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Thursday, July 30,2015

Insufficient data

Critics say Council voted before they had information necessary to evaluate rightsizing experiment

By Caitlin Rockett
Boulder’s first of three “rightsizing” pilot projects has rubbed many Boulder residents the wrong way — so wrong, in fact, that on July 28, City Council decided not to move forward with the next two pilot projects as soon as initially planned. The first project — reducing the number of car lanes and widening bike lanes on Folsom Street between Arapahoe Avenue and Valmont Road — has elicited significant public outcry. Many citizens claim City Council didn’t have adequate data to proceed with the project, which critics say has turned the corridor into a parking lot.
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Thursday, July 2,2015

Something old, something new

Steve Hackman kicks off CMF's third summer Mash-Up Series

By Caitlin Rockett
If there’s one thing composer Steven Hackman wants you to know about his growing collection of “mash-up” compositions — where he joins celebrated master works from classical artists like Brahms seamlessly with works from contemporary pop culture gods like Radiohead — it’s that this is no gimmick. Rather, it’s work that flows from a fundamental part of who he is.
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Thursday, July 2,2015

Some things you just can’t ignore

After 30 years together, the Indigo Girls are still recalibrating

By Caitlin Rockett
More than three decades ago, when Amy Ray began penning emotionally charged songs about social justice as one-half of the folk rock duo the Indigo Girls, fighting for same sex marriage wasn’t high on her list of priorities — despite being a lesbian.
Thursday, June 18,2015

Navigating Nepal

A trip to Nepal showed one filmmaker just how important tourism is to the country

By Caitlin Rockett
Luke Mislinski had been in Nepal for a month by the time he met two of his friends in Kathmandu. The three Americans were milling about the intricate temples and fountains of Durbar Square in the country’s capitol when a Nepali man approached the group, offering a tour of the historic site for around 200 Nepali rupees per person — less than $2 each.
Thursday, May 28,2015

Climbing for Carleen

One family’s mission to change the way people think about hepatitis C

By Caitlin Rockett
In 2011, Carleen and James McGuffey had just moved to Colorado Springs from Texas when they found out Carleen was pregnant with the couple’s sixth child. They were ecstatic. But it wasn’t long after that they found out during a routine pregnancy checkup that Carleen had hepatitis C.
Thursday, May 21,2015

Gov. Hickenlooper signs medical marijuana ‘crackdown’ bill into law

By Caitlin Rockett
On Monday, May 18, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law a bill that lawmakers claim will strengthen the state’s medical marijuana laws and weed out folks who illegally use and sell untaxed pot. Sponsored by Senator Irene Aguilar (D-Denver) and Representative Jonathan Singer (D-Longmont), SB15-014 chiefly establishes new guidelines for primary caregivers — folks who grow pot on behalf of registered patients.
Thursday, May 7,2015

Caring for Kumari

A Longmont-based nonprofit group provides emergency relief to a marginalized community in Nepal

By Caitlin Rockett
Randy Baker hasn’t gotten a lot of sleep since April 25, but as he’s discovered, that’s what happens when there’s an earthquake in Nepal and you run a nonprofit organization. The Longmont resident is co-founder of Health & Ed 4 Nepal, an NGO formed in 2009 to help the people of Kumari, a remote mountain community in the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal, which is closer to the epicenter of April’s massive quake than the nation’s capital of Kathmandu.
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Thursday, April 30,2015

The pale blue dot

Motion Trap brings things into perspective on debut album

By Caitlin Rockett
“Ten years ago, we tried recording home versions of music inside of a dorm room — and we still have those recordings, but it’s come a long way since then,” says guitarist and singer Nathan Rogers. “The new album is [comprised of ] lots of different music that we’ve created over the last 10 years.
Thursday, April 23,2015

Queering the classroom

Colorado educators and advocates team up to help bring queer literature into education

By Caitlin Rockett
A group of educators at the University of Colorado Boulder have created a oneof-a-kind event — perhaps the first of its kind in the world. On Saturday, April 25, the Queer Young Adult Literature Conference will bring together educators, middle and high school students, college students, university staff and faculty, and community members to learn more about young adult literature featuring lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning themes and characters.
Thursday, April 9,2015

The anatomy of a woman

‘The Vagina Monologues’ isn’t about genitals

By Caitlin Rockett
Nearly 20 years ago, a woman from New York City decided the world needed to talk about vaginas. Since 1996, Eve Ensler’s celebrated play The Vagina Monologues has made its way around the globe, inviting audiences to laugh, weep, seethe and rejoice at the real stories of women — from the bliss of sexual awakenings to the embarrassment of trips to the gynecologist to the terror of sexual assault.