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Thursday, March 29,2012

Audit critical of BVSD’s special ed program

By Jefferson Dodge
A state audit has found the Boulder Valley School District’s special education program deficient in a dozen different areas. Those close to the situation say the problems are being prompted, at least in part, by decreasing resources and recent changes that require already overworked educators to complete paperwork differently.
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Thursday, February 23,2012

Drying times

Withering Colorado River flows pose downstream dilemma

By Jefferson Dodge
In Colorado, when we think of snow, we often think of skiing. But for the tens of millions of people who live in the river basin that bears our state’s name, in places like Arizona and California, our snowpack means much more.
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Thursday, February 9,2012

Camera, Times-Call outsource ad design operation

Publisher initially disputes report of layoffs, outsourcing overseas

By Jefferson Dodge
A day after the publisher of the Boulder Camera, Times-Call and other local newspapers denied reports of outsourcing and numerous layoffs at his company, he announced Tuesday that Prairie Mountain Publishing is laying off 17 employees and outsourcing ad design and production functions.
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Thursday, February 2,2012

Lawyer: City/county could be liable for cemetery contamination

By Jefferson Dodge
The Valmont School District No.4 Cemetery Association is being represented by Randall Weiner, the lawyer who in 1999 helped about 300 residents of the Denver suburb Globeville win a settlement in a class-action lawsuit against a smelting plant accused of contaminating the area with lead and other heavy metals.
Thursday, January 19,2012

People power

Ziggy Marley takes Boulder stage for anti-GMO benefit

By Jefferson Dodge
Ziggy Marley wants people to get up, stand up and be heard, especially when it comes to genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The eldest son of the late reggae star Bob Marley is headlining a benefit concert at the Boulder Theater on Saturday, Jan. 21, in an effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against GMOs.
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Thursday, January 19,2012

New commissioner: Gain consensus on GMOs

By Jefferson Dodge
New Boulder County Commissioner Deb Gardner says that while she opposes the planting of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on county open space, she doesn’t plan to be heavy-handed about it.
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Thursday, January 12,2012

Final cropland policy sets conditions for GM wheat

By Jefferson Dodge
The cropland policy approved by the Boulder County commissioners on Jan. 5 not only allows for genetically modified (GM) corn and sugar beets on open space, but opens the door to other GM crops, including GM wheat, under certain circumstances.
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Thursday, January 12,2012

County to consider new fracking regulations

By Jefferson Dodge
The Boulder County commissioners have directed their staff to explore options for additional regulations on hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” And officials say it is likely that the inquiry will lead to more controls on the practice.
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Thursday, January 12,2012

Fracking to expand on county land

By Jefferson Dodge
County officials confirm that oil and gas companies, primarily Encana, are preparing to drill on several sites in the county during 2012, including seven open space properties involving 48 wells. All are expected to be subject to hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” That is the extraction method of choice in the Wattenberg Field, a large bed of natural gas that extends into Boulder County, primarily east of Highway 287 between Longmont and Broomfield.
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Thursday, January 5,2012

Protecting academic rigor

Lawmaker wants long-term contracts for at-will faculty

By Jefferson Dodge
A state lawmaker is proposing legislation that would let colleges and universities give more job protection to at-will instructors, a group that some say are particularly susceptible to outside political pressures and “popularity contests” among students.
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