Stay Safe, Boulder – Avoid the DUI

Stay Safe, Boulder – Avoid the DUI

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Maybe New Year’s Eve festivities won’t come soon enough for you today. The end of one year, the dawn of the next. Here’s Your Boulder’s wish for you: we want you to avoid walking (or stumbling) into the New Year with a DUI on your record.

Boulder is a sleepy town for crime. We like our bar fights and hate the bike thieves. Doors to homes around town are left unlocked because we know and trust our neighbors and love our neighborhoods. That means our police department doesn’t have much to keep it busy — a blessing and a curse. We honor those who dedicate their lives to public service on the police force, protecting our homes, businesses, and families.

But we’ll be honest — we don’t really want to contribute to the revenue side of the whole serve-and-protect thing. DUIs are big business in Colorado. Before you even contemplate drinking and getting behind the wheel of a car — or even IN a car with someone who’s been drinking, how about a few sobering facts about the penalties for DUI in Colorado?

We thought you weren’t too fond of the 1%. According to BoulderColorado.gov, there were 708 DUIs in Boulder County in 2012. Whenpopulation statistics hover around 99,000-100,000 people, DUIs are approaching 1 for every 1000 residents. For a community that sure likes to talk smack about the 1%, here’s a 1% you don’t want to join.

What it takes to get a DWAI or DUI. The legal limit in Colorado is a BAC content of 0.08%. For some people, that’s 2 drinks in an hour. For others, it’s 3 to 4. Our bodies handle alcohol differently every day. Here’s what you can count on: If an officer thinks you’re operating a vehicle in an impaired state, they will (without doubt) demand that you submit to testing to verify. And guess what? You can’t refuse in Colorado. Well, you can, but refusing is an automatic suspension of your license for one year. We know you love the Boulder bubble and the Hop, Skip, and Jump, but seriously — why not skip the drama?

What a DUI costs in Colorado. As we said, they’re big business. First, you have to get out of jail. Got bail money? Hope so, because posting bond is nonrefundable. At least bail money can be applied to your fines. Then you’ll have to get your car out of impound. Cash. Attorney fees will run you between $5,000 and $10,000. Then there are state surcharges (yeah, good luck getting out of these) in the range of $1,500 from the State of Colorado — and that’s in addition to any fines you might be required to pay. Then (the list keeps going, doesn’t it?), you’re going to have to take some classes for a few months. More cash. Oh, and then there’s the in-house arrest period that you could be required to comply with, complete with ankle bracelet. To top it all off, you could be required to place an interlock device on your car. This means you get to pay to have a breathalyzer installed on your ignition and you have to blow to start your car and periodically while driving to continue operating your vehicle. You get to pay for this device yourself and pay the monthly fee for the privilege of having this device on your vehicle. This is all sounding super sexy, isn’t it?

For a full, unfiltered look at penalties and expectations if you’re pulled over, here’s a Colorado attorney with a solid list of realistic resources. Bottom line? We hope you have between $5,000-$12,000 lying around. How’s that walking or hotel thing looking now?

We just want you to be safe. $5,000 to $12,000 can go a long way. In Boulder, we have a higher cost of living so that money is pretty precious. So when you’re out and about — tonight or any night — just think about what a DUI or DWAI could cost you. The New Year is the time for things to go right and Boulder — well, Boulder isn’t that big at all, is it? Walk. Wait for a cab in the freezing cold. Tell a doorman, bartender, waitress (hell, tell anyone) that you need a cab and to please get one to you. Maybe you’ll wait an hour. But it sure beats waiting a year to drive your car and it’s definitely better than potentially killing someone because you “were okay to drive.”

Stay safe on New Year’s Eve, Boulder, and raise however many glasses you’d like — responsibly. Your community thanks you.

 

 

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Boulder Small Business Saturday: Avoid Black Friday and Buy Local

Boulder Small Business Saturday: Avoid Black Friday and Buy Local

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In a week, we’ll all be waking up with turkey hangovers and more leftover stuffing than we know what to do with. More than a few of us will swear off pumpkin anything and everything for another year and still others will be nursing the emotional wounds of football losses.

If that weren’t enough, the day after Thanksgiving is also the biggest shopping day of the year. Some of you will drag your sluggish bodies to the local big box store and wait in line in the freezing cold before dawn with the hopes that you’ll be able to score one of this season’s hottest thingamajigs.

