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Month in Review: Dec. ’11


A dozen camping tickets later, Boulder Occupiers linked their movement with that of homeless activists. NedFest founder Michael “Michigan Mike” Torpie died, a ranger shot Boulder Creek Path’s cyclist-chasing coyote, and St. Vrain Valley School District fired a 24-year-old janitor after he allegedly told police he’d had sex with a 13-year-old girl. Broomfield’s Emerald Elementary School principal resigned without explanation, and Longmont’s Kaitlyn Sims, 22, was killed when she jumped into the path of a tractor-trailer on Highway 66. A 72-year-old man stands accused of poisoning two Firestone dogs, Longmont police are investigating low-tech $10, $20 and $100 counterfeit bills, and Boulder County’s Land Use Code may soon include classifications for community gardens, farms and farm-based restaurants. A former Lafayette dispensary owner was arrested for allegedly trying to sell 10 pounds of marijuana, Boulder Hockey Club coach Zachary Meints was arrested on suspicion of Internet child exploitation, and Superior Medical Supply Inc. is again under fire for allegedly price gouging short-supply hospital drugs. Biodesix Inc. will move its headquarters to Boulder, ConocoPhillips nixed its proposed Louisville research center, Target announced plans to close its Broomfield store Jan. 28, and a man robbed a 91-year-old former Marine on Veterans Day.

Small Talk

“One of the things we’re trying to do is coexist with these animals.”

—Erie Police Chief John Hall on the city’s policy allowing residents to shoot coyotes with plastic pellets and BBs.

“We’re very excited. It’s been a long process to figure out a replacement, but I think we’ve got a great program that we’ll be able to roll out that I think people are really going to love.”

—County Commissioner Will Toor on the EnergySmart loan program created to replace ClimateSmart Loan Program shot down by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

“It’s been sitting in our storage room scaring everyone who sees an amputated arm.”

—Animalhouse Veterinary technician Rachel Petro on Louisville’s iconic wooden bear’s broken-off arm. Wild Wood Studio repaired the arm and will carve a new bear for free.

“We have some really good contacts with international coaches and we want to bring players from other countries to use the center as a high-altitude training facility.”

—Kendall Chitamber, the Rocky Mountain Tennis Center’s director of tennis, on what would be the state’s largest tennis club if it’s approved by the city. The Louisville club would feature more than 25 indoor and outdoor courts.

“I make no profit from this. It is a grant to a nonprofit, and benefits the town with no extra town expenditures of funds.”

—Superior Trustee Lisa Skumatz said of a grant to her firm to research the city’s new food-waste recovery program she helped launch.

Sources: Daily Camera, Times-Call, Colorado Daily


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Boulder dispensaries among the 26 state-licensed facilities


The dollar amount of Lafayette’s final inducement payment to Wal-Mart


Jobs to be lost when Louisville’s LEGO Play Well Studios closes in January


OSHA fine against SJ Ward Landscape after its ditch collapsed, killing a Longmont man

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