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179 weeks ago @ Daily - Longmont\'s Dickens ca... · 0 replies · +9 points

Oh, jeez. Let the naysayers begin.

The Owenses have been absolutely fantastic at hosting live music in Longmont, especially in the upstairs venue.

So now we're supposed to think that a business that is making a change after recognizing the current program has been alienating customers is "burning bridges"? Really? "You must lost money to support my art!"

I think Lynn Owens is being very generous—and knowing her, sincere—in offering to compensate those whose events were canceled.

Clay Evans

180 weeks ago @ Daily - Erika Stutzman steps d... · 1 reply · +1 points

d_b has it just right, in fact. The public doesn't generally have an opportunity to see what goes on inside the newsroom (if you will), but the Camera's various corporate owners have always done a terrible thing: Take its success and profits (which still exist in this unique media market) and send them "up the line" to allegedly more prestigious publications while demanding cut after cut in Boulder.

In other words, the newspaper business is struggling, and those inside the newsroom feel it every day. That said, I believe the Camera may be somewhat of an outlier for papers its size (small community newspapers are actually doing pretty well) and metro papers like the Post. Under different ownership (there are at least casual efforts afoot to find buyers for the various Digital First "properties") it might just have a shot at success, at least in the near term, with potential not just for continued profits but putting resources back into the newsroom.

The trick, of course, would be balancing any potential income with the all-but-certain decline in value.

All just my opinion, of course.

180 weeks ago @ Daily - Erika Stutzman steps d... · 0 replies · +1 points

Chuck, it's kind of my dream job ... circa 1997. These days, sadly, the Camera and all mid-size newspapers are struggling, so sadly — very sadly — it's not something I could go back to.

I love journalism. It's been very disheartening watching how it has changed.


180 weeks ago @ Daily - Erika Stutzman steps d... · 3 replies · +11 points

There was nothing peculiar about it, trust me. She got a great opportunity - and took it.

Clay Evans

180 weeks ago @ Daily - Erika Stutzman steps d... · 4 replies · +10 points

Well she's moo-oovin' on uu-up ... to the East Side ... to a De-Luxe apartment ... with Josie Heath as a roommate.

Congratulations, E. You'll be missed!

Clay Evans

181 weeks ago @ Daily - Death — it\'s no... · 0 replies · 0 points

Short answer: No.

This is why we can't seem to have any rational conversations about health care, end-of-life care and so on: People whose first reaction is demagoguery. Death-panel dimwits trying to score a political point.

Perhaps you should go read up on the idea of "advance planning" before swooning into nonsense that is wildly outside the bounds of what the column discusses. (Hint: Look up how doctors feel about the "expected" maximum intervention approach to end-of-life care in America - many have done things they would say approach torture.)

Also, check out Atul Gawande's new book.

Clay Evans

185 weeks ago @ Daily - Free race planned to r... · 0 replies · +1 points

Below see Jeff Mason's latest non-apology apology to the runners he's fleeced.

Bottom line: If Mason really wants to apologize, he'll offer to refund the entry fee to any runner who asks for it. If that money is not available, then a criminal investigation is warranted. Of course, he can't refund the effort hundreds of people put into preparing for the race.

Bottom line: Boulder County should invoke "bad faith" and refuse to permit further races run by Jeff Mason.

Bottom line: Someone who's up to the job now has the opportunity to do what Lesley Kinder did back in 99 (and Jeff Mason has done so much to undo) — start a great marathon worthy of one of the true running capitols of America.

Clay Evans

Mason's latest nonsense below; invoking Jessica Dillon is the lowest kind of pleading, an attempt to excuse his misdeeds by associating with tragedy:

Dear Runner,

My apologies once again for the Boulder Marathon having to be postponed until fall 2015. We're working with City and County planners over the next several weeks to determine dates for the 2015 Boulder Spring Half and Boulder Marathon events. As we've said before, all 2014 Boulder Marathon registrants can use their 2014 entry for either of our 2015 events. Once 2015 dates are finalized, we'll send you a no-charge registration link for the 2015 event of your choice.

