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Welcome to the 2004 edition of Boulder County Gold, your Daily Camera’s annual People’s Choice Awards. Inside you’ll find the best of the best· in Boulder County – the people, places and things that have made the largest impact on our community.

This year’s winners and runners up are a distinguished bunch (look on pages 30 and 31 for a complete listing). With so many wonderful choices in our area, the competition was tough. Several categories came down to just two or three votes.

Your voices have been heard … with the exception of a few of you who tried 10 pull a fast one. If you filled out multiple ballots using pseudonyms or names out of the phone book, we’re wise to your shenanigans. Calls were made, and ballots were either verified or vilified. Come on folks. Did you think we wouldn’t notice a big stack of ballots in all the same handwriting?

Cheaters notwithstanding, we thank everyone who took the time to vote. You were in good company thousands of locals told us why Boulder County is such a great place to live, shop, eat, work and play. Turn the page to find out the consensus.

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