Boulder County - Press Releaseshttp://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/?z=1Boulder County Press ReleasesBoulder 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=1&a=4465Tue, 16 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=1&a=4460Fri, 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=1&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=1&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=1&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=1&a=4453Mon, 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=1&a=4451Mon, 08 Jun 2015 10:00:00
Creating Connections Diversity Training Scheduled for June 25Boulder County, Colo. – As a result of multiple focus groups held between January and March of 2013, newly constructed training for Creating Connections has been adopted. Community Action Programs will hold Creating Connections training on Thursday, June 25 in Boulder. The purpose of the Focus groups were to find gaps in the current availability of cultural competency training in Boulder, the level of effectiveness of current training, as well as potential creative strategies to improve outreach and recruitment of local hard to reach board and commission members.

What: Diversity Training for Executive Directors and Current Board Members
When: Thursday June 25, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Where: The Community Foundation, 1123 Spruce St. Boulder
Who:  Local nonprofit board members  
Cost:  FREE and lunch will be provided

The purpose of the focus groups in 2013 were to find gaps in the current availability of cultural competency training in Boulder, the level of effectiveness of current training, as well as potential creative strategies to improve outreach and recruitment of local hard to reach board and commission members. Several themes were identified during the 2013 focus groups including statements like: “Training is needed for people on boards, commissions, businesses, “everybody.” and “Outreach is hard and so is meaningful diversity and Inclusion training.” 

CAP Staff has been working on designing diversity trainings for boards and commissions in Boulder County for the last few years. This training will focus on recruiting and retaining people of color to serve on boards. The training will review demographics, awareness, recruitment techniques, and retention strategies. 

For more information contact Susana Lopez-Baker, at slopez-baker@bouldercounty.org or 303-441-3956.
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=1&a=4449Thu, 04 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=1&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=1&a=4447Mon, 01 Jun 2015 10:00:00
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=1&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=1&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=1&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=1&a=4442Tue, 26 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=1&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.

-www.BCHealthyKids.org-


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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=1&a=4437Thu, 21 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=1&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=1&a=4433Fri, 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=1&a=4431Fri, 15 May 2015 10:00:00
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=1&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=1&a=4425Mon, 11 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=1&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=1&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=1&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=1&a=4421Thu, 30 Apr 2015 10:00:00
Nederland 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=1&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=1&a=4415Fri, 24 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=1&a=4412Thu, 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=1&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=1&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=1&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=1&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=1&a=4405Thu, 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=1&a=4402Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:00:00
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=1&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=1&a=4392Wed, 08 Apr 2015 10:00:00
2015 Land through the Lens Call for Photographershttp://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=1&a=4389Mon, 06 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=1&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=1&a=4340Thu, 19 Feb 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=1&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=1&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.

 

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- On Twitter: @BoCoClerk 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=1&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.

 

 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=1&a=4270Fri, 07 Nov 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=1&a=4249Tue, 21 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=1&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=1&a=4240Wed, 15 Oct 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=1&a=4143Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:00:00
Boulder County 2014 Primary Unofficial Results AvailableBoulder County – The Boulder County Elections Division has finished tallying the majority of the ballots for the 2014 Primary Election. Unofficial election results are available at BoulderCountyVotes.org. This will be the final number released until Monday, July 7. Election results will now undergo a preliminary audit process, Boulder County Canvass Board review, and final certification prior to the results becoming official. Final Primary Election results must be certified and submitted to the Secretary of State’s office by Monday, July 7.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=1&a=4111Wed, 25 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=1&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 –

- On Twitter: @BoCoClerk - 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=1&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=1&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=1&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=1&a=4047Fri, 16 May 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-

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=1&a=3933Thu, 13 Feb 2014 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=1&a=3841Wed, 13 Nov 2013 10:00:00
Boulder County mailing ballots to voters todayBoulder County, Colo. – The Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office is mailing ballots today to active, registered voters for the 2013 Coordinated Election.

