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Activists Step Up For Flood Relief In Colorado

As I write, it is Sunday night.  It’s been raining all day, and we are once again seeing flooding across the region.  And the relief group once again spent all day building infrastructure and organizing volunteer efforts.  In less than three days we’ve sent out five cleanup teams, built a database of 400 volunteers, raised two thousand dollars, established relationships with a dozen other organizations, and built a large online presence and internal digital communications system.

It is still raining outside and fresh information about devastated areas and new evacuations comes in every few minutes.  There is a growing feeling that the damage is absolutely massive, but at this point, no one really knows.  All we can do is organize as quickly as possible and help as many folks as we can, while staying safe ourselves.  But ultimately this is a once in a generation natural disaster that will have permanent impact in central Colorado.  There is nothing that citizen’s groups like Boulder Flood Relief, or more established organizations and agencies can do to avert that fact.

More information about Boulder Flood Relief is available at boulderfloodrelief.org and they are on Facebook at Occupy Boulder Flood Relief.

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How to help those impacted by flooding in Colorado

There’s several things you can do to help those in Colorado even if you don’t live close by. For example, the Longmont Humane Society can use your donations directly — since Thursday morning, they have sheltered 55 dogs, 34 cats, 1 grey goose and 2 leopard geckos as flood victims. Help them with their mission by donating cash or supplies from their Amazon wish list. They’re updating their Facebook page regularly.

Also, Foothills United Way has established the ‘Foothills Flood Relief Fund’ to be used toward health and human services for those affected by the flooding in Boulder and Broomfield counties. Check out the link from CBS, as well as Occupy Denver and Occupy Boulder Flood Relief's Facebook pages. These two organizations have come together to share a multitude of resources and information.

As always, if you live in the area, be safe and help thy neighbor. As of now (9/15/13, 4:23 PM MST), there are 326 people unaccounted for in the area. The local sheriff’s department is asking those who have self-evacuated and are not at shelters to call in and report they are safe. Here’s the details from the Office of Emergency Management for Boulder County:

If someone who lives in a flood zone has self-evacuated to a safe location, they are asked to call in to the Public Call Center, to report that they are safe. That number is 303-413-7730.  If you have reported someone as unaccounted for previously and then learned that they are safe, please also report that to the Public Call Center as well.

Here’s the latest on evacuation orders, road closures, boil advisories, and shelters from the floods in the Boulder area.

This is now being called a 1,000 year flood as Coloradans brace for four more inches of rain this afternoon. And it’s not just Boulder. It’s an area roughly the size of Connecticut. Here’s the rundown from the State Office of Emergency Management: 

Statewide

  • Nine counties and five city Emergency Operations Centers are activated.
  • Flood conditions are spread across the Front Range across 15 counties including: Boulder, El Paso, Larimer, Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Fremont, Jefferson, Logan, Morgan, Pueblo, Washington, and Weld counties. This is almost 200 miles from north to south.
  • Fatalities: 5
  • Reported Missing: 1,253 (approximate and changing throughout the day)
  • Evacuated Persons: 11,700
  • Shelter Population Total: 1,872
  • Shelters: 26 Shelters open
  • Declarations: FEMA –Major Disaster Declaration (CO4145) | FEMA – 3365-EM Emergency Declaration
  • Residential Structures: 17,494 damaged | 1.502 destroyed
  • State Emergency Operations Center is operating at 24 hours at Level I
  • Information updates posted at www.COEmergency.com , Twitter @COEmergency, and Facebook at COEmergency. Hashtags: #COflood, #BoulderFlood, #JeffcoFlood, #LarimerFlood, #WaldoFlood
  • Donations and Volunteer Information: www.HelpColoradoNow.org or 2-1-1
  • Register at www.SafeAndWell.org to let families members know you have evacuated safely or to check on loved ones.

C’mon Tumblr folks — let’s do what we can.

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Save Cognitive Dissonance! (Well, at least Meg & Co.)

I’m asking the fine folks of Tumblr (and the internet at large) for donations because emergency surgery to remove an appendix time bomb has left our budget stretched beyond the breaking point. We’re finding it impossible to cover medical bills, pay rent and utilities, buy groceries, and though I’ve been looking for full-time work, it’s been difficult to find anyone who’s even hiring. My husband and I are both working and going to school, but it’s just not enough. We’re falling further behind. 

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I want to continue to bring you guys great ad-free content on the daily. So why not ask folks to pitch in a little? Unlike the New York Times, I put nothing behind a paywall and ask for no subscriptions — and like I can compare to the great Gray Lady anyhow. But I DO think I deliver entertaining and informative content, and your feedback tells me this is the case. 

