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Thursday, October 2,2014

Who killed the vote on fracking?

Why Colorado’s anti-fracking measures were not supported by Democrats and environmental groups

By Joel Dyer, Matt Cortina & Elizabeth Miller
At first glance, determining who to blame for the fact that Colorado voters will not get their chance to decide for themselves who controls oil and gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in their neighborhoods seems simple enough. On Monday, Aug. 4, as the result of a political compromise with Colorado’s Democratic Governor, John Hickenlooper, U.
Thursday, September 25,2014

At Amazon, ‘cheap’ comes at a very hefty price

It’s time to look closer at Jeff Bezos and his online retail colossus

By Jim Hightower
Jeffrey Preston Bezos is the elfish, almost preternatural man of unbounded ambition who founded and is CEO of Amazon, the online retailing colossus that trumpets itself as “Earth’s most customer-centric company.” At first blush, you might wonder why I’m picking on a company that has built a positive reputation with millions of consumers and even has a rather hip vibe going for it.
Thursday, September 25,2014

Dancing in the dark

City shuts off bid process to outside dance companies

By Matt Cortina
What could Boulder Weekly possibly find wrong with the city of Boulder’s public dance program? This program, which brings joy to thousands of Boulder’s most rhythmic citizens, young and old, couldn’t possibly stoke flames of controversy, could it? And if it could, just drop it anyway, you muckraking curmudgeons.
Thursday, September 25,2014

Big oil in small schools

How the oil and gas industry has gotten into Boulder County schools and student groups

By Matt Cortina
In the last year, various members of the oil and gas industry have visited the students of a Boulder high school environmental group. School officials invited those industry folks most of the time, but some questions have since arisen. Who invited the oil and gas representatives? Why are they allowed to speak to students without parents around? Is there any context in which industry members can provide an educational benefit to students?
Thursday, September 18,2014

Out of balance

An in-depth look into Hickenlooper’s oil and gas task force

By Elizabeth Miller
This year, hundreds of thousands of Coloradans signed petitions to create ballot initiatives that asked for more local control over the oil and gas development happening near their homes, schools and businesses as well as increased setbacks.
Thursday, September 18,2014

Too close for comfort

Study finds that people living close to natural gas wells have more skin and respiratory complaints

By Caitlin Rockett
“Washington County is essentially the first location where the Marcellus Shale [formation] gas wells were initially dug and … fracked with the unconventional technology,” says Ilya Slizovskiy, a co-author of the paper and native Pennsylvanian. “The first wells were [drilled] in as early as 2005 or 2006.
Thursday, September 11,2014

Center of controversy

Civic use pad in downtown Boulder nears development while straying from original vision

By Matt Cortina
Until the day construction ends (and probably long after), a small plot of land in downtown Boulder reserved for a civic center will continue to serve only as the city’s center of controversy. That day, after more than 25 years, is about to be realized.
Thursday, September 11,2014

A flood of data

A CU team examines how your tweets can help civil engineers build better structures

By Caitlin Rockett
It’s not news that there’s valuable information hidden within the noise of social media. There’s the obvious use for business marketing, but social media offers bigger gains for society at large.
Thursday, September 11,2014

The art of resilience

A year after the flood, a local photographer helps Jamestown continue to heal through an interactive photography project

By Caitlin Rockett
And then she lost. “I was devastated, just seriously flattened. I couldn’t leave my house,” Dyer says, recalling her depression. But when she did finally leave her Boulder home after a few days to get some food, she says she’ll never forget what happened.
Thursday, September 11,2014

A unifying field of dreams

The biggest question of the day was: Is there a fundamental difference between the guys in the drab Dodger grays and the guys in the colorful Giants home uniforms?

By Stewart Sallo
Aron is a distant cousin of mine from L.A. with whom I had recently become acquainted. It turns out we share a love of baseball, and when he was in Boulder recently I invited him to play a game on my fast-pitch softball team.
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