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Thursday, July 31,2014

Fracking ban court decision pushes conversation toward constitutional rights

National attention drawn to Colorado’s oil and gas preemption laws

By Elizabeth Miller
The lawsuit to defend Longmont’s voter approved fracking ban is moving on from the district court, where a judge issued a summary judgment against it, but a stay against fracking in Longmont while the case is appealed to a higher court.
Thursday, July 24,2014

A house full of women

As Boulder sees an uptick in violence against homeless women, Boulder’s Outreach for Homeless Overflow provides a new women-only shelter

By Caitlin Rockett
Nancy Jordan, a staff member at Boulder’s Outreach for Homeless Overflow, parks her purple mountain bike in front of Flatirons Coffee at the corner of Arapahoe and 29th. She walks in from the oppressive heat of a late afternoon in July, flashes an endearing smile, sits down and fishes three pieces of paper from her backpack.
Thursday, July 24,2014

Oil Boom

Boulder County’s growing risk from trains hauling undeclared explosive materials

By Matt Cortina
The library and the post office. A dozen schools. Hundreds of homes. Parks. Every brewery (oh god). Ten gas stations. The wastewater treatment facility. It can all go up in flames at any minute — and that’s just in Longmont. All you’ll hear is a whistle and a boom.
Thursday, July 17,2014

A promise kept

Immediately following last September’s devastating flood, Craig Ferguson vowed to have his Planet Bluegrass festival grounds rebuilt better than ever in time for RockyGrass. Truth be told, a lot of folks thought that was impossible.

By Joel Dyer
Within days of being hit by the flood, despite all the carnage he had witnessed, Ferguson announced to the world that his Planet Bluegrass Ranch would be ready for festival-goers by the time RockyGrass arrived a short 10 months later on July 25, 2014.
Thursday, July 17,2014

Drumbeat of war grows louder

An examination of the escalating violence in Gaza from inside the Palestinian territories

By Haley Gray
When Boulder Weekly freelancer Haley Gray — who speaks fluent Arabic — told us she was going to spend a few months in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, we made arrangements for her to write a few stories. We had no idea that tensions between Israelis and Palestinians in the region would escalate to the levels we are now seeing.
Thursday, July 10,2014

Bullets or bongs?

The law says Coloradans have to choose between their guns and their weed

Because of a conflict between state marijuana statutes and federal gun laws, Colorado residents must choose between owning guns and using marijuana. Yet state law enforcement officials are virtually powerless to enforce the intersection where those conflicting laws meet.
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.
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