There’s over 40,000 people following my site now. I know there’s many of you in a similar position — struggling to make ends meet, and I know you’d help if you could. But if just 25% of you pitched in $5, well, I’d be secure for the rest of the year — and pay this off. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from giving more. Donate here or use the widget on the sidebar of my site. Also, the email for my PayPal is meglanker@gmail.com

When I started this in 2010, I never pictured it being the marvelous and large community that it is today. I’m asking for your help because I believe I have some of the most generous and fantastic readers on the Internet. Your generosity helps me survive and in exchange, I’ll keep bringing you the oddities and policies of the political and legal world, both on here and live-streamed every Friday night. Again, it’s YOU that makes it possible.

Oh, and cat pictures. I’ll keep posting lots of cat pictures. Like this one:

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Thank you so much,
Meg

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Twitter: @meglanker
Email: meglanker@gmail.com

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So… my birthday’s this week! Help make it a happy one!

cognitivedissonance:

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And I’ve had several followers who are also following me on Facebook and Twitter ask what I’d like for my birthday.

Well, I’d like help with my medical bills from having emergency surgery one month ago. We’re facing several thousands dollars worth of bills — even after insurance — and since we had minimal coverage, the hospital is unwilling to write anything off. The total bill is $18,171.89, and we’re responsible for at least one-third of that amount. 

That also leaves us still trying to play catch up from taking time off work, plus recovery time for me, and obviously, bills from the emergency room, ER doc, surgeon, CT scan, anesthetic, hospital stay, and post-op followup.That $18k is just the hospital’s claim.

So if you’re willing and able to help, please use the box on the sidebar, or click here to visit my WePay donation page — the full story is also posted there. That’s all I want for my birthday. Well, that and single-payer health care, but this is a huge boost now. 

I know I have truly generous readers out there who appreciate what I do here — after all, there’s 42,879 of you, and I imagine you wouldn’t have all stuck around if you didn’t enjoy this site. If just 10% of folks donated $5, we’d be awfully close to paying this off. If you can’t spare anything, please signal boost, I’d be appreciative for that too!

Thank you folks, and here’s hoping my 29th year is better than the last! I’m incredibly grateful for whatever you can and are willing to do.

Cheers,

Meg

Much love and gratitude to those who’ve donated and signal-boosted, especially to shortformblog for their signal boost AND kind words.

We’ve raised $1,808.34 — 10% of the bill’s total. Can we reach 20% by tomorrow? With your help, that’s within reach. Without your help, well, I don’t know where I’d be right now. 

I’m challenging everyone who digs this site and has a spare $5 to donate to do so here, on the sidebar of my site, or through PayPal using the email meglanker@gmail.com. Those who don’t — trust me, I understand. You can help by signal boosting and sharing with your followers on Tumblr, and even Facebook and Twitter if you are willing. You can share the donation page directly here

We’ve tried other avenues, and this is our last chance to have any hope of paying this off. I truly enjoy providing great content to you all. I want to continue doing so. I hope that you’re willing to help me out in return.

Thank you so much!

— Meg

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Dear readers of Cognitive Dissonance:

cognitivedissonance:

cognitivedissonance:

I’m asking the readers of this site to pitch in a few dollars today if you enjoyed my coverage of Election 2012 and beyond. I brought you live coverage of every GOP debate in the primary and each presidential debate, on-the-ground reports from the RNC as a correspondent (thanks Tumblr!), and the best bingo game ever. Now that the election’s over, I am still dedicated to bringing you excellent coverage of world events and social justice.

The fiscal cliff, nomination of a new U.S. Secretary of State, our ongoing involvement in the Middle East, and the possibility of the U.S. Supreme Court hearing cases involving the rights of same-sex couples are all stories I’m thrilled to continue covering.

I’ve been working as hard as I can but now my budget is stretched beyond the breaking point. Right now, we’re unable to pay rent and utilities, or buy groceries, and though I’ve been looking for full-time work, it’s been difficult to find anyone who’s even hiring. We went through our savings several months ago. My husband is working and going to school, but it’s just not enough. There are those of who helped us last month, and we’re incredibly grateful. However, we’re pinched beyond belief this month and facing possible eviction.

I want to continue to bring you guys ad-free content on the daily. So why not ask folks to pitch in a little? Unlike the New York Times, I put nothing behind a paywall and ask for no subscriptions — and like I can compare to the great Gray Lady anyhow. But I DO think I deliver entertaining and informative content, and your feedback tells me this is the case. 

