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Thursday, March 5,2015

Task force recommendations and near misses

The right to vote on setbacks and local control was traded for this task force. So what did we get?

By Elizabeth Miller
When Governor John Hickenlooper handpicked his task force to examine state and local regulations concerning oil and gas operations, his stated intent was to resolve those issues involving competing regulatory entities and multiple jurisdictions including state and local governments, surface and mineral owners, oil and gas operators and local community members concerned about the effects of drilling and fracking. The task force itself was crafted as a compromise to pull initiatives from last November’s ballot that would have allowed Colorado voters to weigh in on the rights of local communities to defend their environment and citizens, and on establishing a 2,000-foot setback from occupied buildings. In his executive order for the task force, the governor charged its members with addressing those issues, as well as drillingrelated concerns over noise, air quality and dust in a state valued as much by the people who choose to make Colorado their home as by the corporations invested in extracting the state’s oil and gas.
Thursday, February 26,2015

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

By Boulder Weekly Staff
Those amendments would have given greater control to local governments over drilling and fracking and created 2,000-foot setbacks between oil and gas operations and people’s homes and schools. But on the very day that the signatures were to be turned over to the Secretary of State’s office, they were traded away by Courtesy of Co.
Thursday, February 26,2015

The trouble with Casey

Parents press for school closure in the face of unresolved concerns over toxic gas at school

By Elizabeth Miller
Here’s what we know for sure about the air at Casey Middle School: It smells bad. Since the new, $33 million rebuilt school opened in August 2010 and became home to just under 600 students and about 50 teachers, reports have circulated of air that smells like rotten eggs and, sometimes, feces. Air monitors brought into the school have identified levels of hydrogen sulfide (H2S), a colorless, flammable gas known for its rotten egg smell. Those levels, according to reports from now multiple third-party monitoring agencies, are below the levels that immediately trigger cause for concern for adults in the work place. But here’s the thing: That may not be true for children.
Thursday, February 26,2015

Hightide

The roots of rising heroin abuse and what it means for Boulder County

By Matt Cortina
Ashley is 32. She looks 52. A 20-year addiction to heroin has changed her. She sits in Boulder County detox, nine months sober, and talks about the most traumatic experience she’s had in her life. It lingers more than giving up two children, than walking away from a nursing job, and from injecting $300 of heroin into her body almost every day for two decades. “He would show up every now and then,” Ashley says. “He’d come find me if he needed something. He lived in Longmont. He would come to Boulder just to get drugs. He had a house. He ran a business. So, I mean, he had a lot going for him, and it was just really sad.”
Thursday, February 19,2015

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

By Boulder Weekly Staff
How delightful to see the clothing industry rising to meet the occasion in reducing exposure to ambient particulate matter that has sent photos around the world of Shanghai so shrouded in a brown cloud that the tops of its skyscrapers are nearly invisible.
Thursday, February 19,2015

Building a culture of health

In the wake of an Ebola epidemic, a Colorado native leads a nonprofit as they help build permanent medical services in Sierra Leone

By Caitlin Rockett
Growing up in Pueblo, Colo., with a single mother, Eric Talbert never thought he’d go to college, let alone direct a nonprofit organization providing medical care to civilian victims of war. But, as Talbert says, life had other plans for him. “It’s been a wild ride, as they say,” Talbert says. The Colorado native is the executive director for EMERGENCY USA, the American component of a global network of NGOs that bring high-quality, free medical and surgical assistance to war victims in Afghanistan, Iraq, Sierra Leone, Central African Republic and Sudan. In the wake of the Ebola crisis — in which Sierra Leone has suffered the worst of any country — EMERGENCY USA has opened two clinics in Sierra Leone dedicated to treating patients with Ebola, many who have survived the virus.
Thursday, February 19,2015

No solid ground

Thousands of Front Range homes were built over areas with potential to collapse and could face additional risks due to oil and gas extraction

By Elizabeth Miller
The coal mines that lie under portions of downtown Lafayette and Louisville, outskirts of Erie and most of Frederick, Firestone and Dacono were built to collapse. Coal mines on the Front Range from the 1860s when coal mining began in Colorado until roughly 30 years ago used the technique of “room and pillar” mining — tunneling into a coal seam and digging rooms off the side between pillars of coal.
Thursday, February 12,2015

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

By Boulder Weekly Staff
Tape from a Colorado state senate debate in the all-male, GOP-controlled Senate State Affairs Committee caught state Sen. Tim Neville (R-Littleton) making the conspicuous comment that he found the opportunity to work with one of the only all-male legislative committees “a pleasure.
Thursday, February 12,2015

Is the perfect date a click away?

Looking for love on oddly specific websites

By Amanda Moutinho
February is the relationship status evaluation month. The haunting smell of roses and lackluster taste of heart-shaped candies can drive any single person crazy. Gone are the days of chance romantic meeting stories. Nowadays, a lot of marriages start with a click. According to a 2010 study, almost a quarter of couples, who met in 2007- 09, met online. Another in 2013, looking at marriages between 2005-12, said over a third of couples met online. Other studies predict the number will keep rising until it’s in the majority.
Thursday, February 12,2015

A queer kind of love

LGBTQ dating in one of America’s ‘queerest’ cities

By Caitlin Rockett
“I think that visibility is the hardest thing in the Boulder community as far as dating goes,” says Sara Connell, the trans and youth coordinator for Out Boulder, a nonprofit organization that has been serving Boulder County’s LGBTQ community since 1994.
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