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boulder county hosts pre-bid meeting for 11 firms interested in recycling contra

Eleven firms, including some of Colorado's largest commercial waste management companies, attended a pre-bid meeting Monday morning to learn more about what Boulder County wants in a new recycling center operator.The county announced last month that it was, for the first time in 17 years, seeking competitive bids for its recycling operation, a role the nonprofit Eco-Cycle has played since 2000.Among those firms attending the meeting were Waste Management, Alpine Waste and Recycling, Boulder-based Western Disposal, Midwest Waste, and Eco-Cycle, which plans to submit its own bid to continue running the center.Key among the county's requirements for the winning bid is that operators help it move toward its goal of becoming a zero waste community by 2025."This is as much a social effort as it

boulder county hosts pre-bid meeting for 11 firms interested in recycling contra

Eleven firms, including some of Colorado largest commercial waste management companies, attended a pre-bid meeting Monday morning to learn more about what Boulder County wants in a new recycling center operator.The county announced last month that it was, for the first time in 17 years, seeking competitive bids for its recycling operation, a role the nonprofit Eco-Cycle has played since 2000.Among those firms attending the meeting were Waste Management, Alpine Waste and Recycling, Boulder-based Western Disposal, Midwest Waste, and Eco-Cycle, which plans to submit its own bid to continue running the center.Key among the county's requirements for the winning bid is that operators help it move toward its goal of becoming a zero waste community by 2025."This is as much a social effort as it is

sign-ups begin wednesday for march 14 boulder county oil, gas hearing

If You GoWhat: Boulder County commissioners' public hearing on proposed updates to the county's oil and gas development regulationsWhen: 2 p.m. March 14Where: Third-floor hearing room, Boulder County Courthouse, 1325 Pearl St., BoulderFurther information: Boulder County's Oil and Gas Development web page is bit.ly/1UUQPdi. It includes information about the history, plans and policies for the county's regulations of oil and gas exploration and production facilities and will be the page on which people can sign up in advance to testify at the commissioners' March 14 public hearing.People who want to comment during a March 14 public hearing about proposed updates to Boulder County's regulations and restrictions on oil and gas development in unincorporated parts of the county can begin signing

sheriff issues fire ban for western parts of boulder county

A map of the areas included in the Boulder County fire ban. (Boulder County Sheriff's Office)Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle today enacted a fire ban for the western parts of the county due to warm temperatures and low moisture.The ban went into effect at 10:30 a.m. today, according to a news release.The ban includes the mountain areas of Boulder County west of Colo. 93, west of U.S. 36 north of Boulder, and west of Broadway within the city of Boulder. All of Rabbit Mountain Open Space is also included in the ban.The ban prohibits open fires, fireworks, recreational shooting, smoking near flammable materials, and use of explosives. Fires in permanent fire pits at recreational sites and on private lands is allowed.Violating the fire ban is a Class 2 petty offense that carries a $500 fine.T

boulder county residents to hold rally in support of fracking moratorium

Boulder County residents are organizing a rally prior to today's public hearing on new oil and gas regulations to urge the county commissioners to keep the current fracking moratorium in place.The rally will take place at noon today at the Boulder County Courthouse, 1325 Pearl St., according to a Facebook post from Earth Guardians Boulder and Frack-Free Co.At 2 p.m., the Boulder County commissioners will hold a public hearing on proposed updates to county regulations governing oil and gas development in unincorporated parts of the county."With the county commissioners ready to drop our moratorium on fracking, we must come together to push them to stand by the moratorium no matter what!" the groups wrote on a Facebook page. "Before the county commission holds a hearing, we are rallying righ

boulder county to hold public hearing on proposed oil, gas regulations

If You GoWhat: Boulder County commissioners hold a public hearing on proposed updates to county regulations about oil and gas development in unincorporated parts of the countyWhen: 2 p.m. TuesdayWhere: Third floor of the Boulder County Courthouse, 1325 Pearl St., BoulderSpeaker sign-ups, written comments: People can sign up in advance, online, to speak at the hearing through a ink on the county's county's Oil and Gas Development website, bit.ly/1UUQPdi. People who want to testify but who have not signed up in advance can sign up when they show up at Tuesday's hearing. People can also email comments about the regulations to [email protected]bouldercounty.orgFurther information: The county's Oil and Gas Development web page, bit.ly/1UUQPdi, also has a link to the staff report for Tuesday's meet

