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Thursday, May 1,2014

Let the Sunshine in

A JeffCo District Court ruling weakens all Colorado citizens’ rights under Open Meetings Law

By Caitlin Rockett
In February, Jefferson County District Court Judge Margie Enquist ruled that a secret ballot vote by the Arvada City Council didn’t violate Colorado’s Open Meetings Law, often referred to as the “Sunshine Law.” Enquist also ruled that the plaintiff, a citizen of Arvada, had no legal standing to take action against the city government because he couldn’t prove he suffered personal injury from the secret voting.
Thursday, May 1,2014

From the shadows

Jose Beteta is city’s first non-citizen appointee

By Michael de Yoanna
Beteta’s American story is a familiar kind. When he came to the United States, he was just 13 years old. His parents wanted a better life for him and his brothers and America provided good work and a fine educational system. So his family made the big decision, left everything they knew behind in Costa Rica and came here to carve out a new identity.
Thursday, May 1,2014

Time traveling outhouse style

What a local archaeologist learned by digging up her 122-year-old privy

By Joel Dyer
Schwendler is an archaeologist with a Ph.D. in anthropology, which means there’s no need for therapy in light of her pastime. Digging through the old feces pits of outhouses is important work for those of her ilk and we can all learn a good deal from their historical proctology.
Thursday, May 1,2014

Proposed water diversion and Gross Reservoir expansion may trigger all-out water war

Area residents and Boulder County warily eyeballing new environmental study for planned expansion

By Bob Berwyn
Some water wranglers were already on hair-trigger alert before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the latest version of an environmental study for Denver Water’s proposal to increase transmountain diversions from the Fraser River and store the water in an expanded Gross Reservoir, in Boulder County — a decade is a long time to wait, for everyone involved.
Thursday, May 1,2014

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THIS YEAR’S GOLDMAN PRIZES HAVE A BOULDER CONNECTION

On Monday, April 28, in a packed Opera House in San Francisco, $1,050,000 was handed out to six of the most impressive environmental activists in the world in the form of the Goldman Environmental Prize.
Thursday, May 1,2014

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RENEWING LIFE AFTER THE FLOOD VOLUNTEERS PLANT HUNDREDS OF TREES ALONG SOUTH BOULDER CREEK

By Michael de Yoanna
If you want advice on what you can do to help Boulder recover from last year’s flood, you might want to talk to Seth Blum. On Saturday, he led a team of 38 volunteers in a flood-restoration project along South Boulder Creek. By all accounts, it was a good day. Not only was the weather perfect, people were eager to get a lot done. And they did.
Thursday, April 24,2014

The butcher’s bill

Two decisions by Boulder’s alcohol board spell trouble for some

By Josh Gross
The day-long jury trial at the Boulder County Justice Center centered largely on the testimony of State Investigator Chelsea Rosipajla, who was undercover in Pearl Street Pub looking for signs of overservice. She thought she found one in a member of a wedding party who ordered a round of shots.
Thursday, April 24,2014

Lawsuit in the land of legal marijuana

MED-a-mints maker disputes Dixie Elixirs’ efforts at re-branding

By Michael de Yoanna
The deal was for Gabrel’s company to provide the “premium” cannabis to Dixie, which would package and distribute the mints to pot shops around Colorado. The marriage of the two companies seemed to be going well as Dixie emerged as one of the most familiar names in the business.
Thursday, April 24,2014

BolderBoulder ‘sissy’ T-shirt stirs debate

Boulder’s popular 10K race has been selling the shirt for years, but some Boulderites say it’s time to stop

By Caitlin Rockett
May 26, tens of thousands of people from around the world will descend upon Boulder — some of them in traditional running gear, many of them in wacky costumes — to participate in the annual BolderBoulder, a 10-kilometer road race that has become one of America’s most loved races. But for some, the jovial spirit of the competition is lost because of a race-sponsored T-shirt claiming that “Sea level is for sissies.” While the T-shirt has been around for years, debate over the connotation of the word “sissy” continues to flare.
Thursday, April 24,2014

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It took longer than many believed it would, but Sovereign, an oil and gas company that has previously drilled within Broomfield, is preparing to sue over the fracking ban put in place in Broomfield by a citizens’ ballot initiative last November.
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