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Thursday, February 28,2013

Is city’s municipalization plan the next ghost at Valmont Butte?

By Jefferson Dodge and Joel Dyer
Among the unanticipated costs that the city might take on is the responsibility for cleaning up a site that is likely more contaminated than the adjacent Valmont Butte property, a site that Boulder Weekly devoted a 10-part series to documenting in 2012 due to the environmental hazards the city has inherited after purchasing the property in 2000.
Thursday, February 28,2013

Boulder's municipalization minefield

Could the city's plans for a new utility blow up in Boulder's face?

By Jefferson Dodge and Joel Dyer
There is no question that city staff and their hired experts did a great deal of quality work to arrive at their conclusions. But even so, their report to council is based on several assumptions that simply are not as black and white as they would have us believe.
Thursday, February 21,2013

The daily discount

City charges less to fill some records requests

By Jefferson Dodge and Steve Weishampel
A records request submitted by Boulder Weekly has found that in 2012, reporters for the Boulder Daily Camera were given records for free most of the time, were directed to the appropriate custodian of records and were not charged as much as BW or individual citizens have been charged lately for records requests.
Thursday, February 21,2013

Puritan déjà vu

City attorney says crackdown on bars not a reprise of his controversial past

By Jefferson Dodge
Could the Republic of Boulder, once considered a bastion of progressive thought that fiercely protected people’s freedoms and individualism, now be the biggest nanny state in the area?
Thursday, February 14,2013

Transparency trouble

Boulder officials increasingly resistant to coughing up open records

By Jefferson Dodge and Steve Weishampel
In the case of the city of Boulder, Boulder Weekly has documented numerous cases in which open records requests — filed both by the newspaper and local citizens — have either been denied or met with demands for hundreds of dollars and wait times exceeding what is allowed by state law.
Thursday, February 7,2013

Advocates: Chicken flap belies true egg industry practices

By Jefferson Dodge
When Grant Family Farms in Wellington declared bankruptcy in December and announced that it didn’t have enough feed to keep its chickens alive, it prompted an outpouring of support from surrounding communities. People descended on the farm to adopt hens before they were killed.
Thursday, February 7,2013

Outcry prompts Longmont school to remove pro-gun link from website

By Jefferson Dodge
After a parent’s protest, a Longmont middle school that had a link on its home page to political websites touting gun rights and Tea Party messages has removed the link and apologized.
Thursday, January 24,2013

Debate over fracking intensifies

Research findings, legal filings add fuel to the feud

By Jefferson Dodge
The local battle over fracking has been heating up this week on several fronts, from a new study on oil and gas impacts on ozone levels to volleys fired in the city of Longmont’s legal defense of its ban on hydraulic fracturing.
Thursday, January 24,2013

Before the Lord

Homeless man shares strife that led to current path

By Jefferson Dodge
Onesimus only gives out his one-word missionary name these days. He’s not your typical homeless man. His beard and clothes are clean, and he carries a cell phone that was recently given to him.
Thursday, January 17,2013

The chair and the camera

Boulder County Jail installing video surveillance after complaints about inmate abuse

By Jefferson Dodge
They call it “the chair.” It’s a restraint seat used by many jails to subdue inmates who pose a threat to themselves or others. It has wrist straps, ankle straps, a lap belt and a harness.
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