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Denver Post covers the 1 year flood anniversary

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Jamestown Labyrinth

The Jamestown Labyrinth dedication was yesterday. The winding path of the labyrinths creates a circular pattern, where the circle is a universal symbol representing unity, wholeness and infinity. It is a path with one entrance and a single route that winds in a circular pattern to the center. From the labyrinth’s center point the same path will take you out again. A labyrinth is different from a maze in that there are no wrong turns or dead ends. Thanks Julie and Matt Kolhaas, Deborah Haynes, and everyone else involved for making it happen.





Sunday Reflection


Jamestown Mercantile, September, 1999

Mountain Strong, the beautiful people of Jamestown (video)

Sal DeVincenzo created this video to commemorate the first anniversary of the the Great Jamestown Flood of 2013. It portrays the people and sites of Jamestown after the flood.

Mark’s Jamestown Flood Story (video)

Mark Wischmeyer created this video to commemorate the first anniversary of the the Great Jamestown Flood of 2013. It portrays a first-hand account of the flood while it was happening through his own videos and photos, and those he collected from the community.

Jamestown’s Mountain Strong (video)

Steve Edelstein created this video to to commemorate the first anniversary of the the Great Jamestown Flood of 2013. It focuses on the people of Jamestown during and after the flood. It underscores that Jamestown is much more than the physical structures that were ripped away by the flood. Music by Kyle Williams.

Before the Flood (video)

Steve Edelstein created this video to to commemorate the first anniversary of the the Great Jamestown Flood of 2013. As we rebuild or little mountain town, it servers as reminder of the way things were before the flood. Music by Elizabeth Ousley.

The Jamestown Flood by Leon Hill

September 11th, 2013, the little town of Jamestown was going to sleep.

When all of a sudden there came the thunder, then came the rain.
Then came the roaring that sounded like a train.

The Jamestown Flood was on its way
to making history on this day.

We stood by and watched as things came to pass.
The water, the rocks, the trees and the trash.

For two days and two nights it was like a war zone.
The helicopters taking the people from their homes.

Then things settled down in a day or two
And it seemed as though no one knew what to do.

Then, one morning the town work up to a bright, bright light.
We looked up the road and Oh, what a sight.

There were yellow shirts here and there were yellow shirts there.
There were Southern Baptist men and women everywhere.

They came to town with the one thing in mind,
to clean up the mess the flood left behind.

And clean up they did with smiles on their faces.
Removing the mud and the trash from so many places.

Now and then they would stop to say a prayer
And give thanks to man who was watching from upstairs.

And then it came time for them to go home.
They came down the road in their cars and trucks all shiny with chrome.

We lined both sides of the road to say goodbye
As they drove off, as it into the sky.

(I think that is where they came from to help the little Town of Jamestown)

— Leon Hill —
Jamestown Resident

Oak’s remembrance of the Jamestown flood one year ago today

Thursday, Sept. 12th. Rain grows a beard, becomes the wrathful Old Testament god, or some guy drunk in a bar. He opens his red and black maw and swallows us all up. Outside, there is just flood. Infamous, the Hundred Year Flood, which is really the 500 Year Flood, and some will say the millennial flood. Holy holy!


Jamestown Newsletter, September 10, 2014

Wonderful Jamestown kid’s flood video

Be patient with yourself

From Rebecca Lawrence, Community Advocate:

It’s been almost a year since the floods affected Jamestown. Commemorative activities have been planned throughout the flood zones all over Colorado including Jamestown.

There is no “right or wrong way” to approach this…no “playbook” to follow. The best thing to do is follow your heart…. your heart knows what you need. Whether it’s:
… join in the activities around town with other community members
… be with friends in Jamestown
… be with friends elsewhere
… be solitary in your favorite spot

Above all (please forgive me when I say this),” be patient” with yourself & those around you. Patience…a word you have grown weary of this past year as the flood recovery has taken longer than many anticipated.

…..please be patient and try not to be judgmental of others for the way they choose to approach the anniversary….be tolerant & compassionate of their approach to the days ahead.

When you were cut off from the rest of the county, it was the united community approach, coupled with diversity and individual talents that brought you out. A lot has been accomplished since then….clean-up…installed water lines…repairs…more people are home…the school is open…there is forward positive motion.

So however you choose “to be” when the 1 year mark rolls around be good to yourself…be good to those around you…give yourself the credit you deserve for the perseverance you have shown.

If I can support you in anyway don’t hesitate to let me know. Please know what an honor it is to be working for Jamestown.

Rebecca Lawrence
Jamestown Community Advocate

Announcing the Jamestown Recovery Plan

The following information was contributed by Marjo Curgus. Marjo has been engaged by Jamestown to help us, the community, in developing a Jamestown  recovery plan as we transition from immediate response to longer-term thinking. Marjo has created a rich informative and helpful website to support the planning process. I strongly recommend that you take the time to read and check out the web site because the recovery plan will be the town’s recovery roadmap for the next 3 to 5 years. The roadmap will affect everyone and many aspects of community life.



We all love Jamestown for its sense of community, the solitude and quiet, and the natural beauty which all comes with convenient access to Boulder. But the September 11, 2013 flood profoundly impacted us. For the past year, as a Town we have primarily been focused on responding to the disaster by repairing basic functions including homes, the roads, water infrastructure, and the stream. These significant initial project are all nearly complete. Our residents are coming home.

