The Longmont Years: 2009-2011 Breaking the Bloc

In this installment, we pick up in early 2009 after apparent local political burnout – or so I thought.  The previous two years were hectic, to say the least.  Output increased in quantity and quality, both in the written and spoken word.  By the end of ’08 I had gone back to one of my first loves: aviation.  But staying away from local politics was apparently not in the cards. Continue reading

The Longmont Years: 2007-2008 YourHub, LifeBridge, The Bloc, Longmont Advocate, Vote!Longmont, and podcasting

In the previous post, I talked about how we came to end up in Longmont and the beginnings of my (and our, including my wife) various activities there, specifically in the political arena.  This next section only covers 2 years, but insanely busy and active years they were, read on… Continue reading

(Video) Longmont shares Air Force General Shelton’s concerns regarding Light Squared

It was revealed this week that Air Force General William Shelton was pressured by the White House to alter his testimony regarding Light Squared, a Virginia based broadband satellite company (and Obama campaign donor) that has plans to build tens of thousands of ground stations for a wireless network. The general had concerns that the proposed wireless service could interfere with the military’s GPS capabilities.

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Longmont needs you (and your car) to help to make history this Friday for satellite from space photo

How many cars, when placed in a lettered row in a high school parking lot, does it take to spell out the letter “L” in the name Longmont? Five. How many does it take to spell out Longmont? Forty-four. Add the word “Google” and you need a total of 82 cars.

Read the article by the Longmont Examiner about the community effort being planned for a photo shoot from space by Longmont’s own Digital Globe in our city’s continued plan to win the Google Fiber Project…

St Vrain Valley School District opts not to pursue Pres Obama’s ‘Race to the Top’ educational grant

St Vrain Valley School Superintendent Don Haddad recently tweeted on his Twitter page that “I realize that there are some people who still do not fully grasp the seriousness of the state’s budget. We will continue to inform.” He hopes to use a series of meetings (schedule found below) to answer and take questions from parents and those affected by the expected current budget shortfall at the state level.

While the district is facing a $11M budget shortfall, Haddad also recently wrote that the SVVSD has opted not to apply for President Obama’s “Race to the Top” grant.

Click here to read the rest of the story at the Longmont Examiner

Is city council paying attention to the foreclosure report?

According to the Longmont Foreclosure Report, there have been 262 foreclosures since April. This map breaks them down by ward AND by Longmont City Councilmember.

How often have you heard councilmembers of those wards address this? As such, the Longmont Examiner can only suggest what their responses might be…

click here to read them at the Longmont Examiner

City Council needs to re-visit mosquito policy

misquito-bite(1)Below is the (required 300 words or less) opinion article I submitted to the Daily Times Call, which was printed today 6/18/09 with their headline of : “You can avoid spray

An extended version of this was also printed in my column over at and ran as a link on

I am a mosquito magnet, and so is one of my kids…so I was very attentive to the advice given during a conversation at a recent Boulder County Parks and Open Space meeting. The speaker was encouraging vigilance with mosquito repellent. She noted that we have received a lot of rain recently and temperatures will probably heat up, bringing out the mosquitoes and she was predicting that it’s going to be a “bad year”. I’ve heard stories from and know people affected by contracting West Nile virus from mosquito bites, so this was not good news.

Yet just last month, four of our Longmont City Council members (Hansen, McCoy, Benker and Levison) recommended changing our mosquito spraying policy and now will only do this when set traps in and around the city catch 100 or more mosquitoes showing positive testing for West Nile virus.

I’ve watched while some people in Longmont have voiced their concerns at council meetings about pesticides and how the fogging affects them. When fogging has occurred in the past, we get out of our hot tub and go inside. I have a garden alongside my fencing and should fogging occur, I will cover it up with plastic sheeting. Should my dog be outside during spraying, I will bring him in during this temporary spraying event. It’s not that difficult to avoid being “fogged.”

The City of Longmont often boasts about our outdoor spaces and our many parks. They also are offering many outdoor events this summer and need the income generated from citizens attending. There are millions of projected income dollars tied up in some of these events.

We live next to an open space that collects a lot of water every rainfall…let’s hope the mosquitoes are the only ones to have a bad year.