Boulder Countyhttp://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/Boulder County NewsInjured HikerMEDIA ADVISORY

Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

 

CONTACT

Heidi Prentup

303-441-1500

HPrentup@bouldercounty.org

 

 

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

 

Injured Hiker

 

BOULDER COUNTY SHERIFF - On Friday, July 3rd, 2015 at approximately 11:50 a.m. the Boulder County Sheriff's Office, City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, Boulder Fire Department, and AMR Ambulance responded to the Bluebell Shelter in the Flatirons. 

 

A 24 year-old male was hiking with several friends on the Royal Arch Trail just north of Sentinel Pass.  He slipped a few feet and sustained a possible ankle fracture.  The man was conscious and breathing but immobile on non-technical terrain.  His friends were able to call 9-1-1 via cellphone to request assistance. 

 

A Boulder OSMP Ranger hiked up to Clinton and provided initial patient assessment and care.  Rocky Mountain Rescue Group volunteers and AMR medics then arrived and evacuated Brent off the trail by using a litter. Brent was transported by AMR to Boulder Community Hospital for further evaluation.

 

This case is documented under Boulder County Sheriff’s Office case number 15-3701.

 

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

 

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Deputy G. Frain #643

Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

303-441-4444

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4478Fri, 03 Jul 2015 10:00:00
Body Found in Boulder CreekMEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate Release
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office (@BldrCoSheriff)

Media Contact
Commander Heidi Prentup
303-441-1500
HPrentup@bouldercounty.org

Body Found in Boulder Creek

BOULDER COUNTY Colorado - At approximately 6:50pm on June 30, Boulder County Communications received a call from a resident in the area of Valmont Road and 61st Street. The resident said they saw what they believed to be a body in Boulder Creek. The resident was not sure if it was human, or an animal. Multiple agencies responded to the area to recover the body.

Rescue workers have completed the recovery of the body from Boulder Creek. The body in the creek has been confirmed to be that of a human and is deceased.

The Boulder County Coroner's Office will continue their investigation into the identity of the victim. They will release this information upon notification of next of kin. They will also determine the cause and manner of death.

Boulder Emergency Squad, Longmont Emergency Unit, Boulder Rural Fire Protection District, Boulder Fire Department, Boulder Mountain Parks and Open Space, Boulder Police, and American Medical Response Ambulance all aided in the recovery of the body.

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=4477Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:00:00
Boulder Sheriff's Office Citizen's Academy

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate Release
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

 

CONTACT
Heidi Prentup

Commander
303-441-1500
HPrentup@bouldercounty.org


Monday, June 29, 2015

Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Academy

 

BOULDER COUNTY Colorado- Have you ever wondered why Law Enforcement Officers do what they do? This is your opportunity to gain a better understanding of the role Law Enforcement plays in our community. The Sheriff’s Office will be hosting our “Citizen’s Academy” for area residents. The 19 week program begins Thursday, September 24, 2015.  You will receive information on different aspects of police work in a class-room setting, as well as have the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning.

 

Participants will meet Thursday evenings from September 24, 2015 thru March 10, 2016, with breaks for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Some of the topics to be covered include:

 


·         Criminal Law

·         Patrol Process

·         Criminal Investigations

·         Service of civil process

·         Demonstrations including K-9, SWAT, and Bomb disposal

·         Hands-on training including defensive tactics and firearms

·         Tours of the Sheriff’s Head Quarters, Communications Center and the Jail

·         And much more!


 

The Academy is open to citizens 18 years of age or older; individuals with prior felony convictions or a misdemeanor conviction within the past year are excluded from participation.  The class will be limited to 25 students.  There is a $30.00 fee which covers an Academy polo shirt and classroom materials.  Please submit a check for $30.00, payable to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Unit with your application.  Applications and additional information can be found on the Sheriff’s Office web-site at http://www.bouldercounty.org/dept/sheriff/pages/academy.aspx Applications must be turned in to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Attention: Cmdr. Heidi Prentup, prior to August 30, 2015.

 

Class location:

Boulder County Sheriff’s Head Quarters

5600 Flatiron Parkway

Boulder, CO 80301

 

Questions may be directed to Commander Heidi Prentup at 303-441-3624 or hprentup@bouldercounty.org or Reserve Deputy Dan Hershman at dhershman@bouldercounty.org .

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4476Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:00:00
Arrest of Felony Assault SuspectMEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate Release
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office (@BldrCoSheriff)

 

Media Contact
Commander Heidi Prentup

303-441-1500
HPrentup@bouldercounty.org


June 28, 2015

Arrest of Felony Assault Suspect

 

BOULDER COUNTY Colorado- At approximately 7:30 p.m. on June 27th, 2015 Boulder County Communications received a 9-1-1 call of an assault and menacing that occurred in the 7600 block of Arapahoe Road, in unincorporated Boulder County.  When deputies arrived they found a 66 year-old male with facial injuries.  He was treated at the scene by medical personnel. 

 

Further investigation indicated the victim was assaulted by 40-year-old Anton Drexler, during an argument. It was reported Drexler was armed with a shotgun at the time of the assault, but the weapon was not fired.  A shotgun was recovered at the scene. 

 

Drexler was contacted in Niwot at approximately 4:00 p.m. today and was taken into custody without incident.  He was transported to the Boulder County Jail where he was booked on a number of charges including Felony Menacing, 2nd Degree Assault, Burglary, and Possession of a Weapon by Previous Offender.      

 

The charges against Drexler are accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

 

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office case number for this incident is 15-3583.

 

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=4475Sun, 28 Jun 2015 10:00:00
Unattended Death InvestigationBOULDER COUNTY SHERIFF- On Friday, 26 June 2015 at approximately 7:55pm, deputies with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office and medical personnel were dispatched to a residence on Melissa Lane near the 8000-block of Valmont Road in unincorporated Boulder County, Colorado on the report of a male with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Upon arrival, responders found the victim, a male in his 50s, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office and the Boulder County Coroner’s Office are investigating the death.  The Coroner’s Office will make a determination as to the official 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 15-3567.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4473Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:00:00
Sheriff's Office Celebrates Retirements and Promotions! CONTACT: Carrie Haverfield
Public Information 303-441-3989 chaverfield@bouldercounty.org
Friday, June 26, 2015

BOULDER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE HONORS RETIRING STAFF WITH ALMOST 135 YEARS OF COMBINED SERVICE

BOULDER COUNTY - Colorado The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office honored four retiring staff members who combined, had almost 135 years of service to the Boulder County community. In addition 6 staff members were promoted within the Sheriff’s Office.

Retirements included:

  • Dan Barber - Deputy Director of the Office of Emergency Management
  • Doug Caven - Jail Commander
  • Jeff Hendry - Operations Commander
  • Sue Yankovich - Jail Sergeant

Promotions included:

  • Amy Danzl - Promoted to Deputy Director of the Office of Emergency Management
  • Brian Jones - Promoted to Operations Sergeant
  • Tony Knight - Promoted to Jail Sergeant
  • Karmen Koger - Promoted to Jail Sergeant
  • Tim Oliveira - Promoted to Jail Commander
  • Mike Wagner - Promoted to Operations Commander

The 4 retiring staff members were highly accomplished. Combined they had over 20 commendations, merit citations and service awards. Dan Barber was the sergeant in the Town of Lyons from 2004-2008 and helped them secure flood sirens, which undoubtedly saved lives during the flood of 2013. Doug Caven excelled as a training officer and established a training program that has been copied by multiple other agencies. Jeff Hendry served as the team leader for SWAT for 13 years. Sue Yankovich was the first female inmate transport deputy in the State of Colorado. The 6 promoted staff members have over 84 years of combined service to the Sheriff’s Office and we look forward to many more to come!


Retirees (L-R) Sgt Barber, Cmdr Hendry and Sgt Yankovich


Newly Promoted (L-R) Cmdr Tim Oliveira, Cmdr Mike Wagner, Sgt Brian Jones, Sgt Tony Knight, Sgt Karmen Koger and Deputy Director Amy Danzl
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4472Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:00:00
Argument Leads to Arrest for First Degree AssaultMEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate Release
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

 

CONTACT
Heidi Prentup

Commander
303-441-1500
HPrentup@bouldercounty.org


June 26, 2015

Argument ends in Arrest for Assault

 

BOULDER COUNTY Colorado- At approximately 6:20 a.m. this morning Boulder County Communications received a 9-1-1 call of a stabbing in the 200 block of Lion Point, unincorporated Boulder County. When deputies arrived they found 56 year-old Mike Crawford of Boulder had been stabbed in the ribs.

 

Further investigation indicated he was stabbed by a co-worker, 51 year-old Larry Smith, of Texas after an argument that started the previous evening and flared up again this morning. The two were among a group of contractors working construction at the property. 

 

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Boulder Mountain Fire and Mike Crawford was transported to a local hospital by American Medical Response (AMR) Ambulance for treatment of his injuries, which are considered serious bodily injury.

 

Larry Smith was taken into custody and transported to the Boulder County Jail. He will be charged with Assault in the first degree, a class 3 felony, which if convicted is punishable by 4-12 years and/or a $3,000-$750,000 fine.

 

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office case number for this incident is 15-3552

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4471Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:00:00
Tubing Ban Lifted in Boulder and St. Vrain CreeksMEDIA ADVISORY
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

 

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

 

June 26, 2015


Tubing Ban Rescinded

 

The Sheriff’s Office, after consultation with the Boulder and Longmont Police and Fire Departments and the Lyons Town Administrator and Lyons Fire Chief, is cancelling the Tubing Ban for Boulder Creek and the North and South Saint Vrain Creeks and the Saint Vrain River as of 12:00 a.m. today, June 26, 2015.  Law Enforcement officers will be removing the restriction notices along the creek.  

 

As of today, Boulder Creek was flowing at an estimated 457 cubic feet per second (CFS), and normally flows at a rate between 100 – 300 CFS, St. Vrain is flowing at approximately 603 CFS.  Tubing bans are typically implemented when the rate of flow exceeds 700 CFS in Boulder Creek and 1200 CFS in the Saint Vrain waterways.  The water flow can be dangerous, particularly if we get thunderstorms with a lot of rain.  Recreationists are urged to use caution along the creek and be aware that creek banks may be unstable due to the recent high water.  Proper personal safety equipment should be utilized during recreational activities in the creek.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4470Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:00:00
Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall Commemorates One-Year Anniversary of Marriage EqualityOne year ago today, marriage equality became a reality in Boulder County. This was made possible by the 10th Circuit Court's historic ruling in the Kitchen v. Herbert case finding that “those who wish to marry a person of the same sex are entitled to exercise the same fundamental right as is recognized for persons who wish to marry a person of the opposite sex."


I am as proud now as I was then to uphold the fundamental right to marry for any loving couple who wishes to wed. For the many couples who had their marriages performed at our offices on June 25 and the days that followed, happy anniversary to you!


I hope that with the upcoming Supreme Court ruling, the right to marry the person you love is soon recognized in every state throughout our great nation, and that we no longer treat any couples or family members as second class citizens.  

 

Hillary Hall

Boulder County Clerk and Recorder

June 25, 2015


303-413-7700

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4469Thu, 25 Jun 2015 10:00:00
RescueBOULDER COUNTY Colorado-.

On Tuesday June 23, 2015 at approximately 6:10pm, the Boulder County Regional Communications Center received a report of a fallen climber on the First Flatiron in Chautauqua Park, Boulder County, Colorado. The climber, a 30 year old male, fell approximately 50 feet suffering severe injuries including a head laceration and a possible broken leg.  It appears the climber was “scrambling” or climbing without the use of safety equipment when he fell.

The climber was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Denver for treatment of his injuries by Northern Colorado Med Evac.  He is listed as in “critical” condition.  The identity of the climber is not being released pending notification of his family.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Boulder Fire Department, City of Boulder Parks and Open Space, American Medical Response and volunteers with Rocky Mountain Rescue Group (RMRG) responded to assist. 

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office case number for this incident is 15-3496.

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=4468Wednesday, June 23, 2015
Off Field LandingBOULDER COUNTY Colorado- At approximately 8:03 a.m. this morning Boulder County Communications received the report of an off field landing in the area of 75th and Nelson, just west of the Longmont Airport.

The pilot, 55 year old Kenneth Bickers, of Longmont, told Sheriff’s Deputies he left the Longmont Airport at approximately 8:00 and shortly after takeoff he experienced an engine failure. He made a successful off field landing, but the plane flipped over. The airplane is described as a single engine, 2 seat “air camper”, it is a homebuilt plane replica of a 1920 model. This was the plane’s inaugural flight.  There were no injuries and the pilot was the only occupant at the time of the incident.

Air Camper Airplane
Air Camper Airplane
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4467Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:00:00
Ruth Roberts Trail Opening Ribbon Cutting Celebration

Ruth Roberts Trail Opening

Saturday, June 20, 2015

4:00 p.m.

The Ruth Roberts connector trail provides greater connectivity for citizens of Boulder County and Broomfield while allowing users to be immersed in a beautiful corridor of native grasses and spectacular views of the Front Range. This project was a high priority and the route was selected after an intensive management plan process involving Broomfield, Parks and Open Space, the public and various user groups. 

The almost one mile of new trail provides access to the 26-mile Rock Creek/Coal Creek regional trail for Broomfield and opens up a network of over 90 miles of trail in Broomfield, Westminster, and Jefferson County to Boulder County. These connecting trail systems traverse across vast open spaces from the foothills to the plains and provide glimpses of our history, agricultural sites, and abundant natural resources. Having a safe off-road trail contributes to a higher quality of life by allowing residents to recreate outdoors, commute between municipalities, and fosters a healthy lifestyle.


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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4466Thu, 18 Jun 2015 10:00:00
Boulder Creek Closed to Tubing Swimming by Order of the Sheriff and Chief of PoliceCONTACT

Heidi Prentup

Commander
303-441-1500
HPrentup@bouldercounty.org




Boulder Creek Closed to Swimming and Single Chamber Air-inflated devices

 

BOULDER COUNTY Colorado-Beginning Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office (pursuant to CRS § 33-12-111 and Colorado Boating Regulation #217 (1)(c) & (3)(c)) and City of Boulder (by emergency rule) will close Boulder Creek to floating or use of single-chambered air-inflated devices, including inner tubes and air mattresses, as it has been determined this is necessary to preserve the safety of Boulder County residents and visitors. The Sheriff, Joe Pelle and Chief of Police, Greg Testa have determined this is necessary due to the National Weather Service’s flash flood watch for Boulder County and the significant rainfall and spring runoff experienced by the County in recent days and weeks.

 

In Boulder County, Boulder Creek will be closed from Boulder Falls to the east County line, including within the City of Boulder

 

During the closure, there will be no swimming, floating (including inner tubes), and in the County there will be no floating (including inner tubes). Although this ban does not include kayaks or canoes, everyone should be aware the water is running very high and fast and only experienced kayakers with all the proper gear and training should enter the water. We also remind kayakers and canoers that it is unlawful for any person to operate or use a canoe or kayak unless it has been marked with the owner’s name and address (and we ask that you include a telephone number) on the vessel (pursuant to CRS § 33-12-103). This information is invaluable when a lost or abandoned vessel is located. It allows rescuers to contact owners and determine if they are safe, and it could save countless hours of rescuers time.

 

Standing in the water while fishing is also discouraged as the water is running so fast it easily could knock you off your feet and carry you downstream. If you choose to fish, please stay on the shore and make sure someone knows where you are fishing and when you will return home.  

 

The Boulder City Manager has issued an emergency rule that makes it a violation of Boulder Municipal Ordinance 5-5-20 (Unlawful Conduct on Public Property) to swim or use any watercraft in the water. Police will enforce the rule and may issue citations to people found violating the emergency rule.

 

It is violation of Colorado Revised Statute to disobey this closure and violators may receive a summons for a class 2 petty offense to include a fine of up to $100.00. 

 


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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4465Tue, 16 Jun 2015 10:00:00
Workforce Boulder County’s Boulder Office is Relocating

Contact: Tom Miller, Workforce Boulder County, 303-301-2901

Workforce Boulder County will relocate its Boulder office to 5755 Central Avenue on Tuesday, June 30.

Boulder County, Colo. – After eight years in its current location, Workforce Boulder County will relocate its Boulder office to 5755 Central Ave. (map) on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

The current office on 55th Street will be closed for the move on June 26 and will reopen at the new location on June 30.  All services during that time will be available at Workforce's Longmont office at 1500 Kansas Ave., Suite 4D (map).

Workforce Boulder County has had a presence in Boulder for more than 30 years, and provides easy access to a wide array of employment and training services at its two centers. Each center consolidates many components of employment and training services, including job counseling, training, referral services, job listings, career workshops, computer labs, hiring events, youth programs, and access to an extensive job database.

For more information about WfBC and updates on the move, visit www.wfbc.org.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4464Tue, 16 Jun 2015 10:00:00
Clerk Hall statement on the Review of December 4, 2014 Report from Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler In January, Colorado’s new Secretary of State Wayne Williams took office. I anticipate his administration to be far different than that of his predecessor’s. In fact, since taking office, Secretary Williams and I have already met and spoken several times at length, and while our parties may differ, our dedication to administering proper and fair elections is aligned. I look forward to having a strong working relationship with Secretary Williams and his staff and am confident that our offices will have much improved communication.

Last December, in the midst of closing out an election (which is an extremely detailed process), the now former Secretary of State Scott Gessler issued a report on our office practices. As I stated at the time, I was extremely disappointed in the accusations in the report and the manner in which Secretary Gessler released the report with no interaction with my office.

