It’s Monday, Nov. 20, 2023.

Ah, autumn break, Boulder, at least if you’re a kid.

For this holiday week, Jessica Mordacq has a story on what local restaurants you can rely on to help get Thanksgiving dinner on the table. Turkeys are still available at Blackbelly Market, the recent winner of a Michelin Green Star, and you can forgo cooking altogether and eat a three-course Thanksgiving dinner at Bramble & Hare. But if you want to take advantage of these options, better to act sooner than later.

Notably, Spruce Confections, a Boulder favorite for pastries, is making pies for Thanksgiving. But the window to order that pie closes today. So if you want someone else to handle dessert while you dry out the turkey, make sure to put that order in before 5 p.m.

Also, the city is monitoring E. coli in Boulder Creek, but despite worries around town, city staff say levels have remained level for the last decade.

Have a great day.

— Tim, reporter

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In other news

Sun and snow

This week will begin with some temperate temperatures and end with flurries. The pleasant weather leading up to Thursday will allow for ample outdoor excursions, and the Friday snow will give you an excuse to rest and digest.

Downtown Boulder lights up, plus BMoCA’s holiday pop-up

Yesterday evening marked the annual lighting of Downtown Boulder along the Pearl Street Mall and the Boulder County Courthouse. And starting on Tuesday, Nov. 21, and running until Dec. 10 at 1750 13th Street, you can support local Colorado artists at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art’s holiday pop-up shop. Showcasing eight artists in different mediums, the shop will take over BMoCA’s museum shop area and foyer.

Louisville puts in nifty bike lanes for enhanced safety

The City of Louisville is installing “advisory bike lanes” on the Polk/Dahlia corridor to address safety concerns. These lanes, also known as “advisory shoulders” or “dashed bicycle lanes,” are used on narrow streets, where traditional bike lanes aren’t feasible.

Unlike dedicated bike lanes that prohibit cars, advisory lanes use striping to reallocate space. This results in designated areas for parked cars and a separate bike lane for cyclists. A single shared center lane allows for two-way traffic, separated from the bike lane by a dashed line. When the bike lanes are empty, drivers are expected to follow standard road rules, staying on the right-hand side and crossing over the dashed line.

Courtesy City of Louisville

The goal is to establish “true shared road usage” among cars, bikes and pedestrians. The project aims to lower car speeds, maintain residential parking, create a buffer between cyclists and parked cars to lower the risk of “dooring,” and allow for snow removal. The city published a YouTube video to help drivers learn how to navigate the new lanes.

“By embracing innovation, we aim to create a safer, more accessible environment for cyclists and motorists, ultimately contributing to the overall quality of life in Louisville,” said Kurt Kowar, Louisville’s public works director.

Six officers charged in Christian Glass shooting

Six officers were charged on Nov. 16 for failing to intervene during the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Christian Glass of Boulder in June 202, the Colorado Sun reported. Glass was killed by former Clear Creek County sheriff’s deputy Andrew Buen after Glass called 911 for roadside assistance while he was going through a mental health crisis.

The misdemeanor charges included failure to stop the actions of Buen, who shot Glass during his mental health crisis after a prolonged standoff. Among those charged were former Georgetown Police Marshal Randy Williams, Idaho Springs Officer Brittany Morrow and Colorado State Patrol Trooper Ryan Bennie. The charges came on the heels of a guilty plea by a Clear Creek County sheriff’s supervisor, who had approved the removal of Glass from his car.

Glass’s family, initially misinformed about his death and led to believe it was suicide by cop, said at a news conference that after they watched the body camera footage it “became clear that instead Christian was viciously attacked and murdered.”

E. Coli in Boulder Creek, the city is on it

The City of Boulder’s stormwater group is actively monitoring E. coli levels in Boulder Creek, which sometimes exceed U.S. EPA safety standards for recreational use. The city urges community awareness and collaboration to reduce pollution. Safe recreation tips include keeping creek water out of your eyes and mouth, staying out if unwell, and not swimming after rainstorms. The city is implementing storm sewershed management plans to better identify E. coli sources. Assessments so far have found E. coli are “dispersed and episodic throughout the sewersheds, with few direct or easily controllable sources,” the city said.

Despite stable trends in the past decade (with levels neither increasing nor decreasing), ongoing monitoring and community efforts are essential, including picking up pet waste and keeping trash away from wildlife. The latest E. coli results will be shared in the 2024 water quality report.

Lafayette begins Xeriscape project for water conservation

Today, a Xeriscape project to replace the bluegrass turf in the medians on E. South Boulder Road is set to begin. Grass planted in medians requires irrigation, and so the project should save water and reduce maintenance costs. The four-week project will involve lane closures on each side of the medians, with through traffic in adjacent lanes. Residents are urged to drive cautiously in construction zones.

The E. South Boulder Road project is one of several xeriscope projects in the works to conserve water. Most of Lafayette’s summer water is consumed by lawns, and the city is facing an uncertain water future.

Thanksgiving closures

Thanks to Thanksgiving, many government facilities will be closed Nov. 23 – 24. City of Boulder facilities, including administrative offices, recreation centers and public libraries, will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. On Nov. 24, some centers, including East Boulder Community Center and Flatirons Golf Course, will operate with adjusted hours. Parking is free on Thanksgiving Day and HOP bus service frequency will be affected from Nov. 20-24. Open Space and Mountain Parks trails remain open.

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Tim Drugan is the climate and environment reporter for Boulder Reporting Lab, covering wildfires, water and other related topics. He is also the lead writer of BRL Today, our morning newsletter. Email: