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Intercambio Changes Lives by Teaching Newcomers the Native Tongue

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Erica (Min Hee) Kim moved from Korea to the U.S. 30 years ago, and when she first arrived in California, she was surrounded by a community of Korean speakers. She read Korean-language newspapers and went to a Korean-speaking church. Her 
children attended school where their teachers spoke fluent Korean; she shopped in Asian markets. For 15 years she lived on U.S. soil without speaking more than a few words of English, but she never felt isolated. She had dozens of friends; she had her four daughters and a husband. She felt happy. 

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BoCo HARD Takes to Streets

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Boulder County Homeowners Against Road Deterioration, or BoCo HARD, a citizen group organized to respond to deteriorating subdivision roads in Boulder County, organized a street repair project April 1st in hopes of obtaining $1,000,000 from the county.

BoCo HARD organizer Charlie Wannabe gathered a group of 311 homeowners from the Boulder Country Club area of unincorporated Boulder County, armed with shovels, sand, water and cement, to repair some of the worst of the subdivision roads.

“We need a concrete solution to this problem,” Wannabe said. “The County Commissioners have promised $1,000,000 to property owners who voluntarily assumed responsibility for repair of subdivision roads, and we’d like to get our hands on that money.”

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5280-High Skydivers Clutter Rural Character of Area Air Space

Danger in the Skies or Harmless Weekend Activities?

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Editor’s Note: In the kind of hard-hitting investigative reporting that the Courier is known for, our crackerjack journalist team, Olive Martini and Nellie Nibnose, uncovered how Boulder County plans to handle the abundance of paragliders and ultra-light aircraft that have invaded the otherwise peaceful county skies. While Martini documents the ever-increasing numbers of humans who hurl themselves out of aircraft, Nibnose has uncovered how the county plans to handle where these daredevils land and how that would affect local prairie dog colonies.

Area skydiving out of Vance Bend Municipal Airport in Longmont has grown in such popularity that the parachutes (and the men and women attached to them) have begun to “clutter the rural character” of unincorporated Boulder County skies, according to a county-issued press release.

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The TDR Deal of the Decade Possible

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In what can only be described as the deal of the decade, Mickey Mackerel has inked the TDR (Transferable Development Right) agreement to end all TDR agreements with Boulder County. Mackerel, who is looking to finish off his Niwot Mound subdivision, has swapped these rights for the open space on the east side of 71st Street in Gunbarrel.

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Toke Shop Takes Over Toddler Center

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The Tiny Tulips Learning Center, which once teemed with happy three-year-olds learning their ABCs and valuable life lessons in how to share and wait their turn, closed its doors forever on Friday, March 27. The neighborhood school that’s enjoyed more than 12 years honing the minds of Niwot’s young, was replaced by Peabuddies, a marijuana grow facility and retail shop on the corner of Main and Franklin Streets.

“It’s a simple matter of economics,” said the marijuana facility’s owner, High Westerbrook. “It’s only become emotional because of those three-year-olds, wearing those backpacks that are too big for them and carrying those Tickle-Me-Elmo stuffed dolls.” Westerbrook added, “Believe me, if those kids were 10 or 15 years old, with their backpacks looking normal-sized, we would not be having this community backlash.” 

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Dear Eleanor Sequel Optioned by Mystery Producer

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Dear Eleanor sequel, Dear Abigail, is a roman à clef featuring twin advice columnists on a road trip in search of the first lady of abstract expressionism, Peggy Guggenheim. When Leonardo DiCaprio passed on this second-round indie flick, industry insiders worried the movie would never get made. But fears were put to rest last summer when a man, who said he was looking to put his small town on the map, stepped forward, funding the whole shebang for about $1,700.

The movie’s a mad-cap, cross-country adventure set in the 1940s and reveals the coming of age of two of the country’s premier (and as yet, undiscovered) advice columnists, as they learn the tools of the trade—such as active listening and the use of “I” statements. They meet a stream of con artists and men on the make while driving with the top down against the backdrop of unincorporated Boulder County’s verdant fields and light-industrial commercial developments.  

Movie highlights include the more competitive twin getting locked in a grand piano, plus plenty of scenes that find the would-be columnists in area brew pubs (known back then as taverns or public houses), where they hone their advice-giving chops with the scores of inebriated newlyweds they meet, in addition to parents of teenagers. As viewers, you’ll learn valuable skills such as how to say “no” to people like your really pushy friend, Debbie.

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Area Man Overheard Challenging Pole

 

A local man was overheard “using a raised voice,” and challenging a totem pole to “step outside.” The incident occurred in the historic downtown neighborhood of Niwot last week. It’s unclear what the disagreement was about, or whether the man or the pole rose victorious in the incident’s aftermath. The face at the top of the totem pole, it was said, appeared calmer an hour or so following the skirmish.

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