When You Build a Dam That Can Be Impacted By Vandalism…

You should at least try to ensure that vandalism doesn’t happen. From the Association of State Dam Safety Officials, we get Case Study: Maple Grove Dam (Colorado, 1979).

The dam was built in 1955. In 1960 the spillway was redesigned to handle a larger discharge, on the order of 1100 cubic feet per second.

The dam was doing a fine job of controlling floods. This was actually an “unintentional” side effect of the dam, and not part of its original design.

So since more of good thing is a better thing the local powers-that-be decided to see if they couldn’t improve the ability of the dam to deal with flooding. So in the 1970s a decision was made to add two Fabridams in the spillway, to increase the ability of the dam to deal with rare floods.

This new design included the addition of two Fabridams, one 30 foot long by 6 foot diameter and one 40 foot long by 10 foot diameter, placed within the newly enlarged spillway beneath the W. 27th Avenue bridge. The Fabridams were able to be filled with either water, air, or a combination of both and included automatic controls for ease of maintaining desired heights of both dams.

Fabridams are basically long tubes made of neoprene, laminated rubber, and nylon (the sort of material that inflatable boats are made from) that could be changed to increase and then decrease the holding capacity of the reservoir to attenuate floods. But there is a problem with that material, and any boater can tell you if they have an inflatable dinghy. That material can be punctured.

During a routine inspection of the Fabridams on March 17, 1979 around 11:45 PM, personnel of the CMWC noticed one of the Fabridams was collapsing and allowing water in the reservoir to be suddenly released down the spillway. The CMWC personnel immediately contacted the Wheat Ridge Police Department, who began evacuations of approximately 2,000 people from residential units along Lena Gulch in the 2.3 mile river reach immediately below the dam. Approximately 100 acre-feet of water was released during a period of about 2.5 to 3 hours before the spillway flows ceased, lowering the reservoir by about 3 feet.

There was no loss of life, but basements and first floors of homes and businesses were flooded. You can find an image of one of the points where the Fabridam was damaged at this link.

The punctures were determined to be the work of vandals. Temporary repairs were made, and later permanent repairs were made, but that isn’t the what addressed the cause of the failure.

Starting March 18, 1979, personnel surveillance was notched up to half-hour intervals without pattern. Security lighting was installed on March 27, 1979. On April 2, 1979, a seasonal changeover was made filling the Fabridam with water instead of air, a mode of operation less likely to be tampered with. On June 4, 1979, a low pressure monitor and alarm system was put into operation which activated a visual and audio alert in the treatment plant anytime the pressure system in the Fabridams operated for longer than two minutes. Alternative designs for supplying emergency power were initiated on June 14, 1979. On August 1, 1979 fencing was placed on top of the concrete walls of the spillway that included a barbed wire overhang in an effort to deter entry into the property

Apparently before this incident the attitude was “What could go wrong?” No security. No monitoring. No worries. After the incident they knew exactly what could go wrong.

An erodible coffer dam was installed downstream of the Fabridams in 1980, and in 2004 the system was upgraded.

In 2004, the Fabridams in the Maple Grove Reservoir were reaching the end of their service life. A replacement system was put in place that uses hydraulic cylinders to raise and lower two independent steel crest gates. They operate under the same discharge parameters as did the Fabridams, but are less susceptible to vandalism and are simpler to operate and maintain than the Fabridams were, allowing greater confidence in the integrity of Maple Grove Dam and ultimately a safer option for the public.

This isn’t the only example of an inflatable dam being damaged by vandalism. In 2015 a dam that was part of a freshwater system in California was damaged in spite of some security. Nearly 50 million gallons of water lost due to vandalism in East Bay. The video starts with an annoying advertisement.

So what is the moral of the story? Our infrastructure is under attack. And while that may not have been so apparent in 1979, by 2015 it should have been apparent. They make reference to the fact that the security which was in place decades in that California article had worked without incident. “We’ve always done it that way,” should not be your guiding principle.

