An historical archive of the year of the great flood.

Archive for July, 2014

Trick question

Why did the old Jamestown water mains leak like a sieve on Main Street and there is great optimism about the new mains

Hint photos by Mark Wischmeyer.




Sunday Reflection

September 2010

Main Street in Jamestown closed next week; plan accordingly

From the Mayor of Jamestown:


This is to inform everyone that Duran and the Town need to close Main St through Town next week in order to repair service lines.

Main Street Closed (15th to Ward St)
Monday 7/28 – Friday 8/1
8:30am – 4:30pm
Expect delays outside of these hours

As we repair the drinking water distribution system in Town, we are required to meet current codes and standards which require the water main and curb valves to be 7 feet deep.  The old mains and valves were 5 feet deep at the most.  In order to restore function of the water system we are required to lower the ends of the private service lines to meet the new depth of the water main.  9 of the 22 water service lines on Main St are on the opposite side of the street from the water main.  For these 9 service lines Duran will need to dig a trench across the entire road which requires the road to be completely closed.

Duran is working closely with Boulder County Sheriff, Boulder County Transportation, Boulder County Transportation Communication, Left Hand Fire Protection District and Jamestown Volunteer Fire Department to ensure all agencies are aware of the closure.  Electronic signs will be placed at the bottom of Left Hand Canyon, Lee Hill Rd, James Canyon and the top of the switchbacks on Overland Rd.  Duran will continue to have traffic control in Town. This will NOT impact emergency services for anywhere in the Canyon or above.

Duran is working as hard as they can and will try to complete this work early.  Please be advised that if any issues are encountered it could extend the required closure.  Duran has run into unanticipated issues throughout this project such as radon, hydrocarbons and water that were not expected and required special mitigation procedures.  We appreciate how difficult this has been for everyone and we appreciate everyone’s patience during the Town’s recovery process.

Please call the Town Hall (303) 449-1806 or me if you have any questions.

Tara Schoedinger

Applications available for flood-related home repair and rental assistance

From Boulder County:

Flood-impacted residents may be eligible for CDBG-DR funding

Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County has been awarded a first-round sum of more than $5 million in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This money is to be used to help eligible homeowners impacted by the 2013 Flood who need financial assistance witheligible projects including home repairs (septic and well systems and individual driveways, bridges, and culverts) and temporary rental assistance.

“This funding could help about 200 of the most vulnerable households in Boulder County that are still struggling to recover from the damage done by the flood,” said Boulder County Commissioner Deb Gardner. “While this round of support is limited and has strict eligibility requirements, it’s a step in the right direction and we’re optimistic we’ll get more of this funding in the future.”


TODAY: Community input meeting on county road permanent repairs

From Erika Archer, Town of Jamestown:

County Road 94 (CR94) Public Input Meeting
CR94 includes: James Canyon, Mill St, Main St, Overland Rd
Wednesday, July 23 at 5:30
Town Hall, Jamestown

Please come share with us your ideas on what we should consider as the engineers begin to design the permanent repairs for CR94. Boulder County Transportation will also provide an update on the temporary paving project that the County plans to begin later this summer.


  • Introductions:
    • Boulder County
    • ECOM
  • Overlay Project
    •  Emergency/Temporary Plan
    • Permanent Plan CR 94
    • Resident input

Community meeting tonight

5:30 – 7:30 pm, The Merc, Jamestown

Sunday Reflection

The Neighbors, 1998

Jamestown Newsletter, July 18, 2014

Sunday Reflection

Martin House

The Martin House, 1999

Amazing but true

IMG_1009Holy mackerel!!!!! Jon Ashton was just at our house and we now have town water!!! Astounding progress. Our deepest gratitude to Jon and his team, Tara and the Trustees, and everybody else who had a hand in getting us to this point in so many domains, not just water. With all the dust, road closures/delays, beep-beep-beeping trucks, etc., it’s easy to forget how far we’ve come. So, coming very soon to your neighborhood: town water!

Nancy and Steve


This is not trick photography. That is real town water coming out of a real faucet In Jamestown. Not any of that fake cistern water.

July 11, 2014. Another day to remember. Exactly 10 months from the day the rains first started.

