free! Longmont program where all local bus routes in Longmont were made “free” for two years, through 2015. Ridership increased between 50 and 70 percent on the four RTD routes serving Longmont. 
  • The Hessie Trailhead Shuttle, a free shuttle that runs between Nederland and popular entry point for the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area from June to October. Ridership has increased over 20% since the program’s inception in 2012. 
  • In 2014, the Nederland Community Eco Pass program began. With the county collecting and paying for the Town of Nederland’s Community Eco Pass with local property taxes
  • The Trip Tracker program, started in 2014, is a program that engages school teachers, staff, students and their parents to reduce traffic at school and in surrounding neighborhoods. When participants carpool, take the bus, bike, or walk to school, they earn Tracker Bucks which can be spent at locally-owned businesses around Boulder County. The program continues to grow in popularity!
  • Looking Forward
  • For 2015, Boulder County Transportation has many Major Overlay projects planned, along with Bus Stop Improvements and Enhancements at 28 facilities around the county. They’ll also be implementing Fuel System Upgrades for Fleet Services and planning for improvements along several major county roads. Another busy year ahead for Transportation!

Our Sustainability Office continues to help businesses and residents save energy while looking ahead to even larger goals on the horizon. 

Sustainability
EnergySmart
  • EnergySmart reached its 12,400th customer and over half of Boulder County businesses have completed the program. To date this program has spurred over $27 million in local economic development.
  • In 2015 EnergySmart hopes to reach 15,000 participants which would mean roughly 14,000 total residential homes and adding another 250 businesses. 
  • Marijuana growing
  • Boulder County began requiring indoor marijuana growers to offset their electricity use by either using solar energy or paying into “Energy Offset Fund.” The “Carbon Offset Fund” will be used to encourage growers to reduce energy usage as well as fund other carbon offset projects such as the development of more renewable energy.
Education
  • Boulder County funded, "Kilowatt Kids" energy conservation program served over 830 students in 2014. The program is a month-long energy challenge where students learn about important and fun ways to save energy in their home.
  • This year, the Kilowatt Kids program expects to reach nearly 900 new students who may be inspired to make energy-saving changes at home. 
  • Legislation
  • Sustainability staff played a key leadership role in developing and successfully advocating for statewide paint stewardship bill that was approved in 2014. 
  • The Architectural Paint Stewardship Act (Senate Bill 14-029) will be implemented in July 2015 and Boulder County will begin to see savings in paint management costs up to $130,000 per year.
Collaboration
  • Over the last year, Sustainability staff assisted Nederland and Ward with designing new composting and recycling collection programs for 2015 and also provided collection and recycling for 3.6 tons of electronics in three mountain communities.
  • Ward hopes to recycle an estimated 15 or more tons of material per year thanks to re-instituting this recycling service. 
  • With Zero Waste Operation Plan funding, Boulder County plans to purchase and install a 14-cubic-yard, bear-proof compost trailer at the Nederland Transfer Station. This new compost service is anticipated to divert close to 20 tons of compostable material each year.

In the area of law enforcement and public safety, Boulder County continues to lead the way with enhanced, innovative programs aimed at protecting residents while providing support to families and individuals affected by crime. 

Sheriff and OEM
Jail overcrowding
There are continued collaborative efforts to build solutions towards reducing jail overcrowding. Essential elements include working collaboratively across the justice system to:
  • Allow for quick processing of cases and appropriate pretrial release;
  • Ensure that released defendants/inmates have access to the proper medical and mental health resources;
  • Provide access to appropriate community resources by creating pathways to housing, employment, and basic needs by leveraging existing county and non-profit resources;
  • Developing data reports that describe the Jail population in order to target responses that will hopefully ease jail overcrowding;
  • Being sure that jail programming is evidence based, with measured outcomes that focus on reducing recidivism and success in the community.
The Sheriff’s Office will also be working closely with Building Services to assess what can be done from a structural perspective to ease the pressure. 

Hazard Mitigation Plan
  • The Office of Emergency Management is in the middle of a public process to update our Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan, which will make us eligible for FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs. 
  • The grant provides funds for mitigation projects that help reduce losses and protect life and property from disasters like wildfires, droughts and floods. Grants also provide funds for long-term hazard mitigation measures after a Presidential disaster declaration.

District Attorney’s Office
SANE
  • The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program was approve in 2014 and is being re-established back in Boulder thanks to the leadership of the District Attorney’s Office, and the collaboration of multiple partners in our community. 
  • The re-establishment of a local SANE program provides survivors with easy and quicker access to the medical care and attention they need, in lieu of driving upwards of forty-five minutes to receive this specialized medical examination. Access to this program will also help law enforcement with the collection of forensic evidence to assist in the prosecution of these crimes.   
  • The program is expected to be up and running at end of first quarter – likely March or April and it is expected that approximately 100 or more exams will take place each year going forward. This approximation is based on towns with a similar makeup to Boulder which report roughly 12 exams per month.  
Restorative Justice
  • In 2014 the District Attorney’s Office launched the Center for Prevention and Restorative Justice. A grant was received to implement major changes to the Juvenile Diversion Program, including use of Restorative Justice instead of filing charges and formal prosecution.  
  • In its first year, the DA’s Office successfully diverted approximately 130 youth to Restorative Justice. In an attempt to reduce risk of reoffending, the District Attorney’s Office is collaborating with community and county resources to provide services to youth and families in need.    
Major Cases
  • The DA’s Office will be hearing 5 first-degree murder trials between now and mid-June. Many of these cases will be tremendously difficult due to the nature of the crimes and staff will be working around the clock to do their best work. 

Coroner’s Office
Child Fatality Prevention and Review Team
  • An update to state legislation made it mandatory for Boulder County to have a local Child Fatality Prevention and Review Team created by Jan. 1st of this year. The Coroner’s Office has built this team and will be the facilitator for the team in 2015.
New Facility
  • The Coroner’s Office will be enhancing current services by having a facility with a welcoming atmosphere for grieving families, be able to offer a convenient location with parking and easy building access and the new facility will increase the efficiency of the staff  by combining all operations at one location and incorporating several new types of  forensic technology. The staff is set to move into the new location early this year. 
New Programming
  • In 2015, the Coroner’s Office will be focusing on building an Investigator Reserve Program and a Family Liaison Program in order to enhance public service for our residents. Lots of great things in the pipeline as we welcome Emma for the beginning of her new term. 

Clerk & Recorder’s Office 
The Clerk’s Office had busy year in 2014 with implementing new voting regulations and taking the lead in approving marriage licenses for same sex couples. 
  • On the elections front, Clerk Hillary Hall’s office successfully completed the first all-mail ballot General Election under the reforms made from the comprehensive 2013 Colorado Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act. With more convenient options to vote than ever before, Colorado saw record turnout -- making us 4th in the nation for voter turnout. 
  • A special thanks to the more than 200+ temporary election workers and permanent Elections Division staff who worked tirelessly – often clocking 12 plus hour days – throughout the fall straight through to Election Day and beyond to process the more than 144,000 votes cast in Boulder County. 
    • Looking ahead, the Elections Division will be building on the successful processing of 2014 election to make sure the 2016 Presidential Election is an even bigger success.
  • The Recording Division received a lot of attention this year, with our county leading the way with the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses, the first county to do so in the State of Colorado. We extend our thanks to the Recording staff for keeping cool under pressure and supporting the fundamental right of marriage for all loving couples.
  • We can’t ignore the Motor Vehicle division which handles all of our vehicle title and registration needs. In addition to serving thousands of Boulder County residents annually, the division also works on advancing legislative changes that strengthen consumer protections and makes our registration and car-related lives easier. In 2014, the division celebrated a victory in getting critical “title washing” legislation passed as well as a reduction of vehicle registration fees and taxes for deployed military members.

Finally, we would like to call out some special Recognition and Appreciation.

Recognition and Appreciation
NACo
We had the pleasure of honoring 8 Boulder County programs and projects that have earned National Association of Counties (NACo) recognition, including one program, Carve! Campion Cottonwood Art & Sapling Project, that earned the Best in Category designation. 

This is the first year that every program submitted to NACo for consideration was given an award. 

One of the criteria for winning the NACo Achievement award is innovation, and Boulder County is proud that staff members continue to produce and implement innovative programs which consider the unique challenges of our community. 


We are honored to work among some of the most dedicated and passionate staff members that we could ever ask for. Fitting all of the accomplishments of our county into one speech was literally impossible to do, and that says so much about the level of commitment each and every one of you has to providing the best in public service. 

So many of the projects submitted for this speech are perfect candidates for the county’s Pinnacle Awards and for national NACo awards. We can’t wait to see what you all accomplish moving forward!

Thank you all so much! 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4311Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:00:00
Death Investigation: Old Stage RoadBOULDER COUNTY-. On January 10, 2015, at about 6:30 pm, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, the Boulder County Coroner’s Office and medics from AMR Ambulance Service responded to the 5700 block of Old Stage Road on an unattended death.

An 86 year old man was found deceased in his bed by family members. Sheriff’s deputies and an investigator from the Coroner’s Office are investigating; however, there is no indication of foul play.

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Boulder County Coroner’s Office upon notification of family members.

This incident is documented in Boulder County Sheriff’s Office case number 15-187.

//Sgt. Mike Linden

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Boulder County awards funding for zero waste programs Boulder County, Colo. – The Board of County Commissioners awarded $50,000 to eight waste-reduction programs as part of the Resource Conservation Division’s zero waste funding programs for 2015. 

Zero Waste Funding initiatives provide an opportunity for businesses, organizations and individuals within the community to contribute to Boulder County’s long-term vision of moving toward Zero Waste. This vision is outlined in Boulder County’s Zero Waste Action Plan

Boulder County is encouraging the development of programs with an emphasis on demonstrated resource diversion (new tons diverted from disposal) for businesses, residents and governmental buildings.  

This funding, established in 1997, has awarded a total of more than $989,000 to more than 191 entities representing the whole of Boulder County and Broomfield. This year’s awards should push the 24-year total over one million dollars awarded to nearly 200 recipients.

The Resource Conservation Advisory Board has recommended funding for the following programs in 2015:  
  • $9,960 for the City of Lafayette to launch a bilingual compost opportunity educational program in seven neighborhoods.
  • $2,352 for the City of Lafayette to purchase additional zero waste stations. 
  • $5,179 for the Town of Lyons to purchase zero waste stations for municipal buildings.  
  • $10,000 for the City of Louisville to engage in a zero waste education program targeted at individuals who use larger garbage containers. 
  • $10,000 for the Boulder County Resource Conservation Division to purchase equipment for community compost drop off and infrastructure at the Nederland Transfer Station.
  • $2,104 recommended for the Town of Lyons to provide incentives for zero waste volunteers at community events. 
  • $4,600 for an educational program to be conducted by Bands for Lands (supported by Sustainable Revolution) to offer an “Xtreme” Zero Waste event in Longmont for Earth Day. 
  • $5,805 for the Town of Ward to provide support and documentation for monthly recycling collection services and a one-time hard-to-recycle collection event.  
For more information about the zero waste funding or any other zero waste activities in Boulder County, visit www.BoulderCounty.org and search for Zero Waste, or call Darla Arians at 720-564-2223.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4309Fri, 09 Jan 2015 10:00:00
Flu Outbreaks Hit Boulder CountyBoulder County, CO – As of January 8, seven Boulder County long-term care facilities have reported outbreaks of influenza. In total, 82 Boulder County residents have been hospitalized as a result of influenza, a two-fold increase in hospitalizations from this time last season. This is the highest number of flu hospitalizations in 7 years, when the county first began tracking the data. Most residents who have been hospitalized are 65 years of age and older; 1 child has been hospitalized.

“The flu vaccine does offer protection and is still recommended, especially for those who spend time with others who cannot get the vaccine or who have other chronic medical conditions,” said Indira Gujral, Boulder County Public Health Communicable Disease and Emergency Management division manager.

Those at higher risk from influenza include children younger than 5 years (especially those younger than 2 years); adults 65 years and older; pregnant women; and people with certain chronic health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, heart or lung disease, and kidney disease.

“The flu can be life-threatening for some, so getting vaccinated and taking precautionary steps to help protect those around us can make all the difference,” said Gujral.

In addition to flu shots, public health officials recommend taking everyday prevention steps to reduce the spread of illness:

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to prevent infecting them.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth since germs are spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. The virus can be spread to others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick.

People at high risk should check with their health care professionals promptly if they develop flu-like symptoms. Flu antiviral drugs work best for treatment when started within the first 48 hours after symptoms appear.

In Boulder County and across the country, the H3N2 flu viruses continue to predominate, accounting for more than 95 percent of all influenza reported. In the past, H3N2-predominant seasons have been associated with more severe illness and higher mortality, especially in older people and young children, when compared to H1N1- or B-predominant seasons.

For more information about flu and this year’s flu activity, visit www.cdc.gov/flu. To find a clinic to get a flu vaccination, visit www.BoudlerCountyFlu.org.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4308Fri, 09 Jan 2015 10:00:00
Deadline Friday, Jan. 23: Apply for Advisory Boards and CommissionsBoulder County invites residents to voice opinions, provide guidance

Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County is seeking volunteers who would like to voice their opinions and help guide decisions on matters ranging from fire codes to aging and mosquito control.

The county is recruiting residents to serve on advisory boards and commissions. Advisory boards and commissions provide recommendations to the Boulder County Commissioners and give residents the opportunity to have their voices heard within Boulder County government. The county, in turn, benefits from this citizen input.

To view descriptions of the various boards and commissions or to fill out an application, visit the Advisory Boards and Commissions page of the Boulder County website. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, Jan. 23, by 11:59 p.m.

For more information, call the Boulder County Commissioners’ Office at 303-441-1688.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4307Mon, 05 Jan 2015 10:00:00
Circles Campaign volunteer training Jan. 10 in Longmont Boulder County, Colo. – Volunteer training for new Circles Allies is scheduled for Jan. 10. Circles is part of an innovative national campaign to end poverty in our community one family at a time. As part of its continued effort to help move individuals and families out of poverty and into a life of sustained self-sufficiency, Boulder County is recruiting volunteers to participate in the Circles Campaign.

The Circles Campaign provides a stable structure for people who are working their way out of poverty to receive guidance and support from mentors – called “allies” – to help them develop skills and access resources needed to work on their long range plans to move toward economic stability.

What: Volunteer training for those interested in joining the Circles Campaign
When: Saturday, Jan. 10, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Central Longmont Church, 402 Kimbark St., Longmont
RSVP: jaustin@bouldercounty.org or 303-441-1503

The training is free and refreshments will be provided, but there is a suggested $15 donation to cover costs of training materials.

Circles Allies are asked to volunteer for approximately 5 hours per month including two monthly meetings. For more information being an Ally please visit the Boulder County Circles website at www.BoulderCountyCircles.org and download an Ally job description.

For those wanting to be a part of the campaign but unable to make the Ally time commitment, other volunteers are needed for the program in Longmont, Lafayette and Boulder.

Please contact Jessica Austin at jaustin@bouldercounty.org or 303-441-1503 for more information.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4306Wed, 31 Dec 2014 10:00:00
Follow Up – Missing Endangered Elderly Female FoundMEDIA ADVISORY
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

 

CONTACT
Heidi Prentup
303-441-1500
HPrentup@bouldercounty.org


Wednesday December 24, 2014

Follow Up – Missing Endangered Elderly Female Found

BOULDER COUNTY- At about 9:40 pm on December 24, 2014, Lynne O’Neil was located by an off duty Boulder Emergency Squad member who was driving up Flagstaff Rd.  Lynne was in good spirits, doing fine, and was returned to her family.

The search is documented under Boulder County Sheriff’s Office case number 14-7184.

A copy of this press release can also be found at: www.bouldersheriff.org.


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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4305Wed, 24 Dec 2014 10:00:00
Boulder Area Search for Missing Endangered Elderly FemaleMEDIA ADVISORY
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

 

CONTACT
Heidi Prentup
303-441-1500
HPrentup@bouldercounty.org


Wednesday December 24, 2014

Boulder Area Search for Missing Endangered Elderly Female

BOULDER COUNTY- At about 4:50 pm on December 24, 2014, Boulder Rural Fire Department, AMR Ambulance, Front Range Rescue Dogs, Boulder Emergency Services, Longmont Emergency Unit and the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office and the Boulder Police Department were dispatched to the area of 30th and Jay just outside of Boulder.

The Sheriff’s Office was notified of a 65 year old female with dementia who had stepped outside at a family gathering in the area and wandered off.  Lynne Edith O’Neil is from Aurora and is not familiar with the area.  She is described as 5’ 7” tall, weighing about 125 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.  She was last seen wearing a burgundy colored ¾ length rain coat, blue jeans and carrying a bag or back pack. Lynne’s picture is attached to this press release for distribution in case anyone has seen her.

If anyone has seen Lynne, please contact Boulder County Dispatch at 303-441-4444.

The rescue is documented under Boulder County Sheriff’s Office case number 14-7184.

A copy of this press release can also be found at: www.bouldersheriff.org.
 
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4304Wed, 24 Dec 2014 10:00:00
New Boulder County Sales & Use Tax Rate for 2015The county’s tax rate will increase from 0.80% to 0.985% in 2015


Boulder County, Colo. – With the addition of County Ballot Issue 1A – the Flood Recovery Tax – which was approved by voters in November, the county portion of sales and use taxes collected in Boulder County will increase to 0.985% for 2015.

A breakdown of sales taxes in Boulder County is available online at: www.bouldercounty.org/gov/budget/pages/salesusetax.aspx

 

The county has also published a brochure to explain sales and use tax collections in Boulder County. Please note: Cities and other localities have additional sales taxes which are added to the total sales tax rate in Boulder County for purchases made within municipal districts.

 

County taxes are collected by the State of Colorado. All payments of County tax should be reported and remitted directly to the Colorado Department of Revenue on its form. Forms are available on the State of Colorado web site: www.colorado.gov/revenue.

 

-BoulderCounty.org-

 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4302Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:00:00
Boulder County Administrative Offices closed for holidaysEmergency and public safety functions will continue on a 24/7 basis

Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County administrative offices will close at noon on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 and will be closed all day Dec. 25-26 as well as Jan. 1-2. 

  • County services that will not be available during the closures include: Administrative offices for county elected officials (Assessor, Clerk & Recorder, Coroner, County Commissioners, Sheriff and Treasurer), Flood Rebuilding & Permit Information Center, Housing & Human Services, Household Hazardous Waste facility, Land Use/Transportation Planning & Engineering, Motor Vehicle, Property & Records, Public Health, Tax payments and all other Administrative functions.
  • The DA’s Office and court services for the 20th Judicial District Court at the Boulder County Justice Center at 6th & Canyon in Boulder and the Courthouse at 1035 Kimbark Street in Longmont will ONLY be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.  
  • Emergency response, law enforcement, public safety and all designated 24/7 county services such as the jail and on-call road maintenance, will continue to work a regular schedule. The jail, however, does not permit public visitations on county holidays.
  • County open space properties are open to the public from sunrise to sunset daily, including holidays. Rangers will continue to patrol facilities during the administrative closures. Visit www.BoulderCountyOpenSpace.org for a list of properties.
  • The Boulder County Hazardous Materials Management Facility (HMMF) will follow the revised schedule below. The facility will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, Jan. 6. 
    • Closed: Dec. 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and Jan. 1–5
    • Open: 
      • Dec. 24, 8:30a.m. - Noon
      • Dec. 30, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
      • Dec. 31, 8:30 a.m. - Noon

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4301Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:00:00
Watershed Master Plans Complete for Fourmile, Left Hand and St. Vrain Creeks Boulder County, Colo. – Post-flood master plans have been completed for three major Boulder County watersheds, Fourmile Creek, Left Hand Creek and St. Vrain Creek. The watershed master plans identify recommended projects to restore and stabilize the watershed. Recommended projects are on private and public property and include measures such as bank stabilization, channel realignment, debris removal, re-vegetation, and restoration of the low-flow channel. 

“The master plans are a major step for recovery and resilience building in the flood-affected watersheds in Boulder County. We know that it will be a long-term process. With the completion of the master plans, we now know the kinds of actions that will be needed to help reduce future flood risk and restore the ecological functions of the creeks,” said Boulder County Commissioner Elise Jones.

The completed plans, which are largely unfunded, can be used to seek funding to continue recovery from the 2013 Flood. Projects recommended in the master plans can be completed by individual property owners, groups of neighbors, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, or as cooperative efforts, which is why local communities, residents, and others interested in watershed recovery were heavily engaged in the development of the plans. 

“We hope that the successful collaboration that took place in developing the master plans will continue as we move into this next phase,” said Julie McKay, Boulder County Creek Planning Manager.  

The Watershed Master Plans were funded by a grant by the Colorado Water Conservation Board and by Boulder County. Boulder County also participated in the development of master plans for the Little Thompson River and the upper reach of Coal Creek, which are also complete, and the plan for lower Boulder Creek, which is currently underway. Links to all of the plans can be found at www.BoulderCountyCreekPlan.org

The results of the watershed master plans will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, from 3-4 p.m. in the Boulder County Courthouse 3rd Floor Hearing Room at 1325 Pearl Street. After the plans are unveiled, the county will begin activities to adopt them with the Boulder County Planning Commission, Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee and the Board of County Commissioners. 

For more information about the watershed master plans, please contact Stacey Proctor, 303-441-1107 or sproctor@bouldercounty.org.

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Boulder County Sheriff’s Deputies Win Excessive Force CaseDenver, Colo. — Four Boulder County Sheriff’s Deputies accused of violating a former inmate’s constitutional rights were exonerated by a federal district court jury on Dec. 18. 

Robert Kirkland, who was arrested in 2011, claimed the deputies used excessive force against him when he was taken into the Boulder County Jail. He claimed that he suffered multiple injuries as a result of the incident, including a broken leg. Attorney David Lane filed suit on Kirkland’s behalf, and yesterday asked a jury to award $4 million in damages resulting from the incident. 

After deliberating for less than three hours, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the deputies. 

“We are gratified for the vindication of our deputies, who are good cops with good hearts, and who were falsely accused,” said Boulder Sheriff Joe Pelle. “We’re thankful that the federal jury was able to see the truth, particularly in today’s climate.”

Kirkland also claimed the deputies failed to provide him with adequate medical care after the alleged attack, but the jury rejected that claim as well.

“This is a huge win, not just for Boulder County, but law enforcement across the country,” said Dea Wheeler, Assistant County Attorney, who represented the deputies. “We keep hearing about officers who stepped over the line, but people need to know there are lots of good cops out there who work within the bounds of the constitution.”

