Published on Saturday, October 27 2012 20:18
Jones Takes Honor Flight
BY KIM GLASSCOCK
Robert Jones of Niwot had a sobering memory as he stood looking at the Korean War Memorial in Washington D.C. in September.
“I remembered standing at attention on my troop ship anchored off the coast of Korea, while the entire time the cargo hold was being filled with caskets of men killed in Korea,” he said. “We were bringing home the last of the men killed in Korea, and it was very moving.”
Jones, a Korean War veteran, was among the 123 veterans from northern Colorado who flew to the nation’s capitol in September courtesy of the Honor Flight Network. The charter flights – done at no cost to the veterans – started in 2005 to bring WWII veterans to their memorial.
In 2011, Honor Flight began accepting Korean War veterans. Today there are 117 Honor Flight hubs in 40 states. The Northern Colorado hub was founded in 2008.Read more: Jones Takes Honor Flight November 2012
Published on Saturday, October 27 2012 20:14
Left Hand Laurel: Brianne Thiele and Underpass Mural Volunteers
If you haven’t walked through the pedestrian underpass at Sawtooth and Niwot Road lately, you may have missed some of the most recent details that artist Brianne Thiele and her crew of volunteers added.
Photo by Liz Emmett-Mattox
Surrounded by many volunteer artists, Brianne Thiele cuts the ribbon held by Heidi Storz of the NCA and George Gerstle of Boulder County Transportation.
When it was dedicated at Nostalgia Day 2012, the mural was still a work in progress, and according to Thiele, it still is. She said they were really close to being finished this summer, “but the last section we have to paint is
Cottonwood Square and we didn’t want to rush it.”
Published on Saturday, October 27 2012 17:48
Intersection Improvement Project Begins
BY LIZ EMMETT-MATTOX
The road construction at Niwot Road and the Diagonal Highway is part of an intersection improvement project that also includes the intersection of Jay Road and the Diagonal. The plan is to replace the asphalt surface with concrete, re-configure the islands that mark the turn lanes and to improve drainage on the roadway. New water quality ponds will be installed in the median as well.
Rick Wenzel, CDOT engineer, said that when the project is finished, motorists, cyclists and pedestrians can expect better traffic flow through the intersections and a better road surface.
The plan does not call for increasing the capacity of the intersections, but by widening and re-configuring the lanes, Wenzel said that motorists should have better access to 119 from Niwot Road. Wenzel said, “This ties into our long-range planning. Right now, we’re working on reconstructing the intersections, and then at some point in time, we might be able to reconstruct the highway.”
According to Wenzel, during the construction, there will be two lanes of through-traffic on Niwot Road except for some nighttime closures, and residents should expect some lane shifting to occur. There will also be lane shifts on the Diagonal, but no closures. Wenzel noted that most of the work on 119 will happen behind concrete barriers.
The project is scheduled to be completed in April or May of 2013. “If we don’t have any weather or construction delays, it should be done sometime in April, but it could run into May if we get a lot of snow this winter.”
Published on Saturday, October 27 2012 17:45
Why I Will Vote Yes on 3A
BY BRUCE WARREN
State funding of our public schools has been cut once again, leaving it up to local school districts to make up the difference. Until Colorado state legislators have the political courage to fix state law to provide the tax revenue we need, we will continue to suffer long lines to get a driver’s license, delays in the justice system, inadequate housing for inmates, lack of rehabilitation program resources, and inequities in taxation, just to name a few.
But the one area we, as citizens, have an opportunity to address directly this fall is funding for local schools. The mill levy override on the ballot for the St. Vrain Valley School District does not provide increased funding for education, but merely tries to close some of the gap created by the loss of state funds.
Public education is so important to our future that it hardly seems necessary to say so. A cursory review of history indicates that Western civilization has advanced due to public education, and developing nations continue to struggle largely because of poor or non-existent public education systems.
St. Vrain Valley schools, led by Niwot High School, are some of the most highly ranked schools in the nation. Businesses locate here because of excellent schools.
By approving the mill levy override we have a chance to insure that we maintain that level of excellence.
Vote “Yes” on Ballot Issue 3A.