Longmont Charter Amendment Advances to Ballot

Today, Our Health, Our Future, Our Longmont (Our Longmont) announced that its charter amendment, the Longmont Public Health, Safety and Wellness Act, has qualified for the November ballot. The Longmont City Clerk, has declared that Our Longmont’s signatures are “sufficient” to place the Public Health, Safety and Wellness Act, before the voters on November 6, 2012. In doing so, Longmont will be the first city in Colorado to vote on banning the controversial oil and gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing or fracking.

“Today is a historic day for the City of Longmont and for the State of Colorado as Longmont leads the way to prohibit fracking within city limits,” said Michael Bellmont, a member of Our Longmont. “Fracking threatens our constitutional rights to protect our health, safety and property. We believe Longmont citizens have the right to decide whether this dangerous and destructive practice should take place next to their houses and their children’s schools.”

In early June, Our Health, Our Future, Our Longmont launched a petition drive to amend the city’s charter with the support of Food & Water Watch. In order to qualify for the ballot, 5,704 signatures of Longmont registered voters are required. With the dedication and hard work of nearly 100 volunteers, members of Our Longmont submitted over 8,200 signatures to the Longmont city clerk on July 20, 2012.

“The democratic process is alive and well in Longmont despite threats from the State of Colorado and the oil and gas industry to deny our city and its residents local control. Longmont citizens emphatically support their right to vote on whether or not fracking should take place next to their homes, schools and reservoirs,” Bellmont said.

“Our Longmont is a grassroots organization of Longmont citizens who believe that every citizen has the constitutional right to health, safety and wellness and that they are entitled to a voice in the guarantee of those rights. We are your neighbors, friends, and co-workers. We are business owners. We are retirees. We are mothers and fathers. We are ordinary Longmont citizens,” said Bellmont.

The state of Colorado is attempting to sue the city of Longmont over its oil and gas regulations. This is a blatant attempt by Governor Hickenlooper, an outspoken cheerleader for the oil and gas industry, to strip local control from Longmont so that his oil and gas friends drill next to houses, schools and parks in Longmont.

Longmont area native and Food & Water Watch’s Mountain Region Director Sam Schabacker has been supporting the efforts of Our Longmont. “Food & Water Watch is honored to help Our Longmont in its commitment to protect the Longmont community’s constitutional right to health, safety and welfare,” said Schabacker. “The actions that Our Longmont has taken are indeed trailblazing. If the Public Health, Safety and Wellness Act is passed by Longmont voters in November, Longmont will be the first community in Colorado to ban fracking,” Schabacker said.

Our Health, Our Future, Our Longmont, is a group of concerned citizens from throughout Longmont. We believe that Longmont has a right to protect the public health, safety, and welfare of our community. Our goal is to preserve the quality of life in our exceptional city by protecting the health, safety, and welfare of our citizens. By so doing we will preserve our economic vitality, our home values, our water, parks, wildlife, lakes, trails, streams, open space, and recreational areas for ourselves and future generations.

Food & Water Watch works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume are safe, accessible and sustainable. So we can all enjoy and trust in what we eat and drink, we help people take charge of where their food comes from, keep clean, affordable, public tap water flowing freely to our homes, protect the environmental quality of oceans, force government to do its job protecting citizens, and educate about the importance of keeping shared resources under public control.

Mothers Project heads to D.C.

Local moms to attend fracking rally in D.C. and deliver letter to Colorado senators signed by constituents statewide

As the oil and gas industry moves full speed ahead with the fracking boom, residents across the state are organizing to protect their health, environment, property values, way of life, communities, and future generations from the impacts of oil and natural gas extraction, including fracking. Two Colorado mothers, Jodee Brekke and Diana Caile, are traveling to Washington D.C. this week to join a nationwide coalition of citizens, communities and organizations in a mass rally on July 28 and to hand deliver a letter to Senators Udall and Bennet signed by constituents statewide. The name of the rally and the message in the letter are the same: stop the frack attack.

“Since our elected officials and government agencies aren’t protecting our basic human and constitutional rights to clean air and water and from numerous other threats imposed on us by the oil and gas industry, then we need to call them to task,” said Ms. Brekke. Ms. Caile said, “the state is suing communities that want to keep the heavy industrial, toxic process of fracking away from neighborhoods and children’s schools. It doesn’t belong there. Period. Our government should be protecting the people of Colorado, not corporate profits at our expense.”

The Mothers Project - United for Sustainability

The Mothers Project, Inc. is launching in Colorado and is hosting the letter to the senators, written by local mothers, on their website. Founded in March, 2012, by Angela Monti Fox, mother of Josh Fox, creator of the documentary Gasland, The Mothers Project is a coalition of mothers advocating for immediate, full-scale investments in renewable energy and opposing extreme fossil fuel extraction, including fracking and its attendant impacts. Currently active in New York and Pennsylvania, where there is widespread opposition to fracking, The Mothers Project provides support to grassroots groups fighting to protect their health, environment and communities.

