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


provided by boulder county sheriff's officerichard “eric” jacksona 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.read the full story at the daily camera.






oil and gas trade groups join colorado ag’s lawsuit against boulder county – the


matthew jonas, the longmont times-calloil and gas wells are pictured near union reservoir in longmont on jan. 23, 2017.the colorado oil and gas association and the american petroleum institute are joining colorado attorney general cynthia coffman’s lawsuit seeking to end boulder county’s moratorium on oil and gas development.boulder district judge norma sierra granted the two industry trade organizations’ joint motion to intervene in the attorney general’s feb. 14 lawsuit challenging the legality of the county’s moratorium and asking the court to order that it no longer be enforced.boulder county, which has argued that its moratorium is legal and was needed to be able to complete updates to the county’s oil and gas regulations, did not object. the county has until march 7 to file a formal






boulder county posts information about immigrant resources – the denver post


boulder county has created a county government web page with information about resources available for immigrants, and people who work with immigrants, who may be concerned about the implications of what may be coming from the white house and congress.“people had reached out for us asking for this kind of information,” boulder county commissioner deb gardner said thursday.gardner, the chairwoman of the county board, and county officials decided “we might as well have it all in one place” and have created a special page on the county’s website that puts links and contact information about agencies and organizations that might be useful to immigrants.“boulder county is dedicated to respecting all members of our community,” it said in a facebook posting announcing the new web page on tuesday.






should sheriff joe pelle get a 5th term in office? boulder county police chiefs


boulder county voters will probably be asked this fall to permit boulder county sheriff joe pelle, who’s midway through his fourth four-year term, to have a chance to run for a fifth term in 2018.on thursday morning, county commissioners deb gardner and cindy domenico expressed their support for a request that they put a term-limit extension for the post of sheriff on november’s countywide election and directed staff to draft three potential ballot measures.louisville police chief david hayes had written the commissioners in january that the county’s local police chiefs were requesting that the commissioners place the issue on the ballot.hayes wrote that the boulder, longmont, lafayette, louisville, nederland, ward and university of colorado police chiefs “believe that the citizens of boul






the latest: colorado fire evacuees may allowed back in homes


boulder, colo. — the latest on wildfire burning near boulder, colorado (all times local):9:10 a.m.hundreds of residents could be allowed to return to their homes in the foothills near boulder, colorado, on monday as firefighters make progress against a wildfire possibly sparked by transient campers in the area.boulder county sheriff's cmdr. mike wagner says that the fire was still believed to be about 60 acres and about 50 percent contained. winds are forecast to be a bit lighter than when the fire broke out on sunday but are still likely to be a factor especially in the afternoon.another wildfire in the county was accidentally started last year by two men camping in the mountains who didn't fully put out their campfire. it destroyed eight homes.






boulder sheriff’s k-9 fergie retires after more than 500 deployments – the denve


boulder county sheriff’s k-9 fergie retired monday after eight years and more than 500 deployments with the department.fergie, an 11-year-old dutch shepherd, started with the boulder county sheriff’s office in early 2009, according to a post from the sheriff’s office.on her first narcotics search, fergie was able to find a hidden compartment in a car containing cocaine. she also helped track a suspect who had fled from a stolen car in january 2016.fergie recently tore her acl and will retire at home with her partner, deputy kelly boden, and her family.






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


provided by boulder county sheriff's officetyler paul masona 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.read the full story at the daily camera.






why is colorado ag cynthia coffman suing boulder county over oil and gas ban?


denver post filecolorado attorney general cynthia coffman filed a lawsuit earlier this month against boulder county’s efforts to block oil and gas development.re: “boulder county’s oil, gas ban has gone on long enough, colorado ag says in lawsuit,” feb. 14 news story.why are colorado taxpayers footing the bill for state attorney general cynthia coffman to sue boulder county over its effort to rationally develop oil and gas within its borders? talk about leveling the playing field: renewable resources, such as wind and solar, always have to follow county and local regulations; they have no statewide oil and gas conservation commission or the state attorney general to advocate for for their development.katharine k. duvivier, denversubmit a letter to the editor via this form or check out our






lafayette’s anti-fracking proposal to return for vote amid increased strain – th


an 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 court last month.read the full story at the daily camera.






boulder county crews working to rescue teen after fall in eldorado canyon – the


boulder county crews are working to rescue a teen who fell while climbing in eldorado canyon state park and remains stuck on a rock.according to a release, at 3:35 p.m. today a 17-year-old male fell 20 to 25 feet while climbing the “windtower” rock feature and possibly broke his arm.when rescuers arrived, they found that the teen was still stuck to the side of the rock feature, and have begun a technical rescue.the boulder county sheriff’s office, rocky mountain rescue and the rocky mountain fire authority are all involved in the operation.mitchell byars: 303-473-1329, [email protected] or twitter.com/mitchellbyars.






boulder da stan garnett decides not to run for colorado attorney general – the d


daily camera fileboulder district attorney stan garnett, is interviewed oct. 20, 2016.boulder county district attorney stan garnett has decided not to make a second run for colorado attorney general in next year’s statewide election, he announced monday.garnett, a boulder democrat who ran unsuccessfully for ag in 2010, is in the first year of his third four-year term as the district attorney in colorado’s 20th judicial district. after consulting with his staff, garnett decided the time it would take to conduct a statewide campaign for the ag’s post over the coming year and a half could prove to be “a huge distraction” from his oversight of the programs he’s launched or is expanding in the boulder da’s office.that, garnett said, includes expanding boulder county’s restorative justice progra






boulder detectives find body in woods near ward – the denver post


boulder county sheriff’s detectives, emergency workers and coroner’s staffers found a body near ward early sunday.no identification had been made, sgt. sam hard said. the body had decomposed partially.a hiker notified authorities saturday about what appeared to be a body. but searchers initially were unable to find it before dark. they returned to the area early sunday.they found the body away from homes, a couple miles southeast of ward in mountainous terrain, hard said.boulder county authorities are investigating three missing-persons cases and were thinking the discover of this body might help unravel one of them, he said.






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


dozens of speakers are expected to testify at boulder county commissioners’ tuesday public hearing on the latest set of county staff recommendations for rules and conditions that the county may apply to any future applications it gets for oil and gas development in unincorporated parts of the county.as of mid-afternoon friday, nearly 40 people had already signed up in advance to speak at the hearing on the proposed provisions that would revise and update oil and gas development regulations the commissioners adopted in december 2012.more signups are expected before the 2 p.m. startup of tuesday’s hearing, and people who didn’t do so online can still show up and sign up to speak.read the full story at the daily camera.






sunshine fire west of boulder forces more than 1,000 home evacuations; blaze est


more than 1,000 homes have been evacuated in the sunshine canyon area west of boulder due to a wildfire that was first reported around 1:40 a.m. today, according to the boulder county sheriff’s office.the fire is estimated to be 30 to 50 acres in size, with zero percent containment. it is moving in a southerly direction.there are no reports of homes being damaged or lost, sheriff’s officials said.gabi boerkircher, a spokeswoman with the boulder office of emergency management, said conditions are “rough” for firefighters.“we were already going to be under a red flag warning today anyway,” she said. “it looks like it’s going to be very hot and very dry, and potential winds up to 20 mph. which is not good.”the general evacuation perimeter is poorman road to the west; fourth street in the city






sunshine fire west of boulder forces more than 1,000 home evacuations; blaze est


more than 1,000 homes have been told to evacuate in the sunshine canyon area west of boulder due to a wildfire that was first reported around 2:30 a.m. on sunday, according to the boulder county sheriff’s office.the fire is estimated to be 30 to 50 acres in size, with zero percent containment. it is moving in a southerly direction.another 3,000 homes are on pre-evacuation notice, and have been told to be prepared to leave.there are no reports of homes being damaged or lost, sheriff’s officials said.gabi boerkircher, a spokeswoman with the boulder office of emergency management, said conditions are “rough” for firefighters.“we were already going to be under a red flag warning today anyway,” she told the denver post. “it looks like it’s going to be very hot and very dry, and potential winds






