Goose Creek photos: A shipwrecked bike?

July 22nd, 2011

On the Goose Creek Greenway path, just on the east side of 28th Street:

New-ish graffiti under Valmont

July 8th, 2011


Well, one other reason you hadn’t heard much from me was that at the end of May, I broke my big toe. Not pleasant. So I’ve been off of the bike for a long time. It’s still a little painful, but I’m back on, riding a little weird (it’s frankly a lot better than driving), and seeing things in the area.

We haven’t had any interesting graffiti in the area in quite some time outside of the graffiti wall, and this doesn’t really qualify either, but it’s something to look at. Here are a couple more photos — all taken on Elmer’s Twomile Creek Greenway, under Valmont Road. Read the rest of this entry »

Elmer’s Twomile Library: Could Diagonal Plaza be home to a branch library?

July 8th, 2011

We’ve talked a little about some longshot library-related ideas on this blog in the past, but now here’s someone with a city title doing it:

Donna O’Brien, another library commissioner, said there also could be opportunities to partner with developers to have a library presence in new retail locations. She cited the possible future redevelopment of the Diagonal Plaza center at 28th Street and Iris Avenue as a possible opportunity.

The Camera story talks in very broad terms about the city wanting a library resource for north Boulder of some kind.

What do you think — is two and a half miles to the nearest library too far?

From the blotter: 7/1/11 — wrapping up the blotter catch-up

July 7th, 2011

July 1

Police responded to a call at a residence in the 2600 block of Juniper Avenue on a domestic violence report. After investigating the incident, police arrested a 31-year-old woman for Domestic Violence, Physical Harassment and Child Abuse.

And amazingly, nothing in our area was on the blotter on Independence Day.

A little blotter clean-up

July 6th, 2011

More catch-up work… here are a few police blotter highlights from the last little while. I’m writing this before the July 4th weekend stuff is available, and I’m sure there’ll be more to mine there.

  • Thursday, June 23: An 18-year-old woman was arrested in the area of 34th and Valmont after officers noticed her car weaving in traffic.It appeared she had been drinking and she was arrested for DWAI, Lane Usage Violation, Underage Alcohol Possession and Failure to Present Evidence of Insurance. A minor who was a passenger in the car was issued a summons for Minor in Possession of Alcohol after the officer noticed the minor had an open bottle of alcohol.
  • Friday, June 24: Police arrested a 39-year-old man in the area of 34th and Valmont after witnesses reported that the suspect hit a street sign and then left the area. The suspect did not cooperate with police after he was stopped. The suspect was arrested for DUI, DUI Per Se, Careless Driving, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, DUI/DWAI Third Offense.
  • Saturday, June 25: An employee of a restaurant in the 3100 block of 28th Street told police he had asked a male patron to leave after the patron brought an open container of alcohol into the business. When police arrived, the male left and ran through a neighboring business to escape, and then entered a home where he demanded alcohol from the resident. The 33-year-old man was arrested for First Degree Criminal Trespass.


Coyote Car Wash vows to ‘keep it clean’

July 5th, 2011

If you’re a discerning car washer, you might be interested to know that one of our local car washes is part of a group of car washes that has agreed to hold themselves to a higher standard and to help car wash fundraisers be a little more eco-friendly:

The car washes that have signed the agreement have agreed to allow the county to inspect their sites to make sure they’re compliant with eco-friendly standards. And, some have gone beyond the basic standards and also recycle water used at their car wash bays and allow groups that hold car wash fundraisers to use their sites to avoid water pollution.

“Car washes to raise money is an All-American activity, and we don’t want to by any means dampen that,” said Bill Hayes, with Boulder County Public Health. “But when you see those fundraisers out on the streets, the wastewater is running into the gutter and going off into the streams and rivers.”

The only one in our area that agreed to do it was Coyote Car Wash, 3087 28th Street.

