Monthly Archives: February 2010

Lease the Sun

Posted by Michael Hughes      February 28, 2010

SunRun’s first home solar system was installed this week by REC Solar in Boulder, Colorado.    The system is being leased so there are no upfront costs and they give you a breakdown of what savings not to mention clean energy. SunRun partners with REC Solar, Namaste Solar and Real Goods Solar in Colorado.  All three companies are experienced installers and provide the highest quality solar installations.

If you are going to buy a home in Boulder it might be worth a look.

Interested in learning more about SunRun in Colorado?  Contact SunRun.

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Get your Buzz in Boulder

By Michael Hughes  February 27, 2010

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Pillars of the community. Coffee houses. They bring together friends who talk frenetically about their current or past lives. They bring together, lovers, affairs, friends, bff’s, colleagues, investors, students, stay at home and soccer moms, shoppers, girlfriends, out-of-towners going to buy a home in Boulder, grandmothers and grandfathers, athletes, fraternity brothers and sisters, kids, scientists, chefs, community as it were. Some of the best coffee in Boulder in no apparent order are Amante, The Bookend; connected to the Boulder Bookstore, Spruce Confections, The Trident, Vic’s Espresso, The Cup, The Laughing Goat, Great Awakening, Peets Coffee, Folsom St., Buchanan’s, The Brewing Market, Espresso Roma and many many more.

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Zillow iPhone App Update

Posted by Michael Hughes February 26, 2010

The popular real estate app gets a robust update with improved search and social sharing features.

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Another Best

Posted by Michael Hughes   February 26, 2010

Do you wake up in the morning like Oh yeah! Feet on the floor! I live in the best city on the Planet! Woohoo! Let’s push the envelope today! Eager to get out the door! Well I do.  I live in the best place on the planet. Boulder has received so many Best Awards I’ve lost count. I work with people I love. I have a girlfriend to die for. A friend of mine said yesterday “I am so glad to be here, there is so much to do, you could not fit it all in, in a lifetime.” If you want to hike, so many choices, run, the same thing, cycle, ditto, rock climb, indoors or out?, dine, so many choices, watching t.v.? watch two Boulder chefs compete on “Top Chef”, if you want to get cerebral well it is the best educated city in Colorado, Boulder is where “Ginsberg” used to hang out in his later years, best coffee, hmm,  Amanti, Vics, The Trident, on and on. Bottom line a great intelligent place to live and thrive…Boulder, Colorado.

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The DEA vs. Medical Marijuana (Colorado)

Posted by Michael Hughes February 25,  2010

An open letter from Representative Jared Polis to Attorney General Eric Holder after the illegal DEA raids on a medical marijuana grower in Colorado on February 12, 2010.

Attorney General Eric Holder
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

Dear Attorney General Holder:

As you know, the voters in my state legalized marijuana for medical use, and placed it in the Colorado Constitution, Article XVIII § 14, the Supreme Law of Colorado.

The Department of Justice is to be commended for issuing formal written guidelines on October 19, 2009, clarifying that federal resources should not be used against people in compliance with state law in states that have legalized marijuana for medical use.  When drug czar Gil Kerlikowske was in Colorado recently, I thanked him for taking this step and respecting our state law.

Despite these formal guidelines, Friday, February 12, 2010, agents from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) raided the home of medical marijuana caregiver Chris Bartkowicz in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.  In a news article in the Denver Post the next day, the lead DEA agent in the raid, Jeffrey Sweetin, claimed “We’re still going to continue to investigate and arrest people…Technically, every dispensary in the state is in blatant violation of federal law,” he said. “The time is coming when we go into a dispensary, we find out what their profit is, we seize the building and we arrest everybody. They’re violating federal law; they’re at risk of arrest and imprisonment.”

Agent Sweetin’s comment that “we arrest everybody” is of great concern to me and to the people of Colorado, who overwhelmingly voted to allow medical marijuana.  Coloradans suffering from debilitating medical conditions, many of them disabled, elderly, veterans, or otherwise vulnerable people, have expressed their concern to me that the DEA will come into  medical marijuana dispensaries, which are legal under Colorado law, and “arrest everybody” present.  Although Agent Sweetin reportedly has backed away from his comments, he has yet to issue a written clarification or resign, thus the widespread panic in Colorado continues.

