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Thursday, February 19,2015

No solid ground

Thousands of Front Range homes were built over areas with potential to collapse and could face additional risks due to oil and gas extraction

By Elizabeth Miller
The coal mines that lie under portions of downtown Lafayette and Louisville, outskirts of Erie and most of Frederick, Firestone and Dacono were built to collapse. Coal mines on the Front Range from the 1860s when coal mining began in Colorado until roughly 30 years ago used the technique of “room and pillar” mining — tunneling into a coal seam and digging rooms off the side between pillars of coal.
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Thursday, February 12,2015

The show goes on

Grant from State Historical Fund ensures high school students keep their theater, and so does Boulder

By Elizabeth Miller
Growing pains first took the Tara Performing Arts High School to the Nomad Playhouse in 2001 — they didn’t fit the smaller venues they’d used in the past and needed a space their first graduating class could use for an all-school production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.
Thursday, February 5,2015

Lessons in leaving

Making a visit to Holt with Denver Center and Kent Haruf

By Elizabeth Miller
The stories are told in spare language and dialogue light on syllables but heavy with subtext. The cutting simplicity of the language eliminates so much of the saccharine or bombastic rhetoric writing about the American West can be particularly prone to.
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Thursday, February 5,2015

Park Service kills hundreds of bison despite objections from Native Americans and activists

By Elizabeth Miller
Their estimates, based on the field campaign’s ongoing monitoring of bison management and the park’s biweekly reports, is that 135 have been taken through hunting, 270 to slaughter and at least five to a research facility.
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Thursday, February 5,2015

Don't get taken

Locksmith industry still scam prone in unregulated Colorado

By Elizabeth Miller
When Longmont resident Nikki Kayser needed to replace the deadbolt on her door on Thanksgiving Day, she turned to the Internet for a locksmith who would work holidays, and found herself connecting to someone through a personal cell phone he answered with a gruff “hello” instead of a business name.
Thursday, January 22,2015

This is play. Not work.

Brendan Leonard’s day job is to remind outdoorsy folks to have a little more fun

By Elizabeth Miller
When Brendan Leonard found the Banff Mountain Film Festival — and Denver’s Paramount Theatre — filled with puffy coat-wearing people cheering to outdoor exploits, he declared, “Yes, these are my people. I found my people. I imagine some people feel that at a Broncos game or whatever, but that was it for me.
Thursday, January 15,2015

A career in keeping you scared of the dark

Author Stephen Graham Jones on the whys and hows of horror

By Elizabeth Miller
He’s talking about approaching being a writer like carpentry; some stories flow from a place in need of bloodletting, and some simply need to be hammered together. He prides himself on being able to take those assignments and build some furniture.
Thursday, January 15,2015

Ground-level gods

A few days on foot in India reveals the everyday divine story and photos

By Elizabeth Miller
Mine, through India’s lower Himalaya, wandered in and out of valleys cut by streams that whispered of centuries of monsoon seasons, the boulders rolled to smooth edges and polished nearly white. Some of the houses we walked by were painted blue or yellow, but most were offwhite or gray.
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Thursday, January 15,2015

Latino community reluctant to call 911, study finds

Police distrust, language barriers cited among reasons for avoiding emergency services

By Elizabeth Miller
During a heart attack, cardiac arrest event or stroke, the minutes that pass before medical care is administered can cost heart muscle and brain function, but emergency medicine physician Comilla Sasson, who works at the University of Colorado...
Thursday, January 8,2015

Venturing off the pavement

William Matthews retrospective only looks like a history lesson

By Elizabeth Miller
Choose to ride. He’ll take you to places far from the well-paved habitats of most mere mortal westerners and into the timeless world of American cowboys. His subjects may look like they strode out of the historic Wild West, but in reality they’re men living and breathing today, still roping steer and riding hard.
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