Park Service rangers describe troubling conduct as hundreds of climbers attempt Denali

first_imgInterior | Outdoors | Search & RescuePark Service rangers describe troubling conduct as hundreds of climbers attempt DenaliJune 11, 2021 by Phillip Manning, KTNA – Talkeetna Share:Aerial view of the 14,200-foot camp on Denali during on a routine helicopter resupply on Saturday, June 5, 2021. (NPS Photo/Joe Reichert)Denali climbing season is back after being called off due to the pandemic last year, but it has come with a higher rate of accidents and medical issues on the mountain. In the first month of climbing season, there have been more search and rescue calls than in some entire years.Park Service rangers identified a number of concerns in a blog post on the Denali National Park website titled “Troubling Trends.” In the post, they cite several problems including inadequate experience, attempting to summit too quickly, and not fully appreciating the difficulty of climbing Denali.South District Ranger Tucker Chenoweth’s job involves overseeing ranger patrols, and he has years of experience in search and rescue. He said Denali, even along the popular West Buttress route, brings several unique challenges.“The West Buttress is not easy,” Chenoweth said. “Technically it’s not hard, but then you factor in the remoteness, and you also factor in the altitude, then … the West Buttress becomes a serious endeavor.”As of Wednesday, no fatalities had been reported on Denali, but there have been severe accidents, including a 1,000 foot fall high on the mountain that left Canadian climber Adam Rawski in critical condition. There have also been many reported cases of high-altitude pulmonary edema reported — fluid in the lungs — which can happen when climbers ascend too quickly.Climbers ascend fixed lines on the headwall of the West Buttress route on Sunday, May 30, 2021. (NPS Photo/Erickson)Chenoweth said the popularity of the West Buttress Route can make it easy to forget the remoteness of Denali. For a significant portion of this climbing season, there have been more than 400 people on the mountain at once. Even then, Chenoweth said the hundreds of people and mutual support that they can provide can suddenly vanish.“All of a sudden that wilderness component where you’re the only team — or maybe it’s summit day and you’re really late in the evening and everyone else is already down below you. You’re so far out there at that point that the remoteness — it may be the first time you feel it,” he said.Chenoweth said one thing that tends to lead to problems is when climbers form ad hoc climbing teams.That can happen before a trip begins or if a climber’s partners have to turn back before making it to the summit. A common point to give up an attempt on Denali is at 14,000 feet. Chenoweth said forming a new team at that point poses additional challenges.“Then people start looking for partners, but they don’t know them. They don’t know their technical skill. There’s no camaraderie, no teamwork. At that point, it feels like a summit-driven decision,” he said.Chenoweth said some of the teams formed mid-expedition have met with unfortunate results, including serious injuries and fatalities in recent years.Another trend that rangers said is a cause for concern is when climbers attempt the summit in one long push from 14,000 feet instead of resting at High Camp at 17,000 feet before a summit bid. Chenoweth said the impacts of that jump in elevation shouldn’t be underestimated.A typical summit attempt involves leaving a lot of gear behind and moving light and fast to try to make it to the top and back in one day. If a group making a longer summit attempt encounters a problem, they may find themselves needing to rely on other teams for food or tent space.There’s no guarantee that National Park Service rangers will be nearby or able to help when a group runs into trouble. In many cases, professional guides leading groups of paying clients step in to provide what help they can.Caitlin Palmer, co-owner of Alaska Mountaineering School, a guide service based in Talkeetna, said her guides’ instinct is often to help whenever they can, but that can impact the group they are leading as well.“A lot of our guides are sort of superhuman and can do some extraordinary things up there at high altitude,” she said. “But it does impact not only the patient’s life in a big way, but also the rescuers and the people the rescuers are responsible for their safety.”Palmer said she was happy to see the National Park Service talk openly about the problems they’re seeing on Denali, and she hopes that climbers will follow the advice.“A lot of it isn’t brand new, but it’s important for the Park Service to bring these incidences to light,” she said. “Hopefully these climbers who are not experienced enough yet will take some time to learn more skills and slow their pace down.”As of Wednesday a bit more than a third of the expected attempts on Denali have been completed.Share this story:last_img read more

