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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Boulder, CO

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Boulder, CO offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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NO MATTER YOUR NEED, WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK.

STORE AT YOUR LOCATION

We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.

STORE AT OUR LOCATION

Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.

CUSTOM STORAGE

Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.

LOCAL MOVE

Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.

LONG-DISTANCE MOVE

Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.

MOVING & STORAGE

We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.

OFFICE USE

Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.

BUSINESS USE

If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level

CUSTOM USE

We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
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At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are refurbished grade or better
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN Boulder, CO, INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY MEASURES:

High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.

COMMERCIAL STORAGE CONTAINERS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Boulder, CO

When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

 Storage Containers For Rent Boulder, CO

Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.

WHETHER YOUR BUSINESS IS COMMERCIAL, HEALTHCARE, GOVERNMENT OR EDUCATION, OR YOUR INTEREST IS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY SHIPPING CONTAINERS, SMS HAS YOU COVERED:

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Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.

CUSTOM CONTAINERS FOR YOUR HOME IN Boulder, CO

Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

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HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY A SHIPPING CONTAINER FOR YOUR HOME:

With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Boulder, CO, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.

MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS & PORTABLE OFFICES TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Boulder, CO

We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Boulder, CO, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.

HERE'S HOW WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK:

You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

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DETERMINE DESTINATION

Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Boulder, CO. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.

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SCHEDULE DATE & TIME

Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.

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PREPARE FOR YOUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINER DELIVERY

Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.

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DELIVERY & SETUP

When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MOBILE CONTAINERS TO Rent, Buy OR Modify IN Boulder, CO?

Check out our FAQ page or reach out to our helpful customer service team today @

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Flatiron Park likely not last Boulder acquisition, new owner says

Editor’s note: This report has been updated with an interview with the buyer.After about six months on the market, a large portfolio within Boulder’s Flatiron Park business center has been purchased by BioMed Realty LLC.The roughly 1,000,000-square-foot, 22-building campus was sold by Crescent Real Estate LLC and is home to a slew of technology companies. Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) is suspected to occupy as much as 240,000 square feet of space in the east Boulder park.“This is a...

Editor’s note: This report has been updated with an interview with the buyer.

After about six months on the market, a large portfolio within Boulder’s Flatiron Park business center has been purchased by BioMed Realty LLC.

The roughly 1,000,000-square-foot, 22-building campus was sold by Crescent Real Estate LLC and is home to a slew of technology companies. Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) is suspected to occupy as much as 240,000 square feet of space in the east Boulder park.

“This is an exciting transaction for Boulder and shows that Boulder’s getting a lot of national recognition,” Crescent senior vice president Ben Molk told BizWest on Monday.

The sale has yet to be recorded with Boulder County, so no price was immediately available. However, several commercial real estate brokers familiar with the offering told BizWest last year that Crescent was seeking at least $600 million.

Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. (NYSE: JLL) brokered the deal. Lionstone Investments LLC and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. also owned portions of the portfolio sold to BioMed. The sale was a joint venture between Crescent and those two groups.

Crescent will remain involved in the portfolio as property manager and will likely dip another investment toe in the Boulder waters soon.

“We are absolutely buyers of real estate still, and we are big believers in Boulder,” Molk said. “We’re actively looking for a deal in the market.”

BioMed Realty is a Blackstone portfolio company that owns about 13.7 million square feet of commercial space throughout the country, according to a news release touting the Flatiron Park acquisition.

“With this significant investment in Boulder, we’re delighted to become a part of this innovation-based community,” Jon Bergschneider, president of West Coast markets at BioMed Realty, said in the release. “In addition to BioMed’s initial investment, BioMed anticipates investing an additional $200 million in redevelopment costs over time, which is expected to create nearly 400 new local construction jobs. Beyond being a preeminent regional tech and life sciences hub, Boulder is a thriving community that couples innovation with a profound respect for natural resources and sustainable practices. We look forward to joining and supporting the Boulder community by not only providing best-in-class workspaces for companies to continue their life-saving and inventive work, but also by creating strong, long-term relationships with local organizations working to maintain Boulder’s unique identity as a gem in the Rockies.”

