An historical archive of the year of the great flood.

Archive for April, 2014

Howlett house to be removed and other updates

From the Mayor of Jamestown:

I wanted to give you a quick update on the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program activities this week.

  • Joey’s house will be removed beginning on Friday.
  • Colt & Steel are nearing completion of the in-channel work over the next week. Once they’re complete with the in-channel work they’ll finish up the work outside the channel
  • The Anderson Hill Bridge will be removed this week to allow the completion of the in-channel work.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this week’s EWP activities.

Love to an incredibly special Community in this difficult time.


Tara Schoedinger


Jamestown lost one of the great ones. I’ll miss you Tom.


Sunday Reflection

Kevin, Bill, Glenn

Java Jam, June, 1999


Looking down Anderson Hill



Next to Normal


First house to start rebuilding after the Jamestown Flood

Russel and Marcus are on a roll. Congratulations guys!



Bacon Fest at the Merc tonight

bacon fest

Photo by Anne Breiler.

Jamestown Newsletter, April 20

BREAKING: Jamestown kids find missing Easter eggs

easter egg hunt

Photo by Sandy Greathouse.

Sunday Reflection

Josh and Sara

Spring in the Town Square with Josh and Sara, May 2011

Rocks for protecting and rebuilding Jamestown

Photo of rocks in the town square with happy Julie by Anne Breiler:



Watch the Spring runoff preparedness videos

Boulder county has posted these video describing preparations for Spring runoff.

IMPORTANT: Resident Preparadness

County Efforts

Come to another fabulous community meeting tomorrow (Tuesday)

From the Mayor of Jamestown:

This is a reminder about the Jamestown Community Meeting tomorrow night.

What: Jamestown Community Meeting
When: Tuesday, April 15 @ 5:30pm
Where: Jamestown Mercantile

  • Agenda
  • Jamestown Election Results
  • Announcements
  • Fundraising Events
  • Volunteer Coordination Update
  • Recovery Updates
  • Update on Road Designs
  • Update on Water Distribution System
  • Ben Johnson from the Forest Service
  • Community Forum on the speed limit through town

Please join us for an evening of Community at the Merc!


Tara Schoedinger

Sunday Reflection

Emma's Gorilla

Emma Man’s gorilla is gone but not forgotten.


Volunteer “Fundraising Heroes” raise over $484,000 for Jamestown

From Erika:

We’ve had an amazing group of people volunteering in the office — answering phones, greeting guests, organizing, taking care of special projects, maintaining the library and food bank, etc. But what people may NOT know about these incredible people, is that they are actually fundraising money for Jamestown with every hour they work. How? Because volunteer hours actually count as dollars toward our rebuild.


Town Square will be rebuilt with GOCO grant

From Wendy Stokes:

Here is some very good news! We have just learned that were successful in obtaining the GOCO grant to rebuild the Town Square! Vic and I went to Lyons this morning to hear the GOCO Board accept the committee’s nominations for 14 Flood Reconstruction Grants including ours.


Private Property Debris Removal Program

Click here to see the presentation from last week’s meeting on the private property debris removal.

FREE Energy Yoga and Meditation class for Jamestown

TO: Jamestown FROM: Chakra Healing Arts Center (Gunbarrel)

A FREE Energy Yoga and Meditation class exclusively for people from Jamestown will begin next Monday in the Community Room, first floor at the Boulder Shambhala Center, 1345 Spruce St, downtown Boulder. Classes will be every Monday, for 6 weeks, April 14th – May 19th from 5:30 – 6:45.


Sunday Reflection

Summer in Jamestown


Summer in Jamestown, August 2010. Photo by Steve Edelstein.

Emergency sirens on April 7 is only a test

From Boulder County:

Emergency warning sirens to be tested beginning April 7

Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County and the City of Boulder will begin audible testing of the countywide emergency sirens at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 7. The test is the first of the monthly emergency audible siren tests, which take place each year on the first Monday of each month from April through August.

The audible siren tests will occur twice on each testing day, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., on April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7 and Aug. 4.


Come hear the incredible band at the Merc tonight, Saturday

This Saturday Night just about the best country band ANYWHERE is coming to play our little Merc…

Halden Wofford and The Hi Beams will be honkin and tonkin!

