Events

Diverse Coalition of Coloradans Across State Speak Out Against Fracking


Editor’s Note:

Protect Our Colorado coalition designates February 27th Call-In Day to Governor Hickenlooper opposing the dangerous drilling practice of fracking and calling for a statewide moratorium.

Governor Hickenlooper’s Direct Line: 303-866-2471

To leave a message if the line is busy: 1-866-862-3237



Protect Our Colorado coalition and What the Frack?! Arapahoe deliver over 14,000 signatures to Governor’s office and state legislature calling for a moratorium on fracking

 

Audy delivers petitions to Hickenlooper, 2.27.13
Denver, Colo.— Today Protect Our Colorado, a coalition of more than 30 business, solar, farming, faith, consumer, environmental, grassroots and social justice organizations across the state, and What the Frack?! Arapahoe will deliver more than 14,000 petitions to the Governor’s office and leaders in the state legislature from Coloradans opposed to the dangerous drilling technique. The organizations are calling upon the Governor and state legislature to implement an immediate moratorium on fracking.

“Governor Hickenlooper may be willing to drink frack fluid, but Coloradans shouldn’t have to,” said Zack Malitz, Campaign Manager for CREDO, “Nor should they have to breathe cancer-causing air pollution, cope with toxic wastewater spills, or suffer the effects of fossil-fueled extreme weather. It’s time for the governor and the legislature to protect Coloradans and pass a moratorium on fracking.”

A dangerous method of extracting oil and gas from rock deep beneath the earth’s surface, fracking uses high volumes of toxic mixtures of chemicals. About 20 percent of those chemicals have been shown to cause cancer and up to 50 percent can affect nervous, immune, respiratory, and cardiovascular systems. A recent University of Colorado-Denver School of Public Health report found that people living within a half-mile of fracking operations were exposed to air pollutants five times above the federal hazard standard, which could increase their chances of developing cancer by 60 percent.

“Drilling and fracking would destroy farms, orchards, and vineyards across Western Colorado,” said Jim Ramey, Director of Citizens for a Healthy Community. “Gov. Hickenlooper should be working to protect our local economy from this dangerous industrial practice.”

With over 47,000 fracked wells throughout the state, and the oil and gas industry looking to substantially expand that number in the next decade, Colorado has become an epicenter of the fight against fracking in the United States.

“Based on the body of evidence, we believe that hydraulic fracturing is an accident prone, inherently dangerous industrial process with catastrophic risks to the future of our children as well as to future generations,” said Ashley Collins with Adams County Unite Now. “As parents, it is our responsibility to ensure the health, safety and welfare of our children as well as to protect the life support systems they rely upon, and for this reason we call upon Governor Hickenlooper and the state legislature to enact an immediate moratorium on fracking.”

What the Frack?! Arapahoe’s petition for a moratorium on all new drilling applications seeks to prevent escalation of harm until the state produces a comprehensive cost benefit analysis and completes health, water and climate impact studies. These common sense steps are necessary so that decisions regarding unconventional extraction from shale can be based on objective cost and risk assessment, rather than vague industry promises. “Current objective indicators point to risk of irrecoverable, irreversible harms to Colorado health, water supplies, and climate change escalation” says founder, Sonia Skakich-Scrima.

Protect Our Colorado is diverse coalition of businesses, farmers, faith groups, solar companies, parents, and social justice, consumer and environmental organizations with members from the West Slope to the Front Range of Colorado. The coalition is comprised of the following organizations: Patagonia, Lighthouse Solar, Colorado Progressive Coalition, Valley Organic Growers Association, 350.org, Food & Water Watch, CREDO, Unitarian Universalist Church of Greeley, Holy Terror Farm, Foodshed Productions, Citizens for a Healthy Community, Our Longmont, Adams County Unite Now, Boulder County Citizens for Community Rights, The Mother’s Project, Frack Free CO, Community for Sustainable Energy, Elbert County Oil and Gas Interest Group, East Boulder County United, Frack Files of Weld, Frack Free Loveland, Conscious Global Leadership, The Question Alliance, Frack Free Boulder, Denver Community Rights, Routt County Frack, Frack Free Fort Collins. For more information, please visit Protect Our Colorado.

The Worth of Water

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. ~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732

On Sunday Jan. 9 the Longmont Republican Women held an event called “New Year New GOP” at the Well and indicated it was ‘Open to the Public.’ Well, I could hardly turn that down!

