Another series of community meetings has been scheduled to address post-fire issues and recovery efforts in the aftermath of the Fourmile Canyon wildfire.
Topics include land rehabilitation and re-vegetation, flood insurance and preparedness, and watershed protection and erosion control — specifically how Boulder County intends to use grant funding received for watershed rehabilitation.
The meetings will start informally at 6:30 p.m. for question-and-answer sessions with county staff, with the formal meetings beginning at 7 p.m.
Meetings will be held for each fire protection district: Fourmile on Tuesday, Jan. 11, at the Salina School House (536 Gold Run Rd.); Sugarloaf on Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Fire Station No. 2 (1360 Sugarloaf Rd.); Gold Hill on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at Gold Hill Elementary School (890 Main St.); and Sunshine on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at Fire Station No. 1 (311 County Road 83).
If any of the meetings are canceled due to snow, there will be a backup meeting held on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at Sunshine Fire Station No. 1.
The county is also holding a meeting specifically for property owners and renters who lost a home and/or structure. It will be held on Thursday, Jan.
20, at 6:30 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room on the third floor of the County Courthouse at 1325 Pearl St. in Boulder.
Contact Boulder County Fourmile Fire Recovery Manager Garry Sanfaçon at 720-564-2642 or email@example.com for more information, or visit www. BoulderCounty.org/fourmile fire.
CU: Economic confidence on rise
Colorado business leaders’ confidence has bounced back to pre-recession levels going into the first quarter of 2011, according to the most recent quarterly Leeds Business Confidence Index, or LBCI, released this week by the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.
For the first quarter of 2011, the LBCI posted a reading of 54.8 — just shy of the 54.9 registered in the second quarter of 2007 — up from 48.6 last quarter. Business leaders are optimistic about industry sales, profits, employment, capital expenditures and state economic growth.
While the index overall is quite strong, certain components are much stronger than others, according to Leeds School economist and Business Research Division Director Richard Wobbekind, who conducts the quarterly survey. In particular, he said the expectations were extremely positive for sales and profits, but not as rosy for capital expenditures and hiring.
An index of 50 is neutral. An index greater than 50 indicates positive expectations, while an index lower than 50 indicates negative expectations.
To access the complete report, visit http://leeds.colorado.edu/lbci.
Concert, cook-off benefit fire victims
The Hatch Foundation’s 5th Annual Green Chili Cook-Off and Sizzlin’ Jazz Benefit Concert, which will benefit victims of the Fourmile Canyon fire victims this year, will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 30 at the Historic Oriental Theatre in Denver.
The concert will feature performances by Janine Santana Latin Jazz, the Lynn Baker Quartet, Ken Walker, Marc Sabatella and Wendy Fopeano and Friends. KUVO’s Susan Gatschet- Reese will emcee the event. There will be an open jam session from 2 to 4 p.m.
For ticket information, cook-off entry forms, concert details and more, contact Jessica or Jimmy at 720-475- 1182, or visit www.HatchFoundation. org.
Library offers series on courts
The Boulder Public Library, in cooperation with the Colorado Judicial Institute and the Colorado Bar Association, will present “Our Courts,” a free, four-part series of workshops to further public knowledge and understanding of the state and federal courts in Colorado.
Presenters will address the role of fair and impartial courts in applying and preserving the rule of law.
All sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Canyon Theater at the Main Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave.
The session topics are: “Our State Courts” on Jan. 12, “Our United States Courts” on April 13, “See You In Court: The Life of a Civil Lawsuit” on July 13 and “Law & Order: The Life of a Criminal Case” on Oct. 12. For more information, contact Ghada Elturk at 303-441-4941 or Selene Neuberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do your civic duty
Boulder County is seeking volunteers to voice their opinions and help guide decisions on matters ranging from the aging community to land use planning and mosquito control.
The county is recruiting residents to serve on 20 advisory boards and commissions that provide recommendations to the Boulder County commissioners and give residents the opportunity to have their voices heard within Boulder County government.
Boulder County is recruiting members for the Adult Protection Review Team, Aging Advisory Council, Board of Adjustment, Board of Health, Board of Review, Citizen Review Panel, Commercial Properties Advisory Committee, Core Services Board, Eldorado Springs LID Advisory Committee and Extension Advisory Committee.
Other groups in need of members include the Fire Code Review Committee, Food and Agriculture Policy Council, Historic Preservation Advisory Board, Human Services Advisory Committee, Mosquito Control Advisory Board, Niwot LID Advisory Committee, Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee, Planning Commission, Resource Conservation Advisory Board and Workforce Development Board.
To view descriptions of the boards and commissions or to download an application, visit the advisory boards and commissions page of the Boulder County website at www.bouldercounty. org.
The deadline to submit applications is 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 31.
For more information, call the Boulder County Commissioners’ Office at 303-441-1688.
Senior services offers Jazzercise
The City of Boulder’s senior services started offering Jazzercise classes this week.
The classes are being held at the East Senior Center, 5660 Sioux Dr., from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The West Senior Center, at 909 Arapahoe Ave., will offer the classes from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Wednesdays only.
A fee of $38 per month, payable to Jazzercise, will be charged for unlimited use of the classes at either location.
The nationwide program teaches dancing to music in a group appropriate for people who have some limitations on their movement or who have not been exercising regularly. Jazzercise is a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga and kickboxing.
For more information, call the East Senior Center at 303-441-4150 or the West Senior Center at 303-441-3148.
Winter meltdown challenge
The Bob L. Burger Recreation Center has issued an eight-week community challenge to lose weight and form healthy fitness habits.
Participants could win an annual pass or a 20-visit punch card to the recreation center. The male and female who lose the largest percentage of body weight will each win an annual pass, while punch cards will be awarded through random drawings. There are two participation levels — a Nutrition- Only Level and a Fitness/Nutrition Level.
Participants must register online or in person at the recreation center no later than Jan. 8, but they don’t need to be a member of the center to participate.
For more information, call 303- 665-0468.
Splick•it on Android
Now Android phone users have the option of skipping the line at their favorite eateries and coffee shops because Boulder-based company splick•it has just launched Android versions of its restaurant apps.
The splick•it apps allow users to pre-order and pre-pay by finger-tapping their order on their mobile phone.
Splick•it has developed new Android apps for Snarf ’s, Illegal Pete’s and the Smiling Moose Deli.
Other area spots found on splick•it’s new Android version include Amante Coffee, Atlas Purveyors, Brewing Markets, Corner Coffee Bar, Flatiron Coffee, Great Harvest, Pita Pit, Rueben’s Burger Bistro, Saxy’s Café, Treppedas and Ziggi’s.
For more information, visit www.splickit.com.