About 15% of Flatiron Park is home to life sciences tenants, according to Bergschneider, and part of BioMed’s investment will be upgrading buildings to bring that percentage closer to 50%.

Flatirons Park is San Diego-based BioMed’s only property in Colorado. The company’s portfolio is centered on six regions, including California’s Bay Area, Seattle and the New York metro area.

“What we focus on is innovation and technology clusters,” Bergschneider told BizWest. “Historically those have been in the East and West Coast markets. It’s been with great interest and enthusiasm that we’ve continued to watch the Boulder area grow.”

The Flatiron Park deal is likely not BioMed’s last in the Boulder Valley.

“We think of this as an opportunity to enter the market with size and scale and by no means is (the Flatirons Park acquisition) the end of our investment tolerance,” Bergschneider said.

As the local portfolio grows, BioMed, which also has a development arm, may consider adding administrative and support offices in Colorado.

“Boulder has always been a market to watch, driven by highly educated talent, robust capital flow, an existing base of life science and tech pioneers and great quality of life,” BioMed vice president of leasing Mike Ruhl said in a statement. “As demand for office and lab space in the region continues to grow, we believe BioMed’s integrated platform and expertise is uniquely suited to support companies as they continue to scale in this key market. We welcome the opportunity to contribute to a thriving community whose values directly align with our own.”

Apple, which has been cagey about the specifics of its Boulder presence, is suspected of taking over a large portion of formerly Crescent-owned real estate in Flatiron Park late last year.

In its marketing materials, a major selling point for broker JLL was the presence of an “undisclosed tech tenant” with a signed 12.5-year lease — thought to be Apple — that raises the profile of the business campus.

Other high-profile Flatiron Park companies include KBI Biopharma Inc., Popsockets LLC and Sovrn Holdings Inc.

In addition to its dozens of office tenants, Flatiron Park is also home to taprooms from Boulder’s own Upslope Brewing Co. and Broomfield-based 4 Noses, an Ozo Coffee Co. coffee shop, a deli and a gym, all of which are frequented by workers at the campus.

BioMed’s portion of the park is 90% leased, the company said.

If BioMed paid the rumored asking price of $600 million, that amounts to $600 per square foot, far in excess of what at least one similar portfolio sold for recently — although commercial real estate prices have been soaring.

The 485,000-square-foot Pearl East Business Park, for example, sold in July for $190 million, or $391 per square foot. That was $40 million more than the selling owners paid for the property just two years prior and 123% higher than the $85 million that longtime owner W.W. Reynolds Cos. sold the complex for in 2015.

Boston-based Tritower Financial Group LLC last June acquired the 60,030-square-foot former Trimble building at 2300 55th St. in Flatiron Park for $21 million, or $349.82 per square foot.

But other recent deals involving global tech users have seen much higher sale prices per square foot.

Google last September paid $97.8 million — or $782.40 per square foot — for a 125,000-square-foot office building in The Réve development across from its main campus at Pearl and 30th streets. But that was for a brand-new building directly across the street from its main campus.

Atlanta-based Invesco Ltd. in January purchased the Pfizer campus in Boulder for $99 million, or $653.96 per square foot. Like Apple, Pfizer is a global enterprise with a longer-term lease on the facility.

A 12.5-year lease — at a high rental rate with a stellar tenant such as Apple — means that a buyer likely could flip that part of the project, perhaps for as much as $1,000 per square foot, a commercial real estate broker who asked to remain unidentified told BizWest late last year. That would help justify the higher price for the rest of the portfolio, while Apple’s presence would help drive up rental rates in the rest of the park, the broker speculated.

“I really think this is going to be another milestone in our market, where it’s really going to dramatically raise the rents closer to California rents than Boulder rents,” the broker said.

A sale price in the magnitude of $600 million or more also could raise the value of other properties in Boulder, especially other buildings within Flatiron Park itself. The park includes about 2.3 million square feet overall, with numerous individual building owners alongside Crescent’s million-square-foot portfolio.

