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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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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.
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 manufactured in-house and arrive new or restored to factory specifications
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.


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.


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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.




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.



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.



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.



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.


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Fitch Affirms Frasier Meadows Manor, Inc (CO) at 'BBB-'; Outlook Stable

Fitch Ratings - Chicago - 10 Mar 2023: Fitch Ratings affirmed the rating on $82 million series 2017A and B revenue refunding bonds and $35 million series 2023 bonds issued by the Colorado Health Facilities Authority on behalf of Frasier Meadows Manor, Inc. (Frasier) at 'BBB-'. Fitch has also affirmed Frasier's Issuer Default Rating at 'BBB-'.The Rating Outlook is StableRATING ACTIONSFrasier Meadows Manor, Inc. (CO)LT IDRBBB-AffirmedLTBBB-AffirmedBBB-VIEW ADD...

Fitch Ratings - Chicago - 10 Mar 2023: Fitch Ratings affirmed the rating on $82 million series 2017A and B revenue refunding bonds and $35 million series 2023 bonds issued by the Colorado Health Facilities Authority on behalf of Frasier Meadows Manor, Inc. (Frasier) at 'BBB-'. Fitch has also affirmed Frasier's Issuer Default Rating at 'BBB-'.

The Rating Outlook is Stable


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Payment on the bonds is secured by a gross revenue pledge and first mortgage lien. There is a debt service reserve fund associated with the bonds.

The affirmation of the 'BBB-' rating reflects Frasier's stable operating risk profile and expectations for balance sheet growth. Frasier's strong revenue defensibility with limited competition in a favorable market balances against its elevated leverage profile with an average cash-to-adjusted debt of 40% over the past four years compared to days cash on hand (DCOH) exceeding 600 over the same time frame.

Revenue Defensibility: 'a'

Single Site LPC with Strong Demand and Pricing Characteristics

Frasier is a single-site provider with limited competition. Substantial barriers to entry prevent additional life plan communities (LPCs) from entering the Boulder, CO service area. Utilization has been consistently strong, generally in the mid to upper 90% range over the past several years. Frasier's waitlist includes nearly 500 households. Frasier has a history of regular fee increases and weighted average entrance fees are substantially below prevailing housing prices in the market supporting the strong revenue defensibility assessment.

Operating Risk: 'bbb'

Midrange Profitability and Modest Capital Expenditures

Fitch's assessment of Frasier's operating risk is midrange based on profitability ratios that have consistently fallen within the midrange assessment since FY 2021 (June YE). For 2021 and 2022, Frasier's operating ratio, net operating margin (NOM) and NOM-adjusted averaged 98%, 14.7% and 44.2%; with consistent results in the second quarter of 2023 of 94.8%, 16.2% and 41.9% respectively. Fitch expects Frasier to sustain these levels over the next several years.

Due to extensive capital investment between 2018 and 2020, Frasier's capital expenditures averaged about 550% of depreciation over the past five years, with depreciation moderating in the past two years closer to depreciation expense. The resulting average age of plant is low at 6.8 years. Management is budgeting for modest routine capital expenditures over the next several years at about 75% of depreciation. Given Frasier's strong demand, management is considering an expansion plan. However, planning will not begin in earnest until a successor CEO has been selected and acclimated to the role. Frasier's CEO Tim Johnson announced his plans to retire at the end of June, 2023 and the board has begun searching for a successor CEO.

Frasier's capital-related metrics are consistent with the midrange operating risk assessment. For 2021 and 2022, Frasier's revenue-only maximum annual debt service coverage (MADS), debt-to-net available, and MADS as a percentage of revenues averaged 1.1x, 5.7x and 19.4%, with consistent results in the second quarter of 2023 of 1.2x, 5.2x and 17.8%, respectively.

Frasier's contract type is predominantly type B (modified fee-for-service). Fitch considers this contract type to have moderate actuarial and future service liability risk.

Financial Profile: 'bbb'

Growing Liquidity Balanced Against Elevated Leverage

As of YE 2022, Frasier had unrestricted cash and investments of approximately $55.9 million. This represented about 49.6% of total adjusted debt, which includes about $128 million of long-term debt. Liquidity has grown from $42 million in 2019 and is expected to incrementally improve over the next several years and build the balance sheet.

