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I have a question about the Cafeteria. Though I appreciate the fact that we actually have a cafeteria at the Foothills Lab and the folks who work there are great, that’s about all I do appreciate about it. Considering that the food is mediocre, the portions are small, and the price is already overpriced, why is it that the prices go up so frequently?
Why does UCAR/NCAR still use pesticides on its lawns? Now that the City of Boulder is moving away from all pesticide use, it seems odd that UCAR/NCAR, an environmentally aware organization, still uses pesticides. The Foothills complex stinks from the recent applications.
Are there any plans to set up charging stations at UCAR/NCAR for those of us who would like to use our electric cars? It would be a great add-on if the stations were attached to solar panels for sourcing the power.
Is there a really good reason why UCAR does not purchase and maintain a signed key by a certificate company? It is a bad security policy to have a self-signed certificate for production websites, and from what I understand the cost is not prohibitively expensive. If we can afford to partner with Boulder B-cycle and build/retrofit two new buildings, why can’t we afford the few dollars it takes to have industry standard protection?
Thanks for providing the rationale behind the three-way stop recently installed at the top of the Mesa Road, which we now learn came about as a result of a recommendation from a transportation engineer from Martin/Martin Engineering—an engineering consultant, not a decision taken by anyone at NCAR. The engineering consultant made the recommendation based on guidelines established in the Manual on Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) developed by the Federal Highway Administration.
April 18, 2011 | Staff travelers get to use the frequent flyer miles that they accumulate via UCAR travel for personal travel. Does it work the same way for rewards programs such as Office Depot? May the purchaser use the accumulated points for personal purchases?
There is now a three-way stop at the top of the Mesa Road. When the stop signs first appeared, there was widespread outrage expressed by staff because it was noted that requiring a full stop was more hazardous than having no stop signs at all, and stop signs were not necessary. In all the years I've driven up the hill, I've never had a problem at that intersection. In fact, if anything, there is even less hazard in the last couple of years since they banned all vehicles except NCAR shuttles from going up the lane to the front door.
I noticed the other day that the front of Foothills Lab has no sign to indicate where FL0 is or that it even exists. Why is this?
I just noticed that the prairie dogs are moving back into the burrows north of Foothills Lab that had a plague infestation a couple of years ago. I'm wondering what the plan is for keeping them out of the grass around FL this time. We used to have barriers up, but it seemed like they fell into disrepair and the critters moved in.
It seems there are a couple of groups of people who are second-class citizens here at UCAR/NCAR. Don't get me wrong: I'm not labeling them, only pointing out a problem.
The problem is as follows: There are days that it is generally known that the entire organization will be given a half-day off. Well, it seems a shame that there isn't a way that this really could happen. I understand that there are a few groups of people who are considered essential, but shouldn't they get time off like everyone else?