<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Special Editions]]> <![CDATA[The brighter side of wildfires]]> As a farmer, Palke found a silver lining: the fire’s ashes. Inside his partially melted greenhouse, tomato plants were nearly buried in wet ash when rain rushed in. Weeks later, the tomato plants exploded in a frenzy of growth.]]> <![CDATA[Back to the basics]]> Here in Boulder County, being healthy isn’t a trend, it’s a lifestyle. Between all the biking, hiking and running, Coloradans are managing to remain one of the healthiest states in the nation. Lately, we have been hearing a lot about going back to the basics with all-natural food choices.]]> <![CDATA[Engineering citizens of change]]> Beyond economic prosperity, Boulder’s startup culture also shows a correlation between strong businesses and strong communities as evidenced by such organizations as the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado, a trendsetter for economic community-mindedness that has provided more than $2 million in community funding, benefitting Front Range area nonprofits.]]> <![CDATA[Conserving Colorado’s golden goose]]> The conservation of our resources,” former president Theodore Roosevelt once said, “is the fundamental question before this nation.”]]> <![CDATA[Can new home construction fit with a sustainable economy?]]> The burst of the housing bubble in 2007 shined a spotlight on the big weak spot in economics: human behavior.]]> <![CDATA[A day in the life of a Boulder County GMO farmer]]> Paul Schlagel’s business purchases usually consist of irrigation piping or seeds, so it’s understandable that the farmer is eager to show off his new toy: a GPS-guided John Deere tractor.]]> <![CDATA[How to make your own kombucha]]> More than 2,000 years ago, the ancient Chinese considered kombucha an immortal health elixir. Some avid drinkers of the fermented tea beverage might say just the same today.]]> <![CDATA[Water conservation starts outside]]> <![CDATA[Eating the American way]]> For the first time since 1973, food stamps may not be part of the Farm Bill.]]> <![CDATA[Fiber problems]]> <![CDATA[Boulder’s green economy brings in the green]]> The ticket out of the recession may be to recognize that economic recovery cannot be framed as a white-collar or blue-collar (or even a red or blue) issue. Building a vital and competitive economy will require innovative, growth-oriented thinking. It will require us to recognize that, this time, the real solutions may be in the hands of the green-collared workers.]]> <![CDATA[EPA under pressure to protect pollinators]]> Boulder-area beekeeper Tom Theobald, three other beekeepers from around the country and five environmental organizations filed a joint lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency for the agency’s alleged failure to protect bees and other pollinators from systemic neonicotinoid pesticides, which are commonly applied in the U.S.]]> <![CDATA[Superefficient housing competition]]> When the real estate market reached its lowest point in decades four years ago, the Denver Housing Authority was faced with a dilemma. What would it do with the parcels of land throughout Denver where development would have to be postponed until the market improved?]]> <![CDATA[Peak fitness]]> If you haven’t been to high altitudes in a while, you will likely feel the effects of the thin air. Serious health issues, including High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) and High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) can occur as low as 6,000 feet, but for the majority of Colorado residents, should not be an issue. However, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is an issue, which is why you should take steps to prepare for high altitude hikes.]]> <![CDATA[The rise (and fall) of developmental toxins]]> Recent research has made the public acutely aware of the growing list of commonly used industrial chemicals that are known to interfere with the human hormonal system. Like the Boulder Baby Company, many businesses across the country have shifted their business models to develop natural products that seek to create a toxic-free environment for kids.]]> <![CDATA[Zero-waste checklist]]> Here are the top five items that Eco-Cycle recommends taking with you to reduce waste in everyday life.]]> <![CDATA[Hemp: The fiber side of cannabis]]> While marijuana advocates celebrated the success of Amendment 64 in the November election, other cannabis aficionados began focusing on something new: farming hemp legally.]]> <![CDATA[The artist in everyone, anywhere, from anything]]> Talk to El Anatsui about the thousands of bottlecaps used in his artwork, and he’s less concerned with the obvious problem — yes, these were garbage headed for landfills that now hang on museum walls — than the issue they represent for his community.]]> <![CDATA[The healing power of frequencies]]> Past the meticulously manicured yard of Marybeth Keigher’s North Boulder house, surrounded by vibrant flowers and fountains, lies what appears to be a converted guesthouse that now serves as a studio for her acupuncture and sound healing practice.]]> <![CDATA[Injection rejection: How disposal drilling could backfire]]> Some of the research that has been done recently reveals that injecting liquids into deep disposal wells at high pressure can and does cause earthquakes.]]>