Need a creative spark to start your Monday? ⚡ Let’s check out the new DIY art show at the main location of the Boulder Public Library. I talked to co-curator Zack Weaver of BLDG 61 about the annual exhibition celebrating local crafters, tinkerers and outside-the-box visual artists on display through March 28.

Enjoy today’s beautiful weather. More snow soon! ❄️

– Jezy, managing editor

The Maker Made gallery show presented by BLDG 61 at Boulder Public Main Library. Credit: Jezy J. Gray

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DIY art show returns from two-year hiatus to celebrate local makers

The annual exhibition of works presented by BLDG 61, the Boulder Public Library’s free community workshop, celebrates local outside-the-box visual artists. After being shut down for Covid, the return of Maker Made represents more than a slow return to normal. It’s also an opportunity to expand public perception of the value of libraries at a critical moment in Boulder. Read the full story

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⏱️ Sunny and mild with highs in the mid-50s. But snow and colder temperatures could be in store for Wednesday.
⏱️ Tune in to a community meeting about re-building after the Marshall Fire on Wed., Feb. 16, for advice on building a “high-performance” home. It’s the first in a series of trainings by the Colorado Green Building Guild, sponsored by Boulder County.
⏱️ Boulder County debuts new Marshall Fire web resource that promises to “provide access to 24/7, real-time air quality data and opt-in text and email alerts when air quality conditions become potentially harmful.” (But isn’t yet.)
⏱️ Curbside collection of wind- and fire-damaged items from homes not destroyed by the Marshall Fire will continue through Saturday, Feb. 19 (weather permitting).
⏱️ RTD has extended the deadline (to March 9) for public input on its proposed changes to local bus routes. Check out our reporting on what the new plan could mean for your Boulder County commute.
⏱️ Meadows Branch Library reopened this weekend, after sewer line issues in December shut it down.
⏱️ Are you an artist who wants to take a crack at this year’s Boulder Star holiday card with a $1,000 paid commission? The application deadline is today! All professional visual artists and designers from the region are encouraged to apply.
⏱️ Boulder Parks and Recreation is hiring 300-plus (!) seasonal positions. $12.56 – $34/hour. Job fair is on Feb. 16 at the North Boulder Recreation Center. RSVP here.
⏱️ Nosh, the restaurant-owned food delivery subsidized by the City of Boulder, suddenly shut down operations, saying it “cannot afford to carry on.” (We profiled the cooperative just last month.)

Covid-19 in Boulder County: Feb. 14, 2022

  • 183 daily new cases (7-day avg.)  Down 65% over preceding 7-day avg. (Note: This data was last updated Feb. 11.)
  • 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

  • Tonight: New recs on BoCo mask mandates. The Boulder County Public Health director will be joined by BCPH experts tonight at 5:30 p.m. to make recommendations to the Board of Health regarding county mask ordinances currently in effect.
  • CDPHE updates school guidance on Covid. The goal is to help schools transition to “a more typical routine disease control model,” Rachel Herlihy, state epidemiologist, said in a press release — and move away from “individual case investigation, contact tracing, and quarantining of staff and students following school exposures.”
  • Update on vaccine for children under 5. In a reversal, the FDA announced it is now waiting for more data from Pfizer-BioNTech on how well a third dose works for this age group before deciding on emergency use authorization. Approval had been expected as soon as this week.

BRL Picks

🛍️ Donations needed. The Marshall Fire free store has published an Amazon registry of wish-list items selected by fire victims. Check out the registry here, and make a difference with just a couple clicks.
🎸 Benefit concert. Tune in for a concert livestream supporting Marshall Fire relief on Feb. 28. Performers include Lyle Lovett, Brittany Howard, Dave Matthews and more. The event won’t be rebroadcast — so if you miss it, you miss it! Buy livestream tickets ($10) here.
🐾 Four-legged love. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, animals who have been at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley for longer than 30 days are available for a discounted $14 adoption fee.
👩‍🍳 Little Iron Chefs. BVSD is inviting middle school student teams of 2–4 to compete in its Iron Chef Cooking Competition for cash prizes and the opportunity to have their recipe featured on next year’s school lunch menu. Recipe entries are due by Friday, Feb. 18. More details here: English / Spanish.

What We’re Reading

  • Boulder brings back assault weapons ban. It’s one in a number of new gun safety protections being implemented by the city. “The proposals are already being met with threat of legal action from gun owners who successfully defeated the city’s first attempt to dictate what type of firearms residents were allowed to own. But city leaders are bolstered by state support for local legislation, as well as the collective energy of a coordinated regional approach and the memory of a mass shooting close to home made fresh by the reopening of the grocery store where 10 people were killed.” [Boulder Beat]

ICYMI from BRL

📈 With eviction filings on the rise in Boulder, legal and financial help is available to renters. The number of eviction cases filed by landlords is ticking up, 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. 
❤️‍🩹 ‘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.
📰 Boulder Reporting Lab, a new nonprofit newsroom, finds its footing in Colorado. The Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard featured us in its coverage of new business models in journalism. “We will not survive if we’re not meeting the information needs of our community,” publisher Stacy Feldman said. “It’s not a side project we have. It’s just who we are.”

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Jezy J. Gray

I’m the managing editor of the Boulder Reporting Lab. In addition to years of writing on the culture, politics and history of my home state of Oklahoma, I 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. I look forward to listening to and learning from the Boulder community as we work together on telling the stories that matter here.