boulder county, state near showdown over drilling moratorium – the denver post


denver — boulder county and colorado attorney general cynthia coffman were on the brink of a legal showdown friday over the county’s moratorium on oil and gas drilling.coffman, a republican, has set a friday deadline for the county to rescind the moratorium, saying it contradicts a colorado supreme court ruling that only the state can regulate the industry.late thursday, the heavily democratic county wouldn’t budge.county attorney ben pearlman said the county is prepared to defend the moratorium in court. he said he believes the measure is legal because its purpose is to give the county time to revise its outdated regulations.“we’ve been working diligently on that,” he said.coffman said the county is wrong.“plain and simple, boulder county is violating state law and has left my office with






report paints grim picture of boulder county affordability – the denver post


there are 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 association of realtors, and kyle snyder of land title guarantee company.in the last three years, the number of single family homes for sale under $250,000 has dropped 72 percent, and the number of attached dwellings for less than $150,000 declined by 87 percent.“those are gigantic numbers,” snyder said. “if you have an inventory of something and then you take 87 percent of it away — that’s all of it.”the report extends past boulder county and into weld and larimer counties, covering boulder, longmont, lafayette, louisville, superior, erie, l






adam densmore extradited to boulder to face charges in murder of ashley mead – t


provided photoadam densmoreadam densmore, who is suspected of murdering and dismembering ashley mead, the mother of his child, will make his first appearance in boulder district court on tuesday.densmore, 32, has been extradited to boulder from oklahoma, the office of the district attorney for the 20th judicial district, said on monday.mead and her 1-year-old daughter winter daisy were reported missing from their boulder home on feb. 14.the following day, partial remains were discovered in a walmart store dumpster in okmulgee, okla., about 40 miles south of tulsa. they were later identified as mead’s.police believe densmore discarded the rest of her remains in a purple suitcase somewhere between louisiana and oklahoma and asked for the public’s help in finding the luggage.densmore was arre






the latest: colorado fire evacuees allowed back home


boulder, colo. — the latest on wildfire burning near boulder, colorado (all times local):10:25 a.m.hundreds of residents have been allowed to return to their homes in the foothills near boulder, colorado, as firefighters make progress against a wildfire possibly sparked by transient campers in the area.the fire was burning on about 70 acres just west of downtown and is about 50 percent contained. boulder county sheriff's cmdr. mike wagner says investigators are working to pinpoint where the fire started.it broke out sunday in a wooded, mountainous place a couple of miles from pearl street, the shopping and dining hub in the heart of the university city. officials ruled out any lightning strikes or downed power lines.another wildfire in the county was accidentally started last year by two m






two wind-blown wildfires in boulder county prompt evacuations, burn structures –


firefighters in boulder county are working to halt two wildfires friday morning that have prompted the evacuation of more than 100 homes and burned at least two structures.the county’s emergency operations center has been opened to manage the incidents.a gr fire near the 5000 block of nelson road, west of longmont, has led to the evacuation of 125 homes. another 29 homes have been placed on pre-evacuation notice.two outbuildings were reported to be ablaze, said carrie haverfield, spokeswoman for boulder county office of emergency mana ent.a second fire was reported around 8 a.m. on wagon wheel gap road, just west of north boulder. details on that wildfire — in a heavily wooded area — have not been released.“it is a windy day so our firefighters are trying to get the fire out as quickly as






