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Thursday, May 29,2014

Why Reps. Polis and DeGette voted against a bill to curb NSA data gathering

By Michael de Yoanna
In a 303 to 121 vote, the House of Representatives passed the USA Freedom Act (House Resolution 3361), sending it to the Senate for consideration. Amid reports of broad government sweeps for Americans’ phone records and other personal information under the George W. Bush and Barack Obama presidential administrations, Sensenbrenner now says, “I authored the Patriot Act, and this is an abuse of that law.”
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Thursday, May 22,2014

A man without a country

Nick Ortega is having a rude awakening: He isn’t who he always thought he was

By Michael de Yoanna
If you were going to suggest a cast for a reality show about life in the suburbs, you might pick Nick Ortega and his family. His house in Loveland is the stereotypic American dream: two-car garage, neatly trimmed lawn and family pictures in every corner of the living room.
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Thursday, May 15,2014

Buying in

How the oil and gas industry is backing a fracking-friendly election

By Michael de Yoanna
Though the election is six months away, the oil and gas industry is already plunging millions of dollars into campaigns to quash proposals seeking to give local governments the power to limit or ban fracking. Though those proposals are still forming, scores of ads from energy industry groups with green-sounding names will join those already on air and in print between now and Election Day.
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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.
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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.”
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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.
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Thursday, May 1,2014

news briefs

RENEWING LIFE AFTER THE FLOOD VOLUNTEERS PLANT HUNDREDS OF TREES ALONG SOUTH BOULDER CREEK

By Michael de Yoanna
If you want advice on what you can do to help Boulder recover from last year’s flood, you might want to talk to Seth Blum. On Saturday, he led a team of 38 volunteers in a flood-restoration project along South Boulder Creek. By all accounts, it was a good day. Not only was the weather perfect, people were eager to get a lot done. And they did.
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Thursday, April 24,2014

Lawsuit in the land of legal marijuana

MED-a-mints maker disputes Dixie Elixirs’ efforts at re-branding

By Michael de Yoanna
The deal was for Gabrel’s company to provide the “premium” cannabis to Dixie, which would package and distribute the mints to pot shops around Colorado. The marriage of the two companies seemed to be going well as Dixie emerged as one of the most familiar names in the business.
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Thursday, April 17,2014

Filling up

Will Boulder’s latest crackdown on homeless push jail to release some inmates early?

By Michael de Yoanna
Five-hundred inmates is roughly critical mass for the jail. Though the maximum capacity is 540 inmates, the jail faces many problems well before hitting that point. The jail strives to separate certain kinds of inmates, like those with known mental health issues and violent, repeat offenders.
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Thursday, April 10,2014

Fractious debate

Rep says state should study fracking’s impacts on our health

By Michael de Yoanna
For many — like those who voted for fracking bans — the answer to that question seems to be an obvious, “yes.” But for Ginal, a state representative from Fort Collins, finding the right answer is trickier than that. There’s not enough research Courtesy of Joann Ginal.
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