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Thursday, August 14,2014

Ebola anxiety

Are fears of an American outbreak justified?

By Matt Cortina
Perhaps more widespread than the outbreak of the Ebola virus is the outbreak of Ebola virus paranoia. With more than a thousand people dead, evacuations of infected foreigners to the U.S. and Europe, and an escalating number of new infections in west Africa, it’s hard to blame folks for getting a little antsy.
Thursday, August 14,2014

New report tells us what we already know

Boulder’s cost of housing is sparking final exodus of dwindling middle class

By Matt Cortina
This just in: Boulder is expensive. But the concentration of our wealth (about half of Boulder households make $75,000 or more annually) and the rate at which our wealth is growing is on a collision course with the dwindling number of affordable houses and rentals.
Thursday, August 14,2014

Alone on the moon

A Beatles fan retells an out-of-this-world experience with the boys from Liverpool 50 years after their Red Rocks concert

By Elizabeth Miller
Chet Carman was a 17-year-old teenager from Colorado Springs, shuttling between separated parents and an older brother. In 1964, he found a style worth embracing as his own in a magazine and music to go with it on the radio waves. And as result, he found himself, as unlikely as it seems, not just watching the Beatles on their first U.S. tour from a dozen or so rows back at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, but whisked away to Dallas to see them again a month later and even spend time with them at their hotel and backstage.
Thursday, August 7,2014

Library 2.0

The library debuts its new tech lab and 3D printer

By Maalikah Hartley
This week, the Boulder Public Library is making a bold stride forward into what libraries can be when it unveils the final piece of its recently remodeled teen space, “The Foundry,” or Makerspace, an on-site tech lab outfitted with video and audio...
Thursday, August 7,2014

Market share chemical warfare

By Caitlin Rockett
Little did the couple know they would lose their entire grape crop that year. That year they joined a growing group of farmers across the nation losing crops to herbicidal drift from nearby (or not so nearby) conventional farms growing genetically engineered, herbicide-resistant crops.
Thursday, August 7,2014

Citizens lash out at Polis

By Matt Cortina
Representative Jared Polis (D-Boulder) and Governor John Hickenlooper agreed to drop two ballot initiatives that would have given communities more control over fracking in their towns and would have required oil and gas wells to be set at least 2,000 feet away from occupied structures.
Thursday, July 31,2014

Oil Boom, part II

How and why railroads keep oil train information from communities

By Matt Cortina
And so this brief part II to “Oil Boom” will take a look at why railroads are not required to tell citizens about oil trains, why this information needs to be a secret at all and how railroads are now working to enact soft oil transportation standards in order to save billions in revenue.
Thursday, July 31,2014

Fracking ban court decision pushes conversation toward constitutional rights

National attention drawn to Colorado’s oil and gas preemption laws

By Elizabeth Miller
The lawsuit to defend Longmont’s voter approved fracking ban is moving on from the district court, where a judge issued a summary judgment against it, but a stay against fracking in Longmont while the case is appealed to a higher court.
Thursday, July 24,2014

A house full of women

As Boulder sees an uptick in violence against homeless women, Boulder’s Outreach for Homeless Overflow provides a new women-only shelter

By Caitlin Rockett
Nancy Jordan, a staff member at Boulder’s Outreach for Homeless Overflow, parks her purple mountain bike in front of Flatirons Coffee at the corner of Arapahoe and 29th. She walks in from the oppressive heat of a late afternoon in July, flashes an endearing smile, sits down and fishes three pieces of paper from her backpack.
Thursday, July 24,2014

Oil Boom

Boulder County’s growing risk from trains hauling undeclared explosive materials

By Matt Cortina
The library and the post office. A dozen schools. Hundreds of homes. Parks. Every brewery (oh god). Ten gas stations. The wastewater treatment facility. It can all go up in flames at any minute — and that’s just in Longmont. All you’ll hear is a whistle and a boom.
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