It’s Wednesday, May 31, 2023.

Happy Wednesday, Boulder. I hope you had a great long weekend.

Today, food reporter Jessica Mordacq has a story about the brick-and-mortar opening of Saucy Cluckers. Launched as a food truck, and a wildly successful one at that, the store on 1911 Broadway promises to become a frequent stop for those who love chicken wings without the chicken. Made of chickpea flour and wheat gluten, Saucy Cluckers’ wings are totally vegan. But the owners say its food is for everyone, even those who sometimes eat chicken.

Also, John Herrick covers a city council decision to likely allow e-bikes on open space. The vote is expected on Thursday, and comes as more and more Boulderites are finding pedal-assisted cycles a worthy form of recreation and means of commuting.

Have a lovely day. I’ll see you Friday.

— Tim, reporter

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Featured stories

Boulder poised to allow electric bikes on certain open space trails

City councilmembers are expected to approve a plan that would allow e-bikes on at least 34 miles of open space. Councilmembers, many of whom own e-bikes, view the change as another way to make cycling more accessible and safe. Continue reading…

Popular food truck Saucy Cluckers opens brick-and-mortar restaurant near Pearl Street

The new restaurant will serve the food truck’s plant-based “chicken” wings and more, bringing vegan comfort food downtown starting June 3. “It seems to have filled a bit of a niche,” says owner Jaime Surenkamp. Continue reading…

Boulder police officers shot and killed a man near Baseline Road

The fatal shooting last week is being investigated by the Boulder County Investigation Team, a group of law enforcement officials from other jurisdictions. Continue reading…

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In other news

More 70s, more thunderstorms

It seems the temperate weather and moisture will continue. That’s wonderful for fire risk. The rain has also spawned a hoard of mosquitoes that eat me with such vigor on my morning walks I almost feel myself getting lighter.

Return of Boulder’s speediest bus

RTD is bringing back its speediest bus on the road to Denver. The FF2, pulled from circulation along with many other routes during the Covid pandemic, made its comeback on May 28. Unlike the original Flatiron Flyer, which makes what feels like a thousand stops on its way to the big city, the FF2 makes only two between downtown Boulder and Union Station. Read our previous coverage on BRL.

Save water on your lawn

The City of Louisville has partnered with Resource Central to provide Slow the Flow Sprinkler Assessments, where experts from Resource Central will evaluate sprinkler systems, diagnose any issues, and provide customized watering schedules for efficient water usage. The assessments, lasting about 75 minutes, can help save thousands of gallons of water annually. Additionally, City of Louisville water customers can upgrade to a Rachio 3 Smart Controller at no cost, allowing for automated watering based on weather data. Limited quantities are available, and participation in the Slow the Flow sprinkler consultation is required for eligibility. More information is available at Resource Central.

Site visit and survey for East Boulder Creek

Boulder County Parks & Open Space is inviting residents to visit the East Boulder Creek Site, part of its yearslong process to design a new community space there. The first visit will take place on Saturday, June 10, primarily in English though with Spanish interpretation available. The second visit, conducted mainly in Spanish with English interpretation, will be held on Saturday, July 8. Participants can drop in anytime and enjoy free tacos from a food truck between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

community survey is also open until July 31 to gather opinions on conservation priorities, visitor experiences, and a site name.

East Boulder Creek is a 1,377-acre site encompassing five open space properties with ponds and streams along Boulder Creek and Coal Creek. The county hopes the site will become an inclusive community spot while allowing wildlife and native plants to continue to enjoy the area.

Annual Jewish festival

This coming Sunday (June 4) on the Pearl Street Mall, from 11 p.m. to 5 p.m., there will be bagels and bakery goods, Ethiopian music infused with jazz, and Judaica art on display. And that’s just a sampling. You can only know what piece of the festival you’ll enjoy most by going.

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🚴‍♀️ Walk or bike to work month

June 1 launches walk or bike to work month in Boulder. The city, along with Community Cycles and local partners, is hosting various events, including Bicycle Around Boulder on June 4, and the Slow Marathon on June 11. The main event, summer Bike to Work Day, is on June 28. You can pledge now to participate in Bike to Work Day and become eligible for prizes.

🌍 Youth perspective on climate change

The exhibit “Picturing Change: The Impacts of Climate Change Through the Lens of Boulder’s Youth,” invites the community to delve into the climate crisis. Created by students from New Vista High School, the gallery showcases photos and reflections aimed at raising awareness about the daily ramifications of climate change. Students also made climate policy and program recommendations to local officials and city staff. The exhibit can be viewed in person at the University of Colorado SEEC Building (between May 25 and Sept. 1) or online.

🌴 Help Louisville decarbonize

Louisville is starting to develop its first Community Decarbonization Plan, and is looking for community members to join the planning team. Those selected will create a vision and strategic approach for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in tandem with city staff through four planning workshops between July and December. The plan will focus on energy efficiency, electrification and renewable energy adoption. Applications close June 23.

Tim Drugan is the climate and environment reporter for Boulder Reporting Lab, covering wildfires, water and other climate-related issues for Boulder with a focus on explanatory and solutions journalism. He also is the lead writer of BRL Today, our morning newsletter. Tim grew up in New Hampshire and graduated from UNH with a degree in English/Journalism. Email: