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Tuesday, December 30,2014

The Peace Sign on the Mountain

Olsen has written a forthcoming book titled The Children, which draws on his time in Vietnam. The last chapter of the book recounts Olsen’s return to Boulder, specifically his time at the paper and how he and others came together in 1969 to protest the war by placing a lighted peace sign on Flagstaff Mountain near Boulder’s famed holiday star, which has been illuminating the mountain since 1947.
Thursday, December 18,2014

Track the legislature like never before

By Gavin Dahl
But voters who want to go beyond the hyped issues may make use of the new voter participation tool Launched in time for the 2015 session by former state senator Ron Tupa, digitdemos aims to restore citizen voices in government.
Thursday, December 18,2014

Deported to death

Who gave hospital corporations the power to ‘deport’ seriously injured, uninsured immigrants back to their home countries without going through the federal government? The answer is nobody.

By Cassie Moore
On the day American researchers visited them in the hills of Guatemala, Enrique’s family killed a chicken as a mark of celebration. They hoped that by sharing their story and welcoming the researchers, Enrique might finally get the medical help he needed.
Thursday, December 11,2014

Who’s getting whose goat?

Oil and gas industry-sponsored TV ad is fraught with obfuscation and half-truths

By Caitlin Rockett
Just because we’re on the other side of election season doesn’t mean the advertisements stop. You’ve probably seen it by now: a “Front Range” “organic” farmer telling us that people should support fracking because it helps farmers like her pay for healthcare and their kids’ education.
Thursday, December 11,2014

Learning, the hard way

Internal complaints from a Longmont charter school raise questions of oversight

By Matt Cortina
In the past year and a half, Flagstaff Academy Charter School in Longmont has undergone some major changes. Changes that have caused some teachers and administrators to quit, some parents to complain and remove their children from the school, and some former employees and board members to voice concerns about the direction of the school.
Thursday, December 4,2014

Real pain

By Matt Cortina
I started getting headaches a couple years ago but the hallucinations didn’t start until I was, relatively, just about dead. My head was literally killing me and I didn’t know it. Doctors didn’t know it, my lovely, wellmeaning mother didn’t know it and WebMD was close but no, they did not know it either.
Thursday, December 4,2014

Surrendering to gravity

By Caitlin Rockett
I knew there was something strange about John from the first time I met him, but that’s what drew me to him. The black polish on his nails was chipping off and the ebony liner framing his glacial blue eyes was melting in the crushing humidity of East Tennessee in August.
Thursday, December 4,2014

Everything here is terrible

By Elizabeth Miller
And the perpetually difficult job was one in which I worked as a “research assistant” for a college professor, a nice and entirely inappropriate title, as the job I was just a couple weeks into at that point was rapidly losing any common ground it had once shared with what I believed I had been hired to do, in all the least promising ways.
Thursday, December 4,2014

Losing my place

By Joel Dyer
I think all of us are influenced by a sense of place. Grow up amidst skyscrapers and it’s pretty easy to see humans as life’s central architects. Spend enough time in the wide-open West and you just might feel a bit less important in the overall scheme of things.
Monday, December 1,2014

Deadly Force, in Black and White

A ProPublica analysis of killings by police shows outsize risk for young black males.

By Ryan Gabrielson, Ryann Grochowski Jones and Eric Sagara/ProPublica (Hannah Birch and David Sleight/ProPublica)
One way of appreciating that stark disparity, ProPublica’s analysis shows, is to calculate how many more whites over those three years would have had to have been killed for them to have been at equal risk. The number is jarring – 185, more than one per week.