Archive for November, 2009

BOULDER – Several
holiday-themed events and music, including Historic Boulder’s “Home for the
Holidays” house tour and the Boulder History Museum’s Winter Fest Gingerbread
Contest, will help celebrate the Dec. 5-6 closing of the city’s 150th

A year of special
Sesquicentennial programs and events has commemorated Boulder’s founding in

On Saturday evening,
Dec. 5, the Boulder Sesquicentennial Celebration and the Boulder History Museum
will have an entry in the annual Lights of December parade, which loops around
the Pearl Street Mall from 6 to 7 p.m.

The annual “Home for
the Holidays” tour features “a collage of magnificent homes throughout
Other events, including the ”Home for the Holidays” boutique,
History Museum’s Winter Fest – Gingerbread House Contest and the Boulder
Sesquicentennial Closing Ceremony, will be at the Millennium Harvest House,
1345 28th St., on Sunday, Dec. 6.

Home tours are 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Homes will
include: 2940 20th St., circa 1874; 541 Highland Ave., circa 1890;
977 9th St., circa 1905; 819 6th St., circa 1954; 720 11th
St., circa 1922; and 125 Bellevue Dr., circa 1963. A shuttle will be available
to the Bellevue Drive home, weather permitting, leaving from King Avenue south
of Baseline Road near 15th Street.

Tour tickets cost $14
for Historic Boulder members, $17 for nonmembers in advance of the tour and $20
for nonmembers during the tour. 
Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Historic Boulder office, 1123
Spruce St., the Table Mesa and 30th Street King Soopers stores, the
Boulder Book Store, the West End Gardener, at Page Two in Gunbarrel and at
Timbalier Dry Goods in Lafayette.

Tickets for the house
tour also will be sold at Historic Boulder’s Holiday Boutique, held this year
at the Millennium Hotel’s Century-Millennium conference rooms from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. The Holiday Boutique also will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dec. 6 at the Millennium Harvest House.

In the Lights of
December Parade, members and friends of the Boulder 150 Committee and Boulder
History Museum will wear historic or unusual hats and display the Boulder 150
banner. The parade also features local school groups, athletic groups, scout
troops and businesses.

The Boulder History
Museum’s Third Annual Gingerbread House Contest will be on display Sunday, Dec.
6 in the hotel’s Century-Millennium conference rooms. Winners will be announced
at 4 p.m.  The all-edible houses
must be delivered to the hotel conference rooms between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec.
6. Winning entries will be displayed later in the week at the hotel.

Pre-registration for
the Gingerbread House Contest is required. Entrants should go the to the
Boulder History Museum’s web site at for details.

The Boulder
Sesquicentennial Closing Ceremony will be 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Millennium
Harvest House with opening remarks by Dan Corson, chair of the Boulder 150
Committee. A presentation by Dan Pirrallo, general manager of the Millennium
Harvest House, will mark the hotel’s 50th anniversary this year.

Calico and Boots, a
Boulder-based square-dancing group, will perform a demonstration of traditional
and modern American square dancing at 3:30 p.m., followed by Boulder’s Ars Nova
Singers performing at 4:15 p.m. with a community sing-along scheduled from 4:45
to 5:15 p.m. and led by local singers Melinda Mattingly and Evanne Browne. Tom
Riis, music professor and director of CU-Boulder’s American Music Research
Center, is coordinating the program.

The Sesquicentennial
quilt panels will be on display, and the talented quilters who designed and
made the quilts will be present to describe the inspiration for these five

Two special plaques,
commemorating Sesquicentennial events, will be presented to city officials from
5:15 to 6 p.m. The Sesquicentennial quilt panels also will be presented to the
city.The panels cover Boulder’s history from 1859 to present depicting
transportation, open space and recreation, arts and culture, commerce and
technology and education.

The Sand Creek Massacre
Spiritual Healing Run Plaque, commemorating the
run Aug. 8 by members of the Northern Arapaho Tribe that ended in Boulder, will
be presented to the city.  The
Sesquicentennial Plaque, illustrating the Sesquicentennial poster created by
Boulder artist Steve Lowtwait, will be presented to the city.

Light refreshments will
be served after the dedications. For information on Boulder’s Sesquicentennial
Closing Celebration and stories about Boulder’s 150th anniversary,
go to

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Ted Turner spoke at the University of Colorado as part of the Entrepreneurs Unplugged series by Silicon Flatirons Center and the CU Law School.

BOULDER — Ted Turner’s been called lots of things in his
career – media mogul, entrepreneur, philanthropist, billionaire, rancher,
environmentalist, peacenik and “Mouth of the South.”

He brought a little of all of those to a packed room at the
University of Colorado Friday as part of the Entrepreneurs Unplugged series
organized by CU’s Silicon Flatirons Center and the Law School.

Before his interview, Turner was presented with Silicon
Flatiron’s inaugural Entrepreneurs for Good Prize, a crystal award that
appropriately encased a buffalo.

Having just returned from a pheasant hunting trip in South
Dakota, home to part of his 2 million acres of ranch land, the founder of CNN
and author of “Call Me Ted” told the campus audience that if he were looking
for a job today, it would be in “clean, renewable energy.” It will be a growth
industry, Turner predicted, because “we’re going to win because we are right.”

