Colorado Flood recovery: Still lots to do, but there is progress

A few weeks ago, Prairie Mou9-26-2014 1-37-12 PMntain Media CEO Al Manzi and I had the pleasure of attending the annual Community Partners Breakfast hosted by The Community Foundation of Boulder County. The focus was “The Flood, One-Year Later.”

We heard from Julie Van Domelen, the mayor of Lyons, and Gary Sanfacon, Boulder County flood recovery manager. Their stories of resilience and cooperation were moving. They also told of folks still waiting to get back to their normal lives.

We were happy to make a donation of $7,000 to the United Way Foothills Relief Fund, part of the total donation we’re making from sales proceeds of our book “A Thousand Years Rain.” Next week we’ll be making an equal donation to United Way of Larimer County’s Long-Term Recovery Fund. There’ll be more to come as we continue to sell books at

Many people relied on the Camera to provide up-to-the-minute coverage of flood events, and we took that responsibility to heart. I hope you’ve enjoyed our one-year-later, one year stronger coverage throughout this month.

It’s what community newspapers do best, and I’m proud to be a part of that.

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Boulder Area Realtor® Association installs new officers

I want to congratulate our real estate partners in the Boulder Area Realtor® Association, who recently installed their 2014-2015 leadership (take a look at today’s At Home Colorado section in the Daily Camera or visit online at for photos from the event).

Michelle Bodin, Bodin Realty International, passed the presidential gavel to Lisa Wade, RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc. Also installed: David Scott, Colorado Landmark, President-elect; Michelle Bodin, Bodin Realty International as Immediate Past President; Tucker Brown, Four Star Realty, Christina Davies, Eighty 30 Real Estate, and Jodi Hansen, Housing Helpers were each installed as Directors.

As a sponsor to the annual event, we also congratulate: Lou Barnes, Premier Mortgage Lending Group; DeMarie Niedling, Fidelity National Title; and John Asmussen, Metro Brokers, who each received Special Presidential awards. Thirteen members were recognized for 25 years of continuous Association membership. The Realtor® Emeritus Award was presented to Bill Goodacre, Vann Hilty, Carole Lees, Joel Ripmaster, Art Rolander, John Schott, Clare Udis and Glenn Vigil.

Affiliate Member of the Year went to Karen Woolhiser, Citywide Home Loans. 2013 Realtor®-of-the-Year Award went to Mike Bader, RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc. The Distinguished Realtor® award was presented to Rich Dana, Four Star Realty.

At Home Colorado is the perfect location for all things home related. Call 303.473.1400 to learn more.


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BocoDeals Spotlights Tangerine in Friday Magazine

Be sure to look 9-18-2014 11-57-10 AMfor the BocoDeals Spotlight page in today’s Friday Magazine, featuring one of our favorite local restaurants, Tangerine.

The BocoDeals Spotlight page gives readers an opportunity to learn more about a Camera advertising partner’s business, their claim to fame, and why you should check them out at

The new “3 Questions” feature gives us a chance to spend a few minutes with a “person behind the brand” and learn about what inspires them… or perhaps share an insider’s story or two.

Have you visited yet? Click on over to discover the “hottest deals of the Front Range” and save 40-90 percent on all the things you love – dining, entertainment, fitness, automotive care, health, body care, beauty and more.

You can even get a free deal when you refer three friends!

The Spotlight page is provided at no charge to our BocoDeals advertisers. To learn about promoting your business on, call 303.473.1400.

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Colorado Hometown Weekly voluntary pay campaign under way

If you make your home in East Boulder County, Colorado Hometown Weekly is your hometown newspaper.

Whether it’s reporting on the latest city council meeting, keeping tabs on high school teams or sharing the stories of your friends and neighbors, Colorado Hometown Weekly strives to be your source for local news that you can use in your daily lives.

You want to know what is going on in city government, what’s happening around town and in your children’s schools. You want to read the advertisements to find out about sales and specials at local businesses. We bring these things and more to you each week.

We recently asked Colorado Hometown Weekly readers to show their support by voluntarily paying for a one-year home subscription at their own level of choosing: $75, $50 or $30. Colorado Hometown Weekly is a free paper in news stands.)

We’re happy to report that we received nearly $7,000 in voluntary subscriptions in the first two weeks of our subscription drive, confirming that local news is so important, folks voluntarily pay for it every year.

Our advertisers are getting attention in the Colorado Hometown Weekly, as well as in the Camera, Times-Call and Colorado Daily. We deliver engaged, loyal readers who value their news and the advertising information that accompanies it.

Call 303.473.1400 to put the power of community journalism to work for your business!

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Get online with our affordable website services

Local businesses are reaching more customers than ever before with custom websites created by the Camera’s marketing and development teams. These sites are built with organic search engine results in mind. Our clients report seeing their sites shooting to the top of search engine ret9-16-2014 3-29-12 PMurn pages.

Mobile optimization ensures a site that loads quickly, with content that is easy to find on  a small screen. It also delivers results: Mobile-optimized sites enjoy a 75 percent higher rate of engagement, with 1-in-5 visits resulting in a click to contact the business.

Your site will also allow you to integrate your real-time social messaging to get the biggest splash for all of your social posts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more.

The Camera offers a full range of mobile marketing services, implemented by local staff with industry expertise.

You don’t need a champagne budget to get a great website! All you have to do is pick up your smartphone and call 303.473.1400 to get started.

Sources: Sources: DudaMobile Internal Data, 2011; Brand Anywhere and Luth Research, 2010. 


