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Shooting area discussion in Western Boulder County

There are open house meetings planned to discuss the 5 possible designated shooting areas that meet preliminary criteria as safe and sustainable. Open house meeting means that there is no presentation, just tables with information and people to talk to – so you can come and go as you please.

These possible areas include:

  • Ruby Gulch (in our Fire District)
  • West Magnolia
  • Allenspark Dump
  • Bunce School Road
  • Beaver Reservoir Road (also in our Fire District)

Meeting 1: Nederland Open House
Monday, July 20, 6-7:30PM
Nederland Community Center
Meeting 2: Boulder Open House
Tuesday, July 21, 6-7:30PM
Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Ofc
1750 33rd St. Boulder
Meeting 3: Allenspark Open House
Thursday, Aug 6, 6-7:30PM
Peaceful Valley Resort (between A’park and Ward).

This decision impacts our community, please plan to attend one or several of these meetings.

More info at USFS

Culvert and road rehabilitation in upper Lefthand Canyon starts June 23

Delays up to 30 minutes can be expected on June 23 and 24; Shorter delays necessary until work completed

Boulder County, Colo. — Boulder County Transportation’s Maintenance Division will begin work to install a concrete culvert and conduct roadway and shoulder repair operations on upper Lefthand Canyon Drive just west of Sawmill Road on Tuesday, June 23. Construction operations will be conducted from 7 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m.Monday through Thursday, until mid-July, weather permitting.

During the first two days of construction, June 23 and 24, 30-minute travel delays for both motorists and cyclists can be expected. Travelers are encouraged to use alternate routes on these days. After June 24, Lefthand Canyon Drive will be reduced to one lane of traffic control-assisted access during working days and delays will be kept to a minimum. Access for emergency responders will be maintained at all times. The work zone will remain open for all users Friday through Sunday.

This project is in anticipation of planned roadway resurfacing work that will take place later this summer at a date to be determined. More information will be provided about that project as soon as dates and travel impacts are known.

For more information, contact Andrew Barth via email or call 303-441-1032. All current Boulder County Transportation project information is available at

Forest health project to begin northeast of Ward

WARD, Colo. – U.S. Forest Service contractors are expected to begin work this week on a project that will improve forest health on the Roosevelt National Forest northeast of Ward and north of Gold Lake Road. The work will occur on some 180 acres of National Forest System land.

This type of forestry work is designed to reduce existing fuel loading and increase the vegetative diversity across the landscape, encouraging a healthier, more resilient forest for future generations. Diversity in the age, size and species of trees across the landscape helps make forests more resilient to climate change, disease and insect infestations, and helps reduce the spread and severity of wildfire.

This particular parcel, called the Ward Units, will have two types of treatments implemented, depending on the dominant vegetation type. In lodgepole pine dominated stands, a combination of small openings and thinning will be implemented. The work involves cutting both live and dead trees in small openings and thinning to provide forest stand variation in a homogenous landscape.

In units where mixed conifer species exist, a thinning treatment will occur. For this treatment, individual trees have been hand-selected for thinning to promote forest health and diversity. Additional benefits include the reduction of ladder fuels and the improvement of wildlife habitat. Aspen stands and open meadows will be enhanced and expanded, improving wildlife habitat for a diversity of species.

Trees in these areas will be cut by hand using chainsaws. Smaller material will be piled to burn and/or chip and will need to cure for several years before it can be burned. Larger material will be cut into four-foot lengths and left on the forest floor. Once work begins, crews are expected to be on site for several weeks, working between the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Environmental effects of this project were analyzed in the James Creek Environmental Assessment (2004).

For more information on this project, contact Boulder Ranger District community liaison K. Reid Armstrong at 303-541-2532. To receive updates about Boulder Ranger District happenings, email

Spring Clean up

June 27

Ward Spring cleanup is coming and it’s going to be different!

Boulder County has changed their policy about providing trash pickup for community cleanups and will no longer provide free trash rolloffs for our Spring Cleanup. Instead they will provide several FREE rolloffs for recycling and diversion of the following categories of items:

  • Appliances of any sort – refrigerators (yes CFCs are okay), stoves, water heaters, vacuum cleaners, etc
  • Tires – Your own or feel free to drag them out of the woods.
  • Electronics – printers, monitors, computers, stereos, TVs, etc
  • Scrap metal
  • Rigid Plastic items like Rubbermaid tubs, outdoor furniture, plastic trashcans, laundry baskets
  • Motor oil, paint, antifreeze
  • Ordinary single stream recycling – bottles, cans, paper, etc

We’re looking for volunteers to help sort and direct.