For more information about the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office or the Boulder County Jail, visit www.BoulderCountySheriff.org or call 303-441-3600.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4299Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:00:00
Vehicles Trespassed at two Local TrailheadsVehicles Trespassed at Trailheads

BOULDER COUNTY Colorado- On Wednesday, December 17, 2014 five vehicles were broken into at two different trailheads in Boulder County. The vehicles were parked at the Bobolink Trail head, in the 5900 block of Baseline Road; and the Centennial Trailhead in the 300 block of Sunshine Canyon.

Between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. the victims left their vehicles parked in the parking lots and when they returned found the windows broken and their personal belongings missing. The suspects dumped the property they did not want in the area of 75th and Heatherwood. Witnesses described the suspect vehicle as a black sedan with tinted windows, occupied by a black male. 

If anyone witnessed these crimes and has additional information we ask you call Boulder County Communications at 303-441-4444

Please do not leave valuables visible in your parked car, whether it is parked in front of your house, at a trailhead, or in a shopping center parking lot.  Vehicles are easy prey for unscrupulous people looking to pocket your valuables. 

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office case numbers for these incidents are 14-7063 & 14-7064.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4298Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:00:00
Search for Missing Child 

 

MEDIA ADVISORY
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

Operations Division

 

CONTACT
Heidi Prentup

Commander
303-441-1500
HPrentup@bouldercounty.org


Saturday December 17, 2014
                       

                                                LOST CHILD NEDERLAND AREA

To: Metro Area Media

From: Sgt. Kevin Parker

Ref: Lost Child

Case #14-7067

 

 

On Wednesday December 17, 2014, at about 11:30am, Boulder County Sheriff’s Deputies, along with Nederland Police Department, Nederland Fire Department, Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, Front Range Rescue Dogs, and American Medical Response, responded to the area of Blue Spruce Rd. on a report of a 3 year old child that had roamed away from the home. The residence is located in a rural, mountainous area outside of Nederland, and the temperature was approximately 33 degrees. Due to the weather extensive search efforts were started immediately, including initiating a reverse 911 call to all the residences in the surrounding area.

At approximately 1:00pm the child was found unharmed inside of a home that had been left unlocked in the area. The home owner that found the child had been at work when they received the notification of the lost child on their cell phone. The resident then left their work to go home for lunch, at which point they discovered the child in their residence, where the child had apparently sought shelter. The home owner immediately notified the searchers in the area, and the child was returned home safely and in good condition.   

This media release may be found on the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office web-site at:  www.bouldersheriff.org

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4297Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:00:00
New Sex Assault Nurse Examination (SANE) Program to Launch in Boulder County

Boulder County, Colo. - The 20th Judicial District Attorney's Office is excited to announce the formal establishment of a SANE program in Boulder County. Beginning early next year, a fully certified Sex Assault Nurse Examination Program will be operating at the Boulder Community Health Campus at Foothills and Arapahoe in Boulder.

District Attorney Stan Garnett:

"This exciting news is the result of energetic and persistent leadership by Chief Trial Deputy Katharina Booth and the enthusiastic collaboration by the Boulder County Commissioners, who purchased the necessary equipment, and approved funding in 2015 for nurse training, Boulder Community Health, which is providing excellent space at its new Foothills campus, the University of Colorado Boulder, which will be committing additional funds to train necessary medical personnel, and the Medical Center of the Rockies, which will be providing trained staff until the BCH based staff are fully trained, and Boulder’s Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA), which has wholeheartedly backed this effort from the beginning. This project, which has been a year in the making, is one of the most significant recent developments in public safety in Boulder County."

Chief Trial Deputy District Attorney Katharina Booth:

"We are so pleased that survivors of sexual assault in Boulder County will be able to have local access to critical and necessary medical care and advice during a very traumatic time, as well as aid law enforcement in the collection of forensic evidence, if the survivor so chooses. The establishment of this SANE program demonstrates that Boulder County cares about sexual assault survivors and wants to support them during this most difficult time. Thanks to all the people and entities that helped make this a reality."

Valerie Simons, Title IX Coordinator, University of Colorado Boulder:

"For the past several months, the University of Colorado Boulder has worked closely with several agencies to launch a SANE program. We are pleased to see this team effort succeed with accessible examinations beginning soon in Boulder. Chancellor Philip DiStefano has committed funds for this program because, as a campus, we care deeply about those who are victimized by sexual assault and other serious crimes. We believe that having a local SANE program will provide immediate medical treatment for victims and be a vital support service for our community."

Elyse Diewald, SANE Coordinator, Medical Center of the Rockies, University of Colorado Health: "

We are very excited to work with Boulder Community Health to bring SANE to Boulder. We know that there are both short and long term medical concerns related to sexual assault. With this program we will be able to provide the same level of compassionate, competent care for survivors of sexual assault that our Loveland program has been providing closer to home - here in Boulder. This service will be available to survivors who wish to work with law enforcement as well as those who do not. Sexual assault is very common in our communities, and no one should have to walk this road alone."

Boulder County Commissioner, Elise Jones:

"My colleagues on the Board of County Commissioners and I applaud the efforts of the District Attorney’s Office and their supporting partners to move the SANE program forward for Boulder County. We feel fortunate to represent a community that seeks to provide supportive, critical care to people who experience the trauma of sexual assault, and we hope that by establishing this program locally at Boulder Community Health, it will aid in the emotional and physical healing of survivors as well as help lead to the successful prosecution of those guilty of sex assault crimes in our community."

For more information, contact Catherine Olguin, 20th Judicial District Attorney's Office, at 303-441-3774.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4296Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:00:00
East County Line Road flood recovery repairs completeRoadway now open to all travelers

Boulder County’s Transportation Department officially reopened East County Line Road between CO Hwy 119 and Quicksilver Road at 8 a.m., Monday, Dec. 15.  Additional

 work will take place in the area, but the road will remain open and delays will be minimal, if necessary. This section of roadway has been closed since September 2013 when the bridge over St. Vrain Creek and several hundred feet of nearby roadway were washed out by the flood event. The East County Line Road project is one of the first major permanent flood recovery projects to be finished by the county. See attached files for before and after photos of the area. 

“I’d like to thank everyone in Boulder County and especially those people who frequently use this section of road for their patience and understanding while we worked to design and rebuild East County Line Road,” said George Gerstle, Boulder County transportation director. “Another flood event in this area is not a matter of if, but when, which is why we incorporated what we observed from the 2013 flood into the design of the new bridge. This road and bridge reflects where the river naturally goes during a flood and will therefore be more resilient to future events.”

The reconstruction project consisted of the creation of a new 270-foot bridge that spans the St. Vrain Creek basin, repaving of the roadway on the north and south side of the bridge, new drainage ditches and culverts, streambank stabilization, and realignment of private and public utilities in the area. The four month project cost approximately $4 million to complete and is eligible for federal reimbursement. Work was completed by Lawrence Construction and their various subcontractors.

For more information on the work, contact Andrew Barth, Transportation Department communications specialist, at 303-441-1032.

All current Boulder County Transportation roadway project information, including regular maintenance and flood-recovery activity, can be found at www.BoCoConeZones.com. 


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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4295Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:00:00
Boulder County Commissioners adopt 2015 budgetBoulder County property tax collections to drop slightly in 2015 while overall budget will increase to accommodate flood recovery efforts

 

Boulder County, Colo. – The Boulder County Commissioners have adopted a budget of $438.8 million for 2015, up from an adopted budget of $366.8 million in 2014.

 

Flood recovery projects account for the bulk of the budget increase next year, with flood-related expenditures expected to total $75 million in 2015. Anticipated revenues for these expenses have been allocated primarily to the Road & Bridge Fund, the General Fund, and the recently created Disaster Recovery Fund.

 

“In adopting this budget, we acknowledge the extraordinary circumstances of our ongoing flood recovery efforts,” said County Commissioner Chair, Cindy Domenico. “This isn’t a typical year for Boulder County, but it’s a trend that’s likely to endure for at least the next several years while we continue to rebuild from the 2013 Flood.”

 

The County Commissioners once again expressed their appreciation for the voters’ support of Ballot Issue 1A, the Flood Recovery Sales and Use Tax, which is expected to yield $9.16 million in 2015. The passage of 1A will enable the county to rebuild its damaged roads, bridges, trails, and other infrastructure in a continuous and timely manner.

 

“We are incredibly grateful for the generous nature of our residents and taxpayers,” agreed Commissioners Domenico and Elise Jones. “We couldn’t do it without their tremendous help.”

 

Revenue changes for the 2015 budget:

 

·         Boulder County’s portion of property tax collections will go down slightly in 2015 due to a lower mill levy approved by the commissioners. (Note: The county’s portion of property taxes accounts for approximately 28 percent of all property taxes collected in Boulder County.)

·         Sales and Use Tax revenues, which are limited to expenditures explicitly approved by Boulder County voters, are projected to increase by 13 percent over projected 2014 numbers. The increase is attributed to the growing health of the local economy.

·         $84.7 million in flood recovery reimbursements from state and federal agencies in response to the 2013 Flood are projected for next year. These reimbursements, which have lagged behind paid county expenses, will be applied to flood recovery and repair projects completed in 2013-15.

Other highlights:

·         Two new buildings will be completed and become operational in 2015, including the Health & Human Services complex on Coffman Street in Longmont, and the Coroner’s new headquarters on a lot shared by the Sheriff’s Office in Boulder.

·         Other capital improvement projects will address staff and client crowding situations at the Justice Center on 6th Street in Boulder, which houses the District Attorney’s Office and the courts, and the Health & Human Services Complex on North Broadway in Boulder.

·         Several investments in public safety were included in the budget to help enhance overall cooperation and collaboration among regional law enforcement agencies. Personnel increases will include the hiring of two additional deputies and a law enforcement tech in the Sheriff’s Office, a forensics investigator and investigator I in the DA’s Office, and an administrative tech in the Coroner’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office has also been approved to purchase dual-band radios to aid in regional communications during an emergency.

·         Money has been allocated to make necessary repairs at the jail to improve accessibility for all inmates under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The 2015 budget also includes an expenditure to evaluate space needs to alleviate jail overcrowding.

·         For Transportation, in addition to increased funding in the Road & Bridge Fund to pay for flood recovery repairs, an amount of $955,159 (the same as in 2014) has been approved to repave subdivision roads that provide access to community destinations such as schools, places of worship, parks and trailheads, and connecting major roads. Also, the commissioners have included $1 million in the 2015 budget for subdivision road rehabilitation partnership grants. These funds will be used to partner with subdivision residents who want to participate in the rehabilitation of their local subdivision roads.  

·         While little net change was made in the overall funding for human services non-profit organizations, the allocations for funding these non-profits have been transferred to their respective subject budget areas within the Sheriff’s Office, Community Services, and Housing & Human Services.

·      The overall personnel package for 2015 includes the addition of 28.5 FTEs: 6.5 term and 22 permanent. The new FTEs will fill positions in flood recovery, the law enforcement and public safety roles previously identified, and administrative positions to operate and maintain the new buildings opening in 2015.  

 

Commissioners certify county mill levy/property tax rate

The Commissioners certified a 2015 mill levy for the county of 24.794 mills (down from 25.120 in 2014), which is projected to generate property tax revenues of $141,821,638 (down from $142,057,486 in 2014). The county’s mill levy amount represents roughly 28 percent of a property owner’s total average property tax bill within Boulder County. Other taxing entities that receive property tax revenues include (from 2014 data): school districts (54%), cities and towns (11%), and “other” fire, water and special districts (7%). 


By state statute, the Board of County Commissioners must approve an annual budget by Dec. 15 for the next calendar year. For a copy of the funding package for 2015, visit:
www.bouldercounty.org/budget.

 

(Note: Commissioner Deb Gardner was not present for the budget adoption meeting.)

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4294Thu, 11 Dec 2014 10:00:00
Clerk Hall Informs Candidates, Jurisdictions 2014 Election Results are FinalBoulder County, Colo. Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall notified the coordinating entities who participated in the Boulder County election that the results for the 2014 General Election are final and has issued certificates of election to all county candidates who received a majority vote.

 

To finalize the election, as stated by law, the Boulder County Clerk prepared and made available to the public a statement of the total number of votes cast in the election for each candidate and for and against each ballot issue.

 

Last week, Clerk Hall received word that the Secretary of State’s office accepted the official statewide abstract of votes cast for state races and issues. “I had hoped the Secretary’s decision would have persuaded our canvass board to certify the local results, but that has not happened,” stated Clerk Hall. “We still hope that they will go ahead and do so, but, in the meantime, we had to move forward. Four canvass board members will not be allowed to hold the will of the Boulder County voters hostage.”

 

Although some have raised questions about the effect of the canvass board’s prior decision not to certify, Clerk Hall says the election results stand. “The canvass board’s decision not to certify the county’s abstract of votes cast does not nullify the election of county candidates or decisions on county and local ballot issues,” remarked Hall. “If that were the case, it would mean that four partisan members appointed by parties whose candidates received only a small percentage of the votes in Boulder County could override the will of 144,405 voters.”

 

Because the margin of victory was so large in all of the races and ballot issues involved, no recount was triggered or requested. At this point, challenges to the election of candidates to office or the result of a ballot issue election are allowed only in narrow circumstances, such as fraud or corruption that could change the result of the election. These types of issues could only be decided by a judge – not the canvass board. Additionally, Boulder County’s election had no documented discrepancies in the audit or the reconciliation that impacted the outcome of any contest. As a result, the canvass board should have certified.

 

The final official election results are available at www.BoulderCountyVotes.org.

 

Additional Background Information:

Canvass board’s role in an election: The canvass board’s role is to reconcile the number of ballots counted to number of ballots cast and ensure that the number of ballots cast does not exceed the total amount of voters in the county. They are then requested to certify the official abstract of votes.

 

Composition of the canvass board: The canvass board is composed of two members from each of the “major” political parties plus the Clerk. In the 2010 gubernatorial race, candidate Tom Tancredo of the American Constitution Party received more than 10% of the vote statewide, the American Constitution Party (ACN) earned “major” party status until the next gubernatorial election, this year. Thus, even though the ACN Party only represents approximately 300 voters in Boulder County, they have had two party representatives (out of six) on the canvass board since 2010 (this will no longer be the case after this year as there was no ACN candidate that received 10% of the vote this fall). 

 

Appointment to the canvass board: Each county chair is responsible for appointing two members to the canvass board no later than 15 days prior to the election.

 

2014 Canvass Board Vote: This year, the canvass board signed off on the election audit, which tests the election’s vote tallying systems and processes to ensure accuracy, but in a 4-to-3 decision voted to not certify the election results. This was in spite the fact that there were no significant discrepancies in the audit or in the reconciliation reports.

 

Secretary of State Rule Change: After the Primary Election, there was a Secretary of State rule change during the August rule revision period. There was previously an election rule allowing a county clerk to certify local election results when the canvass board failed to certify. This provision was deleted. Nothing in Colorado law states that a canvass board’s decision not to certify the county’s abstract of votes nullifies the election of county candidates or decisions on county or local ballot issues.

 

- BoulderCountyVotes.org -

- On Twitter: @BoCoClerk 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4293Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:00:00
Unattended deathUnattended Death

BOULDER COUNTY-On December 8th, 2014 at approximately 9:00pm., deputies with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office were notified of a missing person report.  The reporting party called to report a male party missing from the City of Boulder and said the party; a 22 year old male had possibly been skiing at the Eldora Ski Resort and had not returned.  Deputies responded to the Eldora Ski Resort and found the victim’s car in the parking lot.  Deputies alerted employees of the resort who searched the ski slopes and found the victim’s body slightly off of the Jolly Jug ski run.  The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Preliminary investigation indicates the victim had fallen while skiing and collided with a tree.

Investigators from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office and the Boulder County Coroner’s Office investigated the scene.  There were no indications of foul play.  The Coroner’s Office will make a determination as to the cause and manner of death once they have completed their investigation.

The Boulder County Coroner’s Office will release the name of the decedent once they have confirmed that all family members have been notified of the death.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office case number for this incident is 14-6897

This media release may be found on the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office web-site at www.bouldersheriff.org.

 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4292Tue, 09 Dec 2014 10:00:00
Now Accepting Applications for Land Conservation Awardshttp://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3895Tue, 09 Dec 2014 10:00:00Search and Rescue – Eldora Ski ResortMEDIA ADVISORY

Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

 

CONTACT
Heidi Prentup
303-441-1500
HPrentup@bouldercounty.org


Saturday December 6, 2014
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Search and Rescue – Eldora Ski Resort

BOULDER COUNTY- At about 4:30 pm on December 6, 2014, Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, Nederland Fire Department, AMR Ambulance, Front Range Rescue Dogs and the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the area of Eldora Ski Resort on lost parties who were snowshoeing.

A husband and wife from Louisville had become turned around and could not find their way back to the lodge.  They called 911 to request assistance in finding their way back.  At the same time, Eldora Ski Patrol began looking for the couple on their own since the couple had not returned with rented equipment from the ski lodge.  At approximately 5:15 pm Eldora Ski patrol located the couple and took them back to lodge uninjured.  All other resources were cancelled at that time.

The rescue is documented under Boulder County Sheriff’s Office case number 14-6857.

A copy of this press release can also be found at: www.bouldersheriff.org.


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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4291Sunday, December 06, 2014
Application deadline for the Artist-in-Residence Program is Feb. 15http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4289Fri, 06 Feb 2015 10:00:00Boulder County 2014 Election Final Results Available OnlineBoulder County, Colo. The final results from Boulder County’s 2014 General Election are available now at BoulderCountyVotes.org. Additionally, the final Statement of Vote, a document that shows precinct-by-precinct results for every candidate and issue on the Boulder County ballots this year, will be forwarded to the Colorado Secretary of State’s office to become part of the official statewide election record and is available now online.

 

Earlier this week, elections staff completed the 2014 election audit, a post-election quality assurance test that ensures the accuracy of the machine tally of votes. Boulder County used the state prescribed audit process which randomly selects the scanning systems, the electronic machines and the contests which to audit. Ballots are pulled and rescanned and compared to a manual count of the same ballots. Any discrepancy is investigated. A final report is issued to the Boulder County Canvass Board for verification prior to election certification.

 

Despite the fact that there were no documented discrepancies found in the audit or reconciliation that impacted the outcome of any contest, the Boulder County Canvass Board voted in a 4-to-3 decision to not certify the election. This is a follow through on their pre-election threat to not certify the election. Despite this pre-calculated political action, the Boulder County Elections Division anticipates that the Colorado Secretary of State’s office will accept the results of the election as they did after both the 2012 General Election and 2014 Primary Election when similar political action was taken by a Canvass Board (see below for background details).

 

In regard to these actions, Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall had the following to say, “The Canvass Board’s decision not to certify is purely political, without basis and out of line with their role as defined by Colorado law. Our election vote reconciliation and audit show that the Boulder County election results are accurate. The Board members who chose not to certify are doing so as they simply do not like mail ballots or the process of how elections are conducted in Colorado.  If they had their way, they would require everyone to vote on one day and show an ID with no exception.”

 

Hall continued, “The election judges and our staff did an outstanding job conducting the 2014 General Election. The results show our new election model is working. Colorado had the 4th highest turnout in the nation. The actions of this Canvass Board in no way diminish everyone’s hard work. It is unfortunate and frankly a disservice to the voters of Boulder County that once again the Canvass Board chose to operate outside the boundaries of their duties as outlined in law and rule. As has occurred in the last two elections, we anticipate that after the Secretary of State reviews the material, the election will be certified.”

 

By Secretary of State Rule, if nothing found in the audit or reconciliation of the election impacts the outcome of the election, the results must be certified. There were no documented discrepancies found in the audit or the reconciliation that impacted the outcome of any contest. 

 

The Canvass Report, Statement of Vote and audit documentation is now available at BoulderCountyVotes.org.

 

Additional Background Information:

 

Canvass board’s role in an election:  The canvass board’s role is to reconcile the number of ballots counted to number of ballots cast and ensure that the number of ballots cast does not exceed the total amount of voters in the county. They are then requested to certify the official abstract of votes.

 

Composition of the canvass board:  Statute states that the canvass board must represent all major parties within the state of Colorado equally. Colorado currently has three major parties: American Constitution, Democratic and Republican. There are two members from each party, in addition to the Clerk and Recorder. As of October 31, in Boulder County, the Republican Party represents 46,316 active and inactive voters, the Democratic Party represents 101,259 active and inactive voters, and the American Constitution Party represents 313 active and inactive voters.

 

Appointment to the canvass board:  Each county chair is responsible for appointing two members to the canvass board no later than 15 days prior to the election.

 

Past Certifications:  Many of the individuals involved in this fall’s non-certification, and in both the Primary 2014 and 2012 non-certification, simply disagree with the way the canvass should be conducted. They have tried for years to get the courts or the legislature to change the way election canvass boards conduct their business, but have been unsuccessful in their attempts. In Boulder County, like every other clerk office, we simply follow election law when conducting our canvass.

 

- BoulderCountyVotes.org -

- On Twitter: @BoCoClerk 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4286Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:00:00
Now accepting research applications for Small Grants Program.http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4285Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:00:00DMV System Upgrade Occurring Friday Night through TuesdayBoulder County A computer network system upgrade will be implemented by the Colorado Department of Revenue beginning on the evening of Friday, Nov. 7 and lasting through Tuesday, Nov. 11. During this time, business at the Clerk and Recorder’s office Division of Motor Vehicle will be conducted as usual on Monday, November 10, except for a few small changes (Note: County offices will be closed on Tuesday, November 11 for Veterans Day).

 

The upgrade will have the following impacts, which are minimal for most members of the public:

 

·         On Monday, November 10, state and county motor vehicle title and registration offices, including Boulder County, will not be able to print titles over the counter or pull motor vehicle records from the state database.

·         Customers who do title transactions during this server upgrade will have their titles mailed to them, which will take 4-6 weeks.

 

During this time, customers will still be able to renew their vehicles online at: www.colorado.gov/renewtags. Our office recommends that if you need a printed title immediately, that you either come in prior to the upgrade on Friday, November 7 or afterwards on Wednesday, November 12.

 

The server upgrade will enhance maintenance and support of the Colorado State Titling and Registration system, which means better performance for the citizens of Colorado.

 

The Division of Motor Vehicles apologizes for any inconvenience due to this important maintenance work. Please contact the Title and Registration Section with any questions at 303-205-5608.

 

 

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- On Twitter: @BoCoClerk - 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4270Fri, 07 Nov 2014 10:00:00
Tomorrow is Election Day: Final RemindersBoulder County Tuesday, November 4, is Election Day. If you have not yet registered to vote, you can still do so up until 7 p.m. on Election Day. Any citizen who has resided in Colorado at least 22 days may register and vote, just visit any Voter Service and Polling Center and don’t forget to bring your ID.

