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Climate Change Already Damaging Health of World’s Children, Threatens Lifelong Impact

November 14, 2019 in Boulder


Climate change is already damaging the health of the world’s children and is set to shape the wellbeing of an entire generation unless the world meets Paris Agreement targets to limit warming to well below 2˚C, according to a major new report published in The Lancet.

“It’s important to better understand the links between climate change and public health,” said CIRES fellow Max Boykoff, who contributed to the report with an investigation into media coverage of climate change and public health. “They demonstrate the immediacy of these intersecting challenges—we must approach with careful urgency to alleviate their negative impacts.”

The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change is a comprehensive yearly analysis tracking progress across 41 key indicators, demonstrating what action to meet Paris Agreement targets—or business as usual—means for human health. The project is a collaboration between 120 experts from 35 institutions including the World Health Organisation (WHO), World Bank, University College London, Tsinghua University, and the University of Colorado Boulder.

The report highlights key climate change-related impacts:

  • Infants will be among the worst affected by crop failures
  • Children will be particularly susceptible to infectious disease outbreaks
  • Air quality will worsen—further damaging heart and lung health
  • Throughout their adult lives, extreme weather events will intensify

“This year, the accelerating impacts of climate change have become clearer than ever,” says Professor Hugh Montgomery, Co-Chair of The Lancet Countdown and Director of the Institute for Human Health and Performance at University College London. “The highest recorded temperatures in Western Europe and wildfires in Siberia, Queensland, and California triggered asthma, respiratory infections and heat stroke. Sea levels are now rising at an ever concerning rate. Our children recognize this Climate Emergency and demand action to protect them. We must listen, and respond.”

For the world to meet its UN climate goals and protect the health of the next generation, the energy landscape will have to change drastically, and soon, the report warns. Nothing short of a 7.4% annual cut in fossil CO2 emissions from 2019 to 2050 will limit global warming to the more ambitious goal of 1.5°C.

According to Boykoff, tracing media coverage of these issues helps to put our finger on the pulse of public discussions about their interactions and threats to human-environment wellbeing.

“We find that in newspapers across the word don’t tend to report health and climate change as interconnected issues,” said Olivia Pearman, a PhD student working with Boykoff and another coauthor on the report. “While coverage of these issues together has been increasing in recent years, this observation speaks to the need for continued, sustained recognition and discussion of the interactions between human health and the environment.” 

This press release has been modified from Lancet Communications. Read more here.



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Lafayette Urban Renewal Authority OKs process for 700 block of S. Public Road – Colorado Hometown Weekly

November 14, 2019 in Boulder



Redevelopment of the 700 block of South Public Road moved ahead Tuesday night following the Lafayette Urban Renewal Authority’s approval to formally solicit requests for proposals for the project. The measure should be legally published by Friday.

A member of the community representing Deluxe Liquors and Rocky Mountain Legal Center, both businesses in the proposed development area, has started a petition requesting that LURA work with the businesses prior to releasing the RFP.

“Deluxe Liquors and Rocky Mountain Legal have expressed interest in jointly purchasing the property for market value and have asked to collaborate with LURA to develop the property in a way that aligns with LURA’s vision while allowing these important businesses to remain on Public Road,” Kern Shahi wrote in the petition.

LURA chair Kevin Muller said he was “a little torn” allowing the businesses to work with the authority prior to a RFP process.

“Quite frankly, one of the main reasons – at least in my mind – this was opened up to a RFP was because we wanted to pay particular attention to the existing tenants,” Muller said. “And we wanted to have a process by which they can be included in it, either as developer or as some chief aspect of someone else developing the property.”

Muller also said he met with Shahi and explained the process of the RFP.

“My understanding was yes, they were going to participate in that process,” Muller said. “My advice was to find good consultants and look to the vision and be a part of it.”

“I don’t feel like it’s appropriate to allow anyone to bypass the resume submittal or the interview process for this,” said LURA board member Kate Williams. “I feel like we’re out there seeking resumes, seeking interviews, and that’s part of the process. You have to go through the process to get the job.”

She added that she feels the authority has had a good and transparent process with the RFP.

“I feel really good about it and I’d like us to stick with what we’ve established,” Williams said. “It’s in the public’s eye, it’s super transparent.”