boulder county seeks dismissal of colorado ag's oil, gas lawsuit

Boulder County on Tuesday asked for the Boulder District Court to dismiss Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman's lawsuit challenging the legality of the county's current oil and gas moratorium."This case is about extensive efforts by the county's elected officials to protect the health, safety, and welfare of county citizens from the harmful effects of oil and gas development, and the state's unreasonably delayed attempt to thwart those efforts," Deputy Boulder County Attorney David Hughes said in the county's dismissal motion.
If the District Court dismisses the complaint Coffman filed on Feb. 14, Boulder County commissioners "will be able to focus on fulfilling their legislative function by enacting regulations that will protect the health, safety and welfare of the county's reside

boulder county seeks dismissal of colorado ag's oil, gas lawsuit

Boulder County on Tuesday asked for the Boulder District Court to dismiss Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman's lawsuit challenging the legality of the county's current oil and gas moratorium."This case is about extensive efforts by the county's elected officials to protect the health, safety, and welfare of county citizens from the harmful effects of oil and gas development, and the state's unreasonably delayed attempt to thwart those efforts," Deputy Boulder County Attorney David Hughes said in the county's dismissal motion.If the District Court dismisses the complaint Coffman filed on Feb. 14, Boulder County commissioners "will be able to focus on fulfilling their legislative function by enacting regulations that will protect the health, safety and welfare of the county's resident

state ethics panel dismisses conflict-of-interest complaint against boulder coun

Colorado's Independent Ethics Commission has dismissed a Boulder County resident's complaint in which he alleged that County Commissioner Elise Jones had violated state conflict-of-interest laws.The complainant, Chuck Wibby, had accused Jones of actively participating in several meetings — and not adequately recusing herself — when the Board of County Commissioners discussed and voted on items that could potentially have financially benefited Eco-Cycle, the agency headed by Jones' sister, Boulder Mayor Suzanne Jones.Boulder County resident Chuck Wibby argues against extending collections of a sales and use tax that would help fund open space acquisition and sustainability programs, during a public hearing held by the county commissioners, at the Boulder County Courthouse, on July 28. Wibby

workforce boulder county hiring youth for outdoor summer jobs

Workforce Boulder County is hosting a youth hiring event at the end of the month. The event is planned for 3 to 5:30 p.m. March 23 at the St. Vrain Community Hub, room 112 north at 515 Coffman St.Boulder County Youth Corps applicants must be Boulder County residents and the application deadline is March 31. Boulder's Junior Ranger Program does not have a residency requirement and the application deadline is April 2. Completed applications for both programs will be accepted at the Youth Hiring Event, or they can be submitted online at BoulderCounty.org/YouthCorps or BoulderColorado.gov/pages/Junior-Rangers.The jobs are outdoors and employees help to improve the environment, with projects such as trail construction and maintenance, historic preservation, forest thinning, construction and rep

boulder county awards $126k in local sustainability grants

Boulder County has awarded $126,785 in grants to the county's cities and towns to help pay for those municipalities' environmental sustainability projects, programs and services.Sustainability grant recipients are pursuing projects ranging from Longmont's effort to develop strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to Nederland's plan to build a greenhouse for year-round food production, Boulder County's Sustainability Division said in a news release."We are grateful for the leadership of municipalities to advance sustainability in our region," said Susie Strife, sustainability coordinator for Boulder County. "We value the partnerships we have built to meet our shared vision of more sustainable communities."Municipalities will provide at least a 25 percent match for the county grant fun

rabbit mountain fire in boulder county started by target shooters, investigators

Boulder County fire and sheriff's investigators have released the cause of the Rabbit Mountain Fire near Hygiene, ruling that it was started by target shooters at Round Mountain Ranch.The Boulder County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that target shooters had been shooting steel plates in the northwest corner of 6303 Ute Highway when a fragment from one of the rounds ignited nearby grasses, which were extremely dry."The target shooters attempted to extinguish the fire, but the fire rapidly spread due to the dry fuels on the ground and the weather conditions, including high winds," Cmdr. Mike Wagner wrote. "The target shooters placed the 911 call reporting the fire."The Rabbit Mountain Fire burns Monday night. Investigators say the fire was started by target shooters. (Matthew Jonas

boulder weather: mostly sunny skies with a high of 75 and strong winds

Five-day forecast
Check out what weather is in store for the Boulder County area hereNational Weather Service
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See what Boulder's weather is like now at the National Center for Atmospheric Research hereBoulder could see a record-breaking high and strong winds today, according to the National Weather Service.
Today's forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high of 75 and winds 18 to 23 mph with gusts as high as 33 mph. The record high for March 16 is also 75, set in 2011.
The overnight low is expected to be near 46.
The weather service has issued a red flag warning for Boulder County from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today due to the high fire danger,

