I want to know who is responsible

Kris Hess: Colorado Away: Help Preserve It

For anyone who loves the outdoors and wildlife in Colorado, you can help preserve it and earn money at the same time.

The Colorado Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA) is offering a $500 reward for reports or information leading to the conviction of those responsible for illegal trail construction on public lands. Illegal trails destroy wildlife habitat by creating heavier recreational traffic and ultimately displace wildlife or alter the natural patterns of the ecosystem.

While “social trails” may be part of our trail development history, they can no longer be part of our trail development future. Population and recreation growth ensures an increasing negative impact from illegal trail building. Colorado land managers (USFS, CPW, local governments) recognize the problem, but they need your help monitoring our public lands.

This BHA reward program also applies to illegal off-road vehicle use, e-bike use, and illegal dumping. Full program details are available at www.backcountryhunters.org/bha_s_ohv_reward_fund. When you see illegal activity, document it with your phone, trail camera, etc. to help your local agency enforce the law. If your information leads to a conviction, follow the instructions on the BHA website to claim your reward!

Kris Hess

Backcountry hunters and fishers
Boulder County Assistant Regional Manager

Netherlands


Rebecca Harris Sullivan: Wildland Firefighters: Call for Fair Pay

Many of us in South Boulder slowly breathe a sigh of relief as the last billows of smoke rise from the ashes of the NCAR fire.

My husband and I were among the 19,000 Boulderites who hastily packed up and evacuated our home. I firmly believed that we still had a home to return to thanks to the bravery and sacrifice of our wildland firefighters – as well as the year-round clean-up work carried out by the Open Spaces and Mountain Parks team of the Boulder City. We can never say “thank you” enough.

However, one way to show our appreciation is to ensure that these brave men and women receive fair and decent wages.

The majority of federal wildland firefighters are employed by the US Forest Service and risk their lives for an hourly wage of just $13.45. Compare that with the average hourly wage for a police officer in Boulder, CO, which ZipRecruiter says is $28 per hour.

We can defend our wildland firefighters by supporting Tim’s Act, sponsored by Rep. Joe Neguse. HR5631, the Tim Hart Wildland Firefighter Classification and Pay Parity Act, would raise hourly wages for wildland firefighters to at least $20 an hour and also expand health care and retirement benefits, as well as housing allowances and more again.

As we gaze upon the Flatirons today and see their beauty, not the flames, we must ensure that our wildland firefighters are rewarded for their bravery and hard work. Supporting Tim’s Act is a great first step.

Rebecca Harris Sullivan

Rock


Claire Kelley: Library District: the investment is worth it

Look around and you’ll notice the cracks in the walls of the Carnegie Library, the reduced hours of your local branch, and the interrupted literacy programs. We are a city that attaches great importance to education and culture. It’s time for us to put the Boulder Public Library on a reliable funding path before we lose even more.

In November, voters are expected to decide whether the library should move to a property tax-based “library district” model, like nearly every other area in the state the size and population of Boulder, including Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Lyons, Nederland, Estes Park, Greeley and Pueblo.

Library districts allow library systems to be more resilient and able to plan ahead. For example, Fort Collins formed the Poudre Valley Library District in 2006, and in March 2020 they didn’t have to cut hours or close buildings like Boulder did when the pandemic hit and the budget of our library system has been reduced.

The proposed property tax is $27 per year per $100,000 of the county’s estimated value of your home. This means that if the “actual” value of your home on the Boulder County Assessor’s Office website is $500,000, you will pay $11.25 per month for a district. In return, we will get:

Expanded library services for all community members and renewed print and digital collections.

More programming like story time, workshops and classes for families, underserved communities and seniors.

Hours and staff restored for all branches and facilities updated to deal with long overdue maintenance.
There are 56 other library districts in Colorado for good reason. Establishing a library district through property taxes is the fairest way to ensure that the library receives sustainable funding to continue to be a valuable asset that strengthens our community. This is a historic opportunity to benefit our city for generations to come.

Claire Kelly

Rock


Bill Kalafus: A new police academy: Yes, but at the state level

On the Sunday, March 27, editorial of the Daily Camera: Police manpower in crisis. A new Boulder Academy will help:

The idea of ​​a police academy would certainly be a step forward. However, this should be at the state level. Being at the state level would encourage uniform policing standards across the state for the benefit of all Colorado residents. The necessary funding should be worked out between the state, cities and counties.

Bill Kalafus

Rock


Wallace Westfeldt: Fires: I want to know who is responsible

That he has done?

I want to know who did it. Calwood, Marshall, NCAR, Soul Shine… are our fire investigations that bad? Magwood was recently called accidental. What does it mean?

I don’t care if the person(s) who started the fire did it on purpose or by accident, they deserve heavy fines, jail time and legal action. These fires are serious business and negligence is no excuse. I want the next hiker, target shooter, worship ceremony, balcony barbecue, education center to be more careful knowing that serious consequences await the irresponsible.

Wallace Westfeldt

Rock

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