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The Cross Vegas Pit Crew’s Job Starts When?

I was on my bike, halfway to the Cross Vegas venue in pitch dark, when I received a breathless call from Bjørn Selander. “Lennard, I need your help,” he said, holding back panic. “I just rolled my rear tire in the course pre-ride!” The Borah Teamwear powered by Bingham Built rider had just flown…
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Cross Vegas: Sweeck, Nash solo to victory

Laurens Sweeck (ERA-Circus) soloed to victory at the 2017 Cross Vegas on Wednesday night with the famous Las Vegas Strip shining brightly in the distance. The Belgian attacked through the uphill sand pit on lap one and was never to be seen again. Laurens brother Diether finished second with Jeremy Powers (Aspire), who did…
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Jingle Cross: van der Poel, Nash take World Cup wins

Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) flew off the start like he was shot out of a cannon and proceeded to solo the entire race to win the opening round of the 2017/18 Telenet UCI Cyclocross World Cup on Sunday in Iowa City. Van der Poel had fresh legs for the final and most important…
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Special Weather Statement issued September 17 at 2:32PM MDT by NWS

...SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SOUTHEASTERN CLEAR CREEK AND CENTRAL JEFFERSON COUNTIES UNTIL 315 PM MDT... At 232 PM MDT, Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm near Evergreen, or 22 miles southwest of Denver, moving northeast at 25 mph. Dime size hail and wind gusts up to 50 mph will be possible with this …
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Jingle Cross: Vermeersch, Gilbert take victory on Day 2

Belgium’s Gianni Vermeersch (Team Steylaerts) captured the victory on Saturday night at the UCI C2 event on the second day of racing at the Jingle Cross Festival. France’s Steve Chainel (Team Chazal/Canyon) claimed second with American Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz/Donkey Label Racing) rounding out the podium in third. Only six riders also racing Sunday’s…
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Jingle Cross: Sweeck, Keough take Day 1

Laurens Sweeck (ERA-Circus) captured the win Friday in the men’s race on the opening night of the three-day Jingle Cross Festival, taking advantage of the absence of two-time world champion Wout van Aert (Crelan-Charles) and former world champion Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon). The racing took place under the lights on Friday night and…
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USA Cycling announces 2017 ProCX calendar

USA Cycling announced its 2017 ProCX calendar for the fall cyclocross season Monday. In some ways, the exhaustive 43-race calendar of UCI events is similar to that of years past. However, there is one key difference: This season sees the return of a major series in the seven-race Sho-Air US Cup-CX series. “I want a…
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Why are we HAPPY in Boulder?

[mp_row] [mp_span col="12"] Happy in Boulder! What does "balance" have to do with happiness? By Arn Rasker Defining Happiness is a tricky subject.   Possibly because the term is generally a subjective one to start with.  But, somehow, those of us that live in Boulder have the privilege of living in what magazines have described…
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Lenders Optimistic on DTI Change

Fannie Mae recently raised the cap on its maximum debt-to-income (DTI) ratio to 50 percent. Will it help?  NAR Research queried lenders about this change in the Survey of Mortgage Originators for the 2nd quarter of 2017. Lenders were optimistic about the change, but some will maintain overlays to mitigate potential risks. In July,…
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Foreign Buyers Typically Spent 30 Percent More Than Domestic Buyers

Foreign buyers, typically purchased properties that are more expensive than properties purchased by domestic buyers, according to NAR’s recently released 2017 Profile of International Activity in U.S. Residential Real Estate.[1] Among foreign buyers who purchased property in April 2016–March 2017, the median price was $302,290, which is about 30 percent more than the median[2]…
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Cowbells and kettlebells: Why CrossFit ‘cross is great

‘Cross is coming? No, cyclocross is already here and in a place you’d least expect it. The CrossFit Games — yep, the fitness competition that claims to crown the world’s fittest man and woman — are underway this week in Madison, Wisconsin. This year, the CrossFit Games include a cyclocross competition. The contestants zipped around…
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Making the Most of a Small Home’s Storage

Story Idea – Making the Most of a Small Home’s Storage When it comes to small houses, every square inch of space is valuable and there are plenty of underused nooks and crannies that, with a little creativity, can be transformed into useful storage spaces. For example, installing pullout drawers under stairs can add…
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Selling a Home? Consider Staging!

