Friday, May 31, 2013
(Ed. note: Juliette is a good friend of mine, a pro videographer, a Mother Jones re-enactor, an environmental activist, a union member, and an all-around vivacious spirit. Go here to view the Trinidad video series produced by her with her husband Greg Calvert last year. She needs our help now – donate here.)
Juliette Mondot was in a devastating bicycling accident 10 days ago and is currently in a coma, having suffered severe brain trauma. The family has started a fund to cover her ICU bill and help get her the best treatment possible to restore her life. She also suffered broken bones, a cracked rib, collapsed lung, and is on a ventilator to help with her breathing. A few days after the accident, the swelling and bleeding in her brain was so bad it was threatening her vital functions. She required multiple blood transfusions and the doctors gave her, at best, a 40-percent chance of survival. But in spite of their grim predictions, Juliette is fighting and winning. The dangerous swelling in her brain continues to diminish daily. The doctors are now confident that she will pull through, and they are astonished at her progress. Small, encouraging steps forward that would normally take weeks are happening now: she is already moving around in her hospital bed, opening her eyes, and blinking on command. This is a woman who wants to live. And her family and friends are doing everything possible to get her back.
Fortunately Juliette has Medicare, which will help cover many of the immediate expenses: she needed a LifeFlight airlift to a Neurotrauma Center the night of the accident, underwent two brain surgeries, and was in the ICU for over a week. However, the urgent-care bill (probably totaling in the hundreds of thousands) may have a substantial deductible attached to it. Furthermore, it’s likely that little, if any, of the post-coma therapy and rehabilitation will be covered by her insurance. It may take a couple of years for Juliette to get back to 100 percent, as her injuries and recovery period are comparable to that of a severe stroke. Greg, her husband, will continue to do double duty at his job during the day and serving as her caretaker at night, but as lifelong artists with only modest savings, they are not financially equipped to shoulder this kind of catastrophe in the long-term. All campaign money will first and foremost go towards paying off the ICU expenses that insurance does not cover; whatever remains would go towards helping our family pay for the costs of Juliette’s rehabilitation and therapy.
The more money the family raises here, the better quality treatment they can afford, and the faster she will recover.
Anyone who meets Juliette is struck by her astonishing enthusiasm for life. Both fascinating and fascinated by the world around her, Juliette is always in search of a new project or an excuse to travel. Her friends adore her for her irreverent sense of humor and down-to-earth sensitivity and compassion, but she will also fiercely defend any civic cause she feels is worthy. Loyal to a fault, Juliette has been a caretaker to many of her friends in times of need, and her family is grateful for her unconditional love and tireless efforts in creating a supportive home environment. Juliette is a beautiful woman, inside and out. As a young woman she was breathtakingly attractive and kept herself in peak condition as a dancer and tai chi instructor. Health has always been important to her and Greg, and they have made every effort to lead a clean, fit lifestyle. Her family is committed to getting her out of the hospital and back on her feet with her friends and loved ones.
As a visual artist in the 1960s and ‘70s, Juliette was a vibrant member of the arts community, first in Northern California where she attended UC Santa Cruz and later California Institute of the Arts in L.A. where she received her MFA. She would take many things from her years there, including a lifelong dedication to filmmaking and the arts as well as her husband, Greg, whom she met at Santa Cruz. After they were married, Juliette and Greg moved to San Diego to raise three children, whom many of you know well. While in San Diego, Juliette was active in rehabilitating the downtown Historic Gaslamp Quarter where they lived, constantly advocating civic responsibility and organizing community-building groups and events. Juliette and her family eventually moved to Trinidad, where she has been a powerful presence in the civic life of the community. They have produced multiple videos for the local tourism board and at the time of her accident, she was en route to a building improvement committee meeting.
Even though Juliette is still in a semi-comatose state, the most critical threat — her brain swelling — appears to be under control. Much of the rest of her body is also swollen from the trauma of the accident, but it is slowly reducing over time. She was unrecognizable her first few days in the hospital, but is now finally looking like herself. The doctors had to remove part of her skull to prevent lethal brain damage, but it will be put back in a few weeks when they think it’s safe to do so. In the meantime she is on a ventilator and will be taught to breathe on her own again in the weeks to come. Once she is fully out of the coma, it’s a matter of reminding her brain how to do familiar things: walking, talking, eating, dancing, etc.