Our process after each election is to spend a lengthy period of time examining our practices and how they can be improved upon. As part of this process following our 2014 election, I requested our County Attorney and staff to review the allegations in the former Secretary’s report and prepare a response in regard to its accuracy and whether any changes were necessary or warranted.  This review can be found here.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4463Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:00:00
Fisherman Missing in Boulder CreekMonday, June 15, 2015

Missing Fisherman

BOULDER COUNTY Colorado- Update: In conversation with rescue personnel it has been decided that no personnel will go into the water today unless and until there is a sighting of the missing fisherman. Boulder Creek is currently running at approximately 560-580 cubic feet per second (cfs), the creek is closed to single chamber flotation devices at 700 cfs. This is too fast for divers to be in the water with limited information as to where the person may be located.

The plan for today is for a team if kayakers to go into the water this afternoon (exact time is yet to be determined) and they will float the river from the base of Boulder Canyon to approximately 63rd Street, unless they find something before there. We will also utilize search and rescue dogs to scent the air along the creek (exact time is yet to be determined).

The Boulder Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Denver Police Department, are currently working to locate a missing fisherman, who was reported to have been in the Boulder Canyon area fishing of Sunday. He failed to return home Sunday evening and his vehicle was located in the area of Sugarloaf Road and Hwy 119. His family has requested privacy and his name will not be released at this time.

The Boulder Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Boulder Police Department, is still working on a Boulder man who was reported missing in Boulder Creek in May 11, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. He was last reported in the creek in an inner tube at the intersection of 48th Street. Kayakers have been searching the creek since he was reported missing.

We urge caution around all waterways with the increased runoff and precipitation in the area. The amount of water in Boulder Creek is expected to rise dramatically in the next few days and a tubing ban is imminent.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

 

Update: 9:00 p.m. The search has been suspended for the evening, due to darkness, it is too dangerous for rescuers to be in the water at night, in the dark. Efforts will resume first thing in the morning. Updates will be sent as information is available.

 

Update: 7:05 p.m. No additional information at this time, but media staging is at the Justice Center.

 

 

June 14, 2015, 5:57 p.m.

 

BOULDER COUNTY Colorado- At approximately 4:25 p.m. Boulder County Communications received a call indicating a citizen saw what they thought to be a person dressed in fishing gear floating down Boulder Creek in Boulder Canyon.  The last sighting was in the area of Dome Rock. Currently Boulder County Sheriff's Office, Boulder Emergency Squad, Longmont Emergency Unit, and Fourmile Fire Protection District are responding.

 

Additional information will be released as it is available.

 

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office case number for this incident is 15-3299

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=4462Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:00:00
Betasso Preserve Hazardous Fuels Treatment Scheduled for Fall 2015Boulder County Parks and Open Space will be thinning 90 acres at Betasso Preserve Open Space. This project will take place on Boulder County property adjacent to the City of Boulder’s Betasso Water Treatment Plant beginning in the fall 2015 and is expected to be completed in the winter 2016. This is the first of two forestry projects planned for Betasso Preserve over the next several years.

The hazardous fuels reduction treatment is planned as part of the Betasso Preserve Management Plan. It is funded through a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant. The management plan sets forest management objectives including the thinning of the forest to reduce risk from catastrophic wildfires. Hazardous fuels reduction is also recommended by the Sugarloaf, Four Mile Canyon and Boulder County Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs) as part of a community-wide effort to reduce risk from wildfire and protect critical infrastructure.
Hazardous fuels reduction treatments decrease the possible fire intensity during a wildfire and increase safe access for fire fighters. The treatment will decrease forest density and will address the fuels management goals of the Sugarloaf Fire Protection District, Four Mile Fire District, City of Boulder, Boulder County Land Use Department, and Boulder County Parks and Open Space.  

The treatment will reduce density of ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) by 50-70%, implement the principles of ponderosa pine restoration whenever feasible, create a mosaic of forest cover and open spaces, utilize a wide variety of stand densities, and reduce hazardous fuels enough to allow protection of significant resources including the City of Boulder Betasso Water Treatment Plant and associated infrastructure along with the residences at Betasso Preserve. 
Other valuable resources protected include:  200 private residences within two miles, City of Boulder Hydro-Electric Plant, Historic Betasso Homestead, sedimentation and loss of water quality in Boulder Creek and Critical Wildlife Habitat (as defined in the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan). 

More information about the treatment including trail closures and impacts to visitors and residents will be available prior to the start of the project. Information and maps are available at www.BoulderCountyOpenSpace.org/betasso. Email bcforestry@bouldercounty.org to receive email updates for this project. Please contact Stefan Reinold, Boulder County Parks & Open Space Forestry Supervisor, at (303) 678 6202 or sreinold@bouldercounty.org with any questions.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4461Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:00:00
Annual chip sealing of county roads starts this Monday, June 15Avoid construction zones, if possible 
Boulder County’s Transportation Maintenance Division will begin annual chip seal work on approximately 17-miles of county roadways on Monday, June 15. The work will take place from approximately 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and is expected to last two weeks, weather permitting. 

Chip sealing work consists of applying asphalt to a road surface followed by a layer of one-quarter inch chips that essentially create a new layer on top of the road. A week after the chips are applied, crews return to the area to apply a sealant designed to help the chips adhere to the road. This work is followed by roadway striping operations. 

To aid in cycling safety, Boulder County uses a smaller chip size than is typically applied on other non-county maintained roads around the area. The smaller chip creates a smoother surface and reduces wear and tear on bicycles. 

Boulder County Transportation encourages motorists and cyclists to avoid unnecessary travel on the following roads on days that the chip application and sealing operations are taking place as there may be travel delays (sealing operations will take place one week after chip application):
  • Oxford Road from SH 287 to East County Line Road (1.89 miles)– Monday, June 15 chip application
  • North 119th Street from Oxford Road to Longmont city limits (2.89 miles) – Monday, June 15 chip application
  • North 115th Street from Oxford Road to Niwot Road (1 mile) – Tuesday, June 16 chip application
  • Niwot Road from North 115th Street to East County Line Road (1.53 miles) – Wednesday, June 17 chip applications
  • Sunshine Canyon Drive from Boulder city limits to CR 83 (5.34 miles) – Thursday, June 18 and Monday, June 22 chip application
  • Ridge Road from SH 72 to Cold Springs Road (2.79 miles) – Wednesday, June 24 chip application
  • Hurricane Hill from Ridge Road to SH 119/Boulder Canyon Drive (0.71 miles) – Wednesday, June 24 chip application
  • CR 84 from SH 7 to SH 7 (0.91 miles) – Thursday, June 25 chip application
Chip sealing operations are part of the county’s primary network roadway rehabilitation plan. The process is intended to extend the lifespan of the roadway and postpone larger reconstruction efforts that would require more expensive work and longer travel restrictions. Primary network county roads are typically chip sealed every six to eight years. 

While Boulder County Transportation Maintenance strives to complete all projects on-time, work is weather dependent and there may be delays due to rain or other unfavorable working conditions. 

For more information on the work, contact Andrew Barth, Transportation Department communications specialist, via email or call 303-441-1032. All active Boulder County Transportation projects are available at BoCoConeZones.com
 
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4460Fri, 12 Jun 2015 10:00:00
Tubing Ban Enacted for the St Vrain Creeks and RiversMEDIA ADVISORY
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office
Operations Division

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

Friday June 12, 2015

Tubing Ban Enacted for the Saint Vrain Creeks and River

BOULDER COUNTY- Sheriff Joe Pelle, in consultation with Victoria Simonsen, the Lyons Town Administrator, and Lyons Fire Chief J.J. Hoffman, has concluded that, in the interest of public safety, the Saint Vrain Creeks and River will be closed to tubing and single chamber flotation devices for the indefinite future. The closure will take effect immediately and will encompass the North and South Saint Vrain Creeks and the Saint Vrain River from the western county line through the entire length of unincorporated Boulder County and including the town of Lyons. Sheriff's deputies will be posting notices today, advising recreationists of the closure.

The Sheriff is authorized to close these waters under Colorado Revised Statute (CRS) § 33-13-111. The closure includes watercraft such as single chamber rafts, single chamber belly boats, and inner tubes from floating in the creek. There is a specific exemption for kayaks and white water canoes, which are permitted; nonetheless, kayakers are strongly encouraged to observe caution. Violations of the closure are a class 2 petty offense and will result in a $50.00 fine.

The recent severe weather storms and the melting of the snow pack are adding significantly to the amount of water flowing in the St. Vrain River and the creeks. As of today, the Saint Vrain River was flowing at approximately 1320 CFS, significantly above the 1200CFS volume at which Emergency Services initiates closure.

Tubing Ban Noctice
Tubing Ban Notice

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=4459Fri, 12 Jun 2015 10:00:00
Flood Recovery Grants Still Available for Boulder County ResidentsBoulder County, Colo. – Boulder County has been awarded an additional $12 million in the form of the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help eligible homeowners who need financial assistance with eligible projects including home repairs (septic and well systems, and individual driveways, bridges, and culverts) and temporary rental assistance. These funds are only available to help with recovery needs resulting from the 2013 Flood and not for any damages resulting from subsequent storms.

CDBG-DR Program Updates
Over the past year there have been many positive updates to the CDBG-DR program:
  • For households with 80% Area Median Income (AMI) or below (see AMI chart below), the original forgivable loan program for CDBG-DR has now transitioned to grant funding which does not require payback of funds.
  • All funding awards for eligible home access projects (bridge repair or replacement) are now in the form of grants (with some use restrictions).
  • Some rental units are now eligible for rehabilitation/repairs.
In addition, the Boulder County CDBG-DR team is working to reduce the amount of paperwork and documentation required to determine eligibility. If successful, this could significantly improve the application experience. 

Eligibility Criteria
In order to qualify for CDBG-DR assistance, households must meet the eligibility criteria listed below:
  • The assistance sought is for a primary residence that is in Boulder County (please note: Longmont residents will receive direct assistance from the City of Longmont); and
  • The primary residence was directly impacted by the 2013 Flood; and
  • For temporary rental assistance only: the total household annual gross income is less than 80% AMI (priority will be given to households under 30% AMI). 
Prioritization
Though more CDBG-DR funds are available, they are limited and will not be sufficient to assist everyone in need. The federal government has developed the following additional guidelines to help identify the most vulnerable households. Households will be given priority if they meet any of the criteria listed below:
  • Household annual gross income is below 30% AMI
  • Household annual gross income is below 80% AMI 
  • At least one elderly individual in the household
  • At least one disabled individual in the household
  • The flood-impacted home was a manufactured home
Boulder County is also using the following additional guidelines. Households will be given higher priority if:
  • The household is a single-parent household
  • At least one child under the age of 5 in the household
  • There is a military veteran in the household
How to Apply
Applications are available online at www.BoulderCountyFloodGrants.org. Upon completion, applications can be emailed or printed and mailed to the address listed below. 

Upon the receipt of an application, applicants will be contacted by a Boulder County staff member who will help collect the required documentation to verify program eligibility. Each household which submits an application will have a case manager who helps facilitate the overall process. If a resident already has a case manager (from either the Long Term Flood Recovery Group or from Boulder County) the resident will continue working with that person. 

For more information and to obtain an application online, please visit www.BoulderCountyFloodGrants.org. To request that an application be mailed to you, please call 720-564-2294 or email floodgrants@bouldercounty.org

Applications can be submitted:
  1. Via email to floodgrants@bouldercounty.org
  2. Via mail to  Housing and Human Services, 2525 13th St., (Attn:  Flood Recovery Program Assistant );
  3. By drop-off at the Flood Recovery Center, 1301 Spruce Street or 2525 13th Street, Boulder. 
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4458Thu, 11 Jun 2015 10:00:00
Open house next Tuesday on permanent repairs to lower Fourmile Canyon Drive Boulder County and its consultants will provide information and collect feedback regarding ongoing designs of permanent repairs to Fourmile Canyon Drive and the flood-related restoration of Fourmile Creek at an open house from 5 to 7 p.m., on Tuesday, June 16, at Alfalfa’s Market in the Community Room, 1651 Broadway, in Boulder. All are welcome at the open house. 

Current designs of both the roadway and corresponding creek will be shown and staff will be on hand to answer questions, listen to comments and collect feedback. 

After the meeting, public input will be incorporated into the roadway and creek designs, if applicable. Roadway construction is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2016. Funding is currently being identified to complete the creek portion of the project. The county hopes to secure the funds needed to complete the creek work at the same time the road work is taking place.

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:
  • Sending an email to Transportation@BoulderCounty.org
  • Using the project’s online comment form. 
  • Mail a letter to the Transportation Department C/O Permanent Roadway Repairs – P.O. Box 471 – Boulder, CO – 80306

All public comments should be received no later than Friday, July 3 in order to guarantee their consideration for this phase of design. 

For more information on the project, 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=4455Tue, 09 Jun 2015 10:00:00
2015 Hessie Trailhead weekend shuttle is availableNederland Park-n-Ride is the new pick-up/drop-off location; runs every 15 minutes

Boulder County will once again run a free shuttle service on weekends and holidays this summer/fall to carry passengers from Nederland’s RTD Park-n-Ride, 1st and Jackson Street just off the Peak-to-Peak Highway (CO 72), to the Hessie Trailhead, a popular entry point for accessing the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area off of Fourth of July Road. 

The Hessie Trailhead shuttle program began in summer 2012 to address the issue of increased parking and traffic congestion on the way to the trailhead. The first three years of the program have been successful, providing over 5,000 rides in 2012, over 7,000 rides in 2013, and serving almost 7,000 riders in 2014. The shuttle schedule has been extended once again to include peak “leaf peeping” weekends in the fall. The shuttle schedule is included below. 

Rather than driving directly to the trailhead, visitors are encouraged to take the RTD ‘N’ bus to Nederland from Boulder. The Town of Nederland wants to remind people that there’s a lot to do and see in town as well, so plan ahead and make a day of your trip into the mountains. 

“We are excited to continue this popular summer program and want as many people as possible to take advantage of the FREE shuttle,” said Boulder County Multimodal Division Manager Scott McCarey. “The shuttle operator, Via, has been a terrific partner offering exceptional service, and Nederland is an absolutely beautiful place to visit any time of year.” 

Parking near the trailhead and on nearby roads such as 4th of July Road is extremely limited, and Boulder County Parks & Open Space rangers are responsible for enforcing strict parking regulations in the area. Illegal parking can result in monetary penalties and towed vehicles. 

Shuttle Service:

The shuttle service will begin Saturday, June 13 and will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays until the weekend of Sept. 12. On Sept. 12, the shuttle will shift to its fall 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. schedule on both days to account for shorter periods of daylight. 

The shuttle will also run on summer holidays including Independence Day’s observed work holiday (July 3, Independence Day falls on a Saturday this year) and Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 7). This year, the shuttle operation schedule has again been extended until Sunday, Oct. 4 to accommodate the peak autumn leaf season.

Details:
  • Park & Catch the free shuttle at Nederland’s RTD Park-n-Ride at the intersection of 1st and Jackson streets just off of the Peak-to-Peak Highway (CO 72) as you enter town
  • Take RTD’s ‘N’ route from Boulder and save yourself the hassle of driving your own vehicle
  • Shuttle arrives approximately every 15 minutes 
  • Leashed dogs are welcome on-board the shuttle
  • Parking is for day use only; overnight users should make other arrangements

If you would like more information, visit www.HessieTrailhead.com, or contact Andrew Barth at 303-441-1032.  
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4454Tue, 09 Jun 2015 10:00:00
Caring for LGBT Elders: Project Visibility TrainingFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 8, 2015

Contact: Leslie McCormick, Leslie McCormick, Project Visibility Trainer, 303-441-4518

 

Caring for LGBT Elders: Project Visibility Training

Workshop scheduled for Thursday, June 11 - Deadline to register: Tuesday, June 9 at 12 noon

Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County Area Agency on Aging is hosting a Project Visibility general training on Thursday, June 11, in Boulder. This workshop is designed to educate professional service care providers, community members, and friends and family members about the particular needs and strengths of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders.

What: Project Visibility training to develop fitting care for LGBT elders

When: Thursday, June 11, 2015

·         9:45 a.m. registration and coffee;

·         10:00 a.m. —12:00 p.m., Part I;

·         1:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m., Part II

Where: Houston Room, Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, 1750 33rd Street, Boulder CO 80301

Cost: Free of charge, but please register by noon on Tuesday, June 9

Project Visibility is an award winning training program developed by Boulder County Area Agency on Aging, after they conducted extensive focus groups with area LGBT older adults.

Despite rights advances, LGBT older adults still worry about feeling forced back into “the closet” in order to receive the care they need. Commonly, living in long term care homes, LGBT elders face a wall of assumptions about who they are and the lives they have led. They do not get to choose the people –caregivers nor peers—who interact with them every day.

Lead trainer, Leslie McCormick particularly encourages providers who assume none of their senior clientele is lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender to take the free, Project Visibility training: “Due to historical prejudice, many LGBT older adults may not readily disclose these important dimensions of themselves. They may have been married. They may have children. They may have come out later in life. Assumptions that everyone is straight has a lot to do with why LGBT older adults are five times less likely to access senior services, are more isolated, and have higher rates of depression and other health problems than their straight and cisgender peers.”

McCormick emphasizes that, beyond learning how to create inclusive environments, training participants can become well-informed caregivers who have the opportunity to provide some new, poignant experiences for LGBT older adults as they engage in their later years and in life-review.

“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.”