Through Fitch's baseline scenario, or Fitch's estimate of financial performance over the next five years given current economic expectations, Fitch expects that Frasier will see MADS coverage near 2.0x. Despite the business stress and economic stress assumed in Fitch's stress case scenario, Frasier maintains cash-to-adjusted debt levels that are consistent with the 'BBB-' rating. Frasier had 646 DCOH as of June 30, 2022, resulting in a liquidity profile assessment that is neutral to the rating outcome.

No asymmetric risk considerations were relevant to the rating determination.

Factors that could, individually or collectively, lead to negative rating action/downgrade:

--Frasier's financial profile remains stable through Fitch's stress case scenario. However, a decrease in cash-to-adjusted debt below 35% could pressure the current rating;

--Additionally, the rating could be pressured if operating performance deteriorates such that revenue-only MADS coverage falls below 0x or if the NOM falls below 3%.

Factors that could, individually or collectively, lead to positive rating action/upgrade:

--Continued balance sheet accretion such that cash-to-adjusted debt levels are expected to improve and be sustained at levels approaching 80%.

International scale credit ratings of Sovereigns, Public Finance and Infrastructure issuers have a best-case rating upgrade scenario (defined as the 99th percentile of rating transitions, measured in a positive direction) of three notches over a three-year rating horizon; and a worst-case rating downgrade scenario (defined as the 99th percentile of rating transitions, measured in a negative direction) of three notches over three years. The complete span of best- and worst-case scenario credit ratings for all rating categories ranges from 'AAA' to 'D'. Best- and worst-case scenario credit ratings are based on historical performance. For more information about the methodology used to determine sector-specific best- and worst-case scenario credit ratings, visit

Established in 1956, Frasier owns and operates a single-site LPC with 302 independent living units (ILUs), 19 assisted living units, 19 memory care units and 54 skilled nursing facilities beds on a 20-acre campus in Boulder, CO. Frasier currently offers a type B modified-fee-for-service contract, with 50% refundable or nonrefundable entrance fee residency agreements. Nonrefundable entrance fees are approximately 25% lower than the refundable entrance fees. All agreements provide a modest discount for health care benefits as well as 30 free health care days per ILU per year in a semiprivate room. Entrance fees for ILUs range from $87,000 to $1,174,000. Monthly service fees range from $2,121 to $5,708.

In addition to the sources of information identified in Fitch's applicable criteria specified below, this action was informed by information from Lumesis.

The principal sources of information used in the analysis are described in the Applicable Criteria.

Unless otherwise disclosed in this section, the highest level of ESG credit relevance is a score of '3'. This means ESG issues are credit-neutral or have only a minimal credit impact on the entity, either due to their nature or the way in which they are being managed by the entity. For more information on Fitch's ESG Relevance Scores, visit

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Historic high seas treaty brings new hope to global marine conservation

After two weeks of negotiations, delegates of the United Nations reached a historic agreement this week to protect marine biodiversity in international waters. This treaty would place portions of the world’s oceans, known as the “high seas,” into protected areas and allocate more money for marine conservation.Due to highly fragmented governance, until now there has not been a coherent mechanism in place to protect the high seas...

After two weeks of negotiations, delegates of the United Nations reached a historic agreement this week to protect marine biodiversity in international waters. This treaty would place portions of the world’s oceans, known as the “high seas,” into protected areas and allocate more money for marine conservation.

Due to highly fragmented governance, until now there has not been a coherent mechanism in place to protect the high seas—yet they harbor incredible marine biodiversity, including deep sea coral reef ecosystems and critically important migratory routes for fish, birds and mammals.

Emily Nocito, a graduate student in environmental studies who studies international environmental governance and marine conservation, was present at the U.N. meeting in New York City. Mike Gil, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, is a marine biologist who has studied plastic pollution in the high seas.

Nocito and Gil explain why the high seas matter and why the new treaty will benefit all of us.

What are the high seas?

Nocito: The high seas are essentially any ocean waters 200 nautical miles out from a coastline. That first 200 fall under national jurisdiction of whatever country that shoreline belongs to, but once you reach the 200 mark, it is considered the high seas. They are also called international waters, or we sometimes say “areas beyond national jurisdiction.” It is not owned by a single country or even a single continent, it is a global common. And that's why it's fallen to the United Nations to take care of these oceans.

Why are the high seas important?