 

Boulder County voters can visit a Voter Service and Polling Center to:

·         Drop off a ballot

·         Cast a ballot in person

·         Request a replacement ballot

·         Register to vote or update voter registration information up to Election Day

·         Vote using equipment and facilities for persons with disabilities

 

If you plan on casting a ballot in person, you must be in line no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day to cast a ballot. Voter Service and Polling Centers and ballot drop-off locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Election Day.

 

Boulder County also has three 24-Hour Ballot Drop Boxes that can be utilized overnight tonight and up until 7 p.m. tomorrow. The Elections Division also has several drive-by ballot drop-off locations where voters can turn in their mail ballot without even exiting their car.

 

All mail ballots must be in the hands of the Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office by 7 p.m. Tuesday. Postmarks do not count as a received date. It is too late to return a ballot by mail.

 

Voters who have returned their mail ballots can check BoulderCountyVotes.org to make sure their voted ballot has been received by the Boulder County Elections Division. They can also visit the website for more information about the election.

 

Find election results at BoulderCountyVotes.org after 7 p.m. on Tuesday, and follow us on Twitter to be notified when results are updated throughout the night.

 

- BoulderCountyVotes.org -

- On Twitter: @BoCoClerk 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4265Mon, 03 Nov 2014 10:00:00
7 Additional Voter Service Centers Open Monday for General Election Boulder County – Boulder County Elections Division wants to remind voters that Election Day, Tuesday, November 4 is almost here. Beginning on Monday, November 3, seven additional Voter Service and Polling Centers will be available to service voter needs. With the opening of these locations, that brings the total number of Voter Service and Polling Centers servicing the public to 13 within the County.

The new Voter Service and Polling Centers include:

·         Boulder: Boulder Mennonite Church, 3910 Table Mesa Drive

·         Lafayette Public Library, 775 W Baseline Road

·         Longmont: New Creation Church, 737 Bross Street

·         Longmont Fire Station #3, 1000 Pace Street

·         Louisville Police Station & Court House, 992 W Via Appia Way

·         Nederland Community Center, 750 North Highway 72

·         Superior Town Hall, 124 E Coal Creek Drive

 

Hours of operation  (same hours at the other Voter Service Centers locations as well):

·         8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday, November 3

·         7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 4 (Election Day)

 

Boulder County voters can visit a Voter Service and Polling Center to (Bring ID):

·         Drop off a ballot

·         Cast a ballot in person 

·         Request a replacement ballot

·         Register to vote or update voter registration information – including same-day registration & voting

·         Vote using equipment and facilities for persons with disabilities

 

Additionally, for the public’s convenience, the Elections Division has added a new ballot drop-off location at the Lyons Town Hall. Location & Hours of Operation of Lyons Ballot Drop-Off*:

Lyons Town Hall – 432 5th Avenue

o    8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday, November 3

o    7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 4 (Election Day)

 

Ballots must be received by the Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s office or at a designated Voter Service Center or Ballot Drop-off location by 7 p.m. on Election Day in order for your vote(s) to be counted. Ballots received after 7 p.m. on Election Day will not be counted. Postmarks to not count as a received date.

 

*Note: This location is for ballot drop-off only. If you need to register to vote, update your registration information, request a replacement ballot, or vote using equipment or facilities for people with disabilities, please visit a Voter Service and Polling Center.

 

Visit BoulderCountyVotes.org to view ballot content, see if your ballot has been processed if returned, or find more information about the election.

 

BoulderCountyVotes.org –
- On Twitter: 
@BoCoClerk - 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4263Sat, 01 Nov 2014 10:00:00
Interested Election Judges Must Contact Party Chairs in Advance of Saturday TrainingBoulder County, Colo. – The Boulder County Elections Division would like any individual that is still interested in serving as an election judge/temporary election worker to contact their political party chair about being appointed to a position prior to attending the Saturday training that was mentioned in a recent news story.

Specifically, the recent news article mentioned the need for additional Republican Party election judges for Signature Verification roles. Those positions have been filled by the Republican Party Chair and any additional interested individuals must contact the party.

If you are an unaffiliated voter who would like to work the election or are interested in working in a position other than Signature Verification, please contact Lynn Swearingen at lswearingen@bouldercounty.org or 303-413-7551 for additional information.

 If you have any questions or would like information about the upcoming General Election, please visit BoulderCountyVotes.org or contact us at 303.413.7740 or Vote@BoulderCountyVotes.org.

 


 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4261Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:00:00
Boulder County Clerk & Recorder to Host Two General Election Open Houses

Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall will host a General Election open house on Saturday, November 1 and Monday, November 3 at the Elections Division Ballot Processing Center. Attendees will be able to tour the ballot processing wing.

 

What:  Boulder County Clerk & Recorder Elections Division Open Houses

When:  Saturday, Nov. 1, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., with tours approximately every half hour as needed

            Monday, Nov. 3, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., with tours approximately every half hour as needed

Where: 1750 33rd Street in Boulder – Elections Division Ballot Processing Wing (look for signs)

 

During each open house, Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall will give walking tours of the election wing approximately every 30 minutes as needed.

 

These tours offer people interested in local elections the opportunity to see how ballots are processed, understand how signatures are verified on mail ballots, and learn about how ballot resolution works among other ballot processing procedures and safeguards. Hall, along with other staff, will be available to answer questions about the election. Visitors will be able to observe workers processing ballots for the Tuesday, November 4 General Election.

 

If you have any questions or would like more information about the open house or the upcoming General Election, please contact the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s office at 303.413.7740.


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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4260Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:00:00
Important Reminders for Boulder County VotersBoulder County Boulder County Elections Division wants to remind voters that the General Election is less than a week away. Make your voice count by getting your ballot returned properly or voting in person. Here is what you need to know:

 

 -Your signature is what makes your vote count! No mail ballot is ever processed and counted without a bipartisan team of election judges verifying that the signature on your ballot envelope matches the signature on your voter registration record. So make sure to sign your ballot envelope as you normally would – then check to make sure we received your mail ballot by visiting BoulderCountyVotes.org.

 

-It is too late to mail your ballot, but Drive-By Ballot Drop-Off begins this Friday.  Beginning Friday at 8 a.m., voters don’t even need to exit their car to cast their ballot. Drive-by ballot drop-off locations open in Boulder, Longmont, Louisville, and a new walk-up station in Erie. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday; 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Election Day. And remember, Boulder County also has three 24-Hour Ballot Drop Boxes open every day, 24-hours a day, until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4, Election Day.

 

-Saturday In-person Voting. Want to vote in person? Avoid the rush and visit one our Voter Service and Polling Centers this Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Services available include: same-day voter registration and voting, in-person voting, ballot drop-off, replacement ballots, and voting using equipment and facilities for person with disabilities.

 

Also, any citizen who has resided in Colorado at least 22 days may register up to and including Election Day. Just visit any Voter Service and Polling Center and don’t forget to bring your ID.

 

Please visit BoulderCountyVotes.org to view ballot content, see if your ballot has been processed if returned, or find more information about the election.

 

 

- BoulderCountyVotes.org -

- On Twitter: @BoCoClerk 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4258Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:00:00
Molly Tayer: Voting Is More Convenient and Secure Than EverAcross Boulder County, as voters begin to return their mail ballots for the Nov. 4 General Election, the electorate should know that with the implementation of 2013's Colorado Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act, Coloradans now have even more convenient options for voting and even more secure elections than ever before.

In this year's general election all active registered voters are sent a mail ballot. You sign it and return it by mail or at a ballot drop-off box. In fact, Boulder County now has three 24-hour ballot drop boxes along with many other designated daytime ballot drop-off locations.

For voters wanting the in-person voting experience, that process is even more convenient as well. Any voter can visit any Voter Service and Polling Center in Boulder County -- not just the location nearest to your home. Think of these voter centers as one-stop shops where you can vote in person, replace your ballot, register or change your address, use accessible voting machines and so on. Six Voter Service and Polling Center locations are currently open. By Election Day, 13 full service voting centers will be in operation. For your convenience, many locations have Saturday service from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 1.

For citizens who meet the 22-day residency requirement, same-day voter registration is now possible and very secure. For a same-day registrant, the state voter registration database is checked instantly to ensure the person registering is not already registered and has not already voted.

The new flexibility for Colorado voters -- from mail ballot voting to casting a ballot at any service center to same-day registration -- is only possible with advanced technology and security measures that ensure the integrity of elections. By linking post office, death and felony conviction records with voter registration information and driver's license information, our elections are becoming more efficient for voters and taxpayers without sacrificing security and accuracy.

Additionally, it is your signature that makes your vote count -- and that signature is well scrutinized. Bipartisan election judges are specially trained to spot signature discrepancies without ever seeing how you voted. No mail ballot is ever processed and counted without a bipartisan team of election judges verifying that the signature on your ballot envelope matches the signature on your voter registration records.

Every part of the election process is carefully planned and tested in the months leading up to the election. The mail ballot voting process and custody of chain of command of all ballots is done with bipartisan election judges and is carefully monitored. And when Election Day passes, the work is only half done. For 22 days after the election, election judges, staff and appointed party representatives pore through the reconciliation materials and audit the election technology to ensure the election was processed accurately.

Never before have elections been both more convenient and more secure for our citizens. And now it is up to you -- your ballot, your voice. Get out and vote!

Molly Tayer is the Boulder County Deputy Clerk for Elections. Her office telephone number is 303 413 7745.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4257Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:00:00
Boulder County Clerk & Recorder to Conduct Election Wing Tour / Media Open House this WednesdayBoulder County, Colo. – Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall will conduct an in-depth Election Wing tour for interested media. Participants will be shown step-by-step what happens when a mail ballot is received and how it is securely processed. The tour will highlight key elements of our ballot processing system that protect the integrity of the voting process and election. Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett will be in attendance to discuss how potential cases of voter fraud are identified and why signing your ballot properly matters.

 

What:  Boulder County Clerk & Recorder Elections Wing Tour / Media Open House
 

When: Wednesday, October 22 – 12:30 – 2 p.m.

Who:  Hillary Hall, Boulder County Clerk & Recorder and Stan Garnett, Boulder County District Attorney

Where: 1750 33rd Street in Boulder – Attendees should check in at the Elections Office on the 2nd floor and will be escorted to the secure Elections Division Ballot Processing Wing. Please arrive promptly at 12:30 p.m.

The tour offers media the opportunity to see how ballots are processed, understand how issues of potential voter fraud are identified, learn about the role of official Election Watchers, and hear about how ballot resolution works among other ballot processing procedures and safeguards. Hall, along with Garnett, will be available to answer any questions after the tour. Participants will be able to observe workers processing ballots for the November General Election.

 

In order to accommodate everyone, please RSVP to MWozniak@BoulderCounty.org if you are planning to attend. Please include in your RSVP whether you plan on filming part or all of the tour.

 

 

- BoulderCountyVotes.org -

- On Twitter: @BoCoClerk -

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4249Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:00:00
Returning your Ballot in the Mail – What Postage is NeededAll active registered voters in Colorado automatically receive a ballot in the mail. Depending on the election, the size and length of the ballot can vary and thus the postage rates on the return envelope vary.  


In this year’s voter instructions, the directions for voters with a two-page ballot had the incorrect postage amount off by 1¢. However, all voters should rest assured that their ballot is always delivered to our office. Any time there is any discrepancy between the amount of postage the voter puts on the ballot return envelope and the amount of postage due, our office covers the difference and always has. Ballots will never be returned for incorrect postage.


Additionally, voters have the option to return their ballot postage-free at any one of the three new 24-hour ballot drop boxes or at any Voter Service and Polling Center throughout the county. Locations are included in the mail ballot packet and listed online.


Please visit our 2014 General Election page for more information on this year’s election including links to ballot content, the official TABOR notice, and more.


- BoulderCountyVotes.org -

- On Twitter: @BoCoClerk – 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4248Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:00:00
Voter Service & Polling Centers in Boulder CountyBoulder County, Colo.  All active registered voters in Colorado now automatically receive a ballot in the mail. Elections in Colorado are conducted by mail ballot with select Voter Service and Polling Center locations available for those who need additional assistance or would like to vote in person.

 

Ballots have now been mailed to all active registered voters to the address listed on their voter registration. Residents who have not received a ballot are encouraged to contact the Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s office at Vote@BoulderCountyVotes.org or by calling 303-413-7740. Ballots can be returned either by mail or at a designated drop-off location anytime up to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4.

 

Beginning Monday, Oct. 20, six Voter Service and Polling Centers will be available to service Boulder County voter needs. Locations are:

·         Boulder: County Clerk & Recorder’s Office, 1750 33rd Street

·         Boulder: CU Campus – Recreation Center on Stadium Drive west of Folsom Street

·         Boulder: Wonderland Lake Trailhead (Foothills Nature Center), 4201 N Broadway Street

·         Lafayette: County Clerk & Recorder’s Office, 1376 Miners Drive

·         Longmont: County Clerk & Recorder’s Office, 529 Coffman Street

·         Longmont: Fire Station #5, 617 Barberry Drive (Airport & Nelson Road)

 

Hours of operation at the above locations are as follows:

·         8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20 – Friday, Oct. 24

·         9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25

·         8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 – Friday, Oct. 31

·         9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1

·         8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3             

·         7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4 (Election Day)

 

Boulder County voters can visit a Voter Service and Polling Center to:

·         Drop off a ballot

·         Cast a ballot in person

·         Request a replacement ballot

·         Register to vote or update voter registration information

·         Vote using equipment and facilities for persons with disabilities

 

In addition to the above locations, seven more Voter Service and Polling Center locations will be available on Monday, Nov. 3 and Tuesday, Nov. 4. Mail ballot packets include detailed information on all Voter Service and Polling Center locations as well as information on additional ballot drop-off locations – including Boulder County’s three new 24-hour drop box locations.

 

For new voters, or those who would like to update their information, voter registration for most residents can be done conveniently online at GoVoteColorado.com. This should be done no later than Monday, Oct. 27 in order to be issued a mail ballot. After Oct. 27, a person can register online and vote in the upcoming election, but will need to visit a Voter Service and Polling Center in person in order to request a ballot.

 

Boulder County voters can visit BoulderCountyVotes.org to check their registration, view ballot content or find more information about the election. 

 

- BoulderCountyVotes.org -

- On Twitter: @BoCoClerk 

 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4246Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:00:00
Colorado Attorney General Drops Challenge to Marriage LicensesColorado Attorney General Drops Challenge to Marriage Licenses

Action signals validation of same-sex marriage licenses prior to October 6

 

Boulder CountyColorado Attorney General John Suthers asked a Boulder court to dismiss his challenges to the validity of same-sex marriage licenses issued by Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall. When the Tenth Circuit Court of appeals found Utah’s ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional, Clerk Hall immediately began issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Suthers filed a lawsuit against Clerk Hall seeking to stop issuance of the licenses and asking the court to declare that the licenses already issued were void.

 

Yesterday, Suthers filed a motion in Boulder District Court asking the court to dismiss all of his claims against Clerk Hall. Despite his earlier arguments that the licenses were invalid, his request for dismissal includes claims regarding the validity of the previously issued licenses. Suthers states, “same-sex marriages are now recognized in Colorado . . . Accordingly, Plaintiffs’ claims against Clerk Hall are moot.”

 

Clerk Hall applauded Suther’s decision to drop the case. “All of the licenses I’ve issued to same-sex couples were valid when issued and they remain valid. Same-sex couples have been through enough already and they shouldn’t be required to take any additional action on their licenses.”

 

Suthers previously stated that same-sex couples married before October 6, 2014, should consider getting another license. However, “the Attorney General has now acknowledged that his authority does not extend to determining the validity of any couple’s marriage,” said Deputy County Attorney David Hughes.  

 

“We are incredibly pleased with Attorney General Suther’s dismissal,” stated Hall. “His action to dismiss should clear up any remaining doubts on the issue.”

 

Boulder District Court Judge Andrew Hartman is expected to rule on Suther’s motion to dismiss his claims against Clerk Hall within the next several weeks.

 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4240Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:00:00
Boulder event to mourn loved ones lost to overdose

 

Boulder County, CO - International Overdose Awareness Day will be observed in Colorado on August 31, 2014. The day will be observed for the first time in Boulder County on August 29, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m., in front of the County Courthouse on the 13th Street block of the Pearl Street Mall.  The public is invited to stand in solidarity to mourn the loss of loved ones to overdose and to send a message to current and former drug users that they are valued.

 

When: Friday, August 29, 2014 from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Where: Courthouse, Pearl Street Mall

 

Unintentional drug overdose deaths are one of the leading causes of accidental death in Colorado, surpassing motor vehicle accidents since 2006. In Colorado the rate of opioid overdose deaths nearly tripled between 2000 and 2012.

 

“By marking Overdose Awareness Day we hope to give families an opportunity to mourn their loved ones, without feeling guilt or shame, and to let drug users know that they are valued and connect those who need help with resources,” said Carol Helwig, who coordinates the Boulder County Public Health Works Program.

 

Families who have lost a loved one to an overdose often are unable to fully express their sorrow because of the stigma associated with drug use.

 

“I lost my nephew to an overdose last year. It’s one of the hardest things that we as a family have ever been through, and it made me realize that the stigma of addiction is something that is very real. Overdose and addiction can affect anyone. In Colorado, more people pass away from accidental overdose deaths than by guns or drunk driving, yet overdose awareness does not receive nearly enough attention or funding,” said Juaneva Gomez.

 

In 2013 Governor Hickenlooper proclaimed the first Colorado Overdose Awareness Day in conjunction with International Overdose Awareness Day. Colorado has enacted several laws to address drug use, including the 911 Good Samaritan Law, which encourages individuals who witness an overdose to call for help without fearing prosecution from drug possession or underage drinking. Colorado also allows naloxone, an antidote to opioid overdoses, to be prescribed to anyone who may witness an overdose.

 

“Accidental death from overdose is preventable,” said Helwig. “We encourage anyone, including family members and friends who may be in a position to save a life, to get prevention training and naloxone prescriptions.”

 

Overdose is more likely when opiates are used at the same time with alcohol or other drugs; when the purity of the drug is unknown, and too much is consumed; when the person using drugs has other health issues; and when tolerance is low after a period of not using drugs, such as being in jail, the hospital, or a treatment program.

 

The best way to respond when witnessing an overdose is to call 911 and then provide rescue breathing (no chest compressions) by making sure the airway is clear and then providing 1 breath every 5 seconds while pinching the nose and tilting the head back.

 

Individuals who have loved ones who use opioids can find out more or sign up for overdose prevention training in Boulder at www.BoulderCountyWorks.org; click on “Narcan/Naloxone.”

 

The Boulder County event has been organized by Boulder County Public Health in collaboration with the Boulder County AIDS Project. Boulder County Public Health provides access to clean syringes and supplies, as well as overdose prevention training. Thirty-five individuals have been trained to respond to overdoses since the training started being offered in October 2013; 8 successful overdose reversals have been reported thus far.

 

Background

International Overdose Awareness Day started in 2001 in Australia by Sally Finn, the manager of a syringe access program. Finn decided to organize the event to honor the many lives lost to accidental overdose, a tragedy that is preventable.

 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4190Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:00:00
Statement from the Boulder County Clerk and RecorderOn Friday afternoon, the Attorney General’s office sent us an email requesting that we “closely review the order” issued earlier in the day by the Supreme Court, in which the Court ordered both Adams County and Denver to refrain from issuing same-sex marriage licenses.  According to the letter, we were to let the AG’s office know of our intentions by noon on Monday (today).  We responded with the attached letter advising the AG’s office that we do not believe the order applies to us and that we intend to keep issuing licenses. 
 
As part of the case made to the Colorado Supreme Court, the AG asked the court to enforce a stay on all clerks.  In addition, five county clerks filed briefs in the case asking for clarity as to whether they should or should not be issuing same-sex marriage licenses.  Despite having the clear opportunity to, the Court’s order did not address clerks in any other county, including Boulder County. 
 
Today, the AG’s office appealed to the Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Hartman’s July 10th decision denying their motion for a preliminary injunction.  In addition, shortly after noon, the AG’s office filed an additional motion with Boulder district court, a “Forthwith Motion for Stay Pending Appeal.”  The AG’s office argues in this motion that the Colorado Supreme Court’s order applies to all counties.  We disagree for the reasons set out in the attached letter.  By its own very clear terms, the Court’s order addressed only Adams County and Denver. 
 
“As I have stated before, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals stated that marriage is a fundamental right.  I think the least harmful and most sensible solution is to issue marriage licenses and avoid the potential of more civil rights violations while this plays out in court.  And that is what we intend to do,” stated Boulder County Clerk and Recorder, Hillary Hall.
 
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4143Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:00:00
Boulder County 2014 Primary Unofficial Results AvailableBoulder County – The Boulder County Elections Division has finished tallying the majority of the ballots for the 2014 Primary Election. Unofficial election results are available at BoulderCountyVotes.org. This will be the final number released until Monday, July 7. Election results will now undergo a preliminary audit process, Boulder County Canvass Board review, and final certification prior to the results becoming official. Final Primary Election results must be certified and submitted to the Secretary of State’s office by Monday, July 7.

As of approximately 3:30 a.m., the Elections Division finished tallying the preliminary results of 42,403 ballots. Eligible active voters affiliated with the American Constitution, Democratic and Republican parties participated in the Primary, as well as eligible active City of Longmont voters, in their Special Election. Out of the current 42,403 ballots casted, 4,134 are City of Longmont non-partisan ballots. In 2012, Boulder County saw 37,219 ballots cast in the Primary Election.

And while it is difficult to provide an exact comparison on voter turnout to previous primary elections because of changes in the law regarding active and inactive voters, it appears that voter participation in primary elections has risen.

“I am quite pleased with the turnout for the Primary Election this year,” stated Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall. “We have seen a steady increase in participation since conducting our primary elections by mail. In 2006, our last polling place primary in a similar election year, we had half the number of ballots cast. Our new election model, where all voters are issued a mail ballot has worked great and increased participation, while leaving the decision of voting in person or by mail in the hands of the voter. I am excited to see how this fall’s General Election voter participation is under the new election model where all voters receive a mail ballot and can vote with greater flexibility and less stress.”  

The bulk of the outstanding ballots left to count are from military and overseas voters, provisional ballots, and any ballots where signature issues need to be cured. The Elections Division anticipates that the total amount of outstanding ballots to be less than 1100 ballots at this time.

Letters are being mailed to mail ballot voters who need to cure their signatures or provide a photocopy of their ID in order for their votes to be counted. Voters can check their information at BoulderCountyVotes.org to verify whether their signature or ID was accepted. The deadline for voters to provide their signature or photocopy of ID is 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2.

In final reflection on this year’s Primary, Clerk Hall commented that, “everyone tends to focus on Election Day, but there is significant work that takes place year round in preparation for smooth elections. I’d like to commend the election staff and all the election temp workers who made this year’s election a success. While we are not done with our work, their outstanding commitment to a well-executed and transparent election process must be acknowledged.”