However, even with all this work nearly complete, our community is not yet whole. It is now time for us to make the transition from thinking about disaster response to what it means for us to fully recover. At the end of July, the Town contracted with a consultant to guide a participatory planning process to help us answer this important question and to develop a 3-5 year action plan, the Jamestown Recovery Plan. This project is our opportunity as a community to come together and prioritize actions that will rebuild Jamestown and make it even stronger.

To find out how you can become part of this process, go to the project website:  There are many ways to become involved, but a key component of the planning process are resident committees, the Community Planning Groups (CPGs). Six topical groups are being formed to develop recommendations for action. Residents from the Greater Jamestown Area are being sought to volunteer on these committees. Committees will be formed by the end of September. To find out more about the CPGs, go to the Joining A Community Planning Group on the project website.

Thank you for your help,


Jamestown Newsletter, August 25, 2014

Sunday Reflection

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Kether and Kenny, ca 2000

Jamestown Elementary school reopens after flood

Denver Post reporter Lindsay Pierce has been covering the aftermath of the Jamestown Flood in a video series from just about Day 1. Lindsay’s latest story was the opening of Jamestown Elementary on Thursday. Featured in the story is Beth Brotherton who has worked tirelessly to ensure that the school opened on time. The community owes Beth a big debt of gratitude.  The Daily Camera also covered the opening,

Click the photo to see the school video and all the other Denver Post videos.


Lindsay Pierce at work.
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Sunday Reflection

Old Board-New Board, April, 2000


Rainbow Sign

Tim and Wendy are in Crestone. Instead of seeing their house come down this is what they saw at about the same time.

A bitter sweet day

Today the flood-destroyed houses on Lower Main have started to be demolished. One is down in a pile of rubble as of now (2 PM) with more to follow today and over the next several days. While we knew this day was coming it’s a stark reminder that these were the homes of our friends and neighbors. One home owner told me that they made a last visit to their house the other day and standing in the destruction, tearfully remembered that they started their family there. That’s the bitter part. The sweet part is that of the homeowners I’ve talked, they are all looking forward to what comes next.

No photos are included out of respect.


Jamestown water engineer honored as Woman Engineer of the Year

Jennifer Aieta, the town’s water engineer, was recognized in Denver for her role in getting water restored to Jamestown in record time. Of course she did not act alone but without Jennifer Jamestown would have remained Cistern Vill for a very long time. The citizens of Jamestown are grateful for her tireless efforts at helping us to get back on our feet. Thank you Jennifer and congratulations!

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Sunday Reflection

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Lynn and his mom. April, 2012


Jamestown Newsletter, August 8, 2014

Let the watering begin

From the Mayor of Jamestown:

Hi All,

With the progress we’ve made on the repairs to the water treatment plant and the distribution system, we’re ready to allow people to begin watering lawns and gardens again. This will help us to process more water through the new filters. Please share this information with your neighbors.

Until you are notified we are still on a Boil Water Advisory.

If you have any questions, please contact me.


Tara Schoedinger

“Welcome to Jimtown” book signing at the Merc on Friday

welcome to jimtownJamestown resident Sylvia Welner is having a book signing at the Merc on Friday for her soon-to-be-published book “Welcome to Jimtown”. Sylvia is generously DONATING  100% OF HER PROFIT TO REBUILD JAMESTOWN. Come’on out and support Sylvia, support the Merc, and support Jamestown.

Where: The Merc
When: Friday, August 8, at 6 PM

The book is Welcome to Jimtown: Where the Animals Mean Funny Business. Yes, it takes place in and around the wilderness area of our town—especially the Merc! It’s fiction for young adult readers and up. It’s funny and it’s mostly about the wilderness animals, with the main character being Burnee the Bear.

The popular musician Matty G. from West Virginia will also be on hand to entertain on the guitar with special songs that go along with the stories from Sylvia’s book.

Display your art at the Jamestown flood commemoration

From Nina Andaloro:

To commemorate the anniversary of the September 2013 flood, Jamestown will host several events for the community to come together to reflect on the event and to imagine our collective future.

On Friday, September 12th we will host an art exhibition in the town hall for any resident of the greater Jamestown Community to share a flood inspired work with the community. Works can include but are not limited to painting, sculpture, writing, film, photography. Musicians, storytellers and performance artists are encouraged to sign-up for an open mic night on Saturday at the Merc.

We invite you to consider displaying your work to inspire and share with the community during this momentous time. In order to participate, you MUST register in advance, by August 23rd so that we can reserve a space for your work. Please contact Nina for more information or to reserve a space 303-449-1806.

Thank you!

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

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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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.

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.

Flood anniversary planning announcement

From the Mayor of Jamestown:


Please join us for the first September Flood Anniversary Planning Committee meeting on Tuesday, July 8.

At this initial meeting we will discuss the timelines, activities already planning in Boulder County, and we’ll appoint a chairperson(s) who will report back to the Community and the Town Board the activities of this Committee.

  • Who: The Greater Jamestown Community
  • What: September Flood Anniversary Planning Committee
  • When: Tuesday, July 8 at 4pm
  • Where: The Merc

Please join us for this meeting. If you are unable to attend, but you would like to be included in future meetings, please contact Erika Archer (


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