Here’s the photos I took:

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There was a lovely spaghetti & meatball dinner provided by Mark Price of Aunt Alice’s Kitchen. I love Aunt Alice’s so I know it was great food. There was also a very tasty looking dessert from the folks at the Well. I didn’t partake, just didn’t feel right mooching a meal, being a lefty and all. Besides, there was a respectable crowd (in all senses of the word of course!) gathered in the Well’s cavernous industrial space and they were hungry – not just for food either.

Joel Champion announced the formation of the Private Property Council, a non-partisan group with open membership. The mission is education and the setting up of teams ‘to do monitoring of our public officials who are elected and help move our ideas forward in legislation at all levels of the city, county and state.’

At one point Joel mentioned ‘our Democratic friends in the audience’ which prompted Peg Cage to ask him to introduce Kaye Fissinger and myself. Thank you Joel! Thank you Peg! We appreciated being allowed to attend.

Here’s all the rest of the details of those speaking.

Derrick Wilburn, Founder, Rocky Mountain Black Conservatives gave a well-polished and aggressive lecture about what the GOP needed to do to get the votes of conservatives of color. Solomon Martinez gave a report about the Northern Colorado Hispanic Relations group as well as his views on outreach. The featured speaker, Tom Tancredo – confessed to suffering from ‘Post Election Stress Syndrome’ and said it had been ‘debilitating.’ CO GOP Chair Ryan Call laid out the wreckage of the campaign like an FAA crash inspector. It was some hard talk.

I left before the question and answer period but I’d be delighted to link to any audio files from that.

New Year New GOP speaker audio files

Brought to you by: Longmont Republican Women, The Well Outreach and Worship Center, The Longmont 9-12 Tea Party

Invigorated Understanding

WATER WAVE

Valuing Water for Our Life

“Community Action and Collective Networking for Water”

Water is a Universal Issue.  Water is a Local Issue.

Water is a Human Issue. Water is an Earth Issue.

Water Connects Everything. Water is the Medium for all Life.

Water is Most Who We Are.

Water Is Vanishing At An Alarming Rate…..

What Do You NOT Know About The Causes?

Most Important, What Can You Do To Help?

Come and find out the answer to these questions through a multi-media presentation by Karen Ann.

Water Wave Project is devoted to bringing an Invigorated Understanding to the rapidly increasing scarcity and contamination of fresh water, while highlighting a call for new solutions and collective action.

Karen Ann worked as a Professional in Communications, Media, National and Independent Public Radio, and Audio-Visual Productions. Currently she devotes her skills to raising awareness and spurring actions for the protection, safety and respect of our Fresh Water Resources.

Date: Thursday November 1, 2012

Where: Longmont Public Library, 409 4th Ave, Longmont 80501

Time: 6pm arrival; showing starts at 6:30pm-8:30pm

International Hero For Peace and Healing, Father Michael Lapsley, to Speak in Boulder

Boulder, Colorado – First United Methodist Church of Boulder, in partnership with the Mountain Forum for Peace and the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center, is thrilled to present a public lecture by international hero for peace and healing, Father Michael Lapsley, on Friday, October 19th at 7:30pm. FUMC Boulder is also hosting an introductory workshop led by Father Lapsley on Saturday, October 20th.

Journey from Freedom Fighter to Healer

In 1990 Father Lapsley, an Anglican priest active in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, opened a letter bomb that nearly killed him. Father Lapsley’s life has taken him on an inspiring journey that led to the development of a process for healing from trauma of all kinds. His work at the Institute for Healing of Memories teaches victims how to let go of a painful past event and no longer give it the power to define them.

Joe Agne, pastor at FUMC Boulder, who has worked with, Father Lapsley made this comment about the event, “We live in such a violent world these days and even so-called redemptive violence is a huge part of our psyche. Mahatma Gandhi said ‘an eye for an eye ends up making the whole world blind’ and this is at the heart of Father Lapsley’s message. Healing is so important right now. We’ve all been impacted by violence, either as victim or perpetrator in some form, at some level. Father Lapsley teaches the importance of letting go of the power of the past so we can heal our world and ourselves. We need this to move away from vengeance and toward peace.”

In the context of a post-9/11 world, Father Lapsley will share his story and take questions and comments from the audience. A reception honoring Father Lapsley will follow immediately after the lecture.

