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Thursday, April 16,2015

Good guys gone wrong

Local law enforcement, DA’s office speak to efforts to assist veterans when they have run-ins with the law

By Elizabeth Miller
A soldier eats, sleeps and works all day surrounded by companions who have promised to protect him, people that soldier would die for, and who he has promised to protect at a moment’s notice. “Especially being deployed and being with this core group of people that you’re in a hostile situation with, doing everything with them from sleeping, eating, fighting, using the bathroom — everything — your entire day is based upon that kind of...
Thursday, April 16,2015


I hate my job

I hate my job because … it’s so depressing. I’m not alone. A lot of us hate it. But what can we do? We are who we are. We’ve been put on Earth to serve a purpose. Sadly that service is not of our choosing. Oh, it is not doing the job that I hate. It’s just that, whenever I interact with people, they often end up gagging.
Thursday, April 16,2015


choice to gain your freedom and then so soon give it away. She’d simply packed her trunk and said goodbye. She headed west, leaving footprints like platters in the asphalt, kicking up dust on dirt roads, until the coolness of grass told her she was home.
Thursday, April 16,2015


Laird Hunt is the author of Neverhome, Office at Night, Kind One, The Impossibly, The Paris Stories, Ray of the Star, The Exquisite and Indiana, Indiana. His novel Kind One was a finalist for the 2013 Pen/Faulkner award and the 2013 Pen USA Literary award in Fiction and winner of the 2013 Ainisfield-World Book Award for Fiction. He lives in Boulder and teaches for the University of Denver’s creative writing program.
Friday, April 10,2015

Some folks look for answers

Grateful Dead announce two additional “Fare Thee Well” shows

By Stewart Sallo
When promoter Peter Shapiro became aware of the article I wrote last month, “Ladies and Gentlemen, Not the Grateful Dead,” taking him to task for the way ticket sales were handled for the Grateful Dead’s “Fare Thee Well” shows, scheduled for July 3-5 at Chicago’s Soldier Field, he had two choices: 1. Write it off as the “butthurt whining” of someone who didn’t get tickets (which, just for the record, was not true), or 2. Defend the manner in which ticket sales were conducted, the choice of venue and the way in which these factors served to stimulate the secondary market, causing ticket prices to soar into the thousands.
Thursday, April 9,2015

In case you missed it

Actions: President Obama forced the EPA to kill three investigations that had determined that fracking had contaminated groundwater in three different states. As a result, fracking has proliferated unchecked throughout the U.S.
Thursday, April 9,2015

‘Don't tell them there's nothing wrong’

Workman’s compensation doctor says the concerns at Casey go well past the irritation of hydrogen sulfide

By Elizabeth Miller
Hydrogen sulfide may not be the heart of the problem at Casey Middle School, says Dr. Sander Orent, medical director of Arbor Occupational Medicine and the workman’s compensation doctor who has treated the teachers who believe they have health effects from working in the school. Carbon dioxide building up in classrooms due to poor air circulation may be compounding the problem, and increasing the effects of volatile organic compounds and irritants that do exist in the school, he says. The community response shows mounting, not dissipating concern, and Orent says part of that is in how Boulder Valley School District has responded to the questions raised about whether the air quality is safe at Casey.
Thursday, April 9,2015

The perfect storm

How Colorados 1985 train wreck could happen again, this time with even more dire consequences

By Paul Gibb
Rail traffic has increased in Boulder County in recent years largely due to the transportation of flammable crude oil, primarily from the Niobrara shale formation in Wyoming and here in Colorado.
Thursday, April 2,2015

Conference on World Affairs

Bringing the world to Boulder

By Caitlin Rockett and Amanda Moutinho
It’s that time of year again, when the World’s literati make their annual migration to Boulder to discuss and debate the planet’s most pressing issues ... and a bunch of other topics that are really fun and interesting. That’s right, it’s time for the Conference on World Affairs.
Thursday, April 2,2015

Differences of opinion on safety remain for Casey school

Air quality testing and symptoms survey making slow progress

By Elizabeth Miller
In a January email exchange between Rast and Casey Principal Justin McMillan, Rast asked McMillan to confirm that classes were moved, what the readings were on hydrogen sulfide monitors in the areas of the school, where odors were reported that day and whether the principal planned to update parents.