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Thursday, August 27,2015

All roads lead to Scotch

No matter what you drink now, you too can be a single malt whisky drinker, friend

By Matt Cortina
About eight months ago I made a New Year’s resolution to “get into” Scotch. Scotch, or “single malt whisky,” as I’ve since been corrected numerous times like some dumb alcoholic child, had never made it into my drinking portfolio, even though I love...
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Thursday, August 27,2015

From one home to another

Flower Pepper offers authentic Chinese home cooking in Boulder

By Matt Cortina
To be honest, Flower Pepper’s reputation preceded my visit. In just a few short months of business, Flower Pepper has already amassed dozens of emphatic reviews online.
Thursday, August 27,2015

Boulder City Council weighs how to tax, regulate short-term housing rentals

By Matt Cortina
On Thursday, Aug. 27, the Boulder City Council will determine the fate of two ordinances that seek to regulate and tax short-term rentals of homes within the city. One ordinance will codify rules and regulations for any Boulder homeowner wishing to rent their home on a short-term basis on sites like Airbnb and VRBO. Those regulations could include home inspections and license requirements. The other ordinance would put forth on the November ballot a question to raise about $400,000 through a 7.5 percent tax on these short-term rentals.
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Thursday, August 20,2015

A good bite

Murphy’s Tap House brings its menu and dozens of local taps to Louisville

By Matt Cortina
Out of the disemboweled corpse of a failed Chili’s emerged the shiny new Murphy’s Tap House in Louisville earlier this month. And though there are definite similarities in the skeletal structure of the two restaurants, Murphy’s Tap House has done enough in its remodel to differentiate itself from the fast casual chain both in the quality and diversity of the menu, as well as the slightly more authentic vibe within the walls of the building.
Thursday, August 20,2015

Holding court

Longmont, Fort Collins fracking lawsuits likely headed to Colorado Supreme Court

By Matt Cortina
In a rare move on Monday, Aug. 17, the Colorado Court of Appeals recommended that the state Supreme Court undertake lawsuits challenging Longmont’s fracking ban and Fort Collins’ fracking moratorium. It is not yet known if the Colorado Supreme Court will take the cases or boot them back to the appellate court — that determination could be weeks or months away.
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Thursday, August 13,2015

Experience it

This is not a review of Gold Hill Inn

By Matt Cortina
I cringe when the third course arrives at Gold Hill Inn. I cringe because I realize there’s no way to describe this unique experience without feeling gross and unqualified. You can’t review Gold Hill Inn in the same way you can’t review, say, a whale. You can’t review it because it is unique, earnest and wonderful in a way that cannot be put into words but can only be experienced.
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Thursday, August 6,2015

Creation Story

Flatiron Coffee serves up quality, inspired drinks

By Matt Cortina
Creativity is paramount in the coffee game. Hell, creativity is the coffee game. Now, the folks at Folger’s would have you believe it’s about ease, and the hipsters downtown would have you believe it’s all about Bunsen burners and science bottles. But at its core, all good coffee comes down to creativity.
Thursday, August 6,2015

Meeting to disagree

COGCC Director Matt Lepore meets with Weld County reps as protesters walk out

By Matt Cortina
About two dozen or so protesters stood and held antifracking signs in front of a meeting of Weld County representatives and the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) this week, broadcasting concerns over the state’s direction with local control over oil and gas drilling.
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Thursday, July 30,2015

Out there

Vern’s Place in Laporte is worth a stop on your next trip

By Matt Cortina
There is no better conversation about stuffed mountain lions than the conversation about stuffed mountain lions you have at Vern’s. If you’re headed north, it might be your first of many dining conversations about taxidermy; if you’re headed back to Boulder County, it might just be your last for a while.
Thursday, July 30,2015

Reservoir slog

A plan to significantly rework, and potentially damage, the Cache La Poudre River moves forward

By Matt Cortina
The public comment session came about a month after the Corps released its Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Study (EIS), which was about 12 years in the making. It looked at a number of options for meeting water needs, including building multiple reservoirs and diverting major amounts of water from the Cache La Poudre River.
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