Shard makers planning a Trilogy

first_imgA THIRD building is being planned to join the Shard and Baby Shard to create a “trilogy” of towers designed by award-winning architect Renzo Piano. Sellar Property Group, the firm responsible for the two existing buildings, is in talks with contractors over the new project, which is expected to result in an addition to the London skyline by 2018. Shard makers planning a Trilogy Thursday 26 February 2015 9:17 pm Express KCS Share Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof whatsapplast_img read more

Summer-like weather brings influx of fish to SWFL

first_imgAdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisement RELATEDTOPICS Combine that with reduced freshwater releases from Lake Okeechobee, and the fishing locally is only likely to get better. June 11 fishing report from Byron Stout June 13, 2021 June 4 fishing report from Byron Stout June 5, 2021 Advertisement Longest red snapper season set to open in Florida this week June 2, 2021 AdvertisementTags: fishingmigration SOUTHWEST FLORIDA – The fishing in Southwest Florida is always pretty good, but this time of the year, the bite really starts to turn on, and it all has to do with the weather. The summer-like temperatures in the spring might make you sweat, but conditions have a big effect on our fishery.If you take a quick visit to the Punta Rassa boat ramp, you’ll see just how popular the sport of fishing is in Southwest Florida. Captain Russel Walker returned on Tuesday from a charter on a boat known as the “Tarpon Express.” Advertisement“It’s like standing on the edge of the freeway and hooking a Volkswagen, that’s why. We caught 30 sharks today too,” said Walker. “Seems like the tarpon came in 2 to 3 weeks early this year. Even in Pine Island Sound, they are already in there.”Dr. Greg Tolley, an ecologist at FGCU, said the May-like weather in March may have triggered an early migration.“A lot of fish take water temperature as a cue, especially fishes that move north and south from warmer to cooler waters. Tarpon are one of those as a matter of fact,” Tolley said. FWC announces license-free fishing days June 14, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentslast_img read more

The Evacuation of Heungnam, December, 1950

first_img Facebook Twitter [imText1][imText2][imText3][imText4] By Daily NK – 2011.06.23 9:50pm News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News News center_img AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] The Evacuation of Heungnam, December, 1950 News SHARE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

OTC derivates activity rose in first half

first_img Keywords Over-the-counter securities and derivativesCompanies Bank for International Settlements OTC derivatives markets rise: BIS Related news OTC foreign exchange markets also saw notional amounts rise to a record high of US$96 trillion by mid-2018, up from US$87 trillion. However, notional amounts of credit default swaps (CDS) continued to decline, it says.At the same time, the gross market value of OTC derivatives continued to decline in the first half, the BIS reports. Gross market value declined to about US$10 trillion in mid-2018 from US$11 trillion at the end of 2017.“The continuing decline in gross market values reflected in part ongoing structural changes in OTC derivatives markets. These changes include central clearing and greater possibilities for trade compression — that is, the elimination of economically redundant derivatives positions,” the BIS says.The share of outstanding OTC derivatives that cleared through central counterparties (CCPs) in the first half came in at around 76% for interest rate derivatives, and 54% for CDS, the BIS says. The highest share of central clearing was for Canadian dollar contracts at 89%. OTC derivatives markets growing in 2019 OTC derivatives not immune to Covid-19 market turmoilcenter_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter James Langton Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Global over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives markets saw a surge in market activity during the first half of 2018, according to data published Wednesday from the Bank for International Settlements.The notional value of outstanding OTC derivatives increased in the first half of the year to US$595 trillion from US$532 trillion. The increase was driven largely by U.S. dollar interest rate contracts, which rose to US$193 trillion in the first half rose from $157 trillion. “This increased activity may reflect changing expectations about the path of future U.S. dollar interest rates during the period,” the BIS says in a news release. last_img read more