Participants will view a short award-winning film in which elders speak about their lives, their strengths, wishes, and concerns about the aging services network. Trainees will gain tools and practice skills for creating welcoming environments, anticipating the questions and concerns of LGBT older adults, and intervening when discrimination or hostility occurs. Each participant will receive a manual with history, background information, terminology, resources, and practical suggestions for providing culturally-competent care and service. In addition, attendees qualify for a listing in the upcoming Silver Lining, a resource directory for LGBT elders in Boulder County.

For more information and to register, contact Leslie McCormick, Project Visibility trainer, at 303-441-4518 or lmccormick@bouldercounty.org. The deadline to register is 12 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9.

-BoulderCounty.org-

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4453Mon, 08 Jun 2015 10:00:00
Missing Endangered Elderly WomanMissing Endangered Woman

BOULDER COUNTY Colorado-UPDATE:  At approximately 12:00 p.m. Doug Lyle, a local helicopter pilot who was assisting in the search for Elaine Hjartmen located her in the area of 6700 Nimbus Road, approximately 3/4 of a mile from her residence. We very much appreciate all of the assistance we received in the search. Additional information will be forthcoming as it becomes available.

 

Monday, June 8, 2015

 

The Boulder County Sheriff's Office is currently looking for Elaine Hjartmen, an 86-year-old endangered adult. She was last seen at 3:30 a.m. at her home, 6362 Bluebird Ct. located west of 63rd Street and Niwot, south west of Longmont. She is believed to have walked away from the residence.

 

Elaine is described as 5'3" tall, 93 pounds. She was wearing a pink nightgown, an aqua robe and black slippers. There are indications she has physical limitations that would inhibit her ability to travel. Elaine has memory issues, so it is hard to say how she will interact with anyone she comes in contact with.

 

The Sheriff's Office is being assisted by Longmont Emergency Unit, Boulder Emergency Squad, Rocky Mountain Rescue, and Front Range Rescue Dogs. An Everbridge notification was initiated to residents within a one mile radius of Elaine's residence at 9:20 this morning.

 

Please assist us in locating Elaine Hjartmen and returning her to her family. If you come in contact with her please contact the Sheriff's Office immediately at 303-441-4444.

 

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office case number for this incident is 15-3164

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4452Mon, 08 Jun 2015 10:00:00
Unincorporated Boulder and Larimer County residents urged to apply for tornado, flood disaster assistanceTornado/Flood Damage Disaster Assistance (Boulder and Larimer Counties)

 

Residents of Larimer County who were impacted by severe weather (tornadoes, wind and flooding) on Thursday, June 4 are invited to apply for assistance at the Larimer County Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) on Tuesday, June 9, from 6-8 p.m. in Berthoud (details below).

 

Boulder County will have flood recovery staff available at the Berthoud center on Tuesday night to address questions of damage to Boulder County homes and property.

 

If your home or property in unincorporated Boulder County was impacted by flooding, wind, or other damage as a result of recent storms, please contact the Boulder County Flood Rebuilding & Permit Information Center at 303-441-1705 or by email to: floodrecovery@bouldercounty.org to report or to ask questions about damage to your property (repair or other).

 

From Larimer County Office of Emergency Management:

Multiple residents from Larimer and Boulder Counties were affected by the tornado that touched down near Berthoud and the flooding from torrential rains along the Little Thompson River last Thursday evening.

 

A Disaster Assistance Center will be available to those affected by these recent events on Tuesday, June 9th from 6pm to 8pm at the Berthoud Community Center, 248 Welch Avenue, Berthoud CO.

 

Personnel from county departments, state agencies, and many non-governmental partners will be available to answer questions and provide assistance. This will include assistance for needs related to building and repairs, insurance, clean-up, financial assistance and more. The meeting will begin with a brief synopsis of the event, including storm information and the damage path, and will follow with short introductions by the agencies present. The remainder of the meeting will be open for community members to ask individual questions and get referrals for ongoing assistance.

 

Please pass this information along to those who were affected by the recent storms. For questions or concerns, please contact Lori Hodges, Larimer County Director of Emergency Management at (303) 656-3214 or by email at hodgeslr@co.larimer.co.us.

 

 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4451Mon, 08 Jun 2015 10:00:00
Unattended death investigationMEDIA ADVISORY

Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

CONTACT

Sergeant Jason Oehlkers, 303-441-1500, joehlkers@bouldercounty.org

Friday June 5, 2015

Unattended Death Investigation

BOULDER COUNTY, Colorado- On Friday June 5, 2015, at approximately 3:38 am, deputies and advocates with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office responded to Meadowlook Way in unincorporated Boulder County on the report of a 53 year old female that was found unresponsive at her residence.  First responders with American Medical Response and Boulder Mountain Fire Protection District also responded to the scene.  The female was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident is currently being investigated by the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office and the Boulder County Coroner’s Office. 

The Coroner’s Office will release the name of the deceased, once identification has been verified and notification has been made to the next of kin.  The Coroner’s Office will make the final determination as to the cause and manner of the woman’s death, however foul play is not suspected.

The associated case number for this investigation is 15-3096.

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=4450Fri, 05 Jun 2015 10:00:00
Boulder County Housing Assistance Program Re-opening Waiting List; Moving to Lottery SystemBoulder County, Colo. – On June 16 and 17, 2015, Boulder County will accept applications for distribution of available Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers for the first time since 2008. These vouchers provide rental assistance to qualified low-income households to help them obtain safe, decent, and affordable housing. The program currently serves close to 720 low-income households in Boulder County. It is anticipated that approximately 50 vouchers will be distributed this year. 

Housing Choice Vouchers supplement rent amounts above 30 to 40 percent of a household’s gross income. In Boulder County, the average assistance is $813 per month. This type of housing assistance allows a household to select a home from the open rental market, as long as it meets specific program requirements such as rent amount, unit size, and condition. 

“The housing market is very competitive in Boulder County, and this has driven rental costs up,” said Amanda Guthrie, Housing Assistance Program Manager with the Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services. “Housing vouchers can make a world of difference in supplementing a household’s budget. And while 50 vouchers this year won’t fill the need in our community, this is a step in the right direction that will positively impact the lives of those households receiving the assistance, and in turn, our community as a whole.”

This year, BCHA changed its tenant selection process to a lottery, in which applicants are randomly selected from the pool based on the same preference point system that has been used in the past. The program gives preference to families with children, the elderly, and people with disabilities, and those who live and/or work at least 20 hours per week and/or go to school full-time within Boulder County limits. The previous waiting list further prioritized applications based on the date and time they were submitted. With the lottery system, this will no longer be the case. Also new this year is the online application process, which allows applicants to complete and submit their applications, available in English and Spanish, from any location with internet access. Residents who do not have access to a computer or require assistance in completing their application may visit one of four staffed computer sites throughout the county. 

After an application is submitted, applicants will receive an immediate email confirmation, and will be notified of their lottery number by mail on or before August 1. Applicants whose lottery numbers are chosen will be contacted for further screening and verification to confirm eligibility.

Applications not chosen for this round will be retained for up to two years and will be used in future lotteries as vouchers become available. 

For a complete list of application assistance locations and frequently asked questions about the application process and Housing Choice Vouchers, visit www.BoulderCountyHousing.org

Anyone with a disability who needs assistance to fully participate in the application process can call 303-709-3197 at least 48 hours prior to the start of the application period or call Relay Colorado by dialing 7-1-1. Boulder County, in accordance with the Fair Housing Act, prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, religion sex, sexual orientation, disability, familial status or national origin. 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4448Mon, 01 Jun 2015 10:00:00
Community use road reconditioning in county subdivisions underwayBoulder County Transportation began its annual work to rehabilitate community use roads in county subdivisions today, June 1. The project is scheduled to be complete in September, weather permitting. 

Roads included in this year’s plan (in order of scheduled start):

  • Clubhouse Road in Gunbarrel
  • Carter Trail in Gunbarrel
  • Idylwild Trail in Gunbarrel
  • Longview Drive in Niwot

Work on each road will involve resurfacing, curb replacement and pedestrian ramp improvements at intersections. Crews will likely start working on the curbs and pedestrian ramps first, then follow up with the roadway portion. The project will require minor travel delays and parking restrictions from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Traffic control personnel will be on site to move vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians around work zones and signage will be placed to mark no parking zones. 

This work is part of the Board of County Commissioners’ (BOCC) commitment to helping area subdivision residents rehabilitate community use roads in their neighborhoods. The Commissioners’ have committed $955,000 to repair roads that serve area residents and help the general public reach community destinations like places of worship, schools, parks and trailheads. In addition to the $955,000, the county also spends approximately $700,000 to $800,000 each year on paved subdivision roads for work including snow removal, street sweeping and pothole patching in order to help keep them safe for travel. 

For more information on the community use road rehabilitation 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=4447Mon, 01 Jun 2015 10:00:00
Sexually Violent Predator Community Notification BulletinBOULDER COUNTY Colorado- Pursuant to Colorado Revised Statutes 16-13-901 through 905 the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office is releasing information of a convicted offender who has been determined to be a sexually violent predator. The attached bulletin contains information regarding his convictions and a photograph of the offender. The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office is releasing this information to enhance public safety.

Please go to the Sheriff’s Office website to view a short video containing additional information about sexually violent predator determination and safety suggestions.

 

THE BOULDER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS RELEASING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION PURSUANT TO COLORADO REVISED STATUTES 16-13-901 THROUGH 16-13-905, WHICH AUTHORIZES LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO INFORM THE PUBLIC OF A SEX OFFENDER’S RELEASE WHEN THE OFFENDER HAS BEEN DETERMINED TO BE A SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR AND IS SUBJECT TO COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION. THE PURPOSE OF THIS NOTIFICATION IS TO ENHANCE PUBLIC SAFETY AND PROTECTION. VIGILANTISM, OR USE OF THIS INFORMATION TO HARASS, THREATEN, OR INTIMIDATE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE IS CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR AND WILL NOT BE TOLERATED: THE OFFENDER, THE OFFENDER'S SIGNIFICANT OTHERS, AND THE COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION TEAM.

 FURTHER DISSEMINATION OF THIS BULLETIN BY CITIZENS IS DISCOURAGED.  ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY MEMBERS NEEDING INFORMATION SHOULD BE REFERRED TO THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY.

 THE INDIVIDUAL SUBJECT OF THIS NOTIFICATION HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF A SEX OFFENSE THAT REQUIRES LAW ENFORCEMENT REGISTRATION. FURTHER, HE/SHE HAS BEEN DETERMINED TO PRESENT A HIGH POTENTIAL TO RE-OFFEND AND IS THEREFORE SUBJECT TO COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION REGARDING HIS/HER RESIDENCE IN THIS COMMUNITY.

 THIS LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY HAS NO LEGAL AUTHORITY TO DIRECT WHERE A SEX OFFENDER MAY LIVE. UNLESS COURT RESTRICTIONS EXIST, HE/SHE IS CONSTITUTIONALLY FREE TO LIVE WHEREVER HE/SHE CHOOSES. SEX OFFENDERS HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN OUR COMMUNITIES, BUT THEY WERE NOT REQUIRED TO NOTIFY LAW ENFORCEMENT OF THEIR RESIDENCE UNTIL REGISTRATION LAWS WERE IMPLEMENTED PURSUANT TO THE JACOB WETTERLING ACT IN 1994. LAW ENFORCEMENT MAY NOW SHARE THAT INFORMATION WITH MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, AND IN THE CASE OF SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATORS WHO ARE SUBJECT TO COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION, LAW ENFORCEMENT MUST ACTIVELY NOTIFY CITIZENS.

 

(PHOTO OF SVP)

Ronald Noel

SUBJECT NAME:  RONALD EUGENE NOEL

 

OTHER NAME (S) USED:  RON NOEL

DOB:  11-10-1961

RACE:  CAUCASIAN

 

SEX:  MALE

HT: 5-09

WT:  240

HAIR:  BROWN

EYE:  BLUE

SCARS/MARKS/TATTOOS/GLASSES:  GLASSES

 

 

 

 

 

RESIDENCE ADDRESS:  TRANSIENT IN BOULDER  COUNTY AND CAMPING IN WESTERN BOULDER COUNTY

OCCUPATION:  UNEMPLOYED

CURRENT  FAILURE TO REGISTER WARRANT FOR NON-COMPLIANCE DATED 05-27-2015

VEHICLE INFORMATION:  1990 SILVER HONDA ACCORD WITH COLORADO LICENSE PLATE 669 WZB

OFFENSE(S)  OF CONVICTION (CURRENT CASE):  OUT OF STATE CONVICTIONS IN OREGON INCLUDE SEX OFFENDER FAIL TO REGISTER, SEXUAL ABUSE 1ST DEG, ATEMPT TO COMMIT CRIME-SEX ABUSE 1 AND CO CHARGES OF SEX OFFENDER FAIL TO REGISTER AND SEX OFFENDER FAIL TO VERIFY LOCATION

ABD

RELEVANT CONDITIONS OF RELEASE:  NOT CURRENTLY UNDER SUPERVISION

SEX OFFENDING PATTERN INFORMATION:  ALCOHOL AND DRUG USER.  VICTIMS CONSISTED OF FEMALE CHILDREN AND FEMALE ADOLESCENTS.  HANGS OUT IN PARKS AND IS MANIPULATIVE.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE STATUS:  LIFETIME QUARTERLY SEX OFFENDER REGSITRATION REQUIRED IN COLORADO.  MONTHLY VERIFICATION REQUIRED WITH BCSO

SUPERVISING OFFICER OR DOC CONTACT:  DETECTIVE POLLY MILLER

PHONE:  (303) 441-1713

 

 THERE ARE 16,680 SEX OFFENDERS REGISTERED IN COLORADO to include 156 SVP’s; 123  REGISTERED IN UNINCORPORATED BOULDER COUNTY TO INCLUDE 5 SVP’S.  THE BOULDER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE  IS AVAILABLE TO PROVIDE USEFUL INFORMATION REGARDING SEXUAL ASSAULT AND PERSONAL SAFETY, AND TO MAKE REFERRALS TO OTHER LOCAL RESOURCES TO HELP THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY SEXUAL ASSAULT OR THIS NOTIFICATION PROCESS.

 IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION REGARDING CURRENT CRIMINAL ACTIVITY OF THIS OR ANY OTHER OFFENDER, PLEASE CALL 911 OR (303) 441-3600.  IF YOU OBSERVE THIS OFFENDER ENGAGING IN ANY HIGH-RISK OR INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR, PLEASE CONTACT THIS AGENCY OR HIS SUPERVISING OFFICER,  DETECTIVE POLLY MILLER AT PHONE (303) 441-1713.

 MOST SEX CRIMES ARE NEVER REPORTED AND MOST OFFENDERS ARE NEVER DETECTED. THE GREATEST RISK OF SEX OFFENSE IS FROM PEOPLE YOU KNOW.  THE INFORMATION PROVIDED HERIN IS CURRENT AND ACCURATE AS OF THIS DATE, BUT IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

SVP COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION BULLETIN, FORM#

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4446
Boulder County Head Start children to receive bikes and helmetsBoulder County, Colo. – Head Start, Google and Wish for Wheels have teamed up to donate bikes and helmets to each child enrolled at Woodlands Head Start in Boulder. Boulder County Head Start, a Division of Community Services, helps break the cycle of poverty in families through education and family involvement. This is the second year that Google and Wish for Wheels have provided bikes for children at Head Start

What: Bike gifting
When: Tuesday, June 2, 2-3 p.m.
Where: Woodlands Head Start, 2675 Mapleton Ave., Boulder

Boulder County Head Start is a comprehensive Child Development program for low income families and children with disabilities. It is designed to meet the individual needs of children through a partnership between teachers and parents. Head Start is the perfect recipient for Wish for Wheels to create a partnership. Founded in 2004, Wish for Wheels is a nonprofit determined to make a difference by providing new bikes and helmets to young children. Their mission is to transform the lives of kids from low-income families, broadening their scope for personal growth and a healthy lifestyle through the gift of a new bicycle.

For more information about Head Start or the bike gifting, contact Rachel Hohensee, at rhohensee@bouldercounty.org or 303-441-3697.
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4445Fri, 29 May 2015 10:00:00
Boulder County Reviews Environmental Sustainability Programs’ Impacts Boulder County, Colo. – The Boulder County Commissioners reviewed a study completed by Natural Capitalism Solutions May 28 during a public hearing. The findings of the analysis show that all of the county’s sustainability services provide a suite of environmental, social and economic benefits to the community. For every $1 invested in Boulder County’s sustainability programs, the community receives $5 worth of benefits. 

“Having a better understanding of the benefits of our environmental sustainability program is important not only to ensure our tax dollars are well-spent, but to also understanding how to best achieve our environmental goals,” said Susie Strife, Boulder County’s Sustainability Coordinator. 

The goal of undertaking this analysis was to understand which environmental services and infrastructure have been the most effective at reducing environmental impacts (greenhouse gas emissions and other local pollutants) as well as to identify the social and economic benefits of these programs. Natural Capitalism Solutions reviewed the services and infrastructure, funded by Boulder County, in the areas of agriculture, energy and buildings, transportation, waste, and water.

“Through its sustainability programs, the county currently invests an average of $30 to achieve the reduction of one metric ton carbon equivalent and also receives many other community benefits,” said Nick Sterling, Director of Research with Natural Capitalism Solutions. 

The social benefits of county programs result in direct cost savings to residents and businesses, as well as improved air and water quality. In the case of sustainable transportation, on bus routes that Boulder County currently invests in, 10% of commuters would not be able to maintain employment without access to these transit services. Natural Capitalism also included the Social Cost of Carbon, an internationally-recognized indicator, in their analysis, which estimates the economic damages associated with a small increase in carbon dioxide emissions. By investing in programs that avoid greenhouse gas emissions, the county and other communities decrease the costs associated with economic damage in the areas of agricultural productivity, human health, and property damage from increased flood risk.

