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Thursday, June 6,2013

'Relief holder' may be the biggest problem of all at former town gas site

By Boulder Weekly Staff
One of the biggest problems associated with carburetted water gas plants, such as the one that operated on the property where the Dushanbe Teahouse now stands, was the need for a relief holder, a second large round tank-like structure for storing large quantities of gas.
Thursday, June 6,2013

Boulder’s town gas processes and the resulting contamination

By Jefferson Dodge and Joel Dyer
From the time that the first commercial gas utility was formed in London in 1812 until approximately the 1950s, there have been three primary methods for making town gas: the coal carbonization process, the oil gas process and the carburetted water gas process.
Thursday, June 6,2013

Experts: Contamination from teahouse site likely spread

By Jefferson Dodge and Joel Dyer
Two experts on manufactured gas plants like the one that operated at the Dushanbe Teahouse site in Boulder for half a century say it’s likely that contamination found at a nearby dry cleaner site came from the plant.
Thursday, May 30,2013

'Boulder Weekly' lands two prestigious AAN awards

By Boulder Weekly Staff
Boulder Weekly has been named a finalist in two different categories for prestigious international awards presented by the Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN).
Thursday, May 30,2013

New homeless kitchen will serve more than meals

By Jefferson Dodge
The Bridge House, which provides food and other resources to homeless in the Boulder area, is poised to cut the ribbon on a new commercial kitchen that will do much more than simply expand the amount of food the organization can serve. The kitchen will also help the Bridge House address one of its other primary missions: Helping the homeless find jobs.
Thursday, May 23,2013

'Boulder Weekly' wins 28 awards from SPJ

By Boulder Weekly Staff
Boulder Weekly has received 11 first-place honors and 17 other awards for its 2012 articles in a multi-state contest held annually by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).
Thursday, May 23,2013

'Gasland' director dishes on sequel, fracking in Colorado

By Jefferson Dodge
When Gasland Director Josh Fox started making what would become one of the most galvanizing forces in the national battle against hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” he thought it would just be a short educational clip for people around his home state of Pennsylvania.
Thursday, May 23,2013

The battles after war

One woman’s struggle for a PTSD diagnosis and how a now-suspended veterans program helped her

By Elizabeth Miller
The list of symptoms of PTSD — hyper-vigilance, sensitivity to noise, difficulty sleeping, irritability — was a checklist for Mary Swan’s complaints after she came back from active duty in Afghanistan.
Thursday, May 16,2013

Tempest under a teacup

City unearths contamination at teahouse site

By Jefferson Dodge and Joel Dyer
Something unsightly has gotten a bit too close to one of Boulder’s crown jewels. An environmental contractor hired to deal with possibly hazardous materials from an old gasification plant near the Dushanbe Teahouse downtown has confirmed the need to clean up contamination at the site.
Thursday, May 16,2013

1770 13th St.: A history of contamination, and an odd land-use decision

By Jefferson Dodge and Joel Dyer
1770 13th St. wasn’t always a center of Boulder culture. For more than 50 years it was home to a towngas manufacturing plant that appears to have left behind a serious mess in the form of soil and groundwater contamination, contamination that is proving to be quite a challenge to clean up, mostly because the City of Boulder built a plaza and a teahouse right on top of it even after it knew the subsurface contamination was an issue.
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