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Thursday, December 29,2011

Opening doors

Frank Alexander lauded for making a difference for county’s needy

By Jefferson Dodge
Frank Alexander started helping the needy in high school, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and food pantries in tiny Hopewell, N.J. Now, decades later, he’s still helping the less fortunate, just on a much larger scale. Alexander is Boulder County’s director of housing and human services, and he’s Boulder Weekly’s Person of the Year because he has been responsible for leading a remarkable transformation in how the county helps its needy.
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Thursday, December 22,2011

Anti-GMO crowd reacts to decision

By Jefferson Dodge
Activists opposed to genetically engineered foods are not singing the same tune when it comes to reaction to the Boulder County commissioners’ Dec. 20 decision to allow additional genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on taxpayer-funded open space.
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Thursday, December 15,2011

Lawmaker’s tweet: County funds threatened if GMOs banned

By Jefferson Dodge
"In Farm Bureau policy discussion at their annual convention. Just passed policy to defund Boulder County if they dictate how to farm.” This is a tweet sent by Colorado state Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg on Nov. 19 at the annual convention of the Colorado Farm Bureau, one of the agricultural powerhouses involved in generating the huge farmer turnout at the Dec. 8 cropland policy hearing.
Monday, December 12,2011

Game on!

New hits and old classics make for winning family memories

By Jefferson Dodge
Some people consider it family time when they pile on the couch for the latest installment of The Biggest Loser or Survivor: South Pacific. But chances are, you’re going to leave your kids with more lasting memories and intellectual stimulation if you switch off the talking box and play a board game together. Especially if it is snowing outside, the fireplace is roaring and you’ve got some hot chocolate on hand.
Monday, December 12,2011

Wean off the screen

Local retailers describe popular kids gifts this year

By Jefferson Dodge
Sometimes it’s good to get back to the basics when shopping for kids’ holiday gifts. When it comes to steering away from the high-tech mayhem, several Boulder toy stores can offer guidance to the hottest presents for children this season, from old, simple classics like the hula hoop to the newest craze in tiny bug-like robots.
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Saturday, November 12,2011

Group issues alternate crop policy, without the GMOs

By Jefferson Dodge
Dismayed by a county advisory group’s recommendation to allow genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to be grown on open space, this week the group GMKnow is releasing an alternate cropland policy for the county commissioners to consider.
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Wednesday, November 9,2011

All you need is love - and a truck

By Jefferson Dodge
Imagine if someone launched a movement that was not about money, religion or politics — an effort that was simply based on the idea of spreading love from one person to another. That seems to be the story behind that brightly colored truck and camper shell plastered with messages like “You are a miracle” and “Love wins” that has been making its way around Boulder County and the Denver metro area.
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Thursday, November 3,2011

Power struggle

Anti-muni campaign: Canvasser was working for the other side

By Jefferson Dodge
A representative from the anti-municipalization campaign in Boulder is claiming that a former canvasser misrepresented himself when he was hired to go door-to-door.
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Thursday, October 20,2011

Terrifying telecom tale

Corporations bankrolling fight against local network measure — again

By Jefferson Dodge
In a local example of what the Occupy Wall Street movement is railing about, big telecommunications companies are once again pouring cash into a campaign to defeat a measure that would allow Longmont to use its own fiber-optic network.
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Thursday, September 29,2011

City in talks with Boulder Creek Events to run Creek Fest

By Jefferson Dodge
The city of Boulder has entered into negotiations with Boulder Creek Events for a contract to put on the Boulder Creek Festival. Boulder Creek Events (BCE) has traditionally run the Memorial Day weekend event, but the company and its CEO, Chris Dailey, have been in a dispute with the city for years about who actually owns the event.
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