You should consider how vulnerable any infrastructure you maintain is, to accident, to vandalism, whatever. You should have some security in place and you should review it. You should have monitoring in place, and you should know ahead of time what you are going to do if something goes wrong. And it should go without saying, but you should know what is important, and not just if you own infrastructure, but the stuff you rely on. What would you do in the event of a long-term power outage? What if your communications are disrupted? What if you can’t get back into the office building because of fire or other hazard? In short, you need to plan for what can go wrong.

It Doesn’t Matter Why They Are Breaking Into Your Home

Or as The Other McCain often notes, Crazy People are dangerous. Man shot, killed after breaking into Fort Collins home

He was experiencing a “mental health crisis.” Cops did a check, and offered him services, but he refused.

About three hours later, at 1:13 a.m. Sunday, dispatchers got another call from the man’s neighbors about a disturbance in the same area. The man had broken into a neighbor’s apartment, causing those in the home to retreat into another room, according to police.

A resident shot the man, who was taken to UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies and later pronounced dead.

I’m sure this man’s family is sad that he is dead, but we made a determination sometime in the 1970s or late 1960s that we were going to leave mentally disturbed individuals to their own devices. It was after we “decided” that One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was a documentary.

Antifa Meets Opposition – Take 2

Antifa thought it would be a good idea to show up in a neighborhood in Ft. Collins, Colorado. They were mistaken.

The skinny college kids of Antifa have been running amok in Portland, and Seattle because everyone is too Progressive to stop them. The prior instance of Antifa running into real opposition can be found at the following link. Antifa vs People Willing to Fight Back

HOAs Are Evil, Chapter 437

Homeowner’s Associations exist just so that the busybodies can tell their neighbors what to do, and think. HOA will allow Colorado police chaplain to fly ‘Thin Blue Line’ flag.

The “Thin Blue Line” is a symbol law enforcement uses to represent its community and those who support it. Its representation on a flag depicts a black-and-white American flag with a blue stripe at its center.

In June, the chaplain’s homeowners association sent a letter demanding that he take down what they called “the white lives matter flag,” or he would be fined.

It should be noted that the HOA had no problem with BLM flags, just with some forms of speech.

He got help from the local Fox News affiliate in publicizing the problem, and from National Police Association, which enabled a prominent lawyer to take the case.

“It’s very rare you get a homeowners association to admit fault, but they did here, and thank goodness for it,” [high-profile Denver attorney Craig] Silverman said. “Certain principles survive in this country, including the right of my client to fly the flag he prefers. I’m glad for him. He has every right. I’m glad the HOA backed down.”

Never live where there is an HOA, unless you are comfortable with other people controlling large portions of your life. (I owned a condo for 9 months. I actually lived in it for 7 months…)

Cops Can’t Tell the Difference Between a Motorcycle and a Car

They also need to be able to determine what STATE the license plate is from. Police apologize after girls handcuffed in stolen car mixup.

Good God. This is the stupidest police action in a while. And THAT is saying something.

Police then determined they had stopped the wrong car. It had Colorado license plates but a motorcycle with the same license plate number from Montana was the vehicle that had been reported as stolen on Sunday.

So they stop a family in a car – a black family – and even put the kids in handcuffs, because a MOTORCYCLE from a DIFFERENT STATE was stolen.

Geniuses. What will they do for an encore?

Police brutality? More like felony stupidity.

Nature Is Not Like a Disney Movie

And you’re only an apex predator when armed. Camper kills bear in self-defense in Colorado.

The chain of events that led to the bear’s death started when the man came out of his camper to his dog barking. The man then called the dog to return to him, which resulted in the bear charging toward the two. The man then shot and killed the bear from a distance of approximately 10 to 15 yards.

There are suggestions for being “bear safe” and they’re probably good. But this guy had the best tool for the job.