boulder county: expect traffic delays at 75th and valmont

A culvert replacement project is expected to result in daytime traffic delays at the intersection of 75th Street and Valmont Road next week, the Boulder County Transportation Department has advised.County road maintenance crews will be replacing a failing culvert under 75th Street that has been causing water to back up onto the road.Traffic lanes on both 75th Street and Valmont Road will be shifted between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with traffic control personnel moving travelers around the work zone.County officials said travel through the area will be slow while the work is under way and advised people to consider alternate routes.Advertisement

lafayette's anti-fracking proposal to return for vote amid increased strain

If you goWhat: Lafayette City CouncilWhen: 5:30 p.m. TuesdayWhere: 775 Baseline RoadMore info: View full agenda: bit.ly/2mkJPAjAn ordinance aimed at forestalling the state's authority in oil and gas development will return to Lafayette's City Council for a vote Tuesday, a decision that will weigh heavier on the minds of city leaders amid heightened scrutiny from state officials.The vote, which will come only a few weeks after Colorado's Attorney General Cynthia Coffman filed a lawsuit against Boulder County's oil and gas moratorium, will be held in the city's public library in anticipation of a large public turnout.Boulder County's "open defiance of state law has made legal action the final recourse available," Coffman said in a statement announcing her filing in Boulder County District Co

fired boulder sheriff's deputy sentenced to probation in jail contraband case

Tyler Mason (Boulder County Sheriff's Office)A sheriff's deputy who was fired after being accused of plotting to smuggle chewing tobacco and marijuana edibles into the Boulder County Jail was sentenced to 18 months of probation after taking a plea deal on Friday.Tyler Paul Mason, 33, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of official misconduct in exchange for prosecutors dropping two felony counts of conspiracy to introduce contraband.According to a news release from the Boulder County Sheriff's Office, an inmate went to a jail staffer on Sept. 23 and said another inmate had made arrangements with Mason to smuggle chewing tobacco and marijuana edibles into the jail.Mason, who was a childhood friend of the inmate, was experiencing financial hardship and agreed to smuggle in the contraband f

boulder airbnb host sentenced to probation, work release in sexual assault of gu

Richard "Eric" Jackson (Boulder County Sheriff's Office / Courtesy photo)A former host of a Boulder Airbnb convicted of sexually assaulting a young woman who had stayed with him was sentenced in Boulder District Court on Friday to 90 days of jail work release and five years of probation. Richard "Eric" Jackson won't be able to be a host for Airbnb or any other similar service during his time on probation, and he will be required to register as a sex offender. He remained free on Friday and will have to report to Boulder County Jail when a space becomes available. A Boulder County jury convicted Jackson, 32, late last year of one count of misdemeanor sexual contact. A search warrant affidavit alleged that the woman came to Boulder to take a class and consider attending graduate school and b

no charges filed against target shooters in boulder county's rabbit mountain fir

Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett has decided not to file criminal charges against three target shooters at Round Mountain Ranch, where a bullet fragment ignited a grass fire that spread more than 150 acres Feb. 20. A week ago, the Boulder County Sheriff's Office announced that the Rabbit Mountain Fire near Hygiene originated at 6303 Ute Highway and officials forwarded the case to prosecutors for review.Garnett said they determined that there was no level of culpability — not even negligence — over shooting steel plates in the northwest corner of the property when a fragment from one of the rounds ignited nearby grasses, which were extremely dry on a windy day. "We had these guys, they were shooting on private land in an appropriate location with an appropriate backstop," Garne

march nature almanac: southern birds move up into boulder county

Bushtits cling to hawthorn and chokecherry bushes in the foothills, where they attach their gourd-like nests. Removal of cattle from foothills canyons has favored shrub growth and helped bushtits to shift northward. (Jeff Mitton / Courtesy photo)On the heels of one of the warmest Boulder Februarys on record, birdwatchers have e-mailed to report resident songbirds already courting and establishing nesting territories. Western meadowlarks were singing by the second week of the month, while mountain bluebirds flitted across the plains and up into the foothills.Is this a sign of change?Not necessarily. Some meadowlarks always seem to sing during late winter, and some bluebirds usually overwinter here.However, data from 35 years of Boulder County Nature Association Indian Peaks bird counts and