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Make your best guess in Camera’s First Snow contest

Let it Snow!

It’s September and it won’t be long before the snow REALLY starts flying – which means it’s time again for the Daily Camera’s annual First & Last Snow Contest, presented by Crist Mortuary.

You are invited to enter the contest and have a chance to win one of two tasty prizes – $100 gift certificates to a Boulder County restaurant!

To enter, visit Entries must be received no later than Sept. 30, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.

The person who most closely guesses the date and time of day of the first snowfall (that means 1 inch or more, as measured at the central Boulder weather station) wins.

For the last snow, just guess the date and time of day we’ll see the last snowfall (again, it has to be at least 1 inch of measurable snow) before June 1, 2015.

No purchase is necessary to enter, of course, and in the event of a tie, we’ll choose the winner in a random drawing.

Business owners, contests are great ways to engage with your customers. If you’d like to sponsor a contest, give us a shout. We can tailor a program that fits your marketing strategy and your budget. Our contest packages include print, social and digital impressions and are guaranteed to help your brand and grow your fan base! Call 303.473.1400 today to learn about a sponsored contest for your company.


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Broomfield Enterprise is true community journalism

The Broomfield Enterprise is delivered to local businesses and residents every Thursday and Sunday. It is Broomfield County’s No. 1 source for local news, packed with stunning photographs, columns written by standout Broomfield citizens, slice-of-life features, school and business news, and prep sports.

It’s community journalism at its finest, but there are costs involved in producing a newspaper that advertising revenue doesn’t cover. In order to remain a viable news source, we ask Enterprise readers to support their local paper by paying a voluntary one-year subscription fee at the level of their choosing. Our annual Voluntary Pay campaign is just that – voluntary. All we ask is for readers to contribute if they can, however much they think their paper is worth.

This year’s results have been encouraging, and we’ll finish this year’s campaign ahead of last year. We’ve also again confirmed that local news is so important, folks voluntarily pay for it every year. The Enterprise continues to grow in popularity with Broomfield readers, and we thank them for it.

Our advertisers are getting attention in the Enterprise – a lot of it – as well as in the Camera, Times-Call, Colorado Hometown Weekly and Colorado Daily. We deliver engaged, loyal readers who value their news and the advertising information that accompanies it. Call 303.473.1400 to put the power of the Enterprise, Camera and beyond – the power of community journalism – behind your business.

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Don’t miss Saturday’s Cyclists 4 Lyons event

Today, I want to send a shout out to our Lyons readers and advertisers (and everyone else who supports flood recovery efforts) for their resilience and efforts in coming back from last year’s floods. There’s an event coming up this weekend you won’t want to miss!

This Saturday, Sept. 13, on the one-year anniversary, Cyclists 4 Community and the Oskar Blues Cand’aid Foundation is presenting Cyclists 4 Lyons/Viva Lyons, a community event to benefit ongoing recovery work. Enjoy great food, craft beer, live music and lots of neighborly hang time.

There’s a full day of family fun and community sharing on the schedule, starting with several bike rides, a silent/live auction, kids area, live music, beer food trucks – even an appearance by Governor Hickenlooper at 5 p.m. And by all means, do join in on the Lyon’s “Group Hug” and help set a new record!

There will be plenty of live music throughout the day, with local groups Laser Bunny, Blake & Groves and Bonnie & The Clydes. Grammy-nominated The Infamous Stringdusters will close out the day with some high-intensity acoustic bluegrass.

You’ll go home happy, I guarantee it.

For complete information go to

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All in PINK raises awareness of breast cancer

The Times-Call, the Daily Camera and the Reporter-Herald invite you to join us in our All in PINK effort to raise awareness of breast cancer, support early detection and treatment, and to celebrate the survivors and the legacies of those who have lost the fight against this terrible disease.

Our news web sites are turning pink with an interactive PINKboard. The PINKboard will feature new breast cancer research developments and treatments, survivor stories, treatment-friendly recipes and more. The general public will be invited to post photos and notes of encouragement and remembrances for loved ones who have been touched by breast cancer.

Every week in October, we’ll publish PINK spadeas on the A sections of the Camera and on the A and B sections of the Reporter-Herald and Times-Call. Share space with our readers and their stories with a listing about how your business, products and services support women and breast cancer. This is a good place to promote breast cancer related events and fund raisers.

Reserve your space in the first issue (publishing on Sat., Oct. 4) by Mon., Sept. 22. Learn more about exclusive ad packages by calling 303.473.1400 today.

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Series of flood workshops, events start this week

Following the 2013 Flood, a wide variety of Boulder County residents and organizations from all sectors of the county came together as BoCo Strong. The group was formed to champion community engagement and build community resilience. They learned from other communities hard hit by disaster the importance of engaging all parts of the community about how to rebuild stronger and better.

This week begins a series of commemorative and learning events designed to celebrate these communities, help us learn about floods and our waterways, and let citizens have a voice in planning the future.

Events are planned in Boulder, Lyons, Jamestown, Redstone and Sandstone.

Tonight’s “Lyons Flood History Exhibit: The What and Why of Forecasting a Record Flood Event”,  is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Boulder History Museum, 1206 Euclid Ave., Boulder.

See the full event calendar at Events are still being added throughout the month, so be sure to check in often.

The Camera is proud to sponsor this effort, and we recognize the work of many, many people whom we’ll never get to thank in person. Please plan to participate in one of these events if you can. And continue to remember those who are still impacted by the floods!


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