Tickets are available online at fumcboulder.org

Healing of Memories: An Introductory Workshop

On Saturday October 20th a workshop will be held at First United Methodist Church of Boulder from 9:30am to 3:00pm, with an hour for lunch. The workshop introduces participants to the teachings of the Institute for the Healing of Memories, which facilitates the healing process of individuals, communities, and nations. Presented by founder Father Michael Lapsley and trained facilitators, this is an incredible opportunity for survivors, healers, therapists, victim’s advocates, law enforcement, veterans, and anyone in need of healing or longing to promote healing, to gain insight into the healing process as experienced and developed by Father Lapsley. “Today, my own work lies in the field of healing of memories – creating safe and sacred spaces where people can begin the journey of acknowledging and letting go of that which is destructive inside them and taking from the past that which is life-giving.”

Visit fumcboulder.org for more information and to sign up.

First United Methodist Church of Boulder is a welcoming and affirming place of inclusion and acceptance. We joyfully welcome all people of any race, gender, sexual orientation, and faith traditions.

 

Mr. Frackenlooper’s Town Meeting

Father and daughter have a special view of the governor.

Big John Hickenlooper apparently only hangs out with the ‘real’ people, not those pesky ‘constituents. It tickled my heart to see all these folks come to say quite clearly that they wouldn’t stand quietly by as their lives and homes were bargained for.

Here’s the Flickr gallery of photos.

From Silver Creek Leadership Academy students:


A few educational notes about public photography

The following is from Petapixel and is the text of a reference on photographers rights. If you’d like to submit a photo to Free Range Longmont, please be sure these rules have been observed:

  1. You can make a photograph of anything and anyone on any public property, except where a specific law prohibits it. i.e. streets, sidewalks, town squares, parks, government buildings open to the public, and public libraries.
  2. You may shoot on private property if it is open to the public, but you are obligated to stop if the owner requests it. i.e. malls, retail stores, restaurants, banks, and office building lobbies.
  3. Private property owners can prevent photography ON their property, but not photography OF their property from a public location.
  4. Anyone can be photographed without consent when they are in a public place unless there is a reasonable expectation of privacy. i.e. private homes, restrooms, dressing rooms, medical facilities, and phone booths.
  5. Despite common misconceptions, the following subjects are almost always permissible:
    • accidents, fire scenes, criminal activities
    • children, celebrities, law enforcement officers
    • bridges, infrastructure, transportation facilities
    • residential, commercial, and industrial buildings
  6. Security is rarely an acceptable reason for restricting photography. Photographing from a public place cannot infringe on trade secrets, nor is it terrorist activity.
  7. Private parties cannot detain you against your will unless a serious crime was committed in their presence. Those that do so may be subject to criminal and civil charges.
  8. It is a crime for someone to threaten injury, detention, confiscation, or arrest because you are making photographs.
  9. You are not obligated to provide your identity or reason for photographing unless questioned by a law enforcement officer and state law requires it.
  10. Private parties have no right to confiscate your equipment without a court order. Even law enforcement officers must obtain one unless making an arrest. No one can force you to delete photos you have made.

These are general guidelines regarding the right to make photos and should not be interpreted as legal advice. If you need legal help, please contact a lawyer.


Here’s a few more good references on photographer’s rights:

The Photographer’s Right by Bert P. Krages II, attorney at law. PDF Pocket Ref.

Photography & the First Amendment

Know Your Rights: Photographers

The Fantasy of Absolute Safety

Ira Chernus

The following first appeared in Huffington Post and is reproduced here by permission of the author.

My son was spending the night in Aurora, Colo., when all hell broke loose just a few miles away. He wasn’t in the Century 16 theater. But he might have been; he loves those opening nights. And there wasn’t a thing I could do to protect him.

I’m a professor at the University of Colorado (though not on the campus where James Holmes studied). I’ve surely had quiet students who were deeply troubled but, like Holmes, drew no attention to themselves. So there wasn’t a thing I could do to help protect them.

The movie theater “was supposed to be a safe space,” as Monica Hesse wrote in The Washington Post. But now it feels like “no space is safe; maybe that’s what’s shocking.” Surely that’s what’s shocking, I’d say. Yet a moment’s reflection tells me we can never make our public or private spaces absolutely safe — neither for our children, our students, nor ourselves — no matter how desperately we want to.

