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REST IN PEACE

Once again, here is our monthly look at a few of the noteworthy people who we lost during the month of February:

Dorothy Edith Gilman ( June 25, 1923 – Feb. 2, 2012) was an American author of mystery and spy fiction. She was best known for the Mrs. Pollifax series of spy novels about grandmother Emily Pollifax, who becomes a spy in her 60s.

Jill Kinmont Boothe (Feb. 16, 1936 – Feb. 9, 2012) was a former alpine ski racer who competed in the mid-1950s. In early 1955, she was the reigning national champion in the slalom, and a top prospect for a medal at the 1956 Winter Olympics. While competing in the downhill at the Snow Cup in Alta, Utah, on Jan. 30, 1955 — the same week she was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated — she suffered a near-fatal accident which resulted in paralysis from the neck down. Kinmont was the subject of two movies: The Other Side of the Mountain in 1975, and The Other Side of the Mountain Part 2 in 1978.

Jan Berenstain (née Grant; July 26, 1923 – Feb. 24, 2012) was an American writer and illustrator best known for creating the children’s book series the Berenstain Bears with her husband, Stan. Jan and Stan met on their first day of class at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art in 1941 and married five years later, on April 13, 1946.

OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND

So the members of the North Boulder Alliance would rather buy the proposed housing site for chronically homeless than have those undesirables move into the neighborhood?

Nice. Boulder Housing Partners wants to build a 31-apartment complex near the homeless shelter, at 1175 Lee Hill Dr. But the neighbors have complained that it would concentrate the homeless population even more into their area.

How about use that money to help people become un-homeless? If the property was bought for more than $800,000 almost two years ago, how much are the North Boulderites willing to pay to make the project go away? A cool million?

That would buy a lot of blankets, soup and job training programs.

NOT IN THE JOB DESCRIPTION

Some satisfied reader threw a large rock through our glass front door in the middle of the night last week.

Actually, we have a short suspect list of loonies that we’ve identified, but if you saw something at our building the night of Feb. 23, call us.

A real class act, eh? But our dutiful Daily Camera delivery person went ahead and tossed the newspaper through the gaping hole, and didn’t bother reporting the crime.

Hey, when you work for the MediaNews Group monopoly, you just keep your head down and do your job, you don’t ask questions. Otherwise you might get outsourced.

Respond: letters@boulderweekly.com