City of Boulder extends application period for Police Oversight Panel
The City of Boulder is taking applications for membership on its Police Oversight Panel until January 29th.
The city said in a press release that it’s reopening the application period, because so few people have applied. Only 14 people have filled out applications this year, compared to 57 a year ago.
The Police Oversight Panel duties include reviewing complaint cases, and making policy and other recommendations to the Boulder Police Department.
An advisory committee made up of community members, and representatives of community organizations, will review the applications according to the press release. The City Manager will appoint new members.
The Community Advisory Committe requested the reopening of the application period.
[Source: City of Boulder Press Release]
State lawmakers town hall recap in Boulder
State lawmakers gathered for a town hall at the Boulder Public Library Sunday, to map out their goals for the year ahead.
State Representative Junie Joseph said that the biggest issues she sees in Boulder are homelessness and affordable housing
According to The Daily Camera, Representative Kyle Brown of Louisville said that dealing with the aftermath of the Marshall Mesa fire remains one of his key issues. He is promoting bills that would help homeowners get the insurance money they’re entitled to, so that they can rebuild homes lost in the fire, and pay for smoke and ash remediation.
Representative Judy Amabile also called affordable housing a key issue, as well as mental health. She told town hall attendees that the State isn’t doing enough to help people with mental health problems, especially those with severe conditions like bi-polar disorder.
Colorado’s 2024 legislative session began on January 10th.
Boulder County Soil Health Initiative grants for farmers
Boulder County’s Soil Health Initiative has offered $1.1 million for farmers to improve their soil.
Farmers who have been operating their land ranch in Boulder County for at least two years, use reduced or no tillage, use crop rotation and cover crops, are eligible.
The collaboration between Boulder County’s Office of Sustainability, Climate Action and Resilience and Boulder County Parks and Open Space supports farmers in cultivating better and resilient soil and increasing plant diversity.
Applications can be sent in until February 12th.
Larry Zimmer, CU Buffs and Denver Broncos broadcaster, passes away at 88
Sports fans in Colorado are mourning the loss of broadcaster Larry Zimmer.
The longtime voice of the Colorado Buffs and Denver Broncos died Saturday, at the age of eighty-eight.
Zimmer called the play-by-play in 486 CU football games from 1971 to 2015, according to ESPN, and 536 Broncos games.
Athletic Director Rich George called Zimmer a CU institution, beloved by coaches, players and fans. The Daily Camera says Zimmer won numerous broadcasting awards during his long career. He was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Colorado Hall of Fame in 2009, and the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame a year later.
Larry Zimmer called his last game in 2015.
National Western Stock Show concludes with strong attendance
The National Western Stock Show in Denver had one of its best years ever, in spite of last week’s bitterly cold temperatures.
The 118th annual event wrapped up yesterday with attendance at more than 671,000 people. That makes it the tenth most-attended stock show in its history, according to stock show CEO and president Paul Andrews.
In total, the Junior Livestock Auction brought in $1.374 million in profit which marks the second largest sum in the event’s history. Most of the money goes back to the people raising the animals while 10% go to the National Western Scholarship Trust to fund students in Colorado and Wyoming.
According to The Denver Post, over all $835,000 worth of art has been sold at the Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale.
Water shortage in Indian Hills Community
Many residents in Jefferson County’s Indian Hills community have been without water since Thursday.
The Indian Hills Water District reported the water shortage was caused by a leak. There were many leak issues in the Denver metro area after the thaw from last week’s cold front.
Despite days of effort, the water district has been unable to locate the source of the leak and do not have a timeline to restore water service in the community.