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Thursday, February 27,2014

Report: Fracking likely to exacerbate water shortages

Weld and Garfield counties face shortages

By Haley Gray
Both of these counties face extremely high stress in terms of water scarcity, and both have seen an intense concentration of the water-intensive hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process.
Thursday, February 27,2014

Access road to drill site near Union Reservoir sparks controversy

City officials say access road provides opportunity to monitor water quality and air emissions

By Caitlin Rockett
Despite open frustration from fracking opponents, some Longmont city officials say that granting a drilling company permission to build an access road to a well near Union Reservoir gives the city the ability to closely monitor water quality and air emissions.
Thursday, February 27,2014

ERACISM: A dark decade of KLAN activity aimed at local Latinos

By Jefferson Dodge and Joel Dyer
Clippings compiled as part of the Boulder County Latino History Project, led by retired University of Colorado history professor Marjorie McIntosh, paint a sordid picture of the KKK’s activities in Boulder County.
Thursday, February 20,2014

City: Valmont Butte cleanup is finally complete

The City of Boulder has officially declared that the cleanup of its contaminated Valmont Butte property is finished — and city officials are hoping the state health department agrees.

By Jefferson Dodge
The remediation of the 103-acre parcel, which the city purchased in 2001, began in early 2012 and was expected to be completed in December of that year at a cost of $5 million.
Thursday, February 20,2014

A home worth the fight

Longmont Housing Authority change keeps medical marijuana patient in her home

By Elizabeth Miller
A Longmont resident has finally learned that her use of medical marijuana to manage the residual pain of having become a quadriplegic in a car accident 11 years ago is not going to lead to the loss of the housing voucher that she depends on.
Thursday, February 20,2014

State Legislature offers tax relief for property destroyed by flooding

HB 14-1001 will keep Boulder County taxpayers from shelling out nearly $600,000 in taxes for unusable property

By Caitlin Rockett
With more than 1,500 flood destroyed homes across 17 counties in Colorado, Rep. Jonathan Singer (D-Longmont) says the state Legislature has made recovery a major priority.
Thursday, February 13,2014

Front Range groundwater likely contains hormone-disrupting chemicals due to oil and gas activity

By Caitlin Rockett
A recent study shows evidence of hormone-disrupting chemicals in water near hydraulic fracturing sites in western Colorado, bringing into question the safety of water in Boulder’s heavily drilled backyard of Weld County.
Thursday, February 13,2014

Boulder group has funds frozen by Russia in Olympic environmental flap

Exclusive interview with environmentalist who escaped Russia to avoid arrest

By Jefferson Dodge
In an exclusive interview from Estonia via Skype, on the eve of the Feb. 12 release of his group’s controversial Sochi report, activist Suren Gazaryan told Boulder Weekly about his experiences with Russian officials and their efforts to quash environmentalists critical of the government.
Thursday, February 6,2014

Study associates some birth defects with proximity to natural gas development

Study associates some birth defects with proximity to natural gas development

By Elizabeth Miller
Living near hydraulic fracturing (fracking) sites may increase the risk of some birth defects, according to a new study, though the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has countered that the findings indicate association, not causation, and should not cause great concern.
Thursday, January 30,2014

Writer reflects on 20 years on the music beat

Tales from the tonal trenches

By Dave Kirby
So while I wasn’t new to the weekly music column game, the ride at the Weekly, Boulder’s upstart arts and news weekly publication, proved to be a great one. Les Claypool telling us in 2001 how he hates to be bored. McCoy Tyner reflecting in 2002 on John Coltrane’s fear of flying and Bud Powell’s sad demise. John Paul Jones recalling how much he hated touring with Led Zeppelin.
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