We could make our spaces relatively safer by one simple political decision: No civilian should have military style weapons — AK-47s, semi-automatic rifles, or the Glock semi-automatic pistols so favored by mass killers.

There’s only one problem: Political reality. It isn’t just the clout of the National Rifle Association, which is real but over-rated. A bigger problem is that this is a democracy, and a majority of us do not want stricter gun control laws. The number of Americans favoring stricter gun laws has fallen by nearly half in the last half-century.

That shocking statistic reflects the long post-’60s rightward shift in the national mood. “Gun control” is widely seen as an idea by and for liberals. By now less than a quarter of us will wear that badge. It’s impressive that even 43 percent of us would support the liberal cause of “gun control.”

And the number who want guns laws eased has risen even more dramatically since 1990: from 2 to 11 percent. Yes, even in this conservative era a mere 11 percent of us want less regulation of guns.

What’s more, support for specific gun control measures — waiting periods and background checks for gun buyers (even at gun shows), banning assault weapons, registering all guns with local government — remains very high. A slim majority even support limits on the number of guns a person can own. (Most gun owners have several, and most mass killers are caught holding many guns.)

So here’s the real political problem: Ask people about specific, common-sense gun control measures and they strongly approve. Ask them about “gun control” in the abstract, and a growing majority says no, though almost half say yes. We, the people as a whole, want controls but we don’t want them.

When nations, like individuals, try to go in two directions at once they get paralyzed. That’s where we are on the politics of gun control.

Our national contradiction is an old story. On the one hand, we’ve got a tradition as old as the U.S. itself: If you want to be safe, get a gun; if you want to be absolutely safe, get a lot of guns. That’s why Americans once built forts and stockades and included the right to well-regulated militias in the Constitution.

Since World War II, we’ve made our quest for absolute safety our number one national priority by far, under the banner of “national security.” That’s why we built a nuclear “shield” of tens of thousands of bombs that can each destroy a whole city. It’s also why we have a military nearly as big as all the rest of the world’s militaries combined.

Now we call it “homeland security.” We’ve enshrined it as our sacred national myth. And that’s why, with the eager help of the military-industrial complex, we are awash in a sea of military weapons — a sea that on tragic occasions turns to blood in our own homeland.

Yet we also have another tradition as old as the nation itself, inscribed in the very first words of our constitution: to provide for the common defense, which most of us now take to mean absolute safety. The longing for absolute safety is certainly as strong, and probably stronger, among conservatives as it is among liberals. Across the political spectrum most of us want stricter specific gun control laws, which we expect will keep guns out of the hands of “evildoers” at home just as we hunt down and annihilate the “evildoers” abroad.

We’re caught in a crossfire of competing cultural traditions and beliefs that make it very difficult to mobilize the public in any clear direction when it comes to guns. Paralyzed by our ambivalence, we can’t mobilize for political change. So we leave it easy for anyone to get weapons of mass slaughter.

The result: a growing fear that no space is safe any more, that at any moment our longing for absolutely safety could be shot to pieces. Fear is even more paralyzing than ambivalence. When Americans do manage to act on their fear, their most common response is to chase the fantasy of safety by getting another gun, or at least allowing others to get more guns. Fear will override common sense most every time.

In the movies we see the most fantastic military-style weapons deal out measureless blood and gore. Audiences applaud it all, because they trust that the good guys on the screen will end up with their absolute safety restored. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way in real life — not even in movie theaters.

The root of the problem is our dedication to the fantasy of absolute safety and security. The sooner we recognize that as our national fantasy and stop arming ourselves to the teeth in pursuit of it, the safer we all will be.

Video: The Truth About FRACKING

VIDEO SHOWING
Saturday, July 7, 2012
2:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Longmont Library, Rooms A & B
409 4th Ave.

Learn about heavy industrial drilling and fracking technology. Hear about the dangers to our health, air, water resources and property values in Longmont.

Presentations by Wes Wilson, retired EPA engineer; Phil Doe, Environmental Issues Director for “Be The Change”; and Shane Davis, research biologist, Sierra Club.

