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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.”
Thursday, May 8,2014

news briefs

The Lyons Historical Society (LHS) is on a mission to collect flood information from all those impacted by this historic event in whatever form it now exists. According to the Historical Society, their collection “will include: recorded stories, written accounts, emails, texts, photographs, newspapers, videos and artifacts.” In short, if it is about the flood in Lyons, they want to make it a permanent part of their collection.
Thursday, May 1,2014

‘Boulder Weekly’ wins 36 awards from Society of Professional Journalists

Boulder Weekly won 14 first place awards and 22 other honors for stories written in 2013 in the annual multi-state Top of the Rockies contest held by the Society of Professional Journalists. Results for the competition, which takes entries from news media in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, were announced April 25.
Thursday, May 1,2014

Let the Sunshine in

A JeffCo District Court ruling weakens all Colorado citizens’ rights under Open Meetings Law

By Caitlin Rockett
In February, Jefferson County District Court Judge Margie Enquist ruled that a secret ballot vote by the Arvada City Council didn’t violate Colorado’s Open Meetings Law, often referred to as the “Sunshine Law.” Enquist also ruled that the plaintiff, a citizen of Arvada, had no legal standing to take action against the city government because he couldn’t prove he suffered personal injury from the secret voting.
Thursday, May 1,2014

From the shadows

Jose Beteta is city’s first non-citizen appointee

By Michael de Yoanna
Beteta’s American story is a familiar kind. When he came to the United States, he was just 13 years old. His parents wanted a better life for him and his brothers and America provided good work and a fine educational system. So his family made the big decision, left everything they knew behind in Costa Rica and came here to carve out a new identity.
Thursday, May 1,2014

Time traveling outhouse style

What a local archaeologist learned by digging up her 122-year-old privy

By Joel Dyer
Schwendler is an archaeologist with a Ph.D. in anthropology, which means there’s no need for therapy in light of her pastime. Digging through the old feces pits of outhouses is important work for those of her ilk and we can all learn a good deal from their historical proctology.
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