Nocito: The high seas make up two-thirds of our global ocean, about half of our planet. They are important for migratory species, such as whales, sea turtles and sharks and they are home to well over 200,000 marine species. We are also reliant on our global oceans for fisheries, and they help mitigate climate effects. Even though you may never see or experience the high seas, they're still fundamentally important to humans.

Gil: There are also biodiversity hotspots in the high seas that can support an incredible diversity of marine life. Many marine species are used in the synthesis of pharmaceutical products that help with human ailments, like cancer treatments. But we haven't rigorously explored many of these places, and so it is entirely possible that there are yet to be discovered species in high seas environments that could help humankind with human health issues.

Who was involved in this landmark agreement?

Nocito: This agreement is under the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, which is what has been primarily the form of governance in international waters. Countries of the U.N. were present, as they are the ones that will be eventually hopefully adopting and ratifying the agreement. But there were also research institutions, nongovernmental organizations and U.N. bodies.

Why is this treaty a big deal?

Gil: It's taken two decades of negotiation to get to this point. It’s a game-changer: It sets up the necessary infrastructure for protections to be made on specific areas of the high seas environments, likely in the form of what we call marine reserves, similar to national parks on land. This allows us to protect and preserve these ecosystems in a state that is as close to their natural state as we can manage.

Nocito: This is the first piece of ocean governance at the international level we've had in decades. So to be there at this pivotal, history-setting moment is not just wickedly cool, but also gives a lot of faith to diplomacy. This should provide a beacon of hope for not just our oceans, but other things that we are trying to protect in our environment. It can be done.

How will the treaty protect our oceans?

Nocito: Marine protected areas are a management tool within a geographic boundary where you can have more regulations of human use. So maybe no fishing or limited fishing, maybe no mining, or no shipping routes through certain areas, which can protect key ecosystems.

Gil: What marine reserves can do is alleviate human driven pressures that harm ecosystems. Species like sharks, sea turtles, and dolphins use high seas environments for migration and as important food sources—and then they also contribute to the food webs of coastal systems like coral reefs and seagrass meadows. If those organisms are better protected, they're more likely to continue to be able to play an important role in near-shore environments, and support the resilience of those coastal environments that humans also heavily depend upon.

How will this treaty benefit all of us?

Gil: The high seas make up 60% of our oceans, which contribute an estimated $1.5 trillion annually to the global economy. If fisheries industries that are dependent on high seas environments collapse, that will have economic ramifications globally. In addition, between 3 and 3.5 billion people in the world depend on seafood as a primary food source—that's something like 40% of the global population. It’s also true that we harvest genetic resources from marine organisms that are used to create pharmaceuticals. So if you don't care about anything else, this treaty helps ensure the ability of humankind to utilize nature to support human life.

What happens next?

Nocito: First and foremost, the treaty needs to be adopted and ratified. Then you need to create a conference of parties, a science and technical body, and then the real work can start to begin. Who is going to enforce it, how much is it going to cost? All of those are still fundamental questions that this conference of parties is going to have to sort out. But we're celebrating this huge win. It is the beginning of a new chapter.


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Boulder Elks Lodge and Events Center Reopens After Flood With a Brand-New Dance Floor

The past three years at the Boulder Elks Lodge and Events Center have been tumultuous, to say the least. The lodge shut down most of its programming during the pandemic — though you could still swim in the heated pool while social distancing — and then faced a water leak that destroyed its iconic dance floor in 2022. Now celebrating its grand reopening on Saturday, March 11, the lodge is poised to return with its historically groovy grace intact.Founded...

The past three years at the Boulder Elks Lodge and Events Center have been tumultuous, to say the least. The lodge shut down most of its programming during the pandemic — though you could still swim in the heated pool while social distancing — and then faced a water leak that destroyed its iconic dance floor in 2022. Now celebrating its grand reopening on Saturday, March 11, the lodge is poised to return with its historically groovy grace intact.

Founded in 1900, the 123-year-old lodge has been serving the Boulder community for longer than most remember. Part of the Elks National Foundation, the lodge is much more than an event center and has several community programs that constantly give back to the city. Jan Stull, a fifteen-year Elks member and chairwoman of the board, was drawn to the organization because of its Medical Equipment Loan Program, which provides temporary use of needed medical equipment to members of the community, free of charge. "I had some surgery; I needed a walker, and the hospital told us to go to the Elks," Stull recalls. "So we got one, and I realized what a great organization it was. I was retired, and I thought I should volunteer and help."

