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Thursday, July 24,2014

Fracking activists are the Tea Party of the Left?

Denver Post doing its part for the oil and gas industry’s disinformation campaign

By Joel Dyer
I’ve been waiting for the oil and gas industry to make this lame “Ralph Nader” argument to try to scare moderates. I just thought they would wait until mid October to trot it out.
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Thursday, July 17,2014

A promise kept

Immediately following last September’s devastating flood, Craig Ferguson vowed to have his Planet Bluegrass festival grounds rebuilt better than ever in time for RockyGrass. Truth be told, a lot of folks thought that was impossible.

By Joel Dyer
Within days of being hit by the flood, despite all the carnage he had witnessed, Ferguson announced to the world that his Planet Bluegrass Ranch would be ready for festival-goers by the time RockyGrass arrived a short 10 months later on July 25, 2014.
Thursday, July 10,2014

In the real world, playing politics on immigration is a lot like murder

By Joel Dyer
Without anyone saying a word, we began to slowly move to our left trying our best not make a sound as we bend low and make our way along a faint trail that disappears into the manzanita and chaparral.
Thursday, June 19,2014

Forty years of festivation

New Planet Bluegrass book documents the evolution of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and so much more

By Joel Dyer
The book is clearly intended to be a celebration of the ongoing success of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, one of America’s greatest annual musical events. But as I explored the rich historical photos, read the essays and revisited the musical lineups from every year since the festival kicked off in 1974, I realized the book is much more than that. It is a lens focused on the evolutionary trail of not only the festival, but the people who attend, the musicians who perform and the mountain town that has played host for four decades.
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Thursday, June 5,2014

Greeley quake may be related to nearby disposal wells

By Joel Dyer
Part of the confusion that has allowed the industry to escape its responsibility for such quakes has been the language used by many activists who claim that the actual act of fracking a well is causing the quakes.
Thursday, June 5,2014

The Polis/Hickenlooper fracking compromise; thanks, but no thanks

By Joel Dyer
Apparently Congressman Jared Polis wants to reenact it at the state capital by way of Governor John Hickenlooper’s proposed special legislative session that could come as soon as June 8 and will aim to keep local control over oil and gas development off the ballot this fall.
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Thursday, May 8,2014

New law lowers fees for public records

By Joel Dyer
As has been reported on numerous occasions in Boulder Weekly over the past 18 months, local governments have been using excessive research and retrieval fees to thwart access to public records that are necessary for proper government oversight.
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Thursday, May 1,2014

Time traveling outhouse style

What a local archaeologist learned by digging up her 122-year-old privy

By Joel Dyer
Schwendler is an archaeologist with a Ph.D. in anthropology, which means there’s no need for therapy in light of her pastime. Digging through the old feces pits of outhouses is important work for those of her ilk and we can all learn a good deal from their historical proctology.
Thursday, April 10,2014

Is Digital First prepping its newspapers for sale?

How a change in ownership may impact Boulder County and beyond.

By Joel Dyer
Trouble in newspaper-land: A draconian $100 million cut to the company that operates The Denver Post, Boulder Daily Camera, Longmont Times-Call, Loveland Reporter Herald, Broomfield Enterprise and Estes Park Trail-Gazette and more may be on the horizon, as well as potential sales.
Thursday, February 27,2014

Why people who are unwilling to disclose their business relationships should not serve on city council

By Joel Dyer
I can’t believe that I’m having to write this in 2014. I can’t believe that there are actually elected members of Boulder City Council who are still acting like the idea of full disclosure of business relationships is somehow an inappropriate expectation.
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