boulder county protesters demand fracking ban as commissioners discuss regulatio


the boulder county board of commissioners hoped a public hearing on proposed updates to the county’s oil and gas applications wouldn’t turn into a renewed call for an indefinite extension of a series of moratoria on oil and gas or an outright ban on development.things didn’t exactly pan out that way.aside from two attorneys — one from the colorado attorney general’s office and one representing the colorado oil and gas association telling commissioners that parts of the proposed regulations exceed the county’s legal authority — most of the 50 or so people who spoke didn’t mince words. people who spoke to commissioners characterized the oil and gas industry as “agents of death,” “an obsolescent industry … that should be euthanized,” “the devil” and a “monster,” among other unflattering descr






two wind-blown wildfires in boulder county prompt evacuation of nearly 300 homes


firefighters in boulder county are working to halt two wildfires friday morning that have prompted the evacuation of nearly 300 homes and burned at least two structures.the county’s emergency operations center has been opened to manage the incidents.a gr fire near the 5000 block of nelson road, west of longmont, has led to the evacuation of 125 homes. another 29 homes have been placed on pre-evacuation notice.two outbuildings were reported to be ablaze, said carrie haverfield, spokeswoman for boulder county office of emergency mana ent.a second fire was reported around 8 a.m. on wagon wheel gap road, just west of north boulder. details on that wildfire — in a heavily wooded area — have not been released.boulder county officials say more than 150 homes have been evacuated because of that bl






sunshine fire near boulder causes 1,000 homes to be evacuated – the denver post


a blaze in the sunshine canyon area west of boulder is now 20 percent contained, but winds that were tame earlier are gusting, and the fire is now within a mile of downtown.“we are feeling pretty good about it right now, said barb halpin, a boulder spokeswoman. “the big question we have is the winds,” which were gusting at 20 miles-per-hour at 12:50 p.m., and are expected to blow up to 40 mph.“that could really change the dynamic.”more than 1,000 homes have been evacuated since the fire was first reported around 2:30 a.m. on sunday, according to the boulder office of emergency management.the fire is estimated to be as large as 106 acres in size. it is moving in a southerly direction toward downtown boulder, and firefighters are concentrating their efforts on the fire’s southern flank.






the latest: colorado wildfire is 50 percent contained


boulder, colo. — the latest on a wildfire west of boulder, colorado, (all times local):7:50 p.m.a wildfire that caused people to flee hundreds of homes just west of boulder, colorado, has been 50 percent contained.the progress update was released late sunday by the boulder office of emergency management.firefighters plan to monitor the perimeter of the 62-acre fire and focus on protecting structures overnight. no structures have been damaged by the blaze, which boulder county sheriff's cmdr. mike wagner says may be human-caused.evacuation orders for residents of 426 homes remain in place.crews hope to fully contain the blaze on monday.___5:30 p.m.authorities say they believe a wildfire just west of downtown boulder, colorado, may have been human-caused.boulder county sheriff's cmdr. mike w






federal labs in boulder and across colorado seen as $2.6 billion economic driver


federally funded research facilities in boulder and the rest of colorado contributed about $2.6 billion to the state’s economy in 2016 and supported more than 17,600 jobs, according to a report issued thursday by the university of colorado’s leeds school of business.of that $2.6 billion, the largest share of economic benefit by county was seen in boulder county, at $1.1 billion.statewide, the report showed that colorado’s federally funded labs directly employed nearly 7,800 people in fiscal year 2015, and supported an additional 9,800 jobs through the multiplier effect — that is, people employed by instrument manufacturers, utility companies and more.the 41-page report — the latest iteration of a study conducted also in 2008, 2011 and 2013 — comes at a time when a new presidential administ






denver, boulder represented in 2017 james beard award nominations


spoiler alert: one boulder restaurant and three colorado chefs are in the running.






