Headlines April 9, 2021

Headlines April 9, 2021

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Pearl Street Mall Bomb Scare Proves False

Boulder Police responded Thursday morning to a call reporting explosive devices had been placed on the Pearl Street Mall. Officers issued a shelter in place order for the area and located three suspicious items, none of which contained explosives. The pedestrian mall remained closed while police brought in bomb-sniffing dogs to check the area. Pearl Street reopened by the early afternoon.

Boulder Cited by President Biden in Gun Law Proposals

President Joe Biden announced several executive orders yesterday to curb what he called an “epidemic” of gun violence and cited Boulder as an example of what one of his orders would target. Biden outlined three steps his administration would take including an effort to stop the proliferation of ghost guns and the use of stabilizing braces on pistols, a modification that turns the weapon into a short-barreled rifle, noting that was the type of weapon used by the alleged shooter in Boulder. The President called gun violence in America an “international embarrassment.”

BOCO Health Officials Monitor COVID-19 Variants

At a community briefing on COVID-19 this week, Dr. Chris Urbina with the Boulder County Public Health Department told the virtual audience that Colorado is closely tracking the three new variants that have been detected in the state. Urbina stressed the identification of the variants should be less of a worry for those who have been vaccinated.

Renters Look to Denver for New Homes

Renters who want to move to a new city because of the pandemic are spending a lot of time looking at what Denver might offer. In what is called renter migration, research shows a mass exodus of renters who are looking to move out of urban areas.

One year ago, the outlook for American cities was bleak. The nation’s first major COVID-19 outbreak was moving through New York City, raising concerns about the relationship between disease and density. In the Denver metro area, there was a 21% increase from a year ago for those searching to move out of the area. But at the same time, more than 29% of people searched Denver as a possible next destination, making it the fourth most searched city in the U.S.

CU Approves, Then Delays Tuition Hike

The CU Board of Regents approved a 3% tuition increase Thursday, but students won’t see higher bills for another year as the university uses a portion of the $54.4 million dollars in federal coronavirus relief funding to delay the increase. The 3% tuition increase will go into effect in the academic year 2022-23. The regents also voted to use some of the funding to provide temporary pay increases for most employees.

Bears Emerge from Hibernation, Time to Bear-Proof Your Trash

The city of Boulder is reminding residents to take steps to keep bears out of their garbage as the animals come out of hibernation. The first bear sighting of the year occurred in mid-March along Spring Valley Road. Unsecured trash containers can attract hungry bears and even lead them to lose their wariness of residential areas. This, in turn, increases the likelihood of fatal encounters with automobiles, power lines and wildlife control officers. The city passed an ordinance in 2017 that requires residents west of Broadway and south of Sumac Avenue to dispose of trash and compost in bear-resistant containers. Residents throughout the city must use these containers if leaving trash and compost out overnight. Community members with backyard livestock such as goats and chickens are encouraged to secure their animals and gardeners can do their part by harvesting ripe fruit from trees.