There’s 25,376 people following this site. I know there’s many of you in a similar position — struggling to make ends meet, and I know you’d help if you could. But if just even 25% of you pitched in a few dollars to the site, well, I’d be secure for the rest of the year. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from giving more than just a few bucks. Donate here or using the widget on the sidebar of my site. Also, the email for my PayPal is meglanker@gmail.com. I wouldn’t ask for your help unless I truly needed it. We’ve exhausted all other resources. 

When I started this in 2010, I never pictured it being the marvelous and large community that it is today. I’m asking for your help because I believe I have some of the most generous and fantastic readers on the Internet. I’ll keep bringing you the oddities and policies of the political world, both on here and live-streamed every Friday night. Oh, and cat pictures. It’s your help that makes it possible.

Thank you,

Meg

Please help if you can. We’re looking to raise about another $1100, and we’ve received about $250 thus far. I got a shutoff notice for the electric bill today. There’s more than 25,000 people following me, and I know you all have followers. A signal boost, $5 – it gets us closer to not losing a place to live. I don’t have much time left. THANK YOU to those who’ve graciously given so far. We’re incredibly grateful.

Sincerely,

Meg

We’re getting closer! But please, we still need help. The electric is still scheduled for shutoff and we have to pay rent.

Thanks to those who’ve helped thus far, you give us hope!

Sincerely,

Meg

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Dear readers of Cognitive Dissonance:

cognitivedissonance:

I’m asking the readers of this site to pitch in a few dollars today if you enjoyed my coverage of Election 2012 and beyond. I brought you live coverage of every GOP debate in the primary and each presidential debate, on-the-ground reports from the RNC as a correspondent (thanks Tumblr!), and the best bingo game ever. Now that the election’s over, I am still dedicated to bringing you excellent coverage of world events and social justice.

The fiscal cliff, nomination of a new U.S. Secretary of State, our ongoing involvement in the Middle East, and the possibility of the U.S. Supreme Court hearing cases involving the rights of same-sex couples are all stories I’m thrilled to continue covering.

I’ve been working as hard as I can but now my budget is stretched beyond the breaking point. Right now, we’re unable to pay rent and utilities, or buy groceries, and though I’ve been looking for full-time work, it’s been difficult to find anyone who’s even hiring. We went through our savings several months ago. My husband is working and going to school, but it’s just not enough. There are those of who helped us last month, and we’re incredibly grateful. However, we’re pinched beyond belief this month and facing possible eviction.

I want to continue to bring you guys ad-free content on the daily. So why not ask folks to pitch in a little? Unlike the New York Times, I put nothing behind a paywall and ask for no subscriptions — and like I can compare to the great Gray Lady anyhow. But I DO think I deliver entertaining and informative content, and your feedback tells me this is the case. 

There’s 25,376 people following this site. I know there’s many of you in a similar position — struggling to make ends meet, and I know you’d help if you could. But if just even 25% of you pitched in a few dollars to the site, well, I’d be secure for the rest of the year. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from giving more than just a few bucks. Donate here or using the widget on the sidebar of my site. Also, the email for my PayPal is meglanker@gmail.com. I wouldn’t ask for your help unless I truly needed it. We’ve exhausted all other resources. 

When I started this in 2010, I never pictured it being the marvelous and large community that it is today. I’m asking for your help because I believe I have some of the most generous and fantastic readers on the Internet. I’ll keep bringing you the oddities and policies of the political world, both on here and live-streamed every Friday night. Oh, and cat pictures. It’s your help that makes it possible.

Thank you,

Meg

Please help if you can. We’re looking to raise about another $1100, and we’ve received about $250 thus far. I got a shutoff notice for the electric bill today. There’s more than 25,000 people following me, and I know you all have followers. A signal boost, $5 – it gets us closer to not losing a place to live. I don’t have much time left. THANK YOU to those who’ve graciously given so far. We’re incredibly grateful.

Sincerely,

Meg

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Dear readers of Cognitive Dissonance:

I’m asking the readers of this site to pitch in a few dollars today if you enjoyed my coverage of Election 2012 and beyond. I brought you live coverage of every GOP debate in the primary and each presidential debate, on-the-ground reports from the RNC as a correspondent (thanks Tumblr!), and the best bingo game ever. Now that the election’s over, I am still dedicated to bringing you excellent coverage of world events and social justice.

The fiscal cliff, nomination of a new U.S. Secretary of State, our ongoing involvement in the Middle East, and the possibility of the U.S. Supreme Court hearing cases involving the rights of same-sex couples are all stories I’m thrilled to continue covering.