boulder county medical device makers anxiously await obamacare tax repeal – the


as the trump administration looks to unravel the afforadable care act, boulder county’s medical device industry is hopeful that a tax on its products, designed to help fund the law, will be repealed — and soon.a two-year moratorium designed to give them some relief from the measure is set to expire at the end of this year, but they say true balance won’t be restored until the tax is completely dead.in the meantime, a local industry known for its flexibility and innovation has seen a 77 percent decline in venture capital as investors look to larger, more established companies.“any tax has an impact, but most of the bigger companies can absorb it,” said robert kline, newly appointed ceo of boulder’s endoshape.“but when you’re a small, emerging company, you’re talking about the very survival






the latest: crews get some control over colorado wildfire


boulder, colo. — the latest on a wildfire west of boulder, colorado, (all times local):1:30 p.m.crews have made some progress against a small wildfire just west of downtown boulder, colorado.the blaze has burned just over 60 acres, and it was 20 percent contained sunday afternoon. officials have made more than 1,000 calls to residents to evacuate and thousands more to others to be prepared to leave if conditions worsen.officials with the boulder office of emergency management say fire crews are feeling good about the progress but are still concerned about stronger winds forecast later in the day.the national weather service has issued a warning predicting warm, dry weather and winds gusting up to 40 mph into this evening.boulder county officials say the fire is being fought predominantly f






boulder’s video station closing after 35 years – the denver post


they say you often don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone. but in the case of the video station, its devoted customers know very well what they’re about to lose.“what am i going to do without you?” virginia detweiler of lafayette said tuesday as she approached owner bruce shamma, standing behind the counter. “you’re my village. you raised me.”the dialogue was heavy on the sentimental as boulder’s own last picture show unspooled. news quickly spread that after 35 years the video station is calling it a wrap at 6 p.m. monday, leaving boulder county without a video rental outlet.the rise of internet streaming services has brought the curtain down on an outlet that boasts an inventory of 43,000 titles and a staff that not only knows films, but also its customers.speaking to one longtime cus






boulder sunshine fire likely ignited by transient campfire, investigators say


a campfire in sunshine canyon, possibly used by transients, ignited the blaze near downtown boulder early sunday that caused the evacuation of more than 426 people, the boulder county sheriff’s office said on tuesday.investigators have identified no suspects, but the investigation is ongoing.the fire began in sunshine canyon west of the centennial trailhead on city of boulder open space & mountain parks property. “investigators noted that the fire’s point of origin was among a number of medium and large-sized rocks,” according to a sheriff’s office news release. “the rocks appeared to have been placed into a hastily fashioned, ad hoc campfire ring of sorts.”investigators also found a small amount of moisture, and noticed that dirt had been kicked on top of fire, suggesting that someone att






ex-boulder mayor bob greenlee turns himself in to jail for role in a fatal crash


former boulder mayor bob greenlee was booked and then released from the boulder county jail on wednesday after turning himself in on a warrant issued for his role in a fatal crash in costilla county.greenlee, 75, has been charged by the 12th judicial district with vehicular homicide, criminally negligent homicide, vehicular assault, two counts of careless driving causing injury, reckless driving, speeding, reckless endangerment and improper passing on the left.while greenlee turned himself in to the boulder county jail, his first appearance will be in alamosa for an arraignment on march 28.initial reports from colorado state patrol indicated that greenlee was at fault in the dec. 28 five-vehicle crash that killed pat lucero, 70, of monte vista, and left greenlee and his wife hospitalized w






the latest: colorado wildfire has evacuated 426 homes


boulder, colo. — the latest on a wildfire west of boulder, colorado, (all times local):3:30 p.m.authorities say 426 homes have been evacuated because of a wildfire just west of downtown boulder, colorado.the boulder office of emergency management says residents were evacuated before dawn sunday, while an additional 836 homes were warned to be prepared to leave if conditions worsen.the fire has burned just over 60 acres a couple of miles from the university town's main shopping and dining thoroughfare. it is 20 percent contained, and winds are expected to pick up later sunday.officials say it's not clear when evacuation orders and notices might be lifted.___1:30 p.m.crews have made some progress against a small wildfire just west of downtown boulder, colorado.the blaze has burned just over






