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woman fatally stabbed at longmont apartment complex; suspect at large

a woman was fatally stabbed at an apartment complex on the north side of longmont on saturday evening and police were searching for the suspect.sgt. matt cage said police have not determined the exact circumstances that led to the stabbing, but he described the case as “tragic.”“we are heartbroken for the family,” cage said. “the police department is heartbroken at this.” cmdr. eric hulett said police responded to the shores at mcintosh lake, 2450 airport road, at about 6:15p.m. and found a woman who had been stabbed and taken to the hospital.police have not released the identity of the victim, but hulett said police have a “strong suspect” and were attempting to locate him on saturday night.police string tape around a blac...




boulder reps urge rtd not to eliminate eco pass program

alarms were sounded last week in some boulder neighborhood circles when an email regarding changes to rtd's pass programs — including, possibly, elimination of the eco pass — came in from city transportation staff.but in reality, no changes have been made. what is true is that rtd has tasked a working group with reviewing the future of the district's various passes.this group has been meeting since april and is expected to deliver a recommendation to rtd board members early next year.rtd has several reasons for seeking out this review. for one, the cash-strapped district wants to ensure the passes are bringing in sufficient revenue."when we were completing our fare study and recommending changes going into 2016," said michael washi...




suspect in north boulder recreation center robbery picked up in iowa after chase

police in council bluffs, iowa say a suspect in a robbery outside the north boulder recreation center earlier this month fled from police in a vehicle and attempted to steal another vehicle before being taken into custody on saturday.blake newton, 23, is suspected of robbing and assaulting a woman at the recreation center on nov. 6 and is also wanted for numerous crime across the denver metro area.council bluffs police sgt. ted roberts said the iowa state bureau of investigation had been following newton and called in council bluffs police when newton went inside a fast food restaurant."they were going to nab him when he came out," roberts said. "he was able to get into his car and got into a short vehicle chase."(newton)roberts said a d...




boulder ymca looks for volunteer mentors for inclusivity

elementary school-age children have the opportunity to link up with older mentors, buddy style, in a new program developed by the ymca of boulder valley.the y is gathering young adult volunteers, ages 16 to 22, to take part in a new program called the ymca peer to peer network. "the program is designed to put kids with a range of needs with an older mentor, to be there as an extra support system and as a friend," said lisa vezeau-allen, the development director at ymca of boulder valley.the program is designed for kids who might need some extra encouragement — facing issues from autism, to anxiety disorders, to simply needing a friendly hand — and young adults who want to make a lasting impact in children's lives. volunteers help the ...




boulder county history: flatirons long have been used for messages

silvia pettem boulder county history words and images on boulder's mountain backdrop are nothing new. both the third flatiron (third crag south of flagstaff mountain) and flagstaff mountain itself have been used for nearly a century as gigantic billboards capable of projecting messages as far as the eye can see.most have been controversial, with the exception of the flagstaff star, which has weathered the passage of time. recently, an unfurled banner on the third flatiron made a statement against fracking and was quickly removed. in the past, other public displays simply morphed and changed throughout the years.in 1921, university of colorado students proposed to set in stone the letter "c" on the east side of flagstaff mountain. the let...




how boulder county companies created a craft canned revolution

at cansource's longmont headquarters, there is a wall, and on that wall are hundreds of empty cans: short, tall, fat, thin; every color and font represented, and every state in the union, too. they are displays, and each one represents hundreds of other cans that were filled, shipped and drunk by consumers of craft wine, cocktails, soda and cider. but mostly beer.today, canned beer is the fastest growing segment of the even faster-growing craft industry. though bottles still dominate, the volume of cans has grown from 13 percent of all craft beer by volume in 2013 to 25 percent today, according to broomfield-based ball corporation, the world's largest maker of aluminium cans.shelves of labeled cans are seen at cansource in longmont, ...




longmont's habitat builds gratitude to go around

how habitat's dual mortgage workswe set the first mortgage at what it costs us to build the home. our homes in the poplar grove subdivision in south longmont have been set at $145,000 — what the homeowner pays to own their home.next, habitat gets an appraisal to determine the true market value of the home on closing day. that dollar amount is always higher — usually much higher — than our cost. we then ask the homeowner to sign a second mortgage that represents the difference between the first mortgage and the home's appraised value. for example, our poplar grove homes have been appraising for about $300,000. so, if the first mortgage was $145,000, then the second mortgage would be $155,000. we call this second mortgage a "soft" mor...




