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Thursday, May 29,2014

Los Seis de Boulder

After 40 years, the two car bombings that resulted in the deaths of six young Chicano activists are still the most important unsolved crimes in Boulder County history

By Jefferson Dodge and Joel Dyer
At 9:47 p.m. on May 27, 1974, a car parked near Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder exploded with so much force that it shook buildings and homes for miles around and could be heard throughout most of the city.
Thursday, May 22,2014

A man without a country

Nick Ortega is having a rude awakening: He isn’t who he always thought he was

By Michael de Yoanna
If you were going to suggest a cast for a reality show about life in the suburbs, you might pick Nick Ortega and his family. His house in Loveland is the stereotypic American dream: two-car garage, neatly trimmed lawn and family pictures in every corner of the living room.
Thursday, May 22,2014

news briefs

A bill known as the Chemicals in Commerce Act, or CICA, is being touted as a way to “improve public confidence in the safety of chemicals,” but environmental groups, as well as 13 state attorneys general, have voiced objections to the act, claiming it does more to protect chemical companies than public health.
Thursday, May 15,2014

Buying in

How the oil and gas industry is backing a fracking-friendly election

By Michael de Yoanna
Though the election is six months away, the oil and gas industry is already plunging millions of dollars into campaigns to quash proposals seeking to give local governments the power to limit or ban fracking. Though those proposals are still forming, scores of ads from energy industry groups with green-sounding names will join those already on air and in print between now and Election Day.
Thursday, May 15,2014

THE POLITICS OF DEATH:

NO ONE CARES WHO THE CORONER IS… UNTIL THEY DO

By Elizabeth Miller
The truth is, none of us really want to have to care about who becomes the next county coroner. If you care, it’s likely because you’ve been on the living side of a sudden and unexpected death, the kind of death the coroner’s office is called in to document and investigate — a car accident, a homicide, a suicide, the death of a child or any death that no one was around to see.
Thursday, May 15,2014

Rep. Polis and West Virginia senator spar over dollars and bitcoins

By Michael de Yoanna
Since January of 2013, Jared Polis has received $568,821 in net campaign contributions, more than $123,000 of it his own money. What’s unclear in our analysis of the Democratic congressman’s Federal Election Commission filings is how much of those funds will be bitcoins.
Thursday, May 8,2014

New law lowers fees for public records

By Joel Dyer
As has been reported on numerous occasions in Boulder Weekly over the past 18 months, local governments have been using excessive research and retrieval fees to thwart access to public records that are necessary for proper government oversight.
Thursday, May 8,2014

With record profits, Xcel still plans to seek rate increase

Citizens question the validity of the utility’s six back-to-back rate increases since 2003

By Caitlin Rockett
A recent report from Xcel Energy detailing earnings on electric energy in Colorado shows the utility exceed the maximum profit set by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) by more than 11 percent. Despite excess earnings for the company’s Colorado subsidiary, known as the Public Service Company of Colorado (PSCo), a May 1 statement from Xcel says the utility plans to file for future electric rate increases in the state in 2015 and beyond.
Thursday, May 8,2014

The youngest fractivists speak

Young Boulder activist petitions oil and gas commission to stop issuing permits

By Elizabeth Miller
Earth Guardians’ 14-year-old Youth Director Xiuhtezcatl Martinez waited five months and two delays to have the chance to address the members of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and the director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. When he finally got his 20 minutes of time at the microphone, he got right to the point.
Thursday, May 8,2014

Fractured dream

What happens when a fracking operation moves in across the street

By Michael de Yoanna
In March, when drilling began at the Noble Energy Inc. site, the Ewings were stunned. “You could feel the pulsating in here,” Ewing’s wife, Cokie, says, motioning with her hands in her living room. “The entire house was shaking — day and night.”
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