Because Keeping Violent Criminals in Jail is Unfair

JusticeSo how fair was it to the woman he is accused of murdering? How much Justice, social or any other kind, did she get? Parolee accused of murder left prison early due to ongoing COVID response by state.

A parolee accused of murdering a 21-year-old woman in Denver on Saturday was out of prison, according to information shared with 9Wants to Know, due to ongoing efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the state’s prison system.

On Saturday, Denver Police believe Cornelius Haney shot and killed Heather Perry, 21, in an alley between the 1400 block of North Verbena St. and North Valentia St. in east Denver.

So are the Dems trying to destroy the last of the Criminal Justice System?

Media Bias? What Media Bias?

If it weren’t for double-standards, the media would have no standards at all. Spot The Difference: Two Governors Reopened Their States, Only One Was Accused of ‘Human Sacrifice’.

A Republican governor and a Democratic governor walk into a bar. Only one is accused of being an alcoholic.

The governors of Georgia and Colorado have at least one thing in common. They both took steps to reopen their states’ economies in late April amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But for some reason, the media’s coverage of Gov. Brian Kemp (R., Ga.) has been slightly different from the media’s coverage of Gov. Jared Polis (D., Colo.).

Kemp, for example, has been accused of experimenting with “human sacrifice.” So reads the headline of an April 29 article published in the Atlantic, which accuses Kemp of turning Georgia residents into “unwilling canaries in an invisible coal mine, sent to find out just how many individuals need to lose their job or their life for a state to work through a plague.”

In a brief aside, the article acknowledges that some other states, including Colorado, “have already put similar plans in motion.” Polis, for some reason, is not identified as an accomplice in Kemp’s murder scheme.

Objective? I don’t think so.

Politicians Bending the Truth?

I’m shocked – Shocked! – to discover… OK, I’m not that shocked. Colorado coroner says death listed by state as COVID-19 related has much more to do with alcohol.

The coroner of Montezuma County in southwestern Colorado couldn’t believe it when the state’s health department concluded a May 4 death in his county was the result of COVID-19.

“I know it’s not correct,” George Deavers told 9Wants to Know Thursday. “Nowhere on the death certificate is COVID even listed. It had nothing to do with his death.”

Deavers ought to know. The death certificate he signed just this week lists the official cause of death for the 35-year old man as “ethanol toxicity.”

But then the state doesn’t get extra money if all he did was drink himself to death.

Self-defense Is Legal in Colorado

JusticeI can’t tell if the DA hates that or not, though he did take quite a long time to make that determination. Homeowner ruled justified in fatal Wheat Ridge home invasion shooting.

The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office will not file charges against a Wheat Ridge homeowner who shot and killed a stranger who entered his home and refused to leave.

The DA’s Office determined the incident to be a justifiable homicide under the Make My Day Law.

So the dead guy, 24-year-old Takwon Wilson, entered the home, refused to leave and was aggressive. The homeowner fired one shot, striking him in the chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene. What else the homeowner was supposed to do, aside from protect his family from an aggressive intruder, is beyond me.

Self-defense is a human-right.

New Infrastructure Isn’t Being Built Very Well

My continuing dive into the state of our infrastructure keeps making me want to scream. It isn’t just that we are ignoring our existing infrastructure, (we are ignoring it) we are doing a poor job of building new. While we are apparently building (or maybe rebuilding in this case) roads, we are doing a fairly poor job of it.

So this story from Animal Magnetism: Goodbye, Blue Monday. Which is about the sorry state of Colorado’s Department of Transportation (CDOT). (Normally I would reference the main article, and give Animal a Hat Tip, but the “media organization” in question is really annoying me, so, “No soup link for you!”)

One example cited is the collapse of a highway bridge, 5 years after it was built. Colorado’s Highway 36. It seems that in 2013 Colorado changed the law for building roads from “lowest bid” to “best value.” So how is that working out?

Consider that the Brooklyn Bridge (which currently carries 6 lanes of traffic) openend May of 1883, and the Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937. Or there is Anji Bridge, which is 1400 years old. (Reference. And the entry in the Wiki.)