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4111Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:00:00
Register to Vote through Election DayPlus two additional Primary Election Voter Service Centers open Monday

Boulder County – Haven’t registered yet but would like to vote in Tuesday’s Primary? Most Boulder County residents can still register and vote in the upcoming Primary Election, but they will need to visit a Voter Service and Polling Center in order to request a ballot.
 
While all elections in Colorado are conducted by mail ballot, the Clerk and Recorder’s office has Voter Service and Polling Center locations available for those who require or would like additional assistance or prefer to vote in person – and for residents that still need to register and would like to vote.

The Boulder County Clerk and Recorder is operating four Voter Service and Polling Centers that are open today, Friday, June 20 and tomorrow, Saturday, June 21 with two additional locations to open Monday (highlighted below). Here is the complete schedule:
 
Voter Service and Polling Centers (Friday, Saturday, Monday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Tuesday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.):
• Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office, 1750 33rd Street, Boulder
• CU Campus, Recreation Center on Stadium Drive west of Folsom Street, Boulder (Open Monday and Tuesday only)
• Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office, 529 Coffman St., Longmont
• Fire Station #5, 617 Barberry Drive, Longmont
• New Creation Church, 737 Bross Street, Longmont (Open Monday and Tuesday only)
• Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office, 1376 Miners Drive, Lafayette
 
Boulder County voters can visit a Voter Service and Polling Center to:
• Drop off a ballot
• Cast a ballot in person
• Request a replacement ballot
• Register to vote or update voter registration information
• Vote using equipment and facilities for persons with disabilities
 
Additionally, if you have not mailed in your ballot yet, you can drop it off at any Voter Service and Polling Center or at any designated ballot drop-off location. Ballots must be received by the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s Office no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day, June 24. Ballots postmarked but not received by 7 p.m. on Election Day will not be accepted.
 
Ballot Drop-Off Locations (locations are designated as drive-by or walk):
• Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office, 1750 33rd Street, Boulder (also a Voter Service and Polling Center) – Drive-by location
• Boulder County Courthouse, 1325 Pearl Street, Boulder (Friday hours until 4:30 p.m.) – Walk-up location
• Lafayette Library, 775 W. Baseline Road, Lafayette – Drive-by location
• Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office – back side of building, 534 Terry Street, Longmont – Drive-by location
•  Longmont City Clerk’s Office, 350 Kimbark Street, Longmont – Walk-up location
• Louisville Steinbaugh Pavilion, 824 Front Street, Louisville – Drive-by location
• Nederland Community Center, 750 North Highway 72, Nederland – Drive-by location
 
Voter Service and Polling Centers and Ballot Drop-off locations are open Friday, June 20, Saturday, June 21 and Monday, June 23 (not Sunday), from 8-6 p.m., except the two locations opening Monday. All locations are open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24 – Primary Election Day.
 
Please visit BoulderCountyVotes.org to check your registration, view ballot content, request a replacement ballot if your ballot is lost or damaged, see if your ballot has been processed if returned, or find more information about the election.
 
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4104
Boulder County Clerk & Recorder to Host Primary Election Open House Boulder County Clerk & Recorder to Host Primary Election Open House
Public welcome to tour election wing from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
 
 
Boulder County – Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall will host a Primary Election open house on Monday, June 23 at the Elections Division Ballot Processing Center. Attendees will be able to tour the newly remodeled ballot processing wing.
 
What: Boulder County Clerk & Recorder Elections Division Open House
When: Monday, June 23, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., with tours at approximately 5 and 6 p.m.
Where: 1750 33rd Street in Boulder – Attendees should check in at the Elections Office on the 2nd floor and will be escorted to the secure Elections Division Ballot Processing Wing.
 
During the open house, Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall will be giving two walking tours of the election wing at approximately 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Please arrive early to allow time for signing in and walking to the wing.
 
The event offers people interested in local elections a chance to see how ballots are processed and learn more about Boulder County’s elections procedures. Hall, along with other staff, will be available to answer any questions about the new wing or the upcoming Primary Election on June 24. Visitors will be able to observe workers processing ballots for the Tuesday, June 24 Primary Election.
 
Elections in Colorado are conducted by mail ballot with select Voter Service and Polling Center locations available for those who require additional assistance or prefer to vote in person. Voters can visit BoulderCountyVotes.org to check their registration or see if their returned ballot has been processed, view ballot content, find a Voter Service and Polling Center or ballot drop-off site, or find more information about the election.
 
If you have any questions or would like more information about the open house or the upcoming Primary Election, please contact the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s office at Vote@BoulderCountyVotes.org or by calling 303.413.7740.


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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4102Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:00:00
Ballot Drop-off Locations Open Friday, June 20

Mailed your ballot yet? If not, Ballot Drop-off Locations available throughout Boulder County

Boulder County, Colo. – Elections in Colorado are conducted by mail ballot with select Voter Service and Polling Center locations available for those who require additional assistance or prefer to vote in person. For this year’s Primary Election on June 24, all active eligible Republicans, Democrats, and American Constitution voters should have received a ballot plus all active eligible City of Longmont voters for their Special Election.

If you have not mailed in your ballot yet, multiple ballot drop-off locations open Friday. Ballots must be received by the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s Office no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day, June 24. Postmarked ballots will not be accepted.

Ballot drop-off locations and Voter Service and Polling Centers are open Friday, June 20, Saturday, June 21 and Monday, June 23 (not Sunday), from 8-6 p.m. unless noted. All locations are open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24 – Primary Election Day. Drop-off locations are designated as drive-by or walk-up.
 
Ballot Drop-Off Locations include:

  • Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office, 1750 33rd Street, Boulder (also a Voter Service and Polling Center) – Drive-by location
  • Boulder County Courthouse, 1325 Pearl Street, Boulder (Friday hours until 4:30 p.m.) – Walk-up location
  • Lafayette Library, 775 W. Baseline Road, Lafayette – Drive-by location
  • Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office – back side of building, 534 Terry Street, Longmont – Drive-by location
  • Longmont City Clerk’s Office, 350 Kimbark Street, Longmont – Walk-up location
  • Louisville Steinbaugh Pavilion, 824 Front Street, Louisville – Drive-by location
  • Nederland Community Center, 750 North Highway 72, Nederland – Drive-by location

If a voter would like to vote in person, or requires additional voting assistance, the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s Office has 4 Voter Service and Polling Center locations available now and two more locations open on Monday and Tuesday.

Voter Service and Polling Centers:
  • Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office, 1750 33rd Street, Boulder
  • CU Campus, Recreation Center on Stadium Drive west of Folsom Street, Boulder (Open Monday and Tuesday only)
  • Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office, 529 Coffman St., Longmont
  • Fire Station #5, 617 Barberry Drive, Longmont
  • New Creation Church, 737 Bross Street, Longmont (Open Monday and Tuesday only)
  • Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office, 1376 Miners Drive, Lafayette

Boulder County voters can visit a Voter Service and Polling Center to:
  • Drop off a ballot 
  • Cast a ballot in person 
  • Request a replacement ballot 
  • Register to vote or update voter registration information 
  • Vote using equipment and facilities for persons with disabilities
 
All Boulder County residents can still register and vote in the upcoming Primary Election, but they will need to visit a Voter Service and Polling Center in order to request a ballot.
 
Please visit BoulderCountyVotes.org to check your registration, view ballot content, request a replacement ballot if your ballot is lost or damaged, see if your ballot has been processed if returned, or find more information about the election.
 
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4096Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:00:00
Voter Service and Polling Centers open MondayLast day to register to vote online and still have a mail ballot sent to you
 
Boulder County – Elections in Colorado are conducted by mail ballot with select Voter Service and Polling Center locations available for those who require additional assistance or prefer to vote in person.
 
Beginning Monday, June 16, four Voter Service and Polling Centers will be available to service Boulder County voter needs between 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (every day except Sunday, June 22) at the following locations:
 
All open locations as of June 16:
• Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office, 1750 33rd Street, Boulder
• Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office, 529 Coffman St., Longmont
• Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office, 1376 Miners Drive, Lafayette
• Fire Station #5, 617 Barberry Drive, Longmont
 
Boulder County voters can visit a Voter Service and Polling Center to:
• Drop off a ballot
• Cast a ballot in person
• Request a replacement ballot
• Register to vote or update voter registration information
• Vote using equipment and facilities for persons with disabilities
 
In addition to the above locations, two more Voter Service and Polling Center locations will be available on Monday, June 23 and Tuesday, June 24 (Primary Election Day). Mail ballot packets included detailed information on all Voter Service and Polling Center locations as well as information on additional ballot drop-off locations. The information can also be found at BoulderCountyVotes.org.
 
Monday, June 16 is also the final day register to vote in the Primary and still have a mail ballot sent to you. After June 16, a person can register and vote in the upcoming election, but they will need to visit a Voter Service and Polling Center in order to request a ballot.
 
Voters who have not received a ballot or who have questions about their ballot can email the Clerk and Recorder’s office at vote@bouldercountyvotes.org, call 303-413-7740 or visit a Voter Service and Polling Center for more information.
 
Boulder County voters can visit 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.
 
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4085Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:00:00
Boulder County equipment testing completed for June 24 Primary ElectionBoulder County – Ballots and equipment to be used in the county’s upcoming Primary Election passed a required Logic and Accuracy Test (LAT) held Tuesday.

Representatives from the local Democratic and Republican parties took part in testing at the Boulder County Clerk & Recorder's Office and confirmed the equipment’s ability to properly read ballots and correctly tabulate votes.

The LAT also confirmed ballots are properly printed for the election and the equipment is accurately calibrated to process ballots. Each type of ballot and all ballot styles were tested. In all, 1,729 ballots were tested, including 1,652 paper ballots and 77 electronic ballots on voting machines.

Each piece of equipment used during the LAT has been cleared of test votes and reset to zero, ensuring the equipment is ready to count live ballots for the Primary Election.

Results and test records are available for review at BoulderCountyVotes.org.

Boulder County voters can also visit BoulderCountyVotes.org to register to vote, check and update their voter registration, view ballot content and learn more about local elections. They can also call 303-413-7740 for more information or visit one of three Boulder County Clerk & Recorder's Office branches: 1750 33rd St. in Boulder; 529 Coffman St. in Longmont; or 1376 Miners Drive in Lafayette. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

Key Dates for the 2014 Primary Election:

  • Week of June 2: Ballots mailed out this week. Select Ballot Drop-off locations open. All voter services available at Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s Office in Boulder.               
  • Monday, June 16: Last day to register to vote online for the Primary Election and still have a mail ballot sent to you; voters may register in person at a Voter Service and Polling Center up to and including Election Day. Voter Service and Polling Centers open – see website for location and details.
  • Friday, June 20: All Ballot Drop-off locations open.
  • Tuesday, June 24: Election Day. All ballots must be in the hands of the Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office by 7 p.m.

BoulderCountyVotes.org –

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4069Fri, 30 May 2014 10:00:00
Primary Election less than a month awayBallots to arrive in homes week of June 2
 
Boulder County – The Boulder County Elections Division wants to remind voters that the Primary Election is less than a month away. Ballots to eligible Primary voters will be mailed starting June 2.
 
As with all elections now in Colorado, this election will be conducted entirely by mail ballot. The Boulder County Primary has been conducted by mail since 2010. New for this year’s Primary is that voters who prefer to vote in person may do so at any Voter Service and Polling Center instead of voting their mail ballot. Boulder County will have 6 Voter Service and Polling Centers open this Primary to service residents. Additionally, eligible residents can register up to and including Election Day and still vote in the current election.
 
The Elections Division will send ballots next week to eligible voters who are members of the Republican, Democratic and American Constitution parties. Additionally, the City of Longmont is conducting a Special Election. All City of Longmont voters will be receiving a ballot with the Longmont question regardless of party affiliation. In Boulder County, the total number of ballot recipients is 133,496 as of today and is expected to grow.
 
The mailed ballot packets include a detailed list of ballot drop-off points and service centers that will be open to the public prior to the Primary Election Day on Tuesday, June 24.
 
Unaffiliated voters may affiliate with a major party and vote in a primary up to and including Election Day. However, the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s Office encourages voters to affiliate sooner, in order to ensure that you will receive your mail ballot in a timely fashion. Unaffiliated voters who change their registration after June 16 must request a ballot in person at a Voter Service and Polling Center (see BoulderCountyVotes.org for locations). Registration can be updated online at GoVoteColorado.com.
 
Boulder County voters can visit 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.
 
Key Dates for the 2014 Primary Election:
• Week of June 2: Ballots mailed
• Monday, June 16: Last day to register to vote online for the Primary Election and still have a mail ballot sent to you; voters may register in person at a Voter Service and Polling Center up to and including Election Day
• Tuesday, June 24: Election Day. All ballots must be in the hands of the Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office by 7 p.m.
 
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4061Wed, 28 May 2014 10:00:00
Boulder County to test ballots and equipment for upcoming electionBoulder County to test ballots and equipment for upcoming election
Logic and Accuracy Test to take place beginning May 27
 
Boulder County – The Boulder County Elections Division will conduct a logic and accuracy test beginning on Tuesday, May 27 on ballots and equipment to be used for the 2014 Primary Election.

The test ensures equipment properly tabulates votes. Each type of ballot and all ballot styles will be tested to make sure ballots are properly printed and to verify the scanning equipment properly reads ballots. The test will also confirm that scanning equipment settings are properly calibrated for the ballots. Testing is open to the public.

What:     Logic and Accuracy Testing – Testing of ballots and equipment for upcoming election
When:    Begins 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 27; Testing typically takes a minimum of 1 work day.
               After the first day,  testing runs from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. each day until complete.
Where:   Ballot Processing Center, Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office, 1750 33rd Street in Boulder
               Visitors will need to check in at the front desk of the Elections Office, Suite 200, to be escorted to the test area.
 
After testing concludes, documentation and results will be available online at www.BoulderCountyVotes.org.
 
Boulder County voters can also visit www.BoulderCountyVotes.org to register to vote, check and update their voter registration, view ballot content and learn more about local elections. They can also call 303-413-7740 for more information or visit one of three Boulder County Clerk & Recorder's Office branches: 1750 33rd St. in Boulder; 529 Coffman St. in Longmont; or 1376 Miners Drive in Lafayette. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
 
Key Dates for the 2014 Primary Election:
• Friday, May 23:  Deadline to change party affiliation from one party to another in order to participate in the Primary Election
• Week of June 2: Ballots mailed
• Monday, June 16: Last day to register to vote online for the Primary Election and still have a mail ballot sent to you; voters may register in person at a Voter Service and Polling Center up to and including Election Day
• Tuesday, June 24: Election Day. All ballots must be in the hands of the Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office by 7 p.m.
 
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4054Tue, 20 May 2014 10:00:00
Approaching Deadline, Notice to Longmont VotersDeadline Approaching to Switch Parties and Participate in Primary Election; Special Notice to Longmont Unaffiliated Voters
 
Boulder County, Colo. – This year, the American Constitution Party, Democratic Party, and Republican Party will have Primary Elections on Tuesday, June 24. In order to participate in a party primary election, a voter must be registered with that party. Friday, May 23 is the deadline for those voters who are currently registered with a political party to switch to another political party and still participate in this year’s Primary. Unaffiliated voters may affiliate up to and including Election Day; however, the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s Office encourages affiliation sooner, in order to receive your mail ballot in a timely fashion. Unaffiliated voters who change their registration after June 16, must request a ballot in person at a Voter Service and Polling Center (see www.BoulderCountyVotes.org for locations).
 
Additionally, Primary Election ballots are typically only mailed to voters who are affiliated with a participating political party. However, the City of Longmont is conducting a Special Election in conjunction with the 2014 Primary Election. All City of Longmont voters will be receiving a ballot with the Longmont question regardless of party affiliation.

If you are a City of Longmont resident who is interested in participating in a party primary, and you are either an Unaffiliated Voter or are unaware of your party registration, the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s Office strongly encourages you to check your voter registration. This way, you can affiliate with the party of your choice or update your voter registration prior to ballots getting mailed. Ballots will be mailed on June 2.

Boulder County voters can visit www.BoulderCountyVotes.org to register to vote, check and update their voter registration and view primary ballot content. They can also call 303-413-7740 for more information or visit one of three Boulder County Clerk and Recorder's Office branches: 1750 33rd St. in Boulder; 529 Coffman St. in Longmont; or 1376 Miners Drive in Lafayette. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Key Dates for the 2014 Primary Election:
  • Friday, May 23:  Deadline to change party affiliation from one party to another in order to participate in the Primary Election
  • Week of June 2: Ballots mailed
  • Monday, June 16: Last day to register to vote online for the Primary Election and still have a mail ballot sent to you. Voters may register in person at a Voter Service and Polling Center up to and including Election Day
  • Tuesday, June 24: Election Day. All ballots must be in the hands of the Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office by 7 p.m.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4047Fri, 16 May 2014 10:00:00
Motor Vehicle New Print-on-Demand License Plate SystemThe Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s Office is very excited to announce that Boulder County Motor Vehicle offices are part of a pilot program to save taxpayers money!

Going forward, specialty license plates will only be printed when they are ordered. This new system is meant to eliminate the waste of unused license plates, greatly reduce county inventory of license plates on warehouse shelves, and save everyone money.
 
The Department of Revenue estimates that there will be an annual savings of $890,000 due to this new “Print on Demand” system.
 
Here are a few frequently asked questions on the Print on Demand system:
 
What is Print on Demand?
Colorado has 133 different types of license plates and more than twice as many inventory types (such as passenger car, truck, etc.). It costs millions of dollars to maintain this inventory, some of which is never used. Print on demand eliminates the waste, greatly reduces county inventories and saves money. All county offices will still have the regular plates on hand to distribute, however, all other plates – designer, alumni, military and other plates – will be printed on demand and mailed to the customer within 10 days of ordering.
 
How long does it take to get specialized plates?
Plates will be sent via USPS and should arrive within 10 days of ordering. Included with the plates will be instructions on how to activate the license plates along with an activation code. Customers may activate the plates by phone or online. Plates will automatically activate after 30 days.
 
What if my temporary permit is about to expire?
If you have less than 30 days remaining on your temporary permit and would like to get a specialty plate, we’ll automatically issue you a new 30-day temporary permit, so you get the plates you want without the worry!
 
Why not keep the most popular designer or specialized plates on the shelves?
Each county is different. It would eliminate the cost-savings benefit if each county kept what their local residents ordered the most (after regular plates). But it only takes 10 days to get your specialized plates and we can extend your temporary permit if it is near expiring.
 
Is this happening statewide?
Yes, this program will be rolled out to all Counties by the end of June 2014. Boulder County is a pilot rollout along with two other counties for this cost-savings measure.
 
What will you do with all plates you currently have on your shelves?
All inventory will be returned to Colorado Correctional Industries and will be used to fulfill orders.  No new plates will be printed until current statewide inventories are depleted.
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3985Thu, 03 Apr 2014 10:00:00
2014 Colorado County Clerks Association Scholarship Application InformationNote:  This announcement has been shared with the public school districts that overlap Boulder County. 

Scholarship available to graduating senior – apply today!

The Colorado County Clerks Association will grant 4 regional one-time awards in the amount of $1,000 to seniors graduating from Colorado high schools.

Selection will be based on the following:

  • Completed application
  • 3.25 GPA Minimum
  • Community involvement with and interest in government, business or political science
  • Financial need/hardship

Financial aid awarded by the association will be remitted to the institution of attendance and will be credited to the student's account. The scholarship monies are to be used for tuition, books, and room and board expenses.

Each district will select a finalist and forward their selection to the Executive Board by April 25, 2014. Members of the Executive Board of the County Clerk's Association will finalize the scholarship awards by May 1, 2014. The scholarships will be awarded at graduation.

The local Boulder County student deadline to apply is Friday, April 4, 2014 (this deadline may be later than other counties). Please download the application here.
 
Questions? Please contact Mircalla Wozniak at mwozniak@bouldercounty.org or 303.413.7766.
 
Good luck to our local students!
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3977Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:00:00
Boulder County seeks resident input for general election Voter Service and Polling Center locationsLocal voters requested to take online survey

Boulder County, Colo. – This fall will be the first general election carried out after the passage of last year’s Colorado Voter Access and Modernized Election Act. The law changes the Colorado election process to provide all mail ballot elections, same-day voter registration and resident access to Voter Service and Polling Centers.

The Boulder County Elections Division is conducting outreach to residents to ask local voters where they would like to access a Voter Service and Polling Center. The Elections Division will continue to utilize all Boulder County Clerk and Recorder offices for this service during the election, but we anticipate the outreach will garner new location ideas that may not have been previously considered. 

To capture resident input, we have designed an online survey. We will be collecting survey responses through Tuesday, Feb. 25:

What: Online resident input survey 

When: Available for input until Feb. 25

Who: Boulder County voters

Where: www.BoulderCountyVotes.org  or www.surveymonkey.com/s/BoulderCountyElectionsSurvey  

The Clerk & Recorder’s Office is also using this opportunity to seek ideas on ballot drop-off locations as well as input on whether residents would utilize 24-hour ballot drop-boxes prior to the election.

Voter Service and Polling Centers are places residents can drop off a mail ballot, cast a ballot in person, request a replacement ballot, register to vote or update registration information, or vote using equipment for persons with disabilities. Boulder County will have 13 Voter Service open throughout the county on Election Day with some locations opening up to two weeks early.

For additional information on elections in Boulder County, visit www.BoulderCountyVotes.org.

-BoulderCountyVotes.org-

-Twitter: @BoCoClerk-


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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3933Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:00:00
2013 Election Results and Turnout Maps
The maps are based on the final official results from the election.

The maps:
For more on precinct boundaries, view our election maps page.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3862Fri, 22 Nov 2013 10:00:00
Boulder County Public Health provides overdose prevention trainingBoulder County, Colo. – Each day in the United States, more than 100 people die as a result of drug overdose. On October 28, 2013, Boulder County Public Health launched a new program aimed at saving lives and reversing this trend. The program provides training and overdose prevention kits containing lifesaving medication. Ten people participated in the first training and received the kits.

Rates of drug overdose have increased dramatically in the past decade, with drug overdose surpassing motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of accidental death. Overdose deaths in the U.S. involving opioid analgesics, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone, have increased from 4,030 deaths in 1999 to 16,651 in 2010. In fact, Colorado Governor Hickenlooper declared August 31, 2013, as “Drug Overdose Awareness Day.”

“Everyone deserves an opportunity to live a healthy life, including people who use drugs,” said Carol Helwig, Boulder County Public Health Communicable Disease Control Program coordinator. “This program is one way to support people who are so often stigmatized in our community.”