This article was first published by BizWest, an independent news organization, and is published under a license agreement. © 2022 BizWest Media LLC.

JNF-USA and Boulder JCC to Showcase Israeli Advances in Water Technology

Drip irrigation is one of the most efficient water and nutrient delivery systems for growing crops — ultimately enabling farmers to produce higher yields while also saving on fertilizers, and energy, according to Israel-based company Netafim, the pioneer and global leader in precision agriculture and drip irrigation solutions. The company was the first to establish the drip irrigation technology in Israel’s Negev Desert region; making it possible for Israeli farmers to grow their food with an ever-shrinking freshwater supply....

Drip irrigation is one of the most efficient water and nutrient delivery systems for growing crops — ultimately enabling farmers to produce higher yields while also saving on fertilizers, and energy, according to Israel-based company Netafim, the pioneer and global leader in precision agriculture and drip irrigation solutions. The company was the first to establish the drip irrigation technology in Israel’s Negev Desert region; making it possible for Israeli farmers to grow their food with an ever-shrinking freshwater supply.

On Thursday, May 12, 2022, at 6:00 pm, Naty Barak, the Chief Sustainability Officer Emeritus of Netafim, will be the keynote speaker at Jewish National Fund-USA’s and Boulder Jewish Community Center’s (JCC) joint community event, From Israel to the World: Israeli Innovations in Using Water to Produce Food.

The event will be held at the Boulder JCC and will highlight Israeli advances in water technology, the agricultural challenges Israel faces in the Negev, and how advances in water technology are helping farmers overcome these hardships. The program will also highlight the Kasser Joint Institute for Food, Water, and Energy Security, Jewish National Fund-USA’s $10 million initiative which supports agriculture and much-needed water solutions for farmers in the Negev and developing countries around the world. Working with strategic partners like Netafim, Jewish National Fund-USA is committed to providing resources to underserved communities within Israel and its neighboring countries.

“Jewish National Fund-USA’s support of water technology and partnerships with companies such as Netafim is crucial for ensuring that Israel’s Negev and Galilee regions can continue to develop and flourish, while also creating solutions that have worldwide applicability,” said Event Chairs Carolyn Grant and Andy Franklin. “We are excited to come together with the Boulder JCC to bring these impressive advancements to our local community and showcase just how much this technology is improving the quality of life and agriculture for the land and people of Israel and the world at large.”

The event will also feature a reception with food, drinks, and networking with like-minded community members who are passionate about supporting the land and people of Israel.

Event Details:

What: From Israel to the World: Israeli Innovations in Using Water to Produce Food

When: Thursday, May 12, 2022, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Where: Boulder Jewish Community Center, 6007 Oreg Ave, Boulder, CO 80303

Cost: $10 per person

Register: Email RSVPMountainStates@jnf.org

Questions? Contact Boaz Meir, Executive Director, Mountain States and Pacific NW at bmeir@jnf.org or 303.573.7095 x977.

To learn more, click here.

BVSD looks to improve programs for students learning English

The Boulder Valley school board on Tuesday heard an update on the district’s plans to improve programs for students learning English.The school district enrolls 2,034 English-language learners, who make up about 7% of the district’s enrollment. Those students generally score lower on standardized tests than the district average and graduate at a lower rate.Assistant Superintendent ​Nativity Miller said the recommendations start with expanding the co-teaching model to more elementary schools. In co-teaching, an Eng...

The Boulder Valley school board on Tuesday heard an update on the district’s plans to improve programs for students learning English.

The school district enrolls 2,034 English-language learners, who make up about 7% of the district’s enrollment. Those students generally score lower on standardized tests than the district average and graduate at a lower rate.

Assistant Superintendent ​Nativity Miller said the recommendations start with expanding the co-teaching model to more elementary schools. In co-teaching, an English language development specialist teaches alongside the classroom teacher.

The benefits, district officials said, are providing support so students can access grade level standards, as well as helping classroom teachers build their language acquisition teaching skills.

Boulder Valley has four elementary schools that use a co-teaching model schoolwide: Emerald, Sanchez, Eisenhower and Community Montessori. Generally, the specialist will co-teach one subject, such as writing, in each grade level.