From an economic perspective, the county’s investments in sustainability services prove to have a high return. Overall, residents and businesses receive $37 million in direct savings as a result of sustainability services and another $62 million is reinvested back into the community through infrastructure, jobs, and more disposable income. 

“The study’s rigorous analysis demonstrated that the county is achieving significant environmental, economic and social benefits,” said Commissioner Elise Jones. “It is apparent that work in all the sustainability program areas should continue. We also have ripe opportunities to improve our existing programs and have an even greater impact on our environment.”

The Sustainability Impact Overview resulting from this project is online at www.BoulderCountySustainability.org.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4444Fri, 29 May 2015 10:00:00
Boulder County Awards Sustainability Grants to Local Communities Boulder County, Colo. – The Boulder County Commissioners recently announced the recipients of 2015 Sustainability Grants. The following communities in Boulder County received funds: Boulder, Jamestown, Lafayette, Longmont, Louisville, Lyons, Nederland, Superior, and Ward.

Boulder County’s Environmental Sustainability Matching Grant Program provides an opportunity for Boulder County towns and municipalities in the county to undertake environmental sustainability projects within their communities. In addition to supporting local efforts, Boulder County’s Environmental Sustainability Matching Grant Program helps the county leverage community resources and set collective goals for a coordinated, countywide approach to environmental sustainability.
 
The county’s Sustainability Grant recipients are pursuing many diverse projects including incentives to conserve water, hiring of a sustainability coordinator, and providing further financial incentives for the EnergySmart energy efficiency service.

“These awards are an excellent way for us to recognize and encourage the great work done in each of our communities around sustainability,” said Susie Strife, Boulder County Sustainability Coordinator. “It is a way to celebrate the remarkable leadership within each individual community, and move forward on elements of community sustainability plans.”

The Sustainability Matching Grant Program was established in 2014 as a way to support efforts that propel sustainability priorities in Boulder County communities. Any municipality or town located within Boulder County that could provide a cash or in-kind match for their request was eligible to apply for up to $15,000. 


Recipients and approved projects:

City of Boulder will receive funding to conduct an evaluation and refinement of energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) saving calculations for the equipment rebates issued through the Commercial Partners for a Clean Environment service. Additionally, funds will be used to design new rebates that may be used to help support new requirements through the city’s Commercial and Industrial (C&I) Energy Ordinance.

Town of Jamestown will be awarded funding to encourage recycling, improve water quality, support creek restoration, and provide student environmental education opportunities. 

City of Lafayette will receive funding to create a study of carbon emissions which will aid the community in reducing greenhouse gas impacts. Some of the funds will go towards incentives for participation in the EnergySmart home efficiency service. For the business community, the city will leverage the county’s Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE) service to assist businesses in the implementation of sustainable practices, offer additional incentives, and recognize businesses through their green business recognition program.

City of Longmont will use funds to hire a part-time environmental economics analyst. This position would help the city identify and document the environmental, social and economic costs and benefits of the community’s sustainability programs. 

City of Louisville will be awarded capital to establish a new community garden. More than 20 garden beds will be installed and irrigation will be provided in time for the 2016 growing season. The site is designed to accommodate future expansion.

Town of Lyons funding will be used to hire a part-time sustainability coordinator. This new hire would receive free training as part of the town’s “match” and would be tasked with implementing a variety of sustainability actions from the town’s Comprehensive Plan. These actions were made more urgent by the 2013 Flood.

Town of Nederland will use this grant to encourage water conservation by Nederland businesses. The town will leverage the Partners for a Clean Environment program to provide water and energy assessments and incentives to businesses. Sustainability funding will help businesses invest in efficiency improvements recommended by the PACE team.

Town of Superior will be funded to replace about one third of the city’s trash cans with new “waste stations” that include recycling bins. The new equipment will be located in city parks and along public trails. 

Town of Ward will be awarded funds to develop a sustainability plan and also to install a greenhouse to support local food security. 

Boulder County is proud to have so many communities with progressive ideas for sustainability, and looks forward to seeing these grant-winning projects come to fruition. 

For more information about Boulder County’s sustainability mission, visit www.BoulderCountySustainability.org.  
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4443Wed, 27 May 2015 10:00:00
Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan Open House May 28Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County is working on an Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Management Plan, which will provide county staff and departments with guidance on how to manage ash trees on county-maintained properties and road rights-of-way. The public is invited to learn about EAB and give their input on the management plan for ash trees. 

What: EAB Management Plan Open House
When: Thursday, May 28, 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: Houston Room, Boulder County Clerk & Recorder, 1750 33rd Street, Boulder 

The meeting is open to anyone who would like to learn more about the Emerald Ash Borer and those who wish to comment on the proposed management plan. Input received will be taken into consideration as the management plan is being finalized. Public comment will be taken through June 19 at 4 p.m.

Although the plan is specific to county managed lands, the open house will include a representative from Boulder County Extension Services to talk with residents about EAB on private property. 

For more information on the Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan, contact Brett Stadsvold, Boulder County EAB Coordinator, at eab@bouldercounty.org or 303-678-6048, or visit http://bit.ly/BoCoEAB.
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4442Tue, 26 May 2015 10:00:00
RescueMEDIA ADVISORY
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

 

CONTACT

Troy Wolf #526

303-441-4444
twolf@bouldercounty.org

Saturday, May 23, 2015

 

Rescue

 

 

BOULDER COUNTY SHERIFF- On Saturday May 23, 2015 at approximately 9:00 a.m., members of Rocky Mountain Rescue, Boulder City Mountain Parks and Open Space, AMR Ambulance, and the Boulder County Sheriff's Office responded to “Bear Peak” on the report of an injured trail runner.

 

Dave Mackey (46) was trail running near the summit of “Bear Peak”, south of the 5000 block of Flagstaff Rd. when he slipped and fell.  He grabbed a large rock to stop his fall; and in doing so, pulled the rock loose causing it to fall on his left leg trapping him.  The approximate dimensions of the rock were 3’x4’x10”, weighing 300-400 pounds.  He began yelling for help, and two individuals in the area came to his aid.  They called 9-1-1, rendered first aid until emergency personnel arrived, and used a large stick to pry the rock off Mackey’s leg. 

 

The technical rescue took Rocky Mountain Rescue several hours to complete.  They had to traverse a scree field, before using a wheeled litter to complete the evacuation.  Mackey was transported to the Boulder Community Hospital by AMR Ambulance with a severe leg injury.

 

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office case number for this incident is 15-2839.

 

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=4441Sat, 23 May 2015 10:00:00
Unattended death investigation off of Flagstaff RoadMEDIA ADVISORY

Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

CONTACT

Sergeant Jason Oehlkers, 303-441-1500, joehlkers@bouldercounty.org

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Unattended Death Investigation

BOULDER COUNTY, Colorado- On Friday May 22, 2015, at approximately 6:30 pm, Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 2500 block of Flagstaff Road in unincorporated Boulder County after receiving a report that a missing person had been seen in the area on Thursday May 21st.  Deputies along with detectives from the Boulder Police Department, members of the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Wildland Fire Crew, Boulder City Parks and Open Space, and the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group began searching the area and located a deceased female believed to be in her late teens or early twenties. 

The body was located in steep, rocky terrain at the base of a cliff estimated to be approximately 100 feet tall.  When the body was discovered the conditions were deemed to be too unsafe for rescue personnel to remove her due to the heavy rain and fog at the time. 

On May 23rd, at 8:00 am, Sheriff’s detectives along with detectives from the Boulder Police Department and investigators from the Boulder County Coroner’s Office, members of the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, and City of Boulder Parks and Open Space Officers returned to the area to remove the victim.  This body removal is still in progress at this time and is again being slowed by the weather conditions.  It is expected that the victim’s body will be removed within the next three hours.

The incident is currently being investigated by the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office and the Boulder County Coroner’s Office.  

The Coroner’s Office will release the name of the deceased, once identification has been verified and notification has been made to the next of kin.  The Coroner’s Office will make the final determination as to the cause and manner of the woman’s death, however foul play is not suspected.

The associated case number for this investigation is 15-2818.

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=4439Sat, 23 May 2015 10:00:00
Training Programs for Family Caregivers begin in JuneBoulder County, Colo. – Boulder County Area Agency on Aging, a Division of Community Services, offers two training programs for family caregivers of older adults; one focused on the practical skills of caregiving and the other on caregiver self-care.   

The 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. The course will be held Thursdays, June 18 – July 30, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m., in Boulder.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a 15-hour course (meets once a week for 2 ½ 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. The course will be held Wednesdays, June 24 – July 29, 1:30 – 4 p.m., in Longmont.

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. Please call 303-678-6116 or email infocaregiver@bouldercounty.org
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4438Thu, 21 May 2015 10:00:00
Boulder County Healthy Kids and Adults Gets Grant to Enroll More Residents in Health CoverageFunding will be used to support successful approaches already underway

(Boulder County, Colo.) The Boulder County Healthy Kids and Adults (BCHKA) program has been awarded nearly $310,000 to help enroll remaining uninsured residents in health coverage. The 18-month Colorado Health Foundation grant, announced earlier this year, will build on many of the successful health coverage efforts already underway in Boulder County.

BCHKA, formerly known as the Boulder County Healthy Kids Initiative, is an effort to enroll eligible residents across Boulder County in Colorado’s public health insurance programs Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+). Medicaid is a no-cost health insurance plan for low-income Colorado residents including children, pregnant women, parents with dependent children, single adults, elderly, and disabled populations. CHP+ is low-cost health insurance for children and pregnant women who don’t qualify for Medicaid but can’t afford private health insurance.

BCHKA will utilize the funding primarily to collaborate with community partner organizations on expanding health coverage, including stationing eligibility technicians on-site to assist with screening and enrollment.

Boulder County has seen tremendous health coverage success in the past year and a half. Since October 2013, more than 26,000 Boulder County residents have qualified for and gotten health coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid and CHP+ eligibility. This is a 92 percent increase during that time. “Because these programs focus on prevention, the coverage increases not only mean we are greatly improving the health of our neighbors, but they are also saving our community tremendous amounts of money in much more expensive crisis care,” said BCHKA Community-Based Manager Alison Brisnehan. “At the same time, we know there are still thousands of people without health coverage in Boulder County, and this funding will help us go a long way toward reaching them.”

In addition to enrolling Boulder County residents in health coverage, BCHKA also helps families find a medical home, a network of caregivers who coordinate and communicate with each other around a patient’s health and treatment needs. The program also links residents to the Connect for Health Colorado private insurance marketplace. Information on Boulder County Healthy Kids and Adults is available online at www.BCHealthyKids.org or by calling 303-441-1589.

About The Colorado Health Foundation

The Colorado Health Foundation works to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation by ensuring that all Colorado kids are fit and healthy and that all Coloradans achieve stable, affordable and adequate health coverage to improve their health with support from a network of primary health care and community services. To advance our mission, the Foundation engages the community through grant making, public policy, investing in evaluation, private sector partnerships and strategic communications. For more information, please visit www.ColoradoHealth.org.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4437Thu, 21 May 2015 10:00:00
Boulder County CSOC Scholarship Award Recipient 2015/2016NEWS RELEASE

FROM:  Joe Pelle, Sheriff

 DATE:  May 21, 2015

 REF:  County Sheriffs of Colorado Scholarship Program

Sheriff Joe Pelle is pleased to announce Megan Kocina is the Boulder County recipient of the 2015/2016 County Sheriffs of Colorado (CSOC) scholarship award. Megan is graduating this month from New Vista High School. She has been an active volunteer in the community throughout her high school years. Megan will continue her education at Colorado State University where she plans to study Forestry.

CSOC, Colorado’s state sheriffs association, awarded more than thirty $500 scholarships this year to deserving high school and college students in Colorado to fund higher education and training expenses for the 2015/2016 academic year. A committee evaluated applications. Each committee member made their selections based upon criteria established by CSOC to include leadership, merit, character, involvement and career purpose. The scholarship was open to permanent residents of Boulder County Colorado who planned to, or were attending, a vocational training program or institution of higher learning in the State of Colorado.

CSOC established the scholarship program in 1978, and the effort has continued as a meaningful expression of the sheriffs’ confidence in and respect for education and training. Monies for the scholarship program are derived, in part, from the CSOC honorary membership fund which consists of contributions from individual citizens and businesses each year. 

Learning of the accomplishments, interests and future plans of the scholarship applicants is a very positive experience. Public service is delivered to communities in a variety of ways that enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors. It is reassuring to know there continue to be people willing to dedicate their time and resources to the professions of public service.


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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4436Thu, 21 May 2015 10:00:00
Unattended Death Investigation at the Boulder County JailOn May 20, 2015 at approximately 1:35 a.m., a 20 year-old male jail inmate was found in his cell unresponsive and not breathing.  Boulder County Sheriff’s deputies began administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until paramedics and firefighters arrived.  He was transported by ambulance to Boulder Community Foothills Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

 

The decedent was initially arrested on April 19, 2015 and was being held on multiple charges including a Failure to Comply (FTC) Warrant and a charge of Third Degree Assault.  He was being housed in the Special Management module of the jail.

 

Deputies assigned to the module had checked on him approximately 30 minutes prior to finding him unresponsive.  The preliminary investigation indicates that the inmate hanged himself in his cell.

 

Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office and the Boulder County Coroner’s Office are investigating the death.  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 associated Boulder County Sheriff's case number is 15-2759

 

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=4435Wed, 20 May 2015 10:00:00
Applications for 2016 Worthy Cause pool funding now availableBoulder County, Colo. – Nonprofit human service agencies and housing authorities in Boulder County may now apply for capital funds through Boulder County’s 2016 Worthy Cause pool.

The Worthy Cause Request for Funding application for 2016 pool funding is available on the Boulder County website. Applications must be submitted through Boulder County’s online application system by 4:30 p.m. on June 19. 

During the 2008 General Election, Boulder County voters approved an extension of the 0.05 percent Worthy Cause sales tax with 73 percent of the vote. The 10-year initiative allocates a portion of sales tax revenue to Boulder County nonprofit human service agencies for capital projects, including the purchase of land or buildings; construction; renovation or debt reduction.

Revenues from the sales tax will be awarded to eligible human services non-profits through a competitive “pool” funding process, for which qualifying nonprofit agencies may now apply via the Request for Funding process.

Throughout the course of Worthy Cause III, sales tax revenues have been leveraged through fundraising and other grants to strengthen our community services in early childhood learning, family support services, basic needs services such as food, clothing, housing and shelter, domestic violence and healthcare. To date, 36 local nonprofit human service agencies have been awarded approximately $13 million in capital awards since voters reapproved the tax in 2008.

For more information about Worthy Cause and the application process, contact Megan Davis at mdavis@bouldercounty.org or 303-441-3562. 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4434Tue, 19 May 2015 10:00:00
Boulder County Parks and Open Space Celebrates 40th Anniversary in 2015Boulder County is celebrating its 40th anniversary throughout the year with multiple opportunities for public participation.
A dedicated webpage, BoulderCountyOpenSpace.org/40, provides opportunities for the public to:
  • Complete any of 40 adventures (including hikes, bike rides, bus tours, and fishing events).
  • Share memories and photos of visits to county open space, special events and volunteer work projects.
  • Learn about 40 years of department milestones.
  • Purchase anniversary print and notecards.
The idea of a county open space program started in the mid-60s by Boulder County residents 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 open space program became a reality in January 1975, and the first two properties, Betasso Preserve and Walker Ranch, were purchased in 1977. Today, Boulder County residents can be proud that their tax dollars have protected more than 100,000 acres of land and built 117 miles of trails. Boulder County has also protected working farms and ranches, wildlife habitat, riparian and wetland areas, scenic buffers and buffers between communities. 

Boulder County open spaces offer abundant opportunities for hiking, biking, horseback riding in the mountains and on the plains; scenic picnic sites and prime spots for bird watching. Nature programs, special events, and volunteer projects are offered nearly every week of the year, along with programs at three museums and various events to connect with the arts.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4433Fri, 15 May 2015 10:00:00
Unattended death investigationMEDIA ADVISORY

Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

CONTACT

Sergeant Jason Oehlkers, 303-441-1500, joehlkers@bouldercounty.org

Friday, May 15, 2015

Unattended Death Investigation

BOULDER COUNTY, Colorado- On May 15, 2015, at approximately 9:30 am, Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 200 block of Lakeshore Park Drive in unincorporated Boulder County after receiving a report of an unresponsive male.  Sheriff’s deputies along with members of the Rocky Mountain Fire Authority, and American Medical Response responded to the home and pronounced the 58 year old resident dead.

The incident is currently being investigated by the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office and the Boulder County Coroner’s Office.  

The Coroner’s Office will release the name of the deceased, once identification has been verified and notification has been made to the next of kin.  The Coroner’s Office will make the final determination as to the cause and manner of the man’s death, however foul play is not suspected.

The associated case number for this investigation is 15-2671.

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=4432Fri, 15 May 2015 10:00:00
Nominations needed for Multicultural Awards by June 11Boulder County, Colo. – The Boulder County Community Action Program (CAP) is seeking nominations for the 27th annual Multicultural Awards Banquet. Nominations are due by June 11. The banquet will be held October 1, more details about the banquet will be provided at a later date.

The banquet recognizes people of different ethnic backgrounds who have made significant contributions to Boulder County in the areas of arts, business, community service, education, government, health, youth (19 and younger), science, and Partners. “Partners” seeks a person from the white/Anglo community who works with people of color to promote social justice around race issues.