On May 14, 2009, Mr. Kerlikowske told the Wall Street Journal: “Regardless of how you try to explain to people it’s a ‘war on drugs’ or a ‘war on a product,’ people see a war as a war on them,” he said. “We’re not at war with people in this country.”  The actions and commentary of Mr. Sweetin are inconsistent with the idea of not waging war against the people of the State of Colorado and are a contradiction to your agency’s laudable policies.

On Saturday, February 13, 2010, local Attorney Robert J. Corry, Jr. submitted a formal complaint regarding the raid and subsequent comments by Sweetin to the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Inspector General, which is tasked with investigating “waste, fraud, abuse, or misconduct” from Justice officials.  I ask you to instruct the Inspector General to respond promptly to Mr. Corry’s complaint.

On Tuesday, February 17, 2010, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado David Gaouette announced his office’s intention to criminally charge Mr. Bartkowicz in federal court.  In order to ensure a fair trial for Mr. Bartkowicz, it is essential that the confusion about administration policy caused by the actions of Agent Sweetin be resolved ahead of jury selection in this case.  A response to Mr. Corry’s complaint would serve as point of clarity.

I again applaud your policy.  Treating drug policy as primarily an issue of public health, as opposed to an issue of criminal justice, is both practical and compassionate and it has been and will continue to be supported by the voters of Colorado.  Please clarify for me in writing whether Agent Sweetin’s comments that DEA will “arrest everybody” remains United States policy.  Thank you very much for your attention to this matter.
Sincerely,

Jared Polis
Member of Congress

cc: President Barack Obama

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I dig dirt

Posted by Michael Hughes  February 25, 2010

February this year has been unrelenting in Boulder with snow and cold. If you have bought a home or are going to buy a home in Boulder, now is the time to do “prep” work. You don’t want your chores to snowball (no pun intended) when March and April roll around.

  • Watch for sales for wood for trellis building to sustain your tomatoes, green beans, squash and gourds. Also watch wood sales for the new raised bed frames you’ll be building.
  • Make sure all your tools are clean, sharpened and ready to go.
  • Have you made your plan of what you want to grow this year?
  • Will you need to bring in compost or additional soil?
  • Map out your garden on graph paper.
  • Order your seeds if you have not already done so.
  • Set up flats for starting seeds. Lighting and a heat mat can assist growing a variety of annuals, perennials, and vegetables for the garden.
  • If you have a garage or workshop, repair and repaint garden furniture that you’ll be using outside in your new Boulder home.
  • Once you plan your plantings, pots, and beds, you can design a drip irrigation system that can save you time and money.
  • Inspect, pick off and destroy insect eggs before they hatch.
  • Prune dormant grape vines. Trim oldest wood and leave only primary stems. Each stem should have four to six canes from last years’ growth.
  • Pickup the latest free edition of the Colorado Gardener.
  • Smile, it’s almost Spring.

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Nuclear-Coal-Photovoltaic-NIMBY!

Posted by Michael Hughes  February 23, 2010–Please leave any comments you wish.

Would you rather have 20 square miles of PV panels on the open plains perhaps desecrating the gramma and buffalo grass in that area or would you rather have a coal burning, carbon spewing, fossil fuel chomping power plant? Better yet how about the contrast of PV panels versus a nuclear power plant. Notice the contrast, which one do you feel better about? With which one do you feel safer?

In order to replace a utility-scale coal plant, renewable energy projects also have to be utility scale. And for solar plants, that may mean covering thousands of acres of land with PV panels. This has some environmentalists concerned about how those panels will affect local ecosytems. An argument can always be made for one side or the other, it’s American and keeps consultants employed.

Bioligists from the  National Renewable Energy Laboratory have started  a study to look at how the land under solar panel arrays can be restored. Why don’t we treat the PV panels like wheat crops and rotate them?    Better yet, let’s put them in the desert where there are very few plants at minimal risk. A perfect spot would be alkaline fields or salt flats where nothing grows. While I think it is  important to reclaim lands where a mine has scraped forests and green areas into a moon-like landscapes I am far from feeling it is important to save every single blade of grass. If you are buying a home in Boulder you might want to look at a home with a photovoltaic system integrated into the home.

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