We’ll be providing regular free trash service on June 13 for household trash. We will NOT be accepting any of the materials listed above for diversion and will not accept those materials in our trash pickups in the future either.

In case you haven’t noticed we’ve been pre-staging the collection of those divertible items at the old Catholic church and you are welcome to bring your materials there, anytime. Please self-sort appliances in the appliance pile, tires in the tire pile, and we can really clean up our town and our yards and not have to send as much to the landfill. Do NOT leave trash or single stream recycling.

Questions? Either comment here or call 303-459-9273 and we’ll get back to you.

Brainard Lake Road Improvements

The Town of Ward is in discussions with Boulder County about the impact of the County’s road improvements on town property that borders the road.

The following maps indicate the extent of the impact. The impact is not inconsequential but is more inclined to resilience on our property than on county property. Additionally the county has committed to compensate us by helping us to repair infrastructure that might otherwise be out of our possibility, like replacing a stretch of 100 year old water pipe and repairing some of our roads. Their plans do include revegetation and we do have input into the design process, and into the revegetation process.

One concern that has been raised is the multitude of trucks going through town and likely exceeding our speed limit, endangering our citizens, our children and our pets.  This will probably be the most obnoxious and dangerous impact. I’d like to propose that we reconsider a town magistrate – part time, perhaps local – who could adjudicate minor traffic and local offenses and give us some measure of control of the speeding traffic (including bicycles!). If the haulers know there is enforcement in town, they’ll be less likely to take advantage of us.

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Long term flood recovery intake locations

The Long Term Flood Recovery Group (LTFRG) has organized 5 walk-in intake locations across the county from February 10-22. In order to be notified of available resources, including financial assistance from the LTFRG, residents affected by the flood are required to visit a walk-in center to complete a short interview regarding flood losses and recovery needs.

All information given at the walk-in centers is confidential and will assist designated case managers to help residents connect with available resources. The information will also help to develop a detailed estimate of the total cost for recovery in the community which helps the LTFRG as well as government agencies raise the necessary recovery funds and donations of building materials and supplies.

Interview questions are straightforward and should not require residents to supply any paperwork, although if flood survivors do have a FEMA number, they are asked to bring that with them to the center. Spanish language interpreters will be onsite at the Longmont location every day and will be available at other sites during designated hours. Sites are also wheelchair accessible (with the exception of the Altona Grange site) and appointments can be made for any ASL requirements.

South Boulder

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church – 4215 Grinnell Ave, Boulder

  • Monday, Feb. 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 17, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Walt Self Senior Center – 335 Railroad Ave, Building B, Lyons

  • Monday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. -5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 18, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


First Lutheran Church – 803 3rd Avenue, Longmont

  • Wednesday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

 North Boulder

Boulder Friends Meeting – 1825 Upland, Boulder

  • Monday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 18, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Central Boulder County

Altona Grange – 9386 N 39th Street (at Nelson Road)

  • Thursday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 15, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information please contact the Long-Term Flood Recovery Group, at 303-895-3429 or


Ward Library accepting applications for Artist in Residence

Recognizing that the arts are vital to the culture and heritage of the town of Ward, the Ward Public Library is undertaking a leadership role in creating an environment in which the arts can grow. In fulfilling this role the Ward Public Library is committed to these fundamental principles:

  • Recognizing the integrity of artistic expression of all cultures
  • Encouraging artistic excellence
  • Working to increase public awareness and involvement in the arts

The Ward Public Library Artist in Residence program was founded in 1976 to stimulate art development in the town of Ward, and to assist and encourage artists and art and help make art more accessible to the Ward community.
The Artist in Residence program provides a residence studio space available for two years to a dedicated artist to explore their creativity and teach and/or present their art to the community. The artist provides unique experiences to the community by sharing themselves and their art.
The community sees through the artist’s eyes, watches the creative process and learns to integrate this process in their own creativity.

Download the residency application here

Emergency meeting of the Intermountain Alliance about Flood Recovery.

The Intermountain Alliance held an emergency meeting yesterday morning with representatives of all six participating communities and their satellite communities, including Ward. Garry Sanfacon, who is the Flood Recovery Manager appointed by the Boulder County Commission, was in attendance. After hearing from each community about their unmet, prioritized needs, he asked the representatives of the Boulder County departments who were present (Transportation, Land Use, Public Health, Health and Human Services, Sheriff, among others)  to address those concerns. For a summary of the meeting and to download a pdf of the full minutes from that meeting, please visit

What to do with flooding debris in City of Boulder and in Boulder County?