I want to offer you an alternative to mass consumption hysteria and early morning buying binges. This year, why not do something different? Why not make the effort to buy local? You can find wonderful gifts for everyone in your family and supportsmall business owners that give back to the community so much more than those gigantic retailers that have their main offices who knows where.

The perfect time to get your local shopping spree going is next Saturday, November 30th, on Small Business Saturday; the local answer to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Downtown Boulder has put together an exceptional collection of locally owned businesses that are participating in Small Business Saturday and a winter sidewalk sale that extends the entire weekend.

Some of the businesses that are participating include: Boulder Furniture Arts, El Loro, Full Cycle, Kidrobot, MadeLife, Seamless Toy Company, Spruce Confections, Weekends and much more. For a full list of the participating businesses, check the Downtown Boulder website.

 

 

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Top Thrift Stores in Boulder

Top Thrift Stores in Boulder

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Something about this post makes me want to bust out a Macklemore song. Is it just me?

Who says you’ve got to shell out the big bucks to look fantastic? Sure, big time shops and designer retailers want you to think that great fashion comes with a hefty price tag, but that is simply not the case! Savvy shoppers know that right now, thrift stores are a wealth of great finds from vintage looks to slightly loved designer apparel.

Since Boulder shares space with some fairly successful entrepreneurs and fashionable college students, there are great finds to be had at some of Boulder’s most well-known thrift stores. Take a look at what they have to offer:

Goldmine Vintage

Located right on the Pearl Street Mall, this place is a hipster’s paradise. They’ve got everything from retro jackets to kitschy accessories and your favorite old school bands on vinyl. Goldmine is definitely a treasure trove of vintage finds.

Common Threads

This place offers uncommonly good prices for folks who want to look great, but have a pretty tight budget. Also, for those looking to make a few extra dollars, they offer consignment as well. Common Threads in Boulder is a great place to get fashionable finds for less.

Buffalo Exchange

Is this place part of a chain of thrift stores? Yes. Does that stop it from having one of the best sections of clothing in Boulder? Absolutely not! Whether you describe your look as Bohemian Punk or Neo Flapper, the chances of you finding the perfect outfit at Buffalo Exchange are pretty good.

Candy’s Vintage Clothing & Costumes

This place has been a staple in Boulder since 1977. If anyone gets the whole retro thing, it’s going to be these cats. Not only can you find some great old school pieces, you can also find some fantastic costumes and accessories! When it comes to vintage, Candy’s has it in the bag.

Looking for some places to thrift in Boulder while also giving your money to a great cause? Have no fear, there is a wealth of places that you can go shop at to find great outfits and make sure your money goes to a great cause.

 

 

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Outdoor Recreation in Boulder, Colorado

Outdoor Recreation in Boulder, Colorado

To say Boulder is a healthy, fitness-oriented town is an understatement, and all the amazing opportunities for outdoor recreation are a big part of that. You almost can’t help but be in good shape here, thanks to miles of trails for hiking and running, an avid bicycling culture, and some of the best rock climbing around. And of course, a day of skiing is just a short drive away.

Boulder is also home to many true world-class athletes. Outside Magazine named Boulder the “#1 Sports Town in America” due to the high-caliber cyclists, runners, and rock climbers who live here and enjoy the bountiful training opportunities right outside the front door.

Don’t worry … you don’t have to be preparing for the Olympics to enjoy everything Boulder offers in the form of outdoor recreation. Take a look at some of the amazing free activities you can enjoy today.

 

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Where to Find Gluten-Free Beer (and Cider) in Boulder

 

Where to Find Gluten-Free Beer (and Cider) in Boulder

By  YourBoulder.com

Gluten-Free Beer

It’s never been easier to eat gluten-free, and in a town with so many healthy eating options, Boulder is a great place for folks who are gluten intolerant. But what happens when you’re in the mood for a little imbibing?

Of course, there are tons of wine and cocktail options, but sometimes you just want a beer. Nature’s cruelest joke was to make nearly all beer undrinkable for folks on a gluten-free regimen, but some breweries are heeding the call for gluten-free beer and there are plenty of places to find these options (as well as some delicious, refreshing ciders as well) in Boulder.

