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Thursday, August 28,2014

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The Front Range Climbing Stewards, created in partnership between the Boulder Climbing Community and the Access Fund, is working to rebuild he Royal Arch Trail, which was severely damaged during the flood in September 2013..
Thursday, August 28,2014

A bolt out of the blue

Lightning strikes ahead of the storm at Vedauwoo

By Elizabeth Miller
When she made the choice to call climbing to an end that day at Vedauwoo, a rock climbing area in southern Wyoming, Emily Isaacs was making what she saw as a conservative call on safety. Most of the 12- to 13-year-old girls on The Women’s Wilderness Institute trip she was working as a rock tech for had climbed by lunch, and while they were eating, Isaacs, a wilderness therapist and professional rock climbing guide, started to see the traces of a storm on the horizon.
Thursday, August 28,2014

eco-briefs

CLIMATE CHANGE EVANGELIST TO SPEAK AT CHAUTAUQUA AUDITORIUM

By Cassie Moore
She is an atmospheric scientist who studies climate change and its effect on humans and the natural environment, and she is also a conservative Christian. Hayhoe is coming to Boulder on a campaign to bridge the gap between those who believe in climate change and those who believe it is incompatible with their faith-based be.
Thursday, August 28,2014

Growing wilder

Examining the James Peak Wilderness Area 50 years after the creation of the Wilderness Act

By Elizabeth Miller
Saving a piece of land from human activity actually requires a whole lot of human activity and cooperation. Years of it, really. In addition to those years of effort on the part of people, it takes a couple ingredients that also seem to be in short supply these days, not the least of which is a Congress capable of coming to bipartisan agreement.
Thursday, August 28,2014

Boulder is no Seattle

Living wage issue will gain awareness at public forum, but is it enough?

By Cassie Moore
The high cost of living in Boulder County is old news. You won’t be surprised to read that a 2011 report showed the state minimum wage was already $3.61 shy of providing an individual with a self-sufficient wage even at that time. Self-sufficient meaning a person could live on their paycheck with no reliance on government assistance.
Thursday, August 28,2014

Your next roadside attraction: Carbon storage

By Marianne Lavell
As you watch the miles roll by on family road trips this summer, look just behind the guard rails to see what some scientists believe is a significant untapped resource in the battle against climate change.
Thursday, August 28,2014

Helping hands

What Boulder County schools and organizations are doing to change disturbing youth suicide statistics

By Matt Cortina
As other causes of death for county teens like car crashes, overdose and illness reduce in frequency, suicide remains steady and now constitutes 41 percent of teen deaths in Boulder County. That is more than double the national average. About one student in every high school classroom will attempt suicide in Boulder County this year, according to a recent Youth Risk Behavior Study. The rate is even higher for minority groups like LGBT and non-white students — more on that in a bit.
Thursday, August 28,2014

The couch cleanse

By Caitlin Rockett
And so it is with the story of how, over the course of nearly 40 years, flame retardant substances ended up in nearly every piece of furniture, every electronic, every household ware and article of clothing in the U.S. In a four-part series from 2012, the Chicago Tribune.
Thursday, August 28,2014

Cargill’s GMO hypocrisy

Can you have your hypocrisy and eat it, too?

By Jim Hightower
I don’t think so, but Cargill Inc. is doing its damndest to get away with its version of the old admonition that eating your cake today means not having it tomorrow. Cargill, the $2.3 billion-a-year food conglomerate, is a huge producer and user of food ingredients that contain genetically manipulated organisms.
Thursday, August 21,2014

Boulder Valley schools won’t support Gov’s ‘rat cages’ campaign

By Leland Rucker
As you probably know by now, the Governor’s Office has launched a “Don’t Be A Lab Rat” campaign. Targeted at 12- to 15-year-olds, it kicked off Aug. 11 with lots of TV coverage, as well as ads on YouTube and before films in movie theaters. Large human-sized cages, complete with giant plastic Leland Rucker.
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