Debate about Boulder day shelter and delayed financial aid for students

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Boulder day shelter faces backlash

A plan to allow the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless to offer round-the-clock services is sparking community backlash.

Many Boulder residents told city and shelter officials that expanding services at the facility on the north end of Broadway could result in safety and security issues for those living nearby.

Speaking at a public meeting Wednesday, residents of the Dakota Ridge and Holiday neighborhoods also cited concerns that increasing services at the shelter could have an impact on property values.

The shelter has been at 4869 Broadway for more than twenty years. Its original management plan allowed it to be there only if it did not offer daytime services, according to The Daily Camera. But proposed changes include offering supportive services to unhoused people 24/7, including being a place for unsheltered people to go during the day.

City officials said they heard and understood residents’ concerns and that they concerns will be taken into consideration.

If the management plan change is approved, the city of Boulder plans to open the day service center sometime early this year.

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Another delay for families waiting for financial aid

Students and families are dealing with another delay regarding student financial aid.

The U.S. Department of Education said Tuesday that they wouldn’t be able to send out Student Information Records until March. Universities use these records to calculate the financial aid they can offer to students.

For a lot of families, this delay means even less time to decide which schools they want to attend before the May 1 National Acceptance Day deadline.

These problems only add to the frustrations about the Free -Application for Federal Student Aid  — OR FAFSA –process— that started three months late LAST year. The delay was because of a NEW program rolled out by the Federal Government  called “Better FAFSA.”

This new platform was supposed to be released in October but was delayed to December.

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80 dogs to be relocated after Lyons tenant eviction

The Northern Colorado Humane Society will rehome almost 80 dogs living in an unlicensed dog sanctuary that operated in Lyons without a license for more than a year.

NoCo Human broke up the shelter on Wednesday and took the dogs to Humane Societies in Loveland and Evans. 

Back in 2022, NOCO Humane filed a complaint against the sanctuary, The Denver Post says, because they suspected the tenants of housing dogs without a Pet Animal Care Facilities Act or PACFA – license. 

NOCO Humane organized the transfer of the dogs this Wednesday from Just 4 Jacks Ranch & Sanctuary after the tenant was given an eviction notice last December for missing rent payments.

After undergoing health and behavioral evaluations at NOCO Humane, the dogs will be put up for adoption. Anyone seeking to adopt can visit https://www.nocohumane.org/

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Denver Art Museum removed some of its Native American artifacts

The Denver Art Museum has removed some of its Native American exhibition pieces in response to revisions to the The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act — or NAGPRA 

The new law gives tribes a voice in determining whether museums can exhibit their cultural objects.

After the addition to the law came into effect on January 12th, the Denver Art Museum chose to remove certain objects and notify descendants of affiliated tribes.

 Not all of those who chose to get back into contact, but those who did can consult with the museum on whether to display the artifacts again or give them back.

NAGPRA has existed in the US since 1990, but only recently, under PRESIDENT Biden’s administration, have there been efforts to expand on repatriation to Native communities.

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Snowstorm and colder temperatures to come on Friday

A major snowstorm is bearing down on Colorado, but whether much of it will fall on the Denver metro area is uncertain.

Winter storm watches are in effect in higher elevations, where as much as two feet of snow could fall by tomorrow night.

Forecasters are saying that for now, it isn’t clear how the storm will affect the Denver area. There’s a good chance of precipitation leading into the weekend, but according to 9News, it’s hard to say whether it will be rain or snow.

Nonetheless, drivers should take care from Friday afternoon through Saturday since wet snow could cause hazardous driving conditions. 

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