Month in Review
*On May 20, Boulder County made big moves to embolden the county’s LGBTQ professional residents. The county officially launched the Boulder County LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce, which will be the first LGBTQ chapter in all of Colorado. The Chapter, previously referred to as the Denver Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, aims to provide a platform tasked with supporting and inspiring equal opportunity for locally owned and operated LGBTQ establishments. Summer is upon us; so are bears. The City of Boulder has advised Boulder County populaces to be aware of wildlife, specifically bears, after several have been sighted in and around Boulder. Reports from city officials reveal bear sightings east of Broadway, the number of sighted bears steadily rising over recent years. *Suspect from an April 2017 triple homicide in Coal Creek Canyon is on trial during the week of June 6, charged with three counts of felony murder, one count of aggravated robbery and three counts of first-degree murder. Due to no physical evidence regarding the crime scene, Boulder County District Court prosecution attempts to falsify the suspect’s alibi during the June 6 trial. *An undivided vote by the Boulder County Commissioners decided the fate of GMO’s in the county- a plan to delay previously set deadlines. The plan entailed prohibiting genetically modified seeds from being planted on public owned cropland space. Despite enraged Boulder County residents, the commissioners chose to implement a different plan that allows a longer deadline for farmers to adapt, due to lack of progress. *Get your sleep on, Longmont. The Colorado Sleep Institute has opened a two-story 22,000-square-foot medical center intended to treat residents with recurring sleep disorders by first assessing, then testing, and hopefully, curing. This June is Colorado’s first annual Dark Sky Month. A month specifically dedicated to providing insight on the ever-so imperative topic of light pollution. Dark Sky Month was implemented by Gov. Jared Polis, who was initially motivated by an event earlier in the year at CU Boulder, hosted by the International Dark-Sky Association and the Sierra Club, where they informed the public of Boulders previously established outdoor lighting regulation.
“Since the end of fire season last year, we have been working with all of the areas that had wildfires last year because we know there’s a good chance they could get flooding the following years”
– Micki Trost , Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
“We expect that for generations to come, people will have the opportunity to observe this geological masterpiece that we’re calling Memorial Rock.”
– Gov. Polis, talking about a new landmark, which was caused by an 8.5-million-pound boulder that stumbled off a cliff destroying a segment of highway
“The governor wants to empower local communities to foster innovation and to tailor solutions to their own needs.”
– Conor Cahill, Gov. Polis’ new spokesman
“(Light pollution) is screwing up nature, the sleep cycle of animals and humans, and it’s wasting millions, if not billions of dollars”
– Jeff Kanipe, Astronomy author
(Letter to the Editor)
“Thank you so much for writing this. It read like an elegy for our humanity. Violence should not make us numb to the deep impact losing one person makes.
Thanks for this beautiful piece of writing.
-Kate, in response to One Dead Jew (Duly Noted, French Davis, May 19)
By The Numbers
20% increase in residential property values in Denver from June 30, 2016 and
June 30, 2018
437% of normal statewide snowpack, high of 768% in the San Juan Mountains, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service
1,340% higher snow-water equivalent (SWE) in comparison to last year’s percentages, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture
20% kindergartners in the state are not enrolled in a full-day program, according to the Colorado Department of Education