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Thursday, May 21,2015

Gov. Hickenlooper signs medical marijuana ‘crackdown’ bill into law

By Caitlin Rockett
On Monday, May 18, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law a bill that lawmakers claim will strengthen the state’s medical marijuana laws and weed out folks who illegally use and sell untaxed pot. Sponsored by Senator Irene Aguilar (D-Denver) and Representative Jonathan Singer (D-Longmont), SB15-014 chiefly establishes new guidelines for primary caregivers — folks who grow pot on behalf of registered patients.
Thursday, May 14,2015

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The Pope intends to take his climate-change message to Washington, D.C. later this year, and we can’t think of anywhere it is more needed.
Thursday, May 14,2015

NEW ANSWERS TO DEVELOPMENT QUESTIONS EMERGE

If passed, two ballot initiatives will amend city charter and alter development

By Matt Cortina
One ballot initiative would give individual neighborhoods the opportunity to vote on any land use changes in their area. The other initiative tacks on recuperative expenses to future development projects. The potential ramifications if either amendment passes have kindled a debate between advocacy groups, the city and developers.
Thursday, May 14,2015

News briefs

“But it’s also going to be a dynamic work space, meeting space and a place of resource for the whole community,” says Beteta. “We’re happy because we’re going to be hosting not only our events there, but opening space to other organizations to host events, and especially nonprofits that could use a hand.
Thursday, May 7,2015

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To put Mayweather’s earnings in context, he made $3 million less on Saturday than the GDP of Kiribati, an island nation that once had vast reserves of sweet, sweet phosphate but ran out in 1979 and now only sells coconuts.
Thursday, May 7,2015

Over-terrained?

Locals, environmental groups continue to question the wisdom of Eldora’s proposed expansion

By Elizabeth Miller
If Eldora Mountain Resort’s expansion moves forward, it’ll be at the objections of local business owners and residents, who have congealed in the citizens’ group Middle Boulder Creek Coalition and been joined by the Indian Peaks Group of the Sierra...
Thursday, May 7,2015

Caring for Kumari

A Longmont-based nonprofit group provides emergency relief to a marginalized community in Nepal

By Caitlin Rockett
Randy Baker hasn’t gotten a lot of sleep since April 25, but as he’s discovered, that’s what happens when there’s an earthquake in Nepal and you run a nonprofit organization. The Longmont resident is co-founder of Health & Ed 4 Nepal, an NGO formed in 2009 to help the people of Kumari, a remote mountain community in the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal, which is closer to the epicenter of April’s massive quake than the nation’s capital of Kathmandu.
Thursday, April 30,2015

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The Vermont legislator is an independent who caucuses with Democrats and had been hinting at a primary run, though which flag he’d fly for it wasn’t clear.
Thursday, April 30,2015

Well drilling has deep impact on Great Plains’ health

Loss of vegetation on North America’s vast rangelands as a result of a huge increase in oil and gas wells invokes memories of the 1930s Dust Bowl disaster.

By Tim Radford
Oil wells and natural gas may have made individual Americans rich, but they have impoverished the great plains of North America, according to new research. Fossil fuel prospectors have sunk 50,000 new wells a year since 2000 in three Canadian provinces and 11 U.S. states, and have damaged the foundation of all economic growth: net primary production — otherwise known as biomass, or vegetation.
Thursday, April 30,2015

High density, low confidence

With changes looming, Boulder struggles to strike balance on building, population density

By Matt Cortina
Perhaps the biggest issue in Boulder, and Boulder County to a growing extent, is density. How will we accommodate the ever-growing number of people who work and live here if we can’t build up and we can’t build out?
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