The Medical Equipment Loan Program is just one example of the organization's community-focused work. The Elks Lodge has an extensive high school scholarship program and partners with the Veterans Community Project to assist with projects like Longmont's upcoming "tiny village," a small community of homes for unhoused veterans that is set to open in the next couple of months. "We do an awful lot of stuff for the community, and I've met some wonderful people over the years," Stull says, emphasizing that the work the Elks do in the community is why she enjoys her position.

Stull also holds the title of chief cook and bottle washer for the lodge, which hosts a dinner two Fridays a month. Stull helps with the cooking, providing a hearty, all-you-can-eat meal for a small fee. The dinners have morphed into a community open-mic night, as well; musicians will snag the stage to perform and even teach other, less musically inclined guests how to play. Older members of the lodge are eager for the opportunity to interact with Boulder's diverse community members at intergenerational dinners, warm summer evening barbecues, heated pool swims and, of course, evenings spent spinning on the dance floor.

Hazel Miller & the Collective will perform at the lodge's grand reopening party on Saturday, March 11, providing groovy tunes that will help members break in the new spring-loaded dance floor. Miller played at the Boulder Elks Lodge in the ’80s, and after a thirty-year hiatus from the venue, returned in January to see the new floor. "She saw this 3,000-foot dance floor and her knees got weak. I had to hold her up," Mark Wood, the lodge's events and marketing coordinator, recalls with a chuckle.

Both Wood and Stull agree that the lodge is expected to return with a bang; with the new dance floor and the return of local talent — and, of course, Stull's cooking — they expect the venue to be more popular than it was before the pandemic.

Elks Lodge Grand Reopening with Hazel Miller & the Collective, 7 p.m. Saturday, March 11, Elks Lodge, 3975 28th Street, Boulder. Tickets are $20-$25.

CU Buffs men’s basketball notes: Tad Boyle ejected for first time in 13 years at CU

LAS VEGAS — Tad Boyle is far too savvy to blame officiating for any defeat. And he certainly gave the top-seeded, second-ranked UCLA Bruins plenty of credit.Still, a few lopsided numbers told the story. And Boyle made certain to point them out.Related ArticlesIt was a frustrating result for the CU men’s basketball team on Thursday, as the Buffaloes were eliminated in the Pac-12 Conference tournament quarterfinals in an 80-69 defea...

LAS VEGAS — Tad Boyle is far too savvy to blame officiating for any defeat. And he certainly gave the top-seeded, second-ranked UCLA Bruins plenty of credit.

Still, a few lopsided numbers told the story. And Boyle made certain to point them out.

It was a frustrating result for the CU men’s basketball team on Thursday, as the Buffaloes were eliminated in the Pac-12 Conference tournament quarterfinals in an 80-69 defeat against top-seeded, second-ranked UCLA. Yet those frustrations for the Buffs and their head coach were magnified by how the second half unfolded at T-Mobile Arena.

At issue was not one specific play, or call. It was the totality of the foul discrepancy, particularly in the second half, that set off Boyle, who received two technical fouls in quick succession with 54.4 seconds left, resulting in the first ejection in his 13 seasons at CU.

UCLA went 24-for-31 at the free throw line, while the Buffs went 7-for-11. UCLA was called for 10 fouls in the first half compared to nine against the Buffs, but in the second half the Bruins were whistled just five times while CU was called for 15 fouls.

“Obviously I had a disagreement on multiple occasions. That’s just part of the game,” Boyle said. “But the one thing I’m going to do for these guys is I’m going to fight for this team when I feel like they’re fighting for Colorado across their chests. That’s what I did.

“Look, we didn’t lose this game because of officiating. Amari Bailey for UCLA was terrific. (Jaime) Jaquez and (Tyger) Campbell do what they did. UCLA is a good basketball team. They’re well-coached. They’re tough. But it’s frustrating. To me, the difference in the game was our inability to get to the free throw line. Our inability to get to the free throw line was the difference in the game. And our turnovers.”

Boyle said he was ejected once during his four seasons as the head coach at Northern Colorado prior to arriving at CU when he kicked over a trash can during a game.