From Red Rocks to rodeos, the Fillmore Auditorium to the back of a flatbed truck, Prairie Home Companion to performing arts centers, Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams delivers an unforgettable and original night of American music.

And if that weren’t good enough, we’ll be throwing bbq ribs on the grill with mashers, kale salad and spicy white beans.

Come up to volunteer day and stay all night.

Cycling restricted in Lefthand Canyon and James Canyon effective immediately untilMay 1

From Boulder County:

Major debris hauling efforts and other construction work in progress

Boulder County, Colo. – Lefthand Canyon from U.S. 36 to James Canyon, and James Canyon to Balarat Road will be closed to cyclists 7 days per week until May 1 while crews remove major debris hazards from the area before spring runoff and continue road construction.

 What: Lefthand Canyon and James Canyon temporarily closed to cyclists 7 days per week

When: Beginning April 4

Who: Cyclists

Where: From U.S. 36 to James Canyon, and from James Canyon to Balarat Road

 In order to expedite the hazardous debris removal by a May 1 deadline, and to mitigate a safety risk, we are asking cyclists to respect the temporary restrictions. We are also asking motorists to avoid the canyons unless travel is necessary.

“Due to unsafe conditions on the roadways such as steep drop-offs along the roadways from washed-away ditches and washed-away roadway shoulders, plus the increased volumes of heavy construction and road maintenance equipment along compromised roadways, so we can remove debris before spring runoff, we ask that cyclists stay out of the canyons if possible,” said Transportation Director George Gerstle. “While these conditions are experienced by both motorists and bicyclists, bicyclists are much more likely to have their safety compromised.”

Residents who need to ride a bike on this area for basic transportation purposes can contact the Sheriff’s Office at 303-441-3650 for a permit.

“Once we want to thank everybody in advance for their cooperation so we can address the risk of spring runoff as quickly and safely as possible,” said Gerstle.

We want to remind all residents that while we are making progress on repairing the roads, and removing debris, we still have more to do (please refer to for updates).

For more information about this temporary closure, call the Transportation Department at 303-441-3900.

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Come to the Volunteer Work Day tomorrow, Saturday

From the Volunteer Coordinator:

Volunteer Work Day tomorrow, Saturday beginning at 9 am at Town Hall. We have many projects to work on tomorrow. Please join us and bring your friends too! If you would, please sign up in advance,

It’s supposed to be cloudy all morning with rain coming in the afternoon so please dress appropriately. Bring a wheel barrow if you have one, we are in VERY short supply. The Merc will be preparing a delicious burrito bar for volunteers and Connie Gordon will be baking morning muffins.

Thank you and hope to see you here!

JAM’s April 7 grant deadline is approaching

From JAM:

Jamestown Artists and Musicians (JAM) is pleased to announce that due to the generosity of the Wild Bear Ecology Center we are offering two need-based JAM Artists and Musicians Grants to Jamestown artists who lost work-related materials in the Jamestown flood. Awards are $500 each.

Deadline: April 7th, 2014. Send your narrative and contact information with the subject JAM Artists and Musicians Award to Awards will be given out in May, 2014.


Jamestown Newsletter, March 31

Come to the Jamestown Support meeting on Saturday

Saturday, April 5th, 2014, 3:30 – 5:30pm

Please join Tamira Jenlink, who responded with the Left Hand Fire Department during and after the flood. She has a private practice in Boulder focused on working with PTSD and trauma. At this meeting, we will address . . .


Tribute to our Mayor

Yesterday was National Mayors Day and Tara was honored with a surprise outpouring of gratitude by the community at the Merc last night and the award of the Super Tara action figure.

Photos by Sal DeVincenzo.




From Tara:
The Jamestown Community is the most amazing Community in the world. I couldn’t and wouldn’t do this without you. YOU make us strong and YOU make me so incredibly proud every day by your strength and resilience. I am humbled and honored to serve you. Thank you for the most beautiful evening. I love you!

Election results

From Mary Ellen, Town Clerk:

Thanks to all of you who voted today! It was good to see all of you. Our newly elected town board members are TARA (Mayor), Chad Droste, Julie Constantine, Vic Harris, Ken Lenarcic, Allan Mueller and Tim Stokes. Congratulations. Thanks to Mateo for throwing your hat into the rink! Special thanks to our election judges: JaVayne, Leesa and Anne B.

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