Story Idea – Selling a Home? Consider Staging! Most home sellers know the importance of keeping their house clean and clutter free while it is on the market, but sometimes, taking a few extra steps can make all the difference. That is where staging comes in. According to a report from the National Association…
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Canadian Home Buyers Investing in U.S. Real Estate

  Canadian Home Buyers Investing in U.S. Real Estate According to a recent report from the National Association of REALTORS®, a considerable rise in sales dollar volume from Canadian home buyers caused foreign investment in U.S. real estate to increase in 2016. Even though China was in the top spot for sales volumes for the…
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Common Mistakes Homeowners Make With Good Intentions

New homeowners always have the best intentions when it comes to taking care of their house. However, no one is knows all the ins and outs of maintaining a home right off the bat, so avoidable mistakes are often made in the beginning. In an attempt to protect new countertops, many owners will apply…
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Hydrologic Outlook issued June 08 at 1:47PM MDT by NWS

...Increased flows on streams in north central Colorado through early next week... The June 8th mountain snowpack remained above average for this date being 331 percent of normal in the South Platte Basin, 288 percent of normal in the upper Colorado River basin, and 141 percent of normal in the North Platte Basin. Source:…
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The Importance of Lawn Care

Taking care of a home’s landscape in the summer heat can be a daunting task for many homeowners. However, if a homeowner is looking to sell his or her home in the warmer months, maintaining or creating a beautiful lawn can mean selling a home faster and for more money. According to the National…
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Creating a Home's First Impression

Curb appeal is a home’s first impression, and the first chance to impress potential buyers. Whether buyers are amazed by a beautiful and immaculate yard or turned off by dirty exterior walls and an overgrown lawn can meaningfully affect the speed and price at which a home sells. Improving a home’s curb appeal can…
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Landscaping Mistakes Made by New Homeowners

For many, homeownership means having a yard. Having an outdoor space and landscape to tend to is a dream come true for many previous apartment dwellers. However, for someone who has never had to care for a yard before, it can be easy to make costly mistakes. Overusing fertilizer is one of the most…
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Regulations Burden Appraisers

According to research from the National Association of REALTORS®, issues related to excessive regulation are creating problems with satisfaction and recruitment in the real estate appraisal field. In fact, nearly 75 percent of appraisers surveyed by NAR named frustration with excessive regulation as a reason for potentially leaving the field. Regulations have also served…
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National Flood Insurance Program Expires Soon. What it Means for Homeowners

On September 30, less than six months from now, the National Flood Insurance Program will expire. The National Association of REALTORS® is working closely with federal regulators and members of Congress to strengthen the program and clear the way for a private market to take hold, but REALTORS® warn the program’s September 30 reauthorization…
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Should a Homeowner Take the Lowest Bid for a Remodel?

How does a homeowner know when to spend a lot of money on a home project versus when it is all right to go a cheaper route? When taking bids for a renovation project, it can be tempting to take the lowest offer, but if the highest bid comes in at $75,000 and the…
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Home Is for the Entire Family, Including the Furry Members

Families come in all shapes and sizes and with all different kinds of members, and for those that include a pet, finding a place to call home comes with a few more considerations. According to a new report from the National Association of REALTORS®, 81 percent of Americans take their pets into consideration when…
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Filing Taxes as a New Homeowner

For many new homeowners the year they buy their own home will also be the first year they do not take the standard deduction when doing their taxes. It can be confusing to know what is eligible for itemization and what is not. Most homeowners will end up itemizing their loan costs and fees,…
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Renters Believe They Need More Money than Necessary to Buy a Home

According to NAR’s Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 87 percent of non-homeowners believe they need a down payment of 10 percent or more to buy a home. However, the same report shows that the median down payment for first-time buyers has been 6 percent for the last three years. This means renters who…
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FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium Cut Is Reversed

In one of his first acts, President Donald Trump reversed a quarter point decrease in the Federal Housing Administration mortgage insurance premium. The reduction in premiums would have decreased monthly payments for thousands of new, low- and moderate-income borrowers. NAR President William E. Brown released this statement in response to the reversal: “According to…
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Arn Rasker: Your Professional Realtor in Boulder

Find a great realtor in Boulder. Finding the best Realtor in Boulder for YOU! Your first step towards finding a new home, or selling your home, in Boulder. Boulder is generally still a SELLER’s MARKET, with a short inventory supply (A supply that averages less than 60 days on the market), in the sub-$1.5M market.…
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Wedding Planner in Boulder

Buying a home is more like a wedding planning process than a sales process!   by Arn Rasker As your REALTOR, my role in the overall experience of buying a home is closer to the role of a wedding planner than to the role of a typical salesman.  Actually the role I play, as your…
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Colorado ski areas