Next stop on his travels, in fact, is the nation’s capital,
where he’ll be lobbying for a clean energy bill.

Despite the tough odds of overcoming objections of the
powerful coal and oil industries, Turner compared his new environmental mission
to the’80s when he was trying to convince Congress to open up the nation’s TV
airwaves to new satellite technologies.

At the time, he said, all three major TV networks were happy
– carving up major sports events like the NFL between them, producing just 2½
hours of live news each day and reaping hefty profits.

“I wasn’t happy,” he said, “because I wasn’t one of them.”

Turner said he knew he was gambling everything on his vision
for a 24-hour news channel at CNN, but “I knew with certainty that it was going
to work.” Just getting your news at 6 p.m. was “inconvenient” if nothing else.

As a hard-working businessman for all of his life — working for
his father’s advertising billboard business when he was 12 — Turner admitted
that the 1996 merger of Turner Broadcasting System with Time-Warner came about
partly because he was just “tired.” As a large Time Warner stockholder, he lost
billions when the stock collapsed after Time Warner merged with AOL.

When he owned both the Atlanta Braves and the Hawks, he would leave his TV business offices and head straight to the games, which turned into
18-hour days. “So I got too tired so I said screw it – I’m done!”

Co-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, Turner
minces no words calling for the United States to get out of Iraq and
Afghanistan. Now chairman of Turner Enterprises, which oversees all of his
current businesses, including the Ted’s Montana Grill restaurants and ranch land across 12 states, Turner said customers always must be important if you’re
running a business for the long term.

“I became a peacenik,” he said, because when he was running
CNN and the U.S. started bombing people around the world, they were “bombing my

The Silicon Flatirons format is an initial interview by Brad
Bernthal, entrepreneurship director for the center. And Bernthal had his hands full trying to keep his guest on
track with several questions as Turner would launch into new subjects.

At one point, Turner said if the U.S. just has to be at war,
why not go with an entrepreneurial spirit and attack Canada. They would
surrender quickly, he joked, and double the land mass of the U.S.

To anyone in the media, Turner said, “I really was just
joking about attacking Canada.”

Turner reads the Economist every week to stay up on world
events, and he likes newspapers. But he also said the newspaper industry model
is similar to the polluting coal industry – “it’s an obsolete technology.” He
wondered aloud who’ll eventually be able to pay to gather the news. “The
bloggers don’t have news organizations,” he said.

In the next 50 years, Turner said, “we have to be smarter
than we’ve ever been.

“If we heat up the world seven to eight degrees, we’re

When it comes to new technologies, Turner drew laughs
admitting he’s an old “fuddy-duddy” struggling with too many dials on TV to
figure out how to watch it. But at 70 years old, he admits he’s feeling pretty
good, running his ranches, fly-fishing and campaigning to protect the






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Vic’s Again … again

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Vic's Again is opening its second location on Boulder's 30th Street on the east side of the city, serving a large number of both office and retail workers in the area.

Yes, it's Vic's Again … again. And the new Boulder coffee shop takes over the former location of the former Java Hut on 30th Street in the shopping center that also houses OfficeMax.

Vic's is betting that Boulder's apparently endless thirst for coffee continues. The original Vic's Again is just up the street a way, north at 3305 30th St., capturing a lot of traffic coming and going off of the Boulder-Longmont Diagonal. And across from the newest 30th Street location is the always busy Walnut Cafe that serves some of the tastiest breakfasts and lunches in Boulder, with, of course, a full array of coffee drinks.

Although under different ownerships, Vic's now has locations around Boulder including the very popular Vic's Espresso & News across from Boulder Community Hospital and near the Newlands neighborhood at 2680 Broadway, and a recently opened South Boulder location at the site of a former McDonald's on Table Mesa that offers a drive-thru lane for busy commuters heading out down U.S. 36. There's also a Vic's Again on Main Street in Louisville and a Vic's Too in Longmont's Prospect development.

Boulder is one caffeine buzzed town — and the surrounding Boulder Valley cities aren't lacking in numerous good independent coffee shops as well. I try to keep up with them all on my own Google map of local caffeine fix stops, but I  admit, I'm now getting pretty far behind giving them all a taste test. 

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The new Imagine! SmartHome on Iris in Boulder was recognized with a 3rd place award in the residential category of the Colorado Sustainable Design Awards. 

Boulder's PEH Architects was honored in the the Colorado Sustainable Design Awards for their design of the Imagine! SmartHome in Boulder, a highly energy efficient one-story group home for people with cognitive and physical disablilities.

The awards, announced in the current issue of ColoradoBiz magazine, discusses how the home's renewable energy systems include solar PV panels powering geothermal heat pumps, and super-heaters on the heat pumps for additional hot water to supplement the solar hot water panels.

Other features include orientation and roof slope to maximize solar exposure, roof overhangs to shade large windows in the summer but allow passive heat gain in the winter, clearstory windows throughout the home for natural light and an energy rating score of 24, representing a 76 percent reduction in energy use relative to code. 

Other Boulder architects winning awards included a first place award in residential by Rodwin Architecture for the Edge House, a zero energy home, and Wolff Lyon Architects, with a 3rd place award for its Wellington Neighborhood in downtown Breckenridge. 

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