In addition to individual signatures, seventeen grassroots groups or nonprofit organizations fighting to protect communities through Colorado have signed on to the letter. To view the letter and add your name, go to and click on the slide that says Calling On Mothers at the top. Send inquiries to

Participants in the D.C. rally include Bill McKibben of; Allison Chin, Sierra Club President; Josh Fox, Director of Gasland; Dr. Catherine Thomasson, Physicians for Social Responsibilities, plus several citizens from affected communities.

Video: The Truth About FRACKING

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

Surgical Donation from Aspen Meadows

Longmont Humane SocietyAspen Meadows Veterinary Specialists have generously agreed to volunteer the time and expertise of their surgical staff to perform one major surgery per month on shelter pets at the Longmont Humane Society’s Well Pet Clinic.  Dr. Gail Rapport Shelter Veterinarian for the Longmont Humane Society will partner with Matt Rooney, DVM in this effort.  Dr. Rapport is enthusiastic about working with Aspen Meadows, saying “I’ve never seen a group of vets as cooperative and support of their local shelters as Aspen Meadows”.

To kick off this partnership, Aspen Meadows has volunteered to do two surgeries this month!  The first operation that will be performed will benefit Hank, a six year old German Shepherd Mix who came to us with a ruptured ACL .  Aspen Meadows will perform a TPLO (tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy) by cutting the tibial plateau and rotating it. It will then be stabilized with metal plate at as cost of roughly $250 for the hardware.  LHS has a foster home ready to help Hank recover from surgery and hopefully adopt him once he’s all better!

Dahlia the kitten was found as a stray with a lump on her jaw and brought to the Longmont Humane Society by a Good Samaritan.  At first, clinic staff believed the lump was an abscess and it was treated as such.  When the mass returned and continued to grow, the symptoms resembled cancer.  However, Dahlia’s age and behavior aren’t consistent with cancer.  She’s young, playful and has a big appetite.  Exploratory surgery will be conducted during which Dahlia may have a portion of her jaw removed.  If removing a part of the jaw fixes the problem, she will still be able to eat and live a long happy life after the surgery.

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 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 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.

Sanfaçon hosting two roundtable events

Garry Sanfacon 2012

Garry Sanfacon, District 1 Boulder County Commissioner candidate

Boulder County, CO, May 2, 2012 – Garry Sanfaçon, candidate for County Commissioner (District 1), is hosting two roundtable events to bring residents together to craft our shared vision for the desirable future of Boulder County. There will be a roundtable in Boulder on May 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Unity of Boulder, located at 2855 Folsom St. and another in Longmont on May 15, 6:30-8:30, at the Longmont Public Library.

“For more than 40 years, Boulder County’s leaders have boldly marched to the beat of their own drum, and today Boulder County residents rank among the healthiest and happiest in the nation,” said Sanfaçon. “But we have social, economic and environmental challenges to address,” he said, “and it’s time to renew our vision.”

As Boulder County’s leaders were faced with decisions about growth management decades ago, they bucked the trend for sprawl and launched a vision to protect the natural environment in which we live, preserving vistas, acquiring open space, funneling growth into urban areas, and keeping rural areas rural. It has come, to a large extent, to define us as a county.

We owe our special quality of life to Boulder County’s rich history of visionary thinkers. You and I are the stewards of that legacy. Today, Boulder County is under pressure to conform to the status quo, and it is incumbent upon us to continue to build on that visionary leadership, from elected officials and citizens alike, to leave a legacy of our own: a livable, resilient, inclusive and sustainable community for future generations. “Our elected officials can’t shoulder the challenges we face alone,” said Sanfaçon, “it’s going to take all of us coming together as a community to chart a bold course forward to leave a legacy of our own for future generations.”

Firehouse Art Center presents Circular Paths

Firehouse Art Center 667 4th Avenue | Longmont, CO 80501
phone: 303.651.2787 | fax: 720.652.4199
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Circular Paths

An exhibition of new works by Rita Vali, Lynda Ladwig & Monika Edgar

The circle is an object of nature, an idealization of pure mathematics, and a symbol or framework we use to understand and describe our world. Since it is without begining or end it also represents infinity. This simplest of all fitures, finds representation in art across many cultures. In this exhibit, three artists respond to the circle — exploring the circle as a line, as volume, as shape, as metaphor, as symbol, and as an element of pattern.

The circle represents a universal and spiritual relevant paradox – a shape without beginning and without end. It visually describes eternity, the mysterious cycles of existence and the often uncanny circularity of our own lives.

Circular Paths

At the Firehouse Art Center from May 11 – June 13.
Opening reception May 11 from 6-9 PM.

Executive Director
Joanna Young

Board of Directors
Vern Seieroe (President) | Tom McCoy (Vice President) | Dwayne Wolff (Secretary)
Stephanie Hilvitz | William “Chi Chi” Ledesma | John Luberger | Sara Sheldon | Tony Umile | Jennifer Engle | Greg Ellis