the latest: colorado fire evacuees allowed back home


boulder, colo. — the latest on wildfire burning near boulder, colorado (all times local):1:50 p.m.hundreds of residents have been allowed to return to their homes in the foothills near boulder, colorado, as firefighters make progress against a wildfire possibly sparked by transient campers in the area.the fire was burning on about 70 acres just west of downtown and is nearly fully contained. boulder county sheriff's cmdr. mike wagner says investigators are working to pinpoint where the fire started.it broke out sunday in a wooded, mountainous place a couple of miles from pearl street, the shopping and dining hub in the heart of the university city. officials ruled out any lightning strikes or downed power lines.another wildfire in the county was accidentally started last year by two men ca






boulder’s bartkus oil closing after 71 years in business – the denver post


by shay castle,boulder daily camera bartkus oil, a boulder presence for 71 years, is going out of business this month, its demise hastened by the ongoing redevelopment of the city’s blue-collar bastions.there were a few factors that moved owner steve baxley to close the distributor of fuel and lubricants, only one of them related to the business: a shrinking customer base.much of the decline came from shifting consumer tastes. propane and natural gas have replaced heating oil as the primary fuel for homes. but other business dried up as boulder county became increasingly urban.farmers, once a big source of income for baxley, have dwindled as agricultural land was developed. machine shops, too, disappeared from town as the cost of real estate climbed.“at one time, there were probably 50 to






charter schools in colorado are growing in number and influence 25 years after t


his show jumping days well behind him, 32-year-old chicho soaks in the morning sun while students from boulder preparatory high school gently feed and pet him. chicho’s caretakers at the medicine horse program say the old mare’s age and health problems will soon end his life.but for now, chicho has a new role as a teacher of sorts. the eight students who surround him at an airy stable in rural boulder county got to know him this month as part of a class on brain activity. most students at the charter school have struggled in mainstream schools while fighting problems such as substance abuse, autism, anxiety and depression. they hope their work at boulder prep can restart their futures.“this is my last shot at redemption,” said 18-year-old drake johnson, who wants to move on to college and






fire line now surrounds sunshine fire, evacuees allowed to return home monday –


residents who were evacuated in the path of boulder’s sunshine fire can now return home, fire officials said at 9:30 a.m.the blaze, which began early sunday, and is believed to have been caused by a person or people, has scorched 62 acres, and is 50 percent contained, officials said.a fire line now surrounds the fire, which is burning west of boulder, and 178 firefighters will battle the flames on monday. the line consists of stretches dug by firefighters, roads and areas where slurry was dropped.under normal conditions, the probability that the fire would jump the line is low, the boulder office of emergency management said on its website.but the national weather service has issued a red flag warning for the area that will be in effect until 7 p.m., and temperatures that broke boulder’s r






sunshine fire west of boulder forces more than 1,000 home evacuations; blaze est


more than 1,000 homes have been told to evacuate in the sunshine canyon area west of boulder due to a wildfire that was first reported around 2:30 a.m. on sunday, according to the boulder office of emergency management.the fire is estimated to be as large as 50 acres in size, with zero percent containment. it is moving in a southerly direction toward downtown boulder, and firefighters are concentrating their efforts on the fire’s southern flank. “that is a major concern,” said gabi boerkircher, a spokeswoman with the boulder office of emergency management.eight aircraft are in the air, dropping both water and slurry, boerkircher said. residents are warned to avoid wonderland lake, where water refills are underway.about 3,700 homes are on pre-evacuation notice, and have been told to be prep






climber found dead in rocky mountain park identified as boulder man – the denver


the boulder county coroner’s office identified a man found dead in rocky mountain park on longs peak last week as pawel abramczyk of boulder.abramczyk, 39, was found halfway up the loft on sunday afternoon. he and two other men were attempting to summit longs peak , when he decided to return to the longs peak trailhead alone, kyle patterson, a spokeswoman for rmnp said.he was last seen at the top of the loft around 9:30 a.m. saturday morning.when the man’s two friends returned to the trailhead later in the day, they noticed his vehicle was still in the parking lot and reported him missing to park rangers at 6:15 p.m., patterson said.rocky mountain national park search and rescue began a search early sunday morning.