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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
Thursday, April 2,2015

In the market for something new

The Boulder County Farmers’ Markets bring new events and programming

By Caitlin Rockett
You know spring is in full swing when the farmers’ market opens, which Boulder County’s will do in both its Boulder and Longmont locations this Saturday, April 4. And this year, along with the local foods you expect at the farmers’ market, both Boulder County markets are bringing new events and new programming to local shoppers.
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Thursday, March 26,2015

The magic of Kesem

CU Boulder students lead the second year of Camp Kesem, a summer program that supports children through a parent’s cancer

By Caitlin Rockett
When Al Visconti was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma in 2004, his son was only 4 weeks old. Intense chemotherapy followed, as well as debates about whether the affected leg would need to be amputated. Surgery saved the leg, but the chemo continued. For nine months, Vicsonti would come home from the doctor connected to a pump that delivered drugs for five days straight. He endured this every three weeks for the entire nine months.
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Thursday, March 12,2015

Out of the shadows

Older LGBTQ adults lived most of their lives in the closet, but a Boulder County project leads the way in helping this community come into the light

By Caitlin Rockett
Gwen Goodwin was just shy of 53 when she decided it was time to come out of the closet — born in a man’s body, she says she could no longer live “the half and half life.” So she went to her boss at the Colorado Department of Human Services, expecting to be told to pack up and leave, but instead her confession was received with compassion.
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Thursday, March 5,2015

Boulder to Belize

A Nederland teacher helps students make a big difference in a small country

By Caitlin Rockett
In 1986, a 26-year-old woman from Colorado made her way to Los Angeles to march to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness about the mounting danger of nuclear proliferation — the Great Peace March took nine months, 3,700 miles and a lot of dedication. As one might imagine, the experience made an indelible impression on young Lori Graff (now Lori Kinczel), from the message she was spreading to the mental and physical endurance it took to get to Washington D.C. But the march was fated to do more than simply stir Kinczel’s political ideologies and try her fortitude — she made a friend that would, nearly 30 years later, help Kinczel show her students at Nederland Middle/Senior High School how they could make a big difference in the lives of children in the small Central American country of Belize.
Thursday, February 26,2015

From the cove to the globe

Boulder’s Oceanic Preservation Society broadens its call to action with ‘Racing Extinction’

By Caitlin Rockett
Hidden cameras, undercover reconnaissance, international travel — the folks at the Boulder-based Oceanic Preservation Society are at it again, following up their 2010 Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove with more high-risk, covert campaigns, stunning camerawork and an even bigger call to action in Racing Extinction. In this new, ambitious endeavor, director Louie Psihoyos tackles the role humans play in advancing what is shaping up to be the world’s sixth mass extinction — an annihilation scientists say could lead to the loss of 50 percent of the world’s species in the next 100 years.