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Thursday, January 30,2014

The best letters of the last 20 years

I am writing to applaud you on your success in filling a void in the Boulder and Denver metro areas for a high-quality weekly publication. It’s refreshing to finally see a publication that clearly is striving for journalistic excellence in its writing, advertisements and editorial focus.
Thursday, January 30,2014

What 20 years of Boulder Weekly has meant to me

By Joel Dyer
I remember the founding editor selling me on the working for Boulder Weekly by explaining that we’d have some good fun before the whole thing went out of business, which we both suspected would only be a matter of months, tops. We were right about the fun. But boy were we wrong about the longevity.
Thursday, January 30,2014

Two decades of BW employees Staff

All known staff members, current and former.
Thursday, January 23,2014

Controversial PUC appointee got money from Xcel

Potential conflict of interest for Glenn Vaad

By Jefferson Dodge and Bob Berwyn
Campaign finance reports show that Gov. John Hickenlooper’s controversial appointee to the Public Utilities Commission has received money from an Xcel Energy political action committee and others in industries that he is now involved in regulating.
Thursday, January 9,2014

New PUC member might hinder Boulder’s municipalization

Some raise questions about Vaad’s ties to Xcel, ALEC

By Jefferson Dodge
The controversy over the appointment of Glenn Vaad, a member of the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission has raised questions about where Vaad’s loyalties will lie when it comes to Xcel Energy’s battle with the city of Boulder over municipalization.
Thursday, January 9,2014

ProPublica: Months after Obama promised to divulge more on drones, here is what we still do not know

U.S. count of civilians deaths still unknown

By Cora Currier
In a speech, Obama vowed that the U.S. would only use force against a “continuing and imminent threat to the American people.” It would fire only when there was “near-certainty” civilians would not be killed or injured, and when capture was not feasible. Since that speech, here is what has changed.
Thursday, January 2,2014

Farmers’ suit against Monsanto reaches Supreme Court

Suit affects hundreds of thousands of farmers

By Joel Dyer
A plaintiff group are seeking protection from potential Monsanto patent infringement lawsuits when Monsanto’s genetically engineered (GE) pollen contaminates organic or non- GE crops by way of drift or other accidental means.
Thursday, January 2,2014

Flooding, fracking among legislative priorities for county’s lawmakers

By Jefferson Dodge
Sen. Matt Jones (D-Louisville) says he and Rep. Mike Foote (D-Lafayette) plan to revive — and strengthen — a bill that didn’t survive last year’s session that would have increased daily fines assessed to oil and gas companies for spills and other regulatory violations.
Thursday, December 19,2013

The fracking/real estate conundrum continued

Oil and gas shale boom threatens mortgage markets

By Joel Dyer
To control risk, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have established rules that do not allow them to purchase home mortgages on properties that are engaged in industrial activities that deal with, among other things, the transport or storage of toxic substances such as chemicals, oil and gas products or radioactive materials.
Thursday, December 19,2013

City to spend $4 million cleaning up teahouse property

Critic: Plan is inadequate, taxpayers should demand that Xcel chip in now

By Jefferson Dodge and Joel Dyer
Boulder is planning to shell out $4 million to clean up the environmental contamination on the property that is now home to the Dushanbe Teahouse. But one of the nation’s experts on such projects says the remediation does not go far enough and leaves the taxpayers holding the bag.
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