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Month in Review – March 2020

Published on: April 7th, 2020

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Month in Review

 

All the presidential candidates came through Colorado for various events. 11.4k showed up to a packed Colorado Convention Center for Bernie Sanders. A brief fight broke out in the crowd over a pro-gun shirt. Elizabeth Warren packed the Fillmore with approximately 8K supporters. Tulsi Gabbard held a town hall at the Avalon Ballroom in Boulder, no reported attendance numbers. Amy Klobuchar held a rally at Stanley Marketplace in Aurora with a crowd of 1,100. Pete Buttigieg had a crowd of 1,000 attend a rally at Crowne Plaza. He was accused of using a 9 year old LGBT boy as a campaign prop. Others lauded his support of the boy’s coming out on stage. Since then, all but Biden and Bernie have dropped out. There are 30 races left with 42 percent of the delegates still to be awarded. * The League of Women Voters hosted a 100th anniversary event titled “100 Years Strong”, which featured an Eleanor Roosevelt impersonator giving a presentation titled “Why the Vote Alone is Not Enough.” * The Erie municipal election is here. Check out our election guide if you haven’t. * Boulder County has given the go ahead to a $2 Billion transportation master plan to deal with the increasing number of vehicles on our roadways. Vehicles on the roads are expected to pass 589K by 2040. * Also in BOCO news, Commissioners are considering extending the oil and gas moratorium. Times-Call reports that “the moratorium is currently scheduled to end March 28. However, due to the complex nature of the issue, county land use and legal staff said they need more time to ensure the regulations are as robust as possible while still avoiding possible litigation. * A Nigerian man was arrested for scamming Boulder County out of $850K, a bit less than Erie administrators lost in their own recent failure of oversight and precaution. Let’s hope our regional administrators get a handle on handling our tax dollars safely. * At the Erie State of the City, Mayor Jennifer Carroll said the city has begun preliminary examination into the possibility of bringing the city under the jurisdiction of one county. Erie is currently split at County Line Rd. between Boulder and Weld Counties. It will be a lengthy and complicated process. No determination has been made about which county to join, or whether to create a new county, Erie County. * Boulder led the nation for wage gains in the third quarter. May your pockets be flush. * The Coronavirus took over the world. This has resulted in shutdowns around the nation, incredible amounts of strain on support services and infrastructure, the economy, people’s ability to make a living or even just live their lives. As evidence, this March issue is almost a month late getting out. Stay home. May the odds be ever in your favor.

 

Small Talk

 

“Frozen Dead Guy Days Is The Weirdest Festival In The U.S. . .think polar plunges, human foosball, frozen T-shirt contests, and coffin races. Yes, you read that correctly.”
– Travel and Leisure Magazine’s coverage of Nederland’s 2020 Frozen Dead Guy Days

 

“We considered five very strong candidates, including two internal candidates, who were well qualified to be a chief. I am confident that Maris brings the right mix of experience, vision, and leadership for Boulder.”
-Jane Brautigam, Boulder City Manager, on Maris Herald being named Boulder’s new police chief

 

“We think this is the best thing that could happen for the community, to get 800 spots. It will decrease traffic problems in Nederland. It’s a win for everybody.”
– Eldora GM Tregaskis on Boulder City Council approval of 800 new parking spots

 

“The school district has them staying home, but we don’t feel there is any risk.”
-Health Dept. Spokesperson on Centaurus Highschool sub who was possibly exposed to Coronavirus

 

By The Numbers

 

$675 Billion/year – Amount distributed to state and local communities based on Census Data. The 2020 Census is being conducted now

61% – Projected increase in daily commuters traveling to Boulder County by 2040 compared to 2015

1.8 Million – The number of voters who participated in the Colorado Primary, an eightfold increase over the 2016 turnout

$634K – Amount in grant money awarded to Longmont and Erie Municipal Airports for site improvements

 

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