Big man strides

Boyle maintained confidence in 7-foot-1 center Lawson Lovering throughout the season, even when the sophomore was struggling mightily on offense through the first half of the season. Lovering is beginning to reward his coach’s faith.

Lovering continued the most productive stretch of his career by going 3-for-4 with nine points against UCLA. A lowly .526 free throw shooter during the regular season, Lovering went 4-for-6 at the line in the two Pac-12 tournament games.

Over the past six games, Lovering has averaged 8.0 points and 5.0 rebounds.

“It’s just more experience playing,” said Lovering, who missed the second half of his freshman season last year due to a knee injury. “Just having to step up with guys injured. I’m just playing, just growing. I’m just slowing down. I’ve always been a good passer and it’s coming together in the games.”

Disappearing act

CU junior wing Nique Clifford was a beast during the Buffs’ win against Utah in the regular season finale, recording the first double-double of his career. But, as has been the case throughout the season for Clifford, he was unable to parlay that momentum in Vegas.

Clifford went scoreless against UCLA on Thursday and scored just two points in nearly 38 minutes in CU’s two conference tournament games. He went a combined 1-for-10 in the two games, and while Clifford contributed eight rebounds in CU’s first-round win against Washington, he had just one rebound against the Bruins and finished the tournament with one assist and six turnovers.

Clifford missed his two free throw attempts against UCLA, dropping his season percentage to .512 (22-for-43).


UCLA’s Amari Bailey, named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team earlier this week, scored a season-high 26 points. … Former CU guard Keeshawn Barthelemy matched a season-high with 17 points for Oregon in the Ducks’ quarterfinal win against Washington State. … Friday’s semifinals will be without CU for the first time since 2018. The Buffs reached the semis in 2019, 2021 and 2022, and the tournament was canceled due to COVID after the first round in 2020. … CU’s .510 shooting percentage was its fifth-best mark of the season and its No. 2 mark against a Pac-12 foe. … Thursday’s loss featured 17 lead changes and six ties.

JFest Success: Record $340,000 for Boulder JCC Programs, Plus Great Party

To those involved in the JCC Community, February fundraising, pre-2021, always meant Reflections–a formal affair replete with a program and paddle raise.During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Boulder JCC introduced JFest. With the intention of celebrating the power of the community at a time when we were unable to gather in person, JFest highlighted creative virtual programming with a month of fun and interactive online events culminating in a 36-hour online fundraising drive.In 2023, with restrictions easing up, the time was ...

To those involved in the JCC Community, February fundraising, pre-2021, always meant Reflections–a formal affair replete with a program and paddle raise.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Boulder JCC introduced JFest. With the intention of celebrating the power of the community at a time when we were unable to gather in person, JFest highlighted creative virtual programming with a month of fun and interactive online events culminating in a 36-hour online fundraising drive.

In 2023, with restrictions easing up, the time was right to enhance the JFest format, allowing for more opportunities to gather in person. The month of February remained JFest and consisted of a packed schedule of programs of all sizes, and catering to all interests. Some highlights included a presentation by Executive Director, Jonathan Lev, sharing his experiences as a participant in the 2022 Ride for the Living, Pickleball Palooza, which brought together fans of this fast-growing sport for a fun afternoon of connecting on the court, Alumni Shabbat, reuniting Early Childhood Center and Cherryvale Day Camp children for an evening of togetherness, and Pub Trivia, which led to some fierce, friendly competition! We welcomed over 1,500 people, friends old and new, for programming throughout the month.

A key part of JFest is the 36-hour fundraising drive, and our community showed up strong in support of the Boulder JCC. We are proud to share that we exceeded our fundraising goal and set a JFest record of $340,000 raised. These funds are crucial in making all that we do possible and we are eternally grateful for this support.

The month concluded with the JFest Celebration Party on February 25, at which we were overjoyed to be able to celebrate alongside close to 400 guests at a transformed JCC. Combining elements of Reflections, along with the feedback we had gathered from our JCC family about what they wanted in a gala, this party was an opportunity for us to shine a light back on what matters most, the community. We dropped the fundraising aspect of the evening and took the time to be together and celebrate our reunion.

This year’s JFest and JFest Celebration would not have been possible without the dedication of our incredible community and the support of the 2023 JFest event sponsors. Stay tuned for next year’s plans!


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