The family asking for your help. It is no exaggeration to say that every single dollar makes a difference here. If you know this family, you know they have survived for years on very little. But they literally cannot get through this accident on their own. If you are in a position to donate any amount, however large or small, please know that it will make an immediate and significant difference in Juliette’s life, and in her family’s. They have been incredibly touched by the response to this crisis: proof that Juliette has made an impact on everyone who has met her. Your donation is going directly into her recovery.
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Monday, May 27, 2013
The Other IRS Scandal: Outright War Against Marijuana Dispensarieswww.alternet.org"Should the IRS campaign be successful, it will throw millions of patients back in to the hands of street dealers, eliminate tens of thousands of well paying jobs, [and] destroy hundreds of millions of dollars of tax revenue."
This is what passes for DRE science that all state patrol will receive in the coming year funded by Hb13-1318 the cannabis tax bill... VOTE NO under TABOR on new retail cannabis taxes... even if you are a medical patient you will be forced to pay (not the tax, you'll pay with your freedom...) Man arrested for suspected pot DUI over color of his tongue?q13fox.comMike Simmons says he was busted for suspected pot DUI because of the color of his tongue. PUYALLUP -- Pot may be legal in Washington state, but Kent police recently arrested a Puyallup man for driving under the influence because, he said, he had
I think that this introduces some risk in the near-term (and may explain why former interim CEO Ted Caligiuri left the Board and his executive position so abruptly and why Tripp Keber is no longer a Director) and perhaps explains why the audit has been delayed, but it also gives the management team a chance to clean up a bad situation and start fresh.*
*start a new bubble scam shell don't you mean?
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Thursday, May 23, 2013
5/23/13 is the 1st day of Colorado's annual "Heat is On" campaign...
Law Enforcement's push to generate DUIs, also known as the "100 days of Summer"…
This year there will be increased emphasis on THC enforcement. While I know responsible patients like you would never drive while you might be impaired, you are at risk of a false science based per se nanogram conviction now thanks to new DUID laws…
RIGHT NOW is the time to make sure your lights are working properly, your tags are up to date, and your windshield provides clear visibility.
WEAR YOUR SEATBELT, they are speciﬁcally targeting unbuckled drivers.
Carry your cannabis in a scent proof container away from the driver's reach, and DO NOT smoke while in your vehicle even if you are at your stopping point...
Do not consent to showing any officer your Tongue! This is a new non-science based method of entrapment, there is NO science on a green or grey ﬁlm from using cannabis, this is a way for the officer to generate probable cause to stick you with a needle.
Please pass this info on to any patient you speak or toke with!
Please be safe instead of becoming a statistic!
This public civil rights concern brought to your attention by Twirling Hippy Confections www.twirlinghippy.com
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Come celebrate the gorgeous Memorial Day weekend weather and have fun with your neighbors THIS SUNDAY, May 26th at the 8th Annual Whittier Neighborhood Block Party! We'll be serving up burgers, brats, veggie burgers and hot dogs. Please bring a side dish to share, and your beverage of choice. Location: E 25th Ave, between Franklin & Gilpin. Event starts at 4:00 PM. See you there!
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Sensible Colorado and the United Food & Commercial Worker's Union Local 7 Team Up for a Public Education Event
FORT COLLINS -- Interested community members and prospective marijuana business owners from around the state will gather at the Council Tree Library in Fort Collins this Wednesday evening, May 22, for a public seminar on the legal and business aspects of Colorado's new marijuana laws. This training will provide an in-depth explanation of Colorado's recently passed marijuana laws -- including Amendment 64, the new "adult use" implementation laws, as well as a special focus on Question 301, the local medical marijuana law recently passed in Fort Collins.
Expert speakers include the authors of Amendment 64 and Question 301-- along with allies from the labor movement -- who will explain rights and opportunities created by these new laws.
"Colorado voters and the state legislature recently endorsed a number of complex and important marijuana laws," said Brian Vicente, director of the non-profit Sensible Colorado and co-author of Amendment 64 and Question 301. "This training will answer 'frequently asked questions' about these new laws for medical patients, business owners, and interested community members."
