Sunday - June 13, 2021

Articles Written By KirstenraeaErkfritz


Alfalfa’s – Cornerstone of a Community

June 1st, 2021

Boulder’s history is interwoven with the history of the natural food industry. As many of you know, big companies like Rudi Bakery, White Wave Tofu, Horizon dairy, Coleman Beef, Pharmaca, Celestial Seasonings, and more new brands offering whole, delicious and healthy alternatives for Boulder’s picky eaters (myself included) got their start pushing their wares at Alfalfa’s Market. The story of the making of this international movement has roots in Boulder. As I mentioned in my last article, the health movement came to Boulder around the turn of the 20th century with many folks coming to... Read More

Old North Boulder = New Central Boulder

March 22nd, 2021

The area between Broadway, Folsom, Iris, and Edgewood/Balsam streets is now commonly called the Old North Boulder neighborhood. Before the land was developed beyond Norwood, this area was North Boulder. Now with development stretching to the far reaches of the Dakota Ridge neighborhood, the Old North Boulder neighborhood is really in central Boulder. This neighborhood is serviced by a hospital, offices, and two small shopping centers. Originally, the Ideal Market center was named the Drive-In Ideal Market and was built in 1958 – named as such for the novelty of having a parking lot in front... Read More

Boulder History Museum – Part 2 – The Cultural Master Plan & 2A

January 22nd, 2021

Hello my fellow Boulderites and beyond. I have some pretty exciting news for you!  As you may know, the upcoming election will bring ballot measure 2A to us. This measure has everything to do with the Boulder History Museum’s revival and a new space created for us and our kids, to explore what Boulder is all about and offers us. Is it a new short-term – 3 year – tax that supports Boulder’s Cultural Master Plan. This is very exciting to me because the new building includes not only the Boulder History Museum, but also a History Role Playing and Tinkering space, a Maker Space, a ‘Pushing... Read More

Something Old, Something New – Boulder History Museum – Part 1 of 2

January 21st, 2021

The story goes that “Boulder” was discovered by Anglo-Americans when gold was first discovered in Gold Hill in the fall of 1858. Chief Niwot, of the Southern Arapahoe tribe, came down to the camp on Boulder Creek, and asked the men to leave his land (oddly enough Chief Niwot spoke English! His sister had married an English speaking fur trader, and he learned it from them). They said they were just staying for the winter, and then going deep into the mountains. Of course, you can deduce what really happened. By 1859, one hundred thousand people came to the Rocky Mountains looking for gold.... Read More

Is Gunbarrel in Boulder?

June 9th, 2020

As many of you know, Google has brought 1200+ new employees’ to Boulder, all making over $100,000 per year. This means that prices for housing will continue to go up, because more people that move here can afford to pay that much. That is good for sellers who want to leave Boulder, but not so much for buyers who are having a hard time financially meeting the high prices. So middle income folks are moving out to Gunbarrel, Lafayette, Louisville, Niwot, Superior and other outlying Boulder communities. Many Boulderites don’t really consider Gunbarrel apart of Boulder, even though the neighborhood... Read More

What time is it Boulder? NIST and the Atomic Clock

February 7th, 2015

What is NIST, and why do they get such prime real estate on the west side of Broadway? Believe it or not, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a branch of the US Department of Commerce, has been a contributing factor to the growth and importance of Boulder as a high tech community since 1952. In 1949, the Secretary of Commerce Charles Sawyer announced the selection of Boulder as the site for the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) and Central Radio Propagation Laboratory (CRPL). This was right after the second world war and right before Korea. Military technology was pushing the industrial... Read More

Boulder Residents Get What They Pay For – history of a beautiful home

January 17th, 2015

Who likes to hike in Boulder? Who likes to climb in Boulder? Who likes to bike in Boulder? Well, that’s good, because you and every Boulder resident since 1898 has paid and supported our quality of life here. Land preservation and recreational space has been a top priority in Boulder since 1898 when residents purchased the alfalfa fields and apple orchards of the Bachelder Ranch, the home of Chautauqua Park that was paid for with a bond issue. In 1907, we obtained a federal grant to purchase 1,600 acres of land on Flagstaff Mountain. In 1912, Boulder citizens purchased another 1,200 acres of... Read More

Happy New Year 2015 *!*

January 3rd, 2015

Did you take the Polar Bear Plunge at Boulder Reservoir? With temperatures in the teens? Yikes! I did not. But between 400 – 600 other folks went out to break the ice and plunge into the freezing cold water. Quite a different story from last years 37 degree New Years Day. But I’m sure the water is just as cold. Boulder Daily Camera/ Mark Leffingwell For video and more photos, go to www.dailycamera.com Boulder’s Polar Bear Club New Year’s Day Ice Plunge has been held each year since 1983 at the city’s reservoir. The numbers are staying the same, 2004 showed 600 dippers, and in... Read More

Good Bye Boulder Biz friends

December 20th, 2014

Merry Christmas Boulder! It’s a few days before Christmas now and I’m sure all of you have gotten your gifts in order and mailed. I’ve noticed driving around town that things are changing, long time businesses are closing doors, and a newer Boulder is being born. Did you know that Eads Smokeshop, formerly on the corner of Canyon and 28th , a business that had been in Boulder 100 years, closed sometime this last year, and the hotel behind it, also the Eldora shop behind it. Granted, no one smokes here anymore, at least not tobacco, and I can’t even remember the name of the hotel, but all... Read More

