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Thursday, July 17,2014

Eyes open to the world

‘Closing Doors’ shows there’s more than one way to look at life

By Elizabeth Miller
The film tells the story of Ricky, a teenage boy on the autism spectrum who can’t remember to lift the toilet seat or eat without someone there to remind him, who gets lost in the bowels of New York City’s train system after his sister fails to pick him up after school.
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Thursday, July 17,2014

Come to this maybe amazing show and hear some things that are only partly true

Todd Snider on his book and his new band

By Elizabeth Miller
Dear suburbs: Todd Snider and his new band, the Hard Working Americans, are coming after you and any other self-proclaimed “hard working American” who’s stood behind the safety of a picket fence to look down on other people.
Thursday, July 10,2014

No man overboard

River trip for veterans helps battle the odds

By Elizabeth Miller
The issues veterans face are — in some ways — as big and unmanageable as the Colorado River running through Cataract Canyon this spring. At up to 58,000 cubic feet per second, it was flipping so many rafts that passengers in a 12-foot paddleboat just had to expect to swim.
Thursday, June 26,2014

A stormy telling

‘The Tempest’ shows balance in delivering the best of the Bard

By Elizabeth Miller
That The Tempest weaves through murderous plots, attempted rape, enslavement, ill-fated lovers and split families — the territory of tragedies, to be sure, and escapes relatively unscathed as something closer to a comedy is a testament to the strength of Shakespeare as a writer. By some counts, this final work by the Bard is his best, a victory lap demonstrating his mastery in capturing the human character.
Thursday, June 19,2014

An ode to the canine life

Book on Colorado mountain dogs charms

By Elizabeth Miller
John Fayhee’s always had dogs, he says, in part because it’s behavior for a good citizen — rescue a mutt that might otherwise have a grim future at the end of the line in a shelter and give it a life that includes lots of time in the mountains and it’s giving that dog a winning ticket for the dog lottery. But there’s also a question of what having a dog around adds to your perspective.
Thursday, June 19,2014

Summit seekers

Four men ski three of Alaska’s biggest peaks

By Elizabeth Miller
Four ski mountaineers (well, three skiers and one snowboarder) seem to have set a record in Alaska this season. It’s tough to know what, exactly, and from the audible shrug and laugh when he talks about it, it’s clear that Anton Sponar doesn’t much care.
Thursday, June 19,2014

A play in the political theater

A crash course in GOP gubernatorial candidates and where they fall when it comes to fracking

By Elizabeth Miller
The Democratic party in Colorado seems to be banking on an optical illusion — that their incumbent governor will be faced with Republican opponents who are so radically far right that while Governor John Hickenlooper leans right, his positions will still look like they’re at the center.
Thursday, June 12,2014

Letting Peggy Jo take the wheel

A not-so-classic bank robber story in ‘Peggy Jo and the Desolate Nothing’

By Elizabeth Miller
Most of what follows is true — the true story of a woman too big for her own life. Peggy Jo Tallas was mired in the post-women’s-liberation problem that faces so many women: If you didn’t grow up to be a wife and a mother, what did you grow up to be? And is it just a whole lot of nothing?.
Thursday, June 12,2014

Dying for the truth

Are recent claims of an inappropriate workplace at the coroner's office politically motivated or are they real?

By Elizabeth Miller
In recent weeks, sources have come forward objecting to the conduct of the forensic pathologist Boulder County Coroner Emma Hall has contracted to conduct many of the county’s autopsies, Dr. Michael Arnall. They have called his behavior unprofessional and claim he bullies and berates the staff of the coroner’s office.
Thursday, June 5,2014

Ahead of the EPA

Is Colorado proof that the EPA’s new standards can work — or that they’re worthless?

By Elizabeth Miller
The Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement that power plants are going to have to cut carbon dioxide emissions to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 has sparked cries that it’s a recipe for economic woe.
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