What: "Free Training on Colorado's New Marijuana Laws"
When: Wednesday, May 22 from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Where: Council Tree Library, 2733 Council Tree Ave., Ft. Collins, CO 80525 -- Community Rm C
What Else: Training open to patients, business owners and other supporters of sensible marijuana laws.
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Sunday, May 19, 2013
SUNDAY JUNE 2nd - Welcome to our 4th edition of HOH on June 2nd were we will be showcasing Hemp building materials - Live demos from Hempcrete manufacturer and free hemp product samples give-aways. This is a networking afternoon with many hemp entrepreneurs, advocates and as always the latest political news from some of the top Hemp Lobbyists!
3354 Larimer St Denver - 4:20-7PM
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Thursday, May 16, 2013
Graaywolf of 420radio.org is live streaming from Casslemans. Our own Jessica LeRoux is on the panel along with Robert Corry Jr, Charles Houghton, Warren Edson, Teri Robnett, and Craig Small. It's just now starting - 7:20 pm and will run until 9:00 pm. This panel has a wealth of knowledge, having been involved in all aspects of cannabis in Colorado from the beginning.
I went to videotape, but when I found out that it was being streamed, and that it was being videotaped by Tyler of Focus4Design for distribution on YouTube, I decided to watch it from the comfort of my own cave.
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
|By Robert Ewegen
TRINIDAD, Colorado - The military construction budget that was marked up in the Military Construction Subcommittee of the U. S. House Appropriations Committee today will continue the funding ban on "any action that relates to or promotes the expansion of the boundaries or size of the U.S. Army's Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site" in remote southern Colorado, Jean Aguerre, president of the watchdog group Not 1 More Acre!, said Wednesday.
Keeping the funding ban in the law has been a top priority for N1MA! as it fights to protect fragile prairie lands being ravaged by the Pentagon's armored tanks, high-tech weapons systems and training at the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site. The funding ban was first passed by Congress in 2007 to stop a massive secretly planned military expansion across 6.9 million acres of fragile native grasslands. Because the U.S. Senate has failed to enable a permanent prohibition on expansion of the site, the funding ban must be renewed every year by expansion opponents and Representatives in the House.
Aguerre announced the renewal of the funding ban for the sixth consecutive year as Not 1 More Acre! hurled its third challenge against the Army's Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site environmental disclosures in just six weeks. The latest N1MA! rebuke was filed Wednesday (May 15, 2013) by the Denver-based Ewegen Law Firm in response to the "Programmatic Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact for the Integrated Natural Resource Management Plan 2013 - 2017 for Fort Carson and the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site."
N1MA's latest effort to parry the Army's expansion plans followed on the heels of objections filed on Tax Day, April 15 that exposed the Army's shadowy partial disclosure of illegal construction supporting expansion at PCMS. Just three weeks earlier, on March 21, N1MA! protested the Army's claim that ongoing and expanded operations at the remote Southern Great Plains maneuver site pose no significant environmental or economic impacts.
N1MA's reprimand called those findings a "bizarre greenwash of an ongoing assault on fragile prairie grasslands in an area that Fritz L. Knopf, an historical Great Plains ecologist, describes as the 'headwinds' of the 1930s Dust Bowl."
The N1MA! reproach filed Wednesday accused the Army of continuing to "piecemeal its plans for the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site in an effort to sidestep basic requirements of the funding ban, the National Environmental Policy Act and a 2009 Federal District Court ruling that vacated the PCMS Transformation Record of Decision issued by the Army in its original efforts to expand the site.
Over the last nearly eight years the Army has issued a staggering 10,000 pages of alleged NEPA documentation - all of which make the absurd claim that the Army's actions have no significant impact to the quality of the environment, economy and culture of the Southern Great Plains.
In one segmented document after the next, the Army's analysis ignores science and even the sound principles of science that establish military damage to the shortgrass prairie are irreparable and irreversible. Even as military training expands - less than 5% of the PCMS is currently off limits to training - and intensifies, the Army and its tax-supported real estate partners encumbering land in the region to be managed for military needs employ environmental tactics that appear to trick 'neighbors' and the public into believing that impacts will be insignificant.
While admitting the "sheer amount of alphabet soup" generated by the Army's disclosures and the legal processes are confusing, Aguerre said the underlying theory of the law isn't complicated. The Sikes Act, passed in 1960, recognizes the importance and value of natural and cultural resources to military lands. Accordingly, the Sikes Act requires the Department of Defense to develop and implement Integrated Natural and Cultural Resources Management Plans (INRMPs/ICRMPs) for military installations across the United States.