Sal’s mother lode of 4th of July photos

Click here to see the complete collection.

Community Meeting tonight

5:30 – 7:30 pm, The Merc, Jamestown

New Speed Limit in Jamestown, 15 MPH

From Julie Constantine, Town Board Trustee:

—– SPEED LIMIT CHANGE —- Approved by Jamestown Town Board Trustees


[Heading West: From the Stop sign (by the Fire hall) to approx. the Post Office]

Roads and Bridges are awaiting new signage and posts and will be up ASAP.

If you have any questions please contact Julie Constantine at

See the amazing 4th of July Anvil Shoot

A long-standing tradition in Jamestown’s 4th of July celebrations is the Anvil Shoot. In the 18oos local miners would entertain themselves with this amazing display by placing heavy iron anvils face-to-face on top of each other and igniting the black powder gently placed in the space between them. History does not record how many miners blew themselves up in the process. But the tradition lives on as video’d by Kyle Williams.

I photographed the making of an Anvil Shoot in 2005. View the insets clockwise starting in the lower left. –Steve–
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[Click photo to enlarge]

Kazoo band in action on 4th of July

On July 4th, 2014, Laura Williams led the Kazoo Band in the World’s Goofiest Parade. They finished their march around the big park (aka Elysian Fields) with a tribute to Joey Howlett by playing his favorite kazoo opus, Yellow Submarine.

Video by Jill Bielawski.


Sunday Reflection

Homage to Jamestown 4th of July by Lynne Grieve

Elyssian Park – July 4, 2014 – Jamestown, CO

There’s Nina – coordinator of volunteers – unflaggingly drumming up support from a Jimtowner, in what might seem like an endless and energetic enterprise. There’s Joy relating her gorgeous story about her gorgeous ceramic bowls. Made out of the damn flood mud!!! Carefully hand-rolled mud balls placed in a bowl-shaped mold by post-event towners, young and old; smoothed by fingertips on the inner surface; painted shades of Mother Nature and fired solid to offer to those re-building Mennonites, Baptists, cyclists, the EPA, the first responders returning for a “Hello”. [Continued]

Photos by Steve Edelstein.

There’s an eyeball sting. There’s Alex, a little whiplashed from 6 months without work to a cyclone of work; keeping him from his beloved studio. Anticipate the day it’s back to lightwashed rainbow colors in there…scene of many a stained-glass and watercolor workshop with the most generous of mentors. Colleen, Jamestown EMS, pedals off to the park with her young adult daughter who grew up here. What would THAT be like?! Maybe you’d be most familiar with hummingbirds the way city-dwellers are with pigeons!

Every year, every event I get to attend…a little more Jamestown seeps in. No wonder; I’m sure the pores, the lungs, visual detail center in the brain – all expand and suck everything in while up here. It is expansive here; this landscape, the wind, loud water, relief to be on the other side of Floodzilla, Community.

I think about letting-go when I’m up here now. The kind of letting-go that helps you hang onto your sanity. And how are ‘letting-go’ and ‘re-building’ connected? Tap root level, probably. “Change” isn’t a euphemism for loss. It’s change.

So in the remodeled Jamestown, I sense more of a welcome towards unfamiliar faces than a battlement for locals. I sense characteristics critical to re-building that have come to be verdant in this town. I sense something dazed and dazzled in all of us processing that we’re in the large park again on the 4th of July, hippiehood Americana at full flag; enjoying our somewhat crusty pancakes drizzled with the sun-warmed syrup and swapping stories at the yards of party tables. That’s the Irish/Celtic band again, right? The babies are dancing, the earth mamas are dancing, that’s even a volunteer fireman dancing! The guy with the yellow swallowtail kite just got it hooked in not one, but two trees across the field. Oh ya, it’s time to blow up the anvil!

Tough stuff…steel anvils, human vision and resolve, kite string, granite boulders directing the creek/river, ties that bind us to people and places…mountain strong.