Each overdose prevention kit contains Naloxone, also known as Narcan, which can reverse the effects of a drug overdose from opiates, including heroin and prescription opiates, such as Percocet or Oxycontin.

To receive the overdose prevention kit, participants must complete the training session, which focuses on learning the signs of overdose. Signs of overdose include: 

  • Not responsive to sound or pain, such as a sternum rub
  • Not breathing
  • Blue lips or fingertips 
  • Loud gurgling sounds

Important life-saving steps are also reviewed in the training, including calling 911, making sure the airway is clear, pinching the nose and providing a rescue breath every 5 seconds (no chest compressions), and administering naloxone.

The overdose prevention program is a collaborative effort between two Boulder County Public Health programs – the Addiction Recovery Centers (ARC) and The Works (i.e. syringe access) program – and the Denver-based Harm Reduction Action Center (HRAC), which is the largest syringe access provider in the state. HRAC has provided training and naloxone kits to 165 individuals in Colorado; of those trained, HRAC has received 52 reports of instances when naloxone was used to reverse a life-threatening overdose. 

People interested in participating in the overdose prevention program can call the Boulder County Addiction Recovery Centers at 303.441.1281.

Background

The ARC focuses on providing treatment for individuals struggling to reduce their use and abuse of drugs and alcohol. They offer several medication-assisted treatment options that combine the latest in pharmaceutical and cognitive behavioral therapies. The combination of appropriate medication with group and individual therapy has been shown to increase the amount of time clients remain drug-free. For more information about treatment options, call 303.441.1281 or visit www.BoulderCountyARC.org.

The Works Program provides harm reduction supplies and education, HIV and hepatitis C testing and counseling, and immunizations for hepatitis A and B. Supplies, education, and testing are available at Boulder County Public Health offices located in Boulder and Longmont, as well as at the Boulder County AIDS Project (BCAP) in Boulder. For more information about The Works Program or locations, call 303-413-7500 or visit www.BoulderCountyWorks.org.


 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3841Wed, 13 Nov 2013 10:00:00
Boulder County's 2013 Election Audit UpdateBoulder County’s enhanced audit of the 2013 coordinated election began Friday afternoon. These are the contests selected for the audit:

  • City of Boulder Council candidates
  • City of Lafayette Council candidates
  • City of Longmont Council member at large
  • City of Louisville City Council person, Ward II
  • City of Louisville City Council person, Ward III
  • Estes Park School District school director at large
  • Thompson School District Director, District B
  • Thompson School District Director, District E
  • City of Lafayette Ballot Question 2A
  • City of Lafayette Ballot Issue No. 301
  • City of Longmont Ballot Question 2C
  • Lyons Regional Library District Issue 4C
  • Rocky Mountain Fire Protection District Question 5B
We’ll audit a total of 26,065 ballot contests this week and post the results when it's over.

Here’s the audit schedule and an overview of the audit, which is open to the public. You can also view a summary of which batches of ballots will be audited.
 
See BoulderCountyVotes.org for unofficial election results and more information.
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3837Sat, 09 Nov 2013 10:00:00
Boulder County mailing ballots to voters todayBoulder County, Colo. – The Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office is mailing ballots today to active, registered voters for the 2013 Coordinated Election.

So far, 199,968 Boulder County voters are set to receive mail ballots for the Tuesday, Nov. 5, election. A ballot will be sent to each active, registered voter. Each mail ballot packet includes a list of Voter Service and Polling Centers and ballot drop-off points that will open between now and Election Day. After returning their ballot, voters can check BoulderCountyVotes.org to make sure it was received.

Boulder County voters have the choice of voting by mail ballot, or at a Voter Service and Polling Center up to and including Election Day. They can visit 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.

Voters who aren’t registered can still register to vote until 7 p.m. on Election Day under a new state law passed earlier this year. Visit GoVoteColorado.com with a Colorado ID or driver’s license to register online no later than Monday, Oct. 28. Or visit a Voter Service and Polling Center by 7 p.m. on Election Day to register and get a ballot.

If you have been displaced by recent flooding and have not been receiving your mail at your registered address, you might not automatically receive a ballot because ballots are not forwardable mail. However, you are still eligible to vote. Please visit www.GoVoteColorado.com to confirm or update your mailing address by Oct. 28 to receive a mail ballot, or visit a Voter Service and Polling Center through 7 p.m. on Election Day to update your voter information and obtain a ballot. 

*Note: The Elections Division mailed 2,741 ballots to voters displaced by flooding in Jamestown and Lyons on Oct. 9. The measure should help ensure elections staff can identify and reach out to voters who have changed their address and must update their registration before receiving a mail ballot.

Key Dates for the 2013 Coordinated Election:
  • Tuesday, Oct. 15: Ballots will be sent to all active, registered voters. 
  • Monday, Oct. 28: Last day to register to vote online for the coordinated election. New this year, voters may register in person at a Voter Service and Polling Center up to and including Election Day.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 5: Election Day. All ballots must be in the hands of the Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office by 7 p.m.

- BoulderCountyVotes.org -
- On Twitter: @BoCoClerk
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3795Tue, 15 Oct 2013 10:00:00
Equipment testing completed for 2013 electionBoulder County – Ballots and equipment to be used in Boulder County’s Nov. 5 Coordinated Election passed a required Logic and Accuracy Test held this week.

Participants representing local municipalities and districts took part in testing at the Boulder County Clerk & Recorder's Office. The tests confirmed the equipment’s ability to properly read ballots and correctly tabulate votes. 

The LAT also checked and confirmed that ballots are properly printed for the election and the equipment is accurately calibrated to process ballots. The test included paper, electronic and audio ballots.

Total ballots tested: 1,163
Paper ballots: 1,058 
    • 80 by district and municipality participants
    • 978 by Elections Division staff
Electronic ballots (includes audio ballots): 105
    • 56 by district and municipality participants
    • 49 by Elections Division staff
Results and test records will be available for review next week at BoulderCountyVotes.org. Each piece of equipment used during the LAT has been cleared of test votes and reset to zero, ensuring the equipment is ready to count live ballots for the coordinated election.

Visit BoulderCountyVotes.org to check your registration or learn more about the election, and call 303-413-7740 or email Vote@BoulderCountyVotes.org if you have questions. 

Key Dates for the 2013 Coordinated Election:
• Week of Oct. 15: Ballots will be sent to all active, registered voters. 
• Monday, Oct. 28: Last day to register to vote online for the coordinated election. New this year, voters may register in person at a Voter Service and Polling Center up to and including Election Day.
• Tuesday, Nov. 5: Election Day. All ballots must be in the hands of the Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office by 7 p.m.

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- On Twitter: @BoCoClerk
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3793Fri, 11 Oct 2013 10:00:00
Public Improvement and Special District Ballot Issues: Boulder County 2013 Coordinated ElectionTwo public improvement districts and five special districts are coordinating with Boulder County for the Nov. 5, 2013, coordinated election. Public Improvement and Special district elections have slightly different voter eligibility rules. Here’s an explanation and some links to additional information.

Which districts are participating in the Nov. 5 election?

Public Improvement Districts:
Special Districts:
Which voters are eligible to participate in the public improvement district elections?
1. A resident of the district registered to vote at an address in the district. 
2. A Colorado registered voter who owns taxable real or personal property in the district and their registered voter spouse. 
3. A Colorado registered voter who is obligated to pay taxes under a contract to purchase taxable property within the district.
4. A Colorado registered voter appointed by a corporate entity or trust owner of taxable real or personal property to vote on its behalf.

Which voters are eligible to participate in the special district elections?
1. A resident of the district registered to vote at an address in the district. 
2. A Colorado registered voter who owns taxable real or personal property in the district and their registered voter spouse.
3. A Colorado registered voter who is obligated to pay taxes under a contract to purchase taxable property within the district.

How can someone know whether they’re eligible to vote on these issues?

Eligible voters who live in one of these districts will see the public improvement and/or special district issue on their regular ballot.

Property owners who live outside the district, and representatives of entities or trusts, can contact the Boulder County Elections Division for more information on how to receive a ballot containing only the public improvement and/or special district issue if they or their designated voting representative are deemed eligible. Our office also sent a letter to these voters/entities in early October notifying them they may be eligible to participate in the election. The landowner mail ballot will arrive beginning the week of Oct. 14 in a green envelope to distinguish it from the white ballot envelopes used for standard mail ballots. 

If you have questions about this, please call us at 303-413-7740 or email Joan Barilla at jbarilla@bouldercounty.org.

What are the boundaries of these districts?

View the district boundaries on these maps:

Where can a voter read the ballot content for these district issues and find more information about them?
Who do I contact if I still have questions about obtaining a ballot or need other coordinated election information?

Call, email or visit our main office in Boulder, or visit our website:

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3764Fri, 11 Oct 2013 10:00:00
Six Boulder County child care centers receive “Breastfeeding-Friendly” designationBoulder County – Six child care centers in Boulder County have been designated as “Breastfeeding Friendly” for making breastfeeding support a priority in their centers. Each center must meet a set of 10 criteria to receive the designation.

 

“Breastfeeding provides the healthiest start in life for infants. Unfortunately, children who are routinely cared for by someone other than their parents are less likely to be breastfed,” said Sarah Scully, Boulder County Public Health Child Health Promotion program coordinator. “By providing support and encouragement for breastfeeding in the child care center, we can help mothers continue to breastfeed.”

 

To receive the “Breastfeeding-Friendly” designation, centers must meet all of the certification criteria, including providing training and education to families, helping to normalize breastfeeding, properly storing and labeling breast milk, providing private areas for pumping and breastfeeding, and providing referrals for support.

 

Centers must also complete pre- and post-assessments, attend a training session, and conduct an on-site review with public health staff.

The following six child care centers achieved the Gold Level designation of Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Certification.

  • Back to Basics Child Care Center in Longmont. The center serves 46 families and employs 10 staff.
  • Boulder Day Nursery in Boulder. The center serves 55 families and employs 15 staff.
  • Boulder Valley Teen Parenting Program in Boulder. The program serves 18 families and employs 7 staff.
  • Primrose School in Longmont. The center serves 190 families and employs 30 staff.
  • The Aspen Center for Child Development in Longmont. The center serves 47 families and employs 11 staff.
  • The Cottage School in Boulder. The center serves 70 families and employs 16 staff.

“These centers are stepping up to make it easier for working mothers to continue breastfeeding, which ultimately helps to improve the health of young children,” said Scully.

 

The certification is reviewed every other year during the health inspection visit to ensure that breastfeeding-friendly practices are sustained.

 

Centers who receive the certification are provided with a Medela electric breast pump for use by staff and families.

 

For more information about the certification, or to find out how to encourage your center to become certified, contact Boulder County Public Health Child Health Promotion Program at 303.413.7502.

 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3763Tue, 24 Sep 2013 10:00:00
Text: Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall's Testimony Before the Presidential Commission on Election AdministrationPresidential Commission on Election Administration held a public meeting today in Denver as part of its national listening tour. As part of its mission to recommend best practices for election administration and improve the voting experience in the U.S., the commission heard testimony from election officials, voting experts and members of the public.

Here's a copy of the remarks Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall prepared for her testimony before the commission. She called for the PCEA to consider the cost of any election equipment necessary to implement the committee's recommendations. She also pointed to Colorado's newly passed election law as a possible model for efficient elections administration:


Good afternoon. My name is Hillary Hall. I’m the Clerk and Recorder of Boulder County, Colorado. Thank you for the chance to speak today.

As you explore how to tackle issues like long lines at polling places, and how technology should be used in elections, I’d like raise an important related concern that hasn’t received as much attention. That’s the high costs of election administration.

As you look at new ideas for elections in the U.S., I hope you’ll keep in mind the relationship between your recommendations and and the equipment that’s needed to carry them out. This is crucial -- and hasn’t always been considered in previous federal election mandates. We need election models that require less equipment, or less expensive equipment. Or we need federal funding to help us with service and maintenance costs at the local level.  

About a decade ago, the Help America Vote Act added some important new requirements for how our nation conducts its elections. It even provided elections divisions with some funding to purchase more modern equipment that met HAVA requirements.

But the equipment mandated by HAVA has high, ongoing costs. And there was no ongoing federal funding for those costs. County election divisions have spent the last decade eating millions of dollars in service and maintenance costs for the equipment. In Boulder County, we’ve paid about a million dollars’ worth of these fees since we purchased our system in 2004. Some large counties in Colorado have shelled out more than $10 million in service and maintenance costs for DRE machines, ballot scanners and other technology. In smaller counties, the total ongoing costs may be as high as $40 per voter.

These unexpected costs, combined with the economic downturn of recent years, have stretched resources for local election divisions. When that happens, it impacts the voters in many ways. Shorter hours of operations. Fewer polling places. Fewer election workers. Longer lines at polling places. Aging equipment.

When we look at the problems some counties saw in the 2012 election, it’s important to look at all of the causes. The high cost for maintenance and upkeep of equipment is one of these causes.

You have an opportunity now to create national election guidelines that address the problems we’ve seen in recent elections. And that’s a crucial, and formidable, task. But you can also do incredible good by creating guidelines for election administration that call for efficient, inexpensive, uniform equipment to help us do our jobs and Election Day.

My colleagues and I believe we’ve created a template for this with Colorado House Bill 1303. The new bill, enacted by our state legislature this year, issues a mail ballot to every active, registered voter. It also sets up voter service and polling centers in the weeks before Election Day to help voters who need assistance and provide ample time for early voting. 

The bill eliminates many of the voter access concerns your commission is trying to address and makes elections administration more efficient. In the long run, it will decrease the costs of administering an election by increasing mail ballot voting, which is easier and cheaper to administer than DRE or other electronic voting methods. And it allows us to concentrate our polling places. In Boulder County, we had 118 polling places last year. In the next general election, we’ll probably have 13. 

This means less equipment. Less staffing. Fewer costs across the board. All while increasing voter access and preserving the choice to vote in person. The new law makes sense for Colorado’s elections, and I believe it will have value in other states.

I wish you the best of luck as you work to address issues in our elections process. I think you also have a golden opportunity to help make our nation’s elections more lean, efficient and accessible. Whatever policies you recommend, please consider the equipment needed to implement them and the long-term costs to keep the equipment running. Thank you for your time today.

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BoulderCountyVotes.org
On Twitter: @BoCoClerk

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3695Thu, 08 Aug 2013 10:00:00
Clerk & Recorder's Louisville Office to Close July 18; Will Reopen July 23 at New Lafayette LocationBoulder County, Colo. – The Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s Office has selected the July moving dates for its East County office.

The last day of business at the Louisville office, 722 Main St., will be Thursday, July 18. The office will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. that day. The office will reopen at its new Lafayette location, 1376 Miners Drive, at 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 23. 
The East County office will be closed on Friday, July 19, and Monday, July 22, for employees to move and set up equipment. The Clerk & Recorder’s other branches at 1750 33rd St. in Boulder and 529 Coffman St. in Longmont will remain open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on those days.

The move comes after the recent sale of the building at 722 Main St. in Louisville, where the Clerk and Recorder’s office has leased space for more than 20 years. The new owners plan to repurpose the building and asked Boulder County to relocate.

The new Lafayette office will include a larger waiting area for the public, improved parking and better access for clients with disabilities. The new building will feature a large conference room that can be used as a voting center during elections.

The Lafayette building will also serve as an alternate worksite for the Assessor, Treasurer and other administrative offices, which are relocating from a county-owned building at 400 E. Simpson St. in Lafayette. 


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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3632Tue, 11 Jun 2013 10:00:00
Thanks to Everyone Who Helped Make Boulder County's Midnight Civil Union Opening a SuccessThe Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s office issued 48 civil union certificates early Wednesday as the licenses became available in Colorado for the first time.

Our staff opened the doors at our Boulder location from 12:01 a.m. Wednesday until about 2:15 a.m. It was a very happy evening. May 1 is a historic day for Colorado. Our staff felt honored to be a small part of the celebration for so many couples who waited a long time for this day.

We’d like to thank Out Boulder, who also rented the Houston Room at our office for a celebration. We appreciate their help in collecting RSVPs and helping to check in couples as they arrived.

I’d also like to thank my staff at the Clerk & Recorder’s office for helping to meet the incredible demand for these licenses as soon as they were available. We actually had people from other departments volunteering to work in the middle of the night to help make it a success. I’m proud of my staff’s dedication to outstanding public service.

We’ll reopen for business at 8 a.m. this morning. Civil union licenses are available 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at our three Clerk & Recorder offices:
  • 1750 33rd St., Boulder
  • 529 Coffman St., Longmont
  • 722 Main St., Louisville
- Hillary Hall, Boulder County Clerk & Recorder

More information:
Obtaining a Civil Union in Boulder County    
Frequently Asked Questions About Civil Unions  
On Twitter: @BoCoClerk 
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3559Wed, 01 May 2013 10:00:00
Frequently Asked Questions: Civil Union LicensesCivil union licenses will be available May 1, 2013, in Colorado. Here are some common questions we've fielded from the public:

What are the basic requirements and restrictions for applying for a civil union license?

The basic requirements are detailed on the civil union application page by the Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s office. We recommend reading that page for basic information and returning to this FAQ for more specific questions.

How much will it cost to obtain a civil union license from the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s office?

The application and license will cost $30. 

When and where can I obtain a license?

Our regular business hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at each of our three offices:
  • Boulder: 1750 33rd St.
  • Longmont: 529 Coffman St.
  • Louisville: 722 Main St.
On May 1, 2013, the day the Civil Union Act takes effect, we’ll also hold business hours from 12:01 a.m. to about 2 a.m. at our Boulder office only. We feel this will help accommodate the immediate demand for these licenses. All three offices will also be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. that day.

How long will it take to obtain a civil union license?

Wait times for service can vary. Once you sit down with a staff member in our office, the application process should take about 15 to 20 minutes.

Will I be able to walk out of the office with an official civil union?

Yes, if you choose to do so. When you apply for and receive a civil union license, you can choose to complete the civil union license on the spot, hand it back to the clerk and immediately be in a legally recognized civil union. Alternately, you can take the license with you, have a ceremony or other celebration within 35 days, sign the document there, and then mail back or bring back the signed certificate to our office within 63 days of certification. Colorado law allows for similar flexibility with marriage licenses.

Do I have to be a Boulder County resident to get a civil union license from the Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s office?

No. As long as you meet the legal requirements, two people from anywhere in the United States or the world can come to our office and obtain an application for a civil union. However, their civil union must take place in the state of Colorado.

If a couple has already entered a civil union or marriage outside Colorado, can they be issued a new civil union license here?

No.  Civil unions or substantially similar relationships legally created in another jurisdiction are deemed civil unions under the Colorado Civil Union Act.  COLO. REV. STAT. § 14-15-116(2).  Similarly, for a same-sex couple who married in another state, that relationship is also deemed to be a civil union in Colorado. COLO. REV. STAT. § 14-15-116(1). Although not required by law to do so, any couple married or in a civil union or substantially similar relationship legally created outside of Boulder County may record their marriage or civil union license in the Clerk and Recorder’s Office.  The recording cost is $11 for the first page and $5 for each additional page. The couple can obtain a copy of their recorded license for their own records. 

Who can I contact for more information?

Contact the Recording Division of the Boulder County Clerk & Recorder's office at recording@bouldercounty.org or 303-413-7770.


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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3552Mon, 22 Apr 2013 10:00:00
Local school-based program helps to reduce harmful youth behaviorBoulder County - An independent evaluation of the Boulder County Prevention and Intervention Program (BCPIP) reveals that 92% of the youth who were given support and treatment through the program improved or remained stable, particularly in areas related to self-harming behavior, moods, and emotions.  

 

Specifically, 55% of students showed significant improvement in functioning, while 37% demonstrated stabilization in their functioning.  Stabilization is noteworthy, given the multiple challenges many students face; levels of dysfunction may have continued to increase without support from the program.

 

“Identifying mental health issues and providing support for our youth is critical,” said Jen Brown, BCPIP Program Manager. “Being available for these kids saves lives.”

 

The county-wide youth prevention and intervention program is staffed by master’s degree-level counselors and social workers called “prevention/interventionists,” who are placed in 31 middle and high schools within the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley School Districts.

 

Prevention/interventionists provide services ranging from mental health and substance abuse intake and assessment to youth leadership and mediation programs and training for faculty and staff. Support is coupled with referrals to community services.

 

“The severity of the issues our youth are coping with and the pure volume of need for our resources continues to multiply,” said Brown. “Prevention and Intervention Program staff is a touchstone for students – attending to their emotional health needs to help them better cope with the stresses of day-to-day life.”

 

The 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) indicates that one in four Boulder County high school students felt sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more in a row, and one in seven made a plan about how they would attempt suicide.

 

“Research shows that collaboration between schools, the community, and parents supports school safety and youth resiliency,” said Jeff Zayach, Boulder County Public Health Director. “With issues like these affecting our youth, particularly given recent violence in schools, it is imperative that we continue to fund and support proven programs such as this one.”

 

The majority of youth who met with prevention/interventionists in the 2011–2012 school year came for help with family problems, school issues, or stress levels. Also prevalent were issues related to depression, relationships, anger, and self-esteem.

 

Student and family participation in the program is voluntary and cannot be mandated. Services are available to all students in the school community and are provided free of charge.

 

The Boulder County Prevention and Intervention Program was founded in 1987 to improve students’ skills and abilities in dealing with problems and temptations and making decisions in a healthy and productive way. The program is managed and supported through a partnership with both county school districts and county, municipal, and non-profit agencies.

 

For more information about the program or to view the full evaluation reports, visit www.BoulderCountyPreventionIntervention.org.

 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3454Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:00:00
Health officials warn about health risks at Sugar Mill siteBoulder County, Colo - The former Great Western Sugar Mill site, located at 11939 Sugarmill Road near Longmont, has been confirmed to be contaminated with asbestos and other potentially hazardous materials. In addition, the property has many physical dangers, such as structurally unsound buildings, open pits, and wells. Public health officials recommend that anyone who is authorized to enter the premises should wear a respirator and protective clothing. Being on the property without the owner’s permission is trespassing, and violators have been ticketed.  

“We’re concerned that residents may visit the site after the recent photo exhibition,” said Boulder County Public Health Environmental Health Division Manager Joe Malinowski. “It is very dangerous, both physically, and to your health.”
 
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that has been used in products for centuries. A growing number of health studies have linked disease to environmental asbestos exposure.  If disturbed, asbestos material may release asbestos fibers that can be inhaled into the lungs.  Breathing high levels of asbestos fibers can lead to an increased risk of:

  • Lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the chest and abdominal cavity
  • Asbestosis, in which the lungs become scarred with fibrous tissue

Great West Sugar Company manufactured sugar from sugar beets at the site for approximately 75 years.  In 1977, Great West Sugar Company filed for bankruptcy and closed the mill. The site was purchased by a private investor in 1980.