As of Wednesday afternoon, Shahi’s  petition had more than 750 signatures.

Vicky Uhland, a Lafayette resident, said she was in favor of the RFP process from the beginning, but asked the board if there was a way for local businesses to have “a first shot.”

LURA has secured a title to 701 S. Public Road and an additional 20 feet of the northern portion of 801 S. Public Road, and holds a two-year option contract to acquire a title for 705, 707, 709 and 711 S. Public Road.

The authority acquired 701 for $238,000, the 20 feet property was acquired for $45,383.82 and the contract for the other properties totals $1.2 million.

The total costs for all the properties is $1.48 million, plus future ancillary costs.

According to the RFP, the objective of the proposal is to identify development teams that appear to have the ability, experience, financing, development credentials and redevelopment concept necessary to develop the project

During the authority’s meeting in August, direction was given to city staff to write a RFP. In September and October, the authority reviewed drafts of the request and asked for a final version to be presented in November.

The submittal date for the RFP will be Feb. 10, which will then be brought to the authority on Feb. 11 to review.

To read the RFP, visit bit.ly/2CDtDky. It begins on page 25.



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Lafayette Urban Renewal Authority OKs process for 700 block of S. Public Road – Boulder Daily Camera

November 14, 2019 in Boulder



Redevelopment of the 700 block of South Public Road moved ahead Tuesday night following the Lafayette Urban Renewal Authority’s approval to formally solicit requests for proposals for the project. The measure should be legally published by Friday.

A member of the community representing Deluxe Liquors and Rocky Mountain Legal Center, both businesses in the proposed development area, has started a petition requesting that LURA work with the businesses prior to releasing the RFP.

“Deluxe Liquors and Rocky Mountain Legal have expressed interest in jointly purchasing the property for market value and have asked to collaborate with LURA to develop the property in a way that aligns with LURA’s vision while allowing these important businesses to remain on Public Road,” Kern Shahi wrote in the petition.

LURA chair Kevin Muller said he was “a little torn” allowing the businesses to work with the authority prior to a RFP process.

“Quite frankly, one of the main reasons – at least in my mind – this was opened up to a RFP was because we wanted to pay particular attention to the existing tenants,” Muller said. “And we wanted to have a process by which they can be included in it, either as developer or as some chief aspect of someone else developing the property.”

Muller also said he met with Shahi and explained the process of the RFP.

“My understanding was yes, they were going to participate in that process,” Muller said. “My advice was to find good consultants and look to the vision and be a part of it.”

“I don’t feel like it’s appropriate to allow anyone to bypass the resume submittal or the interview process for this,” said LURA board member Kate Williams. “I feel like we’re out there seeking resumes, seeking interviews, and that’s part of the process. You have to go through the process to get the job.”

She added that she feels the authority has had a good and transparent process with the RFP.

“I feel really good about it and I’d like us to stick with what we’ve established,” Williams said. “It’s in the public’s eye, it’s super transparent.”

As of Wednesday afternoon, Shahi’s  petition had more than 750 signatures.

Vicky Uhland, a Lafayette resident, said she was in favor of the RFP process from the beginning, but asked the board if there was a way for local businesses to have “a first shot.”

LURA has secured a title to 701 S. Public Road and an additional 20 feet of the northern portion of 801 S. Public Road, and holds a two-year option contract to acquire a title for 705, 707, 709 and 711 S. Public Road.

The authority acquired 701 for $238,000, the 20 feet property was acquired for $45,383.82 and the contract for the other properties totals $1.2 million.

The total costs for all the properties is $1.48 million, plus future ancillary costs.

According to the RFP, the objective of the proposal is to identify development teams that appear to have the ability, experience, financing, development credentials and redevelopment concept necessary to develop the project

During the authority’s meeting in August, direction was given to city staff to write a RFP. In September and October, the authority reviewed drafts of the request and asked for a final version to be presented in November.

The submittal date for the RFP will be Feb. 10, which will then be brought to the authority on Feb. 11 to review.

To read the RFP, visit bit.ly/2CDtDky. It begins on page 25.



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Police Arrest Suspect in Assault

November 14, 2019 in Boulder


Police arrest suspect in assault

On Wednesday, November 13, at approximately 4:25 a.m., Boulder Police dispatch received a phone call that someone had been stabbed in the 3400 block of Eastman Avenue.  When officers arrived, a man ran to the front door.  He was visibly upset and yelling and was ordered outside. Inside, officers discovered a man who had apparent stab wounds.  He was transported to Boulder Community Health with serious injuries.

