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Thursday, July 10,2014

Petition for home rule circulates Boulder County

Charter would move control from county commissioners to citizen vote

By Matt Cortina
An initiative to create “home rule” in Boulder County, which might allow it to ban fracking, GMO cropping and other ventures currently under state jurisdiction, is under way after the Boulder County Clerk recently approved an initial petition for the case.
Thursday, July 3,2014

Broken Promises, part II

By Boulder Weekly Staff
“Iraq, whether you believe biblically or textbook or whatever, it’s where the cradle of civilization started. I mean the Euphrates and Tigris river valleys. And we’re gonna change something that’s been in place from the dawn of time? We’re going to go in and convert them?"
Thursday, July 3,2014

BROKEN PROMISES

With Iraq and the VA trading terrible headlines these days, we asked veterans for their view on life and current events.

By Boulder Weekly Staff
More than a million veterans have been diagnosed with at least one mental disorder associated with their service since returning home and nearly a half million of those have two or more mental issues with which to cope. To date, 338,294 men and woman have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Thursday, July 3,2014

Workers organize in Denver

By Dave Anderson
In America today, only 11.8 percent of workers are union members. When the labor movement was more powerful, union workers generally had a 20 percent wage advantage and many nonunion firms tended to mimic the wages and benefits of their unionized competitors. If we want to fight economic inequality, we have to bring back the unions.
Thursday, June 26,2014

Boulder County AIDS Project three times as effective at stopping HIV

A new study shows that BCAP’s clients fare better than their counterparts across the country

By Caitlin Rockett
Hayden is one of approximately 600 HIV positive people living in Boulder County. In addition to those 600 people, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment estimates that there are about 126 people in the county who are unaware they are infected. Those 700-odd people account for 6 percent of the total number of people (11,750) living with HIV in the state of Colorado.
Thursday, June 26,2014

Meadow interrupted

How a conservation easement turned into a home

By Matt Cortina
After seven years of litigation, board hearings, applications and angry neighbors, a conservation easement has been lifted, property lines have been redrawn and building exemptions have been made for that house to be built in that meadow.
Thursday, June 26,2014

Obituary for a river

By Cecelia Gilboy
While we are well aware that the fight to stop the Denver Water Board’s Gross Reservoir dam/expansion project — and as as a result, the Fraser River diversion — is going strong, we felt that giving folks a taste of what will be lost should Denver Water prevail was in order.
Thursday, June 19,2014

Think before you drink

Are newly discovered chromium-6 levels in Boulder’s drinking water dangerous?

By Matt Cortina
A potentially carcinogenic form of the element chromium is in Boulder’s drinking water and there are no plans to remove it anytime soon. Hexavalent chromium, or chromium-6, has been linked to cancers of the liver, stomach, small intestine and more when it is consumed through water sources.
Thursday, June 19,2014

An inside job

Even with five officers convicted for various crimes over the past two years, Boulder city officials avoided seeking an external candidate when it came time to hire a new police chief

By Caitlin Rockett
On Monday, Boulder City Manager Jane Brautigam named Deputy Police Chief Greg Testa the city’s new chief of police. Testa had served as interim chief since April 1 when Mark Beckner retired after 16 years as the city’s lead officer.
Thursday, June 19,2014

A play in the political theater

A crash course in GOP gubernatorial candidates and where they fall when it comes to fracking

By Elizabeth Miller
The Democratic party in Colorado seems to be banking on an optical illusion — that their incumbent governor will be faced with Republican opponents who are so radically far right that while Governor John Hickenlooper leans right, his positions will still look like they’re at the center.
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