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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.
Thursday, June 12,2014

Dying for the truth

Are recent claims of an inappropriate workplace at the coroner's office politically motivated or are they real?

By Elizabeth Miller
In recent weeks, sources have come forward objecting to the conduct of the forensic pathologist Boulder County Coroner Emma Hall has contracted to conduct many of the county’s autopsies, Dr. Michael Arnall. They have called his behavior unprofessional and claim he bullies and berates the staff of the coroner’s office.
Thursday, June 12,2014

What could go wrong?

Boulder City Council ignored warnings about Beverage Licensing Authority in October

By Josh Gross
As part of the fall overhaul of the city’s alcohol codes, staff advised the City Council to put the kibosh on the Beverage Licensing Authority. Here's what happened because they didn't.
Thursday, June 5,2014

Boulder Rights of Nature hosts water forum

Local activist group looks to educate Boulder on Colorado’s strained water resources

By Caitlin Rockett
Backed by local activist group Boulder Rights of Nature and the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center, a diverse group of experts, environmentalists and concerned citizens will address a variety of critical water issues facing Boulder, the state and the West at an open forum on June 7.
Thursday, June 5,2014

Ahead of the EPA

Is Colorado proof that the EPA’s new standards can work — or that they’re worthless?

By Elizabeth Miller
The Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement that power plants are going to have to cut carbon dioxide emissions to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 has sparked cries that it’s a recipe for economic woe.
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