<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - News]]> <![CDATA[State Legislature offers tax relief for property destroyed by flooding]]> With more than 1,500 flood destroyed homes across 17 counties in Colorado, Rep. Jonathan Singer (D-Longmont) says the state Legislature has made recovery a major priority.]]> <![CDATA[Crews continue battling Flagstaff Fire outside of Boulder]]> Crews continued fighting the Flagstaff Fire west of Boulder on Wednesday, and local officials said they were “cautiously optimistic” that the blaze could be contained in the next several weeks, provided winds don’t flare up.]]> <![CDATA[Market share chemical warfare]]> Little did the couple know they would lose their entire grape crop that year. That year they joined a growing group of farmers across the nation losing crops to herbicidal drift from nearby (or not so nearby) conventional farms growing genetically engineered, herbicide-resistant crops.]]> <![CDATA[Blue Colorado]]> Even landlocked Colorado residents are connected to the ocean — but making people here more aware of how we’re connected to the watery 70 percent of our planet and what we can do to protect the ocean from here, on land, is the mission of Vicki Goldstein, founder of the Colorado Ocean Coalition.]]> <![CDATA[Final push to the polls]]> <![CDATA[We The Corporations]]> The decision prompted an outcry from some who said it equated money with free speech and gave companies carte blanche to outspend the competition on ads for their favored candidates, skewing the democratic process even more toward the corporate elite.]]> <![CDATA[Think before you drink]]> A potentially carcinogenic form of the element chromium is in Boulder’s drinking water and there are no plans to remove it anytime soon. Hexavalent chromium, or chromium-6, has been linked to cancers of the liver, stomach, small intestine and more when it is consumed through water sources.]]> <![CDATA[Jessica Ridgeway: Sketches of a killer]]> One of the starkest aspects of the Jessica Ridgeway murder case is the lack of evidence and clues. That no one saw anything smacks of either cold professionalism or blind tragedy.]]> <![CDATA[Local humanitarian group gives Boulder City Council action plan for helping homeless]]> <![CDATA[Drug shortage crisis]]> Thanks to the world’s largest drug manufacturers, our elected officials and a media environment addicted to good visuals and easy answers, we have been given a culprit in recent weeks, a dastardly collection of small medical distribution companies collectively referred to as the “gray market.” These companies make their profits in the secretive shadows of the mainstream pharmaceutical sector.]]> <![CDATA[Opening doors]]> Frank Alexander started helping the needy in high school, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and food pantries in tiny Hopewell, N.J. Now, decades later, he’s still helping the less fortunate, just on a much larger scale. Alexander is Boulder County’s director of housing and human services, and he’s Boulder Weekly’s Person of the Year because he has been responsible for leading a remarkable transformation in how the county helps its needy.]]> <![CDATA[BVSD report shows gap between whites, Hispanics persists]]> <![CDATA[Xcel takes heat]]> <![CDATA[From blight to bike]]> There are potential bike frames growing alongside the New Jersey Turnpike. No, that’s not some Salvador Dali-inspired hipster painting; it’s the truth, in a matter of speaking — you just need to know how to build a bike out of bamboo. On Nov. 17, Boulder will get its chance to learn. Fence Heanue and Merrily Grashin are the traveling faces of Bamboo Bike Studio, which builds bamboo bicycles in New York, San Francisco, and even Africa. ]]> <![CDATA[Obama, one year later]]> A YEAR AGO, the mood in Boulder was elation. After eight years of nightmarish governance at the hands of the Bush-Cheney administration, voters had finally put a man in office who reflected our values, who seemed like he was our president. On Jan.]]> <![CDATA[27 Years of Activism]]> In the late 1970s, a group of protesters blocked the railroad tracks at Rocky Flats in an attempt to keep trains from delivering nuclear bomb-making supplies to the plant. That group, the “Rocky Flats Truth Force,” occupied the tracks for a whole year, and was joined by several prominent figures, including Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman and Daniel Ellsberg.]]> <![CDATA[CU taps four law dean finalists]]> <![CDATA[Funding dispute erupts over White Christmas Ball]]> A dispute over Boulder’s 1940s WWII Swing Era Ball has each side accusing the other of mismanaging funds.]]> <![CDATA[LUSH Cosmetics holds protest to support same-sex marriage ]]> LUSH Cosmetics is encouraging the public to head to stores this Saturday and pucker up for a cause. LUSH will be partnering with Freedom to Marry, an organization dedicated to marriage equality, to host a “Kiss and Tell” protest at the chain’s various locations across the country this Saturday, June 18.]]> <![CDATA[Surviving shelters]]> Sawyer is a one in a hundred dog. He’s sweet, loyal and smart, with a playful streak likely to mature into a watchful air. At 16 months old, 83 pounds and mostly legs, he has a puppy’s energy for bounding through the backyard, but is so eager to please that his foster guardian says her best disciplinary weapon is a spray bottle. But a month ago, Sawyer, a purebred Akbash, was on the edge of becoming one of a couple hundred dogs the Humane Society of Boulder Valley euthanizes each year as untreatable or unhealthy.]]>