Sept. 20, 2013  2:15 p.m.


720-564-2935 (EOC Media Line)

303-413-7730 (Call Center – Public Information)

What to do with flooding debris in City of Boulder and in Boulder County?

City of Boulder:

City of Boulder community debris collection sites will be available through Sunday. The 10 collection sites have been consolidated to two locations with increased dumpster capacity, they are located at:

  • East Boulder Community Park, 5660 Sioux Drive
  • Valmont City Park, 3160 Airport Road

The City of Boulder announced plans to begin curbside clean-up of flood debris early next week. Curbside clean-up is scheduled to begin early next week and will run for approximately three weeks. Once a contractor is hired, the city will announce the start date and other details. Mud should be taken to an approved landfill.

Unincorporated Boulder County:

Rural unincorporated county residents will have access to dumpsters in various areas affected by the flood. Locations for those dumpsters will be communicated through neighborhood associations, fire protection districts, community flyers and word of mouth. Contractors caught using these dumpsters for commercial purposes will be ticketed and fined. Unincorporated residents will need to arrange collection of curbside items with their haulers. The county cannot provide curbside pick-up.


Boulder County and City of Boulder residents may also take flood debris to Western Disposal’s transfer station located at 5880 Butte Mill Road beginning today. It is open Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fees will be waived for residential flood debris disposal at the transfer station.

The state of Colorado prohibits the disposal of electronics in the landfill. They can be recycled at various locations in the county including Western Disposal or the Eco-Cycle Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials (CHaRM).



New Public Transportation Routes

The N bus from Nederland to Boulder

RTD will implement service between Nederland and Boulder effective Monday morning September 23, 2013. This service will be provided via highway 119 operating thru Black Hawk and Gilpin County. This service will be operating on Mondays-Fridays and will stop at the following locations: Boulder Transit Center (14th & Walnut), Nederland Park-n-Ride and Nederland High School. No other stops along the route will be served. Due to the length of this route and the nature of the roadways, the one-way travel time will be approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes.

RTD will operate 2 AM trips from Nederland to the Boulder Transit Center and 2 PM trips from Boulder Transit Center to Nederland. Scheduled morning trips will depart the Nederland Park-n-Ride at 5:15 AM and 6:15 AM (arriving at the Boulder Transit Center at 7:30 am and 8:30 AM respectively). Afternoon trips will depart the Boulder Transit Center at 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM (arriving at the Nederland Park-n-Ride at 7:45pm and 8:45PM respectively).

Via Mobility Services will also be providing a mid-day run from Nederland to Boulder using Sunshine Canyon, Gold Hill Road and the Peak-to-Peak Highway.  This trip will depart the Nederland Park-n-Ride at 10am and arrive in at the Boulder Transit Center at 11:30am. The return trip will depart he Boulder Transit Center at 2:00pm and arrive at the Nederland Park-n-Ride at 3:30pm.

The RTD service through Blackhawk will be utilizing a bus with a 55 seat capacity. The VIA service along Sunshine Canyon will have a capacity of 14-22 people. THe RTD and VIA operated buses will both have a $4 standard fare ($2.00 discount fare) and standard RTD fare policies for the N route will apply: Eco Pass will be accepted as valid fare on the routes. Standing passengers will not be permitted on either service due to safety concerns. More information on these services can be found at:

It is very important for everyone to be judicious with dispensing this information to the public, and to focus the information towards the Nederland community. We want to ensure that the service is not overwhelmed given its limited capacity and that all Nederland residents have the ability to ride to and from Boulder.

The Climb to Gold Hill –

The Climb bus between Boulder and Gold Hill will resume Monday-Friday service effective Monday morning September 23, 2013. Due to damage along Fourmile Canyon, the route will now be operating on Sunshine Canyon Drive and Gold Hill Road.

Eastbound buses will depart Gold Hill at 7:00am and 3:10pm (arriving at the Boulder Transit Center at 7:40am and 3:50 respectively). Westbound buses will depart the Boulder Transit Center at 7:45am, 5:10pm and 6:25pm (arriving in Gold Hill at 8:25am, 5:45pm and 7:10 pm respectively).

The Climb also serves the Switzerland trailhead at Gold Hill Rd. with the first eastbound trip of the day and final westbound trip of the day.

