<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - News]]> <![CDATA[Slaves to Sex: Patients, therapists share the dark side of an emerging addiction]]> Sex addiction, as it’s commonly called, can take many forms, from compulsive masturbation, excessive use of pornography, high-risk anonymous sex, prostitution, voyeurism, exhibitionism and multiple affairs. Yet defining it can be difficult, especially when the media and popular focus is more on the “sex” than on the “addiction.”]]> <![CDATA[Breaking through the binary ]]> <![CDATA[Surrendering to gravity]]> I knew there was something strange about John from the first time I met him, but that’s what drew me to him. The black polish on his nails was chipping off and the ebony liner framing his glacial blue eyes was melting in the crushing humidity of East Tennessee in August.]]> <![CDATA[Independence Institute backs election integrity lawsuit against Boulder County clerk]]> <![CDATA[Tempest under a teacup]]> Something unsightly has gotten a bit too close to one of Boulder’s crown jewels. An environmental contractor hired to deal with possibly hazardous materials from an old gasification plant near the Dushanbe Teahouse downtown has confirmed the need to clean up contamination at the site.]]> <![CDATA[Farmer, neighbors tussle over 'demonstration' designation]]> Zia Parker is asking the county to designate her property as a “demonstration farm.” She wants permission to teach classes that would meet two Sundays each month from June through October. But four of her neighbors, including one who had initially agreed to teach the chicken component of the course, oppose the designation of “demonstration farm.”]]> <![CDATA[Boulder County hit with heavy rains, flooding]]> In a matter of half an hour, Bear Creek, the typically tiny stream that runs along Table Mesa near the intersection with Broadway, went from brimming at its banks to spilling over them and flooding Table Mesa.]]> <![CDATA[GMO expert discusses new organism linked to health problems]]> A crop consultant told a committee reviewing the use of genetically engineered plants on open space Wednesday about a new organism that scientists believe is connected to the health problems being seen in plants and animals exposed to the herbicide Roundup.]]> <![CDATA[The Local Food Revolution]]> Anyone living in the area could scarcely have escaped noticing some of the obvious first signs of this revolution: Farmers' markets are popping up around the county, along with roadside farmstands. More restaurants are sourcing their ingredients from local farmers and ranchers.]]> <![CDATA[Fracking to expand on county land]]> County officials confirm that oil and gas companies, primarily Encana, are preparing to drill on several sites in the county during 2012, including seven open space properties involving 48 wells. All are expected to be subject to hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” That is the extraction method of choice in the Wattenberg Field, a large bed of natural gas that extends into Boulder County, primarily east of Highway 287 between Longmont and Broomfield.]]> <![CDATA[Mental health could take a toll, particularly for children, after Boulder County flood]]> As the waters recede and homes are repaired and scrubbed clean, the less visible ripples of the recent floods may begin to appear: the invisible emotional and psychological damage of the stress of having survived a natural disaster.]]> <![CDATA[Gov. Hickenlooper appoints University of Colorado regent]]> <![CDATA[CU turns up the heat on pests]]> When it comes to bed bugs, the University of Colorado at Boulder was one of the first campuses around the country to invest in a high-tech system for eliminating the pests and, in typical Boulder style, the system does not involve any harmful chemicals or pesticides.]]> <![CDATA[In case you missed it]]> It’s because you and your lazy coworkers are contributing to a $1.9 billion, with a “B,” loss in worker productivity. So when you suddenly see Tom jump from his cubicle screaming, “Yes,” just know that it’s not because he finally finished the spreadsheet he should have turned in two days ago.]]> <![CDATA[The Magic Bullitt]]> To try listing all of the impressive bullet points in Denis Hayes’ career as an environmentalist is like trying to count all the sunflowers in a 30-acre field.]]> <![CDATA[People of the year: Longmont anti-fracking citizens' group Our Longmont]]> Michael Bellmont, the chief spokesperson for the group that succeeded in convincing a majority of Longmont voters to approve a ban on fracking in the city, is playing a harmonica under his cowboy hat. And he wants to go get his guitar before the photo shoot begins.]]> <![CDATA[Whitewashing the past]]> Forty-six years ago, a group of Denver high school students and Chicano supporters participated in a walkout. Some were beaten by police and arrested. They were protesting the fact that a history teacher was teaching them a washed-over, ethnocentric version of history.]]> <![CDATA[The magic of Kesem]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Hightide]]> Ashley is 32. She looks 52. A 20-year addiction to heroin has changed her. She sits in Boulder County detox, nine months sober, and talks about the most traumatic experience she’s had in her life. It lingers more than giving up two children, than walking away from a nursing job, and from injecting $300 of heroin into her body almost every day for two decades. “He would show up every now and then,” Ashley says. “He’d come find me if he needed something. He lived in Longmont. He would come to Boulder just to get drugs. He had a house. He ran a business. So, I mean, he had a lot going for him, and it was just really sad.”]]> <![CDATA[Deadly Force, in Black and White]]> One way of appreciating that stark disparity, ProPublica’s analysis shows, is to calculate how many more whites over those three years would have had to have been killed for them to have been at equal risk. The number is jarring – 185, more than one per week.]]>