5 questions with founders of mad jack snowports

eric mehiel may be an aerospace engineer, but his greatest innovation to date is a terrestrial one. the boulder-born-and-raised meheil is the inventor of a ski binding adaptation system that allows skiers to wear snowboard boots and still safely strap into their bindings and step onto the slopes/an alumnus of boulder high school and the university of colorado, meheil and his wife, kristin, launched mad jack snowsports as a vehicle for eric's invention. the california-based company recently landed a $125,000 angel investment to get them going. we chatted with eric and kristin to find out more;this article has been edited for length and clarity.1.) where did this idea come from?kristin: we were at our local ski area in california with our ...




lyons 'deeply concerned' about steep rocky mountain national park fee hike

lyons mayor connie sullivan has asked the national park service to reconsider a proposed fee hike at rocky mountain national park because, she argues, it will negatively impact the town's economy, which depends on park visitors. "the economic health of our community depends on a healthy, functioning public lands system that is accessible to all americans of varying income levels," sullivan wrote in a letter to the park service dated thursday. "we are deeply concerned about the proposal to raise the entrance fee at rmnp." currently, it costs $20 for a day pass into the park for a passenger vehicle. if the price change is approved, that cost would jump to $70 per car during the peak season at the park, which begins on june 18 and runs fi...




danielle feinberg — boulder native and pixar boss — helps girls find their stem 'posse'

boulder native danielle feinberg is helping females find their "posse." she didn't have much of one growing up, in the vocational sense, so she made it a priority to make science, technology, engineering and math a more comfortable world for females."i don't want girls to have the same experience i had, being the only girl in the room," said feinberg. the '92 boulder high grad has been mentoring girls in stem for 15 years, and that's not even her day job. feinberg, 43, recently wrapped as director of photography in lighting on pixar's vibrant "coco," which opens in boulder and u.s. theaters wednesday. this colorful tale all began in boulder. young musician miguel pairs up with hector on a life-changing journey through the land of ...




lyons 'deeply concerned' about steep rocky mountain national park fee hike

lyons mayor connie sullivan has asked the national park service to reconsider a proposed fee hike at rocky mountain national park because, she argues, it will negatively impact the town's economy, which depends on park visitors. "the economic health of our community depends on a healthy, functioning public lands system that is accessible to all americans of varying income levels," sullivan wrote in a letter to the park service dated thursday. "we are deeply concerned about the proposal to raise the entrance fee at rmnp." currently, it costs $20 for a day pass into the park for a passenger vehicle. if the price change is approved, that cost would jump to $70 per car during the peak season at the park, which begins on june 18 and runs fi...




man accused of sexually assaulting, choking boulder woman

abughalib a university of colorado student has been arrested after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting and trying to strangle her in october.omar mosaab abughalib, 20, has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault by physical force, sexual intrusion by physical force, and second-degree assault.according to an affidavit, abughalib and a female friend were hanging out on oct. 9 at her house after going to a few parties. the woman told police she and abughalib had sex a few years before, but she did not have any romantic interest in him anymore and viewed him as a friend.the woman said that while at her house, abughalib began to touch her breasts, which she was initially ok with. but when she told him things could not go any furth...




st. vrain bus driver had multiple traffic offenses, felonies on record

hall the former st. vrain valley bus driver recently convicted of failing to report abuse of an autistic student already had five felonies and multiple traffic offenses on his record.but the school district upholds that the hiring of bus drivers is a rigorous and meticulous process to ensure students are in safe hands. "i really do wish folks knew how amazing our people are because situations like this come up and of course it puts us in a negative light," said lance yoxsimer, st. vrain valley's transportation director since july.william "bill" hall, 46, on thursday was convicted of failing to report bus assistant monica burke's mistreatment of a student by spraying him in the face with disinfectant. he was acquitted of failing to report...