Via Mobility Services operates The Climb. The route has a $3 one way fare and also sells monthly and annual passes (for more information on passes, visit A route map can be found at:


Another FEMA Disaster Support Site for Four Mile

The following is an additional confirmed Mountain Site for the FEMA Disaster Support Teams. These teams are equipped with I-pads & satellite internet to connect and register our mountain residents for Individual Assistance.

Four Mile: FEMA is bringing a van to the intersection of Four Mile Canyon and Poorman Road on Sunday, September 22nd from 10 am to 2 pm. There is parking at that junction for 10-15 cars and signage will be there to verify the location.

Trash disposal

Either the Nederland or Allenspark transfer stations (green boxes) are taking trash – household and flood related – for free. Please don’t abuse this with construction debris. We don’t know at the moment how long this will last, so do it asap.

FEMA in Gold Hill on Saturday

The following is an additional confirmed Mountain Site for the FEMA Disaster Support Teams. These teams are equipped with I-pads & satellite internet to connect and register our mountain residents for Individual Assistance.

Gold Hill: FEMA is bringing a van to the top of Horsfal (Sunshine Canyon, east of town) so that Main Street can remain uncongested and open for thru traffic/emergency vehicle use. Boulder County Open Space will unlock the gates at the location to ensure safe/ample parking.

They will be there on Saturday, September 21st from 10 am to 6 pm

Remember, each of these events is open to any mountain resident.

Boil your water.

Another first, and not a good one: Ward is under a boil order. Seems the spring house was inundated with flood water and the tests are not up to par. The water operators will be chlorinating again tomorrow, and then will test again, but for the duration, we are to boil our water. Sorry guys…

FEMA disaster assistance registration in Ward

A FEMA Disaster Support Team will be in Ward at the Dojo, in the same building as the Post Office (old school house) on Friday, September 20, 11am to 5 pm.

They will be available to help any mountain residents but especially those of Ward, Bar-K, Gold Hill and Left Hand Canyon. There will be other sites and times:

Nederland: Nederland Community Center, 750 Highway 72. For Wed 9/18 after 2 pm (also available all day Thurs 9/19 up until 7pm if needed)

Allenspark: Community Room in basement of the Allenspark Fire Station, Highway 36. For Thursday, September 19, 10 am to 6 pm

Gold Hill: TBA

Possibly for Jamestown and Four Mile if their needs are not being met in Boulder/Longmont.

There are also FEMA Disaster Support Teams at Twin Peaks mall in Longmont and at Lifebridge Christian Church 10345 Ute Highway, Longmont.

For more information about the process and what’s available, either come on Friday or read more here.



Register for FEMA assistance

Members of a FEMA Disaster Support Team will be at the Nederland Community Center tomorrow at 2 pm to help individuals register to obtain assistance.

FEMA will also be at sites in Ward, Allenspark & Gold Hill…possibly more. The Schedule location for these will be out tomorrow ASAP.


And now we seem to have entered the recovery phase of this catastrophe.

As of 2PM on Tuesday, 9/17/13, crews are out and about assessing infrastructure damage. Also if your structure has been marked with a sign or tape, please leave it in place, and if you’ve removed it please replace it. This is not condemning any homes just noting where rescue crews have been and what they’ve found.

Post Office Information for Ward 09/16/13 15:00

The Post Office is open for its regular hours doing its regular business, EXCEPT that they can’t do credit card transactions as they don’t have phone access to the outside.

Ward zip code, 80481, mail is being delivered, both route (including Bar-K and Skyline) and PO Box.

Jamestown route or PO Box customers’ mail is being held in Nederland for pickup, with ID. This pertains to Left Hand Canyon customers, too, anyone with the zip code 80455. If you would prefer to have your mail delivered somewhere else, say General Delivery in Ward or to an address elsewhere, you can place a forwarding order online or at a Post Office (any post office branch) and after a few days your mail will be forwarded. I don’t know if mail held in Ned will also be forwarded.

As regards mail that was already in the boxes in Jamestown, postal inspectors must go to the building in Jamestown before mail can be dealt with and there is no immediate timeline for that.

For more information:

Nederland Post Office: 303-258-3247
Hours: M-F 8am-4pm; Sat: 9am-noon

Allenspark: 303-747-2559
Hours: M-F 8am-4pm (closed 1-1:30); Sat 8:15am-noon

Post Office Media Contact, David Rupert 303-313-5134