New Planet Brewing

All hail this completely gluten-free brewery in Boulder! This company offers a wide variety of beers from pale ales to blondes and everything in between. They do have a tasting room, which is open for very limited hours each month (every second Friday from 4-6 pm).

Even better, they bottle it so that you can find it all over Boulder. With over60 locations in the Boulder area, it’s not too hard to get a gluten-free beer fix any time you need one.

Shine Restaurant

That’s right, this bar/restaurant/meeting place is also a brewery. When they said they wanted to be an all-inclusive eatery, they meant it and they brew their very own gluten-free beer called Liberation Ale. Add this beer to their menu of delicious gluten-free menu options and you’ve got yourself a great evening out.

Colorado Cider Company

While this is a Denver based cider company, this brewery offers a fantastic selection of hard ciders to give you a little variety to the standard cider recipe (which isn’t all that bad to begin with) and they have numerous locations all around Boulder, from liquor stores to bars and restaurants. Try some of their unique twists on the classics, such as their Grasshopp-ah, which has a slightly hoppy flavor and is still gluten-free.

Eating gluten-free is fairly easy in Boulder and with this handy little guide, drinking gluten-free should be just as simple!

 

 

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Cultural & Educational Services

Cultural & Educational Services

Many parks, trails, museums and open space areas are closed. Please check individual property pages for more information.

We work hard to protect, restore and interpret our cultural and natural resources for the education and enjoyment of current and future generations.

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Field Trip & Program Requests

Field Trip & Program Requests

We offer a variety of free programs for your group or class.

Nature Detectives Kids Club

Nature Detectives Kids Club

Kids eleven years and younger are invited to join the Nature Detectives, an interactive and engaging way to foster children’s appreciation of nature.

Hard Rock Mining Tour

Hard Rock Mining Tour

Explore the fascinating history of hard rock mining in the county through historic photos, present-day photos, vide

 

 

 

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Activities & Events in Boulder

 

Activities & Events in Boulder

Many parks, trails, museums and open space areas are closed. Please check individual property pages for more information.

Experience the many recreational and cultural opportunities that will increase your awareness and appreciation of our natural and cultural resources.

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Hikes & Events Calendar

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Jobs & Volunteering in Boulder

Jobs & Volunteering in Boulder

Boulder County is a caring county government that offers professional growth, an inclusive culture, comprehensive benefits and daily opportunities to make a difference in the community. Learn about current job offerings, volunteer opportunities, and internships. Boulder County is a great place to work, play and live. Come join us!

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Current Openings

Current Openings

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Medical Reserve Corps

Medical Reserve Corps

The Medical Reserve Corps of Boulder County (MRCBC) works to establish teams of trained, local volunteer medical, public health, and safety professionals who can contribute their skills and exp

 

 

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Reading for Inspiration

Reading for Inspiration
Top 5 Motivational Best Sellers

Reading for Inspiration - Top 5 Motivational Best Sellers

All of the books below–in no particular order–are best sellers for good reason. Frequently featured in “Top 10” lists and having influenced some of the most successful people in the world, you’re sure to find your life improved by reading (or re-reading) one of these classics.

The Power of Positive Thinking
Science has since verified his premise, but when it was first published Dr. Norman Vincent Peale was attacked from pulpits and therapy sessions alike. Now translated into fifteen languages, The Power of Positive Thinking is still one of the most popular motivational books ever written. Dr. Peale offers advice on mastering the problems of everyday living and eliminating self-doubt from toxic, negative thought habits.

Quote: “Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.”

Drive
Daniel Pink leaves old “carrot and stick” motivation theories in the dust. Drive shows how rewards and punishments neither give the best motivation, nor are they sufficient to maintain it over long periods of time. At the highest levels of performance, motivation comes from both a deep self-knowledge and an awareness of who you truly want to become as a person and remaining true to these tenets in your life.

Quote: “For artists, scientists, inventors, schoolchildren, and the rest of us, intrinsic motivation–the drive to do something because it is interesting, challenging, and absorbing–is essential for high levels of creativity.”

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
Eliminating mental clutter and stress is key to staying motivated. Distractions and time-wasters can easily cause you to set goals aside. In fact, get distracted enough and you won’t reach your goals. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff teaches skills for distinguishing between what serves your success and what deserves to be ignored.

Quote: “Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness.”