Although the sugar mill is located near Longmont city limits, the facility sits in unincorporated Boulder County and is under Boulder County jurisdiction.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3404Thu, 13 Dec 2012 10:00:00
Final Unofficial Results Posted for 2012 General ElectionBoulder County – The Boulder County Clerk & Recorder's office has posted the final unofficial vote tally for the 2012 General Election. Results are available at BoulderCountyVotes.org.

The Boulder County Elections Division added 2,684 additional ballots to the tally today, for a total of 180,712 ballots counted for the Nov. 6 election. 

The ballots added today include provisional ballots, which have been under review by Elections Division staff since the day after Election Day. The staff reviews provisional ballots to make sure the voter was eligible to cast the ballot. The office reviewed the eligibility of 3,255 provisional ballots. Tuesday was the last day to verify and count provisional ballots.

The election results released today are technically “final unofficial” results. Results will be official after they are submitted to the Colorado Secretary of State’s office.

More election information: 303-413-7740 or BoulderCountyVotes.org.

- BoulderCountyVotes.org
- On Twitter: @BoCoClerk

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3388Wed, 21 Nov 2012 10:00:00
Results Maps: How Boulder County Voted For President and Other Major RacesWe’ve created some maps showing how Boulder County voters in the county’s 234 precincts weighed in on the presidential race and other major contests.

These maps were updated Dec. 4 to reflect the final official results from the election.

The maps:

For more on precinct boundaries, see our election maps page.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3376Tue, 13 Nov 2012 10:00:00
Final Unofficial Results Available for 2012 General ElectionBoulder County – The Boulder County Elections Division has finished tallying votes for the 2012 General Election. Final unofficial election results are available at BoulderCountyVotes.org.

The Elections Division has finished tallying the preliminary results of 174,364 ballots. Voter turnout for the General Election is 92.7 percent of 187,962 active registered voters in Boulder County. 

Letters are being mailed to mail-in ballot voters who need to cure their signatures or provide a photocopy of their ID in order for their votes to be counted. Voters can check their information at BoulderCountyVotes.org to verify whether their signature or ID was accepted. The deadline for voters to provide their signature or photocopy of ID is 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Boulder County elections staff will also being reviewing and verifying provisional ballots, which will be added to the final election tally on Tuesday, Nov. 20. About 3,000 provisional ballots were cast on Election Day. A definitive tally of provisional ballots will be released later this week.

- BoulderCountyVotes.org
- On Twitter: @BoCoClerk

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3367Wed, 07 Nov 2012 10:00:00
Most Mail-in Voters Should Have Their BallotVoters who requested a mail-in ballot before Oct. 9 should have their ballots for the upcoming election.

Voters who have not received their mail-in ballot, would like to request one, or have questions about their ballot can email vote@bouldercountyvotes.org or call 303-413-7740. Mail-in ballot requests received since Oct. 9 should be fulfilled in the next week.

Each mailed ballot packet includes a list of ballot drop-off points. A full list is also available at BoulderCountyVotes.org. For most Boulder County voters, postage for returning a ballot will cost 45 cents. However, voters who need to provide a photocopy of their ID with their returned mail ballot should affix 65 cents postage on the envelope. (Only about 3 percent of mail ballot voters fall into the ID-required category.) Postage is also explained on the instruction sheet included with each mail ballot.
 
Voters can visit BoulderCountyVotes.org to view ballot content, request a replacement ballot if their ballot is lost or damaged, or find more information about the election. 
  
Key Dates for the 2012 General Election:
• Week of Oct. 15: Mail ballots sent to voters who requested them.
• Monday, Oct. 22: Early voting begins. Locations and hours are available at BoulderCountyVotes.org.
• Tuesday, Oct. 30: Last day to request a mail ballot for the General Election if the ballot is mailed.
• Friday, Nov. 2: Last day to request a mail ballot for the General Election if the ballot is picked up at the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s office.
• Friday, Nov. 2: Last day for early voting.
• 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.

- BoulderCountyVotes.org
- On Twitter: @BoCoClerk -

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3347Tue, 23 Oct 2012 10:00:00
Out of Town on Election Day? You Have Options.Boulder County – Planning to be out of town on Election Day? The Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s Office offers several options for travelers, overseas military, college students and others who can’t vote in person on Tuesday, Nov. 6:

  • Vote by mail-in ballot. If you aren’t signed up to vote by mail-in ballot, it’s not too late. Visit BoulderCountyVotes.org soon to request one. Then vote and return it to a drop-off site or Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s office by 7 p.m. on Election Day. 
  • Vote at an early voting location . If you’d prefer not to receive a mail-in ballot but won’t be in town to head to your polling place on Election Day, early voting is a great option. Early voting begins Monday, Oct. 22, at our Boulder and Longmont branch offices. Additional early voting locations will open Oct. 29 in Boulder, Lafayette and Longmont. Early voting runs through Friday, Nov. 2. 
  • Request an overseas/military ballot. If you’ll be out of the country altogether, you can still request a ballot and receive it via snail mail or email – but contact us soon, because mailing a ballot overseas takes extra time. These voters have until Nov. 14 to return their ballots as long as they’re postmarked no later than Nov. 6.

Visit BoulderCountyVotes.org to learn more about these options, or call 303-413-7740 for more information. You can also visit one of three Boulder County Clerk & Recorder's Office branches: 1750 33rd St. in Boulder; 529 Coffman St. in Longmont; or 722 Main St. in Louisville. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Boulder County voters can also visit BoulderCountyVotes.org to ballot content and learn more about local elections. 

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 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.

- BoulderCountyVotes.org -
- On Twitter: @BoCoClerk

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3334Thu, 11 Oct 2012 10:00:00
Series of Four Boulder County "Election Labs" Open to PublicBoulder County  – The Boulder County Elections Division will host series of “Election Labs” this month to train new judges in helping polling place voters for Election Day. The election labs will simulate what a polling place will look like on Nov. 6. The events will be open to the public, including first-time voters who’d like to know what to expect at their polling place on Election Day. 

Scheduled Locations, Times and Dates:

Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office, 1750 33rd Street, Boulder
6 - 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17    
5 - 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 

Boulder County Parks & Open Space, 5201 St. Vrain Road, Longmont
4 - 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20  
1 - 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 

Boulder County voters can also visit BoulderCountyVotes.org to request a mail-in ballot, view ballot content and learn more about local elections. They can also call 303-413-7740 for more information or visit one of three Boulder County Clerk & Recorder's Office branches: 1750 33rd St. in Boulder; 529 Coffman St. in Longmont; or 722 Main St. in Louisville. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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 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.

- BoulderCountyVotes.org -
- On Twitter: @BoCoClerk - 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3333Thu, 11 Oct 2012 10:00:00
Special District Ballot Issues: Boulder County 2012 General ElectionThree special districts are coordinating with Boulder County for the Nov. 6, 2012, general election. Special district elections have slightly different voter eligibility rules. Here’s an explanation and some links to additional information.

Which districts are participating in the Nov. 6 election?

Which voters are eligible to participate?
  1. A resident of the district, for not less than thirty days, registered to vote at an address in the district.
  2. A Colorado registered voter and spouse who owns taxable real or personal property in the district, but does not reside on the property or in the district.
  3. A Colorado registered voter who is obligated to pay taxes under a contract to purchase taxable property within the district, but does not reside on the property or in the district.

How can someone know whether they’re eligible to vote on these issues?

Eligible voters who live in one of these districts will see the special district issue on their regular ballot.

Property owners who live outside the district can contact the Boulder County Elections Division to receive a ballot containing only the special district issue as long as they are registered to vote in Colorado. The mail ballot will arrive in a green envelope to distinguish it from the white ballot envelopes used for standard mail-in ballots. Our office also sent a letter to these voters in late September notifying them they may be eligible to participate in the election.

If you have questions about this, please call us at 303-413-7740 or email Joan Barilla at jbarilla@bouldercounty.org.

What are the boundaries of these special districts?

View the district boundaries on these maps:

Where can a voter read the ballot content for these special district issues and find more information about them?

Who do I contact if I still have questions about obtaining a ballot or need other general election information?
Call, email or visit our main office in Boulder, or visit our website:

- BoulderCountyVotes.org
- On Twitter: @BoCoClerk -
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3329Wed, 10 Oct 2012 10:00:00
Boulder County to test ballots and equipment for upcoming electionBoulder County  – The Boulder County Elections Division will conduct a logic and accuracy test next week on ballots and equipment to be used for the 2012 general election.

The test ensures equipment properly tabulates votes. Each type of ballot and all ballot styles will be tested to make sure ballots are properly printed and to verify the scanning equipment properly reads ballots. The test will also confirm that scanning equipment settings are properly calibrated for the ballots. Testing is open to the public, including representatives of local political parties and the media.

Scheduled Dates and Times: 
10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9;
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, and Thursday, Oct. 11.
(The public may also observe a day of pre-testing preparation on Monday, Oct. 8, beginning at 9 a.m.)

Location: 
Ballot Processing Center, Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office, 1750 33rd St., Boulder.

After testing concludes, documentation and results will be available online at BoulderCountyVotes.org

Boulder County voters can also visit BoulderCountyVotes.org to register to vote, check and update their voter registration, request a mail-in ballot, view ballot content and learn more about local elections. They can also call 303-413-7740 for more information or visit one of three Boulder County Clerk & Recorder's Office branches: 1750 33rd St. in Boulder; 529 Coffman St. in Longmont; or 722 Main St. in Louisville. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Key Dates for the 2012 General Election:
• Tuesday, Oct. 9: Last day to register to vote for the 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 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.

- BoulderCountyVotes.org -
- On Twitter: @BoCoClerk

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3318Tue, 02 Oct 2012 10:00:00
Deadline Approaching: Tuesday, Oct. 9 is Last Day to Register to VoteBoulder County – If you aren’t registered to vote, you have just one week left to do so if you’d like to cast a ballot in the general election.

Tuesday, Oct. 9, is the last day to register to vote for the Nov. 6 election. 

Boulder County voters can visit BoulderCountyVotes.org to register to vote, check and update their voter registration, request a mail-in ballot, view ballot content and learn more about local elections. 

They can also call 303-413-7740 for more information or visit one of three Boulder County Clerk & Recorder's Office branches: 1750 33rd St. in Boulder; 529 Coffman St. in Longmont; or 722 Main St. in Louisville. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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 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.

- BoulderCountyVotes.org -
- On Twitter: @BoCoClerk

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3315Mon, 01 Oct 2012 10:00:00
Watch for Voter Information Postcard in Your Mailbox This WeekBoulder County – Voters should check their mailboxes this week for postcards detailing key information on how to cast a ballot in the Nov. 6 general election.

About 175,000 voters in Boulder County will receive the postcards from the Clerk & Recorder’s Office.

For voters who’ve signed up to receive a mail ballot, each postcard gives the voter’s precinct number and tells them to watch for their mail ballot during the week of Oct. 15. About 113,000 Boulder County voters will receive this card.

For polling place voters, the card gives the voter’s precinct number, designated Election Day polling place and details about early voting, which begins the week of Oct. 22. About 62,000 Boulder County voters will receive this card.

Residents who have not registered to vote will not receive a postcard, though they can still register by Oct. 9 and cast a ballot in the election.

Boulder County voters can visit BoulderCountyVotes.org to register to vote, check and update their voter registration, request a mail-in ballot, view ballot content and learn more about local elections.

They can also call 303-413-7740 for more information or visit one of three Boulder County Clerk & Recorder's Office branches: 1750 33rd St. in Boulder; 529 Coffman St. in Longmont; or 722 Main St. in Louisville. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Key Dates for the 2012 General Election:
• Tuesday, Oct. 9: Last day to register to vote if you want to participate in the Nov. 6 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 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.

- BoulderCountyVotes.org -
- On Twitter: @BoCoClerk
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3310Tue, 25 Sep 2012 10:00:00
Statement from Clerk & Recorder Hillary Hall on Dismissal of Court CaseBoulder County – U.S. District Judge Christine Arguello this morning dismissed the Citizen Center v. Gessler case, in which Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall had been named as a defendant. The court also denied a related motion for a preliminary injunction that could have prevented Boulder County from printing its ballots as planned for the Nov. 6 general election. The Boulder County Elections Division will proceed with its plan to print ballots.

Clerk Hall offered the following response to the judge’s ruling: 

"We’ve always worked very hard to ensure election integrity in Boulder County. We’ve designed paper ballots that will keep your vote anonymous and allow for efficient, accurate tallying on Election Night. Earlier this year, I helped draft legislation to create a process that lets the public review voted ballots after an election. And Boulder County has one of the most advanced and thorough post-election audits in the U.S. 

"I’m happy the judge’s decision will allow us to continue our work as planned. The dismissal of the case is a relief because it will allow me to devote more of my time to overseeing our preparations for the general election." 

For more on Boulder County’s ballot design and printing process, see Hall’s recent op-ed.

Key Dates for the 2012 General Election:
• Tuesday, Oct. 9: Deadline to register to voter if wish to cast a ballot in the Nov. 6 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 available at 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.

- On Twitter: @BoCoClerk




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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3305Fri, 21 Sep 2012 10:00:00
2012 Primary Maps: Results and Turnout by Precinct

To review the data we used to compile these maps, see the 2012 primary Statement of Vote.

2012 Primary Election Results
BoulderCountyVotes.org
On Twitter: @BoCoClerk

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3224Thu, 19 Jul 2012 10:00:00
Final turnout figures: Boulder County 2012 primaryFinal Turnout
Boulder County Primary Election
June 26, 2012 

Total Turnout:
37,219 ballots tallied / 109,118 active ballots distributed = 34.1 percent turnout

Republican Party:
12,132 ballots tallied / 36,021 active ballots distributed = 33.7 percent turnout

Democratic Party:
25,069 ballots tallied / 72,949 active ballots distributed = 34.4 percent turnout

American Constitution Party:
18 ballots tallied / 148 active ballots distributed = 12.2 percent turnout

2012 Primary Election Results   
BoulderCountyVotes.org
On Twitter: @BoCoClerk
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3223Thu, 19 Jul 2012 10:00:00
Boulder County's Primary Election Audit Open to PublicBoulder County – The public is invited to observe Boulder County’s enhanced audit for the 2012 primary election beginning Saturday at noon. The audit is a post-election quality assurance test that ensures the accuracy of the machine tally of votes.

Boulder County’s enhanced audit uses randomly selected ballots from all scanning systems and compares a manual tally of votes with the actual election-night machine tally of the same ballots. Any discrepancy is investigated. A final report is issued to the Boulder County Canvass Board for verification before the election is certified.

Members of the public can observe the audit process at the Boulder County Ballot Processing Center, 1750 33rd St., Boulder. Contests and ballot batches will be randomly selected from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Ballots will be manually tallied and compared with machines tallies from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday. The audit will continue from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or until the test is finished.

Complete audit details and data will be available at BoulderCountyVotes.org by 5 p.m. Friday, July 6.

- BoulderCountyVotes.org -
- On Twitter: @BoCoClerk

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3187Thu, 28 Jun 2012 10:00:00
Ballot Returns on Pace to Exceed 2010 Primary TurnoutWith our ballot returns at a total of 21,147 ballots through yesterday, we are now ahead of where we were at this point in the 2010 Primary Election

If the ballot returns continue at this rate, we will exceed 2010 primary returns by a small amount. In 2010, we received 48,779 ballots.  If we maintain our current pace, we will be closer to 50,000 ballots returned.  

One unknown factor is the impact of the primary being held in June rather than August.  Does the earlier date cause voters to return their ballot ahead of time as they may be going on vacation? 

A statistic that seems to hold pretty steady is that we receive around 25 percent of our ballots on Election Day. This means we will likely receive 12,500+ ballots on Election Day.  In the 2011 coordinated election we received 24,200+ ballots on Election Day, or about twice as many as our projection for Primary Election Day next Tuesday.

-- Hillary Hall, Boulder County Clerk & Recorder

- BoulderCountyVotes.org -
- On Twitter: @BoCoClerk
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3176Wed, 20 Jun 2012 10:00:00
Boulder County to host primary election open houseBoulder County – Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall will host a primary election open house from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 25, at the Ballot Processing Center, 1750 33rd St. in Boulder.

The event offers people interested in local elections a chance to see how ballots are processed and learn more about Boulder County’s elections procedures. Hall will explain how the mail-ballot primary is being conducted and answer questions. Visitors will be able to observe workers processing early-return ballots for the June 26 primary election. 

This election is being conducted entirely by mail ballot. Voters can visit BoulderCountyVotes.org to check their registration, view ballot content, find a service center or ballot drop-off site, request a replacement ballot if their ballot is lost or damaged, or find more information about the election. 

They can also call 303-413-7740 or email vote@bouldercountyvotes.org for information or visit one of three Boulder County election service centers.
  
Key Dates for the 2012 Primary Election:
• Tuesday, June 19: Last day to request a replacement ballot if you’d like to receive it by mail. 
• Monday, June 18, through Tuesday, June 26: Voters requesting a replacement ballot can apply for and receive one in person at one of three service centers. 
• Tuesday, June 26: Primary Election Day. Ballots must be in hands of Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office no later than 7 p.m.
 
- BoulderCountyVotes.org
- On Twitter: @BoCoClerk -
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3174Tue, 19 Jun 2012 10:00:00
Affiliated Boulder County Voters: You Should Have Your Primary Ballot
Boulder County – Eligible, affiliated voters should have their mail ballots for the 2012 Boulder County primary election.

Voters affiliated with the Democratic, Republican and American Constitution parties may vote in the June 26 primary. Voters who have not received a primary ballot or who have questions about their ballot can email vote@bouldercountyvotes.org or call 303-413-7740.

The June 26 primary election is being conducted entirely by mail ballot. Each mailed ballot packet includes a list of ballot drop-off points and service centers that will open next week.
 
Voters can visit BoulderCountyVotes.org to view ballot content, request a replacement ballot if their ballot is lost or damaged, or find more information about the election. 
  
Key Dates for the 2012 Primary Election:
• Tuesday, June 19: Last day to request a replacement ballot if you’d like to receive it by mail. 
• Monday, June 18, through Tuesday, June 26: Voters requesting a replacement ballot can apply for and receive one in person at one of three service centers. 
• Tuesday, June 26: Primary Election Day. Ballots must be in hands of Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office no later than 7 p.m.
 
- BoulderCountyVotes.org
- On Twitter: @BoCoClerk -

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3163Tue, 12 Jun 2012 10:00:00
Sheriff Pelle Expands Fire BanFROM:            SHERIFF JOE PELLE

REF:                NEW AND ADDITIONAL FIRE RESTRICTIONS

EFFECTIVE:   JUNE 11, 2012 5 P.M.

 

 

Ongoing dry and windy conditions, and Red Flag Warnings on a daily basis, have pushed us into extreme fire danger regionally and county-wide.  Additionally, huge fires in Larimer County, Wyoming, New Mexico, and throughout other parts of the State have strained fire-fighting resources locally and regionally.

 

The forecast shows no signs of immediate relief.

 

With these conditions in mind, we are upgrading our current ban on open-fires.  Effective at 5pm today, there will be no open burning of any kind allowed anywhere in unincorporated Boulder County.  This includes slash piles, agricultural burning, camp fires, bon fires, charcoal grills, etc. regardless of location, (mountains or plains). Only liquid gas or propane fired cooking stoves will be allowed for outdoor use. The use and sale of fireworks is also banned throughout the unincorporated county.

 

Violation of this order may result in a $500 fine for the first offense and escalates with subsequent violations. 

 

Deputies will begin enforcing this resolution tonight, and informing campground hosts, etc. of the new rules while they make their rounds. 
 
-www.BoulderSheriff.org-
 
Reference:  Amended Fire Ban (6/11/12)
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3159Mon, 11 Jun 2012 10:00:00
Equipment testing complete for June 26 primary electionBoulder County – Ballots and equipment to be used in the county’s upcoming mail-ballot primary election passed a required Logic and Accuracy Test held Wednesday and Thursday.

Representatives from the local Democratic and Republican parties took part in testing at the Boulder County Clerk & Recorder's Office that confirmed the equipment’s ability to properly read ballots and correctly tabulate votes. 

The LAT also confirmed ballots are properly printed for the election and the equipment is accurately calibrated to process ballots. The test included mail-in, electronic and audio ballots. In all, 3,454 ballots were tested, including 3,379 paper ballots and 75 electronic ballots on voting machines. 
 
Each piece of equipment used during the LAT has been cleared of test votes and reset to zero, ensuring the equipment is ready to count live ballots for the primary election.
 
Results and test records are available for review at BoulderCountyVotes.org.
 
The June 26 primary election is being conducted by mail ballot. Visit BoulderCountyVotes.org to check your registration or learn more about the election, and call 303-413-7740 or email Vote@BoulderCountyVotes.org if you have questions. 
 
Key Dates for the 2012 Primary Election:
Friday, May 25: Last day for voters to change or withdraw from party affiliation before the primary.
Tuesday, May 29: Last day to register to vote for the primary election.
Tuesday, June 26: Primary Election Day. Ballots must be in hands of Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office no later than 7 p.m.
 
- BoulderCountyVotes.org
- On Twitter: @BoCoClerk

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3131Fri, 25 May 2012 10:00:00
Time running out to change affiliation, register to vote for primary election 

Boulder County  – Residents who plan to cast a ballot in the June 26 primary election have just a few days left to change party affiliation or register to vote. 

Republican, Democratic, American Constitution and minor party members who’d like to change their party affiliation before the primary must do so no later than Friday, May 25. Unregistered voters who’d like to register to vote and participate in the primary must do so no later than Tuesday, May 29. 

Unaffiliated voters may affiliate with a party and participate in its primary up to and including Primary Election Day on June 26.

Voters who have moved since the previous election should update their registration if they plan to vote in the primary.

Boulder County voters can visit BoulderCountyVotes.org to register to vote, check and update their voter registration and view primary ballot content. They can also call 303-413-7740 for more information or visit one of three Boulder County Clerk & Recorder's Office branches: 1750 33rd St. in Boulder; 529 Coffman St. in Longmont; or 722 Main St. in Louisville. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The upcoming primary election will be conducted by mail ballot. Only affiliated voters will receive a ballot. Primary Election Day is June 26, but voters will begin receiving their ballots during the week of June 4. Each ballot packet will include details about expanded Clerk & Recorder’s office hours, election service centers and ballot drop-off sites for the June primary.

- BoulderCountyVotes.org

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3123Fri, 18 May 2012 10:00:00
Deadlines Approaching to Change Affiliation, Register to Vote for PrimaryBoulder County  – Residents who plan to cast a ballot in the June 26 primary election have a few weeks left to change party affiliation or register to vote. 