louisville's door to door organics abruptly shuts down

louisville's door to door organics abruptly shut down friday, saying that there was no way forward in a message to its customers posted on its web site."it is with a heavy heart that we reach out to you today to share that effective friday, nov. 17, door to door organics will cease operations," the web site said.this year marked the firm's 20th anniversary. the closure came just weeks after door to door ceo mike demko told the daily camera and times-call that the company had a bright future and that it was in the midst of raising $20 million to continue growing.louisville's door to door organics abruptly shut down friday, saying that there was no way forward in a message to its customers posted on its web site. (cliff grassmick / sta...




three cu boulder professors receive highest faculty honors

(molnar)three university of colorado professors received the highest honor awarded to faculty members across the cu campuses this week.peter molnar, douglas seals and thomas veblen received the distinguished professor honor during thursday's cu board of regents meeting. molnar works within the department of geological sciences and the cooperative institute for research in environmental sciences. his expertise lies in the evolution of mountain ranges and high plateaus. in 2014, molnar was awarded the crafoord prize in geosciences, awarded every four years by the royal swedish academy of science. seals seals calls the department of integrative physiology home. the "internationally renowned scientist" has provided insight into biological agi...




cu's muenzinger, bioscience buildings re-opened after smoke evacuation

fire crews have re-opened the university of colorado's muenzinger auditorium and the surrounding biosciences buildings after they were evacuated earlier today due to smoke.the initial call at 10:30 a.m. was for smoke on the third floor of porter biosciences, according to officials, but muenzinger and the gold bioscience building were evacuated.all three buildings are near the corner of 18th street and colorado avenue on cu's boulder campus.officials said there have been no injuries.all classes in the buildings are canceled ...




longmont tutor accused of sexual relationship with student weighing plea deal

natalie gulyas (courtesy photo)a hearing for the longmont tutor accused of having a sexual relationship with her underage student was delayed after her attorney said prosecutors have put a plea offer on the table. natalie nicole gulyas, 35, is charged with sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust as a pattern of abuse, sexual exploitation of children and internet sexual exploitation of a child. at an arraignment hearing this morning, gulyas' attorney april coleman said that prosecutors have made a plea offer and asked for more time to talk the deal over with gulyas. prosecutors did not object, and boulder district judge nancy salomone granted the continuance and set gulyas for another arraignment on dec. 15. gu...




suspect in boulder murder and assault set for trial in april

the homeless man accused of beating one man to death with a stick and assaulting another is set for trial in april after pleading not guilty this morning.james craig dobson, 56, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, second-degree assault and third-degree assault at an arraignment hearing in boulder district court friday.boulder district judge nancy salomone set dobson for a six-day trail beginning on april 23. dobson is also scheduled for motions hearings on feb. 8 and march 26.the murder charge is a class 2 felony that carries a presumptive sentencing range of eight to 24 years in prison, while the second-degree assault charge is a class 4 felony that could carry two to six years in prison. the third-degree assault charge is a class...




cu boulder muenzinger, bioscience buildings evacuted, closed for the day due to smoke

fire crews have evacuated the university of colorado's muenzinger auditorium and the surrounding biosciences buildings due to smoke. the initial call at 10:30 a.m. was for smoke on the third floor of porter biosciences, according officials, but muenzinger and the gold bioscience building have also been evacuated. all three buildings are near the corner of 18th street and colorado avenue on cu's boulder campus. officials said there have be...




da to investigate boulder citizen's election complaint against new era colorado

the boulder county district attorney's office is investigating allegations made in an election complaint by citizen patrick murphy, who claims that the political group new era colorado committed a "huge no no" in its outreach to voters last week.murphy, one of the city's most outspoken municipalization opponents for many years — he has delivered dozens of powerpoint presentations to the city council — believes, as written in the complaint he filed, that "new era was offering something of value in exchange for a vote, whether that is a ride the polls or a piece of pizza. this is a huge no no."lizzy stephan, new era's executive director, said murphy's complaint is "a baseless claim with no founding in reality."his complaint is infor...