A suspect, Matthew Bukatko, age 34, has been arrested for First Degree Assault.

The case number is 19-13447.

Anyone who may have information about this case should call Detective Ross Richart at 303-441-1833. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.

Published:  Nov. 13, 2019
Media Contacts:

Laurie Ogden, Police, 303-441-3310
 



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Boulder police investigating early Wednesday morning stabbing

November 14, 2019 in Boulder



Boulder police have arrested a suspect and are continuing to investigate after a man was found with apparent stab wounds early Wednesday morning.

According to the Boulder Police Department, around 4:25 a.m. someone called police to say that a person had been stabbed in the 3400 block of Eastman Avenue. When officers arrived, a man ran to the front door.  He was visibly upset and yelling and was ordered outside, according to police. Inside, officers discovered a man with apparent stab wounds. He was transported to Boulder Community Health with serious injuries.

Matthew Bukatko, 34, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault.

Boulder police are asking anyone with information about the case to call Detective Ross Richart at 303-441-1833. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous can contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477. Tips also can be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.



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Community Relations & Public Policy

November 13, 2019 in Boulder


Reach Your Peak at Vail Resorts. You’re someone who pushes boundaries and challenges the status quo. You’re brave, ambitious and passionate in everything you do. And we want you on our team. Pursue your fullest potential and never settle in the quest to deliver extraordinary guest service. Join one of the world’s most innovative companies and re-imagine a mountain resort experience with us. Welcome to Vail Resorts. Reach Your Peak.

SUMMARY OF JOB:  


 


The Community Relations Senior Analyst will support the Senior Director Community Relations, the Senior Manager of Community Relations and the Community Relations team. The CR Analyst will provide research support and data analysis, will track developments in our communities and will help ensure effective communication, outreach and engagement strategies for Company leaders to key stakeholders in the communities in which we operate. The CR Senior Analyst will assist in developing tools, processes, and systems to support Company leaders in their community relations work.


 


ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: ​​​​​​​


 


  • Contribute to the development of strategies, practices, and tools in support of Company leadership’s outreach and engagement to key stakeholders in our mountain resort communities on a wide variety of issues relating to resort operations and long-range community planning


  • Analyze policy proposals, research studies, and other relevant materials to identify emerging issues, evaluate potential impact on the Company’s resort objectives, and recommend engagement and outreach strategies to the Community Relations team
  • Contribute to a data-driven system to monitor the Company’s engagement efforts and report key findings
  • Contribute to specific projects, track and follow up on assigned tasks, and meet project deadlines
  • Monitor county commission, town council, planning and environmental boards and commission agendas and meeting minutes/videos for relevant Vail Resorts or community relations topics
  • Monitor related social media accounts for relevant Vail Resorts or community relations topics
  • Monitor news reports related to Vail Resorts, individual resort communities, local communities and relevant issues (e.g. “minimum wage”) and prepare daily news clips to CR team
  • Conduct research and prepare fact sheets related to data that helps support resort-based CR teams CR objectives
  • Perform other duties as assigned


 


Other Requirements:


 


  • Experience conducting research, analysis and otherwise contributing to complex projects and supporting successful program outcomes, development, and expansion
  • Understanding of the unique issues facing mountain resort communities, including affordable housing, land use, transit, seasonal economies, and other long-range community planning issues
  • Creative, high-energy, and positive team player who seizes new opportunities
  • An agile and flexible thinker, with the ability to quickly learn new areas of the business
  • An adept written and verbal communicator, capable of distilling complex information into concise summaries supporting thoughtful, well-reasoned recommendations
  • Demonstrated commitment to providing exceptional service to team members and other Company stakeholders
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work under high pressure conditions and to successfully handle urgent situations with patience and diplomacy
  • A resourceful self-starter, results and success-oriented, with the ability to ensure timely follow through by company employees
  • Willingness to travel to the company’s various resorts, including some overnight travel
  • Ability to ski or ride
  • Must have a passion for the resort communities in which we operate and the company mission of providing the “experience of a lifetime”

We offer a variety of career opportunities at our world-class resorts and corporate headquarters near Boulder, Colorado in fields like Finance & Accounting, Human Resources, Information Technology, Legal, Public Affairs & Sustainability, Marketing, Sales & Communications and more. Our corporate team shares both a passion for the outdoors and a drive to re-imagine the mountain resort experience around the world. Learn more at www.vailresortscareers.com

Vail Resorts is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law.