Nominations must be submitted by Thursday, June 11. Nomination forms are available by visiting www.BoulderCountyCAP.org and clicking on “Multicultural Awards,” or calling 303-441-3976. Nominations should be submitted to Sheila Goetz, at sgoetz@bouldercounty.org or mailed to P.O. Box 471, Boulder, CO  80306.

The theme for the 2015 banquet, "Cross the Bridge and Join Together," is particularly appropriate in a ceremony that bridges cultural differences. This event sends a positive message to the community and shows young people successful role models making a difference in the community. Proceeds from the banquet provide scholarships for multicultural students.

Winners from the 2014 Multicultural Awards were:
Art – Tamil Maldonado
Business – Jose Beteta
Community Service – Jann Oldham
Education – Maria Ramirez
Government – Christina Pacheco
Health – Yanina Gomez
Partners – Kirsten Wilson
Youth – Naat’áanii Todea

For more information, please contact Eliberto Mendoza, Boulder County Community Action Director at 303-441-3972 or emendoza@bouldercounty.org.
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4431Fri, 15 May 2015 10:00:00
Sheriff's Office Releases Investigative Team's Executive SummaryM E M O R A N D U M


To:      Whom It May Concern

 From:  Sheriff Joe Pelle

 Date:   May 14, 2015

 Ref:     Results and Determinations of Officer Involved Shooting Investigation

On May 13, 2015, the Boulder County Investigative Team, (a multi-agency team which investigates officer- involved deadly force incidents in our county), presented the results of their investigation into the deputy-involved shooting on April 22nd, 2015 at the Doudy Draw Trailhead near Eldorado Springs.   Myself, District Attorney Stan Garnett, and various members of our staffs were in attendance for the presentation. 

The facts and circumstances of this case indicate that Deputy Jeff Brunkow was fully justified in the use of deadly force on that day.  His actions were consistent with state law, department policy, and his training. His decision to use deadly force was carefully weighed, and skillfully executed.  A single shot was fired, which apparently immediately saved the lives of two hostages. Other deputies on the scene exhibited great restraint and professional demeanor, as there was no sympathetic fire reaction. 

Our highest Organizational Value, is the value of human life. Although we would not celebrate the taking of a human life by one of our deputies, in this case we can acknowledge and commend the saving of two other lives by the actions of Deputy Brunkow. This is clearly documented in the investigative report.

The Executive Summary of the investigative report will be made available to the media and public very soon when it is posted to our website www.bouldersheriff.org.

Please direct inquiries to me at 303-441-4605.

 

 

 

 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4428Thu, 14 May 2015 10:00:00
Unattended death investigationMEDIA ADVISORY

Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

CONTACT

Sergeant Jason Oehlkers, 303-441-1500, joehlkers@bouldercounty.org

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Unattended Death Investigation

BOULDER COUNTY, Colorado- On May 14, 2015, at approximately 9:00 am, Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 8000 block of Kincross Drive in unincorporated Boulder County after receiving a report of a disturbance at a home in the area.  As deputies were responding, the 911 caller reported that her husband, a 53 year old resident, was suicidal.  The male party left his home , walked approximately ½ mile, and was found at the bottom of a cliff that is estimated to be 30 – 40 feet high by rescue personnel.  He was pronounced dead by rescue personnel a short time later.

Members of the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Boulder Rural Fire Protection District, Boulder Emergency Squad, Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, American Medical Response, North Colorado Med Evac, Boulder City Parks and Open Space, and the Boulder County Coroner’s Office responded to the incident.

The incident is currently being investigated by the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office and the Boulder County Coroner’s Office. 

The Coroner’s Office will release the name of the deceased, once identification has been verified and notification has been made to the next of kin.  The Coroner’s Office will make the final determination as to the cause and manner of the man’s death.

The associated case number for this investigation is 15-2652.

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=4430Thu, 14 May 2015 10:00:00
Parks & Open Space Announces 2015 Farm ToursBoulder County Parks and Open Space announces the 2015 Farm and Water Tour Series. Now in its sixth year, this year's award winning program will include three Farm Tours and a Water Tour. 

Tour Dates
Water Tour: Saturday, June 13 from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Farm Bus Tours: Tuesdays, June 23, July 21, and August 25 from 5:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Farm Tours
The Agriculture Tour Program was the winner of this year’s Agriculture Award for Excellence in Environmental Education from the Colorado Association of Environment Education. The farm tours demonstrate the spectrum of agricultural production systems, issues, challenges and opportunities on Boulder County open space lands.  The three-hour evening bus tours highlight different farms, representing field and forage crops, vegetable crops and livestock.  

Water Tours
The all-day water tour gives an on-the-ground view of Boulder County’s water resources, including its roles in producing local food and providing water to rural users. The tour from the plains to the foothills will include stops along the way and a complimentary lunch by a private lake. The Water Tour 2015 is a collaborative effort between Boulder County Parks and Open Space and Farmers Alliance for Integrated Resources (FAIR) with the support of local conservation districts, ditch companies, and businesses.

Registration and Fees
In order for staff to plan appropriately, participants are required to register for the tours. Online registration will be available one month prior to each tour.  There will be fees for each tour. Farm Bus Tours: $5/participant, Water Tour: $20/participant. Register on Eventbrite

Registration for those without internet access can be arranged. Contact Meaghan at agriculture@bouldercounty.org, (303) 678-6181.

Local farmers and ranchers along with county open space staff will be available to answer questions on all tours. More details will become available as tours near. Please check www.BoulderCountyOpenSpace.org/agriculture for updates.


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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4429Thu, 14 May 2015 10:00:00
Fire Consumes Barn Near 7600 Arapahoe RoadBOULDER COUNTY- On May 12th at about 3:05pm, emergency crews were dispatched to a structure fire in the 7600 block of Arapahoe Road in unincorporated Boulder County, Colorado. On arrival, they found a large barn fully engulfed in flames and smoke. The barn had apparently been converted into both storage areas and living quarters.  All of the occupants were able to safely make it out of the structure and no animals are believed to have been injured from the fire.

Fire units had the fire extinguished by about 6:00pm, at which time the occupants were escorted back inside to retrieve some personal effects once firefighters determined it was safe to do so. 

The Boulder County Multi Agency Fire Investigation Team (MAFIT) responded to investigate the cause and origin of the fire. They believe that the fire was caused by a wood-burning stove that had been malfunctioning throughout the day, and foul play is not suspected at this time.

Deputies and volunteer victim advocates from the Boulder County Sheriff's Office, as well as first responders from Boulder Rural Fire Protection District, Boulder Fire, Rocky Mountain Fire, Mountain View Fire Protection District, American Medical Response, Louisville Fire Department, and Lafayette Fire Department all responded to assist at the scene.

The case number for this incident is 15-2622.

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Attend a Free Poverty Simulation Event on May 18 in BoulderBoulder County, Colo. – The Boulder County Circles Campaign will host a poverty simulation event. The free event is meant to create more awareness of the difficulties faced by community members living in poverty. 

What: Poverty Simulation
When: May 18, 6-8:30 p.m. 
Where: Calvary Bible Church, 3245 Kalmia Avenue, Boulder
RSVP: Jessica Austin, 303-441-1503 or circlesinfo@bouldercounty.org 

During the simulation, participants role-play the lives of low-income families. The simulation consists of interactions with human service agencies, grocers, pawnbrokers, bill collectors, job interviewers, police officers and others. Participants experience the stressful task of providing for basic necessities and shelter on a limited budget during the course of four 15-minute “weeks.”

The simulation is designed to create a broader awareness of the realities of life in poverty and to help participants recognize and discuss the potential for change within their local communities. There will be a chance to debrief with one another and with families currently living in poverty.

The event is free, but reservations are required. For more information about the event, contact Jessica Austin at 303-441-1503 or circlesinfo@bouldercounty.org.

For more information about the Boulder County Circles Campaign, visit www.BoulderCountyCircles.org

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4426Tue, 12 May 2015 10:00:00
Non-profit Boards and Commissions are invited to PERL Board Fair on May 20Boulder County, Colo. - In an effort to increase the number of low-income people of color 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.

PERL connects our diverse communities with non-profit Organizations and Commissions that are ready to embrace inclusion. Boards and Commissions across Boulder County interested in recruiting PERL Graduates are invited to our PERL Board Fair.  

What: People Engaged in Raising Leaders (PERL) Board Fair 
When: Wednesday, May 20, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Clerk and Recorders Office, Houston Room, 1750 33rd St., Boulder
Cost: Free
RSVP: Susana Lopez-Baker at 303-441-3956 or slopez-baker@bouldercounty.org 

The Recruitment Fair will allow non-profit Boards and Commissions an opportunity to provide participants of the PERL training with an overview of their organization. This will give participants the opportunity to ask questions about your particular Board or Commission, volunteer opportunities and committees where you may have vacancies. The Board Fair will also give you the opportunity to recruit diverse community members to your Board or Commission.
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4425Mon, 11 May 2015 10:00:00
Sheriff’s detectives arrest suspect for sending envelope with suspicious white powder MEDIA ADVISORY
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office & Boulder Police Department

 

CONTACT


Division Chief Tom Sloan, 303-441-1500, tsloan@bouldercounty.org

 

Kim Kobel, Boulder Police Department, 303-441-3370, kobelk@bouldercolorado.gov


Friday, May 8, 2015

Sheriff’s detectives arrest suspect for sending envelope with suspicious white powder to Jewish Community Center and Congregation Har HaShem

BOULDER COUNTY, Colorado- On May 7, 2015, Sheriff’s detectives along with Boulder Police Department detectives arrested 32 year-old Jeffrey Klinkel for two counts of Felony Menacing, Explosive Hoax, and Interference with a School Facility.  This joint investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Boulder Police Department started after the Jewish Community Center, located at 3800 Kalmia Avenue in unincorporated Boulder County received an envelope with a white powdery substance in it on April 6, 2015.  On the same day, Congregation Har HaShem, which is located at 3950 Baseline Road in the City of Boulder, received a similar letter. 

The powdery substance in the letters was chemically analyzed by the Colorado Department of Health and the contents were determined to be corn starch and/or white flour.  No one was injured in either incident.

Forensic evidence linked Mr. Klinkel to the letters and resulted in Klinkels arrest.  He is currently being held in the Boulder County Jail with a bond of $10,000.  Kilnkel’s charges include two counts of each of the following:

o   Felony Menacing, Colorado Revised Statute (CRS) 18-3-206, a class five felony

o   Explosive/Biological Hoax, CRS 18-12-109(7), a class five felony

o   Interference with an Educational Facility, CRS 18-9-109, a class one misdemeanor

The associated case numbers are 15-1901 (Boulder Sheriff) and 15-4133 (Boulder Police).

Mr. Klinkel’s booking photograph is attached to this release.

The joint investigation is continuing.

 

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=4424Fri, 08 May 2015 10:00:00
Police Unity TourMEDIA ADVISORY
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

 

CONTACT
Heidi Prentup

Commander
303-441-1500
HPrentup@bouldercounty.org


Friday, May 7, 2015

Sheriff’s Deputies Riding for National Law Enforcement Memorial

BOULDER COUNTY, Colorado-Three deputies, Rik, Lance and Heidi, with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office will be riding their bicycles 225 miles from Somerset, New Jersey to the National Police Memorial in Washington DC during Police Week, May 10-16. They are three of over three thousand law enforcement officers who will ride to raise money for the National Police Memorial, which is a nonprofit honoring Law Enforcement Officers who have been killed in the line of duty. This year Sgt. David Baldwin, MC-1 from Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office name will be inscribed on the Memorial.   

Watch our Facebook page "Boulder County Sheriff’s Office" for updates on their progress.  

Police Unity Tour
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4423Thu, 07 May 2015 10:00:00
Pre-registration for the Caregiving Symposium has been extended to May 10Boulder County, Colo. – The 10th annual Caregiving Symposium, sponsored by Boulder County Area Agency on Aging (a division of Community Services), will be held May 12 in Longmont.

This educational event for family caregivers of older adults—or for anyone interested in caregiving issues—features a large resource fair of local service providers, informative handouts, lunch and 15 workshops on caregiving topics such as dementia care, caregiver self-care, legal and financial issues, healthcare advocacy, learning about resources, assistive technology and more. Caregivers are welcome to come for the full day or for only part of the event.

What:  Caregiving Symposium
When:  Tuesday, May 12, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where:  Plaza Convention Center, 1850 Industrial Circle, Longmont
Cost:  General admission is free

Pre-registration is required by May 10.  Register online or by calling 303-441-1685. (After May 10, call 303-678-6116 for possible late registration.)

On-site elder care is available by reservation at 303-441-1543. 

The Caregiving Symposium is co-sponsored by Aging Services Foundation, Meals on Wheels Boulder, Always Best Care, Boulder County Care Connect, 50 Plus Marketplace News, Shield HealthCare, Synergy HomeCare, Accent Care, Friends of Longmont Senior Center, Hallmark Homecare, HomeCare of the Rockies, Homewatch Caregivers, HomeWell Senior Care, Vincent, Romeo & Rodriguez, and Visiting Angels of Boulder County.

More information, including the complete agenda for the event, is posted on the event webpage.  
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4422
Assessing Your Home's Value and Calculating Your Property TaxesNotices of Value

Property owners in Boulder County are receiving their biennial Notice of Value (NOV) this week which includes the current assessed value of their home. For the first time in more than a decade, the collective value of all residential property in Boulder County has gone up by double digits, ranging from 10% for the far western portion of the county to 15-20% and higher throughout the cities, towns, and the eastern portions of the county. (See: map)

  

After several cycles of small to stable growth (and even negative trends in some neighborhoods), real estate markets all along the Northern Front Range have increased significantly in value in the past two years. As your elected officials of Boulder County, we felt this was a good time to recap how properties are valued and how property taxes are determined.

Home Valuations

As required by state law, County Assessors across Colorado determine the value of all residential and commercial property in their county every two years based on real market sales data as of June 30 of the year prior. That means that the NOVs that homeowners receive this week will reflect the value of their home as of June 30, 2014. These values hold for two years unless the home is remodeled or reconstructed.

It is important to note that Boulder County does not set values, the local real estate transactions market does.

The increases we’re seeing in Boulder County mirror what other counties all along the Front Range are experiencing; sales prices of homes are going up rapidly. In fact, many homes, if assessed today, would have a higher value than a year ago.

Property owners will have the month of May to appeal their property values if they believe their property has a unique set of circumstances that sets it apart from comparable sales in their neighborhood. Appeals may be submitted to the Boulder County Assessor’s Office by June 1 online (at www.BoulderCountyAssessor.org), by mail or fax, or in person. Throughout the remainder of the year the Assessor’s Office staff will review appeals and make adjustments as needed. In December, the Assessor will certify the final set of values for all real property in Boulder County.

Property Taxes

Every home has a defined set of entities that levy taxes on the property. Most school districts, counties, cities and towns, water, utility, recreation and fire protection districts derive at least some portion of their revenue through property taxes. In 2015, Boulder County property taxes were distributed as follows: 54% to school districts, 28% to Boulder County, 11% to incorporated cities and towns, and 7% to all other districts. (See graphic that explains calculation for property taxes.)

Property taxes are calculated as follows:

  • Actual Value x Assessment Rate* (currently 7.96%) = Assessed Value
  • Assessed Value x Tax Rate = Taxes Due

Each property’s NOV provides estimated taxes owed for 2015 (due in 2016). The tax rate (or mill levy) for each taxing entity (of which there are more than 100 in Boulder County alone) must be certified by the end of the year. A property owner’s tax bill is figured by adding up the property’s individual mill levies and multiplying that rate by the property’s assessed value. From there, a total calculation of property taxes is summarized for each property and mailed out by the County Treasurer in January.

Tax rates vary year-to-year based on legislative actions, ballot issues, and limits and restrictions built into our state tax code to buffer taxpayers from major shifts in market value. Due to these limitations, property tax rates are prohibited from rising at the same rate of increase as property values. In other words, the rate of increase in property taxes will be smaller than the percent increase in value.

For example, most of Boulder County Government’s property tax revenue (which represents approximately one quarter of all property taxes collected) is limited by law to no more than a 5.5% increase per year. However, the 5.5% Property Tax Revenue Limit does not apply to many other taxing entities such as schools and special districts.

For more information about Boulder County’s property assessment, taxation, and budgeting process please visit www.BoulderCounty.org/budget. There you’ll find answers to common questions about how property values are assessed, property taxes are configured, and many other details about how your tax dollars are put to use in the community.

Respectfully submitted by,

Boulder County Assessor - Jerry Roberts
Board of County Commissioners - (email) Cindy Domenico, Deb Gardner, Elise Jones
Boulder County Treasurer - Paul Weissmann

* The current residential assessment rate is 7.96% and is subject to change by the Colorado Legislature each odd-numbered year. The change in percentage is intended to balance the tax burden between residential and all other properties.


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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4417Fri, 01 May 2015 10:00:00
Boulder County Elections Division seeks resident input for 2016 Presidential/General ElectionBoulder County, Colo. –The Boulder County Elections Division is conducting outreach to ask local voters where they believe Voter Service and Polling Centers should be located, as well as where to place any additional 24-hour mail ballot drop boxes.

 

To capture resident input, the Elections Division has designed an online survey. Survey collection will take place through Monday, May 11:

 

What: Online resident input survey

When: Input taken now through Monday, May 11, 2015

Who: Boulder County voters

Where: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BoulderCountyVotes

 

In order to plan for a successful November 2016 Presidential/General Election, the Boulder County Elections Division needs to begin securing locations and planning election logistics now.