Naropa Utopia aka Boulder

December 13th, 2014

The history of Boulder in inextricably intertwined with the story of American Buddhism, specifically the teachings of Naropa’s founder, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. I sat down with Naropa’s Director of University Relations, Bill Rigler, for a very informative inquiry into how Naropa University’s influence has shaped Boulder. The story goes that by the summer of 1974, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche had amassed a following of students in Boulder and nationwide. That summer, they gathered in a bus depot in downtown Boulder in the location that is now known as Alfalfa’s Market, and explored mindfulness... Read More

Time for a Boulder Minimum wage of $12/hr

December 6th, 2014

For those of you who have lived here for the last 20 years, we have all watched housing prices skyrocket whereas now Boulder is unaffordable to live in. Today, the median housing price is $477,200 in Boulder. It is a 57% increase since I moved here in 2000 when a house was $272,200. Now this is a problem because the median income in Boulder is $56,274, a modest middle class income anywhere in the country and only up about 20% from 2000 when it was $44,748. The minimum wage in Boulder is $8.00/hr, as it is everywhere in the state, but according to MIT professor Dr. Amy K. Glasmeier the minimum... Read More

Boulder Holiday Events

November 29th, 2014

For those of you out there wild enough to dress up like Santa and enjoy the community event Boulder SantaCon ( this year is year 9!) SantaCon is a mass gathering of people dressed in Santa Claus costumes parading publicly on streets and in bars in cities around the world. The focus is on spontaneity and creativity, while having a good time and spreading cheer and goodwill. Well folks, it was pretty darn fun! But that is adult time, and I know a lot of you have kids, so today is less of a history lesson and more of a traditional holiday to do list in Boulder this lovely season. Today is Small Business... Read More

Boulder’s “Enlightened Society”

November 22nd, 2014

I’m volunteering as an aide this weekend at the Shambhala Center for Shambhala Training Level 2 – Birth of the Warrior. The director opened her evening talk asking us what we remembered from Level 1 – The Art of Being Human. Sitting in the same room I sat in thirteen years ago, I felt the years rush by, and back finding myself sitting on a pillow, feeling very squirmy and trying to follow my breath. What a wonderful gift I gave my younger self! For those of you who don’t know about the Boulder Buddhist community who practice at the Shambhala Center, it is actually a pretty major part of... Read More

Living in a Winter Wonderland

November 15th, 2014

Many Boulderites were happy to see the snow this week. I ponder how many “well” days were taken on Wednesday and Thursday as the 8 inches of snow on my porch grew hour after hour. I took a “home day” myself. Working via computer is an amazing gift to the two wheel drive vehicle owners out there on a day like Wednesday. As I sat in my warm home, drinking tea, I wondered about our precious snow fall, when it comes, and what big storms have hit us. I’ve remembered some big snows in my fifteen years here in Boulder. NOAA’s  shows over the last ten years the earliest date of... Read More

Have your tears dried up yet? History of a Swing State

November 8th, 2014

Many of us in liberal Boulder ranted on Facebook and cursed the election gods when we received the results of Tuesday’s election. Many pondered if the new marijuana laws allowed to much complacency in the electorate. Some pondered if anyone actually voted. They were wrong as 90% of Boulder County voters actually voted in the midterm elections. What is true about this last election, is that Colorado is a swing state. I believe most folks in Colorado are generally Libertarians, and they swing to the left or the right depending on the issues of the day and effectiveness of campaigns. But, generally,... Read More

Boulder’s Golden Boy Goes Big with Boulder Meme

November 1st, 2014

Is there an Elephant in YOUR room? There might have been in Boulder in 2002 – 2008 when Waylon Lewis was printing Elephant magazine in a garage in North Boulder. You would have found them in Vic’s, Whole Foods, Wild Oats, Vitamin Cottage and local Yoga studios, but today you find Elephant Journal online. So how did this charismatic Boulder golden boy go from 24 print issues of Elephant to an online readership of 9.4 million being read in countries all over Asia, growing from 1.5 million in the last 18 months? Elephant magazine initially started in 2002 after transitioning from a single... Read More

To Stay in the Bubble or Not – U.S. 36 Past and Future

October 25th, 2014

Hey, has anyone out there wondered about the US 36 expansion project that leaves us sitting in traffic? What the heck are they doing out there? I heard a rumor it was getting turned into a toll road? While sitting in traffic the other day, in the midst of the major rehab of US 36, I pondered this road I regularly use and decided to research some information about it. In the early 1950, the Denver-Boulder Turnpike was promoted by business and university interests in Boulder because there was no direct route between Denver and Boulder. Initially, it was a 17.3-mile toll road stretching from Federal... Read More

Boulder Farmers Market – 6 more Saturdays!!

October 18th, 2014

Surprise, surprise! My friend and I went for a bike ride last Wednesday – that lovely day with the warm fall sun and gentle breezes blowing leaves around in tiny dances – yep that Wednesday – down to the Boulder’s Farmers Market, and to our disappointment, it wasn’t there. Did you know that the Wednesday Market from 4 – 8 pm only goes until the first Wednesday in October? I was 2 Wednesday’s too late. The good news is it’s not too late to catch the end of the season on Saturday, as it goes until the fourth Saturday in November. This year that is the Saturday after Thanksgiving,... Read More