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Is the way the State handles oil & gas complaints Criminal?

Criminologists find troubling pattern of state agency under-reporting complaints and leaving Coloradans feeling voiceless

By Elizabeth Miller

When two Colorado-based green criminologists turned to examine the heated local issue of oil and gas development with their area of focus in mind — not what is a crime, but what should be considered a crime — they found a pattern among the response...

Adventure

Traveling with more than GOOD INTENTIONS

Why well-meaning adventurites and volunteers sometimes do more harm than good, and how one local adventure company intends to set a better example

By Cassie Moore

On a visit back to his native country, on a trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal, Portland State University professor Bishupal Limbu remembers being uncomfortable because of his shoes. They were nice, they were meant for the occasion and the Australians he was trekking with had on similarly fancy boots.

Books

Word Games

Chuck Palahniuk wants to play pajama dodgeball with you

By Josh Gross

“I had shipped all of these severed arms to throw into the audience, and it was in Boulder that I realized that I was touring a day right behind Aron Ralston, who had written about cutting his arm off,” Palahniuk says. “And the Boulder Book Store people had opened my cases of arms and thought they were props for him.

Cuisine

Farm to school

BVSD’s first annual Harvest Festival seeded through a USDA grant

By Heather Ridge

One year ago, the Boulder Valley School District learned it would be receiving almost $100,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help support Farm to School initiatives that connect the schools to local farmers.

News

Just a number

Why a rating from one small group means more to some legislators than you do

By Matt Cortina

One group you’ve probably never heard of, the Colorado Union of Taxpayers, commonly referred to as CUT, holds significant sway in Denver, according to numerous legislators on both sides of the aisle. Specifically, their policies directly affect Republican action, even striking fear into Republicans who vote against CUT positions.

NEWS
News

Side projects

Paul Weissmann has his own plans for the Boulder County Treasurer’s office

By Josh Gross

It’s a slightly nebulous-sounding goal. But Weissman worked on and off in the state legislature for 20 years, and developed a reputation as something of a fixer, someone that bridges divides and makes things happen behind the scenes.

 
 
BOULDERGANIC
Boulderganic

The full reach of addiction

A look at how addictive substances are damaging the environment

By Caitlin Rockett

Humankind’s relationship with psychoactive substances can be traced back thousands of years to religious trances induced by specific plants and fungai. But some substances are more addictive than others, and opium, caffeine and nicotine have become commonplace, in some senses socially acceptable, vices.

 
 
ENTERTAINMENT
Stage

Barking pirates, Barbies and a parasol

Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Pirates of Penzance’ opens at CU

By Peter Alexander

Written in Victorian times, Gilbert and Sullivan’s shows kept their massive popularity for decades. Through most of the 20th century, there were Gilbert and Sullivan (G&S) companies, professional and amateur, all across the U.S.

 
 
ADVENTURE
Adventure

Traveling with more than GOOD INTENTIONS

Why well-meaning adventurites and volunteers sometimes do more harm than good, and how one local adventure company intends to set a better example

By Cassie Moore

On a visit back to his native country, on a trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal, Portland State University professor Bishupal Limbu remembers being uncomfortable because of his shoes. They were nice, they were meant for the occasion and the Australians he was trekking with had on similarly fancy boots.

 
 
CUISINE
Restaurant Review

Why do they even give you chopsticks?

Motomaki makes sushi for the burrito crowd

By Josh Gross

The rapid-service sushi joint offers 12 different rolls, or the choice to design your own. All are available as bowls, but are intended to be served as burrito-sized hand rolls, wrapped in foil and halved. It’s the perfect example of what Steve Jobs meant when he said the job of entrepreneurs was to provide what consumers didn’t yet know they wanted.

 
 
Opinion
Views

‘Punk’ kids refreshing in a stale political season

By Dave Anderson

The board quickly abrogated an agreed-upon pay raise for teachers and pushed through a new system linking teacher pay to student performance on standardized tests, rejecting a review by a third-party factfinder who ruled the new system too inaccurate to use for setting salaries.

 
 
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