"As a further example of this deceptive piecemealing, N1MA! asks where the Integrated Cultural Resource Management Plan is and why it wasn't issued as part of the Integrated Natural Resource Management Plan? And, why - except to mislead and confuse taxpayers - does the Army continue to ignore science that proves all the past, current and future military damage will devastate the entire region? The Army's 'make-believe NEPA' fails to comply either the spirit or letter of the law while perpetrating real-life catastrophic impacts to our security and health," Aguerre said.
The Army's latest mockery of environmental and economic impact analysis should be withdrawn because it fails to meet the basic requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act. It also fails to heed the mandates of Congress as expressed in the funding ban - renewed for the sixth consecutive year on this very day. This Integrated Natural Resource Management Plan fails to make sense from a policy standpoint and it would both sanction and inflict massive and irreversible damage on America's last major intact grassland, a fragile ecosystem that elsewhere has not yet recovered from the devastation wrought by ill-considered federal government policies that led to plowing of these fragile grasslands in the 1920s in the bone-headed public campaign that "rain follows the plow." In fact, what followed the plow when the inevitable drought cycle reasserted itself was this nation's most catastrophic environmental collapse, the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.
The Army, its contractors and politicians, in defiance of the law, scientific knowledge and common sense, are effectively asking the public to believe that "rain will follow the tank!" and magically reseed and renew these tortured lands. Alas, the best science on this subject shows that the notion that invasive species can somehow revive devastated grasslands that required thousands of years of natural processes to reach their original productive state is a discredited policy as misguided and mischievous as the original "rain follows the plow" folly, Aguerre said.
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Monday, May 13, 2013
|Jessica at the Capitol|
Voters who dont read beyond the headlines are destined to being duped into a half assed version of cannabis legalization, and in return they will get less than nothing of their rights...
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Saturday, May 11, 2013
12,000 athletes expected at Denver's community race May 18-19, 2013
May 9, 2013, DENVER-- To provide a safe environment for the 2013 Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon, the cities of Aurora, Denver and Lakewood will have temporary traffic impacts along Colfax Avenue on Sunday, May 19, 2013. While travel on Colfax Avenue will be restricted, normal traffic patterns will resume as soon as it's safe for athletes, spectators and motorists.
Colfax Avenue in Aurora:
The half-marathon course starts at Denver's City Park, heads east on Montview Avenue to Yosemite Street in Aurora, continues south to East 17th Avenue, then East to Galena Street, then south to 16th Avenue, west to Del Mar Parkway, north to East 17th Avenue, then returns west to Dayton, south to Colfax, west on Colfax to Oneida, north to East 17th Avenue, west on 17th back to Denver's City Park.
Colfax Avenue in Denver:
Colfax Avenue in Lakewood:
This year's marathon route in Lakewood will take runners along West Colfax, turning north on Pierce Street, traveling through Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, returning to Pierce Street and heading north to West 20th Avenue. The runners return to Colfax Avenue at Glen Moor Drive, heading east, remaining in the westbound lanes of Colfax Avenue.
The last runner will be off of Colfax Avenue in Lakewood at approximately 10:30 a.m.
Colfax Avenue will be cleaned and swept immediately following the passage of runners.
For detailed information on Lakewood traffic, please visit the City website at http://www.lakewood.org/colfaxmarathon/
The marathon will cause delays on RTD routes that run on and/or cross Colfax Avenue. Riders are encouraged to contact RTD directly for full details by calling (303) 299-6000 or visiting www.RTD-Denver.com under Detours and Alerts.
Course maps can be found online:
High res EPS files can be downloaded here https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wp5bwv52nqjegvr/MivS6-2Aq2
The Half Marathon course map http://www.mapmyrun.com/us/denver-co/colfax-half-marathon-route-182015214
Please note: The Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon's 13.1 mile Half Marathon is sold out! Six thousand runners have registered for the race's most popular event on Sunday, May 19, 2013, reaching the cap placed on the inaugural run through the zoo. The Colfax Half Marathon is the only race in Denver to run through Denver Zoo, and runners registered in record numbers to take part in it.
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