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Thursday, June 4,2015

Still lost in limbo

Will new Native American burial law bring Jim Thorpe and others home?

By Elizabeth Miller
When Olympic athlete and Native American football legend Jim Thorpe died in 1953, there wasn’t money in his bank account to send his body back to his native state of Oklahoma, where he wanted to be buried. He didn’t have his Olympic medals for the decathlon and pentathlon events he won, either.
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Thursday, May 28,2015

Writing the unwritten

‘American Ghost’ seeks to tell the truth in a ghost story

By Elizabeth Miller
All of us are haunted — by vestiges of the past, and, as Hannah Nordhaus poignantly observes in American Ghost, by the ghosts of who we thought we were or thought we would become. Her story is a different kind of personal haunting, though, as she writes of the ghost of a great-greatgrandmother said to haunt a Santa Fe hotel.
Thursday, May 28,2015

City codes and art strike a balance

Stone balancing threatened with citation during Boulder Creek Festival

By Elizabeth Miller
Stone-balancing artist Michael Grab, who’s impromptu sculptures are known to frequent Boulder Creek, was stopped during the Boulder Creek Festival by a Boulder police officer who told him he couldn’t balance rocks in the creek, citing two Boulder City Codes, one against rolling rocks and one on destruction of public property.
Thursday, May 21,2015

Environmental groups file objection over Eldora expansion, may pursue legal action

By Elizabeth Miller
Middle Boulder Creek Coalition and Sierra Club Indian Peaks Group have filed an objection to the Eldora Mountain Resort expansion that could land in court, if the U.S. Forest Service doesn’t significantly revise its Draft Record of Decision allowing the resort to expand in either direction.
Thursday, May 14,2015

Clyfford Still and the natives

By Elizabeth Miller
Before he became the creator of explosive and epic-scale abstract expressionist paintings and then an artist so reclusive and elusive that he nearly wrote himself out of the art history books, Clyfford Still was a graduate student and instructor at...
Thursday, May 14,2015

Open doors, open eyes and change lives

‘Rewilding’ project is taking a formerly incarcerated young man into the wilderness for a life-changing trip

By Elizabeth Miller
Thirty minutes outside New York City, on the road to the Shawangunk Mountains in upstate New York, Anthony DeJesus turned to his travel companions and said this was the farthest he’d ever been outside the city. Born and raised in the Bronx, he’d joined a gang as a teenager and been incarcerated for dealing drugs by his 20th birthday. His outlook on life was as narrow as the space between the buildings and pavement that surrounded him.
Thursday, May 7,2015

Over-terrained?

Locals, environmental groups continue to question the wisdom of Eldora’s proposed expansion

By Elizabeth Miller
If Eldora Mountain Resort’s expansion moves forward, it’ll be at the objections of local business owners and residents, who have congealed in the citizens’ group Middle Boulder Creek Coalition and been joined by the Indian Peaks Group of the Sierra...
Thursday, April 30,2015

Submit to the scare tactics

Stanley Film Festival immerses festivalgoers in the latest horror films and a game that takes the action off the screen

By Elizabeth Miller
Imagine you’ve checked into your hotel room, passing by signs at the hotel entrance about a boy gone missing and seen a distraught man handing out more copies of that same flyer. “How sad,” you think.
Thursday, April 23,2015

Imagination knows no age

Joan Mir exhibition focuses on artist’s accelerating creativity late in life

By Elizabeth Miller
At an age when surrealist painter Joan Miró might have considered retirement, or at least allowing age to excise the demands on his speed and productivity it seems to necessitate for most of us, he didn’t back off or slow down.
Thursday, April 16,2015

Fighters in the ring

‘One Night in Miami’ invokes a heavyweight conversation on race relations

By Elizabeth Miller
How best do we whittle ourselves into instruments for change? Is it by sharpening our tongues, hardening our fists or sweetening our songs? That’s the question at the heart of One Night in Miami..., which posits the conversations that might have unfolded while boxer Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali, activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke and football player Jim Brown spent the evening of Feb. 25, 1964 together in a hotel room debating the merits of how, or if, the others addressed the issues at hand in the simmering civil rights movement.
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