Then to fix the problems in CDOT, the governor appointed a new head of the agency, 35-year-old Shoshana Lew. Her greatest qualification seems to be that she was on Michelle Obama’s staff. Ms Obama apparently called in a favor with the governor. Ms. Lew replaces a 56-year-old man with an extensive background in civil engineering. Lew has a master’s degree in history.

So, in other words, Governor Polis has appointed an inexperienced, unqualified political crony of Michelle Obama to oversee Colorado’s collapsing road network.

And while she apparently – as stated on an interview with NPR – is all in favor of bike lanes, and electric vehicles, actually addressing the gridlock that is the state of Colorado’s highway system, not to mention that it’s crumbling around the edges, doesn’t seem to be on her radar. There are a large number of vacancies for snowplow drivers as winter storms are already hitting the high country, so that probably isn’t good either.

Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

He thought breaking into a home was a good idea. Denver homeowner shoots suspected burglar, police say.

Police said Rivers tried to break into the home through the front door. But when he didn’t make it inside, he began damaging furniture on the porch and broke the home’s front window, police said. He tried to enter the home through the window and the homeowner fired several shots, striking Rivers in the arm, police said.

He is lucky he didn’t get shot in the head.

The investigation continues, but self-defense is a human-right.

Self-defense Is Legal in Colorado

JusticeYou could also file this under, “Don’t bring a rock to a gunfight.” No charges filed in Durango man’s death.

Two guys get into an “altercation.” One guy hits the other with a rock.

Champagne said evidence shows that Nichols and Cushman were involved in a physical altercation started by Nichols, who struck Cushman with an unknown object, possibly a large rock, which caused him severe injuries, including several broken ribs and a collapsed lung.

Cushman then drew a firearm and fired several times in Nichols’ direction, hitting Nichols once in the chest.

And because attorneys can’t use 1 word when they can make do with 10…

“Upon reviewing the investigation and evidence in the case, and after discussing thoroughly with the investigating officers from the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office has determined that there is no reasonable likelihood of conviction in this case, and has thus declined to file charges,” 6th Judicial District Attorney Christian Champagne wrote in an email to The Durango Herald.

Is it me, or does he sound like he is disappointed he can’t prosecute. But then self-defense is a human-right.

Teenager or Legal Adult? Why Is the Media So Confused?

Actually they’re more biased than confused. Teen arrested in connection with shooting of man found dead in vehicle in Green Valley Ranch.

Denver police arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with the shooting death of another man found in a vehicle in the Green Valley Ranch neighborhood.

“Teen” always makes me think of 14 or 15 years. Not someone who will be tried as a legal adult. But then I’m not trying to make you feel sorry for the felon. The dead guy had a single gunshot wound to the head. I don’t want you to feel angry at the killer.

Because Big Corporations Prefer Their Employees To Be Disarmed Victims

Even if they end up being dead victims. Gas station clerk fired for shooting armed robber: Problem Solvers Investigation.

Guy working in a Shell station is confronted by an armed robber. He pulls out his legally-concealed handgun and shoots said robber in the stomach. But that isn’t the end of the story.

Suncor, the company that owns the Shell gas station and convenience store, had every right to fire the employee. “Although this may have played out in a way that was self-defense, they (Suncor) may view it as a bad idea to have employees generally armed because the next person might misread a situation and shoot a customer,” he said.

And if the next clerk ends up dead, well that is the cost of doing business. Of course it’s a cost not impacting the suits who make those policies.

And it isn’t just gas-station companies. Big pizza chains like their delivery drivers disarmed as well. I really wish someone would publish a definitive list.

I’m Sure the Sign Just Wasn’t Big Enough

Heh. Gun-Free Zone Sign Prevents Dangerous Armed Robbery – Oh, Wait, No It Didn’t.

So a gun-free zone is robbed at gunpoint. How can that happen?