VRLEGAL


Requisition ID 176359



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Program Council is hiring | CU Boulder Today

November 13, 2019 in Boulder


Looking for some real-world work experience? Program Council is looking to hire an assistant production director.

As the assistant production director, you will work directly with the production director on event planning and execution. You are also charged with holding office hours to meet with student organizations, plan events and work with office members. You’ll also get experience helping with day of-show execution, including setting up large and small lighting systems, sound systems and staging. You’ll also be responsible for stage design for all Program Council-sponsored shows.

For more details on specific duties and responsibilities of assistant production director, please visit the Program Council website.

If you are interested in applying or have any questions, email david.vicker@programcouncil.com.



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Three teams to play in state tournament this week – Colorado Hometown Weekly

November 13, 2019 in Boulder


The three local schools that hosted a regional tournament all won a pair of games over the weekend and qualified for the state volleyball tournament, which takes place this week at the Denver Coliseum.

In Class 4A, the Mead Mavericks return to the state tournament, this time led by first-year head coach Mikayla Martinez. Mead won in straight sets over Cañon City and Air Academy on Friday. This marks their second-straight season the team has made it to state.

For the other two teams heading there, they end long droughts of playing in the state tournament.

The Broomfield Eagles will play in the Class 5A bracket after winning the 5A Region 5 title at their school on Saturday with wins over Rangeview and Heritage. This will be their first trip to the state tournament since 2009.

An even longer state drought was halted by the Erie Tigers, who won the 4A Region 10 tournament and will join Mead in the Class 4A state tournament. This will be Erie’s first state tournament appearance in 25 years.

On Monday, the Colorado High School Activities Association released the state brackets for all five classifications that will be played this week. This will be the second straight year the state tournament will use an Olympic style bracket instead of pool play to determine the four teams in the semifinalists. First and second round matches will kickoff the tournament on Thursday, followed by two quarterfinal matches and the start of the playback bracket on Friday. The final rounds of the playback bracket to determine two semifinalists will wrap up Saturday, and the semifinals and championship matches will be played that same evening. All games will be played at the Denver Coliseum.

Broomfield's Hope Hanak-Harper (5) goes up ...
Broomfield’s Hope Hanak-Harper (5) goes up to hit the ball at the net with a pair of Heritage defenders in the 5A Region 5 tournament at Broomfield High School on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019.

Broomfield Eagles

In terms of wins and losses, Broomfield has the highest win percentage (96 percent) and is the only one-loss team in the bracket in Class 5A. With a 24-1 record and a regional title won at home last week, the Eagles will be the No. 5 seed and be the first local team to hit the floor at state around 9:30 a.m. versus the Highlands Ranch Falcons (13-12).

A big reason for the turnaround this year is thanks to a large senior class that has stepped up in the leadership role and with their play on the court. Three of the top five players in kills are seniors and the team leaders are Vicki Fankell with 273 and Hope Hanak-Harper with 247. They also block well at the net with their height at 131 total blocks, led by 67 from Cailyn Gasser.

Highlands Ranch went on the road as the lowest seed (No. 28) in the 5A Region 9 tournament at Windsor and upset both the No. 7 seed Windsor and No. 16 seed Horizon 3-1 to steal a bid for state. Cassie Davis was dominant for the Falcons with 56 total kills and enters the week with the most kills by a player in Colorado with 518. While stopping Davis will be a key, Broomfield must watch out for Libby Borgerding, the senior libero who had 69 digs at regionals and is 22nd in the state of Colorado with 458 total.

The winner of the first-round game Thursday morning will return to the court around 3:30 p.m. to face the No. 4 seed Valor Christian Eagles (22-2), who have a dangerous hitter themselves in Anna Davis (339 kills).