Over the last several days, some runners have asked the question why I didn't initially (letter below) go into detail as to the reasons why we weren't able to secure the race permit. Fair game. As a person who has competed in countless events, I totally get that. As I told a reporter from the Boulder Camera newspaper a few days ago, in an effort to clarify this, the task of evaluating and creating a new medical plan for the Boulder Marathon, combined with the task of and re-designing, measuring and certifying a new championship race course (both of which were mandated after the Spring Half tragedy) simply became impossible in time for the Boulder Marathon event. The race course and medical plan are the cornerstones of a permit for a race like this - and if neither is finalized the permit simply cannot happen.

As our friends at the City of Boulder and Boulder County know, we worked hard all summer to finalize the changes that had to be made in time for the October event. However we simply ran out of time to make all of the necessary changes, and ultimately the event had to be postponed. Why did I not explain this in detail in the initial letter to runners below? Because, as I've said all along, it wasn't possible to explain the changes we were making with the race without also discussing what happened at the Spring Half. And, out of respect to Jessica Dillon and her family, it simply wasn't appropriate to discuss any of this in a public forum. Period.

But since some people have jumped to incorrect assumptions and judgments, it has become necessary to clarify all of this to the runners. Obtaining a permit to conduct this event became impossible with the medical plan and new race course design still in a state of flux. We did our best to get all of this done in time for the event, but that unfortunately became impossible.

Over the last ten years, I've produced twelve Boulder Marathon and Boulder Spring Half events, which is more large running events at the Boulder Reservoir than any other local race director in that time. These events are immensely important to me, and our staff puts in a massive amount of work in preparing for each of them - no different than the hard work a runner puts in training.

As a life-long endurance athlete, native of Denver, and Boulder resident for the last 30 years, believe me when I tell you that postponing the Boulder Marathon this year is the last thing I wanted to have happen. To all of the runners who were affected, please accept my most sincere apologies. There was just no other way.

Best Regards,

Jeff Mason
Race Director

186 weeks ago @ Daily - Jeff Mason: Course cha... · 0 replies · +30 points

The Camera's editorial today is entirely correct that Mason could have forestalled or at least diverted some of the anger had he decided to be forthright instead of making transparently bogus excuses for his lack of organization.

But this long-winded, poor-me excuse doesn't wash, either.

First, Jessica Dillon died near the finish line at Boulder Reservoir. There is no reason to think there is a course change that would improve emergency access to that area.

The marathon has been run more or less on the same route—slight alterations of Rez-51st/55th-Niwot Road-49th-Oxford-39th-Nelson-N. 55th-Oxford-Nimbus-73rd-return via Oxford-39th-Niwot-55th-51st—since the first race in 1999. One year Lesley Kinder sent runners off over the reservoir dams for the start.

There have been single-lane closures or partial closures to run the event in the past on public roads.

What part of any of that dictates a course change? What alternative would result in significantly improved response times? More to the point, what's so difficult about devising whatever change you like between May and, say, July?

I agree with the racer who suspects Mr. Mason and his attorney concocted this latest excuse in response to the understandable anger of entrants. The story simply doesn't wash.

Clay Evans

186 weeks ago @ Daily - DA to look into cancel... · 1 reply · +12 points

Bing, you make clear with your every comment that you're just a tiresome wannabe curmudgeon.

Did you even read the stories? Have you read the information about Mr. Mason's well-known lack of financial ethics? Does it seem strange to you to collect $100 from a couple thousand people, then cancel (not just postpone) your race twice without refunds then tell them not to worry, just wait a year and next time it'll be great?

I can't help but imagine you as a 264-pound crank on a couch with no prospects, too chicken to own your own trying-too-hard "controversial" opinions.

Clay Evans

186 weeks ago @ Daily - Boulder\'s Bookworm bo... · 0 replies · +5 points

I don't know. I get what Krugman is saying, and the 'worm is a perfect example.

I am wildly distracted in the store, in a good way, pulled from one shelf to another and pulling out books based on any number of factors—a spine design, an author name, a title. Then I pull it out and in many cases literally open it up and smell the pages—some of my most evocative reading experiences are closely associated with the particular scent of the book.

I think online you don't have that vast, global selection spread out before you. A fair amount of my pleasure surfing involved books, but that requires me to put in some search term or other which, inevitably, leads me away from something I might have noticed on a shelf next to that title.

But: Books rule! I hope to die before they become totally passe.