I should note, however, that this place has exclusively negative reviews on Yelp and Google, particularly relating to paying with a credit card — but then again, I don’t suppose I’d ever log in to give a positive review of a car wash, so maybe take that with a grain of salt. Have any of you used it?

Digital panhandling: Social help for Elmer’s Twomile

July 4th, 2011

Hey, folks — as I get fired up again to find all the news that’s fit to blog, I’ve got a favor to ask of you. Let your neighbors and friends in the neighborhood know about this blog!

One thing you can do to help spread the word (and hopefully make this a richer source of information with news tips and so on) is to like the blog on Facebook — and give us a +1 (Google’s version of a “Like” — very useful especially with search results, so other neighbors can find us).

So here are a couple of things to click that’ll take care of all of it nice ‘n’ quick:

Walmart, Amaro, Tangerine, Rocky Mountain Soccer and more updates

July 3rd, 2011

OK, I owe you all a few things.

First, an explanation about the month of June: I got married!

It was a busy time. No neighborhood blogging managed. As a result, I’ve missed a few newsy items:

  1. Tangerine and Amaro are totally open. Tangerine seems to be quite popular already and Amaro, as of yet, lacks the critical mass of people to justify it becoming the late-night boozy hangout that I am dying for in our neighborhood. We’ve been to both places a couple of times and like ‘em plenty. Dante at Amaro made my new wife and I some celebratory drinks. Mine had dry ice in it and was otherwise mostly Bourbon from what I could tell — and my best man dubbed it the Total Protonic Reversal. Tangerine features big, delicious breakfast — which is one of my favorite things. Alec, owner of both and of Arugula, is doing a fantastic job. Have you been? What do you think?
  2. I don’t remember the name of it, but the martial arts/fitness studio that was at the southernmost end of Tebo Plaza is gone and has been replaced by a print shop.
  3. The old Flowerama building, which briefly had a sign that said “The Station” (now covered up, presumably until it opens) has been confirmed by loyal reader Andrea to be a dispensary.
  4. Rocky Mountain Soccer is moving from Willow Springs Shopping Center to Spruce and 28th on July 15th. Too bad — we really wanted to start watching some soccer games at their parties. I know, they’re not going far, but it’s the principle of the thing. This, of course, is the kickoff for speculation as to what will fill that space — it’s east of Abo’s, near Tangerine, Amaro and Arugula. My wife said Alec should open a bakery there since that’s basically the only thing he doesn’t have yet.
  5. And finally, the gossip blockbuster from the Camera: Someone apparently wants to know whether people in north Boulder like Walmart – and whether big-box retail belongs at the site of the aging Diagonal Plaza shopping center. Boulder resident Rick Wills said he received a phone call on Wednesday from a survey taker – with a Pennsylvania area code – who asked just three questions: ‘Am I familiar with the city of Boulder’s plans to redevelop the Diagonal Plaza?; would I support a 24-hour Walmart there?; would I support a ban on big-box retailers in the area?’ Wills said, repeating the questions he was asked.” Well, how ’bout that? How do you feel about a 24-hour Walmart at Diagonal Plaza?

The Book Worm

July 3rd, 2011

...but I couldn't get a copy of 'Cat's Cradle.'

After a long hiatus, I bring you the magic of the used book store.

Homeless shelter was considered for near 28th between Pine and Valmont

May 26th, 2011

A story on last night’s public meeting over the proposed new Carriage House location said that one of the reasons the Arapahoe and Broadway spot is being considered over others is because it’s accessible to its clientele:

The Carriage House has looked at other locations near 28th Street, between Pine Street and Valmont Road, but there are concerns that it would be harder for clients to reach that location.

Well, as with just about any public space in Boulder, I’d say that there’s a portion of the “clientele” already up here, quite enjoying some of our parks, but it’s true that it pales in comparison to downtown. There was a bit of last summer where “public camping” got a touch out of hand, particularly directly on bike paths through tunnels, but for the most part I’d agree.