I’ve been working as hard as I can but now my budget is stretched beyond the breaking point. Right now, we’re unable to pay rent and utilities, or buy groceries, and though I’ve been looking for full-time work, it’s been difficult to find anyone who’s even hiring. We went through our savings several months ago. My husband is working and going to school, but it’s just not enough. There are those of who helped us last month, and we’re incredibly grateful. However, we’re pinched beyond belief this month and facing possible eviction.

I want to continue to bring you guys ad-free content on the daily. So why not ask folks to pitch in a little? Unlike the New York Times, I put nothing behind a paywall and ask for no subscriptions — and like I can compare to the great Gray Lady anyhow. But I DO think I deliver entertaining and informative content, and your feedback tells me this is the case. 

There’s 25,376 people following this site. I know there’s many of you in a similar position — struggling to make ends meet, and I know you’d help if you could. But if just even 25% of you pitched in a few dollars to the site, well, I’d be secure for the rest of the year. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from giving more than just a few bucks. Donate here or using the widget on the sidebar of my site. Also, the email for my PayPal is meglanker@gmail.com. I wouldn’t ask for your help unless I truly needed it. We’ve exhausted all other resources. 

When I started this in 2010, I never pictured it being the marvelous and large community that it is today. I’m asking for your help because I believe I have some of the most generous and fantastic readers on the Internet. I’ll keep bringing you the oddities and policies of the political world, both on here and live-streamed every Friday night. Oh, and cat pictures. It’s your help that makes it possible.

Thank you,

Meg

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EMERGENCY FIRE EVACUATION: Albany County, Wyoming

Update 10:54 PM MST: 

Details and more information on the Squirrel Creek Fire will be provided Monday morning due to rapidly changing conditions and emphasis on emergency operations Sunday.

There will be a Red Cross Community Briefing tomorrow morning at 10 AM in the Albany County Fairgrounds building. I’ll continue to post any info as it comes in tonight. Follow Laramie Live here for the story as well.

cognitivedissonance:

Update 10:28 PM MST:

Urgent Code Red Evacuation Update - The Albany County Sheriff’s Office has issued an expanded Code Red Immediate Evacuation Notice:

- This is a code red immediate evacuation notice for all residents from Jelm Mountain on the south, north along Sheep Mountain and all the way to Highway 130.

- This includes the west side of Highway 230 and Sheep Mountain, up to Lake Hattie.

- The Squirrel Creek Fire is advancing quickly. Please advise your neighbor if you have time. Please remain calm and aware. Your evacuation point is the Albany County Fairgrounds. Please refrain from calling dispatch.

- Refer to previous announcements for other evacuation notices.

- Size is over 2000 acres and growing very rapidly.

- Fire started in the Squirrel Creek drainage on the Medicine Bow National Forest, Laramie Ranger District; approx. 2 miles south/southeast of Lake Owen and 3 -4 miles west/northwest of Woods Landing, Wyo.

- It was discovered Saturday afternoon around 1 p.m. and is actively burning in beetle-killed timber. Red Flag conditions and exceptionally dry fuels are contributing to active burning and fire growth.

- Ground crews worked into the night on Saturday to complete burnout operations in order to remove unburned fuels with the intent to aid in containment efforts. Air resources also worked to slow the fire’s growth yesterday.

- On Sunday fire personnel have assisted the Sheriff’s Department in evacuating residents and the Public from the Fox Creek Road area.

- The Albany County Sheriff’s Office has issued evacuation notices for all residents along the Fox Creek Road and from Jelm Mountain on the south, north along Sheep Mountain and all the way to Highway 130. This includes the west side of Highway 230 and Sheep Mountain, up to Lake Hattie.

- Pre-evacuation notices remain in effect for residents of Fox Park and Albany. Multiple Code Red messages have been sent to residents of these areas. The most recent said: “You are receiving this code red as a notice to evacuate immediately. The Squirrel Creek Fire is advancing quickly. Please advise your neighbor if you have time. Please remain calm and aware. Your evacuation point is the Albany County Fairgrounds. Please refrain from calling dispatch.”

- Currently there are several engines, a Type II Initial Attack crew, and misc. air resources assisting with the fire. Additional crews and air resources have been ordered.

- A Type 3 Incident Management Team is currently managing the fire.

- Additional/periodic updates will be posted to this site as information becomes available.

cognitivedissonance:

cognitivedissonance:

http://inciweb.org/incident/2970

“Incident Overview

- Size is approximately 500 acres and growing.

