Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan

Boulder County’s Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Management Plan will be available for review and public comment through 11:59 p.m., Friday, August 21. The EAB Plan is available on the county’s EAB website and by request.

The EAB Plan will guide the county on how to manage ash trees on county-maintained properties and road rights-of-way.
To provide comments or to request a copy of the plan:

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Community Reads

Those who know Kirk Udovich will wonder how he could possibly find time to dive into a book.  When he’s is not at work, he’s found most often running, biking and playing his guitar.  His favorite go-to for what he refers to as “mindless entertainment” is diving into a Clive Cussler action adventure novel.

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Wildfire Partners Receives Million Dollar Grant

Wildfire Partners, a voluntary program for Boulder County homeowners who want to prepare for wildfire, has been awarded $1.125 million by FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). Launched in 2014, Wildfire Partners provides technical and financial assistance to homeowners and increases the insurability of participating homes.

Boulder County’s Parks and Open Space program also received HMGP grant funding that will support increasing defensible space around historic structures on various Parks and Open Space properties and a fuels reduction project on Betasso Open Space.

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Town of Lyons - November 2015 Ballot

Board of Trustees Meeting, August 17, 2015

The Board of Trustees set two questions that will appear on the November 2015 ballot:

One, a question asking for voters to approve a 0.5% sales and use tax increase, raising the tax from 3.0% to 3.5%.

Two, a question asking voters’ approval that the full revenues generated by the imposition of a 5% excise tax when retail marijuana of any form is first sold or transferred by a marijuana cultivation facility or marijuana infused products facility, beginning January 1, 2016. In addition, the rate of such excise tax shall be allowed to decrease or increase without further voter approval beginning January 1, 2017, so long as the rate of such tax does not exceed 10%.

A  0.5% sales tax increase would generate approximately $100,000 per year initially, and would allow general fund programs to operate without needing to use reserves on a regular basis; stabilize funding for general municipal operations; and put aside funds for capital improvement projects. With the exception of the Town of Ward, Lyons has the lowest local sales tax rate of all municipalities in Boulder County.

The revenue from a 5% excise tax on the first wholesale transfer of retail marijuana is estimated to produce a maximum of $270,000 in 2016. The TABOR requires that the Town shall not collect any additional revenue more than $270,000 in 2016 from the excise tax. Furthermore, the Board will not be allowed to modify the excise tax through 2016. Beginning January 1, 2017, the rate the excise tax could be decreased or increased without further voter approval, so long as the rate of such tax does not exceed 10%. Visit www.townoflyons.com for official ballot wording and voter registration information.

Start-up Day Across America

Dear Friends,

American ingenuity remains one of the most valuable and coveted resources in the world.

One example of that spirit is demonstrated in our start-ups and small businesses. Start-ups have created an average of two million jobs in the United

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“Light-Frog” Winding Down

By Julie Van Domelen
In the interest of full disclosure, let it be known that the author of this article is married to the Editor.
The Boulder County Long-term Flood Recovery Group (BoCo LTFRG; aka Light-Frog) was set up following the 2013 flood to provide support and coordination during recovery as well as channel the Foothills Flood Relief Fund monies that were raised from private donations and foundations following the flood. Based on a model commonly developed after serious disasters, long-term recovery groups bring together public, private and non-profit

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Scolded Again

The Board of Trustees (BOT) was once again scolded Monday night at Town Hall during the audience business portion of the agenda. This time the scolder was former Trustee Ed Bruder who took issue with the notion that Commercial Eastern Corridor (CEC) zoning status should even be considered for the River Bend wedding venue property on the western border of town. Bruder, who was on the Board when the CEC zone was first discussed and created, vehemently felt that the “perks,” (uses by right, density allowances, mixed use, etc.) which go along with those properties in a CEC zone were

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Call For Entries

The Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery, an artist owned and operated cooperative, looks for new work for display in our store on an ongoing basis. Consignment applications can be picked up at our gallery (1421 Pearl Street), filled out online at this link to our website,  or by calling (303) 443-3683 to have one mailed to you. We review potential new work for our consignment program on the third Tuesday of February, May, August, September (jewelry applications only in September) and October. There is a $35 application fee to apply.

Life 101: Beyond High School for the Class of 2016

By Joanne Barnard

August: Important Documents

Welcome Class of 2016 to Life 101 – a series of ten articles that divides the otherwise daunting process of preparing for life after high school into a the monthly “to do” list - giving you one area to concentrate on for each month of your senior year.

Topics range from gathering information about yourself, preparing for and applying to the colleges you have researched, to organizing your finances and getting ready to move forward. Although each of these areas of concentration could be done

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