work underway on dillon road in boulder county — site of dramatic 2013 flood res

Work to replace a section of Dillon Road in southern Boulder County that was destroyed during the 2013 flood finally is underway and should be completed by the end of May. "We are under construction out there," Boulder County Transportation Department spokesman Andrew Barth said. "Work started at the end of December, but it kind of really got going in January." The 30-foot stretch of Dillon Road lies just to the east of U.S. 287 and collapsed during the 2013 flood when a metal, circular culvert failed and washed downstream. It was also the scene of the dramatic rescue of two drivers whose vehicles washed into Rock Creek after the road failed. Boulder County is finally rebuilding Dillon Road east of U.S. 287, more than three years after floodwaters washed it out, sending three vehicles into

9 things to do in boulder county today, march 8, 2017

Tanja Pajevic will speak about and sign her new book, "The Secret Life of Grief," tonight at the Boulder Book Store. (Courtesy Photo)After her mother's death, Tanja Pajevic explored what it meant to grieve consciously in a society that barely acknowledges grief. As the weeks passed, she delved into her anger, rage and sorrow, as well as explored the complicated issue of forgiveness. Throughout, she reconfigured her life, reconnected with her true self and found redemption and healing. Written in fierce, honest prose, "The Secret Life of Grief" is a book for anyone who isn't willing to "pull it together" and act like nothing's wrong. It is a book for those of us who believe in the transformative power of loss. And it's a book for those of us who believe in love, 7:30 p.m., Boulder Book Stor

melbourne express: tuesday, february 28, 2017

We have had some technical issues but here are the details of the fire:About 100 workers have been evacuated from a massive recycling factory SKM Recycling in Maffra Street, Coolaroo.Smoke is blowing over the Campbellfield, Coolaroo and Dallas area with some drivers reporting smoke over the Western Ring Road.The SKM Recycling fire is not yet under control and began around 3.30am, with 49 fire vehicles called to the scene.A Metropolitan Fire Brigade spokesman said firefighters had called in foam resources as there was trouble putting the fire out."It's going to be a day-long event, probably a couple of days," he said.He said plastic and paper inside the recycling plant would need to be turned over and doused to dampen out the fire.

state lawmakers to hold boulder town hall

Steve Fenberg (Courtesy photo)State Sen. Steve Fenberg, Colorado House Majority Leader KC Becker and State Rep. Edie Hooton have invited constituents to a town hall meeting in Boulder next Wednesday night.The three Boulder Democrats' town hall is to be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Sanitas Brewing Co., 3550 Frontier Ave., Boulder.Fenberg's legislative staff said the lawmakers will review what's happened thus far since the Legislature's 2017 session began in January and a preview of what's ahead over the next few months, including discussions of funding for education and transportation. The meeting will include an opportunity for people to ask questions and raise concerns about issues important to them.Advertisement

'no entry level housing options': report paints grim picture of boulder county a

Average single family home prices, 2016Boulder: $1,066,674Louisville: $627,938Superior: $615,435Lafayette: $548,446Erie: $491,239Berthoud: $425,018Mead: $422,818Longmont: $386,043Loveland: $356,642Firestone: $355,042Frederick:$348,095Dacono: $265,363Average attached dwelling pricesBoulder: $490,102Superior: $381,267Louisville: $370,862Lafayette: $323,140Longmont: $299,100Berthoud: $285,520Erie: $259,977Loveland: $256,939Firestone: $242,180Dacono: $237,765Frederick: $195,000Mead: $128,633Source: 2016 Longmont Housing Affordability ReviewThere's no affordable homes left in Boulder County. Looking to head east to the Carbon Valley? There's nothing left there, either.That's according to a new affordability study out of Longmont, a joint effort of Amy Aschenbrenner, CEO of the Longmont Associat

boulder weather: mostly sunny skies with a high of 67

Five-day forecast
Check out what weather is in store for the Boulder County area hereNational Weather Service
See what the National Weather service is predicting here24-Hour satellite
Watch NOAA's 24-hour satellite image hereReal-time conditions
See what Boulder's weather is like now at the National Center for Atmospheric Research hereBoulder should see more clear skies and high winds today, according to the National Weather Service.
Today's forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high of 67 and an overnight low of 41, with winds 9 to 16 mph with gusts as high as 24 mph.
A red flag warning has been issued for Boulder County from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.
Friday's forecast calls for partly sunny skies with a high of 65 and an overnight low of 43.
Saturday's forecast calls fo

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