More information at www.LongmontROAR.org

Ella’s Walk

Ella's Walk - May 19, 8:30 am Boulder County FairgroundsElla’s Walk
Saturday, May 19, 2012 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Boulder County Fairgrounds – Picnic Area
9595 Nelson Road – Longmont, Colorado 80501
Hosted by Dave Delozier, Photojournalist, Channel 9 News

CALLING ALL CANINES AND COMPANIONSLongmont Humane Society and our host, Dave Delozier, Photojournalist of Channel 9 News, invite all two-legged and four-legged friends for a day of fun and fund-raising for the homeless animals of the Longmont Humane Society. Ella’s Walk: In memory of Meredith Hope Emerson, is a family-friendly fundraiser that is sure to make tails wag!

Support the animals by creating a team or registering as an individual and start collecting pledges from friends and family. Create your own webpage at www.longmonthumane.org and start earning amazing prizes!

Registration begins at 8:30 am with a continental breakfast at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, Picnic Area from 8:30 am to 9:30 am.  The three-mile walk will begin at 9:30 am; circling through Rogers Grove and Golden Ponds then back to the Fairgrounds.

Following the walk, Mutt Main Street Festival opens to offer the following:

  • Dog-tastic demonstrations, live music, and over 30 pet-friendly merchants.
  • Food and drink offerings featuring Lefthand Brewing Company.
  • Tons of kid-friendly activities.
  • Canine Good Citizen testing allowing dogs and their owners the opportunity to demonstrate their good manners.
  • Low-cost micro chipping and nail trimming.
  • Special event features include a canine flash mob performance, canine DNA testing, adoptable pet parade, pet-friendly photo booth and more.

 

Don’t delay; begin collecting pledges today! Register online for free at www.longmonthumane.org or call 303-772-1232 ext. 286.

Longmont Humane SocietyAll proceeds from this event benefit the homeless animals at the Longmont Humane Society.

Romney visit in Ft. Lupton – Wed. May 9

Taking with both hands

We just received word that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is making a stop near Fort Lupton tomorrow morning (Wednesday). Romney will reportedly give a speech at an oil drilling facility northwest of town at 10AM.

It’s terribly short notice, but we need you to join us tomorrow morning to counter Romney’s visit.

K P Kauffman Company Inc.
10137 County Road 19, Fort Lupton
Click here for a Google map

For months, Romney and his right-wing allies have claimed that energy production in America is being “held back.” But it’s not true: domestic oil and gas production is actually at its highest level in years, and America even exported refined petroleum products last year.

Rather than calling for responsible development of our natural resources, Romney and his friends in the energy industry are pushing for an irresponsible rollback of environmental and health protections for citizens who live near energy production.

Don’t let Mitt Romney frack our future: join us tomorrow in Fort Lupton.

We’ll have “Romney in the Tank for Big Oil” signs for everyone, or bring your own! And above all, thank you for standing up at a moment’s notice for Colorado’s clean air and water.

Which natural resource will prevail?

What do you think of when you hear the words “natural resource”?  OK, let’s narrow the field.  Do you think of water?  Or do you think of oil and gas?

Colorado Senate Bill 12-107 sponsored by Senator Morgan Carroll may just pit those two resources against each other.  That shouldn’t be the case.  In Colorado, the clear frontrunner should be water.  Most Coloradans are well aware that we have no water to spare or to waste.  Yet that precious life-sustaining resource is under siege by the oil and gas industry’s drilling and production technology known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Senate Bill 107 will be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 1:30 PM.  You can register your support for the passage of the Water Rights Protection Act here or here.  Your support will indicate the value you place on Colorado’s water and on the health and safety of Coloradans.

The legislative declaration of SB 12-107 states that “energy exploration by means of hydraulic fracturing should be conducted in a responsible way that ensures the safety of Colorado residents and Colorado communities” and that “water quality and an adequate supply of water are essential to Colorado’s economy and are topics of great concern to Colorado’s cities and towns, Colorado’s agricultural economy, and the outdoor recreation and tourism for which Colorado is known across the nation and throughout the world.”

Among the Water Rights Protection Act provisions are a requirement that before drilling commences that the operator provide to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and the Department of Water Resources a good-faith estimate of where and how the operator intends to acquire the water and a good-faith estimate of the amount of water that will be required for hydraulic fracturing.  After completion the operator is required to report where and how the operator actually acquired the requisite water and the amount of water actually used.

Before an operator is authorized to frack, it must collect water quality samples related to potential impacts from fracking from all active water wells located within one-half mile of the oil and gas well.