Republicans, Democrats and American Constitution Party members who’d like to change their party affiliation before the primary must do so no later than Friday, May 25. Unregistered voters who’d like to register to vote and participate in the primary must do so no later than Tuesday, May 29. Voters who have moved since the previous election should update their registration if they plan to vote in the primary.

Boulder County voters can visit BoulderCountyVotes.org to register to vote, check and update their voter registration and view primary ballot content. They can also call 303-413-7740 for more information or visit one of three Boulder County Clerk & Recorder's Office branches: 1750 33rd St. in Boulder; 529 Coffman St. in Longmont; or 722 Main St. in Louisville. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
 
The upcoming primary election will be conducted by mail ballot. Only affiliated voters will receive a ballot. Primary Election Day is June 26, but voters will begin receiving their ballots during the week of June 4. Each ballot packet will include details about expanded Clerk & Recorder’s office hours, election service centers and ballot drop-off sites for the June primary.
 
- BoulderCountyVotes.org -
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3116Fri, 11 May 2012 10:00:00
Boulder County to Test Ballots and Equipment for Upcoming Primary ElectionBoulder County, Colo. – The Boulder County Elections Division beginning Wednesday, May 23, will conduct a logic and accuracy test on ballots and equipment to be used for the 2012 primary election.

The test ensures equipment properly tabulates votes. Each type of ballot and all ballot styles will be tested to make sure ballots are properly printed and to verify the scanning equipment properly reads ballots. The test will also confirm that scanning equipment settings are properly calibrated for the ballots. Testing is open to the public, including representatives of local political parties and the media.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, through Friday, May 25 (or until testing concludes). A pre-testing setup day is also open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 22.

Where: Ballot Processing Center, Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office, 1750 33rd St., Boulder.

After testing concludes, documentation and results will be available online at BoulderCountyVotes.org

For more elections information, including ballot content for the June 26 primary, visit BoulderCountyVotes.org.

Other Key Dates for the 2012 Primary Election:

  • Friday, May 25: Last day for voters to change or withdraw major party affiliation before the primary.
  • Tuesday, May 29: Last day to register to vote for the primary election.
  • Tuesday, June 26: Primary Election Day. Ballots must be in hands of Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office no later than 7 p.m.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3113Monday, May 08, 2012
Boulder County to Conduct 2012 Primary Election by Mail Ballot

Boulder County – The Board of County Commissioners today approved Boulder County Clerk & Recorder Hillary Hall’s plan to conduct a mail ballot election with service centers for the 2012 primary election. 

Boulder County’s Elections Division examined several factors to decide how to conduct this year’s June 26 primary election, including voting method preferences in Boulder County, turnout, costs, and comments received from the public. 

The county conducted its first mail-ballot primary in 2010, and has conducted odd-year elections by mail ballot since 2001. Election officials estimate they saved $180,000 by conducting the 2010 primary as an all-mail ballot election rather than a polling place election.

The 2010 primary also saw an increase in voter turnout consistent with mail ballot elections. Turnout grew from 29 percent in the 2008 polling place primary to 43 percent in the 2010 mail ballot primary. 

Of about 97,000 active registered voters affiliated with a political party in Boulder County, about 67,000 have signed up as permanent mail-in voters. Of the roughly 145,000 active registered voters in Boulder County, about 95,000 are PMIVs.

Primary ballots will be mailed beginning June 4. Several service centers will be available in Boulder County from June 18-26 for voters to vote in person, update their registration, drop off voted ballots or request replacement ballots.

The deadline for affiliated voters to change their affiliation to vote in the primary election, or to withdraw their affiliation, is May 25. The deadline to register to vote is May 29.

Voters can check their registration information at BoulderCountyVotes.org to verify update their registration, address information and affiliation. 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=3005Thu, 16 Feb 2012 10:00:00
Frequently Asked Questions: Caucuses in Boulder CountyWith the 2012 political caucuses just around the corner, we've been taking calls from voters who want to know how to identify their new precinct number, where to find updated precinct maps and how to find more info about a party's caucus. Here are some answers to the most common questions we’ve received:

How do I figure out my precinct number?

Check your voter information on our website. You can also call the Boulder County Elections Division at 303-413-7740 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Where can I find maps of Boulder County’s precincts?

Maps of updated precinct boundaries are also available on our website.

I'm a Republican. How do I figure out where to go for my party's local caucus on Tuesday, Feb. 7?

Contact the local party leadership:

Boulder County Republican Party
Chairperson: Joel T Champion
Phone: 303-775-1103
Email:  joel@bouldercountygop.org
Web: http://bouldercountygop.org/

The Democratic Party and American Constitution Party hold their caucuses on Tuesday, March 6. Where can I find information about their caucuses?

Boulder County Democratic Party 
Chairperson: Dan Gould
Phone: 303-442-3423
Email:  office@bocodems.org
Website: http://bocodems.org

American Constitution Party
Chairperson: Douglas Campbell
Phone: 1-877-VOTE-ACP
Email: info@americanconstitutionparty.com
Website: www.americanconstitutionparty.com

For more elections information, visit BoulderCountyVotes.org or follow the Boulder County Clerk & Recorder's Office on Twitter.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=2992Mon, 06 Feb 2012 10:00:00
Boulder County statement on oil and gas drilling from Commissioners Cindy Domenico, Will Toor and Deb Gardner:Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County is concerned about the potential for significantly expanded oil and gas drilling within the county, and supports appropriate, tighter restrictions on drilling and increased local control to mitigate the impacts of these activities.

However, Boulder County and other local governments in Colorado do not have complete authority to regulate drilling. In order to ensure both our Comprehensive Plan and Land Use regulations are as thorough and up-to-date as possible, today we approved a temporary moratorium on the processing of the required development plans for local oil and gas permits under the county Land Use Code (Resolution 2012-16). This will give us time to make sure that, within the limits of our legal authority, we are able to mitigate local impacts from these activities and to maximize protection for the people and environment of Boulder County.

Boulder County does not voluntarily allow oil and gas drilling on its open space properties. Like many private landowners, we often do not own the rights to a given property’s oil and gas deposits. In other cases, the mineral rights were leased prior to acquisition of the land by the county. In those instances, the county does not have the ability to prohibit drilling, even though it is the surface landowner. As the surface owner, we do negotiate surface use agreements prior to drilling, and in doing so, we attempt to minimize those impacts to the maximum extent possible.

Through our Land Use Code, we do have some local authority over oil and gas drilling on private and public land; however, substantial authority for regulation of oil and gas operations lies with the state and federal governments, so there are limits on what we can restrict. For instance, it is unlikely that Boulder County could simply prohibit hydraulic fracturing on either public or private land in the county.

Boulder County has and is actively supporting efforts to strengthen state regulation, and to expand local authority in the area of oil and gas drilling. We supported legislation signed by former Gov. Bill Ritter to strengthen oil and gas rules and to reform the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. We have also advocated for a stronger disclosure requirements of fracking fluids, although the COGCC ultimately approved requirements that did not include our requests for a process that would allow any leaks to be traced, nor for pre- and post-drilling water monitoring. Finally, we are supportive of legislation that Rep. Matt Jones of Louisville is sponsoring in the 2012 General Assembly to expand local authority over drilling.

We also authorized staff to set a public hearing for Thursday, March 1 to take public testimony on the local impacts associated with oil and gas development, and on the appropriateness of continuing or amending the temporary moratorium on the processing of land use applications for oil and gas development which we approved today. This meeting will begin at 4 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room on the third floor of the Boulder County Courthouse at 1325 Pearl St. in Boulder. Staff from several county departments will be making presentations regarding our current regulations and the development we have seen on our open space properties.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=2986Thu, 02 Feb 2012 10:00:00
Elections Division Seeks Input on Proposed Mail Ballot Primary ElectionBoulder County – The Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office is collecting public comments on its proposal to conduct the June 26 primary election by mail ballot.

Members of the public who want to offer feedback can email their comments to Boulder County’s Elections Division at vote@bouldercountyvotes.org. The matter is tentatively scheduled to go before the Board of County Commissioners for approval on Thursday, Feb. 16. Please send written comments no later than Monday, Feb. 13.

Boulder County conducted its 2010 primary election, as well as its November 2011 coordinated election, by mail ballot. The November 2012 general election will use polling places as well as mail ballots.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=2980Fri, 27 Jan 2012 10:00:00
Boulder County Precinct Boundary Changes ApprovedBoulder County -- The Board of County Commissioners this morning voted 2-0 to approve updates to the county’s precinct lines and political district maps.

Boulder County’s Elections Division and Clerk & Recorder Hillary Hall developed the new map to reflect redistricting decisions made at the state level in 2011. The updates take into account new boundaries for the county’s U.S. House, Colorado Senate and Colorado House representative districts.

The new precinct map will be used for the 2012 election cycle.

As part of the update, the Elections Division staff also introduced a new numbering system that labels precincts geographically. They’re separated into nine categories by municipality or region to make precinct data easier to sort. For example, all Boulder precincts are numbered in the 800s while Longmont’s are in the 600s.

A copy of this morning’s presentation by Boulder County Clerk & Recorder Hillary Hall, which includes details about the new numbering system, is available at BoulderCountyVotes.org.
 
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=2955Tue, 03 Jan 2012 10:00:00
FAQ: Redistricting in Boulder CountyWhat is redistricting? Who makes decisions about redistricting?

Redistricting refers to the proportional adjustment of district boundaries for U.S. House, State Senate and State House districts based on population changes documented by the most recent U.S. Census.

Most decisions on redistricting are made at the state level. The state’s General Assembly handles redistricting for the U.S. House seats while the Colorado Reapportionment Commission draws new lines for State House and State Senate seats.  Colorado’s state government has a helpful website explaining more about the criteria and process at the state level.

What role does Boulder County's Elections Division play in redistricting?  

After state leaders finalize new district maps, the process moves to Colorado’s counties. Our role is to implement the new district lines at the local level – to make sure Boulder County residents are in the correct State Senate, State House and U.S House district based on the new maps.

How will this affect voters?    

For most voters, precinct boundaries and representatives will remain the same. About 40 of the 234 precincts will likely see boundary changes that affect voters. In a handful of cases we’ve substantially redrawn a precinct’s boundaries based on recent redistricting decisions.
 
Additionally, some of Boulder County’s online voter lookup services will be offline for a few days while we update our database to reflect the new district boundaries. That information should be available again on Jan. 4.
 
Will I be notified if there’s a change in which elected official represents me?
 
Voters who are moved into new U.S. House, State House or State Senate districts as part of redistricting will be notified by mail in late January.

Which districts are affected by the shifting boundaries?    

Boulder County retained the same U.S. House, State House and State Senate districts. However, the boundaries of each district have changed. Here’s a list of Boulder County's districts:
  • U.S. House of Representatives:  2nd and 4th Congressional Districts
  • Colorado Senate: Districts 16, 17 and 18
  • Colorado House of Representatives: Districts 10, 11, 12, 13 and 33

Will the precinct numbers change as part of this process?

Boulder County’s precinct numbers for the next decade will be similar to the layout from the previous decade. There will be a handful of new precincts.

Where can I get more information about redistricting in Boulder County?

Review our information packet, which we'll post on Thursday, Dec. 29. You can also attend a Boulder County commissioners hearing on this matter on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=2946Thu, 22 Dec 2011 10:00:00
2011 Coordinated Election Turnout: FinalFinal turnout figures for the final unofficial results of Boulder County’s 2011 Coordinated Election:

City of Boulder
54,806 eligible voters
27,001 ballots counted
49.27% turnout
 
City of Lafayette
14,175 eligible voters
5,740 ballots counted
40.49% turnout

City of Longmont 
44,497 eligible voters
22,258 ballots counted
50.02% turnout

City of Louisville
12,171 eligible voters 
6,241 ballots counted
51.28% turnout

Boulder Valley School District – Boulder County portion
111,002 eligible voters 
52,634 ballots counted
47.42% turnout

St. Vrain Valley School District – Boulder County portion
59,608 eligible voters 
29,550 ballots counted
49.57% turnout

Total for Boulder County
171,180 eligible voters with standard ballots
1,821 property-owner-only ballots distributed
173,001 total ballots 
82,501 standard ballots counted
83,573 total ballots counted 
48.82% turnout
 
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=2950Wed, 21 Dec 2011 10:00:00
Caucus affiliation deadlines approachingBoulder County, Colo. – Deadlines are already approaching for voters who want to switch party affiliation before caucuses are held during the 2012 election cycle.

Registered voters who want to participate in the Republican Party caucus, to be held Feb. 7, 2012, must affiliate with the GOP no later than Wednesday, Dec. 7. They can do so by updating their voter information at BoulderCountyVotes.org or calling the Boulder County Elections Division at 303-413-7740.

Registered Republican voters who’ve moved recently must update their voter information by Monday, Jan. 9, to participate in the GOP caucus. First-time voters, such as naturalized citizens or those who turn 18 before Feb. 7, must register no later than Jan. 9 if they want to participate in the Republican caucus.

Registered voters who want to affiliate with the Democratic Party or American Constitution Party, both of which will hold caucuses on March 6, have until Friday, Jan. 6, to affiliate.

First-time voters and members of those parties who’ve moved recently must update their voter information by Monday, Feb. 6, to participate in the Democratic or American Constitution caucuses on March 6.
 
Each political party organizes and conducts its own caucus. For more information about a party’s caucus, contact local party leaders.

For more election information, visit BoulderCountyVotes.org.
 
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=2923Thu, 01 Dec 2011 10:00:00
Boulder County 2011 Election Results Now OfficialBoulder County – The final, official results from Boulder County’s 2011 coordinated election are available now at BoulderCountyVotes.org.
 
The final official results include the statement of vote, a document that shows precinct-by-precinct results for every issue on Boulder County ballots this year. The statement of vote will be forwarded to the Colorado Secretary of State’s office to become part of the official statewide election record.
 
Earlier this week, elections staff completed the 2011 election audit, a post-election quality assurance test that ensures the accuracy of the machine tally of votes. Boulder County’s enhanced audit uses randomly selected ballots from all scanning systems and compares a manual tally of votes with the actual election-night machine tally of the same ballots. Any discrepancy is investigated. A final report is issued to the Boulder County Canvass Board for verification prior to election certification.
 
The Boulder County Canvass Board on Tuesday certified the election and signed off on the audit. This year’s Canvass Board consisted of Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall, Longmont City Clerk Valeria Skitt and Boulder City Clerk Alisa Lewis.

More election information is available at BoulderCountyVotes.org.
 
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=2912Fri, 18 Nov 2011 10:00:00
UPDATED: Boulder County 2011 Coordinated Election ResultsBoulder County - The Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s Office added 849 ballots tonight to the unofficial 2011 coordinated election results at BoulderCountyVotes.org. This increases the total number of ballots tallied for the election to 83,573, up from 82,724.
 
Election results remain unofficial until the Boulder County Canvass Board certifies the abstract of votes cast, due Friday, Nov. 18.
 
The updated tally includes ballots from overseas voters as well as voters who needed to add or confirm a signature on their mail-ballot envelope or provide ID for their ballot to be counted. All of the ballots were voted on or before Election Day on Nov. 1.
 
Under state law, voters who needed to cure their ballots had until the close of business today to do so. The Elections Division last week sent these voters instructions on how to make sure their ballots were included in the final tally. Overseas military and other voters living abroad had until 4:30 p.m. today for their ballots to be in the hands of the Elections Division as long as the return envelopes were postmarked no later than Nov. 1.
 
Election results are undergoing an audit this week. The Canvass Board review and final certification are set for next week. 
 
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=2899Wed, 09 Nov 2011 10:00:00
Remaining Ballots Will Be Tallied TonightAs we noted last week, a few hundred ballots still need to be tallied and added to the unofficial results for the 2011 coordinated election. Tonight we'll tally the outstanding ballots, which include ballots from overseas voters and ballots that need to be cured.
 
All ballots that need to be cured are due by 4:30 p.m. today at our Elections Division office, 1750 33rd St., Boulder.
 
We'll begin tallying the remaining ballots at about 5 p.m. at the Ballot Processing Center, also at 1750 33rd St. in Boulder. The tally is open to the public. If you'd like to attend, please use the entrance at the far east end of the building.
 
We plan to post the updated results at BoulderCountyVotes.org around 8 p.m., so keep an eye on our Twitter feed tonight.
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=2897Wed, 09 Nov 2011 10:00:00
2011 Coordinated Election TurnoutTurnout figures for the final unofficial results of Boulder County’s 2011 Coordinated Election:

City of Boulder
54,809 ballots distributed
26,626 ballots counted
48.58% turnout

City of Lafayette
14,173 ballots distributed
5,700 ballots counted
40.22% turnout

City of Longmont
44,494 ballots distributed
22,132 ballots counted
49.74% turnout

City of Louisville
12,170 ballots distributed
6,206 ballots counted
50.99% turnout

Boulder Valley School District – Boulder County portion
110,993 ballots distributed
52,069 ballots counted
46.91% turnout

St. Vrain Valley School District – Boulder County portion
59,604 ballots distributed
29,373 ballots counted
49.28% turnout

Total for Boulder County
171,167 standard ballots distributed
1,821 property owner only ballots distributed
172,988 total ballots distributed
82,724 total ballots counted
47.82% turnout
 
More results and election information: BoulderCountyVotes.org
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=2888Wed, 02 Nov 2011 10:00:00
Local pregnancy-prevention program earns prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grantBoulder County, CO –Boulder County Public Health recently received a $500,000 matching grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support the GENESISTER/Women’s Health Collaborative. The GENESISTER program, developed in collaboration with the Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center, takes a new approach to preventing adolescent pregnancy by working with girls whose teenage sisters are already parenting.

Out of 181 applicants nationwide for the 2011 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Local Funding Partnerships (LFP) awards, only 10 programs were chosen to receive LFP matching grants. Local funding partners contributing to the required matching dollars include the Community Foundation of Boulder County, the Rose Community Foundation, the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation and the Virginia W. Hill Foundation.

“GENESISTER offers an innovative, holistic model to reduce adolescent pregnancy by addressing the influence of having a parenting sister on the younger sibling,” said Leticia Peguero, LFP deputy director. “We were also impressed that the project is culturally responsive with bilingual, bicultural staff and plans to include the girls’ parents in family-centered programs.”

An adolescent girl is 2-to-6 times more likely to become pregnant if her sister is a teenage mother, compared to peers who are not siblings of teen parents. The GENESISTER program engages these girls in learning through community service and works with them to reduce school dropout rates and delay sexual activity.

“The program is not just about sex education,” said Jody Scanlon, Program Manager of GENESIS, the county’s program for pregnant and parenting teens. “It’s about giving kids hope for the future. We’re taking a comprehensive approach to address the underlying social issues—helping youth to engage in their communities so they can envision a rewarding future and, thus, have compelling reasons to avoid early childbearing.”

Despite recent gains in teen pregnancy prevention, it remains a significant concern in Boulder County. GENESISTER is available to all Boulder County youth who have a sibling who is a teen parent.

The Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center is an important partner to the GENESISTER program and is collaborating with Boulder County Public Health to provide participants with age-appropriate, medically accurate comprehensive sexual health education individually and in the St. Vrain Valley School District.  Recognizing that teen pregnancy is often the result of intergenerational family patterns, GENESISTER together with Women’s Health will offer parent interventions as well, including helping families to engage in open and honest discussions about sex, relationships, and contraception.

With Boulder County Public Health’s implementation of the GENESIS Program in 1989, and the development of Women’s Health Teen Clinic in 1995, Boulder County has made a significant impact on teen pregnancy rates, resulting in a 46.8% reduction between 1991 and 2008. 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=2807Fri, 16 Sep 2011 10:00:00
Who's on Boulder County ballots in the 2011 election?The Elections Division is working this week to finalize the content that will go before county voters in the upcoming mail ballot election. We’ve received a few requests for a complete list of all issues and races that will appear on various ballots. We’ll have that document ready and available at BoulderCountyVotes.org early next week.

In the meantime, here’s a rundown of the local municipalities and districts that will have races or issues on the Nov. 1 ballot.

• Boulder County
• City of Boulder 
• City of Louisville 
• City of Longmont
• City of Lafayette
• Boulder Valley School District 
• Park School District R-3
• St. Vrain Valley School District
• Thompson School District R2-J 
• Rocky Mountain Fire Protection District 
• Coal Creek Canyon Park and Recreation District   

For more information on individual races, please contact individual districts or municipalities.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=2793Thu, 08 Sep 2011 10:00:00
Boulder County has first approved syringe exchange program in stateBoulder County – On May 9, 2011, the Boulder County Board of Health passed a resolution approving the Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) syringe exchange program - making the program the first approved syringe exchange program in Colorado. 
In 2010, Colorado lawmakers created an exemption in Colorado’s drug paraphernalia law allowing counties to adopt syringe exchange programs through a local approval process. 

“We have known for over 20 years that providing access to clean syringes and encouraging testing and treatment is one of the most effective evidence-based practices to stop the spread of infectious diseases,” said Jeff Zayach, BCPH Executive Director.

“Study after study has found that syringe access programming helps reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases without encouraging or increasing drug use. In fact, this type of programming provides opportunities to reduce drug use.”

In March 1989, only eight years after the first cases of HIV were identified, the Boulder County Public Health HIV/STI Outreach Program started the Works Program, a comprehensive needle exchange, treatment, and harm reduction program – making Boulder the third city in the United States to offer syringe access programming for drug users.

Since then, collaboration between local law enforcement, the Boulder County district attorney’s office, and BCPH has helped to reduce the spread of infectious disease, keep needles off our streets and out of our waterways, increased testing for HIV/AIDS, and increased treatment among injecting drug users.

“It has been a very long time coming, but we are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to operate under full legal protection, not just at a local level, but at a state level as well,” said Carol Helwig, BCPH HIV/STI Outreach Program Coordinator.

“When we legitimize the services that prevent the spread of infectious diseases, and ultimately link people to the resources they need to lead a healthier life, we are a little bit closer to social justice for the most marginalized among us.”

For more information, contact Carol Helwig at 303.413.7522 or visit www.BoulderCountyHealth.org.
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=2633Tue, 10 May 2011 10:00:00
Partners help to improve equity, self-esteem, and healthBoulder, Colo. – As budgets are cut and the economy continues to waver, partnership has become even more important in the effort to help Boulder County residents and visitors stay healthy and safe. On Thursday, April 7, Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) will honor three community partners for their exemplary work in improving the health and environment of Boulder County.

This year’s award recipients are Rev. Rick King, United Church of Christ, Longmont; The Boulder Valley Teen Parenting Program-Arapahoe Ridge; and Morgan Rogers, The Community Foundation. 