 

While all Colorado voters receive a ballot in the mail, it is still vitally important to have centrally located Voter Service and Polling Center locations for voters who either need to vote in person with special equipment or simply prefer to cast their ballot in person.

 

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 16 Voter Service and Polling Centers open throughout the county on Election Day with some of those locations opening as early as two weeks before Election Day.
 
For additional information on elections in Boulder County, visit www.BoulderCountyVotes.org.   
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4419Thu, 30 Apr 2015 10:00:00
Boulder County Notices of Value mailed to residential property owners

Boulder County, Colo. - The Boulder County Assessor has completed the reappraisal of all property in Boulder County and mailed notices of value to all property owners on May 1. For 2015, the actual value for residential, commercial, industrial, and other property types reflects the market value of the property as of June 30, 2014. The previous reappraisal was last done in 2013 based on market values from June 30, 2012.

As many are aware, the values of real estate have been going up at significant rates based on the limited supply of properties for sale. Between reappraisal years, Boulder County has seen an overall high positive change in values for residential properties reflecting this trend, with percent changes for residential type properties ranging from 10% for the far western portion of the county to 15 to 20%  and higher increases throughout the cities and the eastern portions of the county.  

Since the June 30, 2014 market value assessment date, the real estate market in Boulder County has continued at a strong pace. Residential sales figures continue to rise, and many homeowners may find that their homes are worth more today in the current real estate transaction market than our assessments indicate from nearly a year ago. Commercial and Industrial properties are also showing higher changes from 12-15% and higher.  Apartment complexes have also seen similar increases to residential due to higher occupancy and rental rates.

Notices of Value

Again this year, residential property owners will receive a three-fold Notice of Value postcard that includes the property’s basic assessment information and an appeal portion that can be mailed back as an appeal form. Property owners can also appeal their values by fax, in-person, and online through our website.

Property owners can also access a more traditional Notice of Value on our website at: www.BoulderCountyAssessor.org. A QR code included on the postcard will guide smart phone and tablet users to a link that will take them right to their personal Notice of Value which includes additional information and sample sales examples much like the full-page Notice of Value from two years ago. Anyone who does not have computer access can call our office at 303-441-3530 to request that a traditional Notice of Value be sent to them at no charge.

For taxpayers who choose to appeal online, there are new tools available to help research sales and attach comparables to their online appeals. We hope residents will find these new tools useful and intuitive.  Additionally, we will have remote locations opened for portions of May at the following locations:  


 

Lafayette

Lafayette Community Services Center

1376 Miner’s Dr. Unit 105,  Lafayette

 

Residential May 18th-22th    Commercial  19th & 21st

 

Longmont

Boulder County – St. Vrain Complex

529 Coffman Street

St. Vrain Conference Room

 

Residential May 4th -15th   Commercial  May 6th ,13th


 

Lyons

Lyons Town Hall

432 5th Avenue, Lyons

Residential & Commercial

May 22th    9AM-4PM


Programs for Seniors and Disabled Veterans

Property owners who are 65 or older, and have owned and lived in their home for the past 10 years as of January 1, may be eligible for the Senior Property Tax Exemption Program. Disabled Veterans may also qualify for the exemption.

The Colorado Legislature may be funding the Senior Homestead Exemption for 2015 (for taxes payable in 2016.) If you have not been approved already for this program, please call our office or visit our website for an application to apply. We urge you to be prepared ahead of time, so you can benefit from this exemption if it gets funded. The deadline to submit your application is July 15th.

- www.BoulderCountyAssessor.org-

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4421Thu, 30 Apr 2015 10:00:00
Trail Closures at Heil Valley Ranchhttp://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4418Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:00:00Nederland Transfer Station Expands Zero Waste ServicesBoulder County, Colo. – The Nederland Transfer Station is expanding services to include composting. Residents are invited to attend a kick-off event for the new composting service on Saturday, May 2. Visitors will learn about composting, enjoy local live music, and enjoy some BBQ. The first 20 residents to drop off their compost will receive a free counter top compost bin and liner.

What: Composting Kick-Off Event
When: Saturday, May 2 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Nederland Transfer Station, 286 Ridge Rd., Nederland

Residents and businesses can drop off compostable items including: food and vegetable scraps including meat, bones and dairy products; yard, lawn and garden trimmings; coffee grounds and filters; leaves, hay, straw, and sawdust. Compostable food service products (plates, cups, utensils, etc.) are also acceptable, as well as paper towels, napkins and tissues. All organic material dropped off as compost must be delivered in a compostable bag, fees for the services are determined by the size of the bag. Compostables will be collected in a specially marked trailer and, when full, will be hauled to a commercial composting site for processing.

Fees are determined by the size of the bag as follows:
  • $1           1-4 gallon bag
  • $2           5-13 gallon bag (standard kitchen size)
  • $5           14-33 gallon bag (includes paper lawn bags)
  • $7           34+ gallon bag (tote/commercial/event size) 

Introducing composting at the transfer station offers an environmentally preferable way to dispose of food and yard waste and reduce carbon footprints. Composting organic materials that have been diverted from landfills ultimately avoids the production of methane and leachate formulation in the landfills. Benefits of using finished compost in yards and gardens includes the ability to help regenerate poor soils and increase the nutrient content, and help soils retain moisture. Compost has also been shown to suppress plant diseases and pests, reduce or eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers, and promote higher yields of agricultural crops.

Boulder County has a mission of reaching “zero waste or darn near” by 2025. In 2013 and 2014, three surveys were conducted at the Nederland Transfer Station and results unanimously show that residents are in favor of having organics collection at this site. By introducing this service to the Nederland community, we are moving one step closer to reaching zero waste goals.

The facility offers free single-stream, scrap metal and textile recycling services, and trash disposal and composting for small fees. The facility is open for business 8 a.m.-4 p.m. every day (except Wednesday) including weekends.

For more information about the composting service, contact David Nitsch, at dnitsch@bouldercounty.org or 303-258-7878.
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4416Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:00:00
Community Meetings on April 29 to Focus on Louisville Affordable Housing DevelopmentBoulder County, Colo. – Managers for a planned affordable housing development in Louisville will hold two community meetings on Wednesday, April 29 to share with the public current ideas for design, amenities, and other details of the Louisville Affordable Housing project. 

The Louisville development, now known as Kestrel, will feature approximately 190 units of affordable housing with parks and a community building on 13 acres of land along 95th Street just north of South Boulder Road. Boulder County Housing Authority (BCHA) is overseeing the development, and is managing an interest list for the housing which already contains nearly 150 people. 

What: Community Meetings to discuss Kestrel development
When: Wednesday, April 29
Where: Alfalfa’s Community Room, 785 E. South Boulder Rd., Louisville (12:30-1:30 p.m.) and
     Morgan Senior Housing, 1450 Lincoln Ave., Louisville (5:30-6:30 p.m.)

“Louisville’s housing and rental prices have been skyrocketing, and we know there’s increasing need for quality affordable housing in this area,” said BCHA Deputy Director Willa Williford. “We are excited to get started on building our newest neighborhood, and we’re eager to hear from residents about what they’d like to see there.”

BCHA’s most recent developments, Josephine Commons and Aspinwall, both in Lafayette, feature 146 units of low-income rental units for seniors and families. Both were completely leased within a few days of their completion. The Kestrel development will serve similar populations in an area in which 46 percent of renters are housing-cost-burdened, meaning they spend over 30 percent of their income on rent. According to real estate data, the median monthly rental rate in Louisville currently stands at $2,280, and has increased 42 percent since 2011. 

The project team will share the status on design options, permits, and financing, as well as discuss site amenities and unit finishes. They’ll also collect input from the community about the site and housing amenities.

The Kestrel development, expected to break ground in late 2015, has an estimated construction cost of around $52 million.
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4415Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:00:00
Deputy Ended afternoon of Terror for Westminster Family
Deputy Brunkow received a Certificate of Commendation in 2005 for his compassion and sensitivity when he responded to a violent domestic in Niwot. After the suspect was arrested, he stayed behind to sing happy birthday to a 4 year-old child. Jeff hoped the child would remember that day as the day the sheriff came to his party.

In 2006 Deputy Brunkow received a Certificate of Commendation for his observations on a traffic stop that lead to the arrest of a suspect for a homicide that had occurred in Longmont.

Deputy Brunkow and his entire shift received a Teamwork Excellence Award in 2012 for their enthusiastic response to their sergeant’s request to increase officer initiated activity. A good part of this activity surrounded active investigation into locating people who had active warrants out for their arrest ranging from misdemeanor to serious felony cases. 

Over the years Jeff has received numerous letters from people he has contacted. The letters compliment his actions as going above and beyond what they had expected. One man thanked him for talking to him when he was feeling suicidal and changing his path, “getting him on the right track to recovery.” A mother thanked him for pushing her stalled vehicle out of a busy intersection and then taking the time to provide stickers and stuffed animals to her scared child.

In January of this year, Jeff delivered firewood to a family he met who were having trouble heating their home in the winter.

The Boulder County Investigation Team (BCIT) is currently investigating the incident that occurred yesterday at the Doudy Draw trail head. Sheriff Pelle requested the team to respond to the officer involved shooting yesterday afternoon.

The Boulder County Law Enforcement Chief Executive Officers developed the Boulder County Investigation Team as a resource available to all Boulder County law enforcement agencies. The team consists of a collection of skilled investigators from county law enforcement agencies and serves as a resource to conduct unbiased, objective investigations in cases where officers use deadly force, or for other incidents involving in-custody deaths. The team is made available to conduct an investigation at the request of the Sheriff or Chief of Police of the agency with jurisdiction.

The BCIT consists of law enforcement personnel who are designated by their agency and the District Attorney’s Office. The team consists of a team coordinator who serves as the liaison between the team and the requesting agency and provides direction and management of the investigation. The team supervisors provide oversight and management of assigned investigations and the team members conduct the investigation. A deputy district attorney is appointed to serve as an advisor to the team and provides legal guidance and information to the team members.

The BCIT presents fact-finding reports to the CEO of the requesting agency. They also conduct the criminal investigation into the facts and circumstances giving rise to the use of deadly force, which is presented to the District Attorney’s Office. Any internal or administrative review remains the responsibility of the agency.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office case number for this incident is 15-2237.


Deputy Jeffrey Brunkow
Deputy Jeffrey Brunkow
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4413Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:00:00
Boulder County hosts free slash pile workshop May 2Boulder County, Colo. – The public is invited to join Boulder County Fire Management Staff for a free slash pile workshop on Community Wildfire Preparedness Day, May 2.

What: Free slash pile workshop
When: Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Where: Nederland Community Forestry Sort Yard, 291 Ridge Rd., Nederland
RSVP: No RSVP is required. Bring work gloves and a water bottle. Snacks will be provided.

Attendees will learn how to safely use slash burning to perform hazardous fuels mitigation in conjunction with the slash disposal and chipping programs supported by Boulder County. Residents will learn when to use slash piling as a mitigation tool, how and where to construct slash piles, state and county regulations and permitting process for burning, and how to safely burn and mop up piles.

The workshop is sponsored by Boulder County, State Farm Insurance, and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). For more information about the workshop, call 303-441-4500 or email bcfiremanagement@bouldercounty.org

For information on burn permits, visit www.bit.ly/bcburnpermit.
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4412Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:00:00
Armed Kidnapping Ends at Doudy Draw TrailheadBOULDER COUNTY Colorado- On April 22, 2015 at about 11:41 PM, the Westminster Police Department received a call for a welfare check on family members located in the 10100 block of Benton Street.  

Westminster Officers contacted residents at the Benton Street address and it was determined the suspect had come to the residence to transfer the title of a vehicle.  Initially two males from the home left with the suspect willingly. When officers asked family members at the residence to contact the males who had left with the suspect, it was determined they were being held against their will in the car.

The suspect made several threats to family members about killing everyone in the car and having a weapon with him.  

 

Westminster police were able to determine the car was in the Boulder area and passed on the information to the Boulder County Sheriff’s department.


The family is asking for privacy, and does not wish to speak with the media.

 

When deputies arrived at the trailhead, they saw the person in the rear seat passenger holding a gun to the back of the head of the front seat passenger.  One deputy fired one round from a department issued rifle, striking the suspect. The driver of the Honda and the front seat passenger were not injured, nor were any deputies or bystanders in the parking lot.

The officer involved shooting will be investigated by the Boulder County Multi Agency Shoot team in conjunction with the Coroner's Office and the District Attorney's Office.

 

April 22, 2015, at 2:50 PM


At approximately 1:00 p.m. on April 22, 2015, Boulder County Communications received a BOLO (Be on the Look Out) from the Westminster Police for a white Honda sedan, suspect vehicle in a kidnapping. They then received several 911 calls from a cell phone in the area of the Doudy Draw Trailhead, 4100 Eldorado Springs Drive, Boulder County. When deputies arrived they found the Honda in the trailhead. When officers contacted the occupants of the vehicle one shot was fired. At this time it is not clear who fired the shot and the investigation is ongoing. One male in the vehicle is deceased, no deputies were injured. We are speaking with witnesses who were in the vehicle and in the trailhead parking lot. 

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office case number for this incident is 15-2237.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4411Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:00:00
BoCo Strong Resilience Network Launches Quarterly Meetings on May 8 Boulder County, Colo. – On May 8 from 9-10:30 a.m., BoCo Strong will be hosting an energizing morning of Ignite style presentations and cross-sector network building. The topic for this first meeting is “Enhancing our Connections.” Everyone is welcome to attend.

What: BoCo Strong Quarterly Meeting
When: Friday, May 8, 9-10:30 a.m.
Where: Xilinx Retreat Center, 3100 Logic Dr., Longmont

Ignite style presentations limit the speaker to 20 slides for 15 seconds each for a total of five minutes. The motto is, “Enlighten us, but make it quick!” After the presentations there will be time for Q&A, break-out groups, and a brief presentation on the $300,000 HUD CDBG-DR Community Resilience Building grant that was just awarded to BoCo Strong.

The presentation topics and speakers include: 
  • Frank Alexander, Boulder County Housing and Human Services Director, local safety net connections after recent stresses and shocks (economic downturn and natural disasters); 
  • Russ Sands, City of Boulder Watershed Sustainability & Outreach Supervisor, connecting with residents about flood, fire and drought; 
  • Amy Hardy, Intermountain Alliance, resilience best practices from mountain communities; and 
  • Blake Peterson, Boulder President, Citywide Banks, the only bank to provide meaningful financial solutions for flood impacted customers. 
BoCo Strong was formed by flood impacted towns, cities and active nonprofits to coordinate a process of resilience building at all levels that integrates action across Boulder County in ways which increase the effectiveness of the existing collective capacity of all sectors. More information about BoCo Strong and plans for the resilience grant can be found at www.BoCoStrong.org

For more information, contact Katie Arrington, Flood Recovery Specialist, at karrington@bouldercounty.org or 303-441-1609.
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4410Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:00:00
Boulder County Community Forestry Sort Yards open May 1Boulder County, Colo. – The Boulder County Forest Health Initiative has announced the Community Forestry Sort Yard operating schedule for 2015. Both the Allenspark and Nederland area sort yards will be open Wednesday through Saturday beginning in May.

Sort yards are free of charge locations where residents can drop off logs, tree branches, pine needles, cut grass and noxious weeds. Residents load the material into a vehicle or trailer, haul it to Nederland or Allenspark, and unload it at the yard at no charge.

Allenspark/Meeker Park Area Sort Yard - 8200 Hwy. 7, Allenspark
Opens: May 1 – Closes: Oct. 17
Hours of Operation: Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Nederland Area Sort Yard - 291 Ridge Road, Nederland 
Opens: May 1 – Closes: Oct. 17
Hours of Operation: Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

This summer marks the eighth consecutive year that Boulder County has offered free slash and log disposal. 

“The yards have proven to be an extremely popular resource for mountain residents,” said Ryan Ludlow, outreach forester with the county’s Land Use Department. “During the 2013 and 2014 seasons, more than 1,000 individuals dropped off 8,145 loads of material. The majority of these folks are working on wildfire mitigation and forest health improvement on their land.”

Both sort yards will be closed on July 4, and may have additional closures due to weather and administrative requirements. During inclement weather, call the operational status hotline at 303-678-6368 before hauling.

Volunteer Community Forestry Sort Yard Hosts needed
Volunteer Community Forestry Sort Yard Hosts are needed at the Allenspark and Nederland yards. Volunteers help make sure that sort yards continue to be a local hub of community-based forestry information.

Volunteer Sort Yard Hosts greet people as they enter the yard, collect data on the material they are delivering, and provide information about forest ecology, bark beetles, and wildfire mitigation. Volunteers will not be responsible for helping unload materials. Boulder County is looking for volunteers who can commit to 16 hours per month in four-hour shifts.

For more information, visit www.BoulderCountyOpenSpace.org/volunteer, or contact Wayne Harrington at 303-678-6368 or wharrington@bouldercounty.org.
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4409Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:00:00
Free Tree Giveaway on April 25 to Replace Ash Trees Boulder County, Colo. – In the wake of the non-native pest emerald ash borer being detected in the City of Boulder last fall, CSU Extension and Boulder County are teaming up to offer Boulder County property owners a replacement tree seedling for an ash tree on their property. 

What: Free Tree Seedling Giveaway
When: Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (while supplies last)
Where: Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office, 1750 33rd Street, Boulder or, at
        Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont
Cost: Free

Four varieties of trees will be available for pickup. Field experts will be on hand to assist property owners in their decision on which of the four varieties of seedlings would be best on their property and to answer questions about emerald ash borer. 

