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Author: Peter Cacek

Annual Military Airborne Firefighting Systems Wildfire Training Scheduled for Colorado’s Front Range & Southern Wyoming May 11-14

Next week, residents and visitors near Jeffco Airtanker Base, southern Wyoming, and along the Front Range of Colorado may see low-flying C-130 aircraft and interagency lead planes. Members of the Air Force Reserve’s 302nd Airlift Wing and Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing will be hosting a yearly aerial wildland firefighting training and certification. Training drops, consisting of water only, will be executed on the Arapaho and Roosevelt, Medicine Bow, and Pike-San Isabel National Forests.

WHAT: Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems (MAFFS) certification training

WHO: USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region

302nd Airlift Wing (AFRES) Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

153rd Airlift Wing (ANG), Cheyenne, Wyo.

Other fire partners

WHEN: Monday, May 10, classroom portion; Tuesday-Thursday, May 11-14, flight operations; Saturday-Sunday, May 15-16, make-up/additional training days if needed.

WHERE: Potential drop zones on Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, Medicine Bow, and Pike and San Isabel National Forests (see map above)

  1. Green Mountain:
    This site is located on the Laramie Ranger District of the Medicine Bow National Forest. The site is within the Pole Mountain Management Unit, 14 miles southeast of Laramie, WY, and a mile east of the intersection of Blair Wallis Road and Forest Service Road 707.
  2. Sheep Mountain:
    This site is located on the Canyon Lake Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest in Larimer County. The site is 7 miles east of Red Feather Lakes, 3.5 miles north of County Road 74E, and southwest of Stuart Hole and east of the Cherokee Park Wildlife Area.
  3. South Bald Mountain:
    This site is located on the Canyon Lake Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest in Larimer County, 4.5 miles southwest of Red Feather, 3 miles northeast of Kinikinik and CO Hwy 14. South Bald Mountain is off of Forest Road 517A.
  4. Rock Creek:
    This site is located on the Boulder Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest in Boulder County, 1.4 miles south of Allenspark, west of the Bunce School Road and east County Road 107, approximately 1.5 miles west of Ironclad Climbing Area.
  5. Farnum Mountain:
    This site is located on the South Park Road of the Pike National Forest, approximately 5 miles southeast of Tarryall Reservoir in the Schoolmarm Mountain area of Park county, 20 miles North of Wilkerson Pass on Highway 24 and 40 miles west of Colorado Springs, CO.
  6. Hackett Mountain:
    This site is located in the far northwestern corner of Teller County on the Pike National Forest, near the border of Park, Douglas and Jefferson counties, situated approximately 15 miles northeast of Lake George and 25 miles northwest of Colorado Springs, CO.
  7. 39 Mile Mountain:
    This site is located on the Pike National Forest in Park County approximately 15 miles south of Eleven Mile Reservoir, 10 miles north of the town of Guffey, 8 miles east of Currant Creek Pass on Highway 9, and 40 miles due west of Colorado Springs, CO.
  8. South Hardscrabble Mountain:
    This site is located 15 miles south of Florence, CO on the San Carlos District of the San Isabel National Forest, on the northern slope of the Wet Mountains.

Solarize Nederland is here!

Solarize Nederland is here! Using a tiered rebate – the more people that sign up, the cheaper it is for everyone! Residents and businesses in the 80466 zip code are able to sign up before June 30th to receive discount rooftop solar systems.

This program is being facilitated by the Nederland Sustainability Advisory with installations being performed by Custom Solar.

Here is a video to learn more! https://youtu.be/kAlBgTREIac

Solarize Nederland Website – https://nederlandco.org/solarize-nederland/

Head over to Wild Bear to check out the Solarize Nederland exhibit!

Change is coming! Outdoor enthusiasts need to ‘Know Before You Go’

From the USDA Forest Service

FORT COLLINS, Colo.  (May 4, 2021) — Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland managers are exploring new strategies to help visitors have safe and enjoyable outdoor experiences this summer while protecting wildlife, clean water and healthy forests. From selling passes online for the most popular developed recreation areas to shifting some of the most visited areas to day-use only, National Forest managers are planning for another very busy recreation season amidst an ongoing worldwide pandemic.

“For outdoor recreationists, the most important message this year is to ‘Know Before You Go,’ said recreation program manager Erich Roeber. “Just like you might plan a family vacation or research a product before purchasing, public lands visitors really need to do their homework this year before they head out on an adventure. Otherwise, they might show up somewhere and realize they needed to buy a pass in advance, or book a reservation, or that they can’t camp in the same exact place where they camped last year.”

