<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - News]]> <![CDATA[Anti-GMO crowd reacts to decision]]> Activists opposed to genetically engineered foods are not singing the same tune when it comes to reaction to the Boulder County commissioners’ Dec. 20 decision to allow additional genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on taxpayer-funded open space.]]> <![CDATA[Tangles in the ties that bind]]> It’s a well-known fact that prison inmates with strong family and community ties are less likely to wind up back inside the joint once they are released. So why are state prison systems, including Colorado’s, charging inmates high rates for phone calls, rates that discourage prisoners’ often frayed home attachments?]]> <![CDATA[What the frack?]]> Boulder County’s northeast shoulder is about to get fracked. Again. Hydraulic fracturing, also called “fracking,” has become nationally known due to environmental concerns about the chemicals that mining companies use when shooting their high-powered liquids deep into the earth to extract oil and gas. The practice has attracted scrutiny because of the possible effects those chemicals can have on groundwater.]]> <![CDATA[Foes say makeover of Army Reserve facility isn't all it could be]]> One of the most significant residential developments currently planned for the city of Boulder has been quietly flying under the radar. While it may not generate as much controversy as the recent decision to redevelop Washington Elementary School, another developer has acquired a government-owned property and has riled up neighbors with his plans to redevelop the area. Some say it won't become a full-fledged flap because it doesn't involve a historic school building but a blighted, graffiti-covered U.S. Army Reserve facility that many refer to as an "eyesore."]]> <![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[Clean acres]]> State environmental protection specialist Kenan Diker, the person who issues permits to Colorado farmers who want to use biosolids, acknowledges that the stink raised by Boulder County resident Elvis Licul has prompted him and county officials to regulate biosolids more closely.]]> <![CDATA[Task force recommendations and near misses]]> When Governor John Hickenlooper handpicked his task force to examine state and local regulations concerning oil and gas operations, his stated intent was to resolve those issues involving competing regulatory entities and multiple jurisdictions including state and local governments, surface and mineral owners, oil and gas operators and local community members concerned about the effects of drilling and fracking. The task force itself was crafted as a compromise to pull initiatives from last November’s ballot that would have allowed Colorado voters to weigh in on the rights of local communities to defend their environment and citizens, and on establishing a 2,000-foot setback from occupied buildings. In his executive order for the task force, the governor charged its members with addressing those issues, as well as drillingrelated concerns over noise, air quality and dust in a state valued as much by the people who choose to make Colorado their home as by the corporations invested in extracting the state’s oil and gas.]]> <![CDATA[COGA agrees to drop 'takings' claim in fracking suit against Longmont]]> <![CDATA[Boulder sheriff, immigration activists agree: Repeal SB 90]]> The law has elicited protest from the immigrants’ rights community, which claims that it forces officers to resort to racial profiling when making the determination of whether to report someone to ICE.]]> <![CDATA[Creating space]]> Until recently, Loveland artist Harrison Hand illegally lived in his rental office space. Another Loveland artist, Mary Waters, says she was “technically” homeless for the previous 10 months. But now both Hand and Waters live, and create, at the Artspace Loveland Arts Campus, an affordable live/ work housing project which opened to residents at the end of June.]]> <![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.]]> <![CDATA[Terminally homeless in Boulder]]> Jason Balousek suffers from kidney failure and has been told he only has a matter of weeks to live. When he heard that news, it made him happy, much to his doctor’s surprise.]]> <![CDATA[Biff 2012 | Out-guruing the gurus]]> The son of Indian immigrants, Vikram Gandhi’s relationship with faith is fairly typical for someone with his upbringing. His parents raised him in Hindu traditions, but the religious rituals he became immersed in served more as a reminder of his familial history than a strict religious doctrine.]]> <![CDATA[Farmers’ suit against Monsanto reaches Supreme Court]]> A plaintiff group are seeking protection from potential Monsanto patent infringement lawsuits when Monsanto’s genetically engineered (GE) pollen contaminates organic or non- GE crops by way of drift or other accidental means.]]> <![CDATA[(IN CASE YOU MISSED IT)]]> First, Dr. Walter J. Palmer, the dentist in question, along with his hired guides, lured the old cat off its protected preserve. Next they shot the poor beast with a crossbow and then had to track the blood trail for 40 minutes after which they finished off Cecil the old fashion way with a bullet.]]> <![CDATA[Before the Lord]]> Onesimus only gives out his one-word missionary name these days. He’s not your typical homeless man. His beard and clothes are clean, and he carries a cell phone that was recently given to him.]]> <![CDATA[Psychedelic renaissance]]> <![CDATA[City to spend $4 million cleaning up teahouse property]]> Boulder is planning to shell out $4 million to clean up the environmental contamination on the property that is now home to the Dushanbe Teahouse. But one of the nation’s experts on such projects says the remediation does not go far enough and leaves the taxpayers holding the bag.]]> <![CDATA[Oops, we forgot to study that]]> The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is no stranger to allegations of under-regulation, but among recent criticisms is the agency’s repeated approval of a series of veterinary drugs based on ractopamine, a growth-producing supplement that has U.S. nonprofits filing lawsuits against the agency.]]> <![CDATA[Bill Maher spends some 'real time' with Boulder Weekly]]> Have you ever pondered the question, 'Who would you most like to sit down and have a conversation with?' Most of us have a list of famous individuals with whom we would love to have a chat.]]>