The four types of trees that are being offered are: Silverleaf Linden (Tilia cordata), Kentucky Coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioica), Douglas Hawthorne (Crataegus douglasii), and Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa).  

Emerald ash borer is responsible for the death of millions of ash trees in 25 states and was confirmed in the City of Boulder in September 2013. The exotic pest has become a concern for communities all over Colorado, because an estimated 15 percent or more of all urban and community trees in the state are ash (genus Fraxinus). It is far more damaging to trees than any other insect species previously found in Colorado, and it is very likely to kill any unprotected ash trees.

Due to the invasive nature of the emerald ash borer, the Colorado Department of Agriculture has established an emergency quarantine in Boulder County in an attempt to stop the spread of the pest. The quarantine prohibits the movement of all untreated ash trees (limbs, mulch, etc.) and any hardwood out of the quarantined area which in this case is Boulder County limits. Please help stop the spread of this pest by not moving any ash wood or firewood out of the county.

We encourage property owners to inventory the trees on their property to determine if they have any ash trees. If your ash tree is looking unhealthy, we encourage you to have it examined by a professional tree company. 

For more information, go to www.eabcolorado.com. If you think you have emerald ash borer in your ash tree, please contact the CSU Extension Office at 303-678-6238 or eab@bouldercounty.org.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4407Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:00:00
Residents Invited to the 2015 Caregiving Symposium on May 12Boulder County, Colo. – The 10th annual Caregiving Symposium, sponsored by Boulder County Area Agency on Aging (a division of Community Services), will be held May 12 in Longmont.

This educational event for family caregivers of older adults—or for anyone interested in caregiving issues—features a large resource fair of local service providers, informative handouts, lunch and 15 workshops on caregiving topics such as dementia care, caregiver self-care, legal and financial issues, healthcare advocacy, learning about resources, assistive technology and more. Caregivers are welcome to come for the full day or for only part of the event.

What:  Caregiving Symposium
When:  Tuesday, May 12, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where:  Plaza Convention Center, 1850 Industrial Circle, Longmont
Cost:  General admission is free

Pre-registration is required by May 5.  Register online or by calling 303-441-1685. (After May 5, call 303-678-6116 for possible late registration.)

On-site elder care is available by reservation at 303-441-1543. 

The Caregiving Symposium is co-sponsored by Aging Services Foundation, Meals on Wheels Boulder, Always Best Care, Boulder County Care Connect, 50 Plus Marketplace News, Shield HealthCare, Synergy HomeCare, Accent Care, Friends of Longmont Senior Center, Hallmark Homecare, HomeCare of the Rockies, Homewatch Caregivers, HomeWell Senior Care, Vincent, Romeo & Rodriguez, and Visiting Angels of Boulder County.

More information, including the complete agenda for the event, is posted on the event webpage.  

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4406Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:00:00
Boulder County Seeking Donors for Kids’ 2015 Summer Camp EnrollmentBoulder County, Colo. – Boulder County is seeking donors to help children and teens in the child welfare system spend time at summer camp this year. With camp registrations taking place now, donors are needed immediately.

Those interested in donating to the Summer Camp Fund are encouraged to contact Deborah Ramirez at 303-441-1430 or dramirez@bouldercounty.org.

Housing and Human Services’ Family and Children Services Division has coordinated the Summer Camp Fund since it was created in 1994. Over the past three summers alone, 184 kids have attended camps across Colorado through the program, which covers up to $250 in tuition for child welfare-involved young people whose families or caregivers can’t afford these costs.

Many children in the child welfare system are being raised by grandparents and other relatives with limited income, or are living in foster care. Others have disabilities and special needs. Summer camp helps expose these youngsters to positive new activities, keeps them engaged in existing interests, and gives siblings living in separate placements quality time together.

In a recent letter about the Summer Camp Fund program from a kinship provider, a grandmother writes, “I would like to thank everyone who made it possible for my grandson to attend summer camp. He learned important life skills and had a great time just being a kid doing fun things. I can’t thank you enough for allowing him to experience such a wonderful place.”

Research suggests that positive activities, such as those at summer camp, help young people develop healthy relationships with other youth and adults and help build stronger family connections. These activities also serve to facilitate involvement in conventional social networks and help promote a well-rounded confidence that can help kids make better choices for themselves as they grow older.

For more information, or to donate to the Summer Camp Fund, contact Deborah Ramirez at 303-441-1430 or dramirez@bouldercounty.org.
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4405Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:00:00
Rabbit Mountain Rattle Snake BiteRabbit Mountain Rattle Snake Bite

BOULDER COUNTY Colorado- On Sunday, April 12, 2015, 58 year-old Kim Rees of Thayne, Wyoming was mountain biking with her husband, David Rees. They decided to change trails and to do this had to walk across a patch of weeds. As Kim followed David, carrying her bike she felt a sharp pain in her leg and out of the corner of her eye saw a snake slither under a rock. Kim immediately realized she had been bitten by a rattle snake.

Kim said she never heard a rattle and had no warning of the danger in the grass. Another person in the area assisted by calling for assistance as Kim and David made their way down to the parking area, with David intermittently carrying Kim or her riding slowly on the bike. Kim took the necessary precautions to be as still as possible in an effort not to increase the spread of the venom through her body.

At the parking lot she was treated by members of the Hygiene Fire Protection District, Lyons Fire Protection District, American Medical Response Ambulance, and was ultimately flown by Northern Colorado Med Evac helicopter to Boulder Community Health. Where she was treated and released on Monday.

Rattle snakes are common in Boulder County. They live in virtually every terrestrial habitat and take shelter in crevices, woodpiles, brushy vegetation or mammal burrows. The best way to avoid being bitten is to avoid places snakes hang out. They eat small mammals, lizards, birds, toads and carrion. They subdue prey by striking them quickly with a venomous bite, which stuns or kills the prey immediately. Given the opportunity to escape, snakes will choose flight over fight. More people are killed by lightning and bee stings than by snake bites, but snake bites make you very sick and uncomfortable.


Kim’s foot, below the bite, 72 hours later
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4403Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:00:00
Commissioners Announce 2015 Volunteer Awards during National Volunteer WeekBoulder County, Colo. – Boulder County Commissioners recognized the important role that volunteers play in the community by hosting a volunteer recognition event on April 14 and awarding $5,989 for 13 program proposals during National Volunteer Week.

On an annual basis, Boulder County invites volunteers from county programs to submit proposals requesting up to $500 per proposal. Proposals may seek to fund an innovative new idea or can be used to enhance an existing volunteer program. Based on predetermined guidelines, a selection committee chooses the proposals to fund. Volunteers are individually recognized during the ceremony and the funding goes to the programs in which they participate.

The volunteer award recipients for this year are listed below by department/office:

Community Services Department

Alex Moroz, Community Justice Services Division - $500 to purchase 15 ukuleles, a self-guided music book, and a tuner to ensure that all youth in custody at the Juvenile Assessment Center, on any given day, can participate in volunteer-led ukulele classes.

District Attorney’s Office

Kathleen Cassaday, Community Protection Division - $456 to purchase a light, portable pocket projector, which will increase the ability of community protection volunteers to make community presentations.
Housing & Human Services Department 

Emily Bartlomiejczuk, Casa de la Esperanza Learning Center - $418 to purchase Rosetta Stone’s English language learning software to be used by parents at the Center.

Cameron Lees, Casa de la Esperanza Learning Center - $500 to purchase the Hummingbird Duo Classroom Robotics Kit in order to serve different learning styles and engage more female students in the robotics program at the Center.

Parks & Open Space Department

Claudia Druss, Cultural History Program - $400 toward an online collections preservation training, which will enable this collections management volunteer to gain more skills and knowledge that can be shared with volunteers and staff to enhance maintenance of Boulder County’s museum collection. 

Jill Maxwell, Cultural History Program - $265 to purchase Adobe Pro software to digitize the Walker Ranch Volunteer Handbook as well as other Parks & Open Space documents such as other volunteer handbooks. 

Dave Pence, Cultural History Program - $500 toward training sessions for Cultural History blacksmithing volunteers as well as the purchase of blacksmithing equipment for this program.

Cathryn O’Connor, Colorado Master Gardener Program, Boulder County Extension - $500 to purchase items such as pruners and relevant texts for the new Boulder County Master Gardener Tree Team so that these volunteers have tool kits for their field work.

Boulder County Public Health

Bethany Bernard, The Works Program, Communicable Disease Control and Emergency Management Division - $480 to purchase 20 nasal spray Naloxone kits to pilot an improved method (nasal) for delivering Naloxone, which could  save lives by preventing possible fatal overdoses.

Brittany Chase, Medical Reserve Corps of Boulder County, Communicable Disease Control and Emergency Management Division - $500 to purchase clinical equipment for 6 medical response go-bags for Medical Reserve Corps of Boulder County volunteers to use during disasters or emergencies.

Heather Elkins, Women, Infants & Children (WIC), Family Health Division - $500 toward the cost of a breastfeeding’s lactation counselor certification program, which will expand this breastfeeding peer counselor volunteer’s skills as well as the staff with whom she shares the information in order to enhance services provided to breastfeeding WIC mothers.

Sheriff’s Office

Miriam Maslanik, On-Scene Victim Assistance Program - $490 to purchase 14 outerwear vests that clearly identify On-Scene Volunteer Victim Advocates as representatives of the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office.

Catherine Murphy, Victim Impact, Restorative Justice - $480 to purchase 40 Houses of Healing books to use for an emotional literacy program in the Boulder County Jail, thus allowing the flexibility to offer the books to inmates after completion of this 8-week session.


This ceremony is one of many ways Boulder County celebrates local volunteerism and the profound impact that volunteers have in our community.

To see our current volunteer opportunities and learn more about our programs, please visit www.BoulderCountyVolunteers.org
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4402Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:00:00
911 Service Restored for Lyons AreaMEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate Release
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

 

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


Monday April 13, 2015

Lyons Area 911 Communications Impacted - UPDATE

BOULDER COUNTY Colorado- Century Link has advised the Boulder County Regional Communications Center 911 service to the Lyons area was restored at 1:40 this morning. 

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=4399Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:00:00
Town of Lyons 911 Service ImpactedLyons-Area 911 Communications Impacted

BOULDER COUNTY Colorado- On 04-12-2015 at approximately 10:15pm, the Boulder County Regional Communications Center was informed by a dispatcher with Century Link that due to an equipment failure, approximately 60 residences in the area of the Town of Lyons in Boulder County will be unable to dial 9-1-1 from their landline telephones.  Century Link is currently working on fixing the malfunctioning equipment, but an ETA for the fix was not available. 

Residents with an emergency are asked to dial 9-1-1 from their cell phone if their landline is not functioning, or to go to the Lyons Fire Protection District Station #1 located at 251 Main Street, Lyons or the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office substation located at 432 5th Avenue by the Lyons Town Hall.

An update will be provided once we are informed by Century Link that 911 service is restored.


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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4398Sun, 12 Apr 2015 10:00:00
Wild Land Fire

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate Release
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

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

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Wild Land Fire

BOULDER COUNTY Colorado- Berthoud and Hygiene Fire Departments, along with Boulder County Sheriff’s Deputies and Emergency Services, responded to a wild land fire in the 8900 block of Yellowstone Road.

Approximately 1 acre of grassland and slash piles were burned. It appears the fire may have started from a concrete fire pit located near a reservoir that smoldered for as much as 24 hours. No structures were threatened. Fire crews may remain on scene for several more hours to ensure the fire is extinguished.

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for Boulder County this morning because of low relative humidity, high temperatures and high winds. There is no open burning in Boulder County through midnight tonight.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office case number for this incident is 15-2048

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=4397Sun, 12 Apr 2015 10:00:00
Skunk Found by Dogs in Boulder Tests Positive for Rabies A skunk found in Boulder has tested positive for rabies. Animal control and public health officials were contacted on April 1, 2015 after a resident living near Old Tale Road and Arapahoe Road in Boulder found their dogs fighting with a skunk. As of April 4, 2015, 4 skunks have tested positive for rabies in Boulder County so far this year; 16 have tested positive in Colorado.

“This pet owner did the right thing by contacting animal control to have the skunk tested,” said Carol McInnes, Boulder County Public Health Environmental Health Specialist. “Fortunately, all three dogs were up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations so will not need to be quarantined.”

Pets with no or limited rabies vaccination must be euthanized or placed in a six-month quarantine at the owner’s expense if they come into contact with a rabid animal.

“We’re seeing an increase in rabies in Colorado among animals that travel predominantly on the ground, as we did in this case with a skunk,” said McInnes. “This makes the spread of rabies to pets and humans more likely since pets often seek out animals on the ground.”

Anyone whose pet may have come in contact with wildlife, or who sees an animal that looks sick or is acting unusual should call their local animal control office. Other wild animals that may carry rabies include raccoons and foxes.

“Making sure rabies vaccinations are up-to-date for dogs, cats, horses, and livestock is the most important and effective way to protect both animals and humans from contracting rabies,” said McInnes.

Rabies is generally spread from a bite or scratch by an infected animal, and it is sometimes practically undetectable, such as a tiny puncture of the skin by a bat.

Rabies is an infectious viral disease that affects the nervous system and is always fatal unless it is treated before any symptoms appear. Treatment for rabies exposure involves a series of vaccinations.

Public health officials recommend the following precautions to reduce the risk of exposure to rabies:

  • DO NOT handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly. Contact animal control to collect the animal.
  • Thoroughly wash any wound caused by an animal with soap and water, and seek medical attention immediately.
  • Keep vaccinations current for all dogs, cats, ferrets, and horses.
  • Maintain control of pets by keeping cats and ferrets indoors and keeping dogs under direct supervision.
  • Teach children to leave wildlife alone.
  • Do not leave pet food or livestock feed in areas that are accessible to wildlife.
  • If a person or pet has been bitten by or has had contact with a bat or wild animal, seek medical care immediately, and then contact your local animal control agency or Boulder County Public Health at 303-441-1564 to arrange for rabies testing.

In 2014, 29 animals tested positive for rabies in Boulder County, including 14 skunks, 1 raccoon, 1 fox, 1 coyote, and 12 bats.

For more information about rabies, visit www.BoulderCountyRabies.org or call 303.441.1564.

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4395Fri, 10 Apr 2015 10:00:00
Rescue Stuck Scramblers on the Second Flatiron Boulder Co.MEDIA ADVISORY
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

CONTACT
Dave Booton #1590
303-441-4444
dbooton@bouldercounty.org

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Rescue Stuck Scramblers on the Second Flatiron Boulder Co.


BOULDER COUNTY SHERIFF- On Wednesday April 7, 2015 at approximately 3:40 p.m., members of Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, (RMRG), City of Boulder Park Rangers, City of Boulder Fire Department, AMR Ambulance, and the Boulder County Sheriff's Office responded to the Blue Bell Shelter area for a report of a stuck scrambler on the second Flatiron.

The stuck scrambler, Ryan Michaels, was hiking on the trails in the area when he decided to climb onto the Second Flatiron rock formation. Ryan became stuck and was unable to go up or down. Ryan had his cell phone and called 911 for help. The Boulder County Communications Center (911) was able to plot his location via his cell phone GPS, which located him on the Second Flatiron. A member from Rocky Mountain Rescue Group was also able to speak to Ryan via phone.

A second hiker in the area, Stephen Schaber, unrelated to Ryan saw that Ryan needed assistance and scrambled onto the rock to help Ryan.  He too become stuck and had to be assisted down. 

A news helicopter, FOX 31, was flying in the area and assisted in locating the stuck scramblers on the rock.

Members for the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group climbed to Ryan and Stephen’s location. RMRG members put helmets and climbing harness on each of the stuck scramblers and were able to lower them down the rock to other rescue members.

Scrambler – a scrambler is someone who does not have proper climbing equipment and goes out onto a rock formation.

With spring time here and warmer weather, please remember to have the appropriate equipment for the activity.  Bring lots of water, food, a map and let someone know your planned route/activity and the time that you expect to be back.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office case number for this incident is 15-1940.

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

______________________________
Sergeant Dave Booton, #1590
Operations – Emergency Service’s
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office
5600 Flatiron Parkway, Boulder, CO 80301
dbooton@bouldercounty.org

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Travel restrictions on James Canyon Drive liftedNeed for restrictions will be re-evaluated as new projects begin in the area

Boulder County, Colo. – Restrictions on non-residential travel on James Canyon Drive have been lifted as there are no flood recovery-related infrastructure projects currently being undertaken in the area. All modes of travel are now free to use the road between Lefthand Canyon Drive and CO Hwy 72. Travel restrictions have been in place since the September 2013 flood event that destroyed large portions of the roadway to allow for reconstruction efforts.  

“I’d personally like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding over the past 18-months while we worked diligently to get our community and its infrastructure up and running following the flood,” said Jamestown Mayor Tara Schoedinger. “Your assistance complying with the restrictions has helped keep our reconstruction efforts on track and has helped ensure the safety of everyone who relies on this road each day. I cannot thank you enough, and I cannot wait to see people visit the Town and the Jamestown Mercantile once again.”

Roadway conditions are still less than ideal in James Canyon. Shoulders are missing in many areas and the roadway can narrow suddenly, which forces cyclists to ride in the travel lane with motor vehicles in stretches. Please use caution when navigating the area and be aware of road conditions and fellow travelers. 

Additional large-scale flood-recovery work is planned for the area this summer. Boulder County Transportation, the Town of Jamestown, and contractors may re-institute travel restrictions if the roadway becomes unsafe for general motorists and cyclists due to heavy construction activities. 