This police-spec Dodge Durango has been kitted out with a 797-hp ‘Redeye’ V8

first_img Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 This year’s 2019 Tire Rack One Lap of America Presented by Grassroots Motorsports Magazine kicks off May 4 in South Bend, Ind., and Dodge//SRT is defending the Dodge Durango SRT’s 2018 One Lap truck/SUV class title, upping its game with a new Durango SRT Pursuit concept called “Speed Trap.”   Dodge The largest one is obviously the heart transplant: a 797-horsepower supercharged V8 borrowed from the Challenger Hellcat Redeye sits underhood, now, offering a serious bump up from the 475 horsepower the truck comes with standard.The high-flow cat-back exhaust is brand-new, and the truck sits 0.6-inches lower on 20-inch wheels to improve handling. Meaty 305-section Pirelli tires help put the power down, or create a big smoke-show, if desired.One Lap of America, for those that don’t know, is exactly what it sounds like: one lap around the United States, made up of visits to several race tracks and interesting events along the way. Think of it as a sequel to the “Cannonball Run” of decades past, which saw people race across the U.S. as fast as they could.RELATED Trending Videos This armored AWD Dodge Charger Hellcat is a dream police cruiserWhen Brock Yates originally started the Cannonball Run, it was, of course, highly illegal, but at least there was a good chance your car was faster than most police cruisers back in the day.Now, with Dodge building cop cars like this, we wouldn’t bet on any sort of luck in that regard. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca advertisement One Lap of America also keeps people from racing on the streets, trading that stuff in for timed runs on certified tracks. Dodge is a regular competitor in the event, and hopes to defend its title in the Truck/SUV class it won last year in a standard Durango SRT. See More Videos Trending in Canada RELATED TAGSDodgeDurangoSUVNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury ‹ Previous Next › Dubai police’s W Motors ‘Ghiath’ knows who you are The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Dodge early May took the wraps off of a 797-horsepower Durango SRT, complete with a police-car livery, built to compete in the famous One Lap of America.The law-enforcement-spec SUV is a bit of cheeky fun from FCA, as evidenced by its nickname, “Speed Trap.” The vehicle will be driven in the event by David Carr, an SRT engineer, and David Hakim, a photographer, who also competed in 2018.Speed Trap is based on a Dodge Durango SRT Pursuit of the kind usually sold only to police fleets, but more than a few modifications have been done to it. last_img read more

BMW thieves strike London salesman, drag him into traffic

first_img Subscribe to Plugged In on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts. See More Videos advertisement We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Although Moe still held the wireless key in his pocket, the suspect was able to put the BMW in gear and drive away. RELATED First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened Trending in Canada Trending Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Moe Al-Kaissy clings to the hood of a BMW 4 Series as thief flees  Mustafa Al-Kaissy / CTV News London RELATED TAGS4 SeriesBMWFlexNew VehiclesOntarioWindsorauto theftBMWCrimeFlexLondonLondon (Ontario)NewsOntarioWindsor A London car salesman is recovering after a brazen car theft that nearly claimed his life.Frightening CCTV footage shows Moe Al-Kaissy, 23, clinging to the hood of a BMW 4 Series before falling into a live lane of traffic.  CTV News reports that Al-Kaissy was contacted about a vehicle for sale at Sport Motors, a family dealership in London, Ontario. While showing the vehicle, the client asked to hear the engine running. Once behind the wheel, the suspect asked to make a phone call.   Police in southern Ontario warn of targeted car thefts pulled off using key fobs COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Police bust car thief twice – in the same day – outside TorontoThe driver took off as Moe paced in front of the car’s path, striking his knee and throwing him on to the hood. Moe recounts clinging to the wiper arms in terror as the car pulled on to Oxford Street, then choosing to let go before reaching the much faster and busier Highbury Avenue.  After tumbling onto the road, footage from a neighbouring business shows what appears to be an accomplice’s Audi A4 mounting the sidewalk and nearly striking him at a high rate of speed. “I genuinely thought I was going to die,” the 23-year-old told CTV. “My feet are all ripped up right now.”  GPS tracking now shows the car in North York and police are investigating.  In almost ten years of business, this is the first time the family-owned dealership has experienced anything of this sort. It is fortunate that Moe’s quick thinking averted greater tragedy, and the Al-Kaissys are aiming to take something constructive from the experience.  Moe’s brother Mustafa told reporters that they hope to raise awareness that might avert similar crimes against other dealerships, concluding that “a car is replaceable, but a human life isn’t and that’s what most important.” This also serves a stark reminder to the driving public that a running car is a vulnerable car. Whether at the gas station or a coffee stop, it only takes a second for someone to throw a wrench into your day.  LISTEN: We kick off Season 4 with at look at new EVs available in Canada. ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

