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Bullets or bongs?

The law says Coloradans have to choose between their guns and their weed

Because of a conflict between state marijuana statutes and federal gun laws, Colorado residents must choose between owning guns and using marijuana. Yet state law enforcement officials are virtually powerless to enforce the intersection where those conflicting laws meet.

Boulder Weekly Beer Tour

Pairing chocolate and beer is art and science

By Amber Erickson Gabbey

When The Very Nice Brewing Company in Nederland decided to do their first-ever beer and chocolate pairing in May, they enlisted the help of their newest neighbor in the shopping center, The Candy Man. A novice chocolatier, Dan “The Candy Man” Harrower was entering uncharted territory and was nervous about getting it right.


Rick Rubinesque

The Avett Brothers fatten up their sound with help from legendary producer

By Alan Sculley

Scott and Seth Avett and Bob Crawford now have plenty of company on stage with drummer Mike Marsh, keyboardist Paul Delfigia, cellist Joe Kwon and fiddle player Tania Elizabeth in the touring lineup. Crawford, the band’s bass and fiddle player, thinks 2014 will see The Avett Brothers really capitalizing on its expanded live sound.


Feeding the Front Range

National food prices rising faster than locally grown

By Heather Ridge

President John F. Kennedy once quipped that the farmer is “the only person in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale and pays the freight both ways.” As long-term droughts continue to dry out the fertile valleys and plains of California, Oklahoma and Texas, and many parts of the country recover from unprecedented frosts, food prices across the country are anticipated to rise.


Nobody puts Falstaff in a corner

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival makes merry

By Gary Zeidner

Now in its 57th season, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival is enjoying a wellearned renaissance. The 2014 CSF is full of interesting, high-quality offerings, chief of which is the uproarious The Merry Wives of Windsor. During the 12 years I have had the privilege of reviewing the festival, I can recall only a few other examples of productions this entertaining.


Petition for home rule circulates Boulder County

Charter would move control from county commissioners to citizen vote

By Matt Cortina

An initiative to create “home rule” in Boulder County, which might allow it to ban fracking, GMO cropping and other ventures currently under state jurisdiction, is under way after the Boulder County Clerk recently approved an initial petition for the case.


Mosquito control

Managing disease comes with environmental concerns

By Caitlin Rockett

It’s an unfortunate fact of life that along with those endless dog days of summer — perfect for barbeques, biking, hiking and swimming — also comes the height of mosquito season. While these blood-sucking members of the fly family are often little more than nuisances, certain species of mosquitoes can carry dangerous diseases, such as West Nile.


Easy, breezy fun

Nineteen years strong at the Boulder Outdoor Cinema

By Michael J. Casey

Located in the parking lot behind the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA), BOC celebrated its initial season in 1995 and has been running strong since. Three years ago, Marsh and Fritz purchased the festival from Dave Riepe and Jon Hegeman and oversaw the continuation and.



River trip for veterans helps battle the odds

By Elizabeth Miller

The issues veterans face are — in some ways — as big and unmanageable as the Colorado River running through Cataract Canyon this spring. At up to 58,000 cubic feet per second, it was flipping so many rafts that passengers in a 12-foot paddleboat just had to expect to swim.

Restaurant Review

Snap judgement

Casa Alvarez is more than the sum of its generic decor

By Josh Gross

At first glance, Casa Alvarez might as well be decorated exclusively in red flags. It occupies the back corner location of a 30th Street strip mall and has an interior that looks like every Mexican restaurant in every town, with light pastel coloring and tile, overly harsh lighting and awkward attempts to recreate a jungle atmosphere inside.