People enjoying some hot wings the other day in Colorado Springs, CO got a front row seat to proof of the efficaciousness of a virtue-signaling gun-banning sign. Buffalo Wild Wings is a gun-free zone. It says so right on the sign on the front door in big, bold letters: “Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc Bans Guns on These Premises.”

The sign is highly effective 99.9% of the time. Just hope that you’re not there and unarmed for the 0.1% of the time when the place gets robbed, like it did the other day.

One guy had a scary “assault rifle” and he “walked right past the sign that clearly bans guns.”

Do you really think putting up a “No Crime Allowed” sign would stop crime? (Hat tip MaddMedic and Never Yet Melted.)

He Really Got the Victim-selection Process Wrong

Given that he is young, maybe he will learn a life-long lesson. Would-be robber attempts to hold up Centennial gas station at gunpoint but the clerk had a gun and shot him.

According to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, a juvenile male ran into the Shell station on the corner of East Arapahoe Road and South University Boulevard just before 6 a.m. The juvenile had a gun and tried to hold up the gas station.

Instead, the clerk shot him. They took the kid to the local Children’s Hospital.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Relatives of Dead Criminals Don’t Like Self-defense

Oh, and Self-defense is legal in Colorado. No murder charge in shooting, DA rules.

Three people were sleeping in a garage – they had permission from the homeowner. A couple of guys burst in and start hitting one of the three with a pipe. One of the three invited guests picks up a gun and shoots one of the attackers.

The Mesa County District Attorney’s Office will not file homicide charges against Pruitt because the case meets all three requirements of the state’s “Make My Day” law, Rubinstein wrote in a Dec. 4 letter to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Complex Crimes Unit.

Colorado’s “Make My Day” law allows any occupant of a dwelling to use any degree of physical force, including deadly force, against another person who has unlawfully entered the dwelling, and when the person believes the other person has committed a crime inside or intends to commit a crime inside, and if the occupant believes the person might use any physical force “no matter how slight” against the occupant.

The woman who did the shooting will not face charges on the shooting, though she will face other charges.

The family of the dead guy? They don’t believe any of it.

Brandon Sanchez’ sister, Monica Sanchez, said by phone Friday that she feels justice will not be served if Pruitt is not held accountable for her brother’s killing.

“I know my brother wasn’t one to go out and cause trouble like they’re making him out to be,” she said. “Everybody was mind-boggled that they’re ruling it as self-defense.”

It’s all about racism, according to the family.

Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

If you break into homes, you will eventually find an armed homeowner. Man fatally shot by homeowner after breaking into Denver home identified.

Police said that Casias broke into the home around 12:30 a.m. and had an altercation with the homeowner when he refused to leave before he was shot.

Colorado has a “Make My Day” law (actually called that), but the investigation continues.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Imagine A City That Is Serious About Tackling Gun Crime

Violent criminals sent to prison? What is this 1995?

First we have a case from this week in Colorado. Puebloans charged in pawn shop robbery.

Ronnie Jacquez and Gabriel Bencomo-Diaz were charged Friday in U.S. District Court in Denver with using and carrying a gun in furtherance of a violent crime, which has a minimum 7-year federal prison term. They are also charged with robbery affecting interstate commerce.

This is a regular occurrence.

Authorities regularly charge Pueblo defendants in federal court in Denver because punishment is often more severe under federal law than in Pueblo District Court under state law.

Contrast that with a case from Chicago, just in September. Gunday Funday: Our weekly look at how prosecutors and the courts are handling Chicago gun cases.

His vehicle matched one used in robberies. He ran from police. They found a gun and pot, when they caught up with him.

In a plea deal approved by Judge Timothy Chambers, Rodriguez pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm with a previous conviction. He was sentenced to three years in prison with 98 days credit for time served while awaiting trial. Eight other firearms-related felonies were dropped in the deal. He is scheduled to be paroled on November 22, 2019.

Which city do you think will have lower crime in the long run?

If you make something less expensive, you get more of it.