Biochemistry For Kids And Telescopes And Satellites Topics Of Two CU Shows In January

first_img Published: Jan. 5, 2004 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The basic chemistry of life processes and the wonders of giant telescopes will be discussed in January during two separate presentations at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The CU Wizards show “Biochemistry for Kids” will take place Saturday, Jan. 17, at 9:30 a.m. in Cristol Chemistry and Biochemistry, room 140. Then at 2 p.m. in Duane Physics, room G1B30, the CU-Boulder physics department will present “Telescopes, Spy Satellites and Video Astronomy” as part of its Saturday Physics Series. Both shows are free and open to the public. CU Wizards is aimed at students in grades five through nine, while the Saturday Physics Series targets high school students, teachers and adults. During the CU Wizards show, CU-Boulder Associate Professor Deborah Wuttke will explain how basic principles of chemistry are employed in biological systems like the human body. Audience members will get to take part in experiments showing the chemistry of respiration and how a banana can be used to hammer a nail. During Senior Instructor Michael Dubson’s show “Telescopes, Spy Satellites and Video Astronomy,” he will use live demonstrations and video clips to explore the operation of eyeballs, cameras and telescopes. He also will talk about the history of spy satellites and efforts by astronomers to overcome the blurring of telescope images caused by the Earth’s turbulent atmosphere. There will be several audience-participation activities and everyone will get to look through a telescope. For more information about CU Wizards call (303) 492-6952 or visit http://www.colorado.edu/physics/Web/wizards/cuwizards.html. For more information about the Saturday Physics Series call (303) 492-4318.last_img read more

Pushing Boundaries: Center of the American West gives interns a home where opportunities roam

first_imgCategories:Pushing BoundariesGetting InvolvedCampus Community Torrey Davis has counted red flour beetles, noted the location of nesting sites of red-tailed hawks and studied zooplankton in Iceland and Greenland. RJ Mooney is taking courses in environmental public policy and Native American studies. While their interests and majors vary widely, both CU Boulder undergraduates were drawn to the Center of the American West because of the educational opportunities available. Through the center, students delve into a deeper understanding of the American West’s vibrant and complex narratives and its rich literary heritage. They are encouraged to look at the West, a unique and complicated region that is connected to national and international issues. Published: April 18, 2018 • By Kenna Bruner Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mailcenter_img Learning about the American West is not just about research but also how you interact with people, the land and the agencies you have to work with.” –Torrey Davis The center works on many regional issues, including water management; relationships between federal agencies and communities; land planning; Native identity, art and literature; and the balance of power between tradition and modernization in Western life. An understanding of the historical origins of the West and an emphasis on common interests are essential to constructive public discourse. The center offers scholarships, internships, and academic and networking opportunities. Students can receive a Certificate in Western American Studies and explore Western topics while engaging with leading scholars, writers and civil servants. One of the benefits of the center’s certificate program is that student can tailor the certificate to their interests, said Kurt Gutjah, program director.“If a student is majoring in literature, they can design the certificate around Western writing,” he said. “If they are a biology major, they can study the flora and fauna of the West. The flexibility we offer allows students to delve deeply into one area and gain true expertise.”A Buff’s wandering path leads to bison researchA senior in ecology and evolutionary biology, Davis received an internship with The Nature Conservancy through the center’s internship program. Her career goals are clear-cut now, but Davis’ academic journey to this point took some detours. She started in engineering, changed to architecture and then settled on biology, which had been her minor all along.Her biology projects have included counting nesting sites of red-tailed hawks in urban areas and studying red flour beetles, a pest of stored food grains.During her senior year, Davis conducted her own research through an Education Abroad program in Iceland and Greenland. While participating in the program, Davis studied how climate change affects zooplankton. “That experience made me realize there’s so much we don’t know about the finer details of ecosystems, and how those in turn will be affected by climate change,” she said. After she returned from Iceland, Davis began the internship at The Nature Conservancy, where she has worked on a variety of conservation projects. In one project she monitored the effects of flooding on vegetation. In another she mapped burn scars from fires in Colorado and New Mexico. She’s working on wildfire response plans for the conservancy’s preserves in Colorado and is investigating how many bird species can be found in the conservancy’s preserves.This summer, Davis will work on her own research project on bison genetics. Decades ago, bison were interbred with cattle, and the descendants of those interbred animals are living on the preserves. Davis will use the genomes for bison and cattle to look at overlapping similarities. “For conservation reasons, The Nature Conservancy wants to have more functionally intact bison genetics on preserves,” she said. “Hopefully, my research will have a lot of cool implications. It’s an exciting time we’re in with all these new technologies. I want to see how we can use genetics to inform conservation.”Davis’ research opportunities, particularly those through her Nature Conservancy internship, made possible through the Center of the American West, have piqued her interest in graduate school and pursuing conservation genetics as a career. “The center makes sure students are networking with people and learning about all the different things that make up the West today, such as conservation, politics and water rights,” she said. “It’s fun being in this internship and seeing real-world applications. Learning about the American West is not just about research but also how you interact with people, the land and the agencies you have to work with.”A romanticized view of the West evolvesGrowing up in Granby, Connecticut, Mooney had a romanticized view of the American West based on its portrayal in movies and TV shows—vast swaths of open land where huge herds of bison roam free. A sophomore majoring in geography, Mooney came to CU Boulder because he wanted to attend a large research institution near the mountains. He is also working toward a Certificate in Western American Studies.“I’d always been drawn to the vast expanse of the West,” he said. “The certificate is a multidisciplinary look from different departments—courses such as Environmental Public Policy and Native American Studies. All the courses I’ve taken that are applicable to the certificate have been eye-opening.”In the indigenous studies course, for example, Mooney gained a deeper understanding of the Native American story than he did from the abbreviated information he encountered in high school classes on U.S. history. The professor who taught the indigenous studies course is a member of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma.“What I’m learning in the certificate program is tearing down the limited concepts I came to college with,” Mooney said. “I had never learned that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson admired the structure of the Iroquois Confederacy. The Center of the American West’s program focuses our education on this complicated area that is the West.”This year, Mooney received the center’s merit-based Beardsley Family Scholarship. He improved waste removal processes at his fraternity Sigma Nu. Working with some nonprofits and CU Boulder student groups, Mooney has spearheaded a coalition of organizations to increase the fraternity house’s sustainability. Mooney plans to pursue a career that combines land management, public lands, resources and conservation, and sustainable extraction with an organization such as the Bureau of Land Management or National Parks. He is also considering staying in academia. “The land is what tells the story,” Mooney said. “That’s one of the reasons I was drawn out here. I came with a romanticized view of what I thought was the West that I had created from the perspective of living in Connecticut. But once you’re here, your perspective changes.”For more information, go to the Center of the American West.last_img read more

