On two wheels this morning for Winter Bike to Work Today? 🚲 You’ll find a complete list of breakfast stations all over Boulder County in our Quickly section below. And don’t miss our original journalism on assistance for renters facing eviction and the Table Mesa King Soopers reopening. Plus the latest on expiring mask mandates, Boulder’s new electric compost truck, Valentine’s Day ideas and more.

And: Boulder Reporting Lab was featured yesterday in NiemanLab. Check it out.

See you on Monday! ✌️

– Jezy, managing editor

Hungry cyclists will find breakfast stations all over Boulder County this morning during Winter Bike to Work Day. Check the Quickly section below for the complete list.

Top Stories

The number of eviction cases filed by landlords is rising, according to a recent city report on its eviction prevention program. If you receive an eviction notice, apply for financial assistance, contact an attorney and don’t miss your court date, a local housing attorney says. Read the full story

‘We are going back to life’: Voices from the King Soopers reopening

Nearly a year after 10 people were killed in a mass shooting, the Table Mesa location is back in business. Here’s what’s new, and what shoppers had to say. Read the full story

Quickly

⏱️ Low clouds with highs near 40 and light snow possible in the evening.
⏱️ Recent snowfall is leading to “widespread improvements in drought conditions this week,” per NWS.
⏱️ Additional aid from FEMA’s Public Assistance Program is being made available to Boulder County, which can now apply for permanent work projects to repair or replace damaged roads, public utilities and more.
⏱️ Video from the Feb. 9 Town of Superior meeting on rebuilding after the Marshall Fire is available here.
⏱️ Participating in Winter Bike to Work Day this morning? Grab fuel for the commute at one of the dozens of dedicated cyclist breakfast stations in Boulder County. ☝️
⏱️ Colorado Senate Democrats have selected new leadership — including Sen. Steve Fenberg of Boulder as president-elect.
⏱️ BVSD has hired two women of color to fill the open principal positions at Boulder and Fairview High Schools.
⏱️ The Boulder Chamber has released a new survey to assess impacts to businesses in the wake of the Marshall Fire. Complete it here.
⏱️ Eco-Cycle unveiled the first electric commercial compost truck in the country during an event yesterday featuring Boulder Mayor Aaron Brockett, Gov. Jared Polis and Colorado Department of Transportation Director Shoshana Lew.

Covid-19 in Boulder County: Feb. 11, 2022

  • 183 daily new cases (7-day avg.)  Down 65% over preceding 7-day avg.
  • 56 patients hospitalized with Covid (7-day avg.) 🔺Up from avg. of 41 since July 2020.
  • 69% percent of ICU is occupied. Down 71% since July 2020.
  • Data: Here’s how and where we’re tracking all of the above.

Latest Covid news

  • New recs on BoCo mask mandates. The Boulder County public health director will be joined by BCPH experts on Feb. 14 at 5:30 p.m. to make recommendations to the Board of Health regarding county mask ordinances currently in effect.
  • School mask mandate expiring in Denver. The public health order will no longer be in effect as of Monday, Feb. 28. Masks will continue to be required for indoor school setting until that date, at which point they will be “strongly recommended for all students, staff, and visitors across DPS.”
  • Erie drops mask mandate for Weld County. Via the Town of Erie: “On Feb. 8, 2022 the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to repeal the extension of Boulder County’s face coverings order that allowed it to cover the entirety of the Town of Erie. This means that businesses in Weld County can now require — or not require — masking in their establishments at their own discretion.”
  • Same for Jefferson County schools. The district will drop its mandate beginning this Saturday. Masks will still be required on district buses, in compliance with federal law.
  • Vaccines for littles. Colorado kids under five could be eligible for vaccination as early as Presidents’ Day, according to Scott Bookman, the state’s Covid-19 incident commander.

BRL Picks

🚲 Two wheel deal. Reminder: Sign up with Boulder BCycle today on Winter Bike to Work Day for a free monthly pass valued at $30. Download the app and select Monthly Pass using the WBTWD promo code to get no-cost access to their pedal-assist, three-speed e-bikes. Regular rules and 60-minute time limit apply.
💃🏿 Move it. The Ailey II dance company comes to the Macky Auditorium on Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. for an unforgettable evening of modern movement. The performance will feature some of the country’s most exciting emerging dancers and choreographers, showcased as part of the CU Presents Artist Series.
🍩 V-Day donuts. There’s still time to order apple cider donuts from Ya Ya Farm and Orchard in Longmont for Valentine’s Day. They’re placing orders through Saturday: email info@yayafarmandorchard.com.
🎨 Returning, leaving. Today is the last day to experience RETURNING: Contemporary Works by Arapaho Artists at the Museum of Boulder. A closing reception from 5:30–7:30 p.m. is included with the price of admission — free for museum members.

What We’re Reading

  • Infrastructure funding and global warming. “A Western frontier state with an affinity for the open road and Subaru Outbacks, Colorado’s traditional answer to traffic congestion could be summed up in two words: more asphalt. But widening highways and paving new roads often just spurs people to drive more, research shows. And as concerns grow about how tailpipe emissions are heating the planet, Colorado is among a handful of car-dominated states that are rethinking road building.” [New York Times]

ICYMI from BRL

🤕 Boulder’s largest mental health provider cuts emergency services as the community reels from compounding crises. Mental Health Partners says it can’t hire enough clinicians to run its walk-in crisis center 24/7. The nonprofit is cutting operating hours, leaving a gap in Boulder County’s safety net for people experiencing a mental health crisis at a critical time.

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Jezy Gray was the former managing editor of Boulder Reporting Lab. In addition to years of writing on the culture, politics and history of my home state of Oklahoma, he was the final editor-in-chief of the Tulsa Voice, a local bi-weekly newspaper where I led a small but mighty team of journalists to regional and national honors in feature writing, diversity reporting, LGBTQ+ coverage and more.