Rev. Rick King, United Church of Christ, Longmont has been on the forefront of creating equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning (LGBTIQ) residents in the Longmont area. In September 1999, his church adopted the “open and affirming” position, and in January 2010, the church completed an adult education class to debunk myths about biblical passages often used to exclude gays from worship. The church has publicly declared their full welcome and inclusion of LGBT people in local newspapers, on prominent signs, and in ongoing outreach. 

King has also been instrumental in creating the Safe Schools Coalition for the St. Vrain Valley School District, working to help the district implement comprehensive LGBTIQ and anti-bullying trainings.

“Due to Rev. King’s work, there are now other churches in the Longmont area that are beginning conversations about what it means to be open and affirming places of worship,” said Melissa Marsh, BCPH OASOS (Open and Affirming Sexual Orientation and gender identity Support) program coordinator. “He recognizes the health disparities that LGBTIQ youth face in their schools and in the community, as well as the important role the church plays in making sure that Longmont is a safe place to live, work, and go to school for everyone.”

The Boulder Valley Teen Parenting Program – Arapahoe Ridge helps students build self-esteem and provides them with a support system. Along with schoolwork, they teach teen parents pre- and postnatal care; childbirth; maternal and infant health; and nutrition and parenting skills. About 66% of participants have completed high school or earned a GED or vocational certificate.

“The entire staff – from the program director to the classroom teachers – cares deeply about the children and new parents,” said Jody Scanlon, BCPH GENESIS and GENESISTER (teen pregnancy and parenting) program manager. “The Boulder Valley School District has provided tremendous support to the district's teen parent population, and because of this, these teens are beating the odds.”
 
Morgan Rogers, The Community Foundation, has dedicated her career with The Community Foundation to improving the health and wellness of all people and the environment in Boulder County. Rogers developed the Boulder County Trends Report that tracks 50 indicators of the health of the community and helps partners to develop strategies to improve health.

Morgan was also instrumental in developing, implementing, funding, and coordinating the Boulder County Health Information Exchange, an important tool that will improve health care providers’ access to critical health information, improve the quality of treatment for their patients, and improve chronic health conditions. 

“Because of Morgan’s work, we have been selected as one of two statewide pilots to implement health information exchange,” said Jeff Zayach, BCPH executive director.  “People from the national level are watching our progress, and Morgan was key in moving us forward.”

The Healthy Community Awards, developed in 2006, recognizes individuals and groups in the Boulder County community that address public health needs and issues. Up to three awards are given annually, and each recipient must have demonstrated the BCPH mission and values in an exemplary way and developed and implemented strategies to improve the health and well-being of the people and environment in Boulder County.

A BCPH employee must nominate community members or organizations, and a review committee of public health leaders selects award recipients.

This year’s awards will be presented at a reception from 2 to 4 p.m., April 7, at 3482 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=2583Thu, 31 Mar 2011 10:00:00
Business, academia, and public health work together to make food safe.Two Boulder County food facilities were recognized on January 19, 2011, for going above and beyond minimum food safety regulations to keep consumers safe. The facilities, Pizza Hut at 2255 N. Main Street in Longmont and Subway at 1335 South Boulder Road in Louisville, became the newest members of the Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) Partners for Food Safety program.
 
Rather than focusing mainly on inspections, the program emphasizes collaboration, training, and recognition to improve food safety.

“It’s a new way of thinking about food safety,” said Marshall Lipps, BCPH environmental health specialist. “The program’s based on partnership and incentives rather than the traditional punitive model.”

The program is voluntary and was developed by the Food Safety Advisory Committee (FSAC), a partnership of industry, academia, and public health, in 2009. The program now boasts over 40 members.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 out of 6 Americans (48 million people) becomes sick from a foodborne illness every year. Of those, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die.

To find out more about the program, visit www.BoulderCountyFood.org, and click on “Partners for Food Safety.” To receive updates about FSAC, email Marshall Lipps at mlipps@bouldercounty.org.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=2515Fri, 28 Jan 2011 10:00:00
Unattended DeathCase Report 10-6573
 
On December 12, 2010, at approximately 8:06 a.m., Deputies with the Boulder County Sheriff's Office, along with members of the Boulder Rural Fire Protection District and Pridemark Paramedics responded to the 200 Blk. of Green Rock Drive in unincorporated Boulder County, Colorado on the report of a female who was unconscious and not breathing. CPR was attempted on the vicitm, but was unsuccessful.
 
The name of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin. Boulder County Sheriff's Detectives and Boulder County Coroner's Office are investigating but foul play is not suspected.
 
Sergeant Lori L. Cox #529
(303)-441-3622  
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=2476Sun, 12 Dec 2010 10:00:00
Businesses only need 10 minutes to learn how to protect the environmentThe Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE) Program aims to teach businesses how to minimize environmental impacts in just 10 minutes. As part of a new PACE Allies program, an online training has been designed to train businesses that do any sort of outdoor cleanup, such as pressure washing.

“Nothing but rain to the drain” is the mantra for Janice Lopitz, Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) coordinator for the Keep It Clean Partnership (KICP). “I say this to emphasize the fact that everything that goes down a storm drain runs straight to our streams and rivers, without treatment or filtration.”

Seemingly innocuous activities like pressure washing a restaurant patio can carry harmful chemicals and debris into our waterways and significantly impact our water quality.

“Learning to protect our water is simple. Just complete the 10-minute online training and answer 10 test questions,” said Bill Hayes, BCPH environmental health specialist and PACE Program team leader. “It’s so simple, and can make such a tremendous difference.”

Businesses who subcontract functions, like cleaning a building’s exterior, can make sure they’re taking steps to protect the environment too. The PACE Allies program will provide businesses with a list of PACE Allies – service providers that understand and are trained to follow practices that minimize the environmental impacts of these kinds of activities.

The training is available at www.PACEpartners.com. Those who pass the test will be contact to schedule a time for PACE staff to observe their work. They will then be added to the “PACE Allies” list posted on the PACE website and shared with businesses throughout Boulder County. 

PACE will follow up with each Ally annually to ensure that they are continuing to properly implement best management practices (BMPs) and to provide them with any new BMPs or information about emerging technologies.

PACE is pleased to recognize the following Allies:
Wash On Wheels
www.washonwheels.net
3340 S. Quivas St.
Englewood, CO 80110
303-937-7181

X-stream Clean
www.x-streamclean.com
P.O. Box 19371
Boulder, CO 80308
303-579-1388

Rush Management
www.rushmanagement.com
1801 S 120th St .
Lafayette, CO 80026-9509
303-444-2841

For more information about PACE, please visit www.PACEpartners.com or call 303.783.PACE (7223). 

For more information about KICP, please visit www.KeepItCleanPartnership.org.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=2416Thu, 28 Oct 2010 10:00:00
Recount of Boulder County Question 1D completeBoulder County, Colo. – The Boulder County Elections Division has completed recounting 63,275 ballots for Boulder County Question 1D. The measure, which extends the term limits for the District Attorney to a maximum of three terms, passed by nine votes.

Final recount results for Boulder County Question 1D are 29,966 votes in favor of the measure and 29,957 votes against the measure.

Representatives of the Boulder County canvass board certified the final results of the recount at 2 p.m. on Friday, November 20.

“The purpose of the recount is to ensure that every vote that should have been counted was included in the results,” said Boulder County Clerk & Recorder Hillary Hall. “We are confident that with the processes we have in place we have accomplished this goal.”

Five votes changed during the recount for a net difference of three votes. These five vote changes can be explained by the following:

  • During the recount process two ‘yes’ votes were determined to be undervotes.
  • Three other votes (two ‘yes’ votes and one ‘no’ vote) were deemed overvotes by the recount resolution teams due to a lack of  clarity of the voter’s intent. 
  • Undervotes and overvotes cannot be counted.

Final results for the contest are available online at www.VoteBoulder.org.

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Contact: Jessie Cornelius 303-413-7766
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=1924Fri, 20 Nov 2009 10:00:00
Official results for the 2009 Coordinated Election are available onlineBoulder County, Colo. - The Boulder County canvass board certified the results of the 2009 Coordinated Election on Monday and a mandatory recount of Boulder County Question 1D will commence on Tuesday.

The canvass board, which was comprised of representatives of the entities coordinating in the election, signed paperwork at 11 a.m. Monday certifying the election results. During the canvass, the board verified the number of ballots counted in the election and ensured they did not exceed the number of people who voted. A total of 63,320 ballots were cast in this year’s election. The canvass board also conducted a review of the audit report to ensure the election results were accurate.

Boulder County completed verifying the machine tally of votes on Friday during its enhanced election audit. The audit included examining 20 contests on this year’s ballot that had close margins of victory, including Boulder County Question 1D and the Boulder County Nederland Community Library District Ballot Issue 5B.

“We manually counted 22,139 votes for the audit and compared them to election night results to ensure the accuracy of the election night totals,” said Boulder County Clerk & Recorder Hillary Hall. “I want to thank my staff and the audit board for their diligent work during this process.”

The election results have determined the need for a mandatory recount of all ballots cast that include Boulder County Ballot Question 1D, where the difference of ‘yes’ and ‘no’ votes was a total of 12. The threshold for a mandatory recount in that contest was 150 votes or less. The margins in all other contests are wide enough that a mandatory recount will not be required.

The recount of Boulder County Question 1D will begin on Tuesday with a pretest of the scanning equipment. During this test, election officials will scan four batches of 150 ballots through each of the four scanners used during the election. The machine tally of votes will be compared with a manual tally of votes. If the tallies match, the recount will proceed by scanning all 63,275 ballots that include Boulder County Question 1D.

If there are any discrepancies in the pretest results that cannot be explained by voter error, the Elections Division will conduct a manual recount of all ballots cast that include Boulder County Question 1D.

Members of the press and public are welcome to observe the recount process. The recount will be conducted at the Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office in Boulder, 1750 33rd St. Contact Jessie Cornelius for details at 303-413-7766 or e-mail jcornelius@bouldercounty.org.

Official election results can be viewed at www.VoteBoulder.org.
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Contact: Jessie Cornelius, 303-413-7766


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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=1917Mon, 16 Nov 2009 10:00:00
Collector vehicles are now defined as model years 1975 and older(Boulder County, Colo.) - A new state law that becomes effective on September 1, will require vehicles to have a model year of 1975 and older in order to be eligible to register for a “Collector Vehicle” license plate. Collector vehicles were previously defined as those 25 years and older.

Vehicles with a model year of 1976 and newer that already display “Collector Vehicle” license plates will be allowed to maintain their plate status as long as the registration is renewed on time. If the registration expires on models 1976 and newer, the vehicles will be required to pass an emissions test and will be registered with standard license plates. Additionally, if a vehicle with a model year of 1976 and newer is sold to a new owner, it will no longer qualify for the “Collector Vehicle” license plate.

The Boulder County Motor Vehicle Division has sent letters to vehicle owners who could be immediately impacted by the new law. Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed Senate Bill 09-003 into law on June 1, which changed the definition of collector vehicles.

If you have any questions, please contact the Motor Vehicle Division at 303-413-7710 or email motorvehicle@bouldercounty.org

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=1796Mon, 24 Aug 2009 10:00:00
Colorado's motor vehicle registration fees increase beginning July 1, 2009Contact: Jessie Cornelius, Boulder County Clerk & Recorder Public Affairs Specialist: 303-413-7766.

Effective July 1, 2009, a new State law will begin increasing Colorado's motor vehicle registration fees over a three-year period. The new fees will be based on a vehicle’s weight and are in addition to all other registration fees.

Vehicle registration fees will increase each year by the following amounts:

For any vehicle weighing 2,000 pounds or less, which includes motorcycles and small trailers:
• $22.50: July 2009 – June 2010
• $25.75: July 2010 – June 2011
• $29.00: July 2011 and each year thereafter

For vehicles weighing between 2,001-5,000 pounds, which includes most cars, SUVs, and light trucks:
• $32.00: July 2009 – June 2010
• $36.50: July 2010 – June 2011
• $41.00: July 2011 and each year thereafter

For vehicles weighing 5,001-10,000 pounds, which includes most large trucks and large SUVs:
• $39.50: July 2009 – June 2010
• $45.25: July 2010 – June 2011
• $51.00: July 2011 and each year thereafter

For vehicles weighing 10,001-16,000 pounds, which includes most passenger buses:
• $51.50: July 2009 – June 2010
• $58.75: July 2010 – June 2011
• $66.00: July 2011 and each year thereafter

For vehicles weighing more than 16,000 pounds, which includes most commercial trucks:
• $55.00: July 2009 – June 2010
• $63.00: July 2010 – June 2011
• $71.00: July 2011 and each year thereafter

The new law already requires Colorado residents to pay an additional $25 each month they are late to register their vehicle. Late fees may not exceed $100. Permits are also subject to late fees.

The registration fees and late fee increases are mandated by the FASTER bill (Senate Bill 09-108), which Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed into law on Monday, March 2. For complete details on the bill, visit Senate Bill 09-108. All funds generated from the fees will be used to maintain Colorado roads and bridges.

If you have any questions, please contact the Motor Vehicle Division at 303.413.7710 or email motorvehicle@bouldercounty.org.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=1714Thu, 18 Jun 2009 10:00:00
Increased Motor Vehicle fees phase in beginning June 1, 2009Contact: Jessie Cornelius, Boulder County Clerk & Recorder Public Affairs Specialist: 303-413-7766.

A new Colorado State law will increase Motor Vehicle late fees to $25 a month beginning June 1, 2009. Registration fees will also increase beginning July 1, 2009. Funds generated from the fees will be used to maintain Colorado roads and bridges.  

Colorado residents will now be required to pay an additional $25 for each month their vehicle’s registration is late. The late fees may not exceed $100.

“We would like Boulder County residents to be aware of these costs, especially the late fees imposed by the new State law,” said Boulder County Clerk & Recorder Hillary Hall. “I hope residents will be able to avoid some of these costs by renewing their registrations on time.”

Motor Vehicle registration fees will also increase over a three-year period beginning July 1, as part of the legislation’s road and bridge safety surcharges. All registration fee increases are based on a vehicle’s weight.

Vehicle registration fees will increase each year by the following amounts:

For any vehicle weighing 2,000 pounds or less, which includes motorcycles and small trailers:
• $22.50: July 2009 – June 2010
• $25.75: July 2010 – June 2011
• $29.00: July 2011 and each year thereafter

For vehicles weighing between 2,001-5,000 pounds, which includes most cars, SUVs, and light trucks:
• $32.00: July 2009 – June 2010
• $36.50: July 2010 – June 2011
• $41.00: July 2011 and each year thereafter

For vehicles weighing 5,001-10,000 pounds, which includes most large trucks and large SUVs:
• $39.50: July 2009 – June 2010
• $45.25: July 2010 – June 2011
• $51.00: July 2011 and each year thereafter

For vehicles weighing 10,001-16,000 pounds, which includes most passenger buses:
• $51.50: July 2009 – June 2010
• $58.75: July 2010 – June 2011
• $66.00: July 2011 and each year thereafter

For vehicles weighing more than 16,000 pounds, which includes most commercial trucks:
• $55.00: July 2009 – June 2010
• $63.00: July 2010 – June 2011
• $71.00: July 2011 and each year thereafter

The late fees and registration fee increases are mandated by the FASTER bill (Senate Bill 09-108), which Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed into law on Monday, March 2. For complete details on the bill, visit Senate Bill 09-108.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=1677Fri, 15 May 2009 10:00:00
Boulder County Motor Vehicle launches convenient online tool to estimate registration fees.Contact: Jessie Cornelius, Boulder County Clerk & Recorder Public Affairs Specialist: 303-413-7766.

(Boulder County, Colo.) - Boulder County residents can now calculate an estimate of their registration fees for newly purchased cars or light trucks on the Boulder County Motor Vehicle Web site. Boulder County’s new tool is one of the first of its kind in the State of Colorado.

“The calculator is intended to help members of the public budget for their registration fees,” said Boulder County Clerk & Recorder Hillary Hall. “Fees still need to be confirmed and paid by visiting our office but this will at least give an idea of the costs.”

The public can visit the Motor Vehicle Fee Estimation Calculator at http://www.bouldercounty.org/register/motorvehicle/pages/mvfeecalc.aspx. A registration fee estimate can be obtained by providing the following information:
•        Year of the Vehicle
•        Vehicle Type
•        Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) or Vehicle Taxable Value
•        Fuel Type
•        Vehicle Weight
•        Purchase Date
•        Registration Date
A Title Complete Notice with the necessary information is sent to residents upon purchase of a vehicle. Vehicle information can also be obtained from a licensed auto dealer. Users should read the site’s Term Definition Guidelines carefully before entering calculation data.

“Motor Vehicle registration costs are calculated by several factors," said Hall. “As long as accurate data is provided online, the estimate should be very close to the registration fee.”

Newly purchased vehicles must be registered in person in the County in which you reside in the State of Colorado. Registrations can be completed in Boulder County at any of the Motor Vehicle branch office locations:
•        1750 33rd Street, Boulder
•        529 Coffman Street, Longmont
•        722 Main Street, Louisville

The Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office is encouraging residents to email their feedback on the calculator to motorvehicle@bouldercounty.org. Registrations can be renewed online by visiting http://www.bouldercounty.org/register/motorvehicle

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=1672Thu, 07 May 2009 10:00:00
County to launch new bus service in 2008FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

December 11, 2007

 

CONTACT: Tim Swope, Boulder County Alternative Transportation Coordinator, 720-564-2658

 

County to launch new bus service in 2008

New routes connect East County to jobs, schools, hospital, US36 transit

 

Residents in east Boulder County will gain a brand new bus route and expanded service on an existing route in 2008, making it easier for them to access work, school, medical care and shopping.

 

The Boulder County Commissioners have approved the use of funds from the County’s Transportation Sales Tax to partner with RTD in providing two new bus services in Louisville, Lafayette and Erie. The first will extend the seven-year-old JUMP service to East County Line Road in Erie. The second will launch a new “LYNX” service connecting downtown Louisville and west Louisville neighborhoods to the US36 Corridor.

 

The JUMP currently travels though Boulder every 10 minutes, with service to the Lafayette park-n-Ride every 20 minutes. The proposed extension would travel through Lafayette along Arapahoe Road and Baseline Road, then head north through the Boulder County sections of Erie to the currently planned terminus at the Erie Town Community Center at the intersection of East County Line Road and Leon Wurl Parkway.

 

“Growth in Erie and Lafayette, along with continued in-commuting from areas east of Boulder County, warrant an extension of this bus service. Both RTD and Boulder County have long sought a more direct transit service to Erie, and folks in Erie have been encouraging us to start the service as soon as possible,” said Boulder County Commissioner Will Toor. “This service will carry out the commitment we made to county voters when they supported the countywide transportation sales tax.”

 

The new LYNX bus will offer transit service from the Louisville Library (in downtown Louisville) south to Monarch High School, Avista Hospital, the Flatirons Crossing park-n-Ride and the Broomfield park-n-Ride.

 

The services are scheduled to start this summer. Both services will be funded through a combination of Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grants and revenue from the Boulder County Transportation sales tax, which county residents approved in 2001. During the 2007 election, County voters approved an extension of the sales tax, beginning in 2009.

 

Details of the LYNX and JUMP services and the County’s agreements with RTD have not yet been finalized. “We still have to work out the details with RTD, our local partners, and the Regional funding agencies about how this is going to work,” Transportation Director George Gerstle explained. “Originally we had wanted to launch this service sooner, but we are very excited that this most recent proposal offers residents a better service at a lower long-term cost to both the County and RTD.” 

 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=991Tue, 11 Dec 2007 10:00:00
Public invited to provide comments on proposed Sustainability Element, County Comp Plan - Wed., May 16 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 14, 2007

 

Contact: Michelle Krezek, Boulder County Land Use Department (720) 564-2623

 

Public invited to provide comments on proposed Sustainability Element for County Comp Plan

 

The Boulder County Planning Commission has scheduled a public hearing for the evening of Wednesday, May 16, to take public testimony on adopting a new Sustainability Element for the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan.

 

The hearing will take place:

 

When:     May 16, 2007, 7:00 p.m.

Where:    3rd Floor Hearing Room, Boulder County Courthouse, 1325 Pearl Street, Boulder

 

As proposed, the new Sustainability Element will help create a framework of sustainable policies and practices for future land use in unincorporated Boulder County. The element gives broad, inclusive goals to help guide future regulations while also providing specific direction on policies such as an expanded transfer of development rights program, structure size, and green building.

 

The Planning Commission will take public testimony at Wednesday night's hearing and it is anticipated that they will then take action to adopt the Goals and Policies making them a part of the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan. Once the Element is adopted, the County Land Use Department will begin work on programs to implement these goals and policies.

 

For additional information, please contact Michelle Krezek at mkrezek@co.boulder.co.us or 720.564.2623. A copy of the draft goals and policies of the Sustainability Element can be found at: www.co.boulder.co.us/lu.

 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=812Mon, 14 May 2007 10:00:00
Boulder County Land Use Director sworn in as President of American Institute of Certified Planners

Contact:  Barb Halpin, Boulder County Public Information Officer, 303-441-1622

 

Philadelphia, Pa - Boulder County Land Use Department Director Graham Billingsley officially took office today as president of the American Planning Association’s (APA) professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners. The swearing in ceremony was conducted as part of APA’s National Planning Conference in Philadelphia.

 

Graham has served as president-elect for the past year and will now serve as president for a two-year term. As president, he is responsible for heading up the American Institute of Certified Planners Commission and guiding certification, accreditation, professional development and ethics within the planning community. The presidency is a voluntary position.

 

Billingsley has served as director of the Boulder County Land Use Department since 1989 and has played a critical role in facilitating an ongoing public process of updating both the County’s Comprehensive Plan and the County’s Land Use Code. As a result of his efforts, other communities often look to Boulder County as an innovative role model for long term, smart growth planning.

 

Graham's 18-year tenure at Boulder County has included the adoption of a site plan review program for all new construction; the adoption of numerous intergovernmental agreements creating urban growth boundaries for all communities in the county; and a transfer of development rights program that has led to the preservation of more than 6,000 acres.

 

Most recently, Billingsley has helped oversee an extensive review and revision process for the existing land use code, a process that is putting sustainable land use policies and practices in the forefront of future planning and development.

 

Billingsley’s career in the planning profession spans more than 30 years of service in public and private sectors in Colorado, Texas, Missouri and Ohio. He served as president of the APA Colorado chapter for four years (from 2002-06), and has held a number of other offices in professional planning organizations.

 

APA is a 41,000-member organization committed to promoting good planning processes. The professional institute, which constitutes 16,000 of those members, certifies planners and focuses on ethics, professional development and standards of professional practice. For more information about APA, please visit: www.planning.org.

 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=789Tue, 17 Apr 2007 10:00:00