Mead Mavericks

Thanks to a 22-3 record and a pair of sweeps at regionals, the Mead Mavericks were seeded No. 4 in the Class 4A bracket and earned a first-round bye. Therefore, the Mavericks will only hit the floor once Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in the second round with either the No. 5 seed Coronado (17-8) or the No. 12 seed D’Evelyn (17-8), who play each other in the first round Thursday morning.

Balance has fueled Mead’s success both offensively and defensively this year. Three players have 174 or more kills on offense and five players have 100 or more digs defensively. Quincey Coyle leads the team with 274 kills and is second in digs with 214. Another area the team can hurt you is with serves as they have 245 aces, and six players have at least 20 on the season. Morgan Munro is the top player with 65 in that category.

Regardless of their opponent, Mead will be tasked with slowing down their opponent’s offense in the second round. D’Evelyn is led by Sophia Hoffman with 343 kills – she is tied for 17th in all of Colorado in that category – and has three other teammates with triple-digit kills. Coronado also has four players in triple digits with kills and are led by Maycie Rodgers with 282 and Stacia Smith with 164.

Erie High School's Jess Amend (No. ...
Erie High School’s Jess Amend (No. 5) tries to keep the ball in plays in the game against Discovery Canyon High School on Aug. 28, 2019.

Erie Tigers

Erie’s first trip to the state tournament in 25 years will see them seeded No. 7 in the 12-team bracket. In the first round, the Tigers (18-7) will face the No. 10 seed Cheyenne Mountain Indians (15-10) around 12:30 p.m.

A balance of veteran leaders and newcomers helped Erie get over the hump at regionals with 3-0 wins over Lincoln and Palisade. Sophomore Maggie Olson led the offense at regionals with just 20 kills because the Tigers have a balanced attack they like to utilize. A big reason for that is setter Jess Amend, the state leader in assists with 959.

On the other side of the net is another balanced offensive attack with Cheyenne Mountain. The Indians have five players with 100 or more kills, but the two who draw the most attention are Karlee Pinell (250) and Emma Delich (189). And while Erie has had a long absence from the state tournament, Cheyenne Mountain is a regular there and has won six state titles since 2008, the last one coming four years ago.

If Erie can get past Cheyenne Mountain, they will play the nightcap on day one Thursday against the No. 2 seed Montrose Indians (20-5). Despite nearly losing a tiebreaker at home in its regional tournament, Montrose is loaded with six seniors and a large sophomore class who look to lead the way. They are one of the best defensive teams in the bracket with 1,428 digs on the season.

The game with Montrose in the second round would start around 6:30 p.m.



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Boulder police investigating after woman reportedly thrown from back of truck

November 13, 2019 in Boulder



Boulder police are investigating an incident in which a woman was reportedly thrown from the back of a possibly stolen pickup truck in the University Hill area over the weekend.

In an email, Boulder police said three women were near 12th Street and College Avenue at 6:30 p.m. Saturday when they asked the driver of a “lifted” Ford F-350 pickup truck for a ride.

The women sat in the back on top of what appeared to be camping equipment, but the truck accelerated through a turn on 12th Street, throwing one of the women from the truck and seriously injuring her.

The truck was later located at 20th Street and Cascade Avenue. The registered owner of the vehicle was located, but said he had not been driving the vehicle and that the truck had been stolen.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen the incident to call Boulder police Officer Chris Clark at 720-290-2979. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or www.crimeshurt.com.



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Boulder Police Need Community’s Assistance

November 13, 2019 in Boulder


Boulder Police need community’s assistance

On Saturday, November 9 at approximately 6:30 p.m., officers responded to an accident at 12th Street and College Avenue.  A young woman and two of her friends asked for a ride from a man driving a “lifted” white Ford F350 truck with Oregon license plates.  The bed of the vehicle was loaded with what appeared to be camping equipment and the woman and her friends sat on top of the gear.  As the driver turned onto 12th Street, he accelerated throwing the woman from the truck causing her to fall onto the pavement.  She suffered serious bodily injury. 

The truck was later located at 20th Street and Cascade Avenue.  The vehicle owner said he was not driving, and the truck was stolen.

Police are asking for the community’s assistance in locating the driver.  Anyone who was in the area at the time or has any information about the accident is asked to contact Officer Chris Clark at 720-290-2979. 

The case number is 19-13324.

Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.

Published:  Nov. 13, 2019
Media Contacts:

Laurie Ogden, Police, 303-441-3310
 



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