Leeds free tax assistance program cancelled for remainder of 2020 tax season

first_imgTags:Social Impactnews Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via Google PlusShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Jan. 29, 2020 We are suspending our VITA free tax assistance to the community for the remainder of the tax season, effective immediately, due to coronavirus concerns of students and senior citizen volunteers.  VITA INFORMATION LINELeeds School of Business Support Desk University of Colorado Boulder Telephone: 303-492-6654 (information number only)The Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder is offering free tax preparation services to taxpayers with household income of $56,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. This is the eleventh year that Leeds has provided this free tax service to the community. Leeds School of Business students who have passed an IRS certification exam will prepare tax returns for qualified taxpayers. To ensure accuracy and completeness, all student-prepared tax returns will be reviewed by community volunteers who are experienced in tax law.Students receive valuable experience preparing tax returns, and they are able to work directly with taxpayers. This hands-on work experience is well received by potential employers, and participating in the VITA program gives students an opportunity to perform a much-needed community service. Last year, Leeds School students prepared 479 tax returns and obtained $449,000 in refunds for taxpayers. The students also placed into the local economy an extra $135,000 through Earned Income Tax Credits for families.VITA has been running in February and March, but has suspended services for the remainder of March and April. There will be no services available at the Koelbel Building (home of the Leeds School of Business on the CU-Boulder campus) due to health concerns of the student and community volunteers, most of whom are senior citizens in high risk groups.Under our new Facilitated Self Assistance program (“FSA”), taxpayers now have the option of preparing their own tax returns with assistance from IRS-certified volunteers at CU Boulder VITA using interview-based IRS tax software. The FSA option allows taxpayers to use this free file service to both prepare and e-file their tax returns.Eligible taxpayers should bring the following to the tax site:Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer Identification Notices/Cards for the taxpayer, the taxpayer’s spouse, and dependentsPhoto identification for the taxpayer and the taxpayer’s spouse if married filing jointly (both spouses must be present)All Form W-2s and Form 1099s and other income-related documentsProof of mortgage interest, property taxes, daycare expenses (including provider’s tax ID number), college education expenses (e.g., Form 1098-T), and all other deductible expensesA copy of last year’s federal tax returnProof of account for direct deposit of refund (e.g., voided check)Proof of foreign status if applying for ITINFor other VITA locations, please visit: www.coloradovita.orglast_img read more