May 10: Public meeting with Boulder County about the Comprehensive Plan and land use in the greater Hygiene area

Join us for a presentation of Boulder County’s Comprehensive Plan with Dale Case, Director of Land Use, and staff, Wednesday, May 10, 6:30-8:00pm at Hygiene Elementary School.

This meeting will be an overview of the Comprehensive Plan, specifically addressing land use in the greater Hygiene area. Its focus will not be on mining specifically, but mining is certainly a land use issue addressed in the Comprehensive Plan. There will be a short question and answer period following the presentation. Sponsored by the Hygiene Community Association.

Public meeting TONIGHT: Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study of the Colorado Highway 66 corridor

Are you concerned about up to 240 truck trips a day coming and going on Hwy 66 from Martin Marietta’s proposed mining operation near Lyons? Let your voice be heard tonight at a public meeting, Wednesday, April 26, 4:30-7:30 pm at Longs Peak Middle School, 1500 14th Avenue, Longmont.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is conducting a Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study of the Colorado Highway 66 corridor, from McConnell Drive in Lyons to Weld County Road 19. The study team will identify the needs along CO 66 and develop a strategic, long-term vision for the corridor.

Can’t attend? Submit comments through the online feedback form.

Join us Thursday evening (4/27/17) at 6:30pm for We The People 2.0

This Thursday, April 27th at 6:30PM, S.O.S.V.V. will host a community meeting with a screening of the documentary We The People 2.0 at the Shupe’s homestead at 11931 N 61st Street, Longmont, CO 80503 (on 61st off Hygiene Rd, to the west of the town of Hygiene). Q & A with Joshua James of East Boulder County United will follow. See the trailer here.

From the film’s website: We the People 2.0 is a visual essay about the loss of democracy in the United States. Narrated by Walton Goggins, the film utilizes both original footage as well as found footage to describe a profound change in thinking at the grassroots level. The story unfolds through the eyes of rural people and sacrifice zones in urban communities who have faced decades of toxic dumps, drilling and mines in their communities. We learn with them that the reason why, in spite of all their efforts, they “get what they don’t want, again and again,” is because they are, by law, truly powerless in spite of propaganda that says they live in the “best democracy in the world.” These people come to understand that the reason they can’t stop the destruction is that the US has become an oligarchy, run by the corporate few who ignore the rights and will of the people. These people are frontally challenging our corporate state; thereby saving nature and themselves. Thomas Linzey, a nonprofit attorney’s inspiring words shows how, we, the people, can turn this around and lay claim to our democracy. This movement is building as you read this, not just in this country but around the world; our film shows how and where it all began.

Public hearing for proposed floodplain map and code amendments – Wednesday, April 19

Boulder County Courthouse, Commissioners Hearing Room, 1325 Pearl St., Boulder, third floor. The estimated start time of these agenda items is 3:30 p.m.

Remapping the floodplain could have consequences for the mining activity proposed in SU-96-18.

Note that the Planning Commission Public Hearing in its entirety begins at 1:30 p.m. According to the press release, “The estimated start time of these agenda items is 3:30 p.m. Due to the situational nature of these agenda items it is difficult for staff to provide accurate time estimates for each item. Please also note that items may be withdrawn or removed from the agenda for various reasons which would impact the timing of subsequent items. Staff may be able to provide a better estimate closer to the hearing date. Please contact with any questions.”

Call to Action: Write letters to the Boulder County Land Use Department

You can make a difference! Now is the time to tell the Boulder County Land Use Department about your concerns. At this time they are conducting research and gathering data on the current status of Martin Marietta’s 20-year-old mining permit, and our community’s opinions should be included in their records. It is likely that they will eventually present recommendations to the Boulder County Commissioners on this matter.

See the “write letters” section of our Call to Action web page. We’ve provided contact information, a sample letter from a community member, and links to additional background information. Make sure that you request that your letter be included in Docket SU-96-18; this will ensure that your voice becomes part of the official record.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. — Attributed to Margaret Meade