The Water Rights Protection Act also provides for water-based setbacks.  An operator will not be allowed to conduct fracking “within one-half mile of any surface water, including a pond, reservoir and other natural or artificial impoundment or stream, ditch or other artificial waterway unless the operator uses a closed-loop system.”  This provision offers some measure of protection for the waterways within Longmont and, of course, Union Reservoir.

The Act also requires that “an operator shall not insert into the ground any quantity of chemicals known to cause or reasonably anticipated to cause cancer,” such as benzene, toluene, ethybenzene, or xylene.

These and the other provisions of the Water Rights Protection Act are common sense requirements to help protect both the quantity and quality of the water we need for survival and are necessary to protect the public’s health and safety.

It only takes a minute or two to let your representatives know that you value Colorado’s water resources and that your health and safety must be protected.

Snooker train a-comin’

Who was driving again??A series of public outreach meetings conducted by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC and the Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is headed Longmont’s way.

I call it the Snooker Train. Contrary to the publicly described purpose, this is a dog and pony show intended to snooker communities into believing that they have a meaningful seat at the table of oil and gas drilling. There is no credibility in outcome of these so-called “outreach” gatherings anymore than there has been for Governor Hickenlooper’s Task Force on Cooperative Strategies Regarding State and Local Regulation of Oil and Gas Development.

Here’s what they tell you is the purpose:

The meetings will provide information on the respective regulatory roles of the state agencies. Information will be provided on existing regulations for oil and gas development in Colorado. Staff from each agency will be available to answer written questions about aspects of oil and gas development as well as speak individually with interested residents.

But what Hickenlooper, the COGCC and the oil and gas industry and their shills throughout the legislature and the task force have intended from the get-go is to get local government off their back.

When all is said at done, their premise of preemption will not have changed, not even a nano change. But many local governments and some in those communities will be led down the garden path of thinking that there has been change.

Reproduced directly from the COGCC website is it’s MISSION STATEMENT:

The mission of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) is to foster the responsible development of Colorado’s oil and gas natural resources.

Responsible development results in:

The efficient exploration and production of oil and gas resources in a manner consistent with the protection of public health, safety and welfare

The prevention of waste

The protection of mineral owners’ correlative rights

The prevention and mitigation of adverse environmental impacts

The COGCC seeks to serve, solicit participation from, and maintain working relationships with all those having an interest in Colorado’s oil and gas natural resources.

Where are YOU in this? NOWHERE. That’s where. Unless you think that being a GOAL is good enough. Because a GOAL is all we are:

GOALS

  1. Promote the exploration, development and conservation of Colorado’s oil and gas natural resources
  2. Prevent and mitigate adverse impacts to public health, safety, welfare and the environment
  3. Demonstrate balanced leadership in the regulation and promotion of oil and gas development in Colorado at the local, state and federal levels

The fundamental issue that they will not address because it would provoke a monumental change that the industry will not tolerate is that the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is failing to live up to its legal mandate:

§34-60-102 – Legislative Intent – “It is declared to be in the public interest to foster the responsible, balanced development, production, and utilization of the natural resources of oil and gas in the state of Colorado in a manner consistent with protection of public health, safety, and welfare, including protection of the environment and wildlife resources (§34-60-102(1)(a)(I)).   [emphasis added]

Simply stated, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is in violation of the law, §34-60-102.

So the COGCC will show up in Longmont, and other localities, with the CDPHE in tow to take your written questions. Yes, that’s right. Written. This is how they will pick and chose what they wish to answer and avoid (they hope) embarrassment and confrontation.

So we’ll see you on May 7th and will see how well things go as planned.

WHEN:      Wednesday May 7, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

WHERE:    City of Longmont
Civil Center
350 Kimbark Street
Longmont, CO 80501

LAD to hold RTD Q&A

On March 27th, the RTD Board voted unanimously to approve a plan to construct a “hybrid” transportation system – part commuter rail and part bus system – from Denver to Longmont. This has been a highly contentious issue since 2004, when voters approved funding for what was to be a full commuter rail solution.

RTD Directors Lee Kemp and Tom Tobiassen will be in attendance at the April Longmont Area Democrats meeting to elaborate on the recent vote, discuss what this will mean for Longmont citizens and entertain questions from the audience.

Join the Longmont Area Democrats on Wednesday, April 4, 2012,
6:30pm to 9pm, at the Longmont Progressive Center at 723 Main Street in Longmont.