Pearl’s East End celebrates first Friday


On December’s first Friday, Dec. 4, 19 shops and restaurants on Pearl Street’s East End will donate a percentage of sales to support people living with HIV. All day on Dec. 4, visitors who grab a bite to eat or shop in a participating business on the east end of Pearl Street (15th to 22nd streets) will be helping support the Boulder County AIDS Project (BCAP). Like many nonprofits in Colorado, Boulder County AIDS Project is facing a budget shortfall and needs support to continue its work. Visit for more information on Boulder County AIDS Project, and visit for more information on the Pearl Street East End businesses.

Health board delays pot hearing

The state Board of Health has voted to postpone its rulemaking hearing scheduled for Dec. 16 concerning the proposed repeal of the definition of “significant responsibility for managing the well-being of a patient” regarding medical marijuana. The postponement comes on the heels of a Nov. 10 decision by Denver District Court Judge Larry Naves that voided the Board of Health’s Nov. 3 emergency rulemaking decision, which had eliminated language about the regulatory definition of “significant responsibility,” as that term relates to primary caregivers for medical marijuana patients.

“As stewards of Colorado’s public health, the board recognizes and considers the needs and health of all Colorado citizens in its actions and will continue to seek appropriate input in its public proceedings,” the board said in a news release. “The board will explore its legal options before determining how to proceed.”

Information about the rescheduled hearing will be posted at www.cdphe.

Save energy and money with one call

The city of Boulder, Boulder County, the Governor’s Energy Office and the Center for Resource Conservation (CRC) are helping residents obtain rebates, tax credits and low-cost financing when they make their homes more energy-efficient. The ClimateSmart Program, sponsored by the city of Boulder and Boulder County, offers a Residential Energy Action Program (REAP) through CRC.

One of the main programs offered is Insulate Colorado, which is funded by the Governor´s Energy Office to encourage homeowners to insulate their homes. Some homeowners may even receive a free energy assessment from the Boulder County Energy Corps if their neighborhood is participating. The assessments will occur on Saturdays until the end of March 2010 and will include the installation of compact fluorescent light bulbs, programmable thermostats and low-flow showerheads. In addition to calling CRC at 303-999-3820, ext. 224, homeowners can find energy-saving tips at the ClimateSmart website,, or they can e-mail with questions.

ReSource gets new location

ReSource, a used building materials donation and sales yard operated by the Center for ReSource Conservation (CRC), has moved from 2665 63rd St. to its new city-owned location at 6400 Arapahoe Rd. (formerly BMC West Lumber Yard). ReSource re-opened at the new location on Dec. 1.

ReSource promotes waste reduction through landfill diversion programs. Its retail location in Boulder salvages used building materials and resells them to the public, making it possible to reuse and recycle two million pounds of materials annually that would otherwise have been discarded during construction and demolition and basic remodeling projects.

Census launches local operations

The U.S. Census Bureau will launch community operations this week to conduct the 2010 Census in the Boulder area.

With the count just four months away, census operations will become increasingly visible in local communities, including Boulder and Longmont. The bureau hosted a Spirit of Community Celebration on Dec. 1 in Westminster to discuss the need for community members to help ensure a complete census, which is the largest peacetime operation conducted for the federal government. The census can have significant effects on local funding and the apportionment of congressional seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Beetle-kill projects boosted by grants

Depleted forests in seven Colorado State Parks will benefit from a $647,400 grant provided by the Colorado State Forest Service through funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The money will allow the Colorado Youth Corps Association (CYCA) to deploy crews for beetle-kill forest restoration projects.

The funds were awarded to the CYCA for work in the state parks and will employ 78 individuals in seasonal and full-time positions during the next 17 months. The parks are located in Dolores, Eagle, El Paso, Gilpin, Jackson, Jefferson, Park and Routt Counties. The youth corps crews, composed of 18- to 25-yearolds, will focus on removing dead and dying trees and reducing fire danger in critical areas. Visit parks for more information.