It’s Friday, Nov. 10, 2023.
The Friday of election week. Some people are happy, others are not. And still others are ambivalent.
For today, John Herrick, our senior reporter who has carried the team this election season, has yet another election story, this one on the city council race. With the mayor situation decided, now it’s time to look and see who that mayor will be working with. Three candidates seem secure: Councilmemeber Tara Winer; Tina Marquis, former president of the Boulder Valley School District’s Board of Education; and Taishya Adams, a former member of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission and a founding member of the city’s Police Oversight Panel. But the final spot is still too close to call. Forty-two votes separate the final candidates.
If that margin holds, it will necessitate a recount. What’s more clear at this point is that the public safety message appears to have produced mixed results for candidates.
Have a great weekend.
— Tim, reporter
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At most, six councilmembers endorsed by the Boulder Progressives will end up serving on the nine-member council. That’s the same as the current majority. But some believe the new council could lean more to the left. Continue reading…
As more Election Day ballots were counted, Brockett secured a narrow but growing lead. “We’re in great hands with Aaron,” Bob Yates, his closest rival in the race, said after Wednesday’s results dropped. Continue reading…
Most races — including the race for mayor, BVSD Board of Education and city and county ballot measures — are decided. At least one city council seat remains too tight to call. The next drop of results is planned for Nov. 16. This may include as many as 600 City of Boulder ballots, according to the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder. Continue reading…
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In other news
Moderate weather continues
Temps will stay in the 50s through the weekend, with next week bringing a stretch in the 60s. If the relative dryness is making you nervous, find solace in the rain that should arrive late next week.
Boulder PD looking for shooting suspect
On Halloween weekend, a fight broke out at a house on the Hill and after being refused entry to a party, one man pushed his way inside and allegedly fired a shot at someone. No one was hit. Boulder PD is looking to chat with the group and needs help identifying those involved. A partial video of the alleged incident shows a brawl midway through, and commentary of the person holding the camera helps the viewer sense the change in mood after an apparent gunshot sounds.
Anyone who has information should contact Detective Byars at ByarsS@bouldercolorado.gov or 303-441-1970 reference case 23-1028.
Flood mitigation meeting at Foothills Elementary
Next Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m., the city is hosting a meeting about the Upper Goose Creek and Twomile Canyon Creek flood mitigation project. Both in person and virtual attendance are options, and the public will have the opportunity to ask questions after getting updates on the project and a tentative timeline.
The project is one of more than 30 the city is hoping to tackle over the next three decades. Like the mitigation project on South Boulder Creek, the Upper Goose/Twomile project has some detractors, mainly those living along a stretch called Reach 6. Residents of Edgewood Drive, the street bordering Reach 6, say the project will disturb wildlife living along the creek.
The city says it “looks forward to addressing questions and concerns” about the project.
Also on Wednesday, Boulderites can take a tour of the Boulder County recycling facility on 63rd Street as part of America Recycles Day. Starting at 5 p.m., those interested can take themselves on a self-guided tour and then talk to local businesses about what goes in to diverting waste from the landfill. Some food and drinks will be provided, though registration is required.
Memorial walk for road traffic victims
On Sunday, Nov. 19, a walk from the Boulder County Courthouse on Pearl Street to the Dushanbe Teahouse will offer Boulderites an opportunity to remember those who have died in traffic-related deaths. With talks starting at 11 a.m., the event aims to give residents a better understanding of why Boulder has put street safety as one of its main priorities of late. The recent work on Baseline and Folsom, and the intersection of Colorado and 30th, are just a piece of the ongoing efforts to reduce the risk of traffic fatalities and serious injuries in Boulder.
You might have noticed some of the more subtle changes already. Left turn arrows, for instance, theoretically decrease the risk of left turn crashes. And by starting pedestrian walk signals slightly before traffic lights, it allows pedestrians to get out into intersections where they can be seen. A Federal Highway Administration study found that implementing this “leading pedestrian interval” alone decreased crashes by 13%.
Prairie dog update
The county is holding its annual update on prairie dog management on open space land on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. An exclusively in-person meeting, staff will give an update on how they’re handling the rodents on county land. And while public comment is welcome, there are no proposed changes to their management practices. Check out our recent coverage of local prairie dog issues.
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