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

Boulder County voters have the choice of voting by mail ballot, or at a Voter Service and Polling Center up to and including Election Day. They can visit BoulderCountyVotes.org to check their registration, view ballot content, request a replacement ballot if their ballot is lost or damaged, or find more information about the election.

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

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

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

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

- BoulderCountyVotes.org -
- On Twitter: @BoCoClerk
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=1&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.

- BoulderCountyVotes.org -
- On Twitter: @BoCoClerk
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=1&a=3793Fri, 11 Oct 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=1&a=3632Tue, 11 Jun 2013 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=1&a=3388Wed, 21 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=1&a=3367Wed, 07 Nov 2012 10:00:00
Most Mail-in Voters Should Have Their BallotVoters who requested a mail-in ballot before Oct. 9 should have their ballots for the upcoming election.

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

Each mailed ballot packet includes a list of ballot drop-off points. A full list is also available at BoulderCountyVotes.org. For most Boulder County voters, postage for returning a ballot will cost 45 cents. However, voters who need to provide a photocopy of their ID with their returned mail ballot should affix 65 cents postage on the envelope. (Only about 3 percent of mail ballot voters fall into the ID-required category.) Postage is also explained on the instruction sheet included with each mail ballot.
 
Voters can visit BoulderCountyVotes.org to view ballot content, request a replacement ballot if their ballot is lost or damaged, or find more information about the election. 
  
Key Dates for the 2012 General Election:
• Week of Oct. 15: Mail ballots sent to voters who requested them.
• Monday, Oct. 22: Early voting begins. Locations and hours are available at BoulderCountyVotes.org.
• Tuesday, Oct. 30: Last day to request a mail ballot for the General Election if the ballot is mailed.
• Friday, Nov. 2: Last day to request a mail ballot for the General Election if the ballot is picked up at the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s office.
• Friday, Nov. 2: Last day for early voting.
• Tuesday, Nov. 6: Election Day. Polling locations will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. All ballots must be in the hands of the Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office by 7 p.m.

- BoulderCountyVotes.org
- On Twitter: @BoCoClerk -

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=1&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=1&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=1&a=3333Thu, 11 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=1&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=1&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=1&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=1&a=3305Fri, 21 Sep 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=1&a=3187Thu, 28 Jun 2012 10:00:00
Boulder County to host primary election open houseBoulder County – Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall will host a primary election open house from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 25, at the Ballot Processing Center, 1750 33rd St. in Boulder.

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

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

They can also call 303-413-7740 or email vote@bouldercountyvotes.org for information or visit one of three Boulder County election service centers.
  
Key Dates for the 2012 Primary Election:
• Tuesday, June 19: Last day to request a replacement ballot if you’d like to receive it by mail. 
• Monday, June 18, through Tuesday, June 26: Voters requesting a replacement ballot can apply for and receive one in person at one of three service centers. 
• Tuesday, June 26: Primary Election Day. Ballots must be in hands of Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office no later than 7 p.m.
 
- BoulderCountyVotes.org
- On Twitter: @BoCoClerk -
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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=1&a=3174Tue, 19 Jun 2012 10:00:00
Affiliated Boulder County Voters: You Should Have Your Primary Ballot
Boulder County – Eligible, affiliated voters should have their mail ballots for the 2012 Boulder County primary election.

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

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

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=1&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=1&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=1&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=1&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=1&a=3116Fri, 11 May 2012 10:00:00
Boulder County to Test Ballots and Equipment for Upcoming Primary ElectionBoulder County, Colo. – The Boulder County Elections Division beginning Wednesday, May 23, will conduct a logic and accuracy test on ballots and equipment to be used for the 2012 primary election.

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

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

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

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

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

Other Key Dates for the 2012 Primary Election:

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

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=1&a=3113Monday, May 08, 2012
Boulder County to Conduct 2012 Primary Election by Mail Ballot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/?z=1&a=3005Thu, 16 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=1&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=1&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=1&a=2955Tue, 03 Jan 2012 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=1&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=1&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=1&a=2899Wed, 09 Nov 2011 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=1&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=1&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=1&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=1&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=1&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=1&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=1&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=1&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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