- Fire is burning in the Squirrel Creek drainage on the Medicine Bow National Forest, Laramie Ranger District; approx. 2 miles south/southeast of Lake Owen and 3 -4 miles west/northwest of Woods Landing, Wyo.

- It was discovered Saturday afternoon around 1 p.m. and is actively burning in beetle-killed timber.

Red Flag conditions and exceptionally dry fuels are contributing to active burning and fire growth.

- Ground crews worked into the night on Saturday to complete burnout operations in order to remove unburned fuels with the intent to aid in containment efforts. Air resources also worked to slow the fire’s growth yesterday.

- On Sunday fire personnel have assisted the Sheriff’s Department in evacuating residents and the Public from the Fox Creek Road area.

- The Albany County Sheriff’s Office has issued evacuation notices for residents along the Fox Creek Road.

- Pre-evacuation notices remain in effect for residents of Woods Landing, Fox Park and Albany.

The Code Red message to residents of these areas said: “The Squirrel Creek Fire between Fox Creek Road and Highway 230 is unpredictable. We recommend that all be prepared to evacuate on short notice. This is a pre-evacuation notice that should be taken seriously. Please do not call dispatch at this time.”

- Currently there are several engines, a Type II Initial Attack crew, and misc. air resources assisting with the fire. Additional crews and air resources have been ordered. - A Type 3 Incident Management Team is currently managing the fire. - Additional/periodic updates will be posted to this site as information becomes available.”

GET OUT NOW. People are being evacuated to the Albany County Fairgrounds and there will be a Red Cross Community Briefing at 10 AM tomorrow at the community center. I’ll be going live on 93.5 FM in Laramie shortly with the Red Cross. This fire is growing very rapidly. DO NOT mess around and get out now.

Highway 230 is experiencing closures, keep that in mind. Please share this info.

Posted 8:37 PM MST, July 1st.

Be safe,
Meg

UPDATE 9:09 MST Evacuation map here: http://www.co.albany.wy.us/Data/Sites/1/media/squirrelcreekfireevac.pdf

UPDATE 9:13 PM MST: 

Urgent Code Red Evacuation Update - The Albany County Sheriff’s Office has issued a New Code Red Immediate Evacuation Notice for the area from Woods Landing to Jelm and along Highway 10.

The evacuation center is the Albany County Fairgrounds. Please be calm and drive carefully. Please notify your neighbors to make sure they are aware of the evacuation.

The Albany County Sheriff’s Office has issued the following Code Red Pre-evacuation notice: “This is a Code Red Pre-evacuation notice for all residents on the west side of 230 (Highway) and east of Sheep Mountain. The Squirrel Creek Fire has jumped Fox Creek Road and Sheep Mountain is involved. Please prepare yourself to evacuate on short notice if necessary. We are requesting that you not contact dispatch at this time due to an overage of call activity. Remain calm and aware.”

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ALERT CANCELLED. Amber Alert issued after mom takes kids following stabbing

Update: ABDUCTED GIRLS IN AMBER ALERT FOUND SAFE, SUSPECT STILL ON LOOSE

cognitivedissonance:

Washington State/King County followers:

An Amber Alert that has been issued for two girls taken by their mother after she allegedly stabbed the girls’ father in Shoreline Thursday morning.

Dorreen Starrish, 28, is suspected of stabbing her ex-husband around 8:30 a.m. in a home in the 1500 block of NE 190th Street, said Sgt. Cindi West with the King County Sheriff’s Office, which provides police services to Shoreline.

Authorities are now looking for the couple’s daughters, 7-year-old Helen Smith and 3-year-old Alice Smith, who were taken by their mother who does not have custody of the kids, West said. The girls are of Native American descent, according to the Amber Alert, but no other description was available.

The kids were at the home when Starrish came over, said Sgt. Jesse Anderson with the King County Sheriff’s Office. They apparently got into an argument and the man was stabbed in the chest, Starrish said. Starrish then fled with the kids.

“There’s always that concern that the kids could be in jeopardy, because we don’t know of her mental state at this point,” Anderson said.

KOMO’s Facebook page instructs anyone who sees Starrish or her children to call 911 and DO NOT approach them. Picture of Dorreen Starrish:

Live updates here.

Update 3:42 PM MST:

AMBER ALERT UPDATE: PHOTO of 7-year-old Helen Smith. She’s 4-foot-4 and weighs 65 pounds. Her mother, Doreen Starrish, is 5-foot-8 and 170 pounds.

Helen Smith:

Update 5:52 PM MST

AMBER ALERT UPDATE: The suspect was last seen in a back Cadillac STS with unknown plates. Location not specified. PHOTO shows 3-year-old Alice Smith.

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