2020 brought a 200% increase in outdoor recreation across Colorado’s northern Front Range, with a large number of first-time visitors seeking an escape from the constraints of social distancing. This resulted in long lines and wait times at welcome stations, overflowing parking at trailheads, and cars parked unsafely for miles along county roads, obstructing roadways.

To reduce crowding at welcome stations, restrooms and parking areas this year, the Forest is developing a timed-entry pass system for Mount Evans and Brainard Lake. While the project is still in development, all pass sales will occur online on Recreation.gov and passes are expected to be available to purchase beginning in late May. Mount Evans is tentatively scheduled to open June 4 and the Brainard Lake welcome station is tentatively scheduled to open June 11.

Outside of developed campgrounds, National Forest visitors created thousands of new campsites as they pulled off roads and damaged resources, trampling vegetation and compacting soils with tents, campers and vehicles. Visitors built hundreds of new rock campfire rings and negatively impacted municipal water supplies with human waste and trash.  

To help some of these trampled places heal, the Forest is working closely with local county officials to target a few areas for temporary “day-use-only” designations this year. Recreation staff will use the opportunity to explore more sustainable options for managing these places into the future.

2020 was also a bad year for human-wildlife interactions as bears entered campsites and tents in areas where visitors hadn’t properly stored their food. To help keep Colorado’s wildlife wild and reduce unwanted encounters, the forest is collaborating with Colorado Parks and Wildlife in developing food storage requirements for visitors across the Forest.

Most notably, 2020 was a year during which human-caused wildfires burned 25 percent of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, devastating communities, destroying homes and taking lives. The Forest and our communities are still healing from these fires. Recovery is expected to take years. As soon as the snow melts, Forest personnel will be heavily focused on assessing and stabilizing the burned areas; and the burned areas are expected to remain largely off limits to the public until critical life-safety road and trail stabilization needs can be addressed.

Unfortunately, much of Colorado is still in some degree of drought, ranging from severe to exceptional. While precipitation has improved this spring, it may not bring enough moisture to prevent large logs and trees from catching fire easily. Due to this danger, compounded by the increase in visitors, the Forest is working closely with its state and local partners to determine the best time to implement fire restrictions as temperatures warm up. Regardless of when fire restrictions go into place, the public is urged to be extremely cautious with all potential sources of ignition this year.

More information will be shared in the weeks to come as the Forest works with its community partners and public lands neighbors across the northern Front Range and Grand County to finalize these plans.

In the meantime, get the most accurate recreation information by checking official Know Before You Go resources on the local National Forest website and elsewhere. In addition to weather forecasts and road and trail conditions for the area, visitors should be sure to research how to buy passes, how to find campsites, and whether campfires are allowed.

Please be safe out there this summer. #CareforColorado and #RecreateResponsibly

 

Virtual Career & Financial Workshops – Workforce Boulder County

May Career & financial Workshops

Our FREE Career and Financial workshops and Computer Training Center are available virtually at Workforce Boulder County.

For dates and times, see our calendar at www.wfbc.org.

Virtual Career Workshops

  • Career Exploration
  • Updating & Tailoring Your Resume
  • LinkedIn 101
  • LinkedIn 201
  • Virtual Job Search
  • Interview Preparation
  • Insights & Guidelines for 50+
  • Capable & Confident in the Job Search

Virtual Financial Workshops – English & Spanish

See Wfbc.org en Español

  • Exploring My Financial Future / Explorando mi Futuro Financiero
  • Thoughtful Money Management / Utilizando el Crédito Sabiamente
  • Budgeting on a Small Income / Presupuestando y Manejando sus Finanzas con Ingresos
  • Communicating for Financial Health / Conversaciones Saludables con sus Cobradores
  • Organizing for Financial Management / Métodos para Mantener el Control de sus Finanzas
  • Credit Reporting—Know the Facts / Comprendiendo su Informe de Crédito & Todo lo que Debo Saber Acerca de Crédito
  • Be informed, Borrow Smart / Infórmese para Endeudarse Sabiamente
  • Building a Banking Relationship / Estableciendo una Relación Bancara
  • Pathway Out of Debt / Cómo Deshacerse de sus Deudas
  • Investing Basics / Ahorro e Inversiones para Principiant

To see the Financial and Career Workshops schedule, go to www.wfbc.org and click on our Calendar of Events. Click on any workshop for the link to sign up.

