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Thursday, November 20,2014

A brilliant history

Denver Art Museum exhibition tells the story of the 20th century through jewelry

By Elizabeth Miller
The story of Cartier jewelry is one that’s less about objects and opulence than it is one about wearers and workers — the jewelry makers, that is, and the people who went on to adorn themselves with the pieces made. As much as the Denver Art Museum’s Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century.
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Thursday, November 20,2014

Following a true calling

How punk music and poor neighborhoods fed Barry Blanchard’s life in the mountains

By Elizabeth Miller
Barry Blanchard has spent more than 6,000 days of his life rock climbing, ski touring, mountaineering, alpine climbing and ice climbing. At this point, he says, he’s very intimate with those environments, and can recall the textures in the snow, the ice and the rock he’s encountered along the way.
Thursday, November 20,2014

Fact to fiction

A twisted tale of how good research became bad information

By Elizabeth Miller
That choice seems to have bred confusion. “There were quite a few news outlets that missed the distinction that we were trying to make about it being one class of chemicals — it’s an important class of chemicals, but it’s not all the chemicals, and...
Thursday, November 13,2014

Commissioners flooded with requests for fracking moratorium extension

By Elizabeth Miller
At the hearing called by Boulder County Commissioners on Monday, Nov. 10 in Longmont, public support for a further extension of the county’s moratorium on fracking was relentless, with most commenters requesting at least a three-and-a-half-year extension.
Thursday, November 13,2014

What the world needs now is words

Five student poets, chosen as the nation’s best, find poetry can heal wounds and unravel a tangled existence

By Elizabeth Miller
Madeleine LeCesne, from New Orleans, La., says, “Every poem that I write is a kind of wish to be understood by someone. I just want someone to look into my mind and say, ‘I get it, I understand you.’ And to kind of, in a way, feel needed. I needed to read that poem because it made me understand something about myself that I didn’t know before.
Thursday, November 6,2014

What can’t be spoken

Veterans art exhibit translates experience for civilians, and says what veterans can’t

By Elizabeth Miller
In an email exchange between cocurators of the art exhibit for Veterans Speak, Army veteran Adam Nilson explains his photography this way: “I have discovered that art is a therapeutic outlet and another way for me to communicate difficult situations and feelings that I do not care to vocalize.
Thursday, November 6,2014

The new ways of war

Keynote speech focuses on changing American military presence abroad

By Elizabeth Miller
After enjoying decades of unmatched technological capabilities, the U.S. now faces adversaries for whom the number of tanks and their strength isn’t significant. The way we go to war has to change to match these new ways of warfare, says Janine Davidson, a senior fellow for defense policy at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Thursday, November 6,2014

No war worth winning

An Iwo Jima veteran shares his story after 70 years

By Elizabeth Miller
The first waves landed at 9 a.m., we landed at 9:20, and by the time we were coming into the beach, the Japanese had their artillery on Suribachi and on the cliffs to our right and they had every inch of the beach marked, so when we hit the beach, it was in the midst of huge fire from both sides, and it was devastating.
Thursday, October 30,2014

The value of failing

Festival invites artists, audience to bravely face the fear of failure

By Elizabeth Miller
Early this year, Laura Ann Samuelson, founder of the experimental dance company Hoarded Stuff, began asking fellow artists — who find themselves caught in an endless wheel of marketing and self-promotion — about the opposite end of their resumes. Not how they’d succeeded and what they’d accomplished, but how they’d failed.
Thursday, October 23,2014

Is the way the state handles oil & gas complaints criminal?

Criminologists find troubling pattern of state agency under-reporting complaints and leaving Coloradans feeling voiceless

By Elizabeth Miller
When two Colorado-based green criminologists turned to examine the heated local issue of oil and gas development with their area of focus in mind — not what is a crime, but what should be considered a crime — they found a pattern among the response...
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