Meet the Boulder Office of Emergency Management

By Emily Gubler
This week I spoke with Marcelo Ferreira, the Emergency Management Coordinator with the Boulder Office of Emergency Management (OEM), who helped me understand how the OEM helps coordinate disaster response and recovery efforts.

Marcelo started by explaining that the definition of disaster management is much broader than only the actual event. It includes pre- and post-disaster activities.

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BoCo Approves $45 Million For COPs

The Boulder County Commissioners earlier this week approved the sale of Certificates of Participation* (COPs) in the amount of approximately $45 million to be repaid over ten years, with an option to “call” (or repay in full) the COPs after five years. The exact amount of the

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Special Election Result

Well, it’s official; after months of volunteer hours by the Housing Recovery Task Force, dozens of public meetings, design charets, letters to the editor, campaigns for and against, door-knocking, walk-abouts through Bohn Park, and all the discourse on social media, in the words of Mayor John O’Brien, “The people have spoken.” And, according to officials at

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Depot Shrubs To Get “Haircut”

Lyons volunteers will soon address the over-grown juniper shrubs bordering the Depot Library grounds. It has been far too long a time without corrective pruning, which has let the vegetation grow wild.

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Boulder Bank Robbery

Detectives with the Boulder Police Department are investigating a bank robbery, which took place last Thursday afternoon (March 19) at the Citywide Banks branch in Boulder, which is located at 1611 Canyon Blvd.

The white male suspect walked into the bank at 2:17 p.m. and handed one of the teller’s a note, demanding money. The teller complied and the suspect fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. No weapon was displayed and no one

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IRS Identity Verification Service

The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers who receive requests from the IRS to verify their identities that the Identity Verification Service website, idverify.irs.gov, offers the fastest, easiest way to complete the task.

Taxpayers may receive a letter when the IRS stops suspicious tax returns that have indications of being identity theft but contains a real taxpayer’s name and/or Social Security number. Only those taxpayers receiving Letter 5071C should access idverify.irs.gov. The website will ask a series of questions that only the real taxpayer can answer. Once the

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Dog Days Of April Are Here

The “dog days” of summer usually arrive in August, but in Lyons they get here a little bit earlier. On Fridays, during the entire month of April, Lyons residents who are also dog owners (or caretakers if you prefer, after all this is Boulder County) will be able to take advantage of discounts being offered for dog licenses by the Town of Lyons.

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