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Thursday, October 23,2014

Just a number

Why a rating from one small group means more to some legislators than you do

By Matt Cortina
One group you’ve probably never heard of, the Colorado Union of Taxpayers, commonly referred to as CUT, holds significant sway in Denver, according to numerous legislators on both sides of the aisle. Specifically, their policies directly affect Republican action, even striking fear into Republicans who vote against CUT positions.
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Thursday, October 16,2014

Explosive combinations

By Matt Cortina
Learning about beer flavor isn’t limited to the monthly “Niwot Drinking Buddy” classes, however. Powder Keg’s Haystack Hopback is a class in a glass.
Thursday, September 25,2014

Dancing in the dark

City shuts off bid process to outside dance companies

By Matt Cortina
What could Boulder Weekly possibly find wrong with the city of Boulder’s public dance program? This program, which brings joy to thousands of Boulder’s most rhythmic citizens, young and old, couldn’t possibly stoke flames of controversy, could it? And if it could, just drop it anyway, you muckraking curmudgeons.
Thursday, September 25,2014

Big oil in small schools

How the oil and gas industry has gotten into Boulder County schools and student groups

By Matt Cortina
In the last year, various members of the oil and gas industry have visited the students of a Boulder high school environmental group. School officials invited those industry folks most of the time, but some questions have since arisen. Who invited the oil and gas representatives? Why are they allowed to speak to students without parents around? Is there any context in which industry members can provide an educational benefit to students?
Thursday, September 11,2014

Center of controversy

Civic use pad in downtown Boulder nears development while straying from original vision

By Matt Cortina
Until the day construction ends (and probably long after), a small plot of land in downtown Boulder reserved for a civic center will continue to serve only as the city’s center of controversy. That day, after more than 25 years, is about to be realized.
Thursday, September 4,2014

Why Latinos care about the environment

Health, jobs, culture, recreation all matter

By Matt Cortina
Data indicates that Latinos care more about the environment than non-Hispanic populations in the U.S. Because of this, Latinos possess the ability to transform environmental policy on a scale that has never before been seen in this country..
Thursday, September 4,2014

Latino immigrants change cities from the inside out

Culture change one front yard at a time

By Matt Cortina
Raised in “one of the oldest barrios in the country” in east Los Angeles, Rojas eventually found himself at Massachusetts Institute of Technology studying urban planning.
Thursday, August 28,2014

Helping hands

What Boulder County schools and organizations are doing to change disturbing youth suicide statistics

By Matt Cortina
As other causes of death for county teens like car crashes, overdose and illness reduce in frequency, suicide remains steady and now constitutes 41 percent of teen deaths in Boulder County. That is more than double the national average. About one student in every high school classroom will attempt suicide in Boulder County this year, according to a recent Youth Risk Behavior Study. The rate is even higher for minority groups like LGBT and non-white students — more on that in a bit.
Thursday, August 21,2014

Thin air, heavy vibes

NedFest highlights music, beer and community

By Matt Cortina
Making their first appearance at the festival is Robert Randolph and the Family Band, who will headline Saturday night’s lineup. On Sunday, guitarists Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of the band Little Feat will join “New Orleans Funk” band the New Orleans Suspects to close out the festival.
Thursday, August 21,2014

This buzz kills

Synthetic marijuana, a potent substitute for cannabis, is turning up in Boulder County

By Matt Cortina
Synthetic marijuana, commonly referred to as spice, is a combination of herbs and chemicals that are supposed to mimic the effects of marijuana. It is marketed as fake weed or incense and labeled as “not for human consumption.” Typically it is sold in foil packages with names like “Black Mamba,” “Legal Weed,” “K2,” or “Scooby Snax.
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