The district plans to provide professional learning to strengthen the co-teaching model at those four schools in the fall. In fall 2023, eight more elementary schools with 30 or more students learning English will add a schoolwide co-teaching model.

Schools with smaller numbers may add co-teaching models in future years or may have classroom teachers receive support from district coaches.

Second language instruction now is provided through a variety of models, including pulling students out of the regular classroom for services or providing services in the classroom. School board member Richard Garcia said he’s concerned children receiving “pull-out” second language services aren’t being well served.

“The community is anxious to get this done,” he said about improving services.

Another district priority is assessing dual-language schools to make sure they are following best practices and staying true to their education models. That assessment is expected to start in the fall.

Full dual-language bilingual programs are offered at two elementary schools, Boulder’s University Hill Elementary and Lafayette’s Pioneer Elementary. Students take classes in both English and Spanish, with a goal of leaving fifth-grade bilingual and biliterate — able to read, write and speak in both languages.

Boulder’s Columbine Elementary provides instruction in Spanish in literacy and math to native Spanish speakers, starting in preschool. More English is added each year, with students continuing to receive some Spanish instruction through fifth grade.

All the teaching staff at those three elementary schools have received a “Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education” state endorsement.

Students who attended those schools who want to continue with bilingual education enroll in either Casey or Manhattan middle schools, both in Boulder. Those schools offer Spanish language arts and social studies classes. Manhattan also offers Spanish language science classes, while Casey has a folk dance elective in Spanish.

The district has talked for years about adding more middle school bilingual options, with the current plan calling for creating a bilingual middle school program in east county. Which school and what that program would look like has yet to be decided.

Once students get to high school, their main option is taking advanced Spanish classes. They also can complete a culturally and linguistically diverse senior capstone project. The district next wants to add “heritage” language courses for students already fluent in Spanish.

Several board members urged district leaders to move quickly to make changes, with board member Lisa Sweeney-Miran saying the community has been “exceedingly clear” in asking for meaningful K-12 bilingual education.

Superintendent Rob Anderson responded that the district is committed to making progress, but doesn’t want to over promise or cut corners by skipping the community engagement and planning. He said the district wants to hear from teachers, parents, community partners and experts on needs and what works.

The district is planning to spend $20,000 on bilingual program evaluation next school year, as well as pay half the salary of a Harvard doctoral student who will lead the district’s bilingual program community engagement effort as part of their dissertation.

“We’re committed to doing it right,” Anderson said. “It’s going to take some time.”

Mother's Day 2022 Brunch: Reserve Now In Boulder

With Mother's Day approaching, here are some local dining options. BOULDER, CO — Mother's Day, which is on Sunday, May 8, is fast approaching, and it promises to be the most normal celebration of moms since the beginning of the pandemic. If you are planning on celebrating your mom with a special brunch or dinner, there are plenty of great restaurants in the area to consider.Local restaurants in Boulder have taken a financial hit during the pandemic and could use the business. Some are closed so their employees can suppo...

With Mother's Day approaching, here are some local dining options.

BOULDER, CO — Mother's Day, which is on Sunday, May 8, is fast approaching, and it promises to be the most normal celebration of moms since the beginning of the pandemic. If you are planning on celebrating your mom with a special brunch or dinner, there are plenty of great restaurants in the area to consider.

Local restaurants in Boulder have taken a financial hit during the pandemic and could use the business. Some are closed so their employees can support their own mothers or be pampered by their children, but here are some restaurants in the area that will be open on Mother's Day:

If you're looking for something else, check OpenTable for restaurants in your area taking reservations for Mother's Day.

Several chain restaurants and other eateries are open for Mother's Day this year, and some are offering specials.

Below are a few options to get you started, featuring everything from casual to fine dining. As always, it's advisable to call ahead to make sure the restaurants in Boulder are participating and to inquire about any COVID-19 restrictions or limitations.

Applebee's is adding a $10 bonus card to the purchase of a $50 gift card for Mother's Day and other special occasions, including graduations and Father's Day.