Prices at nearly all Colorado ski resorts vary based upon time of year and peak season. Various lift-ticket discounts are also available for many ski mountains, so check around before your next outing, and contact the resorts directly for pricing and specials.  Check into season-pass pricing if you are planning to ski five or more…
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Breckenridge Snow Sculpture Championships

Event date: February 3, 2017 Event Time: 08:00 AM - 04:30 PMLocation: 103 S. Iowa AveLafayette, CO 80026Description:Breckenridge hosted the first International Snow Sculpture Championships in 1991, and the event continues to foster a spirit of worldwide artistic camaraderie. Source: City of Lafayette
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The secret’s out

The Parkway Cafe claims to be the best-kept secret in Boulder, but a packed parking lot on a Friday afternoon belies the statement. Maybe part of the secret lies in the location; tucked away in east Boulder’s collection of warehouse businesses, between auto body shops, tow yards and car dealerships, Parkway has been dishing…
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Prime Rib Fridays at the Peaks Bar and Grill

Event date: February 3, 2017 Event Time: 05:30 PM - 07:30 PMLocation: 2300 Indian Peaks TrailLafayette, CO 80026Description:The Peaks Prime Rib Fridays – Sister Carmen fundraiserJoin us every Friday in January and February at the Peak Bar and Grill (at Indian Peaks Golf Course) from 5:30-7:30pm for a prime rib dinner and dessert.20% of…
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Can U.S. men be competitive in European ‘cross?

What will it take for American men to be a factor on the international cyclocross stage? With the domestic season and nationals behind us, only two weekends remain before world championships in Luxembourg. U.S. women, most notably 13-time national champ Katie Compton, have had an impact in the sport’s European heartland for quite some…
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Preparing Homes for Extreme Weather

Story Idea – Preparing homes for extreme weather     Preparing for typical winter weather can be hard for homeowners, but dealing with dangerous winter conditions, such as blizzards or extreme cold, can be overwhelming. The key to surviving extreme weather is preparation. Homeowners should trim tree branches to prevent roof damage; roof tiles,…
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What Do Rising Interest Rates Mean for Consumers?

Story Idea – What do rising interest rates mean for consumers?     Mortgage rates are currently sitting at their highest level in two years, with 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaging 4.32 percent and 15-year mortgages averaging 3.55 percent. Rising mortgage rates continue to be a concern when it comes to home sales and affordability; however,…
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Is Now a Good Time to Sell?

Story Idea – Is now a good time to sell? According to data from the National Association of REALTORS®, 62 percent of people believe that now is a good to time sell a home and that number goes up to 69 percent when looking specifically at the West Coast. However, whether or not it…
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What does Retire in Boulder mean?

What does “Retire in Boulder” mean? Let’s start by throwing out the typical definition of retirement, which usually is centered around the end of a career. And since we are not associating it with the end of a career, we can also dissociate the concept from age stereotypes. “Retiring” to Boulder is really more about…
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How Much Do You Really Need for a Downpayment?

When someone is in the process of buying a home, how much money do they need to put up as a down payment? According to research from the National Association of REALTORS® consumers across all income brackets, education levels and ages believe that 20 percent of the cost of the home is needed for…
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Deciding which outdoor remodeling project should you take on?

When considering a remodeling project, most homeowners think of renovating their kitchen or redoing a bathroom, but maybe they should be looking to the outdoors for an upgrade. According to research by the National Association of REALTORS® outdoor remodeling projects not only add value to a house on resale, they also increase the amount…
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Declutter Your Home

Why do some people think organizing their home is for a must-do only in the spring? With the holiday season approaching, people across the country are preparing their homes for visiting family, holiday parties and cold weather hibernation. All of this makes fall the perfect time to declutter and organize one’s home.    The…
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The Importance of Technology in Selling Your Home

Changing and improving technology influences nearly every aspect of our lives, so it makes sense that it also affects the way homeowners and their agents market and sell homes. So what are the tools consumers and their agents should be using when trying to sell their home? According to the National Association of REALTORS®,…
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Where Do Downpayments Come From?

The National Association of REALTORS® reported that the median downpayment for all homebuyers is 10 percent. With the most recent median existing-home price reported at $232,200 in October, that comes to a $23,220 downpayment. So where are buyers finding the money for this purchase? According to NAR’s 2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers,…
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Can You Do it Yourself?

Being a homeowner means that your home is yours – even the things that need fixing. Is a faucet leaking? Are floor boards squeaky? Is a light-switch not working? Those issues are all yours to tackle. But what projects can you do yourself and what ones require the help of a trained professional? Taking on…
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