Boulder County Transportation is currently working on refined plans for permanent reconstruction of James Canyon Drive and estimates that it will bring drawings to the public for review and comment later this summer. Permanent reconstruction is anticipated to begin in early 2016 and will likely last through most of the year. 

For more information on the permanent reconstruction project, contact Andrew Barth, Transportation Department communications specialist, via email or call 303-441-1032. For more information on work taking place in and around Jamestown and how you can assist with their flood recovery efforts, visit their website, or call 303-449-1806.

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=4393Wed, 08 Apr 2015 10:00:00
Travel restrictions on James Canyon Drive are now liftedNeed for restrictions will be re-evaluated as new projects begin in the area

Boulder County, Colo. – Restrictions on non-residential travel on James Canyon Drive have been lifted as there are no flood recovery-related infrastructure projects currently being undertaken in the area. All modes of travel are now free to use the road between Lefthand Canyon Drive and CO Hwy 72. Travel restrictions have been in place since the 2013 Flood that destroyed large portions of the roadway to allow for reconstruction efforts.  

“I’d personally like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding over the past 18-months while we worked diligently to get our community and its infrastructure up and running following the flood,” said Jamestown Mayor Tara Schoedinger. “Your assistance complying with the restrictions has helped keep our reconstruction efforts on track and has helped ensure the safety of everyone who relies on this road each day. I cannot thank you enough, and I cannot wait to see people visit the Town and the Jamestown Mercantile once again.”

Roadway conditions are still less-than-ideal in James Canyon. Shoulders are missing in many areas and the roadway can narrow suddenly, which forces cyclists to ride in the travel lane with motor vehicles in stretches. Please use caution when navigating the area and be aware of road conditions and fellow travelers. 

Additional large-scale flood-recovery work is planned for the area this summer. Boulder County Transportation, the Town of Jamestown, and contractors may re-institute travel restrictions if the roadway becomes unsafe for general motorists and cyclists due to heavy construction activities. 

Boulder County Transportation is currently working on refined plans for permanent reconstruction of James Canyon Drive and estimates that it will bring drawings to the public for review and comment later this summer. Permanent reconstruction is anticipated to begin in early 2016 and will likely last through most of the year. 

For more information on the permanent reconstruction project, contact Andrew Barth, Transportation Department communications specialist, at abarth@bouldercounty.org or 303-441-1032. For more information on work taking place in and around Jamestown and how you can assist with their flood recovery efforts, visit their website, or call 303-449-1806.

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=4392Wed, 08 Apr 2015 10:00:00
Commissioners select 2015 Pinnacle Award WinnersThe Pinnacle Awards provide a way for Boulder County to recognize and encourage the great work done by the staff. Through these awards, we celebrate what county employees do every day to promote the county’s guiding values and our vision to provide the best in public service. 

This year 17 finalists were recognized, representing the work of 362 county employees and community partners. 

Winners were chosen in the following six categories:
  • Public Service
  • Stewardship and Sustainability
  • Public Involvement
  • Innovation
  • Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Commissioners’ Choice 
The winning projects received a framed photograph of Hall Ranch Open Space by county employee and photographer Michael Lohr. And this year, the Commissioners’ Choice winners won a framed photograph of the Boulder County: Strong and Beautiful Flood Quilt.

The finalists include:

Aspinwall @ Josephine Commons
Boulder County has seen a rapid loss of affordable housing due to recent flooding, limited availability, and significant rent increases. The Aspinwall project achieves two things, the new construction of affordable housing and the renovation of existing housing. Aspinwall provides newly constructed, sustainable and safe housing to those whose income does not exceed more than 60 percent of Boulder County’s Area Median Income. We have successfully added 169 units of affordable housing to our community, which is greatly needed. 

Boulder County Jail Biomass
A jail with its confined inmate population is costly and energy intensive to operate. The goal of the Building Services division was to reduce costs, increase sustainability, and improve customer service. We constructed a building for the biomass equipment, installed a white roof on the jail, replaced the existing chiller, added a solar hot water heating system for the large shower, kitchen and laundry needs, installed a new internet based building energy management system and replaced exterior parking and area lighting with energy efficient lights. The project showed immediate results with winter energy consumption reduced by as much as 50 percent monthly. 

Boulder County Juvenile Restraint Reform Initiative – WINNER – Innovation
The Juvenile Restraint Reform Initiative enacted a ban on the long standing practice of indiscriminate shackling of Boulder County juveniles during court proceedings. Indiscriminate restraint is the automatic use of leg cuffs, handcuffs and waist belts on youth transported to court without a determination of need for such restraints. This project, representing over 800 hours of collaborative stakeholder contribution, is the first of its type in the state and nation. The work resulted in Boulder County juveniles appearing in court unrestrained, except in rare circumstances when court ordered. Since the ban in January 2014, 99.45 percent of youth appeared in court completely free of restraint. Additionally, there was a 100 percent safety success rate with zero incidents occurring.  

CDBG-DR Team – WINNER – Commissioners’ Choice
At first glance Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (or CDGB-DR) is a straight-forward long-term disaster recovery resource: Federal funding to address recovery unmet need in housing, infrastructure, economic and resiliency. However, soon after staff began digging into CDBG-DR, the regulatory complexities and county-wide implications became clear. Rather than operate in silos, the team closely collaborates to provide the best in public service and to ensure consistency and regulatory compliance. Our team has assisted 180 households with case management, 14 with rental assistance, 22 with repair, 6 with septic, and 8 with buyout. We’ve received 284 applications. We’ve had programmatic wins, such as grants rather than loans for residents and approval of bridge repair, and we continue to fight for more. 

Commissioners' Inclusivity Task Force - Boards & Commissions
The task force mission is: Value, promote and increase inclusive representation at all leadership levels throughout Boulder County. With an initial focus on Boards & Commissions, the team worked to understand the situation and determine what needed to be done to achieve Boards & Commission inclusive representation. This program is deserving of recognition because it is progressive and courageous in 1) establishing a county online application and database system, 2) asking applicants to self-identify and 3) providing board sponsors/liaisons with demographic information that can be used to align board needs and inclusive representation with focused applicant recruiting.

Comprehensive Creek Planning Initiative – WINNER – Commissioners’ Choice
The Comprehensive Creek Planning Initiative has been instrumental in guiding the county’s response to the 2013 Flood. The debris, channel migration, sediment aggradation and degradation within the creek channels has decreased the stability of the county’s watersheds and increased the vulnerability of our community to future floods. The Comprehensive Creek Planning Initiative was a county-led project to help mitigate immediate flood hazards and lay the foundation for long-term watershed recovery by developing multidisciplinary watershed-level master plans for all flood-impacted areas throughout Boulder County. The master plans will facilitate a strategic approach to flood recovery by providing guidance and a cohesive strategy for restoring the flood-impacted watersheds. 

Consolidated Contracts
Housing and Human Services consolidated the oversight and administration of approximately 30 contracts between the county and local nonprofit providers of housing and human services. The intent of the consolidation was three-fold: to maximize opportunity to leverage resources to achieve community-wide outcomes; reduce costs and paperwork for the county and its community partners; and more efficiently and effectively ensure quality, comprehensive, and coordinated service delivery for Boulder County residents. Over the past year, the team has implemented: consolidated contracts, decreasing the number of contracts per provider; a web-based system to submit and track the status of contracts; streamlined billing and payment processes; programmatic and fiscal site support visits; and a more integrated mechanism for collecting, sharing, and reporting on programmatic outputs and outcomes.

DNEG Project 
Soon after the 2013 Flood, Workforce Boulder County acquired a Disaster National Emergency Grant (or DNEG). Our mission was to facilitate the employment of our clients who were long-term unemployed, dislocated workers, or flood-affected in temporary jobs that supported Boulder County’s flood recovery efforts. DNEG has made a significant impact in the lives of our Workforce clients, residents, lands, wildlife, and the overall recovery of our community. Through strong cross-departmental collaboration we coordinated a total of 5 flood recovery projects and provided temporary employment opportunities to more than 60 participants. Workforce is currently hiring for the second round of recovery projects to begin this spring.

East County Line Road at St. Vrain Creek Bridge Replacement
During the 2013 Flood, the entire bridge over St. Vrain Creek on East County Line Road some of the road itself was completely destroyed as water raged. The bridge replacement project became one of the top priorities for flood recovery work, because this stretch of road is used daily by thousands of people to move through Boulder and Weld counties. Building a new bridge is no small feat. They typically take two to three years to design and construct, but Transportation made it happen and did so in just over a year. This project is a true example of how a county department, when needed, can push through barriers, bring multiple parties together, and come up with creative solutions to getting an amazing project completed in a shortened amount of time. 

Flagstaff Road Reconstruction - Flood Recovery – WINNER – Collaboration & Teamwork
Flagstaff Road was severely damaged in the flood. Most damage occurred just up from Gregory Lane, where a slope failure washed away a 50-foot section of the mountain and a large portion of the roadway heading up to hundreds of residential homes, numerous parks and trails, and acres of open space lands. Initially, temporary measures were put in place that provided one-lane traffic signaled-access to residents and visitors, leaving less-than-desirable travel conditions for residents and visitors. A public outreach effort was initiated to gather feedback from residents and other interested parties on the best way to maintain access to the area during construction and how to communicate project developments. On June 23, 2014, the project began, and just five months later full access was restored to motor vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians! 

Flood Rebuilding & Permit Information Center ("FRPIC") – WINNER – Commissioners’ Choice
As part of the effort to assist unincorporated Boulder County residents impacted by the 2013 Flood, Boulder County set up a Flood Rebuilding & Permit Information Center (or FRPIC). The FRPIC was created in order to provide a centralized place to help flood survivors navigate the recovery process. It is a place for flood-impacted property owners to come in, make contact with county staff, and begin to get their questions answered; likewise, it is way for the county to collect information from people so we know what questions need to be answered. The FRPIC has outfitted property owners with the information they need to make decisions about their future. The FRPIC staff have built and established relationships with people, continually helping them navigate through recovery over the long-term. 

Harvest Bucks Program – WINNER – Public Service
The Harvest Bucks Program provides customers who rely on federal nutrition assistance programs with an incentive to purchase locally grown, healthy foods from the farmers’ markets. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients can now double their benefits when buying fruits and vegetables at the farmers’ markets held in Longmont and Boulder. The Harvest Bucks Program not only increases low income residents’ access to healthy, local produce, but it also supports our local economy and farmers. This program exemplifies an equitable three-tiered approach to sustainability: socially, by providing underserved residents with the opportunity to take part in the local food culture; environmentally, by increasing the viability of our small acreage fruit and vegetable farmers’; and financially, by increasing the purchasing power of underserved residents so that they can access locally grown produce.

OpenTrails
Boulder County has a fabulous mobile trails app, but it doesn't include city trails. This is frustrating for members of the public who may not know the difference between county and city trails -- they just want to know why trails are missing. Enter OpenTrails. The Open Trail System Specification provides simplified and standardized trail data. Code for Boulder, a group of civic technologists, was using city and county data to build a regional trails application, but struggled because the data didn't match up. The OpenTrails formatted data made it easier for Code for Boulder to bring all data together in a trails application. This project is deserving of recognition because of internal cross-functional collaboration as well as collaboration among the city, county and the community to create something that will benefit all three. This project has opened the door to working with community groups like Code for Boulder to use technology for civic good.

Ride Free! Longmont Free Bus Fare Program – WINNER – Stewardship & Sustainability
For many years, Boulder County transportation staff suspected that the $2.25 boarding fare was suppressing transit ridership in Longmont. RTD surveys showed that 62 percent of Longmont transit riders had total annual household incomes of less than $25,000 and that 79 percent had no access to a car. This indicated that the populations that could most benefit from the transit system were the ones least able to afford it. In 2014, Boulder County staff created and implemented the "Ride Free! Longmont" program to make riding all local buses operating within the City of Longmont free. No cards, passes, or ID of any kind are needed to ride the four local routes. This innovative program now provides affordable transportation for people to get to work, medical appointments, personal business, shopping and school. Since the program’s inception in July 2014, ridership on all four local routes has increased dramatically. In the first month of the program, the number of people riding the bus increased over 70 percent. As word spread, ridership continued to grow. The latest data from RTD show a 100 percent increase in ridership – double the number of trips made before the program started. 

Ruth Roberts Connector Trail
The Ruth Roberts connector trail provides greater connectivity for citizens of Boulder County and Broomfield while allowing users to be immersed in a beautiful corridor of native grasses that offer spectacular views of the Front Range. This project was a high priority and the route was selected after an intensive management plan process involving Broomfield, Parks and Open Space, the public and various user groups. Nearly one mile of new trail provides access to the 26 mile Rock Creek/Coal Creek regional trail for Broomfield and opens up a network of more than 90 miles of trail in Broomfield, Westminster and Jefferson County to Boulder County. Having a safe off-road trail contributes to a higher quality of life by allowing residents to recreate outdoors, commute between municipalities, and fosters a healthy lifestyle. This much needed connection would not have been built without multiple partners and helps both of our communities reach for a more sustainable future.  

Wapiti Prescribed Fire
The Wapiti prescribed fire was a 147 acre prescribed fire at Heil Valley Ranch followed forest thinning over the last decade. In 2012, after the Lower North Fork escaped prescribed fire, all additional prescribed fire was put on hold state-wide. Working with the State of Colorado, Boulder County developed a safe, effective and modern process for prescribed fire planning and implementation. The Wapiti fire is the first to follow the newly adopted Boulder County Guide to Prescribed Fire Planning and Implementation. More than 400 individuals across multiple county departments, federal, state, and local agencies, and neighboring communities worked to plan and implement the Wapiti Prescribed Fire. Operations were safely implemented over four days of ignitions. The resource management goals and the social and political objectives were met. The success of the Wapiti Prescribed fire paved the way for continued future use of prescribed fire for resource management in Boulder County and in other counties along the Front Range.

Wildfire Partners – WINNER – Public Involvement 
Wildfire Partners is an innovative, visionary program already promoted as a state and national model. The program’s purpose is to create resilient residents, homes, and communities. It is a voluntary program that helps homeowners prepare for wildfire, mitigate their property and obtain insurance—a new challenge following the Fourmile Fire. Our achievements will reduce the loss of life and property and the associated costs and consequences for the county. Modelled after EnergySmart, Wildfire Partners is a collaborative initiative with more than 30 local, state and national partners. The program quickly spread beyond Boulder County. Allstate and State Farm accept our certificate as proof of mitigation, enabling their customers to obtain insurance, is seen as very significant by everyone familiar with this industry. 


Congratulations to all the award winners, and thank you to staff for the continual hard work providing the best in public service. 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4391Tue, 07 Apr 2015 10:00:00
2015 Land through the Lens Call for Photographershttp://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4389Mon, 06 Apr 2015 10:00:00RescueOn Saturday, April 4th 2015 at approximately 4:59pm, the Boulder County Regional Communications Center received a report of two hikers who had become stranded on the First Flatiron in Chautauqua Park, Boulder County, Colorado. The two hikers were part of a group of five teenagers from the Aurora area that decided to climb the Flatirons without any equipment and wearing only t-shirts and shorts.  Three of the teenagers were able to climb down on their own the last two ended being stranded and needed a technical rescue.  The two stranded teenagers were rescued and none of the group suffered any injuries. 

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Boulder Fire Department, City of Boulder Parks and Open Space, American Medical Response and volunteers with Rocky Mountain Rescue Group (RMRG) responded to assist. 

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office case number for this incident is 15-1883.

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=4388Sat, 04 Apr 2015 10:00:00
Caribou Ranch Closed for Wildlife Until July 1http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4387Fri, 03 Apr 2015 10:00:00Emergency warning sirens testing scheduledApril begins peak flood risk season; Emergency warning sirens testing scheduled


The Boulder Office of Emergency Management, in partnership with Boulder County and the City of Boulder, will begin audible testing of the countywide emergency sirens at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 6. The test is the first of the monthly emergency audible siren tests, which take place each year on the first Monday of each month from April through August.


The audible siren tests will occur twice on each testing day, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., on April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6 and Aug. 3. Should Boulder experience severe weather during one of the planned audible tests, the siren tests for that day may be cancelled.


Siren tests ensure that all systems and procedures are working properly during the season of peak flood danger, which is typically early spring to late summer. Used to alert residents to potential danger from a flood or other immediate threat, there are 25 outdoor warning sirens in place across Boulder County, including in Boulder, Erie, Jamestown, Lafayette, Louisville, Lyons, Marshall, Eldorado Springs, Superior and the University of Colorado Boulder.


As peak flood risk season approaches, residents are encouraged to:

  • Sign up for emergency alerts at www.BoCo911alert.com;
  • Review their emergency preparedness plans with family, friends, and coworkers; and
  • Refresh the contents of their home, vehicle, and work emergency supply kits.

For more information about personal preparedness and flood safety, visit Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Boulder Office of Emergency Management, Boulder County, and BoulderFloodInfo.net.


 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=0&a=4380Tue, 31 Mar 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
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
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
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
Boulder 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
DMV 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.

 

 

BoulderCountyVotes.org –
- 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.

 

 

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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.


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- 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.
 
Letter to the Office of the Attorney General
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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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- On Twitter: @BoCoClerk -
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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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- On Twitter: @BoCoClerk -
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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.

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- 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. 


- On Twitter: @BoCoClerk  - 
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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
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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

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- 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
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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
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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.
 
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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.

-BoulderCountyVotes.org-

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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. 

- www.BoulderCountyVotes.org

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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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Twitter: @BoCoClerk
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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.

BoulderCountyVotes.org
BoulderCounty.org/Clerk
@BoCoClerk

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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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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