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Still a bestseller 24 years after its first edition, The 7 Habits is more than just a manifesto on motivation. Steven Covey presents a roadmap for solving problems, getting along with people, and being a better person. President Bill Clinton invited Covey to Camp David to help him install the habits in his Presidency; many others credit him with teaching them potentially world-changing habits. Covey coined the idea of abundance mentality–as contrasted with scarcity mentality–meaning the ability to celebrate the success of others, rather than feel threatened by them, and learning to embrace a win-win perspective in all interactions with others.

Quote: “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.”

Think And Grow Rich
Perhaps the most well-known and often cited motivational book is Napoleon Hill’s commission from Andrew Carnegie. In the early 1930s, Hill interviewed forty millionaires to discover their “best practices” in an age where it was usually assumed success and wealth was some combination of greed, luck and high birth. Think And Grow Rich provides the roadmap that anyone can follow to achieve success–rich uncle not required! YouMagazine.com

 

 

 

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How to Save Money at the Farmers Market

How to Save Money at the Farmers Market
Follow these seven tips to cut the cost of buying fresh
produce and other farm goods.


By Cameron Huddleston, Kiplinger.com

How to Save Money at the Farmers Market -   Follow these seven tips to cut the cost of buying freshproduce and other farm goods. By Cameron Huddleston, Kiplinger.com

Shopping at the Boulder farmers market can be a great way to get locally grown fresh produce and other farm goods such as meat, cheese and honey. You already know this if you shop at one in your community. But if you’ve shied away from this sort of market because you think it’s too pricey, perhaps you should reconsider. If you know how to shop at a farmers market, you probably won’t spend any more than you would at the supermarket. In fact, you might even spend less. These tips can help.

Comparison shop. Prices can vary greatly from market to market and from farmer to farmer. For example, I found on a recent trip to the farmers market that the price of a pint of blackberries ranged from $3.50 to $5. So spend some time checking prices from several sellers before buying anything. Also, markets in many communities accept vouchers and EBT cards from government nutrition assistance programs. So if you participate in one of these programs, look for markets in your community that accept this form of payment.

Get to know farmers. Developing a relationship with the person from whom you buy foodcan pay off, says Michelle Howell, who owns Need More Acres Farm in Kentucky along with her husband, Nathan, and sells produce at a community farmers market. She says that farmers may throw in extra produce for free if you buy multiple items from them or set aside things they know you like.

Buy at the peak of the season. You likely know that you can save money at the grocery by buying fruits and vegetables when they’re in season. The same holds true for the farmers market. You’re probably thinking that if a fruit or vegetable is at the market, it is in season. That’s true, but prices vary throughout the season. At the peak of a growing season, when there’s an abundance, prices will be lower (sometimes substantially lower) than at the beginning and end of the season, when there are fewer of an item.

Buy in bulk. Howell says that farmers often sell items in bulk at peak season. You just might have to ask ahead because they don’t always bring big boxes for bulk purchases to the market. When you buy in bulk, not only do you get the best price of the season but sometimes you get a discount for your large purchase. You can either juice, freeze or can fruits and vegetables so they don’t go bad, or divvy up the bounty with friends. Safely freeze ground meat for 3 to 4 months, steaks for 6 to 12 months and poultry for 9 months, according to Foodsafety.gov. Eggs last 3 to 5 weeks in the refrigerator.

Buy at the end of the market. You’ve probably heard that farmers lower their prices at the end of the day so nothing goes unsold. But Howell says that this really depends on the farmer. Some sell their produce to other outlets, such as restaurants. This is another reason why it’s important to befriend farmers so you know which ones are more likely to offer a discount at the end of the day — or on a rainy day when there aren’t many shoppers.

Join a CSA. A CSA, short for Community Supported Agriculture, is another way to buy food directly from a farmer. When you join, you share in the bounty and risk of the farm, says Howell, who operates a CSA. You pay a set amount to receive a weekly assortment of farm products. Exactly what and how much depends on the time of year and the success of the farmer. Some weeks you’ll receive more than you are paying for if the farmer has an abundance. Other weeks you may receive less if the crop is limited by weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

Buy less at the grocery store. If you’re shopping at the farmers market, your list of grocery items should dwindle. That is, make sure you cross everything off your regular grocery list that you’ve bought at the farmers market so you don’t waste money buying what you already have. You might find that you need to buy very little at the grocery store if you make meals entirely with purchases from the farmers market.

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