Bob Evans is featuring brunch meals made with fresh-cut strawberries. Its to-go meals feed up to six people, and they are available for curbside pickup or delivery when customers order online.

Bonefish Grill is open for dine-in and carryout meals on Mother's Day. Its "Family Bundles" meals include salad, fresh bread and pesto, and house-baked cookies

The Capital Grille is accepting reservations for Mother's Day. The restaurant included a "polite notice" on its reservations page stating that "to better deliver on our promise of a refined atmosphere, proper dress is required." That excludes gym attire, sweatpants, tank tops, hats, clothing with offensive language or images, and exposed undergarments.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar opens early at 11 a.m. on both May 7 and 8 with its Mother's Day 3-Course Menu featuring a hand-cut filet mignon and pairing of the diner's choice.

Fogo de Chão Brazilian steakhouse is offering a ready-to-reheat Mother's Day Celebration Package that feeds six and features a choice of fire-roasted meats, sides and dessert. Meals should be ordered at least 24 hours in advance and are available all day May 7, and until 10:30 a.m. May 8.

Kona Grill offers a weekend brunch special with deals on mimosas and signature brunch dishes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, including Mother's Day.

Morton's, The Steakhouse is accepting reservations for Mother's Day, and also will bring the meal to Mom in select locations.

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is offering its prix fixe Mother's Day meal, including a starter, entrée, side and dessert, from May 6-8.

Seasons 52 Fresh Grill | Wine Bar is offering Mother's Day brunch from 10 a.m. to noon and is making its dinner menu available all day. It is also offering a Mother's Day Green Box that serves six. Orders must be placed by May 2.

Boulder County files to dismiss lawsuit filed by company that lost bid for Marshall Fire debris removal

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — On Monday, Boulder County filed a motion asking the court to dismiss a lawsuit from one of the companies that lost the bid for the debris removal contract in the wake of the Marshall Fire.The company, Florida-based...

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — On Monday, Boulder County filed a motion asking the court to dismiss a lawsuit from one of the companies that lost the bid for the debris removal contract in the wake of the Marshall Fire.

The company, Florida-based Ceres Environmental Services, Inc., filed the lawsuit on April 5 asking a Boulder County judge to invalidate the contract between the county and the winning company DRC Emergency Services, LLC, which was chosen for the Private Property Debris Removal (PPDR) program.

In the lawsuit, Ceres claimed DRC was “an unqualified contractor who has neither the experience, timeline, nor pricing to justify the award.” The company claimed Boulder County “secretly” negotiated with DRC to have the company adjust its timeline and pricing, and that DRC misrepresented its work experience on prior post-wildfire cleanups.

After the filing, County Attorney Ben Pearlman said the lawsuit is "without merit."

"It’s heartbreaking that a large disaster management firm with no ties to Colorado is attempting to hold up our ability to make progress in Marshall Fire recovery efforts," he continued. "We’ve learned throughout this process that in the highly competitive environment of private disaster management firms, like Ceres, are focused more on money than on the families affected by disasters."

A few days after the lawsuit was filed, Ceres said it would drop the suit if all the proposals are retallied "in a fair and transparent review."

On Monday, Boulder County asked the court to dismiss Ceres' lawsuit, saying the company does not have standing to file. The contract signing has already been held up by two appeals, including one from Ceres. Both were dismissed, as was a lawsuit that challenged the manner in which the bid was awarded to DRC.

In its motion, the county listed out multiple reasons for its motion.

First, it noted Ceres is not a Boulder or Colorado taxpayer — something that the court mentioned in the dismissal of one of the prior lawsuits against the county.

Second, the lawsuit is based on the speculation that FEMA will deny reimbursement of the cleanup costs, but the agency has not made a funding decision yet, the county claims. FEMA previously determined that the county's PPDR program was eligible for reimbursement.

Ceres has filed a motion for a preliminary injunction and the court has indicated it will rule on the county's motion to dismiss before the company's motion.

Boulder County said in early April that it is moving forward without changes to its current timeline unless a judge orders otherwise. The efforts began this week.

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