Virtual Computer Training Center – English & Spanish

Would you like to enhance your computer skills? Look no further than Workforce Boulder County! To sign up for online computer training, or for more info, click here.    (See the attached flyers for more info)

  • Free online computer training for anyone 18 and over. Available 24/7.
  • Via CustomGuide training software, learn
    • Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, SharePoint, OneDrive, OneNote, Project, Teams, Office Fundamentals;
    • Google Gmail, Docs, Drive, Sheets, Slides
    • And… Business Writing, Effective Presentations, Email Etiquette, Zoom

Questions? Contact us at ceinfo@bouldercounty.org or 720-776-0822, Option 2.

Nederland Region Recycling Survey

The Nederland Zero Waste Dream Team has developed a survey to acquire more information about recycling in the Nederland region. The information received from this survey will help the Nederland Sustainability Advisory Board, Town of Nederland staff, volunteers, and other community members to prioritize and plan efforts aimed at reducing materials sent to the landfill. We hope you will spend 10 minutes completing this short survey. Your input is a critical step as we move towards a more sustainable future.

To access the survey, please go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1USx8ibGB5XotQZM6HVHw2ZQl3ExpQ1NpTYiuVrw9RqM/

2020 Census

2020 Census is happening now! Your answers can shape your future. For the first time, you can choose to respond online, by phone, or by mail.

Respond online today here: https://www.2020census.gov/

Respond by phone today in English: 844-330-2020; Spanish: 844-468-2020;

Xcel Energy Preps for Approaching Storm

Dear stakeholders in Boulder County,

 

Xcel Energy’s electric and gas crews will be at work and responding to the approaching snow storm. We have proactively staffed resources within the storm footprint today thru Friday with multiple crews at each service center. Other crews are identified and we will bring them on quickly should outages increase. Total snowfall in the foothills could be up to 18 inches.

 

As always, we will post our electric outage data at https://www.xcelenergy.com/outages_and_emergencies where you can both report an outage and track existing outages on our system.

Always report your outage. It’s the first thing you should do when your power is out:

 

Community Spread of COVID-19 Confirmed in Boulder County

March 17, 2020

For Immediate Release

Contact: Chana Goussetis, Public Information Officer, 303.441.1457

Community Spread of COVID-19 Confirmed in Boulder County; Four Additional Local Cases

Boulder County, CO – Four additional Boulder County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total to 11 people in Boulder County. While the disease investigations are still being conducted, two of the recently tested people had not left the county, confirming that there is community spread of COVID-19 in Boulder County. To date, the majority of exposures have been from the mountain areas; 5 of the 11 current cases reported exposures in Colorado mountain areas.

“We are at the most critical phase,” said Jeff Zayach, Boulder County Public Health director. “Never before has it been more important to heed the call to keep distance from others outside of your household as much as you can and avoid meeting in groups larger than 10 people.”

To date, the age range for people testing positive with COVID-19 in Boulder County has been teenage to 60s. Each person is stable and isolating at home.

“We encourage everyone to review Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) guidance to keep themselves safe if you have flu-like symptoms, feel you may have been exposed to the virus, are waiting on test results, or if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19,” said Carol Helwig, Boulder County Public Health communicable disease epidemiologist.

COVID-19 is primarily spread through respiratory droplets spread when a person with the illness coughs or sneezes. People who have prolonged contact within six feet of a person with the disease are most at risk of transmission.

Public Health officials ask residents to practice social distancing, including:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Stay home or in a comparable setting as much as possible: work from home if possible; if you can’t work from home, maintain at least 6 feet of distance between you and your coworkers or customers.
  • Only go to public spaces for necessities such as groceries and the pharmacy.
  • Continue healthy, non-group activities like walking, hiking, jogging, cycling and other activities that maintain distance from other people.
  • Don’t gather in group settings; avoid gatherings larger than 10 people.
  • Maintain distance (approximately 6 feet) from others.
  • If you need to travel, use a private vehicle instead of taking buses, rideshares, flights, or other transportation that puts you in contact with other people.
  • Continue to operate critical business functions, such as delivery of goods and operation of businesses, with social distancing and additional safety measures in place.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Anyone feeling ill with symptoms similar to those associated with COVID-19 (e.g. fever, cough, shortness of breath) should:

  • Stay home, except to get medical care.
  • If you have a medical appointment, call ahead and tell them what your symptoms are. Otherwise:
    • Restrict activities outside your home.
    • Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
    • Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.

Boulder County Public Health is coordinating with other local public health agencies, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE), and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) in response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Residents can call CO-Help at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email them at COHELP@RMPDC.org for more information and ask questions about COVID-19 or visit boco.org/covid-19.

-BoulderCountyHealth.org-