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Local briefs - Oct. 4

Boulder County

Betasso Preserve to close Friday for controlled burn

The Betasso Preserve will be closed Friday while the Boulder County Parks and Open Space Department conducts a prescribed burn.

The open space land is five miles west of Boulder, near Sugarloaf Road. Because the 44-acre controlled burn is near the main parking lot and group shelter, no visitors will be permitted on the property.

Authorities said there may be heavy smoke in the air for short periods of time during the burn. Nearby residents are encouraged to leave their windows closed and keep pets indoors during the burn.

If weather conditions are not good, the controlled burn will be postponed.

For more information, visit www.bouldercountyopenspace.org or call 303-678-6202.

Campaign notebook

Government-relations officer to run for House district

Longtime Boulder County resident Dickey Lee Hullinghorst has announced she will run for the state House District 10 seat in the 2008 election.

The seat is now held by term-limited House Majority Leader Rep. Alice Madden, D-Boulder.

Hullinghorst has directed intergovernmental relations for Boulder County since 1985, a post she plans to retire from in December.

She has served on advisory boards and committees including Colorado Open Lands, the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board, the Metropolitan Water Roundtable, Boulder County Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee and has been a board member of Eco-Cycle, PLAN-Boulder County and the Mental Health Center Serving Broomfield and Boulder Counties.

Former CU student-body president running for regent

University of Colorado law school student Joe Neguse announced Wednesday that he will run as a Democrat for a seat on the school's Board of Regents.

Neguse, 23, is running for the 2nd Congressional District seat to be vacated by Regent Cindy Carlisle, who intends to run for the state Senate.

Neguse said he would work toward affordable and accessible public higher education.

He graduated from CU's Boulder campus in 2005 with degrees in economics and political science after serving as a president of the student body. He is president of his class in law school, where he is in his second year.

Lafayette candidate forum on nonprofits

A Lafayette City Council candidate forum will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Lafayette Public Library.

The forum is sponsored by the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County and the Human Service Alliance.

The topic will be the role of nonprofits in the life and health of the community and how public policy can support them.

Each candidate will be given three minutes for an opening statement. Members of the audience will be invited to ask questions near the close of the program.

Union makes school board picks

The Boulder Valley Education Association is recommending that its member teachers vote for Laurie Albright in the Boulder Valley school board's District C race and Jim Reed in the District G race.

The association also is recommending uncontested incumbents Helayne Jones and Ken Roberge.

— Camera staff

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