Lynne Grieve

P.S., from Tara, the Mayor of Jamestown
THANK YOU to everyone who made yesterday the most special 4th of July ever! Thank you to Leesa, JaVayne, Deej, Michael, all volunteers, cooks, servers, donations, Eco Products (Mary), Green Girl Recycling (Bridget and Matt), the incredible raffle prizes, the amazing merchandise, the incredibly talented bands, and the most special Community ever. xo

Today is the 4th of July 2014 and we are here

IMG_5537This is the first 4th of July after the great Jamestown Flood of 2013. Friends and neighbors are returning home but not everyone is back. Many streets are in taters with the water distribution under construction and water has not been restored yet. But the 4th of July celebration will go on today thanks to the herculean efforts of the 4th of July Coordinator, Leesa Bolden. Leesa has given selflessly to ensure that this day will happen in spite of her own house being significantly damaged in the flood, living in several temporary locations, and having her acupuncture and massage business turned upside down as well as her personal life  She has pulled it off along with the many volunteers who were not willing to forego the oldest tradition in Jamestown, the 4th of July celebration.

Here is Leesa’s message . . .

Hi there,

I am so excited for our celebration.

Parking is limited so please, please, please walk if you are able, and car pool.

Schedule of events:

  • 8:00-11:30 Pancake Breakfast
  • 8:00-8:45 Farmer Sisters
  • 9:00-9:45 Kevin Dooley and friends
  • 10:00-10:45 Iain Hyde
  • 11-11:45 Wild Mountain Kids

NOON: World’s Goofiest Parade featuring The Joey Howlett Kazoo Marching Band

  • Katie Farmer Sings National Anthem
  • 12:45- 2:15 The Fluffers (here from Chicago)
  • 2:30-4:00 Games and Wood Splitting Contest
  • 2:15-2:45 DJ Chad Zygoat
  • 2:30 till we run out Dom’s famous BBQ – hamburgers and hotdogs after that
  • 3:00-3:45 As the Crow Flies with Max DeVincenzo
  • 4:00-4:45 The Full Frequency Modulators
  • 5:15-6:00 Contraband
  • 6:30-7:30 The Alcapones
  • 8:00-9:30 Gasoline Lollipops
  • 10:00 Big Medicine Gang

Prizes for the raffle came pouring in the past three days…
There’s wine, gift certificates for liquor, the cutest ever ukulele, MyChelle At-Home Facial Collection (6 products in a cosmetic bag) valued at $175 retail, a necklace from Jan Dorsey, Sylvia Welners signed books (available in August), adorable earrings, it just goes on!!!

  • Savory Spice Shop ~ Tasting for 20 people ($300 Value)
  • Greenbriar Restaurant ~ Champagne Brunch for 2
  • Gold Hill Inn ~ $100 Gift Certificate
  • Hotel Boulderado ~ One free night in a Boulderado King Room
  • Woodley’s Fine Furniture ~ $100 Gift Card
  • Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery ~ 2-$50; 1-$25 Gift Certificates
  • Under The Sun ~ $25 Gift Certificate
  • Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar ~ $50 Gift Card
  • Arugula Restaurant ~ $30 Gift Card
  • Tangerine ~ $20 Gift Card
  • Murphy’s Grill ~ $25 Gift Card
  • Salvaggio’s Deli ~ 2 – $25 Gift Cards
  • Tortuga’s ~ A fish house $40 Gift Card
  • Jese Engwall ~ Framed Art – Value
  • UMBA
  • Blaster Bouncer ~ $75 gift certificate
  • Boulder Arts & Crafts ~ $40 gift card
  • Heather Yahnke ~ Free Heatherization (that’s a haircut above other haircuts)
  • Mountain Strong Wellness Center ~ Free one hour massage; 1 free acupuncture treatment
  • Harmony Music School ~ 3 free intro music lessons
  • Full Cycle ~ Gift certificate
  • Liberty Puzzles ~ 3 small puzzles
  • Bob Taratino Recording Studio ~ 3 hours of recording plus CD

plus a whole lot more….

Looking forward to seeing you.

So much gratitude for this town. Mwah to all of you.

There is a lot that has gone into this 4th preparation and there are many balls that I have dropped. Thank you for picking them up, I am overwhelmed right now to say the least.

Leesa Bolden ~ 4th of July Chairwoman ~ who could have never pulled this off without the help of Javayne Jenkins, thank you.

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